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Smith Family

Capt. Ambrose Joshua Smith, of our direct line, was born roughly 1661 but did not begin his family until 1700.  Therefore, it would be fitting to pick up our blood relatives from here.  Ambrose had many children, our direct Nicholas being the first.  Ambrose’s first wife, Judith Spann gave him Nicholas and a sister, Catherine.  Ambrose married again to a Mrs. Judith Ann Anderson, and had the following children:  John “Little River” Smith, Charles Smith, Judith Smith, Francis Marion Smith, Zachariah Smith, Christopher Smith, and William Smith.  These are the braches we will attempt to get into.

The Spann Family will be discussed later in this section, and her first child Nicholas is discussed in the direct line.  Thus, we will pick up with Catherine Smith here.  Catherine was born in 1702 in Virginia and died around 1795.  I have not dug too deep into Catherine’s lineage, yet I do know her immediate family.  She was married on 9 Feb 1720 to a Mr. William Mullins.  William was born about 1677 in Virginia and died on 2 Sep 1734.  He and Catherine had 6 children:  John H. Mullins (b. 1720 / d. 19 May 1772), William M. Mullins (b. 1721 / d. 1790), James Mullins (b. 1722 / d. 1771), Agnes Mullins (b. 1724), Mary Mullins (b. 1726), and Joshua Mullins (b. 1727).  I was able to discover more on William Mullins.  William married Katherine Elizabeth Varner (b. 1725) around 1748.  Together they had 12 children:  Nancy (b. 1749 / d. 1760), William (b. 1751), John (b. 1754 / d. 28 Feb 1849), Joshua (b. 10 May 1756 / d. 3 Feb 1851), Ambrose (b. 1758 / d. 1835), Mathew (b. 1760), James (b. 1762 / d. 4 Apr 1864), Mary (b. 1770 / d. 24 Jul 1854), Athaliel , Marshall, David, and Henry.  This is all I have dug up about Catherine.

John “Little River” Smith was the next child of Ambrose.  John was born about 1720 in Virginia and died in Montgomery Co. NC around 1782. 

The Anderson Family will be discussed later in this section. 

By: Jerry A. Smith,
Smith Family Researcher


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Spann Family

land granted Robert Parks Sep 1745 to John Spann and from Spann to Ambrose Joshua Smith 22 jun 1756 witnesses Jeremiah Dumas, Francis Smith and James Powers. Ambrose J Smith of Rowan Co, NC 1756 mentions Bladen Co, Rowan and Anson Co, NC

By: Jerry A. Smith,
Smith Family Researcher


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Anderson Family

Edward Anderson was the Chief Justice in London

The first Anderson ancestor in Virginia ws Richard, Sr. who landed July 31, 1635 on the ship "MERCHANT'S HOPE" from London. HE was born in 1585 in England and had sent his son, Richard Jr, on another ship that landed July 4, of the same year, 1635. Apparently his wife was either dead or left behind as there is no record of her ever coming to Virginia.

(Research):July 28, 1634, He sailed from Bristol, England to Jamestown, VA

Richard Anderson arrived in Virginia aboard the ship Transport in July 1635. The ships manifest says he was 17 therefore he was born in 1618.

Sailed from England on 7-4-1634, arrived at Jamestown, VA
-Arrived from England, settled on Goldmine Creek off of the North Anna River in current Louisa County, VA. His son, Robert Anderson, Jr., succeeded him in the ownership of that plantation.

Robert Anderson arrived in what is now Hanover county between 1670 and 1677 as one of 80 persons transported to Virginia by charter to George Chapman by William Berkeley, Governor.

In 1677 Robert Anderson signed the petition of grievances for Blisland Parish regarding Gov. Berkley. He was a vestry man of St. Peter's Parish, New Kent County on 11/1686; and for St. Paul's Parish from 1704-1712. However these records do not imply that he had ever moved, rather they reflect the reorganization of the parishes that were occuriing at the time as the
Virginia frontier expanded.

