JONES FAMILY HISTORY
Line of Descent
Blanford Towler b. Sept. 28, 1902, d. (unknown) and m. on Oct. 9, 1901 to Richard Mortimer Anderson b. Oct 23, 1902 and d. March 13, 1969. Blanford Towler was the daughter of
Woodruth Nuckols b. Jun 6, 1880, d. Jan 11, 1975 and m. Oct 9, 1901 to Samuel Joseph O. Towler b. Feb 13, 1880 and d. May 10, 1936. Woodruth Nuckols was the daughter of
Elizabeth Motley b. Nov. 13, 1840, d. July 10, 1904 and m. Feb 8, 1870 to John Edward Nuckols b. 1836, d. Aug. 9, 1918. Elizabeth Mildred Motley was the daughter of
Daniel Edward Motley b. May 29, 1818, d. Feb 17, 1898 and m. on Nov 6, 1839 to Mary (Pollie) Parsons b. Nov 9, 1820, d. Nov. 7, 1891. Daniel Edward Motley was the son of
Joseph Motley b. (unknown), d. Oct 18, 1839, and m. Jan. 17, 1807 to Mary (Pollie) Jones, d. Jan 29, 1862. Mary (Pollie) Jones was the daughter of
Elisha Jones b. 1761/2, d. Oct 27, 1848 and his wife Jerusha Watsonb. (unknown) and d. 11 November 1810.
JONES FAMILY HISTORY As shown by ORIGINAL RECORDS.
Pittsylvania County, Virginia
Court Orders, Book 31
Elisha Jones files for Revolutionary War Pension in the above mentioned county on the 22nd day of August. He appeared personally before the County Court in said County; Elisha Jones a resident of said County agedSeventy odd years who being first duly known according to Son doth on his Oath make the following declaration in Order to obtain the benefit of theprovision made by the Act of Congress paped [passed] June 7th 1832. That he enlisted &c. (as on Declaration).
Personal Data in Pension Records in National Archives.
Elisha Jones (S5633; VA. Service and Agcy.,; Cert. 16385 issued 5thof August 1833, Act. 7 June 1832, at $100 per an. from 4 March 1831).
Soldier applied for pension 22 August 1832, age over 70 years, from Pittsylvania County, Virginia; entered the service 1 January 1777 in Hanover County, Virginia and served under Captain Wm. Meredith, also in the Companyof Captain Nathaniel Burwell, 2d Lt. Wm. Stevenson, 1st Lt. John Blair, 1st Va. Regiment Artillery. He first marched to Williamsburg, to Portsmouth, Ft. Nelson, and remained there about eight months; thence to Gasport for two months, to Portsmouth, to Hampton, and to Valley Forge,and met the main army; was in the battle of Monmouth, White Plains fortwo weeks, Ft. Putnam on North River for one month, and then joined thecommand of General Knox at Pluckemin, N. J. and winter quarters. He served over two years.
(NOTE: Not only was this data sent Mrs. R. M. Anderson from Washington, but this article is also found in the National Genealogical Society Quarterly Vol. XXXVIII, March 1950.)
1 Pittsylvania County Records
November 20, 1848
Court Orders, Book 40, pg. 92:
The Court doth certify the Elisha Jones who was a Soldier of the Revolutionary War departed this life in this county on the 27th day of October last.
Virginia State Library
Military Certificate No. 2: 3229-4769...
Council Chamber March 18th 1784
I do Certify that Elisha Jones is entitled to the proportion of Land allowed as Private of the State line who has served three years.
N3439 Thos. Meriwether
A Warrant for 100 acres ipued (issued)
to Samuel Couch as a/c of Elisha Jones September 11th 1784.
Will of Elisha Jones
Pittsylvania County, Va.
Will Bk. 2, pg. 60:
Will made: 19 January 1844
Recorded: 20 November 1848
I Elisha Jones of the County of Pittsylvania and State of Virginia being of sound mind and disposing memory and calling to mind the uncertainty of human life, do hereby make and ordain this my last will and testament,hereby revoking all wills by me made heretofore.
First; I give and bequeath to my son John Jones one Negro Girl Mary now about 14 years of age, and her increase to him and his heirs forever-
Secondly, I devise to my son Alexander Jones and his heirs forever one Negro woman Nancy and her young child, now a few days old & mot yetnamed and their future increase in fee simple in addition to what I haveheretofore given him.
Thirdly- I devise to my Daughter Giddy Mottley the wife of John Mottley during her life one mullatto boy John and at her death to be equally divided among her children; and it is my desire that John Mottley shall have nocontrol whatever over the said boy John.
Fourthly; I devise to the children of my son George Jones Decd. and their heirs, on Negro boy Morton.
Fifthly; I devise to my Daughter Polly Mottley during life one Negroboy Vaden, and at her death to be equally divided between her children
Sixthly; I devise to the children of Betsey Morrison the wife of WilliamMorrison, on Negro Girl Sally and her future increase and one hundred acres of Land near the Pittsylvania Court House, to be equally divided among said children-
Seventhly; I devise to my Daughter Anny Oakes the wife of Thomas Oakes during her life one Negro boy Green and at her death to be equally divided among her children
Lastly; Any property I may have at my Death not herein before disposed of, I give to my son Alexander Jones, in addition to what I have heretofore given him; I appoint my friend Coalman D. Bennett Executor of this my last will ; As witness my hand this 19th day of January 1844 ; signed and delivered in the presence of Richd. Jones, William Haden, David Thomas.
Elisha X Jones
At a Court held for Pittsylvania County the 20th day of November 1848; This last will and Testament of Elisha Jones Decd. was presented in Court and proven by the oaths of the three subscribing witnepes to be the actand deed of said Testator and ordered to be recorded; And on the motion of Caolman D. Bennett the Executor in said will named who made oath and with Thomas Oakes, John Jones, Senr., Alexander Jones and John W. Jonesas he entered into and acknowledged a bond in the penalty of four thousand five hundred dollars conditioned according to Law, certificate is granted him obtaining probat of said will in due form
Wm. H. Tunstall Clk.
Court Order 40, page 92:
The Court doth certify that Elisha Jones who was a Soldier of the Revolutionary War departed this life in the county on the 27th day of October last.
Recorded: 20 November 1848
Pittsylvania County Court Records
Court Order 35, pg. 222:
Court February 17, 1840
A deed of trust from Geo. Hoskins to William H. Tunstall Trustee to secure & Indemnify Wilson & Bennett and Coalman D. Bennett Conveying his wife's interest in Elisha Jones Estate was acknowledged by said Geo. Hoskins to be his own act and deed and admitted to record in the officethe 9th day of this month.
(NOTE: Alexander Jones's gt-granddaughter, Gayle, md. George Hoskins and thus in this way was an heir of Elisha Jones.
Pittsylvania Death Register:
Mary (Polly) E. Jones, wife of Joseph
Motley was daughter of Elishaand J. Jones. She died 29 Jan 1862 of
old age at 83 years of age. Her informant was her son, John Motley.
Pension Record in National Archives
Birth: In 1832 he was aged 70 years.
Service: In a declaration for pension made on August 22, 1832, the veteran stated that he enlisted on January 1, 1777, served as a Private in Captain Nathaniel Burwell's Company, 1st Regiment of Artillery and was in the Battle of Monmouth; he served at least two years.
Pension: Elisha Jones was allowed pension on Certificate No. 16385,i issued under act of June 7, 1832 and paid at the Virginia Agency.
Residence: In 1777 he lived in Hanover County, Virginia, In 1832 he resided in Pittsylvania County, Virginia,
Veteran's Name: Elisha Jones
Pension Case Number: S 5 633
Woodford County, Kentucky ;Old Kentucky
Entries & Deeds; by Willard Reuse Jillson pg. 341 is found: Elisha
Jones, 100 A.- Warrant #3439; Service 3 yrs. soldier in Virginia
line-; date 9-11-1784.
Pittsylvania County, Virginia
Will Bk. 2, pg. 60:
Will of Elisha Jones
Will Made: 19 January 1844
Recorded 20 November 1848
Mary (Polly) Jones md. 17 January 1807,
Giddy Jones md. John Motley, son of David
Betsey Jones md. William Morrison
Anny Jones md. Thomas Oakes
JONES FAMILY HISTORY
Heirs of Alexander Jones, son of Elisha
and Jerusha Jones
Alexander Jones married 20 January 1830, Martha (Patsy) Giles. She died 12 July 1885. Their Issue: Mary Ann Jones, Elizabeth Jones,Jane Jones, Lucy Jones, Asa Jones, Tom Jones, George Jones and Martha Jones.
1. Mary Ann Jones married -------- Riddle. Their children were:a) Gayle; b) George (md. A Robertson); c) Luke; d) Elizabeth md. Nat Bolen;e) Eliza Riddle married ------ Allen.
More information on the issue of Mary Ann Jones and ---------Riddle.
A. Gayle Riddle had issue 1) Sally; 2) Kate md. ------- Meadows; 3)Albert; 4) Tyler had a) Morris, b) Louise and c) Jane; and 5) Annie m.------ Scearce.
B. George Riddle had 1) Abe; 2) Jim Wm.; 3) Demia md. ----- Semmory;4) Janie md. Thomas Davis and had: a) Izora, b) James d. at 22 yrs of age;c) Winston, d) Mildred died at 7 yrs., e) Elser, and f)William d. At 22yrs. Of age; 5) Fannie Riddle md. ----- Yeatts; 6) Mary (Dotsie) Riddlemd. John Shelton; 7) Pearl Riddle md. George Hoskins; 8) Pattie Riddlemd. Zeb Coles; and 9) Leaner Riddle died at 7 yrs., + 10) Luke.
2. Elizabeth Jones [daughter 2 of Alexander above] married John Marilla and they had: a) Virginia Marilla b. 6/24/`859; d. 1/5/1926 who had husband, Willard Hill had no issue.
3. Jane Jones [daughter 3 of Alexander above] married the above JohnMarilla after the death of her sister, Elizabeth Jones. John Marillacame from Italy at the age of 12 yrs. Their issue:
A) Betty Marilla md. 20 Dec. 1883, Abram Fox Shelton, son of Patsy Motley and Madison Shelton. Betty was born 6/18/1868; died 9/22/1917 andAbram Fox Shelton was born 1/4/1861; died 8/3/1925. Betty and Abram Fox Shelton had: 1) Jeff Shelton who was killed by a baler on thrashingmachine; 2) Bidwell Shelton md. Helen Blank; 3) Harry Shelton md. Rena------- ; Sudie Shelton md. Albert Mullins; 5) Willard Shelton.
B) Lena Tech Marilla b. July 23, 1880 md. Olando Shelton, son of Wm.T. Shelton.
C) Henry Marilla b. 16 Aug 1861 married Bettie Lee Hayden b. 12 Dec1888; d. 24 Apr 1942, dau. of America Motley and John Hayden.
D) Walter Marilla b. 1 July 1877 md. Florence Shelton b. 8 Jun 1895and had 1 daughter.
E) William Thomas Marilla b. 6 Oct 1872, d. 13 Jan 1940 md. 1st Stella Wells and 2nd Dollie Jessup b. 18 Nov. 1864, d. 1 Jun 1923
F) Charlie Marilla unmd. b. 3 February 1875. (The dates for Dollie Jessup may have been his.)
G) John Echol Marilla b. 3 February 1875 md. Lelia Motley.
H) Jessee Hargrave Marilla b. 19 November 1883, d. 26 May 1957 md. 25 Dec 1913, Alva Fowlkes no issue.
