Rachael Leah Smith

30 November 1822–20 December 1894 (Age 72)
Gibson, Tennessee, United States

The Life Summary of Rachael Leah

When Rachael Leah Smith was born on 30 November 1822, in Gibson, Tennessee, United States, her father, Richard Smith, was 30 and her mother, Diana Braswell, was 25. She married Andrew Jackson Ross Jr. on 21 September 1837, in Gibson, Tennessee, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. She immigrated to Utah, United States in 1850 and lived in Deseret, Millard, Utah, United States in 1870 and Kanosh, Millard, Utah, United States in 1880. She died on 20 December 1894, in Bingham, Idaho, United States, at the age of 72, and was buried in Ririe Shelton Cemetery, Bonneville, Idaho, United States.

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Family Time Line

John Whitlock Radford
Rachael Leah Smith
Marriage: 6 April 1846
Nancy Jane Radford
Catherine Elizabeth Radford
Francis M Radford
John Franklin Radford
Leah Ellen Radford
Granville L Radford
Daniel H Radford
Dianah Rebecca Radford
Malissa Radford

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    6 April 1846Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States
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    World Events (8)

    1825 · The Crimes Act
    Age 3
    The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.
    1835 · The Hermitage is Built
    Age 13
    The Hermitage located in Nashville, Tennessee was a plantation owned by President Andrew Jackson from 1804 until his death there in 1845. The Hermitage is now a museum.
    Age 24
    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

    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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    John Whitlock Radford

    John Whitlock Radford Rachel Leah Smith John Whitlock Radford born September 14, 1814 in Franklin County Tennessee died December 14, 1889 in Star Valley, Uinta County, Wyoming at seventy-five ye …

    Sources (47)

    • Leah Radford in household of John W. Radford, "United States Census, 1880"
    • Unknown, "Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950"
    • Lara Smith in entry for Melvin Ross, "Idaho Death Certificates, 1911-1937"

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