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               Samuel Smith and Elizabeth Smith

Philip Smith and Rebecca Foote   Chileab Smith and Hannah Hitchcock

John Smith and Joanna Kellogg    Luke Smith and Mary Crow

John Smith and Esther Colton     Mary Smith and John Preston

               Ephraim Smith and Mary Preston

               Simeon Smith and Eliza Wheeler - Smith research notes

               Tamma Smith and Allen Merrill

               Elizabeth Merrill and Elijah Mason Morey

               William Clemeth Morey and Melvina E. Andrews

               Minnie Elsie Morey and Aretus Erastus Freeman

               Iva Melvina Freeman and Donald VanHoosier Lawson

               Stephen Martin Lawson

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Lt. Samuel and Elizabeth (Smith) Smith

Samuel SMITH - b. about 1602, England; d. Dec. 1680, Hadley, MA. Embarked from Ipswich, Suffolk, England on board the 'Elizabeth' in Apr. 1634 at age 32 for Watertown, MA. Arriving with his wife and four children, he resided in Watertown a short time, and removed to Wethersfield, CT in 1635. He appears in the town records in a number of public roles and is called 'the Fellmonger' after his occupation as trader, and probably tanner, in furs. He built and was part owner of the 'TRYAL,' the first ship built in the colony. Removed to Hadley, MA about 1659 where he also held various town and church positions, and was referred to as Lt. Smith. Estate inventory was taken Jan. 17, 1681. Married at St Margaret's, Whatfield, Suffolk, England on Oct. 6, 1624.

Elizabeth SMITH - b. about 1602, England; d. Mar. 16, 1686, South Hadley, MA. To America in the 'Elizabeth' in 1634 with husband and four children.


Children of Samuel and Elizabeth Smith

See Notable Cousins for line to: Richard Bedford BENNETT, Stephen Grover CLEVELAND, Clinton 'Clint' EASTWOOD, Dorothy GISH and Lillian GISH, Rutherford Birchard HAYES, Jedediah Strong SMITH, Sophia SMITH, Harriet Elizabeth BEECHER STOWE, Raquel WELCH, and Frank Winfield WOOLWORTH

  1. Samuel - bap. Feb. 8, 1625/6, Whatfield, Suffolk, England. Probably the Lt. Samuel SMITH in New London, CT from Weathersfield in 1652. Prior to 1664 he removed to VA, with letters from him dated at Roanoke, VA addressed to Rev. Bulkely concerning his action amounting to desertion of his wife. Married Rebecca SMITH (b. about 1631), daughter of Rev. Henry and Dorothy SMITH. Whether Samuel deserted his wife for his own purposes or to provide her a basis for divorce is subject to one's interpretation of archival materials. Following the divorce Rebecca married by 1669 Nathaniel BOWMAN, Jr. (b. Mar. 6, 1640, Watertown, Middlesex Co., MA; d. 1707), a mutual friend of Wethersfield. Samuel and Rebecca SMITH had no children.
  2. Elizabeth - bap. Jan. 28, 1626/7, Hadleigh, Suffolk, England. Married first 1646 Nathaniel FOOTE (bap. Mar. 5, 1619/0, St. James, Shalford, Essex, England; d. 1655, Wethersfield, CT), son of Nathaniel FOOTE and Elizabeth DEMING; and second William GULL (d. 1701, Hatfield, MA). Children of Elizabeth and Nathaniel FOOTE: Nathaniel married Margaret BLISS; Samuel married Mary MERRICK; Daniel married first Sarah, and second Mary; and Elizabeth (slain by Indians at Deerfield, MA, 1696) married Daniel BELDEN. Children of Elizabeth and William: Mary married Robert BARDWELL; Anna married Jonathan ROOT; Esther married Joseph GILLET; and Mercy married Jeremiah ALVORD.
  3. Mary - bap. Oct. 9, 1628, Hadleigh, Suffolk, England; d. Dec. 16, 1668. Married John GRAVES of Hatfield, MA, son of Thomas and Sarah. John, killed by the Indians Sep. 19, 1677 at Hatfield, MA, had married second Mary, the widow of John WYATT. Children of Mary and John GRAVES: John married Sarah WHITE; Mary married first Samuel BALL, and second Edward STEBBINS; Isaac married first Sarah WYATT, second Abigail, and third Deliverance, widow of his uncle Samuel GRAVES; Samuel married Sarah; Sarah married Edward STEBBINS; Elizabeth married Thomas JONES; Daniel; Ebenezer, Bethiah died in infancy; and Nathaniel married Rebecca ALLIS.
  4. Philip - b. Apr. 30, 1632; bap. Nov. 1632, Hadleigh, Suffolk, England; d. Jan. 10, 1684/5, Hadley, MA, being "murdered with a hideous witchcraft," in the words of Cotton Mather.
  5. Chileab - b. about 1635, probably at Wethersfield, CT; d. Mar. 7, 1731, Hadley, MA.
  6. John - b. about 1637, probably at Wethersfield, CT; d. May 30, 1676, Hatfield Meadows, MA. Slain by the Indians. Married Nov. 12, 1663, Wethersfield, CT Mary PARTRIDGE (b. 1638; d. May 20, 1683, Hadley, MA), daughter of William PARTRIDGE and Mary SMITH. Mary, widow of John, married second Sep. 1679, Hadley, MA Peter MONTAGUE. Children John and Mary SMITH: John married Mary ROOT (ancestors of President Rutherford B. HAYES); Samuel died young; Joseph married Canada WAITE; Benjamin married Ruth BUCK (ancestors of President Rutherford B. HAYES); and Marah married John DAY.


