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Smith Surname History
While the surname Smith probably originated in the United Kingdom (the earliest recorded instance of Smith was in 975 in England), the history of the surname spans many cultures and many times. Most probably, the surname was originally related to someone who was a blacksmith, a goldsmith, or any type of person who worked with metals and would have been taken by those who practiced the profession and subsequently their family. However, as time went on, the surname was also taken due to life circumstances. For instance, many Native Americans took the name (which was common even in Colonial times) in order to make dealings with the colonists easier. Also, freed slaves would take the name Smith because that was the name of the slaveholder. In other cases, because of the frequency of the surname, Smith was often taken as an alias. Especially during World War 1 and World War 2, in the United States, the German name Schmidt or Schmitt would be changed to "Smith" - "americanizing" it in order to hide German heritage. So the history of the Smith family (and related names) is one of the most complex and widely misunderstood family histories.
The surname Smith is a common surname in the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, and other English speaking countries. This surname probably originated with "smith" - one who works metals - and is of Old English origin. However, many people have taken the surname Smith for a variety of reasons (see "Smith History") so having the surname Smith does not necessarily mean that a particular family named Smith is of Anglo-Saxon roots. There are many variations of "Smith" such as "Smyth" and "Smythe" in English but the surname, when originally related to a profession in other lands, may also be Schmidt or Schmieder or many other spellings. Because of the wide variety of reasons for the taking of the surname Smith (and the changing to "Smith" from the original language), not all families named Smith are related.
17 Dec 1914
Polk County Enterprise
Livingston, Polk County, Texas
JOHN SMITH KILLED AT CORRIGAN YESTERDAY (Wednesday)
Last Thursday about 1:30 p.m. Mr. John Smith, who lives about 7 miles west of Corrigan was shot by W.M. Gibbs on the streets of Corrigan. The shooting occurred between the old Henderson Store and the Livery Stable. It is stated that Mr. Smith was in his wagon returning from the gin where he had carried a load of cotton when he was shot. Twenty-one buck-shot entered Mr. Smith's left side and his left arm was almost torn to pieces. He only lived about two minutes, and no one heard him speak a word before he died. Mr. Gibbs called up Sheriff Foreman at his place and told him he wanted to give himself up to the officers. When Sheriff Foreman reached Corrigan the examing trial had been waived and the bond of Mr. Gibbs fixed at $3,000 to await the action of the Grand Jury. Mr. Gibbs readily made his bond.
20 May 1915
Polk County Enterprise
Livingston, Polk County, Texas
W.M.GIBBS KILLED AT CORRIGAN
Monday morning about 6 o'clock W.M. Gibbs was shot and killed at Corrigan, near Cobb's Store. Four shots were fired from a shot gun. After the shooting four men were seen to leave from near the place of the shooting, and parties telephoned Sheriff Foreman, of this place, to come to Corrigan with his bloodhounds in order that they might trail the parties who were supposed to have done the shooting. While Sheriff Foreman was preparing to go to Corrigan with his dogs, he received a long distance call from Benford, from Arthur Smith, who stated that he had killed Gibbs, and was ready to give up. Sheriff Foreman and County Attorney Hill went to Corrigan on the morning train. The other three parties, who were seen with Smith, proved to be Steve Thornton, a half-brother of Smith's; Luther Lewis, a cousin of Smith's; and Clyde Foster. It was stated to the officers that the shooting was the outgrowth of former family trouble, Gibbs having killed his father last December. Smith, Thornton, Lewis and Foster all made bond to await the action of the grand jury.
Note: I would like to know more about this Smith Family, i.e. siblings, who was John Smith's father, etc.
