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Smith DNA Group R-M269-60 Reverend John Smith b 1620 ENG > Plymouth Colony

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Reverend John Smith b 1620 ENG m Susannah Hinckley

Rev. John Smith was one of the most interesting characters in Plymouth Colony History, where he appeared as a settler of Barnstable, 1630. In a deposition given by himself in 1651, he alleged that he was the son of THOMAS SMITH of Brinspittell, an old village just a few miles from Dorchester, England, and that he was b. there in 1614 and came to New England in 1630. There was a close relationship between him and Elder John Chipman of Barnstable (also our ancestor), who came from the same place in England and became his neighbor in New England, the families also intermarrying in succeeding generations. There is every indication of a relationship to both John and Richard Smith, first at Taunton, Mass., and also to a Richard Smith, wife Eleanor and sons, Richard and Thomas, who neighbored with Rev. John Smith subsequent to the first settlement of Woodbridge, New Jersey. Rev. John Smith was made freeman at Barnstable, 1640, joined the first church of Barnstable, 10-13-1640, of which Rev. John Lathrop was pastor; in 1643 he was a Member of Lieutenant Thomas Dimmock’s Company, of Militia at Barnstable; Deputy to the General Court, 1656-1657. Called “of the Church of the Puritans,” he asked for a repeal of the “Law Against the Quakers” in 1659. In 1657 he obtained official permission to frequent Quaker meetings. Where he acquired his ministerial training does not appear. In 1663 he succeeded Rev. William Sargent as pastor of the Barnstable Church. He and his father-in-law, Samuel Hinckley, were strong friends to the Quakers, but too liberal for the times. Dissensions arose and Rev. John Smith gave up his labors and removed to Long Island between 1663 and 1667, for in the latter year he was among the settlers of East Jersey, and named as one of the original associates, who received grants of land under the concessions of the proprietors and Governor Carteret’s plans for colonization. “Piscataway was settled under grant, dated Dec. 18, 1666, the grantees being John Martin, Charles Gilman, High Dun, and Hopewell Hull, and on 5-30-1668, Robert Dennis, John Smith, John Gilman and Benjamin Hull were announced associates.”
John Smith, however, settled at Woodbridge about 1670, receiving a grant of 512 acres there. In the “Association Agreement” he is called “John Smith of Barnstaple.” In New Jersey he was not a “pastor”. In the records he always as “John Smith, the mill-right”, to distinguish him from contemporaneous “John Smith, the Scotchman”,and sometines “the wheel-wright” or “meal-man”. At one time he ws proprietor of Auchter Kull, now Perth Amboy. He was the leading man of Woodbridge, if comparisons are justified. He aided in building the church and supporting the minister, was constable in 1669; Member of New Jersey Assembly; Town Clerk; Moderator, 1671; Assistant, 1670-71; agai Member of New Jersey Assembly; 1671-72, Justice. However the old associations of Barnstable evidently called hin, for he returned and in 1675 he was there again and made pastor of the Church in Sandwich. In 1688, at his own requewt his pastorate terminated, being them aged 74. In the church records appears an entry, “Mr. John Smith died Oct. 2 171-”(last figure obliterated, but probably 1710, i.e., age 96. The proof that Rev. John Smith of Barnstable and Sandwich and John Smith of Woodbridge were one and the same lies in a deed of exchange dated 2-26-1677, of his property in Woodbridge for other, with Nathaniel Fitz Randolph of Barnstable, and in the deed he is called both “John Smith of Sandwich” and “John Smith, Millwright’. In 1642, he was betrothed to Susanna Hinckley, bapt. 11-6-1625 at Tenterdan, Co. Kent, England, daughter of Samuel Hinckley and wife Sarah. They were married 6-13-1643 and had 13 children.- “Colonial Families of the United States”

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