Ralph  Smith

Ralph Smith (abt. 1612 - bef. 1685)

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Ralph Smith aka Smythe
Born about in Hingham, Norfolk, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married in Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusettsmap
Descendants descendants
Died before in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusettsmap
Smith-3423 created 27 Sep 2010 | Last modified | Last edit: 25 May 2017
21:37: Kitty (Cooper) Smith edited the Biography for Ralph Smith. [Thank Kitty for this]
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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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Also, Anderson's Great Migration Begins... has information that conflicts with most of the pre-merged profiles, so those problems (see Disputed Origins/Spouses below) need to be addressed.


Disputed origins/spouses

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 and Grace Unknown.

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, he and his children are being detached from Elizabeth Hobart.


[1] Born by 1616 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).

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, MA, but no record) Grace _____, who survived him. There is no documentation of an earlier spouse, nor of her maiden name. She was NOT the widow of Thomas Hatch of Barnstable. They must have been admitted to Hingham, MA 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).


  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 Elizabeth Hobart-46 and Grace Unknown-137027. See SmithConnections Northeastern DNA Project.[5]


  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. NEHGR 121:12-21; MD 4:22, 141, 17:70
  5. SmithConnections Northeastern DNA Project, haplogroup Rb1 NE08 Ralph Smith.

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].

The Great Migrations Begins... states only one wife Grace is known, and she was not Grace, the widow of Thomas Hatch.

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.

Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to N.E. 1620-1633, Vols. I-III Pages 1697-1699

New Englanders in Nova Scotia (subscription) compiled by Fred E Crowell, c1938. Page 50

Descendant of Group 8 in SmithConnections.com DNA Project

FTDNA SmithConnections Northeastern Public Page



Thank you to Ken McIsaac and Kitty Smith for contributions to this profile. This person was created on 13 September 2010 through the import of 124-DeCoursey.ged.

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On 12 May 2013 at 17:58 GMT Jillaine Smith wrote:

What is the evidence that Ralph Smith/Smythe married Grace, the wife of Thomas Hatch?

Ralph is 15 degrees from Kevin Bacon, 15 degrees from Cindy Lesure, 18 degrees from Bonnie Thornton and 17 degrees from Queen Elizabeth II Windsor on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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