Willis Jude Smith

12 June 1791–1859 (Age 67)
Oxford, New Haven, Connecticut, United States

The Life of Willis Jude

When Willis Jude Smith was born on 12 June 1791, in Oxford, New Haven, Connecticut, United States, his father, Andrew Smith, was 29 and his mother, Ruth Judd, was 23. He died in 1859, at the age of 68.

Photos & Memories (0)

Photos & Memories

Do you know this person? Do you have a story about him you would like to share? Sign in or Create a FREE Account

Family Time Line

Andrew Smith
1762–1813
Ruth Judd
1767–1821
Willis Jude Smith
1791–1859
Willard Smith
1794–
Evalina Smith
1796–
Andrew Harley Smith
1800–
Isaac Smith
1803–
Orrin Smith
1812–

Parents and Siblings

    Andrew Smith

    Male1762–1813Male

    Female1767–1821Female

siblings

(6)

+1 More Child

World Events (8)

1794 · Creating the Eleventh Amendment

Age 3

The Eleventh Amendment restricts the ability of any people to start a lawsuit against the states in federal court.
1802 · Brass is Discovered

Age 11

"In 1802, brass was identified in Waterbury, Connecticut. This gave the city the nickname ""The Brass City."" Brass dominated the city and helped to create the city. The motto of the city is Quid Aere Perennius, which means What is more lasting than brass? in Latin."
1812

Age 21

War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.

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.

Possible Related Names

Sources (2)

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

Find more of your family story

As a non-profit, we offer free help to anyone looking to learn the details of their family story.

Create a free account to view more about your family.
Create a free account
Share this with your family and friends.