Smith Homestead, Topsfield, Massachusetts, USA

Marker at the Smith Homestead Photo courtesy of David Keating
Marker at the Smith Homestead, Topsfield.
Photo courtesy of David Keating.

Five generations of the Smith family preceding Joseph Smith, Jr. resided in Topsfield, Massachusetts including Robert Smith, Samuel Smith (I), Samuel Smith (II), Asael Smith, and Joseph Smith, Sr.

Robert Smith came to Massachusetts from England in 1638 and after his arrival married Mary French. He purchased two-hundred-and-eight acres of land which was partially located in Boxford Township and partially located in Topsfield.

Samuel Smith (I), upon his father’s death in 1693, moved to Topsfield to what would become known as the Smith’s Homestead. While living there, he became an influential member of the area.

The home seen here replaced the one that four generations of Smiths lived in. Photo by Kenneth Mays
The home seen here replaced the one that four generations of Smiths lived in on this site. Photo (2002) by Kenneth Mays.

Samuel Smith (II) was the next to inherit the homestead. He became known as “Captain Samuel Smith” and served in a variety of capacities in the community including grand juryman, assessor and selectman, moderator of the town meetings, and delegate to the First Provincial Congress at Concord in 1774 and 1775.1

Asael Smith, the Prophet Joseph Smith’s grandfather, married Mary Duty, and Joseph Smith, Sr. was born at the Smith Homestead in 1771. Asael then inherited the homestead after the death of Samuel Smith, Jr. in 1785.

The original home that was built upon the homestead was razed in around 1875. A marker was erected at the homestead in October 2005 by the Ensign Peak Foundation and the Topsfield Historical Society as a tribute to the Smith family.


B. H. Roberts, A Comprehensive History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 6 vols. (Salt Lake City: Deseret News Press, 1930), 1: 2.

Ownership Status

This home replaced the original home that four generations of the Smith family lived in. It is privately owned and not open for tours. The plaque in front is open for all to view, but the privacy of the family will please be respected.

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Hours of Operation: The Smith Homestead is privately owned and not open for tours. However, a marker explaining the significance of the site exists near the street.


This was the original home on the Topsfield site. Four generations of Joseph Smith’s ancestors lived in it. Photo courtesy of the Church History Library.

Articles & Resources

Donald Q. Cannon, “Topsfield, Massachusetts: Ancestral Home of the Prophet Joseph Smith,”  BYU Studies, 1973.