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Sons of Lt. Samuel and Elizabeth Smith

Lt. Philip and Rebecca (Foote) Smith

Philip SMITH - b. Apr. 30, 1632; bap. Nov. 1632, Hadleigh, Suffolk, England; d. Jan. 10, 1684/5, Hadley, MA, being "murdered with a hideous witchcraft," in the words of Cotton Mather. Son of Samuel SMITH and Elizabeth SMITH. Married about 1657, Wethersfield, CT. The following extracts provide the story of the death of Philip SMITH.

From The Magnalia Christi Americana, by Cotton Mather - 1702.

Mr. Philip Smith, aged about 50 years, a son of eminently virtuous parents, a deacon of a church in Hadley, a member of the General Court, a justice in the County Court, a selectman for the affairs of the town, a Lieutenant of the troop, and which crowns all, a man for devotion, sanctity, gravity, and all that was honest, exceeding exemplary. Such a man was in the winter of the year 1684, murdered with an hideous witchcraft, that filled all those parts of New England, with astonishment. He was, by his office concerned about relieving the indigences of a wretched woman in the town; who being dissatisfied at some of his just cares about her, expressed herself unto him in such a manner, that he declared himself thenceforth apprehensive of receiving mischief at her hands. Early in January, he began to be very valetudinarious. He shewed such weanedness from the weariness of the world, etc.... While he remained yet of a sound mind, he solemnly charged his brother to look well after him. Be sure (said he) to have a care for me.... There shall be a wonder in Hadley.... In his distress he exclaimed much upon the young woman aforesaid, and others, as being seen by him in the room. Some of the young men in the town being out of their wits at the strange calamities thus upon one of their most beloved neighbors, went three or four times to give disturbance unto the woman thus complained of; and all the while they were disturbing her, he was at ease, and slept as a weary man; yea, these were the only times they perceived him to take any sleep in all his illness. Gally pots of medicine provided for the sick man were unaccountably emptied: audible scratchings were made about the bed, when his hands and feet lay wholly still, and were held by others. They beheld fire sometimes on the bed; and when the beholders began to discourse of it, it vanished away. Divers people actually felt something often stir in the bed, at a considerable distance from the man; it seemed as big as a cat, but they could never grasp it. Several trying to lean on the bed's head, tho' the sick man lay wholly still, the bed would shake so as to knock their heads uncomfortably. Mr. Smith dies; the jury that viewed his corpse found a swelling on one breast, his back full of bruises, and several holes that seemed made with awls. After the opinion of all had pronounced him dead, his countenance continued as lively as if he had been alive; his eyes closed as in a slumber, and his nether jaw not falling down. Thus he remained from Saturday morning about sunrise, till Sabbathday in the aftenoon. When those who took him out of the bed, found him still warm, tho' the season was as cold as had almost been known in any age; and a New England winter does not want for cold. But on Monday morning they found the face extremely tumified and discolored. It was black and blue, and fresh blood seemed running down his cheek upon the hairs. Divers noises were also heard in the room where the corpse lay; as the clattering of chairs and stools, whereof no account could be given. This was the end of so good a man.

