Watson Sanford Smith1

M, b. 17 November 1817, d. 5 October 1905
  • Last Edited: 17 Mar 2019
  • Birth*: 17 November 1817; South Carolina1
  • Death*: 5 October 1905; DeKalb Co., Georgia1
  • Research Note*: 17 March 2019; Watson Sanford is listed here as a possible son of Wiliam S. Smith, based on the content of old family letters from the 1930's. Further evidence of his parentage is needed. His parents are not proven. This listing is for research purposes.

    This writer has a 30 cM match to J. D., managed by Ginger Butler, on the AncestryDNA test. J. D. is a descendant of Watson Sanford Smith.2

Citations

  1. [S1] Ancestry.com, Public Member Trees, Ginger Butler Family Tree, Ginger Butler.
  2. [S47] Lewis W. Griffin Jr., e-mail address.

Charity (?)

F, b. say 1776
  • Last Edited: 7 Apr 2019
  • Birth*: say 1776
  • Married Name: say 1795; Jackson
  • Marriage*: say 1795; Principal=Coleby R. Jackson
  • Research Note*: 22 March 2019; The name Charity for Coleby's wife is a working hypothesis. It is based on the fact that Coleby's two daughters, and his son Samuel W., all named a daughter Charity.

    One of Samuel's great granddaughters thought that his wife's name was Nancy Mann, and that she was German. This writer has never found any evidence to support this idea, or any connection to the Mann family.1

Family: Coleby R. Jackson b. c 1765, d. a 1835

Citations

  1. [S47] Lewis W. Griffin Jr., e-mail address.

Enoch Hays Lamb

M, b. circa 1830, d. 1896
  • Last Edited: 24 Mar 2019

Family: Adaline Halsell b. c 1828

Archibald M. Beckham1

M, b. 17 May 1813, d. 3 October 1899
  • Last Edited: 24 Mar 2019

Family: Sarah Ann Edwards b. c 1828, d. 17 May 1890

Strouton Edwards1

M, b. circa 1820, d. circa 1857
  • Last Edited: 4 Jul 2019

Family: Margaret Elizabeth Lyle b. 22 Feb 1825, d. c 1910

Martha Smith1

F, b. 1793, d. 1872
  • Last Edited: 29 Mar 2019

Family: Henry Dyess b. 1792, d. 1870

Henry Dyess1

M, b. 1792, d. 1870
  • Last Edited: 28 Mar 2019

Family: Martha Smith b. 1793, d. 1872

Citations

  1. [S501] FamilySearch Family Tree, .
    https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/LWH6-2R6

Rev. William Smith of Liberty Co. GA1

M, b. 16 March 1765, d. 16 July 1841
  • Last Edited: 29 Mar 2019
  • Birth*: 16 March 17651
  • Marriage*: say 1786; Georgia; Principal=Mary (?)
  • Marriage*: say 1808; Liberty Co., Georgia; Principal=Bineta (?)2
  • Death*: 16 July 1841; Clinch Co., Georgia1
  • Research Note*: 29 March 2019; Rev. William Smith, of Liberty Co. GA, is listed in my file because I have autosomal DNA connections to descendants of six of his known children. I have only included those six children at this website. The others can be found elsewhere on the internet.

    This connection is a mystery to me, and needs further research. The connection could be through William Wynn Smith, or it could be a Jackson connection.

    Part of the mystery is that Liberty County is on the coast in southeast GA, near Augusta, while the known Smiths and Jacksons were from places far removed from there. William Wynn Smith was born in NC, for example.

    The William Smith who died in 1869 in Troup County also appears to be connected, but he is not a known son of this William, of Liberty Co. GA. So his connection is also a mystery.

    It is possible this Smith line is connected to Samuel W. Jackson, rather than to William Wynn Smith. Perhaps Samuel's mother (currently unknown) was related to Rev. William Smith of Liberty County, GA.

    DNAPainter.com might be helpful.; related?=William Smith of Troup Co. GA3

Family 1: Mary (?) b. 1766, d. c 1807

Family 2: Bineta (?) b. 1776, d. 1854

Mary (?)1

F, b. 1766, d. circa 1807
  • Last Edited: 28 Mar 2019

Family: Rev. William Smith of Liberty Co. GA b. 16 Mar 1765, d. 16 Jul 1841

William Smith Jr.1

M, b. 1789, d. 1867
  • Last Edited: 29 Mar 2019
  • Birth*: 17891
  • Marriage*: circa 1810; Liberty Co., Georgia; Principal=Mary Ann Baxter2
  • Death*: 1867; Liberty Co., Georgia1
  • Research Note*: 29 March 2019;
    This writer has five autosomal DNA matches through descendants of four children of William Smith Jr. The nature of the relationship is unknown.3

Family: Mary Ann Baxter b. 1790, d. 1853

Citations

  1. [S3] FindAGrave.com, .
    https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/117058902/william-smith

    Long County was formed in 1920 from Liberty County.
  2. [S501] FamilySearch Family Tree, .
    https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/LVVM-NDD
  3. [S47] Lewis W. Griffin Jr., e-mail address.

