Deborah Smith

4 July 1741–25 August 1816 (Age 75)
Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of Deborah

When Deborah Smith was born on 4 July 1741, in Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States, her father, James Smith, was 39 and her mother, Dorcas Richardson, was 35. She married Elijah Howe on 24 June 1759, in Leicester, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 4 daughters. She died on 25 August 1816, in Leicester, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 75, and was buried in Spencer, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States.

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Family Time Line

Elijah Howe
1731–1808
Deborah Smith
1741–1816
Marriage: 24 June 1759
Joel Howe
1760–1854
Elizabeth Howe
1775–1860
Kerley Howe
1762–1853
Frederick Howe
1764–1848
Elijah Howe
1768–1816
Sarah "Sally" Howe
1770–1834
Catherine Howe
1777–1861
James Howe
1781–1821
Lucretia Howe
1784–1872

Spouse and Children

MARRIAGE
24 June 1759
Leicester, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
children

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Parents and Siblings

siblings

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World Events (6)

1776

Age 35

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1776 · The Declaration to the King

Age 35

"""At the end of the Second Continental Congress the 13 colonies came together to petition independence from King George III. With no opposing votes, the Declaration of Independence was drafted and ready for all delegates to sign on the Fourth of July 1776. While many think the Declaration was to tell the King that they were becoming independent, its true purpose was to be a formal explanation of why the Congress voted together to declare their independence from Britain. The Declaration also is home to one of the best-known sentences in the English language, stating, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."""""""
1781 · The First Constitution

Age 40

Serving the newly created United States of America as the first constitution, the Articles of Confederation were an agreement among the 13 original states preserving the independence and sovereignty of the states. But with a limited central government, the Constitutional Convention came together to replace the Articles of Confederation with a more established Constitution and central government on where the states can be represented and voice their concerns and comments to build up the nation.

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)

  • Howe in entry for Catherine Luther, "Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915"
  • Deborah Smith, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"
  • Sarah Howe in entry for Joel Howe, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"

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