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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William Smith
Marriage: 27 July 1800
William Smith
Obadiah SMITH
Mary Smith
Robert SMITH
Samuel Smith

Spouse and Children


    Miriam BARNES


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


    William Smith


    Obadiah SMITH


    Mary Smith


    Robert SMITH


    Samuel Smith


Parents and Siblings

    Thomas Smith


    Ann Brine




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.

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.

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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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