Person:Abraham Smith (7)

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Capt. Abraham Smith
m. ABT 1719
  1. Capt. Abraham SmithABT 1722 - 1782
  2. Col. Daniel SmithABT 1724 - 1781
  3. Henry SmithABT 1727 - BEF 1792
  4. Patrick Smithabt 1728 - abt 1756
  5. Lt. John SmithABT 1730 - 1756
  6. Joseph SmithABT 1734 - 1756
  7. Margaret 'Louisa' Smith1741 - 1823
  8. David Smith1741 -
  9. Jonathan Smith1744 -
  10. unproven Jordan SmithBEF 1753 -
  11. William Smith1753 -
  12. James Smith1753 -
m. ABT 1744
  1. John Smith1755 - 1815
  2. Henry Smith1758 -
Facts and Events
Name[7] Capt. Abraham Smith
Gender Male
Birth[1][2][3] ABT 1722 of, Ulster, Ireland
Marriage ABT 1744 , Orange, Virginiato Sarah Caldwell
Alt Death[6] bef. 3 May 1782 Egypt, Rockingham, Virginia
Death[4][5] Nov 1782 Egypt, Rockingham, Virginia

Abraham Smith was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia

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Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA

Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:


  • Vol. 2 - 1750-51, March 18th--Abraham Smith, 50 (acres), joining Henry Smith and Shipman's land, with one right. Henry Smith, Shipman's land, vid. above.
  • Page 41.--21st March, 1754. Same (from Col. James Patton) to Abraham Smith, 86 acres by patent 3d November, 1750, on Craig's Creek at Mulberry Bottom.
  • Page 11 - Abraham Smith, 142 acres, South Branch of Potomack. April 6, 1761. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 5].
  • Page 56 - Thomas Nelson, George Wilson, John Madison, Seronima Ramley, Abrahsm Smith, John Smera, John Poage, Adam Weese, James Huston, Jacob Weese, Sampson Mathews, Michael Thom, Daniel Smith, Anthony Cooper, Alexander McClanahan, Tobias Thom, David Scot, Henry Shepler, Robert Lowthee, John Bryan, George Bush and Hermen Shoe, 1,080 acres, South Fork Potomack River, November 15, 1765. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 22].
  • Page 120 - Abraham Smith, 230 acres, Branch of Dry River of the Shenandoah. Adjoining Robert Henderson, John Davis. November 6, 1767. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 44].
  • Page 153 - Abraham Smith, 82 acres, South Branch of the Potomac. Adjoining Cunningham, Gum. August 29, 1769. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 55].
  • Page 182 - Abraham Smith, 317 acres, Dry River in a Gap of North Mountain. December 21, 1770. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 65-66].
  • Page 194 - Abraham Smith, 115 acres, South Fork Potomac. December 11, 1771. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 70].
  • Page 197 - Abraham Smith, 350 acres, Bever Creek. Adjoining Hugh Diver, Daniel Henderson. March 25, 1772. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 71].
  • Page 228 - Abraham Smith, 170 acres, Crab Apple Bottom. Adjoining Peter Hoal. July 27, 1773. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 81].
  • Page 267 - Abraham Smith and John Skidmore, 390 acres, South Branch of the Potomac. Sdjoining Peter Hoal, April 14, 1775. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 92].
  • Page 267 - Abraham Smith and John Skidmore, 193 acres, South Branch of the Potomac. Adjoining Peter Hoal, William Lewis. April 14, 1775. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 92].
  • Page 269 - Abraham Smith, 198 acres, Crab Apple Waters. April 11, 1774. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 93].


Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:


