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John Smith

Birthdate: (38)
Birthplace: Wethersfield, Connecticut Colony
Death: May 30, 1676 (38)
Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony (Slain by Indians in King Philip's War)
Immediate Family:

Son of Lieut. Samuel "The Fellmonger" Smith and Elizabeth Smith
Husband of Mary Montagu
Father of Rev. Joseph Smith; Benjamin Smith; Marah Day; Orphan John Smith; Samuel Smith and 1 other
Brother of Elizabeth Galpin; Samuel Smith, IV; Elizabeth Gull; Mary Graves; Philip Smith and 9 others
Half brother of Samuel Smith, IV

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About John Smith

Slain by the Indians in Hatfield Meadow. Fought in King Philip's War under Capt. William Turner.

Children John and Mary SMITH: John married Mary ROOT (ancestors of President Rutherford B. HAYES); Samuel died young; Joseph married Canada WAITE; Benjamin married Ruth BUCK (ancestors of President Rutherford B. HAYES); and Marah married John DAY.

John Smith appears to have lived alternately and had businesses in both Wethersfield and Hadley. Land records show that John and his brother Philip bought their father's homestead in Wethersfield in December 1668, probably because one or both of them had a business in Wethersfield. They also show that John's sons, John Jr. and Benjamin, were owners of land in Wethersfield with John Jr. selling his interest to John Dickinson in 1710.

John's interests lay in both Wethersfield and Hadley. As early as 1667 he and Samuel Porter had a boat on the Connecticut River and carried grain downstream. John owned a bolting mill (flour mill) in Hadley and in 1672 Wethersfield admitted him "an inhabitant to set up his trade of tanning in this town." He and his brother Philip were authorized "wolf killers" in Hadley, and were paid 40 shilling a head bounty.

John Smith, together with his brothers Philip and Chileab, signed a petition 19 Feb. 1669 against imposts and customs, and another in October 1772 asking the General Court to permit an enlargement of their township.

In September 1671 John Smith was one member of a special jury to try Dr. John Westcarr for selling liquor to the Indians. Westcarr objected to the courts regular Jury, seeing that Lieutenant Samuel Smith, John's father, and Peter Tilton, both Deputies to the General Court, had bound him over. Westcarr did not appear personally at the trial but submitted his case in writing and John Smith of the Special Jury replies. The jury adjudged Westcarr not legally guilty.

John Smith was an active soldier in King Philip's War. He was in the Falls Fight May 19, 1676 under Captain William Turner where the Indians, caught asleep, suffered great loss. The survivors, though badly weakened, were enraged and resorted to the stratagem of circulating a false report that King Philip was coming with great reinforcements. This terrified the settler army and it virtually bolted for home. On May 30 the Indians caught the settlers unaware at Hatfield with the soldiers dispersed. About two dozen men from Hadley rushed to their aid. In the fight that followed John Smith was killed along with four other men. Cotton Mather, writing of the battle said:

"...yet the English lost not one man, till within about an hundred rods of the town, when five of ours were slain; among who was a precious young man whose name was Smith, that place having lost many in losing that one man."

A month later a force of about 450 militia from Connecticut, almost half of them friendly Indians, appeared on the scene. Major John Talcott was their leader. The campaign that followed was a trying and costly one but it brought an end to King Philip's War. It also resulted in the towns along the river fortifying themselves, Hadley voting to fortify its meeting house and to require all male inhabitants to bring arms and ammunition to all meetings under penalty of a shilling's fine for each failure to do so.


  • John Smith
  • Birth: 1637 Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
  • Death: May 30, 1676 Hatfield, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, USA
  • He was the son of Lieut. Samuel Smith and his wife Elizabeth. He was born about 1637 at Wethersfield. He married Mary Partridge, the daughter of William Partridge November 12, 1663. He fought in King Philips War and was in the Turner's Falls Fight. He was killed by Indians in Hatfield Meadow just days after the Falls Fight. His widow Mary Partridge married Peter Montague in 1679 a few years after his death.
  • Children of John Smith and his wife Mary Partridge:
    • 1. John Smith who married Mary Root.
    • 2. Samuel who died at the age of 14 by falling off a horse.
    • 3. Rev. Joseph Smith who married Canada Wait.
    • 4. Benjamin Smith who settled in Wethersfield, Connecticut and married Ruth Buck.
    • 5. Marah Smith who married John Day.
  • Family links:
  • Parents:
  • Samuel Smith (1602 - 1680)
  • Elizabeth Smith Smith (1602 - 1686)
  • Spouse:
  • Mary Partridge Smith Montague (1647 - 1683)
  • Children:
    • John Smith (1665 - 1723)*
    • Joseph Smith (1670 - 1752)*
    • Mary Smith Day (1677 - 1742)*
  • Siblings:
  • Margaret Smyth Watson (1620 - 1683)*
  • Samuel Smith (1625 - 1688)*
  • Elizabeth Smith Foote/Gull (1627 - 1711)*
  • Mary Smith Graves (1628 - 1668)*
  • Philip Smith (1630 - 1631)*
  • Joseph Smith (1631 - 1690)*
  • Philip A Smith (1632 - 1685)*
  • Chileab Smith (1636 - 1731)*
  • John Smith (1637 - 1676)
  • Burial: Old Hadley Cemetery, Hadley, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 39991822
  • From:


  • Partridge, Mary
  • b. 1646 Hartford, CT.
  • d. 20 MAY 1683 Hadley, Hampshire, Mass.
  • Parents:
  • Father: Partridge, William
  • Mother: Smith, Mary
  • Family:
  • Marriage: 12 NOV 1663 Wethersfield, Hartford, CT.
  • Spouse: Smith, John
  • b. 1638 Wethersfield, Hartford, CT.
  • d. 30 MAY 1676 Wethersfield, Hartford, CT.
  • Parents:
  • Father: Smith, Samuel
  • Mother: Chileab, Elizabeth
  • Children:
    • SMITH, John
    • SMITH, Samuel b. 7 DEC 1667 Hadley, Hampshire, Mass.
    • Smith, Joseph
    • SMITH, Benjamin
    • SMITH, Mariah
  • Family:
  • Marriage: SEP 1679
  • Spouse:MONTAGUE, Peter
  • From:


  • John Smith
  • M, #1982, b. circa 1638, d. 30 May 1676
  • Father Lt. Samuel Smith b. 1602
  • Mother Elizabeth Smith b. 1602, d. 16 Mar 1686
  • John Smith was born circa 1638 at Wethersfield, CT. He married Mary Partridge, daughter of William Partridge and Mary Smith, on 12 November 1663. John Smith died on 30 May 1676 at Hatfield meadow, Hatfield, Hampshire, MA.
  • Family Mary Partridge d. 20 May 1683
  • Children
    • John Smith b. 15 May 1665, d. 20 Jan 1724
    • Samuel Smith b. 7 Dec 1667, d. 19 Jun 1681
    • Joseph Smith b. 16 Nov 1670, d. 6 Feb 1752
    • Benjamin Smith b. 1673
    • Marah Smith b. 1677
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John Smith's Timeline

May 30, 1638
Wethersfield, Connecticut Colony
May 15, 1665
Age 26
Hadley, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, United States
May 15, 1665
Age 26
Hadley, Hampshire County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
December 7, 1667
Age 29
Hadley, Hampshire County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
November 16, 1670
Age 32
Hadley, Hampshire County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
January 10, 1672
Age 33
Hadley, Hampshire County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
May 30, 1676
Age 38
Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony
December 18, 1677
Age 38
Hadley, Hampshire County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
July 31, 1888
Age 38
July 31, 1888
Age 38