Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday: Intriguing names from the Necropolis: Ithamar Smuck

Ithamar Smuck is a descendant of Jacob and Mary Smuck who came to Canada from the United States in about 1795, and took an oath of allegiance and settlement on 25 June 1797. They farmed in Glanford Township, Wentworth County, Ontario, from 1796 in the area of a village called Mount Hope, the site of the Hamilton International Airport. There is a Smuck family cemetery in Mount Hope which stands on land now owned by the airport and is inaccessible. The Smucks obtained their land as part of an Upper Canada land patent in 1811.

The name Ithamar has its origins in Hebrew; the Hebrew name אִיתָמָר (Itamar) meaning "palm island". This is the name of one of the sons of Aaron in the Old Testament of the Bible.

Ithamar and his wife Agnes married in 1906 and had 3 children. His wife was very 'long-lived'. Born 2 years before him in 1878, Agnes Mitchell survived her husband by 51 years.

Reference: Smuck Family Tree
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