Smart Families in Rutherford, NC (1700s)

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Smart Family / Rutherford County [PROPOSED]

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Why

Records are becoming incresingly difficult to obtain, let alone peruse/search. The records in this area are difficult to access considering the amount of Smart families in this area for well over 100 of the most critical years. Genealogy/family history is going nowhere. One mistake has already been documented and calls for a fresh review of the records, at least a review of the records lists are needed to further Smart family histories.

Goal

Provide indexes of all Smart records from the time they started keeping them until more recently. The domain is primarily defined by Rutherford, Rutherford county, North Carolina from the beginning of record keeping until more recently.

The intent is to provide a way to navigate thru the primary source documentation lists of Smart families so we can further the documentation of all our Smart family histories.

To make this page a place where all Smart descendants can search the entire domain of available records from Rutherford, Rutherford county, North Carolina that apply to the Smart families that lived there in times past.

It is hoped we can put together a quick index of records so one can not only search it for a record but look to see the entire scope of Smart families living there in the hopes that it will be very beneficial (and not harmful) to family history research.

If I can get a copy of other documentation, such as The Descendants of William Smart, Sr. and Allied Families, I can put them on my site (infinite space available) and make them handy for all researchers.

Randy C. Smart Feb. 21, 2012

Spex

  • Locate indexes (listings of birth records) from county/state/churches.
  • Get copies of all pages listing Smarts.
  • Document domain of records located .
  • Document process for obtaining individual records.
  • Digitize and/or mail to me.
  • I’ll get it online ASAP so we can all follow along.

Notes

1 There is a book (I’ve never seen it) called The Descendants of William Smart, Sr. and Allied Families by Richard Eugene Smart, Evelyn Jeane Bliss and Pamela Gail Bliss. It seems to be the source for most of the genealogy reflected online for Smart families in Rutherford county. However, at least one error was found with the lineage reflected in this book and many places on the Internet. There may have been more than one Smart line living there at the same time. I understand this book lists seven children of James Smart, including John Novin Smart and Joseph Hiram Smart. However, the will of James Smart explicitly refutes James's family, as shown in the book.
2 My lineage: was in Rutherford County, NC from about 1720 to around 1780
3 If you've tried obtaining birth, death, marriage records recently, you may have noticed the trend to put vital records into the hands of others, such as VitalChek.com I'm concerned that, although records seem available, you have to pay a great deal for them and if you don't get the info correct, all they tell you is the record is unavailable--lacking is the ability to see a list of quiery results--something helpful in research.
4

If you e-mail something to me, I will capture it for the site (TO SHARE), as IS appropriate to what is sent.

Randy C. Smart
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April 2012: Searched Archives.com for 1790 Census records from North Carolina where LastName=Smart:

GEDCOM (Smart Families per 1790 Rutherford Census)

Head of House
WM16+
WM<16
WF
Other
Slave
Page
Company
Mary
1
8
1063
7th
Wm.
3
1
1
1065
8th
Wm Jr.
2
1
6
1
1065
8th
Jos.
1
4
4
1070
11th
Jo. Sr.
2
3
4
1071
11th
6

April 2012: Searched Archives.com for for 1790 Census records for Joseph Reed in NC & found only three:

Location
Film
Roll
Line #
Page
Mecklenberg
M637
7
43033
382
Mecklenberg
M637
7
41585
362
Beaufort
M637
7
32393
449

Need Will of William Smart Sr. of Rutherford Co., NC

...copied from

Posted: 10 Oct 2007 5:52 AM GMT

There were two separate and distinct Smart families that settled in Rutherford County NC prior to 1790. The patriarch of one was William Smart Sr. and the patriarch of the other was Joseph Smart Sr.

Many people have tried to connect these two families and claim that they were related. This is not fact. There is absolutely no documentation that I am aware of connecting these two families. I am a decendent of Joseph Smart Sr. and have participated in a DNA study with decendents of both families.

The DNA from the William Smart Sr. family is not even close to the Joseph Smart Sr. family DNA. Part of the reason for the continued confusion about these two families is that no one to the best of my knowledge (and I have been researching the Joseph Smart family for many years) has any knowledge what ever about Joseph's ancestors. Because William was older than Joseph and the frustration of not being able to tie Joseph to any ancestors many people erroneously think William was Joseph's father.

The two men were from two different social levels.

  • William was well off, owned a lot of land, and had slaves working on his farms.
  • Joseph had a fair amount of land from land grants but he was a journeyman carpenter and cooper and a red dirt farmer who owned no slaves. His land was farmed by the family.

Eric E. Smart, Atlanta GA eesmart@bellsouth.net

taken from...Cowan Family Genealogy

The first settlement in North Carolina was established in 1650 on the eastern seaboard. Groups of settlers came from Virginia down the coast to occupy the north of Albemarle Sound. The Colony of North Carolina was then founded in 1653 and given a charter in Virginia because of domination by big plantation aristocrats belonging to the church of England. Between 1653 and the early 1700's, the influx of new settlers was so limited that the population increase was very small. After 1746, Highland Scot immigrants in addition to large groups of 'Scotch-Irish' settlers brought with them ministers as well as teachers and in 1768 erected the Brittian Presbyterian Church, or Little Brittian as it was known. There were two tribes of Indians in western North Carolina that were a menace to the new settlers. The Catawba and Cherokee tribes continued to give trouble with periodic raids and foraging parties on through the Revolutionary War period. Fort McGaughey was erected and stood for many years near the present Brittian Presbyterian Church.