Person:James Smith (33)

James Jordan Smith
m. ABT 1719
  1. Capt. Abraham SmithABT 1722 - 1782
  2. Col. Daniel Smith, Sr., of North River and Linville Creek, VAABT 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. David Smithbef 1739 - bef 1782
  8. Margaret 'Louisa' Smith1741 - 1823
  9. David Smith1741 -
  10. Jonathan Smith1744 -
  11. James Jordan SmithBef 1749 -
  12. unproven Jordan SmithBEF 1753 -
  13. William Smith1753 -
Facts and Events
Name James Jordan Smith
Gender Male
Birth? Bef 1749 probably Virginia
Other[1] 7 May 1753 Augusta, Virginia, United Statesnamed in 1st Will of John Smith, father
Ancestral File Number Q65B-XV
Other[2] 26 Aug 1779 Botetourt, Virginia, United Statesnamed in 2nd Will of John Smith, father

Research notes

  • some sources have split the name "James Jordan" and made two children: James and Jordan
  • per Smith Cousins Four: "... James Jordan. The last may have been named for his mother's family. Evidently these five were the youngest children." [Smith Cousins Four was compiled by Zula Wood Atwood, Frank L. Eddens, Jr, Mildred Smith Shumaker, & Guy R. Smith.]

Records of James Smith

7 Mar 1738 - Robert Patterson, yeoman of Sussex County and his wife, Sarah, spinster to John Isaac and Jonah Dunton (Denton), late of Summerset County, now of Sussex for 40 pounds, 106 acres on the South side of Pembertons Branch below the County Road and was taken up and surveyed for Matthew Ozburn Jr. by commissioners warrant granted to Robert Lodge, carpenter of Sussex by proprietors in Philadelphia on 8 December 1718. Robert Lodge sold to Matthew Ozburn dated 2nd day 10th month of 1719. Land was surveyed by Matthew Ozburn and found to contain 212 acres of which half is sold to Robert Patterson. Signed: Robert Patterson (his mark “R”), Sarah Patterson (her mark “S”). Witnesses: Jeremiah Claypoole, James Smith. Acknowledged: 6 March 1738.

22 Sep 1770 - John Smith deeded James Smith 100 Acres on the south side of James River in present Botetourt County, VA. [James is over 21 at this point, making him born by 1749.]

14 Aug 1772 - Ordered John Mills James Smith and John Mills Junr being first sworn before a Justice of the peace for this County to view the Road from Mr Boyds by a ford above Crows near the old still House into the Road between Crows and the Courthouse and make Report of the Conveniences and inconveniences of the same to the Court [Botetourt County, VA Order Book 2:323]

14 Feb 1782 - James Smith and David Smith, Public Claims for their Patriotic Service were settled in Botetourt County, VA Court. [David was deceased by July 1782 when his estate was Inventoried].

1783 - James Smith inherits land on Craig's Creek from his father Col. John Smith

  1. Will transcript of John Smith, in Harrison, J. Houston (John Houston). Settlers by the Long Grey Trail: Some Pioneers to Old Augusta County, Virginia, and Their Descendants of the Family of Harrison and Allied Lines. (Dayton, Virginia : J.K. Ruebush Co., 1935), 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 -

    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 unsold 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 7 May 1753 and a final one dated 26 Apr 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.]

  2. Will transcript of John Smith, in Source needed.

    August the 26th 1779
    In the name of God, Amen I John Smith of Botetourt, County, and Colony of Virginia, being sound of mind and Memory, but calling to mind the Mortality of my Body knowing it is Appointed for all men once to Die, and as it has pleased God to Blefs [bless] me with some small property of this life, it is my will that the same may be distributed in the following manner:

    First I commend my soul to God who gave it, and my body to the earth to be buried in decent manner at the will of my Executor, hereafter mentioned

    Item it is my will that my just debts & funeral charges be paid out of my estate Imprimis* and bequeath to my dearly beloved wife all my moveable estate and during her natural life and at her death to devolve to my son James Smith.

    Item: I bequeath to my son James Smith my part of a warrant for officer’s Claim - Now in the hands of Col Preston, which is one thousand acres. Also one Part of land in Craig's Creek containing about one hundred and eighty acres and one entry of land on Glade Creek. The above lands to be at his disposal to sell and dispose of as he thinks proper. I do hereby appoint my trusty and well-beloved friend George Skillern executor of this my will and testament requesting that he may act thereon and for the same punctually perform and I hereby revoke and make void all other wills and testaments by me made and do publish, pronounce and Declare this to be my last will and testament in witness whereof I have hereunto Set my hand & seal the day and year above written.
    Jno Smith [scrawled seal]

    Published pronounced and declared by the said John Smith to be his Last will and Testament in presence of us X George Hutchison Joseph Dickson William Watson

    Col John Smith’s Will March Botetourt Court 1783.
    This Instrument of writing was presented in Court as and for the Last will & Testament of Col John Smith deceased & proved by the Oath of George Hutchison one of the Witnesses And at another court held for said county the 8th day of May 1783 the same was proved by the Oath of William Watson another Witness & ordered to be recorded.
    Teste D. M___ BC

    * Imprimis: In the first place or in Primis - among the first or Chiefly.
    [document provided by Guy R. Smith]

  3.   POSSIBLE RECORD MATCH - for review.

    Gov. Gerard Chittocque BRANDON served as a private soldier in the War of 1812. He served as a representative of Wilkinson County at the Constitutional convention of 1817. BRANDON served as Lieutenant Governor in the administrations of Governors HOLMES and LEAKE, and as Governor ad interim to fill out the unexpired terms of both. He was elected Governor in 1827 and for a second term in 1829. He died at his plantation near Fort Adams, Mississippi, on 28 March 1850, leaving six sons and two daughters. His sister, Margaret BRANDON, married Lieutenant James SMITH, of the U. S. Army, near Washington, Mississippi, on 6 November 1818.

    August 14, 1830. Departed this life on Sunday night, the 8th, at the residence of the late Gerard BRANDON (father of Gov. Gerard BRANDON), Colonel James SMITH, a native of South Carolina, but for many years a citizen of this county.
    [Source: "The Natchez" Natchez, Mississippi.]

    Col. James and Margaret Lindsey Brandon Smith had at least one son, Richard Smith, who was killed during the Civil War. According to an article in the Woodville Republican, Woodville, Mississippi, it is stated that this line had died out by 1934. It is believed that there were more children.
    [cos1776 note: Unlikely match, as this James Smith would have been abt 88 at the time of his 1818 marriage and close to 100 at the time of his 1830 death.]