Friday, March 24, 2023

52 Ancestors - Week 473: #750 Ephraim Smith (1675-1722) of Portsmouth and North Kingstown, Rhode Island

Ephraim Smith (a1675-1722) is #750 on my Ahnentafel List, my 7th great-grandfather, who married #751 Margaret Pearce (1689-????) in about 1710 in Portsmouth, Rhode Island.

I am descended through:

*  their daughter #375 Renewed Smith (1717-after 1763), married #374 Daniel Carpenter (1712-1763), in 1733.
*  their daughter #187 Elizabeth Carpenter (1741-????), married #186 Stephen Hazard (1730-1804), in 1760.
*  their daughter #93 Mary Hazard (1765-1857), married # 92 Joseph Oatley (1756-1815) in 1781.
*  their son #46 Jonathan Oatley (1790-1872), married #47 Amy Champlin (1798-1865) in 1813.
*  their daughter #23 Amy Frances Oatley (1826-1864), married #22 Henry Arnold White (1824-1885) who married in 1844.
*  their daughter #11 Julia E. White (1848-1913), married #10 Thomas Richmond (1848-1917) in 1868.
*  their daughter #5 Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962), married #4 Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942) in 1900.
*  their son #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983), 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:                    Ephraim Smith[1–4]

*  Sex:                       Male

*  Father:                   Jeremiah Smith 1648-1720
*  Mother:                 Marritie "Mary" Gereardy 1654-1722

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

*  Birth:                     about 1675, Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island, United States[4]

*  Distribution:          11 April 1720 (about age 45), father's will proved; Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island, United States[4]

*  Death:                    before 12 January 1722/3 (before about age 47), North Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island, United States[3]

*  Property:               before 12 January 1722/3 (about age 47), South Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island, United States[3]

3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Spouse 1:               Margaret Pearce 1689-    
*  Marriage 1:            about 1710 (about age 35), probably Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island, United States[2]

*  Child 1:                  Freelove Smith 1711-1775
*  Child 2:                  Sarah Smith 1714-    
*  Child 3:                  Renewed Smith 1717-1763
*  Child 4:                  Margaret Smith 1719-    
*  Child 5:                  Ephraim Smith 1722-    

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

Ephraim Smith was born in about 1675 in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, the son of Jeremiah and Mary (Gereardy) Smith[4].  

He married Margaret Pearce (1689-????), daughter of Daniel and Mary (Weaver) Pearce, in about 1710, probably in Portsmouth, Rhode Island[2].  They had five children, all probably born in North Kingstown, Rhode Island:

*  Freelove Smith (1711-1775), married before 1735 John Allen (1710-????).
*  Sarah Smith (1714-????), married before 1735 James Langworthy (1711-1762).
*  Renewed Smith (1717-1763), married 29 April 1733 Daniel Carpenter (1712-1763).
*  Margaret Smith (1719-????).
*  Ephraim Smith (1722-????).

Ephraim's father, Jeremiah Smith of Portsmouth, wrote his will on 19 March 1716 and it was proved on 11 April 1720[4].  He named his wife Mary and sons Ephraim and Ebenezer as executors.  His will provided for son Ephraim Smith:
"To two sons, Ephraim and Ebenezer, all right in Boston Neck, the north part with house where he lives to be for son Ephraim, for life, and to heirs &c, and the south part to son Ebenezer, and the ferry to be equally for two sons, with the ferry house."
Ephraim Smith died before 12 January 1722/3 when there are two property transactions in the South Kingstown land records.  There is no extant death record, probate record, or burial record for Ephraim Smith.

There are the two property transactions after Ephraim Smith's death that help identify his family members[3].  
"Ebenezer Smith of Prudence Is. in Township of Portsmouth, yeoman, for love unto the children of my deceased brother Ephriam Smith of Kingstown my right, title & interest in a certain Negro boy named Primus which is one Third part which now is in the hands of Margarett Smith widow of my said brother and mother to said children." Dated January 12, 1722/3; recorded. January 16, 1722/3. Witnesses: William Remington and Daniel Pierce Jr.

"Mary Smith of Prudence Island in the Township of Portsmouth for love to my son Ephraim Smith's Daughters; unto one of my aforesaid Grand Daughters which their Mother shall think fit one female Negro child named Dinah to my said Grand Daughter." Dated & acknowledged 12 January 1722/3; recorded 16 Jan 1722/3.  Witnesses: John Peirce and Wm Remington.

1. Charles Knowles Bolton, "Philip Gereardy of New Amsterdam, Landlord of the City Tavern, and His Rhode Island Descendants," New England Historic Genealogical Register (New England Historical and Genealogical Society), Volume 52 (July 1898), pages 313-318, page 317, #8 Mary Gereardy family sketch.

2. Frank J. Doherty, Settlers of the Beekman Patent, Dutchess County, New York, An Historical and Genealogical Study of all the 18th Century Settlers in the Patent (Orlando, Fla. : the author, 2010), Volume 10, pages 232-242, "The Pearce Families," pages 232-233, Daniel Pearce family sketch.

3. South Kingston (Rhode Island). Town Clerk, "Land evidence 1696-1885," FamilySearch (, on 16 microfilm reels), "Land evidence, v. 1-3 1696-1723" (on microfilm 931299, Items 2-4), Volume 1, pages 268-269, Ebenezer Smith and Mary Smith transactions, 12 January 1722/3.

4. Nellie M.C. Beaman, "Abstracts of Portsmouth, Rhode Island Wills." Rhode Island Genealogical Register, (Providence, R.I. : Rhode Island Historical Society), Volume 3, Number 4 (April 1981), Pages 134-135.


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 2023 to 520 Ancestors in 520 Weeks.

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