Susannah Smith

28 April 1746–
Henrico, Virginia, United States

The Life of Susannah

When Susannah Smith was born on 28 April 1746, in Henrico, Virginia, United States, her father, Obadiah Smith, was 40 and her mother, Mary Partree Burks, was 40. She married Stephen Ellis on 20 May 1773, in St James Northam Parish, Goochland, Virginia, British Colonial America. They were the parents of at least 1 son.

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Stephen Ellis
Susannah Smith
Marriage: 20 May 1773
Samuel Ellis

Spouse and Children

    Stephen Ellis



20 May 1773
St James Northam Parish, Goochland, Virginia, British Colonial America


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World Events (8)

1758 · Mount Vernon

Age 12

Mount Vernon Plantation was the home of George Washington. It started off as 2,000 acres and was later expanded to 8,000 acres. The house itself started off as a six room building then got extended to twenty-one rooms.

Age 30

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1780 · Richmond Becomes the Capital

Age 34

On April 18, 1780 Richmond became the capital of Virginia. It was the temporary capital from 1780-1788.

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)

  • Susannah Smith, "Virginia Births and Christenings, 1584-1917"
  • Susan. Smith, "Virginia, Marriages, 1785-1940"
  • Susanah Smith in entry for Samuel Ellis, "Virginia, Births and Christenings, 1853-1917"

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