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Jacob and George SMITH, Sidney
James SMITH 1732 - 1804, Murray Tp
John SMITH's, c1800, Murray, Sidney, etc
Richard SMITH, 1790 Thurlow and Sidney


This is an attempt to identify some of the earliest Smith families in the Sidney Township and nearby area.

It seems hard to avoid learning more about the early (c 1800) Smith families that settled in and around Sidney Township. While researching John Bleecker, the first major settler on the west side of the mouth of the River Trent, the name of James Smith kept showing up as the first major land owner on the east side of the river. There was also a John Smith who petitioned for the ferry licence across the Trent.

So James Smith Esq became the first target and his story ventured into Dutchess County, NY where, as a Tory judge, he was tarred and feathered for his Loyal support. His son John settled in Murray and another son Henry was an active surveyor in Sidney. Quite a bit has been discovered about this family and is on the James Smith web page.

That led to many emails from people researching other Smiths in the area and asking if they were related to James. Bit by bit I got drawn into looking at some of the others. One always wonders to what extent they are related and where did they come from. The work presented on these pages has been a collaboration and these researchers are thanked in the various web pages where they contributed.

After James Smith, I tried to identify the John Smith who ended up on Lot 3, Con 2, Sidney. This lot was granted to James Smith Esq and he sold it in 1803. In 1812, it was purchased by another John Smith - not his son John Smith! This John Smith became John J Smith in the record. There were other John Smiths so I lumped them all together in one John Smith's web page.

Margaret Meyers, dau. of Leonard Meyers married a John Smith of Sidney. Where does he fit in? This is still not answered but we think this John Smith might be a son of George Smith of Lot 15, con 1, Sidney so the Margaret Meyers research is presented on the Jacob and George Smith web page. Of course we had to find out more about George and it is now known that he is the son of Jacob [Schmidt] Smith who settled first in Fredericksburgh and later came to Sidney.

Then there was Betsy Lake, daughter of Nicholas Lake who I had already researched, who petitioned as Betsy Smith. Who was her husband. Many feel it is Richard Smith so he became the subject of the Richard Smith web page.

On it goes. It is quite endless.

There is a Michael Smith who in the Quebec Land Book entry was granted lot 20, con 2, Sydney in 1790. And a Catherine Smith got Lot 20, Con 3 - is she related to Michael? And how about William Smith who was granted lot 16, Con 1, Sidney, right beside Jacob Smith, father of George.

Maybe I will get busy on them as well. Better yet, maybe there are researchers who know a great deal about some of these folks and have much to share. Your help is always welcome. I will close by adding that I am not a Smith descendant but what the heck, it is fun.

The caveat is this.
No attempt is made to be exhaustive. If the first Smith settler and their family can be identified then it is left to others to try to connect later generations into these earlier families. Of course new Smith settlers were arriving over time to muddy the waters. In many ways it is easier to study the loyalists and earliest settlers as they left petitions and are shown in the land grant books. If they left a will then all the better.

Lastly, below is a section that will be a dumping ground for records that do not fit anywhere at the present.



DUMPING GROUND for unplaced records

Smith, Henry Dr., ? - 1867, (Belleville)
Dr. Henry Smith was one of the earliest physicians to reside in the area; when he arrived in 1817 the only
other doctor was Dr. Hayden in Corbyville. He resided in Belleville for half a century and was one of the
oldest residents when he died. Dr. Smith died on August 10, 1867 aged 81.
Source: Email from Mary Lynch, Aug  9/1Source: Parish Register, St Thomas Ch, Belleville, Marriages 1821-1827, 7-B-1, Anglican Archives, Ontario Diocese, Kingston, personal files AA Belleville 5372-5609
2

