Matthew Smith

1739–1808 (Age 69)
Sandisfield, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States

The Life Summary of Matthew

Matthew Smith was born in 1739, in Sandisfield, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States. He married Ruth Smith about 1769, in Sandisfield, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States. He died on 19 February 1808, in his hometown, at the age of 69, and was buried in Sandisfield, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States.

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Matthew Smith
1739–1808
Ruth Smith
1748–1826
Marriage: about 1769

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World Events (4)

1776
Age 37
Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1776 · The Declaration to the King
Age 37
"""At the end of the Second Continental Congress the 13 colonies came together to petition independence from King George III. With no opposing votes, the Declaration of Independence was drafted and ready for all delegates to sign on the Fourth of July 1776. While many think the Declaration was to tell the King that they were becoming independent, its true purpose was to be a formal explanation of why the Congress voted together to declare their independence from Britain. The Declaration also is home to one of the best-known sentences in the English language, stating, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."""""""
1794 · Creating the Eleventh Amendment
Age 55
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.

Possible Related Names

Blacksmith
Gowan
Nesmith
Smithe
Smithson
Smyth
Smythe

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