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William Smith

Birthplace: Glastonbury, Somerset, England
Death: Died in Cecil County, Province of Maryland
Immediate Family:

Son of Peregrine John? Smith and Mary Smith
Husband of Smith and Grace Smith
Father of Elizabeth Wright; Mary Lois Hiett; Hannah Smith; George Smith; William Smith and 4 others
Brother of Anne Smith; Joseph Smith; Mary Smith; John Smith and George Smith

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About William Smith

Date and place of birth have also been erroneously reported to be circa 1620 at an unspecified location.


3) Thomas Smith died 1672


1) John [or s.o. John above?]

2) Abel (3a)

3) William (3b) ?

4) George (3c) ?

Thomas appears in the 1672 list of commoners. In 1673 he was 'the late Thomas Smith'. [He was last mentioned as such 1681]. William (next) was probably his son. In 1673 the property next to that of Thomas paid rates under John Smith but then no more – possibly another son? Thomas' property passed to Abel Smith. A Thomas Smith paid rates on a different property jointly with Andrew Ham in 1676 then jointly with George Smith in 1677.

3a) Abel Smith died 1687/8

Married: Elizabeth died 1700

Abel paid rates from 1682 – 1687, '88 is missing but by 1689 the rate was paid by his widow Elizabeth and she paid until 1700. In 1701 she was the late Elizabeth Smith. The property remained late Smith tenement until 1705 when Henry Talbot occupied it.

3b) William Smith [b. 'Glastonbury' 1651?] died 1710 Cecil County, Maryland, America Will proven 20 May 1710 married: [Grace b.c.1650?, d. 1710 Cecil County Maryland.]


1) Mary Chr. 22 Apr 1673 Butleigh

2) William (probably born and baptised in Butleigh as are his brothers)

3) John

4) George

Some Hiett sites give the latter three children; William (b. 1673 Glastonbury), John (b. 1675 Glastonbury) and George (b. 1679 Glastonbury) but there is no factual evidence for them in Glastonbury, Butleigh nor Street etc. However, if the latter children were the offspring of this Butleigh William Smith and born after 1676 then there would be NO record of their baptisms because they fall into the period when John Radford was vicar and not a single baptism was recorded by him [until 1714].

William paid rates in Butleigh from 1673-1699.and was churchwarden in 1679 – 80. 1673 is when the Overseers records began but William probably paid rates earlier too. The latest date, 1699, is that which saw him and his family's removal from Butleigh and coincides with the story below of his emigration in that year to America. In 1693 William had paid over to the Overseers the interest from the Dyer Symcockes legacy (2 guineas). The William mentioned in the churchwardens accounts in 1696 for killing two polecats and a hedgehog is most probably his son [mostly seem to be children or young men getting these payments]. In 1698/9 William took James Pirkes as an apprentice. William's daughter Mary is probably the one who married John Hiett # c. 1695 and in which case her mother was called Grace. William Smith accompanied William Penn in the ship Canterbury which sailed to Pennsylvania in 1699. John Hiett and wife Mary and their two children probably went on the same ship. *

William made a will on 20 Sep 1708, proven 20 May in 1710 in America 'He leaves to 2nd son John and heirs 1000 acres, dwelling plantation, to daughter Mary, wife of John Hayet, and granddaughter Hannah, daughter of son William personalty. Executors wife Grace, and son John. Teste: David Evans, William Smith ' – see under Hiett. Both, Hietts and Smiths families were members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Somersetshire, England. William Smith, the Quaker, bought a certificate to Philadelphia for himself and wife and family, dated 1699, from the Glastonbury Monthly Meeting in Somersetshire, England. William and John Smith, brothers of Mary Hiett, are probably the ancestors of the Smiths shown settled in Virginia in the same community and at about the same time as did John Hiatt Jr. and his brother William Hiatt, sons of John and Mary Hiett.

NOTE: A Morrish (Maurice) Smith (Chr. 27 Sep 1607 Street, s.o. Rachel, bur. 17 Jun 1653) and 'Basil' his wife were having children in Street 1638 – 1649 including a William Chr. 29 May 1642 (bur. 1 Nov 1642) and a son John Chr. 29 Jun 1649 but probably not linked to this family. A William Smith in Glastonbury had a son William (bur. 7 Aug 1667) daughters Ann (Chr. 25 Aug 1669) Ann (Chr. 20 Sep 1671) and Margaret (Chr. 12 Nov 1673) all at St. Johns and is possibly the William bur. 1 Jan 1674 St. Johns Glastonbury. No obvious connection to the Butleigh Smiths, nor to John Hiett.

