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Nathan Smith1 (Born abt. 1731 in North Carolina / Died in GA around 1810, most likely Franklin Co.). He married Ann Smith (b. abt. 1733) abt. 1750 in North Carolina.
More about Nathan Smith:
Nathan was found in the 1790 Federal Census of Moore Co. NC on page 4.
Cumberland NC Deed Book 4-435, 20 Jul 1771 NATHAN SMITH, and ANN SMITH his wife, planter of Cumberland co. to Levi Pennington, Sr of Cumberland co., 45pds, land in Cumberland co. on Richland Creek branch of McClendon's Creek. s/ NATHAN SMITH, ANN SMITH w/ John Stephens, Isaac Pennington.
Cumberland NC Deed Book 4-428, 29 Jan 1772 Deed: Daniel Munroe and John Clark to Malcolm Smith proved by Thomas Dobbins. Sander McKay appointed road overseer from Little River Bridge to his house at the ______ road. To work road, Robert Smith. NATHAN SMITH and wife ANN SMITH to Levi Pennington, Sr. - proved by John Stephens
Cumberland NC Deed Book 6-279, 25 Oct 1774. Deed: Jesse Ritter to NATHAN SMITH proved by William Manes. Deed: ??????? Sanders to Richard Smith proved by John Smith.
This is a web site that has a record of Nathan Smith paying his land taxes to King George in VA - 1792: http://freepages.misc.rootsweb.com/~vataxlists/KingGeorge/1792Personal/05.jpg
The following is a History of the Smith Family written by Sharon Smith Logan. Her mother's maiden name was Wofford.
NATHAN SMITH SETTLEMENT
Stephen Smith was in all probability the son of Isham Smith who was born about 1760, North Carolina. In the 1790 Census of North Carolina, an Isham Smith appears in Montgomery County and an Everitt (Averitt) Smith appears in Moore County (Moore and Montgomery are adjoining counties), North Carolina. Smiths with the Christian names of Everitt, Stephen, and Isham appear early in Lawrence and Franklin Counties, Mississippi. The Smiths migrated from North Carolina to the Nathan Smith Settlement prior to 1800 to what they thought was Franklin County, Georgia but later was deemed to be Cherokee lands. The Cherokees complained that the Nathan Smith Settlement was on their land. An Indian agent by the name of Benjamin Hawkins from Washington D. C. was sent to Georgia to determine who was right, the settlement or the Indians; he decided in favor of the Indians. The land dispute went on for many years and the settlers became discouraged and sold their lands "warranted against all but the Indian Claims". The Smiths migrated in the early 1800's, to Fair River, Bahala, Bogue Chitto, and McCall creek areas of old Lawrence and Franklin counties, Mississippi.
In "The First Settlers" in what is now Habersham County, taken from the Lavonia Times and Gauge, February 23, 1934, the following excerpt is cited:
"The first settlers of what is now Habersham County were those settlers of Franklin County, whose lands were granted by the State of Georgia between 1783 and 1788, lay north of the Indian Boundary fixed by the treaty of 1785. These lands were granted under the impression that they lay south of the agreed boundary line. When this line was surveyed, it was found that these lands lay north of the boundary line and in the Cherokee Nation, the Indians demanded their immediate removal. In 1798, these settlers petitioned Governor James Jackson to have the line re-run or to take such other action that would protect them in the possession of their homes. This resulted in the "Four Mile Purchase" of 1804, when the Indians ceded a strip of land four miles wide and twenty miles long which included these lands. This strip of land was then added to Franklin County, but now lies in Banks and Habersham Counties. Those who signed the petition were: Phillip Thomas, John Thomas, William Thomas, Phillip Thomas, Jr., Abednego Downing, George Waters, Levi Taylor, James Huitt, Joseph Dunnegame, E. Dunnegame, Moses Terel (probably Terrell), John Little, William Alexander Ramsey, Jesse Austin, Thomas Ketrim, Thomas Lean, Equila McCrackin, (torn) McCrackin (probably James), (torn) Halcom (probably Moses), George Hopper, William Weatherspoons, Hugh Hartgrove, Benjamin Wofford,* Nathaniel Wofford, Richard Burkes, Richard Lay, Nicolas Smith, Nathan Smith, Oen Carpenter (probably Owen), James Minnerd (probably Minyard), Nicholas Nuton (probably Newton), Stephen Smith, Lewis Dickerson, Joseph Halcom, John Parker, John Ratley, Thomas Warren, Robert Shipley, John Shipley, Nathaniel Shipley, William Little." In the Georgia Genealogist, under Franklin County, Wofford Settlement appears the following: ". . . Col. Meigs further reported settlers left outside the Hawkins line around other forts:
Isham Smith, John Smith, Adam Sheffield, James Keys, Joseph Shelton, Samuel Spencer, William Spencer, Richard Jacks, John Huitt, Jacob Hollingsworth, Moses Alfred, William Smith, Averitt Smith, James Brown, Temple Carpenter, John Warren, James Hamilton, Nimrod House, James Alfred, Thomas Bullen, ` William Newton, ____ Snow, Asa Walker, Morgan Guest, George Morgan, Reuben Warren".
Of the above names found in Nathan Smith's Settlement, the following relocated to Mississippi: Nathan Smith - Franklin County, Nicholas Smith - Franklin County, Owen Carpenter,* Lawrence County, Isham Smith - Lawrence County, Asa Walker - Lawrence County, Temple Carpenter - Lawrence County, William Newton - Lawrence County, Morgan Guest - Lawrence County, and Averitt/Everitt Smith - Lawrence County.
It appears from the above transcripts that the Smith land was reclaimed by the Cherokee Nation and that the Smiths then migrated to Lawrence Mississippi prior to 1813. In the 1813 Tax Roll of Marion County (note: Lawrence County was formed from Marion in 1814), Isham Smith, Sr. is shown with a lot in Monticello with no poll taken. Persons exempt from poll taxes were over 50 years of age, thus the estimate that Isham Smith, Sr. was born about 1760.
Owen Carpenter married Sarah Smith, daughter of Nathan. Temple Carpenter is Owen’s father. Jacob Hollingsworth marries into our family later on.
Rass Wicker, in a footnote in one of his abstact publications of old records of Moore Co. NC, mentions that Nathan Smith lived up on Cabin Creek while Nicholas and Stephen lived south of the Lower Little River near the Old Yadkin Road. He believed, as I do, that NATHAN was Stephen's father and NICHOLAS was his grandfather.
A. Children of Nathan Smith and Ann Smith
+ 2. i. Everett Smith (b. 1751 in Moore Co., NC
+ 3. ii. Nicholas Smith (b. 1758 in Moore Co., NC)
+ 4. iii. Isham Smith (b. 1760 in Cumberland Co., NC) (d. 1840 in MS)
+ 5. iv. Stephen Smith (b. 1762 in NC) (d. 1846 in Lawrence Co., MS)
+ 6. v. William Smith (b. 26 Feb 1763 in NC)
+ 7. vi. Sarah Rachel Smith (b. 1765 in NC) (d. in MS)