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Adam Smith

Birthdate: (77)
Birthplace: Southampton, Suffolk, New York
Death: July 2, 1726 (77)
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard "Bull" Smith, founder of Smithtown; Sarah Smith and Marie Sarah Hammond
Husband of Elizabeth Smith
Father of Capt. Edmund Smith
Brother of Job Smith; Samuel Smith, of Smithtown; Richard Smith, II; Obadiah Smith; Danial "bull" Smith and 6 others

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About Justice Adam Smith

Justice Adam Smith lived on the south side of Stony Brook Harbor. He received a number of pieces of land by deed of gift from his father 29 August 1688. Adam and Elizabeth had one son.


  1. "The Family of Richard Smith of Smithtown, Long Island" Frederick Kinsman Smith
  2. Smithtown Historical Society, Smithtown, NY, 1967 "Adam Smith (Richard), born about 1649, died 2 Jly 1726, aged 77 years, married Elizabeth Browne, probably daughter of Edmund Browne, of Dorchester, Mass., whose daughter, Elizabeth, was born 31 Dec 1658. She survived her husband for some years and was living as late as 27 May 1735, when she signed a quasi will, making gifts to her grandchildren, Adam and Anna Smith. She is mentioned in the will of her son, Edmund Smith, dated 2 Jly 1734. Adam Smith was known as 'Justice Adam Smith." His homestead was on the south side of Stony Brook Harbor..."
  3. "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"; p475 includes the "Descendants of Adam Smith, Son of the Patentee")
  4. [3357] Smith line from a GEDCOM file posted to RootsWeb by Evelyn Beran
  5. [3358] [S227] The Family of Richard Smith of Smithtown, Long Island. Ten Generations PAGE: pp. 48-49


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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Justice Adam Smith's Timeline

Southampton, Suffolk, New York
August 29, 1688
Age 39
Smithtown, Suffolk, New York
July 2, 1726
Age 77