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Henry Smith

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Norwich, Norfolk, England
Death: Died in Wethersfield, Connecticut Colony
Immediate Family:

Son of Erasmus (Ambrose) Smith, Esq., of Husbands Bosworth and Margaret Smith (Cecil)
Husband of First wife of Henry Smith (Cornish) and Dorothy Russell
Father of Phillipa Birdseye; Elizabeth Smith; John Smith; Mary Hale; Daughter Smith and 6 others
Half brother of Henry Smith, Rector of St. Clement's; Roger Smith, Esq., of Bosworth; James Smith; Lady Elizabeth Cave; Lady Margaret Cave and 3 others

Occupation: Minister/Preacher, First minister of Chuch of England in Wetherfield, Reverand, Soldier in Pequot War, Reverend
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About Henry Smith

The following is the work of Dale Smith.

Generation One

Rev. Henry Smith was born in 1600 in Norwich, Norfolk, England and died August 09, 1648, in Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut, aged 48.

Henry first married (?) Cornish, daughter of Gabriel Cornish. Gabriel was born in England. They had four children.

  1. Philippa Smith, born about 1622 in England, died by 1687 Married John Birdseye [EP Update 28 Dec 2011]
  2. Mary Smith, born about 1624, in England, died January 19, 1711
  3. Peregrine Smith, born about 1628 in England, died before 1648 probably at Wethersfield, Connecticut.
  4. Rebecca Smith, born about 1631 in England.

Henry married second Dorothy Cotton (?), sister of Rev. John Cotton, in 1632 in England. Dorothy was born December 24, 1606, in Norwich, Norfolk, England and died in 1694 in Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts, aged 88. Henry and Dorothy had six children.

  1. Preserved Smith, born at sea 1635, died as a child
  2. Dorothy Smith, born in 1637 in Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut, died in 1706 in Farmington, Connecticut,
  3. Samuel Smith, born June 27, 1638 in Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut, died September 10, 1703, Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts
  4. Joanna Smith, born December 25, 1641, Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut, died December 28, 1664, Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts.
  5. Noah Smith, born February 25, 1643, in Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut, died May 08, 1648, Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts
  6. Elizabeth Smith, born August 25, 1648, Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut. died in 1648, Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut.

-------------------- Matriculated at Sidney Sussex College Cambridge 1617

Rev. Henry Smith was ordained 8 Jun 1623 Peterborough England

Henry SMITH - b. about 1600, England; d. 1648, Wethersfield, CT; will dated May 8, 1648. His parents have not been identified. Henry may have been educated for the ministry at Sidney Sussex College (beginning 1617) and Magdalene College, Cambridge University (BA 1621/2; MA 1625), or at King's College, Cambridge University (BA 1619/20). A Rev. Henry SMITH was ordained by the Bishop of Peterborough on Jun. 8, 1623. He probably arrived in New England about 1636/7 with his second wife and young children, and by 1637 he was at Wethersfield, Hartford Co., CT as the first settled pastor. His first wife's name, by whom he had 4 children is not known. Married second about 1635, England. The following is a portion of a letter written by Henry's son Samuel, and provides a portrait of the minister. However, the statement about first settling at Watertown is not supported by any contemporary evidence.

Hadley, Massacusetts Colony, Jan. ye Firste, 1698/99

My Dear & Dutiful Son:

I was of so tender an Age at the Death of my beloved Father, that I am possessed of but little of the Information for which you seek. My Revered Father was an ordained Minister of ye Gospelle, educate at Cambridge in England, & came to yis Land by reason of Ye Great Persecution by which ye infamous Archbiship Laud and ye Black Tom Tyrante (as Mr. Russell was always wont to call ye Earl of Strafforde) die cause ye reign of his Majestie, Charles ye First, to loose favor in ye sight of ye people of England. My Father & Mother came over in 1636/37, firste to Watertown which is neare Boston, & after a yeare or two to Weathersfield on ye great River, where he became ye firste settled Pastor. Concerning of ye earlie days I can remember but little save Hardship. My Parents had broughte both Men Servants & Maid Servants from England, but ye Maids tarried not but till they got married, ye wch was shortly, for there was great scarcity of Women in ye Colonies. Ye men did abide better. Onne of em had married onne of my Mother's Maids & they did come with us to Weathersfield, to our grate Comforte for some years, untill they had manny littel onnes of theire Owne. I do well remember ye Face & Figure of my Honoured Father. He was 5 foote, 10 inches talle & spare of builde, tho not leane. He was an Active as ye Red Skin Men & sinewy. His delighte was in sportes of strengthe, & withe his owne Hands he did helpe to reare bothe our owne House & ye Firste Meetinge House of Weathersfield, wherein he preacht yeares too fewe. He was well Featured & Fresh favoured with faire Skin & longe curling Hair (as neare all of us have had) with a merrie eye & swete smilinge Mouthe, tho he coulde frowne sternlie eno' when need was.

