Mary Emma Smith

21 May 1845–11 February 1901 (Age 55)
Pompton, Passaic, New Jersey, United States

The Life Summary of Mary Emma

When Mary Emma Smith was born on 21 May 1845, in Pompton, Passaic, New Jersey, United States, her father, James Henry Smith, was 40 and her mother, Hannah VanWagoner, was 30. She married Alpheus Alonzo Conover on 27 March 1863, in Utah, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 daughters. She lived in White Pine, Nevada, United States in 1880 and Elko, Nevada, United States in 1900. She died on 11 February 1901, in Elko, Elko, Nevada, United States, at the age of 55, and was buried in Long Beach, Los Angeles, California, United States.

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Family Time Line

Alpheus Alonzo Conover
Mary Emma Smith
Marriage: 27 March 1863
Hannah Cownover
Vera Jeanette Conover
Eva Conover

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    27 March 1863Utah, Utah, United States
  • Children


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    +6 More Children

    World Events (8)

    Age 1
    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
    1857 · Bountiful Tabernacle Groundbreaking
    Age 12
    The groundbreaking of the Bountiful Tabernacle began with the dedicatory prayer given by Lorenzo Snow on a cold February morning in 1857. The building was designed by Augustus Farnham.
    Age 18
    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

    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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    Sources (18)

    • Emma van Smith in entry for Eva C Hemphill, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"
    • Mary E Cownover in household of A A Cownover, "United States Census, 1900"
    • Emma Smith in entry for Zeno L Hemphill and Eva Shaw, "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952"

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