1759 Henry Smith (1759– ?) m. Sarah Langston (1759-1794)

Henry Smith (1759– ?) m. Sarah Langston (1759-1794)

Parents: 

Children: 

  • Meary Smith 1780–1811
  • Hezekiah Smith 1784–1854
  • David Smith 1788–1870
  • Edith Levicy Smith 1788–1857
  • William Grover Smith 1792–1860
  • Stephen Smith 1793–1873
  • Sarah Smith ?–1850

Siblings:

FACTS and NOTES:

County Pages with Smith information or to use for research:

Map of Area in York County, South Carolina – Howards Creek/Branch, Goin Moore’s Creek, Smith’s Ford, all adjacent to Union County, SC – on the east side of the Broad River where the Smith family had land.

Howards Creek w Goin Moors Cr and Smiths Ford in York Co SC where the Smith Family had land

Further out view of Howards Creek and Goin Moore Creek area where the Smiths lived (Click to enlarge):

Howards Creek w Goin Moors Cr and Smiths Ford in York Co SC

Howards Creek w Goin Moors Cr and Smiths Ford in York Co SC

Map of area in Union County, South Carolina – Thicketty Creek and Gilkys Creek area adjacent to York County, SC – on west side of Broad River. Where the Smith family had land. (Click to enlarge):

Thicketty Cr w Gilkys Cr in Union Co SC

Closer view of the Thicketty Creek, Gilkys Creek, Grendal Shoals and Lockharts Upper Shoals – area where the Smith family had land.

Thicketty Cr w Gilkys Cr in Union Co SC closeup

Thicketty Cr w Gilkys Cr in Union Co SC closeup

1778 Dec – 1782 Feb Rev War Indents. Service dates (558 days of service) for Henry Smith Jr.
1785 May 13 (pg 1) – 2: No 365 – Henry Smith
This Accot of Sundrys for Militia use
Amots to L49.18.5
Forty nine pounds, eighteen shillings and five pence sterling.
NB most of the articles charged within are high & this accot is not properly vouched
Exd W G McAn?
This acct to be more particularly certified. E D.

