From the files of Stephen M. Lawson
Search for the Smith Ancestry
There have been suggestions that Rev. Henry SMITH was from
Leicestershire, England as part of the SMITH alias HERIZ family. No
substantive evidence has been seen that supports his claim, and the
sources thus far located are contradictory in details. Considerable
information on the SMITH alias HERIZ line is available on the web site of Hugo HERIZ-SMITH
. Documentation of the parents of Rev. Henry SMITH is desired.
A lenthy footnote appears in The History of Ancient Wethersfield, Connecticut, Volume II - Genealogies and Biographies,
by Dr. Henry R. Stiles (1904) with alternative conjectures about the
possible ancestry of Rev. Henry SMITH, including his education at
Sidney Sussex and Magdalene Colleges, Cambidge University. As an
alternative for Henry SMITH's education, Donald Lines Jacobus, in Hale, House and Related Families,
(1978, Baltimore), page 730, writes that "The origin of Rev. Henry
Smith has not been ascertained. He may have been the Henry Smith who
matriculated from Kings College, Cabridge, A.B., 1619/20; Fellow of
The Smith Family in America
Rev. Henry and Dorothy Smith
Henry SMITH - b. about 1600, England; d. 1648, Wethersfield,
CT; will dated May
8, 1648. His parents have not been identified. Henry may have been educated for the
ministry at Sidney Sussex College (beginning 1617) and Magdalene
College, Cambridge University (BA 1621/2; MA 1625), or at King's
College, Cambridge University (BA 1619/20). A Rev. Henry SMITH
was ordained by the Bishop of Peterborough on Jun. 8, 1623. He
probably arrived in New England about 1636/7 with his second wife
and young children, and by 1637 he was at Wethersfield, Hartford
Co., CT as the first settled pastor. His first wife's name, by
whom he had 4 children is not known. Married second about 1635,
England. The following is a portion of a letter written by Henry's
son Samuel, and provides a portrait of the minister. However,
the statement about first settling at Watertown is not supported
by any contemporary evidence.
Hadley, Massacusetts Colony, Jan. ye Firste, 1698/99
My Dear & Dutiful Son:
I was of so tender an Age at the Death of my beloved Father,
that I am possessed of but little of the Information for which
you seek. My Revered Father was an ordained Minister of ye Gospelle,
educate at Cambridge in England, & came to yis Land by reason
of Ye Great Persecution by which ye infamous Archbiship Laud
and ye Black Tom Tyrante (as Mr. Russell was always wont to call
ye Earl of Strafforde) die cause ye reign of his Majestie, Charles
ye First, to loose favor in ye sight of ye people of England.
My Father & Mother came over in 1636/37, firste to Watertown
which is neare Boston, & after a yeare or two to Weathersfield
on ye great River, where he became ye firste settled Pastor.
Concerning of ye earlie days I can remember but little save Hardship.
My Parents had broughte both Men Servants & Maid Servants
from England, but ye Maids tarried not but till they got married,
ye wch was shortly, for there was great scarcity of Women in
ye Colonies. Ye men did abide better. Onne of em had married
onne of my Mother's Maids & they did come with us to Weathersfield,
to our grate Comforte for some years, untill they had manny littel
onnes of theire Owne. I do well remember ye Face & Figure
of my Honoured Father. He was 5 foote, 10 inches talle &
spare of builde, tho not leane. He was an Active as ye Red Skin
Men & sinewy. His delighte was in sportes of strengthe, &
withe his owne Hands he did helpe to reare bothe our owne House
& ye Firste Meetinge House of Weathersfield, wherein he preacht
yeares too fewe. He was well Featured & Fresh favoured with
faire Skin & longe curling Hair (as neare all of us have
had) with a merrie eye & swete smilinge Mouthe, tho he coulde
frowne sternlie eno' when need was.
Dorothy - b. England; d. 1694, Hadley, MA; will dated
Feb. 16, 1681/2. Married second in 1649 John RUSSELL (b. Feb.
