Brig Gen James Smith served in the Pennsylvania Militia during the American Revolution Service started: Unit(s): Service ended:
James Smith is an NSSAR Patriot Ancestor. NSSAR Ancestor #: P-292120 Rank: Signer, Declaration of Independence
Signer of the Declaration of Independence. Son of John.
James Smith was born in Ireland around 1719. He studied law and was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar at age twenty-six.
Smith went to a provincial assembly in 1774, where he introduced a paper he had written, the "Essay on the Constitutional Power of Great Britain over the Colonies in America." The essay mentioned boycotting British goods, and supported a General Congress of the Colonies to defend colonial rights. Smith organized a volunteer militia company in York, which elected him Captain.
He was appointed to the provincial convention in Philadelphia in 1775, the state constitutional convention in 1776, and was elected to the Continental Congress the same year.
James Smith retired from the Congress in 1777. In 1782 he was appointed Brigadier General of the Pennsylvania militia. He died on July 11, 1806.
Parents: John Smith 1686 - 1760.
Spouse: Eleanor Armor Smith 1721 - 1818.
Margaret Smith Johnson 1761 - 1838.
Mary Smith Kelly 1763 - 1840.
Elizabeth Smith 1765 - 1793.
1st-11th Annual Reports DAR. Senate documents (United States Congress, Senate). Government Printing Office: Washington, DC.; SAR Graves Registry 1959; Story of the Declaration of Independence by Dr Dumas Malone
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with James by comparing test results with other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA.
Y-chromosome DNA test-takers in his direct paternal line on WikiTree: