Alexander William Smith

26 November 1841–6 February 1924 (Age 82)
Halifax, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

The Life of Alexander William

When Alexander William Smith was born on 26 November 1841, in Halifax, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, his father, Thomas Smith, was 24 and his mother, Catherine Fraser, was 23. He married Frances Catherine Hartling on 15 January 1867, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada in 1867. He died on 6 February 1924, in Halifax, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, at the age of 82, and was buried in Necum Teuch, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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Alexander William Smith
Frances Catherine Hartling
Marriage: 15 January 1867
George Alexander Smith
Margaret Catherine Smith
Barbara Alice Smith
Gracie May Smith
Sophia Elizabeth Smith
Frank Parker Smith
Clarence L. Smith
Walter Chester Smith
Frances M. Smith

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15 January 1867
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada


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World Events (4)


Age 28


Age 30

British Columbia joins the confederation.
1909 · First Canadian Flight

Age 68

The Silver Dart was the first recorded flight in Canada. It took off from Baddeck, Nova Scotia, on February 23, 1909, and was piloted by John Alexander Douglas McCurdy.

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)

  • Alexander Smith, "Canada Census, 1901"
  • Alexander Smith in entry for Unknown, "Nova Scotia Births, 1864-1877"
  • Alexander W in entry for John Tredinnick and Barbara H Smith, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"

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