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Descendants of Andrew Smith

Generation No. 1

1. ANDREW1 SMITH (ANDREWA, JOHNB, ANDREWC, WILLIAMD) was born 1650 in Farsley, Yorkshire, England, and died 1704 in Hopewell, NJ. He married (1) SARAH FOSTER Abt. 1673 in England. She was born Bet. 1650 - 1655 in Farsley, Leeds, Yorkshire, England, and died Bef. 1680 in Hopewell, Hunterdon (now Mercer), NJ. He married (2) OLIVE PITT Bef. 1680 in Hopewell, Hunterdon Co., NJ, daughter of GEORGE PITT and OLIVE WALKER. She was born 1653 in Hopewell, NJ, and died Bet. 1689 - 1703 in Hopewell, Hunterdon (now Mercer), NJ.

Notes for A
"Pioneers of Old Hopewell" by Ralph Ege, 1908, p. 114.
"To Andrew Smith may be given the honor of naming Hopewell township, and a short sketch of his history may not be out of place just here as he was the progenitor of a distinguished family in the early history of the township. In the deed of Cornelius Empson of Brandywine Creek, now Wilmington, Delaware, to Andrew Smith dated May 20, 1688, the tract is called "Hopewell," and when on February 20, 1699, application was made by the inhabitants north of the falls of the Delaware for a new township, they requested in the petition that it be called "Hopewell." The name "Hopewell" adopted by Andrew Smith in 1688, may have originated in the fact that many of the early English emigrants were safely carried across the Atlantic in the "ship Hopewell;" however, the more plausible theory is that the township, like many others, received its name from the locality in England where many of the settlers resided previous to their immigration. There were three Andrew Smiths in succession, among the early settlers of Hopewell township, all of whom distinguished themselves; but in the published histories of the family they have not included the first Andrew, giving the credit of naming the township to the second. "
The will of Andrew Smith was dated 1703. It contained no reference to his wife, Olive; therefore, it is assumed that she predeceased him. Ralph Ege wrote, "The will of the first Andrew Smith was dated January 16, 1703, and is not recorded, but is on file with the inventory of his estate, in the office of the Secretary of State at Trenton. He resided within the boundaries of old Hopewell township in the vicinity of the present site of the Hospital for the Insane now in Ewing township. In his will, which was proved March 7, 1703, he leaves a legacy to his son Andrew Smith, who married Sarah, daughter of the first Jonathan Stout of Hopewell, and soon after the death of his father moved to the northern part of the township, and settled on the farm adjoining the Hopewell poor farm, now owned by Oliver G. Woodward.

The will also mentions daughters as follows: Sarah, wife of John Parke; Mary, wife of William Schooley, and Elizabeth Smith; also mentions John Fidler, servant, who also came to the vicinity of Harbourton and purchased a farm near Andrew Smith Jr. He appoints his son Thomas Smith, and daughter Elizabeth, executor and executrix, and signed his name in presence of William Hixson, Caleb Wheatley and Joshua Ward, all of whom resided in the vicinity of the falls at that time. The executors bond was signed by Thomas Smith, George Willis and Emanuel Smith.

The last named was the brother of Samuel, the author of "Smith's History of New Jersey," published in 1765, and was doubtless a nephew of Andrew; and George Willis was the father-in-law of Emanuel. The bond was witnessed by Ralph Hunt and Joshua Anderson, and the appraisers were Robert Pearson, Thos. Tindall, and Roger Parke, the father of John Parke who married Sarah Smith mentioned in the will.

All these parties resided at or near the falls in 1703, but several of them came to northern Hopewell soon after..."

Source: Genealogical and Personal Memorial of Mercer County, New Jersey Vol 1
"Following the Swedes and Dutch came the English, by whom the site of Trenton, as well as Morrisville, upon the Pennsylvania side of the river, and their vicinities, were known as "Ye ffalles of ye De La War" or "ye ffalles." These falls are merely rapids, and mark the "head of tide" as well as of navigation. Beyond the falls neither the sloop nor the "snow" of the colonists could sail.
Soon after the arrival of the Quaker colonists in Burlington, which occurred in the autumn of 1677, the Commissioners appointed to administer the proprietary government took immediate notice of Indian title and made every effort to acquire whatever rights the natives had to soil.
During the year 1679, Mahlon Stacy, who was probably the first permanent settler in Mercer county, laid plans for the erection of his mill, located near the mouth of the Assunpink creek. This mill, according to Samuel Smith, author of the "History of the Colony of Nova Caesarea, or New Jersey," was completed in the year 1680. Shortly thereafter, tracts of land were taken up by settlers along the Crosswicks and the Delaware, most of whom were members of the Society of Friends, attracted to West Jersey by freedom from religious persecutions, presence of their co-religionists, advantages offered by a liberal frame of government, good cheap land and opportunities for trade. "

