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 in Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusettsmap
Descendants descendants
Died before in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusettsmap
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Categories: Puritan Great Migration | Smith Name Study.

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.

Biography

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).[1]

He emigrated in 1633.

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.[citation needed] (Anderson does not name a ship; see GMB, p 1697)

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.[2]

He was chosen constable of Eastham on 6 Jun 1660.[3] 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."[PCR 4:34]. In May 1665 "Ralph Smith, of Eastham, was fined for telling of a lie, 10s" [PCR 4:89] 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:

"TO THE MEMORY OF RALPH SMITH - BORN AT HINGHAM ENGLAND 1610 - LEADING FIGURE IN FOUNDING HINGHAM, MASSACHUSETTS 1633 - REMOVED TO EASTHAM ABOUT 1654.
DIED THERE 1685 - A PIONEER OF DISTINCTION. ERECTED BY THE ASSOCIATION OF DESCENDANTS OF RALPH SMITH, JUNE 1946."[4]

Children[5]

  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

DNA

Immigrant ancestor of yDNA group NE08 Ralph Smith-3423 (1612 ENG - 1685 Massachusetts) m Grace Unknown. See SmithConnections Northeastern DNA Project.[6]

Sources

  1. Robert Charles Anderson, Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to N.E. 1620-1633, Vols. I-III Boston, MA: NEHGS, 1995, pp 1697-1699
  2. Plymouth Colony Records 8:184
  3. PCR 3:188
  4. Text cited on: http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=lescail&id=I1376
  5. NEHGR 121:12-21; MD 4:22, 141, 17:70
  6. SmithConnections Northeastern DNA Project, haplogroup Rb1 NE08 Ralph Smith.

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Acknowledgments

Thank you to Ken McIsaac and Kitty Smith for contributions to this profile.



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