Descendants of John J. Smith, Bartow Co., GA

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  • ID: I343
  • Name: John J. SMITH
  • Given Name: John J.
  • Surname: Smith
  • Sex: M
  • _UID: D93E3A2AA34B1348B02A2481AF25AEAB70D8
  • Change Date: 12 APR 2011
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    According to Robert McLain's information, John J. Smith's parents were William and Winnie (?) Smith. (See http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~mcapps/smithdocs/william-winnie_smith.html from Elmer Lewis Smith, great grandson of John J. Smith). These notes also say that Elmer Smith has William's birth as possibly England.

    Just before John J. Smith died, he filed court papers with the U.S. government, to be reimbursed for items taken by the Union troups during the war. (This is now being called the Southern Claims information). He died before the case was completed. It was later reopened with testimonies from various people including Eliza (his wife), James M. Smith (his son), and others. The basic purpose of the case was to try to prove Union loyalty to the the United States Government. Apparently Loyalty was not found. The total amount of property involved amounted to approximately $895.00. The beginnings of this transcribed information is online at http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~mcapps/smithdocs/transcriptions.html. I originally received this information from Glenda Holton. I have since learned that the one to originally find this was Francis Schroder. Thank you to each person that shared!

    James Smith's notes listed 24 children of John J. Smith, 12 from each wife. Others I have met from various lines had also been told there were 24 children. At this time, we can only prove 20 of them, 10 from each wife with formal documents. Two more have been identified by notes written by Hester Ann Smith Richards (one of the 20+ children) making 11 from each wife. One that James Smith had listed was "one other girl who married a Smith". In other communications from James, he lists her as married to "Black Bud" Smith. In "Genealogy and Related Lines of John Lewis Smith & Mary Agnes Smith", she lists a Mary Ann as one of the first twelve children, but lists her as single.

