Samuel Smith

Male Abt 1755 - 1836


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  • Name  Samuel Smith 
    Born  Abt 1755  Smith's Clove, Orange County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  21 Jul 1836  Monroe, Orange County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I67  Main
    Last Modified  9 May 2014 

    Father  Claudius Smith,   b. 1736, Brookhaven, Suffolk County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jan 1779, Goshen, Orange County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Harriet Hulse,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID  F52  Group Sheet

    Family 1  [unknown first wife],   d. Bef 1796 
    Married  Bef 1777 
    Children 
    >1. Eleanor Smith,   b. 1 Jun 1777,   d. 13 Jul 1848
     2. James Smith,   b. 1780,   d. Aft 1835
    >3. David Smith,   b. 1781,   d. Bef 1830
    >4. Moses Smith,   b. Abt 1788, Orange County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jan 1877, [probably] Monroe, Orange County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location
    >5. Hannah Smith,   d. Aft 1835
    >6. Jesse Smith,   b. Between 1780-1790,   d. Between 18 Feb 1842 - 15 Oct 1842
    Last Modified  9 May 2014 
    Family ID  F2865  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Mary Mapes,   b. 13 Jun 1757, Monroe, Orange County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1830, Monroe, Orange County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    >1. Hophni Smith,   b. 15 Aug 1796, Monroe, Orange County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Sep 1849, Monroe, Orange County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location
    >2. Ann Smith,   b. 16 May 1797, Smith's Clove, Orange County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Apr 1876, Monroe, Orange County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  9 May 2014 
    Family ID  F49  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1755 - Smith's Clove, Orange County, New York Link to Google Earth
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    1836 Samuel Smith will probated
    1836 Samuel Smith will probated
    ...
    In the name of God, Amen. I, Samuel Smith, of the town of Monroe, in the County of Orange & State of New York, considering the uncertainty of this mortal life; and being of sound and perfect mind
    Source: Orange County NY Surrogate Court, Liber of Wills Volume J Page 487
    1836 Samuel Smith will probated
    1836 Samuel Smith will probated
    and memory, (blessed be almighty God for the same) do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following. First, I do will and order that all my lawful debts and funeral charges be paid out of my personal property; Then I give unto my grand son, David Smith,(son of David Smith, deceased), of the residue of my personal property the sum of one dollar. I then do give and bequeath all the rest, residue and remainder of my personal property unto my three daughters, Elinor Holbert, Hannah Mickens, and Ann Hunter (to be equally divided excepting the best coverlet which belongs to the bed on which I sleep that I do give to my daughter Ann Hunter; and the bed on which I sleep with the residue of the bedding belonging thereto, I do give and bequeath it unto my granddaughter Martha Meekins. These several legacies I will and order shall be paid to the said and respective legatees within one year after my decease. As to my freehold estate, I give and devise unto my two sons James Smith and Jesse Smith and to my two grandsons, Samuel Smith and William Smith, their heirs and assigns, All that part of my homestead farm lying within the following described boundaries (as lately marked out by myself, & my son Hophni Smith and the Rev. Hosea Ball) Beginning at the corner of Robert Arnold and Joseph Fitsgerald's land in the southerly line of my farm then following a straight course northeasterly to a small white ash tree (blazed and notched on two sides) standing on the north bank of a brook near the road that leads from my dwelling house to the Valley road_ thence along down the brook to a small Rock Oak Tree (blazed and notched on two sides) standing on the north bank of said brook by a fall of the waters and near the road that leads to the Valley road_ thence a straight corner northerly to a Rock Oak tree (blazed and notched on two sides) standing on a high bank on the westerly side of a small rill of water near a large sugar maple tree standing at the North end of a large rock or ledge to an Ironwood tree (blazed and notched on two sides standing in the wood near the gap in the fence that leads from side hill lot into spring lot _
    ...
    Source: Orange County NY Surrogate Court, Liber of Wills Volume J Page 488
    1836 Samuel Smith will probated
    1836 Samuel Smith will probated
    ...
    from thence keeping the same course to John Gray's line thence southerly following my line round to the place of beginning. To have and to hold unto them (the said James Smith, Jesse Smith, Samuel Smith and William Smith) their heirs and assigns forever. The remaining part of my homestead farm I give and devise unto my son Moses Smith, his heirs and assigns forever (upon the consideration that he, the said Moses Smith shall shall (sic) within three years after my decease pay to my executors the sum of sixty dollars to be added to my personal property and by them dispense according to the directions I have given above in relation to my personal estate) to have and to hold the same (all the rest residue and remainder of my homestead farm not herein otherwise disposed of) unto him the said Moses Smith, his heirs and assigns forever (I hereby recognize the children he had by his former wife Patty as well as those he has by the last wife Jane as heirs) Lastly, as to all the rest residue and remainder of my freehold estate, together with the residue of my right title and interest in Lot No 3 in the subdivision of Big Lot #12 being one equal fourth part undivided of said Lot No 3 except seventy acres in said fourth part which I have sold to Peter Townsend Jr. I give and bequeath unto my two sons Moses Smith and Hophni Smith their heirs and assigns forever. To have and to hold this same unto them the said Moses Smith and Hophni Smith their heirs and assigns forever.