Mary Ann Baxter1

F, b. 1790, d. 1853
  • Last Edited: 28 Mar 2019

Family: William Smith Jr. b. 1789, d. 1867

John Smith1

M, b. 22 December 1802, d. 8 June 1867
  • Last Edited: 29 Mar 2019

Family: Catherine Sirmans b. 12 Nov 1814, d. 14 May 1890

Catherine Sirmans1

F, b. 12 November 1814, d. 14 May 1890
  • Last Edited: 28 Mar 2019
  • Birth*: 12 November 1814; Emanuel Co., Georgia1
  • Married Name: circa 1828; Smith1
  • Marriage*: circa 1828; Georgia; Principal=John Smith1
  • Death*: 14 May 1890; Clinch Co., Georgia1
  • Biography*: 28 March 2019; Cassie was born in Emanuel County, GA which is northwest of Savannah. Emanuel Co. was created 2 years before her birth, conceived from portions of Bulloch and Montgomery Co. Emanuel was made up of what is today Johnson, Jenkins, Toombs, Candler and Treutlen County. She was the eldest daughter of Georgia State Senator, Benjamin Sirmans and Martha Johnson, both from the families of early settlers and themselves pioneers of Wiregrass Georgia. She had, as far as I know 6 brothers and 3 sisters; Josiah, David, Lavinia, Ezekiel, Lucretia, Benjamin, Martha, Levi and Lyman.

    Cassie married John Smith of Homerville, the son of Revolutionary Soldier William Smith. It is widely accepted that they were married in 1828, when she was 13 or 14 years old and John was 25 or 26 years old. Their oldest child Martha was born in 1829, followed by; William S., Lavinia, Rachel A., John Woods, Sirmans S., Charlton Hinds, David Johnson (presumably named after Cassie's Uncle, Major Gen. David Johnson, Indian fighter), Nancy, Gen. John Morgan and Hershel B..

    Cassie lived her entire adult life in the Mud Creek area of Clinch County, Ga, near Homerville. She died at the age of 75, on the1 4th of May 1890. She is buried at Arabia Church Cemetery which abuts the Arabia Bay Swamp in northern Clinch Co.1

Family: John Smith b. 22 Dec 1802, d. 8 Jun 1867

Bineta (?)1

F, b. 1776, d. 1854
  • Last Edited: 28 Mar 2019

Family: Rev. William Smith of Liberty Co. GA b. 16 Mar 1765, d. 16 Jul 1841

Mary Smith1

F, b. 14 December 1809, d. 6 September 1878
  • Last Edited: 29 Mar 2019
  • Birth*: 14 December 1809; Liberty Co., Georgia1
  • Married Name: say 1834; Corbitt2
  • Marriage*: say 1834; Principal=Newsom Corbitt2
  • Death*: 6 September 1878; Lanier Co., Georgia1
  • Research Note*: 29 March 2019; This writer has three autosomal DNA matches to descendants of two children of Mary Smith Corbitt.3

Family: Newsom Corbitt b. 10 Mar 1806, d. 10 Dec 1886

Newsom Corbitt1

M, b. 10 March 1806, d. 10 December 1886
  • Last Edited: 28 Mar 2019

Family: Mary Smith b. 14 Dec 1809, d. 6 Sep 1878

Nancy Smith1

F, b. 1799, d. 1883
  • Last Edited: 29 Mar 2019
  • Birth*: 1799; Liberty Co., Georgia1
  • Married Name: say 1821; Williams2
  • Marriage*: say 1821; Georgia; 1.ISHAM WILLIAMS b. 1822.
    2.ELIAS WILLIAMS b. 1823 d.1865, Civil War;
    3.ZILPHA WILLIAMS b. 1825.
    4.JOHN WILLIAMS Jr. b. 1827 d. 1864.
    5.HEZEKIAH PONDER WILLIAMS b. 1828, d. Feb 28, 1897.
    6.JACKSON S. WILLIAMS b. Feb 21, 1830,d. Feb 10, 1882.
    7.MARY WILLIAMS, b. 1834, d. Sep 1900.
    8.SARAH ANN WILLIAMS b. 1840.
    9.WILLIAM M. WILLIAMS b. 1843, d. May 12, 1894.; Principal=John Williams2
  • Death*: 1883; Clinch Co., Georgia1
  • Research Note*: 29 March 2019; This writer has three autosomal DNA matches to descendants of three children of Nancy Smith Williams.3

