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Nicholas Peck Smith (1787 - 1867)

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Nicholas Peck Smith
Born in Pawtuxet, Kent, RImap
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Husband of — married [location unknown]
Husband of — married [location unknown]
Died in Smith Cem, Toombs Cty, GAmap
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Profile last modified | Created 29 Apr 2013
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Descendant of group NE18 brother Benjamin Smith (c1631 ENG-1713 RI) m Lydia Carpenter on SmithConnections Northeastern DNA Project.

Sources memorial #12272289 in Smith Cem, Toombs Cty, Georgia

SmithConnections Northeastern DNA Project, group Rb1 NE18 Christopher Smith.

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Thank you to Kitty Smith for contributions to this profile.Cooper-1 21:25, 27 January 2016 (EST)



In response to the impressment of American seamen by British ships, Congress passed an Act for the Relief and Protection of American Seamen in 1796. The Act required customs collectors to maintain a record of all United States citizens serving on Unites States vessels. Each seaman, once registered with the customs collector, was given a Seaman's Protection Certificate. These certifites vouched for the citizenship of the individual and included identifying information such as height, complexion, place of birth, and in some cases, eye and hair color. The intention of these certificates was to discourage impressment.

The Rhode Island Historical Society has six volumes of "Register of Protections Granted to American Seaman" from 1796-1870. These papers are part of the United States Custom House Papers housed in the Manuscript Division of the Rhode Island Historical Library at 121 Hope Street, Providence, Rhode Island. The volumes contain the seaman's name, age, height, place of birth, and color of complexion. Nicholas Smith, was found in Book 4, Page 63, date of certification - March 16, 1811, age - 24, complexion - light, place of birth - Warwick, R.I.

Migrated from Rhode Island in 1824. Sent for family in 1832. Settled on the Altamaha River in a settlement called Perry Mills, Tattnall Co. Today ,2015, this location is known as Toombs County. At the time Perry Mills was a cotton processing plant in Newport Rhiode Island. This new settlement was in the middle if georgia and was created to collect coton to be shipped to Savannah, Ga. The mouth of the Altamaha River ws just south of Savannah, Ga.

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SMITH, Sheldon P., retired merchant and fanner, Perry's Mills, Tattnall Co., Ga., son of Nicholas and Urania T. (Aborn) Smith, was born in Rhode Island June 27,1831. The family were among the early settlers of Rhode Island. Mr. Smith's father was born March 11,1787, and his mother July 23,1798. When Mr. Smith was about a year old (1832) his parents migrated to Georgia and settled in Tattnall county, where his father engaged in merchandising. They had eight children, of whom Mr. Smith was the fourth, five of whom are now living. Mr. Smith was given the best education the schools of the county afforded, and then was sent to Hinesville (Liberty county, Ga) high school, at that time in charge of Prof. Bradwell, father of Hon. S. D. Bradwell, the late able state school commissioner. He succeeded his father in his mercantile business, and has also been engaged in farming. About 1861 he was elected justice of the peace and notary public in the district since. Just after the war he was appointed postmaster at Perry's Mills, and has held the office from that time until now. He was not in active service during the war, but he represented Tattnall county (1863-65) in the general assembly. He was married Dec. 5, 1853, in Tattnall county, to Miss Frances Bell, born Aug. 15, 1833, daughter of Joseph J. and Elizabeth (Johnson) Bell, of Tattnall county. To them thirteen children have been born, eight of whom are now living. Mr. Smith is spent his declining years at his plantation home in the southwestern part of Tattnall county, where he has lived since 1832.

Simeon Smith (b. 3/28/1950) (12/2015) found the Nicholas and Urania Smith cemetery which is located as follows: From the intersection of US1 and State Road 341 in Baxley, Georgia, go north 10 miles on US 1 to the intersection of US 1 and County Road 147, then go east on County Road 147 1.97 miles to Henry O'neil Road on the left., then go north on Henry O'nel Road 500 feet to the cemetery on the left 100 feet from the road. It's map position is latitude 31-58.448 degrees and longitude 82-20.146 .

Urania’s marriage to Nicholas was her second. Her first marriage was to Thomas Sheldon who died in 1817. Four years later she married Nicholas. Nicholas’s first wife was Sarah Perkins. They were married 09/14/1817. His and hers headstones were found in the Nicholas Smith Cemetery. See photos for headstone. Nicholas’s first wife was Sarah Perkins. They were married 09/14/1817. Urania’s mother was Dorcas Tourtelott. and her family were French Huguenots. Nicholas and his son Sheldon had one of the biggest plantations in Tattnall Co. They owned 40-50 slaves at one time. However, his son Sheldon was against the secession movement.. Nicholas established a mercantile business in 1824 in the Perry’s Mills community on the Altamaha River in Tattnall Co. Ga. In 1834 Nicholas sent for his family in Rhode Island to move to his farm in Perry’s Mills, Ga.

In 2015 (Simeon Smith, Born 03/28/1950) I searched for the Nicholas Smith Cemetery that is located in a community that was known as Perry’s Mills Georgia in the early 1800s. Some people refer to it as the Perry’s Mills Cemetery. Following is the report of what I found. Headstones were found for persons in the Nicholas Smith (born 03/11//1787) family cemetery which is located approximately 10 miles north of Baxley, Georgia in Tattnall County. Latter the boundary lines for some counties were rearranged. The Nicholas Cemetery is now located in Toombs County. For the purpose of this document, any place the word Tattnall appears it should be understood that today it is known as Toombs County. In the early 1800s, Newport Rhode Island had a big cotton processing mill known as Perry’s Mills. During the same time period, the community of Perry’s Mills was established in the middle of Georgia where growing cotton was the main crop. I assume the Perry’s Mills in Georgia was a collection point for shipping cotton up the Altamaha River out to the coast to Savannah Georgia. From there it was shipped to Newport Rhode Island for processing. Today there is still a large Perry’s Mills warehouse in Newport Rhode Island. The Road directions for the Nicholas Smith Cemetery is as follows: from the intersection of US1 and State Road 341 in Baxley, Georgia, go north 10 miles on US 1 to County Road 147, then go east (right) on County Road 147, 1.97 miles to Henry O’neil Road on the left, then go north on Henry O’neil Road 500 feet to the cemetery on the left 100 feet from the center of the road. Its map position is latitude 31-58.448 degrees and longitude 82-20.146.

The settlement of Perry’s Mills consisted of the Nicholas Smith and Macrae homes, the Smith Mercantile Store and Post Office, a tannery bldg., Smith Cemetery and a large barn, barn yard and stables. There were several smaller homes surrounding this site. Today (2016) there is nothing left of the settlement with exception of the cemetery. Nicholas’s brothers and nephews migrated south from Pawtuxet, Rhode Island in the early 1800s. They went to different locations in South Georgia and North Florida. They settled in the following area:

Remington stayed in Rhode Island. Moses - Valdosta Ga. (at the time it was known as Troupville). Simeon - Thomasville, Ga. Stephen - Jasper, Florida. Chandler - Madison, Florida. Elisha - Grooverville, Ga. Nicholas - Perry’s Mills, Georgia James Wolfe - Pawtuxet, Fl.(Currently known as Medart, Fl) Jane Smith Boughton - Milledgeville, Ga.

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