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.
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 http://tinyurl.com/bsqzoqa
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
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