James Smith

James SMITH (1769 – 1852 ) was Alex’s 5rd Great Grandfather, one of 64 in this generation of the Miner line.

James Smith was born in Sep 1769 probably in Pensylvania.  He married Anna SMITH. He settled in Somers Township, Preble County Ohio around 1802.  James died 14 Aug 1852 in Preble County, Ohio and is buried in Hopewell Cemetery.

James Smith Headstone — Hopewell Cemetery Morning Sun Preble County Ohio, USA Plot: Row 19

Anna Smith was born 17 Mar 1770 or 18 Mar 1768 according to headstone and date calculator in Montgomery, Franklin, Pennsylvania. Her parents were Robert SMITH Sr. and Catherine WALLACE.  Ann died  13 Jan 1844 in Preble, Ohio.

Ann Smith Headstone 1

Ann Smith Headstone 2 – Hopewell Cemetery Morning SunPreble CountyOhio Plot: Row 19

Ann wife of James, Sr.
died Jan. 13, 1844
75 yrs. 9mos. 26d.

Note: Stone is broken and in pieces

Children of James and Anna:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Mary Smith 2 Sep 1791 Simeon Rogers
28 Apr 1812
Preble OH
1845 in Adams, Indiana
2. Catherine Smith 2 Sep 1793 Pensylvania Samuel Senton Patterson III (Mary’s brother)
27 Jul 1813
Preble County, OH
19 Feb 1863
(Katherine Patterson departed this life February 19th, 1863 aged 69 years, 4 months, and 24 days)
3. Robert SMITH 16 Nov 1795 Jessamine County, Kentucky Mary PATTERSON
(cousin of Martha McGaw)
12 Aug 1815
Preble County, Ohio.
10 Nov 1879
Preble, Ohio
19 Nov 1879
Fair Haven Cemetery, Israel Township, Preble, Ohio.
4. Samuel Smith 24 Oct 1797
Martha McGaw (cousin of Mary Patterson)
23 Oct 1817
Preble, Ohio by John Pinkerton
5. Isaac Smith 1 Nov 1800
Martha Burke (30 Mar 1793 Virginia – 3 Oct 1857)
19 Oct 1826 by Thomas Madill
Preble, OH
12 Jul 1883
Berrien, MI or
1 Mar 1883
Riverside Cemetery Dowagiac
Cass County
6. James R. Smith 28 Feb 1803
Polly G Paxton 12 Jun 1823 Preble, OH by Alex Porter VDM, the pastor of Hopewell Church. 22 Sep 1850  age 47y 6mo.) Preble OH
7. John P. Smith 18 Feb 1808 Jane Davenport?
30 Jan 1825
Preble OH
Mary M. Burk
23 Sep 1840
Preble, OH
Preble, Ohio, USA
8. Elizabeth Smith 7 Feb 1810 Christian F White?
13 Mar 1831 Preble, OH
9. William Smith 20 Oct 1812 Margaret Wiley? (William H Smith)
24 Jul 1845 Preble, OH
Lucinda Brown
23 Jan 1850
Preble, Ohio by L H McCracken

In the 1850 census, James was living by himself near his son James Jr in  Union Township, Union County, Indiana.  Note that Union Township, Indiana is right next to Preble County, Ohio.

Map of Indiana highlighting Union County
Union County, Indiana

A  John P. Smith moved to the same Somers Township, Preble County in 1816.  A  Samuel P. Smith move to the same township in 1820. While Smith is a common name, perhaps these were James’ brothers.

