Who is william s. Smith dad and mother from NC or VA.? William born about 1835.

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William Smith was said to be born in n.c. but I can't. Find him in any census from Nc. Is it possible for him to be in trasent? He was supposed to be related to a Meade Smith. William was born bat 1835. This. Is al I know. He came to Va after he married a Mary Catron/Ketron in ashe co. No dates this is only from hearsay so far. No proof. Thank you, Lilly Anderson
in Genealogy Help by Living Smith G2G6 (6.6k points)
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Name: William S Smith
Gender: Male
Spouse: Mary Ketran
Spouse Gender: Female
Bond Date: 5 Feb 1846
Bond #: 000001313
Level Info: North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868
ImageNum: 004467
County: Ashe
Record #: 01 052
Bondsman: James Brown
Witness: John Ray Clerk
by Marian Smith G2G Crew (380 points)

William S Smith

 in the 1870 United States Federal Census

Name: William S Smith
Age in 1870: 44
Birth Year: abt 1826
Birthplace: North Carolina
Home in 1870: Rich Valley, Smyth, Virginia
Race: White
Gender: Male
Post Office: Chatham Hill
Value of real estate: View image
Household Members:
Name Age
William S Smith 44
Mary Smith 43
Elizabeth C Smith 19
Charles A Smith 17
William J Smith 15
James H Smith 13
Jacob M Smith 11
Archibald Smith 9
Isabella V Smith 6
John L Smith 4
Susan N Smith 1


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You are in the same boat as myself and about 6-8 other folks who have also taken a Y-DNA test. My g-g-g granpas Stephen Smith was born in NC abt 1801. He shows up in 1830 Bount County, Alabama and later resided in Lamar County, Alabama. I've paid the area researchers, been everywhere online and finally took the DNA test which at the very least hooked me up with other folks with the same issues.

Now my g grandpa told my father we were Scotch-Irish which DNA has proved incorrect. Maybe they thought that because at one time our line lived there IDK but all the Y DNA branches that myself and the others come from is Norman. I believe though by what my g-g grandpa told my dad's aunt. He said we were Black Dutch which most likely means Indian/white mix. This is probably why there are so few records of these folks is that during that time (ie: the trail of tears) that if they admitted being Indian they may have possibly lost everything they had and been relocated out west.

My suggestion to you is this, take a reputable autosomal DNA test, have a male cousin take a Y DNA test and the sites from which you take them will hook you up with others of the same dna combinations.

Middle names are also important. Look at the frequency generation after generation, ie: Anderson is a prominent middle name in my line. I believe its because they were either from and or living in Anderson, SC. Franklin is another. Is that because they lived in Tennessee before it became the state of TN, when it was called Franklin?

Also look at the names of the neighbors. I can't tell you how many times I have seen, not just in my Smith line but in my collateral lineage that when the kids grew up, they married the neighbors sons, daughters etc.

The population wasn't as sparse today so the choices of finding a mate were limited. And just like when they migrated to other areas, they travelled with like minded folks they could trust and depend their lives on. Think about it, living on a farm there isn't much need to go to the general store so, the other social outlets were church, and school if there was one.

I hope this helps and please feel free to explore my Smith line here and on ancestry if it'll help you.

And the best trait you could inherit from your Smith's hopefully is being stubborn because researching them is going to try your patience. Don't give up cause after 30+ years I havent'.

Look at it like this, if they had the fortitude to not only cross the ocean but tame the frontier, then they passed those traits down to us and with today's modern conveniences our life is a cakewalk.


by Living Smith G2G Rookie (270 points)

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