George Opdyke Smith

21 September 1844–28 August 1900 (Age 55)
Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

The Life Summary of George Opdyke

When George Opdyke Smith was born on 21 September 1844, in Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, his father, John Pearson Smith, was 32 and his mother, Jane Hart Opdycke, was 29. He married Eleanor Creer on 1 December 1868, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Salt Lake, Utah, United States in 1860 and Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States in 1870. He died on 28 August 1900, in Draper, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, at the age of 55, and was buried in Draper City Cemetery, Draper, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

George Opdyke Smith
1844–1900
Eleanor Creer
1848–1910
Marriage: 1 December 1868
George Francis Creer Smith
1869–
Ella Creer Smith
1872–1879
Elizabeth Creer Smith
1875–1878
Robert Creer Smith
1877–1879
Jessie Creer Smith
1880–1948
Alfred William Smith
1882–1883
Willard Creer Smith
1884–1967
Mary Catherine Smith
1887–1961

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    1 December 1868Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
  • Children

    (8)

    +3 More Children

    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings

    (7)

    +2 More Children

    World Events (7)

    1846
    Age 2
    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
    1863
    Age 19
    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
    1863 · Battle of Gettysburg
    Age 19
    The three day Battle of Gettysburg was one of the bloodiest of the American Civil War. Between the Confederates and Unions, somewhere between 46,000 and 51,000 people died that day.

    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.

    Possible Related Names

    Smithe
    Smither
    Smithey
    Smyth
    Smythe
    McGowan
    Smead
    Faber

    Sources (27)

    • George Smith, "United States Census, 1870"
    • George O in entry for Alfred Wm Smith, "Utah, Salt Lake County Death Records, 1849-1949"
    • Geo Smith in household of John P Smith, "United States Census, 1860"

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