Somers Township, Preble County, Ohio

It appears that James had moved across the border to Union, Indiana by the 1830 census:

Free White Persons – Males – 15 thru 19: 1
Free White Persons – Males – 50 thru 59: 1
Free White Persons – Females – 60 thru 69: 1
Free White Persons – Under 20: 1
Total Free White Persons: 3

Mrs. McDonnell located a Smith/Patterson family bible during the summer of 1963. The Bible was published in 1828 by Daniel D. Smith.  The  Bible from which the below entries were extracted originally belonged to the Smith family and was brought into the Patterson line by marriage of Catherine Smith (1793-1863) to Samuel Patterson, Jr. (1792-1872) as the first two entries obviously refer to Catherine’s parents and the remaining Smith entries to their children. The Bible then passed to Catherine’s son Jame B. Patterson (1819 – ?) who, in turn, passed it to his daughter Eliza Ellen Patterson (1846 – 1924). From her it must have gone to her daughter Laura, the wife of Forrest Hege, and finally to Dorothy Hege (1898 – ?). The Bible entries as copied by Mrs. McDonnell are:
James Smith – born the year 1769 September
Anna Smith – born the year 1770 March 17th
Mary Smith – born the year 1791 September 2
Catherine Smith – born in the year 1793 September 2
Robert Smith born in the year 1795 November the 16th (married Mary Patterson a sister of Samuel Patterson, Jr.)
Samuel Smith – born in the year 1797 October 24
Isaac Smith – born in the year 1800 November 1
James Smith – born in the year 1803 February the 28th
John Smith – born in the year 1808 February the 18th
Elizabeth Smith – born in the year 1810 February 7th
William Smith – born in the year 1812 October the 20th

Kentucky Presbytery 1800 – 1815

James removed from Kentucky to Preble Ohio and joined the Presbyterian Church.  Perhaps clues to his origins can be found in the history of the Ketucky Presytery.

THE HOPEWELL CHURCH. In the years 1806 and 1807 several families, members of the Associate Reformed church, emigrated from the States of Kentucky and South Carolina, and settled in Israel Township in the midst of the Beech Woods. Rev. Risk, a minister of the Associate Reformed church, preached to them soon after their settlement. In the fall of 1808, at the house of William McCreary, in section thirty-six, they formed themselves into a society, and in conjunction with the people of Concord petitioned the presbytery of Kentucky for supplies.  Among those who occasionally supplied them were, Revs. McCord, McGill, Samuel Crothers and Brahman Craig.

[Samuel Caruthers b. 29 Apr 1770 in Abbeville, Abbeville, SC; m. Sarah Vaughn d. 21 Aug 1847 in Clark, Arkansas]

Before the close of the 1700’s, Transylvania Presbytery had become so extended as to call for a division. With the consent of the Synod of Virginia, it was broken up (March 27, 1799) into three Presbyteries,—Transylvania, West Lexington, and Washington.

The first of these, bounded northeast by the Kentucky River, north and northwest by the Ohio River,  and comprehending on the south the settlements on the Cumberland and its tributaries, comprised ten ministers:—David Rice, whose pastorate of the congregations of Concord at Danville, Cane Run, and Dick’s River (1784-97) had closed, and who had removed to Green county; Thomas B. C’raighead, subsequently (1805-08) pastor of Shiloh congregation, though he had been long in the field; Terah Templin, a faithful evangelist, supplying destitute congregations (Road’s Run near Springfield, and Hardin’s Creek, now Lebanon) in Washington county; James McGready, pastor of the congregations of Gaspar River, Red River, and Muddy River (1796-1814); Archibald Cameron at Simpson’s Creek, Bullskin, and Achor congregations (1796-1803), and subsequently in charge of Shelbyville and Mulberry Churches (1804-36); Samuel Finley at Stanford (1797-1807); Matthew Houston, successor of Carey H. Allen as pastor of Paint Lick and Silver Creek Churches (1797-1802); William McGee, pastor of Beech Church; and John Howe, settled (1798) over Beaver Creek and Little Barren.

