Elizabeth Smith

8 April 1741–31 March 1781 (Age 39)
South Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America

The Life of Elizabeth

When Elizabeth Smith was born on 8 April 1741, in South Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America, her father, John Smith, was 23 and her mother, Elizabeth Edwards, was 17. She married Lieut. Reuben Judd about 1767. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 3 daughters. She died on 31 March 1781, in Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 39.

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Lieut. Reuben Judd
Elizabeth Smith
Marriage: about 1767
Salathiel Judd
Elizabeth Judd
Supplina Judd
Mahalah Judd
Samuel Judd
Horace Judd
Terzah Judd

Spouse and Children

about 1767


+2 More Children

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+6 More Children

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Age 35

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

Age 35

"""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."""""""

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 (2)

  • Elizabeth White Judd in entry for Levi Clapp and Elizabeth Merrill, "Massachusetts Town Records, ca. 1638-1961"
  • Elizabeth Judd in entry for Elizabeth Judd, "Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915"

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