Clarissa Smith

9 April 1796–4 January 1830 (Age 33)
South Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of Clarissa

When Clarissa Smith was born on 9 April 1796, in South Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States, her father, Selah Smith, was 31 and her mother, Mary Moody, was 21. She married Heman White on 1 February 1814, in South Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 3 daughters. She died on 4 January 1830, at the age of 33.

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Heman White
Clarissa Smith
Marriage: 1 February 1814
Mary White
Heman White
Heman White
Clarissa White
Rebecca White

Spouse and Children

1 February 1814
South Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States


    Mary White


    Heman White


    Heman White


    Clarissa White


    Rebecca White


Parents and Siblings



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World Events (8)

1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

Age 4

While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.

Age 7

France sells Louisiana territories to U.S.A.

Age 12

Atlantic slave trade abolished.

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 (2)

  • Clara Smith in entry for Heman White, "Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915"
  • Clarisa White in entry for Heman White and Clarisa Bartlett, "Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915"

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