West Lexington Presbytery, bounded south and southwest by Kentucky River, north and northwest by the Ohio, and north and northeast by the Main Licking, comprised nine ministers:—James Crawford, till his death pastor of Walnut Hill Church (17851803), gathered by his own labors; Samuel Shannon at Bethel and Sinking Spring (1789-93), and subsequently (1794-1806) atWoodford; Isaac Tull at Green Creek and Pleasant Point (1796-98); Robert Marshall at Bethel (1793-1833) and Blue Spring (1793-1803?); James Blythe at Clear Creek and Pisgah (1793-95?), of the last of which he was staged supply for over forty years; Joseph P. Howe at Mt. Sterling and Springfield (1795-1830); James Welch at Lexington and Georgetown (1796-1804), and subsequently at Dayton, Ohio; Samuel Rannels at Paris and Stonermouth (1796-1817); and William Robinson at Mt. Pleasant and Indian Creek (1796-1802).

Washington Presbytery, extending across the Ohio and comprising the remaining portion of Kentucky northeast of the Main Licking, consisted of seven ministers,—Peter Wilson, James Kemper, John P. Campbell, John E. Finley, William Speer, John Dunlavy, and Riichard McNemar.

In 1802, the three Presbyteries were constituted the Synod of Kentucky, and their aggregate membership had risen from twenty-six to thirty-seven. In 1810, the Presbytery of Muhlenberg was erected from that of Transylvania; and in 1814, the three Presbyteries, Transylvania, West Lexington, and Muhlenberg, covering most of the State, reported an aggregate of thirty ministers and sixty-five congregations. At this time several new laborers, worthy of special mention, had entered the field. Among these were Thomas Cleland, of Union (1804-16), Now Providence, and Cane Run (1813-52) congregations, Samuel K. Nelson (1809-27), of Danville, S. B. Robertson (1801-13), of Cane Run and New Providence, Nathan H. Hall, R. M. Cunningham, and others to whom reference will hereafter be made.

Among the ministers to whom, at the commencement of the century, the charge of the churches in Kentucky was committed, there were a few of devoted piety and a high order of talent. Rice and Marshall have already been mentioned. Crawford had studied at Princeton, and was a man of industry, zeal, and usefulness. Campbell was a genius, and at the same time a close student and a well-read theologian. He was a graceful speaker, an elegant writer, and a powerful controversialist. Dr. Alexander, who knew him well while he was studying with Graham and Hoge in Virginia, pronounced his talents fit for any station. Lyle was moderately gifted, but studious, cautious, and discreet. Rannels was pious and indefatigable, but unequal in his efforts, and by no means eminent. Stuart was unassuming, prudent, and considerate, but fearless in the discharge of duty. Cameron was a countryman of John Knox, whom in many respects he resembled. Robertson was much admired as a preacher, and was warm and ardent in his devotions.1 Blythe was at once scholarly and practical, conservative and decided, commanding in person and magisterial in manner,—a man of little pliancy, but great decision. Many of the others, however, were either weak in intellect or inefficient as pastors. Howe (J. P.), though he could sing and pray well, was a tedious preacher. Houston, Dunlavy, and McNernar became New-Lights or Stoneites, and finally Shakers. Bowman (1810) was suspended for refusing to appear and answer charges against him. Mahon was deposed for drunkenness. Tull was a good but weak man, and an indifferent preacher. Taking the whole body together,2 ” a dull formality seems to have been their general characteristic.” With two or three shining exceptions, the majority were of barely respectable abilities, a few hardly above mediocrity, and not a few, though sound in principle, ” deficient in the spirit of the gospel.” At one time or other, nearly half the preachers had been under ecclesiastical censure. Several were cut off for heresy or schism, two were deposed for intemperance, and several were rebuked for wrangling or improprieties.

With such facts as these established beyond question, we are not surprised at the statements of the historian of the Cumberland Presbyterians. “The ministry,” he says, ” aimed at little else than to enlighten the understanding.” Craighead for fifteen years was never heard to speak ” in favor of the new birth, evangelical repentance, or saving faith;” and his course was scarcely exceptional. The ministers spoke of the elect, the predestinated,the preordained, but little of individual accountability or spiritual regeneration. A stiff technical theology or a dry speculative orthodoxy left the heart and conscience unmoved. Members were received to the churches without professing a change of heart or being aware of its necessity.

