Eleazar Smith

Brief Life History of Eleazar

When Eleazar Smith was born on 30 July 1804, in Fairton, Fairfield Township, Cumberland, New Jersey, United States, his father, John Smith, was 42 and his mother, Elizabeth Dunham, was 30. He married Rebecca Newkirk Swing on 3 December 1835, in Salem, New Jersey, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons. He lived in Spring Garden, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States in 1850. He died on 13 May 1857, in Salem, New Jersey, United States, at the age of 52, and was buried in Friendship Methodist Cemetery, Monroeville, Upper Pittsgrove Township, Salem, New Jersey, United States.

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Eleazar Smith
Rebecca Newkirk Swing
Marriage: 3 December 1835
John Dunham Smith
Micheal Swing Smith
Eleaser Smith
Henry Wood Smith

Sources (14)

  • Eleazor Smith, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Eleazer Smith, "New Jersey, County Marriages, 1682-1956"
  • Eleasar Smith, "New Jersey, Deaths, 1670-1988"

World Events (7)


Historical Boundaries: 1806: Fairfield Township, Cumberland, New Jersey, United States


Atlantic slave trade abolished.

1819 · Panic! of 1819

With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 

Name Meaning

English and Scottish: occupational name denoting a worker in metal, especially iron, such as a blacksmith or farrier, from Middle English smith ‘smith’ (Old English smith, probably a derivative of smītan ‘to strike, hammer’). Early examples are also found in the Latin form Faber . Metal-working was one of the earliest occupations for which specialist skills were required, and its importance ensured that this term and its equivalents in other languages were 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 also the most frequent of all surnames in the US. It is very common among African Americans and Native Americans (see also 5 below). This surname (in any of the two possible English senses; see also below) is also found in Haiti. See also Smither .

English: from Middle English smithe ‘smithy, forge’ (Old English smiththe). The surname may be topographic, for someone who lived in or by a blacksmith's shop, occupational, for someone who worked in one, or habitational, from a place so named, such as Smitha in King's Nympton (Devon). Compare Smithey .

Irish and Scottish: sometimes adopted for Gaelic Mac Gobhann, Irish Mac Gabhann ‘son of the smith’. See McGowan .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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