Israel Smith

16 October 1735–19 April 1737 (Age 1)
Leicester, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States

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

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