Dorcas Smith

8 December 1730–
Leicester, Worcester, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America

The Life of Dorcas

When Dorcas Smith was born on 8 December 1730, in Leicester, Worcester, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America, her father, James Smith, was 28 and her mother, Dorcas Richardson, was 24.

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Family Time Line

James Smith
1702–1743
Dorcas Richardson
1706–1777
Nathaniel Smith
1724–
Bethiah Smith
1728–
James Smith
1728–1756
Dorcas Smith
1730–
Abigail Smith
1733–1799
Israel Smith
1735–1737
Nathaniel Smith
1738–
Deborah Smith
1741–1816
Beulah Smith
1743–

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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)

  • Darcos Smith, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"
  • Darcos Smith, "Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915"

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