From the files of Stephen M. Lawson
Most of the material on the HIGHSMITH family is derived from Highsmiths
in America, compiled by Annette Paris Highsmith, edited and
enlarged by Chris H. Bailey (Provo, UT 1971) and Highsmiths in
American Addendum, Second Edition, compiled by Delwood S. Jackson
(Cincinnati, OH 1985).
Bartholomew and Eleanor (Powell) Highsmith
Bartholomew HIGHSMITH - d. after 1728, probably in Norfolk
Co., VA. Barthaw HYSMITH was living at Portsmouth, Norfolk Co.,
VA, in 1693 when he witnessed a will, and in 1728 when he and
his wife Ellenor sold 95 acres to Abraham WASTON, witnessed by
Henry CROOCH, Sarah POWELL, and Thomas MARTIN. Married about 1709,
probably in Norfolk Co., VA.
Eleanor POWELL - b. about 1692, Norfolk Co., VA; d.
after 1728, probably in Norfolk Co., VA. Daughter of William
POWELL, whose will dated 1701 and in probate 1715/6, Norfolk
Co., VA, leaves 95 acres to daughter Eleanor.
That Daniel is the son of Bartholomew and Eleanor is unproved, but
supported by evidence in land records, residence locations, approximate
dates, and some given names of children being the same as supposed
POWELL cousins. The major difficulty lies in the estimated dates of
birth of Eleanor and Daniel.
Possible son of Bartholomew and Eleanor
- Daniel - b. about 1710, probably in
Norfolk Co., VA; d. before Feb. 1, 1772 (will proved), Norfolk Co., VA.
Daniel and Ann (Beck) Highsmith
Daniel HIGHSMITH - b. about 1710, probably in Norfolk
Co., VA; d. before Feb. 1, 1772 (will proved), Halifax Co., NC.
Possibly the son of Bartholomew Highsmith
and Eleanor Powell. Purchased land in Bertie Co., NC in 1727,
and settled in Halifax Co., NC by 1750 where he and Ann sold 33
acres of land in St. Brides' Parish to Richard GRANGER on Dec.
10, 1761. Daniel's will
was dated Mar. 8, 1771 and proved Feb. 1, 1772. Married about
Ann BECK - b. about 1715, Norfolk Co., VA; d. after
Jan. 1772. Ann inherited 33 acres in St. Brides' Parish from her
father. Daughter of Benjamin BECK and
Children of Daniel and Ann Highsmith
- Daniel - b. about 1737, Norfolk Co.,
NC; d. about 1807, New Hanover Co., NC.
- John - b. about 1739, Norfolk Co., NC; d. 1790-1800, Pitt Co.,
NC. On Beaufort Co., NC tax rolls in 1755. Married about 1755 Sarah.
Children: Nancy married Noble STANCIL; Jacob married Sarah; Moses
married Esther TAYLOR; William married his first cousin Dorcas
HIGHSMITH; John married Nancy; and probably Peggy.
- Mary - b. about 1741, Norfolk Co., NC. Married John IRWIN (d.
1790, Bertie Co., NC) before Mar. 1771.
- Sarah - b. about 1743, Norfolk Co., NC. Married about 1760,
Bertie Co., NC, Benjamin ROGERS (d. 1778, Bertie Co., NC). Children:
Reuben married Christian ALDERMAN; Anna married Josiah LEE; Winifred
married Josiah EUBANKS; and Jesse.
- Dorcas (or Dorkas) - b. about 1745, Bertie Co., NC.
- Juda - b. about 1747, Bertie Co., NC. Married Mr. RAIN before
- Elizabeth - b. about 1749, Bertie Co., NC. Married Mr. SHEPPERD
before Mar. 1771.
- Lydia - b. about 1751, Halifax Co., NC. Married Mr. FAIR before
- b. about 1753, Halifax Co., NC; d. Jan. 10, 1824, Elbert Co., GA.
Married Milly (b. about 1770, Elbert Co., GA; d. 1837). Children of
James and Milly HIGHSMITH: Lucretia married Hiram Robert SKELTON; John
married Mary CASON; Susannah married Burrell BOBO (uncle of Benjamin B.
