Phebe Smith

1764–1 September 1836 (Age 72)
Port Republic, Atlantic, New Jersey, United States

The Life of Phebe

When Phebe Smith was born in 1764, in Port Republic, Atlantic, New Jersey, United States, her father, Captain Micajah Smith, was 22 and her mother, Sarah Branson Owen, was 19. She married Daniel Mathis about 1780, in New Jersey, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 5 daughters. She died on 1 September 1836, in Tuckerton, Ocean County, New Jersey, United States, at the age of 72, and was buried in Old Methodist Cemetery, Manahawkin, Ocean County, New Jersey, United States.

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Family Time Line

Daniel Mathis
Phebe Smith
Marriage: about 1780
Aaron Mathis
Owen Mathis
Anna Maria Mathis
Mary Mathis
Sarah Smith Mathis
Leah Mathis
Micajah Mathis
Phoebe S. Mathis
Daniel Mathis

Spouse and Children

about 1780
New Jersey, United States


+4 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    Captain Micajah Smith


    Sarah Branson Owen




World Events (8)


Age 11

During the six-year Revolutionary war, more of the fights took place in New Jersey than any other colony. Over 296 engagements between opposing forces were recorded. One of the largest conflicts of the entire war took place between Morristown and Middlebrook, referred to as the "Ten Crucial Days" and remembered by the famous phrase "the times that try men's souls". The revolution won some of their most desperately needed victories during this time.

Age 12

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1783 · A Free America

Age 19

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)

  • Phebe in entry for Mary Miller, "New Jersey, Deaths, 1670-1988"
  • Phebe S. Mathis, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Phebe Mathis in entry for Phebe S. French, "New Jersey Deaths and Burials, 1720-1988"

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