Richard Smith

Richard Smith (1613 - 1692)

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Richard "Bull, Patentee" Smith
Born in Bradford, Yorkshire, Englandmap
Husband of — married 1640 in Smithfield, New Yorkmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Smithtown, Suffolk, New Yorkmap
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Profile last modified 1 Jun 2020 | Created 6 Aug 2010 | Last significant change: 1 Jun 2020
04:03: Beryl Meehan added Joan (Barton) Smith (1599-1644) as mother for Richard Smith (1613-1692). [Thank Beryl for this]
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Richard "Bull" Smith, the Long Island patentee, was NOT the same Richard Smith who went to Taunton, Massachusetts, then settled in Rhode Island.


The Bull

Appearently Richard Smith used a large bull as other people of the time used horses; as a personal conveyance.[1]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[2]. 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."[3][4]


About 1639, but it is not known where he started his journey. He settled in Southampton and Smithtown, New York[5]


Sarah Hammond by abt 1640[6] perhaps in Smithfield, Suffolk, NY,


1648 patentee Of Smithtown, Long Island, NY[7]


07 MAR 1691/2 Smithtown, Suffolk, NY. His death was noted when his will was probated 2 May 1693.[8]


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[9]

Children of Richard and Sarah

  1. Jonathan, born about 1641, married Sarah Brewster.
  2. Elizabeth, born about 1643, died in 1712, married (1) Captain William Lawrence; married (2) Governor Philip Carteret; married (3) Colonel Richard Townley.
  3. Richard, born probably in 1645, died about 1720, married (1)(?); married (2) Hannah Tooker.
  4. Job, born probably in 1647, died about 1719, married Elizabeth Thompson.
  5. Adam, born 1649, died 2 July 1726, married Elizabeth Browne.
  6. 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.
  7. Samuel, born 1654, d. 2 Apr 1717, married Hannah Perring.
  8. Daniel, born about 1656, married (1) Ruth Tooker; married (2) Mary Holton.
  9. Deborah, born about 1658, d. 28 Mcli 1743, married William Lawrence, Jr.[10][11][12]


Immigrant of yDNA group NE50 Richard Smith-1208 (c1613 ENG-1692 NY) m Sarah Hammond-883. See SmithConnections Northeastern DNA Project.[13]

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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.


  1. 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
  2. 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
  5. 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
  6. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III. (Online database:, 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).
  7. Source: Smith: p. 29,30
  8. Source: Smith: p. 25
  9. Source: Smith: p. 24+
  10. 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
  11. Source: Smith: p. 29,30
  13. SmithConnections Northeastern DNA Project, haplogroup Rb1 NE50 Richard Smith.

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Based on his arrival in 1639, it appears he should have the Puritan Great Migration template applied to his profile
posted by S (Hill) Willson
The 1967 book names no parents. Said parent should be detached. Objections?

In addition there is more information on Richard's life available in the 1967 Book "The Family of richard Smith" which can be borrowed at Archive

posted by Anne B
Is there a source for these parents? I'm pretty sure he's not the son of the attached Richard. Richard of Wethersfield's son Richard married a Weed. I'm still trying to figure out Elizabeth. If you have any knowledge please see theG2G discussion

Ron you added the pages from the 1967 book. Did it have any information on his parents? I'm on the waiting list.

posted by Anne B
The riding of the bull to claim the land is the story Im familiar with. I think it was a challenge in response to the amount of land he wanted and he tricked the indians by using the bull instead of walking.  :)
posted by Tamara Flora
Smith-1208 and Smith-6921 appear to represent the same person because: 6921 is just a stub. The need for a merge has become obvious with the merger of the spouse.
posted by Anonymous Hankins
There were 2 Richard Smiths conflated here. Richard "Bull" Smith, the Patentee, is not the Richard Smith who went to Rhode Island. I removed the Rhode Island info from this profile and added it to Smith-7477 .
posted by Carole Partridge

Richard is 16 degrees from Donald Howard, 9 degrees from Julia Howe and 11 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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