Exploring my DNA matches – Possible Smith connections to Campbell and Scott Cos, TN… and possibly to England.

In examining my dad’s DNA matches, I find listed multiple cousins who descend from Isaac Smith, Sr. and Nancy Hendricks (later Bridgewater) of Salt Creek Township, Jackson County, Indiana. This post will attempt to document my findings pertaining to the significance of the major segments that are common to many of them.

Chromosome 3

The first segments we see are on Chromsome 3.

Chromosome 3, all descendants of Isaac and Nancy.
A simpler view, my dad’s kit as only reference.

It is this region that can link our Smiths to Henry Smith and Elizabeth Ledford via descendants of John Madison Spurlock and his siblings, children of William Spurlock and Elizabeth Smith. Elizabeth was a daughter of Henry.

GEDmatch 3D Chromosome Browser comparison between Salt Creek Smith descendants and two cousins who descend from William Spurlock and Elizabeth Smith.
Lines 4 and 6 are descendants of William Spurlock and Elizabeth Smith through different siblings. Again, my dad’s kit as only reference.

It was this finding that leads me to hypothesize that KY Militia General William M. Smith (also a Sheriff of Rockcastle Co, KY (abbrv. SRC) and KY State Senator) was a son of Henry Smith and Elizabeth Ledford. Henry hired William’s son, a KY Militia Col. Elisha Smith (also a SRC and KY State Senator in the 1830’s) to handle his pension record (but never filed it for some reason?). Gen. Smith was a neighbor to Isaac Smith, Sr. and Nancy in Rockcastle Co, KY in 1810.

Chromosome 7

Moving on to the next interesting segment, we find Chromosome 7 to be abundant among these matches.

I see, based on the numbers, that segments on line 4 and line 2 do overlap. Line 4 ends at 105562881 and line 2 begins at 105517719. This suggests they are part of the same larger segment that my dad inherited.

This segement has been more difficult to research as I did not initially find many individuals outside of the Salt Creek Smiths who possessed it. That has recently changed, however.

To preface this next part, I need to mention that yDNA matching and autosomal analysis has demonstrated that the line of William Smith who married Susan Silcox on April 10th, 1896 in Scott County, Tennessee is related to my Smith line.

I believe this William Smith was a son of Leonidas Smith who married Sarah Elizabeth West. This is based upon a paper-trail research effort to trace William through the censuses. I can provide my research if you send me a request. Additionally, a Ewell Smith was a neighbor to Susan Silcox’s grandmother, another older Susan Silcox, mother of Stephen S. Silcox.

Leonidas had a brother Ewell Smith (m. Louvina Marcum), and they were both among the sons of Rev. Isaac M. Smith and Matilda Rose Elliott (marrried on Jan 8th, 1818 in Washington County, Virginia).

Now, a word of caution! There is much to validate in the online trees about Isaac M. Smith and I will urge you all to double-check anything you find that states who his parents were without source information. Isaac’s WikiTree entry has been influenced by the research of members of FTDNA Smith Group R-M269-32. It links Isaac M. Smith to another unrelated Smith line (provable by yDNA comparison) by way of unverifiable and unsourced research. Also, this Isaac M. Smith is completely different from my Isaac Smith, Sr. who married Nancy Hendricks Bridgewater.

John Reynolds and Mary Polly Smith

Among my dad’s DNA matches are also descendants of the following families of Scott Co, TN:

Lloyd Jeffers Reynolds Smith of Campbell and Scott Co, TN

While we find John Reynolds and Mary Polly Smith in the 1870 Campbell Co, TN census next to the family of an (A)ndrew (J)ackson Smith, son of a James C. Smith and Nancy W. Meadors, yDNA matching can demonstrate that my yDNA group (FTDNA Group R-M-269-9) is not related to this Andrew Smith (R-M269-42). This A J Smith may have also been a “Anderson J Olin Smith” who married a Harriet Barrett. More research is necessary.

Looking in the 1880 Lower Elk, Campbell Co, TN census, we can find John and Mary.

A side note, John G. Reynolds was a son of (C.)laiborne Reynolds. Claiborne was a neighbor to a Joseph Hatfield.

This Joseph Hatfield married a Rachel Smith, but currently is it suggested that this Rachel Smith was a descendant of a Hans J. Smidt who originated out of Falun, Sweden and was a member of yDNA Haplogroup I. This is based upon some court records that show her brother Andrew Smith (ironcially, as my Isaac’s father’s name was Andrew) was an assignee (placed under the guardianship of) Ericus Smith. That said, Hans’ descendants appear in multiple places of interest at the same time as my Smiths. I’m trying to figure out the cause of this common migration pattern involving Orange Co, NC, Russell Co, VA and Scott Co, TN. I suspect it may have something to do with the Battle of King’s Mountain (see Col. Richard Singleton), but I am not certain at this point.

An alternate bit of information I have that has yet to be understood is that Joseph Hatfield was a brother-in-law to a “Thomas Smith of Horsepen Mountain”. It’s not quite clear who Thomas was.
Wikitree For Thomas Smith
Hatfield Family History

Incluing this tree for notes only. My Smiths do not appear to be related to this family.

