Susanna Smith1

F
     Susanna Smith was the daughter of Rev. John Smith and Mehitable Hooker.1

Child of Susanna Smith

Citations

  1. [S167] William S. Pelletreau, Wills of the Smith families, p. 123.

Susanna Smith1

F, b. 22 March 1782
     Susanna Smith was born on 22 March 1782.1 She was the daughter of Dr. William Hooker Smith and Margery Kellog.1

Citations

  1. [S34] Unverified internet information, http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~dav4is/ODTs/…

Susanna Wendell Smith1

F, b. 31 March 1780
     Susanna Wendell Smith was born on 31 March 1780 on Friday morning.1 She was the daughter of Rev. Peter Thacher Smith and Elizabeth Wendell.1

Citations

  1. [S104] Various contributors, Maine Historical and Genealogical Recorder, Vol. VII. p. 161.

Thomas Smith1

M, b. 19 September 1675, d. 17 November 1745
     Thomas Smith was born on 19 September 1675 in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire.1,2 He was the son of William Smith and Elizabeth Hartley.1 Thomas Smith married Susanna Odell, daughter of Thomas Odell and Christiana Goodman, on 13 May 1696 in Buckinghamshire ?2 On 31 October 1696 he is named in a lease and called yeoman.3 Thomas Smith and Susanna Odell emigrated in 1715 from Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire to New York. Three of their older sons had preceded them (however Carver states that Susanna died in England before her husband left for New York.)4 He was the founder of the First Presbyterian Church in that city. By the advice of the trustees of Yale College, he secured the services of Jonathan Edwards, then a youth of nineteen years, who became the first pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of New York City, which proved to be the first stepping-stone to his wonderful career as a minister.2 Thomas Smith died on 17 November 1745 in New York City at the age of 70.

Children of Thomas Smith and Susanna Odell

Citations

  1. [S40] Unknown compiler, "The Honourable William Smith 1728-1793", Ancestral File, p51.
  2. [S62] William Richard Cutter, New England Families.
  3. [S152] Unknown compiler, "Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies", Ancestral File, Lease and Release - ref. D 27/111-112.
  4. [S40] Unknown compiler, "The Honourable William Smith 1728-1793", Ancestral File, p.1.
  5. [S167] William S. Pelletreau, Wills of the Smith families, p. 123.

Thomas Smith1

M
     Thomas Smith was the son of Thomas Smith and Susanna Odell.1 He owned much property in New York, and also a large tract in Orange County, at Smith's Clove (now Turner's station on the Erie Railroad), where he resided.2

Citations

  1. [S62] William Richard Cutter, New England Families.
  2. [S167] William S. Pelletreau, Wills of the Smith families, p. 122.

Thomas Smith1

M, d. 19 February 1742
     Thomas Smith married Mary Corwin on 9 May 1701.1 Thomas Smith died on 19 February 1742 in Saco.

Child of Thomas Smith and Mary Corwin

Citations

  1. [S75] Frederick Lewis Weis, Colonial Clergy, p. 190.

Thomas Smith1

M, b. 2 October 1770
     Thomas Smith was born on 2 October 1770 on Tuesday noon.1 He was the son of Rev. Peter Thacher Smith and Elizabeth Wendell.1

Citations

  1. [S104] Various contributors, Maine Historical and Genealogical Recorder, Vol. VII. p. 161.

Thomas Smith1

M, b. 11 March 1733/34, d. 7 November 1795
     Thomas Smith was born on 11 March 1733/34.2 He was the son of Judge William Smith and Mary Hett.1 Thomas Smith married Elizabeth Lynsen, daughter of Abraham Lynsen, on 22 November 1758.1,2 Thomas Smith died on 7 November 1795 in Haverstraw, New York, at the age of 61 leaving a large family.2

Child of Thomas Smith and Elizabeth Lynsen

Citations

  1. [S133] Robert Sewell, Information from Robert Sewell.
  2. [S167] William S. Pelletreau, Wills of the Smith families, p. 123.
  3. [S167] William S. Pelletreau, Wills of the Smith families, p. 128.