" After the funeral Grandmother Smith herded us and mother out to her home in Nappan, Nova Scotia. Some of us were parked with aunts or uncles who already had several small children of their own. We orphans were only surplus baggage and, indeed, were made to feel that way too. Mother stayed with the youngest ones at Grandmother Smith's until Fall, when she got a chance to help out in a family where the mother had recently died. "
The following appeared in the Amherst Record in 1890:
GAVE HER LIFE FOR OTHERS
The Self-Sacrifice of an Heroic Cumberland Woman
An Athol correspondent of the Amherst Record says: "We feel that some slight tribute to the memory of a noble, self-sacrificing woman should be recorded, as few such deeds of heroism have ever come under our notice. After the death of Mrs. Job Pugsley, September 8th, a widow, Mrs. Stiles, daughter of John Smith of Nappan, - came to the aid of the afflicted family left with only one and inexperienced girl, then nearly crushed by her mother's death. Mrs. Stiles intended to remain only a short time, but the eldest son, Frederick, who had been in Campbellton , came home to his mother's funeral, and that day was prostrated with typhoid fever, contracted in Campbellton. Mrs. Stiles could not leave the sick man uncared for, and therefore remained and nursed him through a long and very severe illness, but before he had entirely recovered, Florence, the young sister, was prostrated, then the second brother, Albert, and both for a long time lay in a very precarious condition. At length the strain upon this faithful nurse was too much, and she succumbed to the dire disease. Worn out with watching and anxiety, the fever attacked the brain, and after a few days struggle with the foe she passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 25th. Her remains were taken to Amherst, and laid I am told, beside those of her departed husband. She leaves a family of small children. We may well say, 'She gave herself for others.' Of course, when she came none knew of the sickness being fever, but when once in the sick home she would not leave the helpless family to suffer.
"Minnie" (Smith) Stiles is buried in Amherst next to her husband, Ezra Stiles.
The woman who died on September 8 1890 was Mrs. Job Pugsley, the former Sarah Eliza Read daughter of Thomas Read of Amherst. Source: "Historical Record of the Posterity of William Black" by Cyrus Black, Esq., published in 1885 - p.183
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Charlie Smith, 86, and his wife, "Don", 80, live near Witter, Madison County (Arkansas).
CHARLIE: "I've lived in this house nearly all my life. My grandpa Smith settled the place. He was the first white man that ever got from Huntsville up the War Eagle River. He located this place when he was just a boy and camped out here. He lived up until he was 87 - lacked just a few days of reaching 88. He's buried near here at the "Cove" (cemetary). My dad and mother is buried down there, and I've got Uncle Polk Burney and Uncle Crat Burney and their wives buried down there. My father farmed and worked in timber, too. 'Way back yonder that was the main business. I worked in lumber. Hauled timber on a wagon with two mules. Lord, I've made enough ties to lay a railraod track from here to Fayetteville! I was hauling before I could harness. I'd have to get my horses up to the manger to get the harness on them because I wasn't high enough. I went to hauling when I was 12 years old. I was young and, listen, you don't see bad roads around here like we had then. We had bad roads. I couldn't hold the brakes and hold the horses at the same time, I was so little. But I felt like I was as big as anybody. I'd get me a chewing tobacco in my mouth. One of our horses was black and the other was gray. My brother-in-law lots of times would go with me hauling with his team; he hat4ed tobacco and hated to see anybody using it. I'd get up on the front of the wagon with a big mouthful and spit over on his white horse. It would make him so mad, he didn't know what to do. He'd say, "If you was a boy of mine, I'd whip the hide off of you!" I went to school a little but, like I told somebody the other day, I went to school about half a day in my sister's place if she was sick."
DON: "He missed every day that he could possibly find something else to do."
CHARLIE: "I lacked a week of being 22 when I married and she wasn't quite 16."
DON: "I lacked a week, too. Our birthdays are on the same day. I lived in Boston (Arkansas). Charlie and I met at play parties and at church. It was mostly at parties that we saw each other. We'd call them play parties because everyone would get together and play games and have square-dancing. When we got married, we moved in here with his mother and daddy and stayed a while. Then we bought a house near the upper end of the farm and stayed quite a while. Finally, his dad and mother got so old that we moved back in here and took care of them. We have six children."
CHARLIE: "Five boys and a girl. Pretty good bunch. I reckon our girl from Fresno, California, will be here pretty soon."
DON: "Two of the boys is passed away."
CHARLIE: "We'll be married for sixty-four years in April (1981)."
DON: "I'd say people was happier then than they are now. They was content with what they had. That's why I think it was a happier time. The knew how to be satisfied. We always raised everything we ate - meat, beans, peas, peanuts, always had plenty of milk and butter. We always made big crops. Oats and corn was the main crops. Sorghum. Him and his dad made the sorghum molasses for everyone far and near. He'd do the grinding and Grandpa would do the boiling off."
CHARLIE: "Back then we lived better than anyone can now."
DON: "Now our son comes every weekend and brings our groceries. he knows what we need and sees that we get them. We have to be careful with our money, but there are things you can do. We get by, Me and Charlie takes care of one another pretty well."
