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According to Jacobus, Thomas Smith of East Haven died November 16, 1724. (Ricker states that when he died in 1724 he was about 90.) He married Elizabeth Patterson, the daughter of Edward & Elizabeth Patterson in 1662. Jacobus lists twelve children of that marriage: John (1664), Anna (1665), Joseph--probably (1667), John (1669), Thomas (1671), and Thomas (1673), Elizabeth (1676), Joanna (1678), Samuel (1681), Abigail (1683), Lydia (1686), and Benjamin (1690) .
Their first child John Smith, born in 1664, died as an infant.
Their second, Anna Smith, born in 1665, apparently also died young.
Jacobus refers to their third child as Joseph (Joseph Smith), probably the “child” born 1667, died 1713, who married Hannah Morris, the daughter of John Morris and Hannah Bishop. Jacobus lists eight children for the couple and they have many descendants. We are hoping to find male Smith descendants of this couple to prove that this Joseph was the son of Thomas Smith and Elizabeth Patterson.
Dodd’s East Haven Register indicates that the infant born in 1667 died young, and includes a son Joseph born in 1688, which would not make sense if there was a living child Joseph who had been born in 1667.
There is also some confusion about their fourth child John Smith who was born in 1669. Jacobus gives nothing more than a birth date. Dodd says that there is “a feeble family tradition that John Smith was connected with the preceding family. If so, he must have been the oldest son of the first Thomas that lived, and was 49 years old when he married.” Further, Dodd said, this was probable, but somewhat doubtful. The John Smith that Dodd then refers to is the John Smith who married Martha Tuttle in 1718. It seems more reasonable that the John Smith who married Martha Tuttle was the son of Joseph, the third child of Joseph Smith (1667-1713).
Thomas Smith, their fifth child, died as an infant.
Thomas Smith, their sixth child, was married twice, first to Sarah Howe/Dow, and then to Abigail Potter, the widow of Samuel Thompson. He had many descendants.
Elizabeth Smith, their seventh child, married Samuel Cooper.
Joanna Smith was their eighth child. There is a record of her baptism at age 7, but no further mention of her, so it is assumed that she died without marrying.
Samuel Smith, their ninth child, first married Anna Morris, then later Sarah Pardee, the widow of John Thompson. He had many descendants.
Their tenth child, Abigail Smith, married Joseph Cooper.
Lydia Smith, their eleventh child, married Theophilus Alling.
Benjamin Smith, their twelfth child, died without issue.
Joseph Smith, the Joseph born in 1688, according to Dodd, is probably reported in error.
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