There is so far no trace of a marriage between a William Smith and a Grace in Somerset that fits – just three Graces were born in Butleigh within the age range; Grace Masters (b. 1642) and Grace Clapp (b. 1657) both had illegitimate children leaving just Grace Adams Chr. 24 Apr 1656, d.o. James and Margery Adams as a potential candidate for William Smith's wife – but no evidence at all that there was any connection to William Smith. There were no Graces of any surname born in Street that fit.

There are several Somerset Smith Wills worth looking at, from Wells, Ivelchester etc or closer to Butleigh e.g. – PROB 11/199 Stephen Smith, Street 1647

  • NOTE: William Penn [1644 – 1718] founded Pennsylvania in 1682 but one apocryphal story tells that when he thanked Charles II for naming Pennsylvania after him, the King replied 'I named it after the jolly felow, your father'. Admiral Sir William Penn [1621-1670], who was Samuel Pepys senior in the Navy, was described by the latter as 'a jovial companion.. and.. a hypocritical rogue'. Penn had captured Jamaica in 1655. A purse belonging to him showed him with his dog Port and it remained in the Penn family for several generations.



William Smith, Quaker, GCT to Philadelphia MM for himself and family 1699 from Glastonbury MM, Somersetshire, England.

   Patricia Crespi stated: "I was told that my third great grandmother Elizabeth Smith, daughter of Alexander Smith, was of Indian descent but I could never figure out how that could be and could never prove or disprove the story. My great grandmother, Anna Marie Frazier Davis, related this story to my mother upon several occasions." According to family tradition of several of the descendants of Mary Smith and John Hiatt, there is a story of a relationship to Capt. John Smith and an Indian Maiden. This is an obscure and faded story of lost origin, however, it is widely held by so many families that it indicates that it has some possible bearing. As we also come across families that are of other branches of these Smith families, they also seem to have a similar tradition, could it be so? According to Joseph Copeland in a letter written in 1986, he stated "his family for about 100 years had researched this story and he had information which he was interested in publishing that connected our William Smith to Capt. John Smith and Pocahontas. There is currently no proof of this connection, and probably never will be. There were no records kept, nor any importance connected to it until well after 100 years after Capt. Smith's death where there were efforts to prove a relationship.
   On May 4, 1703, William Smith purchased from Philip Lynes one thousand acres of land lying on the East side of Elk River in Cecil Co., MD - the site of present day Elkton. He built a saw mill and a grist mill along the Elk River as early as 1706 according to the history of Cecil County. Apparently William Smith did not pay for his land completely when he purchased it. The deed between him and Philip Lynes provided that Lynes would pay William 514 pounds if their agreement was not completed and William sustained a loss. Presumably this was to protect William's investment in the mills. William died in 1710 after partially paying for his land. In his will he left the one thousand acres to his second son, John Smith, who completed payment for it. (Cecil Co. Deeds, Vol. 2, page 102) William Smith's will was dated 20 Sep 1708 and proved on 20 May 1710. As stated above he left to his second son, John Smith, all the plantation that I now live upon containing 1000 acres and also one grinding mill and one saw mill and other effects. He left his son-in-law, John Hayett, one English shilling. He bequeathed "unto my daughter, Mary, wife of John Hayett, one English Shilling. Hanna Smith daughter of my son William, one English shilling." He named wife, Grace Smith and son, John Smith to be joint executors. Witnesses were David Evans and Willliam Smith. It was earlier assumed that the William Smith who witnessed the above will was the son of the testator. This is now in doubt.. There is on file in the Hall of Records, Annapolis, MD, the following citation (Liber 21, folio 61, Cecil Co., MD) "John Hiett, administrator of William Smith, administrator in common form with James Robinson and Sampson George", dated 27 Jul 1708. This action took place nearly two months before William Smith, Sr. executed his will and suggests that the son, William Smith was deceased at the time of William Smith, Sr.'s death. He left nothing to his son, William, but only to his daughter, Hanna, suggesting the son, William was already deceased. Clearly, there were three William Smiths, father, son and one other. (Source: "The Hiatt/Hiett/Hyatt Genealogy & Family History" compiled by Larry Anderson)


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William Smith's Timeline

Norwich, Norfolk, England
Glastonbury, Somerset, England
Age 17
December 5, 1674
Age 23
Butleigh, Somerset, England
Age 25
Age 28
Glastonberry, Somerset, England
Age 28
Age 29
Glastonberry, Somerset, England
Age 55