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Nehemiah Smith

Birthdate: (80)
Birthplace: New Haven, New Haven Colony
Death: Died in Norwich, New London County, Connecticut Colony
Place of Burial: Groton, New London County, Connecticut, United States
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Son of Rev. Nehemiah Smith and Ann Smith
Husband of Lydia Smith (Winchester) and Elizabeth Smith
Father of Lydia Smith; Nehemiah Smith, III; Samuel Smith; Daniel Smith; Margaret Palmer and 2 others
Brother of Elizabeth Dennis; Mary Raymond; Lydia Smith; Ann Bradford; Experience Abel and 4 others

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About Nehemiah Smith

Nehemiah Smith, born in New Haven, 1646, came to Groton with his parents about 1656. He married Oct. 24, 1669, Lydia Winchester, daughter of Alexander Winchester, of Roxbury, Mass. He served in the Colonial militia and held various offices in the town as justice of the peace, representative to the General Assembly from New London, 1705, and Groton, 1707, and town clerk of Groton, 1707 to 1718. He married, second, Mrs. Elizabeth Haynes, Sept. 7, 1724, and died Aug. 8, 1727. They are buried in Smith Lake cemetery, Groton.

source: History of the town of Ledyard, 1650-1900

By John Avery


Nehemiah Smith, the third townsman, was born in New Haven in 1646 and was the second of the name. He was prominent in the affairs of New London, having represented the town in the General Assembly at Hartford when but twenty-three years of age, and for several years there after. "In October, 1696, with Captain Mason and Samuel Chester, he is to 'go on the lands belonging to the family of the Rogers in New London, and endeavor a right under standing of differences.' May 13, 1697, at Hartford Court of Elections may be found the following: 'John Avery appointed Captain of the trainband at New London on the east side of the river, and Nehemiah Smith to be their Ensign and to be Commissionated accordingly. These are commissionated.'

"May 12, 1698, Ensign Nehemiah Smith is appointed a Justice for New London County, and also appointed with 'the Worshipful Captain Samuel Mason and Captain Daniel Witherell' to look after the selectmen of Stonington or any of the towns in the county in relation to the highways. In 1706 he is a lieutenant. He was also a representative from New London, justice of the peace, justice of the quorum, etc. Oct. 14, 1704, his name is number 5 on a list of seventy-seven names to whom the patent of New London was granted by the General Assembly, by virtue of letters patent granted by his Royal Majesty, Charles the Second of England, April 23, 1663.

"October 11, 1705, he is a representative from New Lon don at the General Assembly held at New Haven, Major-General Fitz John Winthrop, Esq., Governor. In December of this year, the first town meeting in Groton was held. He appears as one of the selectmen. March 25, 1703, the town of New London granted liberty to James Morgan, James Avery and Nehemiah Smith to lay out and sell 300 acres of land in Groton for the building of the first meeting house. In a list of freemen dated Dec. 22, 1708, his is the first name. April 26, 1709, he appears on the committee to settle boundaries between Norwich and Groton, and Preston and Groton, and, afterward, Groton and Stonington.

"At New Haven, October 10, 1706, he and Captain James Morgan were appointed 'to go to the eastern part of Stonington and to see how their difficulties is' in relation to boundary troubles, and he is also on another committee 'to treat with Owaneco concerning the differences arising from his claim to land with full power to finally agree and report to the Governor.'

"April 2, 1707, at Hartford, he is a representative from Groton and he continues annually in that office to 1716. "In 1711 Governor Saltonstall and Council at New Haven 'Ordered that the Treasurer do pay out of the Colony Treasury to Nehemiah Smith of Groton Esq., the sum of four pounds and one shilling money for satisfying what is due to him from the Colony for goods to our Indian soldiers which appears by his account this day laid before this Board and now on file.' May, 1713, he is allowed one pound, two shilling and sixpence for attendance at the Assembly.

March, 1714-15, he is on a committee 'to make seats in gallery some time this year.' "In 1715, Mr. Justice Smith of Groton and Mr. Justice Prentiss of New London were appointed overseers of the Indians at Niantic. The Indians complained that some of their number had been induced by drink and other ways to allow the Englishmen to inclose large pastures out of the land set off by the government for the improvement of the Indians. March 20, 1715-6, he was on a committee in relation to the debts of the town. In 1716, he is spoken of as seventy years of age. He was the second town clerk of Groton, 1707 to 1718. In 1719, he was on several committees relating to schools, Indians, and laying out of land."

GROTON, CONN., 1705-1905, by Charles R. Stark, Stonington, CT, 1922, p. 79-81

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Nehemiah Smith's Timeline

October 24, 1646
New Haven, New Haven Colony
October 29, 1670
Age 24
New London, CT, USA
November 14, 1673
Age 27
Groton, New London, Connecticut
June 2, 1676
Age 29
New London, CT, USA
October 29, 1680
Age 34
<Stonington, New London, Connecticut>
May 20, 1683
Age 36
Groton, New London County, Connecticut Colony
November 7, 1686
Age 40
New London, New London, Conn
August 8, 1727
Age 80
Norwich, New London County, Connecticut Colony