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  • Note from court document: Your Orator further sheweth that John Smith had six children [Exclusive of your Orator] viz Anne [who m. Needham Bryan, now deceased] Elizabeth [who was m. to William Bryan now deceased] John, Alexander, Jane [intermarried to Thomas Phelps now deceased] and Pheruba married to John Hinton that the said Anne, Elizabeth, John and Alexander died during the life of the said Intestate having each left children as legal representatives to claim in the room of the deceased parent; that your orator, Jane Phelps and Pheruba Hinton are the only surviving children of the said intestate - and your orator further sheweth that each of the said children [your orator included] during the life if said intestate... Question, which court, when and where, I believe this source needs citing"

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I believe this information refers to the following individuals. John Smith and Ann (Alexander) Willis

From Geni contributor Rachelle Roby CN Historian, # AH6520100, dtr # M319398Family Tree This is not a source

I take no joy in disappointing my cousins, but John Smith 1685-1712 of Purton is indeed a documented son of John Smith and Mary Warner. He inherited the Purton estate which belonged to his father and grandfather, and passed it on to his son, also named John Smith.

Sources include court records, wills, and a family Bible register passed from Augustine Warner Smith "of Shooter's Hill" to his grandson Gen. John Smith "of Hackwood." Needs to be cited

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NO, NO, NO! I believe these notes refer to the following individuals. John Smith and Ann (Alexander) Willis. Nope, this refers to John Smith of Purton!

The original has been lost, but a copy is transcribed in the William & Mary Quarterly, said to belong to Gen. John Smith of Hackwood (1750-1836, son of John Smith 1715-1771 of Shooter's Hill, grandson of Augustine Warner Smith 1689-1756 of Shooter's Hill, great-grandson of John Smith and Mary Warner). General Smith is said to have copied the Bible register of his grandfather Augustine Warner Smith.
"The Smiths of Virginia"
Lyon G. Tyler
The William and Mary Quarterly
Vol. 4, No. 1 (Jul., 1895), pp. 46-52
18 Jul 1685: John Smith was born y 18th of July 1685 about a quarter after one in ye morning - it being Saturday.
18 8bry 1711: John Smith and Ann Alexander were marryed 8br y 18th 1711.''

See article here: Williams and Mary See 2 images to the right

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NO, NO, NO! PURTON!!! I believe these notes refer to the following individuals. John Smith and Ann (Alexander) Willis

PURTON ESTATE The only son of John Smith 1685-1712 and Ann Alexander, John Smith 1712-1735, inherited Purton from his father John Smith, who likewise inherited it from his father John Smith.

The Purton estate in Gloucester, Virginia being passed from one John Smith to the next is pretty good evidence all by itself.

I'm still looking for a copy of the 10 May 1735 will of John Smith (son of John Smith and Ann Alexander), but his will is referenced here. He left "Purton" to his fiance Mary Willis, who married Lewis Burwell, died without heirs, and passed the estate on to her niece Mary Willis, who married William Daingerfield.

1. John Smith, stepson of Col. Henry Willis was born December 17,1712; died without issue, and left estate (included Purton) that descended to Mary Willis, who married Col. Wm Daingerfield.

A sketch of the Willis family of Virginia : and of their kindred in other states : with brief biographies of the Reades, Warners, etc. Willis, Byrd Charles,. Richmond, Va.. Whittet & Shepperson. 1898. Online at

2. John Smith, b. December 17, 1712. He made his will May 10, 1735, and shortly afterwards died, unmarried. He was affianced to Mary Willis, daughter of Col. Francis, and he willed to her his estate, "Purton." In 1736, Mary Willis was married to Col. Lewis Burwell, "President of His Majesty's Council in the Colony of Virginia."