4. Lucy Jones [daughter 4 of Alexander Jones above] married James Jasper Shelton. Issue: a) Ellen Shelton md. Abbie Hunt, had daughter Bernice Hunt, b) George Pickett Dan Shelton married Pierce Motley, c) Jeb Stuart Sheldon married ---------, d) John Morgan Shelton e) Samuel Thomas Shelton,f) Lucy Carter Shelton d. 1895 married John Davis, g) Charles WhitmellShelton, h) Pattie Ann Shelton ; died young
5. Asa Jones [son of Alexander Jones
6. Tom Jones [son of Alexander Jones above]
7. George Jones [son of Alexander Jones above]
8. Martha Jones [daughter #5 of Alexander Jones above] md. ------Colbert. Issue: a) Ernest L. Colbert b. 23 July 1883; d. 3/6/19, and b) D. BruceColbert
From the notes of Mrs. Anderson
Transcribed by Sue Tifffany
THE SMITH FAMILY
Notes of Mrs. Anderson, Dec'd
SMITH FAMILY HISTORY
as shown by
Newspaper Clipping (Unknown Newspaper, Richmond,VA) (Unknown date)
Dr. George L. Smith, Physician, Dairy Farmer, Dies, Aged 79
Dr. George Lee Smith, a physician and dairy farmer, died yesterday at, his residence at 4101 Monument Avenue.
A native of Pittsylvania County, he was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Smith. Dr. Smith received his early education in the schools of Pittsylvania County and was awarded his masters degree at Virginia Polytechnic Institute. In 1890 hegraduated from John Hopkins University with the degree of doctor of medicine. He received a specialist certificate at Bay View Hospital at Baltimorein1892 for the practice of diagnostic and operative work in the fieldof women's diseases.
He was well known throughout Virginia as a dairy farmer, having operated dairy farms in Warwick, James City and King William Counties. Before going into dairy farming, he operated a large tobacco farm in Pittsylvania County.
He was a member of the MedicalSociety of Virginia and only last month was honored by th society alongwith other doctors for having practiced his profession in the state formore than 50 years. He was a member also of the American MedicalSociety and of theVirginia Dairyman's Association.
His wife was the late Mrs. Katie Ophelia Moses Smith of Pittsylvania County.
are his two daughters: Mrs. Frances Simonson of Richmond, and Mrs. E.J.
Baker of Newport News; two sons: William Russell Smith and Julius K. Smith,
both of Richmond; a sister, Mrs. Fannie Duncan of Chatham; a brother,
Jabez Smith of Farmville; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Funeral arrangements were incomplete last night.
Newspaper Clipping (Newspaper Unnamed, Date Unknown)
$190,844 Estate Left Children By Dr. Smith
An estate valued at $190.844.05has been left to the four children of Dr. George Lee Smith, according to his will probated today by Clerk Albert T. August in Richmond Chancery Court.
Dr. Smith, well-known diagnostician and dairy farmer, left real estate valued at $134,858 and personal property valued at $55,994.05 when he died November 22 at the age of 79.
A daughter, Fannie White Simonson, is left $3,250, one-half interest in the Darlington Apartments, 315 North Blvd. and one-half of household and kitchen 4101 Monument Ave.
A son, William Russell Smith, isleft one-half interest in the Darlington Apartments and $3,250 in money.
Kathleen M. Baker, another daughter, is left for her life, property in
Newport News, the Homeward Apartments at 12 South Boulevard here and buildings
and lots in Williamsburg. This property is to go to a granddaughter, Kathleen
Baker, on the death of the daughter.
Julius K. Smith, another son, isgiven the Kenmore Apartments at 22 Boulevard, the residence on Monument Avenue,and one-half of the household and kitchen furniture in the MonumentAvenuehome.
The four children are to divideall office furniture, pictures and paintings.
LINE OF DESCENT
Richard Mortimer Anderson, Sr. and his wife
B. October23, 1902
B. Sept. 28, 1902
M. September 15, 1923
Richard Mortimer Anderson, Sr. was the son of
II. Dr. John Carlisle Anderson and his wife, Mary Jane Smith
B. April11,1852 B. March 31, 1859
D. Nov.23,1921 D. March 3, 1939
Mary Jane Smith was the daughter of
III. William Smith and his wife, Rebecca Hodnett
B. September 2, 1818
B. September 28, 1832
M. February18, 1856
D. August2,1896 D. July 11, 1904
William Smith was the son of
IV. George K. Smith and his wife,Susan Adkins (Atkinson)
(Will filed Pitts. Co., VA)
George K. Smith was the son of
V. Jabez Smith and his wife, _______________ Kendrick
SMITH FAMILY HISTORY
The Smiths had a very
strong physique, barrel-torso chest, and
seemed to possess a large statue,
being men of 200 lbs. or more.
George K. Smith (the last ancestor that I have authentic proof of in
1953 - BTA) owned around
1100 acres of land in Pittsylvania County, Virginia on Tomahawk Creek
(near Museville). Accord-
ing to family tradition, he was born near Museville, Virginia and buried
near Tomahawk, Va. where he lived. Family tradition says he was a
miller. Value of property, $15,302.
George K. Smith married Susan Adkins and had thefollowing issue:
1. Booker (Bowker) Smith was never married. He built the R.J.
Reynolds tobacco factory and
manufactured tobacco. He had a train of wagons and sold it
through the Carolinas and Geor-
gia. He died in early manhoodso showed a genius for business
ability quite young. (This line
of Smith's are related to R.J.Reynolds' wife according to Dr.
George Smith Anderson, nephew
of Booker Smith). According to his tombstone at the old Smith
home near Tomahawk he died
September 23, 1841.
2. Ralph Smith, born
September 1, 1813; d. January 7, 1902; married
7th December 1843,
Ardennia Wright (b. Jan. 14, 1827;d. Jan. 24, 1904). Ralph was
willed land on Tomahawk
Creek by his father, Geo. K. Smith, and his son, William lived on
a farm adjoining that of his
3. William Smith, born September
2, 1818; died August 2,1896. He
married February 18, 1856
Rebecca Hodnett (b. Sept. 28,1852; d. July 11, 1904). He owned
a vast amount of land on
Tomahawk Creek and had many slaves who stayed on with him even
after the war as long as
he lived, thus making it most profitable for him. He was a very
During the Civil War he lost a leg but this did not seem to
handicap him in anyway.
He oncerode horseback alone to Kentucky with nine thousand
dollars in his pocket and
purchased 1000 acres of land from a Mr. Grubb for himself, Mr.
Joe Reynolds and Ward
Reynolds which extended from Greenpond back to Bearskin Creek,
He and wife were buried at their old home place where the
home and tombstones still
4. Jabez Smith married
Catherine Ann Mahan and died without issue.
They were buried at the
old home place near Tomahawk.
5. Rhoda Smith married
John Reynolds and lived near Greenpond Church
and they, too, are
buried at their old homeplace.
6. Mary (Polly) Smith
married Demarcus (Mark) Anderson, son of Jesse
Anderson of Franklin
County. Their descendants in the Anderson Family Book.
7. Eliza Beth (Betsey)
married Dec. 21, 1837, Naaman Mahan and are
buried at their old home-
8. Nancy Smith, born
April 11, 1823; died Oct. 6,1869; married Jan.
16, 1843, Watt Otey
Anderson (b. August 18, 1816; d.April 27, 1883). They lived
near Greenpond Church and
are buried at the family burial ground on his farm. Their
descendants in the Anderson Family
9. Letitia Smith married
Ambrose Rucker on December12, 1853. He was
a Captain of Co. "C"
46th Regt., Virginia Infantry. He was at one time a sheriff of
some county. They had dau.
Mary Rucker md. a Dewberry and dau.Victoria md. Kange Simpson.
Will of George K. Smith
Pittsylvania County Records.
Will Book 2, pg. 18;
Will Made: 24 May 1845
Recorded: 17 August 1845
I George K. Smith
of Pittsylvania County and Stateof Virginia do
hereby make this my last will and testament in manner and form following
1st It is my will and desire that all of my just debts be first
2dly I give to my wife Susan Smith five hundred acres of Land
including my dwelling house and plantation whereon I at present reside
together with all my household and kitchen furniture, stocks of horses,
cattle, hogs, sheep, crops of all descriptions, plantation tools, and
all my negro slaves to wit, Mariah, Mary, Bob, Alex, Capa, Chana, and
Sam together with their future increase for and during the term ofher
natural life, and after her decease I give the same to my children
3dly I give to my son Jabez Smith Jr. in way of land nine hundred
thirty dollars which said land I have previously deeded to him.
4thly I give to my son Ralph Smith nine hundred thirty dollars in
way of land which said land I have previously deeded to him.
5thly I give to my son William Smith two hundred acres of land lying
on the North side of Jeffersons road beginning on the ___ of Tomahawk
hill on the side road, thence running rather a N.E. course to DavidH.
Grubbs line, thence along sd Grubbs line to a corner postoak, thencea
dividing line to be made to a fence on Tomahawk Creek, thence a West
course up to Shockleys Branch so as to include two hundred acres insaid
tract which said land I value at nine hundred thirty dollars.
6thly I give to my daughter Rhoda Reynolds one hundred twenty acres
of land adjoining the lands whereon John Reynolds her husband at present
resides, beginning near Tomahawk Creek at the mouth of a lane between
John Reynolds and Ralph Smith thence with said Smith's line a N.W.
course across Jeffersons road, thence to N. West course so far as to
include one hundred twenty acres as aforesaid, which said lot of landI
wish to be hereafter valued in cash and which valuation my said
daughter, in a final division of my estate is to account for hereafter.
7thly I give to my three sons, to wit, Jabez Smith,Jr., Ralph
Smith, and William Smith in trust for the sole use and benefit of my
daughter Elizabeth Mayhan for and during the term of her natural life,
the following described lot of land, containing one hundred twentyacres
more or less and bounded as follows to wit, beginning on the top of
Tomahawk hill at William Smith's corner herein named thence along
Jeffersons road South East to Michael Bransons line, thence along
Bransons line to David H. Grubbs line, then along the same N. Westto
William Smith's corner in sd. Grubbs line thence along same in lineto
the beginning which said lot of land I wish to valued by commissioners
hereafter appointed which valuation I wish to be accounted for whena
final division of my estate takes place.
I alsogiveto my three sons above named in like manner as
that of the one hundred twenty acres of land, in trust, an equal portion
of my estate for the use and benefit of my said daughter ElizabethMahan
after first deducting the valuation of the above named land and after
the death of my said daughter I desire that the above named lot ofland
and other estate and property which may fall to my three sons as
trustees for my said daughter provided she has any, and if not, thenI
desire that the aforesaid land and other personal estate be equally
divided among my lawful heirs.
8thly I give to my daughter Nancy Anderson a lotortract of land
containing one hundred thirty seven acres adjoining the land of Capt.
George Craft and Capt. John Wright which said land I wish to be valued
and accounted for in a final division of my estate.
9thly I give the remaining part of my lands to mytwodaughters
namely: Polly Smith and Letitia Smith to be valued and accounted forin
final division of my estate.
10thly It is my will and desire that after the deathof my wife
Susan Smith the balance of my estate both real and personal, land
negroes &c shall be equally divided among all my children hereinnamed,
first charging them with valuation of land given off, or herein
bequeathed, except Elizabeth Mayhan, whose part of my estate, I herein
give to my three sons, above named in trust for the sole use and benefit
of my said daughter Elizabeth which Estate I wish for them to managein
the most profitable manner and hand over to her, annually the profitsor
income of said estate, including the land and that part which may fall
to her after charging the Valuation of the said land for and duringthe
term of her natural life and after her death I give the same as herein
before named -
And lastly I hereby constitute my three sons Jabez Smith, Jr.,
Ralph Smith and William Smith executors of this my last will and
testament - In witness whereof I have set my hand and seal this 24thday
of May 1845.
Jabez Smith, senr
George K. Smith
George Craft Jr.
John P. Wright
At a Court held for the County of Pittsylvania the 17th day of
August 1846 This last will and Testament of George K. Smith dec'dwas
presented in Court and proved by two subscribing witnesses and ordered
to be recorded and on motion of Jabez Smith Jr., Ralph Smith and William
Smith the Executors in said will named who made oath according to law
and with Demarcus Anderson, Watoaty Anderson, John P. Wright, Abner
Mayhan, Joseph Wright and George Craft Jr. as their securities entered
into and acknowledged a bond in the penalty of sixteen thousand Dollars
Conditioned according to law certificate is granted them for obtaining
probate of said will in due form.
William H. Tunstall Ck.
Will of Susan Smith
Pittsylvania County, Va.
