John Smith III

Brief Life History of John

When John Smith III was born on 3 January 1708, in Newhaven Towne, New Haven, Connecticut Colony, British Colonial America, his father, John Smith II, was 34 and his mother, Mehitable Talmadge, was 21. He married Mary Beard in 1728, in Milford, New Haven, Connecticut Colony, British Colonial America. They were the parents of at least 9 sons and 3 daughters. He died on 8 June 1783, in Milford, New Haven, Connecticut, United States, at the age of 75.

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John Smith III
Mary Beard
Marriage: 1728
Stephen Girard Smith
Mary Smith
Beard Smith
Mehitable Smith
Beard Still Smith
John Smith IV
Thaddeus Smith
Ammiel Smith
George Smith
John Smith
Peter Smith
Mary Smith

Sources (15)

  • John Smith, "Connecticut, Births and Christenings, 1649-1906"
  • John Smith, "Find A Grave Index"
  • John in entry for Beard Smith, "Connecticut, Vital Records, Prior to 1850"

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Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.

1781 · British Forces Capture Fort Griswold

The capture of Fort Griswold was the final act of treason that Benedict Arnold committed. This would be a British victory. On the American side 85 were killed, 35 wounded and paroled, 28 taken prisoner, 13 escaped, and 1 twelve year old was captured and released.

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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