Smyth / Smythe)

Genealogy of Ken Smith
Rt. Rev’d Dr. Norman Kenneth Smith Jr., Abbot, ThD, DD
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Update: 29 April 2004
( All Genealogies should be considered as a WORK IN PROGRESS...)
1 Tim.1:4

The early 1600's connection is still under research to determine exact family lines. There is also interest in determining if this Smyth line is ultimately connected to Ecceard Smythe of Durham (circa 975) that spelled his name with Celtic Runic letters suggested he was a Celt or Pict. You may also find the general information about the Smythe DNA research conducted in England interesting in connecting 5 major families of the landed heraldic Smyths between the 12th and 17th centuries back to early Pictish stock. It would appear that the Smith family has had over 1000 years of participation in the development of English culture.

ECCEARD (ECCARD) SMYTH of Durham, circa 975
  • Spelled the TH in Smythe with Celtic Runic letters suggested he was either a Celt, Pict or Norse
  • Recent yDNA on this line connects the Smyth pedigree most closely with common Icelandic yDNA markers that were of both Celt and Norse origins having migrated before 1000 AD to Iceland.
  • Therefore, the origin of the Smythe forbearers were not likely of Anglo-Saxon stock.

  • Joined the Third Crusade in 1187 A.D. led by King Richard Coeur de Lion.
  • Standard Bearer for King Richard I.  A version of King Richard's initial battle flag to the right - now with three red lions.  The crosses crosslet will become a reoccuring symbol in the male line of the Smythes. 
  • Scaled the walls of Acre with four other men and opened the gates to the armies of the Crusades.
  • Knighted at the Siege of Acre by King Richard I in 1191 and given Aston Hall.
  • Motto Exaltabit Honore may come from Psalm 112, “His horn shall be exalted.”  Supposed to have gained the motto at the siege of Acre, where Michael Carrington behaved with such courage that Richard Coeur de Lion took off his crown and placed it over the helm, bearing a unicorn’s head, of our ancestor.  Or... it may have come from Psalm 92, in which the actual words “horn shall be exalted like that of the unicorn” appear with the belligerent reference to enemies seems more appropriate to a Crusader.
  • Died in the Holy Land.

       (1) Ann Farnell
       (2) ?Coventree

      (1) Cathrine Herrell
      (1) Lady Catherine Montegue, sister of Willaim Montegue, Earl of Salsbury