Louise Pecquet du Bellet, Edward Jaquelin, Martha Cary Jaquelin, Some Prominent Virginia Families, Vol IV, J. P. Bell Company, Lynchburg, VA, 1907, p. 34, Google Books, online

3. 10 May 1735: That John Smith, Gent., of Gloucester County, being in his lifetime and at his death seized of 3,333 acres of land in Spottsylvania, where the said William Daingerfield now lives, did by his will, dated May 10, 1735, make a residuary clause, item: "I give to my grandmother Anne Alexander (Anne Morgan, wife of David Alexander), all my other lands not bequeathed, negroes, money, stock, etc., during her life, and after her death to my brother Henry Willis (son of Anne {Alexander} Smith, his mother and Henry Willis, her second husband), and his heirs, but in case he dies without issue, to my borther, John Willis" (brother of Henry, last named), "and soon after making said will the said John Smith died, and the aforesaid tract passed to Anne Alexander, his grandmother, and was enjoyed by her during the remainder of her life, and after her death the said Henry" (son of Anne Alexander and her second husband, Col Henry Willis) "inherited it and was seized as a tenant entail, and the said Henry Willis dying without heir or heirs of his body, the estate entail came to his brother, John Willis, who also died and the estate descended to Mary Willis, now Mary Daingerfield, daughter and heiress of the said John Willis."

Louise Pecquet du Bellet, Some Prominent Virginia Families, Vol 2, J. P. Bell Co., 1907, Lynchburg, VA, Vol 2, p. 36-37. Google Book, online.

4. See also multiple references to the Purton estate in Hening's Statutes.

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I believe these notes refer to the following individuals. John Smith and Ann (Alexander) Willis and Henry Willis Sr

SOURCES RELATED TO ANN ALEXANDER M. 2) HENRY WILLIS John Smith's widow, Ann Alexander Smith, married Henry Willis--her first marriage to John Smith of Purton is mentioned in various Willis genealogies:

"Among the most attractive belles of the period were two cousins of the Washington family, Mildred Washington and Mildred Howell, and Ann Alexander, who was their mutual friend and neighbor. They were gay and social and therefore very popular with the beaux. One of these beaux, Henry Willis (b. 1691-2; d. Sept. 14, 1740), was a youth of impetuous character and determined will. He courted all three girls at the same time, and so impartial was he in his attentions that they all three laughed at him, declaring that he did not know his own mind, and turned his pretensions into ridicule. Whereupon he vowed that he would not rest until he had married all three of them. In due process of time Ann Alexander married John Smith, of "Purton." Mildred Howell married John Brown, and Mildred Washington married Roger Gregory. John Smith, of "Purton," was the first to die, and Henry Willis, as soon as he dared, came over and laid seige to the widow, and they were married November 2, 1714. Ann (Alexander) Willis, the widow of Smith, died about 1726, having borne to Henry Willis six children: (children listed) Mildred Howell was the next of the three girls to lose her husband, and Henry Willis immediately laid seige to the widow Brown, whom he married October 30, 1726. She died October 17, 1732, having borne to Henry Willis three children. (children listed)."

Louise Pecquet du Bellet, Some Prominent Virginia Families, Vol 2, J. P. Bell Co., 1907, Lynchburg, VA, Vol 2, p. 37-38. Google Book, online.

Ann Alexander's first marriage to John Smith of Purton is also mentioned on p.25 of "A sketch of the Willis family of Virginia, and of their kindred in other states. With brief biographies of the Reades, Warners, Lewises, Byrds, Carters, Champs, Bassetts, Madisons, Daingerfields, Thorntons, Burrells, Taliaferros, Tayloes, Smiths, and Amblers" by Willis, Byrd Charles, 1847-1912; Willis, Richard Henry, 1849- joint author, Published 1898

"Col. Henry Willis, the founder of Fredericksburg,.....His first wife was Ann Alexander, widow of John Smith, of 'Purton," Gloucester county, where he married her November 2, 1714. "

Auto-scanned copy here--looking for a Sketches of the Willis Family Entire book is to the right

See also the journal article "Willis Family" in The William and Mary Quarterly Vol. 6, No. 4 (Apr., 1898), pp. 206-214 Williams and Mary - Willis Family Image to the Right

So we have his parents, birth date, wife, and marriage date in the Purton-Smith family Bible. We have the Purton estate itself passed from John Smith m. Mary Warner to son "John Smith of Purton" 1685-1712, who passed it to his son John 1712-1735. John 1712-1735 specifically mentions the Purton estate in his will, and bequeathes his remaining estate to his grandmother Anne (Morgan) Alexander, further showing that he is the son of Anne Alexander Smith.

Some Prominent Virginia Families, Vol II, Chapt I, pp 1-7, On-Line Genealogy Library database: “Bernard Smiths of Purton. . .derived from a large estate, ling on the York River, in Gloucester Co., Va., which came to them through the marriage of Speaker John Smith, son of Thomas Smith, emigrant, and Anna Bernard, daughter of Richard Bernard and Ann Corderoy. . . ‘John Smith,’ of Purton, Sr., son of Thomas Smith, emigrant, was Lieut.-Colonel and Speaker of the House of Burgesses in 1657. Speaker John Smith had occasion, March 13, 1657, as presiding officer of the House of Burgesses, to voice the refusal of the members to accept the order of dissolution by the Governor. They continued sitting, and won the case. Their declaration signed by ‘John Smith, Speaker, ‘ wins. . .During Bacon’s Rebellion, Speaker John Smith was one of the prominent men whom Bacon compelled to take the oath at Middle Plantation, August 3, 1676. The King’s commissioners classed him among ‘the eminent sufferers by the Rebels.’ . . .In 1670, Speaker John Smith, son of Thomas Smith, emigrant, became guardian for the orphans of Col. Samuel Mathews in the place of Madam Bernard. . .Speaker John Smith of Purton had a son, John Smith of Purton, Jr., b 1662; d. 1698. He was captain in the Provincial Service, burgess from Gloucester Co., and vestryman in Petsworth Parish. (Ref. William and Mary College Quarterly, Vol IV, No. I, July 1895.) . . .Captain John Smith, Sr. [Jr ?] of Purton, d. ye 14 of April, 1698 (Warner Family, Chapter I, Volume IV.)

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I believe these notes refer to the following individuals. John Smith and Ann (Alexander) Willis

Fresh copy with inserts and correct link to source.

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Richard Bernard, of Petsworth, Buckinghamshire, was born in 1618, and married Anne Corderoy, born in 1622; they were licensed to be married at St. Andrews-in-the-Wardrobe November 24, 1634(1). Bernard's arms were a bear rampant(2). The family is found in York County in 1647, and that year Richard Bernard had a lease of Pryor's plantation above Yorktown. In 1661, "Anna Bernard, now of Purton(3), in Petsoe Parish", Gloucester county (which

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parish was doubtless named in honor of the Bernard family), sold Pryor's plantation, purchased by her in 1652 of Thomas Edwards, of the Inner Temple, London, gentleman, and Margaret, his wife, one of the two daughters of William Pryor, deceased; and the deed is witnessed by Francis Bernard and John Smith. Mrs. Anne Bernard was guardian of the orphans of Col. Samuel Matthews, of Warwick county; and in 1670 Major John Smith was a guardian. In 1653 Mrs. Anne Bernard wrote to Walter Brodhurst(4), of Northumberland county, a letter, in which she refers to her daughter, Anne Smith.

1. Major John Smith, first of Warwick county, Speaker of the House of Burgesses, had occasion on March 13, 1657, as presiding officer of the House of Burgesses, to voice the refusal of the members to accept the order of dissolution by Governor Mathews. They continued sitting and won the case. Their declaration, signed first by "John Smith, Speaker", runs: "That we find by the records the present power of government to reside in such persons as shall be empowered by the Burgesses (the representatives of the people) who are not dissolvable by any power extant in Virginia but the House of Burgesses". The House elected Mathews Governor, and issued orders, over the name of John Smith, Speaker, to the sergeant-at-arms, to execute no warrants but those of the Speaker(5).

