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 1629 - 1700

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  • Title  Major 
    Birth  29 Mar 1629  Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Gender  Male 
    Birth  29 Mar 1629  [2,5
    Death  Abt 1700  Essex, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Death  1700  [2
    Military Rank  Colonel  [1
    Military Rank  Major  [4
    Died  08 Aug 1700  [5
    Person ID  I6684  Our Family Tree
    Last Modified  09 Aug 2013 23:25:42 
    Father  SMITH Christopher 
    Mother  TOWNLEY Elizabeth, b. 1598, Colne, Lancashire, England  
    Family ID  F2875  Group Sheet
    Family 1  DEBNAM Mary, b. Abt 1629 
    Married  28 Sep 1651  [7
    >1. SMITH Sara, b. Abt 1661, Essex, Virginia, USA
     2. SMITH
     3. SMITH Lawrence, b. Aft 1663
     4. SMITH William, b. Bef 1687, Gloucester, Virginia, USA
    Family ID  F2874  Group Sheet
    Family 2  HITCHON Mary, b. Abt 1631 
    Married  28 Sep 1651  Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Family ID  F2552  Group Sheet
    Family 3  READE Mildred 
    Family ID  F2873  Group Sheet
  • Notes 
    • Maj. Lawrence SMITH
      29 Mar 1629 - 1700
      ID Number: I17448
      TITLE: Maj.
      OCCUPATION: Bacon's Rebellion
      RESIDENCE: ENG & York & Gloucester Cos. VA
      BIRTH: 29 Mar 1629, Stoneyhurst,BurnleyParish, Lancashire, ENG, Burnley Parish
      DEATH: 1700, Abingdon Parish,Gloucester Co.VA
      BAPTISM: 29 Mar 1629, England
      RESOURCES: See:
      The VA Genealogist, Vol. 41, 1997, #3
      Karen Bosze, 2/98 One ref. used A History of Two VA Fam Transplanted from County Kent, ENG" by Dr. and Mrs. William Carter Stubbs.
      LDS: Individual Record FamilySearchr Ancestral File? v4.19 Ann REYNOLDS (AFN: 21R6-8P)
      LDS AF, March, 1994, AFN: 9JZM-NG states 1 other spouse Wm. & Mary Quarterly, v. 1, 2nd ser, p. 151: "Nicholas Battaile, b. 1701, son of Col. John Battaile, Sr. (d. [illeg.] and Elizabeth, dau. of Maj.Lawrence Smith, and sister of Sarah Smith, the wife of the first John Taliaferro."; Va. Magazine of History & Biography, Vol. 41, Apr., Jul., Oct., 1933: Genealogies of Va. Families from the Va. mag. of Hist. and Biog. Vol. V., Gen. Publ. Co., Inc. 1981, Baltimore; Janet Weston on Fido 8/16/94 cites (re Taliaferro ) Va. Mag. of Hist. & Biog., v77; various volumes of the Wm. & Mary College Qrtrly; Records of Colonial Gloucester co., VA. v. 1 & 2 (comp. P. C. Mason, 1946); Lewises, Meriwethers & Their King (Sarah T.L. Anderson, 1938); Sketches of Some of the First Settlers of Upper Ga. (Geo. R. Gilmer); "Torrence and Allied Families" by Robert M. Torrence, The Wickersham Press, Philadelphia 1938, p. 305 !The Colonial Gen. Vol. VIII, #3 !Betty A. White, 916 Elizabeth St., Gilmer, Tx. 75644 (903)843-3426, Feb., 1993 !Don Schimpf, 2106 Creekside Ct., Arlington, Tex. 76013, Mar.9, 1993 - gives b d as 1665 and in Aug., 1995 states abt 1660 !Thomas Hill to Laquita Armstrong on Fido 7/29/94 !David R. Zoller, P.O. Box 536, Fall River Mills, Ca. 96028, Sep. 19, 1994 - gives b. as 1661 Information from a book, "Highlights of the Capital Hill Community - Jimmie Harrison Taylor's Research".per EMail Msg 1997: Ron Bewley (
      Fred Preston's pages:
      Sources: "The Family Tree" by Mary Preston Gray 1980-1984, "The Preston Genealogy" edited by L. A. Wilson under the direction of William Bowker Preston pub. 1900 and "The Preston Family" compiled by John Mason Brown 1870.
      the Patton story from data supplied by Annie Rhea Bruce from the book "James Patton and the Appalachian Colonists".
      Quote: "Fred is not a genealogist but he has collected some very good things. I feel the Smith Genealogy is mixed up".

      Father: Christopher SMITH
      Mother: Elizabeth TOWNLEY

      Family 1 : Mary HITCHON
      MARRIAGE: 28 Sep 1651, Burnley Parish, Lancashire,England

      Family 2 : Mary DEBNAM
      + Sarah SMITH
      + Elizabeth SMITH
      John SMITH
      Lawrence SMITH
      + William SMITH
      + Augustine SMITH
      Charles SMITH
      + SMITH

      The main article identifying Lawrence Smith's ancestry is "The Townleys and Warners of Virginia and Their English Connections" by Mary Burton Derrickson McCurdy in The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography.

      As for his wife, Rudolf Loeser identifies her as almost certainly Mary Debnam. See his two articles in The Virginia Genealogist: "Katherine (---) (Debnam) Grymes and Some Relatives" Vol. 41, No. 3 (July-Sept. 1997) pp. 163-171, and "Margaret (Debnam) Perrott and Some Relatives" vol. 42, No. 1, pp. 3-17.

      was a resident of Gloucester county, Virginia, and in March, 1675-1676, he commanded a fort at the head of Rappahannock river. In Bacon's rebellion he sided with Governor Berkeley, and after Bacon's death led the Gloucester "trained hands" against Ingram, but they deserted him. He was surveyor for the counties of Gloucester and York in 1686, and in 1691 laid out Yorktown. In 1699 the governor recommended him as suitable for appointment to the council. He died in 1700. From his coat-of-arms Major Smith appears to have belonged to the Smiths of Totne, county Devon, England. He was father of Colonel John Smith, of the Virginia council.

      The Colonial Gen. Vol. VIII, #3
      LDS AF, March, 1994, AFN: 9JZM-GF - gives a dau only first name of Mary. Maj. Lawrence Smith probably did marry Mary Hitchen in England. She apparently died in England before he immigrated into Virginia. They had a duughter Mary born 24 Oct 1652 who apparently died also in England.
      Mary HITCHON
      BIRTH: ABT 1631, ?Burnley Parish,Lancashire,Eng.
      CHRISTENING: 23 OCT 1632
      DEATH: Eng.
      REFN: 1383
      Father: John HITCHON

      Family 1: Lawrence SMITH MARRIAGE: 28 SEP 1651, Burnley Parish,Eng.
  • Sources 
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    2. [S604] My Southern Family, Becky Bass Bonner & Josephine Lindsay Bass, (Name: Becky Bass Bonner Josephine Lindsay Bass;)

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    4. [S2] 1600 Lines to Pilgrims Lineage Book III, Edited by: Mary E. Mayo, (Name: Genealogical Publishing Co.;), 704

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    6. [S428] Joel Hager, (Name:;),

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