Will Book 2, pg. 131:
I Susan Smith of the County of
Pittsylvania and State of Virginia do make this 9th day of Octoberone
thousand eight hundred and fifty one make this my last will and
Testament. In manner and form following, to wit:
1st I give to my son Jabez Smith three yards of home made cloth
together with one equal eighth part of my estate that I ma___ not
hereafter will away -
2nd I give unto my son Ralph Smith one negro boy named Ellickat
valuation, if he is valued to more than one eighth part of my estatehe
shall then pay back so as to make all my children equal with one another
together with three yards of home made cloth.
3rd I give unto my son William Smith one negro boy named Allenat
valuation, and if he is valued to more than one eighth part of my estate
he shall then pay back so as to make all my children equal with one
another together with three yards of home made cloth.
4th I give and bequeath unto my daughter Mary Anderson four poundsof
Wool Roles also one large new Kittle together with one equal eighthpart
of my estate that I have not heretofore or ma not hereafter will awayto
be given to her to use and dispose of as she ma think proper to herand
her heirs forever.
5th I give and bequeath unto my daughter Rody Reynolds five dollars in
cash also four pounds of wool Roles together with one equal eighthpart
of my estate that I have not heretofore or ma not hereafter will awayto
be given to her to use and dispose of as she ma think proper to herand
her heirs forever.
6th I give unto my daughter Nancy Anderson four pounds of WoolRoles
together with one eighth equal part of my estate that I have not
heretofore or ma not hereafter will away to be give her to her to useof
as she ma think proper, to her and her heirs forever.
7th I give and bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth Mahan fourpounds of
Wool Roles I also leace in the hands of my son Ralph Smith oneequal
eighth part of my estate that I have not heretofore or ma not hereafter
will away for the use and benefit of my daughter Elizabeth Mahan toher
and her heirs forever.
8th I give and bequeath unto my daughter Letitia Smith one hundred
dollars cash, one feather bed, two pillars, two sheets, and five bed
quilts, three bed blankets, two double wook white counterpins, onechect
counterpin, one white double wove counterpin 2 pounds wool roles, one
piece of Janes Cloth, one set of tea cups and saucers, one set of
plates, one set of teaspoons, one carthen pitcher, one pot and oven,one
dish and one brass kettle, also one equal eighth part of my Estatethat
I have not heretofore willed away to her and her heirs forever.
9th I give unto my four Daughters, namely to wit: Rody Reynolds,
Elizabeth Mahan, Mary Anderson and Nancy Anderson all my bed blankets,
quilts, &c that I have not heretofore willed away, to be equallydivided
between them and to their heirs forever.
10th I wish that all my crop be sold as soon as convenient aftermy
death and all the moneys and other wise to be equally divided betweenmy
eight children as heretofore directed.
11th And lastly I hereby constitute and appoint my two sons RalphSmith
and William Smith Executors of this my last will and Testatment In
witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal thisthe
9th day of October one thousand eight hundred and fifty one.
Geo. Craft Jr.
Lewis A. Wright
Susan X Smith
At a Court held for the County of Pittsylvania the 20th day
of October 1851 This last Wil and Testament of Susan Smith dec'd.was
presented in Court and proven by the oaths of two subscribing witnesses
and ordered to be recorded, And on the motion of Ralph Smithand
William Smith the Executors in the will mentioned who made oath andwith
George Craft Jr., John C. Bradner, Rudolph Rorer, their securities
entered into and acknowledged a bond in the penalty of five thousand
dollards conditioned according to Law certificate was granted themfor
obtaining probate of said will in due form.
Teste Wm. H. Tunstall Clk.
War Records of Sons of Ralph Smith and
Ardinnia Wright Smith
From Council Journal 1776-1777
Letter received 5 September 1950 from the Adjutant General
giving the following information:
The records show that oneGeorge Smith, born in Pittsylvania
County, Virginia, age 17 years, private (2nd) Company C, 46th Regiment
Virginia Infantry, (also known as 1st Regiment of Infantry, Wise Legion
and as 2nd Regiment Wise Brigade), Confederate States Army, enlisted15
Dec 1863 at Camp Dismal, South Carolina, (also shown as 16 Dec 1863at
Adams Run, South Carolina). The company muster roll for January and
February 1865, dated 28 February 1865, last on file, shows him present
and no later record has been found.
The records show that Booker Smith, private and sergeant, (2nd)
Company C, 46th Regiment Virginia Infantry (also known as 1st Regiment
of Infantry, Wise Legion and 2nd Regiment Wise Brigade) Confederate
States Army and enlisted 13 November 1862 at Chaffins Farm (Virginia).
The company muster roll for January and February 1865, last on file,
shows him present. Union prisoner of war records show that hewas
captured 6 April 1865 at Farmville, Virginia and was imprisoned atU.S.
Military Prison, Newport News, Virginia where he died 3 May 1865.
Their brother, Joseph Smith also served
in the Civil War.
William M. Smith
William M. Smith was bornSeptember 2, 1818 at Tomahawk,
Virginia in Pittsylvania County where he died August 2, 1896. He wasa
son of George K. Smith and wife, Susan Adkins. William M. Smithmarried
February 18, 1856 Rebecca Hodnett who was born September 28, 1832 and
died July 11, 1904. They are buried in the Smith family cemeteryat
Coleman Smith, b. Dec.15, 1856; d. Feb. 21, 1861, Tomahawk,
Mary Jane Smith, b. March 31,1859, Tomahawk, Virginia; died
March 3, 1939, Mineola, Virginia. She married Dr. John CarlisleAnderson, Sr. on
July 3, 1879 at home. They reared a family of eight childrenandtheir descendants will
be found in the Anderson Family Book.
Billie Smith, b. June9,1861; d. July 15, 1861, Tomahawk,
James Jackson Smith, b. April29, 1863 at Tomahawk, Va.; d.
January 24, 1919 in his 56th year near Greenpond Church and is buriedinhis family
cemetery. He married 1st Nannie Yeatts and had two children asfollows:
1. Mary Frances Smith, born June 15, 1891; married
December 23, 1909, Hubert Leonard Mattox, b. May 2, 1892.
a. Hazel Mattox,b. July 20,
1911 married Dec. 27, 1931, Odell Owen,
b. Sept. 28, 1910.
b. James Daniel Mattox, b. Aug.
11, 1913, married November 15, 1941, Mable Clair Evans, b.
Oct. 14, 1920; d. 1961. No issue.
c. Linard Paul Mattox, b. June
16, 1915; married Dec. 24, 1934, Ruby Reynolds (d/o Booker &
Roena Mahan Reynolds), b. June 5, 1915.
d. Gladys Mattox, b. Jan. 24 1920; md. Sept. 5, 1936, Lester B. Parsons, b. Oct. 17, 1915.
e. Mary Louise Mattox, b. Feb. 5, 1923; md. Nov. 13, 1943, HarryMcNulty, d. June 28, 1957
f. Kathryn Mattox, b. April 23, 1925; md. August 16, 1950, Aubery
Rives, b. Feb. 14, 1925.
2.Ruth Smith married November 22, 1913, Clarence James
Gilbert, b. July 6, 1887;
d. Oct. 16, 1953.
(1) Lucille Gilbert md. A.S. Roberts and had
(2) Beverly James Gilbert md. Dorothy Adkins
and had two children.
(3) Richard Arthur Gilbert md. Lucy Cook and
had six children.
(4) David Earl Gilbert md. Mildred Phelps and
had eight children.
(5) Carroll Lee Gilbert unmd.
James Jackson Smith married2nd, June 26, 1895, Lelia Younger
(d/o Samuel William
Youngerand wife, Susan), b. Feb. 17, 1875 and had the
3. William Younger Smith, b. June 19, 1896; d. Jan. 26,
4. Fitzhugh Lee Smith, b. Aug. 24, 1898; a physician at
Burlington, NC and unmd.
5. Grace Smith, b. Jan. 5, 1900; d. Apr. 14, 1924; md.
6. Lillian Smith, b. May 1, 1901; d. Apr. 1, 1955 unmd.
7. Edwin Fourquean Smith, b. Oct. 11, 1902; md. Hessie
8. James Jackson Smith, b. Dec. 6, 1904
9. Lena Smith, b. Jan. 10, 1907; md. 1st July 8, 1938
md. 3rd Nov. 11, 1946, Frank Stegall
10. LouiseSmith, b. Aug. 24, 1908; d. Sept. 25, 1908
11. FannieSmith, b. Oct. 22, 1909
12. HoodSmith, b. Feb. 5, 1911; d. June 19, 1925
13. WoodrowWilson Smith, b. Jan. 29, 1914
14. JohnMarshall Smith, b. June 29, 1916; d. June 16, 1954
15. SusanRebecca Smith, b. July 12, 1918; md. Aug. 22,
1939, Nathan Henry Wells
E. Fannie Lucy
Smith, b. July 28, 1865; d.Sept 16, 1949; md. Feb.
29, 1892, Wm. D. Duncan
(s/o James Brown Duncan, d. Apr. 26, 1858, aged 50 yrs. -
tombstone), b. Oct. 20, 1856;
d. Jan. 31, 1920,Whittles Deport, Va., Pitts. Co., Va.
1. RebeccaDuncan, unmd.
2. Jim Duncan, md. Roy Payne
3. Amelie Duncan, m. Brig. Gen. Edward Anderson, Feb. 26,
1921, in New Orleans
4. Jane Duncan
F. Dr. George
L. Smith, b. Feb. 11, 1869; d.Nov. 22, 1948; md.
Catherine (Kate) Moses,
b. Jan 19, 1872; d.Sept. 30, 1920, Rondo, Va.
1. William Russell Smith md. Agnes Payne
2. Frances Smith, b. Sept. 27 _____; md. Clinton Wise
3. Julius Kaufman Smith md. Feb. 28, 1953, Louise Wine; no
4. Kathleene Smith, b. Apr. 17, 1900; m. June 20, 1942,
Emerson James Baker, b.
G. Thomas Phillip
Smith, b. Sept. 10, 1871;d. May 23, 1927; md.
Rosa Irene Davis, b. Apr. 28, 1876; d. Dec. 11, 1961
1. Theo Smith, b. Feb. 10, 1900
2. Janie Frances Smith, b. Nov. 22, 1902
3. Alpha Smith, b. Dec. 25, 1897; d Aug. 7, 1955; md.
Nimrod D. Anderson, b. May 7,
1891; d. Oct. 21, 1842; md. Aug. 2, 1922.
4. Thomas Benton Smith; b. Jan. 15, 1907; md. July 3, 1937,
Elizabeth Arthur, b. Dec.
5. Ryland Davis Smith, b. Sept. 7, 1908; md. May 16, 1936,
Edith Walker, b. Jan. 10,
6. Ruby Jane Smith
H. Jabez Smith md. Lemma Mahan, b. Mar. 15,1874; d. Sept. 27, 1950
Smith b. June 9, 1861; d. July7,1861 - Tombstone
Rhoda Smith, daughter of George K. Smith and
wife, Susan Adkins, married John Reynolds and their issue:
A. Booker Reynolds md. Delitha Rowena Mahan
B. Susan Adkins Reynolds unmd. - lived withnephew, Henry Adkins
C. Herry Ann
Reynolds md. Ralph Adkins
1. Henry Adkins - father of Irene Reynolds, Harvey Adkins
2. John Adkins
3. Boss Adkins
Elizabeth Smith, daughterof George K. Smith and wife, Susan
Adkins, md. Dec. 21, 1837, Naaman Mahan, and had the following children:
A. George K.
Mahan, b. Sept. 25, 1838; d. Oct. 3, 1838 (Pitts.
B. James H. Mahan, b. Sept. 17, 1840; d. Dec13,1917; md.
Elizabeth Reynolds and buried
C. William Mahan md. Surrenie Reynolds
D. Louisiana Mahan md. Witcher Adkins - buriednear Sago
E. Mary Mahan md. John Reynolds and livednearBlair's Mill
F. Susan Mahan md. Robert A. (or E.) Hodgesandhad son, Willie
Note: There is a very large rock
in the edge of Oscar Mahan'syard
known as the Naaman Mahan rock because he sat on it during his oldage
and watched the traffic go by. (BTA - 1966)
Mary Jane Smith
Mary Jane Smith, born March 31, 1859, at Tomahawk, Virginia in
Pittsylvania County, was the daughter of William M. Smith (born at
Tomahawk, Virginia Sept. 2, 1818 where he also died on August 2, 1896)
and his wife, Rebecca Hodnett who was born September 28, 1832, near
Whittles, Virginia; married February 18, 1856; and died July 11, 1904).