UEL SMITH's
[Last name, first, township, concession, lot, acreage]
SMITH    COMFORT    AMELIASBURG    PR EDWARD         93    50     
SMITH    COMFORT    FREDERICKSBURG    LENNOX    7    20    100     
SMITH    CORP. DAN'L    FREDERICKSBURG    LENNOX    3 ADDITIONAL    2    100     
SMITH    DANIEL    AMELIASBURG    PR EDWARD         83    150     
SMITH    DANIEL    SOPHIASBURG    PR EDWARD    1 WEST GREEN'S POINT    29    50     
SMITH    DAVID    AMELIASBURG    PR EDWARD         79    100     
SMITH    GEORGE    FREDERICKSBURG    LENNOX    5    15    100     
SMITH    HENRY    FREDERICKSBURG    LENNOX    3    19    100     
SMITH    HENRY    SOPHIASBURG    PR EDWARD    1 WEST GREEN'S POINT    42    50     
SMITH    JACOB    FREDERICKSBURG    LENNOX    3    25    100     
SMITH    JACOB GEORGE    SIDNEY    HASTINGS    1    15    200     
SMITH    JACOB GEORGE    SIDNEY    HASTINGS    2    15    200     
SMITH    JOHN    FREDERICKSBURG    LENNOX    3    23    200     
SMITH    JOHN    THURLOW    HASTINGS    1    23    200     
SMITH    JOHN    THURLOW    HASTINGS    2    23    200     
SMITH    LUDWICK    MARYSBURG    PR EDWARD    POINT BET L. ONT & BAY OF QUINTE    33    100     
SMITH    LUDWICK    MARYSBURG    PR EDWARD    POINT BET L. ONT & BAY OF QUINTE    34    100     
SMITH    MICHAEL    FREDERICKSBURG    LENNOX    4 ADDITIONAL    11    100     
SMITH    PHILIP    CAMDEN    ADDINGTON    1    8    200     
SMITH    PHILIP    FREDERICKSBURG    LENNOX    4 ADDITIONAL    11    100     
SMITH    RICHARD    ADOLPHUSTOWN    LENNOX    1    16    100     
SMITH    WILLIAM    ERNESTOWN    ADDINGTON    5    12    100     
SMITH    WILLIAM    ERNESTOWN    ADDINGTON    5    12    100     
SMITH    WILLIAM    FREDERICKSBURG    LENNOX    1 ADDITIONAL    10    100     
SMITH    WILLIAM    FREDERICKSBURG    LENNOX    3 ADDITIONAL    13    200     
SMITH    WILLIAM    FREDERICKSBURG    LENNOX    5 ADDITIONAL    12    100     
SMITH    WILLIAM    FREDERICKSBURG    LENNOX    5 ADDITIONAL    13    100     
SMITH    WILLIAM    SIDNEY    HASTINGS    1    16    200     
SMITH    WILLIAM    SIDNEY    HASTINGS    2    16    200   

Source: emailed from Virginia Hannay, from Landowners in Mecklenburg District, 1790 [click on "S"], Apr 2013

LAND RECORDS
22 May 1798, William Smith was granted lot 16 plus broken front , Con 1, Sidney by the Crown. In 1804 he sold all 285  acres to Nicholas J Stickles and at the same time Ruth Smith released her dower - presumably his wife. This was registered in 1824 and 1825 [A15 and A19].

31 Dec 1798, Phillip Smith was granted lot 18, Con 3, Sidney. He and his wife sold in 1817 to William Parry [D376]. This Phillip Smith is not elected to a duty before 1817.

17 May 1802, Catherine Smith was granted lot 20, Con 3 and sold lot 20 and west half of lot 21 to John Simmons in 1817 [D418].

10 Aug 1801, Thomas Smith was granted lot 33, Con 6. It was sold in 1842 by Samuel Smith, perhaps a son. Luther Smith holds a mortagage on 50 acres in 1854.

3 June 1812, Richard Smith buys lot 12, con 5. Samuel R Smith and Richard Smith Jr involved in the lot beginning in 1825.

REGISTER, ST JOHN'S CH, CARRYING PLACE, 1837 - 1847
Samantha Susanna Smith, daughter of Doctor Martin Luther Smith of the Township of Sidney & of Samantha his wife born 17th Dec 1836 was publicaly baptized on the 5th March 1837 by me, John Grier, Minr to Murray
Thomas M L Smith, Godfather
Mrs DML Smith, Godmother
Mrs P Smith, Godmother
baptism 607, image 39

John Wickliffe Smith, son of Doctor Martin Luther Smith of Sidney & his wife Samantha, born 3rd May last, was publicly baptized  by me, John Grier, Minister St John's Ch, Murray
baptism 837, image 119

Baptized at Frankford 4th Sept 1845, Philip Adam Smith, son of Martyn Luther Martin Smith born 28th Apr 1845, PG Bartlett
page 202, image 209

Hester Emma, daughter of Philip Smith of Sidney & of Christian his wife, born 6th 1834 [sic], was publicly baptized on the 5th March 1837 by me, John Grier, Minister to Murray
P Smith, Godfather
Mrs P Smith
Mrs DML Smith, Godmother
baptism 608, image 39

Simson Smith, of the township of Cramahe & Jane Jackson of the same place, spinster, were married by licence this day 11th April 1839, by me, John Grier, Minister St Johns Ch, Murray.
Witnesses
Josiah Spafford
Truman A Proctor
marriage 313, image 113

