Hi Heather - I think there is probably a connection to this family, but I don't thinkyour Nancy is my Nancy Agnes.Here is a note from our family history.
“The Smith Family
By Irene Gates Moffet, Monmouth, Ill., 1908
As told to her by her mother, Nancy Black Gates and Charles Felts
Edward Smith was the son of Richard Smith and Jane Green.He was born about the year 1754.He had a brother John, who was a sea captain, and a sister Betsey.The father may have been born in Scotland.The mother was Scotch-Irish.They lived 16 miles from London on a ten acre farm, in a brick house.
Edward Smith was drafted into military service about the year 1774, and sent to America.......
They say it was at the Battle of Bunker Hill that he deserted the British, also that he served under Lafayette, and that he was either a corporal or a sergeant.He had a very fine horse which was stolen from him.
After the war was over, he went to Virginia.He was married in Mercer County, Ky., to Nancy Black, about 1779.She is the daughter of Samuel Black and ______ McGee.
About 1803, he settled on a farm of several hundred acres near Corydon, Ind., a most beautiful spot.He and his family were quite a factor in the early history of the place.At their log cabin travelers were wont to find entertainment, and here they often had their guest, Territorial Governor, afterwards President William Henry Harrison.He gave the eldest daughter, Jennie, the honor of naming the town.She was a very sweet singer, and named it Corydon after a song which she often sang, and which was a favorite of his.He slept on a bed made by putting a pole in an auger-hole in the wall of the cabin and a fork driven in the ground held the other end, with poles put across and covered with slats, hewed and on this a tick filled with straw.
Edward Smith’s name is given among the names of the first grand jury drawn in Harrison county, Ind.His son John had the contract for building the state house, which is still standing.He had letters from his old home in London from his mother, as late as when the twins, Rachel and Isabel were born.That he was a man of piety, is evidenced by a story which Charles Felts told: “A storm was sweeping over the country, and he prayed that his crops might be spared, and the were, but the next fields were totally destroyed.”
He died about the year 1828.A monument, with his and his wife’s names, also the names of his parents and all his children, has been erected, by descendents, at Mount Zion cementary, eleven miles south of Corydon, Ind.
The material for this sketch was furnished by my mother, Nancy Black Gates, who is now 83 years old, and Charles Felts of Valley City, Ind. since dead.......................Very sincerely yours......
Note: Lived 16 miles from London.Drafted into British Army, Leiutenant 1774- Came to America after Cowpens.Joined Rev. forces under Lafayette - Edward Smith was an early settler in territory around Corydon, Indiana, mainly famous for joining colonial rebel forces after coming here with British army - From the Journal of the Indiana Historical Society by N.J. Sale II, 1918-19 - There was a Corydon Centennial Celebration June 2, 1916.
I appreciate your response.Maybe, once I have found the Samuel Black and ?McGee, I will have something to share with you, too.