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Rebecca Smith (Buswell)

Also Known As: "Boswell"
Birthplace: Husbands Bosworth, Leicestershire, England
Death: Died in Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut
Place of Burial: Wethersfield, Hartford, CT, US
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Roger Buswell and Margaret Buswell
Wife of Richard Smith, of Stratford & Wethersfield
Mother of Margaret Smith; Richard Smith, of Wethersfield; Mary Smith; Joseph Smith; Nicholas Smith, Sr. and 3 others
Sister of Agnes Or Agnys Buswell; Erasmus Buswell; Thomas Buswell, Twin; Susanne Buswell; William Buswell and 7 others

Managed by: Steven Tim Kilburn
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About Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Buswell

  • Birth: 23 APR 1595 in Bosworth, Leicestershire, England
  • Death: 1667 in Weathersfield, Hartford, Connecticut
  • Father: Roger Buswell b: ABT 1545 in Bosworth, Leicestershire, England
  • Mother: Margaret b: ABT 1550 in Dishley Grange, Leicestershire, England


  1. Richard Smith b: ABT 1592 in Stratford-On-Avon, Warwickshire, England Married: 13 FEB 1615

11 Children (birth dates seem estimated, not baptism based, and are noted "of" Wethersfield, Connecticut)

  • Susanna Smith b: ABT 1615
  • Richard Smith b: ABT 1617. Married Mary Weed.
  • Margaret Smith b: ABT 1619
  • Anne Smith b: ABT 1621
  • Susanna Smith b: ABT 1623
  • Mary Smith b: ABT 1625
  • Nicholas Smith b: ABT 1627
  • Benjamin Smith b: NOV 1629
  • Rebecca Smith b: ABT 1631
  • Joseph Smith b: ABT 1633
  • Jonathan Smith b: ABT 1635
  • Abigail Smith b: 11 NOV 1744 in Weathersfield, Hartford, Connecticut (Is this date right ?)



Apparently was in ill-health for a lengthy period of time, as she was treated by John Winthrop several times between 1658 and 1660 (Wintrhop's Journal).

Winthrop wrote that Samuel Buswell of Salisbury, Mass. Was kin to Rebecca Smith of Hockanum, Conn. Richard and Rebecca named a son "Samuel" as did their son Richard and Joseph.454 There's a record for Samuel Buswell, chr. 17 Aug 1728, son of Isaac Buswell, in the Husbands Bosworth parish register.

James Buswell settled at Hockanum near Wethersfield. His will dated 24 Sep 1660, witnessed by Richard Smith, Jr., gave property to his uncle and aunt and Jonathan Smith, and his land at Glastonbury to his cousins Richard Smith and Joseph Smith. (TAG 25:126)

Tentative connection to the Husbands Bosworth family, based on AF connection. The christening record cited is for a female Buswell, no name given. All the other children listed in AF are accounted for. Husbands Bosworth is about 30 miles from Stratford-upon-Avon.

All Information above is from information provided has been researched.



  1. Thompson, Neil D. Isaac Buswell and Rebecca (Buswell) Smith of Husbands Bosworth, Co. Leicester, and New England. New England Historical and Genealogical Register. (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Jan 2004), 158:37-38. 'Children of Roger and Margaret (_____) Buswell, baptized at Husbands Bosworth, co. Leicester [citing Husbands Bosworth parish register]: ... Rebecca Buswell, bp. 23 April 1595; living Wethersfield, Hartford Co., Conn., 12 Oct. 1668 [citing Deposition in David D. Hall, Witch-Hunting in Seventeenth-Century New England (Boston, 1991), 172-73]; m. Husbands Bosworth 13 Feb. 1615/6 Richard Smith, ...'



  • 1. Richard Smith, Jr, b. c 1617, England, d. CT, USA
  • 2. Jonathan Smith, b. 1635, Wethersfield, Hartford, CT, USA, d. 24 Apr 1711, Hartford, CT, USA (Age 76 years)
  • 3. Abigail Smith, b. c 1632, England, d. Huntington,Long Island,NY,USA
  • 4. Nicholas Smith, b. 1629, d. 22 Jun 1673, Exeter, Rockingham, NH (Age 44 years)
  • 5. Susannah Smith, b. c 1624, England, d. 30 Nov 1692, Wethersfield,Hartford,CT,USA (Age ~ 68 years)
  • 6. Mary Smith, b. c 1627, England
  • 7. Joseph Smith, b. c 25 Dec 1625, d. Nov 1673, Rocky Hill,Hartford,CT,USA (Age ~ 47 years)

Spouse: Richard Smith, I (1589–1667). Children:

  • Richard Smith, II (1617–1690);
  • Susannah Francis Smith (1624–1692);
  • Joseph Smith (1629–1673);
  • Nicholas Smith, Sr. (1629–1673).

from U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current.


Find A Grave Memorial# 157393695

Rebecca Buswell Smith

  • Birth: 1593 Leicestershire, England
  • Death: 1667 Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA 
  • Family links: 
    •  Spouse:  Richard Smith (1589 - 1667)*
    •  Children:
      •   Richard Smith (1617 - 1690)*
      •   Susannah Francis Smith Standish (1624 - 1692)*
      •   Joseph Smith (1629 - 1673)*
  • Burial: Wethersfield Village Cemetery Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA


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Rebecca Smith's Timeline

April 23, 1595
Husbands Bosworth, Leicestershire, England
April 23, 1595
Husbands Bosworth, Leicestershire, England
April 23, 1595
Husbands, Bosworth, Leicestershire, England
April 23, 1595
April 23, 1595
Husbands, Bosworth, Leicestershire, England
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Husbands, Bosworth, Leicestershire, England
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Husbands, Bosworth, Leicestershire, England
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Husbands, Bosworth, Leicestershire, England
Age 23
Kingston, Washington, Rhode Island, United States