Samuel Parritt Smith

1 January 1792–11 August 1853 (Age 61)
New Jersey, United States

The Life of Samuel Parritt

When Samuel Parritt Smith was born on 1 January 1792, in New Jersey, United States, his father, Hiram Smith, was 35 and his mother, Eleanor Parritt, was 31. He married Sarah Ann Gray in 1815, in Trenton, Mercer, New Jersey, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He lived in Hanover, Morris, New Jersey, United States in 1850. He died on 11 August 1853, in Troy Hills, Hanover Township, Morris, New Jersey, United States, at the age of 61, and was buried in Parsippany, Hanover Township, Morris, New Jersey, United States.

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Samuel Parritt Smith
Sarah Ann Gray
Marriage: 1815
Edgar Gray Smith

Spouse and Children

Trenton, Mercer, New Jersey, United States


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World Events (8)

1794 · Creating the Eleventh Amendment

Age 2

The Eleventh Amendment restricts the ability of any people to start a lawsuit against the states in federal court.

Age 12

Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr had been political enemies with intense personal differences for quite some time. Burr accused Hamilton of publicly disparaging his character during the elections of 1800 and 1804. On the morning of July 11, the two politicians went to Weehawken, New Jersey to resolve the disputes with an official duel. Both men were armed with a pistol. Hamilton missed, but Burr's shot fatally wounded Hamilton, who would die by the following day. The duel custom had been outlawed in New York by 1804, resulting in Burr fleeing the state due to an arrest warrant. He would later be accused of treason, but ultimately be acquitted.

Age 20

War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.

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 ).

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

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Sources (3)

  • Samuel P Smith, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Unknown in entry for Edgar G. Smith, "New Jersey Deaths and Burials, 1720-1988"
  • Samuel P. Smith, "Find A Grave Index"

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