|Birth: ||Jun. 14, 1731|
|Death: ||Oct. 26, 1826|
Peter Thatcher Smith, who built the Parson Smith House in Windham, Maine, was the second son of the Reverend Thomas Smith of Falmouth (now Portland) and Susan Tyng. Susan was the daughter of William Tyng of Woburn, MA.
He was born in Falmouth Neck (now Portland)June 14, 1731. He took his first degree at Harvard College in 1753 at the age of twenty-two, placing 6th in a class of seventeen.
On October 8, 1765, he married his first wife Miss Elizabeth Wendell, daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth (Hunt) Wendell. Together they had eleven children before she died on October 16, 1799. Parson Smith married for a second time, to Mrs. Jane Loring, third daughter of Shripton Hunt and window of Dr. John Loring of Boston.
Mr. Willis notes, in his memoir of Parson Smith, that "after his dismission Mr. Smith continued to reside in Windham, the remainder of his life, in easy circumstances, surrounded by his children and grandchildren, discharging the duties of a magistrate and a Christian man, enjoying the respect of the community
and the serenity of a tranquil old age. Death at last came to him on the 26th of October, 1826, in his ninetysixth
year, to relieve him of this mortal life."
"He was a man of infinite humor which he was never anxious to restrain," continues Mr. Willis, "and free and agreeable address. He was tall and portly in his person, resembling more his mother's than his father's kindred; his venerable appearance in the costume of the by-gone age, his breeches, three cornered hat, and ample coat, attracted general observation, as he occasionally visited the town of his birth, over the ruins of which, after its destruction in I 775, he bitterly grieved; and which drew from him a sermon preached in the old and shattered meeting house, soon after the sad event, from the venerable words, ‘He beheld the city and wept over it.'"
During the latter years of his life, after he had laid aside the cares of his pastorate, the Rev. Peter T. Smith erected a family tomb, in which he and his family are interred. The following names are inscribed on the tablet, but it is believed that there are others who have no mention:
"Rev. Peter T. Smith, died Oct. 24, 1826, aged 95 yrs. Mrs. Elizabeth Wendell, wife of Rev. Peter T. Smith, died Oct. 16, 1799, aged 57. Thomas Smith, died — 27, 1802, aged 33 yrs. Rebecca Smith, died Oct. 31, 1808, aged 25 years. Ann W., wife of Charles Barker, died Mar. 21, 1832, aged 50 years. Hezekiah Smith, died July 15, 1824, aged 70 years. Sally, wife of Hezekiah Smith, died Jan. 3, 1854, agd 88 years. Abraham Anderson, died Sept. 3, 1844, aged 86 years, his wife, Lucy Smith, died Apr. 14, 1844, aged 74 years. Mary Cloutman, died Dec. 2, 1821, aged 77 years. She was the daughter of Edward Cloutman who was captured by the Indians on their attack on Gorham, Apr. 19, 1746. Jane Hunt, second wife of Rev. Peter T. Smith, died Apr. 20, 1824, aged 70 years. Olive A. Anderson, died Oct. 22, 1843, aged 19 years. Susan M. Anderson, died Aug. 14, 1849, aged 18 years. Peter S. Anderson, born in 1789, died in 1867. Susan Bodge, wife of Peter Anderson, died Mar., 1876. Elizabeth Anderson, born 1811, died in 1893."
Thomas Smith (1702 - 1795)
Elizabeth Wendell Smith (1740 - 1799)
Jane Loring Hunt Smith (1754 - 1824)
Sally Smith Smith (____ - 1854)*
Lucy Smith Anderson (1769 - 1844)*
Thomas Smith (1770 - 1802)*
Ann Wendell Smith Barker (1777 - 1850)*
Rebecca Smith (1778 - 1782)*
Peter Thatcher Smith (1731 - 1826)
Sarah Smith Codman (1740 - 1827)*
Old Smith Burying Ground
Created by: Tracy Boeckman Herhuth
Record added: Feb 08, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 65349285