Joseph R. Smith

Male9 October 1847–10 December 1930

Brief Life History of Joseph R.

When Joseph R. Smith was born on 9 October 1847, in Mississippi, United States, his father, Robert Mays Smith, was 42 and his mother, Rebecca Ruth Dorn, was 37. He married Elizabeth Hester in May 1872, in Bandera, Texas, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Oak Island, Bexar, Texas, United States in 1910 and Justice Precinct 5, Bexar, Texas, United States in 1920. He died on 10 December 1930, in San Antonio, Bexar, Texas, United States, at the age of 83, and was buried in Von Ormy, Bexar, Texas, United States.

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Family Time Line

Joseph R. Smith
Lydia Reicherzer
Marriage: 6 April 1881
Robert Max Smith
Amos Mays Smith
Julia Johanna Smith
Olga Ethel Smith
Paul Jones Smith
Carl Virgil Smith
Nora Nancy Smith
Ella Elizabeth Smith
Amelia Sarah Smith
Lena Lydia Smith
Clyde Smith

Sources (23)

  • Joseph Smith in household of Robert M Smith, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Joseph Smith, "Texas, County Marriage Records, 1837-1965"
  • Joseph Smith, "Texas Deaths, 1890-1976"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    6 April 1881Bexar, Texas, United States
  • Children (11)

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    Siblings (9)

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    World Events (8)

    1850 · Compromise of 1850

    Age 3

    The United States Congress passed a package of five separate bills in an attempt to decrease tensions between the slave states and free states. The compromise itself was received gratefully, but both sides disapproved of certain components contained in the laws. Texas was impacted in several ways; mainly, the state surrendered its claim to New Mexico (and other claims north of 36°30′) but retained the Texas Panhandle. The federal government also took over the public debt for Texas.


    Age 3

    Historical Boundaries: 1850: Utah Territory, United States 1851: Utah, Utah Territory, United States 1896: Utah, Utah, United States

    1870 · Texas Is Restored to the Union

    Age 23

    Congress restored Texas to the Union on March 30, 1870, despite not yet meeting all of the requirements established for re-admittance.

    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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