Thomas Smith

Male1819–13 December 1881

Brief Life History of Thomas

Thomas Smith was born in 1819, in Wales, United Kingdom. He had at least 3 sons and 2 daughters with Rebecca Freeman. He died on 13 December 1881, in East Flamborough, Hamilton-Wentworth, Ontario, Canada, at the age of 62, and was buried in Burlington, Halton, Ontario, Canada.

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Family Time Line

Thomas Smith
1819–1881
Rebecca Freeman
1822–1880
Jane Smith
1843–1917
William Albert Smith
1847–1922
Clara Smith
1851–
George Arthur Smith
1853–1930
Henry Clayton Smith
1856–1875

Sources (10)

  • Thomas Smith, "Ontario Census, 1861"
  • Thomas Smith, "Ontario Deaths, 1869-1937 and Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947"
  • Thomas Smith in entry for William Albert Smith and Emma Jane Bannister, "Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927"

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Children (5)

World Events (8)

1823

Age 4

Rugby Football 'invented' at Rugby School.

1831 · Merthyr Uprising 

Age 12

Sparked by a depression that was going through Wales the previous three years, the Merthyr uprisings were carried out by workers that were in debt. In the process, twenty-four people were killed and twenty-six were arrested. Troops were brought in to stop the protestors.

1839 · The Rebecca Riots Take Place

Age 20

The Rebecca Riots were a group of protests in west Wales from 1839-1843. The people involved were mostly poor farmers, primarily men dressed as women. The group was called “Rebecca and her daughters”, a title believed to have come the book of Genesis. They mostly fought against the toll-gates. There is only record of one death during the riots: a young Sarah Williams had been warned that the rioters were coming, but upon refusing to leave, was killed.

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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