Charles Sayles Smith

1809–1884 (Age 74)
North Smithfield, Providence, Rhode Island, United States

The Life of Charles Sayles

When Charles Sayles Smith was born on 2 September 1809, in North Smithfield, Providence, Rhode Island, United States, his father, Syra Smith, was 28 and his mother, Martha Sayles, was 23. He married Mary A. Aldrich on 24 November 1831, in Rhode Island, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Rhode Island, United States in 1870 and Burrillville, Providence, Rhode Island, United States in 1880. He died on 1 March 1884, in North Smithfield, Providence, Rhode Island, United States, at the age of 74, and was buried in Burrillville, Providence, Rhode Island, United States.

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Family Time Line

Charles Sayles Smith
Mary A. Aldrich
Marriage: 24 November 1831
Simeon Smith
Alzada Smith
Syra Emor Smith
Martha Sayles Smith
Clara E Nichols
Mary Anna Smith
Daniel Aldrich Smith

Spouse and Children

24 November 1831
Rhode Island, United States


    Simeon Smith


    Alzada Smith






    Syra Emor Smith


+4 More Children

Parents and Siblings




    Charlotte Mowry Smith


    Nelson Smith



World Events (8)

1811 · USS Revenge

Age 2

On January 9, 1811, the USS Revenge hits a reef off of Watch Hill, Rhode Island. The load the ship is carrying is handed off to other ships and the USS Revenge is tied down by tow ropes. It brakes free from the ropes and later sinks. In 2011 divers find what are believed to be the remains of the ship.

Age 3

War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.
1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 21

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.

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.

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • Charles Smith, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Charles Smith, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Chas L Smith, "United States Census, 1870"

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