Search billions of records on Ancestry.com

WELCOME:
ABOUT SMFSD
A BRIEF HISTORY
OF MIDDLETOWN
FIRST SETTLER
BIO SKETCHES
MEMBERSHIP
RESEARCH LINKS
SMFSD NEWS
CONTACT SMFSD
— • —
MEMBER AREA:
Local History
In-Depth
First Settler Profiles
Genealogy
Resources
The Middler:
Newsletter
Archive
SMFSD Events
— • —

All pages
Copyright © 2007
SMFSD
All rights reserved.

— • —

"Possibly one of
the incidental
functions of
genealogical study
is to chasten
family pride,
and to make us
more conscious of
the essential unity
of the great
human family."

- Donald Lines Jacobus

Brief Biographical Sketch:


William Smith (1650) / Elizabeth (Stanley) Smith

Name: William Smith

Birth: March 23, 1617 (Christening), Stratford on Avon, Warwick, England (Colonial Conn. Records, Vol. 1)

Emigration: In Wethersfield by 1644(SAV); in Middletown before November 1652(FFS); to Farmington after November 1656.(FFS)

Death: January 1669, Farmington, Conn.(SAV)

Occupation & Public Service: On November 8, 1652, William Smith was elected one of the Townsmen "for the south sid the rever." He was also Deputy to the General Court, and served as the first Recorder or Town Clerk, an office he held until about November 1656.(FFS)

Marriage: m. Elizabeth Stanley, August 16, 1644, Hartford, Conn. (b. about 1621, Kent, England; d. 1674, Farmington, Conn.) (Hartford Vital Records, Vol. D, pg. 21)

Children: 9 children between 1646-1664.(MVR, BCVR, Descendants of Joseph Loomis/Loomis, 1875/1908, and Ancestral Lines of James Goodwin/Starr, 1915) (See in-depth profile in Member Area for details.)


See abbreviation code for sources. And then verify, verify, verify, verify.
For more biographical information see the In-Depth Profile in the Member Area.


The First Meeting House, Middletown, Conn. The engraving below by W.C. Butler was a fanciful illustration for David Field's Centennial Address published in 1853. In 1939 the image was used on the title page of The Log Cabin Myth by Harold R. Shurtleff. Surrounding the engraving are signatures of some of the first settlers as found on wills and deeds by Charles C. Adams in preparation of Middletown Upper Houses (1908).