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There have been suggestions that Rev. Henry SMITH was from Leicestershire, England as part of the SMITH alias HERIZ family. No substantive evidence has been seen that supports his claim, and the sources thus far located are contradictory in details. Considerable information on the SMITH alias HERIZ line is available on the web site of Hugo HERIZ-SMITH. Documentation of the parents of Rev. Henry SMITH is desired.

A lenthy footnote appears in The History of Ancient Wethersfield, Connecticut, Volume II - Genealogies and Biographies, by Dr. Henry R. Stiles (1904) with alternative conjectures about the possible ancestry of Rev. Henry SMITH, including his education at Sidney Sussex and Magdalene Colleges, Cambidge University. As an alternative for Henry SMITH's education, Donald Lines Jacobus, in Hale, House and Related Families, (1978, Baltimore), page 730, writes that "The origin of Rev. Henry Smith has not been ascertained. He may have been the Henry Smith who matriculated from Kings College, Cabridge, A.B., 1619/20; Fellow of Kings."

http://kinnexions.com/ancestries/smithh.htm#HSmith

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Will of Rev. Henry Smith - March 8, 1648

  I Henry Smith, of Wethersfield, being at present in health of body and soundness of minde, considering my mortality, and knoweing it to be my duty to provide for my family and settle my estate, that I may leave no occasion of trouble to my children when I am gone, and that I may be free my self

from distractions of this kind, if it shall please God to visit mee with sickness before I dye; I doe therefore leave this testimony uppon Record as my last Will and Testament. Then, for my outward estate, wch, because it is little and I have well proved the difficultyes of this Country, how hard a

thinge it will be for a woman to manage the affaires of so great a family as the Father of Mercyes hathe blessed me withall, and have had allso experience of the prudence and faithfullness of my deare wife, who shall, in parting with me, parte with a great parte of her livelihood, I give to my wife full power to dispose of all my estate in howses, Lands, Cattell band Goods whatsoever, within dores and without, only providing if she marry again, or otherwise be able comfortably to spare it from her owne necessary

maintenance, that she give to my sonne Sammuell that part of my howselott which was intended for my sonne Peregrine, lyinge next to the burying place, and the land I have beyond the great River eastward, and also to him and my 2nd sonne Noah, 5 acres apeece of meadow, with upland proportionable thereunto; and to the rest of my children unmarried, £20 apeece at the age of 21 yeares, or at the time of her death wch shall come the soonest; and for my two daughters that bee married, my desire is that they have £20 apeece, and every one of their children £5 apeece, either in books or such

other thing my wife shall best please to parte withall. And I desire the Church, whose serviant I now am, to take an oversight of my family, that they may be brought up in the true feare of God, and to see that this my will bee faithfully prformed.

                                                  Henry Smith

http://kinnexions.com/smlsource/wills4.htm#WillHS

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3. REV. HENRY3 SMITH (ERASAMUS AMBROSE2, JOHN HERRICE1)1,2 was born 1600 in Norwich, Norfolk, England, and died August 09, 1648 in Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut. He married DOROTHY COTTON 1632 in Wethersfield, Glastonbury, Hartford, Conn.. She was born Abt. 1603 in Norwich, Norfolk, England, and died 1694 in Hadley, Hampshire, MA.

