Thomas Smith b 1788 NC > Marion Co TN- Theory questioned Thomas Smith
Posted by smithsworldwide in Smith/Schmidt Queries and Most Wanteds Forum on September 22, 2020 Views:(987) Replies (0)
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I have seen a tree in which Thomas Smith, son of Ransom D Smith and Elizabeth Moss, born 3 Feb 1788 Granville County, NC, died 1876 in Marion County, Tennessee, is said to have been married more than once, and that a son David James Smith went to Bollinger County, Missouri. I do not believe this may be accurate for the following reasons, but invite anyone with proof for discussion.
1. Unable to find a source for the theoretical first marriage, which has the first unknown spouse as passing away before 1806 in Claiborne County, Tennessee. The marriage that is sourced is the one in 12 Dec 1810 to Sarah Catherine Koger. If there is a first marriage, any children would need to have been born before 1806 and presumably would have travelled with father and second wife. If, however, you, reader, have a definitive source proving Thomas Smith was married twice, please post it here.
2. David Smith b 1806 d 1856 Bollinger County, MIssouri (need source for the "James" in the middle) was, according to the 1850 Cape Girardeau County, Missouri census, born in Tennessee. (Need source for assertion that he was born in Claiborne County, Tennessee) He married Matilda Adeline Bess b 1806 Lincoln County, North Carolina in 1827 in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri. (Father may be the Peter Bess found in 1810 and 1820 Lincoln County, North Carolina censuses)
3. On the 1830 Cape Girardeau, Missouri census, a Reuben Smith, David Smith and older Henry Smith are listed with each other.
In 1840 Cape Girardeau, Missouri census, David Smith, Reuben Smith, Henry Smith, George Smith and (Julius?) Smith are enumerated either together or near each other.
4. The family that David belongs to appears to be Henry Smith b 1770 NC d 1860 in Bollinger County, Missouri, married Elizabeth Osborne (marriage date 7 Jan 1800 in Cabarrus County, NC). Henry is found in 1830 Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, 1840 Union, Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, and 1860 Union, Bollinger County, Missouri (last in the household of son Henry Osborne Smith).
5. We need a male Smith descendant of this line, as well as known proveable autosomal testers to compare AND if this is your line and you see errors in it, please post and correct.
To recap: It appears that David Smith m Matilda Bess is son of Henry Smith b 1770 NC m Elizabeth Osborne, and not a son of Thomas Smith b 1788 NC who died in Marion County, Tennessee.