In 1663 a conspiracy of the servants was exposed by "Berkenhead, a servant of John Smith, of Purton". The Assembly, September 16, 1663, "Resolved that Berkenhead (the discoverer of the 'horrid plot") have his freedom and 5000 pounds of tobacco given him in Gloucester county, and that his master be satisfied in said county for his time". It was also resolved that the 13th of September, the day fixed for the alleged rising, "be annually kept holy."(6).

John Smith became Lieutenant Colonel before 1674, and in that year he was agent for Mr. Richard Tyler, of London, who had lands in Gloucester county, by the courtesy of England(7). During Bacon's Rebellion, Smith ws one of the prominent men whom the great patriot compelled to take the oath of allegiance at Middle Plantation, on August 3, 1676(8). He was afterwards classed by the king's commissioners among the "eminent sufferers" by the rebels.

March 7, 1675-6, Lt. Coll John Smith, Major John Lewis, Capt. Philip Lightfoot, Mr. Thomas Royster, and Mr. John Buckner, patented land in Gloucester Co.

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Several seals, bearing three ounces' heads, descended in John Smith's family, one of which is still in the possession of the Daniel family living at Jacksonville, Florida.

Mr. J. Smith Davison, late of Warren county, Va., wrote in 1854 that another heirloom was a cream pot(9) which "is now (1854) owend by Mrs. Anna M. Turner, to whom it was given by her great grandmother, Mrs. Anna Smith, bearing the crest of the family, a nag's head engraved on it * * An old paper now in my possession, found among the papers of Gen. John Smith, of Hackwood, is endorsed "The ages of my father's children". This is a literal copy of thepaper, taken itself from the old Purton Bible, now lost:

2. JOHN SMITH(10) AND MARY WARNER(10) were married ye 17th of Feby 1680.

3. Mildred Smith was born y 20th of Feb 1681-2 it being Munday about a quarter before nine in y morning.

4. Mary Smith was born ye 29th of April 1684 about one o'clock in ye morning - it being tewsday.

5. John Smith was born y 18th of July 1685 about a quarter after one in ye morning – it being Saturday.

Mary Smith dyed ye 18th of June 1684.

6. Augustine Smith ws born ye 16th of June 1689 about twelve o'clock at night it being on a Thursday.

7. Elizabeth Smith was born ye 25th of May 1690 it being Sunday about eight in ye evening.

8. Philip Smith(11) was born ye 1st of June 1695 at a quarter past two in ye morning it being Saturday.

9. Ann Smith was born ye 2nd November 1697 about half an hour past 5 in ye evening it being Saturday.

CAPT. JOHN SMITH Senr of Purton died ye 14th of April, 1698.

Mr. Robert Porteus(12) & Mildred Smith were marryed ye 17th of Augt 1700.

MRS. MARY SMITH(13) Senr of Purton dyed Nov ye 12th 1700.

Henry Harrison and Elizabeth Smith were marryed April 1st 1708.

John Smith and Ann Alexander were marryed 8br y 18th 1711.

Philip Smith & Mary Mathews were marryed Feb 9th 1711.

Augustine Smith & Sarah Carver were marryed y 9th of 9ber 1711.

5. John Smith owned "Purton" in Glocuester Co.

6. Augustine Smith owned "Shooters Hill", in Middlesex Co.

8. Philip Smith inherited "Fleet's Bay" in Northumberland Co.

The following register of AUGUSTINE SMITH and SARAH CARVER of "Shooter's Hill" was copied by General Smith into his niece's Bible, along with the "Purton" register.

Augustine Smith and Sarah Carver, daughter of John Carver(14) of Gloucester, were married November 9, 1711. Issue:

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9, I. Mary Smith was born 30th of July 1713.

