Descendants of Nathan Smith of North Carolina

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Nathan (0Research) Smith of North Carolina

Nathan Smith was born in about 1720 in North Carolina. In about 1745 in North Carolina, Nathan married Ann Smith b. c. 1725. By 1751 Nathan and Ann settled in Bladen Co NC and began raising their family. The first documentation for this family is from the 1767 Cumberland Co NC Tax List. And, the family is next found in the 1768 Cumberland Co NC patent for land on Richland Creek near what is now Putnam NC.

In 1784 Moore County split from Cumberland County. A Nathan Smith is found in the 1790 Moore Co NC Census. With him is one female of indeterminate age. Did Ann die before 1790, and is this daughter Mary living at home?

Nathan Smith, et. al., migrated in about 1791 from North Carolina to an area thought to be Franklin Co GA, establishing the Nathan Smith Settlement. This date is set by Jacob Hollingsworth's later arrival in 1793 when Jacob built Ft. Hollingsworth. And, there is circumstantial evidence which indicates Nathan was awarded bounty land in Georgia as a Patriot even though he had not served in Georgia.

The Cherokees complained that the Nathan Smith Settlement was on their land. Benjamin Hawkins, an Indian Agent, was sent to Georgia to determine who was right, the settlers or the Indians; and, he decided in favor of the Indians.

Note, the Nathan Smith Settlement was located in the vicinity of Holllingsworth, Franklin (now Banks) Co GA near where Fort Hollingsworth still stands. Evidence for locating the Nathan Smith Settlement at Ft. Hollingsworth comes from Jacob Hollingsworth, Resident #63 on the list, who is cited as a New Settler to Nathan Smith's Settlement and a deed showing James Minyard, Resident #42 on the list, owning property on Mountain Creek. This property is located approximately 1/4 mile south of Hollingsworth GA.

The land dispute went on for many years, and the settlers became discouraged. On 9/13/1798, members of the Nathan Smith Settlement sent a petition to the Governor of Georgia, requesting some sort of relief. With the "Four Mile Purchase" of 1804, the boundary of the Cherokee Purchase was extended north and west, and these lands were added to then Franklin Co GA. Although the newly purchased lands included a majority of settlers in the previously disputed territory, many settlers of the Nathan Smith Settlement were either out of luck or had already moved on.

As some awaited final resolution, other members of the settlement sold their lands "warranted against all but the Indian Claims," continuing their southern and western migration. Four of Nathan Smith's sons and many of their neighbors migrated by 1813 to what would become the Fair River, Bahala, Bogue Chitto, and McCall Creek settlements of Lawrence and Franklin Counties in Mississippi. Nathan and his wife are believed to have lived the remainder of the lives at the original settlement, and are buried somewhere in what is now Banks Co GA.

Craven Co NC (1747-1847) v. 1, p. 415:
11 Oct., 1749. Nathan Smith.250 acres in Craven Co. on S. side of Neuse River and on S. side on S. W. Creek, joining the creek and George Roberts on a Beaver Dam.
Abstracts of Deeds of Cumberland Co NC, Book 6, p. 26:
4 Dec. 1772. LEVY PENNINGTON planter, & wife, MARTHA (X), to JOHN McLOUD, farmer, all of Cumberland, for 50 N.C., 200 a. on Richland Creek incl. The plantation whereon sd. PENNINGTON now lives, adj. CAMPBELL's upper line, patent to NATHAN SMITH 22 Dec. 1768. Wit: JAMES MUSE, JOHN MARTIN. Proved by JOHN MARTIN Jan 1773.

20 Jul 1771. NATHAN SMITH, and ANN SMITH his wife, planter of Cumberland Co. to Levi Pennington, Sr of Cumberland Co., 45pds, land in Cumberland co. on Richland Creek branch of McClendon's Creek. s/ NATHAN SMITH, ANN SMITH w/ John Stephens, Isaac Pennington.

30 Jan 1772. Deed: NATHAN SMITH & wife ANN to Levi Pennington, Sr. proved by John Stephens.
Cumberland Co NC Court of Pleas:
25 Oct 1774. Deed: Jesse Ritter to NATHAN SMITH proved by William Manes.
Males Born
# Smith Females # Smith
18+   1 Nathan


1 Ann
17- 1778 1 Unknown
Georgia's Roster of the Revolution. Containing a List of the State's Defenders; Officers and Men; Soldiers and Sailors; Partisans and Regulars; Whether Enlisted from Geor gia or Settled in Georgia After the Close of Hostilities.

Certificate of Elijah Clarke. Col., Feb. 2, 1784. Warrant 1442.
2d Certificate of Elijah Clarke, Col., Feb. 2, 1784.

    "Georgia's Roster of the Revolution," Index Printing Co., Atlanta GA, 1920 <> 15 April 2015.

Franklin Co GA Deed Book N, p 102-103:
Dtd 12/20/1798. Rec 1799.
Joseph Neale and wife Frances of Elbert Co GA to Nathan Smith of Franklin Co. In cons. of $900, conveys 600 acres in Franklin Co on Hudson Fork of Broad Riv., adj. Kulian Neale, Thomas Gregg, being two tracts granted to Julian Neals 17 Mar., 1786, and registered in Book III folio 610.612..
Signed: Joseph Neal, Frances Neal. Wit: Benjamin Neal, H. McDonald JP.

Franklin Co GA Deed Book OO, p 70-71:
Dtd 18 Feb, 1803. Rec Oct. 5, 1803.
Thomas Gregg and wife Anna of Elbert Co GA to Nathan Smith. In cons. of $100, conveys 262 ac. in Franklin Co on Hudson Riv., adj. Nail, Gregg, and Stephen Smith. Warranted against all but the Indian claim.
Signed: Thos Gregg, Anne Gregg. Wit: John McGowen, Nimrod House, Jno. Cunningham JP


    1. Nicholas Smith

    2. Everett Smith

     3. Isham Smith
Franklin Co GA Deed Book RR, p. 38:
18 April 1804, rec. 7 June 1808. From Lewis Dickerson (x) of Franklin Co. to Isham Smith of same. In consideration of $1,065, conveys 200 acres in Franklin County on Hudson Fork of Broad River, granted to Joseph Martin Russell, and by him conveyed to Thomas Warren, who conveyed it to John Parker, and conveyed by Parker to said Dickerson, adj. Hableton.
Wit: John Douglas (x), Caleb Griffith. Sworn to Douglas before Jno. Collins, J. P. 21 May 1808.

    4. William Smith

Franklin Co GA Deed Book ?, p 27-28:
3 Oct., 1806. James Blair to Christopher Kelly. In cons. $250, conveys 155 ac. in Franklin Co. on Wards Crk., waters of Tugalo Riv., being part of land granted to Samuel Ward 24 Sept., 1803 by Gov. John Milledge as surveyed by George Henning, Dep. Sur. 6 Feb., 1792, adj. land surveyed for William Hay.
Wit: W'm Smith, James Sparks, Benja. Cleveland, Joel Yowel JP.

    5. Stephen Smith b. c. 1765 Cumberland Co

    6. Mary Smith b. c. 1768 Cumberland Co NC

    7. Sarah Rachel Smith

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