Yet it was in these circumstances that the great Kentucky Revival of 1800—one of the memorable events in the history of the Church in this country— commenced. It was characterized, as it progressed, by great extravagances and indiscretions. Some of its results, indirectly at least, were deplorable. Yet it exerted a powerful and permanent influence, and wrought a marked change in the aspect and condition of society.1 The most incredulous repeatedly became its subjects.

In January, 1799, the Rev. James McGready took charge of three congregations—Red River, Gaspar River, and Muddy River—in Logan county, Ky. Among the neighboring ministers in sympathy with him were John Rankin, William McGee, and William Hodge,—the latter one of his own converts, from North Carolina. His field was a most unpromising one. Spiritual life seemed almost everywhere extinct. But a few members were found by the pastor ready to unite with him one day in each month, and an hour in each week, in prayer for the conversion of sinners and the revival ofGod’s work. In the course of three or four months there were signs of change. A woman long connected with the church (Gaspar Eiver) renounced her hope as false and delusive. Struck under deep conviction, she at length found peace. Immediately she visited her friends, warning them from house to house, in a most solemn manner, to attend to the interests of their souls. The congregation soon became interested, and some ten persons professed conversion.’


1. Mary Smith 

Mary’s husband Simeon Rogers was born in 1785 in New Jersey. His parents were Simeon Rogers Sr. and Abigail Howard.  Simeon is listed on the 1830 Preble County, OH census with 7 male children and 1 female child.  Simeon died in 1845 or 1854 in Adams, Indiana.

Children of Mary and Simeon

i. Joseph Smith Rogers (20 May 1814 – 30 May 1861) m. 18 Jan 1838 Elizabeth Turner (26 Sep 1820 – 5 Aug 1901) In the 1850 census, Joseph and Elizabeth were living in Blue Creek, Adams, Indiana with four young children. Alice (11), David (7), Hugh (2) and Commodore (newborn).

ii. Hugh S. Rogers  (4 May 1824, Preble, Ohio – 22 Jun 1865)  m. Sarah J. Turner  (11 Sep 1822 – 06 Feb 1898)  Hugh S. was a civil war soldier and died “standing in the sun” in the U.S. Transit Hospital in NY. In the 1850 census, there was a Hugh and Sarah Rogers living in Kirklin, Clinton, Indiana, but the dates of birth are a little different Hugh (1819 Ohio) and Sarah (1824 Iowa). This couple had two children Robert F (4) and Sarah (newborn)


2. Catherine Smith

Catherine’s husband Samuel Senton Patterson III was born 26 Jun 1793 in South Carolina.  His parents were Samuel PATTERSON Jr. and Agnes [__?__].   Samuel and Catherine were living in Fall Creek, Hamilton, Indiana with their son James in the 1850 census.   Samuel Patterson  departed this life January 1, 1872 in Hamilton, Fall Creek, Indiana, aged 79 years, 3 months, and 6 days.

1800 – In the 1800 SC Heads of Families census listed in Abbeville Dist.: (Column Headings: Males 45, Females 45 , free persons, slaves) Paterson, Samuel _ p. 32 _ 31010-10010-01 This matches Samuels family exactly; William age 8, Samuel age 7, John < age 1, Samuel Jr age 35, Mary age 5, and Agnes age unknown. It is interesting to see that Samuel Jr. had one slave in his household. This somewhat dispels that theory that the Pattersons and other families who moved from South Carolina to Ohio did so over slavery.

Samuel Patterson III served in the American Army during the War of 1812. Mrs. Mary Jane McDonnell of Indianapolis informed Carroll Ruffin Patterson that he received a pension for that service and that there is a reference to bounty land.

Children of Catherine and Samuel

i.   Samuel J. Patterson (26 Sep 1815, Indiana Territory – 2 Oct 1852 Indiana); m.1 Aug 1839 in Preble, Ohio to Margaret McBurney (23 Aug 1821 in Ireland – 6 Nov 1852 in Indiana) In the 1850 census, Samuel and Margaret were living in Fall Creek, Hamilton, Indiana with five children under 10. One daughter Mariah also died 11 Oct 1852.

