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William Smith
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Birth: Nov. 5, 1765
Culpeper County
Virginia, USA
Death: Aug. 12, 1824
Abbeville County
South Carolina, USA



William was about eleven years old when his father, John Smith (b.1739) died in 1776.

Marriage record (Greenwood County Sketches) revealed William Smith and Lucy Wright married on August 8, 1786 in Culpeper County, Virginia.

William was twenty and Lucy was seventeen when they married.

They had two known children before moving to an area in Abbeville County, South Carolina in 1793 which he soon named Stoney Point. He built a store and got the first post office in 1803 which is in the same location as the present Stoney Point Grocery. William began to build his mansion on a stoney hill in 1818. They also owned and ran a cotton plantation.

The 1800 Census revealed William owned six slaves and they were living in Abbeville County, South Carolina. Household members: William (26-44), Lucy (26-44), Thomas, John, Robert, Joel & William (under 10) and Anna (10-15).

The 1810 Census revealed William owned twenty-three slaves. Household members: William (45-over), Lucy (26-44), Charles & Lewis (under 10), William, Joel & Robert (10-15), John (16-25) and Amelia, Lucy & Nancy (under 10).

The 1820 Census revealed William owned thirty-one slaves and fourteen of the household members were engaged in Agriculture. Household members: William (45-over), Lucy (45-over), Charles & Lewis (10-15), William, Joel & Robert (16-25) and Lucy & Nancy (10-15).

Their known children:

Anna Smith (Fooshe)(b.1788 d.1839)
Thomas Smith (b.1792 d.1849)
John Skinner Smith (b.1795 d.1861)
Robert Smith (b.1796 d.1861)
Joel Smith (b.1799 d.1855)
William Smith (b.1800 d.1872)
Amelia Smith (Anderson)(b.1801 d.1886)
Nancy Smith (Gary)(b.1804 d.1827)
Lewis Smith (b.1805)
Charles Smith (b.1808 d.1870)
Lucy Smith (b.1809 d.1890)

William died just four days after their thirty-eighth wedding anniversary on August 12, 1824 in Abbeville County, South Carolina.

Although William started building the Stoney Point Mansion in 1818, he died in 1824 before it was completed. His son, Joel bought the mansion from the estate and finished building it in 1829. The Flemish bond brick mansion was elegant and imposing for upcountry South Carolina. It was reminiscent of the family's Virginia roots and reflected the prestige and influence of it's 19th century owners.

The third owner of the mansion was Joel's son-in-law, Wyatt Aiken. The executor of Joel's estate invested in confederate bonds which became worthless and the large plantation was broken up.

The mansion and five acres of land were listed in the National Register in June 1975.

A fragment of a tombstone was found in a field near the home of William at Stoney Point in the 1940's. His name and dates are legible on the piece of stone. It seems likely that he was buried with this simple marker and after the death of his wife, their children placed the elaborate monuments with lengthy eulogies to both parents.

Tombstone inscriptions:

{{Sacred to the memory - of MR. WILLIAM SMITH - who was born in Culpeper County, Virginia - on the 5th of November 1765 - and departed this life 12th August 1824 - The deceased emigrated from his native County - and State in December 1794 - And settled Stoney Point Abbeville District - Where he continued to reside until he was called - to join the countless millions - That people the mighty dead.

He was a gentleman of extraordinary business - habits and by his perseverance, industry - and economy, rendered himself not only useful - to his own family, but to the community - By whom he was surrounded.

He left a large family of sons and daughters - And a numerous circle of friends to lament - his death and emulate his worth - Like all truly honest men, he possessed a special - Disregard to idleness and sloth and what his hands - found to do he did with his might. - Those who knew the deceased best - Prized him most. - Tears for his virtues - Honor to his memory - Peace to his ashes.

Here by the partner of his life - with whom he spent his happy days. - He sleeps remote from care and strife. - Heedless alike of blame or praise - No more can pain or grief molest - or sickness reach him where he lives - Here on this scared spot He'll rest. - Till the last trumpet bids him rise.}}

William lived to age 58.

 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  Lucy Wright Smith (1768 - 1847)*
 
 Children:
  Thomas Smith (1792 - 1849)*
  John Skinner Smith (1795 - 1861)*
  Joel Smith (1798 - 1855)*
  William Smith (1800 - 1872)*
  Nancy Smith Gary (1804 - 1827)*
  Lucy Wright Smith White (1809 - 1890)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Providence Baptist Church Cemetery
Greenwood County
South Carolina, USA
 
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Record added: Oct 09, 2012
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