William J. Smith

21 December 1852–9 April 1853
Crawford Township, Madison, Iowa, United States

The Life of William J.

When William J. Smith was born on 21 December 1852, in Crawford Township, Madison, Iowa, United States, his father, David Simpson Smith, was 25 and his mother, Jane Cason, was 18. He died on 9 April 1853, in his hometown, at the age of 0, and was buried in Brush Ridge Cemetery, Patterson, Madison, Iowa, United States.

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David Simpson Smith
Jane Cason
Permelia A. Smith
Margaret E. Smith
Ida Smith
William J. Smith
Mary Ann Smith
Charles Marion Smith
Alice J. Smith

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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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  • William J. Smith, "Find A Grave Index" (Patterson, Madison, Iowa: 1853)
  • William J. Smith, "Iowa Gravestone Photo Project" (Madison County: 1853)

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