(Pg 2) – The United States to Henry Smith Det.
To 10 bushels of corn …
To 16 ducts ….
To forrage …
To forrage for the horses 8 days …
To rations for three men 8 days …
The State of South Carolina to Henry Smith …
To forrage & Rations for Genl. Sumter’s Army …
To one sheep … by John Wallace …
To one sadle and bridle emprest by Capt Stevens …
To forrage duts & … sundrys …
To three bushels wheat ….
By Samuel Watson paid … 42.9.1
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South Carolina C District} personally appeared Henry Smith and Jonathan Smith and being sworne saith that they gave corn for the use of ….. 9th of May 1783 .. Henry Smith, Jonathan Smith
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S Carolina} Personally appeared before me Adam Meek & James Thompson … made oath that Genl Sumter and his army lay at the house of Henry Smith and also that they are of opinion that provisions and forage was given them to the amt of L19 sterling. Adm Meek, James Thomson.
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(Pg 3) – N B this acct not vouched properly – Received 3 May 1785 full satisfaction for the within casse in indent ….Abraham Smith.
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(Pg 4) – 1787 March 27 – I do hereby certify that the articles in Henry Smith’s account not heretofore certified is just. Signed: Wm Hill, Col.
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1781 Jan 14 – Received of Mr Henry Smith 15 diels(sp?) also three pecks of corn and 10 sheaves of oats for use of the horses of the third regiment of light dragoons. Thomas May.
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1781 Aug 9 – Received from Hendrey Smith three bushels of wheat it being for the yous of Genl Sumters army … Samuel Watson, Contractor.
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1788 May 9th – Before me personally appeared Samuel Denton before me and made oath that he saw one said ….. the property of Henry Smith impressed by Capt Stevenson for the use of the Services …. Samuel Denton.
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(Pg 5) – 1780 Nov 24 – Rcd of Mr Henery Smith one sheep valued at 4 hundred dollars for a detachment of men belonging to Col. Hillyrd. John Wallace, Cpt.
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South Carolina} To Edward Blake and Peter Bauete, Esqr.
Commissioner of Treasury of Public Accounts Charleston. I do hereby appoint Abraham Smith my true and lawful attorney for me in my name to ask and receive the whole of my indents with the intrest and his receipt shall be your discharge for the same. Nov 30, 1785. Signed: Henry Smith
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May 17, 1785? – Mr Henry Smith Jr & Mr Daniel Smith, their accounts of sundrys for militia use. Charged L395.5.
NB 2 horses charged L160 ….
State of South Carolina Debter to Henry Smith for services under Lieut Smith 50 days ….
Under Capt Thomson 31 days ….
Under Lieut Davis 10 days …
? Horse lost at Ashoo ….
To 56 days service done by Daniel Smith Lieut, deceased …
Deciesd(sp?) at L15 per day ….
to 1 horse lost in the service at Barnes Bridge …
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(Pg 6) – H Smith Jr … (Indent recd) …
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(Pg 7) – This is to certify that Hendry Smith being in the militia service with me as horsman lost his horse at BrierCreek Defeit on the 3d day of March 1779 the apprisment of which is in the adetor Genl office certified this 1st Jan 1788 frm me. Samuel Watson, Col.
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Personally appeared before me John Smith and William Smith and being sworn saith that they have apraised one hore the property of Henry Smith to 50 pounds lost at Brier Creek defate and said that they have reason to believe that the sd horse was not lost by neglect of the owner sworn to before me this 9th day of May 1783. John Smith, William Smith.
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1787 March 25 – Gentlemen, Please to deliver my indents to James Martin Esqr in Col Bratten’s Regt which will oblige your humble serv…. Henry Smith Jr.
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(Pg 8) – Indent paid to to Henry Smith Jr … 30 pounds 9 pence May 17, 1785 …
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(Pg 9) – Receipts for payments received by Henry Smith (Sept 28, 1787, Feb 29, 1788, June 2, 1789, Feb 12, 1790, Feb 21, 1790) …
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(Pg 10) – 1785/6 June 29 – Henry Smith’s acct 558 days duty in militia Dec 7, 1778 to Feb 5, 1782.
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(Pg 11) – State of South Carolina to Henry Smith
Dec 1778 – to 56 days duty
March 5, 1779 – to 28 days duty
April 10, 1781 – to 210 days duty
Feb 5, 1782 – to 264 days duty …
Appeared Henry Smith and made oath that the above duty charged 556 days has been justly perfored and that he has never recd any part thereof. Sworn to before me this 15 day of June 1784. D Hopkins, JP.
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(Page 12) – (indent)
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(Page 13) – (indent for Henry Smith paid June 9, 1787)
http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/ArchivesImages/S108092/S108092013600325000/images/S108092013600325000.pdf
Series: Accounts Audited of Claims Growing Out of the Revolution (S108092):
Archives ID: Series: S108092 Reel: 0136 Frame: 00325 ignore: 000
http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/ArchivesImages/S108092/S108092013600325000/images/S108092013600325000.pdf

Oct Court 1786. York Co, SC. Page 48. Deed of Sale trom Jacob & Mary Gardner to William Smith for 100 Acres dated 19 June 1779, proven by John Smith & Henry Smith Junr, Evidences thereto.

May Court 1791. York Co, SC.  Page 305. Will of Henry Smith deceased was proven by Nathaniel Guyton, an evidence thereto & ordered to be recorded.

1791 – WILL OF HENRY SMITH – written 11 July 1790
He died in 1791, likely in York County, SC
In the Name of God Amen. I Henry Smith of York County State of South Carolian [sic] being weak in body & much distressed by pain, yet through the Assistance of Divine Providence of sound Judgment of memory. Do make this my last Will of Testament, hereby excluding all others hithertofore made by me. Commending my Soul to God who gave it to be received by him through the merits of Jesus Christ. And my Body to the dust to be decently Buried at the expence of my Executors.
…And first I will that my beloved Wife do hold & possess all my Estate real & personal during her life or widowhood, and then to be disposed of in the following manner.
… And first to my eldest son Abraham I will & Bequeath my second volum [sic] of Pools Anotations [sic]
… To my son David I will the plantation where on I live to Hold the same in Fee Talc. And in case he dieth without heir of his body, to be sold & divided amoungst the rest of my children male & female.
… To my son John I Bequeath fifty Acres of Land.
… And to my son Henry one hundred acres the which they are already possessed of and also to my son Henry my Negro fellow named Sam together with one half of the fishery in his Brother John’s division. x x x x x x
… To my son Jonathan I will my Negroe Wench named Rosse reserving at the same time forty pounds to be paid by him to his Brother William in trade. & her first child if she has any to my Daughter Sarah Ramsey.
… To my grandchild Henry Jolley I Bequeath a mare worth ten pounds together with two milch Cows to his mother to be paid by my Executors.
… And the Remainder of my Estate to be divided equally amoungst my Daughters married & single.
… Appointing my beloved Wife Amy two sons John & William Executors of this my last Will and Testament.
Sign,d & Seal,d this Eleventh Day of July in the year of our Lord One thousand seven hundred & ninety.
Signed Henry Smith [scrawled seal]
In Presence of Nathan N. Guyton (his mark). Nicholas Correy
York County, South Carolina Wills Vol. A-12 Page 65 Will No. 37. (FHL film: 229694)

1791 Dec 28 – Henry Smith fr Elizabeth Hogan, bk D, p 48 Union Co, SC.
… between Elizabeth Hogan of Union County and the State of S Carolina of the one part and Henry Smith of York County and state of S Carolina of the other part … in consideration of the sum of 20 pounds sterling … confirm unto the said Henry Smith … land containing in the County of Union … on Thicketty Creek containing 128 acres … originally granted to James Roberson … bounded on the S by Moses Waters land on the E by Lewis Sanders on the W by Joshua Petty’s on the N by part of the same survey ….
Signed: Elizabeth Hogan
Wit: Solomon Mangham, Hezekiah Terrell
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1794 Feb 1 – Abraham Smith to James Jordan, bk C, p 542 – 95 acres. York Co, SC