Mary Jane was taught byagoverness for many years as were her
brothers and sisters as there were no schools near by in those days.
She later attended Roanoke Female College in Danville, Virginia whichis
now known as Averett College.
As a young girl she enjoyed horseback riding and had her own
side saddle for riding as there were no cars in those days. OnSunday
the family rode in a very fine carriage drawn by several horses and
attended Greenpond Baptist Church.
In those days they had manyparties so that friends and
relatives could get together - such as quilting parties, candy-pulling,
corn shuckings, apple peelings and dancing. The men in the community
would play stringed instruments such as the violin, guitar, banjo and
often the mouth harp for the folk to round or square dance, and
sometimes do the Virginia Reel. There was always a man to callthe
figures for the set. This was enjoyed by the old as well as theyoung.
Often when they attended these parties many people spent the
night as they did not live close together as we do today. Afterusing
all of the beds, pallets were made on the floors for the ladies and
frequently the men went to the stables and slept in the hay.
In those days associations were held at various churches where
very large amounts of delicious foods were carried and served on avery
long table built out of doors so that the people from towns and
adjoining communities could come to attend the services and partakeof
the food. Many living too far away to go home would spend severaldays
with someone living close by in order to attend the three day services
at the church. Large amounts of food had to be prepared at homealso as
sometimes there would be as many as one hundred people spending the
night at one home though this large number didn't do this too often.
People in those days raised their animals to kill for meat, canned
enormous amounts of food, suflured apples and pears for cooking, put
Irish potatoes, cabbage, beets and perhaps other vegetables in kilnsto
be used during the winter months so they always had plenty of goodfood.
Mary Jane was probably thebelle of the community and had many
suitors but her cousin, Dr. John Carlisle Anderson of Mineola, Virginia
seemed to always be her preference of all the young men.
They were married at Mineolaon the third day of July 1879 and
made their home there where her husband practiced medicine, operateda
store with hired clerks and managed the farm. To this union wereborn
eight children whose names appear on the sheet containing Family Bible
Mary Jane was a faithful,devout member of Greenpond Baptist
Church where she took an active part in all activities of the churchas
long as she was able to attend.
She was an excellent cook but hired someone to do most of her
cooking. She boarded teachers and some pupils who attended Tomahawk
Grade School. Each day baskets of hot, delicious food was carriedto
the school at lunch time for them and her children.
Often you would find herreading a book or playing solitaire in
her latter years for amusement.
After the death of her husband, her granddaughter, Catherine
Anderson, daughter of Frank Searing Anderson and Jessie Earl Martin
lived with her. Daisy Bowen also lived with them.
She passed away the thirddayof March 1939 at Mineola, Virginia
and was buried in the cemetery at Greenpond Baptist Church.
Ralph Smith, b. Sept. 1,1913; d. Jan. 7, 1902; md. Ardinnia
Wright, Dec. 7, 1843. She was born Jan. 14, 1821; d. Jan. 24,1904.
Ralph Smith was the son of George K. Smith and wife, Susan Adkins.
Their children were:
I. Booker Smith, b. Sept. 1, 1844; D.May3, 1865 - killed in
II. George Smith,
b. Jan. 5, 1846; d. Nov.27, 1910; md. Apr. 7,
1867, Eliza Adkins, d/o
III. Sarah E.
Smith, b. May 1, 1848; d. Nov.27, 1909; md. Nov. 2,
1867, Eusebius Harmon
Cook, s/o HarmonCook. Sarah Elizabeth Smith joined the Union
Primitive Baptist Church
1897 and waslatersent to asylum.
E.H. Cook, b. Dec. 26, 1848; d. Jan. 8, 1928
Ida Cook, b. Aug. 15, 1868
Walter Cook, b. Oct. 13, 1869
Henry B. Cook, b. Oct. 30, 1871
James W. Cook, b. Mar. 21, 1873
IV. John Christopher
Smith, b. April 3, 1850; d. Feb. 11, 1929; md.
Aug. 29, 1878, Louisa C.
V. Mary Susan
Smith, b. Sept. 7, 1852; d. Dec. 24, 1917; md. Jan.
7, 1869, Joseph D.
Reynolds; theirissue later.
VI. Hester A.
Smith, b. July 7, 1854; d. Jan. 9, 1927; md. Nov. 14,
1876, William Goggin
VII. Evangeline Smith, b. June 27, 1856; d.July 27, 1861.
VIII. Joseph Smith, b. Feb. 24, 1858; d. Oct24, 1860 (20 months)
IX. Callie R.
Smith, b. Feb. 5, 1861; d. Aug. 21, 1922; md. Oct.
25, 1881, D. Berkley Yeatts
X. H.A. Wise
Smith, b. Apr. 1, 1863; d. Nov.12, 1933; md. Aug. 30,
1887 Mary E. Yeatts,
d/o Capt. JohnR.Yeatts
XI. Alice Booker
Smith, b. June 16, 1865; d.May 23, 1921; md.
George W. Linthicum,
Smith; b. Aug 11, 1867; d. Feb.23, 1942; md. Jan. 23,
1907, Linda Alice White;
had two children: Stuart and Joseph (m. Eliz. Walker, d/o
XIII. Ella Lee
Smith, b. Nov. 17, 1869; d.May 30, 1940; md. Oct.
7, 1896, David C.
Reynolds, s/o Booker Reynolds.
The above data from Ralph and Ardinnia Wright Smith's
Bible. Names and dates
Holy Biblepublished by A.J. Holman & Co., in the year 1879.
Copied by Blanford Towler Anderson Mar. 2, 1954. Bible in
possession of Mrs. Florence
SmithLaw Anderson, Chatham, Virginia.
Eusebius Harmon Cook,b. Dec. 26, 1848; d. Jan. 8, 1928,
John Christopher Smith
John Christopher Smith was born April 3, 1850 and died
February 11, 1929. He was a son of Ralph Smith (son of GeorgeK.Smith)
and wife, Ardinia Wright. John C. Smith married Louisa CraftWoodof
Roanoke County, Virginia, August 29, 1878. She was born June2,1861
and died March 4, 1936. They made their home at Museville. Their
graves are to the right of their home and is enclosed with an iron
fence. They reared a family of ten children. He owned 1100acres of
land at "Museville" and was a most successful farmer.
A. Samuel Clifton
Smith, Sr., b. May 4, 1879; m. Dec. 30, 1903,
Ellie Anderson (b. Oct. 10,
1880). Theyhad three children
B. William Irvin
Smith, b. Apr. 18, 1881; m.Dec. 29, 1904, Mary
Virgin Pearson (b. Aug. 12,
1887). Theyhad seven children as follows:
1. Louise Smith, b. Oct. 7, 1906; m.George Thomas Clark,
Oct. 26, 1924.
2. James Curtis Smith, Sr., b. Mar. 13, 1909, Callands, Va;
m. Oleta (Walker) Lawrence,
3. Addison Glenwood Smith, b. July 10, 1911, Callands, Va.;
m. Polly Sunshine Walker,
Mar. 31, 1936.
4. John Pearson Smith, b. Jan. 4, 1914; m.Francis Swanson,
Dec. 26, 1935; b. May 1,
5. Charles Wade Smith, b. Oct. 7, 1915; World War II Vet,
Callands, Va.; m. Lois
Virginia Reynolds, Sept. 16, 1945.
6. Virginia Irvin Smith, b. Aug. 21, 1920; m. Nov. 17, 1947
James M. LaPrade
7. Alfred Douglas Smith, b. Nov. 3, 1929, Callands, Va.;
C. James Addison Smith, b. at Swansonville,Va.;Oct. 23, 1882; d.
in Tarboro, NC; (was
residing inRockyMount, NC as Secy.-Treas. for Rocky Mount
Ins. & Realty Co.) on Jul.
11, 1911; diedoftyphoid fever and buried in Family Cemetery,
D. Julia Estelle
Smith, b. July 30, 1885 (Swansonville, Va.); m.
Nov. 7, 1907 to Clarence
Irving Hedrick,farmer, near Museville, Va.
1. Clarence Irvine Hedrick, Jr. b. Aug. 17, 1908; m. Dec.
2, 1933, Zola Rebena McNealy
2. Smith Walton Hedrick, b. Oct. 26, 1910; m. Dec. 28, 1931
to Mamie Frances
3. Gladys Grammer Hedrick, b. Feb. 4, 1914.
E. Callie Frances
Smith, b. Jan. 29, 1889;d.July 12, 1946; m.
Sept. 1, 1912, John Richard
Hedrick of _________,Georgia, where they live.
1. Emma Louise Hedrick, b. Apr. 3, 1914; m. John Henry
White, Oct. 28, 1933.
F. Harry Wood Smith, b. Mar. 2, 1891 (World War Vet.); m. Jul. 6,
1922, Rea Martin, of
Carrollton, Ga; d.Dec.20, 1947 - Pres. & Treas., Smith Seed &
Feed Co., Inc., Danville,
Va. Theirchild: Reba Martin Smith, b. Apr. 10, 1928
G. Silas Durrand
Smith, b. Jul. 7, 1893; m.Nov. 16, 1916, Elsie G.
Smith, d. Sept. 1931.
Lives in Phoenix,Arizona and had four children:
2nd Marriage: June 6, 1932, Essie B. Stillman, b. July 19, 1910.
H. Charlie Keen
Smith, b. Feb. 3, 1896 (World War I Veteran - Co.
F, 370 Infantry, 80th
Div.); m. Sept.8,1917 Lutie Estelle Gregory - a farmer near
Sago, Va. Had one child:
EstelleKeen Smith, b. Sept. 1, 1918; d. June 16, 1934
I. Emma Harvey
Smith, b. Mar. 3, 1901; m. Feb. 5, 1919 to Maynard
Edwin Cooke of
Durham, NC. They hadfive children:
J. Lucille Smith,
b. June 3, 1903; m. Dec.28, 1920, J. Robert
Reynolds (b. Mar. 18, 1901),
a farmer near Callands,Va.
Mary Susan Smith
Mary Susan Smith, born Sept. 7, 1852, Tomahawk, Va.; d.
Dec. 24, 1918, near Climax, Virginia. She was a daughter of RalphSmith
(son of George K. Smith) and wife, Ardennie Wright. Mary SusanSmith
md. Jan. 1868, Joseph David Reynolds, b. Nov. 23, 1840; d. Dec. 24,1928
(s/o Berryman Reynolds).
A. Dr. John Gilmer Reynolds, b. Nov. 9, 1869;d.Oct. 25, 1940 near
Church, Chatham, Va. He m. Blanche Fitzgerald and had:
a. DorisReynolds, m. 1st: Dr. Rhodes Blair and had issue:
Fitzgerald Blair and Joanna Blair
B. Ada Lillian
Reynolds, b. Dec. 24, 1871;d.Aug. 8, 1858; m. Feb.
22, 1893, Charlie David
Yeatts, b. Jul. 12,1866; d. Sept. 8, 1948, Climax, Va. and had
1. Erie Elizabeth Yeatts, b. Nov. 27, 1893; d. Dec. 27,
2. Emma Otelia Yeatts, b. Nov. 3, 1895, was a Holiness
Missionary to India for many
3. Luna Yeatts, b. Mar. 15, 1898; m. May 13, 1925, Orson
4. Joe David Yeatts, b. June 7, 1902; d. Apr. 26, 1958; m.
Apr. 2, 1936, Mrs. Thelma
5. Jessie Jewel Yeatts, b. Apr. 14, 1905; m. Nov. 12, 1928,
Lucius Law, b. Aug. 12,
6. Irene Yeatts, b. June 6, 1907, m. Claude Golsby, b. May
7. Edward Anderson Yeatts, b. Dec. 7, 1909; d. Mar. 17,
8. Addie Yeatts, b. Oct 8, 1912; m. May 8, 1941, John
William Parker Towler, b. Dec.
