||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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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 _____:
Therefore until more recent (than 1995) research indicates otherwise, he and his children are being detached from Elizabeth Hobart.
 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.
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.
He was chosen constable of Eastham on 6 Jun 1660. but he did not hold onto this office long.
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).
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.
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.
New Englanders in Nova Scotia (subscription) compiled by Fred E Crowell, c1938. Page 50
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On 12 May 2013 at 17:58 GMT Jillaine Smith wrote:
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