BOBO); Sarah married Benjamin B. BOBO (nephew of Burrell BOBO);
Winnefred married Mr. GRIFFIN; Nancy married Daniel M. JOHNSON; and
Thomas Henry married Elizabeth PARKS.
- Ann - b. about 1755, Halifax Co., NC. Married Mr. BRADY before
- Anna - b. about 1757, Halifax Co., NC.
- Martha - b. about 1760, Halifax Co., NC.
Daniel and Lucretia (Parker) Highsmith
Daniel HIGHSMITH - b. about 1737, Norfolk Co., NC; d.
after Feb. 19, 1807, New Hanover Co., NC. Son of Daniel
Highsmith and Ann Beck. On Oct. 8, 1772, Daniel sold to his
brother James HIGHSMITH, the "parcel of land left to me by
my deceased father, Daniel Highsmith, in his last will and testament,
which said land lies on Roanoke River in Halifax County,"
and probably soon removed to New Hanover County. A Revolutionary
War soldier from NC, he is found in the DAR Patriot Roster as
"HIGHSMITH, Daniel: b c 1739 d p 2-19-1807 m Lucretia --
Sol NC". The 1784-1787 state census of NC listed a Daniel
HIGHSMITH, Sr. in Black River District of New Hanover County on
1 Apr 1786, which may be Daniel. The household consisted of 4
white males age 21-60, 1 while male under 21 or over 60, 5 white
females, and 1 black age 12-50. Daniel's will
was written Feb. 19, 1807, and names his wife and all of his children.
It does not give his residence, but was filed in the probate records
of New Hanover Co., NC. Based on activities of the Bultail Church
(of which they were members), it appears that Daniel and Lucretia
lived in that part of New Hanover county which is now in the southwest
region of Pender County (formed in 1875), near what is now Moore's
Creek National Battlefield on the Black River. Married about 1755,
probably in Halifax Co., NC.
Lucretia PARKER - b. NC. Daniel and Lucretia were members
of the Beltail Burch of the Old Kehukee Baptist Association in
New Hanover Co., NC (now Wells Chapel Baptist Church of the Wilmington
Baptist Association), with their names appearing in the minutes
in 1796 and 1803. The Church minutes reveal that Daniel was
in "January 1796 for disobeying gospel rule and government
of the Church," and that in Mar. 1796 Lucretia was "excommunicated
for censuring the Church for dealing with her Husband by order
of the Conference." The Church minutes also record that "Old
friend Highsmith came forward and was restored again to fellowship
in December, 1803." Daughter of Thomas
PARKER and Martha MAPLES .
Children of Daniel and Lucretia Highsmith
- Thomas - b. 1755, Halifax Co. (or New
Hanover Co.?), NC; d. 1828, Crawford Co., IL; bur. on the Abner Lindsay
farm near Flat Rock, Montgomery Township, Crawford Co., IL.
- Daniel - b. about 1757, Halifax Co., NC; d. after Jul. 1825. On
Montgomery Co., GA tax rolls in 1797. Settled in Tatnall Co., GA where
he deeded lands to his children on Jul. 12, 1825. Married before 1790.
Children: Luvenia married Arthur BOYT; Beady did not marry; Isaac
married Delana PITTMAN; Mary 'Polly' married Rees FRENCH; Daniel may
have married Milly OGDEN; and Annis married her first cousin David, son
of James HIGHSMITH.
- James - b. about 1760, Halifax Co., NC; d. before Jul. 1831,
Tatnall Co., GA. Married before 1802, Charity. Children: David married
his first cousin Annis, daughter of Daniel HIGHSMITH; Allen D. married
Elizabeth KNOX; Isaac married Elizabeth PURDOM; and Solomon Yeomans
married Eliza Ann COUCH.
