Major Lawrence SMITH was born on 29 Mar 1629 in Stoneyhurst, Burnley Parish, Lancashire, England. He died on 8 Aug 1700 in Abingdon Parish, Gloucester County, Virginia. He married on 28 Sep 1651 Mary DEBNAM born about 1630 in Gloucester County, VA. She died before 1685 in Essex or York County, Virginia.Maj. Smith once owned the house in which the Treaty of Yorktown was signed: "Temple Farm", bought in 1686. He was a major in the British military. He bought Temple Farm in 1680. His will was proved August 8, 1700 in Gloucester County, VA. Dr. Lyon Gardiner Tyler, Editor of Tyler's Quarterly, states, "Major Lawrence Smith was a man of great influence and estate. He bore the Coat of Arms of the Smith of Tottne, County Devon, England
There are many early published sources which attribute Mary and Katherine Debnam, wife of Robert Taliaferro, to be daughters of the Rev.Charles Grymes, an Episcopal clergyman. Virginia Genealogies #1,pre-1600 to 1900s (GenealogyLibrary.com) states that the widow Debnammarried Rev. Charles Grymes in 1658. Children of Major Lawrence Smith and Mary Hitchen/Hitchon, born 1639, married on September 28, 1651, in Lancashire, England, and/or Mary Debnam/Deadman, born 1631, in Glouchester County, Virginia, married between 1652 and 1661 in Virginia 1. William Smith, Captain b: in York County, Virginia 2. John Smith , Colonel b: in Glouchester County, Virginia 3. Mary Smith b: in Abington Parish, Gloucester County, Virginia 4. Augustine Smith b: 16 JUN in Glouchester County, Virginia 5. Sarah Smith b: 1661 in Glouchester County, Virginia 6. Lawrence Smith , Colonel b: 1665 in Glouchester County, Virginia 7. Elizabeth Smith b: 1667 in Glouchester County, Virginia 8. Charles Smith b: 1670 in Carolina, Glouchester County, Virginia
Col. Lawrence Smith had Mary Smith who married Thomas Akers. The Smiths are descended from Customer Smith in England.