William Henry Cox Smith

14 February 1840–1923 (Age 82)
Brixham, Torbay, Devon, England, United Kingdom

The Life Summary of William Henry Cox

When William Henry Cox Smith was born on 14 February 1840, in Brixham, Torbay, Devon, England, United Kingdom, his father, Andrew Smith, was 37 and his mother, Elizabeth Bruford Cox, was 36. He lived in Lower Brixham, Torbay, Devon, England, United Kingdom in 1841. He died in 1923, in Lewisham, London, England, United Kingdom, at the age of 83.

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Andrew Smith
Elizabeth Bruford Cox
Elizabeth Cox Smith
Andrew Smith
Susan Ann Cox Smith
William Cox Smith
Mary Reynolds Cox Smith
William Henry Cox Smith
Lura Smith
Ann B. Smith

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World Events (8)

Age 3
Dickens A Christmas Carol was first published.
1852 · First Public Lavatory Erected 
Age 12
George Jenning was the person that invented and gave us the public lavatory. It cost people a penny to use. 
1868 · Abolition of Public Hangings at Newgate
Age 28
On May 26, 1868 the Capital Punishment Act was put into action. This made it so that public hangings no longer existed at Newgate in London.

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)

  • William Smith in household of Elizabeth Smith, "England and Wales Census, 1851"
  • William Smith in household of Andrew Smith, "1841 England Census"
  • William Henry Smith, "Devon Baptisms", findmypast

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