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John was probably born around 1710 in Virginia. [See Birth section below.] He settled in Johnston County, North Carolina, he possibly lived for awhile in Bladen Co. NC. and later died “about the month of February 1793” in Hawkins County, Territory South of the Ohio River.

What evidence do we have that John Sr. made the move to Hawkins County and died there?'-LC
This is stated later on and still no evidence, I am not sure he moved.-LC
Do we need the Birth Section below?-LC
I think we need to work on all the dates. If they are all estimates the doc needs to indicate so and how the date was determined. DOB of 1710 is too early based on marriage and children but plausible based on DOD
It appears that John's place and DOD is being based on what has been termed as "probate" records. But in this case the estate is being liquidated and distributed by an administrator since John Sr died intestate. The court records do seem to support that John Sr death occurred c 1793 but does not explicitly indicate that John Sr died in Hawkins Co. This question is still unresolved in my thinking. Perhaps this question should be asked in G2G in hopes that someone more familiar with the administration of an estate can shed light on this question ? Probate (to settle a will) would usually be filed where the deceased was living at the time of death but this was a suit filed by the administrator to ensure the remaining estate was liquidated and divided fairly among the remaining heirs.

He married about 1725 (estimated) Elizabeth Whitfield, thought to be daughter of Matthew Whitfield of Virginia.[1] [See Marriage Note below.].

Are these marriage notes necessary, they do not prove or disprove marriage dates? This is a sandbox. Unless a final incorporation of notes is ready to be made I would leave them.

c.1724 Elizabeth Smith 1724-1818[2] m. William Bryan [c.1744 - profile has child b. 1736 & 1740!]

Children are unsourced profiles

c.1725 Samuel Smith 1725-1795 m. Susannah Unknown

No known profile has been made for Susanna Unknown, should we make one?

c.1728 Jane Smith 1728-1818 m. Thomas Felps [c.1760, so this birth looks too early.]

I have not been able to verify her dob, need help verifying her DOB??? I think all of the children's DOB may need to be revisited. The difference in birth dates between Jane Smith 1728 and Thomas Felps 1760 is more than 30 years ?

c.1729 Nancy Ann Smith 1729[2] - m. Needham Bryan [c.1749]

7 Aug 1731 John Smith Jr. 1731-1789 born in 1731[3]

About 1738 He and his family migrated to Craven [soon to be Johnston] County, North Carolina. He had to have time to find the land, have it surveyed, then apply. The land adjoined Samuel Smith, most likely John's brother.

17 Mar 1740 First land patent was issued, on the Neuse River in Craven County.[4]

c.1740 Alexander Smith 1740-1779 [m. 1763]

1746 - Johnston County was set off from Craven County. [5].

c 1746 - He served in the General Assembly, and as justice of the peace for Johnston County. The land patent records shows he owned upward of 5,000 acres most of which was on both sides of the Neuse River in the vicinity of present Smithfield. [6]

Land Records

4? Mar 1761 - William Bynum of Orringe Co, planter to John Smith Senr. of Jo Co, planter, 40# curr NC money, 175 A in Jo Co on SS Miffle cr...beg at a cor White Oak near the cr: W to a pine cornered on the line: on a line of New Marked trees to a br: down that br to the cr & down the cr to the beg...houses, orchards, gardens, fences, woods & c...& within 21 years will execute further or better conveyance if requested... Wit: Charles McCullers, James Nolleboy William (x) Bynum Apr. Ct 1761 provd by James Nolleboy. Test: Robt. Rainey.1759-1771 Abstracts Vol I, page 16, # 92[7]

22 April 1761 - John Smith, Jo Co. Senr, & Planter, to Alexr. Avera, same, planter (amt not given) 220 A in Jo Co on BS Swift cr between Alexr. Avera & John Edins beg a pine John Edins cor Runing S220P: W160p to a pine: N220p to a pine to John Edins line: on his line to the beg being granted by Original deed from Granville dated 13 Jan last,,, Houses, orchards, gardins, fences & c... Wit: Nathl. Jones, D.R. Turner Apl. Ct. 1761 ackd. Test: Robert Rainey. 1759-1771 Abstracts Vol I, page 15-16, # 90[7]

12 Oct 1762 - John Smith Senr, Jo Co to John Smith Junr, same, 30# proc, 175 A in Jo Co, Beg at a pine on SS Nuse Riv & between the old Beverdams runing S70 W320p to a pine S8 E18p N48 E to the Run then divided by a line of marded trees... Wit: Wm Bryan, Saml. Smith, Saml. Granberry Oct Ct 1762 provd by Williams Bryan. Test: Needm. Bryan, C.C.1759-1771 Abstracts Vol I, page 50, # 294[7]

12 Oct 1762 - John Smith Senr, Jo Co to John Smith Junr, same, 40# NC money, 288 A (cng), on NS Nuse Riv beg at a Red Oak standing on a point by a by &runs S70 E740 W to a pine: N50 E168p to a pine: N33 W146p to a White Oak: W180_ to a black Oak: with a straight line to 1st sta... Wit: Wm. Bryan, Saml. Smith, Saml. Granberry Oct Ct 1762 proved by William Bryan. Test: Needm. Bryan, C.C. 1759-1771 Abstracts Vol I, page 50, # 296[7]

12 Oct 1762 - John Smith Senr, Jo Co to John Smith Junr, same,65# NC money 30 A in Jo Co, a plantation, on SS Nuse Riv beg at a Hickory in the Riv runing by a line of Markt. trees to John Smith Senr line granted by Deed from Charles Hays then u[ sd line to the Riv: down the manders of sd Riv to 1st sta... Wit: Wm. Bryan (jurat), Saml. Smith, Saml. Granberry Oct Ct 1762. Test: Needm. Bryan, C.C. 1759-1771 Abstracts Vol I, page 50, # 297[7]

