Frances Sabina Smith

15 July 1849–24 March 1917 (Age 67)
Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom

The Life Summary of Frances Sabina

When Frances Sabina Smith was born on 15 July 1849, in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom, her father, Henry Smith, was 36 and her mother, Susannah Jex, was 29. She married John W. Cross on 29 December 1865. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 6 daughters. She lived in Blundeston, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom in 1851 and Grove Township, Shelby, Iowa, United States for about 30 years. She died on 24 March 1917, in Dow City, Crawford, Iowa, United States, at the age of 67, and was buried in Dow City Cemetery, Dow City, Crawford, Iowa, United States.

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Family Time Line

John W. Cross
Frances Sabina Smith
Marriage: 29 December 1865
John Henry Cross
Eva Cross
Viola Susanna Cross
William Jex Cross
Enos Cross
Ida Pearl Cross
Bessie Cross
Sabina Wave Cross
Adah Bertha Cross

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    29 December 1865
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    World Events (8)

    Age 2
    Historical Boundaries: 1851: Shelby, Iowa, United States
    Age 14
    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
    1867 · Sorry Mr. President, You can't do that.
    Age 18
    This Act was to restrict the power of the President removing certain office holders without approval of the Senate. It denies the President the power to remove any executive officer who had been appointed by the president with the advice and consent of the Senate, unless the Senate approved the removal during the next full session of Congress. The Amendment was later repealed.

    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 (28)

    • Frances Sabina Smith in entry for Sabina Wave Cross, "Iowa, Delayed Birth Records, 1850-1939"
    • Frances S Cross in household of John Cross, "United States Census, 1870"
    • Sabina Smith in entry for Viola S Keairnes, "Iowa, Death Records, 1904-1951"

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