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Mary Wood Riddick Gatling Smith

Gates County, North Carolina, USA
Death 18 Dec 1880 (aged 52–53)
Virginia, USA
Burial Suffolk, Suffolk City, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 101232025 · View Source
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w/o James Edward Smith.

Birth: 1st known child of father's 1st marriage in Gates county, North Carolina.

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.

Mary reportedly lived in house which today is 8440 Arthur drive (right), Somerton Historic District, Suffolk, Virginia, the c1800, 2 ½ -story Federal style dwelling resting on a brick pier foundation and is covered by a gabled roof clad in standing seam metal, also noted as their overseer's, the Langston House.

The exterior is clad in clapboard siding and features a variety of window types including double hung nine-over-nine, six-over-nine, six-over-six, and four-over-four wood sash. The west facing front porch is supported by brick piers and covered by a shed roof clad in standing seam metal. The shed roof of the porch is supported by Tuscan columns. The dwelling features three brick chimneys on its north, east, and south elevations. The house has served and continues to serve as a single dwelling since its construction. Included is the detached kitchen structure, an early-19th-century exterior kitchen is located southeast of the main dwelling. It rests on a brick pier foundation. The exterior walls are clad in clapboard siding and the gabled roof is clad in corrugated metal. A shed roof protrudes from the south elevation providing a covered exterior storage area. It is now clad in corrugated metal.

Census: 1850,age 24 Nansemond county, Virginia with hubby, twin boys, overseer & two boarders, worth $1,500.

Census: 1860, age 33 Upper Parish, Nansemond county, Virginia with husband & four children, worth $10,000.

Census: 1870, age 45 Cypress Chapel township, Nansemond county, Virginia with husband & four children, worth $25,000 & $300.

Census: 1880, age 46(sic) Cypress managerial district, Nansemond county, Virginia with husband & three children.

Mary's home and the Smith families Somerton Inn remain today.

Death: seven days before Christmas of 1880, Nansemond county, Virginia, burial site currently unknown.

Burial: Currently unknown, believed (?) to have been in the Smith Family Cemetery, south across street from the Inn, shown south, along Arthur drive between the then Methodist church and brother-in-law Robert Riddick Smith's home basically west across street from her home, now at 8440 Arthur drive ~ ~ now a field without markers when viewed December 2012 by Jeff Rau.

Father: Riddick Gatling b: 8 APR 1797 in Gates county, North Carolina. half brother to Richard Jordan Gatling, of Gatling Gun fame.
Mother: Louvenia (Larina ?) Wood b: date currently unknown, Perquimans county, North Carolinia, death reportedly, 1829.

Marriage: James Edward Smith b: 1822 in Nansemond County, Virginia
Married: 5 DEC 1841 in Gates county, North Carolina.

Known Children

James T Smith (twin) b: 1849 in Nansemond County, Virginia.

Benjamin F (Franklin ?) Smith (twin) b: 1849 in Nansemond County, Virginia.

Anna M Smith b: 1856 in Nansemond county, Virginia.

Lucie Smith b: 1859 in Nansemond county, Virginia.

Mamie Smith b: about 1860 Nansemond county, Virginia.

Fannie W Smith b: about 1862 Nansemond county, Virginia.

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  • Maintained by: NJBrewer
  • Originally Created by: Bill
  • Added: 24 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 101232025
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Mary Wood Riddick Gatling Smith (1827–18 Dec 1880), Find A Grave Memorial no. 101232025, citing Smith Family Cemetery, Suffolk, Suffolk City, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by NJBrewer (contributor 47097113) .