Richard  Smith Sr.

Richard Smith Sr. (abt. 1583 - aft. 1669)

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Richard "of Wethersfield Connecticut" Smith Sr.
Born about in Leicester, Englandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married in Husbands Bosworth, Leicestershire, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died after in Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticutmap
Profile last modified | Created 14 Apr 2013 | Last significant change: 9 Feb 2018
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Categories: Husbands Bosworth, Leicestershire | 17th Century American Immigration | Wethersfield, Connecticut | Patients of John Winthrop Jr | Hartford County, Connecticut Colony | Puritan Great Migration.

The Puritan Great Migration.
Richard Smith Sr. migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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Contents

Biography

Author Gale Ion Harris in the article "The Doubtful English Ancestry of Richard Smith of Wethersfield," [1] says this Richard and Rebecca may have also had children Anne Smith bp 24 Feb 1621; and Rebecca bp 11 Dec 1630 that probably died young as there is no record of them in New England.

Disputed Origins

Per directions at Disputed Parentage:

Author Gale Ion Harris states with a careful analysis that his parents were unknown. [1] Vol 143 page 240.

Disconnected the parents John Smith-3649, Alice Walker-950, John Smith-7466, and Mary Browning-71; and wife Rebecca Taylor for lack of documentation. Please provide a substantial source and post your proof here before reconnecting these profiles.

Who was Richard Smith that died c1644?

Birth

Born abt 1583.[1][2]

Born abt. 1589[3]

... Richard Smith, b. say 1583 [footnote: Aged "about 84 years" on 2 February 1666/7 ("Medical Records of John Winthrop," Manuscript, 701, ... cited by Gale Ion Harris[1] [footnote: See Jacobus, "Richard Smith of Wethersfield", The American Genealogist 25:126, for the 1669 reference to him "come 80 years."].[2]

Harris, in the Register article cited, indicates that the 1669 entry actually reads 'above 80 y', and uses a birth year of about 1583, based on the 1666/7 reference giving his age as 84.[2]

Rebecca Buswell, christening 23 Apr 1595, Husbands Bosworth, Leicestershire, England.[2]

Family

In 1949 Donald Lines Jacobus identified the wife of Richard Smith of Wethersfield, Connecticut as Rebecca Buswell [3]. Roderick Bissell Jones, "The English Ancestry of Richard Smith of Wethersfield," published in NEHGR 128:136-139, identified Richard Smith as the man baptized 16 November 1585 at Stratford-on-Avon, co. Warwick, and traced family relationships for that man. Later Dr. Gale Ion Harris cast doubt on this identification in "The Doubtful English Ancestry of Richard Smith of Wethersfield, Connecticut," NEHGR 143:240-246. Thompson's research has confirmed that Richard Smith of Wethersfield was married and had children baptized not at Stratford-on-Avon, but in Husbands Bosworth, co. Leicester, where his wife's family lived. Richard Smith's ancestry remains to be established.[4]

Richard married Rebecca Buswell,[5] daughter of Roger Buswell and Margaret Unknown (Buswell), on 13 Feb 1614/15 in Leicester, Eng.[6][7] (Rebecca Buswell was born in 1593 in Leicester, Eng.[8][9] and died about 1667 in Wethersfield, Hartford Co., CT.[10])

Marriage 13 Feb 1615/16, Husbands Bosworth, Leicestershire, England to Rebecca Buswell.

Smith, Richard (ca 1589-1669+) & Rebecca [?Buswell] (-1667+); b 1617; Wethersfield, CT.[11] Children: [12]

  1. Richard Smith, (1616/17 - 1690), c: 1 JAN 1616/1617 in Husbands Bosworth, Leicestershire, England.
  2. Susanna Smith, (1619 -), c: 30 MAY 1619 in Husbands Bosworth, Leicestershire, England.
  3. Anne Smith, (1621/22 -), c: 24 FEB 1621/1622 in Husbands Bosworth, Leicestershire, England.
  4. Joseph Smith, (1625 - abt 1673), c: 25 DEC 1625 in Husbands Bosworth, Leicestershire, England.
  5. Mary Smith, (1630 - aft 1684), c: 11 DEC 1630 in Husbands Bosworth, Leicestershire, England.
  6. Rebecca Smith, (1630 -), c: 11 DEC 1630 in Husbands Bosworth, Leicestershire, England.
  7. Jonathan Smith, (1635 - 1711), c: 4 OCT 1635 in Husbands Bosworth, Leicestershire, England.
  8. Abigail Smith, (1637/38 - aft 1683), c: 21 JAN 1637/1638 in Husbands Bosworth, Leicestershire, England.