This is such a special story, just wanted to share it with whomever was interested. I'm really proud to have this for my children.
My father is Elmer Junior Smith DOB 2-25-1935 and lives in Shawneetown, IL (also known as Old Shawneetown right on the Ohio river). Elmer married Anna Mae Travelstead on August 15, 1958 in Shawneetown, IL, in the county of Saline.
My parents had five children. Sandy Jean Smith (myself) DOB 06-16-1959 in New Haven, IL at home, Brenda Lee Smith DOB 01-05, 1961 in Eldorado, IL in New Haven, IL. She died June 1961 at the age of 6 months from SIDS at home, Mary Frances Smith (Hall) DOB 07-28-1963 in Eldorado, IL, James Elmer Smith DOB 02-03-1965 in Eldorado, IL, and Elizabeth Ann Smith (Johnson) DOB 12-22-1966 in Eldorado, IL.
Joel Claud Smith (was my grandfather) DOB 2-14-1897, and he died 5-31-1965, and buried in Westwood Cemetery, Old Shawneetown, IL . He married Alice May Back DOB 11-15-1908 of New Haven, IL. The marriage took place 10-25-1917, and she died 08-05-1946, and she is buried in Westwood Cemetery My grandfather later married Shirley??? She married later after my grandfather’s death in 1965 to a Seely.
James Smith (was my great grandfather) DOB ca. 1877. He married Maggie Lamb Ridgway in Shawneetown, IL, in the county of Saline. They had three sons together, and which one was my grandfather. There apparently was another son George Smith and a William (Bill) Smith. My grandfather apparently had a half brother Floyd Thomas Jr, whom I don’t know to much about. His sisters were Clara (Smith) Pruitt and she had lived in Mt. Vernon, IL, and had a son whose name is/was Bob Pruitt, and his other sister was Hattie (Smith) Padgett, and also was living in Mt. Vernon, IL. I was also told of another sister, whom was Mary Pauline (Smith) Back. She had two daughters Faye (Back) Nation of Shawneetown, and Delilah (Lolly) (Back) Vaughan, they are my 2nd cousin, and my father and uncle’s nieces.
Joseph Smith (was my great-great grandfather) DOB ca. 1808. He married Eliza Jane Akins married ca. 1845 in Ridgway, IL, and he died ca. 1863.
These are the parents and grandparents of my grandmother. Alice May Back my grandmother's father was James Back married my grand mother Josephine Mossbarger in Shawneetown, Gallatin County, she also had a daughter also named Jospehine and she was born 07-20-1891, died 09-05-1972 in Loretta Nursing Home, Shawneetown, IL., and buried in Westwood Cemetery, Shawneetown, IL My grandfather and his wife are buried in Westwood also. I also have a cousin Sheila Pinkston buried in Westwood Cemetery, Shawneetown. Now James Back's father was Mitch Back and was married to Mary Hise, there are no dates for them at all. Now Josephine Mossbarger's parents were John W Mossbarger and he was married to Alice D. Pruitt. now there is nothing else that I have. If any of this rings a bell please let me know. We are planning a family reunion for the Smith's in Shawneetown, IL next year. If you are Scottish or related any anyway please let me know.
There is also a Luther Ingleton this man was my grandfather’s cousin. There was also a Jim or Red Davies whom are related too. There is also a cousin Charles Usselton who I was told lived in Dale, IL, his brother was Hershel was a jockey who was German. I was told that most of our relation are.
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Sandy Jean Smith (myself) DOB 06-16-1959 in New Haven, IL at home;
Brenda Lee Smith DOB 01-05, 1961 in Eldorado, IL in New Haven, IL. She died June 1961 at the age of 6 months from SIDS at home;
Mary Frances Smith (Hall) DOB 07-28-1963 in Eldorado, IL;
James Elmer Smith DOB 02-03-1965 in Eldorado, IL;
Elizabeth Ann Smith (Johnson) DOB 12-22-1966 in Eldorado, IL.;
Joel Claud(e) Smith (was my grandfather) DOB 2-14-1897, and he died 5-31-1965, and buried in Westwood Cemetery, Old Shawneetown, IL . He married Alice May Back DOB 11-15-1908 of New Haven, IL. The marriage took place 10-25-1917, and she died 08-05-1946, and she is buried in Westwood Cemetery My grandfather later married Shirley??? She married later after my grandfather’s death in 1965 to a Seely.
