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Smith, George Spears

Smith, George Spears

Male 1868 - 1927  (58 years)

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  • Name Smith, George Spears 
    Born 15 Jun 1868  Buncombe County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Reference Number 59 
    Died 9 Mar 1927  Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried First Baptist Church of Yanceyville, Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I59  Caswell County
    Last Modified 14 Jan 2022 

    Father Smith, Jesse Siler,   b. 24 Oct 1821, Asheville, Buncombe County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Dec 1870, Asheville, Buncombe County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Graves, Margaret Isabella,   b. 15 Aug 1831, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Feb 1911, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 15 Mar 1853  Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Reference Number 3811 
    Notes 
    • Groom: Jesse S Smith
      Bride: Margaret J Graves (middle initial should be "I")
      Bond Date: 15 Mar 1853
      Bond #: 000018243
      Marriage Date: 15 Mar 1853
      Level Info: North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868
      ImageNum: 003070
      County: Caswell
      Record #: 01 284
      Bondsman: William B. Graves
      Witness: Thos. J. Brown
      Performed By: A McDowell, Minister of the Gospel
      Source: Ancestry.Com North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868

      Query whether A. McDowell was a family member.
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      Marriage Bond Record
      Groom: Jesse S. Smith
      Bride: Margaret J. [I.] Graves
      Bond Date: 15 March 1853
      Bondsman/Witness: William B. Graves
      Married By: A. McDowell, Minister of the Gospel
      Location: Caswell County, North Carolina
      Source: Caswell County, North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1778-1868, Katharine Kerr Kendall (1981) at 98.
    Family ID F53  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Adkins, Ada Frances,   b. 17 Feb 1875, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Aug 1954, Danville, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 17 Jun 1891  Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Monroe Oliver, Justice of the Peace
    Reference Number 2207 
    Children 
     1. Smith, George Spears Jr.,   b. Abt 1894,   d. Bef 1900  (Age ~ 5 years)  [natural]
    +2. Smith, Pearl Virginia,   b. 5 Apr 1895,   d. 23 Jun 1969, Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)  [natural]
     3. Smith, William Lindsey,   b. 4 Feb 1897,   d. 22 Dec 1981  (Age 84 years)  [natural]
    +4. Smith, Jesse Siler,   b. 7 Mar 1899, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Sep 1965, Portsmouth, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)  [natural]
    +5. Smith, Mary Isabel,   b. 13 May 1901, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Mar 1980, Manatee County, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)  [natural]
    +6. Smith, Ada Frances,   b. 1903, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jan 1935, Hyattsville, Prince George's, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 32 years)  [natural]
     7. Smith, John Dodson,   b. 29 Oct 1905, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Nov 1976, Danville, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)  [natural]
    +8. Smith, Robert Ford,   b. 24 Dec 1908, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Aug 1975, Danville, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)  [natural]
    +9. Smith, Porter Graves,   b. 4 Sep 1910,   d. 19 Sep 1980, Durham, Durham County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)  [natural]
     10. Smith, Elsie Lee,   b. Apr 1913, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jan 1939, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 25 years)  [natural]
    +11. Smith, Eva Clarice,   b. 14 Feb 1916, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Nov 1996, Durham, Durham County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 14 Jan 2022 
    Family ID F50  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 15 Jun 1868 - Buncombe County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 17 Jun 1891 - Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 9 Mar 1927 - Caswell County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - First Baptist Church of Yanceyville, Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
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    Pin Legend  : Address       : Location       : City/Town       : County/Shire       : State/Province       : Country       : Not Set

  • Headstones
    George Spears Smith Grave Marker Yanceyville First Baptist Church
    George Spears Smith Grave Marker Yanceyville First Baptist Church

  • Notes 
    • George Spears Smith (1867-1927)

      Smith

      George S. Smith (1867-1927)

      (for larger image, click on photograph)
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      George Spears Smith Death Certificate

      Find A Grave Memorial
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      George Spears Smith (1868-1927) and Elijah Johnson Moorefield (1868-1937) owned adjoining farms in Purley, Caswell County, North Carolina. When the properties were finally surveyed, Elijah Johnson Moorefield boasted that he got the better of the survey, ending up with more land. However, George Spears Smith may have bested his neighbor. He told his descendants: "I carried the chain."
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      Birth Record
      Name: Smith, George S
      Father: Jesse S
      Mother: Margaret Graves
      Birth Date: 15 June 1868
      City: Buncombe
      State: NC
      Country: USA
      Source: Edmund West, comp. Family Data Collection - Births[database online] Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2001

      Note that the above birth record conflicts with his gravestone in the First Baptist Church of Yanceyville cemetery, which shows "1867 - 1927".

      George Spears Smith Grave Marker.
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      At the time of the 1880 United States Federal Census three children of Jesse Siler Smith and Margaret Isabella Graves Smith were living with their sister Mary Davidson Smith and her husband Nathaniel Lea Lindsey.

