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John Bland Smith (Bland), of Martha's Vineyard

Also Known As: "John Smith", "John Bland Smith", "John Smyth", "John Smeth"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Of, Colchester, Essex, England
Death: Died in Nantucket, Nantucket, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Anthony Bland and Adrean Norcross
Husband of Isabella / Esbell Bland and Joanna Bland
Father of Francis Smith; Thomas Bland Smith, Sr.; Abraham Smith / Bland; John Smith; Isabel Leavitt and 5 others
Half brother of Francis Smith and Richard Norcross

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About John Bland alias Smith

John Bland alias Smith

  • Birth: "of" Colchester, Essex, , England
  • Death: Jan 6 1668 - Nantucket, Nantucket, Massachusetts
  • Parents: Anthony Bland, Adrian
  • Wife: Isabella Drake, Joanna

Recent information (2007) shows that: In his article, Charles Anderson in TAG (Jan-Apr 1985)pp. 18-31. He concludes that John Bland alias Smith was about the same age as Adrean, wife of Jeremiah Norcross, possibly even a bit older. In doing so he corrected an idea that seems to have started with a mistake by Charles E. Banks in his three-volume History of Martha's Vineyard, Dukes County, Mass 1925. (footnote: A manuscript gen. of this family by Joel W. Norcross, in the library of the NEHGS, furnished many corroborative facts in the Bland-Smith search. This gen. gives no authority for date of second marriage)..."

John Bland Smith, our immigrant ancestor was born in England to Anthony and Adrian Bland.  Anthony must have died for we find Adrian married second to a James Smith which John took on the name of Smith for much of his life until later which will be explained.

Adrian was married a third time to Jeremy Norcross who was of noble birth from London.  We know that John probably lived in this area for a time.  However in all of the records in the New World it says that John at the time of coming to America was from Colchester, England.

Isabella Drake was born abt 1579 probably in Halstead, Essex, England.  She had a son born supposedly in 1600.  She was the daughter of William John Drake and Joandt Merrylis both of Halstead, England.

When John and Isabella came to America is unknown but in the history of Martha’s Vineyard it says he was found at Watertown in 1630 with wife Isabel.  He was  proprietor of Watertown, Massachusetts, 1636 and a freeman there December 6, 1636.  In 1645, he owned land adjacent to that of John Benjamin.  Adrian, John’s mother and her husband Jeremy Norcross, did not come to America until around 1639.

The children of Anthony Bland and Adrian ______ included John Bland Smith (C1590-1668) who married Isabel Drake (C1579-1639), of Halstead England, about 1611. 

Their children were:
  1. 1.  Annabella Bland (C1613-1683) who married William Barsham.
  2. 2.  Isabel Bland (C1615-1698/9), who married (1) Francis Austin and (2) Thomas Lovett.
  3. 3. Thomas Band/Smith (C1619-1693) who married mary Knapp
  4. 4.  Francis Bland/Smith (C1620-      )
  5. 5.  John Bland/Smith Jr. (January 5, 1621/2- February 4, 1670), who married Deborah Parkhurst of Nantucket Massachusetts, June 10, 1643.
  6. 6.  Daniel Bland/Smith, (C1623-      )

Secondly, John Bland Smith married Joanna______. 

Interestingly, when he made his will in 1663, John named “wife Joanna and two daughters Annabella and Isabel, who are all the children that are alive whome I own.”  This is welcome information, particularly the information about John’s parents.  Carlisle, thanks to Al Hunter’s fine index, shows four entries for Anthony Bland, which demand further research. [ Paula P. Mortensen to Charles bland, May 7, 1990. Al S. Hunter, Index of Nicholas Carlisle, Collections for a History of the Ancient Family of Bland.]

at Edgartown, on Martha's Vineyard, in 1646, undoubtedly the John Smith assoc. with the Mayhews in the first movement from Watertown to the Island, where he was always -Bland-. In Watert. liv. his mother Adrian, 2d w. of Jeremiah Norcross, and there is recorded 'Isabel, w. of John Smith, bur. 12 July 1639, ag. 60.' The Hampt. Drakes test. that they knew his dau. Isabel Bland from childhood, that her f. John Bland lived in Colchester, and that his ancestry was Bland, not Smith. App. his stepf. was Smith.