From History of Hadley, by Sylvester Judd - 1863.

Mary Webster, the woman who disturbed Philip Smith, was sent to Boston, tried for witchcraft, and acquitted. The young men of Hadley tried an experiment upon her. They dragged her out of the house, hung her up until she was near dead, let her down, rolled her some time in the snow, and at last buried her in it, and there left her. But she survived, and died in 1696. No inhabitant of Hampshire Co. was ever executed for witchcraft.

From Families of Early Hartford, Connecticut, by Lucius Barnes Barbour - 1976.

William Webster s. of John & Agnes died 1688 mar Feb 17, 1670 Mary Reeve who died 1696 dau of Thomas Reeve of Springfield. Hadley; his wife was accused of witchcraft and sent to Boston for trial 1684, but was acquitted and died in peace. s.p.

From Genealogies of Hadley Families, by Lucius M. Boltwood.

William Webster was the son of the Hon. John Webster of Connecticut, a magistrate, Deputy Governor, Governor, and one of the Commissioners of the United Colonies. He was an influential member of the church in Hartford, took a deep interest in the controversy which agitated that and other churches, and was one of the leaders of the Hadley company.

Rebecca FOOTE - b. about 1634; d. Apr. 6, 1701, Hadley, MA. Married second Oct. 2, 1688, Major Aaron COOK (b. about 1601; d. Sep. 5, 1690) of Windsor, CT and Northampton, MA as his fourth wife (no children). Daughter of Nathaniel FOOTE and Elizabeth.


Children of Philip and Rebecca Smith

See Notable Cousins for line to: George Herbert Walker BUSH and George Walker BUSH

  1. Samuel - b. Jan. 1658/9, Hadley, MA; d. Aug. 28, 1707, East Hartford, CT. Married first Nov. 16, 1682, Hadley, MA Mary CHURCH (b. 1664; d. Jun. 18, 1700), daughter of Samuel CHURCH; and second Jan. or Jun. 1701, Hadley, MA Mary SMITH, mother of youngest three children. Children of Samuel and Mary SMITH (his first marriage): Samuel; Mary married John KEENEY; Rebecca; Samuel, an idiot; Mehitable married Ebenezer TAYLOR; and Benoni. Children of Samuel and Mary SMITH (his second marriage): Timothy married; Edward; and Mercy died young.
  2. A son - d. Jan. 22, 1661, Hadley, MA in infancy.
  3. John - b. Dec. 18, 1661, Hadley, MA; d. Apr. 16, 1727, Hadley, MA.
  4. Jonathan - b. 1663, Hadley, MA; d. Nov. 1737. Married Nov. 14, 1688, Hadley, MA Abigail KELLOGG (b. Oct. 9, 1671, Hadley, MA), daughter of Joseph KELLOGG and Abigail TERRY. Children of Jonathan and Abigail SMITH: Jonathan married Hannah WRIGHT; Daniel was deranged; Abigail married Jonathan PARSONS; Stephen; Prudence; Moses married Mary MARSH; Elisha married Sarah SMITH; Elizabeth married Richard CHAUNCEY; Ephraim married Martha SCOTT; and Aaron married Abigail SCOTT.
