Friday, October 28, 2022

52 Ancestors - Week 453: #723 Elizabeth (Arnold) (Hawkins) Smith (1684-1758) of Providence, Rhode Island

 Elizabeth Arnold (1684-1758) is #723 on my Ahnentafel List, my 7th great-grandmother, who married #722 William Hawkins (1679-1712) in 1704 in Providence, Rhode Island.

I am descended through:

*  their daughter, #361 Ruth Hawkins (1711-1789), who married #360 Nathaniel Wade (1708-1754) in 1731,
*  their son, #180 Simon Wade (1731-a1800), who married #181 Deborah Tracy (1731-a1800) in about 1763.
*  their son, #90 Simon Wade (1767-1857), who married #91 Phebe Horton (1772-a1820) in about 1790.
*  their daughter #45 Miranda Wade (1804-1850), who married #44 Jonathan White (1803-1850) in 1824.
*  their son #22 Henry Arnold White (1824-1885) who married #23 Amy Oatley (1826-1864) in 1844.
*  their daughter #11 Julia E. White (1848-1913) who married #10 Thomas Richmond (1848-1917) in 1868.
*  their daughter #5 Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962) who married #4 Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942) in 1900.
*  their son #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983) who married #3 Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002) in 1942.
*  their son #1 Randall Jeffrey Seaver (1943-living)


1)  PERSON (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Name:                        Elizabeth Arnold[1–3]
*  Alternate Name:         Elizabeth Hawkins[5]
*  Alternate Name:         Elizabeth Smith [6]

*  Sex:                           Female

*  Father:                      Eleazer Arnold 1651-1723    
*  Mother:                     Eleanor Smith 1652-a1722

2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Birth:                        about 1684, Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, United States[1]

*  Distribution:             9 December 1712 (about age 28), husband's estate administration granted to Elizabeth Hawkins; Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, United States[5]

*  Death:                      11 July 1758 (about age 74), Glocester, Providence, Rhode Island, United States[1,6]
*  Probate:                   17 July 1758 (about age 74), will proved; Glocester, Providence, Rhode Island, United States[1,6]
3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Spouse 1:                Elizabeth Arnold 1684-1758
*  Marriage 1:             14 December 1704 (about age 20), Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, United States[1-3]
*  Child 1:                    Elijah Hawkins 1705-1754
*  Child 2:                    Uriah Hawkins 1707-1708
*  Child 3:                    Joseph Hawkins 1709-1754
*  Child 4:                    Ruth Hawkins 1710-1789
*  Child 5:                    Deborah Hawkins 1713-1802    

*  Spouse 2:                 Israel Smith 1689-1726
*  Marriage 2:              3 June 1718 (about age 34), Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, United States[1,4]
*  Child 6:                   Stephen Smith 1719-1758
*  Child 7:                   Naomi Smith 1720-1799
*  Child 8:                   Elizabeth Smith 1722-    
*  Child 6:                   Israel Smith 1724-           

4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):    

Biographical data and family information about Elizabeth (Arnold) (Hawkins) Smith was obtained from the book: Richard H. Benson, The Arnold Family of Smithfield, Rhode Island (Boston, Mass., Newbury Street Press, 2009)[1].

Elizabeth Arnold was born about 1684 in Providence, Rhode Island, the daughter of Eleazer and Eleanor (Smith) Arnold[1].  

She married William Hawkins (1679-1712) on 14 December 1704 in Providence, Rhode Island[2-3].  He was the son of William and Lydia (Ballou) Hawkins of Providence.  They had five children, all born in Providence:

*  Elijah Hawkins (1705-1754), married (1) 1724 Abigail Vallet (1706-1735) and (2) 1735 Jemima Salisbury (1700-1754).
*  Uriah Hawkins (1707-1708).
*  Joseph Hawkins (1709-1754), married 1729 Mary Smith (1705-????).
*  Ruth Hawkins (1711-1789), married (1) 1731 Nathaniel Wade (1709-1754) and (2) 1758 Zebedee Hawkins (1697-189.
*  Deborah Hawkins (1713-1802), married 1731 Nathan Wade (1706-1778).

William died on 8 October 1712, intestate, at age 33, leaving his wife and four small children[5]. The administration of his estate was granted to his wife, Elizabeth, on 9 December 1712.  The inventory of his estate totaled 110 pounds, 10 pence, and included: four cows, two steers, a mare, two colts, swine, 200 pounds of tobacco, a cider mill, a gun, two spinning sheets, six barrels of cider, meat in the cellar, soap, a warming pan, books, etc.