26, 1597, Suffolk, England; d. May 8, 1680, Hadley, MA), father
of Rev. John RUSSELL, successor to Rev. SMITH at Wethersfield,
CT, and first minister at Hadley, MA about 1659. Dorothy's surname
is sometimes given as COTTON, without substantive evidence (which
would be welcome). It may be that the COTTON surname is based
on a bequest in the 1652 will of Rev. John COTTON to "my
cousin Henery Smith." However, Rev. Henry SMITH was deceased
at the time of the will, and the bequest was for "diet, lodging
and apparel so long as he serve my wife, and £20" -
certainly not intended for Rev. Henry SMITH.
Children of Henry and his first wife
- Philippa - b. about 1622, England; d. by 1687. Married 1640
Deacon John BIRDSEY (d. Apr. 4, 1690, Stratford, CT). They were
admitted to church at Milford Aug. 23, 1640, and dismissed to
church at Stratford Mar. 19, 1649. John married second in 1688
Alice, widow of Henry TOMLINSON. Children of Philippa and John:
John married Phebe WILCOXSON; and Johanna married Deacon Timothy
- Mary - b. about 1624, England. Married by 1643 Samuel HALE
(bap. Jul. 15, 1615, Watton at Stone, Hertfordshire, England;
d. Jan. 13, 1710/1, Stratford, CT), son of John and Martha HALE
. Children: Martha died young; Samuel married first Ruth EDWARDS,
and second Mary WELLES; John married Hannah NOTT; Mary married
first Caleb BENJAMIN, and second Walter HARRIS; Rebecca married
Nathaniel NUNN; Thomas married Naomi KILBOURN; Ebenezer married
first Mary, and second Mary (LOVELAND) DICKINSON; and Dorothy
married Jonathan HILLS.
- Peregrine - b. about 1628, England; d. before 1648, probably
at Wethersfield, CT. Did not marry.
- Rebecca - b. about 1631, England. Married first Samuel SMITH
(b. about 1625, England), son of Lt. Samuel and Elizabeth (SMITH)
SMITH of Wethersfield and Hadley. Divorced while Samuel was in
VA. Rebecca married second in 1669 Nathaniel BOWMAN (d. 1707,
Wethersfield, CT). No children.
Children of Henry and Dorothy Smith
- Dorothy - b. about 1636, England; d. 1706, Farmington, CT.
Married first John BLAKEMAN, son of Rev. Adam BLAKEMAN of Stratford,
CT. Children: John married Mary KIMBERLY; Ebenezer married first
Patience WILCOXSON, and second Abigail CURTIS; and Joseph married
first Hannah HALL, and second Esther WHEELER. Dorothy married
second Oct. 21, 1665 Francis HALL (d. Mar. 5, 1689/90, Stratford,
CT), third Mark ST. JOHN (b. about 1634; d. Aug. 12, 1693, Norwalk,
CT), and fourth Dea. Isaac MOORE of Farmington.
- Samuel - b. Jan. 27, 1638/9, Wethersfield,
CT; d. Sep. 10, 1703, Hadley, MA.
- Joanna - b. Dec. 25, 1641, Wethersfield, Hartford Co., CT;
d. Dec. 28, 1664, Hadley, Hampshire Co., MA. Buried Dec. 29,
1664, Hadley, Hampshire Co., MA with her infant daughter. Married
Feb. 4, 1663/4, Hadley, Hampshire Co., MA Philip RUSSELL (d.
May 19, 1693), her step-brother and son of Rev. John RUSSELL.
Philip married second Jan. 10, 1665, Hadley, Hampshire Co., MA
Elizabeth TERRY (bap. Jan. 4, 1642; slain by Indians Sep. 19,
1677), daughter of Stephen TERRY; and third Dec. 25, 1679, Hadley,
Hampshire Co., MA Mary CHURCH (b. 1656; d. May 1, 1743), daughter
of Edward CHURCH. Daughter of Joanna and Philip: Joanna died
as infant. Children of Philip and Elizabeth: John; Samuel died
young; Philip died young; and Stephen died young. Children of
Philip and Mary: Samuel; Thomas did not marry; Mary died as infant;
Mary married Joseph ROOT; Philip; and Daniel married Jerusha
- Noah - b. Feb. 25, 1643/4, Wethersfield, CT. Died young.
