Notes for James D. Smith: According to Mary Lewis Stevenson's book "William Lewis of Horry Co., S.C.", James was a widower with four children when he married Celia Lewis. James was also a Methodist preacher and his four children from a previous marriage were: Daniel, Sarah, Elizabeth Jane and John.
In Mrs. Pearsall Roger's notes for the "History of Macedonia Methodist Church" she recognizes James D. Smith as one of the men in charge of the new church that was built in 1820.
Behind what is now the Center Cemetery, is a small fence enclosed area that contains the graves of several people. A monument was erected just outside the enclosure that says "In memory of James D. Smith and loved ones who lie herein". James is evidently buried in this small cemetery, probably along with his first wife and father Moses and mother Hannah. But this is merely conjecture. Celia is buried in the Center Cemetery.
In the Robeson County, N.C., marriage bonds, James D. Smith marries Elizabeth Gowin on January 27, 1825. It is believed that her last name is misspelled because of further probate records. These probate records indicate that James D. Smith returned some slaves that Elizabeth Go(d)win had an ownership in, back to Elizabeth's family after her death. These same slaves can be traced down through probate records of Elizabeth Faulk, Elizabeth Go(d)win's mother, from her father, Richard Faulk. I believe the "d" is missing from the marriage bond based on these probate documents.
More About James D. Smith and Elizabeth Godwin: Marriage: January 27, 1825, Robeson Co., N.C..
More About James D. Smith and Celia Ann Lewis: Marriage: Aft. 1833
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