"Daniel Smith, son of John, was for some time presiding justice of the County Court of Augusta. In 1776, he was Captain of the Militia. When Rockingham County was organized in 1778, he was one of the first justices of the peace. He was appointed also Colonel of Militia and one of the coroners. The first County Court of Rockingham was held at his house. His wife was Jane Harrison, sister of Benjamin Harrison, of Rockingham. On the return of the troops from Yorktown, the victory was celebrated by the military of Rockingham at a grand review in Nov 1781. Colonel Smith's horse, taking fright at the firing, sprang aside, and spraining his rider's back, caused death in a few days. Three of his sons participated in the siege of Yorktown: 1. John, father of the late Judge Daniel Smith; 2. Daniel, who was also at Pt. Pleasant; and 3. Benjamin, father of Benjamin Harrison Smith, of Kanawha." Posted 31 Aug 2010 by dmppmp
Jane Harrison "Jane Harrison , (1735-1796) the eldest daughter of Capt. Daniel Harrison, Sr. and 1st wife Margaret, was born in Delaware, and in childhood brought by her parents to Augusta, later Rockingham County, Virginia, where, about 1751, she married Daniel Smith, the son of Capt. John Smith, the immigant frequently referred to on former pages. Daniel Smith and his wife, Jane, settled at historic Smithland, on the early "Great Road," a short distance north of present Harrisonburg. (pg 238) The land, 660 acres had been patented by Capt. Daniel harrison, and his son Robert, and was purchased by Daniel Smith, 22nd November, 1764, from his brother, Abraham, who had purchased it from Robert Harrison's executors. At various times, Daniel Smith served as one of the justices of Augusta court, his last term ending with the formation of Rockingham County For many years, until October 1777, he was a member of the Courtmartial for West Augusta district. In the battle of "Point Pleasant, he was a Captain under Gen. Andrew Lewis, and is mentioned by Waddell as of this rank in 1776. In 1775 he was a member fo the "Third Virginia Convention. On September 20th, 1781, he was commissioned Deputy Purveyor", Southern Department, in the Revolutionary Army. Upon the formation of Rockingham County, he was one of the first justices and was commissioned Colonel of the militia. On the 25 May, 1778, he took the Oath of fidelity to the State as Vestryman. On March 26, 1781, he took the oath as County Lieutenant of Rockingham. Being one of the wealthiest men of his day in the county, his house was probably the most commodious, and in it, at the order of Virginia Assembly, was held the first Court of Rockingham County. It was here that his father died, in 1779, of the "dangerously malignant Fever," mentioned the old Court Order Book."
They had 12 children of record; John, Daniel, Joseph, Robert, Margaret, Benjamin, Ann, Jane, Sara, Abraham, Willliam, James. Dates are on the family page. Ancestry Land Records Court Records Ancestry Marriage Records Manuscript: Setters by the Long Grey Trail, J Houston Harrison  Research; "Geneva's Tree", by Geneva Greer White Posted 31 Aug 2010 by dmppmp
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