Notes for ISAAC SMITH: He was born in Chatam County, North Carolina on October 14, 1796. He was a son of Colby Smith and Anne Henry. He moved with his parents to Washington County, Georgia as a small child. He does not appear to be the Isaac Smith who drew a prize Lot in the 1805 Land Lottery of Georgia because he was only nine years old.
Rev. Smith appearts in the 1820 census of Washington County as a male between the ages of 16 and 26. Arsenia Brantley is also listed in that same age group. Their youngest child had just been born. In the 1820 Land Lottery of Georgia, Isaac drew Land Lot 49 of the 21st. Land District of Early County, which is now located in Southeastern Seminole or Southwestern corner of Decatur in the Southwestern corner of Georgia. He also drew Land Lot 309 of the 14th. Land District in Western Seminole County.
In the 1825 tax digest of Washington County he is shown as a resident of Jenkins District and owned 225 acres on the Ohoopee adjoining Young. He paid a tax of 38 3/4 cents on the land which probably adjoined, if it was not close to his brother Micajah's land, who joined William Young, their brother-in-law.
In 1828 he had 265 acres adjoining Smith (Micajah?) for which he paid a tax of 50 and 3/4 cents. In the 1830 digest he owned the same land, but this time it was listed as adjoining Young.In the 1830 census Isaac's household consisted of 3 males 0/5, 2 males 5/10, 1 male 20/30, 1 male 30/40, 1 female 0/5, 3 females 5/10, and 2 females 30/40. The 1836 Tax Digest shows that he owned 600 acres of pineland in Peacock's District and 3 acres of oak land along with one slave and on which he paid a tax of 54 and 35/100.
In 1837 he only owned 400 acres adjoining Massey and on which he paid a tax of 40 and 65/100 cents on the land and the one slave. The fact that he adjoined Massey tends to indicate that he may have lived on the Southern side of the Fox Trail at the Ohoopee River. It has been said and appears from some of the records shown in the chapter on Micajah Smith that Micajah Smith lived on the Northern side of the Fox Trail near Beach Grove School. In 1838 he owned 450 acres of pineland adjoining Massey and for which he paid a tax of 48 1/8 cents.
In the 1840 census Rev Smith's household consisted of 2 males 0/5, 3 males 5/10, 2 males 10/15, 2 males 15/20, 1 male 40/50, 1 female 5/10, 1 female 10/15, 1 female 15/20, 2 females 20/30, and 1 female 50/60. He had a male slave over 55 years old and lived near Celia Brantley, Nancy Hart, Edwin Brantley, and Micajah Smith. In the 1848 Tax Digest, Isaac in Captain Kennedy's District owned on the waters of the Ohoopee 400 acres adjoining Massey, 500 acres adjoining Brantley. He also owned 250 acres in Early County and 5 slaves for which he paid a total tax of $3.9122.
In 1849 he began to sell off or give away some of his lands. That year he owned 400 acres adjoining Massey, 300 acres adjoining Peacock, 360 acres, and 90 acres adjoining Brantley. He sold 50 acres of his Early County land and his number of slaves had increased to seven. His tax that year was a high one $4.4365. In the 1850 census he is shown as a 52 year old Baptist minister born in North Carolina. Arsenia, Benjamin, Anjeronia, Elizabeth, Charles A., George W., Joseph ., Hannah R., Daniel and Edwin Smith were in the household and they lived near Timothy Braswell. In 1850 Isaac Smith owned 3 male slaves (30, 21, and 12 years old). Rev. Smith divided the slaves of Asa P. Peacock on February 5, 1852, and of Harris Brantley on December 23, 1852. Early in 1847. He was appointed as the guardian of the orphans of Holden Barber.
Isaac Joined the Baptist Church in 1824 and began to preach in the Baptist Church in Washington County and the surrounding area in 1826. It has been said that for a while he was the lone preacher in the area. He probably served at Ohoopee Baptist Church, Mount Gilead Baptist Church, and Bethany Baptist Church near his home. He was active in the constitution of the Mount Vernon Association and served as a minister for over 30 years. Four of his sons became ministers in the Baptist Church.
Rev. Isaac Smith made out his last will and testament on June 17, 1859 in the presence of James R. Taylor, Lewis Bullard, William B. Harman, and Rev. James M. Donaldson, (he later settled in Laurens County at a village named Donaldson and later renamed Manning (between Lovett and Wrightsville), The will was probated on May 19, 1860 by the executors (James F. Smith, Edwin Smith, and Isaac L. Smith).
More About ISAAC SMITH and ARSENIA BRANTLEY: Marriage: Abt. 1819, WASHINGTON COUNTY, GEORGIA.
Children of ISAAC SMITH and ARSENIA BRANTLEY are:
+MARTHA ANN SMITH, b. Abt. 1820, WASHINGTON COUNTY, GEORGIA, d. January 19, 1891, WASHINGTON COUNTY, GEORGIA.
+JAMES FRANKLIN SMITH, b. Abt. 1821, WASHINGTON COUNTY, GEORGIA, d. January 08, 1889, WASHINGTON COUNTY, GEORGIA.
EDWIN C. SMITH, b. Abt. 1823, WASHINGTON COUNTY, GEORGIA, d. date unknown, WASHINGTON COUNTY, GEORGIA.
+ISAAC L. SMITH, b. Abt. 1825, WASHINGTON COUNTY, GEORGIA, d. Abt. 1889, WASHINGTON COUNTY, GEORGIA.
DANIEL C. SMITH, b. Abt. 1828, WASHINGTON COUNTY, GEORGIA, d. date unknown, WASHINGTON COUNTY, GEORGIA.
WILLIAM NORRIS SMITH, b. Abt. 1830, WASHINGTON COUNTY, GEORGIA, d. date unknown, WASHINGTON COUNTY, GEORGIA.
+BENJAMIN DARIUS SMITH, b. August 09, 1831, WASHINGTON COUNTY, GEORGIA, d. February 06, 1905, WASHINGTON COUNTY, GEORGIA.