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Margaret Buffum Smith
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Birth: unknown
Death: unknown

Daughter of Robert Buffum and Tamsen (Thomasine) Buffum; sister of Deborah Buffum Wilson and others; wife of John Smith.

The Buffum family were Friends, or Quakers, in early Massachusetts Bay Colony. They were among Quaker families who sought freedom of worship in a place where all were required by law to attend Congregational services.

The authorities persecuted and prosecuted members of the Buffum family. Quakers typically resisted the law by attending their own services instead of Congregational worship, and for this they were fined, whipped, and sometimes even exiled.

Margaret Buffum Smith's sister, Deborah Buffum Wilson, once protested in a more striking way, by appearing naked in public in 1662. The authorities prosecuted Deborah as well as her sister Margaret and their mother Tamsen. Deborah was "sentenced to be tied to a cart's tail, uncovered to her waist, and be whipped from Mr. Gedney's gate to her own house, not exceeding 30 stripes. Her mother Buffum and sister Smith, being abettors of her conduct, were sentenced to be tied on each side of her, with nothing on to their waists but an under garb, and to accompany her the distance mentioned." (Felt)


Records and files of the quarterly courts of Essex County, v II, pp 341-342

The annals of Salem, from its first settlement, Joseph B. Felt, 1827, p 217
Family links: 
  Robert Buffum (1590 - 1634)
  Thomasine Thompson Buffum (____ - 1688)
  Margaret Buffum Smith
  Deborah Buffum Wilson (1639 - 1668)*
  Lydia Buffum (1644 - ____)*
*Calculated relationship
Created by: Mrs. Bee
Record added: Feb 20, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 65892866

In memory of my 8th great-grandaunt.
- Helen Rineer
 Added: Feb. 6, 2013

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