Notes for REV. HENRY SMITH: From an old record Richard Alden left, we learn that on the paternal side, the first of Irene Smith's ancestors to come to America was the Rev. Henry Smith, who was born in England about the year 1600. With his wife, Dorothy, he arrived here in 1636-'37, some sixteen years after the settlement of the Plymouth Colony. On the passage over, a son was born, who, from the unusual circumstances of his birth, was named Preserved, which is the origin of a name ever since retained among his descendants. The first notice of Rev. Henry Smith in New England, is on the records of the First Congregational Church of Charlestown, Mass. He and his wife, Dorothy, were admitted to the full communion of that church, October 5, 1637. He was the first minister of Wethersfield, Conn., and was installed there in 1641. He died in 1648. His widow, Dorothy, married a Mr. Russell, in 1650. They removed with their family, in 1659, to Hadley, Mass., accompanying a colony comprised of the largest portion of the members of their church.

SMITH Rev. Henry Smith, immigrant ancestor, was born in England, in 1588, near Norfolk. He came to America in 1636, and settled in Wethersfield, Connecticut, in 1638. He is thought to have married twice, but the name of his first wife is not known. The name of his second wife was Dorothy, sister of Rev. John Cotton, of Boston. He died in 1658, and she married (second) John Russell, father of Rev. John Russell, who succeeded Mr. Smith in the pastorate at Wethersfield, and who, ten years later, became the first minister at Hadley, and died May 8, 1690, aged eighty-three. Mrs. Dorothy (Smith) Russell died at Hadley in 1694. New England Families Genealogical and Memorial: Volume IV, p. 1614

Children of REV. SMITH and DOROTHY COTTON are:

i. PEREGRINE4 SMITH, b. 1627, Norwich, Norwich, England.

ii. MARY SMITH, b. October 09, 1629, Hadley, Suffolk, England; d. December 16, 1668, Hadley, Hampshire, MA.

iii. REBECCA SMITH, b. 1631, Norwich, Norwich, England; d. Glastonbury, Hartford, CT.

iv. DOROTHY BLAKEMAN HALL SMITH, b. 1636, Wethersfield, Hartford, CT; d. April 17, 1706, Farmington, Hartford, CT.

v. PRESERVED SMITH, b. 1637, Born at sea; d. 1637.

4. vi. SAMUEL SMITH, b. January 27, 1637/38, Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut; d. September 10, 1703, Hadley, Hampshire, MA.

vii. JOANNA SMITH, b. December 25, 1641, Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut; d. December 28, 1664, Hadley, Hampshire, MA.

viii. NOAH SMITH, b. February 25, 1643/44, Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut; d. May 08, 1648, Hadley, Hampshire, MA.

ix. ELIJAH SMITH, b. Abt. 1647, Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut.

x. ELIZABETH SMITH, b. August 25, 1648, Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut; d. 1648, Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut.

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Children of Henry and his first wife

  1. Philippa - b. about 1622, England; d. by 1687. Married 1640 Deacon John BIRDSEY (d. Apr. 4, 1690, Stratford, CT). They were admitted to church at Milford Aug. 23, 1640, and dismissed to church at Stratford Mar. 19, 1649. John married second in 1688 Alice, widow of Henry TOMLINSON. Children of Philippa and John: John married Phebe WILCOXSON; and Johanna married Deacon Timothy WILCOXSON.
  2. Mary - b. about 1624, England. Married by 1643 Samuel HALE (bap. Jul. 15, 1615, Watton at Stone, Hertfordshire, England; d. Jan. 13, 1710/1, Stratford, CT), son of John and Martha HALE . Children: Martha died young; Samuel married first Ruth EDWARDS, and second Mary WELLES; John married Hannah NOTT; Mary married first Caleb BENJAMIN, and second Walter HARRIS; Rebecca married Nathaniel NUNN; Thomas married Naomi KILBOURN; Ebenezer married first Mary, and second Mary (LOVELAND) DICKINSON; and Dorothy married Jonathan HILLS.
  3. Peregrine - b. about 1628, England; d. before 1648, probably at Wethersfield, CT. Did not marry.
  4. Rebecca - b. about 1631, England. Married first Samuel SMITH (b. about 1625, England), son of Lt. Samuel and Elizabeth (SMITH) SMITH of Wethersfield and Hadley. Divorced while Samuel was in VA. Rebecca married second in 1669 Nathaniel BOWMAN (d. 1707, Wethersfield, CT). No children. 