In 1852 a cholera epidemic swept through Indiana and other parts of the Ohio Valley and literally Wrecked this family, killing Samuel J. Patterson on 2 Oct 1852, his wife Margaret McBurnet on 6 Nov 1852, their daughter Mariah on 11 Oct 1852 and their son James on 23 Sept 1852. Mary Ann Patterson died 20 Aug 1854 aged 9, of unknown causes. After the death of their parents and siblings, the surviving children went to live with various relatives as follows:
=>Thomas Jefferson Patterson (1844-1914) with his paternal uncle James B. Patterson ( 1819-?). Thomas was a very wealthy man of Hamilton County Indiana and active in the Republican Party of that County, which he served as a county commissioner. During the Civil War he served 3 1/2 years in the Union Army. He was in the lumber business and a gentleman farmer, having about 600 acres under cultivation. After his retirement he made a fortune in natural gas. On his death a large estae passed to his surviving children.
=>Amanda Ella Patterson (1852 – 1924) with her paternal aunt Anna Patterson (1817-1876) and her husband John Wright (1812-1894) in Potomac, Ilinois. Amanda suffered a sun-stroke from which she never completely recovered. Her family removed to Colorado on the assumption that the climate of the high altitudes would benefit her. Such was not the case, however, and she became increasingly worse and subsequently died. Her twin daughters. Elizabeth and Blanche, taught school at Boulder Colorado for many years.
=>Martha Jane Patterson (1841-1924) was reared by persons unknown, undoubtedly relatives in the Ohio-Indiana-Illinois area.

ii.  Anna Patterson  (13 Sep 1817 Blue Grass, IL?- 18 Apr 1876, Potomac, Vermilion Illinois); 8 Feb 1837 Vermilion Illinois to John Burrell Wright (18 Mar 1812 in Maggotte Creek, Franklin, Virgina – 27 Mar 1894 in Potomac, Vermilion, Illinois) son of John Wright and Elizabeth Abshire; Ten children

In 1852 Anna, husband John and their first seven children moved their family and belongings in a covered wagon to Illinois. Family tradition says that, as many others in like circumstances did, they were overloaded and had to abandon many of their possessions in the wilderness. Their two youngest children were born in Illinois.

iii. James B. Patterson  (22 Nov 1819 Fall Creek, Hamilton, Indiana – 11 Oct 1900 in Noblesville, Hamilton, Indiana); m. before 1843 to Nancy Rutherford (10 Feb 1823 Indiana – 20 Jun 1908 Noblesville, Hamilton, Indiana) In the 1850 census, James and Nancy were farming in Fall Creek, Hamilton, Indiana and his parents were living with the. By the 1870 census, James and Nancy had moved to Vernon, Hancock, Indiana. By the 1900 census, James and Nancy were living with their son Nathan in Noblesville, Hamilton, Indiana

iv. Eli Patterson ( ); m. 27 Oct 1853 Hamilton, Indiana to Martha Arnett There were several Eli Pattersons who served in Indiana Regiments in the Civil War, but I haven’t been able to identify if any were this Eli.

v.  John Patterson

vi. Nancy Patterson (10 Feb 1823 – )


3. Robert SMITH  (See his page)


4. Samuel Smith 

Samuel’s wife Martha McGaw was a cousin of another daughter in law, Mary Patterson.  Martha was born 9 Oct 1795 in Abbeville, SC.  Her parents were William Magaw (1750 – 1836) and Mary Patterson (1757 – 1842). Martha’s brother Samuel Patterson Magaw was a Presbyterian minister. He was pastor of Clear Creek and Mt. Pleasant congregations (Presbyterian) in Ohio. Martha’s maternal grandparents were our ancestors Samuel Senton PATTERSON (1725 – 1792) and Mary CARSON (1730 – 1820) Martha was living with her son Samuel in 1880 in Henderson, Illinois and died in 1881.

