1786 Mary Polly Smith 1786-1865 m. John J. Humphries

Mary Polly Smith 1786-1865 m. John J. Humphries



  • William Washington Humphries Sr 1806–1877
  • Daniel J Humphries 1808–1837
  • Abraham Smith Humphries 1810–1873
  • John Jefferson Humphries Jr 1811–1852
  • Mary Clementine Humphries 1824–
  • Henry G Humphries 1826–1876
  • Sarah Elvira Humphries 1828–



1805 Oct 18 – Abram Smith fr John Bird, bk I, p 232, Union Co, SC
… I John Bird of Union County & State of South Carolina … in consideration of the sum of 100 dollars … by the said Abram Smith of Union County and state of South Carolina … convey unto the said Abram Smith 13 acres of land beginning at a Sugar Tree corner of Spencer Morgan’s land on the S side of Gilkey’s Creek being part of a tract of land granted to Samuel Young from North Carolina joining the said Smith’s own land also another piece or parcel of land lying and being on the N side of said Creek being a part of the aforesaid tract begining on the aforesaid Abram Smith’s white oak corner … to Spencer Morgan’s corner … along Morgan’s lne … to Young’s corner … to the said Smith’s own line …
Signed: John Bird
Wit: John Humphries, Joseph Smith

1806 May 31 – Will Book A, p 202-204 – Last Will and Testament of Abraham Smith
… first, I give & bequeath to my son John Smith 200 acres of land joining Clanton land being part of the tract where he now liveth, and what money he oweth, and also a negro wench, named Rachel; and to my daughter Polly Humphries … 100 acres of land where she now liveth …
… to my daughter Hannah Alexander I will & bequeath that negro wench she “received of me named Winney,
… to my grandchild Polly Alexander I will and bequeath a negro girl named Sarah.
… to my grandchild Abraham Alexander I give and bequeath my young mare or filly that is about 3 years old black colored.
… to my son Henry Smith I will give and bequeath the old survey whereon he now liveth in York District at the Ford containing aboue 100 acres also the land adjoining to him formerly granted to Bridges, including the place granted to his grandfather whereon Joseph Luck lived. Also the negro fellow named Harry which he is now in possession of.
… to my son Joseph Smith I give and bequeath the remainder of that tract of land upon Thickety Creek formerly called Stockotits land adjoining below his brother John, and my negro fellow named Tom.
… to my son Daniel Smith I give and bequeath a part of the land whereon or adjoining to that, I now live on beginning upon Young’s old line E side of the Creek, running down the branch where Murpheys School House stood, crossing the Creek near the mouth of said branch and there a straight course to the Upper Kelleys old field with all below adjoining Morgans land. Also my negro fellow named Ned.
… to my daughter Sally Smith I give and bequeath my negro wench named Jude also and her child called Nancy with my negro girl called Fall, and also a good bed and furniture. With his youn a sorrel mare and saddle with household furniture proportionable to what her married sister has already received.
… to my well beloved wife Molley Smith I give and bequeath all the remainder of my land whereon I now live to be enjoyed by her as her natural rite during her life or widowhood, also my negro wench Hannah and sons and Kate to divide as she pleaseth, and also my three negro fellows named London, Pompey and Mark for the purpose of working the plantation whilst she liveth in widowhood, for the purpose of raising and educating my two youngest children and then to be disposed amongst my children as she pleaseth.
… to my son Moses Smith I give and bequeath the remainder of my land where I now live at his mother’s death or marriage, also my negro boys named Jacob and Charles
… next to my daughter named Kattey Smith I give and bequeath my five little negroes, Dave, Arnold, Sam, Faun, and Cloi to be given to her if they all should live by my executors, when she is married or of full age.
… my son Moses Smith to have his two negroes if they should live when he is of full age.
… next my will is that my executors sell the remainder of my land to the best advantage they can and collect the debts due to my and all my well beloved wife to divide it amongst all my children as she thinks best, and also the merchantable produce ready made to be eauqlly divided amongst my unnamed children.
… my waggon & house I will that they kept on my executors for upon the farm for the benefit of my widow and two youngest children.
… the remainder of my estate consisting of goods and chattles my will is that my executors after paying my lawful debts divided in the most equitable manner they can.
… I hereby appoint my well beloved wife Molley Smith and my son Joseph Smith executors of this my last will and testament. Signed, sealed published and declared to be my last will and testament this 31 of May 1806.
Signed: Abraham Smith
Wits: Nicholas Corry, Henry Good, Spencer Morgan
Recorded in Will Book A, pages 202-204. May 31, 1806.
Probated June 14, 1808. Notes: Will Books, Vol A-C, 1792-1868. Will Bk A, pgs 97-101.
South Carolina, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1670-1980. Union County, South Carolina
https://www.ancestry.com/sharing/29890880?h=ecb979 (pgs 97-98)
https://www.ancestry.com/sharing/29890893?h=642a8b (pgs 99-100)
https://www.ancestry.com/sharing/29890898?h=c7b112 (pg 101)

