Richard "Bull" Smith, the Long Island patentee, was NOT the same Richard Smith who went to Taunton, Massachusetts, then settled in Rhode Island.
Appearently Richard Smith used a large bull as other people of the time used horses; as a personal conveyance.From this he was known as "The Bull Rider", or Richard "The Bull" Smith. And his family from that point forward were known as the "Bull" Smiths, as other Smith families in the area were known as the "Rock" Smiths, or the "Tangier" Smiths. There was also a story (that some attributed as myth) that says "he made an agreement with the Indians that he could have all of the land which he could encircle in one day riding on the back of a bull."
About 1639, but it is not known where he started his journey. He settled in Southampton and Smithtown, New York
Sarah Hammond by abt 1640 perhaps in Smithfield, Suffolk, NY,
07 MAR 1691/2 Smithtown, Suffolk, NY. His death was noted when his will was probated 2 May 1693.
Dated 5 Mar 1691, Richard's will was a joint will with his wife Sarah. The prelude sasys "I Richard Smith Senr fo Smithtown" only but statements are made "We", "our" They name their children: Jonathan Smith, our eldest son, sons Richard, Job, Adam, Samuel, Daniel, daughter Elizabeth Townley and daughter Lawrence. Sons Jonathan and Richard were named executors. Richard Smith and Sarah Smith signed the will. Sarah made a second will 20 Jan 1707/8
Richard, born probably in 1645, died about 1720, married (1)(?); married (2) Hannah Tooker.
Job, born probably in 1647, died about 1719, married Elizabeth Thompson.
Adam, born 1649, died 2 July 1726, married Elizabeth Browne.
Obadiah, born March 1651, d. 20 Aug 1680 unmarried. Obadiah Smith’s body was found in the narrows of the Nissequogue River 20 Aug 1680. The casue of his death was not determined.
Samuel, born 1654, d. 2 Apr 1717, married Hannah Perring.
Daniel, born about 1656, married (1) Ruth Tooker; married (2) Mary Holton.
Deborah, born about 1658, d. 28 Mcli 1743, married William Lawrence, Jr.
Immigrant of yDNA group NE50 Richard Smith-1208 (c1613 ENG-1692 NY) m Sarah Hammond-883. See SmithConnections Northeastern DNA Project.
Birth : 1613 Myreshaw, Bradford, Yorkshire, England
Parents are unknown. The Wethersfield, Connecticut, Richard had a son Richard but he married Mary Weed. Richard, the son of Richard Wickford, Rhode Island, married Esther. He died 16 March 1691 and will was probated in 1692, which would easily cause confusion.
↑History of Long Island: Containing an Account of the Discovery and Settlement; with Other Important and Interesting Matters to the Present Time, The Town of Smithtown pp 304 & 305
↑History of Long Island: Containing an Account of the Discovery and Settlement; with Other Important and Interesting Matters to the Present Time, The Town of Smithtown pp 305
↑ Anderson, Robert Charles. Great Migration Directory (The). Immigrants to New Englnad, 1620-1640. A Concise Compendium. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2015.) p. 311
↑ The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III. (Online database: AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2010), (Originally Published as: New England Historic Genealogical Society. Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III, 3 vols., 1995). https://www.americanancestors.org/DB393/i/12107/852/1415514000
Colket, Jr., Meredith B. 1912-. Founders of Early American Families: Emigrants From Europe, 1607-1657, Revised Edition. Cleveland: General Court of the Order of Founders and Patriots of America : distributed by Founders Project, 1985. Text located at the New England Historical and Genealogical Society library. Page 289.
Thompson, Benjamin Franklin. History of Long Island, Page 302
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