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Dorothy Smith

Birthplace: Probably Norwich, Norfolk, England
Death: Died in Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony
Place of Burial: Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Rowland Cotton, Sr. and Mary Cotton
Wife of Rev. Henry Smith; Sir John Russell and Rev. Henry Smith
Mother of Mary Hale; Joanna Russell; Noah Smith; Dorathy Moore; Phillipa Birdseye and 10 others
Sister of Mary Bamford; Rev. John Cotton; Roland Cotton, Attorney and Thomas Cotton

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Immediate Family

About Dorothy Smith

After Henry's death, Dorothy married John Russell as his second wife. John was baptized at Cretingham, Suffolk, England, February 26, 1597/8 and died at Hadley, MA, May 8, 1680, aged 83. Dorothy removed to Hadley with her new husband and there made her will in 1682. It was proved on December 22, 1694. It disposes a decent estate to her son Samuel (executor), daughter Dorothy Hall, and daughter Mary Smith. The last was her son Samuel's wife, and she evidently made her home with Samuel after John Russell's death.

Dorothy -

  • b. England;
  • d. 1694, Hadley, MA; will dated Feb. 16, 1681/2.
  • Married second in 1649 John RUSSELL (b. Feb. 26, 1597, Suffolk, England; d. May 8, 1680, Hadley, MA), father of Rev. John RUSSELL, successor to Rev. SMITH at Wethersfield, CT, and first minister at Hadley, MA about 1659.

Dorothy's surname is sometimes given as COTTON, without substantive evidence (which would be welcome). It may be that the COTTON surname is based on a bequest in the 1652 will of Rev. John COTTON to "my cousin Henery Smith." However, Rev. Henry SMITH was deceased at the time of the will, and the bequest was for "diet, lodging and apparel so long as he serve my wife, and £20" - certainly not intended for Rev. Henry SMITH.


A founder of Hadley, Massachusetts. Dorothy's name is inscribed on the famous "Hadley Bible" a quarto bible believed to have belonged to Dorothy, and given to William Goffe, a regicide her stepson, Rev. John Russell, was harboring for several years. This bible was passed down, it is believed, through the Smith family after Goffe's death at Hadley. Source: Cultivating a Past: Essays on the History of Hadley, Massachusetts

By Marla R. Miller page 127-128.

Her maiden name might have been Cotton (she may have been a relative of _____ Cotton, made freeman on ______________. .Many of her descendants were named Cotton, and the Cotton family of England was a well known northern English landed gentry family, that would have been associated with other emigrants of this group who came with the Winthrop Flleet. She married (1) REV. HENRY SMITH (his second wife) about 1633-5, and (2) John Russell about 1649.

The children of Rev. Henry & Dorothy Smith: Dorathy b. 1638 Samuel b. Jan. 27, 1639 Joanna b. Dec. 25, 1641 Noah b. Feb. 25, 1644, died young Elizabeth b. Aug. 25, 1648, died young

John & Dorothy Russell removed from Wethersfield, CT. to Hadley, Conn. with his son, Rev. John Russell and his other children, in 1659.

Children, Noah & Elizabeth are not mentioned in Dorothy Russell's will, so it is assumed that the died young and did not leave issue.

Family links:

 Henry Smith (1599 - 1648)
 John Russell (1608 - 1695)

 Phillippa Smith Birdseye (1622 - ____)*
 Samuel Smith (1639 - 1703)*
 Dorothy Smith Moore (1641 - 1706)*

Burial: Wethersfield Village Cemetery Wethersfield Hartford County Connecticut, USA

Created by: Nareen, et al Record added: May 31, 2009 Find A Grave Memorial# 37773839

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Dorothy Smith's Timeline

Probably Norwich, Norfolk, England
Cretingham, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom
Age 8
Age 8
Cretingham, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom
Age 8
Cretingham, Suffolk, England
Age 8
Cretingham, Suffolk, England
Age 20
October 9, 1628
Age 25
Hadleigh, Suffolk, England
January 27, 1637
Age 34
Norwich, Norfolk, England
January 27, 1638
Age 35
Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut