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  • ID: I386
  • Name: Hannah Smith
  • Surname: Smith
  • Given Name: Hannah
  • Sex: F
  • Birth: 1642 in Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States
  • Death: 18 Jun 1685 in Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States
  • _UID: EF68930170B1A5458D46CBD54C02B046ADF2
  • Note:
    1. Parents are Dr. Henry Smith and Ann Jackson. He died after 4 Jul 1687 at Stamford, Fairfield, CT. "In his will of 4 Jul 1687 Henry Smith of Stamford bequeathed to grandson John Knapp (FOOF 1:575) per the book: "The Great Migration Begins, Immigrants to New England 1620-1633," 1995, Robert Charles Anderson, ISBN 0-88082-043-8, published by New England Historic Genealogical Society, 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Mass. 02116.

    2. Per the book "The Story of the Early Settlers of Stamford, Connecticut, 1641 - 1700," by Jeanne Majdalany (including genealogies comp. with Edith M. Wicks), p191: "Hannah Smith - bc1640, d1685?, m1 c1660 Caleb Knap, m2 c1674 Thomas Lawrence." In speaking of her father: "Henry Smith, b1619, d1687, prob. m1 Hannah___, m2 1665 Ann Andrews (d1685, wd/o Francis)...according to H. Stanley Finch, was the son of Thomas Smith of St. Mary Ademanbury, England, but no sources for this are given. He was with the first group of settlers from Wethersfield in 1641 and lived on the east side of West St. He married secondly, Ann who had 3 children, Rebecca, Ruth, and Abraham. He left his home to his son John and his grandson, John Knap."