An interesting bit of data about the naming of the town of Hopewell, NJ:
"This boundary is very nearly the same as the original survey of the thirty thousand acre tract for Dr. Daniel Coxe of London, purchased of the Indian Sachimachers by deed bearing date, March 30, 1688. Recorded in Liber B. Part 1, on file in the office of the secretary of State at Trenton.
The name "Hopewell" adopted by Andrew Smith in 1688, may have originated in the fact that many of the early English emigrants were safely carried across the boisterous Atlantic in the "ship Hopewell," of which Capt. Bunlock was the commander. However, the more plausible theory is that the township, like many others, received its name from the locality in England where many of the settlers resided previous to their imigration. "
and also this:
"The father of Content was Robert (Titus), who emigrated in the spring of 1635, in the ship Hopewell, Captain Bunlock." (Ege)

p. 201
John Parke, son of Roger, married Sarah, daughter of the first Andrew Smith, who bought land in Hopewell in 1688, and his deed is the first recorded document bearing the name of "Hopewell." The Parke family and Andrew Smith, Sr. were also Quakers, but there being no church of their faith nearer than Stony Brook, near Princeton, they all contributed toward the support of the Presbyterian church at Pennington.
"From Viking Roots & English Nobility to Pioneer Travels and Achievements in forging the New America. Dr. Roger Parke, son of Allen (b. 15 Dec 1606)and Elizabeth Parke of Cartmel Parish, Lancashire Co., England. Roger's grandparents were Sir John Parke (b. 1575) and wife, Jane. John and Jane had several children between 1593-1616. Their grandson, Dr. Roger Parke, was baptized at Cartmel Priory Church on 25 June 1648, along with brothers, George, Thomas, James and sister, Ann. Dr. Roger Parke, Sr. b.1648 in Hexham, Cumberland Co.,England; d. 1731 in Hunterdon Co., NJ; m. Anne Pattison b.1658 in Northumberland Co., England, daughter of John and Margaret Pattison of Allendaile on 10 April 1676 (Quaker Records) at Taylorbourne, Allendaile, Northumberland, England (possible second marriage); d. 1731 Hopewell Township, Hunterdon Co., NJ. Some of Roger and Ann's descendants, including their son, John Parke I, migrated from Hopewell, NJ to Frederick Co., VA which later became Hampshire Co., VA and then Hampshire Co., WV, near Capon Bridge. John Parke I b.1674 in Northumberland Co., England, christened on 28 Feb 1703 in St.Mary’s (STM) Church, Burlington Co., NJ; d. 1757 in Hampshire Co.,WV; m. Sarah Smith Hopewell Twp, NJ in 1699, b. 28 Nov 1675 in Farsley, West Riding,Yorkshire, England, d. 1759 in Hopewell Township, Hunterdon Co., NJ daughter of Pioneer Andrew Smith I(b.1640 in Farsley, d. 1703, Hopewell Township, Mercer Co., NJ) m.(1) Sarah Foster, mother of Sarah and (2) Olive Pitt b. 1650, daughter of George Pitt (b.1607 in Grimethorpe, Yorkshire, England) and Olive Walker (b. 1630 in Yorkshire, England). Some continued further south into Rowan Co., NC, using the Great Wagon Road of Pennsylvania. --Doug Park, Fayetteville, NC (March 8, 2001)
source: The Smith Gentes by Rosalie Coudray Smith, 1990
Andrew moved from Farsley in the West Riding of Yorkshire to the East Riding, and then sailed in the summer of 1677 from Kingston-upon-Hull on the Kent, Gregory Marlow, Master, with a group of Quakers bound for West Jersey. The Kent docked 16 Aug 1677 at Rancocas Creek on the Delaware River, West Jersey.
I imagine Andrew moved east simply in preparation for emigration, some short time after his father had died and that estate was settled; and assume his mother predeceased his father. Although I have gotten some parish records, I have not managed to get Quaker records in Hull, but have seen that there was a growing community. I also assume Andrew had business connections in Hull and had been there at times before moving. -- Pat Patterson

Notes for O
You should try to get a copy of an article written about the Smiths of Rowan Co., NC (descended from Sarah Smith Park's brother or half-brother Andrew Smith, Jr.). There were also several articles about the Andrew Smith Bible in The American Genealogist. At any rate a comparison of the handwritings shows that the birth of Sarah Smith (where the identity of Sarah Mary or Mary Sarah originates is unknown as she appears in the Bible as Sarah)to have been recorded in the same handwriting as the entry Sarah Foster booke. There were a number of Fosters in the same area of Yorkshire as Andrew Smith. This suggests that the mother of Sarah and first wife of Andrew was named Sarah Foster and the Bible was originally hers. There is no mention of Olive in the Bible and her identity as mother of any of his children remains uncertain. -- Henry Sutliff

Children of A
2. i.   SARAH2 SMITH, b. September 28, 1675, Farsley, West Riding, Yorkshire, England; d. Aft. 1759, Rowan Co., NC.
3. ii.   THOMAS SMITH, b. November 20, 1677, Hopewell, NJ; d. Abt. 1712, Swearing Creek, NC.
Children of ANDREW SMITH and OLIVE PITT are:
  iii.   ELIZABETH2 SMITH, b. February 11, 1679/80, Hopewell, NJ; d. May 04, 1765, Hopewell, NJ; m. JOHN REED; b. Abt. 1676, Hopewell, Hunterdon, NJ; d. August 20, 1741, Hopewell, Hunterdon, NJ.
Elizabeth Smith, b 11 Apr 1680 Hopewell NJ
Burlington MM recorded: "Elizabeth dau of Andrew and Olive Smith was born ye 11th of ye 2nd mo in ye yeare 1680"

4. iv.   MARY SMITH, b. September 1682, Hopewell, Hunterdon, NJ; d. Warren, NJ.
  v.   HANNAH SMITH, b. January 31, 1684/85, Hopewell, NJ; d. Bef. 1704, Hopewell, NJ; m. JAMES WILSON, October 07, 1698, Burlington, NJ; b. Abt. 1681, Hopewell, Hunterdon, NJ.
5. vi.   ANDREW SMITH II, b. December 08, 1689, Hopewell, Hunterdon Co., NJ; d. April 24, 1767, Hopewell, Hunterdon Co., NJ.

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