Name: Miscellaneous Smoot
Nan, out of all the crap I've sent you in the past few weeks, this Richard SMOOT stuff seems most promising. Please read at least the first page or so (the William BROWNE and Walter DAVIS stuff). Though the genealogies don't report, I can't figure any other reason our Mary Davis Brown would've been so involved with these people unless she was actually a SMOOT herself. I think she was brother of Richard Smoot who died 1676 with her and Walter DAVIS administrator of his estate and guardian to the orphans. But I think I told you that it was WILLIAM BROWNE who actually presented the will of Richard Smoot for probate. Also I found where Richard Smoot's father William Smoot, when still living in VA, had bought land and a mill from John DAVIS in 1644. Was John Davis WALTER DAVIS' father??? Here's the Richard Smoot stuff...
AND HIS DESCENDANTS
Richard Smoot, son of William, was born perhaps on the other side and was brought to America by his parent at an early age. His father transported him to Maryland in 1646 which would seem to indicate that he were a minor at that time.
The fact that a warrant on September 26, 1673, was issued to him for 200 acres of land, 100 acres of which was due for "time of service of himself and wife Elizabeth performed in the Province" has become a subject of much controversy. It is sometime thought that he left the Province, perhaps to Virginia where he married, and was returned to Maryland as an indenture by an enterpriser. This is highly possible, but the more logical conclusion is that he, wishing to reach perfection in a trade, apprenticed himself to a local artisan in the Province, an act which usually took the legal procedure of an indenture. While serving his period of apprenticeship, he married a redemptioner and consequently he was entitled to her land at the completion of her services. The other 100 acres of land to which he was entitled in 1673, were from assignment of Thomas NOTLEY, due the latter for the transporting of John Reed and Robert Collingswood.
Children of Richard and Elizabeth Smoot
1. Richard Smoot married Margaret (???). q.v.
2. Edward Smoot married Lydia Newman. q.v.
3. Elizabeth Smoot, born Dec. 15, 1666.
4. William Smoot, apparently died young.
5. Eleanor Smoot married Humphrey, son of Humphrey and Margarey
Richard Smoot established his seat on the tract known as "The Hills" in Pickawaxon Hundred, where he eventually became the proprietor of one of the largest landed estates in the hundred. About 1650 he received from his father 200 acres of land adjoining the estate of Francis POPE on the Wicomico River, which he later conveyed to his neighbor GILES THOMPKINSON. In 1656 he assigned a portion of "Attwickes' Purchase" on the Wicomico, which had been patented by his father, to Thomas Mitchell who later conveyed to Humphrey Attwickes. The latter in 1662 sold to Thomas Peircy, at which time the transfer was acknowledged by his wife Elizabeth Attwickes. This tract in 1676 became the subject of a suit in chancery, with Bridget Legatt, widow of John Legatt, as the defendant. In 1667 Richard Smoot patented "Free Booty" of 50 acres lying on the west side of the Wicomico near the land of Thomas Smoot. In 1674 he received a warrant for "Smoot's Purchase" of 100 acres in St. Mary's County.
At the lawsuit emanating from the estate of Captain William Batten in 1671/2, Richard Smoot served on the jury.
The will of Richard Smoot was dated April 23, 1676, and admitted to probate in Charles County on October 31, 1676, by Henry Henley and WILLIAM BROWNE, with "brothers William Barton and Robert Rowland" as the overseers. He bequeathed to his eldest son, Richard, the dwellingplantation at the age of 21 years, and Edward an 100-acre portion of "Smoot's Purchase" at majority. The residue of his estate was to be divided among his five named children--Richard, Edward, Elizabeth, William, and Eleanor.
At the court held in Charles County during January 1676/77, Elizabeth Smoot "by the consent of Captain William Barton one of the overseers of the estate of Richard Smoot late of Charles County deceased" was placed under the guardianship of Elizabeth wife of Henry Bonner "till she arrives at the age of 16 years or marriage and said Elizabeth Bonner to learn the orphan to read and write and not to work without the house". At the same court Edward Smoot chose Thomas TAYLOR, and Richard Smoot that of WALTER DAVIS.