Dr. Thomas Smith1

M
     The address of Dr. Thomas Smith was Seymour Street West, Connought Square, London.2

Child of Dr. Thomas Smith

Citations

  1. [S192] Private communication, 27 October 2008.
  2. [S205] Newspaper, New-York Spectator, (New York, NY) Friday, March 02, 1827.

Rev. Thomas Smith1

M, b. 10 March 1702, d. 23 May 1795
     Rev. Thomas Smith was born on 10 March 1702 in Boston, Massachusetts.2 He was the son of Thomas Smith and Mary Corwin.2 Rev. Thomas Smith was ordained on 8 March 1726/27 at Portland, Maine.2 He married Sarah Tyng on 12 September 1728. Rev. Thomas Smith married Elizabeth Hunt on 12 August 1766 in Windham, Maine.1 Rev. Thomas Smith died on 23 May 1795 in Portland, Maine, at the age of 93.2

Child of Rev. Thomas Smith and Sarah Tyng

Citations

  1. [S62] William Richard Cutter, New England Families, p. 78.
  2. [S75] Frederick Lewis Weis, Colonial Clergy, p. 190.

Thomas Charles Smith1

M
     Thomas Charles Smith was the son of Thomas Smith Jr. and Mary Taylor.1

Citations

  1. [S167] William S. Pelletreau, Wills of the Smith families, p. 128.

Thomas Hollis Smith1

M, b. 1790, d. 1791
     Thomas Hollis Smith was born in 1790.1 He was the son of William Stephens Smith and Abigail Adams.1 Thomas Hollis Smith died in 1791.1

Citations

  1. [S86] Various contributors, The Adams Papers editorial project, ongoing.

Thomas Smith Jr.1

M, d. 1815
     Thomas Smith Jr. was the son of Thomas Smith and Elizabeth Lynsen.1 Thomas Smith Jr. married Mary Taylor, daughter of John Taylor, on 4 December 1786.2 Thomas Smith Jr. died in 1815 in Haverstraw.1

Citations

  1. [S167] William S. Pelletreau, Wills of the Smith families, p. 128.
  2. [S509] William S. Pelletreau, Historic Homes, Vol. I, p. 303.

Thomas M. Smith1

M, b. 1881
     Thomas M. Smith was born in 1881 in England.1 He married Mabelle L. Gardner, daughter of Everett M. Gardner and Minnie W. Lovett, on 3 August 1908 in Lowell, Massachusetts.1

Citations

  1. [S89] Family Search, Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915.

Velma Morse Smith1

M, b. 19 December 1872
     Velma Morse Smith was born on 19 December 1872 in New Orleans, Louisiana.1 He was the son of Alexander Smith and Elizabeth Phoebe Sewall.2 Velma Morse Smith is recorded as Morse Smith.3

Citations

  1. [S232] Ancestry.com, New Orleans, Louisiana Birth Records Index, 1790-1899.
  2. [S153] Charles Nelson Sinnett, Sinnett's Sewall genealogy, p. 49.
  3. [S107] 1880 US Census, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisana.

Walter Smith1

M, b. circa 1692, d. 1734
     Walter Smith was born circa 1692.2 He married Susanna Brooke, daughter of Clement Brooke and Jane Sewall, circa 1714.1 Walter Smith died in 1734.2

Child of Walter Smith and Susanna Brooke

Citations

  1. [S84] Various, Genealogies of Virginia Families, Vol. IV p. 144.
  2. [S382] Ronald Hoffman, Dear Papa, Dear Charley, Appendix I, Chart E. p. 1538.

