Rhode Island and Providence Plantations Biographical, 91
Rhode Island Reading Room
These documents are made available free to the public by the Rhode Island USGenWeb Project

History of the state of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations: Biographical

NY: The American Historical Society, Inc. 1920

p. 409 - 410:

BOSWORTH FAMILY  --  Edward Bosworth, the first of the direct line of whom we have definite information, embarked for New England with his wife Mary in the ship 'Elizabeth and Dorcas', in 1634.  He died at sea, however, as the vessel was nearing the port of Boston, and his remains were interred in Boston.  His widow and children next appear on the records of the town of Hingham, Mass., in the following year, 1635. The widow, Mary Bosworth, died in Hingham, May 18, 1648.  The family bore arms:

Arms  --  Gules, a cross vair, between four annulets argent.
Crest  --  A lily proper, slipped and leaved.
(II)  Jonathan Bosworth, son of Edward and Mary Bosworth, was born in England, about 1611, and accompanied his parents to America, in 1634. He settled in Hingham, where he married.  Among his children was Jonathan, mentioned below.

(III)  Jonathan (2) Bosworth, son of Jonathan (1) Bosworth, was born in Hingham, Mass., where he resided all his life.  He married Hannah Howland, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Tilley) Howland, both of whom were of the 'Mayflower' company in 1620.  Among the children of Jonathan (2) and Hannah (Howland) Bosworth was Jonathan, mentioned below.

(IV)  Jonathan (3) Bosworth, son of Jonathan (2) and Hannah (Howland) Bosworth, was born September 22, 1680.  He married Sarah Rounds, and they were the parents of four children.

(V) Ichabod Bosworth, son of Jonathan (3) and Sarah (Rounds) Bosworth, was born May 31, 1706, in the town of Swansea, Mass.  He married (first) January 12, 1726-27, Mary Brown, and they were the parents of four children. He married (second) in Warren, R. I., November 19, 1848, Bethia Wood, of Swansea, Mass., and they were the parents of Peleg Bosworth, mentioned below.  Ichabod Bosworth was a prosperous farmer and well known citizen of Swansea.

(VI)  Peleg Bosworth, son of Ichabod and Bethia (Wood) Bosworth, was born May 6, 1754, in Swansea, Mass.  He was a soldier in the Revolution, serving as a private in Captain Stephen Bullock's company, Colonel Carpenter's regiment, marching to Bristol, R. I., on the alarm of December 8, 1776, serving twelve days to December 20, 1776; also in Captain Israel Hick's company, Colonel John Daggett's regiment, marched January 5, 1778, discharged March 31, 1778, serving two months twenty-seven days in Rhode Island; also in Lieutenant James Horton's company, Colonel Thomas Carpenter's regiment, enlisted August 2, 1780, discharged August 7, 1780, serving six days on an alarm, marched to Tiverton, R. I.  ('Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the War of the Revolution', vol. 2, page 382). Peleg Bosworth married, September 1, 1774, Mary (Polly) Smith, who was born in Rehoboth, Mass., in August, 1749, and died in 1818.

Smith Bosworth(VII)  Colonel Smith Bosworth, son of Peleg and Mary (Polly) (Smith) Bosworth, was born in the town of Rehoboth, Mass., October 28, 1781.  After a limited period of schooling he began the active business of life by completing in Providence, R. I., an apprenticeship at the mason's trade. From a journeyman he advanced to contracting, and in partnership with Asa Bosworth erected many of the beautiful homes on the east side of the river in Providence, also a number of the city's churches and public buildings. Bosworth & Bosworth were contractors for St. John's Episcopal Church on North Main street, Providence, and the Beneficent Congregational Church on Broad street, and in 1814 built the mills of the Providence Dyeing, Bleaching and Calendering Company on Sabin street.  Two years later, on March 16, 1816, Colonel Bosworth accepted an appointment as agent for the company, and for nineteen years filled that responsible post efficiently and ably.  In 1835 he resigned, but until 1841 continued in the company's service as superintendent or general outside manager.  His connection with that company brought him wide acquaintance and reputation among the business men of the city, and under his able management the company experienced great prosperity, becoming one of the largest establishments of its nature in the United States.