On January 20, 1677, WALTER DAVIS of Charles County, the greatest creditor of Richard Smoot, appeared in court and declared that the overseers "would not to further intermeddle with goods". Furthermore, he stated that Richard Smoot, the eldest son, was then of age sufficient to select his own guardian and that he had chosen him. The judge ordered that the goods and chattels of Richard Smoot be transferred to Walter Davis.
The inventory of the personal estate of Richard Smoot Sr. was appraised by John CAGE and George CREDUCLE (De Crego??) on May 15, 1677, with William Barton Jr., as the executor.
The following letter of the same date to WALTER DAVIS was signed by Philip Calvert: "I understand that William Barton Jr. hath intermeddled with goods of Richard Smoot and not fit to administer. He brought an inventory which I ordered to be recorded ... The orphans are under your care now and I desire you to look after them."
On July 18, 1677, Captain HUMPHREY WARREN in court exhibited the bond of WALTER DAVIS, the administrator of Richard Smoot Sr., deceased, with John HATCH and Robert Inglesby as the sureties.
(1663 - 1734)
Richard Smoot, son of Richard and Elizabeth Smoot, was born about 1663 in Pickawaxon Hundred, Charles County, Maryland. By the will of his father in 1677, he was bequeathed, as the eldest son, the dwellingplantation "The Hills", but somehow this tract of 240 acres subsequently became the property and seat of Captain Humphrey Warren II. In 1711 Richard Smoot with JAMES WALKER was bondsman for his sister Eleanor Warren, the administratrix of Humphrey Warren III.
It is assumed that he was the Richard Smoot who settled in Prince Georges County, where he died intestate in 1734. Letters of administration were issued to his widow, Margaret Smoot, with John Harris and Leonard Marbury as her bondsmen. It is believed that he married late in life and that no children were born to the union.
(16-- - 1707)
Edward Smoot, son of Richard and Elizabeth Smoot, was born probably at "The Hills" in Pickawaxon Hundred, Charles County. In November 1681, he with a number of others received from His Lordship's Treasury 110 pounds of tobacco for "acts of public service", which is believed for his participation in one of the early Indian campaigns.
He married Lydia, daughter of George and Lydia (Ashcomb) Newman, but then the widow of John GEE, late of St. Mary's County. Records show that on February 25, 1684, the administration of the estate of John Gee was granted to Edward Smoot who "marryed the widow of the said deceased".
Children of Edward and Lydia (Newman) Smoot
1. John Smoot married Posthuma Ford. q.v.
2. Lydia Smoot married (???) Bean. Her estate was administered
1721 by John Smoot. William Howard and William DECREGOE
3. Edward Smoot, born June 20, 1693. q.v.
4. Elizabeth Smoot, born June 20, 1693.
5. Eleanor Smoot.
On April 5, 1689, Edward Smoot purchased from his kinsman William Smoot a portion of "Wicomico Fields", lying on the west side of the Wicomico River, where he established his seat which for over a century remained the traditional home of his descendants.
Edward Smoot died intestate. Letters of administration were issued on July 15, 1707, to Gerard O'Cane who had married the widow. His personal estate was appraised on August 16, 1707, by William Maddox and Richard Morris. John Loftus was surety for the administrator.
At a subsequent rent roll, 200 acres of "Wicomico Fields" were possessed by Gerard O'Cane and his wife Lydia, 100 acres by John Warren, and 200 acres by Colonel Contee.
By her third husband, Lydia Gee-Newman-O'Cane had at least two children--Gerard II and Judith. Gerard O'Cane Sr. died intestate in 1713, when his step-son John Smoot was appointed administrator by the court. JOHN WILDER and Edward FORD offered bond. Within a short time his widow died, thereupon her son John Smoot was named administrator. In this instance JOHN WILDER and William DECREGOE were his bondsmen.
An administration account shows that John Smoot while administrating on the estate of Gerard O'Cane accounted for the money due from the deceased (Gerard O'Cane) as the administrator of Edward Smoot as well as disbursements to Eleanor Smoot daughter of Edward deceased, to Judith O'Cane daughter of the deceased, and to James O'Cane "his son". From the peculiar wording of the account, one would conclude that James was a son by a previous marriage, yet no statement proves this fact.
John Smoot in 1720 when he rendered an account on the estate of his mother made the following statement ... "whereof he could render a specific inventory and that he believes if any such there were that they by mistake were appraised among the estate of Gerard O'Cane, her deceased husband, who died but a small space before her".
At this time Gerard O'Cane, the minor orphan, had been removed from the guardianship of his half-brother and placed under his fullblood sister Judith DUTTON. The latter by that date had married Matthew Dutton, of Charles County. Matthew Dutton died in 1734, naming in his will his widow Judith, and sons NOTLEY, Thomas, and Gerard, and an unborn child. His widow on February 27, 1734, leased "Popleton" lying in Charles County to Leonard Smoot. She by 1737 had married secondly John PENN.
(1686 - 1728)
John Smoot, son of Edward and Lydia (Newman) Smoot, was born November 2, 1686, in Pickawaxon Hundred, Charles County. He married Posthuma, born July 29, 1693, the daughter of Edward and Elizabeth (Allanson) Ford, of Chingoemuxon. On August 7, 1721,
John Smoot and Posthuma his wife conveyed to John Sanders for 7,500 pounds of tobacco a portion of "Christian Temple Manor" which had been willed Posthuma by her father and whereon Richard Coombs lately dwelt. The manor "Christian Temple" had been surveyed in 1659 for Thomas Allanson. A complete list of the children of John Smoot and Posthuma his wife has not been proved.
Children of John and Posthuma (Ford) Smoot
1. Edward Smoot married twice. q.v.
2. John Smoot married twice. q.v.
3. Eleanor Smoot.
4. Posthuma Smoot, spinster. Estate administered by Edward Smoot
In 1717 John Smoot was bondsman for Frances Lofton when she administrated on the estate of her husband John Lofton. He also was bondman for William DERREGOE (sp?) when he administrated on the estate of John Derregoe in 1719, for Matthew Wardeen in 1722 when he administrated on Robert Cull's estate, and he with Matthew DUTTON was bondsman for Katherine Edwards when she administrated for Thomas WAKEFIELD.
John Smoot maintained his seat at "Wicomico Fields" where he died intestate during November 1727/8. The inventory of his personal estate was taken in April 1728, with JAMES SMITH and Lydia Smoot signing as the kinsmen. Mark PENN and Alexander Hanna were the greatest creditors. At this date the widow had married John Groves who, as administrator, certified to the inventory, stating that his wife, Posthuma Groves, relict and administratrix of John Smoot' deceased, was "not capable of riding at Present". Mark Penn and William HAWTON were the bondsmen for the administrators. At a subsequent rent roll of Charles County, John Groves held a portion of "Wicomico Fields" for the orphans of John Smoot.
Posthuma Smoot-Groves outlived her second husband and rendered an account on his estate in April 1750. She showed a disbursement to John Smoot "being a part of his father's estate". The Groves representatives besides the widow were William Groves, aged 17 years, and Mary Groves, aged 16 years.1
William Groves Jr. made a noncupative will during 1757 in the presence of Edward Smoot and Abel WAKEFIELD, willing his sister Mary
1She married first George Thomas by whom she had Tyre, John, Mary, and
Philip, and secondly PHILIP JENKINS by whom she had Posthuma Eleanor.
Groves his entire estate except a negro which was to be sold for the benefit of his mother. Posthuma, the widow of John Smoot and John Groves, died in Charles County during 1771.
(1693 - 17--)
Edward Smoot, son of Edward and Lydia (Newman) Smoot, was born June 20, 1693, in William and Mary Parish, Charles County, Maryland. He migrated to Northumberland County, Virginia, and settled in St. Stephen's Parish, where the births of his children are recorded. The name of his wife is not given. No further record of Edward Smoot has been found.
Children of Edward Smoot
1. Winifred Smoot, born July 18, 1724.
2. Anne Smoot, born Oct. 13, 1726.
3. Thomas Smoot, born July 9, 1729. q.v.
4. Sarah Anne Smoot, born June 4, 1732.
EDWARD SMOOT, GENT.5
(1724 - 1795)
Edward Smoot, son of John and Posthuma (Ford) Smoot, was born at "Wicomico Fields", Charles County, Maryland. On February 22, 1762, in defining the boundary of his plantation he gave his age as 38 years, therefore, placing his birth about the year 1724. He married first Miss Chandler, according to a notation made in the Bible of his grandson. Furthermore, a son of this marriage noted in his family Bible that he was the child of Edward and Anne Smoot. From these references, we consequently learn that his first wife was ANNE CHANDLER. The Smoots and the Chandlers were neighbors and friends and therefore it was natural that a marriage between the two families would materialize.
John CHANDLER was domiciled in Port Tobacco Hundred early in the seventeen hundreds, though he married Anne Penn, sister to Mark Penn, whose ancestral home was in Pickawaxon Hundred. The will of John Chandler, proved in 1735, named his sons, John, William, Stephen, and daughters, Sarah Hamill, Anne Chandler, and Mary Chandler. John and Stephen settled on the Wicomico. Subsequently Stephen Chandler sued Edward Smoot for possession of land in St. Mary's County. Although the lawsuit failed to show the cause for legal action, it is concluded that in some manner Edward Smoot through his wife was holding land previously belonging to the Chandlers.
Children of Edward and Anne (Chandler) Smoot
1. John Smoot married Elizabeth DOUGLAS. q.v.
2. Edward Smoot married Rosannah Hodson. q.v.
3. Lydia Smoot married Clement Kennedy.
4. William Groves Smoot. q.v.
5. Henry Smoot married Elizabeth Warren. q.v.
6. Mary Smoot married Nov. 16, 1790, Jessie Tull.
In 1758 John Chandler was bondsman for Edward Smoot when he administered the estate of John Carver, likewise, Stephen Chandler was his bondsman in 1777 when he administered the estate of Boles Tyre Balthrope. John HAMILL, son of John and Sarah (Chandler) Hamill, by his will of February 21, 1760, named his godson William Groves Smoot and his (testator) uncles John Chandler and Stephen Chandler.
By 1767 Edward Smoot had become a widower and had taken as his second wife Mary Magdaline, daughter of Benjamin and Sabina (Donaldson) Stoddert, of St. Mary's County.
Children of Edward and Mary (Stoddert) Smoot
7. Alexander Stoddert Smoot. q.v.
8. Jannet Smoot married THOMAS DOUGLAS****************************************.
9. Benjamin Stoddert Smoot. q.v.
Edward Smoot added to his estate from time to time both by patent and by purchase. In 1755 he received a warrant, which was issued under the name of "WILDER's Mistake", for an unclaimed tract of land amounting to 66 1/2 acres between his plantation and that of JOHN WILDER. In 1764 he patented "Sukey" of 22 acres, and in 1765 "Smoot's Trifle" of 3 3/4 acres.
In 1764 Edward Smoot purchased from William Mitchell, of Prince William County, Virginia, 153 acres of land lying in that county, the tract being a portion of 300 acres bought by Luke Cannon from Thomas Young, conveyed to Young by George Pemberton and conveyed to him by Charles Sneed to whom the land had descended by inheritance.
On March 16, 1767, Edward Smoot, Merchant, and Mary Magdaline his wife deeded to James Tippen, of Frederick County, Innholder, 76 acres of land, being one-third of the dwelling-plantation of Benjamin Stoddert called "Friendship" originally granted to Colonel Thomas Addison and James Stoddert, and inherited by Edward and Mary Magdaline Smoot.
In 1770 Edward Smoot purchased from Philip Ludwell Lee 1,300 acres of "Rehoboth", portion of an original tract of 2,300 acres lying on the eastern side of the northwest fork of the Nanticoke River in Dorchester County. The original patent was in the name of John Lee, of Virginia, but later passed to his brother Richard Lee.