    I do hereby revoke all former wills by me made and appoint my son Hophni Smith and my grandson William Smith executors of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this the first day of March, in the year of our Lord, one thousand, eight hundred and thirty [1 Mar 1830].

    Samuel Smith. [his seal].
    Source: Orange County NY Surrogate Court, Liber of Wills Volume J Page 489
    1836 Samuel Smith will probated
    1836 Samuel Smith will probated
    ...
    Witness: Hosea Ball, Austin H Vail, Sarah Ball

    I Samuel Smith the within testator do this day revoke that part of this written Will of mine by which my son Moses Smith is required to pay sixty dollars to be added to my personal estate and in return and in relation to my personal estate I will and ordain that if at my decease any of the money should remain due (or be on hand) for which I sold land to Lewis H Roe, I give the same to my son Moses Smith providing that it should not amount to more than two hundred dollars; but if it should amount to more than two hundred dollars then allover the two hundred dollars is to go with my personal property agreeable to the provisions of within will. In witness whereof I do set may hand and seal this fifteenth day of May eighteen hundred thirty five [15 May 1835]. Samuel Smith

    Witness, Hosea Ball, Greenburgh
    Albert Smith, Monroe
    ...
    Source: Orange County NY Surrogate Court, Liber of Wills Volume J Page 490
    1836 Samuel Smith will probated
    1836 Samuel Smith will probated
    Source: Orange County NY Surrogate Court, Liber of Wills Volume J Page 491
    1836 Samuel Smith will probated
    1836 Samuel Smith will probated
    Source: Orange County NY Surrogate Court, Liber of Wills Volume J Page 492

  • Notes 
    • Samuel Smith [Parents] was born about 1755 in Smith's Clove, Orange Co, NY. He died on 21 Jul 1836 in Monroe, Orange County, NY, USA. He married Mary Mapes in 1791.


      Other marriages:

      Unknown, X


      Very little is known about Samuel. He is referred to in David Smith's will as "Samuel Smith son of Claudius". Family tradition has always claimed that Samuel was son of Claudius. Since few folk seem willing to claim a relationship with Claudius, and Samuel, in spite of the fact that he was on opposite sides of the Revolution, he is mentioned thusly in David's will, I assume this claim to be true. The following is the best information I have found on Samuel.(my exceptions are noted)

