Richard Smith

Richard Smith (1792 - 1876)

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Richard Smith
Born in Sullivan, County, Tennesseemap
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Husband of — married 11 Dec 1817 in Tennessee, United Statesmap
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Died in Provo, Utah, Utmap
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"Richard Smith's birth place of Holston River, Sullivan County, Tennessee was very much a new frontier area at the time he was born there. The county is located in the easternmost portion of that state near the Virginia border. The first permanent settlement by white people in Tennessee was in the Holston River valley in 1765, only a few years before Richard Smith's father arrived there sometime in the early 1780's. Richard Smith grew up there not only with his own father's large family but also with the families of his uncles on his mother's side of the family (the Agees).

"Richard Smith's father, George Thomas Smith, was from the Piedmont of central Virginia, having been born either in Buckingham County or in Powhatan County where he would have known his wife's family, the Agees. From a source titled "Descendants of Sir George Thomas Smith of Virginia," it states that George T. Smith was born in Buckingham County Virginia May 9, 1741 or 1742. He married Leah Agee in about 1776. He may have lived in Powhatan County at that time on or near the estate of Edward Maxey Jr., son of Edward Maxey Sr. and brother of Elizabeth Maxey (wife of John Radford Sr.). In about 1782-84 a George Smith was leasing a large tract of land from an Edward Maxey in Powhatan County (see Hamlin). The Maxey families were neighbors and relatives to Agees and Radfords while living near Flat Rock, Virginia. They owned land adjacent to each other on Jones Creek and Mathews Branch (tributaries of the James River). The record states that about 1883-84, George Smith left that land to emigrate "to the west," (perhaps to Sullivan County, Tennessee). Leah Agee's father Anthony Agee and several of her brothers also eventually made the move to Sullivan County, Tennessee.

"George Thomas Smith's parents were William Smith who was born in Pennsylvania in about 1692, and Elizabeth Maier, also of Pennsylvania, born about 1792.

"Leah Agee was a descendent of a well known French Huguenot Family. Her Grandfather Mathew Agee, of France, arrived in Virginia about 1700 where he became the owner of land a few miles west of Richmond in a community called Manakin. He lived south of the James River in what is now Powhatan County. Leah's father Anthony Agee and mother Christan Worley both grew up in that Huguenot community and had some of their children there, but later moved to Buckingham Co. near Dyllwin Va. Leah Agee grew to adulthood there near Green Creek, a tributary to Slate River. Leah Agee's parents and several of her brothers also eventually made the move to Sullivan County (see Agee family).

"All of George and Leah's ten children were born in Sullivan County Tennessee. At some later time (probably after most of the family had grown), George and his wife Leah moved to Lexington, Kentucky where George died in 1834, and his wife died in Lexington in 1815. "

The preceding was copied by Eugene C. Rasband from on 14 December 2017

"Richard Smith was the son of Sir George Thomas and Leah Agee Smith, born September 19, 1792, in Holland River, Sullivan County, Tennessee. He was the fourth of ten children. I His father, Sir George, was born May 9, 1741, in Franklin County, Virginia, the son of William and Elizabeth Maier or Moyer Smith. He was a soldier in the Revolutionary War. Richard's mother, Leah Agee, was the daughter of Anthony and Christian or Christiana Wodey Agee. She was born in about 1751155, in Manakin, Westmoreland or Goochland County, Virginia. She was a descendant of the French Huguenots, a group who were adherents of a Protestant political movement. Sir George and Leah were married August 17, 1767, in Buckingham, Virginia.

