From the files of Stephen M. Lawson
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Chileab - b. about 1635, probably at
Wethersfield, CT; d. Mar. 7, 1731, Hadley, MA.
- 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.
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
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
- 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.
- A son - d. Jan. 22, 1661, Hadley, MA in infancy.
- John - b. Dec. 18, 1661,
Hadley, MA; d. Apr. 16, 1727, Hadley, MA.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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
- 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.
- 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.
- Luke - b. Apr. 16, 1666,
Hadley, MA; d. about 1748, Hadley, MA; will proved Jan. 1748.
- 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.
- Nathaniel - b. Jan. 12, 1670, Hadley, MA; d. Jan. 1679.
- John - b. Oct. 8, 1671, Hadley, MA; d. about 1750. Married
1691 Martha GOLDING, daughter of Peter and Sarah. No children.
- A son - d. 1673, Hadley, MA in infancy.
- 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.
- A daughter - d. Mar. 1677, Hadley MA in infancy.
- 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.
- 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.
- Chileab - b. Aug. 1682, Hadley, MA. Died in infancy.
- 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.
- 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.