Established a ship yard at Gloucester Point in the late 17th Century.

Thomas was a church warden for St. Pauls Parish in the 1720's. In 1733 Thomas was replaced as a church warden of St. Paul's parish and ordered to surrender the moneys of the parish to Thomas Merriweather. He continues as a vestryman until 1737 when he was removed as vestryman. In 1739 he is restored as vestryman until 1754.

November 1734
Thomas and Charles Anderson post bond regarding construction of Chickahominy Bridge

Goochland Co Wills & Deeds 1736-1742, page 164
Letter of Henry Power desiring that Thomas Anderson, who is in custody, no longer be detain d in prison.
Recorded 19 Sept 1738

The Will of Thomas Anderson
Probated in Albemarle County March 9, 1758
Albemarle County Will Book 2, p. 38

In the name of God amen. I Thomas Anderson of the County of Albemarle being in a weak ? condition of body but through the abundant goodness and mercy of God in perfect memory to Constitute and appoint this my last will and Testament & Desire it may be recorded by all as such.

Imprimis I most Humbly bequeath my soul to God my maker beseeching his most Gracious Exceptance of it through the all sufficient mercy and mediation of my most Compassionate redeemer Jesus Christ who Gave himself to be an atonement for my sins & is able to save to the utmost all that come unto God by him seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them and whom I trust will not reject me a returning penitant sinner when I come to him for mercy in this hope & Confidence I render up my soul with Comfort humbly beseeching the most blessed & Glorious Trinity one God most Holy most merciful and Gracious to prepare me for the time of my Desselation & then take me to himselfe into that pease & rest incomparable felicity which he has prepared for all that Love & fear his Holy name. Amen blessed be God.

Imprimis I give my Body to the Earth from whence it was taken in full assurance of its resurrection from thence at the Last Day. As for my
Burial I desire it may be dessant without prompoustate? at direction of my Executors hereafter mentioned who I doubt not will manage it with all requested prudance as to my Worldly Estate. I will and positively order that all my Lawfull Debts be paid.

Item: I Give and bequeath to my son Charles Anderson four hundred acres of Land Lying on the branches of Fishpond Creek joyning Peter Brooks's line & Joseph Dabbs's lines to him & his heirs forever.

Item: I Give & bequeath to my son Gideon Anderson three hundred acres of Land on where my Plantation is that I now live to be Laid (?)off in a regular form to him & his Heirs forever. My Will & Desire is that the remaining part of my Land may be regularly Divided Amongst my four Youngest Children William, David, Micajah & Judah Anderson & the Eldest take the first Choice which I Give & bequeath to them & their Heirs forever.

Item: I Give & bequeath to William Connell(??) the Tract of Land whereon he now Lives supposing to be Eighty or ninety acres to a new line from Chamberlayne's line to Thomas Lockart's (?) line to him & the Heirs of his Body Lawfully begotten forever.

Item: I Give and bequeath to my Daughter Ann Allen the Increase of her Negro wench Hannah to her & her Heirs forever.

Item: I Give and bequeath to my Daughter Frances Hughes one Negro man named Coopper to her & heirs forever.

Items: I Give & bequeath to my Children Thomas Anderson, James Anderson, Susannah Williams, Elizabeth Woodson & Agness Leah one shilling sterling apiece ??is that after my Lawfull Debts are paid that the reminder part of my Estate be kept together under the Care of my son William Anderson & that he may take Care of my Young Children provide for them as suitable mantenance & to keep a reasonable allowance for the same & that David Anderson may have a share in each crop if he thinks propper to Tarry with him and that the Family have liberty to Tarry on my said Plantation till they can settle their own my will that my sons Charles, Gideon & William Anderson be Executors of this my last will & Testament. & I Desire my Estate may not be appraised. In Witness thereof I have set my hand and seal this 25 Day of October one thousand seven hundred & fifty seven.