William Smith1

M, d. 1682
     William Smith married Elizabeth Hartley, daughter of James Hartley and (unknown) (Unknown), on 4 September 1661.1,2 Served in the army of the Commonwealth. They moved from the Isle of Ely to Newport Pagnell.3 William Smith made a will dated 28 February 1681/82 (34 Chas II.)4 He died in 1682.3,5 He was buried in the aisle on the south side of the font in the Parish Church at Newport Pagnell.5

Children of William Smith and Elizabeth Hartley

Citations

  1. [S40] Unknown compiler, "The Honourable William Smith 1728-1793", Ancestral File, p51.
  2. [S62] William Richard Cutter, New England Families.
  3. [S40] Unknown compiler, "The Honourable William Smith 1728-1793", Ancestral File, p.1.
  4. [S152] Unknown compiler, "Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies", Ancestral File, Will (certified copy) of William Smith of Newport Pagnell, gent. - ref. D 27/110 - date: 28 February, 34 Chas II [1681/2].
  5. [S151] Letter, unknown author to unknown recipient, 9 December 1796.
  6. [S445] Maturin L. Delafield, "William Smith", p. 264.
  7. [S445] Maturin L. Delafield, "William Smith", p. 264 and op. cit.
  8. [S167] William S. Pelletreau, Wills of the Smith families, p. 122.

William Smith

M, b. 7 October 1762
     William Smith was born on 7 October 1762 in White Plains, Westchester County, New York.1 He was the son of Dr. William Hooker Smith and Sarah Brown.

Citations

  1. [S34] Unverified internet information, http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~dav4is/ODTs/…

William Smith1

M, b. circa 1662, d. 15 October 1736
     William Smith was also known as "Port Royal" Smith.1 He was born circa 1662.2 He was the son of William Smith and Elizabeth Hartley.1 William Smith married Frances Peartree, daughter of Col. William Peartree and Anna [Unknown], on 12 December 1693 in Port Royal, Jamaica.1,3 On 31 October 1696 he is named in a lease as William Smith of the Hand of Jamaica, merchant.4 William Smith died on 15 October 1736 in New York.2

Child of William Smith and Frances Peartree

Citations

  1. [S167] William S. Pelletreau, Wills of the Smith families, p. 122.
  2. [S509] William S. Pelletreau, Historic Homes, Vol. I, p. 296.
  3. [S542] E.B. O'Callaghan, "Genealogy of William Smith", p. 266.
  4. [S152] Unknown compiler, "Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies", Ancestral File, Lease and Release - ref. D 27/111-112.

William Smith1

M
     William Smith was the son of William Smith and Frances Peartree.1

Child of William Smith

Citations

  1. [S167] William S. Pelletreau, Wills of the Smith families, p. 122.

William Smith1

M
     William Smith was the son of Rev. William Smith and Elizabeth Quincy.1

Citations

  1. [S314] George L. Shepard, Genealogical history of William Shepard, p. 31.

William Smith1

M
     William Smith married secondly Anne Vining Heron, daughter of Patrick Heron and Martha Bide, on 24 November 1783 in St. Mary's, Marylebone.1

Citations

  1. [S89] Family Search, Computer printout of St. Marylebone, St. Marylebone Road, Lond., Eng.

Captain William Smith1

M, b. 24 March 1666/67, d. 3 June 1730
     Captain William Smith was born on 24 March 1666/67 in Charleston. He married Abigail Fowle circa 1699/0 in Charlestown.2 Captain William Smith died on 3 June 1730 in Charleston at the age of 63.

Child of Captain William Smith and Abigail Fowle

Citations

  1. [S75] Frederick Lewis Weis, Colonial Clergy, p. 191.
  2. [S123] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700.

Chief Justice Hon. William Smith

M, b. 18 June 1728, d. 3 December 1793
Chief Justice Hon. William Smith
(1728-1793)
     Chief Justice Hon. William Smith. Historian, diarist, jurist, and politician.1 He was born on 18 June 1728 in New York, New York.2,3 He was the son of Judge William Smith and Mary Hett.4 Chief Justice Hon. William Smith married Jennet Livingston, daughter of James Livingston and Maria Kierstede, on 3 November 1752.3 Chief Justice Hon. William Smith died on 3 December 1793 in Québec City at the age of 65 (other sources give a date of 6 December.)5 He was buried on 4 December 1793 in the Episcopal Church, Québec.6

Children of Chief Justice Hon. William Smith and Jennet Livingston

Citations

  1. [S58] Various Editors, Dictionary of Canadian Biography, Article by L. F. S. Upton.
  2. [S16] Simpson, Biographical Dictionary, p. 479.
  3. [S133] Robert Sewell, Information from Robert Sewell.
  4. [S40] Unknown compiler, "The Honourable William Smith 1728-1793", Ancestral File, p51.
  5. [S541] William Smith, History of New York, p. xiv.
  6. [S541] William Smith, History of New York, p. xv.
  7. [S5] William Darcy McKeough, McKeough Family Tree.

Judge William Smith1

M, b. 8 October 1697, d. 22 November 1769
     Judge William Smith was born on 8 October 1697 in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, some published sources give the date as 5 October 1697.2,3 He was the son of Thomas Smith and Susanna Odell.1 Judge William Smith emigrated on 24 May 1715 with his parents and two brothers, they arrived in New York on 17th August.3 He graduated in 1719 from Yale. He adopted the profession of law, and was admitted to practice 20 May 1724, in New York, and rose rapidly to eminence. He was foremost among the founders of King's College. In 1751 he was appointed Attorney General, and Advocate General, and was for many years a member of the Council. In 1763 he was appointed Judge of the Supreme Court, and held that position till the time of his death.4 He married firstly Mary Hett, daughter of René Hett and Blanche Dubois, on 11 May 1727.5 Judge William Smith married Elizabeth widow Williams after 1754 there were no children of this marriage.4 Judge William Smith died on 22 November 1769 in New York at the age of 72.5

Children of Judge William Smith and Mary Hett

Citations

  1. [S40] Unknown compiler, "The Honourable William Smith 1728-1793", Ancestral File, p51.
  2. [S151] Letter, unknown author to unknown recipient, 9 December 1796.
  3. [S542] E.B. O'Callaghan, "Genealogy of William Smith", p. 266.
  4. [S167] William S. Pelletreau, Wills of the Smith families, p. 123.
  5. [S133] Robert Sewell, Information from Robert Sewell.
  6. [S40] Unknown compiler, "The Honourable William Smith 1728-1793", Ancestral File, p.9 chart.

Rev. William Smith1

M, b. 29 January 1706/7, d. 17 September 1783
     Rev. William Smith was born on 29 January 1706/7 in Charlestown, Massachusetts.2 He was the son of Captain William Smith and Abigail Fowle. Rev. William Smith graduated in 1725 from Harvard. He was ordained on 4 December 1734 at Weymouth.2 He married Elizabeth Quincy, daughter of Hon. John Quincy and Elizabeth Norton, on 16 October 1740 in Braintree, Massachusetts.1 Rev. William Smith was living in Weymouth.1 He died on 17 September 1783 in Weymouth at the age of 76.

Children of Rev. William Smith and Elizabeth Quincy

Citations

  1. [S25] Samuel Sewall, Diary of Samuel Sewall (1973 ed.), Vol. 2. p. 1092.
  2. [S75] Frederick Lewis Weis, Colonial Clergy, p. 191.
  3. [S314] George L. Shepard, Genealogical history of William Shepard, p. 31.
  4. [S83] NEHGR, Vol. 11 p. 71.
  5. [S83] NEHGR, Vol. 11 p. 72.

William Charles Smith1

M, b. 23 July 1841, d. 1890
     William Charles Smith was born on 25 May 1841 in Winchester, Hampshire.2 He was baptised on 23 July 1841 at St. Nicholas, Deptford.2 He was the son of William Robert Brudenell Smith and Caroline Grierson.1 William Charles Smith. He was an ensign in the 78th Foot, Lieutenant by purchase March 1863, Captain by purchase August 1865 in 1861.1,3,4 He died in 1890.

Citations

  1. [S218] 1861 British Census, St. Marylebone.
  2. [S232] Ancestry.com, London Metropolitan Archives, Deptford St Nicholas, Register of Baptism, p78/nic, Item 011.
  3. [S205] Newspaper, The Caledonian Mercury, March 28, 1863.
  4. [S205] Newspaper, Hampshire Telegraph and Sussex Chronicle, August 12, 1865.

William Eugene Smith1

M
     William Eugene Smith was the son of Thomas Smith Jr. and Mary Taylor.1

Citations

  1. [S167] William S. Pelletreau, Wills of the Smith families, p. 128.

Hon. William G. Smith1

M, b. 7 February 1769, d. 17 December 1847
     Hon. William G. Smith was born on 7 February 1769 in New York.2 He was the son of Chief Justice Hon. William Smith and Jennet Livingston.1 William Smith’s father was a leading political figure in New York and in 1780, during the American revolution, he was appointed chief justice of the colony. When the British evacuated New York in late 1783 young William took ship for London, where he was joined by his father. The elder Smith had grave doubts about the boy’s abilities but, as the only son, William received the best introduction to life that Smith could give him. He briefly attended a prestigious grammar school and, after abandoning it, was educated by a Swiss tutor. He became fluent in foreign languages, especially French, and developed a taste for Latin and the classics. Introduced by his father to the cultural life of the great city as well as to the labyrinthian politics of the British government and of the loyalist émigrés, William appears to have learned best that connections were the way to success, not a totally illegitimate conclusion in the closed world Smith Sr inhabited.

In 1786 William went to Quebec with his father, who had been appointed chief justice of the colony under the administration of Lord Dorchester. Smith’s efforts to found a university having failed, William’s continuing preparation for life centred on practical training. He was given increasing responsibility for the vast family landholdings in New York and Vermont. In 1792 he petitioned for a land grant of 108 square miles on the Rivière Saint-François in Lower Canada. Through the influence of Smith, who was chairman of the colony’s land committee, the petition was recommended, but ultimately the grant was never completed as a result first of bureaucratic complexities and then of political opposition. In 1791 William had been commissioned an ensign in the Quebec Battalion of British Militia, and the following year, during the first elections held in Lower Canada, he ran for a seat in the House of Assembly but was soundly defeated. His father’s friendship with Dorchester obtained his appointment on 15 Dec. 1792 as clerk of the Legislative Council, a post to which the assembly fixed a salary of £450 sterling in 1793.

On the death of his father late in 1793, William inherited three-elevenths of the Smith estate. The only male heir, he was nominally chief custodian of the family inheritance, but after 1796 the administration would be performed increasingly by his brother-in-law Jonathan Sewell, who was more adept at such matters. On 6 April 1803 Smith was appointed master in Chancery for the province, mainly to run messages between the assembly and the Legislative Council; his chief recommendation for this unpaid position had been his innocuousness. But Smith had ambitions, and in 1803 he journeyed to England to try to obtain a salary for the post, to solicit further appointments – and to find a wife. Feeling himself “not sufficiently informed as to the advantages” of matrimony, he had long hesitated to marry. Necessity drove him to it, however. “Money is everything . . . ,” he wrote to Sewell, “unless I marry a woman of fortune I shall be ruined.” He found a suitable mate in Susanna Webber, a niece of the wealthy and influential merchant Sir Brook Watson. Susanna had considerable “attractions,” Smith informed Sewell in a letter which might have been written by Jane Austen. “She is pretty, not handsome, of a very good Family, with £200 a year now & one hundred more, at her mother’s death – of a very amiable disposition, good Temper and good Sense – and what is better than all, will go to Canada, a country in the estimation of the women of this Country, the most barbarous and the most uncomfortable of the world.” Smith also found a patron in the Duke of Kent (Edward Augustus), who had much admired his mother during a stay in Lower Canada from 1791 to 1794; the duke assisted him in obtaining £81 sterling per annum as master in Chancery. Like his father in the early 1780s, Smith kept a diary of his sojourn in London.

