Deceased
SMITH, James*
UNKNOWN, Unknown*
SMITH, John G.*
(1785-Bef 1871)

 

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Spouses/Children:
1. McLEMORE, Susan*

2. REGISTER, Mary

SMITH, John G.* 891,895,2960,2961,2962,2963

  • Born: 1785, North Carolina, United States 897
  • Marriage (1): McLEMORE, Susan* about 1806
  • Marriage (2): REGISTER, Mary on 27 Mar 1855 in Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States 2959
  • Died: Bef 22 Sep 1871, Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States 891

   Other names for John were Guinea, SMITH, J. G.,894 SMITH, Jn. 912 and SMITH, John 891,893,894,897,908.,2959

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  Death Notes:

Will is submitted to probate on 22 Sep 1871.

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  Noted events in his life were:

1. Alt. Birth, Cir 1788, North Carolina, United States. 2961

2. Alt. Birth, Cir 1790, North Carolina, United States. 2960

3. Property: Sold 100 acres, 13 Nov 1809, Bladen County, North Carolina, United States. Bladen Co. NC Deed. 13 Nov 1809. John (G) Smith and wife Susannah to Peter Cromartie $90.00, 100 acres N side of Cypress Creek on Samuel Bozman's line to Scarbor's corner. Wit: John Sellers, Robert McMillan. Deek Bk. 12.

[This same property was purchased by Susannah "Sooky" McLemore in 1804, so this establishes John G. Smith's wife's maiden name.]

4. Census, 1810, Bladen County, North Carolina, United States. John Smith is age 16-26, living with 1 male under 10 [Daniel], 1 female under 10 [Anna], and 1 female 16-26 [Susan] (Bladen Co, p100)

[Next entry is for E. McLemore, so a possible parent or relative of Susan]

[There is also a John Smith on p201, but he is identified as colored]

5. Property: Deeded 100 acres to Windsor Fort, 1811, Bladen County, North Carolina, United States. Bladen Co. NC Deed. 1811. John Smith to Windsor Fort, the 100 acres bought of Elias McLemore. Deek Bk 12, pp. 285/286/

6. Census, 1820, Bladen County, North Carolina, United States. There are two John Smiths in Bladen Co. The most likely one is John Smith, 26-44, living with 2 males under 10 [Daniel, Archibald], 5 females under 10 [Anna (12), Jane, Sarah, Martha, Clarissa], 1 female 26-44 [wife Susan], and 1 female 45 or over [unknown] (Bladen Co, p146).

The other one is John Smith, 26-44, living with 3 males under 10, 1 male 10-15, 1 female under 10, 1 female 10-15, and 1 female 26-44 (Bladen Co, p148).

7. Property: Bladen County, North Carolina, United States. In Bladen Co Deed book, grants to John Smith [maybe this one] in 1-247 and 1-364.

8. Property: Bladen County, North Carolina, United States. In Bladen Co. Deed book, sheriff deed from Henry Matthews to John G. Smith in book 4 p118.

9. Property: Sold land to Wm. West, Apr 1820, Bladen County, North Carolina, United States. Deed from John Smith to Wm. West, both of Bladen Co. John sold Wm land "beginning above the Gum Branch called Davy Gum" for $200. This tract was sold to John Smith by Solomon Davis. Proven in Aug 1828 court term. (Bladen County, NC, Deed Book 11 page 487, posted on Bladen Co Rootsweb site)

[There is a swampy area called David Gam Bay SE of the town of Ammon in NE Bladen County. The creek from this area feeds into Turnbull Creek]

10. Census, 1830, Bladen County, North Carolina, United States. John Smith is age 40-50, living with 1 female 40-50 [Susan], 1 male 15-20 [Daniel? Where are Timothy and Archibald?], 1 female 10-15 [Martha], 3 females 5-10 [Susan, Clarissa, unknown], 2 females under 5 [Mary, Zilphia]. There are two John Smith entries -- this one is shown as "John Smith (G)", the other is shown as "John Smith (Ferry)". (Bladen Co, p80)

John Smith (Ferry) is age 40-50, living with 1 female 40-50, 1 male 15-20, 1 male 10-15, 1 male 5-10, 1 female 5-10, and 1 female under 5 (Bladen Co, p80)

11. Property: Sold 280 acres, 2 Aug 1833, Bladen County, North Carolina, United States. Deed from John Smith to Theopholus Tatom [husband of John's daughter Anna], both of Bladen Co. John sells 280 acres on south side of Jones Creek for $140. Acknowledged in Nov 1833 court term. (Bladen County, NC Deed Book 10 page 106, posted at Bladen Co Rootsweb site).

