James Christopher Smith

June 1881–5 November 1953 (Age 72)
Champaign, Illinois, United States

The Life of James Christopher

When James Christopher Smith was born in June 1881, in Champaign, Illinois, United States, his father, Walston Alonzo Smith, was 30 and his mother, Emma Isabelle Conner, was 27. He married Maria Ellen Perkins on 18 July 1906, in Raub, York Township, Benton, Indiana, United States. He lived in Eden Township, LaGrange, Indiana, United States in 1910 and Sioux, North Dakota, United States for about 10 years. He died on 5 November 1953, in Raub, York Township, Benton, Indiana, United States, at the age of 72, and was buried in Benton, Indiana, United States.

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James Christopher Smith
Maria Ellen Perkins
Marriage: 18 July 1906

Spouse and Children

18 July 1906
Raub, York Township, Benton, Indiana, United States

Parents and Siblings

    Walston Alonzo Smith


    Emma Isabelle Conner




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World Events (8)

1882 · The Chinese Exclusion Act

Age 1

A federal law prohibiting all immigration of Chinese laborers. The Act was the first law to prevent all members of a national group from immigrating to the United States.
1885 · The First Skyscraper

Age 4

The Home Insurance Building is considered to be the first skyscraper in the world. It was supported both inside and outside by steel and metal that were deemed fireproof and also it was reinforced with concrete. It originally had ten stories but in 1891 two more were added.
1900 · Gold for Cash!

Age 19

This Act set a price at which gold could be traded for paper money.

Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a worker in metal, from Middle English smith (Old English smið, probably a derivative of smītan ‘to strike, hammer’). Metalworking was one of the earliest occupations for which specialist skills were required, and its importance ensured that this term and its equivalents were perhaps 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 the most frequent of all American surnames; it has also absorbed, by assimilation and translation, cognates and equivalents from many other languages (for forms, see Hanks and Hodges 1988 ).

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

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Sources (3)

  • James C Smith, "United States Census, 1930"
  • James Smith in household of Walston Smith, "United States Census, 1900"
  • James C Smith, "United States Census, 1910"

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