ABT 1618 - 15 Mar 1691
: Deborah HOWLAND
- BIRTH: ABT 1618, England
- DEATH: 15 Mar 1691, South Dartmouth, Bristol, MA
- MARRIAGE: 4 Jan 1647, Plymouth, Plymouth, MA
: Ruhamah KIRBY
- +Hassadiah SMITH
- John SMITH
- Josiah SMITH
- Eliazer SMITH
- Hezekiah SMITH
- MARRIAGE: ABT 1665, Dartmouth, Bristol, MA
- Mehitabel SMITH
- +Deliverance SMITH
- Gershom SMITH
- Judah SMITH
- Hannah SMITH
- Sarah SMITH
- Deborah SMITH
- Eliashib SMITH
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John Smith, Jr. had thirteen children by his two wives. Unfortunately, there is
insufficient evidence to properly assign each child to the correct mother. From
Plymouth records we know that the first five belong to Deborah (Hassadiah, John,
Josiah, Eliazer, and Hezekiah). From John's will it seems clear that Ruhamah
bore Hannah, Sarah and Deborah. It's not now possible to prove the maternity
of Judah, Gershom, Deliverance, Mehitable or Eliashib. I have arbitrarily chosen
to assign them to Ruhamah.
"The Kirbys of New England",
Melatiah Everett Dwight,
The Trow Print, New York, 1898, pp 229-238
"Ruhamah Kirby (Richard), born ----; died after July 21, 1707; married, as second wife,
Lieutenant John Smith of Dartmouth, Mass., born 1618; died Jan. 15, 1692. He was at Plymouth
as early as 1629...Lieutenant John Smith married, first, Jan. 4, 1648-49, Deborah Howland,
daughter of Arthur Howland, by whom he had five children, viz., Hassadyah, John, Josiah,
Eleazer, and Hezekiah. His wife Deborah died after Oct. 16, 1665." (Dwight attributes the
remaining eight children to Ruhamah.)
Kirby & Smith Family Genealogies
Series 1: Biographical and Genealogical
"Howland-Kirby Family Papers", Catalog #RG 5/067;
Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College.
Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081-1399
Crapo, Henry Howland
New Bedford, Mass.: E. Anthony & Sons, 1912; p168
"[he] bound himself as an apprentice to Edward Doty... When he was
thirty, on January 4, 1648-9, he married Deborah Howland, the daughter
of Arthur Howland of Marshfield... His second wife, Ruhamah Kirby, was,
perhaps, less rigid in her Quakerism, or more amenable. John Smith died
in the seventy-fourth year of his age on January 15,1692, and was buried
in the Hill Meadow burial place on his homestead. By his two wives he
had thirteen children and his descendants are many. It was his first
child, Hasadiah, a daughter of Deborah Howland, born January 11, 1650,
who married Jonathan Russell..."
"The Howlands In America"
The Pilgrim John Howland Society
Detroit, MI: 1939
"Deborah, married January 1, 1648, John Smith. Jr., of Plymouth."
"Arthur Howland of Plymouth, Mass., 1640"
Robert S. Wakefield and Robert M. Sherman
NGSQ v71, no2 (Jun 1983)
"She married at Plymouth 4 January 1648[/9] John Smith Jr. He was born before
1626 and died at Dartmouth between 8 June 1691 and 12 November 1692. He was
able to bear arms in Plymouth in 1643. Because John Smith Jr. is marked "abs"
from a town meeting in 1646 we conclude he was then at least 21, and so born
"Ancient Landmarks of Plymouth, Part II.
Genealogical Register of Plymouth Families"
Davis, William T.
Boston: A. Williams and Company, 1883; p245
"SMITH, JOHN, called Junior, Plymouth, 1643, m., 1649, Deborah,
d. of Arthur Howland of Marshfield, and had Hasadiah, 1650;
John, 1651; Joseph, 1652; Eleazer, 1654; Hezekiah, 1656."
"A Genealogical Dictionary of The First Settlers of New England, Before 1692"
Boston, MA, 1860-1862
"SMITH, JOHN, Plymouth, usually call. jr. able to bear arms 1643, was not,
perhaps, s. of the first John of the same, m. 4 Jan. 1649, Deborah, d. of Arthur
Howland of Marshfield, had Hasadiah, b. 11 Jan. 165O; John, 1 Oct. 1651;
Josiah, 16 Apr. 1652; Eleazer, 20 Apr. 1654; and Hezekiah, 8 Feb. 1656. "
"Abstracts of Bristol County, Massachusetts Probate Records 1687-1745"
H.L. Peter Rounds, in:
Massachusetts Town, Probate and Vital Records CD-ROM
Broderbund, 1999, Vol. 1, p. 5
"Will of JOHN SMITH of Dart., dtd. 8 June 1691, prob. 12 Nov.
1692. Wife Ruhamah. Six sons: Judah, Gershom, Eliazer, Hea-
ekiah. Deliverance Smith & one son not named. Daus. Hassad-
iah wife of Jonathan Russell, Mehitabel wife of John Russell,
Hannah Smith, Sarah Smith & Deborah Smith. Grchldn.: James
son of my son Eliazer Smith, James Russell son of Jonathan
Russell & Mical son of my son Hezekiah Smith. Seth Pope &
my brother-in-law Recompense Carby, Execs. Witns.: Benjamin
Howland & Vallentine Hudelston [1:55]."
"Acct, of Deliverance Smith, Exec. of Est. of JOHN SMITH of Dart.
dtd. I Dec. 1696. Mentions Wife Ruhamah, son Deliverance
Smith, daus. Hassadiah wife of Jonathan Russell, Mehitabel
wife of John Russell, Hannah Smith, Sarah Smith & Deborah
Smith (under age) 11:161/2]."
"Rcpts. for legacies from Est. of JOHN SMITH, dtd. 10 Jan. 1693/
4, by dau. Hassadiah Russel & husb. Jonathan Russell, by dau.
Mehittabell & husb. John Russell and by daus. Hannah Smith &
Sarah Smith [1:161/2]."
"New England Marriages Prior To 1700"
Clarence A. Torrey,
(as found on NEHGS CD-ROM, Boston, 2001)
"SMITH, John (1618-1692) & 1/wf Deborah HOWLAND (-1665); 4 Jan 1648/9; Plymouth/Dartmouth"
"SMITH, John (1618-1692) & 2/wf Ruhamah [KIRBY] (-1707+); ca 1665/6; Dartmouth"