12. Property: Sold 100 acres to son Daniel Smith, 16 Aug 1833, Bladen County, North Carolina, United States. Deed from John Smith to [son] Daniel Smith, both of Bladen Co. John sells 100 acres on north east side of Turnbull Creek for $50. Includes "To have and to hold the said bargained premises unto him the said Daniel Smith his heirs and assigns for ever with all bargained premises these belonging I the said John Smith do except for his till his decease and to the use of Susan Smith to decease." James Smith was witness. Acknowledged in Feb 1834 court term. (Bladen Co, NC Deed Book 10 pg 129/130, posted at Bladen Co Rootsweb site).

[Note in posting says: This land is the same land James Smith gave to John Smith, his son -- Deed Book 8 pg 570. This deed was executed and proved before John Smith had an executed and proven deed to the land.]

13. Property: Received 100 acres from William West, 9 Oct 1839, Bladen County, North Carolina, United States. William C. West [husband of John's daughter Martha] to John Smith, 100 acres on E side of Ellis Creek, witnessed by Daniel L Smith (Bladen Co Deed Book 8, p14).

14. Census, 1840, Bladen County, North Carolina, United States. John G. Smith is between 50 and 60, living with one M 10-15 [Peter?], one F<5 [unknown], two F 10-15 [Mary, Zilphia], one F 15-20 [Susan or Clarissa], one F 20-30 [Martha], one F 50-60 [wife Susan], and two slaves. (Bladen Co, p209)

15. Property: Received 115 acres from father James Smith, 5 Mar 1840, Bladen County, North Carolina, United States. Deed from James Smith Sr to "John Smith his son", both of Bladen Co. James Smith grants "for the natural love and affection which I have and do bear to my son" 115 acres on the north east side of Turnbull. Proved at Feb 1840 court session. (Bladen County, NC, Deed Book 8 pg 570, posted at Bladen Co Rootsweb site).

16. Appearance in Document, Oct 1843, Bladen County, North Carolina, United States. John Smith Sr. and Susan Smith Sr. are among the members of Beaverdam Baptist Church that are dismissed to found Briar Branch Baptist Church, both churches in Bladen County [although Beaverdam is now in Cumberland Co.]. The list of members that are dismissed includes Daniel L. Smith, Daniel Smith, Daniel Register, George W. Downing, William D. Smith, Sarah A. Smith, Mary A. Downing, Elizabeth Smith, Anna M. Tatum, Elsa McLemore, May J. Tatum, Mary Register, John Smith Sr., Evin Downing, John H. Tatum, William J. Cowan, John D. Smith, Mary Smith, Susan Smith, Martha Smith, Elizabeth A. Downing, Susan Smith Sr., James Smith, Theophlus Tatum, Wright McLemore, John Downing, James S. Beard, Milton J. Smith, Thomas B. Cowan, Mary Downing, Pen[n]y Hayes, Claressa Beard, Susan Smith, Zillpha Smith. (posted at Bladen Co Rootweb site)

17. Residence, Cir 1845, Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States. John Smith and family move to Cumberland County between 1840 and 1850.



18. Census, 24 Sep 1850, Eastern Division, Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States. 897
1) John Smith, age 65, farmer, $1500 real estate, born NC
2) Susan Smith, age 65, born NC
3) Mary Smith, age 20, born NC, attends school
4) Peter Smith, age 18, laborer, born NC, attends school.

19. Property: Granted 31 acres, 22 Dec 1853, Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States. 2963 John G. Smith, 31 acres in Cumberland County, NC, grant 3287, issued 22 Dec 1853, entry 1261, entered 12 Nov 1853, in the Allegator swamp.



20. Census, 14 Jul 1860, Cumberland East, Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States. 2960
1) John G. Smith, age 70, farmer, $1000 real estate, $5000 personal estate, born NC
2) Mary Smith, age 38, born NC.

