Origin, Meaning, Family History and Smith Coat of Arms and Family Crest
Meaning, Origin, Etymology
The surname of Smith is of Anglo-Saxon origin meaning ‘to smite or strike’, The name refers to a smith, originally deriving from smið or smiþ, the Old English term meaning one who works in metal related to the word smitan, the Old English form of smite, which also meant strike (as in early 17th century Biblical English: the verb “to smite” = to hit). The different derivations of the surname Smith are an occupational name for a man who worked with metal (smith or blacksmith), other variants of this name are such as a man who worked with gold may have been called goldsmith. Originating in England it is one of the most prominent (if not the most) in the world. From the book “An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. With an Essay, on their Derivation and Import. By: William Arthur, M.A.” the following captions are taken and produce a bit of insight into the surname of Smith. (1) SMITH. The most common of all surnames, and might of itself furnish matter enough for a volume. The word is derived from the Anglo-Saxon Smitan, to smite or strike. (2) The New York City Directory for 1856 (in which the names of the heads of families only, are given,) contains the names of more than eighteen hundred Smiths, of whom seventy four are plain James Smiths, and one hundred and seventeen, John Smiths ! (3) This numerous family is the subject of many laughable anecdotes and witty sallies. A wag, on a certain occasion, coming late to the theater, and wishing to get a seat, shouted at the top of his voice, ” Mr. Smith’s house is on fire !” The house was thinned five per cent., and the man of humor found a snug seat. (4) But the best piece of humor relating to the name is the following which we take from Lower, which appeared some years since in the newspapers, under the title of “THE SMITHS. ” Some very learned disquisitions are just now going on in the journals touching the origin and extraordinary extension of the family of ‘ the Smiths: ” Industrious explorers after derivatives and nominal roots, they say, would find in the name of John Smith a world of mystery; and a philologist in the Providence Journal*, after having written some thirty columns for the enlightenment of the public thereanent, has thrown down his pen, and declared the subject exhaustless. ” Erom what has hitherto been discovered, it appears that the great and formidable family of the Smiths are the veritable descendants, in a direct line, from Shem, the son of Noah, the father of the Shemitish tribe, or the tribe of Shem ; and it is thus derived Shem, Shemit, Shmit, Smith. Another learned pundit, in the Philadelphia Gazette, contends for the universality of the name John Smith, not only in Great Britain and America, but among all kindred and nations on the face of the earth. Beginning with the Hebrew, he says, the Hebrews had no Christian names, consequently they had no Johns, and in Hebrew the name stood simply Shem or Shemit; but in the other nations John Smith is found at full, one and indivisible. Thus, Latin, Johannes Smithius ; Italian, Giovanni Smithi; Spanish, Juan Smithas; Dutch, Hans Schmidt ; French, Jean Smeets ; Greek, Τζον Σμιθ ; Russian, Jonloff Skmittowski ; Polish, Ivan Schmittiwciski ; Chinese, Jahon Shimmit; Icelandic, Jahne Smithson; Welsh, lihon Schmidd ; Tuscarora, Ton Qa Smittia ; Mexican, Jontli FSmitti. “And then, to prove the antiquity of the name, the same savant observes, that ‘ among the cartouches deciphered by Rosselini, on the temple of Osiris in Egypt, was found the name of Pharaoh Smithosis, being the ninth in the eighteenth dynasty of Theban kings. He was the founder of the celebrated temple of Smithopolis Magna.’ We heartily congratulate the respectable multitude of the Smiths on these profound researches researches which bid fair to explode the generally received opinion that the great family of the Smiths were the descendants of mere horse-shoers and hammer-men !”
Smith, Smyth, Smythe, Snuth, Simth, Smither, Smithers, Smithman, Smithson, Smithfield, Blacksmith, Whitesmith, Tinsmith, Brownsmith, Redsmith, Coppersmith, Greensmith, Silversmith, Goldsmith, Arrowsmith, Arsmith, Shoesmith, Sixsmith, Wildsmith, Wheelsmith, Smithson, Smisson, Schmid, Schmidt, Schmitt, Schmitz, Schmith, Schmied, Schmick, Schmidt, Schmitt, Schmitz, De Smid, De Smedt, Desmedt, De Smet, Desmet, Smeets, Smets, Smit, Smits, Smid, Smidt, Smed, De Smet, Smed
Early Marriage Records for Smith
George Smith married Alice Brien October 23, 1539 in Oxborough, Norfolk, England
John Smith married Margaret Squire 1539 in Metheringham, Lincoln, England
Thomas Smith married Marian Warren November 13, 1539 in Woodford, Wiltshire, England
Margareta Smith married Wylimo Halayn July 9, 1539 in Chislet, Kent, England
John Smith married Alice Doue July 18, 1541 in Saint Mary, Reading, Berkshire, England
John Smith married Margaret Laurence 1541 in Great Gransden, Huntingdon, England
William Smith married Katheren Garbett June 19, 1542 in East Knoyle, Wiltshire, England
Margaret Smith married Henrie Bolyant November 23, 1542 in Frostenden, Suffolk, England
John Smith married Joan Sheriffe February 27, 1543 in Lammas With Little Hautbois, Norfolk, England
Thomas Smith married Margery June 19, 1543 in Willesborough, Kent, England
Jenet Smith married John Law October 8, 1543 in Cantley, York, England
Robert Smith married Ellen Harlionn January 26, 1544 in St. Alkmund’s Derby, Derbyshire, England
George Smith married Elyzabeth January 7, 1545 in Willesborough, Kent, England
Johane H. Smith married John Tillam October 3, 1545 in Doddenham, Worcester, England
Willus Smith married Agnes Golder November 28, 1546 in Saint George Tombland, Norwich, Norfolk, England
Edmund Smith married Elizabeth Dewhurst November 13, 1547 in Middleton By Oldham, Lancashire, England
Scot Smith married Lyobin Lgonson October 24, 1548 in St. Mary, Long Stratton, Norfolk, England
Alicia Smith married Henricus Preistley August 19, 1548 in Swillington, York, England
Phoebe Smith married Isaac Platt March 12, 1640 in Milford, Connecticut
Benjamin Smith married Mary Clarke June 10, 1641 in Dedham, Massachusetts
John Smith married Susanna Hinkley 1642 in Barnstable, Massachusetts
Stephen Smith married Susanna Hinckley 1643 in Machias, Maine
Sarah Smith married Stephen Arnold November 24, 1646 in Rehoboth, Massachusetts
John Smith married Sarah Hunt 1647 in Lancaster, Massachusetts
Richard Smith married Mary Kirby October 6, 1647 in Sudbury, Massachusetts
Nehemiah Smith married Anne Bourne January 21, 1649 in Mansfield, Massachusetts
Anne Smith married John Allyn November 19, 1651 in Springfield, Massachusetts
Hannah Smith married Joseph Hills November 1653 in Malden, Massachusetts
Anne Smith married John Moore November 16, 1654 in Sudbury, Massachusetts
Christopher Smith married Mary (or Martha) Metcalfe June 2, 1654 in Dedham, Massachusetts
Richard Smith married Joanna Quarils on June 2, 1654 in Boston, Massachusetts
Elizabeth Smith married James Sanford December 1656 in Boston, Massachusetts
Judith Smith married Richard Tozer May 3, 1656 in Boston, Massachusetts
Abigail Smith married John Adams 1657 in Hartford, Connecticut
Elizabeth Smith married John MacDaniell May 17, 1658 in Boston, Massachusetts
Abigail Smith married George Lilly 1659 in Reading, Massachusetts
Daniel Smith married Ester Chickering October 20, 1659 in Dedham, Massachusetts
Samuel Smith married Susanna Read December 13, 1659 in Boston, Massachusetts
Richard Smith married Hannah Chcney November 1660 in Ipswich, Massachusetts
Popularity & Geographic Distribution
The last name Smith ranks 123rd in popularity worldwide as of the 2014 Census and approximately 4,628,066 people carry the Smith surname worldwide. The name ranks particularly high in the following six states: Texas, California, Florida, New York, Georgia, and North Carolina. It ranks highest in the following countries: United States (2,975,649), England (632,690), Canada (192,207), Australia (183,242), South Africa (182,680), Scotland (64,034)
Early Bearers of Surname
Early examples of the name Smith were sometimes Latinised in the records to Faber. This name appears in the records from the 1066 Domesday Book onwards. However, the surname Smith has appeared in all records from the very earliest times and pre-dates the Domesday Book.