Long before Providence became a city, Colonel Bosworth was active in public affairs and held many town offices.  After its incorporation as a city he was a member of the Board of Fire Wards, chief engineer of the Fire Department, and street commissioner.  His military title was gained through his service in the Rhode Island State militia, in which he held the rank of colonel for many years.  He directed the erection of the earthworks on Fox Point in 1812, and during the Dorr War was captain of the City Guards of Providence.  He was a life member of St. John's Lodge, No. 1, Free and Accepted Masons, of Providence, and late in life became a member of Beneficent Congregational Church, in which faith and connection he died.  He was most generous in his benefactions, kindliness and a keen sense of justice characterizing markedly all his actions. He lived in the love and good will of his fellow citizens, and was highly esteemed as a man of honor and integrity.

Colonel Bosworth married, January 31, 1805, Sarah Tripp, born October 6, 1785, died November 13, 1860, at Warren, R. I., daughter of Othniel and Sarah Tripp, of Swansea, Mass.  Mrs. Bosworth was buried in North Graveyard, Providence.  Colonel Smith Bosworth died at his home in Providence, R. I., March 9, 1857, in the seventy-sixth year of his age.

(VII)  Susan Johnson Bosworth, daughter of Colonel Smith and Sarah (Tripp) Boswroth, was born in Providence, R. I., March 22, 1828, and died March 16, 1897.  She married, June 26, 1849, John Olney Waterman, of Providence, R. I.

illustration on facing page: photo, Smith Bosworth.

p. 410 - 413:

WILLIAM HENRY HALL  --  Rev. David B. Hall, in his book of 1883, 'The Halls of New England', mentions twenty early immigrants named John Hall.  Savage names nearly as many, and states the obvious fact that great confusion results.  All of the New England colonies had their complement of Hall founders, and the name from the very beginning of our history has carried a prestige and influence eclipsed by few.

Hall Arms  -- Argent, a chevron sable between three columbines, slipped proper.
Crest  --  A lion's head erased.
Motto  --  Turpiter desperatur.
The surname comes to us from the Anglo-Saxon hall or halle, a superior and more pretentious dwelling found throughout England at the surname period. The surname is, of course, of local derivation, taken by those who first used it from residence in or in the vicinity of the hall.  Entries appear in the earliest rolls and registers for the most part with the locative prepositions de, de la, at, atte, and at ye.  Families of the name were well established and prominent among the peerage and landed gentry in England for several centuries.  A curious tradition attaches to the granting of the coat-of-arms used by the Halls in America to-day.   These arms were granted to one John Hall, an eminent physician of the court of England, who was called to attend a child of the Royal family, all others having despaired of its life.  Dr. Hall ordered that the root of the columbine be given the chid, who in consequence of his treatment recovered. The grateful King knighted Hall of Coventry, and ordered the device of the three columbines to be grouped about the chevron of his shield. The Latin motto, 'Turpiter desperatur', signifies literally 'It is shameful to be despairing.'

The late William H. Hall, for several decades a prominent figure in the real estate and financial world of the State of Rhode Island, was a member of the Maine family of the name which was established in America at the beginning of the nineteenth century by James Stanhope Hall. Family tradition states that the founder was one of three brothers. James Stanhope Hall was born in England, March 25, 1796, and settled in Maine in early manhood, marrying there, on May 24, 1820, Eleanor Ryder Snow, daughter of Captain Stephen and Mehetabel Snow, and member of a family prominent in Maine for over two and a half centuries.  James S. Hall was a cabinetmaker by trade, and was employed in Providence prior to his marriage.  For a period following his marriage he remained in Maine, but eventually returned to Providence, where in partnership with the late George A. Howard he established a furniture business on Westminster street, near Dorrance, where he conducted a flourishing trade for many years. He disposed of his interests in this business to engage in contracting on a large scale, which absolved his attention until his retirement from active business life, and his removal to Scituate.  James S. Hall died at Scituate, November 9, 1875, aged seventy-nine years.  Mrs. Hall died October 23, 1867, and both are buried in Swan Point Cemetery, Providence.  James Stanhope and Eleanor Ryder (Snow) Hall were the parents of the following children:  1.  Almira, who became the wife of Richard Sanders, member of the firm of William A. Howard & Company, and a well known business man of Providence.  2.  William Henry, mentioned below.  3.  Abby C., died Jan. 25, 1865, aged twenty-two years.

