Martha Smith

9 August 1810–21 March 1887 (Age 76)
Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States

The Life Summary of Martha

When Martha Smith was born on 9 August 1810, in Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States, her father, Jacob Smith, was 30 and her mother, Betsey Sprague, was 21. She married Samuel Stetson on 6 October 1833. They were the parents of at least 4 daughters. She died on 21 March 1887, in Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 76, and was buried in Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States.

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Family Time Line

Samuel Stetson
1798–1871
Martha Smith
1810–1887
Marriage: 6 October 1833
Julia Ann Stetson
1834–1882
Endora Stetson
1837–1838
Emma S. Stetson
1840–
Ella Persis Stetson
1844–1936

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    6 October 1833
  • Children

    (4)

    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings

    (3)

    World Events (8)

    1812
    Age 2
    War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.
    1812 · War of 1812
    Age 2
    Because of the outbreak of war from Napoleonic France, Britain decided to blockade the trade between the United States and the French. The US then fought this action and said it was illegal under international law. Britain supplied Native Americans who raided settlers living on the frontier and halting expansion westward. In 1814, one of the British raids stormed into Washington D.C. burning down the capital. Neither the Americans or the British wanted to continue fighting, so negotiations of peace began. After Treaty of Ghent was signed, Unaware of the treaty, British forces invaded Louisiana but were defeated in January 1815.
    1832 · The Black Hawk War
    Age 22
    Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

    Name Meaning

    English and Scottish: occupational name denoting a worker in metal, especially iron, such as a blacksmith or farrier, from Middle English smith ‘smith’ (Old English smith, probably a derivative of smītan ‘to strike, hammer’). Early examples are also found in the Latin form Faber . Metal-working was one of the earliest occupations for which specialist skills were required, and its importance ensured that this term and its equivalents in other languages were 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 also the most frequent of all surnames in the US. It is very common among African Americans and Native Americans (see also 5 below). This surname (in any of the two possible English senses; see also below) is also found in Haiti. See also Smither .English: from Middle English smithe ‘smithy, forge’ (Old English smiththe). The surname may be topographic, for someone who lived in or by a blacksmith's shop, occupational, for someone who worked in one, or habitational, from a place so named, such as Smitha in King's Nympton (Devon). Compare Smithey .Irish and Scottish: sometimes adopted for Gaelic Mac Gobhann, Irish Mac Gabhann ‘son of the smith’. See McGowan .

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

    Possible Related Names

    Smithe
    Smither
    Smithey
    Smyth
    Smythe
    McGowan
    Smead
    Faber

    Sources (31)

    • Martha S Stetson in household of Samuel Stetson, "United States Census, 1850"
    • Martha in entry for Francis Ellison and Ella P Stetson, "Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915"
    • Martha Smith in entry for Ella Persis Stetson Ellison, "Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915, 1921-1924"

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