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Judge Thomas Smith (b. 1664, d. 19 May 1738)Thomas Smith (son of Thomas Smith and Barbara Atkins) was born 1664 in Exeter, England, and died 19 May 1738 in Goose Creek, Berkeley County, South Carolina.He married Anna Cornelia Van Myrdagh on Abt. 1698 in South Carolina.
Notes for Thomas Smith:
Judge of Berkeley Court 1693-1700, and a member of the Governor's Council.
Birthdate is also seen as 1664. In 1696 his father's patent for landgrave was returned by Joseph Blake to Thomas. Received all of his father's lands and titles.
Thomas received Winyah Barony on Jun 19, 1711 from Robert Daniell. Robert was given 48,000 acres on 18 jun 1711. The name Winyah came from the large bay between Georgetown and the ocean. Named from an Indian tribe. Afterward called Smith Barony. Nicknamed "The Little Englishman" because he was born in England and his brother was born in America. (Although other sources claim he was called this when he returned from school in England).
In 1727, he defied Governor Morton's authority along the Cape Fear River where he was trying to sell land. The Governor tried to arrest him for high treason, so he declared the governor wasn't governor anymore. In 1729, the crown took over responsibility for the colony and paid off the Proprietors.
Thomas tried to set up a port town near Georgetown, but failed. Her gave a Georgetown lot to each of his 31 grand and great grand children at his death.
In 1713, Thomas Smith was granted land on Cape Island (today known as Baldhead or Smith's Island) in Brunswick County, North Carolina. On 17 November, 1730, he received a land grant for 5000 acres.
Thomas lost the use of his right hand due to gout. He had a coach with his arms painted on each portal:
Arms: sable, a fesse erminois cottised or, between three martlets of the last
each charged with a ermine spot.
Crest: a greyhound sejant gu(gules): collared and line reflexed over the back
or, charged on the shoulder with a mascle ar
Motto: semper fidelis
Called a rioter, troublemaker, and a businessman. In 1704, Gov. Nathaniel Johnson established a law that voters must belong to the Church of England. Thomas and others immediately protested (showing he was not a member of the Church of England). Thomas Boone went to England to protest to the Lord Proprieters. In 1706, they made a milder law, naming the Anglican church the official state church.
Will dated 6 may 1738 proven 13 aug 1738 Lists: wife:Mary, brother: George,
sons: Henry, Thomas, George, Benjamin Dau:Mary Scriven, Elizabeth Smith, Sarah Bowen, Ann Waring, Justine Moore. Sons-in-law: Edward Hyrne, Benjamin Waring, James Scriven. Grandson: Thomas (dec) son of eldest son Thomas (dec). 31 grand and greatgrand children. Thomas was given permission to settle on the land, but not to own it. Also lists cousins: Rev. Nathan Bassett, Rev. Josiah SMith, Archer Smith.
South Carolina Historical Mag vol 6 p 135--"Thomas Landgrave Jr d 1738. 74 years old. Been in SC for 54 years, which puts him arriving in 1684."
The Second Landgrave Thomas Smith named two of his sons Thomas and two of his sons George. The first Thomas Smith, who married Dolly Dry in 1709, was born in 1691 and died in 1729. The second Thomas, who married Susannah Walker, was born in 1729 and died in 1782. The first George was born in 1693 and was deceased by 1730. He married twice-- first to Rebecca Blake who died in 1719 and second to Elizabeth Allen. His brother, George, was born in 1732 and died underage and unmarried.
More About Thomas Smith:
Date born 2: 1670, Exeter, England.
Died 2: 07 May 1728
Died 3: 09 May 1738, Charleston, South Carolina.
More About Thomas Smith and Anna Cornelia Van Myrdagh:
Marriage: Abt. 1698, South Carolina.
Children of Thomas Smith and Anna Cornelia Van Myrdagh are:
- +Sabina Smith, b. 10 May 1699, d. 1735.