  • Page 759.--22d November, 1764. Abraham Smitli (s/b Smith) and Sarah to Daniel Smith, £243, two tracts adjoining each other, on head of Dry Fork of Smith's Creek: A, 400 acres patented to Daniel Harrison, 20th August, 1741 and conveyed by him to his son Robert, 16th March, 1748, and purchased by Abraham from executors of Robert, end of the Timber Bottom; B, 260 acres patented to said Robert Harrison, 20th August, 1741, and sold to Abraham by his executors, end of Timber Bottom; corner Daniel Harrison, Robert Cravens's line. Delivered: Daniel, May, 1765.
  • Page 96.--17th November, 1767. Abraham Smith (and Sarra) to James Hanna, £5. (This is a deed of B. and S., but recites a lease prior which does not appear of record at this place.) 150 acres; corner Hugh Diver's land. Teste: William Crow, James Hill, Benj. Keys. [Note: Other records indicate that this tract was located on Briery Branch, a tributary of the North Branch, Shenandoah River]
  • Page 371.—17th August, 1774. Abraham Smith to John Smith, son of Daniel Smith. Whereas John Smith, brother of said Abraham Smith, about 1753 did agree with Silas Hart for the purchase of a tract on South Fork of North River of Shanandoah; John died in year 1757, having will wherein he devised to above John, son of his brother Daniel Smith; Daniel paid the consideration to Hart, 1st June, 1756, and received deed to John, 1st June, 1756. John Smith's will was proved by only one witness and may be called in question by the heirs of said Abraham, who was eldest brother and heir-at-law of John, deceased.
  • Page 416.--20th June, 1770. Abraham Smith to James Fowler, of Lowdon County, £100, 142 acres on a branch of South Branch of Potowmack called Licking Creek, above Paul Shavers' Run. Delivered: James Fowler, 10th August, 1771.
  • Page 90.--17th August, 1779. Abraham Smith and Sarah, of Rockingham, to Michael Armingcost (Arbogast), on Crab Apple Waters on head of the South Branch of Potomack, Lynche's line. Teste: William Booney, Jonathan Shipman.
  • Page 30 - Henry Smith, 400 acres, Beaver Creek. Adjoining Andrew Johnson, Josiah Shipman, near a Road. The above in consequence of an entry by Abraham Smith, deceased, and willed to Henry Smith for 400 acres dated February 3, 1769. May 3, 1782. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 107]. (Note: record proves Henry Smith as a son of this Abraham Smith).
  • Page 34 - Henry Smith, 328 acres, Head of Beaver Creek. Adjoining Fulton, Duns. The entry made by Abraham Smith for 400 acres, June 11, 1771, and bequeathed in his last will to Henry Smith. April 1, 1783. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 109].
  • Page 120.-(undated, abt. 1787-1789) - 517 acres patented to Thomas Waterson 12th May, 1759, by Waterson to Abraham Smith, deceased, and by him devised to his son, Benjamin Smith, grantor here. (Note: this record may be for this Abraham Smith, need additional records to prove that he had a son, Benjamin).

Processioning List of 1760

"Processioning" was the periodic review and agreement of property lines between settler's lands. Processioning Lists are useful in determining the general area of a settlers lands and their neighbors at specific time periods:


  • Vol. 2 - Page 272.-(Processioning List)-1760: Processioned by John Malkem and Alex. Blair, viz: For John Young, for Robert Young, for James Anderson, for Alex. Blair, for John Anderson, for John Francey, for Wm. Cunningham, fnr John McKemy. for Walter Trimble, for Hugh Dever, for John Davies, for _____ Doughlas, for Daniel Smith, for Bigham's land formerly known by the name of Gragg's, for Gabriel Pickens, for Robert Poage, for Abraham Smith, for Isaiah Shipman, for David Robiston, for Silas Hart, for John Cunningham, for Henry Smith, for Widow Ramsey, for Thomas Woodal, for Moses Hall, for Andrey McCown, for James Bell, for Edward Erwin, for Alex. Craig, for Wm. Frame, for Thos. Waterson, for Francis Brown, for John King, for John Searight, for John Kear, for Hugh Campbell, for Alex. Kile, for Robert Fowler, for James Gamble, for James Leeper, Sr. and Jr., for James Blair, for Edward Erwin's land formerly known as Brownlee's place, for Adam Stevenson, for Umphrey's place on North River, for Stevenson's place they live on, for Jacob and Christian Roleman, for John Malcom, for William Flimen, for Charles Campbell, for Robert Campbell, for William Brown, for Widow and John and James Alexander, for Michael Dickey, for James Young, for James Patterson, for Andrew Erwin, for John Erwin, for Edward Erwin, for Francis Erwin, for Hugh Campbell, Jr., for James McGill, for Robert Brown, for James Young.


Records in Rockingham County, VA

  • Be it remembered that on the xxvii Day of April MDCCLXXviii a Commission of the peace and a Commission of Oyer & Terminer under the Hand of his Excellency Patrick Henry Esq. Governor in Chief, dated the xxiv Day of March MDCCLXXviii directed to Silas Hart, Daniel Smith, Abraham Smith, John Gratten, Josiah Davison, John Skidmore, George Boswell, Thomas Hewitt, John Thomas, William Nalle, Robert Davis, James Dyer, Henry Ewing, William McDowell, Anthony Ryder, John Fitzwater & Isaac Hinckel Gent. Justices for the County of Rockingham being read, Daniel Smith & Abraham Smith having administer'd the Oath of a Justice of Oyer & Terminer to Silas Hart Gent. and then the said Silas Hart administered each of the said Oaths to Danile Smith, Abram Smith, John Gratten, Josiah Davidson, George Bowell, Thomas Hewitt, John Thomas, James Dyer, Henry Ewing, William McDowell, Anthony Ryder, John Fitzwater & Isaac Hinckle, aforesaid, who were sworn in the Commission of the peace & Justices of Oyer accordingly.
  • Following out a commission issued March 24, 1778, by Governor Patrick Henry, Silas Hart was sworn in as sheriff, with Gabriel Jones and Robert Cravens as sureties. Gaven Hamilton qualifed as deputy sheriff. Thomas Lewis produced a commission as county surveyor, from the president and masters of "the Colledge of Wm & Mary," and was sworn into the office, having Daniel Smith and Abraham Smith as sureties. Peter Hog was unanimously chosen and appointed clerk of the peace.
  • The court resumed its session the next day, April 28, 1778. At the opening six of the justices were present, namely; Daniel Smith, Abraham Smith, John Thomas, John Gratten, Isaac Hinckle, and John Fitzwater; an hour or two later Thomas Hewitt and James Dyer came in, and later still Josiah Davidson. A great deal of important business was transacted this day, in addition to the formal provisions for the settling of several estates.
  • April 28, 1778 - Abraham Smith was recommended to the governor and council as a fit man for the office of county lieutenant; Daniel Smith was in like manner recommended for colonel, Benjamin Harrison for lieutenant colonel, and John Skidmore for major;
  • June 28, 1779. - Josiah Davidson, sheriff, being called on to undertake the collection of the taxes for the year, and having refused, was deprived of his office; and Abraham Smith, John Gratten, and George Boswell were recommended to the governor for consideration in filling the office. An express was to be hired to carry the recommendation to the governor, the expense to be paid by the sheriff out of the "Depositum" in his hands.
  • July 26, 1779. - Abraham Smith was sworn in as sheriff of the county, with John Gratten, Henry Ewing, John Henton, David Ralstone, George Chrisman, Francis Kirtly, and Jesse Harrison as securities. Gawen Hamilton and William Smith were sworn in as deputy sheriffs.
  • August 23, 1779. - "Abraham Smith Gent Sheriff protested against the Sufficiency of the Jayl."
  • November 28, 1780 - Abraham Smith, having resigned the office of county lieutenant, on account of "his Disorder & Infirmities," the court recommended Danl. Smith for appointment in his stead.

Records in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records (unless listed otherwise):


  • Page 90 - John Davison, 225 acres, Dry River. Adjoining Abraham Smith, Stephenson. November 6, 1767. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 33].
  • Page 242 - Michael Armocust, 174 acres, branch of the South Branch of Potomac. Adjoining Abraham Smith, Cunningham. April 13, 1774. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 86].
  • Page 266 - Bryant (s/b Barnet?) Lance, 400 acres. Adjoining James Cunningham, Abraham Smith, Christopher Waggoner. April 20, 1776. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 92].

Information on Abraham Smith

(Gleanings of Virginia History -Compiled & published by William Fletcher Boogher, Genealogical Publishing Co. Inc Baltimore, 1976, p. 333): Abraham Smith, eldest child of Capt. John the emigrant and Margaret Smith, born in Ulster Province, Ireland, 1722, was Capt. during the French and Indian Wars from Sept. 11, 1756, to April 19, 1760. In 1778, one of the 1st Justices for Rockingham Co., Virginia, and County Lieutenant. He is frequently referred to in the preceeding pages of the work in connection with French and Indian war records of his county.

Married Sarah Caldwell, of Augusta County, resided near North Mountain in Rockingham County, Virginia, on a large land estate called "Egypt," where he died. Two children:

1. John, b. Dec. 16, 1755
2. Henry, b. 1758

Records sent to Sandra Smith Gwilliam by Guy R. Smith state that Abraham Smith died Nov 1782 in Augusta County, Virginia

Augusta County, Virginia Court minutes of September 1, 1748, in regards to the estate sale of Joseph Harrison, (mentioned earlier, Isaiah Harrison, Junior exec). It says that the estate sale was held at the house of Samuel Stewart of goods of Joseph Harrison, deceased, sold by Jeremiah Harrison. (We knew about this). It adds: Among the purchasers were Timothy Convey, Samuel Harrison, Samuel Monsey, Arthur Johnson (he lived on Linville Creek, as did Samuel Harrison), Abraham Smith, Samuel Hull, Edward McGinnes, TUNIS HOOD, and others....