10. II. John Smith was born 13th of November 1715 (of "Shooter's Hill").

11. III. Sarah Smith was born 8th Septr 1717.

12. IV. Mildred Smith was born the 22d of September 1719.

I. Mary Smith died the 8th of June 1720.

13. V. Elizabeth Smith was born the 8th of May 1722.

14. VI. Ann Smith was born 10th of February 1724.

VI. Ann Smith died the 2nd of June 1724.

15. VII. Susanna Smith ws born the 27th April 1725.

14. VIII. Jane Sith was born the 6th of March 1726.

Sarah Smith Senr died the 12th of March 1726 age 31 years 10 months & 7 days.

VIII. Jane Smith died March 29th 1732.

Mordecai Cook & Sarah Smith were married the 6th of Novr 1735.

John Smith and Mary Jaquelin were married the 17th Novr 1737.

John Willis and Mildred Smith were married 26th January 1743.

Philip Aylett & Elizabeth Smith were married 16th March 1749.

The following register of JOHN SMITH, son of Augustine Smith and Sarah Carver, was copied by Edward Jaquelin Davison from the original Bible register:

John Smith(15) and Mary Jaquelin were married the 17th day of November 1737 By the Revrd. Wm. Dawson at James Town.

17. I. Augustine Smith was born the 3 of Jan at 5 o'Clock in the evening at Yorktown 1739 & Christened on the 15th of Jany by the Revrd. Mr. Fountain [Fontaine].

18. II. Martha Jaqueline Smith was born 12th Novr 1740, it being on a Wensday about 11 o'Clock in the forenoon. Her Aunt her Godmother & M. S.(?) [This was the aunt for whom she was named, Miss Martha Jaquelin.]

19. III. Sarah Smith was boran the 11th Novr 1742 about 9 o'Clock at night, her Aunt Cook & E. Smith with Mr. Phillip Grymes Godfather and Mothers.

20. IV. Mary Smith was born the 17th Septr 1744 at 6 o'Clock in the morning. Richard Ambler Esqr Majr Berkeley Godfathers, Mrs. Berkeley and Milld Willis G.M. [Godmothers.]

21. V. Jaquelin Smith was born the 2nd of July 1746 about 4 o'Clock in the morning and died the 24th Feb 1747.

22. VI. Elizabeth Smith was born the 29th Decr 1747 abt 3 in the morning and died the 10th September 1748.

23. VII. John Smith was born the 7th of May 1750 about five in the morning. [This is General John Smith, of "Hackwood."]

24. VIII. Edward Smith was born the 11th of June 1752 about 1 in the morning.

Register(16) of Edward Jaquelin of Jamestown:

Edward Jaquelin (b. 1668, d. 1739), son of John Jaquelin and Elizabeth

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Craddock of Kent, England, emigrated to Virginia about the year 1697, and married for his second wife, 1706-7, Martha (b. 1686, d. 1738) dau. of William Cary, Gent., of Warwick Co., son of Miles Cary. He was a merchant of prominence and wealth at Jamestown. Issue:

Mathew Jaquelin was born 1707-8 and died 1727.

Elizabeth Jaquelin was born Oct. 1709 and died 1759.

Martha Jaquelin was born Jany 1711 and died 1804.

Mary Jaquelin was born March 1714 and died Oct. 4, 1764.

Edward Jaquelin was born Dec. 1716 and died 1733-4.

Elizabeth Jaquelin married Richard Ambler, the old Colonial treasurer, ancestor of all the Virginia Amblers.

Martha Jaquelin remained single and died at the advanced age of 95. She was known as "Lady" Jaquelin on account of her high, aristocratic ideas, and it is said she waited for a duke or a count to come over and address her. At the age of 50 she took upon herself the title of "Mistress", a custom in vogue in England amongst aged spinsters at that day.

Mary Jaquelin married John Smith, a son of Augustine Smith and Sarah Carver. The two sons of Edward Jaquelin died in youth, so that the name Jaquelin as a sir name became extinct with the death of their father, they having pre-deceased him.

