John William Smith

1791–11 February 1872 (Age 81)
York, South Carolina, United States

The Life Summary of John William

When John William Smith was born in 1791, in York, South Carolina, United States, his father, James Isaac Smith, Sr., was 35 and his mother, Mary Selleck Hoover, was 35. He married Isabell Vincent on 13 January 1813, in Blount, Tennessee, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 4 daughters. He died on 11 February 1872, in Lincoln, Tennessee, United States, at the age of 81.

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Family Time Line

John William Smith
Isabell Vincent
Marriage: 13 January 1813
Mary Lucinda Smith
James Smith
Elizabeth Smith
Isom Hosea Smith
Sarah "Sally" Smith
John Randolph Smith
George Washington Smith
Stephen Smith
David Lee Smith
Judith Smith

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    13 January 1813Blount, Tennessee, United States
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    World Events (8)

    Age 0
    Bill of Rights guarantees individual freedom.
    1792 · Head Tax Law
    Age 1
    In 1792, South Carolina passes a law called the "head tax" for all free African Americans from age 16-50. This tax was $2.00.
    1819 · Panic! of 1819
    Age 28
    With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 

    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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    Sources (11)

    • John Smith, "United States Census, 1850"
    • John Smith, "Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950"
    • 1850 United States Federal Census

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