Gideon SMITH ID#1037, d. about July 1788
Military*1780 - Listed as an Ensign under O. Rubell, Henry County, Virginia. Capt. George Hairston is listed during same period.1 
Marriage*Gideon SMITH married Mary HAIRSTON, daughter of Robert HAIRSTON and Ruth STOVALL, about 27 April 1784 in Henry County, Virginia. Security and witnesses were Obediah Bennet and John Loyd. - Henry County Register of Marriages, 1778-1849, page 7. FSL 7578991-128.2
Tax Rolls*Gideon Smith is listed as paying taxes in Franklin County in 1786.3 
Court Record*Gideon Smith, William Rentfro and others appeared in the Franklin County Court on 30 Aug 1786.4 
Death*Gideon SMITH died about July 1788.4 
Probate*His estate was probated on 7 July 1788 in Franklin County, Virginia. Franklin County July Court 1788 page 253 held on 7 July 1788 - Samuel Hairston came into court and entered into bond with Hugh Innis his security for one hundred pounds for the faithfull administration of the Goods & Chattles of Gideon Smith deceased. - FSL 7898091-239.5
ProbateHis estate inventory was probated on 29 August 1788 in Franklin County, Virginia. FSL 7644994-40.
PropertyHe was an adjacent landowner of Col. Samuel HAIRSTON on 9 March 1799 in Franklin County, Virginia; 227 acres adjoining John Via, Gideon Smith and on Runnet Bagg Creek. Source: Land Office Grants No. 42, 1798-1799, p. 242 (Reel 108).6 
NOTE*NOTES: 1. There is a patent for 333 acres in Brunswick County on both sides of Turnip Creek to a Gideon Smith on 30 Jul 1742. Citation 94. Later became Lunenburg County. This Gideon would have been born before 1721 since you needed to be over 21 to own land.

2.In 1741 Gideon Smith and Daniel Smith made land entries in the Hall area of Bedford county. They were Quakers and had arrived in Virginia by the same route as William Hall, i.e. England, Pennsylvania and then to Virginia. About 1755 Gideon Smith (Sr.) died. The church warden bound two of his daughters, Pennziah and Keziah, to Daniel Smith, their uncle. The two girls, youngest of the family, were small children at the time. (The Grandfathers Vol.I, The Hall and Overstreet Families Carrol Carman Hall, Springfield, IL, 1981 Section I Chapter 4, Page 31 "...The completion of a good genealogy history of an early Virginia family below gentry rank is a great accomplishment..." ---Meredith B. Colket Jr. (modified by cch))

3. "Irving River was changed to Smith River and with Smith Mountain were named for Daniel and Gideon Smith as early as 1743." History of a Dream Deferred By Charles Rodenbough, page 247.7 


Mary HAIRSTON b. a 1770, d. 16 Sep 1822

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  2. [S3076] Virginia Marriage Records, From the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, the William and Mary College Quarterly, and Tyler's Quarterly; Indexed by Elizabeth Petty Bentley, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore 1984,
  3. [S3079] Wingfield, Marshall. Franklin County, Virginia: A History. Berryville, VA: Chesapeake Book Co, 1964. Print., Personal Collection - printed book.
  4. [S3078] Wingfield, Marshall. An Old Virginia Court. Memphis, Tennessee, 1948 HATHI Trust -, Hathi Trust Digital Library.
  5. [S3511] Mary Hairston Smith vs Samuel Saunders, Franklin County Chancery Records, 1851-022, Library of Virginia -
  6. [S3084] Virginia Land Office Patents, Archives at the Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia. Microfilm and online.
  7. [S3123] Hudgins, Dennis R. Cavaliers and Pioneers: Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants : Volume Six, 1749-1762. Richmond, Va: Virginia Genealogical Society, 1998. Print., Personal Collection - printed book.
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