Documented events in his life were

Emigrant Ancestor; 1648; Wethersfield, Hartford Co., CT.[13]

Jury Duty; 15 May 1650; Hartford, Hartford Co., CT.[14]

Jury Duty; 5 Sep 1650; Hartford, Hartford Co., CT.[15]

Donald Lines Jacobus, “Richard Smith of Wethersfield,” [3]. On 21 February 1652[/3], Richard Smith wrote from Wethersfield to John Winthrop Jr. in New London describing the strange symptoms of “[m]y sons wife Lidia Wright,” who was suffering from an ailment modernly diagnosed as pulmonary echinococcosis (Malcolm Freiberg, ed., Winthrop Papers, Volume VI, 1650–1654 [Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1992], 251–52, note 3). The editor unfortunately followed confused and superseded accounts in Henry R. Stiles, The History of Ancient Wethersfield, Connecticut, 2 vols. (New York: Grafton Press, 1904; repr. Somersworth, N.H.: New England History Press, 1987), 1:299, 2:645, for remarks about the identity of this Richard Smith.

Lawsuit; 14 May 1652; Hartford, Hartford Co., CT.[16] Richard Smith plt Contra Georg Woollcott and his wife defendts in an Action of Slaunder to the damage of 100£. In the Action betweene Rich: Smith plt and Geo: Woolcott and his wife defendts the Jury findes for the plt damages 28£ and Costs of Courte: Execution dd the 22th of July 1651.

Marriage - Granted Permission; 26 Aug 1657; Hartford, Hartford Co., CT.[17] A Coppy of a Certificate vndr the names of these subscribed: These are to certify to any to whom it may come, that our children John Addams & Abigail Smith haue our full consent to be marryed together, & wee know not engagemt of either party to any other, as wittnesse our hands. Rich: Smith Jer: Addams

Aug 1658, A Petition from several of the inhabitants of Wethersfeild*

  • Richd Smith Sen.[18]

Medical; 5 Dec 1658; Wethersfield, Hartford Co., CT.[19] Treated by John Winthrop Jr.: Smith, Richard Sen.

Living

Rebecca Buswell, living Oct 1668, Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut.[2]

Richard Smith, living 1669, Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut.[20]

Death and Legacy

Death: AFT. 3 JUN 1669 in Wethersfield, Hartford Co., Connecticut.[3]

Died after 1669 in Wethersfield, Hartford Co., CT.[21][22]

Revolutionary War descendants

  • Asa Smith (1761 CT-1834 IN) m Sarah/Abigail Goodrich (Pension S32528)
  • Daniel Smith (1722-1814 NY) m Mary & Liz Rich, Mary Blinn
  • David Smith (1764 CT-1837 VT) m Olive Talcott
  • Isaac Smith (1735 -1796 CT) m Ruth Hollister

DNA Search

Immigrant Ancestor, Richard Smith-40488 (abt. 1583 - aft. 1669 Connecticut) and Rebecca Buswell-5. See SmithConnections Northeastern DNA Project. (No yDNA group yet.)[23]

Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Harris, Gale Ion. "The Doubtful English Ancestry of Richard Smith of Wethersfield," (NEHGS, Jul 1989), 143:244. http://www.americanancestors.org/databases/new-england-historical-and-genealogical-register/image/?pageName=240&volumeId=11712&rId=235394753
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Thompson, Neil D.. "Isaac Buswell and Rebecca (Buswell) Smith of Husbands Bosworth, Co. Leicester, and New England". New England Historical and Genealogical Register. 158. Jan 2004. pp.38. http://www.americanancestors.org/home.html.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Donald Lines Jacobus, "Richard Smith of Wethersfield," The American Genealogist, Vol. 25, 1949, 126-139 pg. 126.
  4. Evelyn Beran, "Sanford-Shulsen Family" World Connect 7 NOV 2012, http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=sanford-shulsen&id=I38819
  5. Source: #S10 Ancestors of Corey Ryan Spangler, (David Christian Beck~ 10445 Bonneville Street~ Riverside, California 92505 ).
  6. Source: #S06 Ancestors of Harold Monroe Jr. Walden, (Harold Monroe Walden, 30214 Briarcrest Drive, Georgetown, TX 78628-1149, ).
  7. Source: #S07 Edgar Waterman, Richard Smith of Wethersfield, (The American Genealogist, Vol 25, No 1, Jan 1949, p 126-139).
  8. Source: #S06 Ancestors of Harold Monroe Jr. Walden, (Harold Monroe Walden, 30214 Briarcrest Drive, Georgetown, TX 78628-1149, ).
  9. Source: #S10 Ancestors of Corey Ryan Spangler, (David Christian Beck~ 10445 Bonneville Street~ Riverside, California 92505 ).
  10. Source: #S10 Ancestors of Corey Ryan Spangler, (David Christian Beck~ 10445 Bonneville Street~ Riverside, California 92505 ).
  11. Source: #S01 "New England Marriages Prior to 1700," pg 687.
  12. "Isaac Busewell and Rebecca (Buswell) Smith." New England Historical and Genealogical Register Vol 158 page 39]
  13. Source: #S05 J. Devlin, "Descendants of Richard Smith," http://dunhamwilcox.net/source_files/smith_3.htm
  14. Source: #S08 Records of The Particular Court of Connecticut, 1639-1663, (Hartford, 1928). p 82.
  15. Source: #S08 Records of The Particular Court of Connecticut, 1639-1663, (Hartford, 1928). p 86.
  16. Source: #S08 Records of The Particular Court of Connecticut, 1639-1663, (Hartford, 1928). p 99-100.
  17. Source: #S08 Records of The Particular Court of Connecticut, 1639-1663, (Hartford, 1928). p 182.
  18. Source: #S13 "The public records of the Colony of Connecticut ... " page 319.
  19. Source: #S09 John Winthrop, Jr., Winthrop Medical Journal, (Transcribed from microfilms of the original by Pam; on line at http://www.pamsgenealogy.net/SS/Winthrop.htm [9 Nov 2000]). p 334.
  20. Source: #S02 Harris, Gale Ion. "The Doubtful English Ancestry of Richard Smith of Wethersfield," (NEHGS, Jul 1989), 143:244.
  21. Source: #S06 Ancestors of Harold Monroe Jr. Walden, (Harold Monroe Walden, 30214 Briarcrest Drive, Georgetown, TX 78628-1149, ).
  22. Source: #S07 Edgar Waterman, Richard Smith of Wethersfield, (The American Genealogist, Vol 25, No 1, Jan 1949, p 126-139).
  23. SmithConnections Northeastern DNA Project.

See also:

  • History of MA (post 1904) p. 817-818 online
  • George Lathrop Cooley & Clara Elizabeth Hall. . . Allied Lines from Immigrants Richard Seymour, Richard Smith allied family by Harl Preslar Aldrich, Jr
  • NEHGR Vol. 164, July 2010
  • "Genealogical and Personal Memoirs relating to the Families of the State of Massachusetts, Vol. 4" by William Richard Cutter (Page 2349 & 50).
  • New England Marriages Prior to 1700, Page 687
  • The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, NEHGS, 2004 - New England, Vols. 37-52 (1883-98) include section: Genealogical gleanings in England, by H. F. Waters. Page 38, Page 38b, Page 38c.
  • Donald Lines Jacobus, The American Genealogist, Volumes 25-26, D.L. Jacobus, 1949 - Genealogy, pg 126a, pg 126c.

