Catherine Smith

3 July 1865–30 September 1943 (Age 78)
County Westmeath, Ireland

The Life of Catherine

When Catherine Smith was born on 3 July 1865, in County Westmeath, Ireland, her father, Michael Smith, was 25 and her mother, Catherine Roach, was 21. She married James C. Connelly on 26 September 1888, in Des Moines, Polk, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in Grinnell, Poweshiek, Iowa Territory, United States in 1880. She died on 30 September 1943, in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States, at the age of 78, and was buried in Mount Carmel Cemetery, Melrose Township, Adams, Illinois, United States.

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James C. Connelly
Catherine Smith
Marriage: 26 September 1888
Edward Francis Connelly
George Connelly
James F. Connelly Jr.
Estella M. Connelly
Bernard Michael Connelly
Mary Connelly
Agnes Connelly
Joseph Michael Connelly

Spouse and Children

    James C. Connelly



26 September 1888
Des Moines, Polk, Iowa, United States


    Edward Francis Connelly


    James F. Connelly Jr.


    Estella M. Connelly



    Mary Connelly


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World Events (8)

1866 · The First Civil Rights Act

Age 1

The first federal law that defined what was citizenship and affirm that all citizens are equally protected by the law. Its main objective was to protect the civil rights of persons of African descent.
1867 · The Chicago Water Tower

Age 2

The Chicago water tower was built out of Lemont limestone by William W. Boyington and was used for firefighting and also drawing clean water from Lake Michigan. The tower gained prominence after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Some believe that the tower was the only building to survive the Great Chicago Fire, but a few other buildings survived alongside the tower. The tower has become a symbol of old Chicago and how the city recovered from the fire. The tower has undergone only two renovations since 1913. 

Age 21

Statue of Liberty is dedicated.

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)

  • Catherine Connelley in household of Joseph Connelley, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Kate Smith in household of Michael Smith, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Catherine Connelly in household of Bernard Connelly, "United States Census, 1930"

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