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Re: William Smoot Was NOT the Father of Dorothy Durham
Posted by: Fredric Z. Saunders (ID *****6091) Date: April 26, 2012 at 11:45:47
In Reply to: William Smoot Was NOT the Father of Dorothy Durham by Graham Louer of 921

Thank you for the listing. I will add some comments to various parts of your posting, I'll try to list under which section are the things on which I comment.

Under your "SUMMARY" you stated there were two Williams in NE VA at that time. Actually there were three, and two of them had wives named Jane.

Under "WESTMORELAND WILLIAM" this is my ancestor. His will was not written Feb. 1715. That is the date of the Richmond William. William of Westmoreland wrote his will on 12 Apr. 1706 and it was proved on 30 April 1707. He was the son of Thomas SMOOT, and grandson of William the immigrant.

For "RICHMOND WILLIAM" there are two Williams that lived there. One was known as William, Sr. and one as William, Jr. Both had wives named Jane. William Jr. moved to Northumberland Co., VA where he died testate between 1707 and 1711. Unfortunately the wills for that time period do not survive, so we do not know the details of his will.

There are a number of court orders in the early 1700s in Richmond County that refer to William Smoot, Sr. and Jr., that I won't go into detail here.

In Northumberland Co., VA on 23 March 1706/7 Joseph DEEKE of the Parish of Farnham in the County of Richmond against William SMOOT otherwise called Wm. SMOOT, Junr. of the Parish of Farnham in the County of Richmond Special Imparlance. [Northumberland County, Virginia Order Book 1699-1713, part 2, p. 445, FHL microfilm 0,032,644]

On 23 May 1707 in Northumberland County Judgment granted Joseph DEEKE of Richmond County in the parish of Farnham against William SMOOT otherwise Called William SMOOT, Junr. of the same parish & County for 1500 pounds tobacco in two hogheads, otherwise 1800 pounds tobacco in Cask due by bill dated 27 Jan. 1703/4. [Northumberland County, Virginia Order Book 1699-1713, part 2, p. 457, FHL microfilm 0,032,644]

On 18 May 1711 in Northumberland County Joseph DEEK of the County of Richmond, Gent. against Jane SMOOT Exectx. of the Last Will and Testament of Wm. SMOOT late of the County of Northumberland Dismist. [Northumberland County, Virginia Order Book 1699-1713, part 2, p. 731, FHL microfilm 0,032,644]

The above records show William Smoot, Jr. of Richmond County moved to Northumberland County,, where he died about 1711 and that his wife was named Jane.

Northumberland County, Virginia Order Book 1729-1737, FHL microfilm 0,032,645.
p. 46
17 Nov. 1731
Last Will and Testament of Jane LANE presented by William (sic) SMOOT, Executor and proved by William WEBB and Ann SURINNER?, and is admitted to record on the motion of the said Edward (sic) SMOOT

Is Jane Lane the widow of William Junior remarried? Again, no will survives. Did William (Jr.) have sons William and Edward?

Since William "Jr." of Richmond who moved to Northumberland County was dead by 1711, it would be William "Sr." who wrote the 1715 will. Sr. and Jr. in this time period did not necessarily mean father and son.

On 18 Dec. 1712 in Northumberland County there was a presentment against Jane Smoot for having a bastard child born about April 1712. This is presumably the widow of William who had died by May 1711 (the date of the suit against her) meaning she was young enough to have children.

For your section "OTHER WILLIAMS" I believe your A, B, and C are the same person, although there is no record of a person named Alexander SMOOT in Charles County. This is misinformation from the 1930s.

In the first generation we have William the immigrant, born ca. 1598.
Generation I William the immigrant b. ca. 1598

Second generation a presumed son William II born either about 1627 (as some believe) or ca. late 1640s (Harry Wright Newman's thought)

In the third generation we have:
William a proved son of Richard through his will (Newman thought he died young)
William a proved son of Thomas
William, a possible son of William II

Richard's son William was a minor when Richard wrote his will in 1676. In 1680 William Smoot, age 9, son of Richard, was a servant to William Hatton in Charles County. That eliminates this William from creating any records before the late 1680s at the earliest. That leaves three men named William who could be creating records in the 1670s or 1680s: William II, a possible son William, and William son of Thomas.

To expand on William born ca. 1671 (age 9 in 1680), son of Richard, Archibald F. Bennett who published a serial article on the Smoot family beginning in 1933 in The Utah Genealogical and Historical Magazine originally thought that Richard's son William was the one who married Eleanor in Westmoreland County. Of course he thought Richard's son William was born about 1663. He also thought that he was the William who married Anne and sold Wicomico Fields in 1683 [N:213] that was patented by William Smoot on 1 Nov. 1671. He obviously didn't examine this patent [see below] that stated it was to William, son of Thomas. The article later corrected this to agree with Newman after his book came out that this William was the son of Thomas.

OK, back to William, son of Richard. What if he is the William Smoot, Jr. that goes to Richmond/Northumberland? Could he be the William who dies in Northumberland around 1711 and has a wife Jane young enough to have children?

As for your William (E) and wife Anne who sold land in 1684 [N:213] this is the son of Thomas, and grandson of William the immigrant. The deed states it was patented on 1 Nov. 1671 by the **said** William Smoot as part of *Wicohocomoco Fields Relation.*

On 1 Nov. 1671 the tract *Wiccomico Fields( of 500 acres was resurveyed for William Smoote, son of Thomas Smoote. The tract was originally patented in 1650 by Thomas Gerrard. He sold it to Thomas Smoote of Charles County, since deceased, who alleged that other persons were using unto his bounds of the said land and desired to have it resurveyed. Therefore the tract was resurveyed for his son and heir William Smoot. It was bounded on the north by Humphray Warren's tract *Frailty* and Tho: Hatton's tract *Wiccomico Point*, the mouth of Forked Creek on the West side of the Wicomico River.

Rick Saunders

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