Dave -- It is good to hear from you. I trust all is well. I found your post about Thomas Narramore very informative and your conjecture about the possible relationship between the smallpox epidemic of 1790 and the disappearance of Thomas and Hannah Narramore from the historical records quite thought-provoking. It provides a reasonable alternative scenario to the "lost at sea" hypothesis. I have a couple of questions that occured to me as I read your response:
1) A number of Smith family descendants on Ancestry.com have given Hannah's date of death as either January 11, 1701 or January 11, 1702. Do you have any idea where this information originated? I have yet to find any source listing. Along those same lines I recall reading somewhere that Hannah died in Boston Harbor, but again I don't have a source or any recollection as to where I heard that story.
2) I have encountered references to John Naramore testifying before the Admiralty Court in November 1698, but have not had an opportunity to pursue the particulars of that case. Am I correct in guessing that this court appearance relates to the attempted abduction which you alluded to?
3) I had not encountered previously the date that Samuel Narramore joined the Second Church of Boston so thank you for that. It looks as though you have spent some time researching the archives of Boston since we last corresponded? Although I am finally putting a bit more time into the study of the family's history than I was able to do when working full-time, I am still somewhat limited in my ability to travel due to family schedules. A lot of my genealogical work has been confined to what is available electronically, but it is amazing how much more is available today than back in 1999 when we were last in touch.
I appreciate the information about the precise location of the Narramore home in Boston's North End as well. I expect to be over there for dinner with my family in a couple of weeks so we'll pay our respects the corner of Prince and Hanover.