1815 June 30 – John Smith to Nathaniel Jefferies, bk N, p 43 Union Co, SC.
… Six months after date I promise to pay unto Nathaniel Jefferies or his heirs or assigns the just and full sum of 400 dollars …
For the secure payment of the above su of 400 dollars I hereby pledge … one negro woman named Cindy about 20 years of age …
Signed: John Smith
Wit: Francis Whelchel, John Humphries

1822 April 26 – Mary Smith & John Humphries to John Jeffries Sr, bk R, pg. 130. Union, SC.
… I Mary Smith … & John Humphries … sold and released unto the said John Jeffries Sr …. land it being the 4th part of a tract of land lying on Gikys Creek containing 336 acres of land … with Stephen Neil’s line … it being a parcel of land deeded to Abraham Smith decd by Nathaniel Jeffries and others which above mentioned 4th of said land and buildings we do warrant …
Signed: Mary Smith, John Humphries
Wit: Amos Northrop, Samuel Chisholm, Samuel Jeffries.

1822 May 2 – Mary Smith to John Jeffries, bk R, p 129. Union Dist., SC
… we Mary Smith late the wife of Abraham Smith decd and Daniel Smith both of the State & Dist aforesaid … sell and release unto John Jeffries a certain parcel or tract of land it being the 8th part of a tract of land or 42 acres of a tract of land lying on both sides of Gilkey Creek …. containing 336 acres of land … near Stephen Neil’s old place … with Stephen Neil’s line … on sd Jeffries land … part of a tract of land originally granted to Nathaniel Jeffries and by him conveyed by deed to Abraham Smith decd …. the said Mary Smith … to keep possession of the said 8th part of land enduring her life time unless she thinks proper to relinquish her possession sooner …
Signed: Mary Smith, Daniel Smith
Wit: John Humphries, Samuel Jeffries, William Jeffries

1831 Nov 14 – Sarah Davis applicant v John Smith, Daniel Smith & Sarah DavisWilliam Richards in right of his wife Catherine, Samuel Alexander in right of his wife, Joh Humphreys in right of his wife Polly and the heirs of Henry Smith being 9 of them, Defendants.
To Daniel Smith, John Smith, John Humphreys in right of his wife Polly, Dr William Richards in right of his wife Catherine, Dr Samuel Alexander in right of his wife Hannah, Henry Smith decd heirs viz: Benj Morgan in right of his wife Rachel, Abraham J. Smith, John Smith, and Abraham Smith guardian of Henry, Nathaniel, Sarah, James, Eleanor & Sintha heirs at law of Henry Smith aforesd decd, legal heirs and representatives of Henry Smith & legal representatives of their father who is one of the heirs at law of Mary Smith who decd intestate, Greeting.
You are hereby required to appear at the court of ordinary to be holden at York Court … on the 4th day of Nov 1831 to shew cause if any you can why the real estate of Mary Smith widow of Abraham Smith decd situate in said district on Looes Creek a branch of Bullock’s Creek bounding on the N by lands of John Leech, E by John Thompson, S by John Thompson & Gordon Moore & containing by estimation 230 acres originally granted to Abraham Smith should not be divided or sold allotting to the said Sarah Davis 1/7th part thereof & the remainder in like equal parts to each of the aforesaid heirs at law being six of them the heirs at law of Henry Smith taking among them being 9 in number the part their father would have been entitled if living …
Signed: Benj Chambers, Ordinary, York Dist
Real estate books, 1825-1867 pg. 48. York Co, SC