    After receiving information on Clarinda Adaline Smith Layton, it appears that her daughter Francis Adaline married a "Black Bud" Smith. This person is not a child of John J. Smith at all. I suspect that my great grandfather, Rev. James Arthur Smith met this Francis Adaline Layton Smith, and was told she was a Smith (when in reality she was a grandchild of John J. Smith.) Another of the "unknowns was a child named Helen. In "Genealogy and Related Lines of John Lewis Smith and Mary Agnes Smith", Helen is listed with the first 12 children. There is no proof that she ever existed either.
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  • Birth: 22 NOV 1798 in SC
  • Note: Bartow County Cemeteries (Book) lists his birthday as 11/22/1798. This is also on the tombstone.
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  • Name: Page
  • VALUE: page 279 4
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  • Census: 1840
  • _SDATE: 1 JUL 1840 Cass (Bartow) Co., GA
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    The 1840 Cass Co., GA census shows John Smith living between John Guyton, and Robert H. Guyton. He has 1 male under 5 (George Right?), 3 males age 5 and under 10 (John Newton, Green, and Thomas Lindsay?), 2 males age 15 and under 20 (James Monroe, Francis Marion "Franklin"?), 1 male age 20 and under 30 (Seaborne Sebastian?), and 1 male 40 and under 50 (himself). He had 1 female under 5 (Nancy?), 1 female 10 and under 15 (Adeline?), and 1 female 40 and under 50 (Adlaide Spurlock-his wife).
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  • VALUE: pg. 108 5
  • Census: 1850
  • _SDATE: 1 JUL 1850 Cass (Bartow) Co., GA
  • Note: 1850 Cass Co., GA census shows John Smith, age 51, married to Elizabeth (age 21), farmer, real estate value of $2000, and born in S.C.
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  • Name: Page
  • VALUE: 12th Division, p. 169-right (image 139 of 246 at ancestry.com), enumerated 30 Sep 1850 by Alex Stroup, dwelling #970, household #980 6
  • Census: 1860
  • _SDATE: 1 JUL 1860 Cass (Bartow) Co., GA
  • Note: 1860 Cass Co., GA census shows J. Smith, age 61, value of real estate 2,800, value of personal estate 1000.
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  • Name: Page
  • VALUE: 4th District, Post Office: Cartersville, page 747 (left), (image 122 of 301 at ancestry.com), enumerated 19 July 1860 by W.T. Goldsmith, dwelling #888, household #797 7
  • Census: 1870
  • _SDATE: 1 JUL 1870 Bartow Co., GA
  • Note: 1870 Bartow Co., GA census shows John J. Smith, age 72, farm hand, born SC.
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  • VALUE: Fourth District, Post Office: Cartersville, Subdivision No. 5, 2 July 1870,p. 394 (page 107 upper left #) 8
  • Death: 14 SEP 1873 in Bartow Co., GA
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    Bartow County Cemeteries lists 9/14/1873 as death date.
    Mrs. Frances Smith Appling said there is a story that John J. Smith heard a noise and went outside to the kitchen to check. A black man injured him. He died from those injuries. Mrs. Appling said she never heard her parents or grandparent tell this story, but she has heard it other times from other Smith's. She does not know if it is true or not.
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  • Burial: Cartersville, Bartow Co., GA
  • ADDR: John J. Smith Cemetery
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    This cemetery is located on Old Tennessee Rd. in/near Cartersville, GA. The cemetery is to the right of the old house that belonged to John J. Smith, back in the woods. According to Mrs. Frances Appling, this was a very well cared for cemetery at one time, but it had grown up and no one took responsibility for it. A while back, vandals got into the cemetery on motorcycles and broke many of the tombstones (mostly broken off the bases). This land is now owned by the Church of God. They have started another cemetery down to the left and behind the house, called Providence Cemetery. Mrs. Appling said the church contacted her about a year ago, with plans to renovate the cemetery to what it had once been. There is one tombstone on this property that is not family. It is the tombstone of Mrs. Johnson. Supposedly, she was from a prominent family, and married someone against her parents wishes. They disowned her. When she died, her husband had no place to bury her. The Smith family liked her, and allowed her to be buried there. Mrs. Appling couldn't remember anything about the Leachman children that are buried there. She said the last person buried there was Clark Smith, son of Aunt Betty and Uncle Sam (called Duke). [This uncle Sam was the Samuel C. Smith, son of John J. Smith]. - phone conversation 6/30/2000.
    For photos of this cemetery: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~mcapps/smithphotos/smithcemetery.html.
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  • Event: Living before 1840 until his death Cartersville, Bartow Co., GA
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    The old John J. Smith house is still standing as of 7/2008. It now belongs to the Church at Liberty Hill and is their food pantry.
    According to Mrs. Frances Smith Appling, John J. got his land from the Georgia Land Lottery of 1832. She said she can't find any document to prove that, but it is what she always heard/assumed. The John J. Smith land lot and the one next door (which Mrs. Appling owned at one time) are land lots 235 and 236. (My note: I also can't find a John J. Smith in the 1832 lottery, that would have been in this area near Cartersville, GA.)
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    Marriage 1 Nancy Adlaide SPURLOCK b: ABT 1800
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      Family Notes: It has been passed down that each wife had 12 children each. James Smith (son of James Arthur Smith, son of George Right Smith, son of John J. Smith) provided most of my inital information concerning the family of John J. Smith. Thank you Uncle James.
      1840 Cass Co., GA census shows John Smith with 1 male under 5, 3 males 6-10, 2 males 15-20, 1 male 20-30, 1 male 40-50, 1 female under 5, 1 female 10-15, 1 female 40-50.
      1850 Cass Co., GA census shows John Smith, age 51, married to Elizabeth (age 21), Farmer, Real Estate Value of $2000, and born in S.C. Living with them is Franklen age 21, John age 20, Green age 15, 16 or 17?, Thomas age 15, Georgia (George) age 13, Lemuel age 8, Dugal age 1, Nancy age 10, Martha age 2, and Amanda Cordeman age 15 (male?).
      1860 Cass Co., GA census shows J. Smith, age 61, value of real estate 2,800, value of personal estate 1000. Living with him is E. (Elizabeth Cordeman Smith) age 34-female, G. (George?) age 23-male, L. (Lemuel?) age 18-male, S. (Samuel?) age 11-male, J. (Joseph?) age 2-male, and F. (Frederick?) age 5/12-male. The next dwelling must also be their family with J. (?) age 16-male, M. (Martha?) age 13-female, S. (Sara?) age 10-female, L. (Laura?) age 5-female, and J. (Hester?) age 5-female.
      1870 Census of Bartow Co., GA, page 394 lists John J. Smith age 72, Elizabeth age 43, Samuel C. age 21, Hester A. age 14, Laura J. age 14, Joseph B. age 13, Fredarick age 11, Charley age 7, Mary age 4, Minnie age 2. (Hester, Laura, Joseph, and Fredarick attended school).

