David W. Smith

11 March 1836–
Adair, Hancock, Kentucky, United States

The Life of David W.

When David W. Smith was born on 11 March 1836, in Adair, Hancock, Kentucky, United States, his father, David G Smith, was 42 and his mother, Eliza Clark, was 38.

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David G Smith
Eliza Clark
John Martin Smith
Louis Smith
Mary A. Smith
Madison M. Smith
Benjamin F. Smith
Benjamin F. Smith
Mary A. Smith
David W. Smith
Eliza J. Smith
John James Smith
Eliza Jane Smith

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Age 10

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

Age 27

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

Age 56

Historical Boundaries - 1892: Hancock, Kentucky, United States

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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