A John Smith was the known son of Colonel Maurice Smith (per the Colonel's will). I now SUSPECT that this was the John M. Smith who was on the 1810 Lancaster Co., VA, per a few clues (that John M. Smith ran for the Lancaster House of Delegates in 1806, as did a James Chonwing). That John M. Smith was in a chancery lawsuit against Henry and Lucy (Chowning) Street around 1798-1804, and a James Smith was also in a chancery lawsuit in Lancaster in 1808 (and I suspect that James Smith was a son of John M. Smith and Sarah Waller...see more below on this James Smith). I do not know when or why John Smith left Mathews Co., VA and moved to Lancaster Co., VA (if, in fact, this was truly him). The age ranges in 1810 of John M. Smith and his wife (26-45) match what would be expected of John Smith and Sarah Waller (she was suppsoedly born 1766-1767).
Colonel Maurice Smith (died 1795 in Middlesex Co., VA) married the widow Mrs. Catherine (Carter) Jones (the widow of Humphrey Jones and the daughter of Peter Carter), and in 1822, there was a chancery court case where the remaining estate of the Colonel's was divided among three men who were described as "representatives of the heirs of Maurice Smith." These "representatives" were 1) William Crittenden Webb (Junior)...who had married Patsy Smith, a daughter of Maurice, 2) James Chowning...who had married Clementis Smith (an apparent daughter of John M. and Sarah (Waller) Smith...the 1810 Lancaster census showed them with four apparent daughters in their home) and 3) James Smith (who I believe was a son of John M. Smith and Sarah Waller).
Colonel Maurice Smith was a son of an older John Smith and his neighbor Ann Smith, a grandson of Lt. John Smith and the widow Mrs. Jane (Cock) Jones and a great-grandson of Alexander Smith (died 1696 in Middlesex Co., VA).
In 1799, John Smith (son of Maurice) sold some the Smith family land in Middlesex to Henry Garrett. In 1800, John Smith and his wife Sarah (presumably Sarah Waller) sold what was apparently the last of the Smith family land in Middlesex to a William Palmer. John Smith was living in Mathews Co., VA at the time that these two deeds were issued in 1799 and 1800, but the 1810 Mathews Co., VA census, as well as the 1810 Middlesex census, had NO John Smiths on it (so maybe he was in Lancaster, as I now suspect).
My maternal gg-grandfather, Smith W. Brown (born about 1817) was apparently a son of John and Sarah (Waller) Smith who was taken-in, renamed and reared by John and Mary (Bennett) Brown of Middlesex Co., VA. I believe that Smith W. Brown was one of the four boys, all under the age of 10, in the home of this John Brown in 1820, per the Middlesex census of that year. DNA from one of my mother's living male "Brown" cousins is a match to the DNA from two "Smith men" who "trace back" to the above Smith family of Middlesex Co., VA, so there is no doubt that Smith W. Brown was out of the same Smith family as Alexander Smith, Colonel Maurice Smith, etc.
I assume that John Smith and Sarah Waller were already dead in 1823 when their daughter Sarah Waller Smith married in Essex Co., VA. Based on Smith W. Brown apparently being orphaned by at least 1820, maybe John and Sarah (Waller) Smith were actually both dead by 1818-1820. Comments?
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