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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Living adjacent to Stephen Smith were:
(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.
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.
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.).
“J. F. Jopling” was a one James Francis (Frank) Jopling. David M. King, was likely related to a Nathaniel King, 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. It gets better.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
– 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.
Since subscribing to Newspapers.com recently, I have found an absolutely unexpected amount of information about my Smith ancestors that surely would have been lost to time had it not been recorded in those pages so long ago.
One of the major events in my Smith history was the migration from Salt Creek Township in Jackson County, Indiana to the area known as “Little Egypt” in southern Illinois. This is where my grandpa was born. I’ll try to trace the people and places back from Carmi, IL to Salt Creek on this page.
My grandpa’s father was Vernon S. Smith. He was married three times, twice torn from wives by their premature passing. Vernon was a school teacher during The Great Depression and taught in a one room schoolhouse. He had an Associates Degree. He later went on to champion the causes of better pay for teachers and to fight waste within the school system.
Here is Vernon’s obituary. A lot had happened before this time one can be certain of.
Here is an article I found that details Vernon’s birthday gathering at his home. My dad and uncle are mentioned.
One of the defining celebrations that Vernon regularly participated in was the Isaac Smith and Alvin Wheeler Family Reunions. I will try to find articles that chronicle these gatherings. I have seen two but I am unable to find them on my computer at the moment.
Vernon was the father of 5 sons, one who died very young and two whom went on to have productive and loving lives but no children. The other two, my grandpa and his brother, would find themselves dedicated to fighting in the USMC and US Army during their formative years.
Here is a story about Vernon B. Smith, my great-grand uncle.
Vernon S. Smith’s dad died when he was very young. Daniel Rice Smith was his name and he was killed by a train in Carmi, IL around 1889. Vernon would have only been about 3 years old.
I believe that this is a photo of Daniel R. Smith. It was found among the belongings of Isaac “Ike” S. Smith of Freetown, IN and has “Smith Carmi, IL” written on the back. Dan was born in 1859 the second youngest of his 7 brothers (8 of them total). There was James, Alvin, Isaac, William, Louis, Orral, Daniel, and Hiram.
This next newspaper article shows the marriage announcement of Daniel R. Smith and Nancy J. Acton. They were affectionately referred to as “Dan and Nancy”. The “Uncle Dick” the author refers to is Richard Acton, Nancy’s father. This article was likely authored by Robert M. Smith as he refers to Richard Acton in his book The Salt Creek Colony of Little Egypt the same way.
The “Ike” the following article refers to was Isaac S. Smith, one of Daniel’s older brothers.
This clipping records (towards the bottom) Dan’s attempt to travel to southern Illinois. Looks like the waters were high that time of year. The rivers in that area were known to flood and produce very fertile farmland.
This next article records Dan and Nancy’s return from their first trip to Danville.
This is a partial re-print of the above article in a newspaper that was published 50 years after Dan’s trip.
Dan’s father was the Rev. Samuel Rice Smith, Esq., if we are to believe the credentialing afforded Sam by the newspapers. Here is his obituary.
Another shorter notice:
As I wind this page up, I’ll be sure to point you to Samuel R. Smith’s father, Isaac Smith, Sr.
This page is only about some of The Salt Creekers.