Major James Smiley, aka Colonel Smiley and Major General Smiley, was in command of the brigade that killed British general Packingham during the War of 1812. A will recently uncovered in the Kentucky archives addresses his ownership of Belle Isle by deed transfer from William Brashear. Both the Breashear and Smiley families were early prominent citizens of Bardstown, Kentucky before as well as after the War of 1812. However, there is reason to believe that both may have moved to Belle Isle BEFORE the War of 1812. Are there any local historians who can confirm their presence on Belle Isle?
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