Nathaniel Smith

Great Witley, Worcestershire, England, United Kingdom

The Life of Nathaniel

When Nathaniel Smith was born in 1724, in Great Witley, Worcestershire, England, his father, James Smith, was 22 and his mother, Dorcas Richardson, was 18. He married Mary in 1749, in Great Witley, Worcestershire, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 2 daughters.

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Nathaniel Smith
Marriage: 1749
Thomas Smith
Mary Smith
Nathaniel Smith
Joseph Smith
Elizabeth Smith

Spouse and Children

Great Witley, Worcestershire, England, United Kingdom


    Thomas Smith


    Mary Smith


    Nathaniel Smith


    Joseph Smith


    Elizabeth Smith


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World Events (6)

1752 · Gregorian Calendar is Adopted

Age 28

Gregorian calendar was adopted in England in 1752. That year, Wednesday, September 2, 1752, was followed by Thursday, September 14th, 1752, which caused the country to skip ahead eleven days.
1754 · Seven Years' War

Age 30

The Seven Years' War began as a North American conflict then stretched between England and France. England, along with allies, battled France in America, India, and Europe, making it arguably the first global war. The conflict ended with the signing of the Treaty of Paris in 1763 and England was victorious. The Seven Years' war ultimately led to discontent in the colonies and the American Revolution.
1770 · Boston Tea Party

Age 46

Thousands of British troops were sent to Boston to enforce Britain's tax laws. Taxes were repealed on all imports to the American Colonies except tea. Americans, disguised as Native Americans, dumped chests of tea imported by the East India Company into the Boston Harbor in protest. This escalated tensions between the American Colonies and the British government.

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 (3)

  • Natha. Smith in entry for Thomas Smith, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"
  • Nath. Smith in entry for Joseph Smith, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"
  • Nath. Smith in entry for Mary Smith, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"

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