Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Jeremiah Smith in SC & MS

Jeremiah Smith

23 December 1773 SC – 1843 MS
My 4x great grandfather

Jeremiah Smith was the son of Jeremiah Smith Sr. & Jemimah Hollis. His siblings were: George, Daniel & Mary. In 1790 the family was in Greenville Co., SC.[1]

On 16 December 1798 in SC, he married Joanna Dillon, daughter of Richard Dillon & Anne Lawrence.[2], [3] They were the parents of 13 children.[4]

“Jeremiah Smith came from Lancaster District, South Carolina, in 1808.  He moved in a cart, and settled on a place near Dillontown … He was the father of Eli' Edwin and Wyatt Smith. He was one of the finest mechanics of his time.  He died in 1843 at the age of sixty-one.”[5]

A handful of records give evidences of the family in MS. “Jeremiah Smith is listed on the 1813 tax list for Lawrence County (which appears to have included Marion County that year as an administrative glitch) as having: 320 acres, 4th class, 2nd quality, Bogue Chitto River, 1 pole, 3 slaves, $2.16 Over the next 20 years, his holdings grew substantially. Jeremiah Smith is listed on the 1835 Tax List of Pike County, Mississippi with 880 acres on the Bogue Chitto River, valued at SI,760. It is presumed that his home at this time was not far from that of his brothers-in-law on Bogue Chitto River and Magee's Creek (which runs into Bogue Chitto just south of Lexie).”[6] Jeremiah Smith is shown in the 1841 MS State Census.[7]

1 Jeremiah Smith b: 23 Dec 1773 SC, d: 1843 in Pike, MS
... + Joanna Dillon b: 22 Aug 1778 Bertie, NC, m: 16 Dec 1798 SC, d: Aft. 30 Apr 1821 Pike, MS

......2 Hollander Smith b: 08 Jul 1800 Pike, MS, d: Unknown
...... + Benjamin Morris Jr. b: Abt. 1792 SC, d: Aft. 1870
......2 Martha P. Smith b: 25 Mar 1802 SC, d: 08 Aug 1861 Pike, MS
...... + Edwin Barksdale Alford b: 25 Nov 1792 NC, m: 20 Dec 1818 Pike, MS, d: 10 Mar 1878  Pike, MS
......2 Eli Smith b: 21 Jan 1804 SC, d: 02 Aug 1838 in Pike, MS
...... + Orpha Roberts
......2 Jane Smith b: 9 Oct 1805, d: 1846
...... + Thomas Coulter Warner m: 25 Dec 1825
......2 Edwin Smith b: 3 Jun 1807 Pike, MS, d: Unknown
......2 Wyatt Smith b: 31 Aug 1809 LA, d: 16 Feb 1894 Pike, MS
...... + Euseba Fortenberry b: 3 Dec 1809 SC, d: 13 Oct 1878 MS
......2 Eliza Smith b: 14 Feb 1811 Pike, MS, d: 6 Apr 1837
......2 Calvin Smith b: 22 Sep 1812 Pike, MS, d: 22 Jan 1843 Pike, MS
...... + Sarah Brumfield b: 09 Apr 1824 Washington, LA, m: 1843, d: Unknown
......2 Lidda Smith b: 06 Apr 1816 in Pike, MS, d: Unknown
...... + Harris Harvey
......2 Mehala Smith b: 15 Jul 1816 Pike, MS, d: Unknown
......2 Milevey Smith b: 13 Apr 1818 Pike, MS, d: Unknown
...... + Don Harvey
......2 Joanna Smith b: 05 Oct 1819 Pike, MS, d: Unknown
......2 Jeremiah Smith b: 30 Apr 1821 Pike, MS, d: 31 May 1894 MS
...... + Pernecia Smith b: 26 Sep 1820, m: 15 Jul 1841, d: 4 Apr 1887

[1] 1790 US Census. Greenville County, South Carolina. Roll M637.  Page 108. Jeremiah Smith family.
[2] The Jeremiah Smith, Sr. Bible, c. 1800 - 1917, Bible in possession of Mrs. W. C. Uhlman, Rte. 6, Tylertown, Mississippi. Copy given to author by Pat (Brock) Smith. Holbrook and Fressenden’s Stereotype Edition of the Holy Bible, Brattleboro, VT, 1825. Original owner: Jeremiah Smith Sr. of Pike Co., MS. Copied by Texana Carter, 27 August 1854.
[3] Conerly, Luke Ward, SOURCE RECORDS FROM PIKE COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI 1798-1910; 1798-1910; South Carolina, Southern Historical Press, 1989.
[4] Pedigree Chart for Roy Brown; 1700's to 1948; Compiled by Zelda Marie Alford Fortenberry.
[5] Conerly, L. W. (2008). Pike County, Mississippi, 1798-1876: pioneer families and Confederate soldiers, reconstruction and redemption,. Madison, Georgia: Southern Lion Books. (Original work published 1909)
[6] Creel, Bevin J. A Patriot's Legacy: The Family of Richard Dillon and Ann Lawrence From Bertie County, North Carolina To Southern Mississippi and Louisiana. Franklinton, Louisiana: Privately Printed, 2002.
[7] Ancestry.com


  1. You had family in just about every colony or state, didn't you?

    1. Yes, Wendy. Sometimes I don't know which location to research next.

  2. Large families are great. But few realized that during this period in out nation history large families were a necessity. An agricultural society required a large amount of labor and laborers.


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