Rebecca Smith

Frederick, Virginia, United States

The Life of Rebecca

When Rebecca Smith was born on 26 October 1792, in Frederick, Virginia, United States, her father, Martin Smith, was 22 and her mother, Lydia Schaeffer, was 19. She married Jacob Sperry on 16 February 1814, in Winchester, Frederick, Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. She lived in Zanesville, Muskingum, Ohio, United States in 1850 and Iowa City, Johnson, Iowa, United States in 1860.

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Rebecca Smith
Jacob Sperry
Marriage: 16 February 1814
Samuel H. Sperry
Elizabeth Sperry Day
May Sperry

Spouse & Children

16 February 1814
Winchester, Frederick, Virginia, United States


  • Samuel H. Sperry


  • Elizabeth Sperry Day


  • May Sperry


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World Events (8)

1794 · Creating the Eleventh Amendment

Age 2

The Eleventh Amendment restricts the ability of any people to start a lawsuit against the states in federal court.
1812 · Monumental Church Built

Age 20

The Monumental Church was built between 1812-1814 on the sight where the Richmond Theatre fire had taken place. It is a monument to those that died in the fire.
1824 · """Mary Randolph Publishes """"The Virginia Housewife"""""""

Age 32

“The Virginia Housewife” was published by Mary Randolph. It was the first cookbook published in America. 

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 ).

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (2)

  • Rebecca Sperry in household of Henry Sperry, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Rebecca Sperry in household of Jacob Sperry, "United States Census, 1850"

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