12 Oct 1762 - John Smith Senr. Jo Co, Planter, to John Smith junr, same, 100# NC money, 300 A in Jo Co beg at the NS Nuse Riv beg at a Spanish Oak in the Riv & runs S50 E90p to a red Oak: S55 W00p to Buffelow cr: down sd crs manders to the mouth & up the riv to 1st sta... Wit: Wm Bryan (jurat), Saml. Smith, Saml. Granberry. Oct CT 1762. Test: Needm Bryan, CC 1759-1771 Abstracts Vol I, page 50, # 298[7]

12 Oct 1762 - John Smith Senr. Jo Co, Planter, to Saml. Smith, same, 60# proc. 640 A in Jo Co on SS Nuse Riv an on the side of Black cr Including the Plantation whereon he formally livd beg at a White Oak standing on sd cr runing S12 E807 p to a black Oak then S58 E300p to a pine: S75 E150p to a White Oak on Nuse Riv thence with manders of Riv to the mouth of Black cr & with the courses thereof to the beg... Wit: William Bryan Thos. Phelps, Saml. Granberry Oct Ct 1762 ackd. Test: Needm. Bryan, C. C. 1759-1771 Abstracts Vol I, page 51, # 299[7]

18 Oct 1762 - John Smith Senr, Jo Co to John Smith Junr, same, 40# NC money 150 A on SS Nuse Riv beg at a pine & runs W154p to a black Oak: N144p to a pine the E154p to a red Oak in the low Grounds of the Riv: with a straight line to 1st sta... Wit: Wm. Bryan (jurat), Saml. Smith, Saml. Granberry Oct Ct 1762. Test: Needm. Bryan, C.C. 1759-1771 Abstracts Vol I, page 50, # 295[7]

30 Mar 1763 - John Smith, Sr. of Johnston, to Thomas Phelps (Felps), of Cumberland, for £40 proc., 100 a. bought by John Smith, Sr., on 15 March 1760, on corner of 640 a patent to Jeffrey Dawson 16 Feb. 1737, who sold to Jonathan Lewellen of Cumberland, joiner, 23 Dec. 1741, who sold to WM. Dawson, of Cumberland, eldest son of sd. Heffrey, who sold back to Jonathan Lewellen 10 Sept. 1750, who sold to Gideon Allen, who sold to John Smith, Sr., 20 Sept., 1755 (sic).
Wit: James Nolleboy, Catharine Nolleboy.
Ackd. May 1763.
640 acres on east side of NW branch of Cape Fear River [8]2-203

30 Mar 1763 - John Smith, of Johnston, to Thomas Phelps (Felps), of Cumberland, for £75 proc., 308 a. on E/S of Cape Fear River, part of 640 a. patent to Jeffrey Dawson, late of Bladenm 16 Feb 1737. At death of sd. Jeffrey Dawson, his eldest son, William Dawson inherited sd. land of which he sold to Gideon Allen of Cumberland 232 a. of sd. land & remainder, 308 a. (sic), he sold to john Smith, Sr., 19 Jan. 1760
Wit: James Nollebay, Catharine Nolleboy.
Ackd. May 1763.[8]2-205

30 Mar 1763 - John Smith, of Johnston, to Thomas Phelps (Felps), of Cumberland, for £80 Proc., 300 a. on E/S of Cape Fear River, at Jeffrey Dawson's lower corner on river bank, patent to Thomas Armstrong 5 June 1740, who sold to Wm. Dawson of cumberland 29 Aug. 1746, who sold to Jonathan Lewelling (Luvilling), of Cumberland, 10 Sept. 1750, who sold to Gideon Allen, of Cumberland, 20 Sept. 1755, who sold to sd. John Smith, Sr., of Johnston 15 March 1760.
Wit: James Nolleboy, Catharine Nolleboy.
Ackd. May 1763[8] 2-206 [9] 2-206 [10] 2-206

30 Mar 1763 - John Smith, Sr., of Johnston, to Thomas Phelps (Felps), of Cumberland, for £50 proc., 232 a. on E/S of Cape Fear River, opposite mouth of Lower Little River, to Dawson's head line, to Jonathan Lewellen's upper line, part of 640 a. patent to Jeffrey Dawson 16 Feb, 1737, inherited by Wm. Dawson, son & heir of sd. Jeffrey Dawson, of Bladen; sd. 232 a.sold by Wm. Dawson to Gideon Allen 20 Sept. 1752, sold to John Smith, Sr., 15 March 1760.
Wit: James Nolleboy, Catharine Nolleboy.
Ackd. May 1763.[8] 2-208 [10] 2-208

30 Mar 1763 - John Smith, Sr. of Johnston, to Thomas Phelps (felps), Cumberland, for £40 proc. 100 a. bought by John Smith, Sr., on 15 March 1760, on corner of 640 a. patent to Jeffrey Dawson 16 Feb 1737, who sold to Jonathan Lewellen of Cumberland, joiner, 23 Dec. 1741, who sold back to Wm. Dawson, of Cumberland, eldest son of sd. Jeffrey, who sold back to Jonathan Lewellen 10 Sept. 1750, who sold to Gideon Allen, who sold to John Smith, Sr., 20 Sept. 1755 (sic).
Wit:James Nolleboy, Catharine Nolleboy.[8] 2-210 [10] 2-210

