James Smith

9 December 1752–8 February 1824 (Age 71)
Sadsbury Township, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States

The Life of James

When James Smith was born on 9 December 1752, in Sadsbury Township, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States, his father, John Smith, was 23 and his mother, Margaret Dickenson, was 19. He married Mary Pyle on 7 April 1779. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 5 daughters. He died on 8 February 1824, at the age of 71, and was buried in London Grove Friends Burial Ground, West Marlborough Township, Chester, Pennsylvania, United States.

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James Smith
Mary Pyle
Marriage: 7 April 1779
John Smith
Isaac Smith
Sarah Smith
Rebecca Smith
Margaret Smith
James Smith
Isaac Smith
Eliza Smith
Mary Smith

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7 April 1779


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World Events (6)


Age 24

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.

Age 24

The Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776. The liberty bell was first rung here to Celebrate this important document.

Age 37

George Washington elected first president of United States.

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)

  • James Smith in entry for James Smith, "Pennsylvania Deaths and Burials, 1720-1999"
  • James Smith im Eintrag für Mary Smith, „England, Hampshire Parish Registers, 1538-1980“
  • James Smith in entry for James Smith, "Pennsylvania Deaths and Burials, 1720-1999"

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