|Death: ||Apr. 29, 1860|
St. Johns County
Daughter of John Thorpe, who came from England into Southern coastal Georgia in the mid 1700's,and his wife, Dorcas Boswood of Huguenot ancestry. Her parents came in the late 1700's with other families (the Browards, Bellamys, Edwards, Harrisons, O'Neills, Fitzpatricks) to the southern tip of Amelia Island and the Northern tip of Talbot Island at the mouth of the Nassau River and took up lands there, the Thorpes settling at the Northern tip of Talbot Island at what was known as Sawpit Plantation (and still is known as Sawpit) where they grew the finest Sea Island cotton.
As Martha tells in her own words, her mother, Mary Thorpe (later Smith by marriage) was the only child and daughter of John and Dorcas Boswood Thorpe, and she had a half-sister, Susan Boswood Fitzpatrick, by her mother's first marriage to one Boswood, who settled with her family and lived nearby on Talbot Island at Cedar Point Plantation. Her parents were married at Point Peter, near St. Mary's Georgia in 1803 in the Quarter's of Col, Gaines USA, in a Protestant ceremony, a privilege not allowed in Spanish Florida at that time.
After her grandparents' death, Sawpit Plantation came to her Mother, and, as Martha tells it, they spent six months of the year in St. Mary's and six months at Sawpit. The Smiths had five daughters, in order of Birth: Elizabeth, Maria, Rebecca, Mary Martha, and Caterine. Their father died in 1820 leaving Mary Thorpe Smith with five young daughters to rear.
Her mother, Mary Smith, is buried at Tolomato Cemetery in St. Augustine.
John Thorpe (1740 - ____)
Dorcas Jourdain Thorpe (1755 - ____)
James Smith (1781 - 1820)*
Elizabeth Campbell (1805 - 1865)*
Rebecca Smith Finegan (1811 - 1870)*
Mary Martha Smith Reid (1812 - 1894)*
Catharine Ann Smith Shaffer (1815 - 1885)*
St. Johns County
Plot: Cemetery office confirmed that this burial is unmarked
Created by: Martha Reid 19 UDC
Record added: Nov 10, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 61401329