  5. Philip - b. 1665, Hadley, MA; d. Jan. 25, 1725, East Hartford, CT. Married first Jul. 9, 1687, Springfield, MA Mary BLISS (b. 1670; d. Dec. 23, 1707, Hartford, CT), daughter of Samuel BLISS; and second Sep. 1708 Mary ROBINSON (b. 1673; d. May 17, 1733). Children of Philip and Mary (BLISS) SMITH: Philip did not marry; David; twin girls died in infancy; Martha married Thomas WARD; Aaron; Mary married John BENJAMIN, Jr.; Samuel; Rebecca; Ebenezer married Winnetje HOOGSBOOM (or HOOGSBOORN); Nehemiah; and Hannah.
  6. Rebecca - b. 1668, Hadley, MA; d. Oct. 7, 1750, probably in Wethersfield, CT. Married 1686, Hadley, MA George STILLMAN (b. about 1654; d. Nov. 17, 1728, Wethersfield, CT). Children of Rebecca and George STILLMAN: Rebecca did not marry; Mary married Deliverance BLINN; Nathaniel married first Anna SOUTHMAYD, and second Sarah ALLYN; John married Mary WOLCOTT; Sarah married Samuel WILLARD; Martha died young; Anna married Hezekiah MAY (ancestors of the Presidents BUSH); Elizabeth married Peter BLINN; Hannah married first John CALDWELL, and second Dr. Neil McLEAN; Lydia married Rev. Daniel RUSSELL;Esther died in infancy; and Benjamin married first Sarah DOTY, second Catharine CHAUNCEY, and third Anna PIERSON.
  7. Nathaniel - b. Jan. 2, 1671, Hadley, MA; d. about 1740, Hatfield, MA. Married Feb. 6, 1696 Hadley, MA Mary DICKINSON (b. Feb. 2, 1673, Hadley, MA; d. Aug. 16, 1718), daughter of Nathaniel and Hannah DICKINSON. Children of Nathaniel and Mary SMITH: Nathaniel; Mary married Jonathan DICKINSON; Joshua; Rebecca married Jonathan WELLS; Hannah married Mr. WRIGHT; Martha married Benjamin WAIT; Lydia married Samuel MORTON; and Jerusha married Simeon WHITE.
  8. Joseph - b. 1674, Hadley, MA; d. Sep. 8, 1736, Upper Middletown, CT. Harvard 1695. Minister at Cohanzy, NJ and Upper Middletown, CT. Married Sep. 15, 1697 Esther PARSONS (b. Dec. 24, 1672; d. May 30, 1760), daughter of Cornet PARSONS. Children of Joseph and Esther SMITH: Martha married Capt. Richard HAMLIN; Joseph married Elizabeth BUCKLEY; and Mary married Rev. Samuel TUDOR of East Windsor, CT.
  9. Ichabod - b. Apr. 11, 1675, Hadley, MA; d. Sep. 6, 1746, Hadley, MA. Married Jul. 19, 1698, Hadley, MA Elizabeth COOK (b. Jan. 9, 1677/8; d. Oct. 10, 1751), daughter of Capt. Aaron COOK. Children of Ichabod and Elizabeth SMITH: Philip married Sarah WHITE; Aaron married Mehitable INGRAM; Dr. Nathaniel married; Rebecca married William SMITH; Moses married Hannah CHILDS; Bridget married Jonathan MOODY; Miriam married David MOODY; Elizabeth married first Noadiah LEWIS, and second Elisha INGRAM; Samuel married Rebecca; Experience married Mercy EASTMAN; and Elisha.


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Chileab and Hannah (Hitchcock) Smith

Chileab SMITH - b. about 1635, probably at Wethersfield, CT; d. Mar. 7, 1731, Hadley, MA. Son of Samuel SMITH and Elizabeth SMITH. Freeman 1673 at Wethersfield, CT. Married Oct. 2, 1661, Springfield, MA.

Hannah HITCHCOCK - b. 1645, Wethersfield, CT; d. Aug. 31, 1733, Hadley, MA. Daughter of Luke HITCHCOCK and Elizabeth GIBBONS.


Children of Chileab and Hannah Smith

See Notable Cousins for line to: Emily Elizabeth DICKINSON, Mary LYON, and Sophia SMITH

  1. Hannah - b. Jul. 7, 1662, Hadley, MA. Married Mar. 23, 1681, Hadley, MA John MONTAGUE (d. about 1732), son of Richard MONTAGUE and Abigail DOWNING. Children of Hannah and John MONTAGUE: John married first Mindwell LYMAN, and second Abigail SMITH; Richard married Abigail CAMP; Hannah died in infancy; Hannah died in infancy; Peter married Mary HUBBARD; William married first Sarah EASTMAN, and second Sarah SMITH; Samuel married first Elizabeth WHITE (ancestors of poet Emily DICKINSON), and second Mary ROOT; Hannah married Josiah WILLARD; Luke married first Hannah DICKINSON, and second Deborah; and Nathaniel married Hannah INGRAM.
  2. Samuel - b. Mar. 9, 1665, Hadley, MA; d. Aug. 4, 1724. A shoemaker. Married Mar. 9, 1687, Hadley, MA, Sarah BLISS (b. 1667), daughter of Lawrence and granddaughter of Thomas BLISS. Children of Samuel and Sarah SMITH: Samuel died in infancy; Sarah married E. PERKINS; Samuel married first Esther WARNER, and second Sarah BILLINGS; Peletiah married Abigail WAIT; William married Elizabeth; Lydia married Samuel SMITH; Hannah did not marry; Elizabeth died young; Esther married Daniel BELDING; and Margaret married Samuel CHURCH.
  3. Luke - b. Apr. 16, 1666, Hadley, MA; d. about 1748, Hadley, MA; will proved Jan. 1748.
  4. Ebenezer - b. Jul. 11, 1668, Hadley, MA; d. 1715/6. A weaver, his estate was inventoried Feb. 27, 1716 and settled Feb. 17, 1717/8. Married Oct. 27, 1691 Abigail BOUTON, daughter of John and Abigail (MARVIN) BOUTON of Norwalk, CT. Children of Ebenezer and Abigail SMITH: Abigail married Joseph KELLOGG; Martha married John REED; Ebenezer married Elizabeth BARTLETT; John married first Rachel SMITH, and second Mary DICKINSON; Nathan married Mary; Eliakim married Abigail HOYT; Eunice married Nathan OLMSTEAD; Joseph; Ephraim married Isabel BARTLETT; and Dinah married Benajah HOYT.
  5. Nathaniel - b. Jan. 12, 1670, Hadley, MA; d. Jan. 1679.
  6. John - b. Oct. 8, 1671, Hadley, MA; d. about 1750. Married 1691 Martha GOLDING, daughter of Peter and Sarah. No children.
  7. A son - d. 1673, Hadley, MA in infancy.
  8. Hester (or Esther) - b. Mar. 31, 1674, Hadley, MA. Married Oct. 20, 1696 Nathaniel INGRAM, son of John. Children of Hester and Nathaniel INGRAM: Esther married Isaac SELDEN; Elizabeth married Samuel BELDING; Abigail; Mercy married Jonathan SELDEN; Ebenezer possibly married Jane ROGERS; Nathaniel married Martha KELLOGG; Hannah married Deacon Nathaniel MONTAGUE; Jonathan married Mary MONTAGUE; and Sarah married Charles CHAUNCEY.
  9. A daughter - d. Mar. 1677, Hadley MA in infancy.
  10. Elizabeth - b. Feb. 2, 1679, Hadley, MA. Married Oct. 26, 1698 James SMITH (b. Jun. 12, 1675), son of Samuel SMITH and Mary ENSIGN. Children of Elizabeth and James SMITH: Elizabeth; James; Noah married Mary JOHNSON; Samuel; Chileab; Hannah; Ebenezer; and Mindwell.
  11. Mary - b. Aug. 16, 1681, Hadley, MA. Married first Dec. 15, 1697, Preserved SMITH (b. Aug. 1677; d. 1713), son of Samuel SMITH and Mary ENSIGN, and second Apr. 22, 1721 Peter MONTAGUE. Children of Mary and Preserved SMITH: Mary died young; Ebenezer died young; Preserved; Ebenezer married Hannah BOLTWOOD; Samuel; Chileab married first Mary/Sarah MOODY, and second Rebecca BUTLER; James married Sarah/Mary SMITH; and Moses died young.
  12. Chileab - b. Aug. 1682, Hadley, MA. Died in infancy.
  13. Chileab - b. Feb. 18, 1685, Hadley, MA; d. Nov. 8, 1746, Hadley, MA. Married Dec. 19, 1710 Mercy GOLDING (b. Sep. 8, 1686; d. Aug. 6, 1756), daughter of Peter. Children of Chileab and Mercy SMITH: Peter married Amy BISSELL; Chileab died in infancy; Mercy married Nathaniel COLEMAN; Phineas married first Mary CHURCH, and second Elizabeth SMITH; Martha married Thomas MEEKINS; Lt. Windsor married first Sarah SMITH, and second Lydia (FRARY) HASTINGS; Thankful married Moses DICKINSON; Chileab died young; Mary married Moses BILLINGS; and Chileab died at age 22.
  14. Sarah - b. Apr. 26, 1688, Hadley, MA; d. Oct. 5, 1760. Married Apr. 13, 1710 Jonathan MORTON (b. Nov. 2, 1684; d. Apr. 23, 1767, Hatfield, MA), son of Richard and Ruth MORTON. Children of Sarah and Jonathan MORTON: Jonathan died in infancy; Martha; Jonathan married Eleanor SMITH; Sarah, twin of Jonathan, died in infancy; Elijah married Eunice MORTON; David married Christian SMITH; Sarah married Ephraim DOOLITTLE; Mary married Samuel SMITH; and Lucy.


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