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Thomas Smith (1673 - 1762)

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Thomas Smith
Born in New Haven County, Connecticut Colonymap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married about 1699 in East Haven, New Haven, Connecticutmap
Husband of — married about 1718 [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in New Haven County, Connecticut Colonymap
Profile last modified 25 Jul 2018 | Created 21 Jun 2011
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Thomas Smith, the sixth child of Thomas Smith and Elizabeth Patterson, was born January 31, 1693 and baptized November 14, 1686 in New Haven. He died in 1762. He held the titles Lieutenant and Deacon. He was married twice. His first wife was Sarah, possibly Sarah Dow, the daughter of Samuel Dow of Hartford. (Many accounts list her surname as Howe, but the fact that her fourth child was named Dow Smith suggests that Dow was more likely her surname.) His second wife was Abigail Potter the widow of Samuel Thompson.

The children of Thomas Smith and Sarah Dow were: Thomas, Joseph, Samuel, Dow, Benjamin, and Abigail.

Thomas Smith and Abigail Potter had one child, a daughter Elizabeth.[1]


Paternal relationship is confirmed through Y-chromosome DNA testing. William Waugh Smith, FTDNA kit #95454, and his 6th cousin once removed, Len Smith, FTDNA kit #216226, match at a Genetic Distance of 2 on 67 markers thereby confirming their direct paternal lines back to their MRCA Thomas Smith. FTDNA indicates that the probability the two share a common ancestor within the last 7 generations is 91.73% and within the last 8 generations is 94.73%.

Descendant of yDNA group NE12 Thomas Smith (1634 - 1724) and Elizabeth Patterson. See SmithConnections Northeastern DNA Project.[2]


  1. Donald Lines Jacobus, "Families of Ancient New Haven", Vol VII, pages 1645-1646 (Smith Family).
  2. SmithConnections Northeastern DNA Project, haplogroup R1b NE12 Thomas Smith.

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