Martha Jaquelin and her son, Edward, gave to the church at Jamestown a silver baptismal font in 1733-4, which, after the destruction of the church, was returned to Col. John Ambler as the nearest representative of the donors, and was by him presented to Monumental church, Richmond (where it now does service), on the express condition that it should be retained in all time in its present shape. These are the inscriptions engraved upon it. This is that around the rim on the upper side: "After the church at James City was destroyed this basin was returned to Col. John Ambler, of Jamestown, as the representative of the donor, and by him was presented, in the year 1831, to the Monumental church, city of Richmond, upon the condition that it should be retained in all time in its present shape for the use of the church". The following is on the bottom, "Given by Martha, the wife of Edward Jaquelin, and Edward, their son, for the use of the church in James City. The last Dyed in Hackny - Interred in Shadwell church-yard. Aged 18."


1. Chester's London Marriage Licenses.

2. York Records.

3. Purton Plantation lies on York River.

4. His widow married Col. John Washington.

5. Hening Stats.

6. Ibid.

7. General Court Records MS.

8. Anne Cotton's "Bacon Proceedings", Force's Tracts, Vol. I.

9. Mr. Edward Jaquelin Davison (nephew of J. Smith Davison), to whom I

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am indebted for much that follows, says, "The cream-pot mentioned may have been a Jaquelin relic, as the same design appears in botht eh Jaquelin and Smith crests, with the exception that the former had the head, or neck, transfixed by a spear. My uncle was remarkably accurate in everything he did, and I am sure General Smith's version was given correctly. The Bible register was copied by General Smith, 6th August, 1773, just before he removed to Frederick county, as he copied the same data into a Bible for his niece at that time, a copy of which I had sent me by her daughter, an old lady now residing in Richmond. I have a copy furnished from an entirely different souce, it having been taken from a copy made from the old Bible itself, which was some years since in the possession of Capt. Boyd Smith of Alexandria, and I presume was destroyed during the late war. This gentleman was a descendant of General Smith's eldest brother, Augustine. I am sure Augustine Smith was an Episcopal clergyman, at least I have been told so. All of these copies of the "Purton" register have been identical, which undoubtedly is verification sufficient.

10. According to a deed dated 1708 in York county, Mrs. Mildred Warner bought land of her brother, Thomas Reade. On her death she left the same to her son, Robert Warner, who dying childless, the land went to her three daughters, Isabella who married John Lewis, Mildred who married Lawrence Washington (Grandfather of George Washington), and Mary who married John Smith deceased.

11. Mr. E. J. Davison adds an item here’s given by Gen. Smith, of Hackwood, and as coming from one of his correspondents, both being identical; "Philip Smith, of Northumberland, died June 4, 1743, being 48 years and 3 days old."

12. Robert Porteus married secondly Elizabeth, daughter of Hon. Edmund Jennings, mother of Beilby Porteus, Bishop of Chester. She, Elizabeth, died 20 January, 1754, aet. 60, and was buried in St. Martin's, Cony St., York. (Jening's Pedigree from New York Curio.)

13. In the Petsworth Parish Vestry Book, Capt. John Smith appears as vestryman, in room of Capt. Lightfoot, October 5, 1691. An order was made by the vestry about the L10 left by him to the poor. Under date of October 1, 1701, it is stated that "Madam Mary Smith" left a legacy of L5 to be distributed among the poor.


Know all men by these presents that I John Carver in Gloster County in Virginia, Doe by these presents out of my Love & Affection I have for my sonn William Carver & opon the Consideration of his being Joyned in Matrimony with Dionesia Bayley by the will & Appointment of Almighty God, Doe give him & his heires for Ever the one halfe of the Seat of Land he now Lives opon with pportion of houseing plantation & fenceing & one halfe of the Stock of Cattle and hogs now belonging to itt & one mare & Colt & a Bay horse & the household goods there belonging & two negroes & one Negroe Boy named Robin, Nan & jack, & to be in possession of all of wich att the time of his Marriage as above said. & Doe further give the Remainder of the Said Land att my Decease or Departure out of this World, all which premises Above Mentioned I

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Doe p'mise & oblige my Selfe to make an Acknowledgment of the Same in Court to be there Recorded after the time of there Marriage When Demanded as Witness my hand this 15th Day of May 1694-'5.

