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Henry Smith (1599 - 1648)

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Rev. Henry Smith
Born in Norwich, Norfolk, Englandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married before in Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Wethersfield, Connecticutmap
Profile last modified | Created 13 Sep 2010
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Categories: Smith Name Study | Puritan Great Migration.

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Henry Smith migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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Email from Kristina Turner (10/2013): "Many claim to have data on Rev Henry’s background – I have not found any documentation that supports it. My data starts with Henry as a young student (sizar) at Magdelene College Cambridge in Spring 1618. He graduated and was ordained as a deacon in 1623 at Peterborough Cathedral. We do not know the exact year of his arrival in New England. He made his Will in Wethersfield CT in 1648. His wife at that time was Dorothy, but there is No record of her surname. Henry had 3 sons, but only one, Samuel, survived to marry and have issue." Based on Kristina's research in England, I am disconnecting Smith-2066 as the father of Henry for lack of documentation. Kitty Smith 10/12/2013 I am disconnecting Ambrose Smith-10337 and Margaret Cecil-79 as parents of Rev. Henry for lack of documentation. Kitty Smith 7/13/2015

Email from Kristina Turner (10/2013): "I found this when I was in Cambridge England in Sept 2007. This is the earliest documentation I know of for Rev Henry. {Documentary proof of his parents & birthplace have not been produced and are only guesses when suggested. DNA Project Group 7 - Rev Henry Smith (c1600 ENG - 1648 CT) m Dorothy Unknown (documentary proof that her surname was Cotton has not been produced.) Please supply documents if you have them.}

Alumni Cantabrigienes, Biographical list of students & graduates of the University of Cambridge [ENG] from Earliest times - to 1900 Venn, John & J.A. (1927) Part 1 'Earliest times to 1751' Vol IV S-Z p.99

SMITH, Henry

  • Matriculated sizar* Magdelene [college] Easter 1618. BA.1621-22, MA.1625.
  • Ordained Deacon June 1623 [at Peterborough Cathedral].
  • Probably identical to the man of this name who emigrated to New England Colonies to escape the persecution of Archbishop Laud in 1636 -1637.
  • Henry Smith settled first in Watertowne, near Boston [MA], then removed to Wethersfield [CT] where he was Pastor. He died there in 1648.
  • Described by his son Samuel as 'an ordained Minister, educated at Cambridge in England'. - some information provided by J.G. Bartlett of Boston MA.
  • (three ranks in which students at Cambridge were matriculated [admitted] to University
  • 1. Fellow-Commoner
  • 2. Pensioner
  • 3. Sizar -- 'lowest rank, usually performed menial services' (..similar to kids working on campus today, to help pay their costs. Usually the younger students))

Because Henry entered Cambridge in 1618; I believe he was born c.1600, not earlier as some estimate."

Kristina also supplied the following transcription of Henry's will:
Name: Henry Smith Location: Wethersfield, Hartford CT p.502
Invt. œ370-18-06. Taken by- James Boosey, Samuel Smith
Will dated : 8 May 1648

I Henry Smith, of Wethersfield, being at present in health of body and soundness of minde, considering my mortality, and knoweing it to be my duty to provide for my family and settle my estate, that I may leave no occasion of trouble to my children when I am gone, and that I may be free my self from distractions of this kind, if it shall please God to visit mee with sickness before I dye: I doe therefore leave this testimony vppon Record as my last Will and Testament. Then, for my outward estate, wch, because it is little and I have well proved the difficultyes of this Country, how hard a thinge it will be for a woman to manage the affaires of so great a family as the Father of Mercyes hathe blessed me withall, and have had allso experience of the prudence and faithfullness of my deare wife, who shall, in parting with me, parte with a great parte of her livelihood, I give to my wife full power to dispose of all my estate in howses, Lands, Cattell and Goods whatsoever, within dores and without, only providing if she marry again, or otherwise be able comfortably to spare it from her owne necessary maintenance, that she give to my sonne Samuell that part of my howselott which was intended for my sonne Peregrine, lyinge next to the burying place, and the land I have beyond the great River eastward, and also to him and my 2nd sonne Noah, 5 acres apeece of meadow, with upland proportionable thereunto; and to the rest of my children unmarried, œ20 apeece at the age of 21 yeares, or at the time of her death wch shall come the soonest; and for my two daughters that bee married, my desire is that they have œ20 apeece, and every one of their children œ5 apeece, either in books or such other thing as my wife shall best please to parte withall. And I desire the Church, whose serviant I now am, to take an ouersight of my family, that they may be brought vp in the true feare of God, and to see that this my will bee faithfully prformed. Henry Smith.[1]

Birth: 1600 Norwich, Norfolk, England
Birth: 1588 Norwich, Norfolk, England
Death 09 AUG 1648 Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut
Death: 1648 Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut
Arrival 1641 Connecticut
Arrival 1637 Watertown, Massachusetts
Arrival 1637 New England


Immigrant ancestor of yDNA group NE07 Rev. HENRY Smith-2065 (c1600 ENG - 1648 Wethersfield CT) m poss. 2x Dorothy Unknown-7644 . See SmithConnections Northeastern DNA Project.[2]


  1. The public records of the Colony of Connecticut pages 502-504
  2. SmithConnections Northeastern DNA Project, haplogroup Rb1 NE07 Rev. Henry Smith.
  • 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 287.
  • Moses S. Curtis Descendants and Ancestors Author: Mildred Bradford. Publication: Baltimore, Md: Gateway Press, 2000.

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On 6 Mar 2018 at 13:30 GMT Jillaine Smith wrote:

Smith-59998 and Smith-2065 appear to represent the same person because: was somehow set as rejected match; when I removed that, it removed the earlier proposed merge. Please approve.

On 6 Mar 2018 at 02:15 GMT Chris Hoult wrote:

Smith-59998 and Smith-2065 appear to represent the same person because: This do seem the same person I can see little harm in merging them as the later profile is not linked to any other profiles

On 16 Jul 2015 at 00:56 GMT Kitty (Cooper) Smith wrote:

I am disconnecting Margaret Cecil-1 as the mother of Rev. Henry Smith for lack of documentation. Please supply documentation before reconnecting this Henry Smith with undocumented parents. Thank you!

On 14 Jul 2015 at 02:02 GMT Kitty (Cooper) Smith wrote:

Smith-38035 and Smith-2065 appear to represent the same person because: I created a duplicate in error. Please merge Smith-38035 into Smith-2065. Thank you!

On 14 Jul 2015 at 02:01 GMT Kitty (Cooper) Smith wrote:

Smith-75344 and Smith-2065 appear to represent the same person because: they have the same birth and death year. Please merge Smith-75344 into Smith-2065, as they appear to be two profiles for the same person. Thank you!

On 14 Jul 2015 at 01:59 GMT Kitty (Cooper) Smith wrote:

Smith-45384 and Smith-2065 appear to represent the same person because: They are duplicate records for this early colonist, Rev. Henry Smith. Please merge Smith-45384 into Smith-2065. Thank you!

On 14 Jul 2015 at 01:50 GMT Kitty (Cooper) Smith wrote:

I am disconnecting Ambrose Smith-10337 and Margaret Cecil-79 as parents of Rev. Henry for lack of documentation. I don't believe there has been any such documentation located. If there is documentation of his parents. please post it here with a notation of the source and page number. Thank you!

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