Ann Smith

3 December 1795–25 January 1845 (Age 49)
Allen, Kentucky, United States

The Life of Ann

When Ann Smith was born on 3 December 1795, her father, John Smith, was 44 and her mother, Sarah A. Cary, was 30. She married William Spencer on 4 March 1818, in Scottsville, Allen, Kentucky, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. She died on 25 January 1845, in Allen, Kentucky, United States, at the age of 49, and was buried in Allen, Kentucky, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Spencer
Ann Smith
Marriage: 4 March 1818
John Wesley Spencer
Dorinda Spencer
Edney E Spencer
William Prestley Spencer

Spouse and Children

4 March 1818
Scottsville, Allen, Kentucky, United States


    John Wesley Spencer


    Dorinda Spencer


    Edney E Spencer


    William Prestley Spencer


Parents and Siblings

    John Smith


    Sarah A. Cary




    Samuel Smith


    Rachel Smith


    Mary "Polly" Smith


    Nancy Smith


    John Smith


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World Events (7)

1796 · Wilderness Road Opens to Wagons

Age 1

In 1796, the Wilderness Road opened up for wagon use. The route was used by colonial and early settlers to reach Kentucky from the East. It started in Virginia, and went southward to Tennessee and then went north to Kentucky. The main danger of this route was Native American attacks.
1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

Age 5

While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.

Age 17

War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.

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)

  • Allie Smith in entry for William Presley Spencer, "Kentucky Death Records, 1911-1965"
  • Anna Smith, "Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954"
  • Anna Smith, "Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954"

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