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to indulge his taste in the deveU)pment of his splendid
estate. It used to be .said that ■"tliere was not a weed
on the lloddie farm." Elijah r>oddie was a lawyer
who never to<ik a fee and a |)olitician without ambition.
]le was a ])hiIantriropist of the highest order. Me
was a leailer in the Democratic ])art\ in 'lennessee f'-r
many wars, and could have held any oil'ice in the i^ift
of liis jxu'tN , bit be said he could not spare llie time
from home duties, lie b.ad elexen children, srcven of
whom lived to be |L:;-rown. 1 le died in 1851 at iIjC ac;e
of fv-l years. He left Walnut (Irove to his elde>^t son.
Charles Ivllioit r.i.uldie. a man of the hi,L;hesi lyi>e. but
who lo>t it in the di-a^irons wind-U]) of the Civil
"\\'ar. h was bouu^bl by Mr. Disnnikes, who occupied
it for a uumber of years, ii is once more the home
of the r.oddies. Its owner is Miss Katie 'JYousdale,
a gTanddaui^hter of Kli ( )doni, and it is occujiied as a
summer home b\- Mrs. Carrin^ton Mason of Memphis,
the onlv livin;.;- child of J"'lijah lioddic and Maria bd-
liolt.

.\.\Tn.\NIi:i. J'ARKl-.k,

Tb.e lirsl of tin' I'a.rker family came to .\merica in
aliout the second .ship after the Mayllower landed at
I'lymotuh l\ock. Thoina^ Parker espoused the causr
of Ror^er William ami went with him to the llarlford
i'lantalioii-. t )iie of bis descendants eniii^rated to
i 'enns\ Kani.i. and afterwards be, or cme of his de-



So.MI". SL'M.NIk Coi'N TIANS 287

scfudaiits, n-niMVA'd to 1 l<'mi])sliirL' County. \ ir.^inia.
I'roin this liiii' spranj^ Jolm I'arkcr. the father of
Xathaiiicl I'arkcr.

Xathaniol I'arkcr was l)orii in llainpshirc Cminty,
X'iii^inia. al.iont \7Mj. lie served under Washington
in liis attack on tlie I'ronch at l'"ort JJu(|Uense. lie
al^o ser\-ed under ("ajuain Jack ai^'ainst the lndian>.
He was fond of adventiux', as were most men of his
da\'. and wandered throu.L,di the wilderness of l'(.'nn-
sylvania ruid X'orthwestern \'iri;"inia, fearless of Indian
foes, lie n)a\ he classed with the "loni:^ hunters." as
he s]icnt nuich oi his tiirie huntini^ and e.\])lorini:j,
bein<4" out oficn by himself for long periods of lime.
He made several journeys from his native State to the
Cumberland country and back. W hile in Sumner
County he s])ent most of his time at Greenfield. Be-
fore t!ie Indian troubles ceased he removed his youns::
children (his wife beinj^" dead) to Sumner County and
built a Ixnise near Greentkld. 'J'hat lumse is still
standino" and is occupied by Mr. R/fbert iSryson. Five
years after the death of Colonel .Xntlumy Pdedsoe. Mr.
Parker married liis widmv. he beinj^" at the time (k^ and
she ()0 years oi a;4e. lie <Iie(l in 1S03 and wa> buried
near the site oi the oKl Mori;an fort, on lands now
belonyiui;' to Dr. Johnson.

Xathan Parker had sex'en sous. The tlirc'c elilest,
John, 'I'honns and Richard, married sisters. .Misses
J'io.q'ers, memljers of the same family as ( ieneral George
Rollers Clark. The eldest. John, never came to Ten-
nessee, rile other Sims were: .Xathaniel. Jr.. Isaac.
Aaron and Robert. l-'rom these .sons of Xathaniel
Parker have descended many ]ironiinent ])eonli,- of
Sumner Count \' and elsewhere. GeorL;"e W . Parker
wa> a law\ei of eminence at Gallatin, lie went to
Missouri, where he liied. liis wife was a sister of
lion, lialie Pe\t>'n. lion, jame^ M. llead. former
Mavor cif .Xa.sliville ; I )r. lleatl of Sumner Counix-;



288 IIisTORic Sumxi:r Couxtv, Texn.

Prof. A. J. ]libI)cU of I'ikeville: 1 fon. John II. Oc-
Witt. a Xashvillo lawver. are descendants ol Air.
Parker.

lUK I'l.S ION' F.XMHA.

