He was a mariner.
On the 30th of October, 1817, he married Phebe Knowles. She bore him two children:
- Catherine Williams Smith
- Samuel Hopkins Smith (born 29 January 1821, died 4 January 1897 in Truro)
His wife, Phebe, died in July of 1821.
He died on the 12th of July, 1873, of ‘heart disease’ and ‘congestion of the lungs’ at the age of 82.
He is buried in Truro.