Martha Smith

13 April 1718–26 April 1797 (Age 79)
New Haven, Connecticut Colony, British Colonial America

The Life of Martha

When Martha Smith was born on 13 April 1718, in New Haven, Connecticut Colony, British Colonial America, her father, Joseph Smith, was 32 and her mother, Martha Bryan, was 29. She married John Miles I on 3 November 1737, in Milford, New Haven, Connecticut, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 1 daughter. She died on 26 April 1797, in Milford, New Haven, Connecticut, United States, at the age of 79, and was buried in Milford Cemetery, Milford, New Haven, Connecticut, United States.

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John Miles I
Martha Smith
Marriage: 3 November 1737
John Miles
Martha Miles
Daniel Miles
David Miles
Daniel Mills

Spouse and Children

    John Miles I



3 November 1737
Milford, New Haven, Connecticut, United States


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Age 58

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1776 · The Declaration to the King

Age 58

"""At the end of the Second Continental Congress the 13 colonies came together to petition independence from King George III. With no opposing votes, the Declaration of Independence was drafted and ready for all delegates to sign on the Fourth of July 1776. While many think the Declaration was to tell the King that they were becoming independent, its true purpose was to be a formal explanation of why the Congress voted together to declare their independence from Britain. The Declaration also is home to one of the best-known sentences in the English language, stating, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."""""""
1781 · The First Constitution

Age 63

Serving the newly created United States of America as the first constitution, the Articles of Confederation were an agreement among the 13 original states preserving the independence and sovereignty of the states. But with a limited central government, the Constitutional Convention came together to replace the Articles of Confederation with a more established Constitution and central government on where the states can be represented and voice their concerns and comments to build up the nation.

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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  • Martha in entry for Martha Miles, "Connecticut, Vital Records, Prior to 1850"
  • Martha in entry for John Miles, "Connecticut, Vital Records, Prior to 1850"
  • Martha in entry for Jared Miles, "Connecticut, Vital Records, Prior to 1850"

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