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Ralph Smith (son of John Smith) was born 1613 in Hingham Co., Norfolk, England2363, and died October 27, 1685 in Eastham, Barnstable co., MA2364. He married Elizabeth Hobart, daughter of Edmond Hobart and Margaret Dewey.

 Includes NotesNotes for Ralph Smith:
RALPH SMITH: The, early settlers of the present town of Hingham, Mass., were mostly from Hingham, County of Norfolk, England and Cushing in his statement of those early settlers, mentions Ralph, as comming, "from Old Hingham," in 1633, and against the name Cushing puts the Agure (1), clearly indicating that he came alone. His name first appears upon the Hingham records in 1637, when he drew a house lot on 11 Bachelor street," now Main street. The colony records call him " Ralph Smyth," and as late as Sept. 22, 1652, the probate records for Suffolk Co. say "Ralph Smyth," "of Hingham." (N. E. History and Genealogical Register, Vol. viii. p. 61.)

He was of Eastham, in the Plymouth colony, in 1657, in which year he took the "oath of fidelity." See Plymouth Colony Records, Lib. 8, folio 184. The name is here and ever after on the Records, "Smith." Was constable of Eastham in 1660, and in 1664, was trading with "Josias Hubbert, of Hingham."

Volume 6, folio 175, Plymouth Colony Records, has the following "court order." Oct. 27, 1685" "Administration is granted by this court to Grace Smith, the relict of Ralph Smith, and Samuell Smith, son to the Ralph Smith, all of the town of Eastham, in the colony of New-Plymouth, in New-England, deceased, on all the goods and chattells of the Ralph Smith". The record of the marriage of Ralph, is not to be found, and the iudications are that Grace was not the mother of his children. Hobart, in his diary of Hingham affairs, gives valuable informoltion concerning this family; viz.:
2. i. SAMUEL Smitb, bap. July 11, 1641.
3. ii. JOHN, son of Ralph Smith, bap. July 23, 1644.
4. iii. DANIEL Smith, bap. March 2, 1647.

There can be but little doubt that Thomas, of Eastham, who in 1690, June 24, took at Barnstable, "ye oath of a freeman," was also a son of Ralph, but having made very careful examination and finding no documentary proof of the same, we omit a record of his family, simply stating for the benefit of any person that may be interested, that his eldest son, Ralph, was born in Eastham, Oct. 23, 1682, and Thomas, Jan. 16, 1687, also at Eastham; this last settled in Truro, from whom come, Gamaliel 1715, Barzilla 1717, Gamaliel 1744, Gamaliel 1772, Barzilla 1775, and numerous others, the family being highly respectable and influential in the affairs of Truro for many years.

Source: The Family of Ralph Smith, of Hingham, Mass, by Thomas Smyth, of Boston
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He came to New England in 1633. He drew a lot on Batchelor Street in 1637.
He was probably the son of John Smith of Hingham, according to Leon Clark Hills, Cape Cod Series Vol. 2, pg. 60.

He removed to Eastham about 1653, where he held several town offices at various times.
Note: Charles Paul Smith (Paul) <73702.466@@compuserve.com> is writing a book on the descendants of Ralph Smith.

Children of Ralph Smith and Elizabeth Hobart are:
  1. +Samuel Smith, b. July 11, 1641, Hingham, Plymouth, MA2365, d. March 22, 1696/97, Eastham, Barnstable, MA2365.
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