27 May 1763 - John Smith, Senior, Jo Co to James Nolleboy, same, 7# 108 VAmoney, 50 A is Jo Co St. Stephen Parish on Middle cr beg at a poplar running W200p to an oak: N40P to a pine: E200p to a white oak: S40p to the 1st sta... it being land the sd John Smith bought of Jacob Morris & the sd Jacob Morris bought of Chas. McCullers & the ad McCullers obtained a deed for it from Granville...Wit: Lod. Tanner + John Snipes. 1759-1771 Abstracts Vol I, page 93, # 559[7]

30 April 1764 - Thomas Phelps (Felps), of Cumberland, (also signed by Jane Felps), to Alexander Smith, of Johnston, for £75 proc., 308 a on E/S of Cape Fear River, part of 640 a. patent to Jeffrey Dawson, decd., 16 Feb. 1737; William Dawson, eldest son of sd. Jeffery Dawson, become owner at decease of sd. Jeffrey Dawson; sd. Wm. Dawson sold 232 a. to Gideon Allen of Cumberland, & sold remainder to John Smith 19 Jan 1760, who sold to Thomas Felps 30 May 1763
Wit: Jno.Stewart, Robert Love, Daniel Wooten.
Proved by John Stewart May 1764.[8] 2-378 [10] 2-378

30 Apr 1764 - Thomas Felps of Cumberland, (also signed by Jane Felps), to Alexander Smith of Johnston, for £50 Proc., 232 a. on E/S of Cape Fear River, opposite mouth of Lower Little River, to Dawson's head line, to Jonathan Lewelliing's upper line part of 640 a. patent to Jeffrey Dawson, decd., 16 Feb.1737; William Dawson, son & heir of sd. Jeffry Dawson, sold 232 a. to gideon Allen 30 Sept. 1752; & sd. Gideon Allen sold to John Smith of Johnston Co., on 20 Sept. 1752 & sd. John Smith sold to Thos. Felps on 15 March 1760.
Wit: Jno. Stewart, Robert Love, Daniel Wooten.
Proved by John Stewart May 1764.[8] 2-380 [10] 2-380

30 April 1764 Thomas Felps of Cumberland, (also signed by Jane Felps), to Alexander Smith of Johnston, for £50 Proc., 232 a. onE/S of Cape Fear River, opposite mouth of Lower Little River, to Dawson's head line, to Jonathan Lewelling's upper line, part of 640 a. patent to Jeffrey Dawson, decd., 16 Feb. 1737; William Dawson, son & heir of sd. Jeffrey Dawson, sold 232 a. to Gideon Allen 20 Sept. 1752; & sd. Gideon Allen sold to John Smith of Johnston Co. on 20 Sept. 1752 & sd. John Smith sold to Thos. Felps on 20 Sept. 1752 & sd. John Smith sold to Thos. Felps on 15 March 1760.
Proved by John Stewart May 1764.[8] 2-381 [10] 2-381

30 April 1764 - Thomas Felps, of Cumberland, (also signed by Jane Felps), to Alexander Smith, of Johnston, for £75 proc., 200 a. on NE/S of Cape Fear River, at Dawson's corner, on riverbank, patent to Wm. Dawson 15 March 1756 who sold to John Smith, Sr., 19 Jan 1760, who sold to sd. Thos. Felps 30 March 1763.
Wit: Jno. Stewart, Robert Love, Daniel Wooten.
Proved by Jno.Stewart May 1764.[8] 2-383 [10] 2-383

30 Apr 1764 - Thomas Felps of Cumberland County to Alexander Smith of Johnston co. (originally a patent of Thomas Armstrong dated 15 Jun 1740) situated east side of NW Branch of Cape Fear River. s/ Thomas Felps, Jane Felps w/ John Stewart, Robert Love, Daniel Wooten.[10] 2-384

30 April 1764 - Thomas Felps, of Cumberland, (also signed by Jane Felps), to Alex. Smith, of Johnston, for £80 proc., 300 a on E/S of Cape Fear River, at Jeffrey Dawson's lower corner, on riverbank. Patent to Thomas Armstrong [5] June 1749, sold to Wm. Dawson 29 Aug 1746, who sold to John Smith, Sr., 15 March 1760 who sold to Thomas Felps 15 March 1760.
Jno. Stewart, Robert Love, Daniel Wooten.
Proved by Jno. Stewart May 1764.[8] 2-384 [10] 2-384

10 Jul 1764 - John Smith Sr., Jo Co St Stephen Paris, for love, good will * natural affection I have towards my loving grand-daughter Elizabeth Bryant, of same co & Parish, one negro girl about 10 years of age called Miley now being in the possession & care of William Bryant...& her increase... +John Smith Wit: John Smith, Jr., Alex. Smith. 1759-1771 Abstracts Vol I, page 108, # 666[7]

16 Apr 1765 - Jesse Page, Jo Co to John Smith Sr, same, 10# proc one plantation a tract of land containing 417 A in Jo Co on BS Black cr beg at a post Oak Wm. Easons cor onthe North fork of sd cr: W300p to a red Oak on the West prong of sd cr: S100p to Wh. Oak in Granvilles line: with sd Granville D420p to a Red Oak: N240p to a pineL W120p to a Red Oakin sd Easons line: with his line 360p to 1st sta... being a tract granted to Jesse Page by Granville dated 1 Jan 1763... Wit: Robt. Rowan, James Glasgow. 1759-1771 Abstracts Vol I, page 57, # 341[7]

8 Mar 1768 - Richard Hill, of Cumberland, to John Smith, S., formerly of Johnston, both planters, for £10 proc., 260 a. (sic) on Buckhorn Creek, lower part of a 650 a. Granville grant on both sides of sd. creek to sd. Richard Hill 1 April 1763, who sold upper 400 a. to James Stevens.
Wit: William Tully, Jerrat Stevens, Mariner (?) Tully.
Proved William Tully April 1768.[8] 3-214

17 Apr 1770 - David Mims, Jo Co to John Smith Senr., Bladen Co. for 1,652# 13S & 2 pence proc, with lawfull Interest, which David Mims is indebted to John Smith..& for further consideration of 5Slike money paid to ad David Mims by ad John Smith a tract of land known by the name of the Mill Plantation, 1504A
also another tract of 320A whereon I now live,
also another tract known by the name of Nolleboy, 228 A,
also another tract known by the name of Joseph Mims, 498 A,
also another tract known by the name of Bryants?, 70 A,
also another tract upon Buckhorn br known by the name of Tylers, 100A,
also thirteen Negroes known by the names of Smith, Ben, Toney, Jack, Peter, Lucy, Flora, _my, Toby, Pompey, Olive, Ambert. Phillis,
also my cattle horses & hoggs marked with a Swallow fork in the right ear with crop of the left and half moon over it, & their increase,
also all my household Goods...Upon Trust, Nevertheless. That the John Smith...shall (after the 17 Apr 1772 as soon as. sd John Smith shall think proper or the ad David Mims shall request him...) sell for the best price, after giving 10 days public notice the sd lands, slaves & c...& out of money arising from such sale discharge pay & satisfy the sd John Smith for 1642# 13S & 2 pence proc with lawfull interest from the 16 April 1770 untill discharged...any overplus to be pd to sd David Mims... Wit: Jno.? Jones Jr. +, Robert Mims, Drury Mims. 1770 April 17. Recd. from sd John Smith Senior 5S. David Mim. From page 51 1759-1771 Abstracts Vol I, page 75, # 442[7]

17 April 1770 - David Mims, Jo Co to John Smith Senior, Bladen co, to secure debt of 1,652# 13S 2 d proc with Interest which sd David Mims owes sd John Smith, & for the further sum of 5S like money paid to sd David Mins, 150 A known as Mill Plantation,
also one other tract whereon I now live containing three hundred & twenty A,
also one other tract known a Nolleboy containing 228 A,
also one other tract known as Joseph Mims containing 498 A,
also one other tract known as Bryant's containing 70 A,
also one other tract upon Buckhorn known as Tylers containing 100 A,
also 13 negroes named: Smith, Ben Toney, Jacll, Perter, Lucy, Flora, Amy, Toby Pompy, Oliver, Ambert, Phillip.
also all. my cattle Horses & Hogs marked with a Swallowfork in the Right ear with crop off the left & half moon over it & their increase,
Also all my household goods...sd debt to be paid by 17 April 1772 or above items to be sold at publick sale...Wit: Jas. Jones Jr., Robert Mims, Drury Moms, 1770 April 17. Received from within named John Smith Senior the sum of 5S...David Mims. (same witnesses) 17 April 1770. The within mentioned slaves, stock etc. delivered by sd David Mims to the John Smith in the name of all the personal Estate within mentioned. (same witnesses) 1764-1791 Abstracts Vol II, page 168, # 948[11]

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. [12]

15 Jany 1772 - John Smith Senr. (cng) to John Smith Junr. (cng) Fify pound pr: money, 100 A in Jo Co, a plantation on the NS Nuce riv & below the plantation of Thomas Harrell beg at a Red Oak in the riv marsh side & runs E126p to a pine: S126p to an Oak: W126p to the riv thence to the 1st sta... Wit: Willm. Ward, Pope. 1771-1782 Abstracts, Vol III, page 6, # 33.[13]

15 Jany 1772 - John Smith Senr. (cng) to John Smith Junr. (cng), Planter 100# proc. 310 A in Jo Co on the NS of Neuse riv beg at a cor tree on the riv bank runs S84 24p to a white Oak in Thomas Farmers line 24p to a water oak thence S86 Ell4p to an Ash: N to his own line & along the same 160p to a red Oak his cor: along Jacob Harrelds line N5 W84 to a White Oak his cor: N17 E18p to a pine in James Conners Line: along his line N60 W126p to a Poplar his cor: N30 E126p to a Pine: S60 Ell4p to a black Jack in Jacob Harreld line along his line & past his cor N30 W140p to a black Jack: W58p to a pin in Thomas Harrolds? line: along his line S20 W180p to a black Gum at Andrew Salsbury line: along his lineS50 E40p to a Gum by his cor: S10 E270p to a Cypruss in the Marsh his other cor: N50 W54p to a small Cypruss: along James Farmers line S40 W160p to a maple by his cor: along his other line N50 W146p to an Ash: S42 W80p to a White Oak on the riv bank: down meanders thereof to the 1st beg... Wit: Wm. Ward+, Pope. 1771-1782 Abstracts, Vol III, page 6, # 34.[13]

1 Dec 1773 - John Smith Senr. Bladen Co, Gent. to Joseph Johnston, Jo Co. plantr., 100# proc. 386 A in Jo Co on BS Black Cr beg on the SS of sd Cr at the Edge of the Sw of sd Cr in the line of the pattent runing N to Granvilles line: E along sd line to a pine John Smiths begining line: S30E140P to a pine: S45W56p to a pine: S30E20p to a black Jack: S43W crossing sd Sw to the edge of Sw on the SS of sd Cr: along the Edge of sd Sw to the beg... Wit: Nathan Rowland, Wm. Ward+. May Ct 1778. Wm. Ward, Clk. Regtd. Book I, p. 164. John Smith Rr. 1771-1782 Abstracts, Vol III, page 48, # 303. [13]

12 May 1775 - John Smith Senr. Bladen Co to John Smith Junr., Co afsd., Merchant, 100# proc. 398 A (cng) on Middle Cr beg at a Hickory on the NS of sd Cr thence N220p to a White Oak: E to Little Buffelow Cr: S as the sd Cr runs to Middle Cr: up courses of sd Cr to beg... Wit: Saml, Smith, Brit. Smith+, Felps Smith. 1771-1782 Abstracts, Vol III, page 22, # 140. [13]

12 May 1775 - John Smith Sen., Bladen Co to John Smith Junr, of Jo Co, Merchant, 200# proc 372 A in Jo Co on Middle Cr beg where the road crosses Matthew Jone's line at Joseph Irbys cor at the House & plantation where David Mims formerly lived & now occupied by sd John Smith Junr thence along sd Road commonly called the Cape Fear Road to where the line of the orriginal Deed made by Granville to sd John Smith Sen. crosses it: on sd line on the ES of sd Road to a cor pine: E22op to a cor on Briggs? (BUGGS?) line: on that line to David McCullers former line to Lodwick Tanners former line at this time Matthew Jones, S line at the cor Red oak: W along sd line to the above mentioned Road & Joseph Irnys cor at the 1st beg... being the same land granted & sold unto sd John Smith Senr by David Mims by Deed of Trust dated 17 April 1770 & after the term of sd Deed of Trust being fully compleat & ended Delivery & possession of every thing & article therein contained was made unto sd John Smith Sen... & same sold at publick sale...& sd John Smith Sen being highest bidder it was struck of to him... Wit: Saml. Smith, Brit. Smith+, Felps. Smith. 1771-1782 Abstracts, Vol III, page 22-23, # 141.[13]

12 May 1775 - John Smith Senr., Bladen Co to John Smith Jun., jo Co, 100#proc. 150 A in Jo Co beg at a Red Oak on NS South fork of Middle Cr: N80p to a White Oak on Spencers Br: along on the line of the original Grant for sd land made to Saml. Smith dated 17 Apr 1745 to a line of Marked Trees made between David Mims & Charles McCullers: along that line of marked trees across sd land unto the line of sd Grant: along sd line to the beg... Wit: Saml. Smith, Brit. Smith+, Felps Smith. 1771-1782 Abstracts, Vol III, page 23, # 143.[13]

4 Jan 1776 - John Smith Sen. of Bladen to John Smith Jun. Jo Co, 35# proc. 70A in Jo Co on SS Middle Cr below Samuel Smiths Land bef at a Red Oak on the Cr & runs S80p to a Red Oak: S80º El00p to a pine: N21E106p to an Ash on the Ct: with the meanders of sd Cr to 1st sta... Wit: John Hinton Junr., Wm. Ward, Brit. Smith+. 1771-1782 Abstracts, Vol III, page 28, # 181.[13]

4 Jan 1776 - John Smith Senr. of Bladen Co to John Smith, Jo Co, Jan 4 1776, for Natural love & affection I have to my beloved son John Smith a negro boy named York about (blank) years old... Wit: Wm. Ward, Matthew Jones, Brit. Smith+. 1771-1782 Abstracts, Vol III, page 29, # 188.[13]

29 Feb 1780 - John Smith, Samuel Smith, Benjamin Williams & John Rand, Commissioners of Smithfield to Wm. Ward, co afsd, 5# NC, 2 lots in Smithfield known as #17 & 60... Wit: Hardy Bryan, (blank);;Bush. Fr.CT.17___. Wm. Ward, Clk. Clk. Bk. K, p.11. John Smith, Regr. 1771-1782 Abstracts, Vol III, page 67, # 413.[13]

15 Feb 1782 - John Smith Senr. Jo Co to Winifred Bryan, for love I bear my grand dau, 1 negro girl about 10 years old named Lydia,which negro is already in her possession... Wit: K. Bryan, Abraham Barns+, John Bryan. 1771-1782 Abstracts, Vol III, page 100, # 612.[13]

2 Apr 1782 - John Smith, Jo 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 to witness To Rachel Williams 3 of afsd Negroes Named Daniell his Wife Named febee and her youngest Child name Isom Also to my Gran Daughter Mary Smith 3 Negroes named Isom? Randall Dep? To my afsd Granson John Smith the remaining 3 Negros named Alfe Millie & Jacob... Negroes to remain in the hand of Mr Isack __ till my 2 grand children Mary Smith arive to age of 16 or married & my grandson John Smith arive to age of 18 years & that the afsd Isack Williams at that time deliver up to Mary Smith & John Smith their part of Negro slaves Turn over well cloathed & if Living free and Clear from Taxation... Wit: Willm: Whitfield, J. Bryan Joseph Barnes x, Sam. Smith. Feb Ct 1783. Wm. Ward, C.C. From Page 54 Book N. No 1. 1764-1791 Abstracts Vol II, page 63-64, # 391[11]

8 Apr 1782 - John Smith, Jo Co to Samuel Smith, for good will & affection I bear to my said son, 1 negro man named Baltimore, 1 negro woman named Doll & all their increase of Negroes from sd wench Doll together with the land & Improvements purchased of Thomas Odom & stite? thereon & all the Cattle Hogs Horses that roves? wild Baltimore syock? together with what sheep that are now in the Possession of sd Samuel Smith, on the Plantation where on sd negro Baltimore now lives... Wit: Wm. Bryan+, J Bush+, Arthur Bryan. May ct.1782 proved by Needham Bryan & John Bush, Wm. Ward, CCC. 1771-1782 Abstracts, Vol III, page 144, # 870.[13]

1 Aug 1782 - John Smith, Jo Co, Planter to Elizabeth Bryan, same, 4,000# N.C., 168 A in Jo Co on the SS Nuse riv beg at a pine a cor tree of sd Smiths & Wm Bryans decd. runs N69 E80p along sd Smiths line to a pine: S25 E348p along a line of old mark'd trees to Hicory on the riv bank: S60 W20p along the riv to the bent: with sd riv N75 S126p to a Hickory on the river bank being another Corner between sa Bryan & Smith: along sd Bryans & Smiths old line to the 1st sta... Wit: J. Bush, Wm. Ward. Aug Ct 1782 ackd. Wm. Ward, Clk. From Page 15 Book N. No. 1. 1764-1791 Abstracts Vol II, page 59, # 366[11]

28 April 1786 - Britain Smith, Jo Co to Matthew Jones, same, 400? NC, the following tracts of land: one tract in Co afsd on the SS of Middle cr beg at a pine below the road at Britain Smiths cor runs E194p to a Hickory: S128p to a post Oak: 194p to a stake: along a line of marked trees 138p to the beg... 150 A...also one other tract in sd Co beg at the road commonly called the Cape Fear Road where Matthew Jones line crosses sd road at the house where Britain Smith lately lived running down sd road 160 yards to a pine: W160 yards to a lightwood post: N to Matthew Jones line: W along Matthew Jones line to the beg... 5 A...also one other piece of land in sd Co on BS Middle cr beg where the road crosses Matthew Jones line at Joseph Irbys cor at the house & plantation where David Mims formerly lived: down sd road or crosses Middle cr at the Bridge to where the line of the original Deed from Granville to John Smith Senr crosses it: with sd line on the ES the sd road to a cor pine: E220p to a cor on Buggs line: Northward along Buggs line crossing Middle cr to David McCullers, s former line: by along of marked trees to a stake on Little cr at the head of the Mill Pond: up courses of sd cr to Matthew Jones line: W with sd line to the beg...472 A... Wit: Edward Stevens+, Jas (x) Clements. Feb Ct 1791. R Sanders, C.C. Evd by R sanders. From page 73 Book R. No. 1. 1764-1791 Abstracts Vol II, page 111-112, # 640[11]

10 Nov 1788 - State of North Carolina, Hawkins County. [Johnston Co.?] 10 Nov 1788. John Smith Senr. co afsd, for love, goodwill & affection I bear unto my Grand daughter Jane Bridgers of Jo Co, state afsd, 1 likely negro girl about 13 or 14 years old named Nancy... Wit: Samuel Smith, Gideon Smith, Jo Co Nov ct 1788. R. Sanders, C.C.C. [14] 1764-1791 Abstracts Vol II, page 141, # 784[11]

26 Nov 1788 - Ordered, that the County Tax for the present Year be as follows, two Shillings on each poll, two shillings on every Hundred pounds Valuation of Town Property, and eight pence on every Hundred Acres Land. Benjamin-Sims one of-the-Heirs-of Joseph-Sims deed esme-imt Court and prayed that-a-division of the-lands-of the Said-decd.-be made, It is therefore Ordered, that-Joseph Boon, Richard Warren, Jesse Hayse,-Joseph Ingram, & William-Bulls, be-appointed Court adjourned until Tomorrow 9 O'clock
Wednesday the 26th day of November 1788. Court met according to adjournment. Present the Worshipful Samuel Smith Hardy Bryan Richard Rivers Williams Bridgers William Hackney John McCullers John Whitley Esquires Justices.
Ordered, that a Deed of gift from John Smith to Jane Bridgers be Registered, proved by the Oath of Samuel Smith.
Ordered, a Deed from William Fish to Jacob Delk, be Registered acknowledged.
State vs. Jesse Lee: the following Jury were Sworn to try the issue of Travers (to wit)
1. Caleb Penney 2. Daniel Averyt 3. John Lee 4. Jesse Hayse 5. William Holliman 6. Daniel Dees 7. William Earp 8. Joseph Boon 9. William Hinnant 10. Etheldred Smith 11. Dixon Fail 12. William Brannen
Verdict not guilty.
John McCullers esqr. who was bound in Recog for the appearance of John Mills at this Court, came into Court & brought with him said Mills & Surrendered him, when said Mills was ordered in Custody of the Sheriff. This took place in Johnston County, North Carolina. [15]

Notes - 1788 Deed and court minutes above
Somebody unfortunately changed the wording and removed the source for this deed. This deed tells us that while living in Hawkins Co. he deeded a slave to his granddaughter Jane who lived in Johnston Co. She then had the deed recorded in her county as was required. Ok I found that Haun #789 transcription does have the word Hawkins but the question is why wasn't it witnessed in Hawkins Co and then recorded in Johnston ? Maybe a question for G2G ?
Remember this is an abstract. It shows that the deed was drawn up in the State of North Carolina, [Hawkins Co., ?] by John Smith Sr. of the county aforesaid [i.e. Hawkins Co.]. Sam and Gideon gave witness, probably as to its validity, before the Johnston Co. Court.
Please note the Johnston County Court minutes on 26 Nov 1788, (above)
1788 Deed - UPDATE: The Whitfield book states that Jane Bridges was the granddaughter of John Sr. It also goes on to say on page 115 of the Whitfield book :  "A deed was recorded in Johnston County under the date 1788 from John Smith Sr, for love and affection to his granddaughter, Jane Bridgers, of the same county."  Wit by Samuel Smith and Gideon Smith This would indicate that at least as late as 1788, John Smith Sr was still living in Johnston Co, NC Please note that the book clearly states that the deed was recorded in Johnston Co, and not Hawkins Co or that John Sr was of Hawkins Co. John Sr would have been in his 80's. It seems that the 350 miles from Smithfield to Hawkins Co would have been a long walk or ride for a man of that age. John JR is thought to have served the patriot cause during the AmRev receiving a grant of land, giving him motivation for the move to Hawkins Co. John Jr would have been about 50 y/o (est), young enough to have made such a journey. Jane Bridgers, deed Verified.

Notes

Comment: That John Sr was giving away property may explain why he didn’t leave a will; may have thought he didn’t need one. Deeds are recorded by the receiving party. Only these three bothered to do it. The estate papers show Samuel’s struggle, as administrator, to do an accurate accounting. What’s interesting is that Sam died in 1795, yet some of the deposition are made several years later. Someone was still working on this. Possibly this is covered in the Craven Co. estate papers.-BG Is this statement Needed?
____ Moved to Hawkins County, NC. For it's complicated history see: [16]
I see no proof that John Sr. or Samuel moved to Hawkins in this source, what am I missing? 'Can this be deleted
We know that John Jr moved to Hawkins Co so maybe this is a ref to him and not Sr ? Can we verify the Haun reference ? I have not found any court documents saying John Sr. moved to Hawkins.

Death and Burial

1793 - John Smith, Sr. died about the month of February 1793 not having made any will and has been stated he was buried on a bluff behind the Methodist Church in Smithfield, North Carolina.[17]. Samuel only surviving son, received letters of administration from Jefferson County and sold the estate for $10,542 to be distributed to heirs. In the Hamilton District Court, Territory of the United States South of the Ohio River, he took legal action to settle the estate, saying that said John Smith Sr. had six children (exclusive of your orator).[18]

May have found a gold mine or a mess of information, have forwarded it to David for review.

The 1794 court case was in Jefferson County When Jefferson County was established in 1792 it took in a small section of Hawkins County, so it appears he may have settled along the lower end of the Holstein River near its junction with the French Broad River. The rivers join at Knoxville to create the Tennessee River. This fits with 220 acres mention below.-BG. Need Source

1803 - At Sept Term 1803 the case was cause to be continued and put for hearing next term...and now to wit, at March Term 1794 cause came on to be finally heard and it appearing to the court that the death of Samuel Smith the complainant it was suggested at Oct term 1795 in abatement of this suit.. suit remained abated. [Abbreviated]

"I do not understand"

Summary of Estate Papers

  1. 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 grandchildren. Other than Samuel, the only surviving children were Jane wife of Thomas Phelps dec., and Pheraby wife of John Hinton.
  2. Elizabeth (Smith) Bryan late of Johnson County NC married to Wm Bryan now deceased. Their children Hardy Bryan, Blake Bryan, John Bryan, Elizabeth Blackman, all of Johnston Co. NC, give depositions.
  3. Jane (Smith) widow of Thomas Felps of Rowan County, gives deposition.
  4. Nancy "Anne" (Smith) Bryan late of Johnson Co. NC married to Needham Bryan now deceased. Their children Kedar Bryan, esquire, of Sampson Co. NC, and Benjamin Bryan give depositions.
  5. John Smith Jr. late of Hawkins County NC now the territory of the US south of the Ohio. Sons William Smith and Gideon Smith, both of Hamilton District, Tennessee, give depositions.
  6. Alexander Smith late of Cumberland County. His widow Elizabeth and her husband Farguard Campbell give joint deposition. Sons Isaac Williams, John Smith, and David Smith? mentioned.
  7. Pheruba (Smith) married to John Hinton of Wake County, give joint deposition.
SAMUEL SMITH Administrator & c

against In Equity, original bill

ANN BRYAN & Others the heirs and

Legal Representatives of JOHN SMITH Senr. To the Honorable the Judges of the Court of Equity for the District of Hamilton in the Territory of the United State of America south of the River Ohio - The Bill of SAMUEL SMITH Administrator and One of the Heirs of JOHN SMITH Senr. deceased -against - The Heirs or legal Representatives of ANN BRYAN late of Johnson County North Carolina deceased, the heirs & c of ELIZABETH BRYAN late of Johnson County North Carolina, deceased, the Heirs & c of JOHN SMITH Junr. late of the County of Hawkins North Carolina now the territory of the United States south of Ohio, deceased, the Heirs of ALEXANDER SMITH late of Cumberland County deceased, JOHN HINTON and PHERUBA HINTON of Wake County and JANE PHELPS relict of THOMAS PHELPS Deceased of Rowan County Defendants Humbly complaining showeth to your Honors: Your Orator SAMUEL SMITH Admr. and one of the Heirs of JOHN SMITH Senr. deceased that the said JOHN SMITH Senr. departed this life about the month of February 1793 not having made any will or Testament as your Orator believes, that Orator being the only surviving son of the said JOHN SMITH obtained letters of Administration on the Estate of the said Deceased from the Court of Jefferson County, that the said JOHN SMITH Senr. at the time of his decease was possessed of personal Estate of considerable value, which your Orator has taken into possession and by Order of said Court has exposed the same to public sale, that the amount of the said sales is ten thousand five hundred and forty two and One half Dollars, out of which sum all just claims against said Estate are to be discharged and the remainder to be distributed agreeably to Law among the several heirs of said Intestate. Your Orator further showeth that the said JOHN SMITH Senr. had six children (Exclusive of your Orator) viz Anne (who was married to NEEDHAM BRYAN now deceased, SAMUEL), ELIZABETH (who was married 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 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 showeth that each of the said children (your Orator included) during the life of said Intestate have been advanced with portions by him in a greater or less degree, and your Orator doth not know to what sum each of said children or their legal Representatives are entitled by Law, until it can be ascertained what sum or sums have been advanced to each in the life time of said Intestate, which your Orator believes can only be done in this Honorable Court of Equity where the parties may be compelled to answer and Account on Oath.