John Smith (1580 – 1631), explorer and writer, who helped to found the state of Virginia
Eceard Smid 975 A.D., English Surname Register for County Durham.
Julian’ le Smithes 1279 in Hundred Rolls (Oxon)
Mergareta del Smythes 1379 in Poll Tax (Todwick, WR Yorks)
Benedictus atte Smethes 1627 in Poll Tax (Bramley, Yorks)
Elnor Smiths 1627 in IGI (Chester, Cheshire)
Robert Smiths 1651 in IGI (Stepney, Middlesex)
Peetter Smiths 1667 in IGI (Armley, WR Yorks)
John Smiths 1716 in IGI (Aikton, Cumb)
History, Genealogy & Ancestry
There are numerous sources on the Smith surname that contain genealogical information we have chosen just a few to list in this section.
SMITH OF ANNESBROOK
Smith, Henry Stephen, Esq. of Annesbrook, co. Meath, J.P., Lieut-Col., formerly Major Londonderry Militia, and Lieut. 64th regt.; married 1st 1860, Georgina (deceased), daughter of Raymond Pelly, Esq. and has issue; and 2nd Miss Savile. Lineage~This family is presumed to have come originally from co. York. John Smith, who possessed, temp. Charles I., the estates of Coolestown and Maine, Louth, left a son, Jeremiah Smith, who was twice married, By his 1st marriage he had one son, Edward to whom he gave up the estates of Maine, and who was Capt. in the Battle-Axe Guard; he died before his father, leaving one child a daughter who inherited the estate of Maine and married Hugh Stafford, Esq. By his 2nd marriage with Alice the daughter of Harry Townley, Esq. of Aclare Castle, co. Louth, he had issue 1) Harry, Recorder of Drogheda who succeeded his father, but dying unmarried left the Louth property to his brother, Rev. townley Smith and his nephew Tenison Smith, son of his brother Tenison, and his Meath property of Beabeg to his brother Jeremiah. 2) Townley (Rev.) of Mansfeildstown, who left one son, Tenison who died unmarried. 3) Jeremiah of Beabeg married Margaret the daughter of Adam Schoales, Esq. of Drogheda and was succeeded by his son Henry. 4) Tenison from whom descended a branch of the family which about 1760, removed to England and was represented by Admiral Edward Tyrrell Smith. 5) Hamilton 6) Mary Ann married 1st Charles Sandford, Esq. of Kilkenny; and 2nd William Foster, Esq. of Dunleer, co. Louth. Arms~ Arg. on a bend between two bulls’ heads erased az. armed or, three lonzenges of hte last. Crest~A demi-bull salient az. armed and unguled or. Motto~Deleetat amor patriae. Seat~Annesbrook, Dulcek, co. Meath.
SMITH OF ASPLEY HOUSE
Smith, Maria Dale, and Julia Charlotte Elizabeth of Aspley House, Beds. Lineage~ Edward Smith, M.D. of Coventry, married Miss Lamb the daughter and co-heir of William Lamb, Esq. of Farndish, co. Northampton, and sister of Judith, wife of Sir Edward Noel, Bart. of Kirkby Malory who became 1745 Baron Wentworth, and was subsequently raised to a Viscounty, 1762. By the co-heiress of Lamb, Dr. Smith had an only child, The Rev. Edward Sawyer Smith, Incumbent of Rodmartin, co. Gloucester. He married 1744, Diana, the daughter and co-heiress of Thomas, only brother of Richard Orlebar, Esq. of Hinwick House, Co. Bedford, last male representative of the senior branch of the Orledars of Puddington, and was succeeded at his decease 1756 by his only son, The Rev. Edward Orlebar Smith, of Aspley House, Recrot of Hulcote, co. Bedford and subsequently of Bletchley, Bucks. He married 1779 to Charlotte the daughter and co-heir (by Mary his wife the daughter of the celebrated antiquary, Brown Willis of Whaddon Hall, Bucks) of the Rev. Edward Hervey of Chiltern House, Bucks, and of Aspley House, co. Bedford, son of Edward Hervey, Esq. of Chiltern Bucks, by Helen his wife, sister and co-heir of Sir Villiers Chernocke, Bart of Hulcotte, and had issue 1) Charley Hervey of Aspley House 2) Edward Orlebar (Rev.), Rector of Hulcote, J.P., married May 1822, his cousin Julia (who died June 19, 1834), the youngest daughter of Rev. Thomas Willis, and sister of John Willis Fleming, Esq. of Stoneham Park, M.P. for Hants. 3) Boteler Chernocke, J.P. for Beds, married 1st 1816, Caroline the daughter of Rev. Charles Gardiner, which lady died 1818; and 2nd 1823, Sarah the daughter of Dr. Whitby, M.D. of Warren House, near Ashby-de-la-Zouch, by who he left at his decease, one son and three daughters, Boteler Chernocke; Charlotte; Sarah; and Julia. 4) Charlotte Hervey died unmarried 1846. 5) Jane Maria died unmarried 1846. 6) Eliza Diana 7) Anna Penelope married 1831, John Marshal, Esq. and died August 1835. Mr. Smith died April 27, 1819 and was succeeded by his son Charles Hervey Smith, Esq. of Aspley House. Arms~Arg., three demi-savages between nine crosses-crosslet sa. Crest~An oak tree ppr, with acorns of gold. Motto~Non deficit alter. Seats~ Aspley House, near Woburn, Salfrod near Woburn
SMITH OF BLACKWOOD HOUSE
Smith, Eaglesfield Bradshaw, Esq. of Blackwood House, co. Dumfries and Eyam, co. Derby, J.P. for co. Dumfries married Elizabeth Macdonald the daughter of Norman Lockhart, Esq. of Tarbrax of the family of Lee and Carnwath, and has issue, 1) Eaglesfield Bradshaw Archibald Lockhart, died November 1871. 2) Elizabeth Macdonald Bradshaw married Rev. J.P. Macmorland of Minto, co. Roxburgh. 3) Phillis Normania Bradshaw. 4) Julith Aemilia Bradshaw. Mr. Smith is the son of the late Eaglesfield Smith, Esq. of Eyam, co. Derby, and of Blackwood House, co. Dumfries, by his wife Judith Elizabeth the daughter of Sir Paulus Aemilius Irving, Bart. of Wood House and Robgill. He has two brothers, Paulus Aemilius Irving Smith and Rev. Pierce Galliard Smith. Residences~ Blackwood House, Ecclefechan; and Eyham, Bakewell, co. Derby.
LEADBITTER-SMITH OF FLASS HALL
Leadbitter-Smith, John, Esq. of Flass Hall co. Durham, J.P., born July 16, 1788 married November 24, 1810 Anne the daughter of Thomas Storey, Esq. of Fawdon, co. Northumberland (by his wife Anne, daughter of John Smith, Esq. of Warton, in the same co. by his wife Anne daughter of Edward Loraine, Esq. son of Sir Thomas Lornine, 1st bart. of Kirke Harle) and by her has surviving issue 1) Matthew Edward, Captain North Durham Militia born October 12, 1841; married October 29, 1870, Adela Alice, the daughter of Lieut.-col. W.H. Graham, R.E., and has issue i) William Edward Joseph born October 18, 1871 ii) John Francis born January 2, 1873 iii) Mary Ethelreda Louisa born August 14, 1875 iv) Adela Monica Josephine born March 19, 1877. 2) Marianne Clara born August 14, 1859. Mr. Leadbitter-Smith assumed the additional name of Smith by royal license, on succeeding to the Flass estates, under the will of Jane, Lady Peat. Arms—Quarterly : 1st and 4th, per pale gu. and az. on a chevron engrailed or, between three bezants each charged with a cross pattee fitchee sa. as many crosses pattee fitchee of the last, for Smith ; 2nd and 3rd, gu., on a chevron or, between three bezants as many crosses patonce of the field, for Leadbitter. Crests—1st. A stag lodged arg. semee of estoiles az. attired and gorged with an Eastern crown, the chain reflexed over the back or, for SMITH; 2nd, A griffin’s head sa. erased gu. pierced through the mouth with an arrow fessways or. Motto— Vigilans. Seats—Flacs Hall, Durham.
