John "Nan" Smith of Hempstead

Is your surname Smith?

Research the Smith family

John "Nan" Smith of Hempstead's Geni Profile

Records for John (Justice John) Smith

57,104,541 Records

Share your family tree and photos with the people you know and love

  • Build your family tree online
  • Share photos and videos
  • Smart Matching™ technology
  • Free!


John (Justice John) Smith

Also Known As: "Justice John"
Birthdate: (69)
Birthplace: Southwark, Surrey, England
Death: 1694 (65-73)
Hempstead, Livingston, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Smith of Stamford and Isabella Smith
Husband of Anna Smith and Elizabeth Wicks Townsend
Father of George Smith
Half brother of James Smith and Elizabeth Wood

Managed by: Flemming Allan Funch
Last Updated:
view all 15

Immediate Family

About John "Nan" Smith of Hempstead

John Smith of Hempstead, (1625?-1694) known as John Nan  or Little John, implying that "Nan" came from an old English word for "small" which derived from the same Latin root as "nano," meaning small. Some people claim that "Nan" came from "Nantucket" where this John Smith may have been born. One of the first 20 purchasers of land on Nantucket was a John Smith, and that was in 1671.(a)  But on 3 June 1659, "Anna the wife of John Smith nants of Hemsteede" testified concerning a deed signed "at ye house of her father Mr. Richard Gildersleve."(b)  So clearly, the nickname "Nan" precedes the settlement of Nantucket.

  • Parents: John(?) Smith of Stamford, whose widow married Richard Gildersleeve


  1. about 1646 Anna Gildersleeve (1629-before 1671), daughter of Richard Gildersleeve
  2. 1672,  Elizabeth Wickes, daughter of John and Mary Wickes of Warwick, Rhode Island, and widow of Richard Townsend


  • His middle name could be "Nanthanel". There is some confusion as if the John Smith, who is married to Anna Gildersleeve, could be infact John "Rock" Smith. If John "Rock" Smith is the actual husband of Anna Gildersleeve, his ancestry could be traced back into England. However, Anna (Gildersleeve) Smith's daughter, Hannah, was married to John "Rock" Smith Jr.! If John "Rock" Smith was indeed married to Anna Gildersleeve this would indicate that Hannah would have married her own brother, or half brother. The likeliness is that is that Anna married John "Nan" Smith because of this situation. 1 2



  1. The Andros Papers 1674-1676, Christoph, 1989, p.25
  2. The Records of the Towns of North and South Hempstead, Long Island, NY, v.1 p.111, citing volume A page161
view all 18

John "Nan" Smith of Hempstead's Timeline

Southwark, Surrey, England
Age 22
Age 69
Hempstead, Livingston, New York, United States
March 29, 1944
Age 69
March 29, 1944
Age 69
March 29, 1944
Age 69
March 29, 1944
Age 69
April 11, 1944
Age 69