9. Ada Lillian Yeatts, b. Jan. 15, 1915; d. Feb 7, 1915
C. David Lee
Reynolds, b. June 6, 1874; d.May 17, 1945; m. Emma
1. Guy Reynolds, b. Nov. 7, 1902; m. 1st Myrtle Shelhorse,
2nd June 15, 1957, Mamie
Farthing, b. Feb. 18, 1913
2. Garnett Reynolds, m. 1st Mildred Yeatts, 2nd Merle
3. Verna Reynolds, m. Jack Whittit
Issue: Wayne Whittit
4. Eugene Reynolds, m. Virginia Shelton
Issue: Phyllis Reynolds
5. Hazel Reynolds, m. Ollie Moore
6. Elmer Reynolds, m. Gladys Atkinson
D. Smith Ernest Reynolds, b. Apr. 15, 1876;d. Aug. 25, 1942, unmd.
E. Fannie Belle Reynolds, b. Jan. 15, 1878;d. 1881
F. Jonah Reynolds, b. Aug. 3, 1882; d. Oct.12, 1955; unmd.
G. Fannie E. Reynolds, b. July 15, 1889; m.Joe Atkins
H. Charlie Dempse
Reynolds, b. Aug. 21, 1885; d. Nov. 23, 1945; m.
Transcribed by Patricia
Greggs from the notes of Mrs. Anderson, Dec'd
SMITH FAMILY HISTORY
Mary Susan Smith, born 7 September185?; died 24 December 1918 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia. She was the daughter of Ralph Smith (sonof George K. Smith). She married Joseph David Reynolds, born 25 November1840:died 24 December 1928 near Climax, Virginia. Their descendants:
1. Dr. John Gilmor Reynolds; married
Blanche Fitzgerald lived at Chatham,
B. 9 September 1869
D. 25 October 1940
Issue: Doris Reynolds married Dr. Rhodes Blair
a. Fitzgerald Blair
b. Joanna Blair
2. Ada Lillian Reynolds married 2/2?/1823,
B. 24 December 1871 B. 12 July 1866
D. 8 August 1958 D. 8 September 1948
a. Erie Elizabeth Yeatts unmd,
B.27 November, 1893
D. 27 December 1919
b. Emma Otelia Yeatts unmd.
B. 3 October 1895 Holiness Missionary to India
c. Luna Yeatts married 5/13/1925, Orson Watt Martin
B. 15 March 1898
(1) David Watt Martin; born 1 September 1926
(2) Ada Baxter Martin (Betty), md. Walter Lee Tiller, b.7/3/1924
B. 11August 1927
Issue: (a) Beckie Lee Tiller, born 11 November 1931
(3) Edward Raymond Martin, born 5 June 1929
d. Joe David Yeatts married 4/??/1936, Mrs. Thelma Ashby Gilley
B. 7 June 1902 B. 1 October 1901
D. 26 April 1958
e. Jessie Jewel Yeatts married 11/12/1928 Lucius Law
B. 14 April 1905 B. 12 August 1904
f. Irene Yeatts, born 6 June 1907; md Claude Golsby, born 6 May1914
g. Edward Anderson Yeatts unmd; born 7 December 19?9, d.17 March 1942
h. Addie Yeatts married 8 May 1941, JohnWilliam Parker Towler
B. 8 October 1912 B. 28 December 1909
i. Ada Lillian Yeatts, born 15 January 1915; died 7 February1915
3. David Lee Reynolds, married
Emma Hayden, dau. ofSam Hayden
B. 16 June 1874
D. 17 May 1945
a. Guy Reynolds, born 7 November1902; mar. 1st Myrtle Shelhorse, b. 18 February 1913, 2nd Mamie Farthing b. 18February 1913.
b. Garnett Reynolds married 1stMildred Yeatts; 2nd Marie Dalton
c. Verna Reynolds married Jack Whittit of North Carolina
d. Eugene Reynolds marriedVirginia Shelton & had: dau Phyllis.
e. Hazel Reynoldsmd.Ollie Moore
f. Elmer Reynoldsmd.Gladys Atkinson
4. Smith Ernest Reynolds, born 15 April 1876; d. 25 August 1942 – unmd.
5. Fannie Belle Reynolds, b. 15 January 1878; d. 1881
6. Jonah Reynolds, born 3 August; d. 12 October 1955, born 1882 – unmd.
7. Fannie E. Reynolds, born 15 July, 1889; md. Joe Atkins
8. Charlie Dempse Reynolds, born 21 August 1885; died 23 November 1945; married Nola George
SMITH FAMILY HISTORY
Alice Booker Smith
Alice Booker Smith, b. June 16, 1865; d. May 23, 1921; md. Aug. 19, 1886, George Washington Linthicum. Alice Booker Smithwas dau. of Ralph and Ardinnia Wright Smith. Their children were:
A. William Roy Linthicum, b. Oct. 27,
1887; accidentally killed, July2, 1904.
B. Ralph Thomas Linthicum, b. January 24, 1889, Unmd.
C. Effie Lanora Linthicum, b. June 8, 1890; d. Sept. 25, 1890.
D. Goerge Washington Linthicum, b. June ??, ????
E. Esther Pearl Linthicum, b. Aug. 19, 1893. Unmd.
F. Ruth Gray Linthicum, b. Jan. 24, 1896.
G. Charles Dodson Linthicum, b. Aug. 26, 1897; d. Nov. 24, 1922.
H. Alice Magdalene Linthicum, b. May 24, 1900.
I. Joel Swanson Linthicum, b. Oct. 24, 1902.
J. Laura Fern Linthicum, b. Oct. 10, 1907
K. Bobbie Elliott Linthicum, b. December 6, 1925.
The above copied from Mrs. Florence Smith Lee Anderson’s records byBlanford Towler Anderson, March 2, 1954
Henry Andrew Wise Smith
Henry Andrew Wise Smith, b. April 7, 1863; d. Nov.12, 1933; md. Aug. 30, 1887, 1st Mary E. Yeatts, b. Apr. 25, 1869. Me md. 2nd Oct. 12, 1910, Mary Olivia McKay. Henry A. W. Smith, son of Ralph and Ardinnia Smith. His issue:
A. Florence Independence Smith,
b. July 4, 1888; md. 1stOct. 12, 1910, Roy
Belt Law. She md. 2nd Bruce Anderson, a cousin. No Children.
B. Vera Clair Smith, b. Mch. 16, 1890; md. Nov. 25, 1909, Lee George.
C. Elvin Conrad Smith, Sr., b. Sept. 2, 1891, md. June 20, 1916, HattieFraling.
D. Oscar Smith, b. July 15, 1893
E. Grace W. Smith, b. Mar. 16, 1895
F. Kate Lencah Smith, b. Dec. 4, 1896, md. Nov. 14, 1919, Charles LewisRo??
G. Charlie Eugene Smith, b. Apr. 3, 1898, md. Apr. 12, 1932, MableHarp.
H. Guy Smith, b. May 16, 1901
I. Gertrude Smith, b. Apr. 14, 1903
J. Leland Smith, b. Oct. 13, 1904
K. Noell Bruce Smith, b. Nov. 6, 1905, md. Sept. 15, 1932, Reva ElnoraNewman.
L. Hilton Smith, b. June 9, 1909; d. July 9, 1909
By second marriage:
M. Raymond Davis Smith, b. Feb. 27, 1913
N. Margret Celestia Smith, b. Apr. 3, 1915
O. Betty Langston Smith
The above copied from Mary E. Smith's Family Bible now in the possession of Mrs. Florence Smith Law Anderson, her daughter.
Copied by Blanford Towler Anderson, Mch. 2, 1954.
Data collected later:
Leland Andrew Smith md. Annie Kate Morris
Margret Celestia Smith md. Apr. 7, 1938 Cecil P. Callahan (d. Sept27
1938. She md. 2nd Oct. 18, 1940, Rexeum Stuart.
Mahan Connection with Smith Family
The name Mahan was first spelled MacMahan
but later dropped the Mac. The first known ancestor was Patrick Mahan
who married Rebecca _____. He served in the revolutionary war and
were neighbors of the Bell family. Their son, Alexander Mahan married
Catherine Ball, daughter of John andNancy Ball.
B. 22 August 1767
B. 9 August 1769 D. 16 February 1815
D. 31 March 1837, Pitts. Co., Virginia
Both are buried on the Mack Anderson farm near Climax, Virginiawith other Mahan’s.
They had the following children:
1. John Mahan, B. 30 August 1790
2. William T. Mahan, born 5 April 1792; md. Margaret Wright, d.22 July1862
3. Mary Mahan, Born 25 March 1794; d. 15 January 1838; m. Dabney Reynolds.
4. James Mahan, born 10 September 1795; d. 3 February 1796.
5. Rebecca Mahan, born 25 January 1797.
6. David Mahan, born 9 July 1798.
7. Thomas Mahan, born 19 January 1800.
8. Elizabeth Mahan, born 18 January 1802.
9. Abner Mahan, born 24 March 1804; died 24 January 1806; m. Ann Giles
Their children and grandchildren are as follows:
1. John Wilson Mahan married Matilda Cook: They had:
a. Margaret Ellen Mahan, b. 2/8/1856; d. 9/28/1862 of diphtheria
b. Christine Mahan, b. 11/9/1852; d. 9/24/1862, of diphtheria
c. Wilmouth Ann Mahan, b. 7/25/1859; d. 9/24/1862 of diphtheria
d. Ida Frances Mahan, b. 22/10/1854; d. 9/24/1862 of diphtheria
This was the first epidemic of diphtheria and the doctors knew of nocure. All four girls were buried in one grave.
e. Albert Mahan, born during the war, in Texas and had son, Wade
Mahan who lived in Texas.
f. Sallie Mahan md. Bill Thomas Cook and had:
(1) Cleo Cook; md. Tom Greer of Rocky Mount, Virginia.
(2) Rose Mahan, md. Harry Law.
(3) Ora Mahan, md. McGuire
(4) Gracie Mahan, md. Altice.
(5) Virginia Mahan, md. Holland.
(6) Meaic Mahan, md. And wife died in Rocky Mount, Va.
(7) A son died.
(8) Bernal Mahan md. Roy Blair and lived in Gretna, Va.
2. Susan Jane Mahan
md. 1st David McNeeley and had a dau. who md.
Capt. Mitchell and they had three children:
a. Bill, Henery, Sallie, George, Bertie andOscar. no record except
Henry came to Virginia once to visit the Mahans
3. Rebecca Mahan, md. Col.
Wm. H. Ramsey and had two sons:
a. Dr. Oscar Ramsey
b. Edd Ramsey md. Nannie Anderson, dau. of James Anderson son of Anderson Bill.
4. Mary Catherine (Kitty)
Mahan, md. John Blair and had:
a. Della, Joe, Dan,Oscar, John, Nannie, Emma, George and Will, a
5. Elizabeth Mahan, md. 1st
____ _____ and had John and Elizabeth
2nd Caleb B Hundley and had Henry Hundley.