    3. Hannah Smith's brother, Daniel Smith, is married to John Caleb Knapp's niece Hannah Knapp.

    4. "Nicholas Knapp Genealogy," compiled by Alfred Averill Knapp, M.D. "This Genealogy of the Descendants of Nicholas Knapp, first found mentioned at Watertown, Massachusetts in 1630, is the result of the work and research of many individuals. The four principal collectors of data were Charles Ruggles Knapp, Henry Eno Knapp, Ezra Fred Knapp and the author, Alfred Averill Knapp, but they were assisted through correspondence by a large number of individuals who furnished much valuable family and local information..." Second Generation:
    "B-4. Caleb Knapp, son of A-1. Nicholas and Elinor ( ) Knapp.
    B. 11-20-1636 or 1-20-1637. Watertown, Mass.
    D. Before 3-4-1675, when his inventory was taken. His will dated 12-2-1674.
    M. Hannah Smith at Stamford, Conn. about 1660 and lived there. She d. June, 1685, was daughter of Dr. Henry Smith, of Stamford and his 1st wife, name unknown, son of Thomas Smith of London. She m. 2nd Thomas Lawrence, b. 12-3-1648, son of Thomas Lawrence and wife Martha. Martha was b. England, 1619 d. ca. 1686, Stamford. Thomas Lawrence, Sr. d. 1648. He and wife Martha were admitted to the church at Milford, Conn. 7-4-1642. They had: 1. Martha, b. 8-9-1646. m. Elephalet Jones. 2. Thomas, b. 12-3-1648. m. Hannah, widow of Caleb Knapp. Martha Lawrence, widow of Thomas, Sr. m. 2nd John Chapman, of Stamford. She m. 3rd 12-17-1657, Francis Brown.
    C-10. Caleb, b. 11-24-1661. m. 9-3- or 11-23-1694, Hannah Clements.
    C-11. John, b. 7-25-1664. d. 4-5-1749. m. 1692, Hannah Ferris and Martha Weed.
    C-12. Moses, b. ca. 1666. d. 1753. m. 10-30-1689, Elizabeth Crissey. [Author's later supplement includes note: "Perhaps Caleb d. 1773."]
    C-13. Samuel, b. ca. 1668. d. 1739. m. ca. 1696, Hannah Bushnell.
    C-14. Sarah, b. 1670, Stamford, Conn. d. at Greenwich. m. ca. 1685/91, Ebenezer Mead. He b. 1663. d. 1728, son of John Mead and his wife, Hannah or Anna Patton or Potter, of Stamford. Gen. Mead, in command at the Battle of Gettysburg, was a descendant. Sarah and Ebenezer had: -John.-Susannah, m. 9-5-1726, Moses Husted. -Abigail, m. 1724, Isaac Holmes. -Caleb, m. 1716, Mary Holmes, sister of Isaac, (Stephen-John-Francis.) -Jeremiah -Alpheus. -Sarah, m. Hobby. -Hannah, m. Hobby.
    C-15. Hannah, b. ca. 1676, Stamford, Conn. m. 1st Nathaniel Cross, of Stamford, 11-6-1696. He d. 10-28-1714. She m. 2nd 3-31-1715, Samuel Palmer. She was probably a mother of Deborah Cross who m. John Knapp. (Hannah Knapp, dau. of Moses and Abigail (Westcoast) Knapp, is sometimes given identically with this Hannah. Which is correct is uncertain. As shown by their will, both had a dau. Hannah, but their future is uncertain.)
    B-4. Caleb Knapp was admitted Freeman at Stamford in 1669/71. His will was made 11-10-1674 and says: "I give unto Abigail Smith, my minor sister-in-law, my wife Hannah and unto my six children, namely, Caleb-John-Moses-Samuel-Sarah-Hanna, etc., and implore my beloved friends, Joshua Knapp, John Hody, Daniel Wistell and Moses Knapp, witnesses." His inventory was taken by William Newman and Jonathan Sellick, 3-4-1774/5, amounting to 170 pounds, 16 shillings and 4 pence. (See Fairfield Probate Records, Vol. 1675-1689, p. 36.) In his father's will he is called "John Calep." He was probably a weaver by trade as his father left him his "loom and half of the geers." His wife Hannah Smith was dau. of Dr. Henry Smith of Stamford and Wethersfield who was b. in England ca. 1612/19. His 1st wife whose name is unknown was mother of all his children. He m. 2nd Ann . A Henry Smith, age 22, and Ann Jackson, age 23, came to New England, 7-27-1635, on the ship "Princess." After Caleb's death his widow m. Thomas Lawrence before 7-4-1686, of Stamford. (Fairfield Probate Records, Vol. 1675-1689, p. 239) Henry Smith, father of Hannah, made his will 7-4-1687 at Stamford. He mentions "grandson John Knap" and "dau. Hannah Lorance" etc. In Vol. 1689-1701, p. 48, Thomas Lawrence of Stamford, made his will, dated 7-26-1691, mentions "daughter-in-law, Hannah Knapp" and "son-in-law Samuel Knapp" (meaning step-dau. and step-son). The inventory of Thomas Lawrence's estate, who d. 8-16-1691, taken 9-16-1691 says: "John Knapp, having ye knowlig of this Inventory, being son-in-law to ye deceased, and having these things, most of them under his custody" (meaning step-son). Henry Smith's wife, Ann. d. June 1685."

    5. "The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III (Online database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2002), by Robert Charles Anderson, 1995. Note that the entry was later edited and republished in 2014 by the same author; see "The Winthrop Fleet; Massachusetts Bay Company Immigrants to New England 1629-1630" (NEHGS; Boston, 2014). The version below is the most current version:
    iv. CALEB KNAPP, b. Watertown 20 January 1636[/7] [WaVR 1:4; NEHGR 7:159]; m. by 1661 Hannah Smith (eldest child b. Stamford 24 November 1661 ["The American Genealogist" 10:174); in his will of 4 July 1687 Henry Smith of Stamford bequeathed to grandson John Knapp [FOOF 1:575])..."
  • Change Date: 9 Jan 2015 at 22:26:12

    Marriage 1 Caleb Knapp b: 20 Jan 1636/1637 in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
    • Married: BEF 1661 in of Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States
    1. Has Children Sarah Knapp b: ABT 1693

    Marriage 2 Thomas Lawrence Jr.
    • Married: ABT 1674 in Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States

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