The tax list of 1783 recorded him as a resident of William and Mary Parish, stating that his seat "Wicomico Fields" had a "beautiful location on the Wicomico River". His other taxable realty in that year were "Wilder's Mistake", "Bullen" on the Potomac of 25 acres, "Bole's Purchase" of 483 acres on the Potomac, and 50 acres of "Harrison's Adventure".
Edward Smoot was a communicant of the Parish Church, still standing at Wayside, and shared a pew with Anne Smoot, according to the assignment of 1752. Although his wife at this period was Anne, it was not accustomed in that day to assign pews in the name of a wife. Consequently, she was probably a maiden sister or a near kinswoman.
Edward Smoot took the Oath of Allegiance and Fidelity to the State of Maryland during 1778. Record exists, however, of his having been summoned by a commission of Charles County on the suspicion of maintaining a correspondence with the enemy. The charge was dismissed December 23, 1777, after he had given bond for his appearance at the next county court.
On June 14, 1785, he deeded to his son Edward Smoot for love and natural affections a portion of "Rehoboth", lying at the mouth of Batchelor Creek. Mary Magdaline Smoot, his wife, waived her dower. At one time he was a magistrate of Charles County.
The will of Edward Smoot was dated October 2, 1794, and proved in Charles County on February 24, 1795, by J. Harris, Sarah Marshall, and Henley Adams, with the widow and son Alexander Stoddert Smoot as the executors.
He confirmed the gifts, both real and personal, made to his deceased son Edward and his heirs. To his son William Groves Smoot, he devised personalty and confirmed the gifts already given him. To his grandson Thomas, son of William Groves Smoot, he bequeathed several tracts of land on which the latter was domiciled, with William Groves the privilege of residing upon the land during life.
Henry was willed a portion of "Rehoboth" lying in Dorchester County. To the heirs of his son John, he devised one guinea and confirmed the gifts already bequeathed.
Alexander received after the death of his mother all land purchased from Levy Chum, Philip Key, and Edward Gardner, being a portion of "Wicomico Fields", providing he paid Philip Key œ75, the agreed price. Alexander also received 375 acres of "Indian Landing", lying on the southwest side of the northwest fork of the Nanticoke River, in Dorchester County.
Benjamin Stoddert Smoot was bequeathed the dwelling-plantation, being a portion of "Wicomico Fields", and two tracts purchased from JOSEPH SCROGEN known as "Harrison's Adventure" and "Scrogen's Grove", a tract adjoining called "Wilder's Mistake", and the water mill.
Daughters, Lydia Kennedy and Jannet Smoot, received certain articles and one-half of the personal estate, the other half to be enjoyed by his widow during life, then to his two sons--Alexander and Benjamin. His granddaughters, Mary Smoot of Henry and Catherine Kennedy, were each devised a negro. In the event that his daughter Mary was living at the time of his death, she was to have œ5 and the confirmation of gifts already bequeathed.
His executors were to sell "Lucky" and the proceeds were to be divided between his two grandchildren--Elizabeth Smoot of William and Elizabeth Kennedy of Clement--when they came of age. His wife, whom he named as executrix with his son Alexander, died before the probation of the will, inasmuch as on February 24, 1795, the court records refer to "Alexander S. Smoot as the surviving executor". The inventory of the personal effects was taken on June 14, 1796, with Benjamin S. Smoot and William G. Smoot as the next of kin.
Court records show that Alexander Stoddert Smoot was made the guardian of his brother and sister--Janet and Benjamin Stoddert. Citation was issued at the court of 1797-1799 to Alexander Smoot, executor of Edward Smoot, to show why he had failed to render a final account on the estate.
(1726 - 1795)
John Smoot, son of John and Posthuma (Ford) Smoot, was born about 1726 in William and Mary Parish, Charles County. He married twice. The identity of his first wife remains in doubt, but his second wife was Anne, daughter of Charles Allison Ford, to whom he was married on April 8, 1779, by the Rev. John McPherson of William and Mary Parish. Her father died in Charles County during 1784 and named his son-in-law John Smoot, daughter Anne Smoot, and grandchildren Samuel and Mary Smoot.
