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John Smith (1698 - 1763)

John Smith
Born in Chesterfield, Burlington, New Jerseymap
Ancestors ancestors
Brother of [half], [half] and [half]
Husband of — married 8 Aug 1742 in North Carolina Colonymap
Descendants descendants
Died in Swearing Creek, Jersey Settlement, Anson, North Carolinamap
Profile last modified | Created 16 Nov 2010
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John was born in 1698 in the New Jersey British Colony of the Americas. He was the son of Thomas Smith and Mary Hannum. He married Rebecca Catherina Anderson. They had approx. 7 children, the first 4 born in New Jersey, the last 3 in the Colony of Virginia as by the late 1730s they had moved. By 1750 they moved from the Colony of Virginia to the Colony of North Carolina and settled in Rowan County. Here he began working as a Constable. It was here they would remain and where he passed away some time prior to 1783. It is unknown where he is buried.


Andrew b. 1718 - d. 1773
Thomas b. 1720 - d. 1751
James b. 1730 - d. 1781
Catherine b. 1735 - d. 1790
Samuel b. 1737 - d. UNK
John Anderson b. 1743 - d. 1820
Francian b. 1746 - d. 1811

Additional Information

10-2-2012 email from Gary Smith, Berkely, CA:

"Truth is, the elder Thomas, born in 1677, had married a yet unidentified Mary, and they removed to Virginia in July 1735 after their property was taken away by authorities in the Coxe Affair. They were accompanied by their grown children, brother-in-law John Parke, Sr. and his family, and several neighbors.

After 1746, their land in the Virginia piedmont proving less than fruitful, son John and wife Rebecca moved on to the rich Yadkin River Valley of the North Carolina piedmont, where their son, Hon. Thomas Smith II, later wrote his will, dying after 12 Aug 1751, leaving behind his wife Sarah and their young children Ann, Elizabeth and Charles, and two apprenticed orphan boys. This young man (Thomas II) in his early 30s was the Thomas confused with his elder grandfather Thomas who with his wife 'Mary' died in Virginia in the 1750s during the French & Indian War; the elder Thomas' grey-haired brother-in-law John Parke was slain there and his head propped against a fencepost as a 'warning to other settlers'. Son John died in Rowan Co. at his home on the Swearing Creek branch of the the Yadkin River before 3 Jan 1763.

Rebecca Catherina 'Annah' Anderson outlived her husband John, dying 12 Aug 1785 in Cana, Rowan Co., North Carolina at the home of their daughter, Francian 'Francina' (1746-1811)."


On the 2nd of July 1735 John's father Thomas and Thomas' brother-in-law John PARKE had their farms confiscated during the notorious Coxe Land Swindle, so they returned with some neighbors the following night and roughed-up his two ex-field hands to whom the sheriff had turned over both men's property; they threatened the sheriff and judge and the Governor with mayhem and hanging and took their families to Virginia, with prices on their heads. --- A dozen years later Thomas' son John and wife Rebecca resettled in the Yadkin River Valley of North Carolina. Source; Gary Smith-53226

There are some odd "children" attached to John Smith and spouse 'Annah' Anderson; the actual children were:

Andrew SMITH, Lt. 1718 – 1773

Hon. Thomas Smith II 1720 – 1751

James SMITH, Maj. 1730 – 1781

Catherine SMITH 1735 – 1783

Samuel SMITH 1737 –

Anderson John SMITH, Sr. 1743 – 1809

Francian 'Francina' SMITH 1746 – 1811

For reference see the research of Gary Smith at


31 Jan 1698 in Burlington Co., West New Jersey Province. Source; Gary Smith-53226


Before 13 Jan 1763 at his farm on Swearing Creek, Rowan Co., North Carolina Colony. Source; Gary Smith-53226


As their firstborn, son, Lt. Andrew SMITH, was born 30 Dec 1718 in Hopewell Twp, Hunterdon Co., New Jersey Colony, I feel that they must have married circa 1717, probably in Hopewell Twp, Hunterdon Co., New Jersey Colony, where the families lived at the time. Source; Gary Smith-53226



