Richard Smith

4 May 1784–9 March 1799 (Age 14)
Bradford, Yorkshire, England

The Life of Richard

When Richard Smith was born on 4 May 1784, his father, Jonas Smith, was 33 and his mother, Elizabeth Walker, was 33. He died on 9 March 1799, at the age of 14.

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Family Time Line

Jonas Smith
1751–1835
Elizabeth Walker
1751–1811
Nancy Smith
1774–
Alexander Smith
1774–1804
Ann Smith
1777–1855
Mary Lee Smith
1780–1843
Jonas Smith
1783–1827
Richard Smith
1784–1799
William Smith
1786–1854
John Smith
1789–1844
John Smith
1789–
Elisabeth Smith
1794–
Elizabeth Smith
1795–1840

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World Events (2)

1787 · English Convicts Sail to Australia

Age 3

The first fleet of convicts sailed from England to Australia on May 13, 1787. By 1868, over 150,000 felons had been exiled to New South Wales, Van Diemen's Land, and Western Australia.
1789 · The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano

Age 5

"Former slave Olaudah Equiano settled in London and published his autobiography titled ""The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano."" Equiano learned to read and write and converted to Christianity. His autobiography is one of the oldest published works by an African-American writer."

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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  • Richard Smith, "England and Wales Non-Conformist Record Indexes (RG4-8), 1588-1977"

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