SMITH OF CAMER
Smith-Masters, Allan William, Esq. of Camer, Kent, M.A. Brasenose Coll. Oxford 1875, J.P. for Kent born March 13, 1850; married October 19, 1876 Mary the daughter of Philip Smith Coxe, Esq. Lineage~ The family of Masters, from which the Smiths derived the estate of Camer, was settled there for centuries. In a parish rating of the 16th century, the name appears, and it is also in all the oldest books of the parish. The heiress of Camer, Catherine Masters the only child of George Masters of Camer married William Smith the younger brother of the grandfather of Sir Charles Smith, Bart. of Suttons, Essex and had issue George, William, Charles, Rebecca, Catherine and Elizabeth. William was succeeded by his eldest son George Smith. Arms~1st and 4th, SMITH, sa., a fess cottised wavy between three martlets or; 2nd and 3rd MASTERS. Crests~ 1st, A talbot statant sa. collared and chain reflexed over the back or, for SMITH; 2nd MASTERS. Seat~Camer in Meopham, Kent.
TAYLOR-SMITH OF COLPIKE HALL.
Taylor-Smith, Edward, Esq. of Colpike Hall, and Broadwood Park, co. Durham, J.P. born March 28, 1803; married 1st September 29, 1829 Anne the only daughter of Isaac Nicholson, Esq. of Penrith, Cumberland and by her (who died 1868) has issue, 1) George Garby, of Broadwood Park, born 1834 married November 25, 1862, Clare the 3rd daughter of James Holdforth, J.P. of Burley, near Leeds and has an only surviving child, Edith. 2) Edward Nicholson born 1836 married a daughter of William Briggs, Esq. of Hylton Castle, co. Durham, High Sheriff thercot in 1870 and has two sons. 3) William (Rev.) a Priest born 1838. 4) Thomas of Urpeth Lodge, co. Durham born 1840 married January 8, 1879, Louisa the youngest daughter of William Kidson, Esq. of 34, Leinster Square, Bayswater. 5) James born 1842 married 1868 Elizabeth the eldest daughter of John Kidson, Esq. of Sunderland, co. Durham J.P. and has issue daughters. 6) Margaret Annie married 1870, Richard Joseph Kay, the youngers son of Michael Kay, Esq. of Birtley, co. Durham. Mr. Taylor-Smith married 2nd 1873 Mary the daughter of John Pexall Kidson, Esq. of Sunderland. He succeeded Jane, Lady Peat November 1842 and assumed by royal license May 12, 1843 the surname of SMITH, after his patronymic TAYLOR, and the arms of SMITH quarterly with those of TAYLOR. Arms~Quarterly; 1st and 4th, per pale gu. and az. on a chevron engrailed or, between three bezants each charged with a cross patte fitchee sa. as many crosses pattee fitchee of the last, for SMITH; 2nd and 3rd arg., a saltire engrailed gu. between two einque foils in pale vert and as many winged between two cinquefoils in pale vert and as many winged hearts in fess of the second for TAYLOR. Crests~1st, SMITH, a stag lodged arg. semee of estoiles az. attired and gorged with an Eastern crown, the chain reflexed over the back or; 2nd TAYLOR, A horse’s head couped sa. gorged with a plain collar and pendent therefrom a shield arg. charged with a cinquefoil vert. MOTTO~ Vigilans. Seat~ Colpike Hall, Lanchester, Durham.
SMITH OF CONSALL HALL.
Smith, Hyde Sergison, Esq. of Consall Hall, co. Stafford, late Capt. 12 Lancers born March 1838; married April 30, 1878 Margaret Jane the only daughter of Isaac Kempson, Esq. of Coton Hall, near Burton-on-Trent. Lineage~ George Smith, Esq. of Goldicote, and of Spetsbury House, Dorset, an officer in the Royal Horse Guards, the representative of this family married 1796 Frances the daughter and co-heiress of Thomas Grace Smith, Esq. of Normanton Turville, co. Leicester and had issue 1) George Staveley married twice and had issue 2) Gustavus Thomas of Goldicote House, Stratford-on-Avon, born 1800, Captain in the Queen’s Bays succeeded his father 1836 married 1st 1830 Sarah the eldest daughter of the Rev. N. Yates who died without issue February 1852 and 2nd April 25, 1853 Caroline widow of Sir John Mordaunt 9th Bart. of Massingham by whom he left at decease January 6, 1875 two daughters. 3) William Corbet, of Bitteswell Hall, co. Leicester, Capt. 1st Dragoon Guards married June 24, 1840, Hon. Emily St. John the daughter of Henry 4th Viscount Bolinbroke, and died 1847, leaving a daughter Emma Emily Corbet married 1862 John du Plat Taylor Esq. and has issue; and Corbet born February 1, 1845, now of Bitteswell Hall, late Lieut. in the Royal Dragoons. 4) Charles Sergison, of Consall Hall, co. Stafford late an officer in the 1st Dragoon Guards born 1803 married March 6, 1834 , Georgiana the 3rd daughter of Hon. Herbert Gardner, the 4th son of Alan 1st Lord Gardner; she died October 31, 1848, and he died Sept 29, 1878 leaving issue i) Hyde Sergison now of Consall Hall, near Leek, co. Stafford. ii) Walter FitzWaring born April 1, 1845; married October 10, 1871, Mary Louisa Catherine Buckeridge Durant, and has issue a son Percy, and two daughters. iii) Charles Holled, Capt 60th Rifles. iv) Florence Cornwall. 5) Francis died unmarried. 6) Frances died unmarried. Arms~ Arg., on a bend between two unicorns’ heads erased az. three lozenges or. Crest~ A unicorn’s head erased sa. Motto~Virtus in arduis. Seat~ Goldicote, Stratford-on-Avon.
THE DICTIONARY OF AUSTRALASIAN BIOGRAPHY
SMITH, HON. (ARTHUR) BRUCE, M.L.A., is the fourth son of the late Captain William Howard Smith, of Melbourne, Vict., founder of the well-known ship-owning firm of Howard Smith & Sons. He was born in 1851, and in 1866 entered upon a mercantile career, which he followed until the year 1872. He then retired from commercial pursuits, with a view to qualifying himself for the bar, and entered the Melbourne University, for which he had matriculated in the previous year. He remained at that university one year, after which he proceeded to London and entered as a student at the Inner Temple in Dec. 1873 being called to the bar in Jan. 1877. He returned to Victoria in 1878, where he practised at the bar for two years. In 1880 he was admitted to the New South Wales bar, and commenced practice in Sydney. Having turned his attention to politics, he was in 1884 elected to the Legislative Assembly. On Sir Henry Parkes’ accession to power, in March 1889, he accepted the portfolio of Public Works, which office he retained till August 1891, when on the retirement of Mr. McMillan, he accepted the position of Colonial Treasurer, which he retained till the defeat of the of the Ministry in Oct. of that year. He is the author of a political treatise on the limit of State functions, entitled “Liberty and Liberalism.”
SMITH, SIR EDWIN THOMAS, K.C.M.G., M.P., is the son of the late Edwin Smith, of Walsall, England, where he was born in 1831, and educated at Queen Mary’s Grammar School. Having emigrated to South Australia in 1853, he became a brewer in a large way of business, and was Mayor of Kensington and Norwood in 1868, 1869, 1870, 1872 and 1873, and of Adelaide in 1880, 1881, 1882, 1887 and 1888. He has been member for East Torrens in the Legislative Assembly since 1871, and was Minister of Education in Mr.(now Sir) John Bray’s second Government, from March to June 1884. He was a Commissioner for South Australia to the various international and intercolonial exhibitions in which that colony took part between 1876 and 1888; and in 1887 was the principal promoter of the Adelaide Jubilee Exhibition, of which he was Vice-President. In recognition of his services in connection with the latter he was created K.C.M.G. in 1888. Sir Edwin married, first, in 1857, Florence, daughter of Robert Stock, of Clifton, who died in 1862; and, secondly, in 1869, Elizabeth, daughter of Edward Spicer, of Adelaide.