- Elizabeth - b. Aug. 25, 1648, Wethersfield, CT. Died young.
Samuel and Mary (Ensign) Smith
Samuel SMITH - b. Jan. 27, 1639, Wethersfield, CT; d.
Sep. 10, 1703, Hadley, MA. Son of Henry SMITH
and Dorothy COTTON. Lived at Northampton, MA 1666-1680, then
moved to Hadley, MA to care for widowed mother. Included in the
letter referring to his father was the following reference to
his stepfather, John Russell: "he was sometimes a little
short of ye Charity which thinketh no Evil, at ye least I was
wont to think so when his Hand was too heavy on my Shoulders &
I remembered ye sweetnesse & ye Charity of my firste Father,
but on ye whole said he was a Goode Man & did well by my Mother
& her children & no doubt we did often try his wit &
temper." Married about 1662, probably at Hartford, CT.
Mary ENSIGN - bap. Aug. 1, 1649, Hartford, CT; d. Jul.
1, 1723, Suffield, CT. Daughter of James
ENSIGN and Sarah.
Children of Samuel and Mary Smith
- Samuel - b. about 1663, Wethersfield, CT; d. Sep. 1, 1723,
Suffield, CT. Married Nov. 18, 1685, Hadley, MA Joanna MCLATHLIN.
Children of Samuel and Joanna SMITH: Mary married John KENT;
Samuel ; Thankful married Jedidiah WINCHELL; Mindwell died young;
Noah married Mary JOHNSON; Experience died young; Ebenezer; Mindwell
died young; and Mercy.
- Sarah - b. about 1665, Wethersfield, CT. Married first Oct.
16, 1684 John LAWRENCE (slain by Indians 1694), and second Aug.
15, 1705 Ebenezer WELLS (b. Jul. 20, 1669), son of Thomas WELLS
of Hatfield, MA, as his second wife. Children of Sarah and John
LAWRENCE: John died in infancy; a daughter died in infancy; Mary
married John ALLIS; a child died in infancy; Deliverance married
John BELDEN; and Sarah married Samuel SMITH. Daughter of Sarah
and Ebenezer WELLS: Mary married Aaron GRAVES.
- Dorothy - bap. 1667, Northampton, MA. Married May 30, 1687
William ROOKER (or ROCKER), who d. about 1705. Children of Dorothy
and William ROOKER: A daughter died in infancy; William died
in infancy; Samuel; William; Sarah; Dorothy married Joseph TAYLOR.
- Ebenezer - bap. 1668, Northampton,
MA; d. Sep. 15, 1728, Suffield, CT.
- Ichabod - b. Jan. 24, 1670, Northampton, MA. Moved to Suffield,
CT about 1699. Married about 1692 Mary HUXLEY, daughter of Thomas
HUXLEY and Sarah SPENCER. Children of Ichabod and Mary SMITH:
A child died in infancy; Mary; Hannah; Samuel married Jerusha
MATHER; Ichabod married Elizabeth STEDMAN; James married; and
- Mary - b. Jan. 18, 1673, Northampton, MA. Married in Aug.
20, 1696 William BARNES (or BARNS). Children of Mary and William
BARNES: Mary; Mercy; William possibly married Mary CONE; and
- James - b. Jun. 12, 1675, Northampton, MA. Married Oct. 26,
1698, East Haddam, CT Elizabeth SMITH (b. Feb. 2, 1679, Hadley,
MA), daughter of Chileab SMITH and Hannah HITCHCOCK. Children
of James and Elizabeth SMITH: Elizabeth; James; Noah married
Mary JOHNSON; Samuel; Chileab; Hannah; Ebenezer; and Mindwell.
- Preserved - b. Aug. 1677, Northampton, MA; d. 1713. Married
Dec. 15, 1697 Mary SMITH (b. Aug. 16, 1681, Hadley, MA), daughter
of Chileab SMITH and Hannah HITCHCOCK. Children of Preserved
and Mary SMITH: Mary died young; Ebenezer died young; Preserved;
Ebenezer married Hannah BOLTWOOD; Samuel; Chileab married first
Sarah/Mary MOODY, and second Rebecca BUTLER; James married Mary/Sarah
SMITH; and Moses died young.