21. Will, 22 Feb 1866, Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States. 891 I John Smith of the County of Cumberland and State of North Carolina being of sound mind and memory, but considering the uncertainty of my earthly existence do make and declare this my last will and testament in manner and form following, that is to say first, that my executor (hereinafter named ) Shall provide for my body a suitable burial suitable to the wishes of my relations and friends and pay all funeral expenses out of the money that may first come into his as a part or parcel of my estate. 1st Item I give and devise to my beloved wife Mary Fifty-two acres of land where I now reside including the swamp, two beds and their necessary furniture and all the bed clothing that she brought here, all my household and kitchen furniture, what corn and bacon that may be on hand at my death, all my stock of cattle and hogs, and my horse, and five hives of bees, and two hundred and fifty dollars in money. 2nd Item I give and divise to my son Daniel L Smith two hundred and sixty dollars which I have already given him towards buying a negro man. 3rd Item I give and divise to my son Peter M Smith four hundred and fifty acres of land which I have given a deed for at my decease and one horse and saddle that I gave him which cost eighty two dollars. 4th Item I give and divise unto my daughters Anna Tatom, Jane Register, Clarry Beard, Susannah Downing, Zilpha Cashwell, Mary E. Jackson and Martha West, and the heirs at law of Sarah Tatom, all the residue of my property of every description to be sold and equally divided among them, Sarah Tatom's heirs to have what would be her share if living. And lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint my trusty friend Peyton P. Rollins my lawful executor to all intents and purposes to execute this my last will and testament according to the true intent and meaning of the same, and every part and clause thereof hereby revoking and declaring utterly void all other wills and testaments by me heretofore made. In witness whereof I the said John Smith do hereunto set my hand and seal this 22nd day of February 1866. /s/ John Smith (seal) Signed sealed published and declared by the said John Smith to be his last will and testament in the presence of us, who at his request and in his presence do subscribe our names as witnesses thereto. /s/ J McD. Jessup /s/ W. B. Wright Record in Book of wills page 41 and 42.



22. Census, 9 Aug 1870, Cedar Creek Twp, Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States. 2961
1) Smith, John G., age 82, farmer, $200 real estate, $15 personal estate, born NC
2) Smith, Mary, age 50, keeping house, born NC, cannot write.

23. Will, 30 Mar 1871, Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States. 891 The following will was eventually invalidated, in favor of the will dated 22 Feb 1866:

In the name of God Amen. I John G. Smith of the County of Cumberland and State of North Carolina, being of sound mind and memory, and considering the uncertainty of this life, do therefore make [illegible] publish and declare this my last will and testament. That is to say. First I give and bequeath to my wife Mary one third interest in my land where I live and one years provisions to be laid off according to law. Secondly it is my wish and desire that all the residue of my property of all description e equally divided among my children except Daniel L. who has had his full share in money, and Peter M. who has had his share in land. I likewise make construct and appoint my son Peter M. to be executor to this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me made. In witness whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed my seal the 30th day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy one. /s/ John G. (his X mark) Smith (seal) Witness /s/ J. McD. Jessup

24. Probate, 22 Sep 1871, Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States. 891 The 1871 will of John G. Smith is submitted at Probate Court of Cumberland County by Peter M. Smith.

25. Probate, 25 Sep 1871, Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States. 891 Mary Smith, widow of John G. Smith, enters her dissent from the provisions of the 1871 will of her late husband admitted to probate on 22 Sep 1871.

26. Probate, 28 Sep 1871, Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States. 891 Peter M. Smith, executor of John G. Smith estate, requests to be authorized to sell the estate for cash.

27. Probate, 6 Oct 1871, Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States. 891 The following people stated that Peter M. Smith was not competent to serve as executor for the estate of John G. Smith: Mary Smith (widow of John G. Smith), C. G. Cain, John Averitt, D. T. Averitt, Isaac C. Melvin, and Isaiah Faircloth.
To summarize the complaint against Peter M. Smith, he is insolvent, he is not competent to be executor due to lack of knowledge, and he is too prejudiced against Mary Smith to do her justice.

28. Probate, 16 Oct 1871, Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States. 891 Peter M. Smith is notified that proceedings have started to annul the probate of John G. Smith's will. He is issued a summons to show why the will should not be revoked, and to suspend all sale of property until a decision can be made.

29. Probate, 20 Oct 1871, Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States. 891 Peyton P. Rollins, who had been identified as the executor of John Smith's 1866 will, renounced his right to be the executor.

30. Probate, 21 Oct 1871, Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States. 891 The 1871 will of John G. Smith is revoked because it was not properly witnessed.

31. Probate: Administrator's Oath, 21 Oct 1871, Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States. 894 Marshall N. Tatum is sworn as administrator of the estate of John Smith.



32. Probate: Application for Letters Testamentary, 21 Oct 1871, Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States. 893 Application for Letters Testamentary says that John Smith is deceased but left a will. The will names P. D. Rollins as executor, but he has renounced. Lists personal property consisting of Cattle, Hogs, Household & Kitchen furniture, Growning crop, Bee hives, etc. worth about $750. Names heirs Mary Smith, Annie Tatum, Martha J. West, Clara Beard, Susan Downing, Sarah Tatum, Zilphia Cashwell, Mary E. Nunnery, Jane Register, D. L. Smith and P. M. Smith.

