Garrett / Hiatt Genealogy Page
This page is dedicated to my grandmother:|
Della Mae Duroy Dow McCandless
(1910 - 1999)
who according to tradition is a descendant of
Captain John Smith
(of Pocahontas fame)
Whether or not we are really descendants of Captain John Smith
is unproven at this time. Hopefully we will find proof one way
If you know more of the answers, please let us know.
This page is part of the personal web site of Steve Dow of Edmonds, WA
Descendants of Captain John Smith ?
Source LDS Family Search:
We first noticed the link back to John Smith and Pocahontas from the LDS Family Search records mentioned above.
Original Source - Larry Anderson's HIATT Family Newletter:
We have since learned that much of the above information was originally published in the March 1986 HIATT Family Newsletter by Larry Anderson. Mr. Anderson expands on work done originally by Dr. Joseph Copeland, and in continuing that research and has uncovered very convincing evendence of this story.
Researchers interested in this story are encouraged to contact Larry
Anderson, and review his latest book:|
HIATT - HIETT - HYATT Genealogy and Family History 1699 - 2000
by Larry Anderson (c) 2000 [Volume II & III]
A Record of John HIETT, Quaker, His son John HIATT, Jr. - England to Pennsylvania c. 1699
This 2,000 page book is an update to the book said to be the ultimate reference for HIATT Family History:
HIATT - HIETT Genealogy and Family History 1699 - 1949
by William Perry Johnson (c) 1950 [Volume I]
Published and Distributed by The Jesse Hiatt Family Association
Contact the author: Larry Anderson: LarryAndy@aol.com
National Hiatt-Hiett-Hyatt Family Association
14223 W Promise LN, Chubbuck, ID 83202 Tel 208-637-0953/0954
|An excerpt from Larry Anderson's latest HIATT Volume II book:|
JOHN HIEGHT & MARY SMITH, QUAKER IMM. OF 1699 ANCESTORS OF JOHN HIETT, JR.|
Mary SMITH was the daughter of William SMITH and Grace, this much we do know positively. Also it seems fairly plain that at least John and Mary appear to have been on the same vessel which carried Mary's parents and brothers to the American shores in 1699. However, there is much lacking in our research concerning the brothers of Mary, or even more so, any possible sisters or other siblings other than the John, George and William SMITH. It would be an interesting task to search some of these further connections for at least a few generations.
In the March 1986 HIATT Family Newsletter, we included a part of a tradition that was followed by Dr. Joseph Copeland. He passed away before his work was published. I submit this as a tradition and a theory and personally believe it has merit. I was also told the by my grandfather that he had been told that one of his grandfathers was Captain John SMITH and an Indian Maiden.
I have done a great deal of research and have found very convincing evidence that leads credence to this story. I will not include it here but will develop the story and information for anyone wishing to further study and research this connection. I would suggest you not rule it out until you see more of the facts and story. I have found this story pervasive in family traditions so far removed that it is not possible for them to be shared in recent history. Some of these families separate in the early 1700's but retain the same story.
Through some correspondence Dr. Copeland wrote ."I have been working on my ancestry for the past few years since I retired. I am especially interested in the Copeland and HIATT families paternal and maternal families.
I have my ancestry back to the 1600's for 61 out of 64 ancestors. All were Quakers, beginning with the Immigrant John HIATT and his wife Mary SMITH. On a separate sheet of paper I am sending my HIATT lineage as I have it. And the SMITH lineage with notes and with comments as to the probable accuracy. Generations 1 to 4 are unproved and are from traditions largely from my aunt Daisy HIATT, sister of my mother, Alice HIATT."
~~~ HIATT Vol II by Larry Anderson
Other Hiatt Resources:|
Larry Anderson's ~ Dozens of Cousins
Bill Hyatt's ~ Hyatt - Hiatt Page (excellent source):
* Smith, Peregrine b. ABT. 1625 in England
* Smith, William b. 1651 in Glastonbury, Somersetshire, England,
d. 20 May 1710 in Cecil County, Maryland
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Smith Family Genealogy Forum
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|Captain John Smith and Pocahontas Time Line:|
|1607||John Smith was captured and put to Indian "mock execution".
He was "saved" by the chief's 11 year old daughter Pocahontas.
|1609||He was injured by a gunpowder burn and return to England.
Pocahontas believed that he had been killed.
|1613||Pocahontas was kidnapped by colonists and held for ransom.
She was educated in Christianity by her captors.
|1614||She married John Rolfe - resulting in Indian/Colonist peace.|
|1615||Pocahontas and John Rolfe had a son, Thomas Rolfe.|
|1616||Pocahontas toured England as an Indian Princess with Rolfe.
There she discovered that John Smith was still alive.
|1617||Upon boarding the ship back to America, Pocahontas became ill and died.|
The ship was forced to docked in Gravesend, England where she was buried.
|John Smith spend the rest of his life writing books.|
|1622||He first wrote of the story of Pocahontas.|
|Captain John Smith Links|
Peregrine Smith - LDS Ancestral File|
Peregrine Smith - Bob Brooks Genealogy
Captain John Smith - Jamestown Rediscovery
Captain John Smith - Williamsburg History
Cultural Readings - John Smith - Pocahontas
Travels of Captain John Smith
Descendant of Captain John Smith?
True Descendants of Pocahontas
In recent years, the singer Wayne
Newton, who claims to be a descendant of Pocahontas, has
attempted to locate the exact location of her grave (in Gravesend,
England), in a long running attempting to negotiate having her remains
returned to her homeland in the USA.|
The church yard that Pocahontas was buried in, had burned to the ground. Her body was moved but no one seems to know where she is. Many people have taken up causes to find and bring her back home.
Other Surnames of Interest:
Dow, Cline, Daggett, Plew, Rains
McElhiney, Mitchell, Franklin, Booth
Goodrich, McElroy, King, Jenkins, Rosser, Davies
If you would like more information, send e-mail to:|
A humorous quote I found:|
"The people are what it is all about so I don't worry about sources. If I find an ancestor with the last name of SMITH, I just go ahead and link him to Captain John Smith and his "wife" Pocahontas. Last name of CARSON? I have them descend from Kit Carson, the famous pioneer. If their last name is KING, I figure I can go ahead and show descent from King Richard the Lionhearted, because he was a King that I like. After you do it awhile, it gets easier and easier to link your family to really interesting people. Sure you have to be a little more creative than those FUDDY-DUDDY, GOODY-GOODY, source quoting weirdos! Sometimes I have to invent individuals to connect things up right, but I figure they "COULD" have existed, right? And this way my genealogy is really interesting, my family loves it and it saves me a lot of time!"
~~~ Randy Black
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