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Judith Smead (Stoughton)

Also Known As: "Judith (Stoughton) Denman Smead"
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Birthplace: of, Burstead Magna, Essex, England
Death: Died in Dorchester, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Rev. Thomas Stoughton and Katherine Stoughton
Wife of John Denman, Sr. and William Smead, Sr.
Mother of John Denman; Mary Denman and William Smead, Jr.
Sister of Mary Manfield; Capt. Thomas Stoughton; Anne Stoughton; Elizabeth Chamberlain; Rev. John Stoughton and 1 other

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About Judith Smead

After Judith became a widow the second time, she made plans to join two of her brothers in America, one of whom had traveled back to England on several occasions. This proved to be no easy task. By now the British government had become alarmed at the wholesale exodus to the New World and was stopping further migrations. To circumvent these restrictions Judith and her three children sailed from Gravesend, England 3 September 1635, with John Flower as capital, in the ship "Dorset" headed for Barbadoes. By sailing to the Barbados first, they could then continue their journey to New England. After arriving in New England they settled in Salem Colony and, like her brothers, Judith was one of the signers of the Dorchester Church Covenant in 1636.


Judith (Stoughton) Smead traveled aboard either the "Winthrop's Fleet" in 1630 or "Dorset" in 1635 w/ her three sons to Dorchester, Massachusetts. She is accepted as a Winthrop Society Ancestor (immigration) 1630 or before.


Sailed From Gravesend, England On The "Dorset" Setteling In Salem, MA

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From The Great Migration Begins

Two sisters of Thomas and Israel also came to New England. Judith, who married first Henry Denman and second _____ Smead became a resident of Dorchester [TAG 29:198, 41:30-35]. Kiepura did not believe that Judith was a sister of Thomas and Israel, but Jacobus did. Neither of these researchers was aware of the baptism at Burstead Magna, Essex, on 3 July 1599 of "Judith Throughtone ... the daughter of Thomas preacher of the word of God"; in other diocesan records we find that the minister at Burstead Magna was assisted from 1594 until 1600 by "Thomas Stawghton," these being the "lost" years between his ministry at Naughton, Suffolk, and at Great Coggeshall, Essex. Thus, Israel and Thomas did have a sister Judith, and so the doubts expressed by Kiepura are relieved


  1. The Genealogical Quarterly Magazine, Devoted to Genealogy, History ..., Volume 2 By Eben Putnam. Page 99. William Smead was the son of the widow Judith Smead, of Dorchester, who was formerly wife of John Denman, and sister of Col. Israel Stoughton, one of the most prominent men in the colony. William Smead was in the Falls Fight under Turner (Mass. Arch., pp 114, 594). His son William was killed at Bloody Brook.

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=84435332

Birth: 1599 Great Burstead Basildon District Essex, England Death: 1639 Dorchester Suffolk County Massachusetts, USA

Judith Smead signed the covenant in 1636 with the church at Dorchester, Massachusetts, and in 1638 had a grant of twenty acres there just below the First Burying Ground. An inventory of her estate after her decease was taken on May 18, 1639. She was the mother of John Denman, Mary Denman (wife of Clement Maxfield), and William Smead.

Step-mother of Humphrey Denman, an Elder of the English Reformed Church at Amsterdam, North Holland.


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Parents:
 Thomas Stoughton (1557 - 1622)
 Katherine Stoughton (____ - 1603)

Spouses:
 William Smead (1600 - 1637)
 John Denman*

Children:
 Mary Denman Maxfield (1621 - 1707)*
 John Denman (1621 - ____)*
 William Smead (1635 - 1703)*

Siblings:
 Anne Stoughton (1591 - 1591)*
 Elizabeth Stoughton Chamberlayne (1591 - 1647)*
 Thomas Stoughton (1592 - 1661)*
 John Stoughton (1593 - 1639)*

Judith Stoughton Smead (1599 - 1639)

 Israel Stoughton (1602 - 1644)*
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Burial: Dorchester North Burying Ground Dorchester Suffolk County Massachusetts, USA


Judith Smead signed the covenant in 1636 with the church at Dorchester, Massachusetts, and in 1638 had a grant of twenty acres there just below the First Burying Ground. An inventory of her estate after her decease was taken on May 18, 1639. She was the mother of John Denman, Mary Denman (wife of Clement Maxfield), and William Smead.