After her first husband, William Hawkins, died in 1712, Elizabeth married (2) Israel Smith (1690-1727) in Providence on 3 June 1718[1,4].  Israel was a cooper.  They had four children together from 1719 to 1724 in Providence:

*  Stephen Smith (1719-1758), married 1741 Mary Peck (1727-????).
*  Naomi Smith (1720-1799), married 1740 Oliver Angell (1717-1799)
*  Elizabeth Smith (1722-????), married Nathaniel Mann (1718-1774).
*  Israel Smith (1724-????).

Israel died 20 January 1726/7, intestate, and Elizabeth was again a widow with about seven living minor children. There is no known burial place or record.

Widow Elizabeth (Arnold) (Hawkins) Smith of Glocester died testate, on 11 July 1758 in Glocester, Rhode Island, according to the estate inventory.  She wrote her will dated 1 July 1758.  The will was proved on 17 July 1758[6].  The will reads (from a clerk's copy in the Glocester town records):
"In the name of God Amen This 5th day of July in the 35th year of the Reign of our soverign Lord George the Second of Great Britain the King AD 1758: I Elizabeth Smith of the Town of Glocester in the County of Providence & Colony of Rhode Island &c widow being Sick & weak of body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given to allmighty God for the Same: and Calling to mind the mortality of my body and Knowing it is appointed for all men to Die: Do make and ordain this to be my Last will & Testament: that is first of all I Recommend my Soul into the hands of God that gave it and as touching Such worldly Estate as it hath pleases God to give me in this Life I Give Demise and Dispose of the Estate in the following manner and form.  Imprimus my will is that all my Just Debts be first Satisfied and paid by my Executors hereafter named.

"Item I give to my Son Stephen Smith all my Coopers Tools that did belong to my Husband and like wise a Draught Chain & one pair of horse Chains.

"Item  I Give to my Two Daughters Ruth Hopkins and Deborah Waid my best feather bed to be Equaly Divided between them and like wise I Give to my Daughter Deborah Waid my Iron Kettle.

"Item I give to my Daughter Elizabeth Man my Chest of Drawers warming pann Smoothing base and my Long Cloke.

"Item I Give to my Daughter Neomia Angel my Squar Table and five pounds old Tenor.

"Item my will is that all the Remainder of my Estate be Equally Divided among my Children namely my son Stephen Smith my Daughters Ruth Hopkins Deborah Waid Elizabeth Man and Neomi Angel the Ramaining part of my Estate that is not above Dispose of in this my will: and my will is that my Son Elijah Hawkings Children have no part of my Estate he having Recd his portion already and my will further is that my Son Stephen Smith and my Grandson William Hawking be the Executor to this my last will and Testament.

"Item my will is that my Grand Daughter Elizabeth Hopkins have my large Silver Sleeve Buttens.

"Item I Give my Grand Daughter Matha Smith my Small Silver Sleeve Buttens & my looking Glass.  And I do hereby Reject Revoke & Disallow and Disanull all former or other wills or Testaments by me at any time made Ratifying this & no other to be my last will and Testament.

"Signed Sealled published pronounced                            her
and Declared to be her Last will                        Elizabeth   +  Smith 
and Testament in the presence of us -                            mark
Andrew Brown
Abraham Smith
Uriah Hawkings

"Glocester July the 17th 1758.
In council Andrew Brown Esqr Abraham Smith and Uriah Hawkings the witnesses to this will on Solemn Engagement Declared that they Saw the Testatrex Sign Seal publish pronounce and declare this will to be her Last will & Testament.  and that they in her presence Subscribed as Witnesses: and at that Time She was in her perfect mind & memory according to their Judgments Wherefore it is voted & Resolved that this will be now approved & allowed to be a Good will & hereby is ordered to be Recorded.
Richd Steere Clerk
Received the 17th of July 1758 and Recorded by R. Steere C Clerk."

