|Watertown, Mass. from Wikipedia.|
There are a few online family trees that have a birth location for Thomas Smith in England, and although I'm pretty sure he was born in England, until I see a primary source for a specific birth location, I don't plan to include it in my family tree database.
It is unclear as to when he arrived in Massachusetts, though there is a suggestion that he arrived in 1635. Robert Charles Anderson states that this Thomas Smith is no relation to other Smiths in Watertown at this time.
He was definitely in Watertown by 1637, when he was admitted as a freeman on May 17, 1637, and owned land in Watertown.
His wife was Mary Knopp, daughter of William Knopp and Judith Tue. Thomas and Mary had ten children, not all of whose births are recorded in the Watertown Vital Records.
His will was dated March 16, 1687/88, in Watertown and he died March 10, 1693. His will leaves 40 shillings to "his grand child James Smith of Pascattaqua." This indicates that this family was just north of what is now known as the New Hampshire-Maine border.
I descend from his eldest son, James (father of the grandchild James mentioned in Thomas' will).
James Smith the son of Thomas and
Mary Smith born the 18th - 7 m
|Ancestry.com. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988|
"Watertown, Massachusetts, Births, Marriages and Deaths." 1637 record of birth for James Smith
James was born on September 18, 1637, in Watertown, Massachusetts, to Thomas and Mary Smith.
By 1668, he was in the area of York, Maine when he appears in deed records.
|York County, Maine|
Her married Martha Mills, daughter of Thomas Mills and Mary Wadleigh and had at least four children (who were mentioned in his will): James, Mary, Elizabeth, and John.
I descend from his oldest son, James, who was mentioned in his grandfather Thomas' will (as noted above).
James Smith (about 1675-17??) married Martha Bragdon and had six children: Joseph, James, Daniel, Mary, Martha, and Ebenezer
I descend from his oldest son, Joseph. This James is my weakest link in this Smith ancestry. I need to dig into probate and land records and possibly other unknown-to-me local records in order to confirm this connection with more authority.
Generation 4: Joseph Smith (1694-after 1742). According to the 1895 History of Litchfield, he moved to Brunswick, Maine soon after his son Eliphalet was born to land he had acquired in 1738.
There is disagreement as to who his wife is, and I don't know when or where he died. I descend from his son Eliphalet.
Generation 5: Eliphalet Smith (1742-1800) married Jane Neal (1732-????) of Scituate, Massachusetts. He moved to Litchfield, Maine in 1776.
Generation 6: Joseph Smith (1773-1852) married Martha Robinson (1775-1857). They moved to Lee, Maine in 1831.
Generation 7: Sarah Smith (1795-1884) married Reuben Lowell (1794-1837). They settled in Calais, Maine by 1825.
Generation 8: Sarah Lowell (1833-1916) married Henry Clay Copeland (1832-1912)
Generation 9: Lowell Copeland (1862-1935) married Ethel May Greeley (1875-1931)
Generation 10: Lowell Townsend Copeland (1900-1974) married Helen Lysle Hunter (1907-1990)
My sources for the earliest generations include:
Dean Crawford Smith, The Ancestry of Eva Belle Kempton, 1878-1908, Part I (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1996), pp. 433-437.
Robert Charles Anderson F.A.S.G., "John Smith of Watertown, Massachusetts." The American Genealogist 61 (January/April 1985): 18-31 (specifically pp. 28-29); online archives, New England Historic Genealogical Society (https://www.americanancestors.org).
Edwin E. Smith, M.D., James Smith, Berwick, 1668, Some of His Descendants (Kennebunk, Maine: The Star Print, Inc., 1940), pp. 4-6; online archives, The Internet Archive (https://archive.org).
Henry Bond, M.D., Genealogies of the Families and Descendants of the Early Settlers of Watertown, Massachusetts (Boston: Little, Brown & Company, 1855), page 433; online archives, Google Books (https://books.google.com).
For the later generations, sources include:
History of Litchfield and an Account of its Centennial Celebration, 1895 (Augusta, Maine: Kennebec Journal Print, 1897), pp. 307-311; online archives, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com).