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John Smith (1715 - 1785)

John Smith
Born in Woodbridge, Middlesex, New Jerseymap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 9 Feb 1739 in Woodbridge, Middlesex, New Jerseymap
Descendants descendants
Died in Woodbridge, Middlesex, New Jersey, United Statesmap [uncertain]
Profile last modified | Created 14 Mar 2011
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John M Smith (1715-1785), does appear as "Smyth/Smythe"

John was born on 22 October 1715 (22 Eighth month 1715 Old Style calendar), in Woodbridge, Middlesex, New Jersey. He was the son of Benjamin Smith and Sarah Shotwell.[1]

2nd son (another John lived 17 May to 26 July 1714); 2 brothers surviving, 4 sisters

His father died 8 June 1732, Woodbridge, NJ (John aged 16)

He married SARAH FREEMAN on 9 Feb 1739, in New Jersey[2]

"Colonial Families of the United States" gives date of marriage as 9 Feb 1729. Saraj was the daughter of John Freeman & Martha Moore[3][4]

Children Of John Smith and Sarah Freeman born in New Jersey:

-- Mary Smith born 25 July 1740; d 1802
-- Benjamin Smith (1743-1805) [alt DOB c 1755]
-- John Smith, jr, born November 13, 1747; d 1848 - named in will
-- Samuel Smith born February 8, 1749; d 20 Apr 1817; m Jane Bird - named in will
-- Isaac Smith born March 19, 1751; d 1823, in Sussex County, NJ, m Rachel _____ - named in will
-- Martha Smith born about 1753; d 1794 [alt DOB 1742] - named in Will
-- ?? Abraham Smith born about 1757. - named in Will
-- Ester Smith (1756-1828)
-- Sarah Smith (1758-1841), alt DOB about 1762. - named in Will
-- Japheth Smith, born before 1760; died after 1824 [may be identical to Abraham] - named in Will

He served as a corporal in Capt. John Dey's company, 2nd Regiment, Middlesex county, New Jersey troops.[5]

As he probated his father-in-laws Will, he was a Surrogate or Judge

He passed away 7 June 1785. Essex, New Jersey. The death date is wrong on three sources.

[Burial location not in "findagrave"; memorial 121524531]


  1.; U.S. Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935
  2.; New Jersey, Marriage Records, 1670-1965 Film nr 000888708
  3., Colonial Families, 464
  4.; NJ Marriage Records, Transcript
  5. Book Title: Lineage Book of the Charter Members of the DAR Vol 077, p 20

  • Swarthmore College; Swarthmore, Pennsylvania; 1712-1885; Collection: Quaker Meeting Records; U.S., Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935
  • New Jersey, Marriages, 1670-1980," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 31 March 2016), Jno. Freeman in entry for John Smith and Sarah Freeman, Feb 1739; citing Woodbridge, Middlesex, New Jersey, United States, Division of Archives and Record Management, New Jersey Department of State, Trenton.; FHL microfilm 540,682.
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, "Ancestral File," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 11 February 2018), entry for John SMITH (13JT-X1C); record merged from multiple submissions.


  • Thank you to Adri Oldershaw and Kitty Smith for contributions to this profile. This person was created through the import of MildredMcEwan.ged on 02 April 2011.
  • WikiTree profile Smith-21048 created through the import of Book of Bull.ged on Sep 19, 2011 by Tracy Pindar.
  • WikiTree profile Smith-21062 created through the import of Book of Bull.ged on Sep 19, 2011 by Tracy Pindar.

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Smith-135068 and Smith-8768 appear to represent the same person because: Same person
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