Family: John Williams b. 1799, d. 1881

John Williams1

M, b. 1799, d. 1881
  • Last Edited: 28 Mar 2019
  • Birth*: 17991
  • Marriage*: say 1821; Georgia; 1.ISHAM WILLIAMS b. 1822.
    2.ELIAS WILLIAMS b. 1823 d.1865, Civil War;
    3.ZILPHA WILLIAMS b. 1825.
    4.JOHN WILLIAMS Jr. b. 1827 d. 1864.
    5.HEZEKIAH PONDER WILLIAMS b. 1828, d. Feb 28, 1897.
    6.JACKSON S. WILLIAMS b. Feb 21, 1830,d. Feb 10, 1882.
    7.MARY WILLIAMS, b. 1834, d. Sep 1900.
    8.SARAH ANN WILLIAMS b. 1840.
    9.WILLIAM M. WILLIAMS b. 1843, d. May 12, 1894.; Principal=Nancy Smith1
  • Death*: 1881; Clinch Co., Georgia1

Family: Nancy Smith b. 1799, d. 1883

Rebecca Smith1

F, b. November 1811, d. 20 December 1852
  • Last Edited: 29 Mar 2019

Family: Joseph Sirmans b. 16 May 1808, d. 7 Oct 1888

Joseph Sirmans1

M, b. 16 May 1808, d. 7 October 1888
  • Last Edited: 29 Mar 2019

Family: Rebecca Smith b. Nov 1811, d. 20 Dec 1852

John Thomas Kennedy

M, b. say 1828
  • Last Edited: 18 Apr 2019

Mary Kennedy

F, b. say 1830
  • Last Edited: 18 Apr 2019
  • Birth*: say 1830
  • Married Name: say 1848; Boyd
  • Marriage*: say 1848; Principal=(?) Boyd

Family: (?) Boyd b. s 1828

(?) Boyd

M, b. say 1828
  • Last Edited: 18 Apr 2019

Family: Mary Kennedy b. s 1830

Sarah Kennedy

F, b. say 1832
  • Last Edited: 18 Apr 2019

Family: (?) Coleman b. s 1830

(?) Coleman

M, b. say 1830
  • Last Edited: 18 Apr 2019

Family: Sarah Kennedy b. s 1832

Elizabeth Wray

F, b. say 1762, d. say 1840
  • Last Edited: 20 Apr 2019

Family: Coleby Jackson of Orange Co. NC b. c 1760, d. b 1 Dec 1826

Jethro Barnes

M, b. say 1779, d. circa April 1816
  • Last Edited: 13 Nov 2019
  • Birth*: say 1779; Edgecombe Co., North Carolina
  • Marriage*: circa 1801; North Carolina; Principal=Millicent Daniel
  • Will*: 13 March 1816; Wayne County, NC, original wills:

    March the 13th Day 1816
    Whereas I Jethro Barnes Being weak in body but of sound and perfect mind and memory thanks be to God do make and publish this and no other to be my last will and Testament that is to say viz

    In the first place I lend to my beloved wife Melecent Barnes the whole of lands during her life and widowhood with the exception of my ........in-law Feraba Barnes having the same priveledge as She usely has had theretofore and after the decease or marriage of my wife I give my land to be equally Devided between my two sons Jesse and Josiah Barnes

    Josiah's part of the land to take the houses and maner plantation whereon I now live to them and there heirs forever and after paying my Just Debts I lend the whole Ballance of my estate to my Beloved wife the whole Ballance of my estate and after her death or marriage give to be equally Divided amongst my six children Chery, Nance, Jesse, Josiah, Betsy and Penny Barnes.

    also I Constitute and apoint my Brother Jacob Barnes and my beloved wife executors to this my last will and Testament in witness whereof I have set my hand and seal the day and year above written.

    Jethro Barnes

    Milly Barnes, Jacob Barnes, Exrs.

    signed, sealed and acknowledged in the presents of us:
    Jacob Fulghum
    Simon Barnes

    May Court, 18163
  • Death*: circa April 1816; Wayne Co., North Carolina

Family: Millicent Daniel b. c 1786, d. c 1830

John William Ellis

M, b. 1812, d. November 1854
  • Last Edited: 10 May 2019

Family: Zilpha Bryant b. 13 Jul 1819, d. 1 Jul 1908

Citations

  1. [S1] https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/81119528/person/46439267744/facts.
  2. [S1850] 1850, Census, Year: 1850; Census Place: Holmes, Mississippi; Roll: M432_373; Page: 262A; Image: 74

    Household Members:      
    Name      Age
    William Elles      40
    Zelpha Elles      32
    Margaret Elles      14
    Edwin Elles      12
    Sheppard Elles      11
    Martha Elles      9
    Mary Ellis      4
    Sarah Ellis      3
    Joseph Ellis      0.

