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.
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.
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.
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!