Children of Henry and Dorothy Smith

  1. Dorothy - b. about 1636, England; d. 1706, Farmington, CT. Married first John BLAKEMAN, son of Rev. Adam BLAKEMAN of Stratford, CT. Children: John married Mary KIMBERLY; Ebenezer married first Patience WILCOXSON, and second Abigail CURTIS; and Joseph married first Hannah HALL, and second Esther WHEELER. Dorothy married second Oct. 21, 1665 Francis HALL (d. Mar. 5, 1689/90, Stratford, CT), third Mark ST. JOHN (b. about 1634; d. Aug. 12, 1693, Norwalk, CT), and fourth Dea. Isaac MOORE of Farmington.
  2. Samuel - b. Jan. 27, 1638/9, Wethersfield, CT; d. Sep. 10, 1703, Hadley, MA.
  3. Joanna - b. Dec. 25, 1641, Wethersfield, Hartford Co., CT; d. Dec. 28, 1664, Hadley, Hampshire Co., MA. Buried Dec. 29, 1664, Hadley, Hampshire Co., MA with her infant daughter. Married Feb. 4, 1663/4, Hadley, Hampshire Co., MA Philip RUSSELL (d. May 19, 1693), her step-brother and son of Rev. John RUSSELL. Philip married second Jan. 10, 1665, Hadley, Hampshire Co., MA Elizabeth TERRY (bap. Jan. 4, 1642; slain by Indians Sep. 19, 1677), daughter of Stephen TERRY; and third Dec. 25, 1679, Hadley, Hampshire Co., MA Mary CHURCH (b. 1656; d. May 1, 1743), daughter of Edward CHURCH. Daughter of Joanna and Philip: Joanna died as infant. Children of Philip and Elizabeth: John; Samuel died young; Philip died young; and Stephen died young. Children of Philip and Mary: Samuel; Thomas did not marry; Mary died as infant; Mary married Joseph ROOT; Philip; and Daniel married Jerusha DICKINSON.
  4. Noah - b. Feb. 25, 1643/4, Wethersfield, CT. Died young.
  5. Elizabeth - b. Aug. 25, 1648, Wethersfield, CT. Died young. 

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Generation No. 4

4. SAMUEL4 SMITH (REV. HENRY3, ERASAMUS AMBROSE2, JOHN HERRICE1)2 was born January 27, 1637/38 in Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut, and died September 10, 1703 in Hadley, Hampshire, MA. He marriedMARY ENSIGN April 1662 in Northampton, Hampshire, MA. She was born August 01, 1649 in Northampton, Hampshire, MA, and died July 01, 1723 in Suffield, Hartford, Connecticut.

Notes for SAMUEL SMITH: Samuel, son of Rev. Henry Smith, was born in Wethersfield, in 1638-39. He lived at Northampton, Massachusetts, from 1666 until about 1680. He removed then to Hadley, to take care of his mother. The following, taken from his letter in 1698-99, refers to his stepfather, John Russell: "But he was sometimes a little short of ye Charity which thinketh no Evil, at ye least I was wont to think so when his Hand was too heavy on my Shoulders & I remembered ye sweetnesse & ye Charity of my firste Father, but on ye whole said he was a Goode Man & did well by my Mother & her children & no doubt we did often try his wit & temper." Samuel Smith died at Hadley, September 10, 1703, aged sixty-five. He married Mary, daughter of James Ensign, the immigrant who was one of the first settlers of Hartford.

http://home.earthlink.net/~herblst/smithgen.htm

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Reverand Henry SMITH was born in 1588 in Norwich, Norfolk, England. (8087)(8088) Stiles (633) says he was born 'near" there. Other accounts claim he was from Leicester or Leicestershire. He was educated Graduated with AM from Magdalene College in 1621/22 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England. (8089) He was ordained on 8 Jun 1623 in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England.(8090) He was educated Graduated with AM in 1625.(8091) He emigrated before 1636. x He moved in 1636/37 to Watertown, Massachusetts Bay Colony. (8092) He became a member First Congregational Church of Charlestown on 5 Oct 1637 in Charlestown, Massachusetts Bay Colony. He moved in 1638 to Wethersfield, Connecticut Colony. (8093) He was a Minister of Wethersfield between 1641 and 1648 in Wethersfield, Connecticut Colony.(8094) (8095) (8096) First minister there. He died in 1658 in Wethersfield, Connecticut Colony.(8097) Weis (707) says he died in 1648. Parents: Erasamus SMITH and Margaret CECIL.