His will made 2 Nov. 1663 names w. Joanna and 'all the children that are alive that I owne': Isabel, m. 1st Francis Austin(1), 2d Thomas Leavitt. Annabel, m. William Barsham of Watert.; eldest s. John(1). Blandfield, John, Portsm., drunk (1)

Sources

  1. N.H. Gen by E.S. Stearns pg 1871, Vol 14 New Eng Reg Vol 27 pg 364; Mr H.L. Mecham Rt 1 Firth, ID
  2. [http://history.vineyard.net//dukes/bnk2e_9.htm Annals of Edgartown the History of Martha's Vineyard Volume II by Dr. Charles E. Banks (originally published 1911.) "The identity of the passengers who came in that first shallop to Great Harbor in 1642 as companions of young Mayhew is yet an unsolved problem. We only know he came "with some other persons" and that theQre were "divers families," including "some of Watertown," and the records lend us no aid in the solution. Speculation may be indulged in to the extent of supposing that some of the original grantees of Watertown came to look over their deed of gift, but we know that of these only John Daggett remained to become a settler, and he may be included with the first contingent. To these we may add John Folder, John Smith (John Bland), possibly Edward Sales of Rehoboth, and their families, and- here we stop, lest speculation carry us too far."

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5. Sex Name M John BLAND (AFN:95B0-KL) Pedigree Born: 1572 Place: Of, Sythlane, London, Middlesex, England Christened: 28 Sep 1572 Place: St Gregory, London, England Died: 6 Jan 1668 Place: , Nantucket, Nantucket, Massachusetts Buried: 1669 Place: Lancaster, Middlesex, Ma

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Mr. John Bland, alias Smith, was living at Edgartown, on Martha's Vineyard, in 1646, undoubtedly t h e John Smith assoc. with the Mayhews in the first movement from Watertown to the Island, where he was always -Bland- . In Watertown he lived with his mother Adrian, 2d w. of Jeremiah Norcross, and there is recorded 'Isabel, w. of John Smith , bur . 12 July 1639, ag. 60.' The Hampt. Drakes testify that they knew his dau. Isabel Bland from childhood, that her father John Bland lived in Colchester, and that his ancestry was Bland, not Smith. App. his stepf. was Smith. His will made 2 Nov. 1663 names w. Joanna and 'all the children that are alive that I owne': Isabel, m. 1st Francis Austin( 1), 2d Thomas Leavitt. Annabel, m. William Barsham of Watert.; eldest s . John(1). Blandfield, John, Portsm., drunk

This man's surname might have been Bland. Did he change it to Smith? Was he running away from the law?

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John Bland was also known as John Smith, John Smyth, John Smeth or John Bland Smith.

   * b. 1579
         o Essex, Colchester, England
   * d. BEF Jan 06 1668
         o Massachusetts

Parents: Unknown Bland m. Adrian Unknown, who also married James Smith.

   * m1. Drake, Isabella
         o Oct 1597
         o Colchester, Essex, England
         o d. Oct 12 1639
   * m2. Unknown, Joana

John and Isabella's children ..

1. Isabel b. 1611 Colchester, Essex, England d. Feb 1698 Hampton, Rockingham, NH m. Francis Austin.

2. Anabel b. abt. 1615 d. bef. 1683 m. William Barsham.

Websites:

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Notes:

About Bland, John

Will written in Edgartown, Dukes Co., Marthas Vineyard, Massachusetts. Some show death in Marthas Vineyard, some in Watertown. It appears that this John Smith may not have been the stepson of Jeremiah Norcross and son of Adrian Chadwick Smith; his wife, as previously thought. Recent information (2007) shows that: In his article, Charles Anderson in TAG (Jan-Apr 1985)pp. 18-31. He concludes that John Bland alias Smith was about the same age as Adrean, wife of Jeremiah Norcross, possibly even a bit older. In doing so he corrected an idea that seems to have started with a mistake by Charles E. Banks in his three-volume "History of Marthas Vineyard, Dukes County, Mass.", 1925. (footnote: A manuscript gen. of this family by Joel W. Norcross, in the library of the NEHGS, furnished many corroborative facts in the Bland-Smith search. This gen. gives no authority for date of second marriage)..."

http://boards.ancestry.com/localities.northam.usa.states.massachusetts.counties.dukes/909/mb.ashx

John Bland Smith born 1572 was the son of James Smythe born Ayshire Scotland and Adrian Norcross.Not of John Smith/Bland and Isabella Drake.James was the son of Adam Bland and Joan Atkyns.Have all the files printed out if interested. Cheers Eve.

