Joseph Smith IV

28 October 1728–22 November 1799 (Age 71)
Wallingford, New Haven, Connecticut Colony, British Colonial America

The Life of Joseph

When Joseph Smith IV was born on 28 October 1728, in Wallingford, New Haven, Connecticut Colony, British Colonial America, his father, Joseph Smith III, was 23 and his mother, Esther Benedict Ives, was 21. He married Eunice Thomas on 18 August 1755, in New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, United States. They were the parents of at least 8 sons and 8 daughters. He died on 22 November 1799, in Harwinton, Litchfield, Connecticut, United States, at the age of 71, and was buried in Harwinton, Litchfield, Connecticut, United States.

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Joseph Smith IV
Eunice Thomas
Marriage: 18 August 1755
Mary Smith
Elizabeth Smith
Eunice Smith
Rebecca Smith
David Smith
Odice Smith
Joseph Smith V
Amos Smith
John Smith
Elisha Smith
Mary Smith
Sarah Smith
Joseph Smith
Jesse Smith
Katurah Smith
Keturah Smith

Spouse and Children

18 August 1755
New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, United States


    Mary Smith


    Elizabeth Smith




    David Smith


+11 More Children

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+5 More Children

World Events (4)


Age 48

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1781 · British Forces Capture Fort Griswold

Age 53

The capture of Fort Griswold was the final act of treason that Benedict Arnold committed. This would be a British victory. On the American side 85 were killed, 35 wounded and paroled, 28 taken prisoner, 13 escaped, and 1 twelve year old was captured and released.
1783 · A Free America

Age 55

The Revolutionary War ended with the signing of the Treaty of Paris which gave the new nation boundries on which they could expand and trade with other countries without any problems.

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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Sources (3)

  • Mr. Joseph in entry for Mrs. Eunice Smith, "Connecticut Deaths and Burials, 1772-1934"
  • Jos Smith, "Connecticut, Vital Records, Prior to 1850"
  • Joseph Smith, "Connecticut, Vital Records, Prior to 1850"

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