"The Pevtfin family i>^ of hij^h antiquity in the
nioiher cnuntrv. It is said that its founder was



Hon. B.m.ie Peyton

William de .Malet. one of the great barons who accom-
panied William the Conqueror to the conqne-^t of
Eni;lan(h and as a recompense received, amoni;- other
j^rants, the lordship of iVyton's Hall in Norfolk. Sir
Henry Peyton was kni.L;hted hy James T, and \\a< a
gentleman of tlie ]*rivy Chaiuljcr of Prince lUnry in



SOMK Su.MNKR COUXTIAXS 289

l(tU). anil was a im'nilior of ihi^ LniKlmi company to
uhiMii Kini; jaiucs ^r.nitt'il a cliarltT "to make hah-
italiniis ill ihai pari of AnuTioa commonly called
\ ii\L;inia." John, son of Kohcrt I'eyion of this fam-
ily, is su]ip(jse(l t(^ have heen the lirst ^vlu) made tlie
\dya,nc lo X'iriiinia in 1622, and to have settled in the
c<'l()iiy in 1(')44. lie married Ellen raekin^ton and
lefi two sons, Henry I'eyton of Acqni.i. Westmore-
land County, and \ aleiitine I'eyton of Xominy, the
same eonnty. a l.dlonel in die liritish arm\'. J-'rinii
Henry Teytoii was descended die Sumner County
J'eytons.

Jiphraim Pe\ton married a ilaughlcr of Jonathan
Jennings. lie was one of the ])arty that accompanied
James Rohrrtson across ihe mountains from the
W'ataui^a to the Cumherland. His wife came with the
l)onelsc>n ])arty l)\' water in one of the hoats of her
father. \Vhile on the voyage, on the 7th of Decem-
ber, 1779, she gave birth to a child, which was acci-
dentally killed in the confusion incident to an attack
on Jennings' boat by Indians. Afr. Peyton settled in
Sumner County aiul was killed Ity the Indians at IWed-
soe's Lick. He was the father of I'.alie I'eyton and
Joseph H. Peyton, both of whom were members of
Congress.

Jonathan Jennings selected a site for his home oppo-
site the head of the first islaiul above Xashville. and
was just beginning improvements on the place when
he was killed by the Indians in 1781. He was one of
the signers of the "Cumberland Compact."' and wa> a
man of some i)rominence. He was born in X'irginia,
and was a descendant of the Rnglish nobility, whose
boiiK'S were I'Mringltm Castle and Acton I 'lace. A
member of the family, Sarah ICdrington Jennings,
married the Duke of Marlboro, and as Duchess of
Marlboro was the l)osom friend and conlident of
OiU'en .Anne. Three bicihers Jennings emigrated to
America in the reiiju of ( ienr<'e II and settled in \'ir-



290 Historic Sumner County, Tenn.

ginia. The Bledsoes. Jennint^s, Lusks, Prices and
Grants of Kentucky are descendcfl from one of these
brothers. Several g-cncrations after the mi,c:ration of
these brothers one of their tlescendants, Lillian Jen-
nings Price, of New York, married John. Duke
of Marlboro, the direct descendant of Sarah Jennings
and John Churchill, the favorite soldier nobleman of
Queene Anne. Thus through their grandmother, the
daughter of Jonathan Jennings, the Peytons of Sum-
ner County were connected with the Churchill family
of England. Then again, another Duke of Marlboro.
the reigning Duke, married Consuela Vanderbilt. a
great-great-great-granddaughter of Colonel Anthony
Bledsoe, one of the founders of Sumner County.

JOSEPH 11. PEVTO.V. CONGRESSMAN.

Joseph H. Peyton was born in Sumner County in
1813. He received a liberal education, studied medi-
cine and practiced for a short time, then entered the
political field. He held various local ofiices, and in
1841 was elected State Senator. In 1843 he was
elected a member of Congress as a \\ big. \\'as re-
elected in 1845, and died X'ovember 12 oi the same
year.

B.XLIE PEYTON, CONGRESSMAN.

