Elizabeth Townley (Smith) (1643 - 1712) MP

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Nicknames: "Lawrence Carteret"
Birthplace: Southampton, Suffolk, New York
Death: Died in Elizabethtown, Essex County, New Jersey
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About Elizabeth Townley (Smith)

Elizabeth Smith

  • BIRTH: ABT 1643
  • DEATH: BEF 23 Jan 1712, Elizabethtown, Essex, NJ
  • Father: Richard Smith
  • Mother: Sarah Hammond
  • Married: William Lawrence, Philip Carteret, Richard Townley

On 10 March 1681 Elizabeth Lawrence, widow of William, was made guardian of her seven children -- Mary, Thomas, Joseph, Richard, Samuel, Sarah and James.

From "The Family of Richard Smith of Smithtown, Long Island" Frederick Kinsman Smith Smithtown Historical Society, Smithtown, NY, 1967:

"Captain William Lawrence, the first husband of Elizabeth Smith, was one of the patentees of Flushing, in 1645. He was the owner of Tew's Neck and lived there. He was bap. at Great St. Alban's, Hertfordshire, England, 27 Jly 1622, son of Thomas and Joan (Antrobus) Lawrence. His father died 20 Mch 1624/5, and his mother m. (2) John Tuttell, who came to this country with his wife and most of the children, including William Lawrence, then in his thirteenth year, in the spring of 1635, in the Planter...William Lawrence married twice and had by his first wife three children, Elizabeth, William, and John."

" ... Capt. Lawrence died in 1680, and she m. (2-lic. 26 Mch 1681) Governor Philip Carteret of Elizabethtown, New Jersey, b. 1639, son of Helier Carteret, Attorney General of the Isle of Jersey, and his wife Rachel...Captain Philip Carteret was appointed Governor of the Province and came from England in 1665. He served in that office until the change in proprietorship of the Province led to his retirement, only four weeks previous to his death, which occurred in 1682."

"Elizabeth (Smith-Lawrence) Carteret m. (3) 1685, Colonel Richard Townley, eighth son of Nicholas and Joanne (White) Townley, of Littleton, County Middlesex, England. Joanna White was the eldest daughter and co-heir of William White, of Northiam, County Sussex. Colonel Townley came over in the suite of Lord Howard of Effingham, Governor of Virginia, in 1684, and soon afterward settled in Elizabethtown. He had been previously married and had at least one daughter, Sarah, wife of John Shackmaple, of New London, Conn.,...

will

Copy of the Will of Elizabeth Townley, of Record in the office of the Secretary of State, Trenton, New Jersey

" In the name of God, Amen, I Elizabeth Townley, the relict of Collo: Richard Townley of Elizabeth Town in ye County of Essex & Province of New Jersey, D: s’d, do think fit to make this my last will & testament in manner and form following I do give my Soul to God, hoping for Salvation, thro' ye merits of my Lord and Saviour Jesus X't& my body to ye Earth to be decently buried in hopes of a glorious Resurrection at ye last day & as for my temporal goods, I dispose of them. as followeth Imprimis I give unto my daughter Sarah Shackmaple all the furniture of ye room, in which I now lye, viz't, The Bed CurtainS & Cloathes & every thing belonging to it, a chest of Drawers, a Small Table & a glass; with the Chaires, I likewise give. her two other Elbow-Chairs, covered with ye same sort of stuff, wch is in ye Curtains of ye sa,id Bed. Item, I give & bequeath all my estate, Goods & Chattels wtsoever that is mine, or ought to be mine, unto my son Charles Townley, his Heirs & Assignes, excepting half my plate, wch I give to my son Effingham tovards ye paymt of debts, & I charge & comand my son Effingham to be just to his brother Charles by granting him forthwith after my death a confirmation under his hand & seal for that land wch he knows his Father designed him; I do hereby constitute, authorize and appoint my dear son Charles to be sole Executor of this my last will & Testament, revoking and making null & void all other wills & Testaments by me heretofore made, either by word or in writing. In Testimony Whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this eight day of March in ye Tenth year of ye Reign of Anne over great Brittaine, ffrance & Ireland Queen &c Annoq Dom 1711-12.