     (1) Margeret Roos, dau of Sir Robert Roos
          (22a) Edmond Smythe,
                     (1) Jane Ferrers, dau. of John Ferrers
                      (1) Catherine = John Trancham
                            (2) Isabel = Thomas Neville of Haddon Hall
              (22b) Anne Smythe = Willaim Lemton, son of Sir Robert Lemton, Esq.
              (22c) John Smythe of Iver Bucks
  • Steward to King  Edward III
(22c) JOHN SMYTHE of CARRINGTON  b. ~1356, d. 1446
        (1) Anne Geron/Gordon
        (2) Millicent or Elizabeth Laingham
              (21a) Hugh Smythe of Essex, heir and ancestor of Lords Carington d. 1485 = Elizabeth
                      (1) Sir John Smythe of Cressing Temple = Alice Woode
                               (1) Edward Smythe
                               (2) Sir Thomas Smythe of Cressing Temple = Mary Neville, dau. of Thomas Neville of Haddon Hall.  Sir Thomas Smythe took name Neville.
                       (3) Sir Clement Smythe b. 1551 = Dorothy Seymore, sister to Jane Seymore who was the wife of  King Edward VI.
                                          (1) Sir John Smith, cousin germaine of King Edward VI.
                               (4) William Smythe
                               (5) Mary Smythe
                               (6) Clare Smythe
                               (7) Henry Smythe
              (21b) Thomas Smythe of Rivenhall
              (21c) John Smythe of Ivor Bucks
              (21d) Christopher Smythe
              (21e) Thomas Smythe (2nd son of same name)
              (21f) Magaret Smythe = Thomas Whitebread
              (21f) Jane Smythe = ?? Edmonds
  • In 1399 when King Richard II was deposed, Michael's descendant, John of Carrington had to flee the country and changed his name to (back to??) Smythe and later returned to England.
  • John Smythe considered to be the founder of the 'Templar" Smyths of Cressing Temple.  This suggests that that Sir Michael Smythe (Carrington) in 1187 was associated with the Templar Order.
  • Thomas Smythe (21b) of Rivenhall ggggrandson, Edward Smyth of Iver Bucks married Francis Pennyman.
  • Lineage thus far confirmed from a period source refered to as: "Carrington or Smyth of co. Warwick, England" The source state, "Visitation of Warwick and Leicester, confirmed by the Deputies of Camden, Clarenceux, to Francis Smyth, of Wooton, grandson of Sir John Smyth, and 5th in descent from John Carrington or Smith, died in 1446, who was 5th in descent from - Sir Michael Carrington - Standard Bearer to Richard I - died in the Holy Land."
(21c) JOHN SMYTHE of Ankerwycke, Saffron, Waldon b. d.
     (1) Martha Bethal,
             (20a) John Smyth
  • Gggrandson named John Carrington Smith b. 1766. with sons named Edmond Carrington Smith,  John Sommerset Smith (died unmarried), Pierce Butler Smith (died unmarried)
(20a) Sir JOHN SMYTHE of Saffron, Waldon b. 1480 d. 1547
    (1) Agnes Charnock b. m. d. 1547
          (19a) Sir Thomas Smythe of Hill Hall,  b. 1513,  d. 1577
                   (1) Elizabeth, dau of Willaim Caekett. b. 1529 , d. 1552,  No children
                   (2) Philippa, dau of John Wilford of London, widow of Sir John Hampton of Theydon Mount (Hill Hall and Mount Hill (Hall) manors thus enheriting them both from this marriage.) No children.  d. 1578
          (19b) George Smythe, enherited all properties from brother, Sir Thomas Smythe
       (19c) ?Elizabeth
  • 1531, 1536 36, 1538/9 High Sheriff of Essex and Herfordshire
  • 1545, Grant of arms confirmed to him by by Edward VI
  • 1577, Witnessed will of John Nichols on 12 AUG 1577
  • Son, (18b) Sir Thomas Smythe built Hill Hall but died childless through two marrriages and his nephew, Sir Willaim Smythe, son of brother George Smythe, enheritied both Mount Hill (old manor) and Hill Hall (new manor) passing it to his eldest son, Sir William Smythe.  In 1550, he was also granted the former lands of Ankerwycle Priory.
  • Two estates known as Hill Hall now synonomous with Theyton Mount or Mount Hall was first recorded as owned by  heirs of the Norman Godric before 1066.  It then passed to heirs of Robert Fitz Wimarc (1069), then to heirs of Willaim de Theyton (1163),  then to heirs of  Robert de Briwes (1236), then to heirs of Bishop Henry de Lessington, then to heirs of William de Sutton, then back to heirs of Robert de Briwes (1248), then back to the heirs of Robert de Sutton (1274), then to the disputed heirs of de Malyn (1348), then to the heirs of Thomas (North)Hampden (1486), then to the heirs of  Sir Thomas Smythe (1553) who married the widow of Sir John Hampden.  Having no issue, Hill Hall went to brother of Sir Thomas, George Smyth. (19b).    The holding of the Manor was said to be in the honor of Rayleigh.  It remained in Smyth (Smijth) ownership from 1553 until about 1925.  All but 70 acres of the Parish was owned by Sir John Smijth in 1838.
  • A Church was also built at Theydon Mount and dedicated to St Michael in 1236.  The 1400's pope offered indulgences to those that would support the Church.  The original Church was burnt down in 1411 and a new one built.  There remains to this day many monuments, tablets, brasses and stained glass in memorial of the Smyth's of Theydon Mount.
