Gratia Frances Smith

3 November 1830–after 1 January 1920 (Age 89)
Westminster, Windham, Vermont, United States

The Life of Gratia Frances

When Gratia Frances Smith was born on 3 November 1830, in Westminster, Windham, Vermont, United States, her father, Randall Smith, was 30 and her mother, Almira Parmenter, was 25. She married Charles Sherwin on 7 May 1855, in Rockingham, Windham, Vermont, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. She lived in Minnesota, United States in 1870 and Sweet Township, Pipestone, Minnesota, United States for about 5 years. She died after 1 January 1920, at the age of 89.

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Allen Darrius Ferris
Gratia Frances Smith
Amelia Ferris
Philo Gilbert Ferris
Harriet Ferris
Gracia Gertrude Ferris
Allen Ferris

Spouse and Children



    Amelia Ferris


    Philo Gilbert Ferris


    Harriet Ferris


    Gracia Gertrude Ferris


    Allen Ferris


Parents and Siblings

    Randall Smith


    Almira Parmenter




    Achasah Malvina Smith


    Gratia Almira Smith


    Gratia Frances Smith


    Cynthia Windsor Smith


    Harriet Gertrude Smith


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World Events (8)

1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 2

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.
1834 · Vermont Anti-Slavery Society is Formed

Age 4

The Anti-Slavery Society of Vermont was established in 1834. 100 people from different towns were at the first meeting, with the intent to abolish slavery. 

Age 28

Minnesota is the 32nd state.

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)

  • Gratia F Sherwin in household of Charles A Sherwin, "Minnesota Territorial Census, 1857"
  • Gracie F Ferris in household of Aaron D Ferris, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Gratia Ferris in household of Allen D Ferris, "Minnesota State Census, 1885"

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