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  • 'History of Elizabeth, New Jersey: Including the Early History of Union County (1868)
  • http://archive.org/details/historyelizabet00hatfgoog
  • http://archive.org/stream/historyelizabet00hatfgoog#page/n119/mode/1up
  • Pg. 110
  • 'Capt. PHILIP CARTERET, the governor;
  • http://archive.org/stream/historyelizabet00hatfgoog#page/n120/mode/1up
  • Pg. 111
  • 'son of Helier De Carteret & Rachel; born 1639
  • http://archive.org/stream/historyelizabet00hatfgoog#page/n204/mode/1up
  • Pg. 195
  • 'marriage April 1681, to Elizabeth, the widow of Capt. William Lawrence, of Tew's Neck, L. I. who had died in 1680, in the 58th year of his age. Mrs. Carteret was the daughter of Richard Smith, patentee of Smithtown, L. I., and brought with her, to this town seven children: Mary, Thomas, Joseph, Richard, Samuel, Sarah, and James. Samuel died Aug. 16, 1687, aged 15 years, and Thomas, Oct. 26, 1687, aged 19 years; and both were buried in the rear of the meeting-house.
  • http://archive.org/stream/historyelizabet00hatfgoog#page/n266/mode/1up
  • Pg. 257
  • James Emott .... He had married, 1682, or 3, Mary Lawrence, of this town, 'the step-daughter of Governor Carteret, who was born 1665, and was about 16 years old, when, at her mother's marriage, in 1681, she came with her six brothers and sisters to reside here.'
  • http://archive.org/stream/historyelizabet00hatfgoog#page/n285/mode/1up
  • Pg. 274
  • 'RICHARD TOWNLEY took up his abode her as early as 1684. He was the 8th son of Nicholas Townley, of Littleton, Eng., and of Joanna White .... before he had made himself so agreeable to Mrs. Gov. Carteret, as to receive herself and fortune, in 1685, by marriage. He had, probably, been married in early life ; and Mary Townley, who married Mrs. Carteret's eldest son, Joseph Lawrence, is thought to have been his daughter. It is not certain, but quite likely, that his daughter, Mrs. Shackmaple, was also, by a former marriage. As Mrs. Carteret's first marriage took place in 1664, she must have been about 40 years of age, at the time of her third marriage.
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  • 'Cyclopedia of New Jersey biography, memorial and biographical ..., Volume 3
  • By Joseph Fulford Folsom, Mary Depue Ogden, American Historical Society
  • http://archive.org/details/cyclopediaofnewj01amer
  • http://archive.org/stream/cyclopediaofnewj03amer#page/3/mode/1up
  • Pg. 3-6
  • 'CARTERET, Philip b.1639 d.December 10, 1682, son of Rachel & Helier de Carteret m. Elizabeth Smith, widow of William Lawrence, a dau. of Richard Smith of Long Island. mother of seven children & a stepson
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  • 'The descendants of William and Elizabeth Tuttle, who came from old to New England in 1635, and settled in New Haven in 1639, with numerous biographical notes and sketches : also, some account of the descendants of John Tuttle, of Ipswich; and Henry Tuthill, of Hingham, Mass. (1883) Vol. 1
  • http://archive.org/details/descendantsofwil01tutt
  • http://www.archive.org/stream/descendantsofwil01tutt#page/n86/mode/1up
  • Pg. xxxiv
  • 'WILLIAM was a magistrate and military officer; d. 1680; next year his widow ELIZABETH (his 2d wife) a dau. of Richard SMITH, m. Sir Phillip Cartaret, Gov. of New Jersey, who founded Elizabethtown and gave it her name. After his dec. she m. a 3d husband.
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-------------------- Facts and Events

  • Name Elizabeth Smith
  • Gender Female
  • Birth? 1643 Southampton, Suffolk Co, NY
  • Marriage c4 Mar 1664
  • to William Lawrence
  • Marriage 1685
  • to Richard Townley
  • Death? 1712 Elizabethtown, Essex Co, NY @69Y

On 30 March 1681 the record shows (entered at the desire of Mr. Richard Smith) "These presents Wittnes that whereas there is a purpose of joining in Marriage with Capt. Philip Carteret of New Jersey itt is joyntly and Fully agreed between him and the aforesaid and me Elizabeth Lawrence late wife of -- Capt. William Lawrence of Flushing deceased -- that I the aforesaid Elizabeth doe reserve liberty to give and dispose of all my right of land and meadow or housing within the Neck called Tews Neck unto any of my sons whom I shall see good and that no engagement whatever shall impead this agreement. Elizabeth Lawrence. Witness: Richard Smith; Sarah U Smith (mark); Abigail Nicolls."