6. Abner Alec Mahan md. Mildred
Craft and had:
a. John Rufus Mahan, b. 1/20/1871; d.6/15/1936; md. Tinnie Hodrick
7. Henry Mahan died an infant – choked on a watermelon seed.
8. Joseph Carr Mahan md. Augusta Dyer and had: Charlie, Coleman, & Mar?
9. Dricella Mahan md. Jim Mahan & had: Rorkley and Abner V. Mahan
10. Angeline md. 1st Rob Bradley; 2nd Alonza Owen
11. Arrabella Ellen Mahan md. Samuel
Bowen and had:
a. Annie Bowen, md. Winston Amos
b. Dempso Bowen, md. Kizzio Hedrick
10. Alexander Mahan, Jr., Born ?? Jan., 1805, son of Alexander Sr.,& Catherine
11. Neuman Mahan, b. 1?/?/1810; md. Elizabeth
K. Smith, dau. of Geo.K/
Their issue: m. December 1, 1897 by Archie W. Fanes
a. James H. Mahan, born 1840; md. Elizabeth Reynolds
b. William Mahan md. Surennie Reynolds
c. Louisiana Mahan md. Witcher Adkins
d. Mary Mahan md. John Reynolds
e. Susan Mahan md. Robert A (or E) Hodges
12. George Mahan md. 12/16/1837 Frances
R. Jefferson, dau. of Samuel A.
a. (above) James H. Mahan, born 1814
md. Elizabeth Reynolds, had:
1. Dollie Mahan (187? –1955)
b. Lonnie Mahan (1875-1952) md. Annie Bousman, 1916
Bur. Highland Park Cemetery, Danville
c. Lemma Mahan md. James Smith, son of George K.Smith
d. Missie Mahan (twin
sister of Lemma) md. 1st Oakes, 2nd Adkins,
3rd Woody. Buried on LonnieMahan farm beside Eliz. Reynolds
e. Rowena Mahan md. Booker Reynolds - Buried Hollywood
f. Oscar Mahan md. Eloise Mahan he d. 1969, bur.Hollywood
g. Ilsa Mahan md. Fred McElrath
In Loving Memoriam
Just as the sun on Tuesday, January
7th , lifted up his goldenbeams above the horizon shooting his kindly rays
through the window uponthe death bed of our beloved father, Ralph Smith,
his spirit took its flightintoeternity. The perfect sunrise seemed
emblematic of the personagewhichhad grown with grace, becoming more like
his Saviour until the summonscamecalling him from this to his heavenly
He had been, for several years previous to his death, a consistentmember of Green Pond Baptist Church. His was an exemplary life ofmoderation in habits such that he realized the fulfillment of the promise,Thy days shall be long in the land the Lord thy God giveth thee.
But few are permitted to attain the number of days, with whichhewas blessed, having reached the advanced age of 88 years 4 months and7days thus having witnesses his 88th birthday and leaving behind him beingsonsand daughters, grandsons and granddaughters, and great grandsons andgreatgranddaughters besides an affectionate wife and a host of friendsto mournhis loss. Besides his own children many orphans mourn theloss ofa fathers care, for many had found a home under his hospitableroof.
Many old slaves of neighbors have given testimony also to his kindness, telling how when they were sent on an errand to father’s theywouldbe given food to stay their hunger. Come ye blessed of my Father inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:For I was an hungered and ye gave me meat, I was thirsty and ye gave me drink,I was a stranger and ye took me in. Naked and ye clothed me. I was sick and ye visited me.
Simple in his taste and possessed of a child-like spirit we believe that he meets the condition of the promise. Except yebe converted and become as little children ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the sameis greatest in the kingdom of heaven
And while it is hard, of father, to give thee up, we do not sorrow without hope, nor as for those gone to an untimely grave, we realize thatGod haswonderfully blessed you in that He has fulfilled even to you apromise madeto his very chosen Israel: “I will multiply thy seed”. Sowe can truly say a father in Israel has fallen. Thou hast beenblestina comfortable home, good health, a long life and a large circleof friends.Thy years were full of usefulness and, being faithfulto the end, a crownoflife awaits thee.
We have parted, father, but for a season, when we shall meetonthehappy shore, meet to part no more.
IN LOVING MEMORIUM
Surviving her husband, Mr. Ralph Smith, two years and seventeen days,Mrs. Ardenia Wright Smith departed this life on Sunday, January the 24th1904,at 9:45 P.M., aged seventy-seven years and ten days.
In 1843 at the early age of 16 she was married to Ralph Smith,of which marriage there were born unto them thirteen children, sixty-eightgrandchildren and thirty-two great grand children. Of these, ten children, fifty-nine grandchildren and twenty-nine great grandchildren survive. For a period of more than fifty-eight years the holy marriage vow was faithfully kept. She was a true and devoted wife and a help mate indeed, to her husband. No more loving and watchful mother could be found, ever ready to soothean aching brow or to chide away sorrow. She possessed unusual energy whichspent itself in many years of usefulness. Untiring and unselfish she livedand labored for her children and humanity,with a zeal to be admired.
When past the meridian of life she was converted, found a Saviour in Jesus, and united with the Baptist church at Green Pond, of which she remainedaconsistent member until her Saviour sent his messenger to call her hometoher rich reward. Her first hope and trust in God was strengthenedandconfirmedsome twelvemonths previous to her death. From that time the presenceof the Holy Comforter was a source of peace and consolatio nduring the short period of her affliction.
No mother now for me to cheer, to see,
No mother now to intercede for me,
No footsteps fall, no calling voice I hear,
For mother, my dear mother's gone from me.
The old arm chair is sadly vacant now;
No mother do I see with snowy hair
For she has gone from us to heavn above,
And all deserted seems the old homestead now.
And looking backward cross the years
Myself in that dear old log house, where I,
In childhood's mirthful glee, in front of fire
And embers glow, playd & bout my mother's knee.
At thy bedside sorrowfully I stand,
To give thee drink and soothe thy aching brow,
Bur oh: how helpless is my feeble hand,
To stay, oh stay the fleeting breath of life.
And for many decades I will hear thy
Saying, Willie it is Willie, at that voice
An angel's voice forever calling me,
To come up home and be with thee.
And though thy spirit may forever dwell
In some strange word beyond this transient sphere,
That beautiful form lying cold in death
With me, in memory, shall ever abide.
Perhaps it was a burden once we thought
The services of kindness in duty wrought
But twas a blessedness, a year ago
I did not see it as I do to day.
Were all so dull and thankless and too
To catch the sunshine till it slips away
For no one so willingly our many wants supplied
No one who loved us as did our mother dear.
My magic light now leaps the plantation
To see my mother on the other shore,
Come bless me mother with thy holy love
Descending from thy home in heaven above.
Note: Written bv her son, William Smith II
The following memorandum was taken June
13, 1934 from State Library,Richmond, Virginia from Vol.
1912 List of Revolutionary Soldiers.
(Bedford) Pg. 406 ref. To page13 Sect. Of War 1835 Pension Report 2 from
War in relation to establishment of pension of U.S. Vol. 2, Washington1885.
Report of Librarian 1911-1912 (2VR) W.D.
31-1 (3VR) W.D. 78, 1 (5V.R.) W. D.
W.D. means War Department
2V.R. means 2nd Virginia Regiment
a private of Bedford County,Virginia was enrolled as a pensioner on May
14, 1819 at age of 94 yearsand was inCol. Alexander Spotswood's Company
Certified by Lawyer William Smith
Notes on the Smith Family Written April 4, 1903 by William SmithII.
My birth: William Smith II, I was born of Ralph and Ardinia Smith in the year 1867 on August 11th. A noteworthy incident is the anniversary of the formation of my native county, Pittsylvania, one hundred years ago.
My father, a farmer, Ralph Smith, was born September 1, 1813. His parents were George K. Smith and Susan Smith (nee Adkins) The fatherof George K.was George Smith (an error according to family tradition)(By BlanfordTowlerAnderson)
The following are my aunts and uncles
on my father's sideviz. Jabez, Booker died in his 28th year and worth about
$12,000. He was a tobacconist. Polly Smith married Mark Anderson;
Ambrose Rucker; Nancy Smith married Watt Otey Anderson. The latter were parents of Capt. Edward Anderson of the U.S.A. and how at West Point. (Later he was Brig. Gen. Edward Anderson & died Nov.
2, 1937. He retired several years ago and lived in Jacksonville,Florida. He married 1st Henrietta Sands of Washington and New York– divorced her and later married Amelie Duncan, a daughter of Fannie SmithDuncan – the latter a daughter of William Smith, son of George K. Smith- By: B.T. A.)
William Smith Sr. married Rebecca Hodnett (She was an aunt of Asa Hodnett, sheriff of Pittsylvania County, Virginia).
Elizabeth Smith married Naaman Mahan; Rhodia Smith married George Reynolds.
My grandfather George K. Smith died in 1845 having made his will in1842. In 1842-1843 he owned including the lands inherited from his son Booker who died single, about 1700 acres on Tomahawk Creek. His estate valued at about $17,000.
My father during his single manhood taught a private school for a few months. He was not considered a scholar and was what we might way was not highly educated. This statement applies equally as well tomy dear mother whose eyes are now dim with years and whose limbs andbody areweary from her unsurpassed energy exerted in life.
Father was tall, about six feet and manly, yet he was not fond of strife nor contentious, somewhat reserved and sought not public honors, henceunknown politically. He was of an age, that exempted him from servicein the Civil War. (War between the States) of 61-65 but neverthelessfurnished two sons, Booker and George, who made valiant soldiers for States Rights. The former never returning after cessation of hostilitiesto his father's fireside, having died in prison at Newport News, Virginia. He hath no love for the President of the Confederacy, but was an ardentadmirer of Jackson and Lee. While believing in States Rights he thoughtthe South erred in seceding.
He was a good and upright business man such that he made ample and comfortable provisions for a large family and in 1894-1895 when he made advancementsto his ten living children his estate was valued at $12,000 but in realitywas worth $16,000 to $18,000.
He died at the advanced age of 88 years, four months and seven days, leaving a large family, widow and a concourse of friends to mourn his loss.
His mother, Ardinna Smith (nee Wright) was a descendant of Thomas Wright who she says, to her best information came from Bedford County, Virginia.
Thomas Wright married Sallie (alias Sarah) Pullen and of said marriage the following children were born: Peggy married a Mahan; John P.Wright; Christopher Wright; Polly married a Rorer; Joseph Wrightand William Wright.
Christopher Wright my grandfather married Betsy DeBoe of which marriage the following children were born: Thomas Wright; Jno. Wright; Ardinia, my mother; Sarah; Polly; Elizabeth; Joseph; Christopher; William Abram; Abitha generally called Bee and Lucy.
William Smith Jr.
He went to Richmond College October 12,
1888. His professor H.H. Harris was the great Greek scholar and teacher
who was chairman of theFaculty at that time—He roomed with Rev.
Hite N. Quisenberry was in a contest- competiting Rev. J.J. Wicker, , M.J.
Hover, D.D. – now amissionaryin China – Rev. W. Keefe
(who afterwards was pastor of Greenpond ChurchJune 16, 1909 at the time
of Florence Smith's Law's mothers death who was Mary Elizabeth Smith, better
known as Sissy, her childhood nickname),Raleigh Pennick and five others.
He was successful. For the next seven years he engaged in veinous
siness,spent summer and winter of 1889-1890 on the farm of his father.
The fall of 1891 he bought out Florence's father's (HenryAndrew Wise Smith)
mercantile business at Museville,Virginia and continued in the mercantile
business for about eighteen months, sold out the spring of 1893 to Yeatts
& Mitchell. He farmed until the fallof 1896 and in October of
that year returned to Richmond College he was a member of the Philologian
Society and was successful in several debates.After three years in Academic
Department of Richmond College he began the study of 1899-1900 and graduated
from the T.C. Williams School of Law of Richmond Collegeuntil June
1, 1901; examined in law by the Supreme Court of Virginia at Wytheville
on or about July 4, 1901 and wa sgiven license to practice about
a week later located in Chatham about September 3, 1901; married
Miss Linda White January 23, 1907 and had childrenStuart who died in in
fancy and Joseph who married Miss Elizabeth Walker.
SMITH FAMILY HISTORY
As shown by
Pittsylvania County Records.
Deed Book, pg. 121:
Deed Made Sept. 8, 1869
Recorded Oct. 17,1870
This deed witnepeth that for the sum of 175.5 acres and that Ralph Smith and his wife, Ardinia Smith, has sold unto Jabez Smith a tract of land intheCounty of Pittsylvania, Virginia containing one hundred and seventy five acres and a half bounded by Bradner's line, Crafts line and Lynchburg Road. As witnep our hands and seals this 8th day of September1869.
Ralph Smith Seal
Ardinia Smith Seal
In the Clerk's Office of the County Court of Pittsylvania County on the 17th day of October 1870 the foregoing writing was upon the certificate endorsed admitted to record. And I do certify that a fifty cent Revenue Stamp has been place on said writing according to law.
S. Scrugg, Clk.
Smith Surveyor's Plot and Field Notes.
Surveyed for Geo.
