John Smith and Mary Gardiner
John Smith married Mary Gardiner 15 November 1597 in Burstall, Suffolk, England. Mary was the daughter of Philip Gardiner and Elizabeth Dale. John was buried 26 June 1618 in Burstall, Suffolk, England. His will was dated 27 May 1618 and proved 17 July 1618. He named his friend Thomas Moswell as the supervisor for his wife and children. Mary was buried 10 April 1626 in Burstall, Suffolk, England.
John and Mary’s children are:
- John Smith, baptized 16 March 1598/9 in Burstall, Suffolk, England, married Abigail --, will dated 10 Jan 1670/1 and proved 1673.
- Samuel Smith, baptized 6 Sep 1601 in Burstall, Suffolk, England, married Elizabeth Smith (bp. 22 July 1599 in Erwarton, Suffolk, England to Philip and Ann (Grymwade) Smith) 6 Oct 1624 in Whatfield, Suffolk, England, enrolled with Elizabeth and four children as passengers on the Elizabeth at Ipswich, Suffolk, England in 1634, settled at Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, admitted freeman 3 September 1634, moved to Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut in 1635, deputy to the Connecticut General Court for Wethersfield numerous times 1637 to 1656, Wethersfield constable in 1653/4, appointed to the Connecticut committee for arming and provisioned soldiers in 1649, the committee for "pressing men for this present expedition" in 1653, and the committee regarding "the lands at Mattabeseck" in 1649/50, petit jury for Connecticut a number of times 1643 to 1658, requested 24 March 1657/8 to "be freed from training as a common soldier" in Wethersfield (freed from that duty because "he hath been an ancient sergeant to the trained band in that town"), moved to Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts in 1661, deputy to the Massachusetts Bay General Court for Hadley at various times 1661 to 1673, commissioner to end small causes for Hadley on number of times 1661 to 1680, lieutenant of the train band at Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts 31 Mar 1663, magistrate for Hampshire numerous times 1663 to 1680, Hampshire petit jury 26 Mar 1661, "empowered to solemnize marriage & take depositions in the town of Hadly" 1 Jun 1677. requested and granted discharge from the train band 9 May 1678 (due to "being very aged & weak, & not being so well able to discharge military trust as heretofore"), a glover and later a fellmonger (one who prepares hides for leather making), then an innkeeper (licensed to sell wine or liquor 26 Sep 1671), will dated 23 Jun 1680 and proved 29 Mar 1681, inventory on his estate 17 Jan 1680/1.
- Philip Smith, mentioned in several family wills, mentioned as deceased in the will of Samuel Smith (his brother John's son) 27 Dec 1690.
- Henry Smith, baptized 19 April 1607 in Burstall, Suffolk, England, mentioned 1618 (in his father's will).
- Nathaniel Smith, baptized 1 Mar 1610/1 in Burstall, Suffolk, England, married Ann White 28 Jun 1636 in Bramford, Suffolk, England.
- Torrey, Clarence A., New England Marriages Prior to 1700, Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2004.
- Savage, James, A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, vols. II and IV, Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1860, p. 269.
- Cutter, William Richard, Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of the State of Massachusetts, Vol. 2, New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1910, p. 813.
- Whittemore, Henry, The Heroes of the American Revolution and Their Descendants, Heroes of the Revolution Publishing Company, 1897, p. 122.
Records related to the John and Mary (Gardiner) Smith family but not copied below due to copyright considerations:
- Hyde, Myrtle Stevens, "The English Ancestry of Samuel Smith of Hadley, Massachusetts, Whose Wife Was Elizabeth (Smith) Smith," New England Historic Genealogical Register, vol. 174, Winter 2020, pgs. 40-51.
- Entry for Samuel Smith, Great Migration 1634-1635, R-S. (Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012.) Originally published as: The Great Migration, Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume VI, R-S, by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2009.
- Prindle, Paul W., "The Wife of Lt. Samuel Smith of Wethersfield," The American Genealogist, vol. 32, 1955, p. 202-3.