William Smith m. Phereba Jeffers

Moving on, I have identified that a descendant of William Smith m. Phereba Jeffers (below, blue) matches my dad.

Two segments on Cr7 are shared with my dad that are also ICW the other descendants of Isaac and Nancy.
2.48cM with my dad’s 3rd cousin (MRCAs Samuel Rice Smith m. Hulda Wheeler)
14.43cM with a 4th cousin (MRCAs Isaac Smith, Sr. m. Nancy Hendricks).

FTDNA Chromosome Browser, reference kit is my dad’s.

Because we can demonstrate that the two larger segments overlap (see earlier notes), suggesting that they were ancestrally part of the same larger segment that my dad inherited, we can infer that the non-matching portion of the blue segment is what was replaced as recombination happened in the past. This suggests that William Smith could be related to my Smiths.

William Smith and Phereba Jeffers (her last name from her 1st marriage) in the 1850 District 18, Scott Co, TN census. pg 42/45

I’m not very certain about who these other Smith families are (in blue).

What is more interesting is that William lived very near John Marcum, father of Louvina Marcum who married Ewell Smith.

John Marcum and family, page 41/45 District 18, Scott Co, TN

Louvina can be found in the 1860 census.

1860 District 8, Scott Co, TN census.

Stephen Silcox m. Mourning Loudermilk

This next couple was identified via two matches of my dad’s who descend from this couple.

The top kit we will recognize as the descenant of William Smith and Phereba Jeffers. The match on line 5 is also a cousin to my 67/67 yDNA match who is believed to descend from Leonidas Smith (but match via different DNA). The match on line 6 is a cousin to the match on line 5 via Stephen Silcox and Mourning Loudermilk. Stephen Silcox was the father of Susan Silcox who married William Smith.

Since the Loudermilks mainly came from Germany, this could suggest that the Silcox family (a surname also found in England) has a common ancestry with my Smiths (FTDNA Group R-M269-9). I am unable to prove who Stephen Silcox’s parents were. The Richard Silcox in many trees does not make sense as his given age exempts him from being a potential father of Stephen. This match could also be via a wife of a Loudermilk man.

John Smith m. Mary Bonney

This next couple was a very unexpected finding. The first descendant of John and Mary was identified via a FTDNA chromosome browser search.

Descendant of John Smith and Mary Bonney on line 7. This segment triangulates with many other matches of my dad’s who are his 4th cousins, all descended from Isaac and Nancy.

Upon initial inspection of their tree, I was excited to find that they did not have any ancestral connections to North America. I e-mailed the match with an initial inquiry as to whether they may have Smiths in their tree, and more specifically if they were from Essex in England. Their initial response was that they were not aware of any Smiths in their ancestry. Not dissuaded, I began researching the tree they provided and, indeed, they did have Smiths of Essex in their tree. After some memory jogging, this finding was confirmed with them. Unfortunately, since I only had one kit to which I could refer, I could not conclusively prove that this match was via a Smith line.

Jumping forward a few years, a few months ago a 2nd cousin of this first match contacted me on Ancestry.com. They were interested in the tree I had created (cough, cough yes I copied it from one of their other cousins [thank you!]) in my account. We began chatting and they disclosed to me that they had taken an AncestryDNA test and that they were curious if we matched. I told them I too was curious about this, so thus began the shared months long wait to find our answer.

And time did not disappoint. We matched.

What is very useful about this match to these two cousins is that they are related by half-siblings. Their MRCA (most recent common ancestor) does indeed descend from the Smith side of their tree.

This Smith family descends from the Ongar, West Ham, Netteswell and Epping areas of Essex ,with earlier connections to Magalen Laver and Rye Hills.

I have found that the Essex area is rich with a variety of Smith families, many having histories that go back into the 15th century (or earlier). Couple this with the uncertainty of the whole of the Smith/Bonney tree with which we are working, the best I can leave this finding at is a hypothesis. That is, I find it possible that my Smiths could have emmigrated out of Essex before they came to North America.

Some disclaimers. The DNA on Cr7 that I have examined could have been inherited by any of the families from which Isaac and Nancy descend. If any of those families had common ancestries with any of the families of the above mentioned couples, that could also explain how/why this segment of DNA is present in these populations we have examined.

Exploring my DNA matches – Possible Smith connections to Campbell and Scott Cos, TN… and possibly to England.

Peter Smith of Roundhill

It has been quite some time since I have updated my blog with any research. I have been occupied with my job as I have taken a senior role and am still trudging along in my school work. I thank you all if you are still interested in reading what I have to post on here.

As I type these pages, my mind is taken to thoughts of Robert Marshall Smith typing away on his typewriter, authoring his newspaper articles and book pages whose echoes still resound to this day. If only he could see these contraptions we call computers that we have come up with.

This latest posting is an effort to organize and counter the published and sourced information I have found regarding a one Peter Smith of Roundhill who lived on Hogan’s Creek in Caswell Co, NC around 1795-1797.

Among the information in the hand written letter by Eugie Dobson (see Jeptha V. Smith research), we can find that William Smith, father of Jeptha V. Smith, had a half-brother named Peter Smith. This is all she states.

