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John Smith, Lt.

Birthdate:
Birthplace: England, UK
Death: Died in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Francis Smith, of Watertown and Alice Smith
Husband of Catherine Smith and Mary Smith
Father of Mary Swain; Abraham Smith; John Smith; Sarah Smith; Isaac Smith and 5 others
Brother of Hannah Lillie; Benjamin Smith and Mary Swain

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About Capt. John Smith, of Watertown & Reading

Francis Smith of Watertown was born about 1597 and died in *Reading* on 30 March 1649/50 according to p 353 of The Great Migration Series 2.

He married Alice ___ and should only have two children:

1 John Smith who according to TAG was on the passenger list with Alice. He was born about 1622 England per Hotten and married 1st Catherine Morrill and 2nd Mary Bill

2. Benjamin Smith born Watertown 10 Oct 1637 married Jehoidan Palfrey.


BIRTH, DEATH & BURIAL John was born in 1621 in Watertown, Middlesex co., MA[2,9]. [SIC] This birth year is estimated from his given age on his death record. John died in Chelsea, Suffolk co., MA on 21 September 1706; he was 85[9,14]. John is buried in North Chelsea (now Revere), Suffolk co., MA.

On 1 August 1647 when John was 26, he first married Catherine MORRILL, daughter of Isaac MORRILL, in Reading, Middlesex co., MA[2,9,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21]. Their marriage was also in the Roxbury, Suffolk co., MA vital records as "Smith, John & Katherine Morrol". Catherine was born circa 1635 and died in Reading, Middlesex co., MA on 12 September 1662; she was 27[2,3,9,14]. Her death record reads "Smith, Katherine". She is buried with John in North Chelsea, MA (now Revere), Suffolk co., MA. They had 7 children.

On 6 January 1662/3 when John was 41, he second married Mary BILL, daughter of James BILL, Sr. & Mary [surname not known], in Reading, Middlesex co., MA or Boston, Suffolk co., MA[2,9, 16,15, 22,23,24,25]. Mary was born circa 1645 and died in Chelsea, MA on 6 February 1693/4; she was 48[14]. She is also buried in North Chelsea (now Revere), Suffolk co., MA[4]. Note that on her marriage record, she is called "Martha" and is said to be "from Boston". In family genealogies, this Mary Bill is sometimes confused with her aunt, who is the Mary Bill who was born circa 1624 and came over on the Planter in 1635. Be careful! They had 2 children.


1. Bond, Henry, Genealogies of the Families and Descendants of the Early Settlers of Watertown, Massachusetts, (Boston: NEHGS, 1860) [Appended to the Watertown, Middlessex co., MA VRs on the CD], [Bond or Watertown], 2:935. 2. ????, Genealogical History of the Town of Reading,, [ReadGen], 111.

3. Reading, Middlesex co., MA Vital Records [ReadingVR], 566.

4. [Bond or Watertown], 2:433.

5. Watertown Lands, Grants, Possessions and Proprietors' Book, [WatLands], 6.

6. Ibid. 10.

7. Ibid. 14.

8. Ibid. 75.

9. Torrey, Charles, New England Marriages Prior to 1700., (Boston: New England Historic and Genealogical Society). [Torrey].

10. Wyman, Thomas Bellows, The Genealogies and Estates of Charlestown, 2 vols., (Boston: D. Clapp and Son, 1879), [Charlestown], 876.

11. Savage, James A., A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, 1860-1862., (Boston 1860-1862; rpt Baltimore 1955), [Savage], 4:112.

12. Warner, Frederick Chester, The Ancestry of Samuel Freda and John Warner, 5 vols., (Boston, Mass.: 1949, 1955), typescript, [Warner-Harrington].

13. Roxbury, Suffolk co., MA Vital Records, [RoxVR], II:640.

14. [Charlestown], II:876.

15. [Warner-Harrington], 581.

16. Tingley, Raymon Meyers, Some Ancestral Lines; Being a Record of Some of the Ancestors of Guilford: Solon Tingley and His Wife, Martha Pamelia Meyers, Collected by Their Son, Raymon Meyers Tingley, (Rutland, Vt.: The Tuttle Publishing Co., 1935), [Tingley-Meyers], 234.

17. Shurtliff, Benjamin, Descendants of William Shurtleff of Plymouth and Marshfield, Mass., (Revere, Mass.: 1912), [Shurtleff], 320.

18. New England Historic and Genealogical Register. Vols. 1+, (Boston: New England Historic and Genealogical Register, 1845+), [NEHGR], 11:35; 69:155; 96:240.

19. Pope, Charles Henry, The Pioneers of Maine and New Hampshire, 1623 to 1660, (Boston: C.H. Pope, 1908), [PopesPioneersofMEandNH].

20. [Savage], 4:119.

21. [RoxVR], II:370.

22. Bill, Ledyard, History of the Bill Family, (New York, 1867), [Bill], 44,60.

23. The Essex Antiquarian, (13 vols.)(n.p., 1897-1909), [EssexAnt], 12:138.

24. [NEHGR], 96:365-6.

25. [ReadingVR], 444.

26. Ibid. 208.

27. Ibid. 443.

21. [RoxVR], II:639.

29. [ReadingVR], 210 [M.R.].

30. Ibid. 209.

31. Ibid. 211.

32. Ibid. 565.

51. [ReadGen], 112.

34. [Charlestown], II:661 and II:876.

35. [ReadingVR], 391,443.

36. [Warner-Harrington], 443,583.

37. Essex Institute Historical Collections, vol. 1+, (Salem, Mass., 1859+), [EIHC], 57:331; 58:210.

38. [Savage], 4:113.

39. Fuess, Elizabeth Goodhue, Cushing and Allied Families, (Andover, Mass., 1931), typescript, [Cushing (Ms)], 313.

40. [NEHGR], 69:155; 96:240.

41. [ReadGen], 112 [says aged 62].

42. [Charlestown], II:757.

43. Boston, Suffolk co., MA Vital Records. [BostonVR or BVR], 9:59.

44. [Charlestown], II:661.

45. [ReadingVR], 210.

46. Ibid. 445.

47. Wakefield, Middlesex co., MA Vital Records, [WakefieldVR], 327 [C.R. - Congregational Church of Wakefield].

48. Malden, Middlesex co., MA Vital Records, [MaldenVR], p. 302, #12.

49. Ibid. p. 85, #88.

50. [Charlestown], 925.

51. [ReadGen], 113.



            
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Capt. John Smith, of Watertown & Reading's Timeline

1621
1621
UK
1648
November 15, 1648
Age 27
Reading, MA
1651
April 10, 1651
Age 30
England
November 4, 1651
Age 30
Reading, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
1654
April 14, 1654
Age 33
1655
June 20, 1655
Age 34
1657
August 8, 1657
Age 36
1658
December 23, 1658
Age 37
Reading, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony