Biography of Pamela Colman Smith


Smith Family - Samuel Smith (1602-1680), Immigrant Ancestor


Portrait of Cyrus Porter Smith, (1800-1877); Cyrus was the paternal grandfather of Pamela Colman Smith. A wealthy lawyer, merchant and prominent politician in Brooklyn, New York, Cyrus was the first elected mayor of Brooklyn, serving from 1839-1842. In the 1870 Federal Census for Brooklyn, New York, he is enumerated as having  real property worth $75,000 and personal property of $50,000.

Photograph of the inscription on the grave monument of Cyrus Porter Smith (1800-1877) and his wife, Lydia Lewis Hooker (1895-1877).

Photograph of the grave monument in Brooklyn, New York of Cyrus Porter Smith (1800-1877)and his wife, Lydia Lewis Hooker (1895-1877).


Descendants of Samuel Smith


Generation No. 1

1. SAMUEL1 SMITH was born Abt. 1602 in Suffolk County, England, and died Abt. 1680 in Hadley, Massachusetts. He married ELIZABETH CHILEAB. She was born Abt. 1602, and died Abt. 1686 in Hadley, Massachusetts.


Most of the following information about Samuel Smith and his family were obtained from the book entitled "Families of Ancient Wethersfield, Connecticut, VOLUME 2" at pages 646-647:

Genealogists typically refer to him as "Lt. Samuel Smith the Fellmonger" because it is under this name that he usually appears in the official records of Wethersfield, Connecticut.

Samuel Smith (age 32), his wife Elizabeth (nee Chileab) (age 32) and four children, viz., Samuel (age 9), Elizabeth (age 7), Mary (age 4), and Philip (age 1) arrived in Watertown, Massachusetts on the ship ELIZABETH in 1634. The adult passengers on the ELIZABETH took the oath of Allegience and Supremacy on 12 November 1634, at the Ipswich Customs House before sailing. The master of the ELIZABETH was a certain William Andrews.

As a "Fellmonger" Samuel Smith was a dealer in hides and was probably a tanner.

He came to Wethersfield, Connecticut in late 1634 or early 1635. He was the part owner of the ship TRYAL, which was the first ship built in Connecticut Colony.

He served as deputy to the General Court at Hartford, Connecticut from about 1637-1656.

In about 1659 or 1660 he and his family relocated to Hadley, Massachusetts whre he served as representative to the Colonial Legislature 1661-1673. He also served as a Lieutenant in the militia from 1663-1678.

Samuel Smith died in 1680, aged 78. His wife, Elizabeth, died on 16 March 1685/1686, at age 84.


i. SAMUEL2 SMITH, b. Abt. 1625, Suffolk County, England; d. Aft. 1669, Virginia Colony.

ii. ELIZABETH SMITH, b. Abt. 1627, Suffolk County, England.

iii. MARY SMITH, b. Abt. 1630, Suffolk County, England.

2. iv. PHILIP SMITH, b. 25 Nov 1632, Suffolk, England; d. 10 Jan 1684/1685, Hampshire, Massachusetts.

v. CHILEAB SMITH, b. Abt. 1635, Wethersfield, Connecticut.

vi. JOHN SMITH, b. Abt. 1637, Wethersfield, Connecticut.


Generation No. 2

2. PHILIP2 SMITH (SAMUEL1) was born 25 Nov 1632 in Suffolk, England, and died 10 Jan 1684/1685 in Hampshire, Massachusetts. He married REBECCA FOOTE Mar 1658 in Hampshire, Massachusetts. She was born 1634 in Hartford, Connecticut, and died 06 Apr 1701 in Hampshire, Massachusetts.


Extract taken from the book entitled "Colonial Families of the United States - The Foote Family" as follows:

"Philip Smith was the son of Samuel Smith, senior, one of the first settlers of Wethersfield, merchant, and after 1659, of Hadley, (Mass.,) where he died about the beginning of the year 1680." At Page 505 of the book, it is stated that Lt. Phillip Smith died on 10 January 1684/1685.

Lieutenant Smith purportedly died from the effects of witchcraft! The following is an extract from the Magnalia Christi Americana by Cotton Mather (first published in 1702):

"Mr. Philip Smith, aged about 50 years, a son of eminently virtuous parents, a deacon of a church in Hadley, a member of the General Court, a justice in the County Court, a selectman for the affairs of the town, a Lieutenant of the troop, and which crowns all, a man for devotion, sanctity, gravity, and all that was honest, exceeding exemplary. Such a man was in the winter of the year 1684, murdered with an hideous witchcraft, that filled all those parts of New England, with astonishment.

"He was, by his office concerned about relieving the indigences of a wretched woman in the town; who being dissatisfied at some of his just cares about her, expressed herself unto him in such a manner, that he declared himself thenceforth apprehensive of receiving mischief at her hands.

"About the Beginning of January he began to be very Valetudinarious, labouring under Pains that seem'd Ischiatick. The Standers by could now see in him one ripening apace for another World, and fill'd with Grace and Joy to an high Degrce. He shew'd such Weanedness from and Weariness of the Worid, that he knew not (he said) whether he might pray for his Continuance here: And such assurance he had of the Divine Love unto him, that in Raptures he would cry out, Lord, stay thy hand; it is enough, it is more than thy frail Servant can bear. But in the midst of these things he still utter'd an hard Suspicion that the ill Woman who had threatened him, had made Impressions with Inchantments upon him.

"While he remain'd yet of a sound Mind, he very sedately, but very solemnly charg'd his Brother, to look well after him. Tho', he said, he now understood himself, yet he knew not how he might be. But be sure, (said he) to have a care of me, for you shall see strange things. There shall be a Wonder in Hadley! I shall not be dead, when tis thought I am! He press'd this Charge over and over; and afterwards became Delirious; upon which he had a Speech incessant and voluable, and (as was judg'd) in various Languages. He cry'd out, not only of Pains, but also of Pins, tormenting him in several parts of his Body; and the Attendants found one of them.

"In his distress he exclaimed much upon the young woman aforesaid, and others, as being seen by him in the room. Some of the young men in the town being out of their wits at the strange calamities thus upon one of their most beloved neighbors, went three or four times to give disturbance unto the woman thus complained of; and all the while they were disturbing her, he was at ease, and slept as a weary man; yea, these were the only times they perceived him to take any sleep in all his illness. Gally pots of medicine provided for the sick man were unaccountably emptied: audible scratchings were made about the bed, when his hands and feet lay wholly still, and were held by others. They beheld fire sometimes on the bed; and when the beholders began to discourse of it, it vanished away. Divers people actually felt something often stir in the bed, at a considerable distance from the man; it seemed as big as a cat, but they could never grasp it. Several trying to lean on the bed's head, tho' the sick man lay wholly still, the bed would shake so as to knock their heads uncomfortably.

"Mr. Smith dies; the jury that viewed his corpse found a swelling on one breast, his back full of bruises, and several holes that seemed made with awls. After the opinion of all had pronounced him dead, his countenance continued as lively as if he had been alive; his eyes closed as in a slumber, and his nether jaw not falling down. Thus he remained from Saturday morning about sunrise, till Sabbathday in the aftenoon. When those who took him out of the bed, found him still warm, tho' the season was as cold as had almost been known in any age; and a New England winter does not want for cold. But on Monday morning they found the face extremely tumified and discolored. It was black and blue, and fresh blood seemed running down his cheek upon the hairs. Divers noises were also heard in the room where the corpse lay; as the clattering of chairs and stools, whereof no account could be given. This was the end of so good a man."

Cover page from a first edition of Cotton Mather's Magnalia Christi Americana. It is considered to be his greatest work. The book was published in 1702, when he was 39. It is basically a history of the New England settlements during the 17th century. Despite being Mather's most well-known work, many modern historians consider it to be difficult   to read and understand because of its poor organization. Random quotes in Latin, Greek, and Hebrew appear throughout. However, most critics also praise the work, believing it to be one of the best source documents for describing the establishment of the New England colonies and the growth of a uniquely American society.

From the book entitled History of Hadley by Sylvester Judd (1863):.

"Mary Webster, the woman who disturbed Philip Smith, was sent to Boston, tried for witchcraft, and acquitted. The young men of Hadley tried an experiment upon her. They dragged her out of the house, hung her up until she was near dead, let her down, rolled her some time in the snow, and at last buried her in it, and there left her. But she survived, and died in 1696. No inhabitant of Hampshire Co. was ever executed for witchcraft."