I am very interested to learn about who this Peter Smith was and so I will distill what I have found online here below.

To preface this information, we need to first organize the family members of Mary Powell who married William Smith, Jep’s father. According to Eugie Dobson, and other sources (non-cyclic) Mary was a daughter of a John Powell and Margaret McDonald/McDaniel. According to the Caswell County Genealogy website, this John Powell was a brother to a Charles Powell whose widow Elizabeth (we do not know her maiden name) later re-married to a man by the Duke Whalebone. John Powell lived on Hogan’s Creek.

I wish to present the following land records to detail the occupants of Hogan’s Creek around 1799-1800.

Caswell Co., NC Deed Books 1777-1817 Book M, pp. 154-156 27 Jan 1802

Gabriel LEA, sheriff of Caswell Co., to George SMITH by writ of vendition: 322.5ac on HOGAN’S CREEK of John ROYAL adj. William PULLEN, James WHALEBONE, Greenbury VOSS, Thomas SWAN, George HUMPHREYS, David LAY, William ROBERTSON (to satisfy debt due to Richard HORNBUCKLE, exec. of Thomas HORNBUCKLE decd) — same sold to George SMITH, being tract purchased by John ROYAL of Peter SMITH on 20 Dec 1798.

Here we can see that a Peter Smith owned a tract of land on Hogan’s Creek and sold it to a John Royal on 20 Dec 1798.

While I have no records for the exact identity of who James Whalebone was, it is presumed he is either a son or grandson of Duke Whalebone. From the Caswell County Genealogy site:

In the 1800 Federal Census (North Carolina) Greenberry Voss and James Whalebone are shown living near each other in the Hillsboro District of Caswell County (near Joel McDaniel and William Patterson). Thomas Whalebone was living in the Salisbury area of Rockingham County, North Carolina in 1800, but in 1790 a Thomas Whalebone is listed in Caswell County, North Carolina. Also, a Duke Whalebone is found in Caswell County, North Carolina, in 1777 and a Thomas Whalebone in 1786.

This Thomas Whalebone is found on the will of an old John Smith who lived on Rutledge Creek. He was a neighbor of Duke Whalebone. A relevant land deed search yeilds:

Caswell, NC Deeds D, p. 233, Aug. 18, 1787 State of NC to Duke Whalebone: 150 acres on waters of Rutledge Creek beginning at a post oak thence south with John Smith’s line 32 chains to a red oak, thence west with Thomas Swann’s line 62 chains and 50 links to a black jack, thence north 14 chains and 50 links to a black jack, thence east with Atkinson’s line 27 chains and 50 links to a black oak, thence north his line 17 chains and 50 links to a chesnut, thence east 35 chains to the first station.

And further, we find the following in the will of old John Smith of Rutledge Creek:

Caswell, NC Wills A, p. 83, Aug. 5, 1779, Sept., 1779 Will of John Smith To my beloved wife Mary my land and all my goods and chattels during her life, excepting that part whereon Duke Whalebone lives, which I give unto him and his wife Elizabeth during their lifetimes beginning at the mouth of the Spring Branch to a sloping pine branded “TW”. To my daughter Betty Jerrell. William Jerrell. Wife extrx. Witt: Thomas Duncan, Thomas [X] Wynn.

It is this final name I find interesting: Thomas Wynn.

Thomas was the brother of the wife of Henry Dixon, father of Wynn Dixon.

Another search of land records yields the following:

Caswell Co., NC Deed Books 1777-1817 Book L., p. 250 10oct1799 Richard HORNBUCKLE, exec. of Peter SMITH, decd., of Caswell Co. to James POWELL of same for 207 pounds, 244ac on HOGAN’S CREEK, being land decd lived on and known by the name of ROUND HILL tract adj. James TINSLEY, WYNN DIXON. Wits:Thomas BOULDIN, James BURTON.

Here we find Richard Hornbuckle, the admin for the estate of Peter Smith who has died, selling 244 acres on Hogan’s Creek to James Powell for 207 pounds. This land is call ROUND HILL.

In the census records, we can find a notation of “Roundhill” next to the name of Peter Smith. A screenshot eludes me at the moment, however.

I believe all of the above information shows a very close geographic relationship between the family of Duke Whalebone, his neighbors, and Peter Smith of Roundhill.

According to the 3sisters blog, Margaret Powel married Peter Smith in Orange County, North Carolina in 1796. This seems reasonable from my perspective of things.

He appears to have died shortly afterwards based on the RoundHill land record with Richard Hornbuckle.

Here is Peter’s will:

Caswell County, NC

Will Book C, Folio 249

Will of Peter SMITH

18 Apr 1793

Oct 1797 (probated)

In the name of God Amen. I Peter SMITH, of Caswell County state of north Carolina, for divers good causes and considerations, now hereunto moveing have made constituted and appointed this my last will and testament, in the following manner.

Item first.