JOHN CARVER. Test Conquest Wyatt Richard Bayley George Seaton

At a Court held for Gloucester County the 16th day of December 1696. This day came into Court John Carver presented and acknowledged the above Deed unto William Carver upon whose motion y same is admitted to Record & is Recorded.


15. These dates were supplied by Mr. Davison from other sources: "John Smith, Sen., of Shooter's Hill, died November 19th, 1771, at 3 in the morning, aged 56 years, at 'Harewood', the house of Samuel Washington, near Winchester, to which he was on a visit. Mary Smith, Senr., of Shooter's Hill, died Novemer 19, 1754, aged 50 years."

"'Shooter's Hill', the home of the Smiths in Middlesex county, was situated on the Rappahannock River, not far from the town of urbanna. The house was a large three-story brick, covered on the top with lead, and had a fish-pond on it, where a mess of fish might be caught at any time. John Smith, the proprietor, lived in style, with his coach-and-six, and three postillions in livery. The place descended to Dr. Augustine Jaqueline Smith, son of Augustine Smith, eldest son of John Smith and Mary Jacquelin, and was burned while the owner was in Europe". - Mrs. mary Smith Mutter, granddaughter of Rev. Thomas and Mary Smith.

16. "The above register was furnished me from a number of sources, and in the main they all agree; there are, however, a few discrepancies. One gives the date of the marriage of E. J. and M. C., as 1697, while his wife at that time ws but nine years of age. A remarkably youthful bride! Full investigation gives the above result". - E. J. Davidson.

(To be Continued.)

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John the son of Thomas Smith and _______________________ was born in 1690. [1]

He and his family migrated to Craven and Johnston County, North Carolina starting in the late 1730's early 1740's.

John was probably born around 1693 and died “between 1777 and 1793” in Hawkins County, Territory South of the Ohio [later Tennessee]. He married Elizabeth Whitfield, daughter of a Matthew Whitfield of Virginia in 1708.[2] [1]

These dates, however, appear to be too early since, from his estates papers, we know he died in 1793. Emma M. Whitfield, in her extensive research on the Whitfield, Bryan and Smith families, could not prove either date, nor that he married a Whitfield.[3][2]


  1. Elizabeth Smith 1724-1818
  2. Samuel Smith about 1725
  3. Jane Smith 1728-1818 *
  4. Nancy Anne (Ann) Smith 1729-
  5. John Smith Jr. 1736-1789, Daughters of the American Revolution, DAR Genealogical Research Databases, database online, ( : accessed 24 Feb 1010), "Record of John Smith Jr", Ancestor # A105905.
  6. Alexander Smith 1740-1779 Could be Smith-20836
  7. Pherabee Smith 1748-1773

The family arrived in Craven County, North Carolina, around 1738, since John’s first land patent was issued March 17 1740.[4] He had to have time to find the land, have it surveyed, then apply. The land adjoined Samuel Smith, most likely his brother.

1745 Johnston County set off from Craven County.

He received numerous land grants on both sides of the Neuse River, served in the General Assembly, and as justice of the peace for Johnston County.[5]

12 Oct 1762, John Smith Sr. sold to John Smith Jr. five tracts of land, 175, 150, 288, 30, 300 = 943 on both sides of the river.[6] This is 640 acres S.side Neuse River on Black Cr. Including the Plantation whereon he formaly lived on Neuse Riv at the mouth of Black Creek.[7]

1771 the Johnston County Courthouse was moved to Smith’s ferry and on 12 Apr 1777, the town of Smithfield was formed by act of legislature.

