William Bold Smith

Born about 1730, Long Island, New York.

Died: unknown, Shongum, Morris Co., New Jersey

Parents: Peter Smith, Jr. & Rebecca Nichols
Buried: Rockaway Cemetery, Rockaway, Morris Co., New Jersey
Marriage: 1750, Shongum, Morris Co., New Jersey

Wife: Christiana Derling

Born: about 1750, Pigeon Hill, Denville, Morris Co., New Jersey

Buried: Rockaway Cemetery, Rockaway, Morris Co., New Jersey

Children:

Samuel Smith

Born: Feb. 8, 1749, Pigeon Hill, Denville, Morris Co., New Jersey

Died: Apr. 20, 1817, Pigeon Hill, Denville, Morris Co., New Jersey


Daniel Smith

Born: about 1750, Pigeon Hill, Denville, Morris Co., New Jersey

Died: unknown
 

David Smith

Born: Aug. 26, 1755, Pigeon Hill, Denville, Morris Co., New Jersey
Died: unknown


Amy Smith

Born: 1760, Pigeon Hill, Denville, Morris Co., New Jersey

Died: May 29, 1845, Pigeon Hill, Denville, Morris Co., New Jersey
buried in Rockaway Cemetery, Rockaway, Morris Co., New Jersey
Marriage: unknown

Husband: William Cox Van Kerk

Born: Oct. 26,  1761, Freehold, New Jersey.

Died: May 22, 1855, Pigeon Hill, Denville, Morris Co., New Jersey

buried in Rockaway Cemetery , Rockaway, Morris Co., New Jersey
Parents: Thomas Van Kerk & Catherine Cox


Garrett Smith

Born: May 15 1762, Pigeon Hill, Denville, Morris Co., New Jersey

Died: May 12 1842, unknown
 
John Smith

 

William Smith

Born:  unknown, Pigeon Hill, Denville, Morris Co., New Jersey

Died: unknown


Christina Smith

Born: unknown, Pigeon Hill, Denville, Morris Co., New Jersey
Died: unknown

Marriage: unknown

Husband: Mr. Hiler (first name unknown)

Born: unknown

Died: unknown


Joseph Smith

Born: unknown, Pigeon Hill, Denville, Morris Co., New Jersey

Died: unknown


Ruth Smith

Born: unknown, Pigeon Hill, Denville, Morris Co., New Jersey
Died: unknown

 

Joanna Smith

Born:  unknown, Pigeon Hill, Denville, Morris Co., New Jersey.

Died: unknown

Marriage: unknown
Husband: Mr. Freeman (first name unknown)

Born: unknown

Died: unknown
.
Patty Smith

Born:  unknown, Pigeon Hill, Denville, Morris Co., New Jersey
Died: unknown

Marriage: unknown

Husband: Mr. Martin (first name unknown)

Born: unknown

Died: unknown

 

Peter Smith.
Born: unknown, Pigeon Hill, Denville, Morris Co., New Jersey

Died: unknown

 

Millie Smith

Born:  unknown, Pigeon Hill, Denville, Morris Co., New Jersey

Died: unknown

 

Charity Smith

Born: unknown, Pigeon Hill, Denville, Morris Co., New Jersey.
Died: unknown

 

Polly Smith

Born:  unknown, Pigeon Hill, Denville, Morris Co., New Jersey
Died: unknown

 

Katy Smith

Born:  unknown, Pigeon Hill, Denville, Morris Co., New Jersey

Died: unknown

Marriage: unknown

Husband: Mr. Cranford (first name unknown)

Born: unknown

Died: unknown

 

 

 

Shongum Lake, in Randolph, New Jersey, near where William Bold Smith lived and died.


THE SMITH FAMILY
From "Rockaway Records of Morris Co., New Jersey Families by J. Percy Crayon (Rockaway, N.J., Rockaway Publishing Co., 1902)

The progenitor of the Smith family at Franklin and Union N. J., is said to have come from Vermont, another version is that he came from Long Island and was known as "Bold Smith." The Vermont version has a bit of romance that may be a matter of history. His name was William and he had been engaged to a girl in Vermont, and the day was set, and the hour appointed on which they were at once to proceed to the dominie's as was the common custom, on horse back, both riding the same horse. As there had been nothing said as to which would take the front seat, as, if two ride on one horse one must necessarily take a back seat. Tradition does not relate as to the real causes, but the effect was they did not get married.

Being somewhat disappointed in this love affair, he proceeded at once on a long and lonesome journey though the the wilderness. This must have been as early as 1750, and it is not related that he stopped until he reached the wilds of Shongom, where he met a Dutch girl, who was willing to take a back seat, and they proceeded at once to the Dominie's where the two were made one. Her name was Christiana DERLING.

William Smith purchased lands, built a log house and set up housekeeping, and is said to have had nineteen children. The old homestead is located where his son Gerrett lived, afterward his grandson John, now as the residence of Cornelius L. Smith. William and his sons owned at one time nearly all the lands between Shongom and Franklin, then called Pigeon Hill. It was not out of the order of the day, at that time, for an ordinary hunter and trapper to keep the table well supplied with bear, deer and turkey, and in the season, many of the broad acres of the Smith farm were literary covered with pigeons, hence the name Pigeon Hill, it was a paradise to the early settlers.

While at work many years after on the Shongom Pond, in getting out timber and crossing the lake on the ice, he was accidentally killed, and probably buried at Rockaway, as tradition has it that his wife was buried at Rockaway a few years after, which would naturally be by the side of her husband. As there is no monument or other records the precise date is unknown.
 

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