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  • ID: I1348 View Post-em!
  • Name: Moses Smith
  • Sex: M
  • Reference Number: 1360
  • Birth: 14 MAR 1802 in Buncombe County, North Carolina
  • Death: 26 APR 1886 in Asheville, Buncombe County, North Carolina
  • Note:
    Moses Smith (1802-1886)

    Smith Family Bible

    Moses Smith Farm for Sale, Asheville News (Asheville, North Carolina), Thursday, 21 August 1856, Page 1

    (for larger image, click on photograph)
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    First Photograph: Smith Family Bible.

    Second Photograph: Asheville News (Asheville, North Carolina), Thursday, 21 August 1856, Page 1.
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    Note the reference to Moses Smith in the Will of James McConnell Smith (Asheville, North Carolina, 9 February 1850):

    I give and devise unto my son, John P. Smith, his heirs and assigns forever, all my farm and lands at the mouth of Swannanoa on both sides of French Broad River, which I purchased in part of Moses Smith and part from Daniel Smith, embracing the Col. Daniel Smith farm and the new brick house near the road, also one undivided half of my bridge and Bridge tract of land on both sides of French Broad River purchased of Jarrett to take effect at the death of my wife. I also give and bequeath to the said John P. Smith the following negroes, Joe (the wagoner) and his wife Tilda and her children, Alfred, Joe, Mary, Jane, and Vina, also Peter, Charles (Clara's son), and Robb and their increase forever, also one-half of the live stock put into his possession under the article of copartnership together with half of the increase &c. that belongs to him under the contract, also one-half of the grain provender provisions and growing crop that may be on hand at my decease, and all of the farming tools, waggon and harness and household and kitchen furniture that may be at the farm at my decease, Also I give and devise to him and his heirs forever all my lands on Reems Creek.
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    That the following is with respect to the Moses Smith of this entry has not been confirmed and is placed here for research purposes only:

    Marriage Notice: Smith, Miss M. E., daughter of Col. Moses Smith, to Robert W. Brank, all of Buncombe County, Nov. 13, 1856 (Asheville News, Nov. 20, 1856).

    Source: Marriage and Death Notices from Extant Asheville, N.C. Newspapers 1840-1870, An Index, Robert M. Topkins, Compiler and Editor (1977) (1983 Reprint Edition) at 48.
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    In compiling this sketch, it is proper that the names of a few of those hardy pioneers who began the work of redeeming our county from a wilderness, and who laid the foundation of its present substantial prosperity, should not be omitted. More names would be given had it not been impossible to obtain the requisite data, although considerable trouble was taken with that purpose.

    Daniel Smith, who settled af the mouth of Swannanoa in 1785, was one of the first white men to press the soil of the present limits of Buncombe county. He maintained a warfare, generally single-handed, against the Cherokee Indians for many years, and not less than one hundred are said to have " bitten the dust" from the effects of his unerring rifle. The red-men firmly believed that Smith bore a charmed life, and that it was impossible to kill him. Many a "brave" has been heard to tell of the number of times he had taken fair and careful aim, at short range, with no effect, at the devoted form of the undaunted hunter. That superstition which is characteristic of all savage peoples, invested this wonderful man with a thousand traits which he did not possess, and stories innumerable were related 'round the fire of the Council Lodge, of the marvellous deeds of prowess and cunning which he had performed. Traps were laid for him; parties were made up, sworn to take him alive or dead ; but, though sometimes captured, he always made good his escape, and lived to see the county of his adoption cleared of his natural enemy. His son, the late Colonel James M. Smith (born 1787, died 1856), was the first child born of white parents west of the Blue Ridge, in the present limits of North Carolina. Another son, Moses, is still living, at an advanced age, near Asheville, and is celebrated for his remarkable skill as an angler.

    Source: The Asheville City Directory and Gazetteer of Buncombe County for 1883-'84, J. P. Davison, Compiler (1883) at 112.
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    Moses Smith purportedly is buried at Riverside Cemetery (Asheville, Buncombe County, North Carolina).
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    1850 United States Federal Census
    Name: Moses Smith
    Age: 48
    Estimated Birth Year: abt 1802
    Birth Place: North Carolina
    Gender: Male
    Home in 1850 (City,County,State): Buncombe, North Carolina
    Family Number: 1478
    Household Members: Name Age
    Moses Smith 48
    Hannah Smith 42
    Mary E Smith 16
    Rachel Smith 15
    Danl Smith 13
    Jacob Smith 9
    Eliza Smith 7
    Jane Smith 5
    Benjn Smith 2

    1860 United States Federal Census
    Name: Moses Smith
    Age in 1860: 57
    Birth Year: abt 1803
    Birthplace: North Carolina
    Home in 1860: Buncombe, North Carolina
    Gender: Male
    Post Office: Swannanoa
    Household Members: Name Age
    Moses Smith 57
    Hannah Smith 51
    Daniel Smith 23
    Sarah Smith 18
    James Smith 15
    Benjamin Smith 13
    Ugene Smith 3
    Sarah Smith 1

    1870 United States Federal Census
    Name: Moses Smith
    Birth Year: abt 1802
    Age in 1870: 68
    Birthplace: North Carolina
    Home in 1870: Asheville, Brunswick, North Carolina
    Race: White
    Gender: Male
    Household Members: Name Age
    Moses Smith 68
    Hannah Smith 61
    Sally Smith 24

    1880 United States Federal Census
    Name: Moses Smith
    Home in 1880: Asheville, Buncombe, North Carolina
    Age: 78
    Estimated Birth Year: abt 1802
    Birthplace: North Carolina
    Relation to Head of Household: Self (Head)
    Spouse's Name: Hanna Smith
    Occupation: Farmer
    Marital Status: Married
    Race: White
    Gender: Male
    Household Members: Name Age
    Moses Smith 78
    Hanna Smith 71
    Benj. M. Smith 28




    Father: Daniel Smith b: ABT 1757 in New Jersey
    Mother: Mary McConnell Davidson b: 14 OCT 1760 in North Carolina

    Marriage 1 Hannah Posey b: 12 JAN 1807
    • Married: 1826
    Children
    1. Has No Children Eliza Smith b: 1843 in Buncombe County, North Carolina
    2. Has No Children Sarah L. Smith b: JUL 1840 in Buncombe County, North Carolina
    3. Has No Children Benjamin M. Smith b: 1848 in Buncombe County, North Carolina
    4. Has No Children James Smith b: 1845 in Buncombe County, North Carolina
    5. Has No Children Mary Evelyn Smith b: 03 JAN 1832 in Buncombe County, North Carolina
    6. Has Children Winslow Williamson Smith b: 1827 in Buncombe County, North Carolina
    7. Has Children Daniel L. Smith b: 1837 in Buncombe County, North Carolina
    8. Has No Children Rachel Rebecca Smith b: 1835 in Buncombe County, North Carolina

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