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.
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 https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Unknown-241600
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