LUKE SMITH had a grant of 400 acres on the north side of Staunton River and on the north side of Turnip Creek in Brunswick County, Virginia, 30 July 1742 (Land Office Patents 20 [1741-1743], p. 406). He was bequeathed a slave in his father’s will, 29 October 1744 (Henrico County, Virginia Wills and Deeds, 1744-1478, p. 155). He made a deed to Thomas Pharis of Lunenburg County, for six pence, of 75 acres, part of a larger tract granted to Smith, 7 March 1747 (Lunenburg County Deed Book 1, p. 291). He appears on the 1749 and 1750 Lunenburg County, Virginia tax lists living near his wife’s Ferris kinsmen. On 4 July 1750 he had a commission as an officer – rank not specified, but probably lieutenant or captain – in the Lunenburg County, Virginia militia (Virginia’s Colonial Soldiers, 22). On 16 August 1756 he had a further grant of 1,032 acres on both sides of Allens Creek of Banister River in Lunenburg County (Land Office Patents 33 [1756-1761], p. 78). He sold 100 acres of this grant to James Farris of Antrim Parish, Halifax County, for £4 on 17 October 1758 (Halifax County Deed Book 1, p. 528) and a further 632 acres of the same to Joseph Farris of Halifax County for £50, 18 October 1758 (Deed Book 2, p. 34). In both of these he was described as being “of the Province of North Carolina” and they were signed with the mark of Judah Smith, presumably his wife. On the same day, 18 October, he sold a further 100 acres of the same grant to Jacob Farris of Halifax County for £6 (Deed Book 2, p. 36). He appears on the 1755 Orange County, North Carolina tax list. A deed from him to his son-in-law Nehemiah Howard for 90 acres was ordered to be recorded in May 1761 (Orange County, North Carolina Deed Book 1, p. 50). He had a plat for 250 acres on Tyger River in Craven County, South Carolina, adjoining Philip Mulkey, 5 April 1770 (South Carolina Archives). His neighbour was the prominent early Baptist minister, Philip Mulkey, who converted in 1756, was ordained in 1757, and led a group of settlers from Deep River in North Carolina to Broad River in South Carolina, circa 1759-1760. Amongst his congregation at Fairforest Church was also Benjamin Holcombe. He married JUDITH FERRIS, who was born circa 1716 in “we believe, and raised on James River, not far from Richmond, Va.” (Holcombe, Rise and Progress, 43) and died, aged ninety-five, March 1811 in Union District, South Carolina (Republican and Savannah Evening Ledger, 3 December 1811). She married (2) Caleb Edmondson, who made his will 4 January 1791 in Union County; it was proved 6 April 1791. In it he bequeathed his plantation, household furniture, and a slave to his wife. By her first husband she had eleven children.
The ultimate authority for this family’s make-up appears to be Hosea Holcombe, who in his Rise and Progress of the Baptists in Alabama included the following footnote:
"We will here give a concise sketch of a family of which we have knowledge, a number of whom emigrated about this time to Alabama. They may indeed, be called the Baptist family. Judith Fariss, who was born, we believe, and raised on James River, not far from Richmond, Va.; was married to Luke Smith, by whom she had eleven children. They were members of the Baptist church, and also nine of their children, one of whom was a preacher. The whole family resided in S. Carolina for many years, where Mrs. Smith died in 1811; Mr. Smith having died many years previous. She was believed to be about 100 years of age. A calculation of the number of her offspring, having been made a few days previous to her death, it was found that she had 93 grand children; 45 of whom were Baptists; 298 great-grand children, and 20 of the fourth generation; making an aggregate, including her own children, of 422 ! ! ! [sic]
There are now living, in Alabama and Mississippi, a number of her posterity, among whom are five ministers of the gospel, and we know of three or four more in South Carolina. One of her grand children, now living in this state, who, with his wife, ten of their children, three grand children, three sons-in-law, and seven daughters-in-law, are all members of the Baptist church; three of the family are ministers of the gospel! "
The identification with Luke, son of Obadiah, appears to have first been made by Brent Howard Holcomb in Greer and Related Families (1987), pp. 82-84.
Luke B. Smith was an early teacher in Virginia. Tradition states that he was a teacher in Prince Edward County, Virginia, which later became Hampden-Sidney College. He married Judith Farris, daughter of Henry and Alicia McGuiver Farris, in 1732, in Virginia. She was born in Richmond County, Virginia, in 1715.
They were residing in Lunenburg County, Virginia, as early as 1745, where he was listed as a vestryman of Cumberland Parish from 1745-175
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birth: September 1700; Charles City, Virginia, United States
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death: 1770; South Carolina, United States
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