William Herbert Smith

13 October 1890–24 February 1964 (Age 73)
Ancaster, Hamilton-Wentworth, Ontario, Canada

The Life of William Herbert

When William Herbert Smith was born on 13 October 1890, in Ancaster, Hamilton-Wentworth, Ontario, Canada, his father, Benjamin Edward Smith, was 39 and his mother, Marilla Jane Olmstead, was 37. He married Alice Viola Pottruff on 4 April 1917, in Ancaster, Hamilton-Wentworth, Ontario, Canada. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Brant, Ontario, Canada in 1901 and Ontario, Canada in 1911. He died on 24 February 1964, in Hamilton, Wentworth, Ontario, Canada, at the age of 73, and was buried in Ancaster, Hamilton, Hamilton-Wentworth, Ontario, Canada.

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William Herbert Smith
Alice Viola Pottruff
Marriage: 4 April 1917
Ivan Smith
Don Smith
Doris Audrey (Smith) Cox
Eileen (Smith) Merritt
Eleanor (Smith) Tiveron
Lyle Vincent Smith
Ralph Laverne Smith
Bernice Lillian (Smith) Laundry
Betty Marilyn Smith Walker

Spouse and Children

4 April 1917
Ancaster, Hamilton-Wentworth, Ontario, Canada


    Ivan Smith



    Betty Marilyn Smith Walker


    Don Smith


    Doris Audrey (Smith) Cox


+4 More Children

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+6 More Children

World Events (4)

1906 · Hydro-Electric of Ontario

Age 16

Ontario Hydro was established in 1906. It is the Hydro-Electric Power Commission of Ontario.
1934 · Dionne Quintuplets Born

Age 44

Born on May 28, 1934, the Dionne quintuplets were the first set of quintuplets to survive infancy. The five girls were born two months prematuare and months later were taken from their parents by the Red Cross. In the 1940s they were returned to their family.
1943 · Conservative Party Wins Ontario Election

Age 53

George A. Drew was the leader of the Progressive Conservative Party. In 1943, they won the Ontario election.

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)

  • Herbert Smith in household of Benjemin Smith, "Canada Census, 1901"
  • Herbert William Smith, "Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927"
  • Herbert William Smith, "Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927"

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