John Smith

1798–1799 (Age 0)
Frederick, Virginia, United States

The Life of John

When John Smith was born on 5 May 1798, in Frederick, Virginia, United States, his father, Martin Smith, was 28 and his mother, Lydia Schaeffer, was 25. He died in 1799, at the age of 1.

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Family Time Line

Martin Smith
1770–1811
Lydia Schaeffer
1773–1863
Rebecca Smith
1792–
Thomas Smith
1810–1884
Elizabeth Smith
1794–1865
Jane Smith
1795–1874
Nathan John Smith
1796–1871
John Smith
1798–1799
Nancy Smith
1801–1886
Catharine Smith
1803–1857
Catherine " Catie" Smith
1803–1870
Mary Ellen Smith
1806–1885
Miss Smith
1807–1856

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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 ).

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Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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