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Nehemiah Smith, Sr.

Birthplace: Newcastle-Under-Lyme, Staffordshire, England
Death: Died in Norwich, New London, Connecticut
Place of Burial: Norwich, New London, CT, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of unknown father of Nehemiah Smith and unknown mother of Nehemiah Smith
Husband of Ann Smith
Father of Elizabeth Dennis; Martha Raymond; Hannah Smith; Nehemiah Smith, II; Lydia Smith and 8 others

Occupation: Religious teacher; shepherd; Weaver
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About Rev. Nehemiah Smith

Rev. Nehemiah Smith, immigrant, was born in England about 1605 and settled at Plymouth in New England before March 6, 1637-38,when he and others applied to be made freemen of the colony. He married, January 21, 1639-40, Anne Bourne, of Marshfield, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Bourne. Her sister Martha married John Bradford, son of Governor William Bradford. Nehemiah Smith lived for a time at Marshfield and is believed to have been the first religious teacher there. He was appointed May 5, 1640,on a committee of five to view all the meadows of Green Harbor (Marshfield) which were not granted and report their measurements to the general court. From Marshfield Smith sailed to Stratford, Connecticut, as early as 1644.He belonged to the church and some of his children were baptized there. The records show that he raised sheep extensively and was called "Shepherd" Smith. He owned land in the New Haven jurisdiction. He removed to Long Island about 1652,but returned in a year or two, and located at New London, Connecticut, where he was granted land in 1652.He appears to have been a weaver by trade and doubtless spun the wool from his own sheep and made it into cloth. About 1655 he settled on a farm at Smith Lake, Poquonock. Smith was one of the original proprietors of Norwich, Ct, and had the largest tract of land. His house stood about fifty-seven feet north of the oldest burying ground. He had grants in 1661 and afterward. He conveyed some land to his nephew, Edward Smith, November 18, 1668,and he and wife Ann conveyed their homestead to their son-in-law, June 12, 1684,in consideration of maintenance for the remainder of their lives. He died about 1686.He left a will, but the records including the will have been destroyed. The records sometimes refer to him as "Mr." in recognition of the fact that in early life he was a preacher. Children: 1. Sarah,baptized in the First Church, New Haven, December 14, 1645,when about three years old. 2. Mary, baptized December 14, 1645,at New Haven.3. Hannah, baptized with Sarah and Mary.4. Mercy, baptized February 22, 1645-46.5. Elizabeth.6. Nehemiah, mentioned below. 7. Lydia, born 1647.8. Ann (perhaps same as Sarah, for the mother was called Sarah in the church records). 9. Mehitable


  • Nehemiah Smith1
  • M, #128280, b. circa 1605, d. 1686
  • Nehemiah Smith was born circa 1605 at England.1 He married Ann Bourne, daughter of Thomas Bourne and Elizabeth Rouse, on 21 January 1640 at Marshfield, Plymouth, MA.1,2 Nehemiah Smith died in 1686 at Norwich, New London, CT.1
  • Family Ann Bourne b. c 1615, d. 12 Jan 1685
  • Child
    • Elizabeth Smith+1 b. 22 Feb 1645, d. 1 May 1712
  • Citations
  • 1.[S61] Unknown author, Family Group Sheets, Family History Archives, SLC.
  • 2.[S14] Unknown author, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, by Clarence Almon Torrey., p. 687.
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  • Pg.219
  • BOURNE, THOMAS, early at Marshfield, may prob. have come from Co. Kent, bring. fam. hav. been at Plymouth 1637, freem. of that col. 2 Jan. 1638, and w. Eliz. bur. 18 July 1660, aged 70, was a man of substance and repute, d. a. 1554, aged 83, leav. wid. Martha, ch. prob. all by w. Eliz. John, above ment.; Martha, wh. m. 1 John Bradford, s. of the Gov. 2. Thomas Tracy, d at Norwich 1689; Eliz. m. 9 Dec. 1638, Robert Waterman; Ann m. 21 June 1640, Nehemiah Smith; Margaret m. Josiah Winslow, br. of Gov. Edward; and Lydia m. Nathanil Tilden. His will of 2 May 1664, made s. John excor. names ea. d. and Lydia, d. of Lydia, beside John, Thomas Joseph and Wabert Waterman, and Mr. Arnold, his min.,


  • Pg.127
  • SMITH, NEHEMIAH, by Miss Thomas thot. to be first relig. teach. at Marshfield, I hear no more of, exc. that in an eminent. confus. obitua. on p. 82 of Geneal. Reg. XIV. Ann, a d. of the first Thomas Bourne, is said to m. Rev. Nehemiah S. in 1639.
  • SMITH, NEHEMIAH, New Haven, had Sarah, and Mary, b. 1642; Hannah, 1644, all bapt. 14 Dec. 1645; Mercy and Eliz. 1645, both bapt. 22 Feb. 1646; and Nehemiah, bapt. not (as in Geneal. Reg. IX. 362) 24 Oct. but 25, 1646; all in right of his w. Sarah; kept the sheep of the town 1644-9 and rem. soon aft. to New London, and a. 1660 to Norwich, freem. 1669, d. 1686, leav. w. Ann and four ds. Mary, w. of Samuel Raymond; Ann, w. of Thomas Bradford; Eliz. w. of Joshua Raymond; and Experience, wh. m. 1 Nov. 1677, Joshua Abel.
  • SMITH, NEHEMIAH, New London, only s. of the preced. m. 24 Oct. 1669, Lydia, d. of Alexander Winchester of Rehoboth, had Lydia,
  • Pg.128
  • b. 29 Oct. 1670; Nehemiah, 14 Nov. 1673; Samuel, 2 June 1676; Martha 15 Oct. 1678; Daniel. 29 Oct. 1680; and Margaret, 1683; was in very high esteem, and d. 8 Aug. 1727; his w. d. 1725.
  • SMITH, NEHEMIAH, Exeter, d. says Farmer, 1673. He thinks him s. of William of Weymouth.


