Maria Smith


The Life of Maria

Maria Smith was born in 1838, in Canada as the daughter of James Smith. She married Thomas Ariss before 1858, in Canada. They were the parents of at least 3 sons. She lived in Minto, Wellington, Ontario, Canada in 1861.

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Family Time Line

Thomas Ariss
Maria Smith
Marriage: before 1858
James Ariss
John T. Ariss
Thomas Ariss

Spouse and Children

    Thomas Ariss



before 1858


    James Ariss


    John T. Ariss


    Thomas Ariss


Parents and Siblings

    James Smith




World Events (6)

1867 · Ontario Founded

Age 29

On July 1, 1867, the province of Ontario was founded. It is the second largest province in Canada. A third of the population of Canada live here. Before it was Ontario it was called Upper Canada and had a Governor.

Age 31

1883 · Mining Boom

Age 45

In 1883, there was a mining boom in Northern Ontario when mineral deposits were found near Sudbury. Thomas Flanagan was the blacksmith for the Canadian Pacific Railway that noticed the deposits in the river.

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)

  • Maria Ariss, "Ontario Census, 1861"
  • Maria Smith in entry for Thomas Ariss, "Michigan Death Certificates, 1921-1952"
  • Marie Smith in entry for John T Ariss, "Michigan Death Certificates, 1921-1952"

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