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Reverend Henry Smith b ENG d 1648 Wethersfield CT m Dorothy (Cotton).
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Reverend Henry Smith b ENG d 1648 Wethersfield CT m Dorothy (Cotton). Descendants in Hartford CT, Ashfield MA, Warren PA
Rev. Henry Smith, was born in 1600 in England. He was educated at Cambridge University receiving his BA in 1621; and his MA 1625, and was ordained a minister, by the Bishop of Peterborough, in 1623. Henry's first wife may of been the daughter of Gabriel Cornish, her name may have been Dorothy but this is not known for sure. Henry and Dorothy had four children: Philippa, Mary, Peregrine and Rebecca.
Henry caught "the great fever" in 1648 and died age 48, two weeks before the birth of their daughter Elizabeth, in Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut, "grieved and wearied with the burdens of his charge." Although their two oldest daughters were married, Dorothy was still left with four young children to support and she married John Russell the following year. The church quarrels did not end with Henry's death and another quarrel in 1659 caused twenty families to leave the church. They moved into the jurisdiction of Massachusetts where they became founders of Hadley. Dorothy's son-in-law, John Russell who had taken Henry Smith's place as pastor of the Wethersfield church, became the first minister at Hadley. His father and Dorothy probably also left Wethersfield at that time. By 1664 they were taking turns with Dorothy's son-in-law, Lieutenant Samuel Smith, in providing shelter in Hadley for the regicides, Goffe and Whalley. "William Goffe was a veteran of the English Civil War which pitted the armies of King Charles I and Parliament against one another." When King Charles was defeated, Goffe and 57 other Parliamentary judges voted to behead him. When his son, Charles II, took the throne in 1660 "he vowed vengeance against his father's killers." At that point Goffe and his father-in-law, Edward Whalley, fled to New England, eventually ending up in Hadley where they hid from 1664 to the late 1670s. Goffe became the center of one of the town's oldest legends. He allegedly came to the Hadley church in 1675 during King Phillip's War to warn of an imminent Indian attack. Since he had been hiding in the Russell home all those years, no one knew him and "when the Indians were repelled, the townspeople believed an angel had been sent to save their village." Dorothy's bible, which she may have given to Goffe, has recently been found in the Hadley Historical Society collection room, on the upper floor of the Goodwin Memorial Library where it sat in a drawer for almost 20 years. It was originally found in a secret room of the John Russell house in Hadley. On the inside front cover of the bible was written "Dorothy Russell her book." Dorothy wrote her will on the 16th Feb 1681 and her signature on the will is reportedly a perfect match for the one discovered on the bible. Dorothy died in 1694 in Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts, aged 88.
Henry and his first wife had four children: Philippa, Mary, Peregrine and Rebecca Smith. Henry and his second wife Dorothy had six children: Preserved, Dorothy, Samuel, Joanna, Noah and Elizabeth Smith.
|Matched Group||Early Ancestor||Tree/Ped/m/Y/X/FF(Aut)||Type||Branch/ATGroup||Migration Path||GRP-R-M269-53||Elijah Smith b 1781 Otis, Berkshire, MA m Esther Hier||Kit # B377***(FTD)/ YDNA||Branch GRP-R-M269-53-18||MA>OH||GRP-R-M269-53||Elijah Smith b c 1750 CT (2.Seth 3.Joy)||Kit # A999***(ANC)/ YDNA||Branch GRP-R-M269-53-1||CT>MA>OH||GRP-R-M269-53||George W Kent b 1808 NY||Kit # 2895***(FTD)/ YDNA||Branch GRP-R-M269-53-11||NY||GRP-R-M269-53||Henry Smith (Rev) b 1610 ENG m Dorothy (2 Samuel 3 Ichabod) 4 Joseph||Kit # 3129***(FTD)/||Branch GRP-R-M269-53-16||ENG>CT>MA||GRP-R-M269-53||Henry Smith (Rev) b Eng.; d 1648 Wethersfield, CT m Dorothy||Kit # 1956***(FTD)/ YDNA||Branch GRP-R-M269-53-15||ENG>CT||GRP-R-M269-53||Henry Smith (Rev) b Eng.; d 1648 Wethersfield, CT m Dorothy(2.Samuel 3.Ebenezer) Group Contact||Kit # 1165***(FTD)/ YDNA||Branch zKV8nSvOqX713||ENG>CT>MA||GRP-R-M269-53||Henry Smith (Rev) b Eng.; d 1648 Wethersfield, CT(2.Samuel 3. Ebenezer)||Kit # 9208***(FTD)/ YDNA||Branch GRP-R-M269-53-5||ENG>CT>MA||GRP-R-M269-53||Henry Smith (Rev) b Eng. d 1648 Wethersfield, CT m Dorothy(2.Samuel 3.Ebenezer)||Kit # N547***(FTD)/ YDNA||Branch 4TlNhwrSy3||ENG>CT>MA||GRP-R-M269-53||Henry Smith (Rev) b Eng.; d 1648 Wethersfield, CT (2. Samuel 3. Ichabod)||Kit # 1055***(FTD)/ YDNA||Branch GRP-R-M269-53-6||ENG>CT>CT||GRP-R-M269-53||Henry Smith (Rev) b Eng.; d 1648 Wethersfield, CT m Dorothy(2.Samuel 3. James)||Kit # 4980***(FTD)/ YDNA||Branch GRP-R-M269-53-12||ENG>CT>MA||GRP-R-M269-53||Henry Smith (Rev) d 1648 CT (2 Samuel 3 Preserved)||Kit # 2300***(FTD)/ YDNA||Branch GRP-R-M269-53-2||ENG>MA>MA||GRP-R-M269-53||Henry Smith(Rev) b Eng.; d 1648 Wethersfield, CT(2.Samuel 3. Samuel)||Kit # 9317***(FTD)/ YDNA||Branch GRP-R-M269-53-3||ENG>CT>MA||GRP-R-M269-53||Oscar Clement Smith b 1833 VT m Paulina S Masoe||Kit # IN38***(FTD)/ YDNA||Branch eEdgsb18095112||GRP-R-M269-53||Rev Henry Smith b 1648 CT m Dorothy (2 Samuel 3 Preserved)||Kit # 3264***/FF/AUT||Branch ZUzwNv18051444||CT>MA||GRP-R-M269-53||Unknown||Kit # 7529***/ YDNA||Branch aWRrfg17021728||GRP-R-M269-53||William Jay Smith b 1826 NY m Elizabeth Teeple||Kit # 3007***(FTD)/ YDNA||Branch GRP-R-M269-53-10||NY>MI>MI|
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