The early Caswell Co. marriages have a couple of different William Smith men who might be your ancestor. The one closest to about 1840 that might make sense as a young man and wife on the move west could be:
William Smith married Betsy A. Wilson, June 28, 1832
William A. Smith married Isabella Smith, Feb 6, 1833
The next closest might be:
William Smith to Elizabeth Walker, Oct 20, 1816
William Smith to Tempy Malone, Sept 7, 1819
William Smith to Phebe Ford, Jan 27, 1814
All the others married in 1800. There are 10 marriages for men named William Smith in Caswell Co. marriages! Several just William, then William A., William B., William H., and William P.
There are dozens of deed entries for William Smith. The ones closes to 1840 are:
Caswell Deed Book AA, p. 274-76. William Barnwell and wife Elizabeth, Alfred Parks and wie Mary, Thomas Pinson his wife Martha, John Smith, Henderson Smith all heirs & devisees of William Smith, decd of CC (Caswell Co) to Jane Smith of same, for $45 to each of them, 150 acres (the undivided tenth part of each) on head waters Country Line Creek and Stoney Creek where William Smith resided and bequeathed same to his wife Mary Smith for life, then div among 10 children. 11 June 1832. Witnesses: Jas Anderson, James H Smith. Wives examined in private and freely executed deed.
Also a deed:
Book BB, p. 112-13. William Smith to John M. Morton, both of CC, for ??, 100 ac adjacent A. Graves, David Melton by Graves' mill path. 9 July 1833. Wit: W. Hooper.
Book BB, p. 221-22, John Smith, exec of William Smith, decd to Thomas Brown all of CC, for $418, 98 acr crossing Hillsboro Rd, adj Brown; 111 acr adj first tract. 23 Feb 1832. Wit: John Harrison, Geo. Walker.
Book BB, p. 276-7. William Smith to Henry Allen both of CC, for $1,500, 382 1/2 acr both sides N. Hyco, adj Thomas Roan and including house where Smith lately lived. 10 Feb 1834. Witness: Willis M. Lea, James Lea.
Book BB, p. 325-6. Robert Faulkner to William Smith both of CC, for $600, 160 ac on w side road from red house to Carter's old mill (now Jeffreys). 7 Apr 1834. Wit: William Malone, Newman Durham.
Book BB, p. 334-5. AGreement between Sarah L. Smith, relect of Saml C Smith, decd, and R.B. Thornton in right of his wife Susan F Thornton, who was Susana F Smith before marriage, and the only survivors of Saml C Smith. Sarah L. Smith one-third part of land, 131 acr, for her life, adj Durham on road from Red House to Milton; R.B. Thornton and wife 262 acr adj Barzillai Graves, Newman Durham, James Taylor. 2 Mar 1834, wit - Jesse Bradsher.
THIS MIGHT BE HELPFUL FOR THE TENNESSEE CONNECTION:
Book CC, p. 10-1. Power of Attorney, Henderson Smith of Carroll Co., TN, to Jonathan Moore of same, to demand all monies due from estate of William Smith, decd, the amount due him by his wife Mary C Smith an heir at law of Stephen Chandler decd; John Smith is Exec of William Smith; Thomas V. Graves, guardian to heirs of Stephen Chandler. 19 July 1834. Wit: David Moore, Enoch Enochs, JPs.
Deed Book CC, p. 87-8. Deborah Walker for herself and as atty in fact for Joseph McCulloch and his wife Nancy, and for William Smith and his wife Elizabeth, to James Walker, 330 acr of William Walker decd, on S Country Line Creek, adj Rainey Curry, John Smith, Thomas Bigelow, and Hugh Walker; one third was dower of Deborah Walker, widow of William Walker, decd, and she sells her right in dower to James Walker for $65; for $50 to each interest of other two grantors in their undivided one third part of same land. 12 July 1834. Wit: Wm Florence, Hugh Walker.
THIS LOOKS IMPORTANT TOO:
Book CC, p. 167-9, Power of Attorney, Joseph McCulloch and Nancy McCulloch his wife, William Smith Jr and Elizabeth Smith his wife of Clay Co., MO, heirs of estate of William Walker, decd of CC to Deborah Walker of CC, the widow of William Walker to perform all business and settle claims. 14 July 1831. Proved CC, Apr 1835.
If this entry mentioning Missouri is your William Smith, then his wife's name was Elizabeth, probably maiden name Walker. But this might also be the earlier guy who went to Missouri that you mentioned.
IF YOUR WILLIAM SMITH LEFT CASWELL CO LATER THAN ABOUT 1832, THEN THIS MIGHT BE HIM:
Deed Book CC, p. 302. Samuel H. Smith of Wake Co., NC, to William Smith of CC, for $600, all his claim (one-eleventh) to 1,200 acres on Hyco Creek, of the estate of Samuel Smith Senior, decd, now possessed by widow Elizabeth Smith. 15 July 1835. Wit: Richd J Smith, Hepsebah Perry.
p. 310. Robert K. Smith of Chatham Co., NC, to William Smith of CC, for $500, all his right and claim to land of Samuel Smith Sen., decd, on N. Hyco and to life estate of widow Elizabeth Smith, one-eleventh part of 1,171 acres. 24 May 1834. Wit: Richd J. Smith, Mary K. Smith.
