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Ancestry of Russell D. Smith
My father grew up in Philadelphia, and his ancestors lived in Pennsylvania. The emigrant Smith was a Scotch-Irish village weaver, who settled in London Britain township, in Chester County, and White Clay Creek, northern New Castle County, Delaware.

His father's mother's people were of Irish Quaker stock, who lived around New Garden, Chester, County, Pennsylvania. Both had lines of Pennsylvania Dutch ancestors who were descended from the founding families of Germantown, Pennsylvania.

Both groups were prosperous farmers and leaders of their communities, who sent sons to school to become doctors, lawyers, and businessmen.

My father's mother's mother's people were Pennsylvania Dutch settlers of Berks County. His grandmother's mother's people were mid 19th century emigrants adn, like her father's people, were blue collar workers just east of Harrisburg. These people were originally large Pennsylvania Dutch landowners with industrial enterprises on their farms. Over time their sons tended to become blue collar workers, but they inherited generous amounts of money and land, which they invested, and they tended to own enough land to grow atleast orchards and substantial gardens. This led to an entire heritage of people who worked in factories but had substantial hidden wealth. They were as industrious as their ancestors, with multiple ways of making an income. The women prided themselves on how hard they worked at keeping their houses very neat and clean. Daughters of my father's maternal grandmother's family seemed to have a way of marrying up; to lawyers from wealthy families and my grandfather who became a bank executive.

My father's mother's father's people are something of a mystery, and I'd appreciate what anyone may be able to tell me about them. His name was Moore, and his father lived in Chester County, Pennsylvania, when he married. His mother was probably born to a Pennylvania-Dutch or Dutch family in northern Maryland, and her mother was from New York. They were originally farmers, probably not very prosperous, and after the apparent death of the father they migrated up the river to Harrisburg and became iron and steel workers.

My father was ethnically half Scotch-Irish and Anglo-Irish, and half Pennsylvania Dutch, with a small amount of Dutch blood.

For supporting documentation - wills, probate, photos, tax and early census, seals and signatures - of my father's Chester County ancestry, ie, Dehaven, Smith, and Thompson, as well as for more information on these lines, see my web site at For 19th century property maps, see


My father, Russell D. Smith, 1919 - 2001

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