Judith Smith

1757–1846 (Age 88)
Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America

The Life of Judith

When Judith Smith was born on 14 July 1757, in Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America, her father, William "Quaker" Smith, was 23 and her mother, Elizabeth Howland, was 27. She married David Lapham about 1776, in Adams, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 3 daughters. She died on 6 January 1846, at the age of 88, and was buried in Farmington, Ontario, New York, United States.

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Judith Smith
David Lapham
Marriage: about 1776
Isaac Lapham
Joshua Lapham
Abraham Lapham
Rebecca Lapham
William Lapham
Elizabeth Lapham
John Lapham
David Lapham
Hannah Lapham

Spouse & Children

about 1776
Adams, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States


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World Events (8)


Age 19

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

Age 19

New York is the 11th state.
1781 · The First Constitution

Age 24

Serving the newly created United States of America as the first constitution, the Articles of Confederation were an agreement among the 13 original states preserving the independence and sovereignty of the states. But with a limited central government, the Constitutional Convention came together to replace the Articles of Confederation with a more established Constitution and central government on where the states can be represented and voice their concerns and comments to build up the nation.

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 ).

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • Judith Lafham in entry for Eliza Briggs, "Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915"
  • Judith Smith, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"
  • Judith in entry for Eliza Briggs, "Massachusetts Deaths and Burials, 1795-1910"

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