Jacob Strickland

M, b. say 1705, d. before May 1790
  • Last Edited: 22 Sep 2019
  • Birth*: say 1705; Isle of Wight Co., Virginia
  • Will*: 18 August 1788; IN THE NAME OF GOD, AMEN, I Jacob Strickland of the County of Nash, State of North Carolina, being of perfect mind and memory, blessed be God for it, do make and ordain this my last WILL AND TESTAMENT in the manner and form following:
    FURST I recommend my soul into the hands of God that gave it and my body a commend to be decently buried at the discretion of my executor hereafter named and as for what estate it hath pleased God to bless me with I give as follows:
    Item ~ I give and bequeath unto my son Elisha Strickland all my waring cloes after my death.
    I give also unto his son Isak Strickland one Negro Boy called Quan to him and his hares forever after my death.
    Item ~ I give unto my son Jacob Strickland a Negro man called Robin to him and his hares forever after my death.
    Item ~ I give and bequeath to my son Matthew Strickland five shillings lawful money.
    I also give to his daughter Mary Strickland a Negro girl named ----- ----- him and his hares forever after my death.
    Item ~ I give to son, Marke Strickland five silings.
    I also give to his son Ismel Strickland one Negro man called Hary to him and his hares after my death.
    Item ~ I give and bequeth to my son Hardy Stricland the plantation and all my land containing 362 acres to him and his hares forever after my death.
    Item ~ I give and bequeth to my grandson Theophelus Hickman one Negroman named Prince that he hath in possession.
    Item:-- I give bequeth to my son Henry Strickland five shilings after my death.
    I also give to his son Carrolus Strickland one Negro boy called ------- to him and his hares forever after my death.
    Item ~ I give and bequeth to my Granddaughter Creasy Hickman one Negro girl named Jude, she and her son Crus to her and her hares forever after my death.
    Item ~ I give and bequeth to my granddaughter, Sarah Hickman one feather bed and furniture after my death.
    Item ~ I give and bequeth to my son Soloman Strickland and my daughter Creasy Hickman all the remainder of my eastate unmentioned in the above legacies to be equally divided between them as they can agree after my death.
    Item ~ I hereby nominate and appoint my son Marke Strickland fully and solely my Executor to my last will and testament in manner my will is that if should happen and I should die when there is a crop on the ground that Marke Strickland should have the full power to divide with Hardy Strickland as myself give back to our bargain wich is half of everything that is on the land. In witness whereof I do hereunto set my hand and assign this, my last will and testament, this 18 August 1788. JACOB STRICKLAND Signed and sealed by Jacob Strickland as his last will and testament in the presence of us; Edward Nicholson Christopher Naylor William Marten (His Mark) Recorded May 1790 Nash Co., NC
  • Death*: before May 1790; Nash Co., North Carolina
  • (Referenced Name) Biography: 23 April 2019; Jacob Strickland appears to have been the grandfather of Julius Strickland. Other researchers think Julius was the son of a William Abner Strickland, son of Jacob. Jacob's extensive will, which even mentions several grandchildren, does not mention a son William, Abner, or William Abner.

    However, descendants of the various sons of Julius Strickland have autosomal DNA matches to descendants of the various sons of Jacob, so one of Jacob's sons must have been the father or grandfather of Julius.

    Therefore it seems likely that Jacob left at least one son out of his will. That son's name, Abner, or William Abner, is speculation, as the father of Julius has never been proven.

    This speculation is all based on the AncestryDNA test, and the Thrulines feature of that test. Many paper records that might have aided research on this family have been lost, both in Wake County, NC, and in Abbeville District, SC.; Principal=Julius Strickland1

Citations

  1. [S47] Lewis W. Griffin Jr., e-mail address.

