Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

Meriwether Smith

Male 1730 - 1794  (64 years)


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  • Name Meriwether Smith  [1
    Born 1730  Bathurst, Piscataway Creek, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 24 Jan 1794  Marigold, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I029377  Tree1
    Last Modified 19 Oct 2020 

    Father Francis Smith,   b. Bef 1704, Petsworth Parish, Gloucester County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Mar 1762, South Farnham Parish, Essex County, Virginia - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 58 years) 
    Mother Lucy Meriwether,   b. Bef 1712, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1748, South Farnham Parish, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 36 years) 
    Married Bef 1730  South Farnham Parish, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F17481  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Alice Corbin Lee,   b. Abt 1734, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1769, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 35 years) 
    Married 1760  Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. George William Gov. Smith,   b. 1762, Marigold, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Dec 1811, Richmond City, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years)
     2. Alice Lee Smith,   b. Abt 1764, Marigold, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 19 Oct 2020 
    Family ID F17842  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Elizabeth Daingerfield,   b. Abt 1730, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jan 1796, Bathurst, Piscataway Creek, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 66 years) 
    Married 3 Aug 1769  Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Lucy Smith,   b. 10 Jun 1773, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Edward Bathurst Smith,   b. 20 Sep 1775, Marigold, Essex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 19 Oct 2020 
    Family ID F17841  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
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      William and Mary College quarterly historical magazine; v. 25 - 1917
      BATHURST, A COLONIAL RESIDENCE

      The editors are indebted to Judge Lewis H. Jones, of Louisville, Kentucky, for the photogravure of "Bathurst," which appears as the frontispiece of this number. "Bathurst" was built by Francis Meriwether, the old clerk of Essex Co., circa 1692, and received its name from his marriage with Mary Bathurst, daughter of Lancelot Bathurst, of Essex County, Virginia, son of Sir Edward Bathurst of Gloucestershire, England, and his second wife, Susan Rich. Upon the death of Francis Meriwether's widow in 1740, the land was divided among his heirs, and the "Bathurst" tract fell to the wife of Theodorick Bland. Bland sold it to Francis Smith who married Lucy, a daughter of Francis Meriwether. From them it descended to their son Meri- wether Smith, first member of Congress from that district, patriot, etc. From him it passed to his son, George William Smith, who became governor of Virginia, lost his life in the burning of the Richmond theatre, who early sold "Bathurst" to Major Thomas Ap Thomas Jones, whose mother was daughter of Mary, another daughter of Francis Meriwether, and her husband James Skelton. From them it descended to their only son, Thomas Ap Thomas Jones, the grandfather of Judge Lewis H. Jones, who sold it for 3950 in 1800, and moved to Kentucky.
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      Essex County, Virginia Historical Society, Bulletin 21, Nov 1982
      "Col. Meriwether Smith and His Time 1730-1794"
      by EMORY L. CARLTON

      Meriwether Smith was born about the year 1730 at "Bathurst", Essex County, Virginia. He died at "Marigold", Essex County, on the 24th day of February 1794 and was interred at the burial ground at "Bathurst" Qn the 22nd day of April and was buried by the Reverend Jo. Mathews. He was the son of Colonel Francis Smith of
      Marigold", . Essex County, the grandson of Captain Nicholas Smith of Essex County, Gentleman Justice between
      1720 and 1730, Vestryman in 1739, Sheriff and collector m 1730; the great grandson of Nicholas Smith of
      Petsworth Parish, Gloucester County, Virginia. Colonel Francis Smith was Vestryman and gentleman Justice,
      1740 , MaJor of horse, 1753 and afterwards Colonel, member of the House of Burgesses for Essex County
      1752-1758 and Lucy Meriwether, daughter of Francis and Mary (Bathhurst) Meriwether of "New Kent" County,
      Colony of Virginia. Francis Meriwether was the first clerk of Essex County. He was born on Jamestown Island and
      was the son of Nicholas and Elizabeth (Woodhouse) Meriwether. Meriwether Smith's grandmother on his
      maternal side (Mary Bathurst) was a daughter of Launcelot Bathurst, a patentee of nearly 8,000 acres of
      land m New Kent County, Colony of Virginia, in 1683, who was appointed August 1, 1684, by Edmund Jenings,
      Attorney General of Virginia, his deputy for Henrico County. Launcelot's father was Sir Edwin Bathurst of
      England whose estate was sequestered by Oliver Cromwell because of Bathurst's loyalty to the crown.

      Meriwether Smith had two sisters of the whole blood Elizabeth Smith (1737-1792), married William Young
      (1729-1782) on 30 November 1755; he was a member of the Essex County Committee of Safety during the revolution and Mary Smith who married James Webb, Jr., a signer of the Association in opposition to the Stamp Act 17 February 1766. He had two brothers and one sister of the half blood, namely William, Frances and Anne Smith.
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      Prince George's County, Maryland Land Records 1763-1767; Liber TT {Abstract by Mike Marshall}; Page 400. At the request of Ignatius Digges the following Lease was recorded May 11, 1765
      Indenture made may 11 1765; Meriwether Smith of Essex County, Virginia and Alice Smith his wife for diverse good causes and considerations thereunto moving have demised and to farm let by these presents unto Ignatius Digges a tract called "Backland" containing 300 acres for and during the term of the natural life of the aforesaid Alice Smith paying yearly at the Nativity of our Lord and Savior being the 25th day of December 20 pounds sterling money. Signed Meriwether Smith, Alice Smith in the presence of Daniel Carroll, Adam Thomson and acknowledged before John Hepburn

  • Sources 
    1. [S814050] Genealogies of Virginia Families Vol. I, from Tyler's Quarterly Historical and Genealogical Magazine.

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