Nehemiah Smith

1731–7 October 1813 (Age 82)
Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, British Colonial America

The Life Summary of Nehemiah

When Nehemiah Smith was born in 1731, in Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, British Colonial America, his father, Hezekiah Smith, was 25 and his mother, Rachael Smith, was 28. He married Freelove Brown on 18 March 1773, in Smithfield, Providence, Rhode Island, British Colonial America. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 5 daughters. He died on 7 October 1813, in Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, United States, at the age of 82, and was buried in Sunset Cemetery, Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, United States.

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Nehemiah Smith
Freelove Brown
Marriage: 18 March 1773
Freelove Smith
Nancy Smith
Sarah Smith
Brown Smith
Phebe Smith
Phebe Smith

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    18 March 1773Smithfield, Providence, Rhode Island, British Colonial America
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    World Events (6)

    1763 · First Synagogue in America
    Age 32
    The first Jewish Synagogue in America was built in Newport, Rhode Island in 1763. It still stands today, making it the oldest synagogue in the United States.
    1772 · The Gaspee Affair
    Age 41
    On June 9, 1772, colonists that are angry with the trade restrictions that Britain put them under, board the HMS Gaspee and set it ablaze. This was the first act of violence against the British on the North American continent.
    Age 45
    Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.

    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.

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    Sources (6)

    • Nehemiah Smith in entry for Joseph Olney and Phebe Smith, "Rhode Island, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1630-1945"
    • Nehemiah Smith, "Rhode Island, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1630-1945"
    • Nehemiah Smith, "Rhode Island, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1630-1945"

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