Genealogy has become a hobby for me over the last 10 years. For me, it's like a puzzle, I love fitting the pieces together. But over the years, I've researched a lot that does not pertain to our family lines. Some for extended family, some for close friends, and some because I was trying to rule out lines to figure out where our line went exactly. I do not want these notes on my Heather's Genealogy Notes blog - because they are not our lines. But I do like to share all of my research, in case it benefits others. That is what this blog is for - research I have done that does not apply to our own family lines, but may be helpful for someone else.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Jonathan Smith & Ann Roberts Simpson

From the Biographies of Montour County Pa, we know -
"Mr. McBRIDE married, in Lycoming County, Penn., April 1, 1841, Miss Mary Ann SMITH, a native of Lycoming County, and  daughter of Jonathan and Anna SMITH. She died June 29, 1885, and is buried in the White Hall graveyard."

And in the 1860 census we find - 

Household Members:NameAge
Wm Mcbride47
Mary A Mcbride43
I Smith17 (b abt 1843)
Mary Smith14  (b.abt 1846)
Sarah Smith12 (b abt 1848)
William Smith11 (b. abt 1849)
Margaret Smith9 (b.abt 1851)
Emma Smith6 (b.abt 1854)
William Smith3 (b. abt 1857)
Charles Smith25 (b 1835)
Kate Manville25
(two WIlliams?  One age 11, one age 3?)

Jonathan Smith, son of Col. George Smith (Jr.) and Effie Drake, was born 22 Jan. 1770 in Montgomery County, Pa., and died 7 Apr. 1854 @ 84 yr. 2 mo. 15 days in the Muncy / Moreland area. He was married at the Neshaminy Presbyterian Church of Warwick 25 Feb. 1796 in Hartsville, Bucks County, Pa. to Anne Simpson, daughter of John Simpson and Hannah Roberts. (See Simpson and Roberts Family). -page 28 Powell-Shanafelt Family History: Shanafelt Vol. III Smith-Stout

Jonathan Smith b. 22 Jan 1770, died 7 Apr. 1854
married 25 Feb 1796
Anne Simpson 1777-1832

A researcher online has the following information -
Marriage of Jonathan & Ann Simpson 1796 29 Feb Neshaminy Presbyterian Church, Bucks County Pennsylvania
Anna Died in 1854
Their Children -  

Hannah Smith 1796 – 1880 (Married an Opp, buried in Muncy Cemetery)
Sarah Smith 1798 – 1879 
Eliza Smith 1800 –
John Simpson Smith 1802 – 1879 (mentioned in Grandfather George's will)
George Smith 1804 – 1858 (mentioned in Grandfather George's will) Married Margaret Follmer?
Maria Simpson Smith 1805 – 1880
Barclay Smith 1806 – 1845 Married Rachel Taggert? Died in Illinois
Effie Smith 1809 – 1878
Eliza Simpson Smith 1811 – 1811
Philip Smith 1813 – 1881
Mary Ann Smith 1816 – 1885  Married William Mcbride
Thomas Smith 1818 – 1892
Simpson Smith 1821 – 1895 (married Charlotte Opp, Children George, Allison, Clara, Thomas)
(could one of these men be the father of the children above, in the 1860 census with the Mcbrides? is this even a correct listing of the children?)

1850 census
Name:Jonothon Smith
[Jonathan Smith]
Estimated Birth Year:abt 1770
Birth Place:Pennsylvania
Home in 1850 (City,County,State):Moreland, Lycoming, Pennsylvania
Family Number:1318
Household Members:NameAge
Jonothon Smith80
Simpson Smith27
Catharine Renn32
Margaret Renn16

1840 Census
Name:Jonathan Smith
Free White Persons - Males - 15 thru 19:1
Free White Persons - Males - 20 thru 29:1
Free White Persons - Males - 70 thru 79:1
Free White Persons - Females - 20 thru 29:1
Total - All Persons (Free White, Free Colored, Slaves):4
Persons Employed in Agriculture:3
Free White Persons - Under 20:1
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49:2
Total Free White Persons:4
Total All Persons - Free White, Free Colored, Slaves:4

1830 Census
Name:Jonathan Smith
Home in 1830:Moreland, Lycoming, Pennsylvania
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Free White Persons - Males - 5 thru 9:1
Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 14:1
Free White Persons - Males - 20 thru 29:1
Free White Persons - Males - 60 thru 69:1
Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 14:1
Free White Persons - Females - 15 thru 19:1
Free White Persons - Females - 50 thru 59:1
Free White Persons - Under 20:4
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49:1
Total Free White Persons:7
Total - All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored):7

