Robert Percy Smith

3 April 1874–28 November 1964 (Age 90)
Cuckfield, Sussex, England, United Kingdom

The Life of Robert Percy

When Robert Percy Smith was born on 3 April 1874, in Cuckfield, Sussex, England, United Kingdom, his father, Percy Smith, was 30 and his mother, Harriet (Dycer Sear) Dycer, was 24. He married Mabel Claire Gibson on 20 June 1899, in Ventura, Ventura, California, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. He lived in Hanwell, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom in 1881 and Santa Paula Judicial Township, Ventura, California, United States in 1940. He died on 28 November 1964, in Santa Paula, Ventura, California, United States, at the age of 90, and was buried in Santa Paula Cemetery, Santa Paula, Ventura, California, United States.

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Family Time Line

Robert Percy Smith
Mabel Claire Gibson
Marriage: 20 June 1899
Sydney Gibson Smith
Robert Scott Smith

Spouse and Children

20 June 1899
Ventura, Ventura, California, United States


Parents and Siblings

    Percy Smith


    Harriet (Dycer Sear) Dycer




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World Events (8)

1875 · A Treaty with Hawaii

Age 1

In the Mid 1870s, The United States sought out the Kingdom of Hawaii to make a free trade agreement. The Treaty gave the Hawaiians access to the United States agricultural markets and it gave the United States a part of land which later became Pearl Harbor.
1880 · School Attendance Becomes Mandatory for Children

Age 6

School attendance became compulsory from ages five to ten on August 2, 1880.
1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 24

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.

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)

  • Robert P Smith in household of Percy Smith, "England and Wales Census, 1881"
  • Robert P Smith, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Robert P Smith, "United States Census, 1920"

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