Olive Emily Smith

12 December 1845–22 May 1886 (Age 40)
Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States

The Life Summary of Olive Emily

When Olive Emily Smith was born on 12 December 1845, in Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States, her father, William Orville Smith, was 45 and her mother, Emily Jane Spinning, was 31. She married William Hyrum Rice on 25 December 1865, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in Cassia, Idaho, United States in 1880. She died on 22 May 1886, in Almo, Cassia, Idaho, United States, at the age of 40, and was buried in Farmington City Cemetery, Farmington, Davis, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Hyrum Rice
Olive Emily Smith
Marriage: 25 December 1865
Hyrum William Rice
Nathaniel Able Rice
Olive Emily Rice
Mary Rice
Jerry Mann Rice
Edna Ann Rice

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    25 December 1865Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
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    World Events (8)

    Age 1
    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
    Age 2
    Historical Boundaries: 1847: Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States
    1857 · The State Capital moves to Des Moines
    Age 12
    The Capitol was located in Iowa City until the 1st General Assembly of Iowa recognized that the Capitol should be moved farther west than Iowa City. Land was found two miles from the Des Moines River to start construction of the new building. Today the Capitol building still stands on its original plot.

    Name Meaning

    English and Scottish: occupational name denoting a worker in metal, especially iron, such as a blacksmith or farrier, from Middle English smith ‘smith’ (Old English smith, probably a derivative of smītan ‘to strike, hammer’). Early examples are also found in the Latin form Faber . Metal-working was one of the earliest occupations for which specialist skills were required, and its importance ensured that this term and its equivalents in other languages were the most widespread of all occupational surnames in Europe. Medieval smiths were important not only in making horseshoes, plowshares, and other domestic articles, but above all for their skill in forging swords, other weapons, and armor. This is also the most frequent of all surnames in the US. It is very common among African Americans and Native Americans (see also 5 below). This surname (in any of the two possible English senses; see also below) is also found in Haiti. See also Smither .English: from Middle English smithe ‘smithy, forge’ (Old English smiththe). The surname may be topographic, for someone who lived in or by a blacksmith's shop, occupational, for someone who worked in one, or habitational, from a place so named, such as Smitha in King's Nympton (Devon). Compare Smithey .Irish and Scottish: sometimes adopted for Gaelic Mac Gobhann, Irish Mac Gabhann ‘son of the smith’. See McGowan .

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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    Life Sketch

    Olive Emily Smith (1845-1886) Source: Rice Pioneers: Family Groups and Stories, compiled by David Eldon Rice. Pocatello, Idaho. 1976. Life Sketch Olive Emily Smith was born in Lee County, Iowa o …

    Sources (20)

    • Olive Smith in entry for Edna Ann Condit, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"
    • Olive Rice in household of Hyrum Rice, "United States Census, 1880"
    • Olive Smith in entry for Mary Candit, "Idaho Death Certificates, 1911-1937"

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