James Smith (was my great grandfather) DOB ca. 1877, married Maggie Lamb Ridgway in Shawneetown, IL, in the county of Saline. They had three sons together, and which one was my grandfather. There was apparently another son George Smith and a William (Bill) Smith. My grandfather apparently had a half brother Floyd Thomas Jr, whom I don’t know to much about. His sisters were Clara (Smith) Pruitt and she had lived in Mt. Vernon, IL, and had a son whose name is/was Bob Pruitt, and his other sister was Hattie (Smith) Padgett, and also was living in Mt. Vernon, IL. I was also told of another sister, whom was Mary Pauline (Smith) Back. She had two daughters Faye (Back) Nation of Shawneetown, and Delilah (Lolly) (Back) Vaughan, they are my 2nd cousin, and my father and uncle’s nieces.
Joseph Smith (was my great-great grandfather) DOB ca. 1808, married to Eliza Jane Akins ca. 1845 in Ridgway, IL, and he died ca. 1863.
There was also a Luther Ingleton, and this man was my grandfather’s cousin. There was also a Jim or Red Davies whom are also related. There is also a cousin Charles Usselton whom I was told lived in Dale, IL, his brother was Hershel, whom was a jockey, he was also suppose to be German? I am hoping on planning a Smith family reunion in Shawneetown, IL this year around September, 2006.
If you are Scottish-Irish, or are related any anyway please let me know. I would love to hear from you. I do have a photo of my grandparents if you are interested.
Washington Smith died of gangrene, from complications of a knee wound. He is buried there.
(JAMES W. SMITH, husband of Jane R. Garrett
HH #509, 43 CO. K, Bugler, Enlisted 17 Dec 1861)
Company K was involved in the following battles:
Camp Creek, Stone River Valley, WVA May 1, 1862
Giles Court House May 10, 1862
Lewisburg, WVA May 23, 1862
Jenkins Raid into Ohio Aug.22-Sept. 19, 1862
Weston, WVA Aug. 30, 1862
Glenville, WVA Aug. 31, 1862
White Sulphur Springs, WVA Aug. 26-27, 1863
Rogersville, TN Nov. 6, 1863
Jonesville, VA Jan. 3, 1864
Info is provided by Lambert's Papers 4:13....The Smith household was included in the 1850 and 1860 census of Wayne Co. One great granddaughter, Pauline Smith Gilkerson, recalls seeing a picture of James Washington, which had a lock of his red hair attached.
Alternative dob for Washington, per "Bloss-Pyles-Ross-Sellards" book by Harry Sellards Jr., of 11/4/1818.
Wayne County Census of 7/29/1850 has listed: James W., 36 year-old farmer, dwelling 248, living with Jane, age 26 and the following children: William F. age 3, Sarah E. age 2, and James M., age 1.
Please looked under "mystery photos" for a possible photo of James Washington Smith.
I am not very good in English but I am already some years in search of my 2 halfbrothers and 1 halfsister.
My father in the US known as John Smith stayed in the USA in the years 1919 -1938 and he told me and gave me some pictures from my family overthere just before he died in 1994.
He was not married I presume ? but lived with a lady called Lilianne Banks and they lived in Berkeley CA around 1930?
They had 3 children Bobby,Billy and Helen and for as far that He Told Me they had the mothers name Banks.
Until now my search stays unresolved and that's why I wanted to post this story here.
Hope to see some positive reactions from the other side.
Regards Raymond De Smet
born 14 Feb. 1897 in Ridgway, IL
Married: 25 Oct., 1917 in Shawneetown, IL
Died: 31 May, 1965, Eldorado Hospital, Eldorado, IL
Buried: 3, June, 1965, Westwood Cementary, Shawneetown, IL
Parents: James A. Smith and Maggie (Margaret)(Lamb)
1st Marriage: Lillie Belle Seeley
2nd Marriage: Alice May Back--married 25 Oct, 1917
Alice Back Smith
date of birth: 15 Nov 1908 in Gallatin County, IL
Died: 5, Aug 1946, Shawneetown, IL
Buried: 8 Aug, 1946, Westwood Cementary, Shawneetown, IL
My Great Grandfather:
James A. Smith
Born 4 Nov 1877
Son of Milton Smith and Mary Braton or Bradon or could be Braden, both born in Gallatin County, IL
Married to Maggie Lamb (Margaret)
born: abt. 1856
Parents: Joel Lamb and Catherine Hise
Marianda is the mother of Mary Smith and probably Elizabeth Fowler is the mother of Marinda Braden.
