Elizabeth "Betsy" Smith

Brief Life History of Elizabeth "Betsy"

When Elizabeth "Betsy" Smith was born on 14 September 1781, in Lexington, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States, her father, Joseph Smith, was 38 and her mother, Abigail Ingoldsby, was 30. She married William Tileston on 21 July 1804, in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in Windsor, Windsor, Vermont, United States in 1850. She died on 9 August 1863, in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 81, and was buried in Old South Church Cemetery, Windsor, Windsor, Vermont, United States.

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William Tileston
Elizabeth "Betsy" Smith
Marriage: 21 July 1804
Joseph Smith Tileston
Eliza Tileston
John Tileston
James Smith Tileston

Sources (17)

  • Elisabeth Tileston in household of William Tileston, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Elizebeth Smith, "Massachusetts, Marriages, 1695-1910"
  • Elizabeth Smith Tileston, "Find A Grave Index"

World Events (8)

1783 · A Free America

The Revolutionary War ended with the signing of the Treaty of Paris which gave the new nation boundries on which they could expand and trade with other countries without any problems.

1791 · Vermont Becomes 14th State

On March 4, 1791, Vermont became the 14th state.


France sells Louisiana territories to U.S.A.

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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