Step-mother of Humphrey Denman, an Elder of the English Reformed Church at Amsterdam, North Holland.


  • Reference: Find A Grave Memorial - SmartCopy: Nov 7 2016, 2:43:36 UTC
  • http://syngeneia.org/g2/p2522.htm#c2522.15
    • [S749] Wm. B. Trask, "Abstracts from the Earliest Wills on Record in the County of Suffolk, Mass.", New England Historical and Genealogical Register 9 (1855): IX:344; Widdow Smead.--Mr. Israel Stoughtn, Administrator to Mrs Judith Smeed, widdow, deceased, as by Inventory taken ye 18: 3d : 1639. Mentions payment to Batcheller of Salem; Dea. John Pope of Dorchester; dau. Mary Denman, wife to Clement Maxfield; Roger Clap, Christopher Gibson, Hopestill Foster as examiners; division of the estate among children John Denman, Mary Denman (now Maxfield) and Wm Smeed. Also mentions "sister Visallah" [Ursula Knight], John Scudder, "Bro. Knight", Oliver Purchase, sister Clarke, brother Clarke, Tomkins, Bro. Kinsly, Sumner, Jewett, Oldreges [poss. Aldredge]. Hereinafter cited as Wills on Record in the County of Suffolk, Mass.
  • Reference: WikiTree Genealogy - SmartCopy: Feb 7 2017, 6:25:12 UTC

Judith Stoughton was born on July 3, 1599 at Burstead Magna, Essex, England to Rev. Thomas and Katherine Stoughton. She married John Denman about 1620" and they had two children: John and Mary. After John Denman died Judith married William Smead and they had one son, William. 1630 -- Judith, with children Mary Denman and William Smead, sailed on the "Mary and John" (son John Denman emigrated separately to Bermuda in 1635) , as part of the Winthrop fleet. Judith's two brothers (Israel and Thomas) sailed in another ship in the Winthrop fleet.

  

The following family members are listed as sailing with Winthrop's Fleet:

  • Smead, ____ From Coggeshall, Essex. No further record. Probably died soon.
  • Smead, Judith Wife of ____Smead. Sister of Israel Stoughton (Savage).
  • Smead, William Son of Mrs. Judith Smead (Savage).
  • Stoughton, Israel (Dorchester) From Coggeshall, Essex. Was opposed to the rule of Winthrop and disfranchised for writing a heretical book. Returned to England and fought under Cromwell in the Civil War, with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in Rainsborough's regiment. (Savage). He died in 1644 at Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England.
  • Stoughton, Elizabeth Wife of Israel.Stoughton,
  • Thomas (Dorchester) From Coggeshall, Essex. Brother of Israel. Constable 28 Sept 1630. Applied freeman 19 Oct 1630 (M.C.R., I, 80); Freeman 18 May 1631 (ibid., 366). Married to Mrs. Margaret Huntington, widow of Simon Huntington, in 1635. He removed to Windsor, Conn. where he died in 1642.
  • Stoughton, _____ Wife of Thomas (Savage).

The "Mary and John" landed at Salem, Essex county, Massachusetts Bay Colony. Judith and her two children settled at Dorchester, Suffolk county, Massachusetts Bay Colony. Widow Judith Smead signed the covenant in 1636 with the church at Dorchester, Suffolk county, Massachusetts Bay Colony. In 1638, Dorchester gave Judith 20 acres which was located just below the First Burying Ground.

Widow Judith Stoughton Denman Smead died in 1639 and an inventory of her estate was taken on May 18, 1639.


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Judith Smead's Timeline

1588
July 9, 1588
Naughton, Suffolk, England
1599
July 3, 1599
Burstead Magna, Essex, England
July 3, 1599
Essex, England
1621
January 16, 1621
Age 21
Retford, Nottinghamshire, England
December 16, 1621
Age 22
Retford, Notts, Nottinghamshire, England
1635
1635
Age 35
Herne Hill, Middlesex, London, England
1639
May 18, 1639
Age 39
Dorchester, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
May 18, 1639
Age 39
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States