John Smith, of Hempstead

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John Smith, of Hempstead

Also Known As: "Justice John", "Nan"
Birthplace: Southwark, Surrey, England
Death: 1694 (64-73)
Hempstead, Queens County, Province of New York
Immediate Family:

Son of John Smith of Stamford and Isabella Gildersleeve
Husband of Anna Smith and Elizabeth Smith
Father of Jonathan Smith, of Egg Harbor; Miriam Dorland; Hannah Marvin; Jeremiah Smith, of Kerricks in Hempstead; Mary Denton and 1 other
Brother of James Smith, of Hempstead and Elizabeth Wood

Managed by: Flemming Allan Funch
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About John 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


  • . 1. Jonathan Smith (c1647) married Hannah... . children Thomas, Mary, Ruth, Hannah, and Jonathan "Black" Smith of Merrick
  • . 2. Hannah Smith (c1650) m(1) c1670 John Smith "Rock" Jr (3 Jan 1651/2-12 Mar 1683/4) ... She m(2) c1686 John Marvin. see below
  • . 3. Miriam Smith (c1652) m(1)c1669 John Williams; m(2) c1682 Elias Durland (1656-1780)... . children John, Miriam, Samuel, Richard, Thomas & Ann Williams; and Elias & John Durland
  • . 4. Jeremiah Smith (1656-1726) m.c1679 Hannah Carman, m(2) Hannah, m(3) Anna Cornell... children Jeremiah, Hannah, Elizabeth, Ruth, John, Ann, Richard, Thomas, and James Smith
  • . 5. Mary? Smith (1666?) married c1686 Samuel Denton Jr (1665-1719) He m(2) before 1697 ... . Abigail Barlow, widow of Jonathan Rowland. His children: Samuel (b.14 Oct 1687) Ruth, John, ... . Martha, Mary, John (again), Deborah, unnamed twin daughters died in infancy, Joseph, Geziah,... . Jemima, and Anna. Other than Samuel, we are uncertain of birth order and which mother.
  • . 6. Elizabeth Smith (alive and single in 1698) Possibly the daughter of John's second wife S. Richard Townsend Jr (c1671-c1737) married bef. 1706 Ruth Marvin (20 Dec 1687) see below


  • 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


See Page 132 of Long Island Source Records: From the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record. Genealogical Publishing Com, 1987


  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
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John Smith, of Hempstead's Timeline

Southwark, Surrey, England
Hempstead, Nassau County, New York, United States
Hempstead, Long Island
Southampton, Suffolk, NY, United States
Hempstead, Queens County, New Netherland Colony, Colonial America
Hempstead, Long Island, Niew-Nederland
Hempstead, Nassau County, New York, United States
Age 69
Hempstead, Queens County, Province of New York