Martha Frances Smith

1769–13 February 1810 (Age 41)
Mecklenburg, Virginia, United States

The Life of Martha Frances

When Martha Frances Smith was born in 1769, in Mecklenburg, Virginia, United States, her father, John Smith, was 34 and her mother, Susannah, was 28. She married Edward Elam Jr. on 12 November 1786, in Mecklenburg, Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 3 daughters. She died on 13 February 1810, in Charlotte, Virginia, United States, at the age of 41.

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Family Time Line

Edward Elam Jr.
1765–1840
Martha Frances Smith
1769–1810
Marriage: 12 November 1786
John Elam
1787–1824
Anderson Samuel Elam
1792–1878
Thomas Samuel Elam
1794–1878
Edward Elam III
1798–1884
Elizabeth Elam
1800–1876
Daniel Branch Elam
1802–1863
Sarah Elam
1803–1819
Martha Smith Elam
1810–1810

Spouse and Children

MARRIAGE
12 November 1786
Mecklenburg, Virginia, United States
children

(8)

    Male1787–1824Male

    Anderson Samuel Elam

    Male1792–1878Male

    Thomas Samuel Elam

    Male1794–1878Male

    Edward Elam III

    Male1798–1884Male

    Female1800–1876Female

+3 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    John Smith

    Male1735–Male

    Susannah

    Female1741–1781Female

siblings

(1)

World Events (8)

1776

Age 7

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1780 · Richmond Becomes the Capital

Age 11

On April 18, 1780 Richmond became the capital of Virginia. It was the temporary capital from 1780-1788.
1781

Age 12

The American Revolution ended with the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown Virginia.

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)

  • Martha Frances Smith, "Virginia, County Marriage Records, 1771-1943"
  • Martha Smith, "Virginia, County Marriage Records, 1771-1943"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Martha Smith - death: 13 February 1810; Charlotte, Virginia, United States

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