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Patsy (Haggard) Smith (bef. 1775)

Patsy Smith formerly Haggard
Born before [location unknown]
Ancestors ancestors
Daughter of and [uncertain]
Wife of — married about 1790 in Surrey County, North Carolinamap
Descendants descendants
Died [date unknown] [location unknown]
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Because "Patsy" is a known nickname for "Martha", it is speculated that this is Patsy's actual name. However, "Martha" does not appear on any known documents. In any case, it is extremely unlikely that her name would be "Martha Patsy" or "Patsy Martha" as seen in some trees; this is probably just the grapevine effect of copied trees and/or software not rendering quotation marks around nicknames correctly.

Patsy's mother is often named in family tree as "Nancy Hix" or "Nancy Hicks", daughter of a Nathaniel Hicks, but the source for this unknown. (Note the presence of a Nathaniel Hicks in the 1790 census next to Samuel Haggard.)

Patsy's birth date is estimated to be before 1775 based on the earliest known birth date claimed for one of her children (1788), according to that child's profile on this site. (Note, though, that there is a problem of duplicate grown children with the same name born in different years.)

The source for a proposed death date of 1 September 1826 or a death location of Surry County, North Carolina, is unknown. (The latter seems somewhat unlikely given the family's steady westward progress, but of course it's not impossible.)

Daughter Rebecca Smith Roberts said in the 1880 census that both of her parents were born in Georgia, where we know Patsy's father made his will. Daughter Sarah Smith Haggard said that both of her parents were born in North Carolina. Daughter Mary Smith Green said that her father was born in South Carolina and her mother was born in North Carolina. In the absence of further information, the place of birth remains blank.


  • Deed Book: Bedford County, Tennessee. Volume L. Page 43. 22 May 1819. As cited at
    • "John Smith & others to F. Haggard, PA, we, John Smith in right of his wife Patsy Haggard now Patsy Smith and James Haggard being the legal heirs of Samuel Haggard, Sr., deceased, all of Bedford Co., Tennessee, appoint Francis Haggard of Rone Co., Tennessee, our Attorney, to act in their name to receive and recover, sell & c, land in Georgia, in County of Jackson, on waters of Turkey Creek, being the tract that Samuel Haggard, Sr., deceased, formerly lived on and died in possession of same. To attend to all the estate of our father, Samuel Haggard, Sr., deceased. Signed by John Smith, Jas. Haggard, Samuel Haggard and Alfred L. Haggard. Wit: John Meadows and Jessee Hall. Reg: 14 Aug 1819"
  • Will: Samuel Haggard. As cited at
    • "... FIRST I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Ruth Haggard all my estate during her life, that is land and all movable property with all household furniture, and at her decease I bequeath unto my beloved children one dollar each, their names are as follows: John Haggard, Patsy Smith, James Haggard, Elizabeth Freemond, Anna Hix, Samuel Haggard Jr., Sarah Brown, Jonathan Haggard, George Haggard, Frances Hardy, Hannah Cook, Susannah Haggard..."
  • Ansearchin' News. Summer 1986. 60. This article names several Roberts/Smith/Haggard marriages and provides some Roberts Bible entries. Note that Patsy is called "Jane" by a descendant (not a Bible entry). Whether there is tradition/evidence for this name or whether it is an error in the article is unknown. PDF of newsletter is available via

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  • F Lewis Find Relationship : Mitochondrial DNA Test Other, haplogroup H1
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Haggard-778 and Haggard-39 appear to represent the same person because: This is the same Patsy Haggard.

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