Rejoice Smith

Brief Life History of Rejoice

When Rejoice Smith was born about 1737, in Harwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America, her father, Nathaniel Smith, was 45 and her mother, Mercy Walker, was 34. She married John Covell on 26 October 1757, in Harwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 4 daughters. She died in 1776, in Harwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 40.

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John Covell
1733–1806
Rejoice Smith
1737–1776
Marriage: 26 October 1757
Benjamin Covell
1761–1822
Lucy Ann Covell
1763–
Bethiah Covell
1764–1767
Richard Covell
1765–1853
Anne Covell
1766–1869
Bethia Covell
1767–1832
Seth Benjamin Covell
1773–1835
John Covell
1774–

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  • Mayflower Families Through Five Generations, Descendants of the Pilgrims who Landed at Plymouth, Mass. December 1620
  • Settlers of the Beekman Patent, Dutchess County, NY

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1776

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

1776 · The Declaration to the King

"""At the end of the Second Continental Congress the 13 colonies came together to petition independence from King George III. With no opposing votes, the Declaration of Independence was drafted and ready for all delegates to sign on the Fourth of July 1776. While many think the Declaration was to tell the King that they were becoming independent, its true purpose was to be a formal explanation of why the Congress voted together to declare their independence from Britain. The Declaration also is home to one of the best-known sentences in the English language, stating, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."""""""

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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