Ralph Smith

Ralph Smith (abt. 1610 - bef. 1685)

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Ralph Smith aka Smythe
Born about in Hingham, Norfolk, Englandmap [uncertain]
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 1639 in Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusettsmap
Descendants descendants
Died before in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusettsmap
Profile last modified 11 Sep 2019 | Created 27 Sep 2010 | Last significant change: 11 Sep 2019
18:46: Kitty (Cooper) Smith edited the Biography for Ralph Smith (abt.1610-bef.1685). [Thank Kitty for this]
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The Puritan Great Migration.
Ralph Smith migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640). (See Great Migration Begins, by R. C. Anderson, Vol. II, p. 1698)
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Disputed origins

Anderson (GMB, p 1698) names no parents for Ralph Smith, but points out he was likely from Hingham, England. Until more recent (than 1995) research can confirm it, we are detaching him from the 6 Apr 1612 birthdate and specific parents John Smith/John Smythe and Grace Unknown/Grace Margaret.

Disputed Spouses

Anderson (GMB, p 1698) indicates only one spouse, Grace _____:

"Most sources claim that Ralph Smith had two wives, and the children were by the first. There are also claims that his wife Grace was widow of Thomas Hatch of Barnstable, but his widow had apparently died by 1662. The only wife seen in the records for Ralph is Grace.

Therefore until more recent (than 1995) research indicates otherwise, Elizabeth Hobart is being detached as his spouse and mother of his children. "The record of the first wife of Mr. Smith has not been found. She was probably the mother of his children. His second wife Grace ___, was the widow of Thomas Hatch."[1]


Ralph Smith was born by 1616 probably in Hingham, Norfolk, England (assuming he came over as a servant, and was 21 at time of his trial admission by the town of Charlestown).[2]

He emigrated in 1633. "1633 Also Ralph Smith came from Old Hingham and lived in this town."[3]

Sailed out of Yarmouth, Norfolk County, England, the first week in May 1633 on the Elizabeth Bonaventure (EB), and arrived in Massachusetts Bay (Charlestown/Boston) on June 15, 1633, from the book "Planters of the Commonwealth" by Charles E. Banks, that gives the name of the ship as Elizabeth Bonaventure. (Anderson does not name a ship; see GMB, p 1697)

He was granted land in Hingham in 1637.[4]

He married before 1640 (and likely in Hingham, Massachusetts, but no record found) Grace _____, who survived him. They must have been admitted to Hingham, Massachusetts church by 1641 since baptisms of their children start there and then.

He took the oath of fidelity at Eastham in 1657.[5]

He was chosen constable of Eastham on 6 Jun 1660.[6] but he did not hold onto this office long.

"On 7 May 1661, 'Ralph Smith, for lying in and about the neglect of his duty, about a warrant directed to him, and concerning the seeing or not seeing a whale, and other misorderly carriages tending to disturbance in the town of Eastham, was fined twenty shillings. [PCR 3:213]

He continued to have difficulties in dealing with his fellow man. On 3 Mar 1662/3 "Ralph Smith, of Eastham, for breaking the peace in striking of Wiliam Walker, is fined 3s 4d."[7]. In May 1665 "Ralph Smith, of Eastham, was fined for telling of a lie, 10s" [8] More troubles for Ralph can be found in PCR 4:175, 5:31, 7:69, 149)

He died 14 September 1685 (from inventory of his estate).

His descendants erected a monument in his honor:



  1. Child, bur. Hingham, MA 15 Feb 1640/1.
  2. Samuel, bp Hingham, MA 11 Jul 1641; m Eastham 3 Jan 1655/6 Mary Hopkins [MD 8:17], dau of Giles Hopkins, granddaughter of Stephen Hopkins (Mayflower passenger?) [MF 6:26]
  3. John, bp Hingham, MA 7 Jul 1644; m Eastham 24 May 1670 Hannah Williams [PCR 8:57]
  4. Daniel, bp Hingham 21 Mar 1646/7; m Eastham 3 mar 1676/7? Mary Young [MD 7:18]
  5. Elizabeth, bp Hingham Sep 1648; no further record
  6. Thomas, b abt 1651; m by 1682 Mary ____
  7. Deborah, b Eastham 8 Mar 1654/5?; no further record


Immigrant ancestor of yDNA group NE08 Ralph Smith-3423 (1612 ENG - 1685 Massachusetts) m Grace Unknown. See SmithConnections Northeastern DNA Project.[11]


  1. New Englanders in Nova Scotia Manuscript. R. Stanton Avery Special Collections, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, MA. (Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2010.)
  2. Robert Charles Anderson, Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to N.E. 1620-1633, Vols. I-III Boston, MA: NEHGS, 1995, pp 1697-1699
  3. "Daniel Cushing's Record." NEHGR 15: 25. (1861)
  4. "First Settlers of Hingham." New England Historical and Genealogical Register 2: 251. (1848)
  5. Plymouth Colony Records 8:184
  6. Anderson citing PCR 3:188
  7. Anderson citing [PCR 4:34]
  8. Anderson citing [PCR 4:89]
  9. Text cited on: http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=lescail&id=I1376
  10. Anderson citing NEHGR 121:12-21; MD 4:22, 141, 17:70
  11. SmithConnections Northeastern DNA Project, haplogroup Rb1 NE08 Ralph Smith.

See also:

  • In 1872 Thomas Smyth published a thumbnail sketch of the family of Ralph Smith which omitted all notice of his daughters [ NEHGR 26:190-97].
  • 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 289.

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On 19 Apr 2019 at 15:42 GMT Jillaine Smith wrote:

What Martha posted is an image of a profile about Ralph Smith from Ancestry's North America, Family Histories collection. It cites as its sources: Ralph Smyth of Hingham and Eastham (by Dwight Smith, 1913); and NEHGR 2:251; 15:25. These last two are already cited on the profile, but the other may be worth looking at.

On 19 Apr 2019 at 14:11 GMT Martha Garrett wrote:

On 1 Oct 2018 at 15:48 GMT Stephanie (Gray) Carmon wrote:

Smith I-3 and Smith-3423 appear to represent the same person because: Same person

On 21 Sep 2018 at 13:22 GMT C. (Rodgers) Bake wrote:

Sources: Ralph Smyth of Hingham and Eastham by Dwight Smith, 1913. New England Historical and Genealogical Register, vol.2, p251; vol. 15, p25, North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000 for Ralph Smith

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On 11 Aug 2018 at 23:16 GMT Cheryl (Aldrich) Skordahl wrote:

In a merge care must be taken not to convolute Ralph Smith-29847 with Ralph Smith-3423.

-29747 has no parents attached; married twice, 1st to unknown, 2nd to Mary Goodale; had no children; was a minister; b. 1590; migrated 1629; d 1660 at Boston.

On 12 Jul 2018 at 19:28 GMT Martha Garrett wrote:


This site might be helpful.

On 16 Jun 2018 at 19:09 GMT Jillaine Smith wrote:

Martha (and others), please note that the linked-to page offers no sources other than online trees for the claims it makes. Typically, we follow Anderson until more recently published research shows other results.

On 16 Jun 2018 at 14:36 GMT Martha Garrett wrote:


information regarding spouse.

Ralph is 18 degrees from Tanya Lowry, 10 degrees from Charles Tiffany and 12 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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