Ebenezer and Sarah (Huxley) Smith
Ebenezer SMITH - bap. 1668, Northampton, MA; d. Sep.
15, 1728, Suffield, CT. Son of Samuel SMITH
and Mary ENSIGN. Lived at Hadley, MA until about 1698 when
he moved to Suffield, CT. Married about 1694, Hadley, MA.
Sarah HUXLEY - Daughter of Thomas
HUXLEY and Sarah SPENCER. Married first Jan. 10, 1688 James
BARLOW (1659-1690), and third Oct. 5, 1732, as his third wife,
Martin KELLOGG, son of Lt. Joseph and Joanna KELLOGG.
Children of Ebenezer and Sarah Smith
- Sarah - b. Sep. 17, 1694, Northampton, MA. Married in 1714
John BARBER (or BARKER) of Springfield, MA.
- Dorothy - b. Dec. 21, 1696, Hadley, Hampshire Co., MA. Married
Isaac KIBBE (1683-1766) of Enfield, CT, son of Elisha KIBBE and
Rachel COOK. Daughter: Rachel (ancestor of Tennessee WILLIAMS)
probably married Gideon MORGAN.
- Ebenezer - b. Apr. 4, 1699, Suffield,
- Nathaniel - b. Mar. 3, 1701/2, Suffield, CT. Admitted to
the Suffield church Feb. 27, 1725.
- Joanna - b. Jun. 8, 1703, Suffield, CT.
- Jonathan - b. Aug. 1, 1705, Suffield, CT. Intentions to marry
Susanna JOHNSON published Dec. 28, 1727. Susanna (b. Jun. 9,
1706, Roxbury, MA) was daughter of John JOHNSON and Mary RAMSEY.
Children: Martin; Charles; Abiah; Susanna; Elihu; Jonathan; and
- Dorcas - b. Nov. 19, 1707, Suffield, CT. Married Joseph Hastings
- Mary - b. Mar. 26, 1710, Suffield, CT; d. Aug. 26, 1711,
- Mary - b. Jul. 24, 1713, Suffield, CT; d. Apr. 10, 1716,
Ebenezer and Christiana (Owen) Smith
Ebenezer SMITH - b. Apr. 4, 1699, Suffield, CT. Son
of Ebenzer SMITH and Sarah HUXLEY. Ebenezer
was granted land at Suffield in 1709, 1713, 1716 and 1717. He
served the town in a number of offices between 1700 and 1741,
being selectman four times, constable three times, moderator of
the town meeting four times, and surveyor of highways once. Admitted
to the Suffield church on Feb. 27, 1725. Married at Suffiled,
CT in Nov. 1725.
Christiana OWEN - b. Jan. 10, 1702/3, Windsor, CT. Daughter
of Obadiah OWEN and Christiana WINCHELL.
Children of Ebenezer and Christiana Smith
- Jedediah - b. Jan. 31, 1727, Suffield, Hartford Co., CT;
bap. there Feb. 5, 1726/7; d. Sep. 2, 1776, Natchez, MS. Graduated
from Yale (AB 1750, AM 1754), and became minister at Granville,
MA Dec. 1, 1756. His being a Loyalist at the beginning of the
Revolution was no doubt a prime motivation for leaving the ministry
Apr. 16, 1776 and departing for for Spanish West Florida (now
Mississippi state) with his wife, 10 of his 11 surviving children,
and his brother Elnathan's wife and 2 daughters, his brother
having moved to West Florida two years prior. Upon arrival at
Natchez, he heard of his brother's death, and died 7 days later
of a fever aggravated by stress, grief and climate. Additional
narrative about the journey appears in Stile's Genealogies...
of Ancient Wetherfield. Married at Granville, MA Sarah COOK.
