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Sarah Jackson Powell Smith
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Birth: Mar. 13, 1808
New Kent County
Virginia, USA
Death: Aug. 29, 1868
Virginia, USA

w/o Robert Riddick Smith.

Birth: reportedly in New Kent county, Virginia.

She is one of three daughters and one son of, who now is referred to as the meanest man in the county, who had also given each daughter a farm. Her brother is said to have also been a mean person, so written in "A Record of Farms and Their Owners in Lower Part of Nansemond County" by William Turner Jordan. In addition her father, Captain Ezekiel Powell, was cashiered by General Court Martial on 31 July 1813 (see A Guide to Virginia Militia Units in the War of 1812 by Stuart Lee Butler, page 147).

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She & hubby, the third known generation operating the Somerton Inn, now at 8442 Arthur drive (lower right) while living and raising their family at current, 8441 Arthur drive (upper right) which reportedly was built for them by his father Capt Washington Smith.

NOTE: All save one of the buildings associated with La'Fayette's 1825 brief visit have disappeared through the years--a disastrous fire destroyed the Castle Inn, the Nansemond County Courthouse, and the Holladay Hotel in 1837 and the Indian Queen is also gone [as of 1890]. Only Washington Smith's Ordinary [Somerton Inn], has survived almost untouched through the years, but it is now threatened to be demolished by the City of Suffolk. The City of Suffolk has, around August 2012, ordered the Smith home, "Somerton Inn"(Ordinary), at 8442 Arthur drive, be demolished if extensive repairs are not made, to wit: Owned privately and occupied until just recently, the original portion of the Ordinary [Somerton Inn], is solid and virtually unchanged from its early use as a tavern. However, the deteriorated condition of the addition, when brought to the attention of the City of Suffolk, precipitated an order for extensive repairs to be made within 30 days or the City would demolish the entire building, sending the bill to the property owners who are descendants of the tavernkeeper, Washington Smith. View article.

The village of Somerton began in the 17th century when Sir Thomas Jernigan (also spelled Jarnigan) of Somerleyton, Suffolk county, England came to Virginia and was granted 250 acres in what now is Suffolk. New Norfolk County is said to have been formed in 1636 from that part of Elizabeth City County lying to the south of Hampton Roads, and extinguished in 1637 by the formation of Lower Norfolk and Upper Norfolk Counties. Upper Norfolk County was extinguished in 1643 when Nansemond County was organized following legislation the previous year. My 10th great,grandfather, Robert Boggus, is documented 1 April 1644 ("Norfolk. Co. Va., Deed Bk, B: 37a") as living in the then newly created Nansemond county. Nansemond is an extinct independent city which was located in the State of Virginia in the United States from 1972 until 1974. It was created from Nansemond County, Virginia, and is now part of the independent city of Suffolk, Virginia.

Husband was murdered by a tenant, when in Suffolk eighteen miles northeast from home, September 13, 1845 by Hunter Hill with two sons and three months before she bore their third son. Its currently unknown, but NOT apparent, if she remarried. Her father, Hezekiel Powell, is said to have given her a part of the Bennett farm estate he purchased from Dr Samuel Browne, between Nansemond river and Bennett creek, later sold upon her 1868 demise, so as to divide funds between her then two surviving sons.

Census: 1850, age 38 Nansemond county, Virginia widowed with three sons.

Her three known sons are found in household with George and Fanny Godwin in Suffolk, Nansemond county, Virginia for the 1860 Federal census.

Death: in Somerton, Nansemond county, Virginia.

Burial: Documented as being in Smith Family cemetery with hubby, son and believed, other family members, south, across the street from the Smith Inn, shown south of Robert's home along Arthur drive, reportedly located in the land between the then Methodist church and his 8441 Arthur drive house ~ ~ now a field without markers when viewed December 2012 by Jeff Rau.

Father: Ezekiel Powell b:
Mother: Elizabeth (currently unknown) b:

Marriage: Robert Riddick Smith b: 16 JAN 1808 Nansemond county, Virginia.
Married: 18 MAR 1834 location currently unknown, likely (?) North Carolina.

Known Children

Washington C (Cunningham ?) Smith b: around 1840 Nansemond county, Virginia.

Henning Ezekiel Smith b. 23 JUL 1843 Nansemond county, Virginia.

Robert Riddick Smith Jr b. 13 DEC 1845 Nansemond county,
Virginia, three months following murder of father.

Prepared in part by Bill Boggess.
Family links: 
  Robert Riddick Smith (1808 - 1845)
  Washington C Smith (1840 - 1865)*
  Henning Ezekiel Smith (1843 - 1913)*
  Robert Riddick Smith (1845 - 1925)*
*Calculated relationship
Smith Family Cemetery
Suffolk City
Virginia, USA
Created by: Bill
Record added: Nov 22, 2012
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Sarah Jackson <i>Powell</i> Smith
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Sarah Jackson <i>Powell</i> Smith
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Sarah Jackson <i>Powell</i> Smith
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"You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. Please remember that your difficulties do not define you. They simply strengthen your ability to overcome." ~Maya Angelou
- NJBrewer
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- bill
 Added: Nov. 22, 2012

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