James Thomas Smith, born 14th June last, son of Thomas Smith, a Sergeant in Capt Alexr Shaw's Company of Incorporated Militia now on duty at Brighton & of Mary his wife was publicly baptized on the 26th of Sept 1839 by me, John Grier, Minister of St John's Ch, Murray.
John Carruthers, Godfather
Wm Christmas, Godfather
Mrs J Carruthers, Godmother
baptism 853, image 123

Bellon Smith, township of Seymour, bachelor & Sarah Ann Robinson of the same township, spinster, were married by licence, this day 29th Nov 1839, by me, John Grier, Minister, St John's Ch, Murray.
Witnesses: David Fairman
William Robeson
marriage 326, image 134

Sarah White, born 1 Dec 1839, daughter of Thomas White of Hillier & Sarah his wife was publicly baptized this day 9th Feby 1840 by me, John Grier, Minister of St John's Ch, Murray.
baptism 896, image 142

Augusta Louisa Smith, born 22 Feby 1837 and Susan Eleanor Smith, born 19 Jany 1840; children of David Smith of the Village of Consecon, Esq & Sarah his wife, were publicly baptized on the 16th day of August 1840 by me John Grier. Minister, St John's Ch. Murray
baptisms 958, 959, image 195

Hannah Smith, dau of Jane and Thomas Smith born 28th March 1842 & Baptized Jan 13 1843 by me, Philip George Bartlett, off. Minsiter.
page 176, image 184

Baptized at Hillier Sept 15, 1844, Margaret Smith, dau of Thomas and Jane Smith, who was born Oct 18, 1843.
page 193, image 201

Buried on the 28th Sept 1843, James Smith of Source: Register, St John's Anglican Church, Ameliasburgh, 1833 - 1848, held at Anglican Archives, Kingston, 2-A-1, in file AA Ameliasburgh 781-1043
the Carrying Place, aged 53.
page 186, image 194

Baptized at the Trent, on 11 Feby 1844;
Charles Wellington Smith, born 15 Feby 1839
Margaret Ann Smith, born 1 Nov 1840,
Catherine Matilda Smith, born Apr 9 1837
Almira Louisa Smith, born Sep 1, 1843,
all children of Thomas and Hannah Smith of Sidney.
page 188, image 196

Baptized 3rd May 1848 Sophiona Elizabeth Smith daughter of Thomas and Hannah Smith, born Aug 10th 1847, PG Bartlett
page 224, image 231

Married on the 12th of June 1845 Henry Harris of Ameliasburgh and Margaret Ann Smith of Murray by licence, PG Bartlett
page 200, image 208

Married 26th Jany 1846 after the publication of banns in St John's Ch, Jacob Smith & Clara Blake of Ameliasburgh.
Pg Bartlett
page 212, image 220

Married by licence 15th June 1847 William Smith & Caroline Hayes both of Ameliasburgh, PG Bartlett
page 217, image 225
Source: Register, St John's Anglican Church, Ameliasburgh, 1833 - 1848, held at Anglican Archives, Kingston, 2-A-1, in file AA Ameliasburgh 781-1043

REGISTER, ST THOMAS CHURCH, BELLEVILLE, 1821 -
Allan Taylor, son of Robert Smith Esq of Belleville & Nancy his wife
, was born the 12th day of Sept and was baptized on the 13th day of Oct 1822. John Grier. Daniel and Ann Turnival?, Godparents baptism 37, [35]

Daniel, son of Peter Davison, formerly of Sydney, Batchelor & Sophia daughter of John Smith, farmer of Sydney, spinster were married by publication of banns on Tuesday the 26th? of Dec 1822. Thos Campbell, Rector. marriage 36, [image 42]

Silas Smith farmer, batchelor
, and Elizabeth, daughter of Peter Sine, farmer, of Sidney, spinster, both of Sidney, were married on te 20th Nov 1823 by publication of banns. Thos Campbell, Rector
[signed] Silas Smith & Elizabeth her X mmark Sine
Present: Peter Sine father
Henry P Smith, brother
James Frederick
Peter J? Frederick p. 79 [image 84]
Source: Parish Register, St Thomas Ch, Belleville, Marriages 1821-1827, 7-B-1, Anglican Archives, Ontario Diocese, Kingston, personal files AA Belleville 5372-5609

Johnson Smith, Belleville
Phoebe Reddick was born ABT 1807 in Ontario, and died 1871 in Belleville, Hastings Co., Ontario. She married Johnson Smith ABT 1833 in Ontario. He was born ABT 1800.
Source: email Virginia Hannay, Oct 2013