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Smith Ancestry - Captain David Smith (1742-1789) - Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

Smith Ancestry - Captain David Smith (1742-1789) - Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

Colin Kiley (View posts)
Posted: 14 Jan 2006 5:04PM GMT
Classification: Query
Captain David Smith (1742-1789) was the eldest son of Gameliah Smith and Hannah Harding. He married Rebecca Lombard on 9 April, 1767. He came to Guysborough, Nova Scotia in 1784 sailing in his own ship and purchased a wharfing and business lot in the town. He was a United Empire Loyalist. David Smith later moved his family to Port Hood Island off the southwest coast of Cape Breton Island. Port Hood Island had been a fishing station and quarrying site since the earliest days of French occupation. For the residents of Guysborough, Port Hood Island was a convenient place to dry and salt their fish in the summer. Like many fishing stations around the coast of Nova Scotia, it later became a place of permanent residence for the same families who had once used it seasonally. The Smiths were one such family. The Smiths abandoned Guysborough for Port Hood Island only a few years after arriving in the province. The reason was probably the worsening economic climate after the Revolutionary War. Unfortunately, the weakened economy also affected the fisheries, and by the end of the 1780’s the Smiths were noted to be in a depressed and destitute condition. It is reputed that David Smith died on 19 February, 1789 while trying to swim ashore from an ice flow off the west coast of Cape Breton south of Mabou. He, and three of his sons, had gone out on the ice while sealing, when a winter storm blew up. The ice broke up and David was separated from his sons. He tried to swim ashore, but died in the attempt. His body washed ashore the next day. His three sons, came ashore near Mabou some 24 hours later. Rebecca Lombard, David’s wife, was born at Truro, Massachusetts on 12 September, 1747. She was the daughter of Louis and Sarah Lombard. After the death of her husband, Rebecca was granted 500 acres of land on Port Hood in 1792. (This was a Loyalist grant). Rebecca apparently built a small house and farm on the island on the brow of a hill above the present sheltered harbour. The house still stands, though it was much modified by later Smith descendents. It is still located on a functioning farm and is said to contain within its walls much oral and written history of the Smith family. It is still owned by Smith descendents. Rebecca (Lombard) Smith died on 30 November, 1821.

Gameliah Smith (b. 5 December, 1717) married Hannah Harding on 28 May, 1741 at Cape Cod. Their children were; Gameliah, Nathaniel and David. Gameliah also married a second time to Mary Slew on 18 May, 1749. Their children were Hannah and Assa.

Gameliah Smith was the son of Thomas Smith (b. Cape Cod, 29 January, 1688 – d. Truro, Mass – 20 September, 1745). Thomas married Joanna Mayo on 3 November, 1709. Joanna died 24 March, 1763. There children were; Isaac, Rebecca, Thomas, Joanna, Mary, Sarah, Elizabeth and Gameliah.

Thomas Smith was the son of Thomas Smith (b. 1650) of Hingham, Mass. His date of death is not known for certain, though it is known that his Will was proven on 18 October, 1720. He married Mary (?). Their children were; Ralph, Rebecca, David, Elkaneh, Jonathan, David and Thomas.

Thomas Smith was the son of Ralph Smith. Ralph arrived in New England on the ship Elizabeth Bonaventure out of Yarmouth, County Norfolk, in Boston on 15 June, 1633. He was 23 years old according to the ship’s manifest. Immediately upon his arrival he set up a store in Hingham, and then moved to Eastham, Cape Cod. He was listed as a legal voter in Eastham on 22 May, 1655. He took the oath of fidelity on 25 October, 1657. He was appointed Constable for Eastham in 1660 (peace officer/tax collector). His first wife (he was unmarried on his arrival) was the daughter of Edmond Hobart. Their children were; Samuel, John, Daniel, Elizabeth, Deborah and Thomas.

Re: Smith Ancestry - Captain David Smith (1742-1789) - Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

Posted: 24 Jan 2010 7:14AM GMT
Classification: Query
I am the 7th grandchild of Captain David Smith. There were only two sons that went with David on the ice flows. Their names were Lewis and David and a dog named King.

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