||Mary (Smith) Knowlton migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).|
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According to the most recent research by John Brooks Threlfall in his book "Fifty Great Migration Colonists To New England & Their Origins" (1990) and in his NEHGR article (1988), Mary Smith was probably born in England about 1634 and died in Ipswich, Massachusetts on 20 Nove 1688. She married first to Thomas Kimball of Ipswich before December 1658 in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts (when a daughter was born). Her first husband Thomas was killed during King Philip's war and she and her children were held captive by the Indians. After he was killed by Indians on the night of 2-3 May 1676 she married second to Thomas Knowlton on 17 May 1682.
According to an 1897 genealogy, she was the daughter of a Thomas Smith and possibly of his wife Joanna _____, according to the following record:
If Thomas Smith was Richard Kimball's grandfather, then Thomas was likely the father of Richard's mother. This must be the evidence for Mary's maiden name being Smith. Also:
In 1996 Robert Charles Anderson in Great Migration: Immigrants to New England: 1634-1635 Vol 4 p 159 states that Thomas Kimball born about 1633 married by 1658 Mary Smith daughter of Thomas Smith who arrived 1638 to Ipswitch citing NEHGR 142:51-55. Thomas Smith who arrived 1638 to Ipswitch can be cross-referenced to Robert Charles Anderson's 2015 work The Great Migration Directory: Immigrants to New England, 1620–1640 p 312. There Anderson cites ITR 44-45, GMC50 385-89 and NEHGR Vol p 142:51-55. NEHGR Vol p 142:51-55 refers to the Article "Thomas Smith of Ipswitch, Massachusetts" by John B Threlfall. Here we learn the Mary's father Thomas Smith appears in Ipswitch on April 9, 1639 when he was granted a house lot. This Thomas died in the Winter of 1681/2 in Bradford, Massachusetts at the home of his daughter Mary Kimball. His wife Joan[ah] died between 18 Nov 1680 and 9 Dec 1681. He was listed as a shoemaker in 1669. He should not be confused with the Thomas Smith of Lynn, Salem and Gloucester or the Thomas Smith of Newbury during the same period. This Thomas Smith was made a freeman in 1650 unlike the Thomas Smith of Lynn who was a freeman in 1633. We do not know the birth date or origins of this Thomas Smith of Ipswitch but he must have been born by about 1610 based on the birth of his first grandchild. Court records seem to indicate he was born either about 1606 or 1612. He and his wife, Joanah had two daughters: Mary (Smith) Kimball and possibly Sarah (Smith) Loomas. On "November 18, 1680 Richard and Benjamin Kimball of Bradford did covenant to and with the selectmen of Ipswich that they would take Thomas Smith and his wife to Bradford to the house of Mary Kimball the widow of Thomas Kimball and provide their meate, drink, washing, lodging, clothes and attendance with all things necessary for persons in such a condition. Administration of the estate of Thomas Smith of Ipswitch was granted unto "Mary & Richard Kemball" in the Essex County, Massachusetts, probate file (2578) in 1682. A full inventory is given on Mary's father's profile.
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