In a 1827 census, Samuel was a farmer in Israel Township, Preble, County

In the 1850 census, Samuel and Martha were living in Preble, Ohio with their youngest children Samuel and Martha. Their farms was valued at $3,300.

Children of Samuel and Martha

i. Mary P Smith (5 Aug 1818 Israel Township, Preble, Ohio, –

ii. James Oliver Smith (12 Nov 1820 Israel Township, Preble, Ohio – ); m. Catherine [__?__] (abt 1824 New York – ) In the 1860 census, James and Catherine were farming in Israel, Preble, Ohio. Ten year old Sarah Kill was living with them.

iii. Anne Jean Smith (Jul 1823 Preble, Ohio – 11 Feb 1824 Preble, Ohio)

iv. Elizabeth Smith (5 Jun 1826 in Israel, Preble, Ohio – 17 Jan 1829 in Israel, Preble, Ohio)

v. William Smith (17 Jul 1828 in Israel, Preble, Ohio – 21 Feb 1850 – Preble, Ohio) m. Mary [__?__] William died of consumption

vi. Samuel A Smith (30 Dec 1830 – 13 Nov 1904 Shiloh Cemetery Bloomfiled Township, Mitchell County, Kansas) m. 22 Sep 1868 Henderson County, Illinois to  Nancy Vorona Pace (1 Aug 1846 in Manmouth Warren, Illinois – 1 Apr 1943 Bloomfield, Mitchel, KS) In the 1880 census, Samuel and Nancy were farming in Henderson, Illinois. They had five children, Samuel’s mother Martha and a hired hand living with them. In 1900, Samuel, Nancy and four of their children aged 19 to 26 were farming in Salt Creek, Mitchell, Kansas.

vii. John Smith (29 Nov 1833 in Israel, Preble, Ohio – 21 Sep 1834 Preble, OH)

viii.  Martha Smith b. 1835


5. Isaac Smith 

Isaac’s wife Martha Burke was born 30 Mar 1793 in Montgomery County, Virginia. Her parents were John Burke (15 Mar 1763, Virginia – 20 Sep 1838, Indiana) and Margaret Davidson (1766 in Tazewell, Virginia – 21 Nov 1836 in Virginia) Martha died 3 Nov 1857.

In a 1827 census, Isaac was a farmer in Israel Township, Preble, County

Children of Isaac and Martha :

i. James Smith (c. 1829 Ohio – )

ii. Anna Smith (1831 in Berrien, Michigan – 15 Sep 1873 in Santa Clara, Santa Clara, California) m. 26 Dec 1855 in Berrien, Michigan to Isaac Newton Thompson (28 Jul 1823 in Indiana – 05 Aug 1913 in Santa Clara, Santa Clara, California) By the 1860 census, Isaac and Anna were farming in Santa Clara. There oldest daughter Martha was born in California Feb 1857 in Santa Clara so they arrived even earlier. After Anna died, Isaac married in 1874 to another widow Emily Anna Carrie DeFleurey (18 Feb 1839 in Illinois – 18 Mar 1928 in Santa Clara, Santa Clara, California) In the 1880 census, John’s stepson Ellsworth Kaufman (15) was living with the family


6. James Smith

James wife Mary (Polly) G. Paxton was born 18 Aug 1799 in Virginia.   Her parents were Jonathan Paxton (1777 – 5 Jan 1852, Hopewell Presbyterian, Preble, OH) and Nancy Agnes Gilmore (1784 – 28 Feb 1852, Hopewell Presbyterian, Preble, OH).  Polly died 27 Jun 1868 in Preble County, Ohio.

Note that our ancestor and James’ nephew  William McCAW was working on Polly’s brother Thomas Paxton’s farm in 1850.  James and Polly’s first child was Nancy after her mother.

Polly Paxton Smith Hopewell Cemetery, Morning Sun, Preble, Ohio (wife of J.R. died June 27 1869 age 68y 10m 9da.)

