William Henry Smith

7 November 1833–4 June 1902 (Age 68)
Cazenovia, Cazenovia, Madison, New York, United States

The Life 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 Adalin Alvord on 30 January 1856, in DeRuyter, Madison, New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons. He lived in DeRuyter, Madison, New York, United States for about 5 years and Albion, Albion, Orleans, New York, United States for about 5 years. He died on 4 June 1902, in New Woodstock, Cazenovia, Madison, New York, United States, at the age of 68, and was buried in Sheds, DeRuyter, Madison, New York, United States.

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William Henry Smith
Susan Adalin Alvord
Marriage: 30 January 1856
Warren J Smith
William Alvord Smith
Charles H. Smith

Spouse and Children

30 January 1856
DeRuyter, Madison, New York, United States



    William Alvord Smith


    Charles H. Smith


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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: 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)

  • William Smith in household of Willard Smith, "New York State Census, 1855"
  • William H Smith, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Wm H Smith, "New York State Census, 1875"

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