Philip Smith 587
- Born: Abt 1633, , , England
- Married: Abt 1658, Wethersfield, Connecticut
- Died: 10 Jan 1685, Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts
He was one of the original settlers of Hadley, in 1659; home lot No. 7 on
the east side of the street. He was a very prominent citizen of Hadley;
succeeded his father as Lieut. at Hadley in 1678, and in the same year was
appointed Lieut. of the "Hampshire County troop;" was deputy for Hadley
several years and one of the Judges of the County Court. There were some
peculiar circumstances attending his last sickness an death which, in
accordance with the spirit of the times, was attributed to witchcraft.
Cotton Mather gives an account of these circumstances in his "Magnalia" and
describes Lieut. Smith as a Judge of the Court, a military officer and a
representative of the town of Hadely *** a man for devotion, sanctity,
gravity, and all that was honest, exceedingly exemplary.". Philip along with
his father, were among the very men who had knowlege of the concealment of
the Regicide Judges, goffe and Whalley, in Hadley.
Philip married Rebecca Foote about 1658 in Wethersfield, Connecticut.