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Basil Smith Basil Smith
Posted by in Smith/Schmidt Queries and Most Wanteds on December 5, 2013 Views:(262Replies (2)
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Hi Folks
Yeah, I'm probably crazy. I'd almost have to be to trace Smiths. But how
many Smiths named Basil can there be? One of them is my ggg grandfather
born about 1799 in perhaps Mecklinburg NC. He married Catherine
Byrum,presumeably the daughter of James Byram, 3 March 1820 in Mecklenburg
County North Carolina. They had 6 sons.
Barton Dison Smith 1821-1882, Howard Clay Smith 1823-1864, William Turner Smith 1825-1898, Thomas C. Smith 1827-1920, Jerimiah P.T. Smith 1829-?, James Henry Smith 1831-1893

Married Margaret Amanda Atchison, 13 November 1838 in Coweta County Georgia. They had 6 children.

Julia Ann Smith born 1841, Martha Elizabeth Smith born 1842,  Basil Andrew Jackson Smith born 1843  Dicy Jane Smith born 1844, Susan Smith born 1848, Malinda Smith born 1850
Basil died 10 October 1851 at Coweta County Georgia and is buried at Cedar Creek Primitive Baptist Cemetery

The US Census 1820 North Carolina shows  in Mecklinburg County Bazzell Smith 18 to 26 and 1 female 16 to 26.

The US Census Jasper County Georgia 1830 shows on page 272 Bazel Smith, 3, males  under 5 , two males 20 to 30 , one male 30 to 40  and 1 female 20 to 30. This is a different family.

Bassell Smith witnessed Deed Sept. 8, 1836 Campbell County Georgia John Stephens to Robert C. Mellon Land Lot 78 District 8 Coweta now Campbell County .

The US Census Coweta County Georgia 1840 shows Baswell Smith and one male 5 to 10, 2 males 10 to 15, 3 males 15 to 20 one male 30 to 40 and one female 15 to 20.


The Tax list for Coweta County Georgia 1845 lists Bassil Smith in the second or Captain Benton's district paid tax on district 11 lot 4 in Carroll County.(Not our Bassil)

Same list  for 1845 shows in the Cedar Creek or Captain Smith's district another Bassil Smith. No estate was shown. James and Upton Byram, R. N. Cook, Barton Smith, James Hogan and Henry McBride were in the Cedar Creek district also. This one is ours.

The US Census Coweta County Georgia 1850 shows Basil Smith with wife Margaret A. 26 and Julia A, 9, Martha E. 8, Basil A. J. 7, Dicy J. 6, Susan 2 in the 19th district.

I have much information on decendants of Barton Dison Smith. I am seeking
information on the other children of Basil and their decendants.Basil seems
to have moved from NC to Coweta County Georgia between 1829 and 1841.I
would like to hear from anyone with connections to this family. Older
family members say Basil Smith was Irish.

wally smith
August 12, 2014 06:49:27 AM
Posted by wally smith on August 12, 2014 06:49:27 AM  
CommentID 95

Found some new information:

Will of Elizabeth Smith Jones County North Carolina March 25 1803 Found on Family search.org on an image of will book A page 270 Image 141 Jones County Wills:

North Carolina, Probate Records, 1735-1970 Image North Carolina, Probate Records, 1735-1970; pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-19444-80536-49 — FamilySearch.org

I Elizabeth Smith of the County of Jones and State of North Carolina of sound mind & memory do make, ordane, constitute this my last will and Testament, hereby revoking all others by me made, & touching my worldly affairs after my body is decently intired it is my will and desire that my son James Smiyh should have all my landson Whiteoak whereon I last lived & joining A. Smith’s land which said land I give & bequeath unto my son James Smith his heirs & assigns for ever.

2 I give & bequeath to my two sons Bazell & James Smith the money due me from Richard Nixon which is upwards of Fourty Pounds & my mare to be sold & the monry arising from the sale of the mare with that due from Nixon tobe put at interest, & when my oldest son Bazellarrives to full age to be equally devided between Bazell and James & the part alloted to James to be kept at interest till he arrives at lawful age, to them, their heirs and assigns for ever.

3 I give and bequeath to my daughter Eliza Smith all my part of a family of negros now in the posseesion of my mother & to be divided equally between her children at her decease unto my daughter Eliza her heirs & assigns for ever.

4 I give & bequeath to my daughter Eliza all my proportional part of my husband’s estate which is yet undivided, one bed & furniture, one cloth’s chest, half a dozen tea spoons, & one pat spoon silver, & one saddle, to her & her heirs & assigns for ever.

5 And lastly I appoint & constitute my Brother R. Nixon & my friend Josiah Howard my executors of this my last will & testament. In witness hereof I hereunto set my hand and seal this 25 of March 1803 in the presence of the subscribing Evidence.


R. Dickson                                                              Betsy Smith

Titus Houard

Sarah Fields


State of North Carolina 

                       Jones County Court November Term 1803.

Then was the last will and testament of Betsy Smith deceased duly proved in open Court in the form of law by the oaths of Titus Howard, & Sarah Fields, two of the subscribing witnesses thereto & ordered to be recorded.

                                                                                 Attest Wm Orme cc


Another Will of Jones County names a Gandson Bazel, a Grand daughter Eliza, Sons Asa and John William, Cousin Stephen B. Forbes dated 20 Dec 1811, proved Feb term 1812.


27-ctx-.tiff The US Census 1820 North Carolina shows  in Mecklinburg County Bazzell Smith 18 to 26 and 1 female 16 to 26.

Henry McBride next door 1 male 18-26, 1 female 16-18, 1 male less than 10’

Page dated 15 nov 1820. ?? Alexander next door other side.



The US Census 1830 North Carolina shows in Mecklinburg County Lists on page 317 line 5:

Bazwell Smith  2 males to 5, 2 males 5-10, 1 male 10-15, 1 male 20-30, 1 female 20-30. On the same page was listed William Byram 30-40, Samuel Smith 30-40, James Byram 70-80. On page 318 was listed James Byram 40-50 and Jefferson Byram 40-50.  On page 314 was listed William Smith 30-40 and Abraham Smith 30-40.


Posted by LPSmith on September 23, 2021 06:38:40 PM  
CommentID 358

I am descended from Basil through his son, Barton Dyson Smith. My dad did some research on the other sons prior to his death. I will be glad to correspond.

My brother is the one who actually took the Family Tree DNA test. 

Basil Smith - Barton Dyson Smith - George Washington Smith - John Davis Smith - Murdock Hamilton Smith - Forrest Hart Smith (my brother).