Children of John Smoot
1. Mary Anne Smoot married May 27, 1779, John Brown WILDER.
2. Horatio Smoot married thrice. q.v.
3. Elizabeth Smoot.
4. John Smoot married Elizabeth Grant. q.v.
5. Charles Smoot. q.v.
6. David Smoot.
7. Eleanor Smoot married Apr. 6, 1782, Paul Minitree.
8. Samuel Smoot.
9. Mary Smoot, died young.
Being a younger son, John Smoot failed to share in the realty holdings of his deceased father. In 1750, presumably shortly after he obtained majority, he was devised his share of the personal estate by his mother. He established his seat in Trinity Parish where the marriages of his two daughters are recorded in the register. In 1766 he patented "Rogue's Harbor" of 3 1/4 acres and two years later he received a warrant for "Good Luck" to be surveyed into 44 acres. At the first census he was presumably the John Smoot Sr. who was the head of a family with 2 males over 16 years of age, 4 males under 16 years, 4 females, and 11 slaves.
He died intestate in Charles County. The court named his widow Anne Smoot, the administratrix, while NEALE H. SHAW and John E. FORD offered bond. The inventory of his personal estate was taken on September 24, 1795, and appraised at œ336/14/6. Horatio Smoot and John B. Wilder signed as next of kin. The proceeds were distributed in 1806 among the widow, the seven surviving children, and Eleanor Minitree (granddaughter) daughter of Eleanor Minitree, deceased.
In 1800 his widow Anne Smoot was the head of a family in William and Mary Parish, Charles County, with two males between the ages of 16 and 26, one female between the same ages, herself over 45, and 20 slaves. She was not the head of a family at the next census.
(1729 - 1757)
Thomas Smoot, son of Edward, was born July 9, 1729, in St. Stephen's Parish, Northumberland County, Virginia. He married Sarah, the daughter of Anne Alexander. The latter in her will proved in Northumberland County during 1757 devised her plantation to her son Ewell Alexander during life then to her grandson Thomas Smoot and his male heirs, and for want of heirs to her daughters Winifred Walker, Anne White, Sarah Smoot, and Mary Townsend. To her daughter Sarah Smoot, she willed the "chest that was formerly her grandmother". Personalty was also left to her grandsons Thomas and Charles Smoot.
Children of Thomas and Sarah (Alexander) Smoot
1. Thomas Smoot, d.s.p.
2. Charles Smoot, born 1753, married Elizabeth (???). q.v.
Thomas Smoot died intestate. An inventory of his personal effects was taken on May 9, 1757. His widow died intestate; the inventory of her estate was made as of April 13, 1761.
CAPTAIN JOHN SMOOT6
(1748 - 1793)
John Smoot, son of Edward and Anne (Chandler) Smoot, was born about 1748 at "Wicomico Fields", William and Mary Parish, Charles County, Maryland. He married first Elizabeth, born 1749, the daughter of Captain JOSEPH DOUGLAS and Catherine Musgroves his wife.
Children of John and Elizabeth (Douglas) Smoot
1. Catherine Smoot married 1788 John Sydreham Cropper, M.D.
Issues: Zadoc and Elizabeth who married Henry P. Waggaman.
2. Henry Smoot, died young.
3. Amelia Lee Smoot, died May, 1790.
4. John T. Smoot married Elizabeth Douglas. q.v.
John Smoot settled about 1771 upon "Rehoboth" where he constructed Liberty Hall a spacious Georgian mansion, now one of the show places of Dorchester County. At the census of 1790, he had 41 negroes on his plantation, being the largest slave owner in the county.
On May 20, 1778, John Smoot was commissioned a captain of the Third Company of the Upper Battalion of Dorchester County Militia. He was in service as late as April 1, 1780. His mercantile business maintained a fleet of its own ships, some of which were captured by Tories during the war. He was also a county magistrate and represented his district at the first State Assembly of Maryland.1
His wife died on July 19, 1787, and was buried in the private burying ground at Liberty Hall. On April 10, 1790, he married Elizabeth Parker.
