Benjamin Smith

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

The Life Summary 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 30. 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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Family Time Line

Benjamin Smith
1769–1826
Nancy Rogent
1773–1850
Marriage: about 1791
Hannah R. Smith
1797–1886

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    about 1791Durham, Strafford, New Hampshire, United States
  • Children

    (1)

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    Siblings

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    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.

    Possible Related Names

    Smithe
    Smither
    Smithey
    Smyth
    Smythe
    McGowan
    Smead
    Faber

    Sources (2)

    • Benjamin Smith in entry for Hannah Mugridge, "New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947"

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