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  • Name Joseph Smith 
    Born 1762  Shenandoah River,Shenandoah Co,VA,USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    DAR Ancestor # Joseph Smith

    b Aug 2 1762 on Shenandoah River, VA

    d after March 26 1855 Hardin KY

    PA Private, Spy

    DAR A106281 
    Died After 26 Mar 1855  Hardin County, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Person ID I43273 
    American Revolutionary WarDAR Ancestor #: A106281
    Smith American Revolutionary War Patriot Report
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    Smith DNA GRP-R-M269-59 Smith Branch: Joseph Smith b 1762 VA m Margaret (Hardin Co KY) (Kit# N880****/ ),
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    Last Modified 23 Jul 2019 

    Father Smith 
    Family ID F21748  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Margaret 
    +1. Reubin Smith,   b. 1785, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Hardin County, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    +2. Jonathan P Smith,   b. c 1804, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. After 18 Jun 1860, New Albany, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 56 years)
    +3. Benjamin Smith,   b. c 1795, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Keziah Smith,   b. c 1802,   d. 1838, Hardin County, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 36 years)
    Descendant Report for Joseph Smith b 1762 Shenandoah VA
    Descendant Report for Joseph Smith b 1762 Shenandoah VA
    Last Modified 4 Jun 2013 
    Family ID F15677  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1762 - Shenandoah River,Shenandoah Co,VA,USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - After 26 Mar 1855 - Hardin County, Kentucky, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • The following are taken from Joseph Smith pension application

      "That he (Joseph Smith) was born on the Shenandoah River in the state of
      Virginia from which place his father moved to the frontier and settled near
      Red Stone Old Fort (now Browsville) then supposed to be in Pennsylvania and
      after the line was layed(?) between Virginia and Pennsylvania it was
      ascertained that his father resided in Pennsylvania."

      Then also - "His (Joseph Smith) brother Reuben Smith who living in Indiana
      knowing of his service but he does not know in which part of the state of
      Indiana the said Reuben Smith lives and if he did know he is too poor old
      and infirm (having been stricken with the palsey) to undergo the () and pay
      the expenses of the journey."

      Then also -
      "The testimony of Robert Samuels of Bullitt county, Kentucky Hereunto
      attached is all that he can () without undergoing fatigue and expence in
      searching for and procuring the evidence of the said Reuben Smith and he
      knows of no other persons now alive by whom he can prove his service to his
      country and there is clergymen residing in his neighborhood whose testimony
      he can procure to prove his character () veracity and that it is believed
      in his neighborhood that he was a soldier of the Revolution.

      3. I hereby relinquish every claim whatsoever to a pension or bounty except
      the present and declare that my name is not on the pension roll of the
      agency of any state. To the questions posed to him by the court he makes the
      following answers:

      First: When and in what years were you born? Answer: I was born on the
      Shenandoah River (in the state of Virginia but I do not recollect in what
      county (NOTE from the Internet - The Shenandoah River is a tributary of the
      Potomac River, 55.6 miles long with two forks approximately 100 miles long
      each, in the U.S. states of Virginia and West Virginia. Wikipedia) because
      my father moved from there when I was very young on the 2nd day of August
      1762 (this appears to be Joseph's birth date). Further Note- may be Joseph
      was born in what's now WV - but VA back then.

      Second: have you any record of your age and if so where is it?
      Answer: There is a record of my age in the possession of my brother Reuben
      Smith of Indiana. I saw it about four years ago.

      Third: Where were you living when called into service? Where have you lived
      since the Revolutionary War and where do you now live?
      Answer: I was living two miles from Red Stone Old Fort (now Brownsville) on
      the Monongahela River in the state of Pennsylvania. I moved to Fayette
      county in the state of Kentucky in the year 1788 (1786?) as well as I
      recollect and lived in said county about two years () when(?) moved to
      Bourbon county in said state and lived there four years and then moved to
      Washington county in said state and lived there about five years. From
      thence I moved to Hardin county in said state where I have lived ever since.

      Fourth: How were you called into service; were you drafted, did you
      volunteered or were you a substitute, and if a substitute for whom?
      Answer: I volunteered as a spy.

      Fifth: State the names of some of the Regular Officers who were with the
      troops where you served such Continental Regiments as you can recollect and
      the general circumstances (?) of your service.
      Answer: There were no Regular Officers with the troops when I served. There
      were Regular or militia regiments. There was but one company of militia
      under the command of Capt. James Archer, Lieutenant Simon Archer as well as
      James (?) Eno(ch?) as well as I now recollect Ensign Boston(?)(shra..). On
      the 9th of March 1781 I volunteered as a spy for said company for a tour of
      six months and performed that service by spying between Jackson's Fort and
      Lindly's Halow Fort and on the 10th day of September 1781 having served six
      months I was discharged and returned home.

