This is a long shot, but perhaps he is the son of my Peter Smith, as
Peter had a son "Jonithan" and a son "John" by his first wife, who
have been born in Columbia Co. between 1763 and 1785 per the following
reference. There is no notation in this account as to how Marshall
Myers Smith obtained this information, therefore it is not documented.
From "A History of the Descendants of Peter Smith," compiled
Myers Smith, February, 1927:
"Peter Smith was born Dec. 25, 1742, probably in Connecticut near Long
Island Sound. Of his ancestry and early life nothing is known. The
first information that we have concerning him is to the effect that he
operated a passenger boat between the Connecticut shore and Long
Island. In 1763 he married a Miss Batherick (Bathrick) and soon
thereafter moved to Chatham, Columbia County, N. Y. and began farming.
To this union there were born nine children as follows: Jonithan, Noah,
Susan, Peter Jr., Asa, Zilpah, John, Hannah and Lewis. Of these
children so little is known that their names will not appear again in
I'm afraid this isn't much help, but it is certainly a possibility. I
have no further information on the ancestors of Peter Smith, b. 1742.