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James Smith (abt. 1665 - 1717)

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James Smith
Born about in Stirlingshire, Scotlandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 1696 [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Orange, New Jerseymap
Profile last modified 24 Sep 2019 | Created 26 Oct 2012
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Biography

James Smith, the ancestor of most of the early Smith families of Orange, emigrated about 1680, landing at Perth Amboy, N. J. He was from Stirlingshire, in the parish of Fife, Scotland. [1]

The captain of the vessel on which James came assumed a guardianship over him and apprenticed him to Deacon Azariah Crane, the founder of Cranetown. Deacon Crane was much attached to him and gave his blessing on his marriage to his youngest daughter, Mary, whose mother was the daughter of Gov. Robert Treat of Connecticut[2]

Deacon Crane gave to his daughter for her marriage portion, a farm on the southerly part of his plantation. This and other land which Mr. Smith acquired extended north to the Wheeler tract, running from the top of the mountain on the south side of the Northfield road, thence along the southerly side of the Wheeler tract to Scotland Street, including the property owned by Caleb and afterwards by Simeon Harrison. Smith's house was on the east slope of the mountain, in what is now known as Orange Valley. He was one of the company of one hundred who made the Horse Neck purchase of the Indians which included all the lands west of the Orange Mountain and east of the Passaic River.[3]

Two emigration sources were found, one for 1684, one for 1685: Name James Smith arrival Year 1684 arrival Place East New Jersey Primary Immigrant Smith, James.

Name: James Smith Arrival year: 1685 Arrival Place: New Jersey Primary Immigrant: Smith, James

They had the following children: James Smith b: 1696 Mary Smith b: 1698 Hannah Smith b: 1699 Joseph Smith b: 1701 in Orange, Essex County, New Jersey John Smith b: 1703 Ebenezer Smith b: 1705 David Smith b: 1706 Sarah Smith b: 1707 Jane Smith b: 1709

James Smith died in 1717. He was buried in the First Presbyterian Churchyard in Orange, Essex county, NJ.

notes

His father was probably Walter Smith 1644–1700 BIRTH 19 MAY 1644 • , Hawick, Roxburgh, Scotland DEATH 1700 • Scotland Mother was Isobel Paton in the Scotland, Select Marriages, 1561-1910 Marriage record: Scotland, Select Marriages, 1561-1910 Marriage Date: 1 Jun 1662 Marriage Place: Monifieth,Angus,Scotland Spouse: Isabel Paton FHL Film Number: 0993491-0993492

Sources

  1. Drown, Isabelle McLean, comp.. Scottish Covenanters Index, bk 23 vol 5, pg. 229
  2. WHITTEMORE, Henry. The Founders and Builders of the Oranges.] I. J. Hardham, Printer and Bookbinder, Newark, New Jersey, 1896, pp.138, 261.
  3. WHITTEMORE, Henry. The Founders and Builders of the Oranges.] I. J. Hardham, Printer and Bookbinder, Newark, New Jersey, 1896, pp.138, 261.
*https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/196779579
  • Drown, Isabelle McLean, comp.. Scottish Covenanters Index, bk 23 vol 5, pg. 229
  • the U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s. BOYER, CARL, 3RD, editor Ship Passenger Lists, New York and New Jersey (1600-1825). Newhall, CA: the editor, 1978. 333p. 4th pr. 1986. Reprint. Family Line Publications, Westminster, MD, 1992.
  • U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s source: DOBSON, DAVID. Scots in the Mid-Atlantic Colonies, 1635-1783. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2002. 139p.
  • WHITTEMORE, Henry. The Founders and Builders of the Oranges.] I. J. Hardham, Printer and Bookbinder, Newark, New Jersey, 1896, pp.138, 261.


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On 5 Jan 2016 at 20:05 GMT Robert Kennedy wrote:

Smith-84548 and Smith-33656 appear to represent the same person because: Same approx birth date and same year of death

James is 15 degrees from Carroll Shelby, 23 degrees from Joan Whitaker and 13 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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