Betty Smith

20 March 1755–
New Haven, Connecticut Colony, British Colonial America

The Life of Betty

When Betty Smith was born on 20 March 1755, in New Haven, Connecticut Colony, British Colonial America, her father, Isaac Smith, was 27 and her mother, Katherine Cook, was 23.

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Family Time Line

Isaac Smith
1727–1771
Katherine Cook
1731–1781
Betty Smith
1755–
Smith
1770–
Allen Smith
1758–1847
Abraham Smith
1760–
Israel Smith
1762–
Deborah Smith
1764–1812
Katherine Smith
1766–1788

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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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  • Betty Smith, "Connecticut, Vital Records, Prior to 1850"
  • Betty Smith, "Connecticut, Births and Christenings, 1649-1906"

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