Sarah HAMMOND

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ABT 1624 - 1708

  • BIRTH: ABT 1624, Lavenham, Suffolk, England
  • DEATH: 1708, Smithtown, Suffolk, Long Island, NY
Family 1 : Richard SMITH
  1. +Jonathan SMITH
  2.  Elizabeth SMITH
  3. +Richard SMITH
  4.  Job SMITH
  5.  Adam SMITH
  6.  Obadiah SMITH
  7.  Samuel SMITH
  8.  Daniel SMITH
  9.  Deborah SMITH


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[3370] Sarah's baptism is not listed among the children of William Hamond cited from the parish register in the Hammond genealogy.
Daughter Sarah Smith with her son Adam was named in William Hammond's will dated 1 July 1662.

Traditionally, Sarah's name has been given as Sarah Folger, but without supporting evidence; nor is a Sarah Folger known eligible to be Richard Smith's wife.
In an article in NYGBR 121, Edward Smith explores the possibility that she was Sarah Hammond, daughter of William and Elizabeth (Paine) Hammond of Watertown. "Hammond Families" 1:67 notes a letter in the Massachusetts Archives from Sarah's uncle William Paine to Gov. Shirley, in which he asks to be notified when the Governor is to hear a case, as he wished to be present. The case was between "Smith & my brother Hammond dauter", and was an attempt by a Mr. Smith to be released from his recently announced marriage intention to marry Sarah Hammond. A letter from the Rev. George Phillips, pastor at Watertown, to John Winthrop dated 24 2nd month 1640, and Gov. Winthrop's own notation on the letter, indicate that Mr. Smith was unsuccessful in his attempt. Mr. Smith's first name is not mentioned. The Hammond genealogy implied that Sarah separated from her husband, but her father's will named daughter Sarah Smith and her son Adam Smith (again not mentioning the husband's name). William left daughter Sarah 5, while her sister Hannah Barnes, widow of Timothy Hawkins and wife of Ellis Barron/Barnes was to receive 30 and "if she be a widow again" a certain lot of woodland. This suggests that Sarah was reasonably secure financially, not separated and dependent upon her parent's resources. The will also indicates that Sarah's son Adam was living with his grandparents in 1662, but this could be a case of a youth sent to assist his aging grandparents and serve in their household. Daniel2 Smith, son of Richard and Sarah Smith of Smithtown, took as his second wife Ruhamah (Johnson) Hawkins, widow of Timothy2 Hawkins (son of Timothy and Anne (Hammond) Hawkins. Richard Smith's son Adam is traditionally supposed to have married Elizabeth Browne, daughter of Edmund Browne of Dorchester. All this suggests some Massachusetts ties for this Long Island family -- which could be readily accounted for if Sarah, wife of Richard Smith, were Sarah Hammond, daughter of William Hammond.

"The Family of Richard Smith of Smithtown, Long Island"
Frederick Kinsman Smith
Smithtown Historical Society, Smithtown, NY, 1967
"It does not seem probable that Richard Smith was married before leaving England. It is
more likely that he found his wife in New England. Sarah, and the tradition has been accepted
by many that she was Sarah Folger, but this has not been confirmed by any record and appears
negatived by accepted facts..."

Will of Richard Smith
(as quoted in "The Family of Richard Smith")
Dated 05 Mar 1691; Proved 02 May 1693
"Rich'd Smith Sen'r deceased at Smithtown on ye 7th day of March Anno Dom. 1691/2..."

Will of Sarah Smith
(as quoted in "The Family of Richard Smith")
Dated 20 Jan 1707/8

"New England Marriages Before 1700"
Clarence A. Torrey, Baltimore, MD, 1985
(as found on NEHGS CD-ROM, Boston, 2001)
"SMITH, Richard (-1692) & Sarah [FOLGER] (-1708); by 1648(?); Southampton, LI/Setauket, LI/Smithtown, LI"

[3371] Smith line from a GEDCOM file posted to RootsWeb by Evelyn Beran [evelyn.beran@charter.net].

[3372] [S230] Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England

  • PAGE: 2:347

[3373] [S231] History and Genealogies of the Hammond Families in America: with an account of the early hist ory of the family in Norma

  • PAGE: pp. 15, 17, 53-61

[3374] [S232] The Identity of Sarah, Wife of Richard1 Smith of Smithtown, Long Island

  • PAGE: pp. 19-22

[5909] [S242] New England Marriages Prior to 1700

  • PAGE: p. 687
  • DATA:

    Richard Smith (-1692) & Sarah Folger (-1708); by 1648?; Southampton, LI/Setaukey, LI/Smithtown, LI


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