From Families of Early Hartford, Connecticut by Lucius Barnes Barbour (1976):

"William Webster s. of John & Agnes died 1688 mar Feb 17, 1670 Mary Reeve who died 1696 dau of Thomas Reeve of Springfield. Hadley; his wife was accused of witchcraft and sent to Boston for trial 1684, but was acquitted and died in peace."

From Genealogies of Hadley Families by Lucius M. Boltwood:

"William Webster was the son of the Hon. John Webster of Connecticut, a magistrate, Deputy Governor, Governor, and one of the Commissioners of the United Colonies. He was an influential member of the church in Hartford, took a deep interest in the controversy which agitated that and other churches, and was one of the leaders of the Hadley company."


3. i. SAMUEL3 SMITH, b. Jan 1658/1659, Hadley, Massachusetts; d. 28 Aug 1707, East Hartford, Connecticut.

ii. JOHN SMITH, b. 18 Dec 1661, Hadley, Massachusetts; d. 16 Apr 1727, Hadley, Massachusetts.

iii. JONATHAN SMITH, b. 1663, Hadley, Massachusetts; d. Nov 1737.

iv. PHILIP SMITH, b. 1665, Hadley, Massachusetts; d. 25 Jan 1725, East Hartford, Connecticut.

v. REBECCA SMITH, b. 1668, Hadley, Massachusetts; d. 07 Oct 1750.

vi. NATHANIEL SMITH, b. 02 Jan 1670/1671, Hadley, Massachusetts; d. Abt. 1740, Hatfield, Massachusetts.

vii. JOSEPH SMITH, b. 1674, Hadley, Massachusetts; d. 08 Sep 1736, Upper Middleton, Connecticut.

viii. ICHABOD SMITH, b. 11 Apr 1675, Hadley, Massachusetts; d. 06 Sep 1746, Hadley, Massachusetts.


Generation No. 3

3. SAMUEL3 SMITH (PHILIP2, SAMUEL1) was born Jan 1658/1659 in Hadley, Massachusetts, and died 28 Aug 1707 in East Hartford, Connecticut. He married MARY CHURCH 16 Nov 1682 in Hampshire, Massachusetts. She was born 23 Jan 1665 in Hampshire, Massachusetts, and died 18 Jun 1700 in Hampshire, Massachusetts.


4. i. TIMOTHY4 SMITH, b. 01 Jun 1702, Hampshire, Massachusetts; d. 30 Jan 1792, Grafton, New Hampshire.


Generation No. 4

4. TIMOTHY4 SMITH (SAMUEL3, PHILIP2, SAMUEL1) was born 01 Jun 1702 in Hampshire, Massachusetts, and died 30 Jan 1792 in Grafton, New Hampshire. He married ESTHER WEBSTER 1724 in Hartford, Connecticut. She was born 23 Feb 1707 in Hartford, Connecticut, and died 09 Mar 1793 in Hanover, New Hampshire.


5. i. EDWARD5 SMITH, b. 25 Nov 1727, East Hartford, Connecticut; d. 15 Jan 1815, Hanover, Grafton, New Hampshire.


Generation No. 5

5. EDWARD5 SMITH (TIMOTHY4, SAMUEL3, PHILIP2, SAMUEL1) was born 25 Nov 1727 in East Hartford, Connecticut, and died 15 Jan 1815 in Hanover, Grafton, New Hampshire. He married RUTH PORTER 1749 in East Hartford, Connecticut. She was born 22 Aug 1728 in Hartford, Connecticut, and died 05 Oct 1807.


6. i. EDWARD6 SMITH, b. 09 Dec 1769, East Hartford, Connecticut; d. 28 Feb 1851.


Generation No. 6

6. EDWARD6 SMITH (EDWARD5, TIMOTHY4, SAMUEL3, PHILIP2, SAMUEL1) was born 09 Dec 1769 in East Hartford, Connecticut, and died 28 Feb 1851. He married HANNAH CHANDLER 06 Jul 1791. She was born 07 Aug 1771, and died 20 Apr 1850.


