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John Smith, I

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Wethersfield, (Present Hartford County), Connecticut Colony
Death: Died in Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony
Cause of death: Slain by Indians in King Philip's War
Place of Burial: Hadley, Hampshire County, MA, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Lt. Samuel "The Fellmonger" Smith; Samuel Smith; Elizabeth Smith and Elizabeth Smith
Husband of Mary Montague
Father of Orphan John Smith; Samuel Smith; Rev. Joseph Smith; Benjamin Smith and Marah Day
Brother of Elizabeth Galpin; Samuel Smith, IV; Margaret Watson; Elizabeth Gull; Lt. Philip Smith, Deacon of Hadley and 14 others
Half brother of Lt. Philip Smith, Deacon of Hadley

Managed by: Marilyn Jeanne Haslem
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About John Smith, I

Slain by the Indians in Hatfield Meadow. Fought in King Philip's War under Capt. William Turner.

Children John and Mary SMITH: John married Mary ROOT (ancestors of President Rutherford B. HAYES); Samuel died young; Joseph married Canada WAITE; Benjamin married Ruth BUCK (ancestors of President Rutherford B. HAYES); and Marah married John DAY.

John Smith appears to have lived alternately and had businesses in both Wethersfield and Hadley. Land records show that John and his brother Philip bought their father's homestead in Wethersfield in December 1668, probably because one or both of them had a business in Wethersfield. They also show that John's sons, John Jr. and Benjamin, were owners of land in Wethersfield with John Jr. selling his interest to John Dickinson in 1710.

John's interests lay in both Wethersfield and Hadley. As early as 1667 he and Samuel Porter had a boat on the Connecticut River and carried grain downstream. John owned a bolting mill (flour mill) in Hadley and in 1672 Wethersfield admitted him "an inhabitant to set up his trade of tanning in this town." He and his brother Philip were authorized "wolf killers" in Hadley, and were paid 40 shilling a head bounty.

John Smith, together with his brothers Philip and Chileab, signed a petition 19 Feb. 1669 against imposts and customs, and another in October 1772 asking the General Court to permit an enlargement of their township.

In September 1671 John Smith was one member of a special jury to try Dr. John Westcarr for selling liquor to the Indians. Westcarr objected to the courts regular Jury, seeing that Lieutenant Samuel Smith, John's father, and Peter Tilton, both Deputies to the General Court, had bound him over. Westcarr did not appear personally at the trial but submitted his case in writing and John Smith of the Special Jury replies. The jury adjudged Westcarr not legally guilty.

John Smith was an active soldier in King Philip's War. He was in the Falls Fight May 19, 1676 under Captain William Turner where the Indians, caught asleep, suffered great loss. The survivors, though badly weakened, were enraged and resorted to the stratagem of circulating a false report that King Philip was coming with great reinforcements. This terrified the settler army and it virtually bolted for home. On May 30 the Indians caught the settlers unaware at Hatfield with the soldiers dispersed. About two dozen men from Hadley rushed to their aid. In the fight that followed John Smith was killed along with four other men. Cotton Mather, writing of the battle said:

"...yet the English lost not one man, till within about an hundred rods of the town, when five of ours were slain; among who was a precious young man whose name was Smith, that place having lost many in losing that one man."

A month later a force of about 450 militia from Connecticut, almost half of them friendly Indians, appeared on the scene. Major John Talcott was their leader. The campaign that followed was a trying and costly one but it brought an end to King Philip's War. It also resulted in the towns along the river fortifying themselves, Hadley voting to fortify its meeting house and to require all male inhabitants to bring arms and ammunition to all meetings under penalty of a shilling's fine for each failure to do so. -------------------- John Smith appears to have lived alternately and had businesses in both Wethersfield and Hadley. Land records show that John and his brother Philip bought their father's homestead in Wethersfield in December 1668, probably because one or both of them had a business in Wethersfield. They also show that John's sons, John Jr. and Benjamin, were owners of land in Wethersfield with John Jr. selling his interest to John Dickinson in 1710.

John's interests lay in both Wethersfield and Hadley. As early as 1667 he and Samuel Porter had a boat on the Connecticut River and carried grain downstream. John owned a bolting mill (flour mill) in Hadley and in 1672 Wethersfield admitted him "an inhabitant to set up his trade of tanning in this town." He and his brother Philip were authorized "wolf killers" in Hadley, and were paid 40 shilling a head bounty.

John Smith, together with his brothers Philip and Chileab, signed a petition 19 Feb. 1669 against imposts and customs, and another in October 1772 asking the General Court to permit an enlargement of their township.

In September 1671 John Smith was one member of a special jury to try Dr. John Westcarr for selling liquor to the Indians. Westcarr objected to the courts regular Jury, seeing that Lieutenant Samuel Smith, John's father, and Peter Tilton, both Deputies to the General Court, had bound him over. Westcarr did not appear personally at the trial but submitted his case in writing and John Smith of the Special Jury replies. The jury adjudged Westcarr not legally guilty.

John Smith was an active soldier in King Philip's War. He was in the Falls Fight May 19, 1676 under Captain William Turner where the Indians, caught asleep, suffered great loss. The survivors, though badly weakened, were enraged and resorted to the stratagem of circulating a false report that King Philip was coming with great reinforcements. This terrified the settler army and it virtually bolted for home. On May 30 the Indians caught the settlers unaware at Hatfield with the soldiers dispersed. About two dozen men from Hadley rushed to their aid. In the fight that followed John Smith was killed along with four other men. Cotton Mather, writing of the battle said:

   "...yet the English lost not one man, till within about an hundred rods of the town, when five of ours were slain; among who was a precious young man whose name was Smith, that place having lost many in losing that one man."

A month later a force of about 450 militia from Connecticut, almost half of them friendly Indians, appeared on the scene. Major John Talcott was their leader. The campaign that followed was a trying and costly one but it brought an end to King Philip's War. It also resulted in the towns along the river fortifying themselves, Hadley voting to fortify its meeting house and to require all male inhabitants to bring arms and ammunition to all meetings under penalty of a shilling's fine for each failure to do so.


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John Smith, I's Timeline

1638
May 30, 1638
Wethersfield, (Present Hartford County), Connecticut Colony
1663
November 12, 1663
Age 25
Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony
1665
May 15, 1665
Age 26
Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States
1667
December 7, 1667
Age 29
Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts
1670
November 16, 1670
Age 32
Hadley, Hampshire County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
1672
January 10, 1672
Age 33
Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States
1676
May 30, 1676
Age 38
Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony
1677
December 18, 1677
Age 38
Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts, USA
1888
July 31, 1888
Age 38
July 31, 1888
Age 38