I have a Phebe Smith (born about 1778 in Vermont and died 14 Feb 1859 in LeRay, Jefferson County, New York). She married Matthew Wilkie (b.c. 1770 in Ashfield, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, and died 16 Jan 1860 in LeRay, Jefferson County, New York) about 1794 (first child, George Wilkie, born 1795 in Western, Oneida County, New York). I do not know where they were married.
Matthew was a baptist minister, apparently early on and both the Wilkies and Standishes (Matthews parents were John Wilkie (c.1725-1805) and Elizabeth Standish (c.1745-probably before 1805) were part of the Chileab Smith Baptist church of Ashfield and Buckland, Massachusetts (Hampshire and Franklin counties). I had thought that perhaps Phebe was a part of that family, but Phebe is not a common name in that family and I cannot find a Phebe that might match. But Miles Standish (1709-aft. 1790), I believe, housed a Smith or two from the Chileab family. Miles was Elizabeth Standish Wilkie's father.
In a DNA list of Smith families, there is both a Hiram (kit #99851) Smith and Nelson Gates (kit #65378) Smith who were from Jefferson County, New York. Nelson was the middle name for at least two grandchildren of Phebe and Matthew (in my direct line, although there may have been others) and Hiram is sprinkled through out Phebe's grandchildren. Consequently, I feel there may be a link there.
Another possible link is that one daughter of Phebe (Sally Wilkie Avery) named a son Smith David Avery -- who moved to Kane County, Illinois, with a multitude of his cousins, aunts and uncles, and died during the Civil War. Other names used by Sally were also family names, such as Matthew Wilkie Avery. That, too, may be a clue. There was a David Smith in Jefferson County, New York, born about 1789 in Massachusetts and has children Phebe and Hiram. But, as far as I can figure out from the Smith DNA web site, no one in his line has submitted tested.
Katherine Cullen King
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