  • Year 1762. North Carolina, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1790-1890: Jackson, Ron V., Accelerated Indexing Systems, comp.. North Carolina Census, 1790-1890. Compiled and digitized by Mr. Jackson and AIS from microfilmed schedules of the U.S. Federal Decennial Census, territorial/state censuses, and/or census substitutes.
  • North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000: Book Title: Genealogy of the Hannum family : descended from John and Margery Hannum, settlers in Chester County
  • Year 1760. U.S. Census Reconstructed Records, 1660-1820: Document: Tax Records, 1758/1759 [NC State Archives]; Call Number: C.R. 085.701.5; Page Number: 22; Family Number: 19
  • American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI): Godfrey Memorial Library. American Genealogical-Biographical Index. Middletown, CT, USA: Godfrey Memorial Library.

Original Sources:

Source S16
Abbreviation: Turley Family Records
Title: Turley Family Records
Author: Beth Mitchell
Publication: Turley Family Historical Research Association, 1981
Repository: #R1
Call Number: US Book 929.273; T844m
Italicized: Y
Paranthetical: Y
Repository R1
Name: R. Steven Turley
Address: R. Steven Turley
1481 W. 1170 North
Provo, UT 84604 United States
Phone Number: 801-377-5668
Phone Number: 801-372-1935
Source S69
Abbreviation: Ancestral File (TM)
Title: Ancestral File (TM)
Author: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Publication: July 1996 (c), data as of 2 January 1996
Repository: #R3
Italicized: Y
Paranthetical: Y
Repository R3
Name: Family History Library
Address: Family History Library
35 North West Temple Street
Room 344
Salt Lake City, UT 84150-3440 USA
Phone Number: 801-240-2584
Phone Number: 866-406-1830


Source: #S69
Source: #S16
Page: footnote 1957 on page 697
Quality or Certainty of Data: 1

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  • For reference see the research of Gary Smith at
  • Smith Info-Vol. II of Smith Gentes by Rosalie Cordray Smith, 2322 N Marsa Ave Fresno CA 93704 ($28.00)

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Smith-4489 and Smith-28668 appear to represent the same person because: I believe these are the same people as through my research of my lineage through their daughter Catherine Smith I have come to her father John Smith. Initially one was set as "Andrew' but that is actually her brother, not father.
posted on Smith-28668 (merged) by Amy (Lancashire) Barlow
Smith-146119 and Smith-28668 appear to represent the same person because: Biographical details are very similar, if not identical. Same spouse.
posted on Smith-28668 (merged) by Ellen Smith
Smith-53545 and Smith-28668 appear to represent the same person because: dups
posted on Smith-28668 (merged) by David (Broughton) Lawrence
Smith-64872 and Smith-28668 appear to represent the same person because: Same vital details, same parents, including profile ID's and spouse
posted on Smith-28668 (merged) by [Living Woodhouse]
Gary, what specifically needs resolving in order for you to be comfortable with the merge ?
posted on Smith-28668 (merged) by Jillaine Smith
Smith-64872 and Smith-28668 are not ready to be merged because: As these sites are ragged verbatim copies of what I've built through the years, I wish to avoid the risk of my family's known history being compromised and further distorted, however innocent the intent. There must be a solution short of my leaving the program. --- Cheers, Gary Smith, 53226 -- 8th great grandson of immigrant Andrew.
posted on Smith-28668 (merged) by [Living Smith]
As this site is someone's ragged verbatim copy of what I've built through the years, I wish to avoid the risk of my family's known history being compromised and distorted. There must be a solution short of my leaving the program. --- Cheers, Gary Smith, 8th great grandson of immigrant Andrew.
posted on Smith-28668 (merged) by [Living Smith]
Smith-64872 and Smith-28668 appear to represent the same person because: they have the same birth information. Please compare and merge Smith-64872 into Smith-28668 if you agree they are two profiles for the same person. Thank you. Kitty Cooper-1 Smith
posted on Smith-28668 (merged) by Kitty (Cooper) Smith

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