In researching Samuel Smith's origins a few clues exist. The first comes from a 3rd party that overheard a researcher of the Smith line, and showed them information that Samuel Smith came from Massachusetts. The second possible clue comes from the naming of his son Elam Smith. This unusual name is found in some Massachusetts Smith families. A third clue comes from his daughter Ann. Ann Smith b. abt 1845 in Chatham Tp., Kent, ON m. perhaps twice. The first marriage may have been to James Mckenzie of Chatham ON on the 25 Feb. 1863. Ann then married (only once if the 1863 marriage is wrong) John Baptiste Browe (Breault/Bro/Broe etc.) son of Edward Brault and Catherine Guerin. The clue comes from the fact that John's family had moved to Westborough, Worcester, Massachusetts after the death of Edward Brault in 1854 (Quebec). John Browe and Annie Smith are married and living in Westborough, Worcester, MA in 1873 (as recorded in their son Joseph George Brow's birth record). It is possible that Annie Smith ended up in Westborough among family before she married John Browe. And add to that that their oldest son John Browe (b. bet. 1868-1871 - who could be from Mckenzie marriage or Browe) also claimed to be born in Massachusetts. So, Massachusetts in the Worcester area could be where Samuel's family originated.