"The Family of Richard Smith of Smithtown, Long Island" Frederick Kinsman Smith Smithtown Historical Society, Smithtown, NY, 1967

"Elizabeth Smith (Richard), b. probably in 1643, died in July 1712, m. (lic. 4 Mch 1664) Captain William Lawrence, of Flushing, L.I., as second wife. They had seven children. He died in 1680, and she m. (2-lic. 26 Mch 1681) Governor Philip Carteret of Elizabethtown, New Jersey, b. 1639, son of Helier Carteret, Attorney General of the Isle of Jersey, and his wife Rachel...Captain Philip Carteret was appointed Governor of the Province and came from England in 1665. He served in that office until the change in proprietorship of the Province led to his retirement, only four weeks previous to his death, which occurred in December, 1682."

"Captain William Lawrence, the first husband of Elizabeth Smith, was one of the patentees of Flushing, in 1645. He was the owner of Tew's Neck and lived there. He was bap. at Great St. Alban's, Hertfordshire, England, 27 Jly 1622, son of Thomas and Joan (Antrobus) Lawrence. His father died 20 Mch 1624/5, and his mother m. (2) John Tuttell, who came to this country with his wife and most of the children, including William Lawrence, then in his thirteenth year, in the spring of 1635, in the Planter...William Lawrence married twice and had by his first wife three children, Elizabeth, William, and John."

"Elizabeth (Smith-Lawrence) Carteret m. (3) 1685, Colonel Richard Townley, eighth son of Nicholas and Joanne (White) Townley, of Littleton, County Middlesex, England. Joanna White was the eldest daughter and co-heir of William White, of Northiam, County Sussex. Colonel Townley came over in the suite of Lord Howard of Effingham, Governor of Virginia, in 1684, and soon afterward settled in Elizabethtown. He had been previously married and had at least one daughter, Sarah, wife of John Shackmaple, of New London, Conn., who was collector, surveyor, and searcher for that Colony."

Citations

  1. "Records of the Town of Smithtown, Long Island, N.Y." Transcribed by William S. Pelletreau Huntington, N.Y.: Long-Islander Print, 1898, 569 pgs. (Includes wills, deeds and other documentation of the "Bull Smiths"; p480 includes the "Descendants of Elizabeth Smith, Daughter of Richard Smith, the Patentee")
  2. "New England Marriages Before 1700" Clarence A. Torrey, Baltimore, MD, 1985 (as found on NEHGS CD-ROM, Boston, 2001) "LAWRENCE, William (1623-1680) & 2/wf Elizabeth SMITH, m/2 Philip CARTERET 1681?, m/3 Richard TOWNSLEY; m lic 4 Mar 1664/5; ?Smithtown, LI/Flushing, LI" "CARTERET, Philip & Elizabeth (SMITH) LAWRENCE, w William, m/3 Richard TOWNLEY, Elizabeth, NJ; Apr 1681, aft 1680, aft 30 Mar 1681" "TOWNLEY/TOWNSLEY, Richard (-1711) & Elizabeth (SMITH) (LAWRENCE) CARDERET, w William, w Philip; aft 1682, by 1691, ca 1685; NJ"

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Will of Richard Smith Sr

The will of Richard Smith in which his wife joined was recorded in the Lester Will Book of which Pelletreau’s Early Long Island Wills contains an unabridged copy; it is also reprinted in Records of Smithtown.

March ye 5 1691

In ye name of God Amen I Richard Smith Sen of Smithtown in ye County of Suffolk on Long Island in ye Province of New York being sick and weak in body but sound and perfect memory thanks be to God calling to mind ye uncertain state of this life and that we must submit to God’s will when it shall please him to call us out of this life do make constitute and ordain this our last Will and testament hereby revoking and annulling any former or other will or testament made by us either by word or writing Imprimis - We give our souls to God who gave them and our bodies being dead to be decently buried in such place and manner as to our executors hereafter named shall seem convenient

Item - To Jonathan Smith our eldest son - our house barn & orchard joining to his home lot and ye home stall as far as old fence Northward and halfe way from said house to Samuel’s house and thence to ye West ende of ye barn and ye wood close on ye East side of ye little brook over against ye house and 40 acres of land more than his equal share in division with ye rest of our children and that lot of meadow over against ye mill on ye west side of ye river

Item - To our son Richard - our Negro Harry and an equal share of land in division with ye rest of our children

Item - To our som Job we and bequeath our Negro Robin for ye term of 12 years and an equal share of land in division with ye rest of our children and ye end of ye sd 12 years the said Robin shall be free.