… No. 249 … between Adam Meek Esqr Sher of York County … SC of the one part and Abraham Smith Esqr of the County and State aforesaid of the other part … James Jordan of the State aforesaid did implead Abraham Smith Esqr son and heir of Henry Smith decd in and action of debt on a note of hand given by the said Henry Smith in his lifetime to the said James Jordan. In York Court in July Term … 1793 did obtain a judgment in the same court for his debt and costs of suit … to be levied on the goods & chattles lands & tenements of the Abraham Smith …. an execution on Fire Facius was issued and Directed to the Sheriff of York County aforesaid and delivered to the said Adam Meek … commanding that of the goods and chattles land & tenements of the said Abrahm Smith here should be levied the sum of 13 pounds 15 shillings and 8 pence for his debt, as also the sum of 13 shillings which to the said James Jordan in the same Court was adjudged for his costs … publick sale … a certain plantation or tract of land containing 95 acres … which was sold unto the above named Abraham Smith he being the last bidder for the sum of 12 pounds sterling … sell unto the said Abraham Smith … land of 95 acres above mentioned & described …
Signed: Adam Meek
Wit: John McCaw, Robt Patterson.
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1794 April 5 – Henry Smith (by admr), Abraham Smith (admr) to Henry Smith, bk D, p 303 – 100 acres. York Co, SC
… between Adam Meek Esqr Sher of York Co in the State of South Carolina of the one part and Henry Smith of the County and State aforesaid of the other part … James Jordan of Spartenburgh and State aforesaid, did Implead Abraham Smith in and action on a not of hand in York County … did obtain a judgment …. a Fr Fa was issued from the County Court of York aforesaid … delivered to Adam Meek Esqr Sher of said County … that of the goods & chattels lands & tenements of Abram Smith admr of Henry Smith decd be sold to satisfy said Judgment and costs … a certain tract or parcel of land containing 100 acres be the same more or less being the remainder of 150 acres granted to Henry Smith Sr by Governor Tryon in the year 1765 bounded by what is commonly called Smiths old place on the one side and by John Smiths on the East. West by William Smiths land which was sold unto the above named Henry Smith for the sum of 5 shillings sterling … the sum of 5 shillings to him in hand paid by the said Henry Smith …. unto the said Henry Smith … all that said tract of 100 acres above mentioned and described …
Signed: Adam Meek
Wit: William Smith, Abrm Green
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1795 Feb 7 – Abram Smith fr James & John Marten, bk G, p 235 Union Co, SC.
… we James Martin and John Martin both of the State of South Carolina and County of York … stand indebted unto Abram Smith of the same State and County in the full sum of 980 pounds stereling money … to be paid unto him the said Abram Smith … before the first day of Sept next insuing … in consideration of which payment … we do bind ourselves …
… Condition … if the above bound James Martin and John Martin … make good and lawful title … to 700 acres of land … in Union County on both sides of Thickety Creek … where the widow Stockton now lives and the Spring where Stephen Clanton now lives … running to a white oak stump in the orchard near Clantons old house in Steens clearing at the lower end of said land unto the above named Abram Smith …. on or before the 25th day of August next insuing from the date before mentioned then this obligation to be void ….
Signed: James Martin, John Martin
Wit: Daniel Sullivan, Henry Smith, James Dewie(sp?)
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS4L-YSXX-P?i=306&cat=340217