Your Orator admits that he hath received in advancement from the said Intestate in his life time each, negroes and Other property agreeable to the schedule annexed to this bill and further states that the said schedule which (he prays may be taken as part of this Bill) doth contain to the best of his knowledge information and belief an Account of the several sums of money, Negroes and other property advanced by said Intestate in his life to the parties in the bill contained and also the amount of the purchase made by said parties at the sale of said Estate by your Orator as Administrator. [19]

Research Notes

I don't see any reason to keep these Research Notes Birth Notes

The date of birth of John Smith is not known.[20] Some believe March 1687 [Rev. James William Marshall] others 1690 [Register of Colonial Dames] Do we really need this?

[Some of the confusion may come from “Wm. and Needham Bryan and Cols. John Smith Sr. and Jr. Biographical Information,” PDF on John Smith Sr.’s original profile which has '… came into Johnston County, N.C. in about 1704.' This appears to be a typo for 1740, the year his first land patent was issued. -- If he came in 1707 he was squatting on Indian land and may have helped caused the 1711-15 Tuscarora Indian War!! -BG] Do we really need this?

Marriage Notes

Whitfield, Vol.2, p.211: He married about 1708 Elizabeth ______, supposed to be Elizabeth Whitfield, daughter of Matthew Whitfield, of Virginia,[MSS notes of John Bryan William] and perhaps sister of William Whitfield.

Whitfield, Vol.2, p.213: Daughter Elizabeth b. 1724 in Middlesex Co. VA. [No birth place given for the other children.-BG]

William Joshua Whitfield b.1688 Suffolk [Nansemond] VA, m. 1713 Elizabeth Goodman, d. 1770 Wayne Co. NC. [Could our Elizabeth be his daughter Elizabeth? His profile has her m. to John Beck but gives no sources.=BG] [What is the source for the middle name Joshua?-BG]

William Joshua Whitfield Jr. b.1715, m.1741 Rachel Bryan, sister of Needham Bryan and William Bryan, d. Lenoir Co. NC.

Col. Samuel Smith Sr. b. 1709 VA, m. Edith Whitfield, d. 1783 Smithfield, Johnston Co. Do we really need all this?

Death Notes

Whitfield, Vol.2, p.211: Date of death is uncertain, we have 1777 and 1783 [could this be an error for 1793?-BG] No we have dod as 1793

Not our John: John Smith of Craven Co. The 1793 document is an inventory signed by John Finwickle?? and Persey [her mark] Smith. That name doesn’t appear in our Smith family; there is no record of a widow or daughter by that name.[21] This link is no longer valid.

Sources

  1. Whitfield, Emma Morehead, "Whitfield, Bryan, Smith and Related Families,” Vol.2 211
  2. 2.0 2.1 Births of Children
  3. "Virginia Births and Christenings, 1584-1917", database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VRRW-ZGW : 28 January 2020), John Smith in entry for John Smith, 1731.
  4. NC Land Patent Bk.8, p.91, #798.
  5. History of Johnston County
  6. Whitfield 212
  7. 7.00 7.01 7.02 7.03 7.04 7.05 7.06 7.07 7.08 7.09 7.10 7.11 Weynette Parks Haun Johnston County North Carolina Abstracts: Deed Books A-1 B-1 Transcript-1 D D-1 1759-1771 Vol I
  8. 8.00 8.01 8.02 8.03 8.04 8.05 8.06 8.07 8.08 8.09 8.10 Abstracts of Deeds of Cumberland County North Carolina Vol One Books 1-3 1754-1770 William C Fields Editor
  9. Cumberland NC Deed Book 2
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 10.7 10.8
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 Weynette Parks Haun Johnston County North Carolina Abstracts: Deed Books E Transcripts 2 and 3 (F-1 N-1 P-1 Q-1 R-1) 1764-1791 Vol II
  12. History of Smithfield, North Carolina
  13. 13.00 13.01 13.02 13.03 13.04 13.05 13.06 13.07 13.08 13.09 13.10 Weynette Parks Haun Johnston County North Carolina Abstracts: Deed Books H-1 I-1 K L-1 1771-1782 Vol III
  14. Whitfield 215
  15. Weynette Parks Haun Johnston. County North Carolina County Court Minutes 1787 Thru 1792 Book IV Page 32 Record 57
  16. Hawkins County
  17. Knox Sup Crt RecBk.B 1797-1804 part 2 p 288-291 [Hamilton District Superior Court - Vol 6 Pages 288-298]
  18. Transcription (of transcription) of Court Case: Tennessee Records of Knox County Superior Court Record Book "B" 1797-1804 Part II Prepared by The Historical Records Survey Transcription Unit
  19. Whitfield, Emma Morehead, "Whitfield, Bryan, Smith and Related Families,” Vol.2 211
  20. "North Carolina Estate Files, 1663-1979," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V5PK-VCW : 13 March 2018), John Smith, 1793; citing Craven, North Carolina, United States, State Archives, Raleigh; FHL microfilm 1,853,182.
  • North Carolina Hist. Gen. Reg., Vol 1 (1900), quarterly issues 1-4 bound: issue 4 (October), page 577.

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Loretta, evidently, we're working at odds with each other! I take the "Hinton Family Research" put it on, format it and save it and I go back, and it's changed! LOL!!!! I'm going to let this go and see where you take us.
Make a deal with you, Please take the Hinton Family and I will concentrate on the Harris line (not connected) :)
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Done! (Just adding the 30 characters)
lol to the 30 characters......
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