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Facts and Events
Ericus Smith was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Records in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
23 Nov 1756: Sold "Christiana Hundred" to Thomas Shipley for £306S1 -- 136 A. willed to him by "Hanse" Smith [his father, Hans Jurgen], 12 Dec 1753. His father had purchased the land from Charles Springer, 4 Nov 1732.
He has not been accounted for between Nov 1757 (when his son, John, was buried in Wilmington) and Apr 1770, when he first appears in court records in southwest Virginia -- cited for failing to appear at a militia muster in Augusta County.S1 He appears to have moved on c.1773 to the part of Fincastle County that became Washington County a few years later.
He witnessed transfer of property by John Hays to his son, Charles Hays, Sr., in a will dated 5 Dec 1750. Delivered, Oct court 1784.
He served in the Virginia militia in Dunmore's War and his name appears on the list of those at the Elk Garden Fort, where he was erroneously reported as "found dead till Aug. 29, 1774." (The intent is unclear, but this may mean he was MIA and then found.) His name also appears on the commemorative monument at the Point Pleasant battle site.
Ericus appears on the Washington County tax rolls in 1782 & 1783.
4 Oct 1783, Thompson Creek, a branch of the Clinch River at New Garden: Ericus had 200 A. surveyed, which he actually had been living on since about 1773. Most of the Hatfields lived in the same neighborhood, and Joseph Hatfield married Ericus's daughter, Rachel.
9 Dec 1785: He signed the petition for the formation of Russell County out of Washington County.
Ericus last appears in the Russell County tax list for 1792; his widow appears as head of household in 1793. Also, his property tax for 1793 was paid by his son, Ale (spelled "Eli" in this instance), as his assignee.