B-I-N-G-O!!! One brick wall comes tumbling down.

+49 votes

Smiths!  Is there any name more hair-raising in family history research?

I am happy to report that do to a hint from Sheri Havens, I was able to track down the marriage and baptism records for two colonial Smith families, and guess what!?!  They are really one big family!

There are some duplicate children profiles awaiting merges, but it seems that Rhode Island Christopher Smith and Alis Gibbes were the parents of 10 children and their baptism records were transcribed in The Registers of Stratford on Avon in Warwick.  The only missing record was for son Thomas.

We have often wondered how Rhode Island Chris was related to the "four Smith brothers".  Descendants of many of these lines have been yDNA tested with exact or very close matches 12 and 13 generations later.  Now we have the published sources to document that they were all one big family from Stratford on Avon.

I am so excited by this, I can't believe it!  My husband doesn't get it, but I know you do.  Many, many years of confusion and wondering are suddenly clear.  So in case you didn't get it either, Christopher and Alis Gibes Smith are the parents of the four Smith brothers and a bunch of other kids too! Wooo Hooooo!  laugh

WikiTree profile: Christopher Smith
in The Tree House by Kitty Smith G2G6 Pilot (553k points)
recategorized by Erin Breen

4 Answers

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Best answer
Congratulations, Kitty!  I'm researching Jacksons and Thompsons - not quite as bad as Smiths, but I understand the difficulties.  Thanks for sharing your success, which inspires me to keep trying.

I also understand the husband who is not into genealogy.  Mine once remarked "Come to bed - those people will be just as dead tomorrow."
by Star Kline G2G6 Pilot (542k points)
selected by Kitty Smith
+7 votes

Congrats Kitty that's really great ! I totally understand the feeling laugh Partytimeee !!cool

by Bea Wijma G2G6 Pilot (281k points)
That is so neat when one has been working on a line for a long time, never dreaming it will get solved ! Congrats!
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Kitty: Hello & good work, again !  Perhaps you will not mind my taking this opportunity to ask where you obtained the Registers' name for which you have given the above link ?  Was it 'archives.org' ?

Any assistance, as always, gratefully received.  Again congrats & thanks.
by Phil Grace G2G6 Mach 1 (13.1k points)
edited by Phil Grace
Wow that was quick ! - I hadn't even finished editing a typo I just noticed in my question.  Many thanks Kitty
+2 votes
Very cool!!!   I'm also researching Smiths, but on the other side is O'Neill! Yikes!!!
by Linda Hirst G2G1 (1.6k points)

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