Rebecca Smith

Brief Life History of Rebecca

When Rebecca Smith was born in 1844, in Cocagne, Dundas, Kent, New Brunswick, Canada, her father, Gideon Smith, was 39 and her mother, Nancy Wood, was 39. She had at least 1 son and 2 daughters with William Wright Seely. She lived in Dundas, Kent, New Brunswick, Canada in 1871.

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Family Time Line

William Wright Seely
1842–1905
Rebecca Smith
1844–
Elizabeth J. Seely
1868–
Thomas Glendenning Seely
1869–
Edna Earl Seely
1872–

Sources (13)

  • Rebecca Seely in household of William Seely, "Canada Census, 1871"
  • Rebecca Smith, "Canada, New Brunswick County Register of Births, 1801-1920"
  • Rebecca in entry for David R Cantley, "Nova Scotia Marriages, 1864-1918"

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World Events (6)

1867 · British North America Act

The British North America Act or Constitution Act of 1867 caused three British colonies, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Canada to be united as one under the name Canada. Until this point New Brunswick had been the British crown colony.

1871

British Columbia joins the confederation.

1880 · Legislature in Fredericton Destoryed by Fire

On February 25, 1880, the legislature building in Frederiction was destroyed by fire. The builiding was completely made of wood meaning that there was nothing left of it. The chair that the speaker used and a marble top table were all that remained.

Name Meaning

English and Scottish: occupational name denoting a worker in metal, especially iron, such as a blacksmith or farrier, from Middle English smith ‘smith’ (Old English smith, probably a derivative of smītan ‘to strike, hammer’). Early examples are also found in the Latin form Faber . Metal-working was one of the earliest occupations for which specialist skills were required, and its importance ensured that this term and its equivalents in other languages were 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 also the most frequent of all surnames in the US. It is very common among African Americans and Native Americans (see also 5 below). This surname (in any of the two possible English senses; see also below) is also found in Haiti. See also Smither .

English: from Middle English smithe ‘smithy, forge’ (Old English smiththe). The surname may be topographic, for someone who lived in or by a blacksmith's shop, occupational, for someone who worked in one, or habitational, from a place so named, such as Smitha in King's Nympton (Devon). Compare Smithey .

Irish and Scottish: sometimes adopted for Gaelic Mac Gobhann, Irish Mac Gabhann ‘son of the smith’. See McGowan .

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

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