William Smith

about 1660–
Barnby upon Don, Yorkshire, England

The Life of William

When William Smith was born about 1660, in Barnby upon Don, Yorkshire, England, his father, Wiliam Smith, was 20 and his mother, Mrs. Smith, was 16. He married Elizabeth about 1683, in Doncaster, Yorkshire, England. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 2 daughters.

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Family Time Line

William Smith
1660–
Elizabeth
1663–1689
Marriage: about 1683
Ann Smith
1684–
Elizabeth Smith
1685–
John Smith
1686–
William Smith
1687–1726
Matthew Smith
1688–
Thomas Smith
1689–1714

Spouse and Children

MARRIAGE
about 1683
Doncaster, Yorkshire, England
children

(6)

    Female1684–Female

    Elizabeth Smith

    Female1685–Female

    John Smith

    Male1686–Male

    Male1687–1726Male

    Matthew Smith

    Male1688–Male

+1 More Child

Parents and Siblings

    Wiliam Smith

    Male1640–Male

    Mrs. Smith

    Female1644–Female

siblings

(1)

World Events (4)

1688 · Glorious Revolution

Age 28

The Glorious Revolution brought the downfall of Catholic King James II and the reign of his Protestant daughter Mary and her Dutch husband, William III of Orange.
1720 · South Sea Bubble

Age 60

The South Sea Bubble Bill was passed by the House of Lords in 1720. This allowed the South Sea company to monopolize trade with South America. The company underwrote the English National Debt which promised 5% interest from the government. As shares rose exponentially, many companies were created and many fortunes were made. The stocks crashed and many people lost their money which caused them to become destitute overnight and suicide was common. Robert Walpole took charge of the South Sea Bubble Financial Crisis by dividing the national debt between the Bank of England, the Treasury, and the Sinking Fund.
1752 · Gregorian Calendar is Adopted

Age 92

Gregorian calendar was adopted in England in 1752. That year, Wednesday, September 2, 1752, was followed by Thursday, September 14th, 1752, which caused the country to skip ahead eleven days.

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.

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • Will in entry for Anne Smyth, "England, Yorkshire, Bishop's Transcripts, 1547-1957"
  • William in entry for Elizabeth Smith, "England, Yorkshire, Bishop's Transcripts, 1547-1957"
  • William Smith in entry for William Smith, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"

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