      SOURCE: Meta Smith Bush, "Smith and Allied Families"
      Samuel Smith, Son of Claudius, is a person comparatively unknown...The date of his birth is not known...in the 1790 Census Samuel's family consisted of two males over 16, three males under 16, and three females. That would mean that Samuel and his wife had one son over 16, three under sixteen and two daughters. This would mean that he was married by 1773 at the latest. At the Cornwall town meeting of 1775, he was named "keeper of the path for district 22", all proving that he was head of his own household before the Revolution. This would indicate that he was the oldest son of Claudius (I disagree on this point. According to a newspaper account found in both the Eager and Ruttenber and Clark Histories as taken from the Fishkill Packet, William was the eldest of Claudius' sons. Eager's History of Orange County, p 563: '...all accounts agree that William, the oldest, was shot in the mountains in the fall of 1778, by whig scouts sent in pursuit of the gang." Lil).
      It is believed that Samuel married Mary Mapes who was the widow of Joshua Broffit. She was the daughter of Henry Mapes, born 1737 and his wife Ruth Rumsey. (I have no proof beyond birth dates of Smith and Broffit children but I am of the opinion that Samuel was married prior to his marriage with Mary Mapes. The will of Henry Mapes made Oct 20, 1812 indicates that Hezekiah Broffit was underage." Imprimis I give and bequeath to my grandson Hezekiah Braffit the sum of twenty dollars to be paid to him when he shall arrive to the age of twenty one years together with the Interest that may arise thereon which sum of Twenty dollars I direct my son David Mapes to put out at Interest to the best advantage for the use and at the risque of the said Hezekiah," This indicates that said Hezekiah was born not earlier than 1791.(1812- 21). We know that Eleanor Holbert, daughter of Samuel was born 1 June, 1777, and that
      James was born circa 1780 and David circa 1781. Their mother could not have been Mary Mapes. It seems logical to assume that both Samuel and Mary had previous marriages and that they married fairly quickly after the death of Joshua Broffit as they had son Moses circa 1792. - Lil)
      Samuel belonged to the 4th Regiment of Orange county Militia under Col William Allison. He signed the Articles of Association at Cornwall in 1775. He also appears under Land Bounty Rights, 3rd regiment of Orange County Militia. (His services have been verified by the DAR). He must have had strong convictions to fight for independence in view of the fact that his father and brothers were Tory.
      He probably lived on or near district 22 before the Revolution, but on Dec 27, 1805, he bought 295 acres of mountain Lot 13 of the Cheesecock Patent. From this tract he later sold off two parcels and farmed the rest. He was in possession of this land at the time of his death. The farm - known locally as the Albert Nadges place- was high on the ridge at the left of the present road from Walton Lake to Greenwood Lake. At that time, the road was the main road from Goshen to New York, passing through the Ramapos. It was in that mountainous country that Claudius' band had its hiding places.
      He was a blacksmith by trade and had his forge at the farm. At that time the blacksmith was an indispensable person in the community for all iron ware was hand forged. Samuel not only shod horses and oxen there, but he turned out farming tools - plough points for the wooden plows, hoes, axes, nails, as well as household utensils. He took part in the political life being named assessor in 1798. Samuel died in 1836, for his will filed at Goshen was made July 25, 1836 and probated Oct 22 of the same year.
      SOURCE: a history of the Smith family received from Terry Hurd. Author unknown.
      Claudius' son Samuel was, probably, ( other sources - Eager and Ruttenber and Clark, seem to indicate that William was the eldest) the first born of his 4 sons for he was old enough in 1775 to be appointed pathmaster of District 22 which was one of the lots laid out in Charles Clinton's survey and was located on or near what is now the road between the present villages of Monroe and Greenwood Lake, probably near Dutch Hollow. He was a Whig, thus differing from his Tory father and 3 brothers. Samuel signed the articles of Association in Cornwall in 1775 and appeared as a militia man in the 41 regiment of Orange County Militia under Col. John Hawthorne. He is listed for land bounty rights as a member of the 3rd regiment of Orange County Militia.

      SOURCE: Will of Samuel Smith, p159-165, Liber J 1 Mar 1830- 19 Sep 1836

      In the name of God, Amen. I, Samuel Smith, of the town of Monroe, in the County of Orange & State of New York, considering the uncertainty of this mortal life; and being of sound and perfect mind and memory (blessed be almighty God for the same), do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following.