   (19b) GEORGE SMYTHE of Hill Hall,   d. 1584
        (1) ?
                (18a)  Sir WIllaim Smythe of Hill Hall  d. 1626
  • George identified as "natural brother" of  (18b) Sir Thomas Smythe with Sir William Smythe (heir of Hill Hall) as son and 2nd Sir William Smythe as grandson of George.
(18a) Sir WILLIAM SMYTHE I of Hill Hall  d. 1626
        (1) Brigid Fleetwood, dau of Sir Thomas Fleetwood.
                 (17a) Sir William Smythe II of Hill Hall  d. 1632
                          (1) Edward Smythe d. 1652  - died without heirs
                          (2) Sir Thomas Smythe enherited Hill Hall and Ankerwycke for his line and became Baronets Smijth in 1661.   Ankerwycke was sold in 1663.  Hill Hall Manor held by Baronet Smijths unitl 1916.
                 (17b) John Smythe of Hilmorton
                            (1) ?? Welles, dau. of Nicolas de Welles & Elizabeth
                 (17c) Clement Smythe of Hilmorton
                            (1) ?? Welles, dau. of Nicolas de Welles & Elizabeth
                                    (1) Grace Smythe
             (17d) Elizabeth Smythe, b. 1592 at Theydon Mount, Essex, d. 5 May 1656 Pakenham, Suffolk
                           (1) Sir William Spring, Bart, b. 1589, m. 1610, d. 1637/38
  • Sir Thomas Smythe (17a)(2) enherited Hill Hall and Ankerwycke for his line and he became a Baronet in 1661.   Ankerwycke was sold in 1663.  Hill Hall Manor was held by Smijths unitl 1916.
  • See:
  • Some sources identify Sir Thomas Smythe (17a)(2) above as brother of Sir William II (17a) rather than the son of Sir William II.
  • Information source from Will of Nicolas de Welles dated and 29 July 1558 and 9 November 1558  identifying his wife as Elizabeth with two daughters married to John Smythe and Clement Smythe of Hilmorton, Warwickshire.   The de Welles held a Barony and were closely associated with the pedigree of the Royals of England.
  • Information source from Will of Elizabeth Smythe, daughter of Sir Willaim Smythe is dated 13 March 1655/65.  A key figure in this will is the association withe the Hobart family that appears again in the early 1600's.  Will mentions her 'daughters' Bridgit Hobart, Elizabeth Sedley and Kathrine Gibbs and her grand-children, Dorothy Spring, William Spring, William Sedley, Elizabeth Sedley, Elizabeth Hobart, Bridgit Hobart and Elizabeth Gawdy, the executors being her friend Sir Thomas Bararduston of Ketton, and her son-in-law, John Sedley of Morley, Norfolk, and James Hobart of Mendham, Suffolk. 
  • Sir William Spring and Elizabeth Smythe had 9 children. 
(17b) JOHN SMYTHE of Hilmorton, Warwickshire
       (1) ?? Welles.
                 (16a) Richard Smyth.
  • Information source from Will of Nicolas de Welles dated and 29 July 1558 and 9 November 1558  identifying his wife as Elizabeth with two daughters married to John Smythe and Clement Smythe of Hilmorton, Warwickshire.   The de Welles held a Barony and were closely associated with the pedigree of the Royals of England.
  • Brass rubbing in St Peters in Wooton, Warwickshire of  a Sir John Smyth and wife Agnes Smythe dated 1562.  Is this the same as the John Smythe (17b) above?
  • John Smythe (17b) thought to be a very close relative of Francis Smythe of Wooton as identified in the,  "Visitation of Warwick and Leicester, confirmed by the Deputies of Camden, Clarenceux, to Francis Smyth, of Wooton, grandson of Sir John Smyth, and 5th in descent from John Carrington or Smith, died in 1446, who was 5th in descent from - Sir Michael Carrington - Standard Bearer to Richard I - died in the Holy Land."
??(16a) RICHARD (SMITH) SMYTH  of Hilmorton, Warwickshire, b. 1548/53 Kent, England, m. 1577 Kent, England, d. ??
        (1) Eliza  Canty  abt 1553/57, m. 1577
                (15a) John Smyth, b. 1585, d. 1649
                (15b) Ann Elizabeth Smith b. 1586/1592 at Mount Hall, Essex,  d.
                            (1) m. Capt William Knowlton, son of Sir Richard Knowlton, Earl of Kent, d. 1668  
  • Ann Elizabeth married  Captain Knowlton who died later while enroute to America and possibly buried in Nova Scotia.  She was the daughter of  Richard Smyth and is reported as being born at Mount Hall (Hill Hall), Essex.
  • Primary source: "The History and Genealogy of the Knowltons of England and America" by Rev Charles Henry Wright Stocking, DD. 1897, pg 20. states his [John Smyth] parents as Richard Smith and Eliza Canty having also a sister: Ann Elizabeth Smith(3) was born about 1586 in England. She died after 1653 in Hingham, England (Norfolk).
  • Source: Hingham: History of the Town of Hingham, Massachusetts, by George Lincoln, Volume I pages.152-153 
  • This Richard Smythe may also be related to the Francis Smyth of Wootton living in  Stratford on Avon and identified above as the direct descendent of Sir Michael Carringtin.  
(15a) JOHN SMYTH 1585 from Hingham, England, d. 1649 Hingham, England.
         (1) Grace SMYTHE  b. abt 1591