1795 Feb 9 – Henry Smith to James Lockart. bk D, pg 46. Union Co, SC.
… between Henry Smith of York Co and Pinckney Dist & State of South Carolina of the one part, and James Lockart of Union County and Dist & State aforesaid of the other part … convey and confirm unto teh sd James Lockart … land containing 150 acres … to Gilkies line … to the beginning containing 177 acres more or less granted to the said Henry Smith … and from the said Henry Smith conveyed to the above James Lockart … both tracts of land ….
Signed: Henry Smith, Sally Smith
Wit: John Lockart, James Lockart, Joseph Leach.
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSKJ-GQVF-7?i=266&cat=340217

1795 Feb 10 – Henry Smith to John Lockhart bk D, p 44 Union Co, SC.
… between Henry Smith of York County and State of South Carolina of the one part and John Lockard of Union County and State aforesaid of the other part … confirm unto the said John Lockard … land … in the County of Union and State aforesaid containing 128 acres … originally granted to James Roberson … bounded on the South by Moses Waters land on the east by Lewis Sanders on the West by Joshua Petty on the North by the same …
Signed: Henry Smith, Sally Smith
Wit: Samuel House, Henry Stratton, William Morris
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1797 Feb 28 – Abraham Smith fr George Black, bk E, p 61, 186 acres. York Co, SC
… between George Black of York … South Carolina of the one part and Abraham Smith of South Carolina and the County aforesaid of the other part … George Black … in consideration of the sum of 160 dollars … has put into the hands of sd Smith or his security one tract of land where now lives lying and being in York County containing 186 acres … mouth of Mr Blewfords branch …. near John Black Spring … west course to the River … this mortgage to stand good for one year if the money is paid at hand … then the …. mortgage to be void if not then the sd Smith is to be fully have and be in …. of the sd land …
Signed: George Black
… appeared John Smith … oath that he saw George Black sign … saw Henry Smith sign as a witness and that he also signed his own name as a witness … Aug 8, 1797.
Signed: John Smith, James Palmer JP
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1800 Aug 13 – Henry Smith fr William Rice, bk G, p 444. Union Co, SC.
… this indenture made the 4th day of May … 1803 … between William Rice Esqr Sher of Union Dist … of the one part and Henry Smith of the State of Georgia of the other part … whereas Gideon Smith was seized in … as of fee or of and in some other goods and lawfull estate of inheritance to him and his heirs and assigns forever and possessed of the inheritance of 200 acres of land  … whereas also Farnandis, McBeth & Co, lately, that is to say on or about the 4th day of April 1803 before the Justices of the Court of Common Pleas held at Union Court House … the Dist of Union … entered up against Henry Smith admin of Gideon Smith deceased a decree in the said Court for the sum of 10 pounds 19 shillings and 7 pence also the sum of 2 pounds 2 shillings and 4 pence for their costs and charges … William Rice, Sher of Union Dist did enter … seize upon … 200 acres more or less … on the first Monday in May …. sell and dispose of the said 200 acres of land … unto the said Henry Smith, he at that price or sum being the highest bidder … in consideration of the afsd sum of 205 dollars to him in hand … truly paid … by the said Henry Smith … confirm unto the said Henry Smith .. all that the aforesaid tract of 200 acres … on both sides of Thicketty Creek conveyed to Gideon Smith by John Steen bearing date the 18th of Sept 1787 …
Signed: William Rice, Sher
Wit: Ben Haile, James Madison
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1802 Name Gideon Smith (It appears Gideon Smith Jr dies in 1802 in Georgia – he appears to have been living with his uncle Henry Smith who is admin of his estate in Georgia)
Probate Date 1802
Probate Place Elbert, Georgia, USA
Inferred Death Year 1802
Inferred Death Place Georgia, USA
Item Description Estates, Smith, Ella-Smith, Mary J
Georgia, Elbert County, Estate Records; Author: Georgia. Ordinary Court (Elbert County); Probate Place: Elbert, Georgia
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1803 Aug 6 – John Smith to Daniel Smith, bk F, p 450, 111 and 1/2 acres Broad River. York Co, SC
… John Smith of York County … in consideration of 10 dollars … by Daniel Smith of State and Dist afsd … sell to the said Daniel Smith … land on the S side of Howard Branch … white oak on Abraham Smith’s land … 111 and 1/2 acres being lands granted to the sd John Smith … 20th of April 1800 …
Signed: John Smith
Wit: Henry Smith, William Smith, Mich Gaffney,
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1804 Nov 12 – Henry Smith 200 acres to Abraham Smith bk J, p 68. Union, South Carolina
… I Henry Smith of Franklin County and State of Georgia for and in consideration of the sum of 500 dollars paid by Abraham Smith of Union Dist and State of South Carolina …. release unto the said Abraham Smith all that tract or parcell of land formerly conveyed from John Steen to Gideon Smith decd and conveyed by Sher deed to the said Henry Smith lying in Union Dist and state afsd containing 200 acres … on both sides of Thickety Creek bounded by land of John Steen by Joseph Morehead and by John Lusk including improvements where Gideon Smith Sr formerly lived …
Signed: Henry Smith
Wit: Moses Guyton, Joseph Smith
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSKJ-QVF4?i=54&cat=340217

(Note: Abraham’s brother Henry purchased 200 acres from the estate of Gideon Smith decd (brother who died in Rev War). Henry has moved to Georgia and sells Abraham land this land.  Abraham’s son Joseph Smith witnesses the deed, as does his wife’s brother – Moses Guyton)

