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Although the biography below, by Frederick Freeman, probably contains much correct information, the part about the birthplace of John Smith being Brinspittal, Dorsetshire, is incorrect. (He based his information in a footnote in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register printed before he wrote his book, but also before a correction was issued.) In a footnote in the Necrology for Rear Admiral Joseph Smith, U.S.N. in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, it states:
The full document was reprinted in the NEHGR (April 1881):127, correcting previous typographical errors. It clearly shows that the document relates to John Chipman, not John Smith.
The controversy and errors made in print in the NEHGR were fully addressed in an article appearing in The American Genealogist, The Reverend John Smith and Elder John Chipman of Sandwich: A confusion of Origins, by Russell A. Lovell Jr.  It again shows that a deposition incorrectly attributed to Rev. John Smith in fact pertained to John Chipman; it also corrected the date of this document from 8 Feb. 1651 to 8 Feb. 1657/8. The conclusions made from this correction then are that:
From The History of Cape Cod, by Frederick Freeman.
"In 1688, the pastoral office of the Rev. John Smith, terminated at his own request As the church records previous to the ordination of his successor are lost, it has been impossible to give, hitherto, full and authentic statistics of ecclesiastical proceedings. Mr. Smith had already continued to hold office one year since he first urged a request to be released; being pressed thereto by the advice of an ecclesiastical council. The church had not yet recovered from the sad state into which it had been thrown by the religious dissensions of the last thirty years. The active male members of the church, it is said, now numbered but five, besides Mr. Smith, viz. James Skiff,Thomas Tupper, Thomas Tobey, Jacob Burge, and William Bassett. Mr. Smith was already a man 'well stricken in years,' having considerably passed the 'age allotted to man,'1 and during his entire pastorate had painful experience of the difficulties that are the unavoidable inheritance of the minister whose lot is cast in the midst of party strife.
He was in Barnstable early, for he was betrothed to Susanna Hinckley in 1642, and married in 1643. He joined the Barnstable church Oct. 13, 1644, and is first mentioned in the S. records in 1676. — His children were: Samuel, b. Ap. 1644; Sarah, May 1645; Eben Oct. 1646; Mary, Nov. 1647; Dorcas, Aug. 1650; John, buried 1651; Shubael, Nov. 1653; John, Sept. 1656; Benj., Jan. 7, 1658; Ichabod, Jan. 7, 1660; Elizabeth, Feb. 1662 ; Thomas, Feb. 1664; and Joseph, Dec. 6, 1667."
He's buried under a large tablestone near the grave of Elder John Chipman. The inscribed inset plate was lost before an 1875 cemetery survey.
Rev John Smith joined the church in Barnstable in 1640. He was a Representative to the General Court in 1656 and 1657. In 1659, he was were permitted to visit the Quaker meetings and report his observances. His felt the best way to deal with them was to let them alone and not persecute or antagonize them, and recommended the colony reverse it's harsh treatment of them and repeal the laws against them. His wife Susanna was the sister of Gov. Thomas Hinckley. John and Susanna were buried in the Old Town Cemetery in Sandwich, MA.
From: Genealogical Dictionary of First Settlers of New England, by John Savage: REV JOHN SMITH, Barnstable 1640, join. the ch. 13 Oct. 1644, and his w. Susanna d. of the first Samuel Hinckley, join. 13 June 1652; but whether she was mo. of all the ch. is not cert. but he had:
In 1659 being allow. by the Ct. to hear what the Quakers could say in their defence, was wise eno. with Isaac Robinson, s. of blessed John of Leyden, to advise repeal of the laws against them. He rem. to New York, but contin. there not long; was min. at Sandwich, and d. aft. 1690.
The Hoxie House, overlooking Shawme Pond in Sandwich, MA. - the oldest house on Cape Cod was built in 1675 for Reverend John Smith, his wife Susanna and their 13 children. In 1676 John moved back to New England and became 'teaching elder' of the church in Sandwich. John's name was added as a freeman to the Sandwich list in 1676. In 1688, at his own request his pastorate at Sandwich terminated, being then aged 74. He apparently lived to be over 90 years old and died about 1711. (Much of this is taken from "Colonial Families of America," Vol. III, pages 248-252.)