In the 1850 census, James and Polly (Mary) were living in Union Township, Union County, Indiana. James’ farm has a value listed at $5,000 which is above average.  Her father James SMITH was also living there, next to the farm of a William and Lucinda Smith.  Their remaining children (Catharine, Willliam, James, Sarah and John [Jho]) were all born in Indiana. James must have died shortly thereafter and his body was brought back to Preble, Ohio as his gravestone shows a death of 22 Sep 1850.

James R. Smith was born in Union county, Indiana, in 1810, and died in 1857. His wife was Mary Paxton, who died in 1871. They had ten children, three of whom are still living: Eliza, married and living in Israel township; Mary, married and living in Fair. Haven, and William R., living in Israel township. William R. Smith was born in 1836. In 1857 he married Mary Ann Evans, who was born in 1836. She died in 1874, leaving three children. He married again in the same year, a Miss Grace E. Munns, who was born in Butler county, Ohio. They have had two children. He lives in Fair Haven and owns fifty-four acres of land.

James Smith Jr Headstone Hopewell Cemetery Preble, Ohio

Children of James and Polly:

i. Nancy Smith  – Nancy’s headstone is in Row 18 Hopewell Cemetery , Morning Sun, Preble County, Ohio, but the date is illegible

ii. Ann Smith ( c. 1825 Indiana –  Apr 1860 in Israel, Preble, Ohio) m. 16 Mar 1842 – Union Union County, Indiana to William C. Swan (abt 1824 Pennsylvania – ) By the 1880 census, William was still farming in Somers, Preble, Ohio and before 1870 had married another Ann C. (c. 1824 Ohio – ) whose parents were from Maryland.

iii Eliza Smith (2 Mar 1828, Indiana – 22 Aug 1900  Hopewell Cemetery, Morning Sun, Preble, Ohio) m. 20 Nov 1844 Union County, Indiana to Andrew Brown (15 Nov 1820 Ohio – 8 Jul 1894 ).

As of 1881 they had four living children and Mr. Brown owned one hundred and forty-two acres of land, which is under good cultivation. Andrew’s father Thomas Brown was born in South Carolina, in 1792, and emigrated from that State to Ohio in 1816, and about 1819 settled in Israel township, section twenty- seven. His wife was Elizabeth Hamilton, born 1798, and died in 1847. They have had nine children, one of whom (John) is dead: Jane, Andrew, Samuel, William, Eliza, James H., Israel and Margaret were living in 1881. By 1900, Eliza was widowed and living with her nurse in Isreal, Premble, Ohio.

iv. Mary Smith (7 Feb 1830, Union County, Indiana – 27 Sep 1911, Fairhaven, Preble, Ohio); m. 21 Nov 1849 Union County, Indiana to Daniel Fisher (18 Jul 1818 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania – 22 Jun 1899 Fairhaven, Preble, Ohio)  Mary and Daniel had six children. In the 1880 census, Daniel was a tinner living in Fair Haven, Premble, Ohio.

v. Catharine Smith (c. 1832 Indiana – Jul 21 1862, Sioux County, Iowa)

vi. William Rankin Smith (21 Apr 1836, Indiana – 1885) In 1857 he married Mary Ann Evans (1836 – 6 Mar 1874  Preble, Ohio) She died in 1874, leaving three children. He married again in the same year, a Miss Grace E. Munns, who was born in Butler county, Ohio and died 22 Aug 1921 in Preble, Ohio.   They have had two children. In 1881 he lived in Fair Haven, Preble, Ohio and owned fifty-four acres of land.

vii. James P. Smith (1838 Indiana – bef. 1880)

viii. Sarah McCracken Smith (13 Dec 1840 Indiana – 23 Sep 1850, Preble County, Ohio)

ix. John A. Smith (12 Feb 1844, Indiana – 24 Apr 1874, Isreal Township, Preble, Ohio); m1 17 Feb 1863  to Lucinda VanDeveer; m2. 5 Apr 1866 Preble, OH to Sarah J. Evans (14 Nov 1846 in Ohio – 14 Mar 1873 in Israel, Preble, Ohio) In the 1870 census, John and Sarah were farming in Israel, Preble, Ohio.