Balie Peyton was born in Sumner Couniy Xovem-
ber 26, 1803. He received a limited cducati( n : stud-
ied law and commenced practice at Gallatin in 1824.
In 1833 he was elected to Congress as a Jackson Dem-
ocrat; was re-elected in 1835. In 1837 he moved to
New Orleans, where he practiced his profession.
Among his first cases was the famous suit of .Mrs.
Myra Gaines against Xew Orleans., which was not
terminated until after the death of Peyttin. In 1840
he stum|)cd the State of Tennessee, Kentucky. Ohio
and Indiana in favor of General Harrison. After the
election of Harrison to the Presidency he appointed
Mr. Peyton, United States District .Attorney at Xew



Some Sumner Coumians 291

Orleans. When the Mexican War l)rokc ont lie re-
cruited a regiment of six months men, but before
seeino- any service the regiment was recalled, but Air.
I'cytoii remained with the army as chief of General
Worth's staff. In 1848 he canvassed Louisiana for
the Taylor and i^^ilmore ticket, and received as
a reward the api:>oitument of Alinister to Chili. In
18.^2 he went to San Francisco, where he practiced
law until 1855. when he returned to Gallatin. In 1862
lie was elector for the State at large on the Bell and
Everett ticket. His last public service was in 1869-70,
when he re{)resented Sumner and Smith Counties in
the Stale Ixgislalure. Ife died August 18, 1S7S.

. HUGH KOr.AX.

During the early years of the Cum1)erland Settle-
ment, whenever and wherever there was "troul-'le"
with the Indians, Hugh Rogan was to be foiuid. Tie
was a "raw Irishman," whatever that may mean. He
was bt)rn at Glentourn (now Glentown), County Don-
egal, Ireland, on September 16, 1747. Alarried Ann
Duffy of Lisduff. County Tyrone. One son. I'ernard,
was born to them at Lisduff in 1774. and died at
Rogana, Sumner County, Tenn.. in the month of Feb-
ruary. 1873, aged 99 years and 3 months. Hugh
served under the ])atriot Graltan in his native land,
and when his chief's cause failefl he fled to America,
arriving a lew days after the battle of Piunkcr Hill
was fought. He enlisted on the first ship built by tho
colonists in the War of the Ivcvolution, and served in
various capacities until the colonists had gained their
independence. He then made his way to the south-
\vestern frontier and i:n'A^c with the l^onaldson party
down the Tennessee and \\\) the Cumberland to l-'rencli
Lick. He first located at the mouth of Stone's River,
but at the breaking up of that settlement he went to
Alansker's Station, in .Sumner County. He partici-
jKited in all llie battles and campaigns against the



292 Historic Sumnf.r County, Texx.

Indians ; he \vas with Robertson un the OjMwater
expechtidii and was severely wounded near the mouth
of Duck River. Jle defended iJledsoe's fort when
attacked by the Inchans; he was with General Daniel
Smith in 1782, when he was attacked near where
Cragfont now is. lie was a man without fear, with
a big-, kind heart, and was a general favorite among
the pioneers. Il.e was one of the signers of the Cum-
berland Compact.

From Mansker's Station, after a short time, lie went
to the fort of Colonel Isaac liledsoe, where, he made
his home. After there were no more Indians to fight
he started back to Ireland to bring his wife and son
over, but reaching X'irginia, he was told that his wife,
believing him dead, had married again. Greatly dis-
appointed, he returned to Sumner County, but }ears
later he received a direct message from his wife that
the story of her marriage was false. In 1796 he
again set out for the old country after an absence of
twenty-one years. As soon as possible he returned
to Sumner County, where he owned valuable lantls.
wliicli are htill owned and occupied by his descend-
ants. He died at Rogana in 1814. Francis, second
son of Hugh and Ann Rogan, was born in Sunnier
County in 1798 and lived all his life and died, in 188^).
on the farm at Rogana now owned by his son, William.

.\. A. C. R0(j1:RS, C'0NC.Ri:S.-^M.\X, ARK.\XS.\S.

Anthony A. C. Rogers was 'oorn in Sumner County,
February 14, 1821. He became a merchant, and in
1854 moved to Arkansas. In 1861 he was arrested
for treason against the Confederate Gcjvernment. In
1862 he was elected to Congress, but was not allowed
to take his seat, the State not having gone thniugh
the ordeal of reconstruction. In 1868 he was again
elected as the I'eople's candidate. In 1870 he was the
Democratic can^lidale but was defeated.



So M !•: S L' > I N" I-: K Co u x r i a x s 2 93

GKS. fiRiFirrir KriiiiLuioRi).

