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Thomas Smith (abt. 1634 - 1724)

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Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married in East Haven, New Haven Colonymap
Descendants descendants
Died in New Haven, Connecticut Colonymap
Profile last modified | Created 21 Jun 2011
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Categories: Puritan Great Migration | Smith Y-STR Group 12 | Smith Name Study | Smith Y-STR Group 2 | DNA AOI 202210 | DNA AOI 504045.

The Puritan Great Migration.
Thomas Smith migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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EKA - Earliest Known Ancestor. Please do not add his parents without source documentation.

Using yDNA tests of living male descendants of Thomas Smith, we now know that George Smith of New Haven was not his father. See: FTDNA SmithConnections NE Public Page


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) .[1]

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.[2]

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.[3] 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.


This is the Immigrant Ancestor of yDNA group NE12 Thomas Smith (1634 - 1724) and Elizabeth Patterson. See SmithConnections Northeastern DNA Project.[4]


  1. Donald Lines Jacobus, "Families of Ancient New Haven", Vol VII, page 1645-47 (Smith Family).
  2. Stephen Dodd, “The East Haven Register”, (1824) page 149.
  3. Stephen Dodd, “The East Haven Register”, (1824) page 152.
  4. SmithConnections Northeastern DNA Project, haplogroup R1b NE12 Thomas Smith.
  • Ecclesiastical and other Sketches of Southington,Conn., Rev. Heman R. Timlow, Hartford, Press of the Case, Lockwood and Brainard Co, 1875. Covers Thomas and his descendants to David Smith III (1782-1870) and others.
  • Dodd, Stephen. The East-Haven Register, In Three Parts (A.H. Maltby & Co., 1824) Page 165

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On 7 Jul 2013 Quentin Smith wrote:

A few early genealogists put forth the question of his relationship to George Smith (1618-1662), a founder of the New Haven Colony. The science of genetics disproved a close relationship in 2009 through YDNA analyses. Thomas' pedigree has not been established yet.

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