- John - born about 1762, Halifax Co., NC. In Warren Co., KY
- Benjamin - b. about 1764, Halifax Co., NC. Lived in Montgomery
Co., GA in 1797, Adair Co., KY in 1803-4, Warren Co., KY in 1806-7, and
Lincoln Co., MO in 1821-5. His son Ahijah Morris HIGHSMITH served in
both the War of 1812 and the Black Hawk War under Capt. Nathan Boone,
and appears on a St. Charles Co., MO tax list with a family of three, 6
cattle, 5 slaves and a saw mill in 1834. Benjamin HIGHSMITH was married
about 1793 in GA to a Mrs. Abigail MORRIS. By her first marriage,
Abigail had children, three of which have been identified as Jonathan
D. MORRIS, Mr. D. K. MORRIS, and Polly MORRIS WILSON. Children of
Benjamin and Abigail: William married Marie Catherine; Ahijah Morris
married Deborah TURNER (settled in Bastrop Co., TX); Phineas Richard
did not marry; David married first Jane MILLER, and second Mary J.
DUNBAR; Samuel married Teresa WILLIAMS; Elizabeth married Wilson
MILLER; Rachael married Mr. RIDDLE; and Polly married Mr. RUSSELL.
- Elizabeth - b. about 1766, Halifax Co., NC.
- Rachel - b. about 1768, Halifax Co., NC. Married about May 1783,
Duplin Co., NC, Stephen BOWEN (d. Nov. 10, 1838), son of Lt. Clifton
and Martha. Stephen served in 5th NC Reg't in Rev. Children, born in
Effingham and Bullock Cos., GA: Elizabeth married Thomas H. ASHLEY;
Nancy married Bani BOYD; William married Effie SMITH; and Mary married
- Lucretia - b. about 1770, Halifax Co., NC.
- Sarah - b. about 1772, NC.
- Nancy - b. about 1774, New Hanover Co., NC.
- Dorcas - b. about 1776, New Hanover Co., NC; d. Mar. 1855, New
Hanover Co., NC. Married first cousin William HIGHSMITH (b. about 1762,
NC). Children: John married Sally BLAND; Dorcas married Jessie LEE;
Jacob married first Elizabeth BLAND, and second Miriam KILLETT; Thomas
possibly married Molly YOEMAN; Isaac married; Elizabeth married Enoch
JOHNSON, Jr.; James B. married first Sarah JOHNSON, and second Dicy Ann
ROBINSON; a daughter; William married first Elizabeth A. MELVIN, and
second Mary Eliza JOHNSON; and Lewis B. married Sarah A. MELVIN.
- Isaac - b. about 1778, New Hanover Co., NC; d. 1838, New Hanover
Co., NC. Married 1797, NC, Edith (b. about 1780). Children: Lucretia
married John ROGERS; a daughter married Mr. NEWTON; Daniel married Anna
Jane NEWTON; Lewis married first Mary Ann NEWTON, second Phoebe
ALDERMAN, and third Elizabeth SPEARMAN; Noah married first Miss NEWTON,
second Miss NEWTON, third Susannah ALDERMAN, and fourth Nancy Ann
ALDERMAN; James married Margaret REGISTER; Isaac married Eliza; and
Susan married Isaac Morgan ALDERMAN.
- Samuel - b. about 1780, New Hanover Co., NC; d. about 1890, GA.
Married Phoebe (b. 1790, NC). Children: Samuel married Margaret Louisa;
John married Sarah E. McDANIELS; Sarah married Ezekiel ABBOTT; and
Daniel married Leah McMULLEN.
- Judy - b. about 1782, New Hanover Co., NC.
- Mary - b. about 1784, New Hanover Co., NC.
