Daniel Edward Smyer Sr.

Daniel Edward Smyer Sr.

Death 24 Oct 1875 (aged 88)
Burial Newton, Catawba County, North Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 10402668 · View Source
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Also known by Daniel Edward Smyre, Sr. Grave marker: Daniel Smyer.

Date: Sun, 19 Dec 1999 14:04:29 -0800
From: deleted for privacy

My husband is descended from Daniel Edward Smyre, Sr. and Catherine Fry through their eldest son, Jacob A., who married his first cousin, Martha Smyre. Here is what I have about Daniel, Sr.:

Daniel's birth is listed in the "Congregational Register of St. James Lutheran Church, Newton, Catawba County, North Carolina," as transcribed by James W. Miller, Jr. and published in "Catawba Cousins," July 1989. His family group is listed with birth dates for his eleven children with Catherine Fry, along with death dates for three of his sons who were killed in the Civil War. The birth dates for the first four children are all about a year earlier than those in Neva Bryant's "The Smyer Families of Texas County Missouri" and the Mormon records. Possibly this is because the marriage license for Daniel and Catherine Fry was dated 23 January 1822. Their first child, according to church records, was born 16 March 1822. Neva Bryant writes (page 14) that Daniel and Mary (Polly) Diehl had a son, Daniel Edward Smyre, Jr., in 1815, but the couple never married.

Daniel started buying land in 1813 (from David Bullinger), according to Lincoln County land records. He purchased land from his father in 1818, and more land from Elisha Huffman in 1834. Neva Bryant quotes as follows from "Descendants of Sebastian Klein, by Cicero Cline: "Daniel and Catherine had settled on a large farm two miles south of Newton. This farm was then known as the Bullinger Farm. Henry Bullinger, years prior to this (1822) had built a large flour mill on the Little Creek close by the home. This mill was continually in use for more than 150 years, and was a three story structure, including the basement. Daniel looked after the farm as well as the mill as long as he was active. When he could no longer attend to this, his son Silas took it up for as long as he lived."

The 1820 Lincoln County, North Carolina census lists Daniel as Daniel Smoyer, with four slaves. By 1830 Daniel was listed with four boys, two girls, a wife and 3 slaves. By 1840 ten of the eleven children of Daniel and Catherine had been born. In the 1850 census of Catawba County, which had been formed from Lincoln County in 1843, Daniel, 63 is listed with wife Catherine, 49 and Elizabeth Summit, 63 and no children. His real estate was valued at $4000. The four youngest children, Miles, Silas, George and Alfred were living with their brother Logan and his wife. By 1860 Silas, George and Alfred were living with their parents. In 1870, Daniel, 83, was head of a household which included son Silas, his wife Jane and their two children. Catawba County Court Records show that Daniel was one of the executors of the estate of his in-laws, George and Catherine Fry, in 1846. In 1845 he was listed as the guardian of Alfred Propst. The court ordered two of the following: M. Wilson, P. Burns, and Henry Cline to be a committee to settle with Daniel. By 1846 Daniel was the guardian of Anna and John Seapoth; in 1848 he was named administrator of William Seapoth's estate.

Daniel made his will December 20, 1873 (Catawba County Will Book No. 2, page 148). He left half of the mill place, 63 1/2 acres, to son Silas, to whom he had previously deeded the other half. He left $640, to be divided equally, to sons Alfred and Dr. G.F. Smyre, and named Alfred Executor of his last will and testament. He died 24 October, 1875, and is buried at Old Hass Cemetery, located on Prison Camp Road, Catawba County, North Carolina.

The information I have on Daniel, Jr. comes from Neva Smyer Bryant: Neva N. Bryant, in "Smyer Families of Texas County, Missouri," page 15, quotes Donald F. Scott, Velma, Oklahoma, a descendant of Daniel, as saying that there is a bastardy bond in Raleigh confirming Daniel's parentage. Daniel is listed in the 1850 Catawba County, North Carolina census at age 28, although presumably he was 35. He was a farmer with wife Sally and four children. According to Neva Bryant, Daniel and family moved to Texas, where he was a blacksmith-farmer, soon after 1854. He appears in the 1860, 1880 and 1900 Smith County, Texas census records. I have 7 children listed for him and Sallie Myra Setzer. We would like very much to have more information on Daniel Jr. and family, and if you could send some on that would be great. Of course we are very willing to share anything we have. Hope to hear from you soon. name deleted for privacy

This cemetery survey was compiled by Cassie Deal, William Byrd, Janice Lafone and Rebecca Hunter, in May of 1980. I have since been there with Joe Sigmon and have updated this survey with marriage dates and other information. I will be adding more information as I find it. The original, complete survey can be found in the Catawba County Cemetery Books. This cemetery is located north of Maiden on Prison Camp Road. Go past the prison to the old Sigmon Dairy Farm, which is on the left. The cemetery is at the back of the pasture, to your left. Before visiting this cemetery, please get permission from the Sigmon family.

His first child was with Polly Deal. He signed a bastardy bond in Lincoln County Court on 17 July 1815 providing $200 child supprt. The child, Daniel, was born May 21, 1815. On March 15, 1839 he married Sara Myra Setzer. In 1854 they moved to Texas. Sally died March 25, 1875. Daniel married Mrs. Stephens in about 1878 and they had a child, Daniel E., in 1882. Daniel Jr. died June 21, 1903 and is buried at Shackelford Cemetery, Smith County, Texas. (See Ianne Smyer, p. 122-123.)

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The following comes from The Wike Family:Decendants of Jacob M. Weik of North Carolina Monte and Noma Wike, Colorado City, Texas, 1978.

State of North Carolina
Lincoln County

Upon examination of Polly Deal --Lincoln County--Single woman aken an oath before us John Wilfong and Michael Cline, two of the Justices of the Peace in and for the said county, this 8th day of April 1815, who saith that she is now child and that the said child is likely to be orn a BAstard and to be chargeable to th County aforesaid and that Daniel Smyer in the said County is the father of the said Child.

Taken beforus and signed the day and year above written. Her mark Polly + Deal

John Wilfong, J.P.
Mic. Cline, J.P.
State of North Carolina
Lincoln County

Whereas upon the Examinatin of Polly Deal, single woman, this day taken an oath before us appears that she is now with child which child when it shall be born will be a Bastard and may be as chargeable to the said County and the said Polly Deal hath confessed that Daniel Smyer of the couny (Miller) did beget the said child and hath charged him with the same, These ar therefore to command you in the name of the State to apprehend the said Daniel Smyer and bring him before us or any Two Justices of the Poeace for said County to answer to the said charge --given under our hands and seals this 8th of April 1815

John Wilfong (SEAL) Mic Cliine (SEAL)

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The State vs. Daniel Smyer, Principle L 100 Jacob Shufor, Surety L 100 To be void on condition that the above Daniel Smyer doth make his appearance at the next County Court for said Conty ansd not the depart said County with out Leave or out of the within charge --- Acknowledged before us this 15th of April 1815.

We the subscribers do hereby to the Justices of LIncoln County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions and their successors in office in the sum of Two hundred pounds for which payment willl and truly to be made and done we bind ourselves our heirs executors and Administrators jointly and severally firmly by these presents sealed and dated the 17th day of July 1815--To be void on condition that Daniel Smoyer doth keep the County of Lincoln free and clear from the maintainance of a BAse born child begooten on the body of Polley Deal ---which the said DAniel Smoyer is the Reputed Father and to perform such assurs as the County Court of Pleas and Quater Sessions of Lincoln shall make respecting the same.

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