Died: abt 1863 in Shawneetown, IL
Eliza Jane Akins
birth: abt. 1819, OH
married: abt 1845 Ridgway, IL
died: 1892 Ridgway, IL
My father's name is:
Elmer Junior Smith-
born: 25 Feb, 1935, Shawneetown, IL
1st wife: Anna Mae Travelstead
In the 1870 census there is a young man named James Smith age 20, living in the hotel in Equality belonging to E.H. McCaleb. He says he is a Blacksmithand that is was born in IL.
However, in the 1900 census I find in Ridgway, IL township:
Mrs. James Smith-born Aug 1870 age 29 widow. born IL, father born in KY, and mother born in IL.
Apparent James A. Smith died between May 1898 and 19 June, 1900.
Elmer Junior Smith
born: 25 Feb, 1935 in Shaweentown, IL
1st wife: Anna Mae Travelstead, born 20 July 1938
2nd wife: Mary Jane Hine
Then I have gr-gr-gr grandather:
Joseph P. Smith
born: 6 Aug, 1819, Green Co, PA
died: 18 March, 1863, Shaweetown, IL
1st wife: Elizabeth Sage
Eliza Jane (Louisa) Elizabeth)
born: 3 May, 1819, Detroit, Wayne Co. Michigan
married: 14 Feb. 1847, Hamilton Co, OH
died: 20 July, 1892, Shawneetown, IL
James A. Smith
Lucinda A. Smith
born: 19 Aug, 1852, IL
married: 11 March, 1869, Ridgway, IL Gallatin Co
Died: 28 July, 1900, Ridgway, IL
Buried: 1 Aug, 1900, Riley Cemetary Ridgway, IL Gallatin Co
1st marriage Thomas Aarons
2nd marriage: Sr.Thomas Jefferson Riley or he was a Senior
birth: 9 March, 1843 Ridgway, IL
Died: 26 Nov, 1887, Ridgway, IL
Sr. Thomas Jefferson Riley
born: 9 March, 1843-Ridgway, IL
married: 11 Mar., 1869-Gallatin Co
died: 26 Nov, 1887-Shawneetown, IL
Buried: 30 Nov 1887-Riley Cenetary Ridgway, IL
Wife: Lucinda A. Smith
born: 19 Aug 1852
died: 25 July 1900, Ridgway, IL
Buried: 1 Aug 1900-Riley Cemetary, Ridgway, IL
Parents: Joseph and Eliza Jame Akins Smith
Thomas Jefferson Riley, JR
born:14 Jan 1884 Ridgway, IL
married: abt. 1906
died: Nov 1967, Hotchiss, Delta County Colorado
buried: Nov 1967, Hotchiss, Delta county, Colorado
1st wife: Margaret Ingleton
2nd wife: Elmine Lina Wiley
Fanny or Fannie Riley
born: Mar. 1886, Ridgway, IL Gallatin CO
born 4 Nov 1809, Pope, IL
died: 21 July 1876, Gallatin Co.
buried: 24 July 1876, Riley Cementery, Ridgway, IL
Parent: Joseph Riley and Mary Creal
born: 25 Sept, 1818, Shawneetown, IL
died: 27 Nov, 1892, Shawneetown, IL
buried: 2 Dec 1892, Riley Cementery, Ridgway, IL
Sr. Thomas Jefferson Riley
born: abt 1842, Tenn
William T. Riley
born: 11 Dec, 1845, Ridgway, IL
died: 22 Nov, 1899, Ridgway, IL
buried: 26 Nov, 1899, Riley Cementery, Ridgway, IL
Martha Riley Moore
born: ab 1846, Ridgway, IL
born: 25 July, 1850, Ridgway, IL
died: 10 June, 1865, Ridgway, IL
buried: 14 June, 1865, Riley Cemetery, Ridgway, IL
born: Jan 1853, Ridgway, IL
James Richard Riley
born: 13 Mar, 1855, Ridgway, IL
married: 16 Mar, 1882, Gallatin Co
died: 2 Sept. 1921, Ridgway, IL
buried: 3 Sept, 1921, Riley Cemetery, Ridgway, IL
3rd wife: Sarah J. Casey
2nd wife: Sarah C.
