James Smith

Brief Life History of James

When James Smith was born on 3 April 1810, in Dysart, Fife, Scotland, United Kingdom, his father, James Smith sr., was 41 and his mother, Isabel Staig, was 40. He married Martha Elder on 24 November 1832, in Dysart, Fife, Scotland, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Prinlaws, Fife, Scotland, United Kingdom in 1851 and Leslie, Fife, Scotland, United Kingdom in 1861. In 1861, at the age of 51, his occupation is listed as flax dresser. He died in April 1879, in Scotland, United Kingdom, at the age of 69.

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Family Time Line

James Smith
1810–1879
Martha Elder
1811–1868
Marriage: 24 November 1832
Jean Smith
1833–
George Smith
1835–
Matilda Elder Smith
1835–1913
James Smith
1837–
Janet Smith
1839–
William Smith
1843–
John Smith
1845–
Alexander Smith
1851–

Sources (7)

  • James Smith, "Scotland Census, 1861"
  • Jas. Smith, "Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"
  • James Smith, "Scotland, Marriages, 1561-1910"

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World Events (8)

1811 · The Tron Riot

The Tron riot was a riot which occurred in Edinburgh, Scotland on New Year's Eve. A group of young men attacked and robbed wealthier passers-by. One police officer was killed in the riot. Though the total count of participants is unknown, sixty-eight youths were arrested, with five sentenced to death for their actions during the riot.

1815

The defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte at Waterloo marks the end of the Napoleonic Wars. Napoleon defeated and exiled to St. Helena.

1830

Eclectic Period (Art and Antiques).

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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