John Smith

about 1753–from 1754 to 1843 (Age 1)
Scotland

The Life of John

John Smith was born about 1753, in Scotland as the son of Richard Smith. He died from 1754 to 1843, at the age of 90.

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Family Time Line

Richard Smith
1730–1792
William Rose Smith
1751–1793
John Smith
1753–1843
Smith
1755–1849
Smith
1759–1853
Smith
1760–1854
Smith
1762–1856
William Rose Smith
1758–1839

Parents and Siblings

    Richard Smith

    Male1730–1792Male

siblings

(7)

    William Rose Smith

    Male1751–1793Male

    Male1753–1843Male

    Smith

    Unknown1755–1849

    William Rose Smith

    Male1758–1839Male

    Smith

    Unknown1759–1853

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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 ).

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