Joseph Smith

30 May 1671–June 1671
Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America

The Life of Joseph

When Joseph Smith was born on 30 May 1671, in Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America, his father, John Smith, was 61 and his mother, Katherine, was 35. He died in June 1671, in his hometown, at the age of 0.

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John Smith
Mary Smith
John Smith
Waitstill Smith
Deliverance Smith
Samuel Smith
Sarah Smith
James Smith
Abigail Smith
Joseph Smith

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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 ).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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  • Thomas Lord in The Great Migration, 1634-1635
  • Legacy NFS Source: Joseph Smith - Government record: Birth record or certificate: death: June 1671; Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
  • Legacy NFS Source: Joseph Smith - birth: 30 May 1671;

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