Smith returned to Lower Canada with his bride in 1804. He worked on a history of the colony that he had apparently begun in 1800, perhaps in emulation of his father, who had published The history of the province of New-York . . . in 1757. John Neilson furnished printing estimates in 1805 and 1809, but fearing the effect on his career of adverse public reaction, Smith dithered about publication. In 1810 he was given a commission of the peace, and two years later he began seeking appointment to the Executive Council; however, he received little encouragement from either friends or the government. Shortly before the War of 1812 he was promoted major in Quebec’s 3rd Militia Battalion, but he did not see action. Realizing that his history might sell in the wake of the war, Smith had it printed by Neilson in 1815. That year a friend and an active supporter of his candidacy for executive councillor, Herman Witsius Ryland, assured an English contact that the forthcoming work would force the crown to assert its rights vis-à-vis the assembly or to abandon them. He added that if the book had appeared under the “energetic” administration of Sir James Henry Craig it might have facilitated acceptance by imperial authorities of that governor’s draconian measures for extending the influence of the crown and reducing the power of the assembly. Since Craig’s departure in 1811, however, the political tendency had been to conciliation rather than confrontation. Having second thoughts, Smith delayed publication of the history, ostensibly to correct errors and add material, and then left for England in the summer of 1815, possibly to promote claims to office. The decision to delay publication was perhaps wise; on his return from England he found a conciliatory governor, Sir John Coape Sherbrooke, at the head of the administration. During Sherbrooke’s tenure Smith was named a commissioner for the Jesuit estates in November 1816, appointed an honorary member of the Executive Council on 3 Feb. 1817, and promoted lieutenant-colonel commanding Quebec’s 3rd Militia Battalion in May 1817. He was made a full member of the Executive Council, with voting rights, on 3 April 1823.

Smith did not lose interest in his “History,” however, and in early 1823 he mentioned to Governor Lord Dalhousie his preoccupation with the deterioration and disappearance of historical sources in the colony. In April Dalhousie invited him along with Sewell and Joseph-Rémi Vallières de Saint-Réal to help form “a Society, not entirely ‘Antiquarian’ but Historical rather and Canadian,” the principal objects of which would be “the early history of Canada, and particularly that which relates to the Indians,” as well as the collection of “all books, papers, deeds or documents which are supposed to be still existing but neglected.” The Literary and Historical Society of Quebec was founded the following year; Smith, however, seems to have played only a discreet role in its subsequent development. The time now seemed propitious for bringing out his history and, after protracted negotiations with Neilson over payment of printing costs since 1815, Smith released the History of Canada in two volumes in 1826.

The appearance of the History coincided with an increasingly determined effort on the part of the assembly, dominated by the nationalist Canadian party under Louis-Joseph Papineau*, to subject to its control the governor and the Executive and Legislative councils, led by Sewell and John Richardson* of the English party. In the mould of the English party, Smith had conceived the theme of his work to be “a Colony daily augmenting in Wealth, Prosperity and Happiness: now fortunately placed under the dominion of Great Britain and with a Constitution . . . which. . . in assigning to its various branches, rights, peculiar to each, but necessary to the preservation of all, has been found in the harmony and co-operation of its powers . . . best adapted to the spirit and happiness of a Free People.” Although Smith himself considered his book a “narrative” rather than a history, it did constitute an effort at analysis and synthesis; it was in any case a much more substantial work than its only predecessor in English, George Heriot’s The history of Canada, from its first discovery . . . , published in London in 1804. For the French régime, the subject of the first volume, Smith used a certain number of official and private manuscript sources, but his coverage and opinions were largely those of the Histoire et description générale de la Nouvelle France . . . (3v. and 6v., Paris, 1744) by Pierre-François-Xavier de Charlevoix and of the “Histoire du Canada depuis l’année 1749 jusqu’à celle 176(0) . . .” by Louis-Léonard Aumasson de Courville. He wrote of the earliest period of French settlement with relative impartiality, but as he brought his account down to the conquest he increasingly reflected views current in the English party; his treatment of church-state relations, for example, was heavily influenced by Sewell, who had long dealt with the subject. Perhaps in an effort to camouflage his parti pris, Smith made the second volume, which covers the period 1763 to 1791, little more than a compilation of documents; most of them were official in nature, but all were chosen to express his view that progress in the colony could be achieved only through the adoption of English law, land tenure, and education among other things.

Produced in an edition of 300 copies, the History sold only 68 in 1826 and 8 more in the three years following. Its sales reflected a certain disinterest in history which can also be seen in the disappointing reception given by the educated public to the Literary and Historical Society. The work did provoke a vigorous response by the priest Thomas Maguire over its treatment of the Roman Catholic Church, but the leaders of the Canadian party opted to ignore it. It formed the basis for Joseph-François Perrault’s treatment of the British régime in the Abrégé de l’histoire du Canada . . . (4v., Québec, 1832–36), a school textbook, and of the Histoire du Canada, et des Canadiens, sous la domination anglaise published in 1844 by the office holder Michel Bibaud; neither work was influential. In 1826 as well Smith had edited for publication a continuation to 1762 of his father’s history of New York.

The mild sensation in Smith’s life produced by the publication of his History was followed by a return to tranquillity. In 1835, however, Governor Lord Gosford (Acheson), who had been sent to the colony to quiet ever-intensifying discontent, one cause of which was plural and incompatible office holding, forced Smith to decide between the prestige of the executive councillor and the salary of the clerk of the Legislative Council. Smith chose the salary, but he was kept on as an executive councillor for political reasons until after the rebellion of 1837. Attempts to gain a knighthood were unsuccessful, and when the Canadas were unified in 1841 Smith was forced to retire from the clerkship on half salary as a pension; he was unable to persuade authorities to let a son replace him as clerk. He lived out his remaining years quietly in a summer house he had built at Cap-Rouge and in his substantial residence at Quebec, where he died on 17 Dec. 1847.

William Smith was a man of ordinary intellectual abilities who largely failed in his efforts to emulate a brilliant father. Indeed his father’s domination of him had left him indecisive and lacking character; Dalhousie referred to him disdainfully as “Billy Smith.” Without his father’s breadth of vision, but trained to seek prestige and wealth, Smith became in Dalhousie’s (albeit exaggerated) view “a mean self-interested adviser . . . (who) would do or say anything to please the reigning power.” None the less, in his career Smith to some extent typified the influential anglophone oligarchy of office holders, and through his pioneering research and the publication of his History he promoted the preservation of historical documents and struggled to awaken in Lower Canada an interest in the study of the past. J. M. Bumsted in Dictionary of Canadian Biography.2
Hon. William G. Smith married Susannah Webber, daughter of Admiral Charles Webber and Anne Vining Heron, on 28 June 1804 in St. George's, Hanover Square. Hon. William G. Smith died on 17 December 1847 in Québec at the age of 782,3 and was buried on 20 December 1847 in Québec.3

Children of Hon. William G. Smith and Susannah Webber

Citations

  1. [S5] William Darcy McKeough, McKeough Family Tree.
  2. [S58] Various Editors, Dictionary of Canadian Biography.
  3. [S232] Ancestry.com, Quebec Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1621-1967. Québec (Anglican) (Québec (Anglican Cathedral Holy Trinity church)), 1847.

William Henry Smith1

M
     William Henry Smith was the son of Henry Smith and Anna Shepard.1 William Henry Smith married Margaret Lloyd.1

Child of William Henry Smith and Margaret Lloyd

Citations

  1. [S132] Gary Boyd Roberts, The Royal Descents of 600 Immigrants, p. 199.