      Notes from Linda Trenton's gedcom: John J. Smith had five sons to serve in the civil war, two were killed in the war. She also says that John J. Smith came to Bartow County in the early 1830's when he won land in the land lottery. His house is still standing today on the Old Tennessee Road in Oakland Heights, Cartersville, GA. It was passed down that John J. Smith bragged that he had a dozen children by each wife. However, I can only account for 10 children by each wife, for a total of 20 children. I guess the story grew with the telling.
      He served on the jury from Cass County in 1852.
      His neighbors were W. H. and Rebecca Felton, who was the first woman to serve in the U.S. Senate.
      John J. Smith had a brother James Smith born in VA in 1791 whose descendents are still in Bartow County today. (end of L. Trenton notes)
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    • Married: 15 JUL 1819 in Jackson Co., GA
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      My great grandfather, James Arthur Smith is the one who said his grandmother's name was Adlaide Spurlock Smith, first wife of John J. Smith. I have seen a couple of references to John J. Smith being married to a Nancy Spurlock. Two of these references have her as Nancy Spurlock married in Jackson Co., GA in 1819. One specifically had the date of 7/15/1819. According to the Book: Georgia Marriages 1811 Through 1820, there was a Nancy Spurlock married on this date in Jackson Co., GA, but this Nancy Spurlock married a William Harris. According to Linda Trentham, she went to the Jackson County Courthouse, and made a copy of the license. It did have the name William Harris on it, but it was crossed out, and John Smith was written above it. Mrs. Frances Appling, also has a copy of a letter to the Court of Ordinary in Jackson County, GA in which they responded with a note at the bottom that Nancy Spurlock married John Smith on 7/15/1819. I have also seen one reference to her as a Mary Ella?. Robert McLain has marriage date as about 1815.
      I have found the copy of the Marriage License on Microfilm at the Atlanta Georgia Archives Building. It appears to be the same handwriting that marked out the William Harris and wrote John Smith, though it is all very difficult to read. In the index, it shows Smith, Jno to Nancy Spurlock, p. 104.
      If this is the correct date of a legal marriage, and Seaborn's birth date is correct as written by Hester Smith Richards (1/2 sister), then Seaborn was born one month after they married.
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    Children
    1. Has Children Seaborn "Seab" D. SMITH b: 6 AUG 1819
    2. Has Children James Monroe "Roe" SMITH b: 8 APR 1821 in Jackson Co., GA
    3. Has Children Francis Marion "Franklin" SMITH b: 18 MAR 1823 in GA
    4. Has Children Clarinda Adeline (or Adalaide) SMITH b: 7 SEP 1825 in GA
    5. Has No Children William H. SMITH b: 1 APR 1828
    6. Has Children John Newton SMITH b: 16 AUG 1830 in GA
    7. Has Children Elisha "Green" SMITH b: 9 SEP 1832 in GA
    8. Has Children Thomas "Tom" Lindsey SMITH b: 24 NOV 1834 in GA
    9. Has Children George Right SMITH b: 1 MAY 1837 in GA
    10. Has Children Nancy E. SMITH b: 29 JUL 1839 in GA
    11. Has No Children Lemuel SMITH b: 7 MAR 1842 in GA

    Marriage 2 Elizabeth "Eliza" CORDEMAN b: 8 JAN 1828 in Newton Co., GA
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    • Married: BEF 1848
    Children
    1. Has Children Martha L. SMITH b: 3 JUL 1847 in Cass (Bartow) Co., GA
    2. Has Children Samuel Cougas SMITH b: 21 JAN 1849 in Cass (Bartow) Co., GA
    3. Has Children Sara Ellen SMITH b: 27 DEC 1850 in Cass (Bartow) Co., GA
    4. Has No Children Amanda B. SMITH b: 14 JUN 1853
    5. Has Children Hester Ann "Hessie" SMITH b: 29 DEC 1855 in Cartersville, Cass (Bartow) Co., GA
    6. Has Children Laura Jane SMITH b: 29 DEC 1855 in Cass (Bartow) Co., GA
    7. Has Children Joseph Ben "Bud" SMITH b: 10 JUL 1857 in Cartersville, Cass (Bartow) Co., GA
    8. Has Children Frederick Augustus SMITH b: 6 JAN 1860 in Cass (Bartow) Co., GA
    9. Has Children Charles "Charley" Neabsco SMITH b: 16 JUN 1862 in Bartow Co., GA
    10. Has Children Mary L. SMITH b: 16 MAY 1865 in Bartow Co., GA
    11. Has Children Minnie Lee SMITH b: 25 AUG 1868 in Bartow Co., GA