1833 Jan 23 – Settlements – Sarah Davis one of the heirs at law of Mary Smith decd applicant v. the other heirs at law of said decd estate Defendants. Summons in Partition
… received of Benj Chambers ordinary of York Dist being appointed guardian for six of the minor heirs at law of Henry Smith decd, one of the heirs at law of said decd, viz Henry, Nathaniel, Sarah, James, Eleanor, and Santha, each 11 dollars and 24 cents …
Recd of Benj Chambers ordinary of York Dist 11 dollars 24 and 1/2 cents at full of the distrib share I am entitled to one of the heirs at law of Henry Smith decd in the above state case Feb 12, 1833
Signed: Abraham J. Smith
Recd of Benj Chambers ordinary of York Dist 11 dollars 24 and 1/2 cents at full of the distrib share I am entitled to one of the heirs at law of Henry Smith decd in the above state case Feb 12, 1833
Signed: John Smith Jr.
Recd of Benj Chamber ordinary of the Dist of York one dollar for carrying chain surveying land and 2 dollars 87 cents land tax … in all 3 dollars 87 cents Feb 12 1833
Signed: Abraham J Smith
Benj Chambers ordy of the Dist of York 101 dollars and 20 cents in full of the dist share that John Humphreys in right of his wife Mary is entitled to of the State of Mississippi, Lowndes County, they having authoried me by power of attorney to receive the same answer from the sale of the real estate of Mary Smith decd as within state March 4, 1833
Signed: Amos Davis, Attorney
Recd of Benj Chambers ordinary of York Dist 11 dollars 24 and 1/2 cents in full of the Distribution share which I am entitled to as attorney of Benj Morgan of the State of Tennessee, Rutherford County, May 6th, 1833.
Signed: Abraham J. Smith
South Carolina, York Dist, Oct 29th, 1833.
Recd of B Chambers ordinary in the District aforesaid 101 dollars 20 cents, us full of their distributive share of the real estate of Mary Smith late decd of the State of Alabama sold to make partition among the heirs at law as a power of attorney will more fully shew authorizing me to collect and receipt for the share which Samuel D Alexander is entitle to in right of his wife Hannah one of the heirs of said deceased.
Signed: J. McLuny, Atto.
South Carolina, York Dist} Recd 11th Dec 1833 of B Chambers ordinary of the Dist of York 101 dollars 20 cents in full of the distributive share of John Smith to a tract of land sold by order as the estate of Mary Smith decd of the State of Alabama to make partition among the heirs at law of said Mary Smith decd, The amt recd by me as the share of John Smith due of the heirs and by John Smith by order directed to be paid to T N Dawkins and by T N Dawkins as for order divided to be paid to me.
Signed: J. M. Cooper
Recd March 26, 1834 of Benj Chambers ordinary of York Dist one hundred and one dollars and 20 ct it being Daniel Smith’s distributive share of a tract of land sold by the ordinary of York Dist as the property of Mary Smith for partition among the distibutees of said Mary Smith a suit is now pending in the Court of Equity between us the undersigned and it is understood that this receipt is not co-effect the decision of said suit but to releave the ordinary from any liability to either of us.
Signed: Thomas N Dawkins, Aaron Wilkins
Real estate books, 1825-1867 pg. 123. York Co, SC