Sources for Children of John & Margaret Smith:

1. Abraham Smith: a. 1740 Importation of John Smith as one of “his own Charges from Ireland to Philadelphia & from thence into this Colony” [Orange County, Virginia.]

b. 1753 will of John Smith - son Abraham Smith appointed executor . . . my Executors to Pay five Shillings Each to my Sons Abraham Henry Daniel and John

c. Smith Cousins Four: Abraham, b. in Ulster, Ireland, 1722, m. Sarah Caldwell, of Augusta County [Smith Cousins Four compiled by Zula Wood Atwood, Frank L. Eddens, Jr, Mildred Smith Shumaker, & Guy R. Smith.]

d. Will of John Smith [son of Colonel John Smith] P. 155 Wills--22d January, 1756: to John Smith, son of brother Daniel Smith, the plantation on North River, Shanedoe, which testator bought of Silas Hart; to brother Daniel; to brother Abraham Smith; to brother Henry Smith. Executor, brother Daniel Smith Proved, 18th August, 1756.

References
  1. Court records, 1740.

    John Smith made oath that he imported himself, Margaret his wife, Abraham, Henry, Daniel, John & Joseph Smith & Robert Mc Dowel, as his own Charges from Ireland to Philadelphia & from thence into this Colony & that this is the first time of his proving his & their rights in order to obtain land.---

    Orange County, Virginia Order Book II, Circuit Court of Orange County, Orange, Virginia, 1740 p. 205


    [Note: There is no proof of any last name for Margaret, John’s wife. Guy Smith has a theory that perhaps Robert McDowel could be a relative of Margaret.]

    Importation of the John Smith family in the Orange County, Virginia Order Book II, Circuit Court of Orange County, Orange, Virginia, 1740 p. 205
    see text and image

  2. Will, 1753.

    JOHN SMITH - Will of 1753

    Copied from:
    Settlers by the Long Grey Trail
    A contribution to: The History and Genealogy of Colonial Families of Rockingham County, Virginia
    by J. Houston Harrison C. J. Carrier Company Harrison burg, Virginia 1975
    Page 199:
    "It has been well said that the Harrisons of Rockingham were intimately connected with the Smiths. Reference here is to the family of the immigrant Capt. John Smith, some account of whom has been given, and the accidental finding of whose will among the unindexed records at Staunton has been noted. (See pp. 8, 37, 86, 141). This will, in the original, was written on a single sheet of paper on the back of which occurs the notation: "John Smith Senr. Will," is dated May 7, 1753, and reads as follows-

    "IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN-
    I John Smith of Augusta County and Colony of Virginia being very Sick in Body but in my perfect Sences do make this my Last will and testament first of all I Leave to Margaret my well beloved wife all my Stock of Horses and Cattle Household Goods and all my Movables Whatsoever She shall also make Choice of any one Tract of Land that I have which She is to hold During her Life and at her Death the sd. Land to fall to my daughter Louisa I also Constitute and appoint Daniel Harrison Silas Hart and my son Abraham Smith to be my Executors and it is my will that they Shall Sell all or so much of my Land Excepting the above Tracts as will Pay all of my Debts and funeral Charges and what Ever of my Land Remains un sold to pay of my Debts to be Divided Equally between my sons William Joseph David Jonathan and James Jordan my Executors to Pay five Shillings Each to my Sons Abraham Henry Daniel and John & I Do hereby Revoke make null and void all other wills made by me before this Date and hereby Pronounce and Publickly Declare this to be my Last Will and Testament in Witness whereof I have Hereunto Set my hand an Seal this Seventh Day of May on Thousand Seven Hundred & Fifty Three- "In Presents of James Patton, Robt. Renick, Humphrey Madison
    "Jno. Smith (seal)
    (See original wills, Box 3, Staunton, Virginia) [Note: John Smith had at least 2 wills. This one dated 1753 and a final one dated April 26, 1779.]

    "The signature of Capt. Smith is in a very bold hand.

    The seal is of red wax bearing embossed on it the figure of a "horn of Plenty," out of which pours a "fleur-de-lis", and water (?), onto a sprig, or branch of a vine, placed underneath, and a curved as an inverted rainbow. The fleur-de-lis was the Royal emblem of France, and is also the same for a species of iris. Probably the vine of the seal alludes to the latter, particularly as the iris of mythology was associated with the rainbow. In one way or another the fleur-de-lis occurs frequently in the arms of Smith families. Its significance pouring from a horn of plenty would seem to be evident. On the Arms of Richard Smith, the Smithtown, Long Island, immigrant, the fleur-de-lis was a prominent figure. (See p. 37)….
    Note from Guy Smith-the seal is reversed in this image.

