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Descendants of Malcolm Smith

Generation No. 2

2. JOHN "OF THE BLUFF"2 SMITH (MALCOLM1) was born 1700 in Knapdale, Argyll, Scotland, and died 1749 in Cumberland Co., NC. He married MARGARET GILCHRIST 1717 in Knapdale, Argyll, Scotland. She was born 1703 in Knapdale, Argyll, Scotland, and died 1736 in Cape Fear River, Bladen, NC.

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John Smith was also known as "Old John Smith" or "John Smith, the Immigrant".

John SMITH15 was born about 1700 in Knapdale, Argyll, Scotland. He immigrated in 1739 to North Carolina. He landed in the Port of Brunswick in September 1739 on the 'Thistle" with approximately 350 other Scottish Immigrants. They had sailed in July from Campbeltown, Argyll, Scotland following a recommendation of a committee of leading citizens. An advance trip, encouraged by Governor Gabriel Johnston, also a Scot, had occurred in 1736. Free land grants and exemption from taxation for a set time period were the incentives that were designed to counter the dismantling of the tacksmen system and a depression in cattle prices in Scotland. He died before 17 Mar 1749 in Cumberland Co., NC. He was married to Margaret GILCHRIST about 1717 in Scotland.

SMITH NOTES by James A. Sinclair, Raeford (now Fayetteville, N.C.) 20 January, 1968 (Sunday)

Today Jack Crane, Malcolm Fowler, Dr. Stewart and Dr. Farmer of Cumberland and Harnett Counties, made a trip to upper Cumberland, in the vicinity of Linden. Turn right off Highway 401 North at the marker
(historical) for the Rev. James Campbell and proceed down this road (dirt) to around Westminster Church
and before reaching Anticoch F.W.B. Church (colored) to the property of Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Hall. Their
property runs from their home to the Cape Fear River and is located just across the river from where
the present Bluff Presbyterian Church stands. You can see the roof of the church on the other bank from
the Rev. Campbell's grave. South of this small graveyard about one mile, and directly behind the home
of Douglas Hall toward the river is a small graveyard in which all of the stones are either broken or
down. The following stones are legible (partially).

In memory of John Smith who was born June 20, 1748, died ______ (age 36 years) (broken stone). He is
supposed son of Malcolm Smith, son of John Smith, immigrant.

In memory of Flora Smith who was born (23 April) 1754 and died 21 January 1796. Consort of John Smith.

To the left of these graves (toward) the river and in the same row was an old stone with the inscription
"J.S." and no other information. (Malcolm Fowler says this is the grave of John Smith, immigrant. HHH)

There were approximately three of four graves marked with field stones between the grave marked "J.S."
and those of John and Flora Smith.

South of these graves (row of graves) some ten paces was the following:

Daniel Munro (Munn?) who was born 8 March 1728 and died 10 December 1786. His age 58 years 9 months & 2 days. There was a sink beside this grave which may have been the grave of his wife.

Malcolm Fowler, a well known genealogist of the early Scots and the area said that the grave marked with the "J.S." was that of the immigrant John Smith, father of Janet "Jennie Bahn" and Malcolm Smith. He did not know who the unmarked graves were unless they were some of his grandchildren.

(Also Malcolm Fowler had told me previously that immigrant John Smith's wife was Margaret Gilchrist and the mother of Janet and Malcolm. She died coming up the Cape Fear River and is buried on the bank of the river near Elizabethtown.) HHH

John and Flora Smith whose grarves were marked were the son and daughter-in-law of Malcolm and his wife Sarah Peterson McKissick Smith, and was the grandson of John Smith and Margaret Gilchrist, immigrants.

Old John's wife was said to have been Margaret Gilchrist who died on the trip up the Cape Fear River
from Wilmington when they were coming to the "Bluff". She is said to be buried in Bladen County
on the banks of the river. Malcolm and Sarah Peterson McKissick Smith are said to be buried on Juniper Creek in Cumberland County where they owned property.

Malcolm and Sarah had seven sons according to Mr. Fowler. All can be accounted for except Peter. He
indicated that he would forward me some information on the Smiths. Old John was my (Jimmy Sinclair's line. JSE ) through Malcolm, Daniel, Eliza, Eliza Blue Sinclair.

Mr. Fowler alos told several other interesting things about his area.

Old John Smith owned serveral hundred acres of land on the river here and lived in the area. The graves
were on a small ridge that obviously paralleled the river and clearly the hightest spot in an otherwise
low wet area. The Cape Fear River at this point curves and this graveyard is located in the bend of the
river. It is part of Mr. Hall's pasture.

Old John had sold part of his land to Daniel Munro who had previously lived on the other side of the river.

Daniel Munro had probably moved to the west side of the river later, died and was buried there. Folwer did not rule out the possibility that he may have married into the Smith family, but did not say for sure.
Mr. Fowler had a map on which he had sketched Old John's property and other rec. (receiving?) grants. He said that Old John's daughter, Jennet Bahn married Archibald McNeill (Scrubling Archie) and that they
lived all over Cumberland County and finally moved over into Moore. All Malcolm's sons are mentioned in his will except Peter. (There is a Peter Smith buried at Mill Prong. JAS) Fowler said that the Bluff Church was first on the west side of the Cape Fear River at the place of Roger McNeill's and called Roger's Meeting House, later moved to a point on the other side of the river just south of its present location and was there two or three years, then to present location in the 1780's.

He also said the first Scots came in 1739 and that Old John was in this crowd with his wife (and children). The first colony was organized in Inverary, Scotland, Argleshire, by three McNeill's including Sailor (Mate) Neill McNeill and a McAllister. Contrary to what is sometimes written, according to Fowler, the colony of 300 Scots, who were the first to the area did engage a minister by the name of either Richardson or Robinson who either died or decided not to come before shipping time. Fowler plans to go to Inverary in September.

He said that the Battle of Moore's Creek lasted about three minutes, or long enough for everybody to get
muddy on the creek bank and that the Loyalists were not captured at Moore's Creek, but near Lillington
as they waited for the ferry to cross the Cape Fear. They were skirting Cross Creek which was already in
the hands of the "Patriots".

From here we went to the site of the old County Seat at Choffingham (sp.?) -- pronounced Koffingham. It
is near the point where Lower Little River and the Cape Fear join, to the left of a dirt road (county road)
and in a curve. Fowler said never more than 12 houses and the Court House. Choffingham was an old Welsh word. Some of the early settlers -- (viz. Jones, etc.) were Welsh and I believe he said Quakers. Seems also that he said that the earliest church was Quaker Meeting House.

"Quewhiffle" according to Jack Crane means "broken spoon". Fowler said that some had said that it took
the name of an extinct Scottish Tribe, but he didn't know. (Dr. Bethune also had some comments about this but I never read what he said about it.)

They told me the tale of "Consent Bonshee".

Fowler said that you could tell where old houses stood from the air in the early Spring by noting the
livlier vegetation since the nutrients were preserved where the house stood. He is quite a scholar on
these old Scots. He said that Scots appointed a seer or historian to remember family history before they
had a written language and that it carried down, with the old timers remembering detailed facts about the

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Burial: On his land near the Cape Fear river, marked with a simple stone that reads J.S.

Notes for M
Margaret GILCHRIST was born between 1702 and 1704 in Scotland. She died about 1739 in North Carolina. She is said to have died on the way up river from Brunswick to upper Cape Fear after arriving on the "Thistle" with her family.

Marriage Notes for J
Emigration: 1736, Joining the rest of the Argyll Colony, John and Margaret came from Scotland with their two children, Malcolm and Jenet, but Margaret died while on the voyage.

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Marriage: 1717, Knapdale, Argyll, Scotland
Children of J
3. i.   MALCOLM3 SMITH, b. 1718, Knapdale, Argyll, Scotland; d. December 20, 1778, Raleigh, Juniper Creek, Cumberland Co., NC.
4. ii.   JENET "JENNIE BAHN" GILCHRIST SMITH, b. 1720, Knapdale, Argyll, Scotland; d. November 11, 1791, Cumberland Co., NC.

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