Person:George Smith (464)

George Smith
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Name George Smith
Alt Name George Schmidt
Gender Male
Birth? 1732
Marriage 1766 Augusta County, Virginiato Rebecca Bowen
Death? 20 Mar 1804 Clinton County, Kentucky

George Smith (Schmidt) was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia


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  • Page 25 - George Smith - 200 acres, North Branch of James River. Adjoining George Sailing. August 10, 1762. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 10].
  1.   Clinton County, Kentucky Historical Society.

    George Schmidt immigrates to America
    George Schmidt, an only child, came with his parents from Germany about the year 1735, and settled near the head waters of the James river. His parents died when he was young. A Col. Buchanan took George to his home in Botetourt county, VA. George changed his name to Smith. He married a sprightly Irish girl, Rebecca Bowen. They were industrious and prospered until the war with England began. Leaving his wife and children he shouldered his musket and went to do his part. Early in 1784, George, his wife, Rebecca, and eight children migrated to Holston Valley, Tennessee. Later, they moved into Powell's Valley, Kentucky, which was 100 miles from Vaughn's Mill. After their supplies were exhausted they lived for some time on berries and milk. The whole family had not come, only George and the two oldest boys. At this time the family consisted of eight sons and five daughters. One of the sons, Elder "Raccoon" John Smith, became well known as a preacher throughout Kentucky and Missouri. One sister of Elder John Smith's was Mary, and her name came by word of mouth down the generations of her family. Mary married Thomas Livingston and the son that came was John Livingston.

    Mary Smith, daughter of George and Rebecca Smith, was probably born in Virginia. When she was married to Thomas Livingston, the name was fairly well known in that country. One Phil Livingston was a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and there were others including the able David Livingston. Mary Smith Livingston probably had no urge to shine in reflected glory. She and Thomas had been brought up pioneering and this occupation left little time to bolster the ego with reflections of ancestral auras real or imagined. She knew the lore of the woods, the sounds of the clearing, and the drudgery of the large family with the tools of primitive furnishings. Labor-saving gadgets were hidden in the realm of the uninvented. Buttons, for instance, were carved out of hickory sticks or bones and were sewn on homespun. There were no "pink and blue" showers for expected babies, and a homespun infant blanket was a treasure. I saw one years ago. The discussion of expected babies was strictly verboten, although the coming event was occasionally mentioned in sly whispers across the frames of a quilting bee, or at a carpet rag tacking. There was no Hollywood to influence the naming of the new comers and no lovely announcement cards for the thirteen babies of George and Rebecca Smith. Probably they rated "nothing ever happens around here."

    (Mrs. Johnston's article states that Mary's husband, Thomas, must have died in Kentucky or Tennessee, as there is no mention of him or any brother at the period of the emigration. It further states that John Livingston brought his mother west with him. She was blind for twenty-five years and died at the age of 94. She was buried in the Livingston lot in the Old Plattsburg cemetery. She was a real Daughter of the Revolution but probably never stressed the importance of that relation. The only other known Daughter of the Revolution buried in the city's cemetery is Sarah Birch. I believe the Probate Records of Clinton Co., MO dated Dec. 13 1847, for William Livingston, is the same as Thomas Livingston. It lists Mary Livingston as the widow of William Livingston, Sr. and shows their children as: John Livingston, William Livingston, Samuel Livingston, Thomas Livingston, Nancy Livingston Buckridge, Margaret "Peggy" Livingston McKown, Ira S. Livingston, Nathaniel Livingston, Isabel Livingston Roberts, Fanny Livingston Gage and Adaliza Livingston McKown. John & Susanna Livingston are also buried in the Old Plattsburg Cemetery.)

    When John arrived in Clinton County, he had one sister, Margaret, but always called "Peggy," living with her husband John M. McKown in the Starfield community. The article states that Peggy and her brother John Livingston had a famous uncle in Kentucky, a preacher, who later organized many churches in that state. He would come to Missouri to visit his sister Mary Smith Livingston and others, and he preached over a wide area. The preacher uncle still lives in the pages of history. He sometimes wore a coonskin cap and this won for him the designation "Raccoon" John Smith.

    (To further confuse things, Mrs. Johnston's article states that John Livingston's other sister [sic sister-in-law] was Nancy Collins Dorser, sister of Susanna Collins Livingston, and wife of Thomas Dorser. Nancy and Thomas B. Dorser are also buried in Old Plattsburg Cemetery. Their son, M. Wesley Dorser married Lou Funkhouser. Their children were Charles, Eva, Cora and Ollie.)

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