33. Probate: Sale of Inventory, 10 Nov 1871, Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States. 894 List of Property sold at sale of John G. Smith deceased by order of Probate Judge. List includes tools, leather, saddle and bridle, axes, curry comb, shot gun, plow gear, rat trap, saddle tree, cross cut saw, loom, cow hide, honey stand, gallons of honey, spade, salt, fat soap, grindstone, dried beef, anvil, ox yoke, cart, cart tongue, shingles, cart body, plows, fodder, shucks, bee hives, quilts, coats, pants, hats, shoes, razor, powder horn. On 15 December, sold 65 bushels of corn and some nubbins.

34. Probate, 1 Mar 1872, Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States. 891 In her transcription of the wills of John Smith, Carolyn Gibbons notes that it appears that since the second will was shown to be insufficient, the first will dated 22 Feb 1866 was accepted and explains why both wills were probated.

35. Probate: Inventory of Estate, 1 Mar 1872, Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States. 894 Inventory of the Estate of John G. Smith deceased made by M. N. Tatum. Includes 50 acres of land in Cedar Creek Township devised to Mary Smith widow of deceased, Personalty sold Nov 10 & 11 1872 [sic] valued $76.29, Corn sold Dec 15 '72 valued $77.12, money received from J. C. Blocker which was deposited with him by Mary Smith, widow, value $507.00, Claim against P. M. Smith for money received by him while acting as Executor valued $145.75, Claim for buggy in hands of C. West & claimed by him but supposed to be the property of the deceased value $60.00. All corn & bacon on hand at death of deceased and stock of cattle & hogs and household & kitchen furniture specificatlly bequeathed to the widow Mary Smith, which she has received and given receipt therefor.

36. Probate: First Annual Account, 6 Feb 1873, Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States. 894 Marshal N. Tatum, administrator for John G. Smith, filed 1st Annual Account, showing amounts received for the estate and paid out for various services such as doctor bill, attorney fees, auctioneer fees, and paying someone to gather the crop.

37. Probate: 2nd Annual Account, 27 Apr 1874, Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States. 894 Marshal N. Tatum, administrator for John G. Smith, filed 2nd Annual Account, showing amounts received for the estate and paid out for various services such as taxes, commissions, and expenses.

38. Probate: Request for Final Account, 15 Mar 1875, Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States. 894 Mary Smith requests that the final accounting of the John G. Smith estate be completed. She says that he died about the year 1872, and it has been more than two years since M. N. Tatum was confirmed as administrator but that he has not yet filed his final account nor fully settled the estate. The Probate Court directs that Tatum file his final accounting.

39. Probate: 3rd Annual Account, 23 Apr 1875, Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States. 894 Marshal N. Tatom, administrator of estate of J. G. Smith, files 3rd Annual Account. It specifies amounts paid to some of the heirs based on the will, including Anna Tatom, Zilphia Cashwell, Susan Downing, Mary E. Nunnery, Clarissa Beard, and Jane Register. He also says he is ready to account with all those entitied; he represents in person the heirs of Sarah Tatom mentioned in the will, he has paid nothing to Martha West because she refuses to settle and allow the claim for a buggy as mentioned in the inventory, and he has not paid to Mary Smith, the widow of the testator, the money legacy, because it is alleged by the other heirs that she has money which she refuses to account for in any way.

40. Probate: Summons for final accounting, 24 Apr 1875, Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States. 894 Petition for Final Count and settlement of John G. Smith estate. Marshal N. Tatum says he has filed his final account and is ready to account and settle the estate. He requests that the heirs be summoned to court for the final settlement. The heirs are named as Anna Tatom, Zilphia Cashwell, Susan Downing, Mary E. Nunnery, Clarissa Beard, Jane Register, Martha J. West, R. W. Tatum, Sarah J. Tatum, and Mary Smith.

41. Probate: Summons, 13 Mar 1876, Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States. 894 Sheriff of Cumberland County is directored to summon the following people to appear at Superiod Court: Ann Tatom, Zilphia Cashwell, Susan Downing, Mary E. Nunnery, Clarissa Beard, Jane Register, Martha J. West, R. W. Tatom, Sarah J. Tatom, and Mary Smith.

42. Probate: Accouncement of Hearing, 3 May 1877, Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States. 894 The clerk of Superior Court sent a letter to Mary Smith informing her that the settlement of the estate of John Smith was set for a hearing on 3 July 1877, and requesting that she attend.

