Elizabeth Smith

2 September 1795–1850 (Age 54)
Wiltshire, England

The Life of Elizabeth

When Elizabeth Smith was born on 2 September 1795, in Wiltshire, England, her father, George Phillips Smith, was 15 and her mother, Mary, was 23. She married David Dowding on 1 June 1817, in Little Cheverell, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in Yate, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom in 1871. She died in 1850, in Great Cheverell, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom, at the age of 55.

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Family Time Line

David Dowding
Elizabeth Smith
Marriage: 1 June 1817
Thomas Dowding
Anna Maria Dowding
William Dowding
Nelson Dowding
John Nelson Dowding
David Dowding

Spouse and Children

1 June 1817
Little Cheverell, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom


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Parents and Siblings

    George Phillips Smith






World Events (7)

1801 · The Act of Union

Age 6

The Act of Union was a legislative agreement which united England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland under the name of the United Kingdom on January 1, 1801.
1808 · The British West Africa Squadron

Age 13

The British West Africa Squadron was formed in 1808 to suppress illegal slave trading on the African coastline. The British West Africa Squadron had freed approximately 150,000 people by 1865.

Age 20

The defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte at Waterloo marks the end of the Napoleonic Wars. Napoleon defeated and exiled to St. Helena.

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)

  • Elizabeth Dowding in household of David Dowding, "England and Wales Census, 1841"
  • Elizabeth Dowding, "England Marriages, 1538–1973 "
  • Eliza Bailey in entry for Elizabeth Bailey, "England and Wales Non-Conformist Record Indexes (RG4-8), 1588-1977"

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