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John SMILEY the Elder (c.1715-c.1785) of Rockbridge Co. VA
Posted by: Paul Phelps (ID *****9370) Date: February 23, 2010 at 07:20:45
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Seeking information on John SMILEY (c.1715), one of three Irish brothers who settled in or near Borden's Tract c.1745. We have the wills of brothers Alexander (d.1747) and Walter (d.1801), and thus the names of their wives and children, but no such document survives for John.

Available records indicate that he owned a parcel of 144 acres at the southeastern corner of Borden's, which he sold in 1770, and another parcel of 150 acres on the west side of the Maury River, somewhere between Lexington and Glasgow. This area was Augusta until 1769, Botetourt until 1778, and Rockbridge thereafter.

A brief mention in Morton's Hist. Rockbridge Co. (1920) suggests that his wife's name was Elizabeth, but no record of their marriage has been found. They are said to the parents of sons named Alexander and Walter, but this cannot be confirmed. Circumstantial evidence suggests that they were also the parents of the Elizabeth SMILEY b. abt. 1739 who m. John TAYLOR Sr., founders of a line that went to Pulaski Co. KY c.1800, but this too remains to be documented.

This John SMILEY, "the Elder," is not to be mistaken with his nephew, a younger John SMILEY (c.1732) son of Alexander. John the Younger is known to have m. Hanna McCLURE and is said to have "gone to Botetourt" c.1770. Both men appear (as Sr. and Jr.) on the Rockbridge tithables of 1778, but only one (presumably the Elder) appears on the tax lists of 1782 and 1783.

I will be grateful for any new information, or leads to published or online sources, that will shed new light on this family.

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