William Henry Smith

Male7 November 1833–4 June 1902

Brief Life History of William Henry

When William Henry Smith was born on 7 November 1833, in Cazenovia, Cazenovia, Madison, New York, United States, his father, Williard Morse Smith, was 24 and his mother, Lucinda H Harrington, was 26. He married Susan Adaline Alvord on 30 January 1856, in DeRuyter, Madison, New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons. He lived in Barre, Orleans, New York, United States in 1870 and Albion, Albion, Orleans, New York, United States for about 5 years. He died on 4 June 1902, in New Woodstock, Madison, New York, United States, at the age of 68, and was buried in Sheds, Madison, New York, United States.

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William Henry Smith
Susan Adaline Alvord
Marriage: 30 January 1856
William Alvord Smith
Warren Jay Smith
Charles H. Smith

Sources (8)

  • William Smith, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Willian Henry Smith, "Find A Grave Index"
  • William Smith in household of Willard Smith, "New York State Census, 1855"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    30 January 1856DeRuyter, Madison, New York, United States
  • Children (3)

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    Siblings (5)

    World Events (8)

    1836 · Remember the Alamo

    Age 3

    Being a monumental event in the Texas Revolution, The Battle of the Alamo was a thirteen-day battle at the Alamo Mission near San Antonio. In the early morning of the final battle, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. Quickly being overrun, the Texian Soldiers quickly withdrew inside the building. The battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War, But the Alamo gradually became known as a national battle site and later named an official Texas State Shrine.


    Age 13

    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.


    Age 30

    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

    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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