    "The will is interesting, in that it mentions more children than appear to have heretofore been credited to Capt. Smith. At the proving of his importation at Orange (see p. 8), he included his wife Margaret, and sons Abraham, Henry, Daniel, John, and Joseph. Of these Abraham, b. in Ulster, Ireland, 1722, m. Sarah Caldwell, of Augusta County; Daniel, b. in Ulster, 1724, m. about 1751, Jane, the daughter of Capt. Daniel Harrison; Henry, b. 1727, m. Camey ___ [Amy/Amey/Amelia-various spellings from land records]; John Jr., born 1730, was killed at Ft. Vause, June 25, 1756; and Joseph, born 1734, in Chester County, Pennsylvania (?), was captured with his father at Ft. Vause, June 25, 1756, and died a prisoner on the way to [Canada]. A daughter, Margaret, (according to Boogher p. 330) b. 1741, married Hugh Reece Bowen, who died October 7, 1780. The will names a daughter, Louisa, probably Margaret Louisa, and adds sons William, David, Jonathan, and James Jordan. The last may have been named for his mother's family. Evidently these five were the youngest children.
    [Note from Guy Smith: Very few Jordan in records of Augusta Co. No James Jordan.]

    The seal and signature are from Guy R. Smith historian for the Col. John Smith Society.

    JOHN SMITH - Will of 1753-- names wife and children-- see text
    Copied from: Settlers by the Long Grey Trail

  3. Court records, 18 Aug 1756.

    John Smith Jr. [son of Captain John & Margaret Smith b.1730], was killed at Fort Vause, June 25, 1756. John Smith's will P. 155 Wills--22 January, 1756 …to John Smith, son of brother Daniel Smith, the plantation on North River, Shanedoe, [Shenandoah ?] which testator bought of Silas Hart; to brother Daniel; to brother Abraham Smith; to brother Henry Smith. Executor, brother Daniel Smith. Proved, 18th August, 1756

    John Smith Jr. [son of Captain John & Margaret Smith b.1730], was killed at Fort Vause, June 25, 1756. John Smith's will P. 155 Wills--22 January, 1756 names several brothers. Proved, 18th August, 1756-- see actual text for partial transcription

  4. Book.

    (Gleanings of Virginia History -Compiled & published by William Fletcher Boogher, Genealogical Publishing Co. Inc Baltimore, 1976, p. 333):
    Abraham Smith, eldest child of Capt. John the emigrant and Margaret Smith, born in Ulster Province, Ireland, 1722,
    resided near North Mountain in Rockingham County, Virginia, on a large land estate called "Egypt," where he died.

    (Gleanings of Virginia History -Compiled & published by William Fletcher Boogher, Genealogical Publishing Co. Inc Baltimore, 1976, p. 333):

  5. Family records.

    Records sent to Sandra Smith Gwilliam by Guy R. Smith state that Abraham Smith died Nov 1782 in Augusta County, Virginia

  6. Kaylor, Peter Cline, and George Warren Chappelear. Abstract of land grant surveys, 1761-1791. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1976), pg. 107.

    "Abraham Smith, deceased" referred to in the following records:

    Page 30 - Henry Smith, 400 acres, Beaver Creek. Adjoining Andrew Johnson, Josiah Shipman, near a Road. The above in consequence of an entry by Abraham Smith, deceased, and willed to Henry Smith for 400 acres dated February 3, 1769. May 3, 1782.
    Note: this 400-acre tract is likely adjoining the 50-acre tract patented in 1750-51, "joining Henry Smith and Shipman's land, with one right", listed in the land acquisitions above.

    Page 34 - Henry Smith, 328 acres, Head of Beaver Creek. Adjoining Fulton, Duns. The entry made by Abraham Smith for 400 acres, June 11, 1771, and bequeathed in his last will to Henry Smith. April 1, 1783.

  7. Waddell, Joseph Addison. Annals of Augusta County, Virginia, from 1726 to 1871. (Staunton, Virginia: C. Russell Caldwell, 1902), Page 151.

    I. Abraham Smith, son of John, was captain of militia in 1756. In 1758 he was court-martialed, but acquitted, and his accuser subjected to punishment. In 1776 he was colonel of militia. In 1778, he was one of the first justices of Rockingham and county lieutenant. He owned a large landed estate at the foot of North Mountain, about two miles from North River, which descended to his son Henry.