Saturday, October 1, 2016

Surname Saturday ~ SMITH of Ipswich, Massachusetts

Smith is not a fun surname to research.  And I’ve done it three times already!

SMITH of Weathersfield, Connecticut and Hadley, Massachusetts 

SMITH of Reading, Massachusetts

My 9th great grandfather, John Smith, came to New England with his mother, Alice Barnes Smith.  She was the daughter of Thomas Barnes and Rebecca Alabaster, baptized on 6 June 1596 at St. Mary’s Parish Church in Hadleigh, Suffolk, England.  She married Samuel Marryon in 1611, was widowed and then married John Smith in 1619.   John Smith apparently died some time before 1635 when Alice brought her son, John Smith, Jr., to Ipswich, Massachusetts.  According to the records at the Hadleigh Parish church there were four men named John Smith/Smyth buried at the church between 1621 when John Smith was born and 1635 when he came to Ipswich. 

Alice (age 40) and John (age 13) are listed as passengers aboard The Planter with the Hasfell family from Sudbury, Suffolk, England.  The Planter left London on 10 April 1635 and arrived in Massachusetts on 7 June 1635.  Richard Haffield was granted land in Ipswich in 1635.  Another new arrival, Samuel Appleton, from Little Waldingfield (2 miles from Sudbury) was granted land in 1635, too.  John Smith eventually became a tenant farmer on Appleton’s land.

John’s son, John Smith (1654 – 1736) lived in Ipswich and his daughter, Mary Smith (1685 – 1731) was my 7th great grandmother.  She married Thomas Andrews in 1711 and lived her entire life in Ipswich.  Their daughter, Mary Andrews (born about 1712) married Stephen Burnham in 1735 in Ipswich and they removed to Milford, New Hampshire.  Stephen and Mary were the third and fourth members to join the First Congregational Church in Milford, and are on the list of the first 19 members of the church, formed in 1788.

UPDATE 8 October 2016:
Gordon Harris of Ipswich sent in this link to a photo of John Smith's gravestone at the Old North Burying Ground in Ipswich:

My SMITH genealogy:

Generation 1:  John Smith, baptized 11 June 1593 in Hadleigh, Suffolk, England as the son of William Smith and Elizabeth Mudd, died before 1635; married on 17 June 1619 in Hadleigh to Alice Barnes, the widow of Samuel Marryon.  She was baptized at Hadleigh on 6 June 1596 as the daughter of Thomas Barnes and Rebecca Alabaster.  Two children.

Generation 2: John Smith, born about 1621 in England, died in Ipswich, Massachusetts; married Elizabeth Unknown. Eight children born in Ipswich.

Generation 3: John Smith, born 29 October 1654 in Ipswich, died 24 April 1736 in Ipswich; married Elizabeth Unknown. 

Generation 4:  Mary Smith, born 27 September 1685 in Ipswich, died 31 March 1731 in Ipswich; married 8 April 1711 in Ipswich to Thomas Andrews, son of Thomas Andrews and Mary Belcher.  He was born in 1682 in Ipswich and died 13 February 1746 in Ipswich.  Six children.

Generation 5: Mary Andrews, born about 1712 in Ipswich; married on 16 August 1735 in Ipswich to Stephen Burnham, son of Thomas Burnham and Susannah Boardman.  He was born about 1715 in the Chebacco Parish of Ipswich, and died 1790 in Milford, New Hampshire.  Thirteen children.

Generation 6: Colonel Joshua Burnham, born 26 January 1754 in Gloucester, died 7 June 1835 in Milford; married on 21 January 1779 to Jemima Wyman, daughter of Increase Wyman and Catherine Unknown.  She was born 10 February 1757 in Billerica, Massachusetts and died 6 September 1843 in South Boston.  Eleven children.

Generation 7: Jemima Burnham m. Romanus Emerson
Generation 8: George Emerson m. Mary Esther Younger
Generation 9: Mary Katharine Emerson m. George E. Batchelder
Generation 10: Carrie Maud Batchelder m. Joseph Elmer Allen
Generation 11: Stanley Elmer Allen m. Gertrude Matilda Hitchings (my grandparents)


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Surname Saturday ~ SMITH of Ipswich, Massachusetts", Nutfield Genealogy, posted October 1, 2016,   ( accessed [access date]).


  1. This arrived via email from "Sam":
    . I noticed that you're doing research on the last name Smith. I think I have a book and a source that may help you. There's a genealogy on "Bull" Smith who founded Smithtown Long Island. He has his words in Connecticut and it was related to the PARRISH family of New England. Well actually his wife is a descendent of the John Parrish as of Massachusetts and the Winthrop fleet. Roswell Parrish wrote a genealogy on this man and his descendants. You can find it online. I know that Smith had his roots in Connecticut. The names dates and places seem to match up.
    I hope this helps.

  2. Would gen 2 be the marriage to Elizabeth Tisdale? I have as the source: Ellery Bicknell Crane, Historic homes and institutions and genealogical and personal memoirs of Worcester County, Massachusetts, 3 vols. (New York: Lewis Publishing Co,, 1907), Vol 2, pg 349. Of course, that source title makes me wonder if this is the right Smith.

  3. Here's John Smith's gravestone at the Old North Burying Ground in Ipswich. I'll go by on a rainy day to clean off the lichens so we can read it.

    1. The lichens are probably why I couldn't find it during my last trip to the Old North Burying Ground. Thanks for the photo, Gordon!