K. Smith at the instance of
Jeremiah Keesee, 216 Acres of land lying and being in
the County of Pittsylvania on both sides Tomahawk Creek,
and bounded as follows to wit, Beginning at Geo. Craft's
corner white oak, thence along Craft's dividing line
S.76 W.152 poles crossing the creek aforesaid to a white
Oak in Mahan's line, thence along said lineS.22 E.99
poles to a white oak near a branch, thence along Smith's
East 181 poles crossing said Creek to post oak, S.64
E.38. poles to a white oak, thence along Keesee's former
Line (now David H. Grubb's) N.30 ----200 poles,
Grant calls for a white oak, no corner found,
S. 82 E.91. poles to white oak in
Jesse Oake's (formerly Cook's) line,
thence along said lines N.3.W.14
poles to a post oak, thence along
Childrap's line S.56 W.74 poles
to Carter's lines same course
continued in all 114 poles to a red
oak pointers, N.81 W72 poles
crossing a branch to a white oak,
thence new dividing lines between
said Smith and Carter S.18 W. 20
poles to a post oak, S.83. W.46 poles
to a red oak, in old line, and
thence along the same N.13. W.189
poles to the beginning.
Sept. 22, 1825
Plot of 216 Acres.
(Surveyed by James Hopkins for Geo. K. Smith on
Sept. 22, 1825
Deeds of George K. Smith
Deek Bk. 2V, pg. 379
Jabez Smith and his wife Susan sell 218 acres of land lying on both sides of Tomahawk Creek for
$1117.25 to George K. Smith. Rec.: Sept. 26, 1825.
Will of William Smith
I William Smith of Pittsylvania
County and State of Virginia,do make this my last will and testament revoking
all wills made at anytime heretofore by me.
I. I have given heretofore to my daughter Mollie J. one thousand dollarsworth of real estate at Mineola, all of my interest at that place, andbesidethis I bequeath to her at my death 100 ¼ acres of land lying on both sides of Bearskin Creek adjoining Daniel Craddock and others land formerly owned by said Craddock, this to be her entire share of my real estate.
II. I have heretofore give to my son James J. 180 acres of land on Banister , and besides this I bequeath to him at my death, the balance of my estate on Banister of 108 acres adjoining Wilson Mitchell and others,this to behis entire share of my real estate.
III. I give to my daughter Fannie L to take possession this fall of1896 a one half interest in the Grubb tract of 235 acres on waters of Bearskin adjoining Booker Reynolds and others and besides this I bequeath to her at my death a one half interest in the Kate Smith tract of 170 acres on Tomahawk Creek adjoining Ralph Smith and others, this to be her entire share of my real estate.
IV. I give to my son George L. to take possession of this fall of 1896 one half interest with my daughter Fannie in the Grubb tract of 235 acres situate as above stated and besides this I bequeath to him at my death, a one half interest with my daughter Fannie in the Kate Smith tract of170 acres situate as above this to be his entire share in my real estate.
V. I bequeath to my son Thomas P. at my death the south portion of my home tract lying next to Ralph Smith on both sides of Tomahawk Creek containing 250 acres, the dividing line having been run between this and the north portion.
(A) I bequeath furthermore to my son Thomas P. equal use with my son Jabez on whose portion it is situate of a tobacco pit and pack room above,it being the old granary until he can or shall have built one of his own.
(B) I bequeath furthermore to my son Thomas P. for a period of eight years that portion of my orchard lying west of my garden at the home place until he shall have had time to have one his own, this to be his entire share in my real estate.
VI. I bequeath to my son Jabez at my death the north portion of my home tract lying on both sides of Tomahawk Creek adjoining J.C. Anderson and others on which is situate my home house containing 249 ¾ acresexceptingthe privileges granted in clause V. A & B section and VIIIclause section(A) this to be his entire portion of my real estate.
VII. I bequeath to Rena Adkins on good behavior as long as I live oruntil she becomes 21 years of age
1 good milch cow, 1 trundle bed stead, 1 feather bed, 1 straw tick,1blanket and 3 quilts.
VIII. (A) Should my wife Rebecca outlive me I bequeath to her the exclusive use of my dwelling house
yard garden and one third of the orchard as long as she may live.
(C) I furthermore devise the sum of $100.00 yearly be paid to her by all my children equally as long as she may live for her support.
IX. At my demise all my personal property (except that which my wifemaywish to keep for her own use) except also that stated inclauseVII to Rena Adkins shall be sold the debts paid if any, the
balance to be equal, divided between all my children. Theportion kept by my wife at her death to
be sold and equally divided between all my children.
X. Should my son Thomas P or Jabez die unmarried and without heirs their portion shall be equally divided between my other children.
XI. I give the right of way of any of my children to cross any other child's portion to the public road.
XII. My son Jabez is not to dispose of any of his real estate without the consent of two of his brothers provided that any two be living at the tim ehe may wish to do so.
XIII. I appoint my son Thomas P. as my executor in this my last will.
Signed and sealed in the presence
Of the annexed witnesses this the William X Smith seal
4th day of June 1896. mark
Wm. Smith Jr.
At a County Court held for the County
of Pittsylvania at the Courthouse thereof on Monday the 17 day of August
1896, The last will and testament of William Smith late of this county
deceased, was this day fully provedby the oaths of C.W. Anderson
and James Anderson two of the subscribing witnesses thereto and was thereupon
ordered to be recorded, And in themotion of T.P. Smith the only executor
named in the said will who madeoath asthe law directs and entered into
a bond in the penalty of twelve hundred dollars conditioned according to
law with John C. Anderson hissuety therein(who justified on oath as to
his sufficiency and which said bond being acknowledged by the oblijors
therein is ordered to be recorded)certificate is granted the said T.P.
Smith for obtaining a probat of the said will in due form.
W. B. Sherpard Clk.
IN THE PROBATE AND COMMON PLEAS COURT OF JACKSON COUNTY, MISSOURI, AT INDEPENDENCE
In the Matter of the Estate of Jabez Smith, Jr. Minor
Record D, pg. 379 November Term1855
Now at this day at the request of Mrs. Ann E. Smith, the Court appoints James McClananan, guardian of the person and estate of her son Jabez Smith a minor heir of Jabez Smith, deceased under the age of 14 years.
And thereupon said Guardian enters into bond in the sum of $200,000
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Record D, pg. 379 November Term1855
Now at this day comes into open Court John T. Smith a minor heir of Jabez Smith, deceased, over the age of 14 years and chooses as his guardian, William McCoy, which said choosing is by the Court approved. SaidWilliam McCoy enters into bond in the sum of $250,000.as such Guardian.
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In the matter of the Estate of Jabez Smith, Deceased No. 402
We do not find the appointment of Robert G. Smart and William Chrisman, as administrators of the estate of said deceased.
Record I , pg. 314 Bond
Bond in the sum of One Million Dollars, with Robert G. Smartand William Chrisman, principals and Thomas T. Smith, Anne E. Smith, etal,securities, acknowledge themselves to be indebted to the State of Missouri,insaid sum of One Million Dollars, money of the United States, for thepaymentof which well and truly to be made, we bind ourselves, etc.
The condition is that if Robert C. Smart and William Chrisman,administrators of the estate of Jabez Smith, deceased, shall faithfully administer said estate, and all other things touching said administration required by law,or theorder or decree of any Court having jurisdiction then, the above bond to bevoid, otherwise remain in full force.
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Record A , pg. 295
Filed January 31, 1856
(real estate only listed)
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Record I, pg. 314 Affidavit
Affidavit attached to bond states
that Jabez Smith died without a will and that he left as heirs and legal
representatives to-wit: Hiswidow and relict, Annie E. Smith and his children
Thomas T. Smith, John Smith and Jabez Smith, all living in Jackson, Missouri.
Independence, Missouri records continued:
Record BB, pg. 217
Notes of Final Settlement
Filed Nov. 17, 1894
Notice is hereby given to all creditors and others interested in the Estate of Jabez Smith, deceased, that I, William Chrisman, Administratorof saidEstate intend to make final settlement thereof at next term of Probate Court of Jackson County, Missouri to be held at Independence on November 12, 1894.
Wm. Chrisman, Administrator
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Record BB, pg. 217 Affidavit of Publication
State of Missouri )
Filed November 17,1894
County of Jackson)
I, W. N. Southern, having been
duly sworn on oath, state that I am one of the publishers of the INDEPENDENCE
SENTINEL, a weekly newspaper published in Jackson County, Missouri,
and that the notice a copy o fwhich is here to attached was published in
said newspaper for a term of four weeks consecutively a sfollows, to-wit:
Commencing on October13, 1894 and ending November 3,1894 being Volume 29,
Numbers 22, 23, 24and 25.
W. N. Southern
Subscribed and sworn to before me November 12, 1894.
(Seal) Walter Rider, Notary Public
Record 4, pb. 265
Final Settlement andDischarge
October 14, 1895
The Final Settlement heretofore filed, amended by leave of Court, taken up, approved by Court and Administrator charged and credited therewith and thereupon said Administrator produces and files-herein final receipts for balance of assets of said estate. Said estate is hereby declared to be fully and finally settled and said Administrator is hereby discharged.
In a partition suit brought after the death of Jabez Smith among other things the petition states that over 300 slaves were divided among theheirs That owing to the known wealth of said decedant it is improbable that there are any debts to be filed against estate.
That said Ann E. Smith widow is entitled to 1/3 ofestate and that John T. Smith and Jabez Smith are only other heirs.
NOTE: Above data from LAND TITLE ABSTRACT CO., INC., Independence, Mo.
Will of George Smith
In the name of God Amen I, George Smith
of Pittsylvania County and State of Virginia being of perfect health of
body, of perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto God calling unto
mind the mortality of my Body and knowing it is appointed for all men once
to die as make and ordain this my last
Will and Testament that is to say principally and first of all I Give and recommend my soul into the Hands of the Almighty God who Gave it and my BodyI recommend to the earth to be Buried in decent Custom , Burial at theDiscretion of my executor and touching such worldly Estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life I Gave Devise and disposeof the same in the following Manner and form First I will and desire that all my just debt sbe paid then leave unto my daughter of Beheatherland Lawrence Thirty pounds in cash to my Lucy Watson I leave fifteen pounds in cash to be paid to themor their legal representatives in Eighteen Months after my Decease by my Executors hereafter named or if any property Valued at Cash price taken out of my Estate would Suit better to be Valued to them in three months after my Death they are to have their Election which to Chuse
Item I give my Dutiful Son Jabez Smith all and singular my Plantation lands and Tenements which I poped on Own Either by Deed or patent of whatsoever Description to him and his heirs forever. I give unto him also all my Slaves Viz., Symie, Reubin, Stephe, Dick, Easter, Vilotte, Nance, and Jude with there Increase
To him and his Heirs forever. Also my stock of Horses Cattle hogs sheep household furniture Plantation utensils all Debts Due me on Hooks Bend or other specialties with all and every other part of my property Realor persona lwhatsoever to him and his heirs forever and lastly I do hereby Constitute and appoint my dutiful Son Jabez Smith and much Esteemed Friend and acquaintance James Hopkins Executors of this my last Will and Testament Revoking all other Wills by me formerly made and acknowledging this only to be
My last Will and Testament in Testamony Whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this Twenty ninth Day of July in the Year of our lord one Thousand Eight Hundred and Eight
Signed Sealed and published
In the presence of George Smith SEAL
George K. Smith
At a Court held for Pittsylvania County the 15th day of May 1809 The within last will and Testament of George Smith Deceased was presented in Court and proved by the Oaths of George K. Smith, Joseph Reynolds and Hartwel lAllen three of the subscribing witnesses, Ordered that the same be Recorded and on the motion of Jabez Smith and James Hopkins the Executorsin the sd.Will named who made oath according to law and to other with Henry G. Calloway, Hartwell Allen and James Hart their Securities entered into and acknowledged their bond in the penalty of seven thousand dollars for that purpose conditioned as the law directs, Certificate is granted them for obtaining a probate of thee sd. Will in due form.