SMITH, HON. SIR FRANCIS VILLENEUVE, B.A., late Chief Justice of Tasmania, eldest son of the late Francis Smith, formerly of Lindfield, Sussex, and a London merchant, and latterly of Campania, Tasmania, by his wife, a daughter of M. Jean Villeneuve, was born on Oct. 3rd, 1819. He was educated at London University, where he took a first prize in International Law and a second prize in English Equity, and graduated B.A. in 1840. In Nov. 1838 he entered at the Middle Temple, and was called to the Bar in May 1842, being admitted to that of Tasmania in Oct. 1848, and Attorney-General in 1854, only taking office on condition of being at liberty to oppose the influx of convicts into the colony. In 1851 he was nominated to the Legislative Council, and became a member of the Executive Council, and became a member of the Executive Council in 1855. Sir Francis, who had opposed the introduction of responsible government on the ground that the colony did not possess a leisured class from whom suitable ministers could be drawn, and that the system would involve constant changes of administration, was nevertheless a member of the first House of Assembly and Attorney-General in the first responsible ministry formed under Colonel Champ in Nov. 1856, and which held office till Feb. 1857. From April to May 1857 he was Attorney-General in the first Weston Ministry, and then formed a Government of his own, in which he was Premier and Attorney-General, till Nov. 1860, when he went on to the bench as a Puisne Judge, being appointed Chief Justice in 1870. This post he held till 1885, when he was succeeded by Sir W.L. Dobson, Sir Francis, who was knighted in 1862, and who now resides in England, administered the government of the colony on three occasions during interregnums in the governorship. He married, on May 4th, 1851, Sarah, daughter of the late Rev. George Giles, LL.D.
SMITH, HON. GEORGE PATON, M.L.A., sometime Attorney-General of Victoria, was born at Berwick-on-Tweed in 1829. In 1855 he emigrated to Victoria and started as a draper in Sandhurst. In 1858 he relinquished business, and took employment in Melbourne as a reporter on the Argus. The next year he became editor of the Leader the weekly journal published in connection with the Melbourne age; and of the latter paper was subsequently sub-editor and, for a short time, editor. Whilst engaged as a journalist, Mr. Smith was admitted to the Victorian Bar in Sept. 1861, and in 1865 was elected to the Legislative Assembly for South Bourke as a Liberal and Protectionist. From July 1868 to Sept. 1869 Mr. Smith was Attorney-General in the second McCulloch Ministry, but at the General Election in Jan. 1871 he did not seek re-election for South Bourke. In 1874, however, he was again returned unopposed, and sat till 1877, when the constituency was divided, and Mr. Smith was returned for the Boroondara portion. He died on Dec. 9th, 1877.
FAMILIES OF EARLY HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT (SMITH)
Arthur Smith died 1654 married Margaret who also married Stephen Hart and Joseph Nash. She died March 1, 1693-94. Arthur was an early member of the 1 Church. His name can be found on Founders Monument. Their children: John born 1643; Mary born Feb 1644-45; Hannah born 1649; Arthur born April 20, 1651 married Sarah Newell; and Elizabeth married Thomas Thompson. An original proprietor; his home lot in 1639 was on the highway now Elm St.; fence-viewer 1639; constable 1642. He was allowed Feb. 16, 1639-40 to have half of Thomas Alcock’s lot, which had been forfeited. Appointed with Thomas Woodford to attend upon the townsmen, and to do any official services required by them Feb. 1639-40. Inv. Nov. 29, 1655 380-2-6. Hinman says he was a soldier in the bloody battle with the Pequots at Mystic Fort in 1637 where he was severely wounded, and was rescued from the flames of the fort by his brother soldiers.
Giles Smith died 1669 in Fairfield married Eunice Porter the widow of Jonathan Porter of Huntington, Long Island. Giles was an early member of 1 Church. He moved to Fairfield. Their children: Joanna born March 25, 1649; Samuel; Eleazer married Rebecca Rowland; John; Elian; Elizabeth; and Anna married Francis Andrews. An inhabitant who received land “by the courtesie of the town”, his home lot in 1639 was on Main St. on the corner of what is now Charter Oak St. a small lot cut off from the square occupied by George Wyllys. He sold 20 acres to Thomas Hosmer March 6, 1642; Philip Davis bought his land and tenement. He was one of the earliest settlers at New London, but removed from there to Fairfield where was in 1651; he left a second wife Eunice, no the mother of his children.
Joseph Smith died 1689-90 married April 20, 1656 Lydia Huit the daughter of Rev. Ephraim Huit of Windsor. Their children: Joseph born March 1657 married Rebecca Dickinson; Samuel born May 1658 died October 1660; Ephraim born Sept. 8, 1659 married Rachel Cole Farmington; Lydia born April 1661 died October 1664; Simon born August 2, 1662 married Hannah (Bliss) Haley; Nathaniel born October 1664 married Esther Dickinson; Lydia born February 14, 1665-6 married 1st Lamrock Flowers 2nd John Janes; Susannah born June 1667 married John Dickinson; Mary of Weth born November 1668; Martha born March 1670 married Barnabas Hinsdale; Benjamin born July 21, 1671 of London; Elizabeth born November 1672 married Joseph Gilbert; Sarah born April 1674 married John Spencer October 4, 1693; Edward born June 19, 1677; and Mercy born November 16, 1679.
Richard Smith married 1st Sarah and 2nd Mary. Their children: Joseph baptized February 18, 1676-7; George baptized July 21, 1678; John baptized May 2, 1680.
Arthur Smith the son of Arthur and Margaret died 1712 married 1st Sarah Newell baptized Feb. 18, 1654-55 daughter of Thomas Newell of Farm and Rebecca Olmsted. 2nd Phebe. Children by 1st Marriage: Sarah born April 14, 1684; Samuel born March 28, 1686; Hannah born October 4, 1688; Elizabeth born April 5, 1690 married John Brown of Middtn. Children by Arthur’s 2nd marriage: Phebe born Sept. 4, 1701 married 1st Dr. Jonathan Ensign married 2nd Daniel Hall. William Baker, Samuel Hall and wife Phebe, Hannah Smith sell land 1746 to Samuel Butler of Wethfd.
Early American Immigration and New World Settlers
Smith Settlers in United States in the 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th Century
Osmond Smith, who arrived in Virginia in 1620
Austen Smith, who landed in Virginia in 1622-1623
Austin Smith, who arrived in Virginia in 1623]
Osborne Smith, who landed in Virginia in 1623
Osten Smith, who landed in Jamestown, Va in 1624
Elinor Smith, who landed in Virginia in 1704
John William Smith, aged 14, who landed in New York in 1711
Crispianus Smith, who landed in Virginia in 1712
Augustine Smith, who arrived in Virginia in 1713
Ambrose Joshua Smith, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
Charles R Smith, who arrived in New York in 1801
Jeremiah Smith, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1803
Jenny Smith, aged 26, who arrived in New York, NY in 1803
M E Smith, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1804
Matt Smith, who arrived in America in 1805
Joe Smith, who landed in Arkansas in 1904
Jens Nissen Smith, who arrived in Wisconsin in 1914
Charles Victor Smith, who landed in Alabama in 1918
Christian Anholm Smith, who landed in Wisconsin in 1922
Agnes Sybil Smith, aged 26, who arrived in Colorado in 1948
Smith Settlers in Canada in the 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th Century
Peter Smith, who arrived in Newfoundland in 1689
Constantine Smith, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
James Smith, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
James Smith, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
Mark Smith, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
Martha Smith, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
Donald Smith, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1801
Michael Hayden Smith, who arrived in Canada in 1812
James Smith, who arrived in Canada in 1812
James Smith, who landed in Canada in 1812
John Smith, who arrived in Canada in 1812
Miss M A Smith, who landed in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907
Smith Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
George Smith, English convict from Kent, who was transported aboard the “Ann” on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia
Jarvis Smith, English convict from Leicester, who was transported aboard the “Ann” on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia
John Smith, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the “Ann” on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia
William Smith, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the “Ann” on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia
George Smith, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the “Almorah” on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia
Smith Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
Charles Smith, who landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1836
William Smith, who landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1836
Abram Smith, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
R H Smith, who landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1840
C.B. Smith, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
Benigno Numine. By benign Providence.
