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He was one of the original settlers of Hadley, in 1659; home lot No. 7 on the east side of the street. He was a very prominent citizen of Hadley; succeeded his father as Lieut. at Hadley in 1678, and in the same year was appointed Lieut. of the "Hampshire County troop;" was deputy for Hadley several years and one of the Judges of the County Court. There were some peculiar circumstances attending his last sickness and death which, in accordance with the spirit of the times, was attributed to witchcraft. Cotton Mather gives an account of these circumstances in his "Magnalia" and describes Lieut. Smith as a Judge of the Court, a military officer and a representative of the town of Hadley; a man for devotion, sanctity, gravity, and all that was honest, exceedingly exemplary.". Philip along with his father, were among the very men who had knowlege of the concealment of the Regicide Judges, Goffe and Whalley, in Hadley.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Samuel Smith, in Anderson, Robert Charles; George F. Sanborn; and Melinde Lutz Sanborn. The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635. (NEHGS, 1999-2011), VI:401.
Philip Smith, bp. Hadleigh 25 November 1632.
- Savage, James. A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England: Showing Three Generations of Those Who Came Before May, 1692, on the Basis of Farmer's Register. (Boston: Little, Brown, and Co, 1860-1862), 4:127.
PHILIP, Wethersfield, sec. s. of Samuel, brot. at one yr. old by his f. from Eng., made freem. 1654, m. 1657, Rebecca, youngest d. of Nathaniel Foote, soon rem. and is the same wh. in Hadley, among its new sett. took the freem.'s o. for Mass. 26 Mar. 1661; was rep. for Hadley 1677, 80-4, aft. wh. last he d. 10 Jan. foll. was selectman, lieut. of horse, and deac. yet "murder. with an hideous witchcraft, that fill. all those parts of N. E. with astonishment," as most minutely is told in the Magn. VI. 70. Still the wonder did not so far outrun conscience and common sense, as to prevail on the trial of Mary Webster, charg. for such clear malignities not only against Smith, the hypochondriac suffer. but others; even tho. she was before a jury at Boston, then peculiar. expos. to false impress., she was acquit. and d. peaceably at Hadley. Years more were need. for the full triumph of the devil and Cotton Mather. His Ch. were Samuel, b. Jan. 1659; John, 18 Dec. 1661; Jonathan, 1663; Philip, 1665; Rebecca, 1668; Nathaniel, 1671; Joseph, 1674, H. C. 1695; and Ichabod, 11 Apr. 1675 or 6; all the eight are ment. in his will. His wid. m. 2 Oct. 1688, Major Aaron Cook, of Northampton, wh. d. 6 Sept. 1690, and she d. at Il. 6 Apr. 1701. His only d. Rebecca early in 1686, m. George Stillman of H.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Smith, in Boltwood, Lucius M. (Lucius Manlius). Genealogies of Hadley Families: Embracing the Early Settlers of the Towns of Hatfield, South Hadley, Amherst and Granby. (Northampton, Massachusetts: Metcalf & Company, Printers, 1862), 123-124.
Philip (Smith), s. of Samuel(1) was one of the first men of his time, in the town of his adoption, a lieutenant, deacon, and representative, and d. Jan. 10, 1685, "murdered with an hideous witchcraft," according to Cotton Mather.
- ↑ Philip Smith, in Find A Grave.