I am looking for information on the parents of Jeremiah Smith, born 1797, died August 28, 1880 in Buckhorn, Perry Co., Kentucky. He married (1) Elizabeth Jones, she was born 1797 in Clay Co., Kentucky and died 1852 in Buckhorn, Perry Co., Kentucky. Elizabeth Jones' parents were William Jones and Margaret Smith. Jeremiah married (2) Frances Judd. Jeremiah Smith was a private in Garrard's Co. Kentucky Militia in the War of 1812.
Jeremiah Smith and Elizabeth Jones had the following children:
1. Elizana, born 1813, md. James Riley
2. Sylvania Smith, born 1814, md. Samuel Riley
3. Huston Smith, born March 22, 1817 (twin) md. Susannah Allen
4. Preston Smith, born March 22, 1817 (twin) md. Margaret Eversole
5. Lucinda Smith, born 1820, md. Peter Deweese McIntosh
6. Margaret Smith, born 1825, md. Levi McIntosh
7. Dorcus Smith, born 1827, md. Peter Gross
8. Sylvestor Smith, born 1828, md. Vicy Dicey Jones
A couple of interesting stories that I have uncovered:
From the notes of Asberry Johnson:
"Jerry Smith said, when he came to Buckhorn all the bottoms were filled with big poplar and walnut trees with grapevines as large as his thigh. He built a pen of chestnut rails to live in while he was building the house. He kept a calf in the pen to keep it from the wolves. One night his wife, Elizabeth, heard the calf bawling and jumped up, grabbed a battling stick (a stick shaped like a paddle, used to beat clothes with to clean them) and went to the calf. A wolf had crawled through a crack and had a hold of the calf. She grabbed the wolf by the leg, jerked it loose and killed it with the stick"
From the notes of Bonnie Gay Christensen:
"Jeremiah "Jerry" Smith was born in Morgan County, Tennessee about 1794 (most accounts say he was born in North Carolina). He came to Clay County, Kentucky when he was a small boy. In the summer of 1812, the call went out for volunteers to fight the British. Jeremiah Smith, who had just turned eighteen years old, enlisted int eh 1st Company, SEcond Regiment, Kentucky Volunteer Militia. In September the company mustered out at the mouth of the Licking River, near present day Covington, Kentucky. Durint the winter of 1812-1813, they participated in numerous raids and skirmishes in the area near Fort St. Mary's, Fort Recovery, Fort Defiance and For Jennings on the Northern Frontier. Jeremiah Smith was discharged in the spring of 1813. He married Elizabeth Jones, daughter of William Jones. Using a land grant given to him for his service in the War of 1812, Jeremiah and Elizabeth settled near present day Buckhorn, Kentucky. There was a fine spring there and Jeremiah had killed a buck, he hung the antlers in a tree and called the spring Buckhorn Spring. This spring is now covered by the Buckhorn Lake. Jeremiah and Elizabeth Smith owned over 5,000 acres of land around Buckhorn, Squabble Creek and Otter Creek. The raised ten children. Jeremiah Smith rests today beneath a hugh oak tree on a hillside in Buckhorn, Kentucky, the small town that he helped to found so long ago."
Note: Part of this land was stilled owned by my family until my uncle sold it right before he died.
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