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Judith (Stoughton) Smead (1599 - 1639)

Judith Smead formerly Stoughton aka Denman
Born in Burstead Magna, Essex, Englandmap [uncertain]
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married about 1620 (to about 1624) in Naughton, Suffolk, Englandmap
Wife of — married before 1630 (to before 1630) in Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died at age 39 in Dorchester, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
Profile last modified | Created 29 Jul 2009
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The Puritan Great Migration.
Judith (Stoughton) Smead migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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Judith Stoughton was born on July 3, 1599 at Burstead Magna, Essex, England [1] to Rev. Thomas and Katherine Stoughton.

She married John Denman about 1620"[2] and they had two children: John and Mary. After John Denman died Judith married William Smead and they had one son, William.

1630 -- Judith, with children Mary Denman and William Smead, sailed on the "Mary and John" (son John Denman emigrated separately to Bermuda in 1635) [3], as part of the Winthrop fleet.[4]

Judith's two brothers (Israel and Thomas) sailed in another ship in the Winthrop fleet. [5]

The following family members [6] are listed as sailing with Winthrop's Fleet:

  • Smead, ____ From Coggeshall, Essex. No further record. Probably died soon.
  • Smead, Judith Wife of ____Smead. Sister of Israel Stoughton (Savage).
  • Smead, William Son of Mrs. Judith Smead (Savage)."
  • Stoughton, Israel (Dorchester) From Coggeshall, Essex. Was opposed to the rule of Winthrop and disfranchised for writing a heretical book. Returned to England and fought under Cromwell in the Civil War, with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in Rainsborough's regiment. (Savage). He died in 1644 at Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England.
  • Stoughton, Elizabeth Wife of Israel.
  • Stoughton, Thomas (Dorchester) From Coggeshall, Essex. Brother of Israel. Constable 28 Sept 1630. Applied freeman 19 Oct 1630 (M.C.R., I, 80); Freeman 18 May 1631 (ibid., 366). Married to Mrs. Margaret Huntington, widow of Simon Huntington, in 1635. He removed to Windsor, Conn. where he died in 1642.
  • Stoughton, _____ Wife of Thomas (Savage).

The "Mary and John" landed at Salem, Essex county, Massachusetts Bay Colony. Judith and her two children settled at Dorchester, Suffolk county, Massachusetts Bay Colony. Widow Judith Smead signed the covenant in 1636 with the church at Dorchester, Suffolk county, Massachusetts Bay Colony. In 1638, Dorchester gave Judith 20 acres which was located just below the First Burying Ground.

Widow Judith Stoughton Denman Smead died in 1639 and an inventory of her estate was taken on May 18, 1639. [7]

Excerpt from The Great Migration Begins

"Two sisters of Thomas and Israel [Stoughton] also came to New England. Judith, who married first Henry {sic} Denman and second _____ Smead became a resident of Dorchester [TAG 29:198, 41:30-35]. Kiepura did not believe that Judith was a sister of Thomas and Israel, but Jacobus did. Neither of these researchers was aware of the baptism at Burstead Magna, Essex, on 3 July 1599 of "Judith Throughtone ... the daughter of Thomas preacher of the word of God"; in other diocesan records we find that the minister at Burstead Magna was assisted from 1594 until 1600 by "Thomas Stawghton," these being the "lost" years between his ministry at Naughton, Suffolk, and at Great Coggeshall, Essex. Thus, Israel and Thomas did have a sister Judith, and so the doubts expressed by Kiepura are relieved. [8]

Excerpt from History of Deerfield

"1. SMEAD, Widow Judith, of Dorchester, 1636; she was a sister of Israel Stoughton. She had m[arried] in England, John Denman, prob[ably] ab[ou]t 1620, and _____ Smead, prob[ably] ab[ou]t 1634. Nothing is found about either husband; she d[ied in] 1639.
Mary Denman, ab[ou]t 1632 m[arried] Clement Maxfield; she d[ied on] May 30, 1707.
John Denman, ____; alive 1656.
William, ab[ou]t 1635." [9]


"Widow Smead -- Mr. Israel Stoughton, Administrator, to Mr. (Mrs.) Judith Smeed, Widow, deceased, as by inventory taken ye 18: 34: 1639." Will divides estate between children John Denman, Mary Denman, "wife to Clement Maxfield" & William Smeed. Roger Clap, Christopher Gibson, and Hopestill Foster appraised the estate.[10]


Husband #1 - John Denman 1591–1625

Husband #2 - William Smead 1590–1636


  • Denman Family History, pages 7 - 10.
  • The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620 - 1633, Volumes 1 - 3; The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634 - 1635, Volumes 1 - 6, by Robert Charles Anderson, Boston: New England Historical and Genealogical Society, 1996 - 2011. Database online,
  • The Complete Book of Emigrants: A Comprehensive Listing Compiled from English Public Records of Those Who Took Ship to the Americas for Political, Religious, and Economic Reasons; of Those Who Were Deported for Vagrancy, Roguery, or Non-Conformity; and of Those Who Were Sold to Labour in the New Colonies. Peter Wilson Coldham. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. 1607 - 1660. 1988. 600 pages. Page 167.
  • Suffolk County Wills; Author: McGhan, Judith; Probate Place: Plymouth, Massachusetts, Massachusetts, Wills and Probate Records, 1635-1991 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2015. Original data: Massachusetts County, District and Probate Courts.
  • Charles Edward Banks. The Winthrop Fleet of 1630: an Account of the Vessels, the Voyage, the Passengers and Their English Homes, from Original Authorities. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1930. 119 pages. Reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1961. Reprinted 1983 & 2003. Pages 92 - 93.
  • Ancestry Family Trees,
  1. New, England, The Great Migration Begins, page 1776
  2. History of Deerfield, genealogy section, page 301
  3. The Complete Book of Emigrants, page ??
  4. Winthrop Society (Link via Wayback Machine, capture date 24 Apr 2015.)
  5. The Winthrop Fleet of 1630
  6. Winthrop Fleet of 1630, pages 92 & 93
  7. Find A Grave,
  8. The Great Migration begins, page 1776
  9. History of Deerfield, genealogy section, p. 301
  10. Suffolk County Wills

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Should Judith Stoughton be included in the Puritan Great Migration Project? She arrived in the American Colonies before 1640.

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