Rachel Smith

1755–21 May 1813 (Age 58)
Pemberton, Burlington, New Jersey, British Colonial America

The Life of Rachel

When Rachel Smith was born in 1755, in Pemberton, Burlington, New Jersey, British Colonial America, her father, Aaron Smith, was 26 and her mother, Mary Crispin, was 23. She married James Kempton about 1778, in New Jersey, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. She died on 21 May 1813, at the age of 58.

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Family Time Line

James Kempton
Rachel Smith
Marriage: about 1778
William Smith Kempton

Spouse and Children

about 1778
New Jersey, United States


Parents and Siblings

    Aaron Smith





    Frances Smith



    Thomas Smith


    Sarah Smith


    Daniel Smith


+6 More Children

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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Smith Family Leaves England for New Jersey

SMITH.--THOMAS SMITH and his wife....., with their three young children--Thomas Smith, unknown; FRANCIS SMITH; and Sarah Smith, unknown--arrived at Burlington, from South Normanton, Derbyshire, Englan …

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