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Capt. Samuel Smith (d. 1829)Capt. Samuel Smith403 died 1829 in Maurey County, Tn.He married Martha Unknown.
Notes for Capt. Samuel Smith:
I'm sending you a GEDCOM file with all of the descendents of Capt
Samuel Smith in my database.I only put into the computer things that I
feel that I can prove, so I actually have a little more information in
paper form.My quest for the last couple of years is to find out just
who was Samuel Smith, and who was his wife Martha.The name Martha only
shows up twice.Once in 1824 when Samuel and Martha Smith were
witnesses to the will of John Hail in Maury Co., and again on the estate
sale records of Samuel in 1829.I find no evidence of her after the
estate sale.The 1820 census of Maury county showed Samuel Smith Sr.
and wife both over 45, with no others in the household.
The first record that I can tie to our Samuel Smith with certainty was
when he bought land in Hawkins County in 1795 from Isaac Cloud, and he
was stated to be a resident of Hawkins County.The family lived on the
north side of the Holston River near the mouth of Poor Valley Creek in
the present day vacinity of Mooresburg, TN.Today, Cherokee Lake covers
this area.Among his neighbors were John and Margaret Edgemon Williams,
whose sons John and William Williams married into the Smith family, and
also William Lane Jr., whose daughters Sarah, Mary, and Nancy also
married into the Smith family. Judge William Cocke, a very well known
patriot and pioneer also lived nearby on his plantation called "Mulberry
Grove".It was William Cocke who would later sell Samuel Smith the land
in Maury Co which he had obtained on a military warrant.
Samuel sold this place in 1805, and in 1806 bought the first part of
his eventual 2200 acres of land in Maury Co, although it was Williamson
Co. until 1807.He is listed on the 1807 tax list for Williamson
county, though with no white polls, so I assume he sent some slaves
ahead to build accomodations for the family.By 1808, both he and
William Lane were residents of Maury Co, as evidenced by their selection
as jurors.Samuel Smith had been electedcaptain of the Hawkins Co.
militia in 1798, and the title must have stuck, since he was referred to
as Capt. Samuel Smith in numerous documents.
He lived and farmed about 6 or 7 miles east of Columbia, TN, on the
headwaters of Bear Creek, and owned land that extended north to
Rutherford Creek and east to Flat Creek and south toward the Duck River,
much of which he sold to his children.Whether they actually paid for
it or not is speculation, but the deeds do list a fair purchase amount.
No grave has ever been located for Capt Samuel Smith or his wife Martha,
but it is likely they were buried on their own place.The land has
changed hands many times through the years and who knows what happened
to the markers.
After the estate sale of Capt Smith in 1829, his family began to
disperse. John and Abigail Smith Williams moved to Missouri. He became
known as Judge John Williams and is a well-known pioneer of Barry and
Lawrence counties in MO.Abigail died before 1840, and he remarried a
couple of times.He died in Mt. Vernon, Lawrence Co, MS after a full
and eventful life.Apparently hard times fell on the Smith's, because
they began to sell the Maury Co. land one by one until by 1840, only
Francis C. Smith and William Williams were still farming on the orginal
Samuel Smith land.Both were heavily in debt and had to sell out in
1840, after which they removed to Madison Co MS.Members of the Smith
family had been streaming to Madison Co for years, however.John Lane
Smith appears on tax records in Madison county in 1845.It is my belief
that Francis's brother William Smith moved there in the 1830s and is
enumerated next to B. L. Pritchard on the 1840 Madison Co census.The
problem is that you can't tell one William Smith from another with any
certainty.Others that were there in 1840 were James M. Baker, Michael
J. McKie, and John Smith Willis, all of whom bought items at the 1829
estate sale, and all of whom were part of the Smith family.
There were others from Maury Co who bought plantations in Madison Co.
and had farmed them since the 1830s, moving back and forth between MS
and TN. Williamson Smith and his brother Gideon C. Smith farmed together
there.They were sons of Nathaniel Smith and Mary Hanby, and I have
found no relation yet, but believe they are connected to Capt Samuel
Smith.The John and Margaret Edgemon Williams family that I mentioned
earlier were heavily connected with a family of Moore's (hence
Mooresburg) from Patrick County Virginia, although the Williams family
had come from Surry Co NC.The two counties are adjacent along the the
VA/NC border, and these families moved back and forth freely between the
two and many owned land in both counties.The Nathaniel Smith family
was heavily connected with the Moores also, as was a Mumford Smith
family, whose son married the daughter of John and Margeret Edgemon
Williams.You can see this all gets fairly complicated.
The group from Maury Co. TN seemed to settle primarily in the Sharon
area of Madison Co.By the 1850 census, Sarah, the wife of Francis C.
Smith, had died.Whether she died in TN or MS is a mystery.Anyway,
John Lane Smith had married into the Denson family of Ludlow, as did his
sister, and later his brother Frank (Francis C. Smith Jr.).Frank was
in the Civil War company command by Capt William Ingram Smith and was
killed in 1862.I think that William and Nancy Smith Williams son
William Williams who married Nancy M. Lane might have also been in that
company.There is a confederate monument next to Shadrach James Denson
in the Ludlow Cemetery with the name William Williams.
Anyway, I've gotten really long-winded here, and need to go. Not that I
needed to say anything, but I trust you will protect the privacy of the
living individuals in my files.I will certainly do the same for you.
I've shared some information in the past only to find it posted on the
internet later.I'm always afraid of identity theft.My address is as
Tim C. Upton
Children of Capt. Samuel Smith and Martha Unknown are:
- John Smith, d. date unknown.
- +Nancy Smith, b. Abt. 1787, Tennessee, d. Aft. 1850, Madison County, MS.
- Abigail Smith, b. Bef. 1790, Tennessee, d. Bef. 1840.
- Samuel Smith, b. 1790, d. date unknown.
- Thomas Smith, b. Abt. 1796, Hawkins County, Tn., d. Jan 1814, Battle of Emuckfau. Alabama.
- +James Smith, b. Abt. 1798, Hawkins County, Tn., d. 1856, Maurey County, Tn.
- +William Smith, b. Abt. 1799, Hawkins County, Tn., d. date unknown.
- +Francis C. Smith, b. 1801, Hawkins County, Tn., d. Apr 06, 1868, Ludlow, Ms..
- +Martha Jane Smith, b. Abt. 1804, Tennessee, d. date unknown.