Most of the data for the children of Edward Smith and Hannah Chandler were obtained from the book entitled Families of Ancient Wethersfield, Connecticut, VOLUME 2 at pages 646-665.


i. ASAHEL7 SMITH, b. 20 Jun 1792; d. 15 May 1872.

ii. NOAH SMITH, b. 08 Mar 1794, Hanover, New Hampshire; d. 10 Oct 1830, Southbury, Connecticut; m. LAURA PARMELE, 21 May 1820.

Notes for NOAH SMITH:

Extract from the book entitled: Sketches of the Alumni of Dartmouth College, from the First Graduation in 1771 to the Present Time, with a Brief History of the Institution, at page 195:

"Noah Smith, the son of Edward and Hannah (Chandler) Smith, was born at Hanover, Mar. 8, 1794, and died at Southbury, Ct, Oct. 10, 1830, M. 36. He studied divinity at Andover Theo. Sem. graduating in 1821 ; was ordained pastor of the Congreg. Church at Southbury in Oct. 1822, and died in charge. He married Laura Parmele of Killingworth, Ct, May 21, 1820. Cyrus Porter Smith, Dartmouth College 1824, was his brother."

iii. ASHBEL SMITH, b. 28 Aug 1795, Hanover, New Hampshire.

iv. HORACE SMITH, b. 05 May 1797; d. 18 Oct 1797.

v. POLLY SMITH, b. 09 Sep 1798; d. 31 Aug 1800.

7. vi. CYRUS PORTER SMITH, b. 05 Apr 1800, Hanover, New Hampshire; d. 13 Feb 1877, Brooklyn, New York.

vii. RUSSELL SMITH, b. 14 Jul 1802.

viii. CHANDLER SMITH, b. 16 Feb 1805; d. Danbury, Connecticut.

ix. IRENE SMITH, b. 11 Apr 1807.

x. HANNAH SMITH, b. 10 Sep 1810.

xi. LORENZO SMITH, b. 02 May 1813; d. 28 Sep 1815.


Generation No. 7

7. CYRUS PORTER7 SMITH (EDWARD6, EDWARD5, TIMOTHY4, SAMUEL3, PHILIP2, SAMUEL1) was born 05 Apr 1800 in Hanover, New Hampshire, and died 13 Feb 1877 in Brooklyn, New York. He married LYDIA LEWIS HOOKER 06 Sep 1826, daughter of BRYAN HOOKER and NANCY LEE. She was born 08 Aug 1805 in Bristol, Connecticut, and died 29 Apr 1877 in Brooklyn, New York.


Excerpt from book entitled A history of the city of Brooklyn, Volume 2, pages 262-263:

"Cyrus Porter Smith, son of Edward and Hannah Smith, was born at Hanover, N. H., on the 5th of April, 1800. His father being a farmer, Cyrus, during his boyhood, worked on the farm, attending district schools in the winters and gaining such an education as is usually picked up by New England boys. The scanty lore thus obtained, however, so far from satisfying his craving for knowledge, served only to develop an earnest desire to go to college. That his father's slender means would not permit of this, was to the lad a matter of regret, but not an insurmountable obstacle. A liberal education he would have; so, after a season of preparation with his brother Noah, then in college, he entered Dartmouth, and managed, by teaching district schools in New Hampshire and Vermont, every winter, from the time he was eighteen years old, to pay his way through, graduating in 1824, with honor. He then commenced the study of law with chief justice T. S. Williams, of Hartford, Conn., and was admitted to practice in 1827. While at Hartford, he added to his somewhat scanty resources by teaching singing schools, during the winters, in various portions of the state, and, during one of these excursions in Bristol, became acquainted with the lady who subsequently became his wife. Having now secured his collegiate and professional education, he scanned the prospects in one part of the country and another, and finally determined to locate in the village of Brooklyn. Neither he nor any one else could have then anticipated the wonderful growth and prosperity of the place, though the energy, patience and self-reliance which Mr. Smith had already developed in securing his education would have naturally ensured his success in almost any place where he might have settled. But here his choice fell, and hither he came in September, 1827, from which time, until the following April, he neither saw a client nor made a dollar, and then his first fee was five dollars. But he would not be discouraged; and, though he could not compel business, he made friends, who stuck by him. He connected himself with Dr. Cox's (First Presbyterian) church, and was its chorister from 1827 to 1859.

