Richard Smith family (568)
1336. Richard Smith. Born in 1596 in Gloucester, Gloucestershire. Richard died in 1666 in Wickford, RI.
RICHARD, Taunton 1638,
one of the first purch. was from Gloucestersh. may be the man, wh. went
to R. I. the next yr. and some yrs. aft. was the promin. man on the
main, hav. a large trad. ho. in the Narraranset land, perhaps two,
North Kingston and Wickford, purch. of the sachem in 1641, and this,
in my opin. led to tak. side against Gorton and his assoc. wh. bot. of
other sachems a principality of Showamet, or Warwick, to the Northward
of Smith, wh. made Arnold and comp. of Providence cry out
against G. and his friends, wh. preach. bad doctrines in the judgment of
Mass. people, and thence in the summer came the cruel, if not perfidious,
slaughter of Miantinomo, head of both parties of the Ind. and next the
relig. war of 1643 against Gortonism. For his knowledge Smith was
employ. with others, in Oct. 1643 "to fetch the cattle from Providence,"
being the plunder our forces took with the misbelieving prisoners.
Comp. Col. Rec. II. 43 with Winthrop II. 84 and 142-8. In that wide
estate, aft. a brief trial at Newtown, L. I. he enjoy. gr. esteem forty yrs.
as sovereign of all Misquamicuck, Caucumsquissic, and Pettaquamscut,
was honor. with a commiss. as chief magistr. from Conn. 1671, as he had
support. their rights against the claims of Providence, wh. were favor. by
the royal commiss. in 1665. His s. of the same name was made constable
there 1663, when the Conn. Counc. dignif. his neighborhood with the
town rights of Wickford; but the ultimate decision of the disput. title, in
the highest tribunal at home, went contrary to both Mass. and Conn.27
Richard married Joan Barton. Born ca 1599 in Gloucester, Gloucestershire. Joan died in 1644 in Wickford, RI.
Their children include:
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