Jane Smith

Femaleabout 1713–1800

Brief Life History of Jane

Jane Smith was born about 1713, in County Tyrone, Ireland. She married James Joseph Roddy Jr after 1746, in Pennsylvania, British Colonial America. She died in 1800, in Pennsylvania, United States, at the age of 88.

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James Joseph Roddy Jr
1711–1783
Jane Smith
1713–1800
Marriage: after 1746

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  • Legacy NFS Source: Jane Smith - Individual or family possessions: birth-name: Jane Smith

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  • Marriage
    after 1746Pennsylvania, British Colonial America
  • World Events (5)

    1714

    Age 1

    Catholics hold just 7% of land in Ireland.

    1776

    Age 63

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

    1776

    Age 63

    The Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776. The liberty bell was first rung here to Celebrate this important document.

    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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