Solomon Gross

M, b. say 1740, d. say 1810
  • Last Edited: 10 Nov 2019
  • Birth*: say 1740; Virginia
  • Marriage*: say 1760; Actual order of the children's births is not known, however, Elizabeth may have been the youngest.; Principal=Mary Irwin1
  • Land Lottery*: 1805; Screven Co., Georgia
  • Death*: say 1810; Screven Co., Georgia
  • Biography*: 25 April 2018; A Patriot of the American Revolution for NORTH CAROLINA. DAR Ancestor # A048924

    (Source: Georgia Archives, Gross Family, by Arthur Gross, F156, F157) At the April 1768 session of Anson Co Court, a mob of 500 angry men stormed the Courthouse and broke up the Court. They were led by Solomon Gross. This mob was a part of the Regulator movement in NC and SC protesting the high taxes and crooked officials imposed upon them by the British Royal Governor. This was a prelude to the unrest which started the Revolution in 1775. (Apr 28 1768)

    A summary of the life of Solomon Gross from records found in NC and GA. It is obvious that he was an educated man for the time in which he lived and judging from his land purchases, land grants and land sales that he was a business man with a great acumen but probably not very profitable for he owned few slaves if any at all. He was a man of public service counting all the public offices he held in NC and GA.1797-1798.....Represented Screven Co in the Legislature1799..............Elected Justice of Peace1800..............Elected Sheriff of Screven Co for a 2-year term.

    Solomon was born Abt. 1740 in VA. He married (1) ESTHER. He married (2) MARY ERWIN Abt. 1764 in NC.

    Land Grant: Received 1050 acres of land grants in Screven Co Military service: 1781, Revolutionary War - Rebel soldier Misc: 1797, Sold 50 acres on Beaverdam Creek to Screven Co for the new County seat/Jacksonboro Occupation: 1793, Became an important official when Screven Co was first established Residence: Moved to Screven Co, GA near Buck Creek and Beaverdam Creek

    The following letter was published in the N.C. Gen. Soc. Journal in May 1984, pg. 115, which had been written by a descendant of Solomon: "The latest issue on p.44 (NCGSJ, Feb 84)...(shows) the abstract by Miles Philbeck on the first election on March 10 and 11, 1779 in the newly created Montgomery County. This election was for 2 seats in the House of Commons for 1779. Montgomery was created on Feb 6, 1779 from Anson County. John Kimbrough and Solomon Gross were elected...Solomon Gross was my grt-grt-grt grandather, he first appears on Anson records in Feb 1767. He was a Regulator and led the riot at Anson Courthouse of 500 angry men in April 1768, soon after Solomon headed a list of 99 names on a petition to Gov. Tryon asking for pardons...Tryon pardoned all but Solomon. Appears that Solomon and 3 other brothers came to Anson from Newcastle, England. Joshua and John Gross were on the list of qualified voters..All 4 brothers settled near Little River and the village of Peking, 1775...the famous Flora McDonald settled in this area. Solomon raised 4 sons and 1 daughter, all moved to Screven County, GA by 1791. I am a native of Screven County. Joshua was in Oglethrope County, GA, in 1805. John Kimbrought in the election of 1780 was elected to the Senate for Montgomery but resigned a few months later... There are some rumors..that John Kimbrough formed an Army of Tories and started an uprising but was defeated by the Rebel militia of Montgomery and Anson...I have a document from the N.C. Archives that shows Solomon Gross awarded 165 pounds of NC paper money for his services in 1782...I believe this was for his service in September and October 1781 in Gen. Griffith Rutherford's Campaign against the Tories known as the Raft Swamp Campaign, but I have no proof at all...Gen Rutherford recruited in the area and spent about 2 weeks training his 1200 men army at Drowning Creek in Montgomery County before marching down to the Raft Swamp and almost to Wilmington severely destroying the Tories who were at war with the Rebels in that area in 1781 when Cornwallis left NC for VA. I have a number of documents about Solomon's activities in NC and GA"2,3
    Gross Family History
  • Research Note*: 26 October 2019; See possible further ancestry in the Family Tree on FamilySearch.org. (footnote)4

Family: Mary Irwin b. c 1740, d. c 1797

Thomas Cochran

M, b. say 1787, d. 1857
  • Last Edited: 29 Apr 2019

Family: Sarah (?) b. c 1785

Citations

  1. [S501] FamilySearch Family Tree, .
    https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/GMJ6-R2M
  2. [S1850] 1850, Census, Year: 1850; Census Place: District 19, Chambers, Alabama; Roll: M432_2; Page: 362B; Image: 723

    Household Members:      
    Name      Age
    Thomas Cochran      63
    Sarah Cochran      65.

Sarah (?)

F, b. circa 1785
  • Last Edited: 29 Apr 2019

Citations

  1. [S1850] 1850, Census, Year: 1850; Census Place: District 19, Chambers, Alabama; Roll: M432_2; Page: 362B; Image: 723

    Household Members:      
    Name      Age
    Thomas Cochran      63
    Sarah Cochran      65.