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Posted by: Bill Davidson (ID *****1886) Date: December 23, 2009 at 09:01:38
In Reply to: Re: New to this site by Elizabeth Britton of 399

John Smith (died before 1723 in Middlesex Co., VA) and Elizabeth Berry are said to have been the parents of the Thomas Smith who married Anne Gregory. Thomas and Anne (Gregory) Smith apparently had the Elizabeth Smith who married "your" Thomas Foster.

The above John Smith is said to have married second to the widow Mrs. Martha (Butcher) Parsons. They had a daughter named Ruth Smith, and it strongly APPEARS that she was the Ruth who was the second wife of another (possibly unrelated) Thomas Smith. This last Thomas Smith was a son of a John (died 1669) and Margaret (Unknown) Smith of Middlesex Co., VA, and "their" Thomas had been married previously to an Ann Petty (shown as Ann Briscoe/Bristow on some records...but it appears that Mr. Briscoe/Bristow was only the STEP-father of Miss Ann Petty). The above John and Margaret (Unknown) Smith were next-door neighbors of my direct-line ancestor Alexander Smith (died 1696 in Middlesex Co., VA). We currently have DNA donors out of Alexander's line, but we do not have any donors who claim to "trace back" to John and Margaret (Unknown) Smith's we do not currently know if these two neighboring Smith families were "blood related" to one another (but either way, I am a descendant of BOTH of them, as described below). As far as I know, there is also no DNA donor at this time who "traces back" to the above John Smith who married first Elizabeth Berry and second Mrs. Martha (Butcher) Parsons (but I have not attempted to review the Southern Smiths DNA project lately).

The above Thomas Smith who married first Ann Petty and second Ruth (Smith, apparently) had a daughter named Ann Smith with his first wife Ann Petty. That daughter named Ann Smith married her neighbor John Smith, and that John Smith was a grandson of "my" Alexander Smith....and that John and Ann (Smith) Smith are also my direct-line ancestors (their son Major Maurice Smith (born about 1727) was my maternal gggg-grandfather). As stated above, this means that I am a descendant of BOTH of these neighboring Smith families, whether or not they were "blood related" to each other.

One of the sons of "your" Thomas Smith and Anne Gregory was named Gregory Smith (who married Lucy Cooke, though I am not sure that she was his only wife), and one of Gregory's sons was named Reverend Thomas Smith (of Cople Parish). The Reverend Thomas Smith married Mary Smith of "Shooter's Hill" in Middlesex Co., VA. That Mary Smith "traces back" to yet another/fourth "group" of Smiths who were descendants of a John Smith of "Purton" in Gloucester Co., VA. This last Smith family eventually married into the Warner and Augustine families, and it apparently included the early Lawrence Smith and Christopher Smith (and maybe also Reverend Guy Smith) that you will find in VA records in that part of the state in the 1600s and 1700s. I don't recall if this last/fourth Smith family does or does not have a DNA donor in the Smith DNA testing project.

There was also an early Robert Smith and an early Tobias/Toby Smith who were in the Lancaster/Middlesex/Essex Co., VA area, and they may or may not have been related to any of the above-mentioned "four Smith groups." In 1810 and 1820, there were NO Smiths at all listed on the Middlesex Co., VA these various Smith families had all "spread far and wide" by then (though it appears that a member of my Smith family was on the "next-door" 1810 and 1820 Essex Co., VA census).

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