I'm sending you a GEDCOM file with all of the descendents of Capt Samuel Smith in my database. I only put into the computer things that I feel that I can prove, so I actually have a little more information in paper form. My quest for the last couple of years is to find out just who was Samuel Smith, and who was his wife Martha. The name Martha only shows up twice. Once in 1824 when Samuel and Martha Smith were witnesses to the will of John Hail in Maury Co., and again on the estate sale records of Samuel in 1829. I find no evidence of her after the estate sale. The 1820 census of Maury county showed Samuel Smith Sr. and wife both over 45, with no others in the household.
The first record that I can tie to our Samuel Smith with certainty was when he bought land in Hawkins County in 1795 from Isaac Cloud, and he was stated to be a resident of Hawkins County. The family lived on the north side of the Holston River near the mouth of Poor Valley Creek in the present day vacinity of Mooresburg, TN. Today, Cherokee Lake covers this area. Among his neighbors were John and Margaret Edgemon Williams, whose sons John and William Williams married into the Smith family, and also William Lane Jr., whose daughters Sarah, Mary, and Nancy also married into the Smith family. Judge William Cocke, a very well known patriot and pioneer also lived nearby on his plantation called "Mulberry Grove". It was William Cocke who would later sell Samuel Smith the land in Maury Co which he had obtained on a military warrant.
Samuel sold this place in 1805, and in 1806 bought the first part of his eventual 2200 acres of land in Maury Co, although it was Williamson Co. until 1807. He is listed on the 1807 tax list for Williamson county, though with no white polls, so I assume he sent some slaves ahead to build accomodations for the family. By 1808, both he and William Lane were residents of Maury Co, as evidenced by their selection as jurors. Samuel Smith had been elected captain of the Hawkins Co. militia in 1798, and the title must have stuck, since he was referred to as Capt. Samuel Smith in numerous documents.
He lived and farmed about 6 or 7 miles east of Columbia, TN, on the headwaters of Bear Creek, and owned land that extended north to Rutherford Creek and east to Flat Creek and south toward the Duck River, much of which he sold to his children. Whether they actually paid for it or not is speculation, but the deeds do list a fair purchase amount. No grave has ever been located for Capt Samuel Smith or his wife Martha, but it is likely they were buried on their own place. The land has changed hands many times through the years and who knows what happened to the markers.
After the estate sale of Capt Smith in 1829, his family began to disperse. John and Abigail Smith Williams moved to Missouri. He became known as Judge John Williams and is a well-known pioneer of Barry and Lawrence counties in MO. Abigail died before 1840, and he remarried a couple of times. He died in Mt. Vernon, Lawrence Co, MS after a full and eventful life. Apparently hard times fell on the Smith's, because they began to sell the Maury Co. land one by one until by 1840, only Francis C. Smith and William Williams were still farming on the orginal Samuel Smith land. Both were heavily in debt and had to sell out in 1840, after which they removed to Madison Co MS. Members of the Smith family had been streaming to Madison Co for years, however. John Lane Smith appears on tax records in Madison county in 1845. It is my belief that Francis's brother William Smith moved there in the 1830s and is enumerated next to B. L. Pritchard on the 1840 Madison Co census. The problem is that you can't tell one William Smith from another with any certainty. Others that were there in 1840 were James M. Baker, Michael J. McKie, and John Smith Willis, all of whom bought items at the 1829 estate sale, and all of whom were part of the Smith family.
There were others from Maury Co who bought plantations in Madison Co. and had farmed them since the 1830s, moving back and forth between MS and TN. Williamson Smith and his brother Gideon C. Smith farmed together there. They were sons of Nathaniel Smith and Mary Hanby, and I have found no relation yet, but believe they are connected to Capt Samuel Smith. The John and Margaret Edgemon Williams family that I mentioned earlier were heavily connected with a family of Moore's (hence Mooresburg) from Patrick County Virginia, although the Williams family had come from Surry Co NC. The two counties are adjacent along the the VA/NC border, and these families moved back and forth freely between the two and many owned land in both counties. The Nathaniel Smith family was heavily connected with the Moores also, as was a Mumford Smith family, whose son married the daughter of John and Margeret Edgemon Williams. You can see this all gets fairly complicated.
The group from Maury Co. TN seemed to settle primarily in the Sharon area of Madison Co. By the 1850 census, Sarah, the wife of Francis C. Smith, had died. Whether she died in TN or MS is a mystery. Anyway, John Lane Smith had married into the Denson family of Ludlow, as did his sister, and later his brother Frank (Francis C. Smith Jr.). Frank was in the Civil War company command by Capt William Ingram Smith and was killed in 1862. I think that William and Nancy Smith Williams son William Williams who married Nancy M. Lane might have also been in that company. There is a confederate monument next to Shadrach James Denson in the Ludlow Cemetery with the name William Williams.
Anyway, I've gotten really long-winded here, and need to go. Not that I needed to say anything, but I trust you will protect the privacy of the living individuals in my files. I will certainly do the same for you. I've shared some information in the past only to find it posted on the internet later. I'm always afraid of identity theft. My address is as follows:
Tim C. Upton
Children of Capt. Samuel Smith and Martha Unknown are: