1Henry Allen Smith, A Genealogical History of the Descendants of the Rev. Nehemiah Smith of New London, Conn., 1638-1888, pp. 47-48 (1889).
"Edward Smith, born in England about 1637, came to Boston about 1652, he then being about fifteen years of age and "exceedingly well clothed." The names of his father and mother do not appear, but he is spoken of as a very good man, and she as a precious Christian. His father was the eldest brother of John and Nehemiah Smith, who had been then in America fourteen or fifteen years. John was residing in Boston, and Nehemiah on Long Island.
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He was married June 7, 1663, to Elizabeth Bliss of Saybrook, she being seventeen years of age and a dau. of Thomas and Elizabeth Bliss of Norwich, Conn.
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The summer of 1689 was an exceptionally warm one, "the like having not been known in the memory of man." Prevalent at this time was a "distemper of sore throat and fever, which passed through most families and proved mortal with many." Edward, his wife and son John all died from it in less rhan one week. The son Obadiah and seven daughters went to Norwich to live with relatives.
Edward died July 14, 1689, aged about 52.
His wife died July 10, 1689, aged 43, having been born Nov. 20, 1645. Ch.
ELIZABETH, b. Aug. 16, 1664; m. John Baley.
ANN, b. Oct. 25, 1665; d. 1700; never married.
REBECCA, b. Aug. 5, 1668.
SARAH, b. Sept. 6, 1670; m. Richard Handy of Windham.
MARY, b. Nov. 21, 1672.
JOHN, b. Dec. 28, 1674; d. July 8, 1689.
2. OBADIAH, b. Feb. 5, 1676-7.
HANNAH, b. Oct. 5, 1678.