I give to my daughter Elizabeth, her heirs etc. a certain Negro woman named Jane, a horse, saddle and bridle and feather bed, etc. now in her and her husbands possession. Next I give to my daughter Martha a Negro girl named Bess, a horse, saddle and bridle and Feather bed and furniture. Next I give to my son Jesse a negro boy named Lewis. Next I give to my son Moses a negro boy named Edmond. Next I give to my son Aaron a negro girl named Fannie, and I will that all my other property estate consisting of land, negroes, stock, household furniture, etc., be equally divided between the rest of my sons, to wit: James, William, Pressley, George, John B., Elias and Elijah, except my Negro man Anthony, who tho not absolutely free, I will that he have liberty to have his own choice from time to time, to serve which of my children he shall choose, and not to be confined to any one particular, but if ill treated by one, to have liberty to go to another as he shall see fit, and not to be sold to any other person. In testimony whereof, I set my hand and seal this 18th day of April Seventeen hundred and ninety three 1793, and I appoint John WINDSOR, Richard HORNBUCKLE, and my son William W. Smith executors of this my last will and testament.

Signed Peter Smith


Ja’ GRANT Junr

Jeptha RICE


Caswell County, October Court, 1797.

The executors of this Will was duly proved in open court by the oaths of James Grant and Jeptha Rice, subscribing witnesses, and on motion, ordered to be recorded.

A.C. Murphy, Clerk 


The Aaron Smith in this will makes me ponder the Aaron Smith we find in South Carolina who was an associate of Lewis Shelton, father of Gilbert Shelton who was a neighbor to our group’s Stephen Smith who married Nancy Rainwater in Fayette Co, AL…

Additionally, I have found a military connection from Jeptha Rice and Wynn Dixon to John McMinnimy who was a neighbor to my Andrew Smith and later married a Sally Smith in 1809 Woodford Co, KY.

The following names from the Caswell County Regiment have a very significant relevance to my Smith research:

Ensign John McMinnimy (see Woodford Co, KY marriages 1810, married a Sally Smith)
Thomas Smith (I believe this was the husband of Catherine ‘Katy’ Jopling, and father of our group’s Bennett Smith)
Ensign Thomas Neely (related to Hugh Neely, see old Robert Smith research)
Wynn Dixon (see aforementioned Duke Whalebone research)
John Kimbrough (in-law to Smiths, interesting autosomal DNA connection)

and then

Jeptha Rice
Peter Smith

Jeptha Rice (a Lt.) also witnessed the will of John Powell.

Existing published claims for Peter Smith of Round Hill

Now, any good researcher must document any counter to his hypothesis that currently stands.

The currently published (yes, in a book) and accepted identity of Peter Smith of Roundhill is that he was allegedly a son of a James Smith of Westmoreland, PA.

According to SmithsWorldWide.org (our favorite website….ugh), group J-M172-1 is who is claiming this James Smith of Westmoreland, PA, and in turn, Peter Smith of RoundHill.

The path of descent from a George R. Smith for a Steve Smith, author of smithtree.info, is thus:

JD Smith m. Doris Weiherman
Lebanon Smith m. Mary Hughes
James Monroe Smith m. Jane Stilley
Peter Smith m. Matilda Montgomery
George R. Smith m. Lydia Jenny Tate

The author states that George R. Smith moved from Round Hill, NC to Paradise, KY.

On Geni.com, this is the cited source for Peter Smith’s information.

I will note, I see nothing conclusive that shows he was a son of the aforementioned James Smith and Elizabeth Presley. It would be useful to see land transfers, estate sales, SOMETHING that links the Smith/Preston family to the Roundhill area, but I can’t find anything. Ok, that’s not completely true.

So it appears that a (presumably the) Whalebone family were members of the Chappawamsic Baptist Church in Stafford Co, VA. This is the same church James Smith and Elizabeth Presley attended (if I am interpreting this info correctly). I know that the Powells were from Stafford Co, VA as well, so may be a coincidence?

Perhaps the records of James Lanman will provide some clues either way. He was a son of George Lanman and Elizabeth Presley Smith, widow of James Smith (not one of my guys).

But, I mean, I could be wrong… The entire purpose of this webpage is to use the information provided by Eugie Dobson to view the land records of Hogan’s Creek from a new perspective.

If Peter Smith of Round Hill wasn’t William Smith’s half-brother, then which Peter Smith was he?

Thanks for reading!


Peter Smith of Roundhill

A common thread – Smiths of Kentucky

A while back, my autosomal analysis of the DNA segments that are shared between descendants of Isaac Smith, Sr. and Nancy Hendricks linked them to descendants of a John Madison Spurlock.

John Madison Spurlock was a son of a William Spurlock and an Elizabeth Smith.

We can find William “Spirlock” in the 1810 Knox County, KY census. Living next to him was a Henry Smith. According to research done by Barry Smith of Carmi, IL (a descendant of Isaac Smith, Sr.) this Henry Smith married an Elizabeth Ledford.

Fortunately for us, we can find Henry Smith’s Revolutionary War pension application online at RevWarApps.org (thanks Will Graves!).

I want to take a moment to really encourage you all to read through this record. It is absolutely amazing what Henry participated in, endured and survived. A spoiler: he was a member of regiments on BOTH SIDES during the RevWar, a result of his impressment into the British ranks.

Aside from Henry’s origin story, and his amazing accounts of his time in the service of our country, we amazingly find reference to a Col. Elisha Smith in Henry’s pension records. Whoa!