He married to UNKNOWN about 1626. Date estimated assuming they were married one year prior to the birth of their first child. Children were: Peregrine SMITH , Mary SMITH, Dorothy SMITH , Preserved SMITH, Samuel SMITH, Joanna SMITH, Noah SMITH, Elijah SMITH, Elizabeth SMITH.

He married to Dorothy COTTON in 1649.(8098)

http://www.familyorigins.com/users/b/l/o/Peter-E-Blood/FAMO5-0001/d53.htm#P3043

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Arrived in America from England in 1637 and settled in Charlestown, Ma. He moved to Wethersfield in July, 1637 where he became minister. His ministry was not a happy one, he being challenged and brought to the General Court by Mr. Clement Chaplin, the Ruling elder, a man of wealth and influence with a large portion of the congregation. Mr. Smith was exonerated by the court but this preyed upon his health. He was twice married; (1) _______ , (2) Dorothy ______. Was the minister at Wethersfield. He died in1648 in Wethersfield, Ct., "grieved and wearied with the burdens of his charge."

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The following record is not documented and said to be unreliable by other researchers of Henry Smith:

Reverend Henry Smith (M)

b. circa 1588, d. 1648

Pedigree

    He was a minister.
    
     The Origin of Rev. Henry Smith has not been ascertained. He may have been the Henry Smith who matriculated from Kings College, Cambridge, ab., 1619-20; Fellow of Kings. A letter written by his son, Samuel Smith, from Hadley, 1 Jan. 1698-9, to his own son, states:   
    
     "My Revered Father was ordained Minister of ye Gospelle, educate at Cambridge in England and Came to this Land by reason of ye Great Persecution by which ye infamous Archbishop Laud and ye Black Tom Tyrante (as Mr. Russell was always wont to call ye Earl of Stratforde) did cause ye reign of his Majesty Charles ye Firste to loose favor in ye sight of ye people of England. My Father and Mother came over in 1636-37, firste to Watertown which is near Boston, & after a year or two to Wethersfield on ye great River, where he became ye firste settled pastor... My Parents had brought both Men Servants & Maid Servants from England.... I so well remember ye Face & Figure of my Honored Father. He was 5 foote, 10 inches tall & spare of builde, tho not leane. He was as Active as ye Red Skin Men and sinewy. His delighte was in sportes of strengthe & withe his own Hands he did helpe to reare bothe our owne House & ye Firste Meetinge House of Weathersfield, wherin he preacht yeares too fewe. He was well Featured & Fresh Favoured with faire Skin & longe curling Hair (as neare all of us have had) with a merrie eye & sweet smilinge Mouthe, tho he colde frowne sternlie eno' when need was...     
    
     My mother & sister did each of em kill more yan one of ye gray Howlers [wolves] & once my oldest sister shot a Beare yt came too neare ye house. He was agood fatte onne & keept us all in meate for a good while. I guess one of her Daughters has got ye skinne. As most of ye Weathersfield settlers did come afoot throu ye Wilderness & brought with em such things only as they did most neede at ye firste ye other things was sent round from Boston in Vessels to come up the River to us. Some of the shippes did come safe to our Weathersfield, but many were lost in a grate storm. Amongst em was onne which held alle our beste things. A good many yeares later, long after my Father had died of the grate fever & my mother had married Mr. Russell & moved to Hadley, it was found yt some of out things had been saved & keept in ye fort which is by ye River's Mouthe, & they was brought to us. Most of em was spoilt with Sea water and Moulde especially ye Bookes & ye plate. Of this there was no grate store, only ye Tankard, which I have, and some spoones, divided amongst my sisters, which was alle so black it was long before any could come to its owne colour agen, & Mr. Russell did opine yt had it not been so it might not have founde usage, but he was sometimes a little shorte of ye Charity which thinketh no Evil, at ye least I was wont to think so when his Hand was to heavy on my Shoulders & I remembered ye sweetnesse & ye Charity of my firste Farther."
    . He married Dorothy Cotton.1 Henry was born circa 1588 at county Leicester, England.2,3 He was the son of Erastus Smith and Margaret Cecil. Henry died in 1648 at Wethersfield, Connecticut.4