1st wife: Katie Nevels
born: 17 Dec, 1857,Ridgway, IL
married: 26 Oct 1882, Gallatin Co
died: 11 Feb 1928, Ridgway, IL
buried: 14 Feb 1928, Callicott Cemetary, Ridgway, IL
Wife: Mary Ellen Callicott
born: 6 Nov 1861, Ridgway, IL
Married:Joseph Riley and Mary Creal
born: abt 1778, Kentucky or Pennsylvania
born: abt. 1780, Kentucky
born: 4 Nov 1809, Pope, IL
died: 21 July 1876, Gallatin Co, Ridgway, IL
buried: 24 July, 1876, Riley Cementary, Ridgway, IL Gallatin Co
Spouse: Agnes Stout
The information I have on Lucinda Agnes Smith was the daughter of Joseph P. Smith born 6 Aug, 1819 maybe in Green Co, PA, he died 18 Mar 1863, Shawneetown, IL, Gallatin County. He married second to Louisa Elizabeth Jane Akins aka Eliza Jane Akins on 14 Feb 1847, Hamilton Co, OH. He was married the first time to Elizabeth Sage. Louisa Eliza Jane Akins was born 5 Mar 1819 in Detroit, Wayne Co, Michigan and died 20 July 1892 in Shawneetown, IL.
Thomas Jefferson Riley born 9 March 1843 in Ridgway, IL died 26 Nov 1887 in Ridgway, iL married Lucinda Agnes Smith on 11 Mar 1869 in Ridgway, IL. Lucinda Agnes Smith was born 19 Aug 1852 Shawneetown, IL Gallatin Co. died 28 July 1900 Shawneetown, IL
George Smith (Sr.) married Doloris Erb from Pittsburgh. Their children were Ron, JoAnn, Kate, Ruth (Ann), Liz, George (Jr.), and James.
George Jr. finished high school at Allegheny High School in 1973. Then left and went to Drexel University at Philadelphia, Pa. through 1978. He then began working in Bethlehem Steel Mill. He left Pennsylvania and went to work in Indiana for a few years. Met and married Cheryl Cardwell in Indiana. They had a son, Steven, who was born in Indiana. Soon after, the move to Monroe, NC came around 1983. George began working for Allvac as a metallurgist engineer. He and Cheryl had a daughter, then another son. The oldest Steve, became a sailor in the US Navy upon completion of high school. He met and married his wife in the Navy. They had their first child on the way when Cheryl left her husband and other children. Divorce was imminent. George is now married to Vivian King Lowery Smith. George has 2 granddaughters and a third on the way who are navy brats. His other two are now young adults and still reside at home with he and Vivian. She is a native of Union County, NC and met Vivian in a local church.
We keep up with the kin in Pittsburgh where Kate, Ron, and Ruth Ann and their families still reside. JoAnn lives in Ohio, and Liz lives near Atlanta, GA.
George's father and mother, Doloris and George,Sr, are deceased dying within a few days of each other. All the siblings are still alive.
Just a little information on a Smith heritage from Pittsburgh, PA...go Steelers!
by: Vivian K. Smith
Co. K 348 Inf. Camp Pike, Ark. May 12, 1918 Mr. Charles Montgomery
Dear Cousin: I received your letter sometime ago and was quite surprised
for I had not thought about hearing from you but was glad to hear from you
as you are the only relative I have in the service. Mabe if we can keep up
correspondense we can meet up with each other when we get across the pond.
Yes things are going as nicely as I could wish for over hear now and I am
liking the Army fine. I have only been in since the third of Dec. so you
see I haven't had quite so much of it as you have. I have been expecting to
leave for France for a month but havn't gone yet. I may go any time. Of
course a fellow can't tell when they will say for him to go. I am real
anxious to go across. What about you do want to go or not? It nearly
scares some of the boys here to death to mention going across.
You are having some real hard luck with your guard duty but then you are not
the only one. I have been on ever other day for a month. They have sent so
many of the boys away from hear until it takes nearly all of us to go on
guard and that is the reason you see. I think I would like the army lots
better if they didn't have any guarding to do don't you ha! ha!