Grifiith RullKTtoril was born in Trclnnd about \7?>].
"Ill's family wore ori.i,Mnally Scotch, and for coniuric-s
were classed anionji^ the most ancient and powerful
families in Teviotdale." Some of the family removed
to Ireland, where John Rutherford married a Miss
Griffith, a Welsh lady. Their son. Griffith Ruther-
ford, sailed from Ireland for America in 1739, accom-
panied by his wife and only son, Griftith. The parents
died either on the voyai^e or soon after their arrival
in America, and young- (Griffith was taken by an old
German couj^lc. Ab<-)ut 175.) he went to Rowan
County, N'orth Carolina, and in i7^<< ])urchascd from
James Lynn two tracts of laml on Grant's Creek,
about seven miles southwest from Salisbury, and ad-
joinincj the land of James Graham, whose sister,
Elizabeth, he marrie<l about that time. Their son.
James Rutherford, was a Major in the Revolutionary
Army, and was killed, at the l)attle of T'.utaw Springs.

General Rutherlord was a man of strong character,
resolute and determined, and of unusual capacity, and
early in life attained a pcKsition of ]>romincnce. lie
was a member of the Xorth Carcjlina Assembly as
early as 1769. and about that time he was Sheriff of
Rowan County. He was in the Assembly of 1770
and 1771. and at the same lime was Captain of militia.
1 fe continued to represent his ci,")unt\ in the Assembly,
and was a member of the I..egislatiu-c of 1773 and
1774. In \775 he was elected a member of the
Pnnincial CiMigress. and was a]i])ointed a member of
the Committee of Safety for Rowan County anil Col-
onel of militia. He was in all the sulisequent Provin-
cial Congresses and assisted in forming the State
Constitution. l'\)r years he was one of the most
]")roniinent men in Xorth Carolina. In A])ril. 1776. he
was a])pointed I'lrigadier General ft>r the \\'estern His-
trict. and was l^enator from Rowan C'ounty from 1777
to 178S, except when a pristjner oi war in 17SU-17.S1.



294 Historic Sum.\i:r Couxtv, Tf.x.v.

During- the Revolution he was among the most active
and enterprising miUtary men in the State. He led
the Rowan regiment to South Carolina in the "Snow
Campaign" in December, 1775, and conducted the
expedition against the Indians in September. 1776. In
1779 he marched with his brigade to Savannah
to aid General Lincoln. In June, 1780. he suppressed
the Tories at Ramscur's Mills, threatened Lord Raw-
don in South Carolina, and dispersed the Tories on
the Yadkin. He marched with Gen. Gates to Camden,
where he was badly wounded and taken prisoner. He
Wjis confined in St. Augustine until the summer of
1781, when he was exchanged, and at once calling his
brigade together, he marched on to \\'ilmington. driv-
ing the Tories before him. Before he reached Wil-
mington the British Commander at that place had
learned of the surrender of Cornwallis and hurriedly
evacuated the town.

In 1792 General Rutherford moved to Sumner
County, Tennessee, but where he located I have been
unable to learn. His numerous descendants knows but
little of him. His will, dated in Rowan County, Xorth
Carolina, on July 14. 1792. and recorded in Transcript
of Wills Xo. 1, Sumner County, gives personal prop-
erty and slaves to his wife, Elizabeth, and "mv two
sons, John and Griffith W., and my daughter, lU'v/.a-
beth,"' who was unmarried. The executors named
were Henry Rutherford, Robert Weaklev and Juhn
Kitt^. .y.''-'''.=v;/^•-
Jn most of the accounts ot General Rutherford it
is stated that he came to Tennes.see in 1786, but this
is evidently an error, for his will, mentioned above,
was dated in Xorth Carolina in 1792. Governor
Blount, in a letter to (general James Robertson, dated
May, 1792. j)ubli.«;hed in the American Historical
Magazine, says:



So Mi: Sumni:r Count iaxs 295

"General Kullicrford and \V. !•". Lewis will leave in
Seplcmher with thirly was:;on.s. so ihev write me. The
General has actually exehantied all his lanrls in Xorlh
Carolina for lands on the Cnniherlaml. '

L'pon the.orq.mization of the territory of the I'nited
States south of the Ohio River, in 1794, President
W'ashinj^ton a])pointed General Rutherford a ineniber
of the Lef,dslative Council, and he was chosen }*resi-
dent of that body. Six years later, in 1800. he died,
hut where, and when his body was buried, there is
no record, and the remembrance has faded from the
memory of men.

