Ollie....William Crittenden Webb, Senior was apparently married three times, with Jane Vivion being the first wife, and the widow Mrs. Frances (Smith) Wortham was another wife (perhaps the last wife).As you stated, that Mrs. Frances (Smith) Wortham was the daughter of Major Maurice Smith and his wife, the widow Mrs. Catherine (Carter) Jones (Catherine was the widow of Humphrey Jones "III;" Catherine was from the same overall Carter family as Robert "King" Carter of VA, but she was a descendant of the "contemporary" Thomas Carter....who I think was something like a first cousin to Robert "King" Carter).
Major Maurice Smith (born about 1727; died about 1795 in Middlesex Co., VA, leaving a Will) was a son of John Smith and his wife Ann Smith (Ann Smith was John Smith's neighbor, and she was apparently a daughter of Thomas Smith and Ann Petty; we do not know at this time if that "neighboring Smith family" was related to the family of that John Smith).That John Smith was a son of Lt. John Smith (died around 1796 in Middlesex Co., VA) and his wife, the widow Mrs. Jane (Cock/Cocke) Jones (the widow of Rice Jones, Junior and a daughter of Nicholas Cock/Cocke).Lt. John Smith was a son of Alexander Smith (the apparent "American patriarch" of this Smith family), and Alexander was in Lancaster Co., VA as an adult by at least the 1650s.Like his son Lt. John Smith, Alexander Smith also died in Middlesex Co., VA around 1696.
The above-mentioned Jane Vivion, who was the first wife of William Crittenden Webb, Senior, was a daughter of John Vivion "III" and Jane Smith.That Jane Smith was a daughter of the above John and Ann (Smith) Smith.As already stated above, Major Maurice Smith was a son of that same John and Ann (Smith) Smith.The John Smith who married his neighbor Ann Smith had brothers who were named Samuel Smith (married Ann Amis/Amiss, as I recall) and Maurice Smith.That older Maurice Smith moved to King and Queen Co., VA (some show that he married an Elizabeth Byrd/Bird....while others are not convinced of her maiden name), and that older Maurice Smith (born late-1600s)should not be confused with his younger nephew, the Major Maurice Smith (born about 1727) who married Catherine.
Note: The referenced "neighboring Smith family" (i.e., the family of Mrs. Ann (Smith) Smith, Thomas Smith , etc.) was headed by yet another John Smith (died in the 1660s in Middlesex Co., VA, as I recall) who was married to a Margaret Unknown.John and Margaret (Unknown) Smith had a son who was also named John Smith (died about 1727 in Middlesex Co., VA, leaving a Will), and that John Smith was typically "styled" as Captain John Smith.Captain John Smith should not be confused with his neighbor, the Lt. John Smith who married the widow Mrs. Jane (Cock/Cocke) Jones, nor confused with the younger John Smith (a son of Lt. John Smith) who married Ann Smith.
The above John Vivion "III" was a son of John Vivion "II."John Vivion "II" was a son of John Vivion "I" and his wife Margaret Smith.That Margaret Smith was a daughter of John and Margaret (Unknown) Smith (i.e, that "neighboring Smith family" that also included Mrs. Ann (Smith) Smith, Thomas Smith, Captain John Smith, etc.).So....there were several "connections" between those two "neighboring Smith families."
If I recall correctly, William Crittenden Webb, Senior's son William Crittended Webb, Junior married (as at least one of his wives) Patsy (probably actually "Martha") Smith.Patsy Smith was a sister of Frances Smith, and hence, Patsy was another daughter of Major Maurice Smith and the widow Mrs. Catherine (Carter) Jones.Frances and Patsy had another sister who was named Catherine Smith, and it APPEARS that Catherine Smith never married.
Note: There was man who was named Bartholomew Bristow (who had a first cousin who was named Alexander Bristow....and Alexander Bristow eventually bought some of the "old Alexander Smith land").One of the wives of Bartholomew Bristow was named Martha Smith, as I recall.No proof, but I would not be too surprised if that Martha Smith was an "un-proven" daughter of Major Maurice Smith who died before Major Maurice Smith wrote his Will in 1795.There are some "later connections" between Bartholomew Bristow and this Smith family that seem to support that "theory" (but it is only a "theory" at this point in time).