43. Probate: Final Decision, 3 Jul 1877, Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States. 894,895 On 3 July 1877, Martha West, one of the heirs, sent a letter to the court, objecting to the payment of $250 to the widow as a special legacy because she alleges that Mrs. Smith, after the death of the testator, took posession of $1500 belonging to John G. Smith and which she has not paid over to the administrator or otherwise accounted for.

Mary Smith's testimoney in court included "I was [John G. Smith's] second wife. I was living with him at the time of his death. None of his children lived with him at that time. After his death I took charge of his affairs until the qualification of his Administrator. My husband had money on hand when he died. He kept his money in an old trunk under his bed. Sometimes he would get uneasy about getting robbed and would carry his money off and hide it. There was a little tin trunk kept in the old trunk under the bed which contained the money. I have seen him take the little trunk out the door and carry it off. The little tin trunk was in the big trunk when he died. There was no money in the trunk when he died that I know of. I dont know whether the trunk was locked or not. He was confined to the house 8 or 9 weeks before he died. I gave to Mr. Blocker something over $500 for safe keeping. That was all the money I knew anything about. I gave this money to Mr. Blocker soon after my husbands death. I got this money ouf of the tin box under the bed. It was a day or two after my husbands death that I took charge of the tin trunk. I turned over to J. C. Blocker all the money I got out of that tin trunk. I did not keep it in my possession a week. I dont think I did. The money was never counted from the time I took it and gave it to J. C. Blocker and then he counted it and there was something over five hundred dollars. The money was never placed in anybodys hands that I know of for safe keeping after my husbands death until I gave it to Mr. Blocker. I dont know of anybody having any of my husbands money after his death. The tin trunk was not taken out of the room where my husband died until the next day after his death that I know of. I did not give the money to Peter Smith when he qualified as executor because I did not think he had capacity to manage the estate. I dont recollect that he ever called on me for the money. He asked for the key to he big trunk and I told him where to get it. At that time the little trunk was in the big one at that time. I had the money. I had it in my pocket. The money consisted of gold and silver money and greenbacks. The administrator M. N. Tatum applied to me and said that he would pay me the $250 legacy if I would swear that I had given up all my husbands money I had. I had turned over the money to Mr. Blocker before Tatum qualified as administrator. When M. N. Tatum came to me first I did not tell him where the money was. I dont recollect that Tatum asked me about the money. I dont recollect to have spent any of my husbands money after his death. I had money of my own. I turned over to Mr. Blocker every dollar of my husbands money he had when he died. When cross-examined, she said I mean to say that I turned over every dollar of my husbands money that came into my posession or knew anything about. If he had any more than that I do not know it."

The Judge issued his final decreee, saying that Mary Smith should be paid the $250 legacy as specified in the will, and that the remaining balance of $237.97 should be distributed equally amongst the heirs. The listed heirs are Anna Tatom, Zelphia Cashwell, Susan Downing, Mary E. Nunnery, Clarisa Beard, Jane Register, Martha J. West, R. A. Tatum, Sarah J. Tatom, and Mary Smith. After that Marshal N. Tatom is discharged from his responsibilities as administrator.

44. Religion: Baptist.

45. Story. Posted on Smith Genforum by Mary Catherine Flythe (mflythe@ida.org) on 20 Jan 1999: Looking for parents of my gggrandfather John Guinea b. 1785 in Bladen Co NC, died 1871 in Cumberland Co NC. First wife was Susan McLemore (1785 to ~1850) with whom he had at least 12 children: Annie, Daniel, Jane, Sarah Ann, Archie, Martha, Clary, Timothy, Susan, Zilphy, Mary, Peter McLemore. Second wife was Mary Register of Cumberland Co. with whom he had no children.

46. Story. Lenward Hair had information on "Guinea" Smith, who may be this Smith or his ancestor. Perhaps "Guinea" is a reference to Portuguese ancestry, or reference to the slave trade.


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John married Susan* McLEMORE, daughter of Family McLEMORE and Unknown, about 1806. (Susan* McLEMORE was born about 1785 in North Carolina, United States 897 and died between 1850 and 1855 in Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States 2960.)


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John next married Mary REGISTER on 27 Mar 1855 in Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States.2959 (Mary REGISTER was born circa 1822 in North Carolina, United States 2960 and died after 1870 2961.)

  Noted events in their marriage were:

1. Marriage, 27 Mar 1855, Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States. 2959 John Smith and Mary Register, bonded 27 Mar 1855 in Cumberland Co, NC, bond #35226, marriage date 27 Mar 1855, bondsman Daniel Register.




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