"The Inventory of the widow Elizabeth Smiths personall Estate in Glocester who Departed this Life the Eleventh Day of July in the year of our Lord 1758: and was apprised on the thirteenth of the same July by us the Subscribers

Item to Wearing apparel and Linen ................................................................ 159-00-0
Item to one bed and beding with out Cord or bed Sted ................................. 100-00-0
Item to one warming pan L6: & a flat hanging basket L1 ................................ 07-00-0
Item to pails & bowle & trays L3: frying pan L1:brass kittle L2 ...................... 06-00-0
Item to one Tramel L4: Tongs L1 10:Shie L1: one Kittle L3 ............................ 09-10-0
Item to one flock bed & furniture L38: one Chest of Drawers L12 .................. 48-00-0
Item to one pair of Stillyards L7: to one box Iron & Ructers L4 & one Char.... 12-00-0
Item to pewter L8: & two Glass bottles L1-16: & one laidle Kirk ..................... 09-16-0
Item to another pail & Chesfals & one Earthen pan & a tunel ......................... 02-05-0
Item to one Table L6 - to one Clark Stole & Small morter L1 .......................... 07-00-0
Item to Two cowes L120: & five Sheep L25 ..................................................... 145-00-0
Item to one wooden ladle Stick & a Chamber pot ...........................................   00-10-0
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Abraham Smith
Jonah Steere

"Glocester July the 17th 1758
In Council Voted & Resolved that the above written Inventory be accepted allowed & it hereby is ordered to be Recorded, Richd Steere Clerk.
Received the 17-th of July 1758: & Recorded by R. Steere C Clerk."

"Whereas Elizabeth Smith of Glocester in the County of Providence widow deceased did in & by her Last will & Testament name and appoint her son Stephen Smith and William Hawkings both of said Glocester yeomen Executors of her Said will (but the said Stephen died before his mother the said Elizabeth) and Where as the said William did on the Seventeenth day of July Ad 1758: and in the thirty Second year of his majestys Reign George the Second of Great Britain &c King prove said will before the Town Council of Glocester aforesaid.

"These are therefore to order & fully Impower you the said William Hawkings: and you hereby are fully Impowered to take into your Care Custody & possession all & singular the personall Estate of the said Elisabeth that did at the Time of her death belong to her & on the Same fully to administer by paying all her Just Debts and Legacies & to act and do in all Cases as you by Law and the aforesaid will are Impowered and Required to do: and Render an account of your proceedings therein unto the Town Council or their Successors in said office when Legally called there unto: Given by order of the Town Council aforesaid Held at said Glocester the above said Seventeenth day of July AD 1758: and Sealed with their Seal by their order, I Richard Steere Clerk."
Recd the 17th of July 1758 and Recorded by R. Steere C. Clerk."


1. Richard H. Benson, The Arnold Family of Smithfield, Rhode Island (Boston, Mass., Newbury Street Press, 2009), pages 60-64, William Hawkins and Elizabeth Arnold family sketch.

2. James N. Arnold, Vital Record of Rhode Island, 1636-1850, First Series, Births, Marriages and Deaths : a Family Register for the People (Providence, R.I.: Narragansett Historical Publishing Co., 1891-1912), "Volume 2: Providence County Birth, Marriages, Deaths," Providence Marriages, page 7, Elizabeth Arnold and William Hawkins entry.

3. "Rhode Island Marriages, 1724-1916," indexed database, FamilySearch (, William Hawkins Jr. and Elizabeth Arnold marriage entry, 14 December 1712.

4. "Rhode Island, Vital Records Extracts, 1636-1899," indexed database and digital image, (, "Volume 2: Providence County Birth, Marriages, Deaths," Providence Marriages, page 90, Elizabeth Hawkins and Israel Smith entry, 3 June 1718.

5. Providence (R.I.) probate files (1646-1894) and indexes (1646-1899), on FamilySearch microfilms, FHL Microfilm 220977, Book A1 - A484 : 1646-1885 (Missing files: 35, 93, 133, 134, 154, and 232), Estate File A135 ( image 364 of 1340), Bond of Elizabeth Hawkins, widow of William Hawkins, Jr., 1712.

6. "Probate Records, 1731-1915 (Glocester, Rhode Island)", Volume 1, Pages 173-176, Elizabeth Smith estate records, on FHL Microfilm 0,941,847.


NOTE:  Amy Johnson Crow suggested a weekly blog theme of "52 Ancestors" in her blog post 
 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on the No Story Too Small blog in 2014.  I have extended this theme in 2022 to 468 Ancestors in 468 Weeks.

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