1820 Census
Name:Jonathan Smith
Free White Persons - Males - 15 thru 19:1
Free White Persons - Males - 20 thru 29:1
Free White Persons - Males - 70 thru 79:1
Free White Persons - Females - 20 thru 29:1
Total - All Persons (Free White, Free Colored, Slaves):4
Persons Employed in Agriculture:3
Free White Persons - Under 20:1
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49:2
Total Free White Persons:4
Total All Persons - Free White, Free Colored, Slaves:4

1810 Census
Name:Jonathan Smith
Township:Muncy Creek
Free White Males Under 10:3
Free White Males 10 to 15:1
Free White Males 26 to 44:1
Free White Females Under 10:1
Free White Females 10 to 15:2
Free White Females 26 to 44:1
Number of Household Members Under 16:7
Number of Household Members Over 25:2
Number of Household Members:9

History Of Lycoming County, Chapter 37

Pioneers. – Some of the early settlers in this hilly land are deserving of more than a passing notice. Col. George Smith, who had served in the war for independence, located on Little Mancy creek about 1790. He came from Montgomery county. In 1796 he erected the first grist mill in the township. He had three sons and three daughters - Thomas, Jonathan, George, Annie, Hannah, and Effie. William Farr married Annie and came along with the family from Montgomery. William was reared a strict Quaker. The Smiths were equally strict Baptists. The taking of a wife of a different faith was not approved by the Friends, so William was asked to confess that he had done wrong. He could not see that he had erred, and insisted that he neither could nor would make such a confession. He considered his Annie a good Christian woman, and on reflection finally concluded that her religion was as good as his own and settled the matter by adopting her belief. Hannah Smith married Richard Barclay, and Effie married William Chamberlin; they settled with their husbands in Moreland.
Jonathan Smith, son of Col. George Smith, came to Lycoming from Montgomery county about 1795, He had married Annie Simpson, who was a sister of John Simpson, of Ohio, who was the grandfather of Gen. Ulysses Simpson Grant, the most famous of American soldiers of modem times, and twice President of the United States. Jonathan and Annie's children were therefore first cousins of the great chieftains mother, Hannah Simpson Grant. The General's proper name was Hiram Ulysses Grant, but by some inadvertence when the official document was made out appointing him a cadet to the Military Academy at West Point, his name was changed to Ulysses Simpson Grant, and the mistake was never rectified.
William Mears was not only one of the first settlers, but was the first singing master who taught the young raisers of buckwheat of Moreland how to read the buckwheat notes! Mrs. Rhoda Farr Taylor, of Rock Run, a very bright old lady who is now in her eighty-eighth year, and a granddaughter of Col. George Smith, says that she was one of Mears's pupils, and she "don't believe that the young people now-a-days have such fun as they used to have at Mears's singing school"
Philip Opp, who came with his father, John Opp, from Amsterdam, settled on Little Muncy creek, near where Opp postoffice and P. W. Opp's store and saw mill now are, some time during 1790, though he did not get a deed for his land until 1797. He has a great many descendants scattered throughout the county and far beyond its borders. His son, Philip Opp, Jr., married Hannah Smith, a daughter of Jonathan Smith, and, as we have seen, a first cousin I of Hannah Grant, the mother, of the great American soldier.

Grandchildren listed in the will of George Smith, in
George & John, sons of Jonathan
George - Oldest son of Thomas
 Children of George Smith (specifies 5 children, wikipedia article below sites 6)
Amey Farr
Jonathan Smith
Thomas Smith ("my second son")
Effie Chamberlain ("youngest daughter)
Hannah Barcley
George Smith (youngest son, and "not capable")
 Two son in laws -
Richard Barcley  - husband of Hannah
William Chamberlin - husband of Effie