"He was buried under a large tablestone, but the inscribed inset plate was lost before an 1875 survey of the cemetery. 'It has been said that John Smith was acceptable because he had never persecuted the Quakers'. (Bonnie Hubbard)
Mr. John Smith Oct 22d, "We think there is good reason from the surroundings to add a unit to the date which looks like 171-.", says Frederick Freeman, who saw the original page (History of Cape Cod 2:80).
Rev. John Smith may have come to New England in the ship "White Angel."
REV. JOHN SMITH was born around 1614 in England. His parents are unknown. Some records claim he was the son of Thomas Smith of Brinspitell, but this information is now understood to be false. He came to America between 1630 and 1631. Records conflict with regard to him becoming a freeman, with some claiming in 1639, 1640, or 1651. It is confirmed that he was living in Barnstable by 1640 and that he was a member of the local church by 1644. In 1643 he was a member of Lt. Thomas Dimmock's Company of Militia in Barnstable. He married Susanna Hinckley (1625-~1675), daughter of Samuel Hinckley and Sarah Soole, on 6/13/1643 in Sandwich, Massachusetts. They had 13 children: Samuel; Sarah; Ebenezer; Mary (1649-1717); Dorcas; John; Shubael; John; Benjamin; Ichabod; Elizabeth; Thomas; and Joseph. In 1654 he was a Surveyor of Highways for Barnstable. He also was the Deputy of the General Court from 1656 to 1657. He was known to be a tolerant to the Quakers in the Colony. In 1657 he received official permission to attend Quaker meetings. In 1659 he requested that the laws against the Quakers be repealed. On 2/5/1661 a foreign Quaker, William Reap, was in the area and the local authorities told him to leave, but allowed him to stay at John’s house for the night. Later in 1661 he attempted to organize a church but the council did not approve the church. Because of the conflicts within the town, he left Massachusetts around 1663 or 1665 and settled somewhere in Long Island. In 1665, as he was sworn into the Grand Enquest but a note states “for present respetted.” His daughter Sarah stayed in the area and in 1667 she was fined 5 pounds for committing fornication. By 1669 he moved again and became an early settler of Piscataway, New Jersey (later named Woodbridge), where he was noted as “John Smith of Barnstaple.” There he received 512 acres of land and worked was a mill wright. He helped establish the first church in Woodbridge and became Constable of the town in 1669. He later became the Town Assistant from 1670 to 1671, and then in 1671 he served as the Town Clerk. Additionally, from 1671 to 1672 he was a member of the New Jersey Assembly. Lastly he served as an Assistant Judge in 1672. By 1675 he was called back to Barnstable and asked to be their pastor. By June of 1675 he was granted land located where Charles the indian use to live. Sometime after their return, Susanna died and was buried in Barnstable. In 1688 he terminated his pastorship due to his age and issues still in the congregation, but they convinced him to stay for another year. He remained in Barnstable until his death in October, 1710.
Immigrant Ancestor of yDNA group NE09 John Smith-6919 (c1620 ENG - 1710 Sandwich, MA) m Susanna Hinckley-55. See SmithConnections Northeastern DNA Project.
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On 21 Nov 2016 at 13:42 GMT David Cordell wrote:
I am related to Rev John Smith married to Susannah Hinckley. There is a book about Rev Thomas Smith and also about Rev John Smith. Title Is "A Memorial of Rev Thomas Smith & his Descendants. A full Genealogical record 1707 - 1895" Author is Susan Augusta Smith. The book will show that Rev Thomas Smith was the son of Rev John Smith. Enjoy. answered 16 hours ago by Donald Praast
On 21 Nov 2016 at 03:22 GMT Vic Watt wrote:
As far as I can find, there is no source identifying John Smith's parents or other family. Please set the notes I have added to the profile. Shall we disconnect the parents?
On 18 Nov 2016 at 19:06 GMT Vic Watt wrote:
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On 17 Nov 2016 at 17:01 GMT Kitty (Cooper) Smith wrote: