The abundance of Isaac SMITHs certainly makes the research interesting, doesn't it? (I think you and I have also corresponded in the past about the challenge of separating the Jesse WALL(s) of Georgia.)
Evidence does not support Baptist Reverend Isaac SMITH, Jr (1814-1898) as being the son of Methodist Rev. Isaac SMITH (abt 1758 VA – 1834 Monroe County, GA) and wife Ann Rebecca GILMAN.Perhaps your sources along with the information below will help resolve the multiple Isaac SMITH, Juniors.
A question first.Is the Baptist Rev Isaac SMITH, Jr (1814-1898) you mentioned the same as the one with a wife Sarah Ann in Meriwether County, GA, in 1850 census?The one in Meriwether is enumerated beside an Isaac SMITH, Sr, age 79 and born in North Carolina.This enumeration leads me to suspect that they are father and son.Since Methodist Rev. Isaac SMITH (abt 1858 - 1834) died in 1834, he wouldn't be a candidate for the Isaac Sr in Meriwether County in 1850.
It is possible to pin down the Methodist Rev. Isaac H. SMITH, Jr. (1802-1855), who was son of Methodist Rev. Isaac SMITH (abt 1858 - 1834) and his wife Ann Rebecca GILMAN. Isaac Jr was born 2 Dec 1802 in South Carolina - probably Camden since that's where his father lived at the time.Isaac Jr lived around Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina, as an adult.His wife was Jane TAYLOR (1804-1846), daughter of William and Elizabeth (CALVERT) TAYLOR of South Carolina.Isaac Jr died 15 Jul 1855 and is buried beneath the Washington Street Methodist Church, Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina.(Point of interest, there are multiple graves under the church.The church was burned during Civil War, and when rebuilt, it covered areas of the old cemetery, apparently.)
(1) Revolutionary War pension application file for Isaac and Ann (GILMAN) SMITH.Includes the original Bible pages listing Isaac's birth.
(2) Jeannette Holland Austin's book "The Georgia Frontier", page 452.The sources she gives for the list of children are "Roster of Revolutionary Soldiers in Georgia" by McCall; Monroe County Wills; "Georgia’s Landmarks, Memorials and Legends" by Lucian Lamar Knight; and the pension applications.Holland does identify the eldest daughter incorrectly as Nancy.Eldest daughter was Mary R. (SMITH) LENOIR, wife of Hull Hope LENOIR.But there is other evidence that supports Isaac, Jr, as being born in 1802.
(3) Page 271 of "Annals of Southern Methodism" by Charles Force Deems, published in 1856.
(4) "The State", a newspaper published in Columbia, South Carolina.Articles detailing the history of the Washington Street Methodist Church in issues 15 Mar 1897, 9 Nov 1891, and 10 Dec 1905.The 1897 article specifically mentions that the Rev. Isaac SMITH buried under the church was the son of Methodist Rev. Isaac SMITH (abt 1758-1834).
(5) 1850 Federal Census for Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina
(6) Survey of the graves at Washington Street Methodist Church, Columbia, Richland County, SC, at http://sciway3.net/clark/richland/cemwashst.htmlhttp://sciway3.net/clark/richland/cemwashst.html
(7) The Georgia Telegraph,24 Jul 1834 edition, page 3, obituary for Rev Isaac SMITH (abt 1758-1834)
Something that might help you is that there were two Rev. Isaac SMITHs who were contemporaries who have been combined into one person on some posted family trees.They were
(a) Isaac SMITH (abt 1758, Virginia – 1834 Monroe County, Georgia), Rev War veteran, Methodist Minister who was at Asbury Mission in Alabama in the 1820's.Married Ann Rebecca GILMAN/GILLMAN/GYLMAN (sometimes seen as GILMORE).
(b) Isaac SMITH (1796, North Carolina - 1860, Georgia); Baptist Minister, married Assenah BRANTLY.His parents are reported as Colesby & Rebecah Anna (HENRY) SMITH.
Information for (b) Isaac SMITH (1796, North Carolina - 1860, Georgia) is from HISTORY OF THE BAPTIST DENOMINATION IN GEORGIA, 1881, Atlanta, GA, pp. 611-612.It states that he and wife Assenah BRANTLY had 4 sons who were also Baptist ministers, but does not identify them.Could the Isaac Jr. (1814-1898) you identify be one of the 4 sons of THIS Rev Isaac SMITH?
Hope this information helps!