Research Links

  • Savage, James, A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, showing three generations of those who came before 1692 (Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1860-62.), 4:129-130.
  • Adams, Arthur, "Jeremy Adams of Hartford, Conn., and Some of His Descendants," NEHGR 59:3 (Jul 1905) (New England Historic, Genealogical Society.), p. 316.
  • Jacobus, Donald Lines, Hale, House and Related Families: Mainly of the Connecticut River Valley (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978.), p. 459, Family History Library, 929.273 H135j 1978.
  • Jones, Roderick Bissell, "Harris-Hamlin-Smith," The American Genealogist 46:3 (Jul 1970), p. 137.
  • Harris, Gale Ion, "The First Wife of Ralph Keeler of Hartford and Norwalk, Connecticut," The American Genealogist 80:3 (Jul 2005), p. 178.
  • Jones, R., TAG 46:3, p. 135.
  • S01 Clarence Almon Torrey, Elizabeth Petty Bentley, "New England Marriages Prior to 1700," Genealogical Publishing Com, Jan 1, 1985 - Reference - 1009 pages, (Google eBook)


  • S05 J. Devlin, "Descendants of Richard Smith," http://dunhamwilcox.net/source_files/smith_3.htm
  • S06 Ancestors of Harold Monroe Jr. Walden, (Harold Monroe Walden, 30214 Briarcrest Drive, Georgetown, TX 78628-1149, ). Cited by #S05
  • S07 Edgar Waterman, Richard Smith of Wethersfield, (The American Genealogist, Vol 25, No 1, Jan 1949, p 126-139). Cited by #S05
  • S08 Records of The Particular Court of Connecticut, 1639-1663, (Hartford, 1928). Cited by #S05
  • S09 John Winthrop, Jr., Winthrop Medical Journal, (Transcribed from microfilms of the original by Pam; on line at http://www.pamsgenealogy.net/SS/Winthrop.htm [9 Nov 2000, link updated 23 Aug 2013]). p 334. Cited by #S05
  • S10 Ancestors of Corey Ryan Spangler, (David Christian Beck~ 10445 Bonneville Street~ Riverside, California 92505 ). Cited by #S05
  • S11 John Winthrop, Jr., Winthrop Medical Journal, (Transcribed from microfilms of the original by Pam; on line at http://www.pamsgenealogy.net/SS/Winthrop.htm [9 Nov 2000, link updated 23 Aug 2013]). p 326. Cited by #S05
  • S13 The public records of the Colony of Connecticut ... transcribed and published, (in accordance with a resolution of the General assembly) ... Published 1850 by Brown & Parsons. in Hartford. Covers years 1636-1776. Vols. 1-3 edited by J. H. Trumbull; v. 4-15, by C. J. Hoadly. archive.org

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Collaboration

On 9 Feb 2018 at 05:27 GMT Anne B wrote:

I think Nicholas can go, but the list of baptisms on the profile comes from NEHGS 158:38 so rebecca should stay but there's an extra Mary

On 9 Feb 2018 at 02:07 GMT Kitty (Cooper) Smith wrote:

The children of Richard and Rebecca Buswell Smith are listed as (TAG 25 page 126)

Richard (1617-1690); Susannah (1624-1692); Mary (1627- ); Joseph (1629-1673); Abigail (1632- ); and Jonathan (1635-aft 1711). I think Nicholas and Rebecca need to be removed as children without supporting documentation.

On 6 Jan 2017 at 01:04 GMT Cynthia (Billups) B wrote:

Seems per the bio and sources that Richard Smith married to Rebecca Buswell (not Rebecca (Taylor-12772) who married 1st to Walter Baseden).

Yes, please disconnect Taylor-12772.

On 6 Jan 2017 at 00:20 GMT Kitty (Cooper) Smith wrote:

Yes, Anne please delete Rebecca Taylor for lack of documentation.

On 5 Jan 2017 at 22:05 GMT Anne B wrote:

Richard and Rebecca (Taylor) Adams were not husband and wife, I dont know how they got attached, (I suspect a bad merge) but I am going to disconnect. Objections?

On 26 Dec 2016 at 17:19 GMT Sandy Culver wrote:

Smith-72553 and Smith-40488 appear to represent the same person because: offspring appear to line up, uncertainty is birth year, Smith-40488 ought to be the LNAB and has the data, plus family for both profiles to be merged.

On 6 Aug 2015 at 01:19 GMT Kitty (Cooper) Smith wrote:

Yes. I removed it.

On 6 Aug 2015 at 01:11 GMT Heather Husted wrote:

Hi cousins, okay to remove the "Questionable Gateway Ancestor" category now that his parents are set as unknown? -- Heather, 11th gg-daughter :)

On 9 Oct 2014 at 17:34 GMT PM Eyestone wrote:

Very good profile - thanks!



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