William Peter Smith

22 January 1850–20 May 1924 (Age 74)
Hillsboro, Washington, Oregon, United States

The Life of William Peter

When William Peter Smith was born on 22 January 1850, in Hillsboro, Washington, Oregon, United States, his father, George Henry Smith, was 39 and his mother, Margaret Jane Copple, was 40. He married Mary Emma Wilson in 1868, in Oregon, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. He lived in San Juan Island, San Juan, Washington Territory, United States in 1880. He died on 20 May 1924, in Friday Harbor, San Juan, Washington, United States, at the age of 74, and was buried in Friday Harbor, San Juan, Washington, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Peter Smith
Sarah Burr
Marriage: 28 October 1876
Estella S Smith
Peter H Smith
Adelaide O Smith
William Beecher Smith
Alfred T Smith
Agnes D Smith

Spouse and Children

28 October 1876
West Sound, San Juan, Washington, United States


    Estella S Smith


    Peter H Smith


    Adelaide O Smith



    Alfred T Smith


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+6 More Children

World Events (8)

1853 · Washington Territory is Created

Age 3

Washington started as part of the Oregon Territory until 1853 when Washington became a territory of its own.

Age 13

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1870 · The Fifteenth Amendment

Age 20

Prohibits the federal government and each state from denying a citizen the right to vote based on that citizen's race, color, or previous condition of servitude. It was the last of the Reconstruction Amendments.

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)

  • William Smith, "United States Census, 1880"
  • William P Smith in household of Peter H Smith, "United States Census, 1910"
  • William P Smith, "United States Census, 1920"

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