William H. HallWilliam Henry Hall, son of James Stanhope and Eleanor Ryder (Snow) Hall, was born in Providence, R. I., June 12, 1837.  He was educated in the public schools of the city, but anxious to be started on a business career, he left his studies at the age of fourteen years to learn a trade.  He entered a large cigar factory in Providence, and within six months, by intense application, had become an expert workman.  The confinement and unhealthful conditions of the factory seriously injured his health, however, and for a considerable period his recovery was despaired of. He possessed the invaluable gifts of invincible will power and courage, and these, combined with the hopefullness of youth, eventually restored him partially to health, and in order to be in the open air he opened a small store for the sale of fruits, confectionery and periodicals.  He was then but seventeen years old, and his capital of less than fifty dollars was borrowed from a friend.  His evident determination to succeed, and his potent sincerity of purpose, secured for him credit among business men of the city, and he conducted a flourishing little establishment, until his steadily improving health opened the way to new opportunities. In order to fit himself for a business career, he pursued a course of study at the Scholfield Commercial College, from which he was graduated in 1859. Immediately afterward he secured a position with a large Providence business house as bookkeeper, and disposing of his business and store, rented the building to the purchaser.  For four years he continued as a bookkeeper in Providence, at the end of this time going to Albany, N. Y., where he entered upon similar work with a large wholesale lumber establishment.

Early in 1865 Mr. Hall accepted a flattering offer in Providence, and returned to become secretary and treasurer of the Marietta & Vinton County Coal & Oil Company.  This position he retained until the business was dissolved, in the meantime operating to some extent in real estate.  His first venture in this line was made in 1866, at which time the real estate business of Providence was largely in the hands of one or two long established and influential forms.  His unbounded energy, unimpeachable integrity and persevering industry had already attracted the attention of the business men of the city, and in the face of the most powerful opposition and competition he was enabled to gain a foothold. His business judgment was remarkable, the experience gained in the lumber trade was of much aid to him, and he soon won a leading position among the brokers and dealers in real estate in Providence.  One of the most beautiful suburbs of the city owes its existence to his foresight and enterprise.  Some years prior to his death, he purchased the estate of the late Joseph W. Sweet, in the town of Cranston, which is now known as Edgewood, and by the prudent investment of capital, time and labor, he transformed the once unpretentious homestead into an imposing and elegant residence.  He also erected a large business block in Weybosset street, known as the Hall building, and in 1890 organized the Central Real Estate Company, with an authorized capital of $2,000,000, for the purpose of providing persons of modest means with the opportunity of investing in centrally located business property, a class of investment usually monopolized by persons of large means.  From its organization Mr. Hall was president of the company, and its success was the natural outcome of his business ability, sagacity and influence in the community.

Mr. Hall was drawn naturally into the field of public service and politics through his prominence in mercantile and financial life, and for many years rendered a valuable and efficient service to the city of Cranston in different posts.  For six years he was a member of the Town Council of Cranston. For one year he filled the office of town treasurer, declining reelection on the expiration of his term.  From 1880 to 1884 he represented Cranston in the Rhode Island General Assembly, and for the succeeding two years was a member of the State Senate, gaining the unique distinction of being the first Republican ever elected to the office from the town.  He declined renomination, however, despite the fact that he had gained a most influential position in the legislature, and was one of its most prominent and respected members.  He was chairman of the joint committee on accounts and claims in the Assembly, and was the second member of the Senate Committee on Corporations.  As an authority on economic and governmental questions, he was respected as a debater, and his influence went far in directing the public policy of the State.