"During the Jackson presidential campaign of 1828, also, he came into public notice as an active whig. From 1833 to 1835 he was the clerk of the village board of trustees; and corporation counsel of the new city, from 1835 to 1839, enjoying, also, by this time, a practice equal to that of any lawyer in the city. In 1839, as we have seen, he was chosen mayor by the aldermen, the fourth which the city had had; and, at the first election by the people, in 1840, was chosen again, holding the office until 1842, a period, in all, of three years and four months. He was supervisor in the years 1836 and 1837; and, in 1848, for the purpose of furthering the establishment of a company to supply the city with gas, sought and obtained an election as alderman from the Third ward, and, to his efforts in the public councils and with private capitalists, was largely due the successful inception of Brooklyn's first gas company. Becoming interested, at an early period of his residence here, in the public schools (then under the care of school commissioners), he subsequently became a most active and influential member of the board of education, and was its president for the long period of twenty-one years. The whole vast system of public education in Brooklyn, including, at present, thirty-six schools, attended by 60,000 children, at an annual cost of half a million of dollars, was put into practical operation during Mr. Smith's official connection, and when, in March, 1868, after thirty years connection with the cause of public education, he retired from office and from the board, his associates took occasion to offer their personal and official testimony to his long and important services.

"In 1856 and '57, Mr. Smith represented the city in the state senate, where he held the position of chairman of the committee on commerce and navigation, to which was entrusted the important duty of definitely establishing the shore lines of the cities of New York and Brooklyn. In all that pertained to the ferry communication between these two cities, Mr. Smith always took a deep interest; and, at an early day, he became one of the associates of the Union Ferry Company, of which, since 1855, he has been managing director, superintending its vast interests with rare skill and fidelity.

"In January, 1869, Mr. Smith was appointed the acting presidency of the Brooklyn City Rail Road Company, with which he has been connected for some years; and, thus, may be said, to hold in his grasp, at the present time, the combined management of the two most important interests of Brooklyn, viz : its means of egress and ingress, and its facilities of local travel and transportation; interests, we may add, which find their surest guaranty in the admirable and comprehensive executive abilities which he has always displayed in every position of public trust.

"In the year 1839, during his first term of mayoralty, Mr. Smith, in connection with the late Gen. Robert Nichols, established a city hospital which, under his fostering care, became the present Brooklyn City Hospital,1 and has ever proved himself to this, as to other beneficent institutions, a most steady, influential and effective friend.

"Few men, as will be seen from this brief sketch, have been more conspicuous in promoting the welfare and progress of Brooklyn, during the most important period of its growth and development (1830-1869) than Uncle Cyrus, as he is respectfully called by many of his oldest fellow citizens, and by thousands of the public school children who have grown up around him to positions of usefulness and trust. Never presumptuous in seeking public positions, but always faithful in the discharge of their duties, he has made a lasting impress upon his day and generation, and has secured the approbation of all wtto knew him."

THe following is an excerpt from the book entitled Sketches of the Alumni of Dartmouth College by the Reverend George T. Chapman:

"Cyrus Porter Smith, the son of Edward and Hannah (Chandler) Smith, was born at Hanover, Apr. 5, 1800. He taught at Bristol, Ct; read law at the same time with the Hon. Timothy Pitkin of Farmington, Ct, 1 year; then with the Hon. Thomas Scott Williams and the Hon. William Wolcott Ellsworth of Hartlbrd, Ct, 2 years; began practice at Brooklyn, N. Y. in Sept. 1827; was the Clerk and Atty of its corporation from May 1832, and its Counsel from May 1838; was Mayor of the city in 1839, 1840, 1841, and 1842 ; Master in Chancery from 1842 to 1844; also State Senator from Jan. 1856 to Jan. 1858; has been from 1851 Counsel and managing Director of the Union Ferry Co. between New York and Brooklyn cities. He married Lydia Lee, dau. of Bryan Hooker of Bristol, Sept. 6, 1826. Noah Smith, D. C. 1818, was his brother."

