Peter Smith

Peter Andrew Smith (1893 - 1955)

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Peter Andrew Smith
Born in Limerick, IRLmap
Husband of — married 27 Jul 1915 in Cambridge, MA, USAmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Melrose, MA, USAmap
Profile last modified 6 Sep 2019 | Created 28 Mar 2017 | Last significant change: 6 Sep 2019
15:31: Barbara (Smith) Nellesen edited the Biography for Peter Andrew Smith (1893-1955). [Thank Barbara for this]
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Ireland Native
Peter Smith was born in Ireland.
Peter Andrew Smith was born 28 June, 1893 in Limerick, Ireland[1], the son of Richard Smyth and Mary Rice. He was baptized 01 July 1893 at St John in Limerick and his sponsors were Thomas Smyth and Eliza Johnstone.

In the 1901 census, Peter, age 8, was living with his parents and sisters Ellen, Jessie, and Mary Ann[2]. Also living there was Peter's maternal grandmother Ellen Niel. Peter emigrated to the United States in 1910 and now his name was spelled Smith. He sailed on the SS Zeeland, at only 17 years of age, leaving Queenstown, IRL on 10 Aug 1910 and arriving in Boston on 17 August 1910. He was meeting his brother John Smith who lived at 11 1/2 Thingvalla Ave in Cambridge. I wonder what was going through his head...sad at leaving his homeland and family or excited about making a new life in a strange country and joining his older brother? He signed his Declaration of Intention to become a US Citizen on 13 Jun 1913.[3]At the time, he was a Clerk living at 187 Auburn St in Cambridge.

When Pete married Mary E Hedrington on 27 Jul 1915, he was a Clerk[4]. I had been told they married at the Star of Sea Church in Boston but the records show they were married by Julius Meyers, a Justice of the Peace. The location was 49 Holworthy St in Cambridge, MA. They may have married at both locations. His sister Susan and her husband Thomas Ryan were living at that address on Holworthy St in the 1920 census.

He signed a Petition for Naturalization on 26 Jan 1917 and it was granted[5]. Peter registered for the Draft on 05 Jun 1917 and he was living with his wife and child at 73 Wordsworth St in Boston. At that time he was an Insurance Agent working for Metropolitan Life Insurance Co in Newton, MA. [6]

In the 1920 census, Mary and Pete and 2 yr 9 mos old son Richard were living 1126 Saratoga St with her parents and 3 of Mary's siblings. Pete worked as a Foreman at the Rubber Hood Co[7]. By the 1930 census, now a Carpenter, Peter and Mary were living at 16 Golden Hills Rd in Saugus, MA with 4 of their five children, Richard F, Joseph, Mary and James W[8]. The 1940 census still had them living there but now their son Richard had married and lived elsewhere and their daughter Theresa had been born. Peter was now a Clerk at the Town Hall[9].

According to a son, Peter later worked as a Carpenter at the Navy Yard in Boston. Pete's father was a carpenter and made furniture in Limerick.

Peter died at age 62 on 25 Jul 1955 at the Melrose Hospital in Melrose, MA. He had Uremia, Nephritis, Chronic Bronchiectasis, and a Duodenal Ulcer. I was a young girl but I can remember the day. My mother had been with him at the hospital when he died, everyone had been taking turns being with him. Everyone was gathered at the house and they were all crying. Back then kids were not told much about death and not included in the preparations or funerals.

His daughter Mary told me he was a wonderful father, easy going and easy to talk to. He had lost a son in 1942 in WW II so it was probably a blessing he had already passed when his daughter died in 1964.


1. The Petition of Naturalization shows his birth date as 29 Jun 1893 but his certificate of baptism clearly shows he was born 28 Jun 1893 and baptized 01 Jul 1893.
2. The 1920 census shows Peter H but his correct name is Peter A.
3. The 1913 Declaration of Intent has Peter's birthday listed as 13 May 1892. There is no doubt this is the same Peter Andrew Smith so not sure why the mistake in his birth date.


1. 1893 birth date noted on his Certificate of Baptism extract from St John Church in Limerick.
2. Ireland Civil Registration Index from the Family Search site.
3. 1901 Limerick Census from a Limerick site. Also listed at the Family Search site.
4. 1910 Manifest for the SS Zeeland.
5. 1913 Declaration of Intention to become a US Citizen from the Family Search site.
6. 1915 Marriage entry from City of Cambridge marriage registrations from the Family Search site.
7. 1915 Cambridge Tribune marriage announcement.
8. 1917 Petition for Naturalization which was granted - document at the Family Search site
9. 1920, 1930 and 1940 census from the Family Search site.
10. 1955 death certificate from the Town Clerk, Town of Saugus.

  1. "Ireland Civil Registration Indexes, 1845-1958," database, FamilySearch ( : 10 March 2018), BIRTHS entry for Peter Smith; citing Limerick, Jul - Sep 1893, vol. 5, p. 319, General Registry, Custom House, Dublin; FHL microfilm 101,064
  2. "Ireland Census, 1901," database, FamilySearch ( : 30 January 2019), Peter Smyth in household of Richard Smyth, Mungret, Limerick, County Limerick, Ireland; citing Census, Mungret, Limerick, County Limerick, Ireland, 0000441989, Public Record Office of Ireland, Belfast
  3. "Massachusetts, Naturalization Records, 1906-1917", database with images, FamilySearch ( : 16 March 2018), Peter Andrew Smith, 1913
  4. "Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 25 May 2018), Peter Andrew Smith and Mary Ellen Hedrington, 27 Jul 1915; citing Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States, State Archives, Boston; FHL microfilm 2,411,235
  5. "Massachusetts, Naturalization Records, 1906-1917", database with images, FamilySearch ( : 16 March 2018), Peter Andrew Smith, 1917
  6. "United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 13 March 2018), Peter Smith, 1917-1918; citing Los Angeles County no 5, California, United States, NARA microfilm publication M1509 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,531,196
  7. United States Census, 1920," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 14 June 2019), Peter H Smith, Boston Ward 1, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States; citing ED 19, sheet 6A, line 18, family 128, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), roll 728; FHL microfilm 1,820,728
  8. "United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 14 June 2019), Peter A Smith, Saugus, Essex, Massachusetts, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 269, sheet 3B, line 59, family 57, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 903; FHL microfilm 2,340,638
  9. "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 15 March 2018), Peter A Smith, Saugus Town, Essex, Massachusetts, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 5-376, sheet 1B, line 69, family 19, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 1590

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