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. 
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
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.
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.
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
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