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  • ID: I246805
  • Name: William Smute
  • Given Name: William
  • Surname: Smute
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: Abt 1596 in England
  • Death: Abt 1670 in Charles County, Maryland
  • _UID: 0C1D8DD58A86464E90CD7AC3398080FF01D7
  • Change Date: 2 Jul 2009 at 15:47
  • Note:
    The following notes were supplied by Donna Bott of Valdese, North Carolina:

    Was in London in 1633 as a member of the Boatwright Guild. He agreed to work for 50 days in Virginia for Colonel Thomas Burbage, sailing from England to settle at Hampton, York County (now Elizabeth City, VA). It is not clear exactly when he came to America.

    First public record 24 Feb 1642 when granted 400 acres of land in Yorke County on the north side of the Charles River near the head of Tymber Creek. To Maryland in 1646; lived on 300 acres, "Smoote", in Poplar Hill Hundred, St. Mary's County. Also 400 acres, "Smootly" in Manor of West St. Mary's on the west side of Wicomico River at the head of Smoot's Branch.

    Probably raised in England and took oath there or in Virginia.

    Planter, carpenter, shipwright. He designed and built vessels used in trade between Maryland and Virginia. How big these vessels or enterprise is not clear, two vessels were pinnaces, small sailing ships.

    In 1644 William Smute gave George Codd 3 barrels of corn and clothes for fulfilling his indentured service.

    William Smute fought in the campaign against the Pamunky and Chickahominy Indians, receiving 600 pounds of tobacco 1 Oct 1644 for his services.

    12 Jun 1647 granted by Lord Baltimore's Land Office 300 acres near the mouth of Herring Creek on the manor of New Towne in what is now St. Mary's County, MD.

    17 Apr 1650, William Smoot and his son-in-law, William Hungerford, signed Stone's declaration saying "We the said Lieutenant, Council, Burgesses, and other Protestant inhabitants (enjoy) all fitting and convenient freedom and liberty in the exercise of our religion under his Lordship's Government and interest."

    Per Timothy A. Colcord from his collection at the Charles County Community College, La Plata, MD; lived at Wicomica River.

    William was alive when his wife died in Jan 1666 but dead by 1670.

    "The Smootes of Maryland and Virginia"; Mr. Harry Wright Newman:
    The Smoote family, who were William Smoote's ancestors of earlier days, were natives of Netherland. Marriages occured between the House of Smoote and the noblity and gentry of that Province. A coat-of-arms was found. William Smoote of Maryland had the name and traditions of the Dutch House of Smoot and those in Maryland bore a coat-of-arms.

    Meet Your Ancestors, Noland (Hubbard) Bowling:
    Aug 1637, William Smoote witnessed the deed of William Reynolds to Thomas Denham. Deeds, Orders, Wills No. 1, page 64 York Co., VA.

    At some time William Smoote paid for the transportation of eight persns to the Virginia Colony. The names of these people were omitted on the patent he received. It is normal to think they were members of his own family and perhaps some who would be in his employment. They positively arrived some time before the following patent was granted to him, quoting; "To all &c whereas now known yee that give and grant unto William Smeete fouer hundred acres of Land in the Countie of Yorke neare the head of a Creeke called Tymber Neck Creeke on the north side of Charles river beginning at certaine marked trees that runs from Timber Neck Creeke north northwest three hundred eightie pole and divides this Land from the Lands of McMinifer and from thence East north East two hundred and fiftie poles South South East into a branch of Timber Neck Creeke and then down the branch unto he marked trees where it begann which four hundred acres of land being due unto him by and for the transportation of eight persons into this Colony to have and to hold & c to bee held &c yarling and paying &c which payment is to bee made seaven years after this iiiith of February 1642. Cavaliers & Pioneers - Nugent.

    William Smoote and family resided in Yor Co., VA in the years 1642 to 1646. He was a boatwright during those years and attended to his affairs through the courts as was the custom of that era. They resided in Hampton and it was there that he carried on his construction of various types of boats, such as the early settlers needed. He moved to Maryland in 1645. He placed his estate into the possession of Joseph Hill who stood bound with him for a debt to be paid to Ashwell Batten on the following Nov 10, 1645. This covered his real estate and personal property.

    Apr 6, 1646, a survey was ordered for 300 acres of land for William Smoote, his wife and his two children, who came into the Province in 1646.

    At some time in Virginia William Smoote married the second time Mrs. Grace Wood, a widow. They were the parents of Elizabeth Wood - William Smoote named Elizabeth as his wife's daughter.

    There has not been found anything regarding any administration of his estate. They may have been lost.

    Marriage 1 Grace Wood b: 31 Aug 1601 in Essex, England
    • Married: Abt 1634 in England
    • Change Date: 25 Sep 2005
    1. Has Children Thomas Smoot b: Abt 1634 in York County, Virginia
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