Name: Francis (Bland) SMITH
ALIA: Francis (Smith) /Bland/
Birth: 8 MAR 1599/00 in Colchester, Essex, England
Death: 20 MAR 1655/56 in Reading, Middlesex, MA
Death: 20 MAR 1649/50
The following e-mail was received from Bill Prokasy, World Connect db=wprokasy, based on an e-mail I sent him concerning my confusion over the Bland/Smith line, and particularly about the approximate birth year of Adrian Chadwick, wife (supposedley) of Anthony Bland, James Smith, and Jeremiah Norcross.
I can't be of any real help on any of the John Smiths beyond what I've cited on my web pages. The sources are not entirely consistent (e.g., Pioneers of Massachusetts and the GDMNH seem to have somewhat differing information). However, for what it's worth, the Littleton, MA Vital Records mention a Francis Smith. It states that among the children of John and Isabell Smith is "probably Francis, removed to Reading and d. March 20, 1656." That may not clear up anything, but it is the only mention I have of Francis being connected to the John (Bland) Smith who married Isabella Drake.
Most sources, however, seem to agree that the John Smith, who married Isabella Drake, was the one who settled in Martha's Vineyard, event though he had to have been well along in years to have settled there. The GDMNH states that it was this John Bland (aka Smith) who lived with his mother Adrian when he was in Watertown. Adrian was, according to the GDMNH, the 2nd wife of Jeremiah Norcross (i.e., after the death of her first husband, a Bland and, presumably, a man named Smith after whom John assumed his surname of Smith rather than Bland). The surname Chadwick provided for Adrian has, as nearly as I know, only one source of documentation, and that is in Jeremiah's will in which he mentions a brother named Chadwick, this presumed by some as being the brother of his wife Adrian. Whether or not that is correct, I have no idea--and I don't know whether the Adrian who was the mother of John was also the same Adrian who was the second wife of Jeremiah Norcross.
It's confusing enough that I have decided to remove the surname Chadwick from any connection with Adrian.
Father: John (Smith) BLAND b: ABT 1578 in Colchester, Essex, England
Mother: Isabella DRAKE b: ABT 1579 in Elmstead, Essex, England
Alice b: ABT 1603
- John SMITH , Lt b: 1621 in Colchester, Essex, England