1828 Nov 17th – Jonathan Smith’s Rev War Pension application in Anderson Co, SC.
To the honorable the members of the Senate and of the House of Representatives of the State of South Carolina.
Your petitioner humbly shewith:
That he volunteered as a Whig in the time of the Revolutionary War at 15 years of age, under Capt Jacob Barnett of Col. Moffits Regmt, which was about 3 days before the Battles at the Cowpen, and from that time continue to serve under Genl. Sumter and others ultimately until the end of the War. In the Whig service, which time he was in several skirmishes but was in no General engagement.
Your petitioner conducted Genl. Sumter after he was wounded in the Battle at Blackstocks, to his Father’s house, where he received several days until he became able to travel, during which he continued to … upon him.
Your petitioner was a poor boy in the time of the War. All the property that he received consisted of three horses and the Tories took them all from him which loss he has never got over.
He is now 66 years of age, and has become very infirm and almost entirely unfit for hard labour, and fear the … of his having had an afflicted wife who has been confined to her bed for the greater part of 6 years, and a child that is about 8 years old that was born in a state of deformity, he has be… poor and in …circumstatces.
All the property that his estate consists of is a plantation … war containing 171 acres worth 400 or 500 dollars, 3 hand of horses worth about 80 dollars, 4 head of cattle and hoggs and has just about such. Houshold furniture as common poor man is possed of and is in debt about 300 dollars the most of which has been accumulated by doctors bills, and at the same time assures you that he has not disposed of any part of his property in order to become a pensioner. Therefore hopes that upon your taking a view of the services that he has rendered his country of his old age of his poverty of the afflicted situation of his family that you will relieve his situation as you have done many of his bretheren in … by permitting of him to be placed upon the pension roll and he will ever bless and pray for you.
Signed: Jonathan Smith
South Carolina Anderson District}
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South Carolina Anderson District} This is to certify that I have been intimitely acquainted with the above petitioner Jonathan Smith for about 46 years, during that time he has supported the character of an honest man and a man of … truth. And I am clearly under the impression that the statements made in his petition is the whole …
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1828 Nov 17 … hath, and that from various reports I am convinced that he was a good soldier in the war and that he went into it when a boy. I fought with his brother Daniel in the Battle of Stono where he received his death wounds.
And I well remember that said Jonathan Smith’s fathers house was considered as a home for the distressed Whigs during the struggle for independence.
Signed: William Millons JP
P/S Smith’s Ford on Broad River derived from the of Mr Smith alluded}
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1828 July 14 – State of Georgia, Franklin County}
Personally appeared before me Henry Smith of said County and made oath that he knew Jonathan Smith of the State of South Carolina and Pendleton District during the time of the Revolutionary War, and that he served in the Whig service a considerable proportion of the war (viz) He served in Captain Jacob Barnett’s Company, in Colonel Muffits Regiment commanded by Genl. Sumpter after the defeat at Blackstocks, and in various other skirmishes – until peace was mad.
He also assisted in carrying Genl. Sumpter when wounded in the shoulder across Broad River at Smith’s Ford, and rendered other services to him for a day or twothereafter.
Signed: Henry Smith
Given under my hand this 17 Nov 1828
Sworn to and Subscribed before me this 14th day of July 1828.
Attest: Henry Freeman, JJC
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This is to certify that I have been intimately acquainted with the above named Henry Smith for a number of years, and have always believed him to be a worthy citizen, and a man of strict truth.
Given under my hand this 14th day of July 1828.
Henry Freeman, JJC
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1829 Nov 22 – To the Honorable the Members of the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of South Carolina.
Your Petitioner humbly shewith:
That she is the widow of Jonathan Smith of Pendleton District who departed this life on the 14th day of September last, who you had in your wisdom and goodness, on account of the services rendered by him in the Whig cause during the Revolutionary War, placed upon the Pension Roll leaving your petitioner in a state of extreme affliction, with a large family of children one of which is deformed, destitute of the necessary comforts of life.
Your petitioner therefore humbly prayeth that your allow her the portion of the Pension that was due her husband up to the time of his death, and that you permit her to be placed upon the Pension Roll.
And she will ever pray.
This 22 November 1829.
Signed: Elizabeth Smith.
South Carolina Anderson District}
1862 Nov 14 – Elizabeth Smith died on Nov 14, 1862 according to a report filed by Jesse R Smith, admr of her estate, asking for final payment on her pension roll for the estate.
South Carolina Archives Microcopy. Packet #7138-A  http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/ArchivesImages/S108092/S108092013600631000/images/S108092013600631000.pdf

