I am posting this on a hunch.There is a family of Abbott's that are from NC moved to SC and were neighbors to a Smerill or sometimes spelled Smerell, I am wondering if the spelling could be wrong. I run into so many at the Archives,where a census taker changes the spelling of names not even realizing they are doing it. But these two family's were neighbors out of the little town of Camden, South Carolina, Kershaw Co. I have a great deal of information on the Abbott family. All I know about the Smerill family is one of the men was a jail keeper in Camden during the civil war.I have read in history books that he was very devoted to his job. Making sure no prisoner escaped. Please contact me at FeedaStray@aol.com if I can help you any more.