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Mary (Hannum) Smith (abt. 1681 - abt. 1720)

Mary Smith formerly Hannum
Born about in Hopewell, New Jerseymap [uncertain]
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married [date unknown] in New Jerseymap
Descendants descendants
Died about in Orange, Virginiamap
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Name: Mary /Hannum/[1]


Birth: 1675-1681


Date: abt 1697
Place: Married Thomas Smith

Mary was born about 1675. Her exact date of birth and location is not known. She was the daughter of John Hannum and Margery Southery. She married Thomas Smith and they had at least one child, a son, John. They moved with their children to Virginia in July 1735. It was here it is believed she passed away. It is unknown where he is buried.

Residence, Jul 1735 Age: circa 57. Orange Dist., Virginia Colony. Migrated with family* to Orange Dist. (now Hampshire Co) Virginia Colony; in 1738 Frederick Co. was formed from Orange Dist. and in 1754 Hampshire County was created by the Virginia General Assembly from parts of Frederick and Augusta counties. --- Why was the family in Virginia??

Well, in 1731, Col. Daniel Coxe as heir to his father reinstated claims to Hunterdon Co., New Jersey land based on an uncompleted record of sale to some investors. Col. Coxe promptly informed the residents of Hopewell that they would have to re-purchase their lands or be evicted. His demands were met with resentment.  "Most of the Hopewell settlers refused to pay again for lands they had already purchased. But, the law was on Coxe’s side. Settlers who wouldn’t pay were charged as debtors. Some were forcibly evicted. Violence erupted in several instances. The end result was a community migration." One of the violent events occurred on the night of 3 July 1735, when Thomas Smith and John Parke and a dozen-or-so masked men assaulted Duncan O'Guillon and John Collier, former fieldhands of Thomas Smith, who had acquired from Sheriff Bard and Col. Coxe, the land formerly held by Smith and his brother-in-law John Parke. The night visitors even made threats against Governor William Cosby, who offered a reward for information concerning the assailants and called for the arrest and punishment of the perpetrators, but no one was never brought to trial. Smith and Parke and their families, accompanied by several unhappy neighbors, moved to the highlands of Virginia. Surprisingly, O'Guillon and Collier also moved to Virginia, probably because they faced so much hostility in Hopewell Township for their part in the debacle. After a dozen-plus years Thomas’ son John and family and wife Rebecca resettled in the richer bottomland of the Yadkin River Valley of North Carolina. Thomas Smith and Mary died in the 1750s and John Parke was slain in Nov 1756 by natives during the French & Indian War and his head laid against a post as a warning to other settlers.[2]

About Mary and Thomas and offspring John: OK --- After July 1735 no mention has yet been found in reference to the spouse of Thomas Smith; even her putative given name 'Mary' has yet to be confirmed. Around 15-16 years after putting down new roots with the families of father Thomas Smith and John Parke in the not very productive soil of the upper piedmont of Virginia Colony, John and Rebecca and children and other ex-patriot New Jersey and migrated South to the fertile bottom land of the Yadkin River Valley of North Carolina circa 1748, where they established permanent homes in the nostalgically-named "Jersey Settlement" on Swearing Creek, Anson (later Rowan) Co., North Carolina Colony. --- Gary Smith 53226 from


  1. Source: #S-2122389787 Data: Text: Online publication - OneWorldTree [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc.
  2. Entered by Gary Smith.
  • Source: S-2122389787 Title: One World Tree (sm) Author: Publication: Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc.,
  • Source: S414831525 Repository: #R400863748 North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000 Publication: Operations, Inc. Repository: R400863748
  • Source: S414831525 Repository: #R400863748 North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000 Publication: Operations, Inc. Repository: R400863748
  • North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000: Book Title: Genealogy of the Hannum family : descended from John and Margery Hannum, settlers in Chester County


  • Thanks to Gary Smith for starting this profile.
  • Hannum-52 was created by Christina Braddock through the import of Roots of my history.ged on Jan 6, 2014.
  • Profile created from an usourced family tree handed down to Leslie Williamson.

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Do you believe Margery Smith Smith-98580 is really a daughter of Mary and her husband Thomas Smith?
posted by Beryl Meehan
Hannum-273 and Hannum-52 appear to represent the same person because: Same person, same parents, etc.
posted by Peter Rohman
Unknown-402611 and Unknown-241600 appear to represent the same person because: Same birth date,same husband, printed bio gives same death date and place
posted on Unknown-241600 (merged) by David Hughey Ph.D.
Unknown-249291 and Unknown-241600 appear to represent the same person because: they seem to have similar spouse information. Please compare and merge Unknown-249291 into Unknown-241600 if you agree they are two profiles for the same person. Thank you. Kitty Cooper-1 Smith
posted on Unknown-241600 (merged) by Kitty (Cooper) Smith

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