Peregrine Smith

about 1755–1830 (Age 75)
Scituate, Providence, Rhode Island, United States

The Life of Peregrine

When Peregrine Smith was born about 1755, in Scituate, Providence, Rhode Island, United States, his father, Stephen Smith, was 36 and his mother, Mary Peck, was 28. He married Zerviah Eddy on 1 January 1778. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 1 daughter. He died in 1830, in Vermont, United States, at the age of 75, and was buried in Chippenhook, Clarendon, Rutland, Vermont, United States.

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Peregrine Smith
Zerviah Eddy
Marriage: 1 January 1778
Nicholas Smith
Job Smith
James Smith
John Smith
Levi Smith
Polly Smith
Arnold Smith

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1 January 1778


    Nicholas Smith


    Job Smith


    James Smith


    John Smith


    Levi Smith


+2 More Children

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World Events (6)


Age 21

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.

Age 21

Rhode Island was first to declare its independence from Britain on May 4, 1776.
1794 · Creating the Eleventh Amendment

Age 39

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.

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Sources (3)

  • Peregrine Smith in entry for Polly Smith, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"
  • P Smith Tower, "United States Revolutionary War Pension Payment Ledgers, 1818-1872"
  • Perry G Smith in entry for James T Smith, "Vermont Vital Records, 1760-1954"

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