Canada. Prevost, bt.
Cum plena magis. Rather when she is full.
Dabit qui dedit. He will give who gave.
Delectat amor patrice. The love of country delights.
Dominus salus mea. The Lord is my safety.
Dum spiro spero. While I have breath I hope.
En Dieu est mon esqioir. In God is my hope.
Ex usu commodum. Advantage from its use.
Floret qui vigilat. He is prosperous who is vigilant.
Honeste,fortiter. Honourably and bravely.
In medio tutissimus. In the middle path safest.
In seipso totus teres. Fully furnished in himself.
Kur, deu, res, pub, tra. For God and the commonwealth.
Luceo non uro. I shine, but do not burn.
Macle. Go forward.
Marte et ingenio. By war and wit.
Mature. In good time.
Spero autem in Domino. My hope is in God.
Mors la vita. Death in life.
Non deficit alter. (Virg. JEn. vi. 143.) Another is not wanting.
Non in vita. Not in life.
Non invita. Not by constraint.
Per saxa per ignes. By rocks, by fires.
Pro rege et patria. For my king and country.
Pro rege et patria pugnans. Fighting for my king and country.
Propositi tenax. Firm of purpose.
Quid capit, capitur. What takes is taken.
Rap it ense triumphos. He gains victories by the sword.
Semper fidelis. Always faithful.
Smite on, quoth Smith.
Spero meliora. I hope for better things.
Spes decus et robur. Hope is honour and strength.
Suaviter, fortiter. Gently, boldly.
Tenax et fidelis. Persevering and faithful.
Tenax infide. Steadfast in faith.
SMYTH,….Cheshire….temp. Hen. VII: arg., on a fesse betw. three demi griffins couped sa., as many Bezants. Crest, a demi-griffin erased sa., collared arg., collared with a fesse arg. Barker’s Grants, Harl. MSS. 1422, fo, 29, and 5846, fo 92; Add, MS. 26,702, fo. 42
SMYTHE,….(No 1) crest, an arm in pale garnished chequy arg. and vert., the hand holding iij darts or. Barker’s Grants, Harl. MS. 5846, fo. 92; Stowe MS. 692, fo. 86, of Essex.
SMYTH,….(No. 2) crest (with the greyhound, three) dragons’ heads erased arg., spotted sa., langued and cared gu. Barker’s Grants, Harl. MS 5846, fo 92; Stowe, MS 692, fo. 86.
SMYTH,…. (of Stratford-on-Avon, co. Warwick), temp. Hen. VII.; arg., 2 or 3 greyhounds conrant (in pale sa.), 9 cross crosslets fitchee (or crosses patees) gu. or sa. Crest, a griffin’s head erased arg. pellette. Barker’s Grants, Harl. MS 1422, fo 28; Add. MS 26,702, fo. 42 (Two families, on of Stratford and another of Shirford, co. Warw. see Burkes Armory).
SMYTH….an innkeeper in the town of Huntingdon, 1594, by Wm. Dethick, Gart. Arms, the ancient arms of Chamberlayne, entered by R. Brooke, York Her., arg., a chevron betw. three leopards faces gu. Crest, a crescent, thereon a leopards face gu., “of Water Newton in Huntingdonshire.” Harl. MSS. 1453, fo. 32 and 3526 fo. 8.
SMITH,….by Cooke ….arg., on a chevron cottised betw. 3 cross crosslets gu. as many marlets or. Harl. MS. 1359, fo 118; Add. MS. 4966 fo. 101; Stowe MS. 670, fo. 70
SMITH….of co. Glone, confirmed…. Feb. 1614-15, by Camden; or, ou a fesse gu. betw. 3 satires sa. as many fleurs-de-lis arg. Harl. MSS. 1422, fo. 38 and 6095, fo. 28.
SMITH….of Binderton Sussex. Add. MS. 4966, fo. 18,….by Segar.
SMITH….of London, merchant, azure, two bars between three escallops or, by R. St. George, Clar. Harl. MS. 1105, fo. 7.
SMITH….of Brindley, Cheshire, azure, on a fess or between three wolves’ heads erased argent as many fleurs-de-lys sable, by R. St. George, Clar. Stowe MS 703, fo. 73.
SMITH….of Westminster, by W. Ryley, Lane. Her. Stowe MS 703, fo. 63.
SMYTH,….,Alderman and Salter, of Broad St. (died at his house at Hammersmith Oct. 1667), by Sir Ed. Bysshe. Stowe MS> 677, fo. 25.
SMITH, ANDREW, of Yateley, Hants, descended of John Smith of Thackstead, Essex, 12 Jan. 1579-80, by Sir G. Dethick, Gart. Harl. MS 1441, fo. 90; Q’s Coll. Oxf. MS. 145, fo. 48; Harl. MS. 5887, fo. 38.
SMITH, ANNE, wife to Sir John Yorke, Sheriff of London, 1 Dec. 1549, by Hawley. Add. MS> 16,940, fo. 203; Harl. MSS. 578, fol. 9 and 3526, fo. 9 (which has “Smith of London”).
SMITH, ANTHONY, of Milford, Surrey, Esq., on of the band of gent. pentioners to Chas. II., who was also servant to Chas. I., 4 June 1662, by Sir E. Walker, Gart. Her. Coll., fo. 47.
SMITH, THOMAS, brother of Anthony, and to the heirs of Anthony their father; new arms 29 June 1667, by Sir E. Bysshe, Clar. Add. MS. 14,293, fo. 2; Guil. 163; argt., a bend betw. two unicorns’ heads erased azure.
SMITH, CHRISTOPHER, of London, one of the proctors of the Arches, by Sir G. Dethick, Cooke and Flower. Harl. MS. 1441, fo. 76; Q’s Coll. Oxf. MS. 145, fo. 25; Harl. MS. 5887, fo. 44.
SMITH, EDMOND, of Middx. (s. and h. of Peter, of Tudenham, Suff., s. and h. of Robert, of Bury-St-Edmunds), confirmed 5 May 1561, by Hervey. Add. MS. 16,940, fo. 21; Harl. MS 1470, fo. 27, 140, copy of grant, Birt. Mus.; Guil 292.
SMITH, EDWARD, of London, arg., a fess vert betw. 3 ogresses, by Camden. Morgan’s Sphere, 117.
SMITH, EDWARD, of London, Esq., s. of John, of Bourton-on-the-Wolds, co. Leic., s. of Paul, of the same, 29 Oct. 1667, by Walker, Gart. Harl. MSS. 1172, fo. 37, and 1144, fo. 37.
SMITH, EDWARD, 1671, in Burke, see William, etc. Harl. MS. 1172, fo. 39.
SMITH, GAWEN, one of her Majestics dromers, (crest) on the top of a pillar (ppr.) a spear (sphere) or, 1587, by Cooke, “the engineer without Aldgate, one of the drumsters to Queen Elizabeth.” Harl. MSS. 1359, fo. 110, 587, fo. 4 and 3526, fo. 4: Berry, Arms: arg., a saltire wavy az., an inescocheon or, guttee de sang (poix), thereon a lion rampt. sa., armed gu., see Add. MS 4966, fo. 56.
SMITH, GEORGE, of London, s. of John of Sleghill, Westmorld., gent. 23 March 1576-7 in Q’s Coll. Of. MS. 145, fo. 42. See John.
SMITH, HENRY, of Old Stretford, co. Warwick, 20 May 1668, by Sir E. Walker, Gart. Her. Coll., fo. 73.