"Sir George and his son, James Agee Smith, left a record which states that he was a descendant of either Captain John Smith whose life was saved by Pocahontas, or his brother, William. The ancestry of Sir George traces back to William Smith, to another Thomas Smith to James Smith to Captain John Smith or his brother, William. Captain John Smith was one of the leaders of the early colonists who established a settlement at Jamestown, Virginia, in 1607. He traded with the Indians for corn in order to feed the hard-pressed colonists. On one expedition of trade to the tribe of Powhatan, according to his own report, he was held for execution but was rescued by the Indian princess, Pocahontas, who was the daughter of the chief. 2 "Richard Smith married twenty-year-old Diannah Braswell on December II, 1817, in Tennessee. She was the daughter ofJohn Braswell and Rebecca Pruett or Pruitt, and she was born on October 9, 1797, in Greenville, South Carolina. Her parents were of French descent. Her father, John, was a drummer boy in the Revolutionary War. Records on fue in the LDS Church Historical Department indicate that he was from Scotland. 3 "Soon after their marriage, the young couple settled in Gibson County, Tennessee. There, all thirteen of their children were born. Rebecca was born December 6, 1818; Phillip was born December 27, 1820; Rachel Leah's birth date was March or November 30, 1822; John was born December 9,1824; Thomas c., February 25 or 27,1827; James Agee, August 25, 1829; William M., September 3, 1831; Ephraim, September IS, 1833; Nancy Margaret, October 26, 1835; Adam Robert, September 7, 1837; Sarah Ann, February 16 or 19, 1839. Newell's birth date was recorded as March 15,1840. (Newell may have died at an early age, as there is no further information on him in the family records). Their last child, Elizabeth Jane, was born August 31, 1842. In thirty-five years of marriage, Diannah gave birth to thirteen children. She was forty-nine years old when her last child was born. 4 "Missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints visited them in their home in either 1840 or 1841. They believed the message taught to them by the Elders, and Richard and Diannah were baptized in August 1841. Richard was baptized by Albert Young. Their testimonies of the truthfulness of the restored Gospel were so strong that Richard and Diannah were willing to sacrifice all that they had in Tennessee, and they moved to Nauvoo, Illinois, in 1842, to be with the rest of the Saints. 5 "Elizabeth Jane, their little daughter who was only ten months old, died on June 19, 1843, while the family lived in Nauvoo. 6 "Their oldest daughter, Rebecca, received her endowment in the Nauvoo Temple on February 3, 1846. 7 "After the death of the Prophet Joseph Smith, Richard and Diannah and their family were driven out of Nauvoo in 1846 by the mobs. They made their way to Mt. Pisgah in Iowa where they settled with the other Saints for a time. They did not have sufficient food nor shelter, and suffered many hardships while they were there. They spent four winters in Mt. Pisgah. "Their son, Phillip was married to Eliza Ann Frampton on March 4, 1849, at Mt. Pisgah. She was the daughter of David and Elizabeth Hough Frampton. Their first child, a little son whom they named David Lewis, was born there on February 27,1850. 8 "In early June of 1850, the Smith family was able to make the trip to Utah, traveling by ox team with the Aaron Johnson Company that consisted of 135 wagons. Two of their sons, Thomas and William, were married shortly before they left Mt. Pisgah, and they and their wives along with the rest of the family made the long, tedious journey in three months, arriving in the Salt Lake Valley on September 2,1850. 9 "Diannah was 55 years old when she made the journey across the plains. Her son, Ephraim, remembered that she walked the entire distance because she was afraid that the large herds of buffalo they often encountered would stampede through the wagon train. "As the wagon train made its way across the plains, many of the Saints walked rather than riding in the wagons because there were no springs to cushion the bumps, and it was very uncomfortable to be able to feel every rut as the wagon wound its way along the dusty trail. "They first settled in Provo. They were in Utah County when the 1850 Utah Federal census was taken. At that time, Richard had a household of six, and a real wealth (land) of $50.00. In 1851, according to a Bishop's report of family heads in various wards, a Richard Smith was a member of the Provo 2nd Ward. (This information is contained in a letter from Glenn N. Rowe, Manager, Public Services, Church Historical Department dated 7 November 1979, to Vern Yates Ford). The census of 1860 recorded that he had a household of two, a real wealth of $150.00, and a personal wealth of $250.00. 10 "Richard was rebaptized on August 15, 1852 by James Baird. This was a common practice in the Church at that time, and it was a means of renewing the covenants made at the time of the first baptism. He and Diannah made a trip to Salt Lake City, and were endowed and sealed on August 18, 1852 in the Endowment House. (Reference: Temple Index Bureau, and his own family group sheet) "Richard and Diannah moved to the area of Hobble Creek, later known as Springville in Utah County, which was a few miles south of Provo. Their two married sons and their wives, and Richard and Diannah's five younger children settled in Springville with them. Little Sarah Ann, their youngest surviving child, was eleven years old. Their son, Thomas, and his wife, Sarah, stayed in Provo for a time before joining the rest of the family. 11 "Their son, William, was the first one of the family to build a home in the new settlement. He was a blacksmith, and he was kept busy as the settlers began building homes. He played the fiddle, and provided entertainment for many of their social gatherings. He was also an interpreter for the settlers and the Indians. He served in the Walker War which began in Springville in 1853 when the Ute Indians attacked various Mormon settlements. The intermittent fighting lasted until May of 1854 when Brigham Young and Chief Walker arranged a peace settlement. He also served in the Black Hawk War during the years 1866 to 1868. This war broke out in 1865, when, under the prodding of a Ute leader named Black Hawk, bands of Indians raided Mormon settlements in central and southern Utah, mainly seeking food and stealing cattle and horses. The hostilities ceased in 1868. 12 "In 1859, the Smith family moved to Heber City in Wasatch County, where they made their home for the rest of their lives. Diannah loved the beautiful little town that was situated in a valley close to the mountains. Most of her children lived close by, and she enjoyed having them and their children visit her. 13 "Rebecca, the oldest daughter was married to Melvin Ross. Phillip married Eliza Ann Frampton, and Rachel Leah's first husband was Richard Jackson Ross. Her second husband was John W Radford or Bradford, and John William Young was her third husband. John married Frances Jane Clark in about 1848. Thomas C. married Sarah Frampton, a sister of his brother Phillip's wife, Eliza Ann. James A. had two wives - Sarah Jane Duke, and Christina Penrod. William was married to Polly Maria Perry and Mary Jane Davis. Ephraim's wife was Nancy Elizabeth Bethers. Nancy Margaret was also married to Melvin Ross. Sarah Ann's husband was James Andrew Ross. Evidently, Adam Robert did not marry. 14 "In about 1860, there were troubles with the Indians in the Heber Valley. They stole cattle and horses, and then brought them back and demanded money for them. Diannah's son, Ephraim, had one of his horses stolen five times. The last time, he refused to give the Indians money for it. "The condition finally became intolerable, so Ephraim made a trip to Salt Lake City and met with President Brigham Young to make him aware of the problems they were having with the Indians. He told him that something must be done to stop the depredations. A meeting between the Indians and the white settlers was arranged in Heber City. "The Indian Chief, Tabby, and some of his braves arrived for the meeting, and they went to Ephraim's home and camped in his yard. Ephraim's wife, Nancy, and some of the other women prepared food for them to eat. "At the meeting, the Indians were told that if they did not stop stealing it would be necessary for the settlers to call out the soldiers to defend their cattle. That seemed to impress the Indians, and they agreed not to steal from the settlers any more. The "peace pipe" was passed to all present, and that ended the problem. 15 "Diannah's eyesight began to fail, and by the year 1855, she was totally blind, and her family cared for her tenderly during the last twenty years of her life. One of the descendants of Richard and Diannah, Ervan Clegg, reported that her son, Phillip, was blind the last twelve years of his life. He could barely see grey shadows. It is very unusual that both mother and son were blind in their later years. 16 "Diannah died at her home in Heber on March 8, 1875, at seventy-seven years of age, and she was buried on March 10th in the Heber City cemetery. Exactly one year later, Richard died on March 8th, 1876, in Provo Canyon, and about four days later, he was buried next to his beloved wife in the cemetery in Heber City. He was eighty-four years old. 17 "Their life-long devotion to the Gospel and their family, and their courage in facing the trials of the trek to Zion in 1850 are a legacy of faith left to their descendants.