Mr. Hall remained an active and vital factor in the business life of Providence until his death on June 3, 1916.  His demise marked the passing of a powerful force for the advancement and uplift of business and civic ethics in the city of Providence, and was universally mourned. Democratic, sincere in his purpose, kindly and courteous, and ever willing to extend the helping hand to those who sought his advice or more substantial aid, he had endeared himself to the hearts of hundreds.  His friends were legion.

Mrs. William H. HallMr. Hall was united in marriage with Cleora Nazette Hopkins, daughter of the late William Lanksford and Elizabeth (Smith) Hopkins, of North Kingston [sic], R. I.  Mrs. Hall, who survives her husband, traces her descent from several promient old founder families of Rhode Island.  (See Hopkins and Smith).  She has long been an active and indefatigable worker in behalf of charitable and religious efforts in Edgewood. Edgewood Church The church of the Transfiguration (Protestant Episcopal) at Edgewood, was founded by Mrs. Hall and a few others, the first service having been held in the Norwood avenue school house, January 31, 1892, in which year Mrs. Hall was baptized and confirmed.  It was largely through her untiring efforts that this church was made possible in this section, and her devotion to its interests since the time of its founding has never diminished. She has also been an ardent worker in the church societies, and is an active member of the Parish Aid and Missionary Society, and the Church Guild. For a number of years she was a teacher in the Sunday school and president of the Hospitality and Works of Mercy Society.  The present beautiful church edifice on Broad street, completed in 1910, stands as a monument to the zeal and energetic work of Mrs. Hall and her co-workers in the church, and at the impressive service of the dedication, the Bishop, with Mrs. Hall standing beside him, turned to the congregation and said:  'To the greatness of this woman's heart we owe our beautiful church.'  Mrs. Hall is also a valued member of the Edgewood Woman's Club.  When the naming of the beautiful residential suburb of Providence, called Edgewood, in the town of Cranston, where the Hall residence is situated, was under consideration, many names were suggested, but the name of Edgewood, as suggested by Mrs. Hall on account of its bordering on the wooded section of Roger Williams Park, found most favor. Mrs. Hall has continued to the present day her deep interest in every department of the life of Edgewood, and has always been one of its best known and best beloved residents.

(The Hopkins Line).

Arms  --  Ermine on a fesse gules a lion passant guardant argent with a canton of the second charged with a rose or.
Crest  --  An ostrich's head couped ermine, holding in the beak a key azure.
The Hopkins of New England, descending from several unrelated but equally important progenitors, form one of the most notable of American Puritan families.  Rhode Island, however, has furnished to American history two of its most distinguished Revolutionary patriots in the persons of Commodore Esek Hopkins, first admiral of the United States Navy, and his hardly less famous brother, Stephen Hopkins, the Rhode Island signer of the Declaration of Independence, whose name, says Greene, 'is closely interwoven with all that is greatest and best in Rhode Island History; an astronomer of no mean pretentions, a statesman of broad views and deep penetration, a supreme executive, prompt, energetic and fearless, a genial companion when wise men relax from care, and a trusty counsellor when the duties of life bear heaviest on the scrupulous conscience.'  Samuel Hopkins, D. D., the distinguished divine and theologian, founder of the theological system which bears his name, was also a member of the Rhode Island Hopkins family.  The Rhode Island Hopkins, with one branch of whom this article is to deal, although no greater in numerical strength than the several prominent New England families of the name, have produced by far the greatest number of historically noted sons.