Children of Reverend Henry Smith and Dorothy Cotton

   Philippa Smith b. c 1622
   Mary Smith+ b. c 1624
   Peregrine Smith b. c 1627, d. b 1648
   Rebecca Smith b. c 1631
   Dorothy Smith b. c 1633, d. 1706
   Samuel Smith b. 27 Jan 1638/39, d. 10 Sep 1703
   Joanna Smith b. 25 Dec 1641, d. 28 Dec 1664
   Noah Smith b. 25 Feb 1643/44, d. a 1648/49
   Elizabeth Smith d. died young

Citations

  1. [S59] Hale House, Jacobus/Waterman , pg 3.
  2. [S59] Hale House, Jacobus/Waterman , pg 21.
  3. [S82] TAG, Jacobus, Donald , (1933) pg 7.
  4. [S59] Hale House, Jacobus/Waterman , pg 730.

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1. JOHN HERRICE1 SMITH was born 1542 in Withcock, Leicester, England. He married DOROTHY CAVE 1566 in Withcock, Leicester, England. She was born 1546 in Stanford, Northumberland, England.

Child of JOHN SMITH and DOROTHY CAVE is:

           2. i. ERASAMUS AMBROSE2 SMITH, b. 1561, Withcock, Leicester, England; d. 1584, Withcock, Leicester, England.

Generation No. 2

2. ERASAMUS AMBROSE2 SMITH (JOHN HERRICE1) was born 1561 in Withcock, Leicester, England, and died 1584 in Withcock, Leicester, England. He married MARGARET CECIL, daughter of WILLIAM CECIL. She was born 1562 in Leicester, Leicester, England.

Child of ERASAMUS SMITH and MARGARET CECIL is:

           3. i. REV. HENRY3 SMITH, b. 1600, Norwich, Norfolk, England; d. August 09, 1648, Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut.

Generation No. 3

3. REV. HENRY3 SMITH (ERASAMUS AMBROSE2, JOHN HERRICE1)1,2 was born 1600 in Norwich, Norfolk, England, and died August 09, 1648 in Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut. He married DOROTHY COTTON 1632 in Wethersfield, Glastonbury, Hartford, Conn.. She was born Abt. 1603 in Norwich, Norfolk, England, and died 1694 in Hadley, Hampshire, MA.

Notes for REV. HENRY SMITH: From an old record Richard Alden left, we learn that on the paternal side, the first of Irene Smith's ancestors to come to America was the Rev. Henry Smith, who was born in England about the year 1600. With his wife, Dorothy, he arrived here in 1636-'37, some sixteen years after the settlement of the Plymouth Colony. On the passage over, a son was born, who, from the unusual circumstances of his birth, was named Preserved, which is the origin of a name ever since retained among his descendants. The first notice of Rev. Henry Smith in New England, is on the records of the First Congregational Church of Charlestown, Mass. He and his wife, Dorothy, were admitted to the full communion of that church, October 5, 1637. He was the first minister of Wethersfield, Conn., and was installed there in 1641. He died in 1648. His widow, Dorothy, married a Mr. Russell, in 1650. They removed with their family, in 1659, to Hadley, Mass., accompanying a colony comprised of the largest portion of the members of their church.

SMITH Rev. Henry Smith, immigrant ancestor, was born in England, in 1588, near Norfolk. He came to America in 1636, and settled in Wethersfield, Connecticut, in 1638. He is thought to have married twice, but the name of his first wife is not known. The name of his second wife was Dorothy, sister of Rev. John Cotton, of Boston. He died in 1658, and she married (second) John Russell, father of Rev. John Russell, who succeeded Mr. Smith in the pastorate at Wethersfield, and who, ten years later, became the first minister at Hadley, and died May 8, 1690, aged eighty-three. Mrs. Dorothy (Smith) Russell died at Hadley in 1694. New England Families Genealogical and Memorial: Volume IV, p. 1614