Item - To our son Adam we give an equal share of land in division with ye rest of our children

Item - To our son Samuel - ye orchard Southward of the house and half of ye pasture bounded by ye little Creek ye eastward parte thereof and ye lower or Northward most Fresh Island on ye east side of ye river with an equall share of land in division with ye rest of our children and the swamp called ye North swamp with ye land on ye east side which is fenced

Item - To our son Daniel - other half of ye pasture Southward of his house ye westward part of it and an equall share of land in division with ye rest of our children & our will is that James Necke shall be and remaine for ye use and improvement of my 6 sons above and their heirs forever

Item - To our daughter Elizabeth Townley - land and meadow at a place called Sunck Meadow as it is mentioned in a deed made by us & also ye one halfe of my cloathing

Item - To our daughter Lawrence - an equall parte and share in division with ye rest of our children where it shall be most suitable & convenient also ye other halfe of my clothing

Lastly - we doe hereby nominate and appoint our beloved sons Jonathan and Rich Smith Executors of this our last Will & testament to pay our just debts and to make an equall partition amongst all our children of all ye goods and chattels and what moveable estate shall be left.

In Witness whereof we have hereunto set our hands and seales the day and yeare above named

Signed by both Richard Smith w/seal and Sarah Smith w/seal

Sealed & delivered in presence of John Roe Jonathan Lewis Thomas Helme

2 day May 1693 at Brookhaven, Suffolk Co, NY Prerogative Court proved and approved before Coll. William Smith Judge, this to be last will and testament of Richard Smith, Sen, deceased at Smithtown on 7 Mar 1691/92 in which he nominated and appointed his sons Jonathan and Richard tobe his executors.

___________________________________ Will of Sarah Smith She made a will dated 20 Jan 1707/1708 which is as follows: In the name of God Amen I Sarah Smith relict of Richard Smith, Sen, deceased of Smithtown in ye County of Suffolk and in ye Province of New Yorke, Doe make my last will and Testament in manner following: First I commit my soul into ye hands of God which gave it, and my body to a decent burial at ye discretion of my Executor hereafter named, in comfortable hopes of a happy and glorious resurrection thro, the power and merits of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. And as for my outward estate, after debts and my funrall chares are paid, I give and bequeath as followeth.

Imp. I give and bequeath to my son Richard Smith his eldest son Richard all the houses, orchards, and all my lands that my husband left me in ye possession of & that I am at this present in possession of, he yielding and paying me 10 pounds a year and yearly as long as I shall live & at my death to have ye above mentioned premises and his heirs forever, with all the privileges and accomodations thereunto belonging.

I also give my daughter Elizabeth one trunk with all my linens and wearing clothes.

I give to my son Richard’s 2 daughters my silk whod and scarfe. I give a Necke called James Neck to be equally divided amongst my 6 sons Jonathan, Richard, Job, Adam, Samuel, and Daniel.

I give my son Richard’s eldest sonne my blunderbuss. I give my son Richard’s wife my cloake. I give all ye household stuff not here bequeathed to be equally divided among my 6 sons above mentioned.

I give Mr. Geore Philips a Cow, and all ye rest of my stock to be equally divided amonsy my 6 sons above mentioned, it must be unerstood that what I have given my son Richard is to oblige him to quit and mull all debts ye he pretends is owings tohim by my husband or my self, so it may prevent future difference among my children, and also all ye rest of my children to null and void all debts from husband or myself, and to accept of what I have given them in full satisfaction.

I desire also what I gave Mary Petreche she may have it & to be maintained equally amongsy my children.

I hereby null and revoke all former wills & instruments whatsoever & Constitute & appoint my well beloved son Richard Smith to be my executor & to take care and see that this is my last will & testament I have hereunto affixed my hand and seale this twentieth day of January 1707/1708.

The real estate mentioned in the will was probably the land deeded to Richard Smith JR., by both Richard and Sarah Smith, SR, on 31 Aug 1688 and on the same day deed back by Richard Smith JR., to his mother, Sarah Smith

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Elizabeth Townley's Timeline

1643
1643
Southampton, Suffolk, New York
1652
1652
Age 9
Gravesend, Kings, New York, United States
1652
Age 9
Glastonbury, Hartford, Connecticut
1654
1654
Age 11
Flushing, Long Island, New York
1656
1656
Age 13
Flushing, Long Island, New York
1660
1660
Age 17
New York, NY, USA
1664
1664
Age 21
Monmouth County, NJ
1664
Age 21
1664
Age 21
1665
1665
Age 22
Boston, Massachusetts