1833 Jan 28 – Henry Smith’s Rev War Pension Application
State of Georgia
County of Franklin
On this 28th day of January in the year 1833 personally appeared in open Court before the Inferior Court of said County now sitting Henry Smith a resident of Capt. Newells District in said County aged Seventy three years who being first duly sworn according to Law doth on his oath make the following Declaration in order to obtain the Benefit of the act of Congress passed June 7, 1832.
That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers and served as herein stated. He was drafted in York District South Carolina for three months under Capt. Robt. McA’Fee [Robert McAfee] and was marched under him and Col. Thomas Neal1 to Oconee river in Georgia thence to Ogeechee near Phillips’ Fort where they staid about a month thence was marched home and was discharged by Capt. McA’fee having served as a private horseman finding his own horse three months. This to the best of his knowledge recollection was in the Autumn of 1776.
In the Spring of 1779 he volunteered at York aforesaid under Capt. McCullough [most likely William McCullough or McCulloch] & was marched under him & Major Ross [Francis or Frank Ross] to Savannah River opposite to Augusta Georgia, and there joined General. Williams [Andrew Williamson] __ also a Regiment of Regulars but does not recollect the names of the officers except Thomas Prince a Lieutenant who was afterwards wounded at Stono & died, was marched from there to Briar Creek in Georgia where he joined Genl. Ash [John Ashe]. was at the Battle at of Briar Creek, but was out on a Scouting party as a Trooper during the fight and & the British having encamped on our Camp ground his detachment was near being taken on their Col. Thomas Neel 1730-1779, commanded the New Acquisition (York Co., S.C.) militia regiment. He was killed at the Battle of Stono June 20, 1779.
“Phillips Fort” could either refer to Joel Phillips’ or Zachariah Phillips’ Fort, both frontier forts in Wilkes County (now Elbert County), Georgia, and built by former North Carolinians Joel and Zachariah Phillips, respectively, Colonel Samuel Elbert visited one or both of these forts in 1777. Joel Phillips’ Fort probably stood near Kettle Creek on the north side of the Little River, while Zachariah Phillips’ Fort probably stood at the mouth of Lick Creek on the south side of the Little River. Indians destroyed Zachariah’s fort in 1780. For sources see Davidson, Wilkes County, I, II, 17. “Order Book of Samuel Elbert …” Collections of the Georgia Historical Society (Savannah, 1902), V. pt. II, 55; Carolina C. Hunt, “Oconee: Temporary Boundary,” University of Georgia Laboratory of Archaeology Series, No. 10, 18; Hays, “Georgia Military Affairs,” I, 33. return as they thought to their own camp but they escaped, all but one who was taken prisoner.
He & the rest retreated & joined Genl. Williamson opposite Augusta, from thence he was marched into Georgia under Maj.or Ross after some Indians, who had taken and burned a Fort.
Had a skirmish with the Indians near Rocky Comfort Creek & Maj. Ross was wounded, and died after we returned to Headquarters under Genl. Williamson. He was then discharged having served two months in a Horse Company finding his own horse.
His Brother was first Lieutenant of a Company under a Captain Barnet from York aforesaid and had marched to Charleston about a week afterwards deponent started on horseback to join them as a volunteer and joined them about two days after the Battle at Stono, and was marched to Charleston and his Brother who was wounded at Stono was placed in the old Barracks Hospital and & deponent was appointed to serve nurse him and did so from June until August when he died. Served on this Tour Two months as a private horseman finding his own horse and the on time being out [?] on the death of his Brother he returned home. D does not recollect what year it was.
Again volunteered at York aforesaid under Capt. Barnett & was under Col. Watson & Genl. Sumpter [Thomas Sumter] in the autumn of 1780 he thinks and was marched & and joined Col. Hampton & the Rregulars at Monk’s Corner [Monck’s Corner] near Charleston, from thence after the British & Tories near Cooper river did not come up with them and returned to Camp, __ thence to Granby[?] in South Carolina where the Tories were in a Fort, which surrendered, and from thence was marched to Tiger [Tyger] river where we were in a Battle with the Tories at Blackstocks, where Sumpter was wounded & and carried to Deponents Fathers where deponent was discharged by Genl. Sumpter, having served three months as a private horseman finding his own horse.
