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Re: Slaves-John Smith Rutherford Co. TN

Hi Annette,

Wow! Its nice to find someone else searching in the same area much less the same family!

I was just reviewing my post to see which of the women could have been the mother to my 3rd gr grandmother, Moriah (age 8 in the inventory). Moriah is said to have been of Indian descent (probably half) through her mother's side. I know that Moriah was supposed to have had two daughters, whose Identities are unknown as they were not in the household in 1870 as far as I can tell. I'm not sure if she had any siblings.

I'll keep an eye out for more info. Have you done or thought about doing dna testing? I have my mother's side tested, including 2 siblings of my maternal grandmother. I wonder if we might share common ancestry.

Thanks,
Lisa

Lisa,

I am also researching the slaves of Colonel John Smith. His son, Robert Henderson Smith, was the owner/father of my great great grandmother, Julia Smith Cox. In the 1850s, Julia Smith and John Cox Sr. (a white man who lived in the DeSoto County, Mississippi neighborhood of R.H. Smith) ran away to Mexico where my great grandfather was born. The family settled in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana. Julia Smith told her granddaughter that her mother was the slave of Col. Smith. I found a court document online that gives an account of who Julia was and how she and John ran away.

I am trying to figure out which of Col. Smith's slaves was Julia's mother. Julia said her mother was born in Virginia so she had to be born before the move to Tennessee in 1806. It has to be either Polly, Julia, Hannah, Kisiah, Patience, or Eliza.

Please let me know if you come across any more information.

Thanks.



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