John Witherspoon Smith

5 April 1778–1829 (Age 50)
Virginia, United States

The Life of John Witherspoon

When John Witherspoon Smith was born on 5 April 1778, in Virginia, United States, his father, Reverend Samuel Stanhope Smith, was 27 and his mother, Anne Witherspoon, was 28. He married Sarah Henrietta Duer on 8 March 1805. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 7 daughters. He lived in New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, United States in 1850. He died in 1829, at the age of 51.

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John Witherspoon Smith
Sarah Henrietta Duer
Marriage: 8 March 1805
Anne Catherine Smith
Frances Caroline Smith
Samuel Stanhope Smith
Catherine Alexander Smith
John Witherspoon Smith Jr
Sarah Duer Smith
Theodora Maria Smith
Caroline Lauren Smith
Mary Livingston Smith

Spouse and Children

8 March 1805


    Anne Catherine Smith


    Frances Caroline Smith


    Samuel Stanhope Smith


    Catherine Alexander Smith


    John Witherspoon Smith Jr


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World Events (8)

1780 · Richmond Becomes the Capital

Age 2

On April 18, 1780 Richmond became the capital of Virginia. It was the temporary capital from 1780-1788.
1781 · The First Constitution

Age 3

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.
1794 · Creating the Eleventh Amendment

Age 16

The Eleventh Amendment restricts the ability of any people to start a lawsuit against the states in federal court.

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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  • John Witherspoon Smith, "Louisiana, Orleans Parish Death Records and Certificates, 1835-1954"
  • Legacy NFS Source: John Witherspoon Smith - Published information: birth-name: John Witherspoon Smith

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