Note: Moses Smith (1802-1886)
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First Photograph: Smith Family Bible.
Second Photograph: Asheville News (Asheville, North Carolina), Thursday, 21 August 1856, Page 1. _______________
Note the reference to Moses Smith in the Will of James McConnell Smith (Asheville, North Carolina, 9 February 1850):
I give and devise unto my son, John P. Smith, his heirs and assigns forever, all my farm and lands at the mouth of Swannanoa on both sides of French Broad River, which I purchased in part of Moses Smith and part from Daniel Smith, embracing the Col. Daniel Smith farm and the new brick house near the road, also one undivided half of my bridge and Bridge tract of land on both sides of French Broad River purchased of Jarrett to take effect at the death of my wife. I also give and bequeath to the said John P. Smith the following negroes, Joe (the wagoner) and his wife Tilda and her children, Alfred, Joe, Mary, Jane, and Vina, also Peter, Charles (Clara's son), and Robb and their increase forever, also one-half of the live stock put into his possession under the article of copartnership together with half of the increase &c. that belongs to him under the contract, also one-half of the grain provender provisions and growing crop that may be on hand at my decease, and all of the farming tools, waggon and harness and household and kitchen furniture that may be at the farm at my decease, Also I give and devise to him and his heirs forever all my lands on Reems Creek. _______________
That the following is with respect to the Moses Smith of this entry has not been confirmed and is placed here for research purposes only:
Marriage Notice: Smith, Miss M. E., daughter of Col. Moses Smith, to Robert W. Brank, all of Buncombe County, Nov. 13, 1856 (Asheville News, Nov. 20, 1856).
Source: <em>Marriage and Death Notices from Extant Asheville, N.C. Newspapers 1840-1870</em>, An Index, Robert M. Topkins, Compiler and Editor (1977) (1983 Reprint Edition) at 48. _______________
In compiling this sketch, it is proper that the names of a few of those hardy pioneers who began the work of redeeming our county from a wilderness, and who laid the foundation of its present substantial prosperity, should not be omitted. More names would be given had it not been impossible to obtain the requisite data, although considerable trouble was taken with that purpose.
Daniel Smith, who settled af the mouth of Swannanoa in 1785, was one of the first white men to press the soil of the present limits of Buncombe county. He maintained a warfare, generally single-handed, against the Cherokee Indians for many years, and not less than one hundred are said to have "bitten the dust" from the effects of his unerring rifle. The red-men firmly believed that Smith bore a charmed life, and that it was impossible to kill him. Many a "brave" has been heard to tell of the number of times he had taken fair and careful aim, at short range, with no effect, at the devoted form of the undaunted hunter. That superstition which is characteristic of all savage peoples, invested this wonderful man with a thousand traits which he did not possess, and stories innumerable were related 'round the fire of the Council Lodge, of the marvellous deeds of prowess and cunning which he had performed. Traps were laid for him; parties were made up, sworn to take him alive or dead ; but, though sometimes captured, he always made good his escape, and lived to see the county of his adoption cleared of his natural enemy. His son, the late Colonel James M. Smith (born 1787, died 1856), was the first child born of white parents west of the Blue Ridge, in the present limits of North Carolina. Another son, Moses, is still living, at an advanced age, near Asheville, and is celebrated for his remarkable skill as an angler.
Source: <em>The Asheville City Directory and Gazetteer of Buncombe County for 1883-'84</em>, J. P. Davison, Compiler (1883) at 112. _______________
Moses Smith purportedly is buried at Riverside Cemetery (Asheville, Buncombe County, North Carolina). _______________
1850 United States Federal Census Name: Moses Smith Age: 48 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1802 Birth Place: North Carolina Gender: Male Home in 1850 (City,County,State): Buncombe, North Carolina Family Number: 1478 Household Members: Name Age Moses Smith 48 Hannah Smith 42 Mary E Smith 16 Rachel Smith 15 Danl Smith 13 Jacob Smith 9 Eliza Smith 7 Jane Smith 5 Benjn Smith 2
1860 United States Federal Census Name: Moses Smith Age in 1860: 57 Birth Year: abt 1803 Birthplace: North Carolina Home in 1860: Buncombe, North Carolina Gender: Male Post Office: Swannanoa Household Members: Name Age Moses Smith 57 Hannah Smith 51 Daniel Smith 23 Sarah Smith 18 James Smith 15 Benjamin Smith 13 Ugene Smith 3 Sarah Smith 1
1870 United States Federal Census Name: Moses Smith Birth Year: abt 1802 Age in 1870: 68 Birthplace: North Carolina Home in 1870: Asheville, Brunswick, North Carolina Race: White Gender: Male Household Members: Name Age Moses Smith 68 Hannah Smith 61 Sally Smith 24
1880 United States Federal Census Name: Moses Smith Home in 1880: Asheville, Buncombe, North Carolina Age: 78 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1802 Birthplace: North Carolina Relation to Head of Household: Self (Head) Spouse's Name: Hanna Smith Occupation: Farmer Marital Status: Married Race: White Gender: Male Household Members: Name Age Moses Smith 78 Hanna Smith 71 Benj. M. Smith 28
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