SMITH, HUGH (s. of John), of Long Ashton, Somers’, ratified and confirmed 1568 “by all the Kings and Heralds”; grant of crest (a griffin’s head) by Hawley, 36 Hen. VIII. C. 22 (Visit of Somersetsh., 1623), fo. 344, Her. Coll.; Guil. 262; Harl. MS. 1116, fo. 43.
SMITH, HUMPHREY, of Charlton, par. of Vainton, s. of John, of Columpton, etc., crest 4 June 1574, by Cooke. Stowe MS. 676, fo. 44; Q’s Coll. Oxf. MS. 37, fo. 57, copy of grant.
SMITH, HUMFREY, s. and h. of john, of Collumpton, dec, etc., 30 Mar. 1583, by Sir G. Dethick. (Justice Smith) Harl. MS> 1441, fo. 80; Q’s Coll. Oxf. MS. 145, fo. 31. Alteration.
SMITH, HUMPHREY, of Farmington, co. Glone., and William, of London, grandsons of Humfrey Smith, recotr of Castle Easton, Wilts, benefactor to the College of Arms; Warrant 7 Oct. 1674, certified by Dugdale, Norr.; per pale erm. and erminois, an eagle displayed sa. MS. Ashm. 858, fo. 239-40, copy of grant, Bodleian Lib.
SMITH, ISRAEL, eldest Capt. in Col. Ewer’s reg (see that name), 23 Feb. 1647-8, by Sir Ed. Bysshe, Add. MS. 26,758, fo. 14; (Stowe S. 677, fo. 36) copy of grant).
SMITH, JAMES, of London and Bray, Berks (in Bysshe’s Grants), S. of James, of Cookham, Berks, 23 an. 1653-4, by Bysshe, Gart. Add. MS. 26,758, fo. 16; Stowe MS. 677, fo. 49; MS. Ashm. 858, fo. 228-9; Harl. MS. 6832, fo. 413.
SMITH, JAMES, of New Windsor, Berks, see under William SMITH of Old Windsor.
SMITH, SIR JOHN, KNT., Alderm. and Sheriff of London, s. of James,, of Bray, by Sir E. Bysshe, Clar. (Harl. MS. 1105, fo. 39); Bysshe’s Grants, 30.
SMYTHE,(JOHN), of Bristol, lord of Stryden, co. Glouc., “quarterly, azure & golde, a fesse owndy cottessed, thereon a griffen betwene ij mullets, upon eche quarter a Bulls head and a griffin counterchanged of the felde; his creste a demye griffen azure issant oute of a cressant gold, wreath ar. and sa., mantlet g. lined ar., b. (balls or tassels) or.” Barker’s Grants, Stowe MS. 692, fo. 84; Harl. MS. 5846, fo. 93; John, 9 May, Harl. MS. 1544; Add. MS> 16,940, fo. 205 (has “John Smithe of Bristowe, Somersetshire, a Pattent of armes and crest given unto him the ix of Maye in the Xxxvjth yere of Henry the VIII” (1544)).
SMYTH, JOHN, of Walden, Essex, descended of honest lineage, all his ancestors and predecessors bearing arms, but being uncertain, etc; arms. sa., a fesse dancettee, etc.; crest, a demy-lion reguardant, holdin in the deter paw a spear ppr.; 12 March 1545-6, 36 H. VIII., by Barker. Lansd. MS. 210 fo. 70; Stowe MS. 692, fo. 82; Grants I., 211; by Barker, Gart., 1545, 35 H. VIII., a note in Harl. MS. 5846, fo. 93, in another hand. (His 2nd son Sir Thomas, secretary to Edw. VI and Q. Eliz., Chancellor of the Order of the Garter, quartering Charnock and impaling the arms of Karkike and Wilford (his two wives); Crest, a salamander regnardant in flames proper, ducally gorged or, see Visitation 1552, 1558 and 1612); Harl. MS. 6065, fo. 41, 42; Life of Sir Thomas Smith, by John Strype, app. i.
SMITH, JOHN, of Newcastle-under-Lyme, co. Staff., gent. 17 Sept., 4 Q. Eliz., 1561, a patent of confirmation and gift of the crest by Sir G. Dethick, Gart.; barry of six erm. and gu., over all a lion ramp. gu., crowned or. Quite a different coat allowed at the Visit. in 1583 to Ralph, s. of John. December in Guil. 403, and Harl. MSS. 1441, fo. 102, and 1359, fo. 82; Add. MS. 4966, fo. 41.
SMYTHE, JOHN, of Old Buckenham, Norfolk, gift…1562. (Harvey’s Grants), Add. MS. 16,940, fo. 16; Visit. of Norfolk; Harl. MS. 1552, fo. 35 Arms. per chev. nebulee sa. and or, three panthers’ heads counterchanged. Crest, a horse’s head erased per chev. nebulee or and sa.
SMITH, JOHN (or George), of London, gent., s. of John, of Sleghill, Westmorld., gent., 23 Mar. 1576-7, by Sir G. Dethick, Gart. Harl. MS> 1441. fo. 86; called George in Q’s Coll. Oxf. MS. 145, fo. 42 and in Harl. MS. 5887, fo. 42.
SMITH, JOHN, of Halesworth, Suff. (exemplified 2 Dec. 1588),….by Cooke. Harl. MSS. 1359, fo. 93 and 1069; az., billeree or, a bend erm.; crest, on a chapeau (gu, turned up erm.) two wings az., billetee or, on each wing a bend erm. Visit. of Norfolk, 1613; Harl. MS. 1552, fo 60.
SMITH, JOHN, Craffield, Suff., 9 July 1663 (1633 rather), by R. St. George, Clar. Harl. MS. 1085. fo. 27.
SMITH, JOHN (CAPT.), of Willoughby, co. Linc. (descended of Smith of Cuerdly, co. Lanc.), Capt. of 250 soldiers under Henry Volda, E. of Meldritch, etc.; grant of knighthood and arms to him by Sigismnnd Bathori, Count of Transylvania (Leipsie), 9 Dec. 1603 (1623), for services against the Turk. Granted three Turks’ heads for his arms, as he had with his own sword cut off the heads of three. Registered at Heralds’ College and alteration of coat 19 Aug. 1625, by Segar. Q’s Coll. Oxf. MS. 38. fo. 142, copy of testimonial, etc., and Harl. MS. 1507, fo. 399; Add. MSS. 4304, fo. 93, and 12,225, fo. 103; Capt. John Smith’s true travels, etc., 1630, p. 17; Guil. 251; see Harl. MS. 6140, fo. 54; for trick see Le Neve’s MS. 399; Cotton MS. Julius C. vii., fo. 243.
SMITH, LAURENCE of Brabant, etc., addition Jan. 1663-4, by Walker, Gart. Add. MSS. 14,293, fo. 63, and 14,294, fo. 18; Harl. MSS; 1172, fo. 63, and 6179, fo. 77.
SMITH, MARGARET (daughter of Thomas, of Cockermouth), wife to Edward Wilmot of Southampton, arms 15 Sept. 1552, by Hawley. Add. MS. 16,940, fo. 205; Harl. MSS. 578. fo. 9 and 3526, fo. 9.
SMITH, MARY (daughter of Cooper), ex. 1 William Tofte, 2 Rich. Smith; she was the daughter of Dorothy Smith, late nx. John Cooper of London, esq. ; by Ro. Cooke, Clar. Stowe MS. 670, fo. 4.
SMYTH, MATTHEW, of Denby (High Sheriff), co. Derby, 10 Feb. 1684-5, by Sir W. Dugdale and Norroy; per chev. az. and or. three escallops counterchanged; crest, an escallop per fess or and az. Harl. MS. 6834, fo. 178; Grants III., 253; Lansd. MS. 867, fo. 52.
SMITH, MILES, Bp. of Cloucester, a confirmation June 1617, by Camden. Harl. MS> 6095, fo. 35. ; C. 17 (Visit. Glouc., 1623), Her. Coll., and Visit. Gouc., 1623 Harl. Soc., p. 148.