Will of George Smith - Jonathon's Father -
Be it known that I, George Smith, of the township of Moreland, in the County of Lycoming, State of Penna, do make this last Will and Testament, being aged and knowing that all men must once die, and leave this world, and all the property that it has pleased God to permit them to possess. Therefore having had the division of my small property under serious consideration for a number of years and have come to the following conclusion - that is to say:
I order and direct that all my just debts and funeral charges be fully paid and satisfied.
To make it more satisfactory, of the division and distribution of my property, I George Smith, do declare that:
I have deed to my Eldest Daughter Amey Farr, two hundred seventeen and three quarter acres (217) of land without aney encumbrances whereon they now live believing it to be her share of my Real Estate, in this township.
And I have Deed to my sone Jonathan Smith, five hundred fifty two and three fourth (552) acres, under an agreement that he, the said Jonathan Smith, shall keep an old family Negro, Jone, during his natural life, clear of aney expense to the rest of the estate.
Also three separate Deeds to Thomas Smith my 2nd sone, containing in the whole five hundred twenty eight and a half (528) acres, he the said Thomas Smith to afford me all the privileges in his house, and keep me as formerly, and likewise to keep my youngest sone, George Smith (who is believed to be not Composmentos and not capable of doing for himself) during life, in all necessary comfort for one of his abilities.
And Likewise, I have Deeded to my youngest daughter, Effie Chamberlin, one hundred twenty four and a quarter (124) acres, clear of all encumbrances.
As to the rest of my property, I give it in the following manner, that is to say:
1st. To my daughter, Aney Farr, my large dining room table and warming pan to her use forever.
2nd. To my sone Jonathan Smith, all my money either in cash, on books, notes, bills, bonds, or otherwise, to his own use (after paying all my debts) forever. Likewise, my Encyclopedia in seven volumes, and my large map of the United States of America and my square barrel smooth bore gun, that when his sone George shall come to years he shall own the gun. If he the said George should die before that, his elder brother John shall have it to his own proper use.
3rd. I give to my sone Thomas Smith my wrighting desk, the old Family Bible, the new map of the State of Penna, my old rifel and muskit guns, my shovel and tongs, and hand irons, and cross cut saw, and to his oldest sone George my whole instruments of surveying to be delivered to him at the age of twenty years.
4th. My having about three hundred and forty acres of Land not yet disposed of laying N.W. of William Farr, adjoining Wm. Howells S.W. of Stephen Drake supposed by old measure to be that quantity - My deseir and will is that in dividing of it two tracts it began in the line between it and Frederick or Wm. Howell, whichever it may reach to from Wm. Farrs corner in the line of Frederick Miller's land thence to extend on Miller's line into Howell's line until it shall comprehend one hundred forty acres. The new or division line to run westerly till it strikes Jonathan Smith's land on a parallel to Thomas Smith at the most Southerly end of Rachel Gills tract which joines Thomas Smith's land. The upper tract adjoining Steven Drake to contain two hundred acres my deseir is if the land should measure more or less it should be divided as 140 is to 200 for I hold, there is about that difference, the lower one next Farr's so much the best. Now it is my deseir that whenever the line of division is so run that my two son-in-laws, Richard Barcley and Wm. Chamberlin shall come to some decision which of the tracts shall belong to which of them. Either by mutual consent or by lottery in the presence of my executors of this my will to be named hereafter and when so decided, it shall be binding on each party and my will is let it be the upper tract of 200 acres or the lower tract of 140 acres shall fall to Richard Barcley and to Hannah his wife and to their heirs and assigns for ever - and likewise let it be the upper tract of 200 acres or the lower tract of 140 acres that shall fall to William Chamberlin and toEffie his wife and to their heirs and assigns for ever as in fee simple.
...and further I give to the said Richard Barcley the some of two hundred and thirty three dollars that I advanced in the payment of his plantation he now lives on and I give to Hannah his wife, my daughter her mother's round tea table, and my blew and white set of curtins, my blew bed spread, feather bed, bolster, two pillows, two sheets, a rose blanket, two coverlids, and old green rugg to her use forever.
5th. I give to William and Effie Chamberlin sixty eight dollars and a half, that I have lent to him, and is now on charge in book, and I give to Effie Chamberlin my large looking glass to their use for ever.
6th. As I have provided for my youngest sone George Smith otherwise, I hereby give to him his bedstead bed and bedding complete as he now occupies them during his natural life and after his death to become his brother Thomas Smith's forever.
7th. As I have some other property not expressly given I do hereby will and deseir that all my household and kitchen furniture and all my books and papers of every denomination that is not already given to be equally divided amongst my six children share and share alike to be for them and their use for ever - All my tools for blacksmith, carpenter, laths or cooper or of what kind so ever to be equally divided between Jonathan and Thomas Smith, my two sones.
8th. As I have two shares in the Salt Company of Lycoming County I therefore do will that each of my five children that have married and settled, to wit, Amey FarrJonathan SmithThomas Smith,Hannah Barcley and Effie Chamberlin have two shares equally share and share alike, as also the Land and Heriditaments their of belonging to them, their heirs and assigns for ever as in fee simple. My will further is that if either of the said five children or their heirs or assigns should neglect or refuse to comply to pay or otherwise their full share shall be forfeited and become the property of the other that does comply.
And lastly, I George Smith do constitute and appoint my two Sones, Jonathan Smith and Thomas Smith, my two executors of this my last Will and Testament, to have full power to do perform all the matters and things that may be required of them as true executors, and further, I do hereby impower as above described and directed to them, their heirs and assigns as fully so, as I could have done in my lifetime and I do hereby revoke and disannul all former wills made by me, declaring this to be my last Will and Testament ritten by my own hand on three pages of paper and signed at the bottom of each page with my own name - in thereof, I have set my hand, George Smith