      1880 United States Federal Census
      Name: N. L. Lindsey
      Age: 28
      Birth Date: Abt 1852
      Birthplace: North Carolina
      Home in 1880: Yanceyville, Caswell, North Carolina, USA
      Dwelling Number: 439
      Race: White
      Gender: Male
      Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
      Marital status: Married
      Father's Birthplace: North Carolina
      Mother's Birthplace: North Carolina
      Occupation: Farmer
      Neighbors: View others on page
      Household Members:
      Name Age
      N. L. Lindsey 28
      Mary Lindsey 26
      Archie Lindsey 1
      Willie Smith 15
      George Smith 12
      Sallie Smith 10

      1900 United States Federal Census
      Name: George S Smith
      Home in 1900: Yanceyville, Caswell, North Carolina
      Age: 37
      Birth Date: Jun 1867
      Birthplace: North Carolina
      Race: White
      Ethnicity: American
      Gender: Male
      Relationship to Head of House: Head
      Father's Birthplace: North Carolina
      Mother's Birthplace: North Carolina
      Spouse's name: Ada F
      Marriage Year: 1891
      Marital Status: Married
      Years Married: 9
      Residence : Yanceyville Township, Caswell, North Carolina
      Household Members: Name Age
      George S Smith 37
      Ada F Smith 25
      Pearl Smith 5
      Willie L Smith 3
      Jesse S Smith 1

      In 1900 George Spears Smith was the head of a household in Yanceyville Township, Caswell County, North Carolina. The 1900 US Census shows just below the entry for George S. Smith an entry for his brother, Willie G. Smith (and Willie's wife Mollie, and two daughters, Edna and Mary).

      Ada F. Adkins Smith had had four children at the time of the 1900 US Census, but only three survived. She had been married nine years. George Spears Smith, Jr., probably was the child that did not survive. He was burned when young and died as result of the burns. See the separate entry for him.

      1910 US Census
      Name: George S Smith
      Age in 1910: 42
      Estimated birth year: abt 1868
      Birthplace: North Carolina
      Home in 1910: Yanceyville, Caswell, North Carolina
      Race: White
      Gender: Male
      Marital Status: Married
      Relation to Head of House: Head
      Mother's Birth Place: North Carolina
      Father's Birth Place: North Carolina
      Household Members: Name Age
      George S Smith 42
      Ada Smith 35
      Pearl Smith 14
      William Smith 13
      Jesus Smith 11 [Jesse Siler Smith]
      Mary Smith 9
      Ada Smith 7
      John Smith 4
      Robert Smith 2

      Note that the 1910 US Census record shown above has the George Spears Smith family living on the Mebane Road in Caswell County (but still in the Yanceyville Township). If this is the road that leads from Yanceyville to Mebane it would be Highway 62. This is, however, unconfirmed. If the family did indeed live on Highway 62 it would indicate that the move to Purley came after the 1910 census was enumerated. See the 1920 census results below, which shows the family in Dan River Township, which includes Purley.

      Note that in a cemetery in Asheville, North Carolina, the following is found:

      Spears, Little Georgie
      Inf son of G. T. and J. C. Spears
      Aged 7m, 6d

      Newton Academy Cemetery, Asheville, Buncombe County, North Carolina, corner of Biltmore Ave. and Unadilla Ave.,
      Asheville, NC. An old cemetery with much wear on the stones. Established 1818.

      The middle name Spears probably came from the family into which the aunt of George Spears Smith, Jane Cordelia Smith (sister of Jesse Siler Smith), married. On 15 April 1857 she married George Thomas Spears. Little Georgie Spears was their son.

      1920 United States Federal Census
      Name: George Smith
      Home in 1920: Dan River, Caswell, North Carolina
      Age: 53 years
      Estimated birth year: abt 1867
      Birthplace: North Carolina
      Relation to Head of House: Head
      Spouse's name: Ada
      Father's Birth Place: North Carolina
      Mother's Birth Place: North Carolina
      Marital Status: Married
      Race: White
      Sex: Male
      Home owned: Own
      Able to read: Yes
      Able to Write: Yes
      Household Members: Name Age
      George Smith 53
      Ada Smith 45
      Mary Smith 18
      Francis Smith 16
      Johnnie Smith 14
      Robert Smith 12
      Portor Smith 10
      Ethel Smith 7
      Willie Smith 23

      North Carolina Death Collection, 1908-2004
      Name: George S Smith
      Age: 59
      Date of Birth: 1868
      Date of Death: 9 Mar 1927
      Death County: Caswell
      Death State: North Carolina
      Source Vendor: NC State Archives. North Carolina Deaths, 1908-67

  • Sources 
    1. Details: Caswell County, North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1778-1868, Katharine Kerr Kendall (1981) at 98.