Is your surname Smith?

Research the Smith family

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!


Related Projects

John Smith

Birthplace: Willoughby, Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom
Death: Died in London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of George Smith and Alice Smith
Husband of Ann Smith
Father of John Smith

Occupation: Explorer
Managed by: Private User
Last Updated:
view all

Immediate Family

About John Smith

Captain John Smith (c. January 1580 – June 21, 1631) Admiral of New England was an English soldier, explorer, and author. He was knighted for his services to Sigismund Bathory, Prince of Transylvania and friend Mózes Székely. He is remembered for his role in establishing the first permanent English settlement in North America at Jamestown, Virginia, and his brief association with the Virginia Indian[1] girl Pocahontas during an altercation with the Powhatan Confederacy and her father, Chief Powhatan. He was a leader of the Virginia Colony (based at Jamestown) between September 1608 and August 1609, and led an exploration along the rivers of Virginia and the Chesapeake Bay.

His books and maps may have been as important as his deeds, as they encouraged more Englishmen and women to follow the trail he had blazed and to colonize the New World. He gave the name New England to that region, and encouraged people with the comment, "Here every man may be master and owner of his owne labour and land...If he have nothing but his hands, he industrie quickly grow rich."

view all

John Smith's Timeline

January 1580
Willoughby, Lincolnshire, England, United Kingdom
Age 40
June 21, 1631
Age 51
London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom