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1615 - 1706 (91 years)
||John Rock Smith |
||Hempstead, Suffolk Co., LI, NY
- John "Rock" Smith's family can be traced in "Genealogies of Long Island
Families", Henry Hoff, 1987, vol. II, pp. 49 -66), which is a reprint of
an article which first appeared in the NEW YORK GENEALOGICAL &
BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD in Jan. 1957.
John' Smith "Rock" was born about 1615, as on March 20,1674/75, he
testified to being about sixty years old. Presumably his birth occurred
in England. He was a proprietor and resident of Hempstead, Long Island,
from 1644 until his death shortly
before April 3, 1706, when his will was proven. At a date unknown, he had
emigrated with or without parents but prior to November I640 when he was
briefly at Stamford, Conn., (then part of the Colony of New Haven). He
appears often on the
records as "Rock" Smith, occasionally as "Goodman Smith Rock," and after
1666 as "Senior," as well as under these appellations combined variously
with his first name John. As an original proprietor of Hempstead, he
settled there in 1644. His
life suggests neither the wealth nor the breadth of vision inherent in
that of a man who owns lands in more than one town and colony. The
troublous times in which Rock Smith lived: are glimpsed through the few
other than town records of him.
The first positive mention of him as an inhabitant of Hempstead, is July
4, 1656, the date of a letter to Gov. Stuyvesant signed by 42 Hempstead
men (including his own mark); they said they were ready to pay the tenths
(tithes) if due, but
only knew of the current general peace with the Indians . Thus, with
great independence, they reminded Stuyvesant of Hempstead's Nov. 16,
1644 patent from the Dutch government of New Netherlands, whereby tenths
were to begin ten years after
the first general peace with the Indians. There had been Indian troubles
both in 1643 and 1655. Despite only nominal rule of the Dutch, most of
the English towns in New Netherland hastened to annex themselves to
Connecticut. Early lists of
Hempstead's original proprietors include the propriety of "Rocke Smith"
in Mr. Coe's Neck (probably 1654) John "Rock" Smith is often on
Hempstead's town records, giving a good picture of him. He was a solid
and cautious person, doing his civic
and religious duty but concentrating on increasing his land holdings as
a patrimony for his children. .And in this he succeeded, for his
children had a better education and "married well." By action of
Hempstead's town meeting of May 13,
1659, he became an innkeeper. It is ordered that John Smith rock is
licensed by general vote to keep an ordinary and is allowed to sell
meat, duck,and rum to strangers with theire retinew.
||9 Aug 2014 |
||Hannah Murray, b. Stamford, Conn |
| ||1. Mary Smith, b. 20 Jul 1630, Dorchester, Suffolk, Mass. , d. 15 Mar 1712/13, Hempstead, Queens, Ny (Age 82 years)|
||9 Aug 2014 |
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