If we recall, KY militia Gen. William Smith had a son Col. Elisha Smith. Surely, with the DNA connection to this Knox Co, KY population, we can infer that the two Elisha Smiths are the same, yes?

Working on this assumption, we can infer that our Smith line has connections to Brunswick County, Virginia circa 1765, when Henry was born.

According to his pension app, Henry had two brothers: a John and George Smith. All three brothers enlisted on 13 Sept of 1776 or 1777 in Brunswick Co, VA in the company of  a Capt. Andrew Jeeter, their lieutenant was a Lt. William Wall.

I believe, given the DNA connection to the Spurlock family, and the presence of Col. Elisha Smith in Henry’s pension record, that Henry Smith, Gen. William Smith, and my Isaac Smith were all related and knew each other.

Henry Smith and Elizabeth Ledford were married 18 Aug 1792 in South Carolina and had 8 children: Omey, Robert, Stacey, Sally, Mary, William, John and Henry.

Ironically, I have had the PDF of Henry’s pension app on my laptop since 2016, but only because of Barry’s research have I been able to see the importance of it. Thanks Barry for your time and contributions!

A common thread – Smiths of Kentucky

MorelyDNA.com Y-SNP Predictor – A Smith’s best friend

Hello again!

This blog posting will be short and simple, but very useful.

In doing Smith DNA based research, we frequently find that we may autosomally match a Smith male, but we find that they do not have Y-DNA values to compare against. The gracious folks over at MorleyDNA.com have created a great site that will allow us to do a coarse comparison of the Y-DNA markers of our autosomal DNA matches. This will allow us to more easily identify Y-DNA lines that are good candidates for traditional Y-DNA testing (a 37 or 67 marker test at FamilyTreeDNA.com).

Please feel free to comment and ask questions and, as always, happy hunting!


MorelyDNA.com Y-SNP Predictor – A Smith’s best friend

Beginnings of consolidating Smith tree of Andrew Smith of Back Creek, Haw River, Orange County, North Carolina

This tree is a work in progress. I will correct it when I can with sources. Primarily, I’m hoping that publishing this will get the names into to the search engines. Please let me know if you find a mistake.

The earliest record I can find for my Smith line is the will of Robert Smith of St. Matthew’s Parish in Orange County, North Carolina.

Here is an abstract of it taken from “Abstracts of Wills Recorded in Orange County, North Carolina, 1752-1800”.

A-121 Will of ROBERT SMITH, of St. Mathew’s Parish.

Dated 20 June 1772, no probate date.

Wife: Mary       sons: John, Andrew, Robert

daus: Elizabeth, Mary, Isabel

Executors: Jospeh McCaffrity, and son William.

Witnesses: John Walker, Robert Chassen

I am also working from the analysis of Gerald W. Meade

I still feel there are multiple Andrew Smiths getting bundled together in this research. I feel yDNA may be able to sort them all out.

According to old Robert’s will, our Andrew Smith would have had:


William (will written 10 Jan 1820, proved Feb 1820)
m. Mary
– no children

– had a neice Sarah K. (Beard?) Maxwell (was a sister to Richard Beard)

John A. (died intestate without heirs, led to the “The Case of Andie Smith & Others vs. the Heirs of Robert Smith” [Where’d all of his family disappear to??])
– Robert Smith (was alive in 10 January 1820)
  – Ferze Smith
– John Smith
   – William Smith
– Robert Smith (executor of estate for his grand-uncle William, Andrew’s brother)
Robert (married Elizabeth C. McMunn)
– James M. Smith (married Lucy W. Harris in 1813)
    – Andrew H. Smith
    – James M. Smith
    – Elizabeth Smith married Elisha Wells
    – Hela B. Smith married David Brooks, lived in Arkansas
    – Harris J. Smith
    – Sarah J. Smith married Silas Monk, lived in Paulding Co, GA
    – Graham Smith
– Andrew Smith (married Mary Hole in Washington Co, IN)
   – John Matson Smith (married Laura Belle ?)
– Joseph Smith
– John Smith

– Ann Smith (married Daniel F Sherwood V) (d. in Washington Co, IN)



Mary (married James McMunn, lived on Back Creek next to our Andrew Smith)

Elizabeth (married Adam Beard in Sumner Co, TN in 1812)
  – David Beard

  – Sarah K. Beard married Logan Maxwell


Jane (married James Guthrie, lived in Sumner Co, TN, both said to have died before 1862)

Isabell (can find no info for her)


William Smith (will dated 4 Sept 1779, proved 4 Sept 1783) (possibly a brother of old Robert?)

  m. Mary ?
– Samuel
– Robert
– William
– Cunningham
– Jonathan
– Margret

– Ann

If you see anything that contradicts a secondary record, let me know.

Beginnings of consolidating Smith tree of Andrew Smith of Back Creek, Haw River, Orange County, North Carolina

New info on Stephen Smith of Blount County, Alabama

Looking through the Caswell Co, NC marriages, we find a Thomas Smith who married a Mildred Atkins  in Caswell Co, NC.

A witness to this union was a one Alexander Murphey, the likely husband of Jane Smith, sister of James Webb Smith.

