John James Smith

Brief Life History of John James

When John James Smith was born in 1843, in Bristol, England, United Kingdom, his father, John Smith, was 28 and his mother, Amelia Sutton Willie, was 31. He married Mary Jane Lindrea on 11 November 1869, in Stoke Bishop, Bristol, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter.

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John James Smith
1843–
Mary Jane Lindrea
1849–1904
Marriage: 11 November 1869
Edith Smith
1872–
Montague J Smith
1875–

Sources (9)

  • John James Smith in household of John Smith, "England and Wales Census, 1851"
  • John James Smith, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"
  • John James Smith, "England Marriages, 1538–1973 "

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World Events (8)

1843

Dickens A Christmas Carol was first published.

1854 · The Crimean War

The Crimean War was fought between Russia and an alliance of Britain, France, Sardinia and Turkey on the Crimean Peninsula. Russia had put pressure on Turkey which threatened British interests in the Middle East.

1880 · School Attendance Becomes Mandatory for Children

School attendance became compulsory from ages five to ten on August 2, 1880.

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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