William Smith

25 September 1767–4 March 1854 (Age 86)
Wareham, Dorset, England, United Kingdom

The Life of William

William Smith was born on 25 September 1767, in Wareham, Dorset, England, United Kingdom as the son of Thomas Smith and Ann Brine. He married Miriam BARNES on 27 July 1800. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 1 daughter. He died on 4 March 1854, in his hometown, at the age of 86.

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Family Time Line

William Smith
1767–1854
Miriam BARNES
1772–1853
Marriage: 27 July 1800
William Smith
1803–
Obadiah SMITH
1806–
Mary Smith
1811–1867
Robert SMITH
1811–
Samuel Smith
1812–1884

Spouse and Children

    Male1767–1854Male

    Miriam BARNES

    Female1772–1853Female

MARRIAGE
27 July 1800
Lady St. Mary, Wareham, Dorset, England
children

(5)

    William Smith

    Male1803–Male

    Obadiah SMITH

    Male1806–Male

    Mary Smith

    Female1811–1867Female

    Robert SMITH

    Male1811–Male

    Samuel Smith

    Male1812–1884Male

Parents and Siblings

    Thomas Smith

    MaleMale

    Ann Brine

    Female1740–Female

siblings

(1)

World Events (6)

1801 · The Act of Union

Age 34

The Act of Union was a legislative agreement which united England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland under the name of the United Kingdom on January 1, 1801.
1808 · The British West Africa Squadron

Age 41

The British West Africa Squadron was formed in 1808 to suppress illegal slave trading on the African coastline. The British West Africa Squadron had freed approximately 150,000 people by 1865.
1815

Age 48

The defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte at Waterloo marks the end of the Napoleonic Wars. Napoleon defeated and exiled to St. Helena.

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.

Possible Related Names

Sources (2)

  • William Smith, "England, Dorset, Parish Registers, 1538-1936"
  • William Smith in entry for Samuel Smith, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"

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