Alexander Smith

about 1763–
Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland, United Kingdom

The Life of Alexander

Alexander Smith was born about 1763, in Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland, United Kingdom. He married Agnes Rae on 3 January 1789, in Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter.

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Alexander Smith
1763–
Agnes Rae
1771–1841
Marriage: 3 January 1789
Mary Smith
1789–
Alexander Smith
1793–

Spouse and Children

MARRIAGE
3 January 1789
Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
children

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World Events (6)

1802 · John Playfair publishes summary of James Hutton's theories of geology.

Age 39

In 1802, John Playfair published the Illustrations of the Huttonian Theory of the Earth. His influence was by James Hutton’s knowledge of the earth’s geology.
1815

Age 52

The defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte at Waterloo marks the end of the Napoleonic Wars. Napoleon defeated and exiled to St. Helena.
1830

Age 67

Eclectic Period (Art and Antiques).

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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  • Alexander Smith in entry for Mary Smith, "Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"
  • Alexander Smith in entry for Alexander Smith, "Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"
  • Alexander Smith in entry for Alexander Smith, "Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"

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