Again volunteered, at York aforesaid under Genl. Morgan [Daniel Morgan] to pilot him through the Country, took him York then to Pacolet [river], and from thence Deponent was sent out as a Spy after Bill Cunningham & the Tories of Bush River, took two prisoners, & and returned to Camp, when Col. Washington [William Washington] and & his Light Horse joined Morgan, and deponent was sent to pilot Col. Washingtons troops to Cunninghams Ccamp on Bush river, where they were defeated by Col. Washington who took a number of prisoners & and returned to Camp. Deponent was sent as a guard & pilot of the prisoners to Roan [{Rowan] C.H. North Carolina and & returned to Camp where he arrived the day after Tarleton’s Defeat.
When he was sent under Capt. Barnett to aid in picking up the British stragglers & was kept near Broad river scouting upon the watch for Cornwallis’ army, & followed his Trail into North Carolina, and then returned and was kept up under Capt. Barnet after the Tories till nearly the time Peace was made Cornwallis surrendered in October 1781. Served 9 nine months on the last recited duty Briar Creek, or Ashe’s Defeat, was March 3, 1779.
Served altogether One year and Seven months as a private horseman finding his own horse.
1. Was born in Rockingham County Virginia in 1759 August 18th
2. Has record of his age in his father’s Bible at declarants house.
3. Lived in York District South Carolina Since the Rrevolutionary war he removed to his present residence 37 years since[?] where he has resided ever since to wit in the County of Franklin and State of Georgia.
4. Was drafted the first three months and volunteered always afterwards.
5. Has stated in the body of Declaration
6. Never received a written discharge, nor any pay that he recollects.
7. Is known to Dozier Thornton – a preacher of the gospel and to George Cockburn & and Elias Burges [Burgess] who reside in his present neighborhood and who can testify to his character for veracity & to their belief of his having been a Ssoldier of the Revolution. Is also known to James Riley of this county, a preacher, who served a part of the time with the declarant & and to whom he sent to procure his Testimony but Riley was too unwell to attend Court. Declarant will yet try to procure his Testimony.
He hereby relinquishes every claim to a pension or an annuity except the present, and declares that his name is not on the Ppension roll of any Agency of any State, within his knowledge.
Sworn to and subscribed the day and & year first aforesaid
Thos. King C.I.C. [Clerk of the Inferior Court]
Henry Smith
We Dozier Thornton a Clergyman and George Cockburn & Elias Burgess residing in the neighborhood of the aforementioned applicant Henry Smith hereby Certify that we are well acquainted with the said [?] who has subscribed and sworn to the above Declaration, that we know him to be Seventy three years of age, that he is reputed and believed in the neighborhood where he resides to have been a Soldier of the Revolution, and that we concur in that opinion.
And said George Cockburn knew him in the time of the Revolution and he was said to be an active whig.
Sworn to and subscribed in open Court
The day & year first above written
Thos. King
Dozier Thornton
Elias Burgess
George Cockburn
11 c. 1742 – 1829. A Captain, and later a Colonel, in the New Acquisition militia. And the said Court do hereby declare their opinion after the Investigation of the matter, and after putting the Interrogatories prescribed by the War Department. That the above named applicant was a revolutionary Soldier and served as he states. And the Court further Certifies that it appears to them that Dozier Thornton who has signed the preceeding [sic: preceding] certificate is a Clergyman resident in the County, and that Elias Burgess, and George Cockburn who has also signed the same are residents of the County and are creditable [?], and that their Statement is entitled to Credit.
Test. – Thos. King C.I.C.
Thomas Farmer J.I.C. [Justice of the Inferior Court]
Noah Looney J.I.C.
Alan Dean J.I.C.
I Thos. King Clerk of the Inferior Court of the County & State first aforesaid do hereby certify that the foregoing contains the original proceedings of the said Court in the matter of the application of Henry Smith for a Pension. – In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and the seal of said Court this 29th day of January 1833.
Thos. King C.I.C.
https://revwarapps.org/w2183.pdf