Benjamin Smith

2 May 1769–1826 (Age 56)
Stratham, Rockingham, New Hampshire, British Colonial America

The Life of Benjamin

When Benjamin Smith was born on 2 May 1769, in Stratham, Rockingham, New Hampshire, British Colonial America, his father, Benjamin Smith, was 60 and his mother, Sarah Clark, was 20. He married Nancy Rogent about 1791, in Durham, Strafford, New Hampshire, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. He died in 1826, at the age of 57.

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Benjamin Smith
Nancy Rogent
Marriage: about 1791
Hannah R. Smith

Spouse and Children


    Nancy Rogent


about 1791
Durham, Strafford, New Hampshire, United States


    Hannah R. Smith


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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 (2)

  • Benjamin Smith in entry for Hannah Mugridge, "New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947"
  • Benjamin Smith in entry for Hannah Mugridge, "New Hampshire Deaths and Burials, 1784-1949"

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