            (14a) Francis Smith
         (2) ?Isabella Drake
  • Grace may be John's (15a) 2nd cousin being the daughter of grandfather's brother Clement Smythe (17c) listed above.
  • Isabella Drake marrid a John Smith perhaps already having minor children from a former marriage to a John Bland. Thus the son of a John Smith being a John Bland-Smith is identified in some family records being his step-son rather than issue.     
      (14a) FRANCIS SMYTH (SMITH), b. ?1614, Hingham, England, d. 22 FEB 1679 or 3 NOV 1679.
               (1) Agnes     b. , m. 1635, d. 6 JAN 1665/55?
                     (13a) Susannah, b. c1631
                     (13b) Hannah, b. c1637
                     (13c) Samuel, b.  1639 d. 5 Mar 1688 Boston, MA.
                     (13d) John, b. 1644
                     (13e) Elizabeth, b. 1647, d.  1687 Taunton, MA.
               (2) Sarah  b.   d.
                     (13f) Damaris, b. 1668, d. 1689
      • May have been born in Stratford on Avon, Warwickshire, England.
      • There was Francis Bland (Smith) born c 1606 living in Hingham MA in the mid 1630's that was of the John Bland alias Smith and Drake line who later moved and resided in Watertown, MA.  There may also have been an half uncle of this Francis named  Francis Smyth b. 1589 also in America during this period.  Many historians have confused these two perhaps three Francis Smiths.
      • 1640’s, moved to Taunton, Mass.
      • 1645 JUL 18, attended “a meeting extraordinary of the Commissioners of the United Colonies” to discuss French War business.  Sergeant John Davies, Benedict Arnold and Francis Smith were sent to invite Indians to Boston to find out what started the war and to bring peace.
      • 1653-4, Taunton Iron Works founded as first iron smelting works in America. 
      • 1650’s, bought half share of Leonard Iron Works (Old Iron Works/Taunton Iron Works) in Taunton, Mass.  
      • 1655, appointed Supervisor of Highways along with George Macye.
      • 1656, made Constable of Taunton, Mass.
      • 1659, granted 61 acres of land in Taunton, Mass.
      • 1661, held position on the ‘Grand Inquest’ of the Plymouth Colony Court.
      • 1664, appointed to take up the excise along with James Walker
      • 1664, made Constable of Taunton, Mass.
      • 1670, on the list of Freeman of Taunton, Mass.
      • 1672, with others, bought a 4-mile square tract of land below Three Rivers from ‘King Phillip’, a local Indian chief.
      • 1675, both Francis and Samuel listed as separate heads of households.
      • 1678, held title of land originally known as Oliver Purchase’s.
      • 1679, will dated at approx. age of 60.  Sarah (wife), Samuel (eldest son), John (youngest son) mentioned along with grandchildren of Samuel, Hannah (dau), Samuel (son) and Susanna (dau). 
      • 1679, died in Taunton, Mass.
      • Sword of Francis given to Samuel
      • 1680, estate worth 233 pounds.
      (13c) SAMUEL SMITH b. 1633/39, d. 1688
              (1) Susanna Read (Reed)  b. 1633,   m.1646/59, d. 1689
                     (12a) Samuel Smith b. 15 OCT 1666, d. 1718
      • 1668, Constable of Taunton, Mass.
      • 1672, with others, bought a 4-mile square tract of land below three rivers from ‘King Phillip’, a local Indian chief.
      • 1670’s, with 53 other residents, bought for 100 pounds the Taunton North Purchase from Captain Thomas Willett who bought it for the Plymouth Colony from the Indians.
      • 1675, noted as head of household.
      • 1676-1679, Selectman
      • 1678-1679, represented Taunton at Plymouth General Court
      • 1683, Constable of Taunton, Mass.
      (12a) SAMUEL SMITH II, b. 15 OCT 1666, d.
             (1)    Rebecca Hoar b.   m. 20 FEB 1690, d. 30 APR 1694
             (2)    Esther Caswell (2) b. 1 or 4 JUN 1665, m. JUN 1695, d. 12 MAR 1721/2
                     (11a) Jasiel Smith
      • 1698, filed addendum to father’s estate showing half share of old Iron Works in Taunton, Mass.
      • 1700, served under Capt. Thomas Leonard, also owner of Old Iron Works.
      • 1710-11, belonged to the First Foot Company of Taunton and fought in Canada in the French and Indian wars.  Served under Major Thomas Leonard.
      • 1726, children sold most of half share of Old Iron Works to Samuel Pitts.
      (11a) JASIEL SMITH, b. 1700, d. 1755/7
              (1)    Hanna Gasket (Gashet) b.   , m. 1728, d.
      • Unusual name often miswritten as Josiah or Israel
      • 1726, sold interest in Old Iron Works due to the iron reserves were played out.   Sold 1/9 interest in half share of Old Iron Works to Samuel Pitts.
      • 1754, worked as a blacksmith for James Leonard, likely at the Old Iron Works in Taunton, Mass.
      (10) CORNELIUS SMITH, b. 1732, d.
                (1) Dorcas Lincoln, m. 1738??
      • 1762, Born in Taunton, Mass but moved to Pittstown.
      • Fought in French-Indian wars
      • 1738, Mohawk, Montgomory County NY resident
      (9) DARIUS ‘KING’ SMITH, b. 1762/59, d. 1843
               (1) Sophia Richardson , m.  d. 1792
               (2) Sophia Champion
                    (8a) Darius Champion Smith
               (3) Ann Forbes.

