Joel Smith

about 1783–after 10 September 1828 (Age 45)
Exeter, Washington, RI, USA

The Life of Joel

Joel Smith was born about 1783. He married Peace Sprague about 1805. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. He died after 10 September 1828, at the age of 45.

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Joel Smith
Peace Sprague
Marriage: about 1805
Seth Sprague Smith
Otis Smith

Spouse and Children

about 1805


    Seth Sprague Smith


    Otis Smith


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 (3)

  • Joel Smith in entry for Seth Smith, "Michigan Deaths, 1867-1897"
  • Joel Smith in entry for Otis Smith, "Michigan Deaths, 1867-1897"
  • Joel Smith in entry for Seth Smith, "Michigan Deaths and Burials, 1800-1995"

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