Name: Samuel Smith
Prefix: Dr. 1
Birth: 4 NOV 1758 in Londonderry, County Londonderry, Ulster, Ireland 2
Death: 22 AUG 1807 in St. Louis County, Mo
Burial: 27 AUG 1807 St. Louis County, Mo
Note: in Conway Family Cemetery
Occupation: Medical Doctor 1
Education: Edinburgh University, Edinburgh, Scotland 1
Religion: Presbyterian 1
Note: 1 1|
Change Date: 9 OCT 2011
From a Smith Family genealogy prepared by Ora Gertrude Smith (b. 1872):
(Ttranscribed by Tarney Smith from the original handwritten papers on loan from Mimi Kerth who headed the Restoration Committee of the old stone Bonhomme Presbyterian Church in 1974.)
"Dr. Samuel Smith, educated at Edinburg University, came from Derry County, not far from Donegal (he sailed from Derry or Londonderry) to Pennsylvania where he married Elizabeth Gordon about 1786. Her wedding dress was blue silk with gold flowers. Samuel Smith later moved to Virginia where he lived about four years. Elizabeth Gordon's parents were Irish and Scotch. She was born in Pennsylvania December 4, 1765. They came to Missouri in 1798. They settled in St. Louis County near Bonhomme Church. The old Smith home, a log cabin near Bonhomme, was built in 1810. They moved into it in 1811. It was called the 'fort'."
Ora Smith wrote further: "Grandfather had two sisters and a brother here. He left two brothers in Ireland, John and Robert. Margaret married Gordon in Illinois. Sallie married a Sommerson now in Ohio. Uncle Billie's descendants are in Virginia. Grandmother's sister Mollie Gordon married Thomas Mason."(Note: Ora Smith was a great granddaughter of Samuel and Elizabeth Gordon Smith. She may have been quoting from her father or copying something he had written.)
From documents received from the Office of Secretary of State, State of Missouri:
A "loose translation" of Samuel Smith's petition for land (original in old French and Spanish)
"Samuel Smith petitioned Charles De Lassus, Lieutenant Governor of Upper Louisiana to grant him land in the St. Louis district, which Zenon Trudeau, former Lieutenant Governor had given him permission to settle. This petition is signed by Smith"
"De Lassus writes to Santiago McKay, Commandant of St. Andre, giving his permission for Smith to settle the land."
Antoine Soulard then surveyed the land which was along Creve Coure (Creek) in St. Andre of the St. Louis District.
(Note: After the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, a Board of Commissioners was established to settle the many claims of Spanish Land Grants in the Territory of Missouri.)
Transcript of Commissioner's Minutes, December 21, 1805 - Vol.1, p. 11:
Samuel Smith - In the case of Samuel Smith claiming under a concession from Charles De Lassus for 450 arpens of land dated the 20th day of October 1799.
"In support of his claim the said Samuel Smith produced the above mentioned concession, together with a certificate of survey of said 450 arpens, dated December the 19th 1799. George Gordon was also produced, who being duly sworn I interrogated to that effect, said that he knew Samuel Smith the above claimant, that he, the said Samuel Smith was at the time of obtaining said concession of the age of twenty-one years and upward and the head of a family, and that he did from to and on the (?) day of October 1800 reside upon and cultivate the said tract of land.
Whereupon the Board confirms to the said Samuel Smith his said 450 arpens of land as per his concession and certificate of survey aforesaid."
From Commissioners' Minutes, Vol. 4, p. 376 - 1810:
Samuel Smith claiming 450 arpens of land see Book No. 1 page 11, Book No. 3 page 259. The Board confirms to Samuel Smith four hundred and fifty arpens of land as described in a platt of Survey certified the 19th of December 1799 and to be found of Record in Book A, page 255 of the Recorders Office.
Satterfield, pg 1 of corrections, "Dr Samuel Smith came from Ireland, not far from Derry. He sailed from Donegal, came to Penn, where he married Elizabeth Gordon about 1786. They later moved to VA were they lived for about four years. They came from VA to MO in 1798 and settled in St Louis Co near Bon Homme Church on County Road. Elizabeth was a member of Bon Homme Church organized in 1816. Dr Samuel Smith had two sisters and a brother here and two brothers, John Smith and Robert Smith, in Ireland. His brother here married Sarah Gordon. One sister married Alexander Gordon, brother to Elizabeth, and the other sister married a Summerson. The Old Smith Home was of logs and they moved into it in 1812. Dr Samuel Smith was educated in Edinburg University, Scotland. He practiced his profession as long as he lived. Alexander Gordon was born in 1768 and had a son Jeremiah Gordon born 1806."
Conway Family Cemetery, on grounds of Conway Day School, Conway Rd west of Woods Mill (beyond Old Bonhomme Church), St Louis Co MO, shows a new stone for "Dr Samuel Smith, August 22, 1807; Elizabeth Gordon his wife Nov 27, 1829."
Father: Unknown Smith b: ABT 1735 in Londonderry, County Londonderry, Ulster, Ireland
Elizabeth Gordon b: 4 DEC 1765 in Cumberland County, PA
- Sarah Smith b: ABT 1787 in Franklin County, PA
- Anna Smith b: ABT 1789 in Franklin County, PA
- John J. Smith b: ABT 1790 in Franklin County, PA
- Jeremiah Smith b: ABT 1791 in Pennsylvania
- Henry Smith b: 4 DEC 1793 in Pennsylvania
- George Smith b: 26 DEC 1801 in Missouri
- Alexander Smith b: ABT 1803 in St. Louis County, MO
- Samuel Smith b: 2 AUG 1805 in St. Louis County, MO
- Text: Genealogy reports on Gordon and Smith Family prepared by Tarney Smith based on information from Ora Gretrude Smith.
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