Will Tunstall Clerk
Will of John Smith
In the Name of God Amen I John Smith being Sick and weak do make and Constitute this my last will and Testament in manner following (Viz.) Item I give to my Son William Smith a negro man named Sammy, Item I dogive to my Son John Smith wench named Roje(?), Item I do give to my sonThomasSmith a negro wench named Jeane, Item I give to my son George Smitha negrowench Lucey, Item I do give to Daughter Rachel Seay a negro Boy named littleSammy, Item I do give to my Daughter Anne Suallin a negroBoy named Peter,Item I do give to my Daughter W. Cary Thimbr--- a negr ogirl named Bep for her lifetime and after death to her daughter Hannah Thimbrew. Item I d ogiveto my daughter Margarett Mopley a negro boy named Lewis. Item I do giv eto my daughter Sarah Lewis a Debtof L 30, 16, due to theEstate. Item I do give to my Daughter Anne Saullin one hundred Acres of Land it being my Plantation. Item I do give to my Grandson John Seay all the remaining part of my land for Paying of Ten or Twelve pounds all t oContinue together for this year and I also do appoint and give to my beloved Wife Margaret two Negroes for her life time namely Tommy and Bep the same Bepis to be given to who her Miltrep (Mistress) pleases her at her death. I do appoint Jacob Seay and Bury Lewis Executors to this my last Will and Testamentas Witnep my hand this twenty Sixth day of February 1764. . . .. . . . . .. . . ... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . .. .. .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Testes . . .
. . . . . . . . . . .
W Coses Seay) John X Smith
Joel Hill ) Mark
At a Court held for Halifax County the
17th day of May 1764
This Will was proved by the oath of Joel Hill and Moses Seay the witnepes hereto subscribed and ordered to be Recorded, and Jacob Seay and Bury Lewis the Executors herein named refusing to take upon them the Execution hereof Certificate for obtaining Administration of the Estate of the Testator with the will annexed was granted to John Smith who made oath according ----- he having with Jacob Seay, Jesssee Suallin and Thomas Smith his Securities entered into and acknowledged Bond for the same By the Court.
Truly recorded Test Ro. Munford Robt. W. Cunford C. H. C.
A certified copy by E. C. Lacy, Clerk
Circuit Court Halifax County., Va.
March 24, 1951
Memorial Record of JABEZ SMITH of Jackson County, Missouri, formerly of Pittsylvania County, Virginia
Jabez Smith, deceased, was one of the
honored pioneers of Jackson County, Missouri, a representative of that
class of substantial southern gentlemen who have given stability to the
communities with which they have been connected and who have been associates
and promoters of that progress which produce reliable improvement.
He was widely known having the respect of all who knew him and among the
best citizens of the county in an early day he well deserves mention.
Mr. Smith was born in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, 2nd of March17878, and was reared in that locality; when he entered upon his business careerhe gave his attention to merchandising and conducted a country store, in which he prospered. As his financial resources increased he became interested in speculation and in this undertaking also met with good success. Thus he accumulated considerable capital and continued to carry on merchandising, and speculating until his removal to Jackson County.
On the 1st November 1827 Mr. Smith was united in marriage toMiss Susan Royster, a native of Pittsylvania County, Virginia. They became the parents of three children, namely: Henry C who died in Jackson County of Cholera in 1849. Thomas T. who died in Jackson County 25th July1879. John T., the only surviving member of the family, now a resident of Independence,Missouri.
The mother died in the Old Dominion, July 29th, 1844 and Mr.Smith again married; his second union being with Ann Eliza Kean. Their wedding was celebrated on 25th May 1851.
It was in the year 1843 that Mr. Smith came to Jackson County and purchased several tracts of land. He located 1st about seven mile sNortheast of Independence, where he remained a short time and then settle dabout a mile northeast of the town where he continued to live until hi sdeath which occurred on the 8th November 1855. He brought with him to this state between three hundred and forty and four hundred slaves fro mVirginia, who were used in the improvement of his plantation. He was an honored Planter of the old school, reliable in business, straight forward in all dealings
NOTE: Copied from Memorial Record of Kansas City and Jackson County, Mo. 188?
Camp Duke Near Charleston S.C.
November 26th 1863
My Dear absent friend
This evening affords me the greatest of pleasure of informing you that I am well and hope when these few lines come to your hand they may find you enjoying the vest of health. Billy, your letter reach me yesterday which informed me of your health. I was glad to hear you was mending. I hope you will soon be well. You said that you told that young lady what I told you to tell her. I have forgot what it was and who it was but you may tell them I would like to be there to spree around with the mand give them my best respect all who may enquire after me. Well, Billy, we have been on James Island since you left us and we had to go down on the banks of the seashore and lye down on the we ground and I like to fruz there one night. I hope we will no thave to go back there any more. William Crawley profess a religion while go as I havengot any more news I will Close by asking you to write soon.
Your true friend
To William H.Reynolds
(yrdion??) F. Hodes send his best respect to you and you may relive a good portion for your self from me.
Pittsylvania County VA. Decr. the 3rd 1863
NOTE: On the back of this letter
was the following: (not same handwriting)
Mip Annie E. Cooke Richmond Virginia R R
“ Mollie A. Cooke Reynolds
“ Sammie Patterson Ramsey Reynolds
“ Maggie D. Odell Rorer W R
H G Reynolds Robinson Reynolds
Wm. H. Reynolds Richardson
Jno S. Reynolds Smith
Copied April 5, 1964 from letter in possession of S. J.Reynolds, Chatham, Va.
ABSTRACT OF A WILL OR ADMINISTRATION
County Seat ________HALIFAX______________________________________
Will or Administration
Testator or Deceased _________________GEORGE SMITH________________________
Apartment #________________ File#__________________ Liber #__2___ or Page #___75___
Date of death ___Bef. 16 Mar 1782__
Date will signed ________________
Date estate entered into probate ______________________________
Date will was recorded _____________________________________
Date of division and settlement _______________________________
Date of final settlement _____________________________________
Executors or Administrators:
__Sally Smith (apparently the
of George Smith______________________
__________________William Smith___________________________) As of
__________________Osborne Smith__________________________ ) 16 Oct
__________________Jacob Smith_____________________________ ) 1783
ASTRACT OF A WILL OR ADMINISTRATION continued
Will or Administration
Testator or Deceased _____________George Smith_______________________
Inventory: 4 Horses
1 Smooth Bore Gun ____________
7 Head of Cattle 1 Parcel Cooper’s Tools_________
18 Hogs 8 Hoes_______________________
9 Sheep 2 Grubbing Hoes & 2Axes______
1 Feather Bed & Furniture 1 Pr. Stilyards & Sheep Shears____
2 Pots, 1 iron, 4 skillet 8 Gear_______________________________________________
3 Basins, 2 Dishes 1 Loom & Saddle & 2 Bridles
2 Cotton Wheels__________________________________________________________
2 Flax ____________________________________________________________
Names of Slaves: ONE NEGRO WOMAN, LACE (LUCY/LUCE?)
Description of Real Estate: NONE
Other Pertinent Information:
HUSBAND George Smith
Occupation Planter Church Church of England
Lived at Stafford & Pittsylvania Cos., Va.
Military Service American Revol. Patriotic service
Born ca. 1735 Place
Married ca. 1759 Place
Died Bef 15 May 1809 Place Pittsylvania Co., Va.
Father Smith Mother(nee)
WIFE (nee) Beheathaland
H.W. Church C of E
Died After 12 Mar 1787 Place
Father Mother (nee)
Sex In Order of Birth Date Place Date Place Date & Place spouse & Parents
24 Mar 1760 Va.
Stafford Co, Va
16 April 1772 Va 19 Nov. 1857
2 Sept 1788 Pittsylvania.
Stafford Co, Va Walker Co, Ga John Lawrence
Thomas & Lucy Womack
22 Nov 1800 Pittsylvania
John Watson, Jr
Bet. 24 May 1845 & 17 Aug 1845
Pittsylvania Jai l
Jabez 2 Mar1787
8 Nov 1855
#1 1Nov 1827 Pittsylvania
Pittsylvania Co, Va Jackson Co Mo Susan Royster
#2 29 July 1844 Pittsylvania Co
Amy Eliza Kean
HUSBAND John Lawrence
Occupation Farmer ChurchChurch of England & Baptist
Lived at Va. N.C. Ga.
Military Service American Revol. IstReg. Va. Cont. ????
Born 4 Sept. 1760 Place VA
Married 2 Sept. 1888 Place Pittsylvania Co., Va.
Died Bef 29 Jan., 1841 Place GwinnettCo., Ga.
Buried at Friendship Primitive Baptist Church, Gwinnett, Co.,Ga.
Father Thomas Lawrence Mother (nee)Lucy Wanack Co., Ga
Other wives None
WIFE (nee) Beheathaland
Smith Occupation H.W. Church
C of E & Bapt.
Born 16 April 1772 PlaceStafford Co., Va.
Died 17 Nov., 1857 Place Walker Co.,Ga.
Buried at Rocky Hill Primitive Baptist Church
Father George Smith Mother(nee) Beheathaland
Other husbands None
Sex In Order of Birth Date Place Date Place Date & Place – Spouse & Parents
9 Sept 1789
28 Sept 1850
24 Dec 1812 Wilkes
M George Pittsylvania Co,VA Paulding, Ga Sara Moseley Tarletan, Va.
19 Sept 1791
27 July 1794
F Mary Pittsylvania Co,VA Pittsylvania Co, VA Died young
26 Dec., 1793
5 June 1862
4 April 1820 Gwinnett Co.
M Bennett Vanip Co. Floyd Co, Ga Parthenia Daniel, Thos &Elizabeth
26 Oct 1796
12 Dec. 1862
26 Aug 1819 Gwinnett Co.
M James Pittsylvania Searcy Co Ariz Kizziah Wade, Asa Wade Sr.
11 Nov 1798
M Thomas Wilkes Co NC Walker Co.,Ga. Moses & Rebecca
21 Mar 1801
29 Aug 1861
M Silas Wilkes Co NC Walker Co, Ga.
30 Sept 1803
31 Sept 1812
F Lydia Wilkes Co NC Jasper Co Ga Died young
3 Nov 1806
13 May 1887
Asa Wade Jr.
F Lucy Wilkes Co NC Walker Co Ga Asa Sr.
23 Aug 1809
13 May 1875
19 May 1836 Gwinnett Co.
M Marlen Allan Wilkes Co NC Co. Ga Nancy Miles
Use reverse side for sources, references, further data, anecdotes,traditions, photos, etc.
City State Date 13 Mar 1975
Husband James Brent
Lived at Lancaster Co, Va.
Born ca 1705 Place Lancaster Co, VA
Married 26 July 1727 Place Lancaster Co, VA
Died Bet 28 Oct 1746-11 May 1750 Place LancasterCo, Va
Buried at Prob Lancaster Co, Va
Father (Hugh) Brent
Wife Mrs Catherine Martin, Nee Newton
Born ca 1706 PlaceWestmoreland Co, Va
Died Bet 6 Sept 1760-20 Feb. 1761 Place Lancaster Co, Va
Buried at Prob Lancaster Co, Va
Father Thomas Newton Mother Elizabeth Storke
Other Husbands Capt Thomas Martin (d. Bet 5 Apr-14 June 1727)
By this Martin she had (1) Elizabeth Martin md. Stokely Towles 12Mar1737 (2) Catherine Martin
Hugh ca 1728, Lancaster Co, Va 3 Sep 1750 Lancaster Co
Geo and Frances Edmunds
ca 1730 Lancaster Co, Va
4 May 1747 Lancaster Co, Va
ca 1732 Lancaster Co, Va
6 Nov 1750 Lancaster Co, Va
(later in Bedford Co, Va) Capt. William Stamps
ca 1734 Lancaster Co, Va
ca 1736 Lancaster Co, Va
7 Apr 1758 Lancaster co
( She & husband lived & died in Goochland, Co, Va) John Cutd?
John ca 1738 Lancaster Co, Va
ca 1740 Lancaster Co, Va
(Under 21 on 6 Sep 1760 date mother signed will)
ca 1742 Lancaster Co, Va Bet
20 Nov 1764 & 17 Hyne 1765
(Under 21 ib 6 Sep 1760 date mother signed will)
Transcribed by Doug