Israel Smith

Brief Life History of Israel

When Israel Smith was born on 16 October 1735, in Leicester, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States, his father, James Smith, was 33 and his mother, Dorcas Richardson, was 29. He died on 19 April 1737, in his hometown, at the age of 1.

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Family Time Line

James Smith
1702–1743
Dorcas Richardson
1706–1777
Bethiah Smith
1728–
James Smith
1728–1756
Dorcas Smith
1730–1764
Abigail Smith
1733–1799
Israel Smith
1735–1737
Nathaniel Smith
1738–
Deborah Smith
1741–1816
Beulah Smith
1743–

Sources (2)

  • Israel Smith, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"
  • Israel Smith, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"

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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