Torrey's New England Marriages Prior to 1700
SMITH, Samuel (1602-1680) & Elizabeth SMITH (not CHILIAD) (1602-1686); in Eng, b 1625, 6 Oct 1624; Wethersfield, CT/Hadley/Hatfield/Deerfield
Source: Torrey, Clarence A., New England Marriages Prior to 1700, Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2004.
Savage's Genealogical Dictionary
SAMUEL, Wethersfield, came in the Elizabeth 1634, from Ipswich, then by the custom-ho. rec. aged 32, with w. Elizabeth 32, and ch. Samuel, 9; Elizabeth 7; Mary, 4; and Philip, 1 ; was adm. freem. 3 Sept. 1634 ; was first, perhaps, at Watertown, where most of the passen. of that sh. plant. but in few yrs. rem. with many of them to the banks of the Conn. was rep. 1641-53 almost all the sess. more than any other man, was in 1658 exempt. from train. Next yr. he rem. with many of Rev. Henry Smith's opponents (wh. support. his success. Rev. John Russell's side of the Hartford controv.), to Hadley, where he was in very high repute, rep. oft. from 1661 to 73, lieut. in com. of the milit. from 1663 to 78, then hon. disch. and his s. Philip made lieut. and a capt. was appoint. for the first time; made a magistr. for the town, and d. in Dec. 1680, or next [[vol. 4, p. 132]] mo. Of the four ch. he bro't three are nam. in his will, tho. he gave the eldest only 5s. no doubt for suffic. reason, yet not express. Mary, not nam. had prob. d. young. Chiliab, and John, his s. are ment. in that docum. the former, b. a. 1636, and the other some yrs. aft. His wid. d. 16 Mar. 1685; and his d. Elizabeth m. 1646, Nathaniel Foote, and next, William Gull, wh. d. 1701, and she outliv. him.
Source: Savage, James, A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1860.
Cutter's Genealogical and Personal Memoirs
Lieutenant Samuel Smith, immigrant ancestor of this branch of the family in New England, was born in England, about 1602. With his wife Elizabeth and children: Samuel, aged nine; Elizabeth, aged seven ; Mary, aged four, and Philip, aged one, he sailed April 3, 1634, in the ship "Elizabeth," of Ipswich, for New England. He and his wife were then called thirty-two years of age. He settled first in Salem, Massachusetts, and was admitted a freeman September 3, 1634. He was a proprietor there in 1638, and removed to Wethersfield, Connecticut, where he was a leading citizen. He removed thence to Hadley, Massachusetts, where he held important offices in both church and state. He died about 1680, aged seventy-eight. The inventory of his estate was taken January 17, 1681. His widow died March 16, 1686, aged eighty- four years. Children: i. Samuel, born about 1625. 2. Elizabeth, born about 1627; married (first) Nathaniel Foote; (second) William Gull. 3. Mary, born about 1630; married John Graves. 4. Philip, born about 1633; died January 10, 1685; married Rebecca Foote. 5. Chileab, see forward. 6. John.
Source: Cutter, William Richard, Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of the State of Massachusetts, Vol. 2, New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1910, p. 813.
Whittemore's Heroes of the American Revolution
The Smith family of Wethersfield, Conn., and Hadley, Mass., together with the allied families, bore an important part as founders and builders of their various places of settlement, also in the colonial wars and in the War of the Revolution.
Samuel Smith, the first representative of this branch of the Smith family, came from England in 1640 and settled in Wethersfield, Conn., and was one of the founders of that town. He represented the town at the General Court oftener than any other man, having served almost continuously during the two semi-annual sessions from 1641 to 1653. In 1659 he removed to Hadley, Mass., where he was held in high repute, and represented that town at the General Court of Massachusetts from 1661 to 1673. He was lieutenant in command of the militia from 1663 to 1667, and was succeeded by his son Philip, who was commissioned captain, being the first to receive that rank. Samuel was also a magistrate. He died in 1680. His wife, Elizabeth, died March 16, 16S5, aged 90, They had among other children, a son, John.
Source: Whittemore, Henry, The Heroes of the American Revolution and Their Descendants, Heroes of the Revolution Publishing Company, 1897, p. 122.