      (8a) DARIUS CHAMPION SMITH, b. 9 SEP 1794, d. 1869
               (1) Mary ‘Polly’ Leemon  b. 20 OCT 1784, m.  d.

      (7) JOSEPH RICHARDSON SMITH, b. 1829/30, d. 1915
               (1) Almira Moran
               (2) Eunice Reid Moran

      (6) CORNELIUS NORMAN SMITH, b. 17 MAY 1860/61, d. 1894
               (1) Emma Lee. Gunn, b. 1863, m.  d. 1930
      • Emma Lee Gunn was the daugher of Erastus Gunn, a direct male descendent of  Norwegian King Harold the Black of Iceland from whom descended King Olaf the Black of the Orkneys, Skye, Lewis, and the Territory on the Western Mainland of Scotland.
      (5) JOSEPH CLAUDE SMITH, b.  22 JUN 1884 , d.
               (1) Margaret Hilty (1), b. 1884, m.  d.

      (4) NORMAN KENNETH SMITH SR, b. 8 MAR 1907, d. 195-
                (1) Mary Peffer
                      (1) Norman Kenneth Smith Jr.
      (3) NORMAN KENNETH SMITH JR, b. 1932 , d. still living
               (1) Joanne Sherwood Jackman  b. 1933, m. 1952, dec´d
                     (2a) Kathrine Ann Smith
                     (2b) David Michael Smith
                     (2c) Debbie Marie Smith
                     (2d) Karen Elizebeith Smith
                     (2e) Kristine Joy Smith
                     (2f) Cindy Lyn Smith
                     (2g) Jonathan Kenneth Smith
                     (2h) Lori Smith (died at 6 mo.)
             (2) Ann Card b. m. dec´d 1997
                     (no issue)
             (3) Sue Smith b. m. 1998 d.
                     (no issue)

      (2) DAVID MICHAEL HOLMES-SMITH, b. 25 NOV 1955
            (1) Caroline Falconer Gemmell (1), b.  m. 1979  (marriage annuled by Anglican Church)
                  (1) Ashley Maria Falconer (1980)
            (2) Kathleen Martha Holmes b. m. 1990, d. living
                  (1) Kelly Leilani Holmes-Smith
                  (2) Jennifer Puanani Holmes-Smith
                  (3) Holly Malia Holmes-Smith
                  (4) Justin Peter McArthur Holmes-Smith
                  (5) Jonathan James McArthur Holmes-Smith