Source "John Briggs of Newport and Portsmouth, RI," by Lilla Briggs Sampson --------------------------------------------- Mary Fisher`s parents were Edward Fisher and Judith Smith: Note: Judith probably arrived in this country on the "Griffin" in 1633, with the Hutchinson party. Note: Judith was the "Judith at the Island" mentioned in the Confession and Trial of Richard Wayte, Boston, 1640, in the Wm. & Mary Quarterly. Wait was an adherent of the "Hutchinson Party", and Judith was "Judye Smyth", the maid-servant of Edward Hutchinson, brother-in-law of the famous Anne (Marbury) Hutchinson. She was admitted to membership in the Boston Church on 2 Oct 1634, and was cast out of the church less than three weeks after Anne Hutchinson herself was cast out of the church. Wait was also cast out, but petitioned to be reinstated. His petition was denied because he was "Keepinge Company with Lewde and wicked persons", in particular "Judah" Smith. He admitted that his carriage with her has bine wanton and too familiar, and he would have committed wickednes with her. However in later years she forgave him. Note: In later years, after Judith married Edward Fisher, Edward and Thomas Wait, both of Portsmouth, RI, were associated together.
Note: From waitegenealogy.org, source The American Genealogist (TAG) Vol. 67, No. 4, October, 1992, "Judith At the Island: Judith (Smith) Fisher, the Waite Family of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and Their English Origins" by Edwin G. Sanford. The articles begins: A recent article about the 1640 church trial of Richard Waite, a Boston tailor, caught my interest when there was a mention of a woman who was referred to only as "Judith at the I[s]land" (James F. Cooper Jr., "The Confessions and Trial of Richard Wayte, Boston, 1640," William and Mary Quarterly, hereafter Wm. & Mary Quart., 3d ser., 44:310-32." [NOTE: I highly recommend this article as well.] This was quite striking because the phrase "at the Island" was commonly understood in New England in 1640 to mean Aquidneck Island, i.e., the "Island of Rhode Island". ..... The two towns then comprised by Aquidneck Island - Portsmouth and Newport - probably had fewer than five hundred people in 1640. ... Of all the known people living on that island, there was only one person there in 1640 with the first name Judith. She was Judith (____) Fisher, the wife of Edward Fisher. Following the basic assumption that the Judith mentioned in the trial at Boston was the same person who married Edward Fisher of Portsmouth, R.I. a great many other facts seemed to fall into place. The author goes on to show that "Judith at the Island" had earlier been in Boston, associated with Richard Waite. While many people in Boston were named Judith, only one was a known follower of Anne Hutchinson and had been charged by colonial authorities with antinomianism. She was Judith Smith or "Judye Smith", maid-servant to Edward Hutchinson. Judith Smith`s expulsion from the Boston church occurred less than three weeks after Anne herself had been thrown out. Judith Smith also had an association with Richard Waite`s brother, Gamaliel, since Gamaliel was also a servant of Edward Hutchinson. When the Hutchinson party was banished from Boston, Judith, then a single woman, probably had no choice but to go to Rhode Island with her employer. Shortly afterwards she apparently married Edward Fisher. Edward Fisher and Thomas Waite, both of Portsmouth, were associated together for more than 25 years. The author cites records showing that they were granted houselots on adjoining lands and served as jurymen together, and more. Edward Fisher participated in taking Thomas Waite`s inventory. Eventually the author concludes that "it would be logical to look for their origins in Alford, county Lincoln, long known as the origin of the Hutchinsons. It should not have been surprising to find upon examining the Internation Genealogical Index [IGI] that the names of Richard and Gamaliel, as well as a Thomas Waite, and a Judith Smith of the right years were actually there. The preponderance of these facts seems to point to the origins of the Waits of Boston, Thomas Waite of Portsmouth and Judith (Smith) Fisher of Portsmouth. The IGI has a number of inaccuracies in its records of these families, and the entries below come from Reginal Charles Dudding, ed., The Parish Registers of Alford and Rigsby in the County of Lincoln Collated with and Supplemented by the Bishops` Transcripts, A.D. 1538-1680 (Lincoln Rec. Soc. Pubs., Par. Reg. Sec., 3 [Horncastle, 1917]). (Rigsby-with-Ailby was a small chapelry attached to Alford; its register was kept separately, but only Bishop`s Transcripts are available for the relevant period, except for a few Rigsby entries in the Alford register.)"[:ITAL]
Title: Portsmouth Genealogy, Url: http://aleph0.clarku.edu/~djoyce/gen/portsmouth/index.html Abbrev: Portsmouth Genealogy web Author: David Pane-Joyce Title: waitegenealogy.org, Url: http://www.waitegenealogy.org/ Abbrev: waitegenealogy.org (web) Author: Sue Waite-Langley Page: citing TAG 67 no. 4, Oct 1992, "Judith At The Island"
Another Judith Smith came to the colonies in 1638 on the "Diligent". No further investigation at this time.