William Smith

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

The Life Summary of William

When William Smith was born on 25 September 1767, in Wareham, Dorset, England, United Kingdom, his father, Thomas Smith, was 29 and his mother, Ann Brine, was 25. He married Miriam BARNES on 27 July 1800, in Wareham, Dorset, England. 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
1803–1871
Obadiah SMITH
1806–
Mary Smith
1807–1867
Robert SMITH
1811–
Samuel Smith
1812–1884

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    27 July 1800Wareham, Dorset, England, United Kingdom
  • Children

    (5)

    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings

    (5)

    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 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 (3)

    • William Smith in entry for Samuel Smith, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"
    • William Smith, "England Marriages, 1538–1973"
    • William Smith, "England, Dorset, Parish Registers, 1538-1936"

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