Prior to its transplanting in the American colonies, the family had been a noteworthy one in several parts of England for several centuries. The surname is one of the earliest of purely English patronymics, is of baptismal origin, and signifies literally 'the son of Robert'.  The form is derived from the nickname Hob or Hobbe, which was very popular throughout England during the surname era, and the diminutive kin, Hobkin. The sharpening of the b to p, for purposes of euphony, came a century or two later.  The first entry of the name in English registers, in a form nearly approximating that in use to-day, occurs in 1273, in the Hundred Rolls, Nicholas Hobekyn, County Cambridge.  One of the most prominent of the English families of the name resided in Oxfordshire for several hundred years prior to the period of American Colonial emigration. From the strong resemblance of the armorial bearings of the Wyckhams of Swelcliffe, County Oxford, and those of the Hopkins family of Oving, it is conjectured by Burke that in early times some bond of connection existed between the two families.  In confirmation of this conjecture there is found in Sibford Gower, in Swelcliffe parish, a small estate which is charged with a quitrent of a hundred pence that tradition has assigned to the late owners as the nineteenth John Hopkins who has successfully and lineally inherited it without the intervention of any other Christian name than John.

(I)  William Hopkins was born in Cheselbourne, Dorsetshire, England, and married there Joanna Arnold, daughter of Thomas and Alice (Gulley) Arnold. Among their children was Thomas Hopkins, mentioned below.

(II)  Thomas Hopkins, son of William and Joanna (Arnold) Hopkins, was born April 7, 1616, in Cheselbourne.  The date of his coming to America is unknown.  His name first appears on New England Colonial records in Providence, R. I., where on July 27, 1640, he was one of the thirty-nine signers of the agreement for a form of government.  From this time forward, for a period of about ten years, his name appears but once in the public records - on September 2, 1650, when he was taxed 13s. 4d.   In 1652, however, he was chosen for the important office of commissioner, which would indicate that he was a man of considerable importance in the community. Again, in 1659 and 1660, he filled the office of commissioner.  In 1655 he was made a freeman, and on July 19, 1665, had Lot 93, in a division of public lands.  In 1665-66-67-72, he was deputy from Providence to the Rhode Island General Assembly at Newport, and in 1667 and 1672, was a member of the Town Council.  At the outbreak of King Philip's War, or shortly before, when war with the Indians became imminent, he removed to a settlement called Littleworth, in the town of Oyster Bay, Long Island, with his son ----- Hopkins, who predeceased him. Thomas Hopkins died at the house of Richard Kirby, in Oyster Bay, in 1684. The inventory of his estate was ordered taken by the Oyster Bay authorities, on September 17, 1684.  Thomas Hopkins married, in Providence, in 1648, Elizabeth Arnold, who was born in Nottinghamshire, England, daughter of William Arnold.

(III)  Thomas (2) Hopkins, son of Thomas (1) and Elizabeth (Arnold) Hopkins, was born about 1650, in Providence.  On May 1, 1672, he was admitted a freeman.   He was a prosperous farmer but appears to have taken no active part in public affairs.  He married, in Providence, in 1678, Mary Smith, daughter of John and Elizabeth Smith.  She was a granddaughter of John Smith, the mason, of Providence, so called to distinguish him from John Smith, the miller, both of them being prominent citizens of Providence. Thomas (2) Hopkins died in Providence, April 21, 1718. Of his twelve children, Amos, mentioned below, was the tenth.  Thomas Hopkins' will, dated April 26, 1711, was proved May 19, 1718.

(IV)  Amos Hopkins, son of Thomas (2) and Mary (Smith) Hopkins, was born in Providence, R. I., and for a time was a resident of Scituate, where his children were born.  In 1753 he removed to Providence, and for seven years was a member of the Town Council.  His home was in that part of Providence later known as North Providence, and he died there, in 1769.  On October 29, 1727, he married Sarah Smith, daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Hawkins) Smith, and a lineal descendant of Christopher Smith, founder of the family in Rhode Island.  (See Smith III and IV).

(V)  Uriah Hopkins, son of Amos and Sarah (Smith) Hopkins, was born in Scituate, R. I., December 26, 1738.  He removed to Providence with his father's family, at the age of fourteen years, and passed the remainder of his life there, a prosperous farmer and prominent citizen of the North Providence section.  Uriah Hopkins married Lucy Lanksford, youngest child of William and Martha Lanksford (otherwise spelled Langsford). Her father, William Lanksford, died May 19, 1745, a little more than two months prior to her birth, at Paramaribo, Surinam, whither he had gone for a season of employment as a cooper.  His widow, Martha, survived him about fifty-two years, dying in 1797.

