About Peregrine Smith
It is a possibility that Mary could have been the younger sister to Peregrine Bertie, who was the son of Lord Bertie for whom George Smith worked and whose son, Peregrine, that John would have named his son.
I found the following comments in Hiatt/Hiett/Hyatt Genealogy written by Larry Anderson:
"In the March 1986 Hiatt Family Newsletter, we included a part of a tradition that was followed by Dr. Joseph Copeland. He passed away before h is work was published. I submit this a s a tradition and a theory and per sonally believe it has merit. I was also told by my grandfather that he had been told that one of his grandfathers was Captain John Smith and an Indian maiden. I have done a great deal of research and have found very convincing evidence that leads credence to this story. I will not include it here (meaning in the Hiatt/Hiett/Hyatt Genealogy) but will develop the story and information for anyone wishing to further study and research this connection. I would suggest you not rule it out until you see more of the facts and story. I have found this story pervasive in family traditions so far removed that it is not possible for them to be shared in recent history. Some of these families separate in the early 1700's, but retain the same story.
Dr. Joseph Copeland gave his lineage as follows:
George Smith, b. abt 1540 married Alice Rickard; they were parents of Capt. John Smith, b. ab t 1579. John Smith and Pocahontas (Matoaka), daughter of WahanSonacock, Chief of Powhatan, born abt 1558 and Winganuske, Queen of Powhatan, had a child named Peregrine Smith. (Capt. Smith and Pocahontas were not legally married - She was later legally married to John Rolfe and Indian history holds that she was married to an Indian Brave prior to marrying Rolfe.) Peregrine Smith was named after Peregrine Bertie, Lord of Bertie and son, friend of John Smith , Peregrine Bertie, Jr. Son of Peregrine Smith was William Smith, b. abt 1643, married Grace Jermin, their daughter Mary Smith married John Hiatt, their son George Hiatt married Marth a Wakefield, and on down to Dr. Copeland through descendan ts of George and Martha Wakefield Hiatt.
Dr. Joseph Copeland was a birthright Quaker. He was a retired professor at the time he corresponded with Larry Anderson. He had told Larry th at he had carried on the work his grandmother and mother had been doing for the past 100 years. He was planning to publish his research at that time. He became ill and was never able to complete his task. Larry Anderson states: "I have enough evidence based upon my own research that I can repeat that this story has credit, it is far more than mere speculation. This in interesting and should be of interest to everyone."