SMYTH, PHILIP, of London, crest 16 July 1569, by Cooke. Add. MS. 14,295, fo. 49; Harl. MS. 1359, fo. 118.; Add. MS. 4966, fo. 101; Harl. MS. 5887, fo 75.
SMITH, RANDOLPH, late Sheriff of Norwich gent., 2nd son of John, s. of Randle, of Stockport, ches., and coz. to Sir Thos., late of Chester, father of Sir Laurence, Knt., confirmed (a grant) 21 April 1593, by W. Dethick, Gart. Q’s Coll. Oxf. MS. 36, fo. 16, copy of grant or confirmation; Stowe MS. 676, fo. 87. 99.
SMITH, RICHARD, of London, 31 Jan. 1502-3, 24 H. VII., by John Wrythe or Wriothesley, Gart., and Roger Machado Richmond Clar. Add. MS. 17,506, fo. 37; Le Neve’s MS. 259.
SMITH, RICHARD, of London, in Bow Lane, fishmonger, 12 Nov. 1571, by Cooke. Harl. MS. 1359, fo. 87; date from Visit. of London, 1634; Add. MS. 4966, fo. 66.
SMITH (RICHARD), of the Exchequer, was of Herefordsh. (2nd s. of Thomas, of Credenhill, co. Heref.), 1590, by Cooke. Harl. MS. 1359, fo. 101; 1590 in Harl. MS. 1545, fo. 40, 101; see Harl. MS. 1396, fo. 282, 293, and Visit. of Shropshire, 1623.
SMITH, RICHARD, Doctor of Physic in Ord. to the Queen, born in co. Glouc.: arg., three saltires sa., on a chief gu. a lion passant or; crest, out of falmes ppr. a phoeni head or; confirmed 10 Aug. 1591, by W. Dethick, Gart. Q’s Coll. Of. MS. 36, fo. 15, copy of confirmation; (1592 in Harl. MS. 1359, fo. 16); Add. MS. 14,295, fo. 15; Stowe MS 676, fo. 87, 98.
SMITH, RICHARD, clerk of the cheyne (cheque) of H.M.’s Yeoman of the Guard, 16 sept. 1662, by Sir E. Walker, Gart. Her. Coll., fo 48.
SMITH, ROBERT, of London, quarterly….1581, by Cooke: 1 and 4 (sa.) a chev. betw. three gryphons segreant or, a chief of the last; 2 and 3, sa., a fesse and in chief three fleurs-de-lis or. Crest, a talbot passant per pale or and sable. Harl. MSS. 1359, fo. 96, and 1422 fo. 121.
SMYTH, ROGER of Withcocks, co. Leic. (s. of John Smyth alias Heriz), crest 16 May 1565, by Sir G. Dethick: An arm couped, the sleeve per pale or and gu., holding in the hand a griffin’s head erased az., beaked or, langued, eyed and eared gu. See William HARES als SMYTH (p. 114), 8 Feb. 1499, by C. Carhill, Norr. Top. and Geneal. iii., 258, copy of grant, and of Dethick’s grant, p. 259.
SMITH, SAMUEL, one escocheon 27 July 1642, by J. Borough, Gart. Grants II., 679; Harl. MS. 1105, fo. 58.
SMYTH, SIMON, of Boughton Monchelsey, Kent, confirmation 14 Sept. 1605, by Camdeu. Harl. MS. 6095, fo. 19; Stowe MS. 618, fo. 104; Guil 77; Harl. MS. 5887, fo. 14.
SMITH, SIMON, of Westminster, co. Middx., see under William Smith of Old Windsor.
SMITH als REED, THOMAS, of Norfolk gent., 15 January 1481-2, 21 E. IV., by Thomas (Holme), Clar. See Proc. Soc. of Antiq., 1897, 2nd S., xvi., p. 345.
SMYTHE OR SMITH, THOMAS, of Campden, co. Glouc., esq. (Stowe MS. 692, fo. 84, arms, sa., on a fesse betw. iij saltires or as many pellets, each charged with a fleur-de-lis of the second; Crest, ij amphibions in a Knott indorsant az., langued gu., wreathed or az., lined arg.); dated at Bulen 4 Sept. 1549, 36 Hen. VIII., by Barker; confirmed by Gib. Dethrick, Kt., Gart. (1542 in Harl. MS. 1359, fo 2); Harl, MS. 1507, fo. 451, and Q’s Coll. Oxf. MS. 38 fo. 45, copy of grant; Harl. MS> 3526, plate or fo. 4, Nos. 3 and 4; Grants II., 15 (1544, 36 Hen. VIII); Gwilts Notices of Thomas and Henry Smith (1836), p. 14; Le Neve’s MS. 452.
SMYTH, THOMAS of Har place, Herts, 10 Nov. 1556, by Hawley. Add MS. 16,940, fo. 208.
SMYTHE, THOMAS of London, customer, gift 1559. (Harvey’s Grants), Add. MS. 16,940, fo. 28, per pale or and az., a chev. arg. betw. three lions passant guardant counterchanged. Father of Sir John Smythe of Ostenhanger, Kent, Visit. of Lond., 1568. thomas 2nd s. of John, of Corsham, Wilts, became farmer of the customs to Q. Eliz. and Q. E. (Q. Mary and Q. Eliz.).
SMITH, THOMAS of Backton, Suff.,….1572, by Cooke. Harl. MS. 1859, fo. 106; Add. MS. 4966, fo. 93; Stowe MS, 670.
SMITH, THOMAS, s. and h. of Sir Laurence Smith of Hough, Chesire, s. of Sir Thomas Smith, confirmed 7 July 1579, by Flower, Norr. MS. Ashm. 834, fo. 7, copy of grant, Bodleian Lib.; Guil 184. A baronctcy conferred in 1660.
SMITH, THOMAS, of London, quarterly….1588, by Cooke. Add. MS. 4966, fo. 31; Harl. MSS. 1359, fo. 109, and 1422, fo. 120.
SMITH, THOMAS, of Credenhill, co. Hereford,….1590, by Cooke. Stowe MS. 670, fo. 41.
SMITH, THOMAS, of…., co. Hereford, 24 Sept. 1569, by Cooke. Bannerman’s MS., No. 9, 447.
SMITH, THOMAS, of Crestonhager (Westenhanger), Kent,….1591, by Cooke. Harl. MS. 1359, fo 102; Stowe MS. 670, fo. 45.
SMYTH, THOMAS, lately elected Alderm. city of London, and now master of the Skinners’ co., 13 Aug. 1629, by Sir R. St. George, Clar. Add. MS. 14,295, fo. 67; Grants II., 654.
SMYTH, THOMAS of the par. of St. Mary Magdalen Milk St., citizen and stationer of London s. of John of Church Lawford, co. Warwick, confirmed 18 Oct. 1633, by R. St. George Clar. at the Visit. of London. Add. MS. 14,295, fo. 58, 97; c. 24 (Visit of London, 1634), fo. 384, father of Thomas, of Westerham, Kent.
SMITH, SIR THOMAS of Burgh, Norfolk, 27 March 1672, by Sir E. Bysshe, Clar. Harl. MS. 6179, fo. 35.
SMITH, THOMAS, see under Anthony Smith.
SMYTH, WILLIAM, als HARES, 1499, see HARES and William SMITH als HARES of Leicester.
SMYTH, WILLIAM, of the city of Hereford, esq., and on of the Clarks of the Privy Council, confirmed 2 July 1563, by Sir G. Dethick, Gart. Harl. MS. 1441, fo. 65; Q’s Coll. Oxf. MS. 145, fo. 7; 10 May in Grants II., 562.
SMITHE WILLIAM, of Nunstanton co. Durham, confirmed 11 Jan. 1567-8, by Flower, Gart. MS. Ashm. 834, fo. 70, copy of grant, Bodleian Lib.; Guil 164.
SMITH, WILLIAM of Plumpton, Kent, by Cooke. Harl. MS. 1359, fo. 91; Add. MS. 4966, fo. 64; erm., a mullet gu. betw. three bezants, by Norroy, 1586, in Stowe MS. 670, fo. 14.