Now Charles don't wait as long as I have to write for I have just been so
buried until I could just about keep up with my writing home and to my Jane
you know. I will do better next time. answer soon Your Cousin John Ivy
Arthur Howard SMITH : b 14-08-1910 in Kimberley , d _ _ 1988 in Durban , son of Arthur Frederick SMITH
Arthur married _ _ 194_ to May Victoria nee BUTLER b 31-07-1912 , d 27-04-1968
Arthur and May had two daughters , Jennifer Lynne b 11-04-1947 and Julia Howard b _ _ 19_
Arthur Frederick SMITH : b 15-05-1853 , d _ _ 19_ son of Edmund James and _______ SMITH
Arthur married _ _ 19_ to Julia nee HOWARD-JONES b _ _ __ d _ _ __
Arthur and Julia had five children , sons Arthur Howard , Reginald Charles (Toonky) , Percival (Boyney) , daughters Mabel and Gina
Arthur Frederick was the son of Edmund James SMITH
Edmund James SMITH : b _ _ __ d _ _ __
Edmund James married _ _ __ to Margaret _________ b _ _ __ d _ _ __
Edmund and Margaret had __ children , Arthur Frederick , _______ , _______
Always tell your loved ones how much they mean to you...I know how much you loved the ocean and remember that you would stand on the beach in Daytona at night....I could see the glow of your cigarette in your hand. I so wish I could've helped you stop smoking so I would still have you here. You took such good care of all of us and we love you for that. You taught me how to be a GREAT driver, and enjoy it, the same as you loved driving, especially your little Datsun you turned into a "low-rider" before everyone else even knew
I love you "daddy Bill"...Kim
Smith Country of Origin, Nationality, & Ethnicity
The surname Smith originated in the area of the United Kingdom (especially England and Ireland) during Anglo-Saxon times. But many families used a translation of "Smith" in their nativve lands and later adopted the surname Smith rather than the original surname. So a "Smith" family may be from the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada, Australia - or any country to which the family emigrated or in which the family "anglicized" their surname.
Originally an Anglo-Saxon name, the "Smith" famiy was Caucasian. However, the Smith family can be of any nationality and ethnicity since people all over the world have adopted "Smith" as their surname.
Smith Meaning & Etymology
Originally, the name Smith was an Anglo-Saxon (Old English) term meaning "one who works in metal." However, some think that the surname "Smith" may also have been related to the word "smite," which was linked with being a warrior.
Smith Life Expectancy
According to our database of 980,471 people with the last name Smith that have a birth and death date listed:
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Famous People named SmithCaptain William Smith Born 1790 Founded discovered the South Shetland Islands
Most Common Smith First Names
According to our database of 1,644,671 people with the last name Smith that have a first name listed, these are the most common first names:
- Virgil 5.3%
- William 2.9%
- John 2.7%
- James 2.6%
- Mary 1.9%
- Robert 1.7%
- Charles 1.6%
- George 1.4%
- Thomas 1.1%
- Joseph 0.8%
- Henry 0.7%
- Edward 0.7%
- Margaret 0.7%
- Richard 0.6%
- David 0.6%
- Elizabeth 0.6%
- Frank 0.6%
- Smith 0.6%
- Walter 0.6%
- Helen 0.5%
- Dorothy 0.5%
- Arthur 0.5%
- Harry 0.5%
- Harold 0.5%
- Donald 0.5%
- Albert 0.5%
- Willie 0.4%
- Ruth 0.4%
- Paul 0.4%
- Raymond 0.4%
- Anna 0.4%
- Alice 0.4%
- Annie 0.4%
- Michael 0.4%
- Kenneth 0.4%
- Clarence 0.3%
- J 0.3%
- Samuel 0.3%
- Sarah 0.3%
- Florence 0.3%
- Fred 0.3%
- Roy 0.3%
- Ethel 0.3%
- Howard 0.3%
- Frederick 0.3%
- Alfred 0.3%
- Frances 0.3%
- Ralph 0.3%
- Catherine 0.3%
- Mildred 0.3%
Smith Pronunciation & Spelling Variations
In English, variations of Smith may be Smyth, Smythe,Smijth Smithman, Smithson and Smithfield
In German, Schmid, Schmidt, Schmitt, Schmitz, and Schmied
In Yiddissh: Schmieder
In southern Dutch: De Smid, De Smedt, Desmedt, De Smet, Smeets, and Smets, and in northern Dutch and Afrikaans: Smit, Smid, Smidt, Smed, De Smet
These are just a few of the variations of the "Smith" surname.