The only surviving/known son of Major Maurice Smith was yet another John Smith (died by 1822), and that John Smith married Sarah Waller around 1788.That Sarah Waller was a daughter of Judge Benjamin Waller.Judge Benjamin Waller taught George Wythe at the College of William and Mary, and George Wythe later taught Thomas Jefferson (who was to become the third President of the US).Judge Benjamin Waller also read the new Declaration of Independence aloud from the steps of the courthouse in Williamsburg, VA in 1776.Judge Benjamin Waller had been "taken under the wing" of Colonel John Carter (from the Robert "King" Carter line, as I recall), and the Colonel made sure that Benjamin Waller received a good education.
My maternal gg-grandfather was named Smith W. "Brown" (born about 1817), but DNA testing....combined with "conventional research"....show that he was actually a "blood Smith infant/toddler" who was taken-in, named and reared by John Brown and his wife Mary Bennett (Mary was a daughter of a Mrs. Winifred "Winnie" (Unknown) Bennett).Mrs. Mary (Bennett) Brown had a brother who was named Smith Bennett....so there was obviously some kind of "connection" between this Bennett family and the Smith family.The DNA of a living male "Brown" descendant of Smith W. "Brown" is a "Y chromosome DNA match" to three other living male Smith DNA donors who all "trace back" to the above Alexander Smith and his son Lt. John Smith.I have not been able to prove which Mr. Smith in that overall Alexander Smith family was the "biological Smith father" of Smith W. "Brown."
There was a John Smith in Essex Co., VA who married Mary Dunn (a daughter of John Dunn and Judith Edmondson).I SUSPECT that this John Smith was out of the older Maurice Smith who moved to King and Queen Co., VA (albeit, certainly no proof).I list that John Smith as one of the possible "condidates" to have been the "biological Smith father" of Smith W. "Brown."It is possible, I assume, that the above Mrs. Winifred (Unknown) Bennett was a sister, or some other close "Dunn relative," of the Mary Dunn who married the above John Smith....since "Winifred" and "Winnie" were very common given names in that overall Dunn family (going back to the Miss Winifred Waters who married William Dunn "II").Per a researcher who works at the Essex Co., VA courthouse, John Smith and Mary Dunn had sons who were named John Hancock Smith, William Smith, Charles Smith (who I believe was the Charles Smith who also married a Miss Dunn, but no proof) and Samuel Smith.I do not have any proof as to the age of this John Smith, nor the ages of his four known sons.As such, I do not know if any of those four sons were old enough to have fathered Smith W. Brown around 1817.If you have any information on the family of that John and Mary (Dunn) Smith that might be of help to me, please let me know.Thanks!
There was yet another John Smith who was over in Middlesex Co., VA, that John Smith was closely associated with the above-mentioned Smith Bennett.I also list that John Smith as another possible "candidate" to have been the "biological Smith father" of Smith W. "Brown"....but that seems less likely (that John Smith was married twice and was still alive and living with his second wife in 1870, per the Middlesex census of that year, so there was no apparent reason why he would have given-up a son to John and Mary (Bennett) Brown to rear).That John Smith (born late-1780s, it appears) was PROBABLY (but no proof) yet another descendant of the older Maurice Smith over in King and Queen Co., VA.As you may know, most of the K & Q records were destroyed by fire/fires, and as a result, research in that county is very difficult.
The older Maurice Smith in K & Q Co., VA had a son who was yet another John Smith.That John Smith married Mary Beverly Chew, a daughter of Larkin Chew, Junior....hence there was a later man named Larkin Smith in that Smith line.Larkin Smith's brothers included yet another John Smith and yet another Maurice Smith....and the wives and children (if any) of those last two brothers remain a mystery (but my gg-grandfather Smith W. "Brown" certainly COULD have been a descendant of one of those two brothers).The above-referenced John Smith in Essex Co., VA who married Mary Dunn....as well as the other above-referenced John Smith over in Middlesex Co., VA who was married twice and who was closely associated with Smith Bennett....COULD certainly have also been descendants of one of these two brothers in K & Q Co., VA named John Smith and Maurice Smith.Comments on any of the above?