SMITH OR SMYTH, WILLIAM of Luton, beds, 20 March 1580-81, by Sir G. Dethick, Gart., yeoman of the buttery; erm., on a chev. engrailed az. three estoiles or (or three fleurs-de-lis), in chief a mullet gu.; confirmed 25 Oct. 1583, by Cooke “I believe.” Harl. MSS. 1441, fo. 90, and 1422, fo 22; Q’s Coll. Oxf. MS. 145, fo. 49; MS. Ashm. 844, fo. 47, copy of grant, Bodleian Lib; Guil 88.
SMITH, WILLIAM, of the Inner Temple (s. of William, of Brailsford, co. Derby, granted….1585, by Cooke. Harl. MS. 1359, fo. 88; Guil 372; Add. MS. 4955, fo. 52; Harl. MS. 5887, fo. 37.
SMITH, WILLIAM, of Axwell, co. Durham,….1615, by R. St. George, Norr. Stowe MS. 706, fo. 11. 17.
SMITH, WILLIAM of Damagh, co. Kilkenny, Sec. to James, Earl of Ormond,….June 1635, by Thomas Preston, Ulster K. of Arms. Kilken. Arch. Soc., i., 261, copy of grant, Brit. Mus.
SMITH, WILIAM (called Edward by Burke, of Old Windsor, Berks, son of Christoper, late of Windsor, s. of Walter, granted (on the authority of their grandfather’s seal (the colours assigned “until upon dilligent serch they shall find what were the Originall Collers”) 21 April 1671; not signed, but by Walker. Harl. MS. 1172, fo. 39, copy of grant, Brit. Mus., “vera copia.”
SMITH, CHRISTOPHER, of Backhurst, Sussex, son of Christoper, late of Windsor, s. of Walter, granted (on the authority of their grandfather’s seal (the colours assigned “until upon dilligent serch they shall find what were the Originall Collers”) 21 April 1671; not signed, but by Walker. Harl. MS. 1172, fo. 39, copy of grant, Brit. Mus., “vera copia.”
SMITH, JAMES of New Windsor, Berks, and son of Christoper, late of Windsor, s. of Walter, granted (on the authority of their grandfather’s seal (the colours assigned “until upon dilligent serch they shall find what were the Originall Collers”) 21 April 1671; not signed, but by Walker. Harl. MS. 1172, fo. 39, copy of grant, Brit. Mus., “vera copia.”
SMITH, SIMON of Westminster, Middx., son of Christoper, late of Windsor, s. of Walter, granted (on the authority of their grandfather’s seal (the colours assigned “until upon dilligent serch they shall find what were the Originall Collers”) 21 April 1671; not signed, but by Walker. Harl. MS. 1172, fo. 39, copy of grant, Brit. Mus., “vera copia.”
SMITH als HARES, WILLIAM of…., co. Leic., aruis 8 Feb. 1499-1500, by Ch Carlyl, Norr. Top. and Gen. iii, 255; see Visit. of London 1568, Leic 1619 and Northamptonshire 1618-19.
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George Bundy Smith (1937-2017), American lawyer and jurist for the New York Supreme Court (1980–1992) and Court of Appeals (1992–2006)
Fenwick Smith (1949-2017), American principal flutist of the Boston Pops Orchestra
Roger LaVerne Smith (1932-2017), American television and film actor and screenwriter, known for his work on 77 Sunset Strip and Mister Roberts, husband and manager of Ann-Margret, his wife of 50 years
American Revolution Veterans
There were just over 20,000 men that served during the American Revolution, below you will find a listing of just a few of these men.
Abraham Smith, Rhode Island, Rank of Private
Austen Smith, Connecticut, Rank of Sergeant
Ballard Smith, Virginia, Rank of Lieutenant
Bollard Smith, Virginia, Rank of 2nd Lieutenant
Ceasar Smith, Rhode Island, Rank of Private
David Smith, New Hampshire, Rank of Private
Duncan Smith, New York, Rank of Fife
Edward Smith, Virginia, Rank of Private
Elizah Smith, Connecticut, Rank of Private
George Smith, New York, Rank of 2nd Lieutenant
Gersham Smith, New York, Rank of Private
Ino Smith, Vermont, Rank of Sergeant
Isaac Smith, Connecticut, Rank of Private
Ithamar Smith, Connecticut, Rank of Private
Jaba Smith, Rhode Island, Rank of Private
James Smith, Pennsylvania, Rank of 2nd Lieutenant
James Smith, Virginia, Rank of Ensign
Jedadiah Smith, Connecticut, Rank of Private
Jesse Smith, Connecticut, Rank of Sergeant
Job Smith, Connecticut, Rank of Major
John Smith, Connecticut, Rank of Sergeant
Joseph Smith, New Hampshire, Rank of Private
Joshua Smith, Rhode Island, Rank of Private
Juba Smith, Rhode Island, Rank of Private
Littleberry Smith, Virginia, Rank of Private
Matthew Smith, Pennsylvania, Rank of Major
Nathnll Smith, New Hampshire, Rank of Private
Peter Smith, New Jersey, Rank of Corporal
Randall Smith, Rhode Island, Rank of Private
Richard Smith, New York, Rank of Private
Samuel Smith, New York, Rank of Lieutenant
Thomas Smith, Rhode Island, Rank of Private
William Smith, Virginia, Rank of Private
Civil War Veterans
There were over 80,000 men with the surname of Smith that served in the Civil War. Below you will find a list of just a few of these men.
Andrew Smith, 48th Regiment, Ohio Infantry, Union, Ohio
Andrew Smith, Martin’s Regiment, Texas Cavalry, Confederate, Texas
August Smith, 155th Regiment, New York Infantry, Union, New York
Barney Smith, 3rd Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry, Union, Wisconsin
Cameron Smith, 52nd Regiment, North Carolina Infantry, Confederate, North Carolina
Cephus Smith, 12th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry, Union, U.S. Colored Troops
Cyrus Smith, 4th Regiment, Vermont Infantry, Union, Vermont
Edward Smith, 70th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry, Union, U.S. Colored Troops
Electious Smith, 21st Regiment, Virginia Cavalry, Confederate, Virginia
Eugene Smith, 2nd Battalion, Maryland Infantry, Confederate, Maryland
Floyd Smith, 54th Regiment, Virginia Infantry, Confederate, Virginia
Francis Smith, 15th Regiment, Georgia Infantry, Confederate, Georgia
George Smith, 23rd Regiment, Ohio Infantry, Union, Ohio
Gilbert Smith, 10th Regiment, United States Colored Heavy Artillery, Union, U.S. Colored Troops
Green Smith, 33rd Regiment, Mississippi Infantry, Confederate, Mississippi
Hiram Smith, 11th Regiment, Pennsylvania Infantry, Union, Pennsylvania
Israel Smith, 53rd Regiment, Pennsylvania Infantry, Union, Pennsylvania
Jack Smith, 3rd Regiment, United States Colored Cavalry, Union, U.S. Colored Troops
Jacob Smith, 3rd Regiment, Louisiana Infantry, Confederate, Louisiana
James Smith, 142nd Regiment, Indiana Infantry, Union, Indiana
James Smith, 5th Regiment, Florida Infantry, Confederate, Florida
John Smith, Signal Corps, US Volunteers, Union, Union Volunteers
Jordan Smith, 14th Regiment, United States Colored Heavy Artillery, Union, U.S. Colored Troops
Luther Smith, 12th Battalion, Georgia Light Artillery, Confederate, Georgia
Marion Smith, 33rd Regiment, New York Infantry, Union, New York
Mathew Smith, 13th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry, Union, U.S. Colored Troops
Moses Smith, 8th Regiment, Kansas Infantry, Union, Kansas
Peter Smith, 44th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry, Union, U.S. Colored Troops
Timothy Smith, 22nd Regiment, New Jersey Infantry, Union, New Jersey
William Smith, 77th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry, Union, U.S. Colored Troops
Willis Smith, 14th Regiment, United States Colored Heavy Artillery, Union, U.S. Colroed Troops
Winslow Smith, 122nd Regiment, United States Colored Infantry, Union, U.S. Colored Troops