  • Rev Nehemiah Smith
  • Birth: Jun., 1605 Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, England
  • Death: Aug. 8, 1686 Norwich, New London County, Connecticut, USA
  • Nehemiah Smith arrived in Plymouth, New England before March 6, 1637/8 when he applied to become a freeman of the Mass. Bay Colony. He was one of the first religious teachers in Marshfield about 1638 where Rev. Nehemiah Smith married Ann (not Sarah in church records who was the wife of his brother, George, of New Haven), daughter of Thomas Bourne of Marshfield. He was appointed May 5, 1640 to a committee of five to view all the meadows of Green Harbor (Marshfield) which were not granted and report their measurements to the general court.
  • The family removed to New Haven in the Colony of New Haven. The children, Sarah, Mary, Hannah & Mercy all baptized in New Haven have been ascribed to the family of Nehemiah & Ann, but are probably the children of his brother, George Smith, and Lydia (also said to be their child) was probably their daughter-in-law, Lydia (Winchester) Smith. In 1641, a cart bridge was erected over the West River in New Haven and in 1646, Nehemiah Smith agreed to care for the town's sheep in exchange for the use of certain west-side pasture (Records of the Colony & Plantation of New Haven 1638-1649 ,Charles J. Hoadley, Hartford, Conn: Case, Tiffany & Co.1857, p. 266). The family lived in Long Island for a year or two returning to New Haven, and around 1667,the then removed to New London where he received a grant of land and again to Norwich where he became a freeman in 1669.
  • He was one of the original proprietors of Norwich which was bought in Jun 1659 of Indian Chief Uncas and his sons. His home lot was laid out in Nov 1659. He had the largest tract of any of the first settlers and received other grants at later times. His house was about 57 feet north of the oldest burying Ground known as Post Gager Burying Ground. He raised sheep and wove cloth from the wool. He was called "Shepherd Smith" and "Mr." Smith in respect of him being a pastor in his early years. At the county court in Norwich in 1666, "Nehemiah Smith of Norwich declaring himself above 60 yrs. of age and his brother John declaring the same at the earnest desire is freed from training."
  • He conveyed land to his nephew, Edward Smith on Nov. 18, 1668, and he and his wife, Ann, deeded their homestead to their son-in-law on June 12, 1684 "in consideration of maintenance for the remainder of their lives".
  • He died in 1686 and left a will that was subsequently destroyed along with other records.
  • The children of Nehemiah & Ann: Mary, wife of Samuel Raymond; Ann, wife of Thomas Bradford; Elizabeth, wife of Joshua Raymond, Mehitable Experience, wife of Joshua Abel; and Nehemiah Smith, Jr.
  • Spouse:
  • Sarah Ann Bourne Smith (1615 - 1684)
  • Children:
    • Elizabeth Smith Denniss (1641 - 1712)*
    • Nehemiah Smith (1646 - 1727)*
    • Mehitable Smith Abell (1655 - 1684)*
  • Burial: Founders Cemetery Norwich, New London County, Connecticut, USA
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  • Bourne, Sarah Ann
  • b. 18 JAN 1614/5 Marshfield, Plymouth, Mass.
  • d. 12 JAN 1683/4 Norwich, New London, CT.
  • Parents:
  • Father: Bourne, Thomas
  • Mother: Rouse, Elizabeth
  • Family:
  • Marriage: 21 JAN 1638/9 Marshfield, Plymouth, Mass.
  • Spouse: Smith, Nehemiah Reverend
  • b. 1605 New Castle, Stffrd, England
  • d. 1686 Norwich, New London, CT.
  • Children:
    • SMITH, Mary
    • SMITH, Sarah
    • SMITH, Hannah b. ABT 1644 New Haven, New Haven, CT.
    • Smith, Elizabeth
    • SMITH, Mercy b. ABT 1645 New Haven, New Haven, CT.
    • SMITH, Nehemiah
    • SMITH, Lydia b. ABT 1647 New Haven, New Haven, CT.
    • SMITH, Mehitable
  • Family:
  • Marriage: 1641
  • Spouse: SMITH, George
  • b. ABT 1619
  • d. 17 MAY 1662 New Haven, New Haven, CT.
  • Children:
    • SMITH, Mary
    • SMITH, Hannah
    • SMITH, John
    • SMITH, Elizabeth
    • SMITH, Samuel
    • SMITH, Ebenezer
    • SMITH, Joseph
    • SMITH, Nathan
    • SMITH, Mercy
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Reverend Nehemiah Smith

He was the founder of this branch of the Smith family in America. Reverend Smith was born in England. He came to Plymouth, Massachusetts early in the 1600's, as early as 1637/38. He removed to Connecticut and became an original proprietor of Norwich. He purchased land for the Indian Chief Uncas for his sons in June 1659. Reverend Smith was one of the original proprietors and largest landholders in the settlement.



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Rev. Nehemiah Smith's Timeline

Newcastle-Under-Lyme, Staffordshire, England
January 21, 1639
Age 34
Mansfield, Plymouth, Massachusetts
January 21, 1640
Age 35
February 22, 1641
Age 36
New Haven, Connecticut
January 14, 1645
Age 40
New Haven, New Haven Colony
December 14, 1645
Age 40
October 25, 1646
Age 41
New Haven, CT, USA
February 22, 1647
Age 42
Marshfield, MA
February 22, 1647
Age 42
Age 45
Marshfield, MA