Charles Sayles Smith

Male2 September 1809–1 March 1884

Brief Life History 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 Ann 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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Charles Sayles Smith
Mary Ann Aldrich
Marriage: 24 November 1831
Simeon Smith
Alzada Smith
Syra Emor Smith
Martha Sayles Smith
Clara E Nichols
Mary Anna Smith
Daniel Aldrich Smith

Sources (9)

  • Charles Smith, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Charles Sayles Smith, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Charles S. Smith in entry for Mary Ann Smith, "Rhode Island, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1630-1945"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    24 November 1831Rhode Island, United States
  • Children (9)

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    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 and Scottish: occupational name denoting a worker in metal, especially iron, such as a blacksmith or farrier, from Middle English smith ‘smith’ (Old English smith, probably a derivative of smītan ‘to strike, hammer’). Early examples are also found in the Latin form Faber . Metal-working was one of the earliest occupations for which specialist skills were required, and its importance ensured that this term and its equivalents in other languages were 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 also the most frequent of all surnames in the US. It is very common among African Americans and Native Americans (see also 5 below). This surname (in any of the two possible English senses; see also below) is also found in Haiti. See also Smither .

    English: from Middle English smithe ‘smithy, forge’ (Old English smiththe). The surname may be topographic, for someone who lived in or by a blacksmith's shop, occupational, for someone who worked in one, or habitational, from a place so named, such as Smitha in King's Nympton (Devon). Compare Smithey .

    Irish and Scottish: sometimes adopted for Gaelic Mac Gobhann, Irish Mac Gabhann ‘son of the smith’. See McGowan .

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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