Rutherfordton and Rutherford Count}', Xorth
Carolina, and Rutherford County. Tennessee, were so
named for ( ienoral Rutherford.

fiui!i;.\ui) s.\ni)i:rs.

llul)ljard Sanders was a native of Xiryinia ; is .saitl
to have married a daughter of Colonel William Rus-
sell, of -Abinqdon, Washington County, that State. He
removed to 'J'ennessee and located in Sumner County
at an early ])eriod. and lived to an advanced age. 1 le
was a MetJHxlist jjrcacher. a man of wealth and cul-
ture. an<l did much for the cau.se of Methodism in
Smnner Lounty. C)n his land was erected a church
which was calU-d Sanders" C1ki]jcI. and around it grew
up the village of Sandersville. lie reared a large
family, and some of his descendants arc still living in
the vicinitv of Sandersville.

WII.I.IAM I.i:\\ IS SIIAKKIIV.

Judge William L. .Sharkey, twenty-third Ciovernor
of Mississippi, was born in .'^lunner County in 1797.
When 6 years <>f age he was taken b\ his parents t<j
Warren Comity, .Mississippi, where he grew to nian-
hood. lie received his education at Greenexille. and
in law at Lebanon. Tennessee. In 1822 he was ad-
mitted to the bar at Xaichez, and in 1825 removed to



296 Historic Sumxi:r Couxty, Ttxx.

\"icksl)ur.q-. T lo scrvt'd one term in the. Lej:(islature.
In ]iio2 be was clrcted Cliief justice of the Court of
Errors and Appeals, and held that position for eigiit-
een years, then resii^^ned and rcsunierl tlie ])ractice of
law at Jackson. Jic was the President of the South-
ern States' Convention, whicli met in Xasliviile in
June. 1850. in 18.^1 he dechnerl lioth the Consulsliip
at Havana and Secretary of War under President
Fillmore, lie was one of the Commissioners lo frame
the Mississij)pi Code in 1857. In 1865 he was ap-
pointed by Gov. Clark a Connnissioner with William
Yercrer to q'o to Washington to confer with President
Johnson in behalf of his State. Mr. Johnson appoint-
ed him Provisional Governor on June 29, 1865 ;
served until October, when the military assumed
chart^e of the Slate. He died at Washington Citv,
Apri'l 29, 1873.

Judge .Sharkey was not a man of liberal education,
and when he was elevated to the Supreme bench he
was not well learned in the law. P)Ut liis intellect was
vigorous, and his sagacity almost unerring. His con-
clusions, as well of law. as of fact, were generally cor-
rect, and he extracted the true principle from the
most discordant and irreconcilable authorities. As
presiding Judge he was affable and patient. The most
prosy speaker was assured of an attentive hearing,
and his manner was such a> to seldom give offense.
He ])resitle(l in the court fi>r nearly twenty years, and
at last resigned a ])lace which seemed to be his by
right. In political life he was timid, wavering, in-
cc>nsistent and wholly unreliable.

Judge Sharkey married Miss Minerva Cage, of
Sumner County.

i'.\xii:i. SMITH.

Daniel Smith, son of 1 lenrv and .^arnh Cri'~by
SmiUi. of Ijigli.sh origin, was born in SlalYord
CoiuUy. \irginia. on ( )ctober 2X. 17-18. and died at
his home. Roek I'asile. in Sunnier L'oinn\. 'rennessee.



SOMK SUMNHK CcJLNTIANS 297

Oil June 6. 1818. I'pon coming from I'lnL^land the
family first settled in Somerset County. Maryland, hut
later removed to \'ir,qinia. lie was educated at Wil-
liam and Mary Collejj^e. and. like many of the \oung
men of talent of his day, hecame a sm-veyor. On June
10, 1773. he married Sarah .Michie, of the eastern
shore of ^laryland, and soon afterwards settled
in the western country. He was ai)])ointed Deputy
Surveyor of Aui^usla County in 1773. At that
time this county emhraced nearly all of Southwestern
X'ir^inia; Mr. .^niith settled in that part of the county,
which later formed IJotetourt, then Fincastle, then
\\'ashint;ton and finally Russell County. Ilis place
\\as on Clinch River, twelve miles below Blackmore's
Fort, at Maxwell's Hill. It was known as Smith's
Station. thouL,di the fort was called Fort Christian.
As early as 1774 he was a Captain in the Colonial
troops, and was one of the most active company com-
manders in Dunmore's war. The correspondence
which passed between him and his superior officers
shows him to be a man of education beyond most
men of his day. He participated in the battle of Point
Pleasant in October, 1774, and in many of the en^ac^e-
ments with the Indians. He aided in <lefendin,;^ the
frontier against the Indians during the Revolution.
He was a member of the Committee of Safety for Fin-
castle Count} in 1775, and of a committee that sent
resolutions to the Continental Congress July 15. 1775,
in which they declared that they would ""never sur-
render their inestimable ])riviloges to any power on
earth but at the expense oi their lives."