FROM WIKIPEDIA,_Pennsylvania#Moreland_Township
Moreland Township
Moreland Township was formed from part of Muncy Creek Township in 1813. It was divided into three townships in 1822. One part kept the name Moreland and the other two parts were called, Penn and Franklin Townships.
There are several stories about how Moreland Township got its name. One story states that an early pioneer to the West Branch Susquehanna River Valley was climbing up and down the hills and upon reaching the top of a hill exclaimed, "more land!". Another story relates to the "sloppiness" of the earliest land surveys. An acre was not necessarily measured accurately. These particular acres were larger than they were supposed to be. The early settlers liked to say that they got "more land" to the acre here than they could have elsewhere. The last story, which seems to be the most likely reason, relates to an arcane definition of moreland, meaning "a hilly country."
A veteran of the American Revolutionary War was the first settler in Moreland Township. Colonel George Smith migrated to Moreland Township from Montgomery County in 1790. He built a gristmill there in 1796. Smith and his wife were the parents of 6 children, 3 boys and 3 girls. The marriage of his daughter, Annie to a Quaker named William Farr causes some controversy in the early history of Moreland Township. William Farr came from a strict Quaker family and they did not look kindly upon his choice of bride. The local Society of Friends congregation insisted that Farr confess that he had done wrong in marrying outside his faith. Farr refused to do so, he insisted that his Baptist wife, Annie, was a good Christian woman. Farr was forced to choose between his Quaker faith and his Baptist wife. He chose his wife and converted to the Baptist faith. Colonel Smith's son, Jonathan also had a marriage that proved to be interesting. He married Annie Simpson. Annie Simpson was the sister of John Simpson of Ohio. John Simpson was the grandfather of Ulysses S. Grant. Grant achieved fame as a general for the Union during the U.S. Civil War and later became the 18th President of the United States. This family bond meant that many of the residents of Moreland Township in the mid 1800s were second cousins to the man who served as their President.

George's Service Record
    Lt. George Smith was elected Lt. Col. of the First Battalion of the Philadelphia County Militia in 1779; on March 12, 1777 appointed Sub Lieutenant for Philadelphia County; on December 22, 1778 appointed agent for confiscation of estates; in 17780 he was elected and served as Representative to the General Assembly from Philadelphia County.  In 1781 he was again elected to the same office.  Upon creation of Montgomery County off Philadelphia County, he was elected in 1784 to the same office for Montgomery County.  Colonel George Smith was directed to attend to the surveying of Hog Island.  A letter from Colonel George Smith to President Reed dated March 30, 1787 in Penna Archives vol. 9 page 42 and dated Assembly Room asked about the division of the Island.  For further references see Penna Archives.  Colonel George Smith was born in Hunternon County, N.J.  When 4 years old he moved with his family to North Carolina.  When he was 16 years old he moved with his family to Philadelphia County where the family lived during the Revolutionary War.  Later (after the war) he moved to Lycoming County, Penna, where he died.
    In Colonial Records vol. (?)1 page 248(?) (old series) also page 608; vol.12 page 210.  In Penna Archives vol 8 page 52, vol. 3 pages 724 & 725, vol. 12 page 298.  Penna Archives series 12 page 752 (elected Lt. Col.) Old series page 298,vol.12 Colonial Records, also vol. 13, page 85 and vol. 14, page 229 showing Col. George Smith elected representative to the General Assembly. 

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