REF Smith1. He used the name Smith in Watertown (John Smith Sr.),

      and Bland in Martha's Vineyard.
      REF LeavittFH. His name is given as Joshua Bland, but there is
      also a mention of John Bland (and John Smith?).
   r. Colchester, Essex, Eng.
   r. c. 1630, Watertown, MA
   r. 1646, Martha's Vineyard, MA
   d. AFT 2 Nov 1663

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Note:

   John Bland apparently changed his name to Smith after his arrival in America, because he was in fear for his life.
   Alias:<ALIA> /Smith/
   Family Tree Maker Online: GenealogyLibrary.com, Richardson/Ellsworth by
   Ruth E.. Elsworth, 1974, Call #CS71.R52:
   BLAND
   I. John Bland alias Smith-his step-father was Smith-was living at
   Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard in 1646; m. Isabel (???) who was buried July
   12, 1639 age 60 yrs. in Hampton, N.H.
   Ch:
   1. Isabel m. 1st. Francis Austin; 2nd. Thomas Levitt
   2. Annabel m. William Barsham of Watertown, Mass.
   3. John
   II. Annabel Bland b.ca. 1613; d. 1680; m. William Barsham of Watertown,
   Mass.; b. ca. 1609; d. July 13, 1684; (10 ch.)
   Genealogical Notes from Martha's Vineyard by Charles E. Banks, NEHGR,
   1898, Vol 52, pg 28:
   Bland-Smith.--Thomas Levit and Isabel Levit (sometime Isabel Bland, dau
   of John Bland of Martha's Vineyard late deceased), both of Hampton, N.H.,
   constitute their son John Levit their Attorney in the settlement of the
   estate of John Bland, by an instrument dated April 16. 1691. In support
   of their claim they file depositions of Nathaniel Drake aged 78, and
   Abram Drake aged about 70, both of Hampton, dated April 27, 1671,in
   which deponents state that they have known Isabel Bland since childhood
   and that John Bland formerly lived at Colchester, England, and "he was
   sometimes called John Smith but his name and his ancestors was Bland."
   Samuel Smith aged 29 and Benjamin Gould aged 42 years both of the
   Vineyard testify to same effect. (Dukes Co. Deeds, I. 282)
   English Localities of American Emigrants/Scill-Stevenson-Trumble and
   Chisholme, NEHGR, 1867, Vol. 21, pg 316:
   It is a matter of surprise that so few Americans are able to state with
   certainty the place where their emigrant ancestors resided in England
   before their emigration; hence, when any document is discovered revealing
   the locality of any family there before its emigration, it is viewed with
   delight by every well informed descendant of such family; even as an
   oasis in a desert.
   The following Depositon explains itself. It shows the locality whence the
   Drakes (and perhaps Levitts) of Hampton, New Hampshire, and a family of
   Blands.
   Depositon.---"Hampton in New Hampshire, in New England. The deposition of
   Nathaniell Drake, aged about seventie-eight year, and Abram Drake, aged
   about seventie year, who saith that they have know Mr. John Bland,
   sometime a liver upon the lland, commonly called Matthew's Vinyard,
   formerly a liver at Colchester, in England; we have also known Isabell
   Bland, now the wife of Thomas Levitt of Hampton, in New Hampsheir; we
   have known them boThever since wee were children,and the said Isabell
   Bland, now wife of Thomas Levitt, was always accounted to be the daughter
   of the above said John Bland; and wee have heard the abovesaid John
   Bland to own the above said Isabell to be his daughter, and never heard
   nothing to the contrarie, never since wee can remember; and the above
   said John Bland was sometimes called, by some persons, John Smith, but
   his name, and his ancestors name, was called Bland.
   "Nathaniel Drake and Abraham Drake appeared 27th of April, 1691 and made
   oath the the truth of all above written.
   "Before me, Hennery Green, Justice of Peace."
   "Taken from Dukes County Records, Vol. I., page 282.---Transcripts, Vol.
   B, p. 216. January 18, 1867. By me Richard L. Pease, Clerk of Courts.
   "Edgartown, Massachusetts, January 18, 1867."

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John Bland alias Smith's Timeline

1558
1558
Hants, Titchfield, Hampshire, England
1572
September 28, 1572
St Gregory, London, England
September 28, 1572
St Gregory, London, England
September 28, 1572
St Gregory, London, England
September 28, 1572
St Gregory, London, England
September 28, 1572
St Gregory, London, England
September 28, 1572
St Gregory, London, England
September 28, 1572
St Gregory, London, England
September 28, 1572
Sythlane,London,England
September 28, 1572
St Gregory, London, England