This William Smith who was still in Caswell Co in 1835, continued to buy land from various neighbors up through 1836, and was obviously a man of some cash means and wealth. From the deeds you can begin to see marriages and family relationships.
Book CC, p. 394-5. Henry Warren of Wake Co., NC, to Richad J Smith of CC, for $600, all right and claim which he has by right of his late wife Elizabeth in 1,200 acres on Hyco from estate of Samuel Smith, now possessed by the widow, Elizabeth Smith for her life; his interest being one-eleventh part. 15 Jan 1836. Wit: William Smith, A. Warren, John Dameron. (It sounds like Samuel and Elizabeth were the parents of son William Smith, daughter Elizabeth Smith Warren, etc.)
Book CC, p. 491-3, Benjamin F. Stanfield of CC to George W Jeffreys, Lorenzo Lea, John Johnston, William Lea Jun., George G. Lea, William SMITH, Samuel Johnston, trustees, all of CC and Person Co., for $1, 2.54 acres on w side road from Leasburg to Milton, to build a place of worship for use of Methodist Episcopal Church. 26 June 1836. Wit: James Harris, Allen Gunn.
Book DD, p. 7. John Smith, atty in fact for Thomas Smith of Sullivan Co., Inc.,; William Smith of Clay Co., MO; Drury Pinson abd his wife Susan Pinson of Robertson Co., TN, all heirs of William Smith decd of CC, to Jane Smith of CC, for $45 to each grantor, 150 acr on head waters of Country Line & Stoney Creeks where William Smith decd resided and willed to his wife Mary Smith for life and then div to 10 children. 6 Dec 1832. Wit: Lewis A. Pattillo, James H. Smith.
Book DD, p. 344-5, William Smith and his wife Elizabeth Ann to John G Lea, all of CC, for $300, 166 acres on Country Line Creek adj John T Garland, John Gamble, F. Nelson, J.W. Jeffreys, now Garland, Jones. 6 Nov 1837. Elizabeth Ann Smith freely acknd said deed.
Book EE, p. 294. J. Wilson to Richard J. Smith, both of CC, for $1,000, his interest and that of his wife, Anne S. Wilson, decd, to 1,171 acr on N. Hyco, adj Doctor John McAden, being former land of Samuel Smith, decd, and bequeathed to his widow Elizabeth Smith, now decd; Anne S. Wilson, decd, a daughter is due 1/11 part. 1 Oct 1839. Wit: John P. Harrison, Henry F. Harrison.
Book EE, p. 367-8. John P. Rainey (in debt to Richard J. Smith, Josiah Rainey, Newman Durham and as security for James Covington and Parrum Pulliam), to William Smith, for $2, 160 acre on Country Line Creek, adj A. Bennett; 100 acre on Hyco Creek adj Danid Pointer; negroes Abel, Nelly, Milly; furniture, cattle. 21 Mar 1840. Wit: James G. Rainey, Thomas Rainey. (IF THIS IS YOUR WILLIAM SMITH, HE WAS STILL IN CASWELL CO IN MARCH 1840.)
Book G, 1816, Wills and inventories:
October court, 1816, 303. Samuel Smith, Will, w. 3 June 1816. Wife Elizabeth to keep estate together; son Samuel H. Smith to manage plantations in Caswell and Person; children to have portion of estate as each marries or reaches 18 years. Exec: wife, sons Samuel H. and John, brothers William Smith, Maurice Smith, and Alexander Smith of Granville County. Confirmed as nuncupative will by verdict of jury and judgment of the court. Saml H Smith qualified.
Book L, 1831, Wills and inventories:
p. 631. William Smith, Will, w. 20 Oct 1830 (of Milton, N.C.). One child, William F. Smith, to have land in Halifax Co., Va., on Dan River belonging to estate of George Smith, also land and store in Nottaway Co., Va., on main road from Jennings' old Ordinary and part of estate of Joseph Jennings. Son to have all of estate. Exec: friends John Ragland, Martin P. Huntington, Stephen Dodson. Wit: Henry E. Coleman, John J. Oliver, Jesse Walker. Executors unwilling to qualify, court named Richard Yarborough, adm.
Book M, 1832, Wills and inventories:
p. 86. William Smith, Will, w. 21 Dec 1831. Wife Polly, 160 acres adj lands of Ruffin and Holder and all houses (except house Daniel Thomas) built for her life and then to go to all children, except daughter Nancy. Daughters Polly Parks, Elizabeth Barnwell, Susannah Pinson, Patsey Pinson, Jane Smith, Fanny Chandler, sons Thomas, William, John and Henderson Smith. Daughter Nancy Thomas to have use of land adj William Fitch, 169 acres, then to go to her children. Son James H. to be made equal with other children. Grandaughter Permelia Chandler $50 at age 21. Wife and 10 children. Exec: son, John Smith. Wit: Jas Wilder, Jas Anderson, Bartlett Estes. Exec qualified.
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