The Langford [sic] family figured very early in the history of Rhode Island, where the name is found under various spellings, including Lanckford. A Richard Langford was in Plymouth, Mass., January 2, 1633, but disappears from the records of the colony after that date.  One Thomas Langford resided in Newort, R. I., in 1670, and was a boatman there.  It is probable that he was the father of Thomas Langford, a carpenter, and John Langford, a merchant of Newport.  John Langford, the merchant, was made a freeman of the Rhode Island Colony, April 30, 1717.  Contemporary records indicate that he transacted a flourishing business.  He married Alida ----- , and their children were baptized at Trinity Church, Newport. It is thought that John and Alida Langford were the parents of the William Lanksford above referred to, who died in Paramaribo.  There is nothing discoverable in the records of the Colony or State of Rhode Island to show his birth or parentage, only his death notice appearing.  No record of his marriage appears, and it is therefore impossible to learn the maiden name of his wife Martha.  The Friends' records of Rhode Island show that James Langford, of Antiqua, had a daughter Mehitable, who died June 30, 1715, wife of Abraham Redwood.  Ellis Langford, described as a son-in-law of Jonas (probably a step-son), died in Newport, October 14, 1770.  Uriah Hopkins died at his home in Providence, April 3, 1825.

(VI)  Stephen Hopkins, son of Uriah and Lucy (Lanksford) Hopkins, was born in Providence, November 12, 1776.  He was a master mariner, commanding vessels sailing out of Providence for many years.  In later life he retired from the sea, and settled in the western part of Providence, where he established and for many years conducted a popular inn. On October 19, 1801, he married Nancy Brownell, daughter of Stephen Brownell; she was born in 1772-73, and died March 2, 1848.  Stephen Hopkins died in Providence, July 8, 1823.

William Lanksford Hopkins(VII) William Lanksford Hopkins, son of Stephen and Nancy (Brownell) Hopkins, was born in Providence, R. I., and was a lifelong resident here. He married Elizabeth Smith, daughter of William and Elizabeth Smith, of North Kingstown, and they were the parents of the following children:  1. Stephen Brownell, died young.  2.  Josephine Adelaide.  3.  William Smith, deceased.  4.  Cleora Narzette, mentioned below.  5.  Mary Elizabeth, deceased.  6.  Stephen Frederick, of Providence.

(VIII)  Cleora Narzette Hopkins, daughter of William Lanksford and Elizabeth (Smith) Hopkins, became the wife of the late William H. Hall, of Providence. (See Hall).

(The Smith Line.)

Arms  --  Quarterly, first and fourth, barry argent and gules; second and third, quarterly, first and fourth, gules on a chevron or, between three bezants, as many crosses formee fitchee sable; second and third, azure a fesse between three urchins argent.
Crest  --  Out of a castle a wolf's head sable.
Motto  --  Boutez en avant.
Smith as a surname is found in various forms  --  Smith, Smyth, Smythe, Smithe, etc.; and like many English names of early origin, has undergone numerous changes in spelling.  The 'y' in Smyth is the almost invariable spelling in the early rolls and registers, and so cannot with justice be styled a modern affection in all instances.  In his 'Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames', the late Charles Wareing Bardsley, M. A., states that in 1901 there were three hundred thousand Smiths in England. In point of numerical strength the Smiths outrank every other surname in use among English speaking people.  The name is of the occupative class and signifies 'the Smith'.  It is common in every village in England and America, north, east, south, and west.  We find it at a very early date in the American colonies, and among the first to bring the name to these shores was the famous Captain John Smith, of the Virginia settlement.  It was well represented among the founders of Plymouth and the Rhode Island Colony, and the progeny of these early immigrants is large and influential in New England to-day.  Little Rhode Island alone had eight Smiths among her early settlers, five of whom bore the distinction are known in the records respectively as John, of Newport; John, of Prudence Island;  John, of Warwick;  John, the mason; and John, the miller.  The other Smith founders were Christopher Smith, head of the family herein under consideration; Edward Smith, and Richard Smith.  The descendants of these men have played honorable and in some cases prominent parts in the life and affairs of Rhode Island for more than two and a half centuries.