The eldest child remained in MA. Children of Jedediah and Sarah
SMITH: Judge Jedediah, Jr. married Rhoda HUBBARD; Ebenezer died
young; William married Mrs. NETTLES; Sarah married Joshua ALEXANDER;
Josephus married Patience COBB (who married second John BAKER;
daughter of Arthur and Susanna COBB); Richard Philetus married
Ms. THOMPSON; Israel married first Sarah 'Sallie' COBB (daughter
of Arthur and Susanna COBB), and second Jane LORENZO DOAN; Philander
married first Esther BRASHIER, and second Susan MILLER SCOTT;
Philomela married David MITCHELL; Calvin married Priscilla COBB
(daughter of Arthur and Susanna COBB); Luther L. married first
Martha Elizabeth 'Patsey' BAKER (sister of John BAKER), and second
Anna Eliza DAVIS (sister of CSA Pres. Jefferson DAVIS); and Courtland
married first Catherine COOPER (daughter Aurelia's first husband
was Dr. Ben DAVIS, youngest brother of CSA Pres. Jefferson DAVIS),
second Narcissa BOONE, and third Jane BOONE (sister of Narcissa).
- Asa - b. Apr. 20, 1729, Suffield, Hartford Co., CT; bap.
there May 4, 1729; d. Sep. 27, 1798, Hartland, CT; bur Second
Congregational Church Cemetery, Hartland CT. His grave marker
includes the title of "Dr." Asa was probably living
at Granville, MA until about 1770 to 1774, and then moved to
Hartland, CT. A history of Hartland indicates he was a private
in the Revolution, and one of the original members of the Second
Congregational Church when it was created in 1780. Asa was married
at Westfield, MA to Experience DEWEY, with two dates appearing
in the records. It is likely that the first date, Mar. 30, 1760,
was the date the marriage intentions was published and the second
date, Apr. 17, 1760, was the actual marriage date. Children of
Asa and Experience SMITH: Abigail; Thodosia; Asenath; Asa married;
and likely other children.
- Christiana - b. Aug. 21, 1731, Suffield, CT; d. there Sep.
- Ebenezer - b. Mar. 1, 1733, Suffield, CT. Married on Feb.
12, 1767 at Granville, MA to Abigail ROSE. Ebenezer served as
a corporal of Capt. Lebbeus BALL's Company, answering the Lexington
alarm on Apr. 29, 1775. Children of Ebenezer and Abigail SMITH:
Ebenezer; and Zebulon.
- Christian - b. Oct. 3, 1734, Suffield, CT; d. Mar. 9, 1757/8.
- Eliakim - b. Jan. 25, 1736, Suffield, Hartford Co., CT; d.
Aug. 27, 1775, Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA. Married first on
Jun. 17, 1760 to Mehitable SMITH (b. Mar. 24, 1740; d. Apr. 16,
1770), daughter of Jonathan SMITH and Mehitable COOK, and second
on Nov. 14, 1771 to Jerusha KELLOGG (b. about 1739; d. Sep. 22,
1823), daughter of James KELLOGG and Experience SMITH. Children
of Eliakim and Mehitable SMITH: Rebecca died young; Eliakim probably
married Submit (DICKINSON) GAYLORD; and Rebecca married Rev.
- Elnathan - b. Jul. 9, 1737, Suffield, CT; bap. there Jul.
16, 1737; d. 1776, MS. Removed to Spanish West Florida (now Mississippi)
about 1774, his letters encouraging his brother Jedidiah to join
him there. Married on May 23, 1764 at Granville, MA to Hannah
BATES. His wife and daughters remained at Granville, MA when
he moved south, and he died before they could join him. Children
of Elnathan and Hannah SMITH: Elphalet perhaps died young; Eada
(daughter); and Eunice.
- Zebulon - b. Dec. 16, 1739. Died as an infant on the 16th
day of a month in 1738 or 1739 (perhaps on date of birth), probably
at Suffield, CT.
- Elijah - b. Sep. 6, 1741, Suffield, CT.
- Dorcas - b. Jul. 3,
1743, Suffield, CT; d. Jun. 8, 1833, Nassau, NY. Married Josiah HOLCOMB.