W hen Washington County was organized Cajitain
Smith was a|)p<^inied one of the Justices of the Peace
by (ioveruor Patrick Henry — December 21. 1776. On
the same dav he wa> appointed Major of W'a.shington
County militia. In 1780 he was appointed .^herill of
W'a-^hington. and the next year upon the reorganization
of the mihtia. he was commis>ii.>ned lolonel in



298



PIlSTOKIC SUMNF.R COUNTV, TeXN.



tlic Second nattalion. In 177'^ he was appoint-
ed with Dr. 'riioinas Walker to exteiul the line
l)et\veen \ ir«;iin'a and North larnlina. which hne had
hocn run hy j».-iters(in and others, lie was in the bat-
tle of Kin.q's Mountain, and sooti after the close of
the War. in 1783. with the llledsoes. Shelbys, I'.lack-
niores, Xeelevs. and others, canie to Tennessee, lie




Rock Casii-k; IUmk of (^en. 1).\niel Smith
Kkkctkli 17!)1



located a lar<ie body of valuable land near the ])resent
town of 1 lendersoiivillc. in Sunnier County, and in
1784 be^an the building;- of Rock Castle, but owiuLf to
the (lejtredations of the Indians the house was .seven
years in bein,!::^ coni])leted. It is constructed of cut
stone, has seven lar.^e rooms and is as sound t<»day
as when built, and has been "the root tree" of live
s^enerations, .and is now the i)ropcrty of Mrs. lloralio
r.erry. a mreat-greal-qratiddauLihter of Ceneral ."^inith.



So Ml'. Sumner Couxtians 299

Two carpenters cn^a^-cd in the construction of the
lionsc left work in one Saturday afternoon to lish in
Drake's Creek nearby and were killed by the Indians.
Two youths, one a son of Colonel Antliony Bledsoe,
and the other a son of his brother. Colonel Isaac
Jliedsoe. who were living- at (Jeneral Smith's and at-
tending^ school near llendersonville, were killed by
jtrowlinii' Indians. Samuel Donaldson, who married
(Icenral Smith's only daui^^hler, was killed by Indians.

In 17')0 deneral Smith was appointed by President
\\'ashin«iton Secretary of the ceded territory south of
the Ohio. Jle was elected by the first Leirislalure of
Tennessee one of the four Presidential Electors. In
1798 he succeeded Andrew Jack-on in the Senate of
the United States, and waN attain elected in 1805 and
served until 1809. In 1793, in the absence of Governor
r.lount, he acted as Governor of the Territory, lie
was a mem])er of the Constitutional Convention of
1796. lie made the first map of Tennessee, published
by Carey, of Philadelj)hia, and us-cd by Imlay in 1794.
Michaux. a bVench botanist, who j^assed through this
section of the county in 1792, and after his return
lo I'Vance. ])ul)lisho;l an interesting book of travel,
speaks of his visii to (k'ueral Smith, of the beautiful
fields of cotton and corn which surrounded his house,
t>f the translations of foreign works his library con-
tained, and of the quiet, studious and exemi^lary life
Ictl l)y a retired i)ublic ser\'ant. Living at a time when
many ])ublic men were justly or unjusilx- the object,
not only of censure, but of official accusation, it is
worth while to publish the following- from Jefferson's
paper:

"Daniel Snn'th was a ]')ractical surveyor, whose
work never needed correction. I'or intelligence, well
cultivated talents, for integrity and u.^efulness, in
S'~)undness of judgment, in the practice of virtue and
in shunning vice, he was equalled by few men. and in
tile jturitv of motive excelled bv none."



300 Historic Sumxi:r County, Ti:xn.

Smith County was so named in lionor of General
Smith.

General Smith had two children, a son. Geori^'c.
who was born in \ irginia, May 12, 1776. married
Tabitha Dunclson. and Mary, who was born in \'ir-
ginia April 26. 1781. She married Samuel Donelson,
Andrew Jackson's law jiartner. who was later killed


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