Children of REV. SMITH and DOROTHY COTTON are:

           i. PEREGRINE4 SMITH, b. 1627, Norwich, Norwich, England.
           ii. MARY SMITH, b. October 09, 1629, Hadley, Suffolk, England; d. December 16, 1668, Hadley, Hampshire, MA.
           iii. REBECCA SMITH, b. 1631, Norwich, Norwich, England; d. Glastonbury, Hartford, CT.
           iv. DOROTHY BLAKEMAN HALL SMITH, b. 1636, Wethersfield, Hartford, CT; d. April 17, 1706, Farmington, Hartford, CT.
           v. PRESERVED SMITH, b. 1637, Born at sea; d. 1637.
           4. vi. SAMUEL SMITH, b. January 27, 1637/38, Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut; d. September 10, 1703, Hadley, Hampshire, MA.
           vii. JOANNA SMITH, b. December 25, 1641, Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut; d. December 28, 1664, Hadley, Hampshire, MA.
           viii. NOAH SMITH, b. February 25, 1643/44, Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut; d. May 08, 1648, Hadley, Hampshire, MA.
           ix. ELIJAH SMITH, b. Abt. 1647, Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut.
           x. ELIZABETH SMITH, b. August 25, 1648, Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut; d. 1648, Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut.

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Notes for REV. HENRY SMITH: From an old record Richard Alden left, we learn that on the paternal side, the first of Irene Smith's ancestors to come to America was the Rev. Henry Smith, who was born in England about the year 1600. With his wife, Dorothy, he arrived here in 1636-'37, some sixteen years after the settlement of the Plymouth Colony. On the passage over, a son was born, who, from the unusual circumstances of his birth, was named Preserved, which is the origin of a name ever since retained among his descendants. The first notice of Rev. Henry Smith in New England, is on the records of the First Congregational Church of Charlestown, Mass. He and his wife, Dorothy, were admitted to the full communion of that church, October 5, 1637. He was the first minister of Wethersfield, Conn., and was installed there in 1641. He died in 1648. His widow, Dorothy, married a Mr. Russell, in 1650. They removed with their family, in 1659, to Hadley, Mass., accompanying a colony comprised of the largest portion of the members of their church.

SMITH Rev. Henry Smith, immigrant ancestor, was born in England, in 1588, near Norfolk. He came to America in 1636, and settled in Wethersfield, Connecticut, in 1638. He is thought to have married twice, but the name of his first wife is not known. The name of his second wife was Dorothy, sister of Rev. John Cotton, of Boston. He died in 1658, and she married (second) John Russell, father of Rev. John Russell, who succeeded Mr. Smith in the pastorate at Wethersfield, and who, ten years later, became the first minister at Hadley, and died May 8, 1690, aged eighty-three. Mrs. Dorothy (Smith) Russell died at Hadley in 1694. New England Families Genealogical and Memorial: Volume IV, p. 1614

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REV. HENRY SMITH was born 1600 in Norwich, Norfolk, England, and died August 09, 1648 in Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut. He married  DOROTHY COTTON 1632 in Wethersfield, Glastonbury, Hartford, Conn.. She was born Abt. 1603 in Norwich, Norfolk, England, and died 1694 in Hadley, Hampshire, MA.

Notes for REV. HENRY SMITH: From an old record Richard Alden left, we learn that on the paternal side, the first of Irene Smith's ancestors to come to America was the Rev. Henry Smith, who was born in England about the year 1600. With his wife, Dorothy, he arrived here in 1636-'37, some sixteen years after the settlement of the Plymouth Colony. On the passage over, a son was born, who, from the unusual circumstances of his birth, was named Preserved, which is the origin of a name ever since retained among his descendants. The first notice of Rev. Henry Smith in New England, is on the records of the First Congregational Church of Charlestown, Mass. He and his wife, Dorothy, were admitted to the full communion of that church, October 5, 1637. He was the first minister of Wethersfield, Conn., and was installed there in 1641. He died in 1648. His widow, Dorothy, married a Mr. Russell, in 1650. They removed with their family, in 1659, to Hadley, Mass., accompanying a colony comprised of the largest portion of the members of their church.

