Benjamin Smith

2 December 1787–1 October 1848 (Age 60)
Georgia, United States

The Life of Benjamin

When Benjamin Smith was born on 2 December 1787, in Georgia, United States, his father, Job Smith Jr, was 38 and his mother, Elizabeth Oliver, was 37. He had at least 2 sons with Mary M.. He died on 1 October 1848, in Cobb, Georgia, United States, at the age of 60, and was buried in Cobb, Georgia, United States.

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Family Time Line

Benjamin Smith
1787–1848
Mary M.
1794–1848
Hugh G Smith
1820–1857
James Oliver Smith
1825–1882

Spouse and Children

    Male1787–1848Male

    Mary M.

    Female1794–1848Female

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World Events (8)

1788 · The First Presidential Election

Age 1

The First Presidential election was held in the newly created United States of America. Under the Articles of Confederation, the executive branch of the country was not set up for an individual to help lead the nation. So, under the United States Constitution they position was put in. Because of his prominent roles during the Revolutionary War, George Washington was voted in unanimously as the First President of the United States.
1795 · Yazoo Land Fraud

Age 8

As Georgia had been weakened during the Revolutionary War, it was unable to defend its Yazoo lands, or land west of the Yazoo River. Thirty-five million acres were sold to four companies for $500,000 as Governor George Mathews signed the Yazoo Act on January 7, 1795. Angry Georgians protested in the streets as they felt bribery and corruption were involved and the sale was far below market value. The legislation tried to rescind the Yazoo Act, but much of the land had been sold to third parties. The issue made its way to the United States Supreme Court and it was determined that rescinding the law was an unconstitutional infringement on a legal contract. The government took full possession of the territory by 1814 and awarded its claimants over $4,000,000.
1804

Age 17

Lewis and Clark set out from St. Louis, MO to explore the West.

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)

  • Benjamin Smith, "Georgia, Fulton County Records from the Atlanta History Center, 1827-1955"
  • Benjamin Smith in entry for Mary M Smith, "Georgia, Fulton County Records from the Atlanta History Center, 1827-1955"
  • Land of Job Smith deceased bought by John O. Smith, Pickens County SC Deed E, page 205

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