NOTES 1. Family Group Record for Richard Smith and Diannah Braswell, submitted by Jane Hardman Coffey, Great-great-granddaughter. Family Group Record for Richard and Diannah Smith, submitted by T. De Vera Smith, Great -great -grandson. How Beautiful Upon the Mountains, Heber Biographies, p. 486. History of Richard Smith and Diannah Braswell, by Hope Smith Olson, Great -great -granddaughter, on file in Daughters of the Utah Pioneers Museum in Salt Lake City, Utah. History by Mildred H. Bray, April 15, 1997, on file in DUP Museum. 2. How Beautiful Upon the Mountains, Heber Biographies, p. 486. History of Richard Smith by Jane H. Coffey. History of Richard Smith and Diannah Braswell, by Hope Smith Olson, on file in DUP Museum. 3. Family Group Record of Richard Smith and Diannah Braswell, submitted by Jane H. Coffey. How Beautiful Upon the Mountains, p. 486. Statements made by Philip Lewis Ford, Great -great -grandson regarding John Braswell being a drummer boy in the Revolutionary War. History of Richard Smith and Diannah Braswell, Hope Smith Olson. Short Sketch of Life of Diannah Braswell Smith, by Bonnie Sweat, Greatgranddaughter.

4. Family Group Record of R. Smith and D. Braswell, T. De Vera Smith. Family Group Record by Jane H. Coffey. Pioneer Women of Faith and Fortitude, International Society of Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Vol. 4, p. 2808. 5. Family Group Record by T. De Vera Smith. History of Richard and Diannah, by Hope Smith Olson. 6. Family Group Record, Jane H. Coffey. 7. Ibid. 8. Family Group Record of Phillip L. Smith and Elizabeth Ann Frampton, by T. De Vera Smith Family Group Record of David and Elizabeth Hough Frampton, by Bessie G. Braby, Great-great-granddaughter, from information obtained in the Frampton Family History, H 590. 9. History of Richard Smith and Diannah Braswell, Jane H. Coffey, on file in DUP Museum. History by Mildred H. Bray, on file in DUP Museum. 10. Copy of letter from Glenn N. Rowe, Manager Public Services, LDS Church Historical Department, Salt Lake City, to Vern Yates Ford, dated 7 Nov. 1969. 11. History of Diannah Braswell, by Mildred H. Bray, DUP Museum. Pioneer Women of Faith and Fortitude, Vol. 4, P. 2808. 12. Ibid. 13. Ibid. 14. Family Group Record of Richard and Diannah Smith, Jane H. Coffey. 15. How Beautiful Upon the Mountains, Ephraim and Nancy E. Bethers Smith, p.48l. 16. Ibid. Information from Vern Y. Ford, who obtained it from Ervan Clegg, Greatgrandson-in-law.

17. Life Histories of Diannah Braswell written by Hope Smith Olson, Jane H. Coffey and Bonnie Sweat (on file in DUP Museum).


Date: 12 Mar 1876
Place: Springville, Utah, Ut

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Ancestral File Number: GXP3-8C

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On 7 Sep 2017 at 11:40 GMT Eugene C. Rasband wrote:

Richard Smith and his wife Diana are buried in the Heber City Cemetery in Heber City, Wasatch County, Utah, not in Springville.

On 31 Aug 2017 at 20:12 GMT Eugene C. Rasband wrote:

I'm sorry, Richard Smith is buried in the Heber City Cemetery. I have seen his grave personally many times. He died in Springville but requested to be buried in Heber next to his beloved wive Diana Braswell.

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