SMITH Rev. Henry Smith, immigrant ancestor, was born in England, in 1588, near Norfolk. He came to America in 1636, and settled in Wethersfield, Connecticut, in 1638. He is thought to have married twice, but the name of his first wife is not known. The name of his second wife was Dorothy, sister of Rev. John Cotton, of Boston. He died in 1658, and she married (second) John Russell, father of Rev. John Russell, who succeeded Mr. Smith in the pastorate at Wethersfield, and who, ten years later, became the first minister at Hadley, and died May 8, 1690, aged eighty-three. Mrs. Dorothy (Smith) Russell died at Hadley in 1694. New England Families Genealogical and Memorial: Volume IV, p. 1614

Henry may have been educated for the ministry at Sidney Sussex College (beginning 1617) and Magdalene College, Cambridge University (BA 1621/2; MA 1625), or at King's College, Cambridge University (BA 1619/20). A Rev. Henry SMITH was ordained by the Bishop of Peterborough on Jun. 8, 1623. He probably arrived in New England about 1636/7 with his second wife and young children, and by 1637 he was at Wethersfield, Hartford Co., CT as the first settled pastor. His first wife's name, by whom he had 4 children is not known. Married second about 1635, England. The following is a portion of a letter written by Henry's son Samuel, and provides a portrait of the minister. However, the statement about first settling at Watertown is not supported by any contemporary evidence.

   Hadley, Massacusetts Colony, Jan. ye Firste, 1698/99
   My Dear & Dutiful Son:
   I was of so tender an Age at the Death of my beloved Father, that I am possessed of but little of the Information for which you seek. My Revered Father was an ordained Minister of ye Gospelle, educate at Cambridge in England, & came to yis Land by reason of Ye Great Persecution by which ye infamous Archbiship Laud and ye Black Tom Tyrante (as Mr. Russell was always wont to call ye Earl of Strafforde) die cause ye reign of his Majestie, Charles ye First, to loose favor in ye sight of ye people of England. My Father & Mother came over in 1636/37, firste to Watertown which is neare Boston, & after a yeare or two to Weathersfield on ye great River, where he became ye firste settled Pastor. Concerning of ye earlie days I can remember but little save Hardship. My Parents had broughte both Men Servants & Maid Servants from England, but ye Maids tarried not but till they got married, ye wch was shortly, for there was great scarcity of Women in ye Colonies. Ye men did abide better. Onne of em had married onne of my Mother's Maids & they did come with us to Weathersfield, to our grate Comforte for some years, untill they had manny littel onnes of theire Owne. I do well remember ye Face & Figure of my Honoured Father. He was 5 foote, 10 inches talle & spare of builde, tho not leane. He was an Active as ye Red Skin Men & sinewy. His delighte was in sportes of strengthe, & withe his owne Hands he did helpe to reare bothe our owne House & ye Firste Meetinge House of Weathersfield, wherein he preacht yeares too fewe. He was well Featured & Fresh favoured with faire Skin & longe curling Hair (as neare all of us have had) with a merrie eye & swete smilinge Mouthe, tho he coulde frowne sternlie eno' when need was.

-------------------- Henry is the eleventh great grandfather of President George W.Bush

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  1. Suffolk Manorial Families, Being the County Visitations and Other ..., Volume 1  edited by Joseph James Muskett.  Page 249.  "Smith of Kilburn."

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Cambridge University Alumni, 1261-1900 about Henry Smith

Name: Henry Smith

College: MAGDALENE

Entered: Easter, 1618

Died: 1648

More Information: Matric. sizar from MAGDALENE, Easter, 1618; B.A. 1621-2; M.A. 1625. Ord. deacon (Peterb.) June 7; priest, June 8, 1623. Probably identical with the man of these names who emigrated to New England to escape the persecution of Archbishop Laud, 1636-7. Settled first at Watertowne, near Boston; afterwards removed to Weathers-field. Pastor there, 1641-8. Died there 1648. Described by his son Samuel as ‘an ordained minister of the Gospelle, educated at Cambridge in England.’ (J. G. Bartlett.)


Original data: Venn, J. A., comp.. Alumni Cantabrigienses. London, England: Cambridge University Press, 1922-1954.

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Rev. Henry Smith's Timeline

1588
1588
Norwich, Norfolk, England
1610
1610
Age 22
Norwich, Norfolk, England
1622
1622
Age 34
Wethersfield,Hartford,Connecticut,USA
1623
June 8, 1623
Age 35

Ordained by the Bishop of Peterborough.

1623
Age 35
England
1628
October 9, 1628
Age 40
Hadleigh, Suffolk, England
1635
1635
Age 47
1637
January 27, 1637
Age 49
Norwich, Norfolk, England
1638
January 27, 1638
Age 50
Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut
1641
December 25, 1641
Age 53
Wethersfield, Hartford, Conneticut, Conn.