7. John Smith

John’s first wife Jane Davenport was born in 1807 in Wayne, Indiana.   Her parents were Jesse Davenport (1 Nov 1775 in Guilford Rowan, North Carolina, – 28 Jun 1826 in Wayne, Indiana) and Rebecca Fouts (15 Mar 1784 Randolph, North Carolina – 20 Apr 1862 Wayne, Indiana)  Jane died in 1839 in Wayne, Indiana.

John’s second wife Mary M. Burk was born xx.


9. William Smith

William’s first wife Margaret Wiley

William’s second wife Lucinda Bown  was born in 1828 in Ohio.  Lucinda’s parents were born in South Carolina.  Lucinda died after the 1880 census.

William may have married Margaret Wiley? (William H Smith) 24 Jul 1845 in Preble, OH.  He married  23 Jan 1850  in Preble, Ohio by L H McCracken to Lucinda Brown In the 1850 Census William and Lucinda were living Union, Union, Indiana – living next to his father James and near his brother James.  In the 1860 Census Union, Union, Indiana –  William was living near College Corner Post Office, Butler County.  The value of his farm was $14,000 so he was doing quite well.  By 1870, the value of his farm had reached $25,200.  By 1880, Lucinda was widowed and her son Isaac was head of household.

Children of William and first wife Margaret Wiley?

i. John B.Smith   (1836 Indiana – After 1880 census); m. before 1870 to Adeline E. [__?__] (abt 1835 Maryland or 1837 Ireland – ) Adeline’s father was from France and her mother from Ireland. In the 1860 census, John B was living at home and  was doing OSF (Order of St. Francis) Ministry. In the 1870 census, John was a clergyman in Jefferson, Newton, Indiana. In the 1880 census, John was Minister of the Presbyterian Church in Monticello, White, Indiana

ii. Nancy Smith (1839 Indiana – ) Only 1850 census

iii. Anna Smith (1841 Indiana – ) Only 1860 census


Children of William and Lucinda

iv. James B. Smith (1851 Union, Union, Indiana – )

v. Isaac N. Smith (1856 Union, Union, Indiana – After 1920 census); m.  Catherine [__?__] (1858 Ohio –  After 1920 Census)  By 1880, Lucinda was widowed and  Isaac was head of household and married to Catherine.

1849 Union County Retrospect
Based on “Indiana Gazetteer,” published by E. Chamberlain
click and zoom to Our Neighbors MapUnion County, organized in 1821, derived its name from the hope that it would harmonize the difficulties that existed in relation to the county seats in Wayne and Fayette. It is bounded north by Wayne, east by the State of Ohio, south by Franklin, and west by Fayette. Union County is 14 miles from north to south, and 12 wide. The civil townships are Center, Union, Harmony, Liberty, Brownsville, and Harrison. The population in 1830 was 7,957, in 1840 8,027, and at this time [1849] about 8,500. The eastern part of the county is level, the western undulating or hilly, about one-eighth is bottom, the other seven-eights timbered upland, on which beech, sugar-tree, poplar, oak, walnut, ash and hickory were originally the most common forest trees. The soil is uniformly good and well adapted to corn, wheat, oats, grass, etc., and hogs, cattle, sheep and horses are raised on almost every farm beyond the demand for home consumption. The annual value of the surplus exported is estimated at $200,000. There are in the county 16 gristmills, 21 sawmills, two oil mills, four woolen factories, 25 stores, two lawyers, 10 physicians, 11 ministers of the gospel, 10 Methodist churches, three for Presbyterians, tow for Christians, and two for Baptists, two for the Reformers, tow for the Friends, one for the Associate Reformed, and one for Universalists. AT least 40 common schools are kept up six months in the year, at which from 1,200 to 1,500 scholars attend, and the schoolhouses are mostly comfortable buildings.