Thomas Anderson (Let)
John Gannaway(?)Jr
John Gannaway Senior
Roger Williams

At a Court held for Albemarle County the ninth Day of March 1758 This last Will and Testament was presented to Court by the Executors therein ? proved by the Oaths of John Gannaway & Roger Williams two of the witnesses thereto ordered to be recorded & on the motion of Charles Anderson, Gideon Anderson & William Anderson who made oath according to Law Certificate is Granted them for obtaining a Probat thereof in due form Giving security whereupon they with John Gannaway their security entered into & Acknowledged their Bond
for the due & faithful performance of the said Will.
John Nicholas, Clerk

Ambrose and his wife Judith witness the deed between Edward MacGhee
of King William Co., VA and Samuel MacGhee of Hanover Co., VA. July 1,

By: Jerry A. Smith,
Smith Family Researcher


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Harbin Family

I am looking for the parents of Sarah Harbin,
birth,death, marriage information copied below. Any additional information would be

Name: Sarah HARBIN
Sex: F
Birth: ABT. 1770
Death: AFT. 1803 in GA?

Marriage 1 Isham SMITH b: ABT. 1760 in Cumberland Co., NC

Married: ABT. 1793 in North Carolina


1. Isham Anderson SMITH b: ABT. 1790 in North Carolina
2. John SMITH b: ABT. 1793 in North Carolina
3. Elizabeth SMITH b: ABT. 1796 in North Carolina
4. Jemima SMITH b: 1800 in North Carolina
5. Stephen SMITH b: 1803 in Franklin Co., GA
Dear Sharon,
I am descended from Stephen Smith and
Mary Newton through their son Wade Smith.
My great grand father was Wade's son Isham
Marion Smith(b.1862- d.1942), who married Mary Francis Ulmer. Isham's son Jasper Leon Smith was my grandfather.

I must thank you for the information you have
posted on the Rootsweb World Connect Project.
It has given me the information that ties
together the some of the loose ends of all those Smiths that traveled from North Carolina to Brookhaven,Mississippi. It seems they really were all related.

I am curious where you found the information
on Wade's middle name, Benjamin. Also where
you found information on Stephen's father,
Isham, and grandfather, Nathan.

It would be great to someday find where the
name Isham originated. I suspect that a
Smith son married an Isham daughter sometime
around 1700.

I descend from Stephen and Mary Newton Smith's son Isham Andrew Jackson Smith. My Smith information was recorded in my great grandmother's Bible that my grandfather left me when he died in 1995. He kept meticulous notes on his various families which were also given to me. The Bible records my Smith-Breeden ancestors back to my 3rd great grandparents.

Through another Smith descendant, I received a court record concerning a slave that Stephen Smith owned that was sold to him by Isham Smith. John Paul Smith has several Smith lines and from the information recorded, it appears that Isham was in all probabality Stephen's father. Isham also lived on the Nathan Smith Settlers colony in Georgia. The reason that Isham and other Smith relatives left Georgia for Mississippi is because it was determined that they were living on Indian land through surveyor's. Also from research efforts it appears that Isham Smith married Sarah Harbin. I have been looking up Harbin references and there was also a Jesse Harbin who was around the same age as Sarah. From the pedigree charts, Jesse was born in Pendleton District, SC and prior to that the family came from Maryland. Jesse was also living on Cherokee lands so it may be that Jesse and Sarah were siblings. The LDS web site has information on Jesse so it may be a place for us to look.

I also know that Mary Newton's parents were John and Margaret (maiden name unknown) Newton-they are in the 1850 Lawrence Co., MS Census. There was an estate record for one of Mary's brothers which lists all of her brothers and herself as heirs. The brother died without children.

If you want additional information on the Smiths, contact me at sjsherry@hotmail.com.


By: Jerry A. Smith,
Smith Family Researcher


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