15 Feb 1782, John Sr of Johnston Co. to Winifred Bryan for love I bear my grad dau, 1 negro girl about 10 years old named Lydia, already in her possession, (Nancy Ann's child) Witn: K. Bryan, Abraham Barns, John Bryan.[8]

2 Apr 1782, John Smith of Johnston Co. for love to my 3 Grand children, Rachel Williams, John Smith,Mary Smith son & daughters of my son Alexander Smith Decd .. 9 negro slaves.[9]

John and sons John Jr,. and Samuel then moved west across the Blue Ridge to the upper Tennessee River in Hawkins County, North Carolina. In 1790 Hawkins County was ceded to the Territory of the United States of America South of the River Ohio and in 1796 the area became the state of Tennessee. When Jefferson County was established in 1792 it took in a small section of Hawkins County, so it appears they may have settled along the lower end of the Holstein River near its junction with the French Broad River to form the Tennessee River near Knoxville.

Of their known children (from the estate papers) it appears that Nancy, Elizabeth, Samuel, John Jr. and Alexander were born before the move and Jane and Pherebee after the move.

Son John Jr. died in Hawkins Co.

John died 'about the month of February 1793 not having made any will.' Samuel 'only surviving son' received letters of administration from Jefferson Co. and sold the estate for $10,542 to be distributed to heirs of:[10] He stated that John Smith Sr. had six children excluding himself.

• Anne Bryan late of Johnson Co. NC married to Needham Bryan now deceased;

• Elizabeth Bryan late of Johnson Co. NC married to Wm Bryan now deceased;

• John Smith Jr. late of Hawkins Co NC now the territory of the US south of the Ohio;

• Alexander late of Cumberland County.

• Jane widow of Thomas Phelps of Rowan County

• Pheruba married to John Hinton of Wake County.

3 Jun 1794, son Samuel submits a Bill of Complaint against the heirs of John Smith Sr. to the Judges of the Court of Equity for the District of Hamilton in the Territory of the United States of America South of the River Ohio, listing a schedule of money, slaves and other property given in advancement to children and grand children.

Other than Samuel, the only surviving children were Jane wife of Thomas Phelps dec., and Pheraby wife of John Hinton.

It would seem that during the Revolutionary War the long and eventful life of John Smith came to a close. Tradition has it that he was buried on a bluff in Smithfield , North Carolina. A Patriot of the American Revolution for North Carolina. DAR Ancestor # A105919

Research Notes


  1. 1.0 1.1 Alabama, Surname Files Expanded, 1702–1981,; Alabama Department of Archives and History; Montgomery, AL; Alabama Surname Files; Box or Film Number: M84-4565
  2. 2.0 2.1 U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900,; Yates Publishing. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 [database online
  3. Whitfield, Emma Morehead, "Whitfield, Bryan, Smith and Related Families,” Vol.2 211. Elizabeth (__), daughter of Matthew Whitfield of Virginia.
  4. Land Patent Bk.8, p.91, #798.
  5. Whitfield, 212.
  6. Haun, Weynette Parks, "Johnston County, North Carolina Abstracts: Deed Books,” #298:John.TR-1:77.
  7. Haun, #298:John.TR-1:78.
  8. Haun, Vol.3#612:John.K:240.
  9. Haun, Vol.2#391:John.Tr-2:86.
  10. Knox Sup Crt RecBk.B 1797-1804, part2, p288-291.
  • Smith Family genealogy of Johnston Co. NC
  • North Carolina Hist. Gen. Reg., Vol 1 (1900), quarterly issues 1-4 bound: issue 4 (October), page 577.
  • "Virginia Births and Christenings, 1584-1917," database (FamilySearch: 5 December 2014), John Smith, ; citing , reference ; FHL microfilm 873,777. I think this is the wrong person'
  • "North Carolina Estate Files, 1663-1979," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 13 March 2018), John Smith, 1793; citing Craven, North Carolina, United States, State Archives, Raleigh; FHL microfilm 1,853,182.

Daughters of the American Revolution, DAR Genealogical Research Databases, database online, ( : accessed 24 Feb 2020), "Record of John Smith", Ancestor # A105919.

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