      Sixth: Did you ever receive a discharge from a service and if so by whom was
      it signed and what has become of it?
      Answer: When my term of service had expired, Capt. James Archer certified
      that Jacob Harrod and myself had served out our tour of six moths as spies.
      The said Harrod received and kept it and I do not know now what has become
      of it. That was the only discharge I ever received.

      Seventh: State the names of persons to whom you are known in your present
      neighborhood and who can testify as to your character, veracity and good
      behavior your services as a soldier of the Revolution.
      Answer: I have for many years past resided near the line dividing the county
      of Hardin and Bullitt but I am known to Robert Samuels, John Myers and John
      Westfall who reside in Bullitt county. They can testify only as to my
      character for veracity and good behavior. Robert Samuels can testify as to
      my service; the other cannot. Same known also to James Dougherty, a
      clergyman, and Luke Col(v)in of Hardin county where I reside but it is
      difficult to get them to go to the Hardin court to give their testimony -
      neither (Mathew Cains?) and I got the said Samuels and Myers and Westfall to
      go to the courthouse to give their evidence and I am obliged to (late?)
      their residence in the county clerk of Bullitt county. Subscribed wherewith
      to the day and year aforesaid," Joseph Smith.

      Then from Reuben Smith's Rev War Applications papers we have: Reuben Smith's
      brother Joseph Smith of Hardin Co., testified for him (Reuben) in his
      pension appl'n - as follows:

      "Declaration of Reuben Smith of Floyd County, State of Indiana in order to
      obtain the Benefit of the act of Congress of the 7th of June 1832 State of
      Indiana , Floyd County: On this Twenty third day of October 1833 personally
      appearance before the Honorable John F Refs Presid___ Judge of the 2nd
      judicial Circuit in the said State and John Conner/Patrick Shirlely his
      associates. Now setting in New Albany in said County in open court Reuben
      Smith a resident of said County of Floyd and State aforesaid aged Seventy
      five years who being first duly sworn ____ ____ to Law doth on his oath
      makes the following Declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the act of
      congress ______ June 7th 1832 That he enlisted into army of the United
      States in the fall of the year 1777 near what is now Brownsville in the
      State of Pennsylvania under a Proclamation of the Government of the State of
      Virginia that Soldiers enlisting for three years unless sooner discharged
      should receive one hundred acres of land and twenty dollars in money as
      bounty and Eight dollars per month & regular rations. Declarant Enlisted for
      the term of three years unless sooner discharged and was 1st attached to the
      13th Virginia Regiment but afterwards by dispersion and loss of men for
      filling of companies he belonging to the 7th Virginia regiment. Declarant
      Capt was one Steels Williams his Lieutenant a David Williams (Brother of the
      Presiding) was his ensign. He does not recollect who Commanded the 13th
      Regiment when belonged to it, John Gibson was Col of the 7th Regiment while
      declarant was attached to & Jacob Coleman was adjutant declarant was
      stationed at Fort Pitt the now Pittsburgh during his enlistment though he
      was occasionally sent out on short tours of duty while he was at Fort Pitt
      the artillery of General Burgoius Army was brought there to be _______ .
      he believes there was thirteen guns on it. Declarant presumes that his name
      is recorded upon the Rolls as a corporal on other non commissioned officers.
      Declarant severed out his time of enlistment and received from Col Gibson a
      written discharge but he has lost it
      ____________________________________________________ etc. Reuben Smith"

      Then in 1845 when Mary Smith, wife of Reuben Smith mad application for a
      pension as the widow of Reuben Smith: Mary's sister (Hannah Hazelbrigg)
      made an affidavit, in Shelby Co., KY on 15th of April 1845, that she
      acquainted with Mrs. Mary Smith (her sister) of New Albany, Floyd Co., IN as
      the widow of Reuben Smith.

      Then also in support of Mrs Mary Smith application Joseph Smith made an
      affidavit as follows:

      Commonwealth of Kentucky, Hardin County. Before the undersigned a justice of
      the peace for said County this ____________ came Joseph Smith who being by
      me being duty sworn is a brother of the late Reuben Smith of Floyd County,
      Revolutionary pensioner of the United State that the said Reuben has been
      dead some eighteen months past as he has been informed and believes. He was
      acquainted with Mrs. Mary Smith his widow before their marriage. They were
      married in the vicinity of Lexington in Kentucky in about October in the
      year 1788. Deponent was not at the wedding but recollect it was before 1790
      from the circumstances I landed at Maysvill (note-Maysville is on the Ohio
      River northeast of Lexington) on the 24th day of May 1788 and in October
      1788 my brother Reuben was married.

      Deponents Children and the children of said Reuben and Mary were born near
      one another as follows Hannah was two years old when she died Morgan was
      about 18 months old when he died his third John is about the age of my
      oldest daughter who will be fifty three on the 3 day of August 1845 and
      further this deponent saith ___ sworn to this __ day of July 1845. Joseph
      Smith" ----- end of pension appl'n quotes

      I would be happy to discuss/share info.

      Ty Goodart

      Ty Goodart

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