      First I do will and order that all my lawful debts and funeral charges be paid out of my personal property; Then I give unto my Grandson, David Smith,(son of David Smith, deceased), of the residue of my personal property the sum of one dollar. I then do give and bequeath all the rest, residue and remainder of my personal property unto my three daughters, Elinor Holbert, Hannah Mickens, and Ann Hunter (to be equally divided excepting the best coverlet which belongs to the bed on which I sleep that I do give to my daughter Ann Hunter; and the bed on which I sleep with the residue of the bedding belonging thereto, I do give and bequeath it unto my granddaughter Martha Meekins.

      These several legacies I will and order shall be paid to the said and respective legatees within one year after my decease.

      As to my freehold estate, I give and devise unto my two sons James Smith and Jesse Smith and to my two grandsons, Samuel Smith and William Smith, their heirs and assigns, All that part of my homestead farm lying within the following described boundaries (as lately marked out by myself, & my son Hophni Smith and the Rev. Hosea Ball) Beginning at the corner of Robert Arnold and Joseph Fitsgerald's land in the southerly line of my farm then following a straight course northeasterly to a small white ash tree (blazed and notched on two sides) standing on the north bank of a brook near the road that leads from my dwelling house to the Valley road_ thence along down the brook to a small Rock Oak Tree (blazed and notched on two sides) standing on the north bank of said brook by a fall of the waters and near the road that leads to the Valley road_ thence a straight corner northerly to a Rock Oak tree (blazed and notched on two sides) standing on a high bank on the westerly side of a small rill of water near a large sugar maple tree standing at the North end of a large rock or ledge to an Ironwood tree (blazed and notched on two sides standing in the wood near the gap in the fence that leads from side hill lot into spring lot _ thence a straight corner to a sugar maple tree blazed and notched on two sides and from thence keeping the same course to John Gray's line thence southerly following my line round to the place of beginning. To have and to hold unto them (the said James Smith, Jesse Smith, Samuel Smith and William Smith) their heirs and assigns forever. The remaining part of my homestead farm I give and devise unto my son Moses Smith, his heirs and assigns forever (upon the consideration that he, the said Moses Smith shall shall (sic) within three years after my decease pay to my executors the sum of sixty dollars to be added to my personal property and by them dispense according to the directions I have given above in relation to my personal estate) to have and to hold the same ( all the rest residue and remainder of my homestead farm not herein otherwise disposed of) unto him the said Moses Smith, his heirs and assigns forever (I hereby recognize the children he had by his former wife Patty as well as those he has by the last wife Jane as heirs) Lastly, as to all the rest residue and remainder of my freehold estate, together with the residue of my right title and interest in Lot No 3 in the subdivision of Big Lot #12 being one equal fourth part undivided of said Lot No 3 except seventy acres in said fourth part which I have sold to Peter Townsend Jr. I give and bequeath unto my two sons Moses Smith and Hophni Smith their heirs and assigns forever. To have and to hold this same unto them the said Moses Smith and Hophni Smith their heirs and assigns forever.

      I do hereby revoke all former wills by me made and appoint my son Hophni Smith and my grandson William Smith executors of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this the first day of March, in the year of our Lord, one thousand, eight hundred and thirty.

      Samuel Smith. his seal.

      Witness: Hosea Ball, Austin H Vail , Sarah Ball

      I Samuel Smith the within testator do this day revoke that part of this written Will of mine by which my son Moses smith is required to pay sixty dollars to be added to my personal estate and in return and in relation to my personal estate I will and ordain that if at my decease any of the money should remain due (or be on hand) for which I sold land to Lewis H Roe, I give the same to my son Moses SMITH providing that it should not amount to more than two hundred dollars; but if it should amount to more than two hundred dollars then allover the two hundred dollars is to go with my personal property agreeable to the provisions of within will. In witness whereof I do set may hand and seal this fifteenth day of May eighteen hundred thirty five. Samuel Smith

      Witness, Hosea Ball, Greenburgh
      Albert Smith, Monroe

      SOURCE: OCGS Bulletin, Vol 4 Issue 3 LDS fiche# 6048732
      They lived south of Walton Lake, Monroe, NY.

      SOURCE: On a database of Gilead Presbyterian Church 1757-1857, Carmel, Putnam Co NY found a birth for Samuel Smith b Aug 1757 to David Smith and wife Not likely mine.


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