Dan, you might spell your name with an "e" but, you are a SMITHERMAN, going back to England, and Eastern Cherokee.
I'm sure my Great-Grandfather, Jesse Monroe Smitherman, b. 1859,Greene Co., IL, was named after your Jesse Monroe Smitherman/Smetherman, b. 1851, Greene Co, IL.
James had a brother, Thomas, who is my gg-grandfather. Their father, Jesse/Jasper was born in TN, and not NC. This was told to me by Margie Smitherman. You can contact her for the details.
Jesse Jasper Smitherman, b. 1798, Rutherford Co, TN, d. 1852, Greene Co, IL. He m. (1) Jincey/Jinsey Brown, m. (2) Betsey/Betsy Ally, b. c1801, VA.
1. Littleton Jefferson, b. 1819, TN, d. 1887, Pike Co, IL., m. Mariam Brown, 1839 in Greene Co., IL
2. Thomas L., b. c1822, TN, d. IL, m. Mary E. Mays.
Children: Lydia A., Jesse Jasper Monore, Panola F, John M.
3. James Smitherman, b. 1823, TN, d. 6 Mar 1884, Austin, Cass, MO. He married (1) Ruth "Ruthy" Ann McCurley, 18 Jul 1841, Jacksonville, Morgan Co, IL. d/o Joseph McCurley. Ruthy was b. 1822, TN, d. Bef. 1861, Austin, Cass, MO.
He m. (2) Eliza Jackson, 16 May 1861, Austin, Cass, MO.
She was b. 3 Feb 1840 in MO, father KY, mother, Annie, b. VA.
James served in the Mexican War for one year. He enlisted in Alton, IL, 25 Jun 1846, CO. D, Ills, Vols.
Discharged, 17 Jun 1847
Sep & Oct, 1846 he was servant for Lt. Col. Weatherford.
Children of James and Ruthy McCurley:
Rebecca Jane, b. 9 May 1842, Macoupin Co, IL. d. 19 Aug 1922, OK. Burial: Douglas, KS.
Mary Elizabeth, b. 1844, Greene Co, IL. d. 1920
Nancy Ann, b. 1846, Greene Co., IL, d. 1873
William Jefferson, b. 1848, Greene Co, IL, d. 1883, m. Eleanor Railey, 1869, Cass, MO.
Jessie Monroe, b. May 1851, Greene Co, IL, d. Idaho
Sarah Cordaline, b. 1854, Green Co, IL. Green Co, IL
Ruth Ann, b. 1856, MO, (Plummer)
Children of James and Eliza Jackson:
Laura Ann, b. 1869, Austin, Cass, MO
Lewis B., b. c1870, Austin, Cass, MO
Harriet R., c1873, Austin, Cass, MO
Rebecca Jane Smitherman, married, Lorenzo Dow Darnall, 10 Sep 1864, Kansas City, MO. He died 7 Feb. 1904.
Mary Elizabeth Smitherman, married, Timothy Reed, 6 Ap 1861. He was b. 6 Apr 1861, in Bates County, MO, or NC, and died 30 Mar 1903.
4. Spencer Smitherman, b. 1825, TN, m. Frances Ann Wilson, Macoupin, IL.
Plus, William, John, Samuel.
Children of Betsey Ally: Mary, b. 1842, Nancy S., b. 1845.
There is lots and lots more, onegreatfamily has many hits. It has been a long time since I worked on this line and will review for updates.
Other surnames: Dunn, Dermett, Plummer, Darnall, Reed, Spore, Sloper, Barnard