The bondsman was a Francis Smith of Country Line Creek.

Thomas and Mildred had a daughter Lucy Smith who married Stephen Gallant Hankins.

Referencing back to the 1840 Blount Co, AL census, we can find Richard Hankins living “next door” to Stephen Smith.

Richard and Stephen Hankins were brothers, both sons of John Alvin Hankins.

New info on Stephen Smith of Blount County, Alabama

Captain Aaron Smith of Pendleton District, Anderson County, South Carolina

This post is a continuation of the previous one regarding Gilbert Shelton and the newly discovered Aaron Smith.

After doing some digging, we find that this Aaron Smith was likely a one Captain Aaron Smith (Jr.).

http://scgenweb.org/oconee/land.html (see towards the bottom, just before “Pickens and Anderson Distrcits – 1826-1868”).

To recap, we found our way to this Aaron Smith by tracing back the tree of the neighbor of Stephen Smith in the 1830 Blount Co, AL census, a Gilbert Shelton.

Gilbert was a son of Taliaferro Shelton, and he was a son of Lewis Shelton.

We have found another path to Aaron Smith, and I will share that with you here.

These notes are taken from an e-mail I sent to Mike Smith (Stephen Smith’s line) and Blake Smith (Bennett Smith’s line).

In the 1840 Fayette Co, AL census, we can find Stephen Smith “living” on page 50 of 76 (according to Ancestry.com’s records). We know this is your Stephen Smith because William Pennington is 7 “doors” down.

We see a nearby Richard Hawkins (or is it Hankins??) living two “doors” down from Stephen Smith. He is 30 to 40 years old in 1840, est. birth year of 1800 to 1810.

I believe this is his FindAGrave page.


A Hawkins (Hankins), Pennington, and Smith group.

Looking at page 43/76 in the same census record, we find another younger William Pennington and a large Hawkins (Hankins??) family, along with Benjamin Savage.

Stephen Hawkins

John M Hawkins
D. G. Hawkins (Jr.?)
John Hawkins
D.G. Hawkins (Sr.?)

Mary Hawkins

We can suggest that there may be a connection here. Richard Hankins father was a John Alvin Hankins.


Richard’s mother’s name was Dicey Oliver. Richard also had a brother Stephen Hankins. He was born in 1805.

I think we can say that the Stephen Hankins (I swear it’s written “Hawkins”) in the 1840 census living next to the younger William Pennington is the brother of the Richard Hankins who lived next to Stephen Smith.

Also, “D.G.” may actually be “D.C.” for David Crockett Hankins, a son of Stephen Hankins.

There is a Smith family associated with this Hankins group as we see a brother of Richard Hankins named “Joel Smith Hankins”.

Living between D.G. Hawkins, Sr. and a Solomon Hawkins is a near-by Samuel Smith. He is enumerated as having been born between 1810 and 1820 (20 to 30 years old). Let’s try to find out who this guy was.

I find a Samuel Smith who was born in 1815 in the 1860 Western Division, Fayette Co, AL census.


Notice he has a son Solomon Smith.

This Samuel Smith was married to Rebecca Osborn on 23 Oct 1838 in Hancock Co, GA.

They lived in E C River, Bibb County, Alabama in 1850
Living next to this Samuel Smith was an old John Smith from North Carolina. He was 58 in 1850, placing his birth year at around 1792. (I can find nothing about this guy).
Hold that thought.
Also on this same page as Samuel Smith is an Enoch Smith born about 1818, enumerated immediately before the old John Smith.

Enoch can be found in the 1840 Bibb County, AL census living next to an old Aaron Smith (70 to 80 years old in 1840, birth year about 1760 to 1770). Is this guy related to Captain Aaron Smith of Pendleton District, Anderson County, SC? (I thought I read Aaron Smith, Sr. died in the attack along the river and his son “Aaron Smith, Jr.” survived?)

There is also present in this 1840 census page a Jacob Smith.


So we can go from a neighbor of your Stephen Smith, a Richard Hankins, over to a younger William Pennington (who is likely related to the William Pennington who purchased land for Stephen Smith), living among a large Hawkins/Hankins family, to a Samuel Smith who was living next to an Enoch Smith who lived next to an Aaron Smith, and we can go to an Aaron Smith via Gilbert Shelton’s father, Taliaferro Shelton.

Case closed?

There still appears to be a plethora of information to correct regarding this Aaron Smith line as I find that Linda G. Cheek’s work has been used as a source in a number of places.

Interestingly, I ran across this posting today as well.


This is the work of Ann Guthrie, a descendant of my Andrew Smith of Back Creek on the Haw River in Orange Co, NC.

I find it less than a coincidence that she has researched both my Andrew Smith line and Capt. Aaron Smith’s line.

More to come as I figure it out. Thanks for reading!


Edit: And thanks to the reader who corrected me about the Hawkins/Hankins name. You gave me the nudge to take a second look at all of this again with great results!


Captain Aaron Smith of Pendleton District, Anderson County, South Carolina

When it rains, it pours.

As an attempt to interrupt my procrastination of doing my school work, I did some research today into the line of Stephen Smith who lived in 1837 Fayette and Blount Co, AL.

