Martha Smith

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

The Life 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
Martha Smith
Marriage: 6 October 1833
Julia Ann Stetson
Endora Stetson
Emma S. Stetson
Ella Persis Stetson

Spouse and Children

6 October 1833


    Julia Ann Stetson


    Endora Stetson


    Emma S. Stetson


    Ella Persis Stetson


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World Events (8)


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: 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)

  • Martha S. Smith Stetson, "Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915"
  • Martha in entry for Francis Ellison and Ella P. Stetson, "Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915"
  • Martha in entry for Julia A. Stetson, "Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915"

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