Nathan John Smith

1796–1871 (Age 75)
Frederick, Virginia, United States

The Life of Nathan John

When Nathan John Smith was born on 25 September 1796, in Frederick, Virginia, United States, his father, Martin Smith, was 26 and his mother, Lydia Schaeffer, was 23. He married Jane Wartenbe on 13 April 1820, in Muskingum, Ohio, United States. They were the parents of at least 8 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Farmer, Defiance, Ohio, United States in 1850. He died on 11 September 1871, in Farmer Township, Defiance, Ohio, United States, at the age of 74, and was buried in Defiance, Ohio, United States.

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Nathan John Smith
Jane Wartenbe
Marriage: 13 April 1820
Mercy Smith
Nathan Baker Smith
Rebecca Smith
Lydia Ann Smith
Isaac W. Smith
Martin W Smith
Jacob Shaver Smith
Rebecca Smith
Jacob Sperry Smith
Nathan I Smith
Oney M Smith
Hathaway A Smith

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13 April 1820
Muskingum, Ohio, United States


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World Events (8)

1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

Age 4

While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.
1812 · Monumental Church Built

Age 16

The Monumental Church was built between 1812-1814 on the sight where the Richmond Theatre fire had taken place. It is a monument to those that died in the fire.
1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 23

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: 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 ).

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • Nathan Smith, "United States Census, 1850"
  • N Smith, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Nathan Smith in entry for Jacob S Smith, "Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953"

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