When Ralph Smithwick was born in 1648, in Suffolk, Nansemond, Virginia, British Colonial America, his father, Hugh Smithwick, was 34 and his mother, Elizabeth Windley, was 28. He died in 1693, in Edenton, Chowan, Carolina, British Colonial America, at the age of 45.
English: habitational name from Smethwick in Staffordshire, Smethwick Green near Brereton Heath (Cheshire), or a lost place called Smithwick in Southover (Sussex). The placename means ‘the farm of the smith(s)’, from Old English smith ‘smith’ + wīc ‘dwelling, specialized farm’. This surname has also been established in southern Ireland since the 17th century.