The earliest record we have of him in the 1830 Blount Co, AL census. Let’s take a look.

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Living adjacent to Stephen Smith were:
Gilbert Shelton
James Samples
(John or Aaron?) Murphree – the first name is hard for me to make out.

Let’s explore who these guys were.

Gilbert Shelton was the son of a Taliaferro Shelton. Taliaferro Shelton was a son of Lewis Shelton. These folks can be found in the 1790’s Pendleton County, SC will and probate archives. Interestingly, there is a William Smith listed on the will of Lewis Shelton on 26 June 1794. There are also a Johneston Willborn and a William Martin mentioned.

Page containing the will of Lewis Shelton of Pendleton County, South Carolina.

Ok, this is interesting. Now let’s take a look at James Samples. James was likely a son of a William Samples. James married Dicey Roden in Blount Co, AL on 11 Apr 1830. Ok, this was somewhat fruitful. Let’s keep going.

Gilbert Shelton had a daughter named Mary Ann. She married a Levi Murphree. Let’s see what we can find about this guy. Levi appears to have been a Daniel Levi Murphree, a once sheriff of Blount County, Alabama, and it appears he met an early demise at the hands of the opponents of post-Civil War Reconstruction, suggested to be by the author, the nefarious KKK.

The following page, in my opinion, ties together the above Murphree, Shelton, and Samples families.

Burnett Family and Other Branches

It is my opinion then that since we can see a relationship between these folks who all lived close enough to be enumerated together, that there must surely be some connection to Stephen Smith.

Let’s keep digging, shall we?

Taking a look at the Shelton line again, we can see that they were also related to a Franklin family. I do not find it a coincidence that Stephen’s grandson was named Stephen Franklin Smith.

I found the following FindAGrave page that is very interesting.

Stephen Smith Burgess, Sr

What I find interesting about this man is that:
1) He lived in Blount Co, AL
2) His first and middle name are “Stephen Smith”
3) He married an “Elizabeth Shelton”

Ok, let’s jump back to the South Carolina records.

I’m using the “Record and Image Search” provided by the South Carolina Department of Archives and History“.

For the records that have his name spelled “Taliafero”, with one “r”…

Taliafero Shelton can be found purchasing 219 acres on a branch of the Tugaloo River in Pendleton County, Washington District, South Carolina on 18 Jan 1798. Mentioned in the transaction is:

James Jett
Robert Misscambell
Aaron Smith

Hmm… another Smith.

This is all I have on this for now… Surely something will turn up. My best guess right now is that the Nancy that Stephen Smith married was realted to the Sheltons of South Carolina… somehow.

When it rains, it pours.

Major Breakthrough

For the first time, we are close to connecting two Smith lines that have only been previously associated via yDNA testing. Yes!

Here are the details:

In 1876, on the estate records of Bennett Smith of McNairy Co, TN, we can find the names “J. F. Jopling” and “David M. King” (Jr.). David M. McKinzie

“J. F. Jopling” was a one James Francis (Frank) Jopling. David M. King David M. McKinzie’s wife was likely related to a Samuel Whitesides, but we will discuss this group in a different posting when more details are available.

James Jopling was a son of a John Sutton Jopling. John was a son of Daniel Jopling. Daniel Jopling had a brother, William Jopling. William had a daughter Catherine Jopling who married a… Thomas Smith. Thomas and Catherine were wed in 1814 in Caswell County, North Carolina.

With me so far? Good.

William Jopling was descended from Ralph Jopling. The tester for Bennett’s yDNA line has multiple AncestryDNA matches who descend from Ralph Jopling. Additionally, William Jopling engaged in a land transaction with a Nathanial King. (This is still a true and relevant fact as of late, but needs to be viewed from a different perspective than the one in this post.)

On the marriage record of Thomas Smith and Catherine Jopling were bondsman John Fitch and witness Alexander Murphey. John Fitch is the key to making this all make sense.

John Fitch was a son of Thomas Rosewell Fitch who married a “Sarah Elizabeth Bird”. I put her name in quotes because she appears to be referred to as both Sarah and Elizabeth depending on which family group you examine.


Sarah Bird was a daughter of James Bird who had a son Empson Bird. It is my belief that James Bird was a descendant of an older Thomas Bird who married a Sarah Empson, a daughter of a Charles Empson.

Here are the Bird records I have found:


James Bird
Richard Bird
Thomas Bird
Empson Bird

Ok, so I’ve lain out the Bennett Smith details: John Fitch on the marriage record of a Thomas Smith who married Catherine Jopling who was a first cousin of John Sutton Jopling who had a son James Francis Jopling who was on the estate record of Bennett Smith in 1876 McNairy Co, TN.

On to the Andrew Smith details.

To refresh, Andrew Smith was present for the 1809 marriage of his sons Isaac and Samuel Smith in Woodford Co, KY. Isaac later went on to live in an area known as Roundstone just outside of Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle Co, KY around 1810.

One of Isaac’s neighbors was a KY Militia General William Smith. He was a sheriff of Rockcastle Co, KY for quite some time and a member for some time in the early 1800’s of the KY state legislature, as was his son, Col. Elisha Smith.