(I)  Christopher Smith, immigrant ancestor and progenitor, was a native of England, whence he came to the American colonies at a date unknown.  He is first of record in Providence on September 2, 1650, when he was taxed three shillings, four pence.  In 1655 he was admitted a freeman, and on April 27 of the same year served as juryman.  On March 16, 1656, he was granted a share of meadow to be laid out beyond the meadow called World's End, in lieu of a share formerly laid out to him beyond Great Meadow and Pawtuxet Path. On July 27, 1658, he took up sixty acres and a share of meadow.  On February 19, 1665, he drew Lot 65 in a division of lands.  On June 1, 1667, he subscribed to the oath of allegiance.  On August 21, 1668, he and his wife, Alice, sold Asten Thomas twenty acres.  On November 28, 1672, he and his wife sold to Shadrach Manton a parcel of lowland.  Christopher Smith went to Newport at the outbreak of King Philip's War, and died there in June, 1676, as declared by the records of the Society of Friends, which call him an ancient Friend of Providence.  The surname of his wife, Alice, is not known.

(II)  Thomas Smith, son of Christopher and Alice Smith, was a resident of Warwick, R. I., at an early date.  He was a tailor by trade. On December 20, 1661, he witnessed the confirmatory deed of Roger Williams to his associates.  On July 9, 1666, he and his wife, Ruth Wickenden, received a deed from her father, William Wickenden, of certain land on the south side of the Pawtuxet river, bounded partly by Benjamin Smith's land.  Thomas Smith and his wife, Ruth, were drowned in the Pawtuxet river near their home on January 16, 1670, the wife losing her balance and falling into the water in an attempt to save her husband.  The intentions of their marriage were published January 27, 1659.  She was the daughter of William Wickenden.

(III)  Joseph Smith, son of Thomas and Ruth (Wickenden) Smith, was born in Warwick, R. I., February 18, 1669.  He was but a year old at the time of his parents' death.  In the testimony given at the inquest to determine the cause of their death, John, his oldest brother, was the principal witness. The records tell us that he went to a neighbor for help, 'having with him his brother Joseph in his arms and his brother William by him'  Joseph Smith was brought up by his aunt, Plain Wickenden, who became the wife of Samuel Wilkinson, of Providence.  On March 24, 1697, he had a deed of gift from his kinsman, Samuel Wilkinson, and his wife, Plain, and John Steere, Jr., of eighteen acres of land which had formerly belonged to his grandfather, William Wickenden, deceased. He followed the trade of carpenter.  On June 16, 1713, he was taxed six pence.  He owned a forty foot lot and a third of a right of commonage, which he deeded to Joseph Smith, son of Edward, March 28, 1716.  On February 11, 1730, he purchased the interest of his son, Joseph, in the land deeded his mother, Elizabeth, deceased, by her father, John Hawkins. Soon afterward he removed to the town of Glocester, R. I., where on April 27, 1731, he deeded his son, Waite Smith, for love, etc., forty-five acres. He died November 8, 1739, and on the following day administration of his estate was granted to his son, Joseph Smith, of Smithfield.  Joseph Smith married (first) April 4, 1669, Elizabeth Hawkins, daughter of John and Sarah Hawkins, of Providence.  The Christian name of his second wife was Mary.

(IV)  Sarah Smith, daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Hawkins) Smith, was born in Providence, R. I., and on October 29, 1727, became the wife of Amos Hopkins, of Providence.  (See Hopkins IV).


These documents are made available free to the public for non-commercial purposes by the Rhode Island USGenWeb Project. Transcription and pictures 2001-2 by Beth Hurd

Mail e-mail