Mary Emma Smith

26 June 1853–21 April 1943 (Age 89)
Armada, Macomb, Michigan, United States

The Life Summary of Mary Emma

When Mary Emma Smith was born on 26 June 1853, in Armada, Macomb, Michigan, United States, her father, Henry Obadiah Smith, was 36 and her mother, Jane Mary Maria Lathrop, was 31. She married Rev. Reuben Alview Beard on 6 March 1879, in Macomb, Michigan, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States in 1900 and Fargo, Cass, North Dakota, United States for about 30 years. She died on 21 April 1943, in Cass, North Dakota, United States, at the age of 89, and was buried in Riverside Cemetery, Fargo, Cass, North Dakota, United States.

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Rev. Reuben Alview Beard
Mary Emma Smith
Marriage: 6 March 1879
Marguerite Lucile Beard
Roy Beard
Ralph Finney Beard
Hubert Kingsley Beard

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  • Marriage
    6 March 1879Macomb, Michigan, United States
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    World Events (8)

    1854 · Creation of the Republican Party
    Age 1
    A debate continues over the location of the creation of the Republican Party. Some sources claim the party was formed in Ripon, Wisconsin, on February 28, 1854. Others claim the first meeting of the Republican Party took place in Jackson, Michigan, on July 6, 1854, where the Republican Party was officially organized. Over 1,000 people were present and candidates were selected for the party, thus making it the first Republican convention.
    Age 10
    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
    1879 · New State Capitol Building Dedicated
    Age 26
    After the second state capitol had been destroyed, Michigan Governor Henry P. Baldwin initiated the passing of a bill that would cover the costs for a new building. The bill was adopted and raised over $1 million by a six year state income tax. Architect Elijah E. Myers' design named Tuebor, or I will defend, was selected and he was commissioned to design the new capitol building. The renaissance revival brick and sandstone building soared 267 feet from the ground and was dedicated on January 1, 1879.

    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 (19)

    • Mary Beard in household of Rev R A Beard, "United States Census, 1910"
    • Mary E. Smith, "Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925"
    • Mary S in entry for Robert Kingsley Beard, "Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915, 1921-1924"

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