Children of John and Elizabeth (Parker) Smoot
5. Joseph Edward Smoot. q.v.
6. John Henry Smoot married Keziah KEENE. q.v.
John Smoot purchased from Eccleston Brown on July 12, 1793, "Sandy Hill" on the upper side of the Northwest Fork Bridge (now Federalsburg, Caroline County), running from the bridge south, then up the street binding on far corner of "John Smoot's Store House". The title, however, did not pass until April 13, 1796, when it was delivered to J. Douglas, the administrator of his estate.
John Smoot before his death controlled a number of mercantile establishments on the Eastern Shore--besides the store at Northwest Fork Bridge, he had one at Crotchers' Ferry. In his concern at Vienna he had Alexander Douglas as his partner, and then there was a lumber firm of Douglas & Smoot, near his seat of "Rehoboth", where also stood a mill.
John Smoot negotiated his will on August 27, 1787, shortly after the death of his first wife. He bequeathed the dwelling-plantation of 440 acres to his son John, also his merchandise interests. Other realty was devised to his two children Catherine and Henry. He died on January 15, 1793, and was buried in the private burying ground at Liberty Hall.
In the meantime he had remarried and become the father of two additional children, all of whom he failed to provide for either by a codicil or a new will. In 1799 his widow married Thomas Jackson at Christ Church, Cambridge, and with him instituted action in the courts for an equaled distribution of the estate.
Furthermore, another law suit developed over a portion of "Rehoboth" about 1806, particularly that portion owned by Launcelot Lee who died intestate about 17--, leaving his sister Amelia Lee his heir-at-law. The latter afterwards married John Anderton, of Dorchester County, who predeceased his wife. Amelia (Lee) Anderton by her will devised the portion of "Rehoboth" to her namesake Amelia Lee Smoot who died intestate, thereupon the land descended to her brother John Smoot and her sister Catherine Cropper, wife of John Cropper. The suit showed that Catherine had died during 1804, leaving Zadoc and Elizabeth Cropper as her only heirs-at-law.
The date of the erection and the builder of Liberty Hall, "Rehoboth", or the Old Turpin Place, as the villagers of Dorchester County refer to it, have been the subject of much controversy. Some of the chambers of commerce on the Shore, tourist bureaus, and writers of Maryland claim that it was constructed as early as 1742 by the Lees, others cite 1757. Mary Turpin Layton was told by her great aunt that Liberty Hall was built by her great-great grandfather John T. Smoot, but writers and promoters of the show places of the Eastern Shore refused to accept this belief. It is she whom the compiler of these chronicles is indebted for the following proof.
The tax list of 1783, original on file at the Maryland Historical Society, shows that John T. Smoot was seated on 908 acres of "Rehoboth" with 1 frame dwelling house, 1 kitchen, 1 granery, 1 saw mill, 1 store house, 14 log slave houses, all located on the Nanticoke. He was further seized of "Robson's Ridge" of 50 acres, with 1 frame dwelling house and 3 log houses, all situated inland; "Hill's Adventure" of 50 acres with 1 frame dwelling and 1 log house, also inland; and "Conclusion" of 360 acres with 1 log house, also inland. His total landed estate in Dorchester County consisted of 1,687 acres, and he was the master of 42 slaves.
Edward Smoot was seized of 523 acres of "Rehoboth", and 3 acres of "Fisher's Lott", both tracts being inland, with 1 dwelling house and 12 log slave quarters. The only other owner of a portion of "Rehoboth" was John Anderton, the husband of Amelia Lee, who was seized of 400 acres with 2 small log houses on the Nanticoke, but his seat was at "Sandy Hill". His landed estate, as has been previously stated, ultimately reverted to the two children of John T. Smoot by his first wife.
When John T. Smoot negotiated his will in 1787, he bequeathed the brick dwelling on his plantati
Miscellaneous Two Smoot
- Unplaced Smoots