Captain Nehemiah Smith

5 December 1767–12 December 1835 (Age 68)
Lyme, New London, Connecticut, United States

The Life of Nehemiah

When Captain Nehemiah Smith was born on 5 December 1767, in Lyme, New London, Connecticut, United States, his father, Hugh Smith, was 27 and his mother, Elizabeth Daniels II, was 29. He married Elizabeth (Betsey) Gee on 22 June 1788, in Lyme, New London, Connecticut, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 8 daughters. He died on 12 December 1835, in Preston, Preston, Chenango, New York, United States, at the age of 68, and was buried in Village of Oxford, Oxford, Chenango, New York, United States.

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Captain Nehemiah Smith
Elizabeth (Betsey) Gee
Marriage: 22 June 1788
Erastus Smith
Nancy D Smith
Charles Smith
Betsey Smith
Susan Smith
James Smith
Abigail Smith
Capt Nehemiah Smith
Esther Smith
Eunice Smith
Sarah M. Smith
Fanny J. Smith

Spouse and Children

22 June 1788
Lyme, New London, Connecticut, United States


+7 More Children

Parents and Siblings



    Abel B. Smith Sr.



    Richard Smith


    Richard Smith


    Daniel Smith


+7 More Children

World Events (8)


Age 9

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1781 · British Forces Capture Fort Griswold

Age 14

The capture of Fort Griswold was the final act of treason that Benedict Arnold committed. This would be a British victory. On the American side 85 were killed, 35 wounded and paroled, 28 taken prisoner, 13 escaped, and 1 twelve year old was captured and released.
1786 · Shays' Rebellion

Age 19

Caused by war veteran Daniel Shays, Shays' Rebellion was to protest economic and civil rights injustices that he and other farmers were seeing after the Revolutionary War. Because of the Rebellion it opened the eyes of the governing officials that the Articles of Confederation needed a reform. The Rebellion served as a guardrail when helping reform the United States Constitution.

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)

  • Nehemiah Smith, "United States Census, 1830" Preston, Chenango, New York
  • Nehemiah Smith, "United States Census, 1820" Preston, Chenango, New York
  • Nehemiah Smith, "United States Census, 1810" Preston, Chenango, New York

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