Saturday, January 9, 2016

Surname Saturday ~ Smith of Exeter and Hampton, New Hampshire

Early Settlers at Hampton, New Hampshire.  Robert Smith is found between
Rev. Stephen Bachiler and James Wedgewood -
just below the south east corner of the Meeting House Green


Robert Smith, my 10th great grandfather, a tailor, lived first in Exeter, New Hampshire where he signed the Exeter Combination Agreement in 1639.   He served as a juror and magistrate in Exeter before removing to Hampton. At Hampton he was elected a Selectman in 1654 and a constable in 1671.  He had six children with his wife, Susannah, who was killed by lightening in 1680 “slaine by ye thunder”. In 1673 he deposed that his age was about 61, and in 1695 he deposed that his age was about 83.  In 1671, after his wife’s death, he was listed as a member in full communion of the church pastored by Reverend Seaborn Cotton. Robert Smith died in Hampton in 1706, testate.

I descend from his only daughter, Meribah, was born about 1635 and married Deacon Francis Page of Hampton on 2 December 1669.  Of the five sons, four married and lived nearby.  One son, Israel, died in Boston and administration of his estate was given to his father, Robert Smith, on 20 May 1676.  He divided the estate equally among the five sons, including Francis Page as one of his sons.  His son, Joseph Smith, married Dorothy, a daughter of Rev. Seaborn Cotton, about 1694.

Robert and Susannah Smith are both buried at the Old Burying Ground, also known as “Pine Grove Cemetery”. 

Some SMITH resources:

“The Two Families of Sarah (Libbey) (Smith) Dolbear of Hampton and Rye, New Hampshire” by Steven Edwrd Sullivan, The American Genealogist, 1998, Volume 73, pages 258 – 271.

The Ancestry of the Children of Robert Croll Stevens and Jane Eleanor (Knauss) Stevens, by Robert Croll Stevens, 1982, Volume 1, page 37.  [available to read online at ]

“Preliminary Account of the Descendants of Robert Smith (1611 – 1709) of Exeter & Hampton, N.H., through the Fifth Generation” by Danny D. Smith, 1980 [typescript at the Maine State Library, Augusta].

A memorial biography to Robert Smith at Find a Grave can be seen at this link  (along with a link to the memorial for Susannah):

My SMITH genealogy:

Generation 1:  Robert Smith, born about 1611 in England, died 30 August 1706 in Hampton, New Hampshire; married to Susannah Unknown.  Six children.  I descend from his only daughter.

Generation 2:  Meribah Smith, born aobut 1635; married Francis Page, son of Robert Page and Lucy Warde. 

Generation 3:   Francis Page m. Hannah Nudd
Generation 4:  Sarah Page m. Josiah Batchelder
Generation 5: David Batchelder m. Elizabeth Swett
Generation 6: Elisha Batchelder m. Sarah Lane
Generation 8: Jonathan Batchelder m. Nancy Thompson
Generation 9: George E. Batchelder m. Abigail M. Locke
Generation 10: George E. Batchelder m. Mary Katharine Emerson
Generation 11: Carrie Maude Batchelder m. Joseph Elmer Allen
Generation 12:  Stanley Elmer Allen m. Gertrude Matilda Hitchings (my grandparents)


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Surname Saturday ~ Smith of Exeter and Hampton, New Hampshire", Nutfield Genealogy, posted January 9, 2016, (  accessed [access date]). 


  1. Heather,
    I'm confused about the Margaret Page who married John Sanborn. She was the daughter of Francis and Meribah Smith Page as above. What do you have for her birth date and place? I have her confused with her aunt b. 1629.

    1. Thanks for pointing out the mistake. I removed that lineage. I was copying from the wrong family line. I've updated the blog post.

  2. Just confirming --Is this right? The Margaret Page who married John Sanborn was the daughter of Deacon Robert and Lucy Ward(e)Page. She was born about 1629 in England. If so, I'm not related to Robert Smith, but I am to the Page family.

    1. Yes, that is correct. You can see the Page lineage here at this post

  3. Here is a comment from a reader who sent me an email. I'm including it here because readers might be interested in the link to the SMITH Y-DNA project Hello Heather,

    In your January 9th blog, I enjoyed your discussion of your ancestors Robert and Susannah Smith. I realize you descend from their daughter, but several male descendants participate in a Y-DNA project and thought you may be interested in knowing the haplogroup for ancient origins. some years ago Danny Smith of Maine did extensive research on Robert Smith and identified his wife as Susannah Buste. He is unwell now and unable to conduct research. Look for this group in the link below.
    I1-NE33 Group matches; Robert Smith

    Our family intermarried with Robert Smith's family in Quebec but our male line is DNA group 26.

    Enjoy your blog!

    Nancy Smith