Person:William Smith (674)

William Smith
b.bef. 1669 Virginia
d.Bef. 25 OCT 1739 Orange County, Virginia
m. bef. 1669
  1. William SmithBef 1669 - Bef 1739
m. Bef. 1700
  1. Samuel SmithAbt 1700 - 1740
  2. John SmithEst 1702 to 1715 -
  3. Edwin SmithEst 1702 to 1715 -
  4. Isaac Smith1716 - 1802
  5. Elizabeth 'Betty' SmithAbt 1722 -
  6. Benjamin SmithAbt 1722 - 1802
  7. Ann SmithAbt 1723 -
Facts and Events
Name William Smith
Gender Male
Birth? bef. 1669 Virginia
Marriage Bef. 1700 Virginiato Elizabeth Downing
Death[1] Bef. 25 OCT 1739 Orange County, Virginia

Will of William Smith

  • Pages 108-09. Will of William Smith of Orange County, being sick and weak, dated 14 Sept. 1739.
Unto my son Edwin Smith one gray horse, one feather bed and furniture and one cow and calf, and the liberty of working what ground he shall have on occation of on the plantation whereon I now live.
Unto my two sons John and Samuel Smiths one shilling sterling a piece, they having received their parts before.
Unto my two daughters Eliza and Ann one shilling sterling a piece they having received their parts before.
Unto my son Jesse Smith one Negro boy named George and that he take the crop of toba[cco] now on the plantation after the same is finished and pay my just debts out of the same.
Unto my loving wife Eliza Smith two Negroes named Nan and Moll for ever and one Negro named Wiggon during her natural life, and all the rest of my housall goods for her nessary use and all the stock of hoggs and cattle (except one heiffer to my son Isaac) during her natural life and after her decease to be divided between my sons Edwin and Benjamin.
Unto my son Benjamin Smith one gun and one Negro named Wiggon after my wifes decease, and the tract of land whereon I now live (he allowing my son Edwin to work what part of the same he shall have ocction to do during his natural life).
Unto my granddaughter Mary Ann Bryant on e Negro girl named Bess.
It is my will and desire that my estate be not appraised.
I appoint my son Benjamin Smith my whole and sole executor.
(signed) Will Sm:th
Wit: Zachary Taylor, George Nettles, Mark (X) Thornton.
25 Oct. 1739. Presented into Court by Benja. Smith. Proved by the oaths of Zachary Taylor, George Nettles and Mark Thornton.
  • Pages 110-11. Bond of Benjamin Smith, Zachary Taylor and John Rucker, Gent., unto Robert Slaughter, Gent., justice. For ₤300. Benjamin Smith is exor. of Wm. Smith, dec. (signed) Benja. (X) Smith, Zach. Taylor, John Rucker. [Orange County Virginia Will Book 1, Dorman, pg. 21-22].

Information on William Smith

William Smith married Elizabeth Downing born December 30, 1669, the daughter of William Downing, Jr. and his wife Mary (?). The wills of William and Elizabth Smith were both probated in Orance Co VA, on 25 October 1739, indicating they died very close to the same time. They had several children: Edwin, John, Samuel, Issac (SR), Benjamin, Elizabeth and Ann.


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Husband's Name 
William SMITH (AFN:1KJS-GJV)  Pedigree  

Born:  Bef 1669  Place:  , , , England 
Died:  Abt 25 1739 Oct  Place:  , Of Orange Co., Va 
Married:    Place:   

Father:  Richard SMITH (AFN:1KJS-F47)  Family  
Mother:  Anne HULL (AFN:1KJS-F5F)   

Wife's Name

Elizabeth DOWNING (AFN:1KJS-GK3)  Pedigree  

Born:  30 Dec 1669  Place:  St. Stephen Par., Northumberland, Va 
Died:  25 Oct 1739  Place:   
Married:    Place:   

Father:  William DOWNING (AFN:1KJS-G9F)  Family  
Mother:  Mary (AFN:1KJS-GBM)   


1. Sex Name

M  Edwin SMITH (AFN:1KJS-GL9)  Pedigree  

Born:  Abt 1698   Place:  , , Va  
Died:    Place:  D  

2. Sex Name

M  John SMITH (AFN:1KJS-GMH)  Pedigree  

Born:  Abt 1699   Place:  , , Va  
Died:    Place:  D  

3.  Sex  Name  
M  Samuel SMITH (AFN:1KJS-GNP)  Pedigree  

Born:  Abt 1700   Place:  <, , Va>  
Died:  1740   Place:  , Northumberland, Va  

4. Sex Name

M  Isaac SMITH (AFN:1KJS-GPW)  Pedigree  

Born:  Abt 1720   Place:  , , Va  
Died:  Abt 18 1801 Aug   Place:  , Madison Co., Va  

5. Sex Name

F  Betty SMITH (AFN:1286-PKX)  Pedigree  

Born:  Abt 1722   Place:  , Northumberland, Va  
Died:    Place:  D  

6. Sex Name

M  Benjamin SMITH (AFN:1KJS-GQ4)  Pedigree  

Born:  Abt. 1722   Place:  <, , Va>  
Died:  1802   Place:   

7.  Sex  Name  
F  Ann SMITH (AFN:1KJS-GRB)  Pedigree  

Born:  Abt 1723   Place:  , , Va  
Died:    Place:  D  

From Richmond County, Virginia query:


North Farnham Parish Register lists the 1727 marriage of Ed.Bryant and Frances Smith. None of their children are recorded in that parish. I believe Frances was the daughter of William & Elizabeth Downing Smith who mention two Bryant grandchildren in their 1739 wills -- William and Mary Ann Bryant -- in Orange County. Will exchange info with anyone who can prove or disprove the connection. Jaculene Masters Apr 24, 1997

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