W. Charles Smith

about 1841–
Elmira, Chemung, New York, United States

The Life of W. Charles

W. Charles Smith was born about 1841, in Elmira, Chemung, New York, United States. He married Mary Louise Veil on 28 November 1867, in Elmira, Chemung, New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter.

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W. Charles Smith
1841–
Mary Louise Veil
1846–1934
Marriage: 28 November 1867
Rose Smith
1874–1950
Benjamin V. Smith
1876–
Charles S Smith
1879–

Spouse and Children

MARRIAGE
28 November 1867
Elmira, Chemung, New York, United States
children

(3)

World Events (8)

1846

Age 5

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1863

Age 22

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1872 · The First National Park

Age 31

Yellowstone National Park was given the title of the first national park by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant. It is also believed to be the first national park in the world.

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)

  • W Charles Smith, "United States Census, 1900"
  • W. Charles in entry for Charles Smith and Laura Hoxter, "New York, New York City Marriage Records, 1829-1940"

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