Gen. Smith married Elizabeth Singleton in 1789 Lincoln Co, KY. Per Elisha, Elizabeth’s father was a Col. Richard Singleton who married Ann Whiteside.

Ann was a daughter of a William Whiteside whose brother James Whiteside was an immediate neighbor to… Andrew Smith and a Richard Bird. This is the same Whiteside family as Samuel Whitesides who was  previously mentioned.

I’m working on connecting all of the Bird individuals together in a tree. Many names repeat and it gets a bit confusing.

Additionally, Andrew Smith is strongly likely to be the son of a Robert Smith of St. Matthew’s Parish whose will was witnessed by a Joseph McCaffrity,  John Walker, and a Robert Chassen. John Walker is likely related to Aaron Walker who lived next to Andrew Smith. The Walkers and Birds intermarried. I’ll try to write down those details as well.

So there we have it, a paper trail connection between Bennett Smith of McNairy County, Tennessee and Isaac Smith of Salt Creek Township, Jackson County, Indiana.

Thanks for reading. This should lead to a whole new wave of research!

Chris Smith

Major Breakthrough

James Andrew Stephen Smith

One of our lesser explored Smith lines is that of James Andrew Stephen Smith. He can be found in the census records as “J A S Smith”, “Stephen Smith”, and “S Smith”. Fun.

Using some of the work done by Jennifer Gaulding Lowe, a descendant of our larger Smith group by way of her Andersons, we can establish some baselines about J A S Smith.


We see that J A S Smith was likely born in 1802 in South Carolina. He married Mary Gwin or Gwinn. The conclusion is, at this time, that his father was an Andrew J. Smith who married a Nancy Ann Ingram.

We know that in 1850 the Andrew Smith in question was 48 years old, his birthyear being 1802. This would make him 18 years old in 1820.

I was looking at the names in the 1840 Carroll Co, GA census and have come up with a few things.

First, it looks like Andrew Smith who married Nancy Ingram was in GA at least as early as 1832. This is based upon the birthplace and year of birth of his eldest daughter.

Next, I find Andrew in the Carroll County, Georgia tax records from 1842-1847.



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Names listed in above image are: George S. Sharp, Walter Stewart, Daniel Stilwell, Andrew Smith, Alexander Sewel, William H. Smith, Mahaley Smith, John Stilwell, Solomon Stashier



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Names listed in above image are: George S. Sharp, William H. Smith, Andrew Smith, Alexander Sewel, Green B. Sewell


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Names listed in above image are: George S. Sharp, John W. Stewart, Andrew Smith, Wilson Stallings(?), William H. Smith, Brooks Sparks, Hiram Sharp, Jr., John F. Stewart

For the purposes of the next part of this, we’ll only be looking at Andrew Smith, William H. Smith, Alexander Sewell, and Green B. Sewell.

[Side Notes, not immediately pertinent:

One other thing to note, I can find a reference, but only a vague one, to both Carroll Co, GA and Jeptha V. Smith’s folks in this story:


It appears that there was a William H. Smith who was descended from Jeptha V. Smith (y67 match), but unfortunately, these guys don’t appear to be the same. Wm Hugh Smith’s wife’s name was Lucy William Wortham.

For reference, here’s Jep’s descendant’s bio: (note Fayette Co, GA.)


From what I can find in the 1850 Carroll Co, GA census:

Wm H Smith (b. 1820)
– had wife Sarah
– Daughters:
– Harriet
– Selina Chandler (likely a neice)

There were two Selina Chandlers in the 1850 District 11, Carroll Co, GA census.

Now, here’s something interesting.

One of the Selina Chandlers was the daughter of an Oliver C. Chandler and a Mary Sewell.

Notice how, in the land records, that an Alexander Sewel and Green B. Sewel are next to Andrew Smith in each? (Green Berry Sewell and Alexander were father and son – https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Sewell-185)

Here’s another clue. Oliver C. Chandler was married twice.

1st marriage: Nancy Smith, 23 Dec 1840 in Carroll Co, GA
2nd marraige: Mary Sewell, 30 Nov 1842 in Carroll Co, GA

I wonder who this guy was, William H. Smith?

Update: It appears that William’s wife was a Sarah Sewell.

Assuming (using census data) Selina Chandler was born in 1846, and assuming her mother had been married for 6 years by then, we might be able to estimate that, if we assume an age of 20 for Nancy when she was married (Oliver was 22 in 1840), Nancy could have been born around 1820. This would make her a likely sibling of the William H. Smith we’re looking at.

Maybe this It appears that this William H. Smith was a son of Andrew Smith. This would be interesting because it would place Andrew Smith in SC in 1820 as this is where William H. Smith is said to have been born.

Last item… Mahaley or Malinda Smith

She’s present in the 1842 tax digest as Mahaley Smith next to William H. Smith and a John Stilwell. In the 1844 tax digest, she’s listed as Malinda Smith, again next to John Stilwell.

Curious who she was as well.
Update: See this blog post for a new possible connection between Andrew J. Smith who married Nancy Ingram and William J. Smith who married Sarah Ann Thurman.
James Andrew Stephen Smith