Children of CYRUS SMITH and LYDIA LEWIS are:

i. HELEN LOUISA8 SMITH, b. 20 Aug 1827, Brooklyn, New York; d. 27 Oct 1828, Brooklyn, New York.

ii. BRYAN HOOKER SMITH, b. 29 Jan 1829, Brooklyn, New York.

iii. CYRUS AUGUSTUS SMITH, b. 12 Nov 1830, Brooklyn, New York.

iv. EDWARD NOAH SMITH, b. 18 Oct 1832, Brooklyn, New York; d. 30 Aug 1843, Brooklyn, New York.

v. THEODORE EANES SMITH, b. 11 Aug 1835, Brooklyn, New York.

vi. CHANDLER PERRY SMITH, b. 31 Jul 1838, Brooklyn, New York; d. 20 Jan 1841, Brooklyn, New York.

vii. ELLEN LOUISA SMITH, b. 10 Feb 1841, Brooklyn, New York; d. 27 Jan 1915; m. WILLIS LORD OGDEN, 01 Jun 1870, New York; b. 21 Oct 1843, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; d. 27 Jul 1918, Kings County, New York.


Source for date of birth: book entitled The Descendants of Rev. Thomas Hooker, Hartford, Connecticut, 1586-1908.

Marriage Notes for ELLEN SMITH and WILLIS OGDEN:

Source: book entitled The Descendants of Rev. Thomas Hooker, Hartford, Connecticut, 1586-1908.

viii. WILLIAM CHANDLER SMITH, b. 17 May 1843, Brooklyn, New York; d. 02 May 1907, Brooklyn, New York.


The following obituary appeared in the Brooklyn Standard Union newspaper for 5 May 1907:

"William C. SMITH, son of the late Cyrus Porter SMITH, Brooklyn's fourth Mayor, died last Friday night at his home, 136 Argyle road, Flatbush. He was in his sixty-fifth year [sic] and a life long resident of Brooklyn. Mr. SMITH served in the Civil War with the Twenty-third New York Regiment, as a member of the Brooklyn Club and several other organizations, and the First Presbyterian Church. A widow, Ruth YERBY, one daughter, Mrs. Sterling PETERS, and one son, Russell, survive him. The funeral services will be held tomorrow night at his late home and interment will be made at Greenwood Cemetery under the direction of  Undertaker Joseph BISHOP, of 85 Henry street. Mr. SMITH's father was the first Mayor elected in Brooklyn by the suffrages of the people. He was also the first corporation counsel of Brooklyn and for many years was acting president of the Brooklyn City Railroad."

[Comment: If he was in his 65th year, a birth year of 1842 is indicated. However, the 1870 Federal Census indicates that he was then 35 years old - indicating a birth year of 1835.]

8. ix. CHARLES EDWARD SMITH, b. 27 May 1846, Brooklyn, New York; d. 01 Dec 1899, Brooklyn, New York.


Generation No. 8

8. CHARLES EDWARD8 SMITH (CYRUS PORTER7, EDWARD6, EDWARD5, TIMOTHY4, SAMUEL3, PHILIP2, SAMUEL1) was born 27 May 1846 in Brooklyn, New York, and died 01 Dec 1899 in Brooklyn, New York. He married CORINNE COLMAN 28 Sep 1870 in New York, daughter of SAMUEL COLMAN and PAMELA CHANDLER. She was born 04 Jul 1834 in Portland, Maine, and died 1896 in Saint Andrew, Jamaica.


Source for date of birth: book entitled The Descendants of Rev. Thomas Hooker, Hartford, Connecticut, 1586-1908.

Charles Edward Smith's obituary appeared in the New York Times for 3 Dec 1899 as follows:

"SMITH - On Friday, Dec 1 at his residence in New York City, Charles Edward Smith, son of the late Cyrus P. Smith of Brooklyn, in the 53rd year of his age. Funeral services will be held at the residence of his brother-in-law, Willis L. Ogden, 73 Pierrepont St., Brooklyn. on Sunday, Dec 3, at 2:30 o'clock."


i. CORINNE PAMELA COLMAN9 SMITH, b. 16 Feb 1878, Middlesex County, England; d. 18 Sep 1951, Bude, Cornwall.



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