    Sources:
    1. Abbrev: Smith - James Smith Notes
      Title: James Smith, Notes sent by James Smith (Jim) to Melanie Capps, 12/2/1999.9.9.
      Name: Footnote9.
      Name: ShortFootnote9.
      Name: Bibliography9.
    2. Abbrev: Smith - Genealogy of John L. Smith & Mary A. Smith
      Title: Josie Smith, Genealogy and Related Lines of John Lewis Smith and Mary Agnes Smith (Josie Smith, 220 S. Bartow Street, Cartersville, GA 30120)gnes Smithgnes Smith. Josie Smith, 220 S. Bartow Street, Cartersville, GA 30120.
      Name: Footnotegnes Smith (Josie Smith, 220 S. Bartow Street, Cartersville, GA 30120)
      Name: ShortFootnotegnes Smith
      Name: Bibliographygnes Smith. Josie Smith, 220 S. Bartow Street, Cartersville, GA 30120.
    3. Abbrev: Smith - Frances Appling Notes
      Title: Phone Call and visits with Mrs. Frances Smith Appling of Cartersville (phone: 6/30/2000, 7/19/2000, visits: 12/2003, 6/2004).phone: 6/30/2000, 7/19/2000, visits: 12/2003, 6/2004).phone: 6/30/2000, 7/19/2000, visits: 12/2003, 6/2004).
      Name: Footnotephone: 6/30/2000, 7/19/2000, visits: 12/2003, 6/2004).
      Name: ShortFootnotephone: 6/30/2000, 7/19/2000, visits: 12/2003, 6/2004).
      Name: Bibliographyphone: 6/30/2000, 7/19/2000, visits: 12/2003, 6/2004).
    4. Abbrev: Bartow County Georgia (formerly Cass) Cemeteries
      Title: compiled by The Etowah Valley Historical Society, Bartow County Georgia (formerly Cass) Cemeteriesformerly Cass) Cemeteriesformerly Cass) Cemeteries.
      Name: Footnoteformerly Cass) Cemeteries
      Name: ShortFootnoteformerly Cass) Cemeteries
      Name: Bibliographyformerly Cass) Cemeteries.
      Repository:
        Name: Huntsville Public Library

      Repository:
        Name: Huntsville Public Library

      Page: page 279
    5. Abbrev: 1840 Cass Co., GA Census
      Title: 1840 Cass Co., GA Census
      Name: Footnote
      Name: ShortFootnote
      Name: Bibliography
      Page: pg. 108
    6. Abbrev: 1850 Cass Co., GA Census
      Title: 1850 Cass Co., GA Census
      Name: Footnote
      Name: ShortFootnote
      Name: Bibliography
      Page: 12th Division, p. 169-right (image 139 of 246 at ancestry.com), enumerated 30 Sep 1850 by Alex Stroup, dwelling #970, household #980
    7. Abbrev: 1860 Cass Co., GA Census
      Title: 1860 Cass Co., GA Census
      Name: Footnote
      Name: ShortFootnote
      Name: Bibliography
      Page: 4th District, Post Office: Cartersville, page 747 (left), (image 122 of 301 at ancestry.com), enumerated 19 July 1860 by W.T. Goldsmith, dwelling #888, household #797
    8. Abbrev: 1870 Bartow Co., GA Census
      Title: 1870 Bartow Co., GA Census
      Name: Footnote
      Name: ShortFootnote
      Name: Bibliography
      Page: Fourth District, Post Office: Cartersville, Subdivision No. 5, 2 July 1870,p. 394 (page 107 upper left #)
    9. Abbrev: Bartow County Georgia (formerly Cass) Cemeteries
      Title: compiled by The Etowah Valley Historical Society, Bartow County Georgia (formerly Cass) Cemeteriesformerly Cass) Cemeteriesformerly Cass) Cemeteries.
      Name: Footnoteformerly Cass) Cemeteries
      Name: ShortFootnoteformerly Cass) Cemeteries
      Name: Bibliographyformerly Cass) Cemeteries.
      Repository:
        Name: Huntsville Public Library

      Repository:
        Name: Huntsville Public Library

      Page: p. 279
    10. Abbrev: Personal Observation
      Title: Melanie Capps, I was a personal witness to the event, or heard it from the individual concerned.he individual concerned.he individual concerned.
      Name: Footnotehe individual concerned.
      Name: ShortFootnotehe individual concerned.
      Name: Bibliographyhe individual concerned.
    11. Abbrev: Smith - McLain, Robert - Smith Notes
      Title: Robert McLain, Smith Notes from Robert McLain via e-mail. He has many references to Notes from Family Bible taken from Elmer Smith, and WFT #5.eferences to Notes from Family Bible taken from Elmer Smith, and WFT #5.eferences to Notes from Family Bible taken from Elmer Smith, and WFT #5.
      Name: Footnoteeferences to Notes from Family Bible taken from Elmer Smith, and WFT #5.
      Name: ShortFootnoteeferences to Notes from Family Bible taken from Elmer Smith, and WFT #5.
      Name: Bibliographyeferences to Notes from Family Bible taken from Elmer Smith, and WFT #5.
    12. Abbrev: Smith - Trentham, Linda - Smith Notes & gedcom
      Title: Linda Trentham - e-mail: LINDTREN@cs.com, Linda Trentham - Smith Notes & gedcom, including e-mailsedcom, including e-mailsedcom, including e-mails.
      Name: Footnoteedcom, including e-mails
      Name: ShortFootnoteedcom, including e-mails
      Name: Bibliographyedcom, including e-mails.
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