Thomas and Sarah (Woods) Highsmith
Thomas HIGHSMITH - b. 1755, Halifax Co., NC; d. about
1828, Crawford Co., IL; bur. on the Abner Lindsay farm near Flat
Rock, Montgomery Township, Crawford Co., IL. Son of Daniel
Highsmith and Lucretia Parker. DAR records cite his Revolutionary
War service as 'PS NC PNSR P@.' A memorial
marker has been located in the Ford Cemetery near Flat Rock, IL
reading “Thomas Highsmith, Pvt NC Lines, Revolutionary War, 1758 1830,”
with image shared by Roger Creed in Jan 2009. Residences: 1777, New
Co., NC; 1782, Surry Co., NC; 1787, Duplin Co., NC; 1788, Wilkes
Co., GA; 1793, Greene Co., GA; 1795, Henry Co., KY; 1799, Warren
Co., KY; 1800, Green Co., KY; 1811, Lawrence Co., IL; 1815, Henry
Co., KY; and from 1820, Crawford-Lawrence Co. area, IL. Thomas
was a signer of the following addressed to General Gibson from
Fort Allison, Lawrence Co., IL on Sep. 9, 1812: "Situation
precarious as upper fort was broken up and has shook 'likely to
fall except it get a brace,' pray that you excellancy grant us
the men that were stationed for our relief." He is likely
the Thomas HIGHSMITH who joined the Little Village Primitive Baptist
Church of Lawrence Co., IL. Many descendants are buried in Jones
Cemetery near Flat Rock, IL.
Sarah 'Sally' WOOD - bap. Apr. 21, 1751, Morristown,
NJ; d. 1820-1830, Crawford Co., IL; bur. on a farm near Flat Rock,
Crawford Co., IL. The birthplaces of her children are shown based
on the recorded places of residence in the year of birth. She
was the daughter of Richard WOOD and
Children of Thomas and Sarah Highsmith
- Daniel - b. about 1778, New Hanover Co., NC; d. about 1804.
Resided in Warren Co., KY before 1805, and bought land in Robertson
Co., TN by 1809. Served in War of 1812 from TN. Married Susanna (or
Susan). Children: Elijah married Tracy MASON; James married Mary Emily
FARTHING; Lucky; Lucinda married Enoch FARTHING; and Henry married
first Matilda SKINNER, and second Nancy ADAMS.
- Elizabeth - b. about 1780, New
Hanover Co., NC; d. Oct. 1855, Randolph Co., MO. Married Asa KERBY.
- Nancy - b. about 1782, Surry Co., NC; d. Nov. 2, 1862, Warren
Co., KY. Marriage bond dated Sep. 23, 1797, Green Co., KY to Rev.
William HARRIS (b. Aug. 7, 1772; d. 1845), son of James HARRIS and Ann
MCKINNEY. Children (order uncertain): John married Nancy GOODSON;
Thomas Highsmith married Martha E. SKILES; Chapman; Chathana; William
B. married Harriet A. PAISLEY (SAR line); Polly married Edward NEAL;
David Rice; S. G.; Alexander Chapman married Mary NORFLEET; Sally;
Nancy Lowery married Rev. George L. BLEWETT; Young Finis Ewing married
Mary Ann ROWE (DAR line); Rev. Josiah; Rev. W.; Rev. Chaltam; and two
- Mary 'Polly' - b. about 1784, Surry Co., NC. Marriage bond Nov.
14, 1805, Warren Co., KY, to Samuel WOODS, brother of Catherine (who
married Polly's brother James).
- James - b. Jun. 17, 1786, Surry or Duplin Co., NC; d. Jul. 11,
1843, Crawford Co., IL. Married on Aug. 14, 1806 (bond), Catherine
WOODS (b. 1787, KY; d. about 1876, Crawford Co., IL), daughter of
Ahijah WOOD (or WOODS; half-brother of James' mother). The first nine
of their children were born in Henry Co., KY, the youngest in Crawford
Co., IL. Children: Mary married Samuel H. ALLISON; Whitfield married
Susannah JOHNSON; Sarah married David Young ALLISON; Thomas Turner
married first Elizabeth REAVILL, and second Angeline JOHNSON; Ahijah
Woods married Cynthia S. MONTGOMERY; Zerrelda married first William
MONTGOMERY, and second Samuel S. CUNNINGHAM; William Voorheis married
Maria Jane FORD; Elizabeth W. married William REAVILL; Christopher M.
married Martha Jane ALLEN; and James Madison married first Susanna
GHER, and second Sarah E. SCHROYER.
- Martha 'Patsey' - b. about 1787, Duplin Co., NC. Marriage bond
Aug. 1807, Warren Co., KY to Edmund MORRIS.
- Richard M. - b. about 1789, Wilkes Co., GA; d. 1874, Crawford
Co., IL. An elder and minister of the Primitive Baptist Church, he was
a member of the Glady Fork and Canaan Churches in Lawrence Co., IL.
Richard was married on Apr. 11, 1811 in Warren Co., KY to Sarah SPANN
in 1811. "Sister Richard Highsmith" is listed as a member of the Glady
Fork Primitive Baptist Church. Children: Elizabeth C. married William
WEGER; Daniel M. married first Phoebe H. ALLISON, and second Mary Ann
VERNON; Logan died young; Thomas M. married Eliza A. COOK; Lavinia
Elizabeth married Daniel MICKEY; Nancy H. married James Wesley HUNT;
Ewing Spann married first Elizabeth WALLACE, and second Harriet
WALLACE; Leander Sharp married Maria Jane FORD; John Addison married
first Martha Jane NEAL, and second Eliza DELENDER; Marinda A. married
Joseph A. MIDGETT; Cynthia Ann married Aaron PAINTER; WIlliam Nathaniel
died young; and Sarah Catharine did not marry.
- Lucinda - b. about 1791, Wilkes Co., GA. Married Apr. 23, 1812,
Knox Co., IN, John MILLS.
- Nathaniel - b. about 1793, Wilkes Co., GA; d. Sep. 15, 1853,
Crawford Co., IL. Nathaniel served in the Black Hawk War as a Corporal
under his brother Capt. William HIGHSMITH. Married Nov. 14, 1822,
Lawrence Co., IL, Elizabeth MATTHEWS (b. 1801, OH or VA; d. Oct. 1865,
Crawford Co., IL). Children: Martha Jane married Andrew MONTGOMERY,
Jr.; Mary A. married Samuel RICH, Jr.; Sarah married George RICH;
Nathaniel Morris married first Margaret SEANEY, and second Sarah R.
RICH; Elizabeth married John CARTER; John Madison married Mariah
Catherine SEANEY; James M. did not marry; and Hester Ann married George
- John - b. Sep. 18, 1796, Greene Co., GA; d. 1884; bur. United
Brethren Cemetery, Howard, KS. Living in Crawford Co., IL at time of
1880 census, he was a member of the Glady Fork Primitive Baptist
Church. Married first in 1816 Mary FORD (b. Feb. 7, 1795), and second
Dec. 9, 1839 Jane FORD. Children of John and Mary: Susan Ann married
Alfred Harrison ALLISON; Absolem McCoy died young; Nathaniel Morris
died young; Martha Jane died young; Warner Ford died young; Addison
Martin died young; Richard Newton married first Mary Ann CARTER, and
second Julia Ann CARTER; William Sampson married Mary Ann JONES; Nancy
Ellen died in infancy; and Mary Elizabeth died young.
- William - b. Mar. 19, 1798, Henry Co., KY; d. about 1871, IL.
William served as a Capt. in the Black Hawk War. He was a member of the
North Fork Primitive Baptist Church at Willow Hill in Lawrence Co., IL.
Married Oct. 18, 1817 (bond), Henry Co., KY, Maria FORD (b. about 1801,
Henry Co., KY), daughter of Abner and Annah (RICH) FORD. Children:
Louisa B. married Richard RICHARDS; Samuel Ford married first Mary
WALLACE, second Martha A. WALDROP, and third Mary RAYBURN; M. J.
married William FORD; a son; John Oliver married Sarah C. STEPHENS;
William H.; Ahijah Morris married first Della HOPPER, and second
Lucretia GRIMES [father of Martha Ellen HIGHSMITH, who married Edward
THOMPSON - from: Russell E. Thompson of West Covina, CA]; Amos Milton
married Sarah Emeline FISHER; Lewis Clark married first Frances M.
SHELTON, second Emeline PAINTER, and third Julia Ann WILLIAMS; Mariah
Ella married first Andrew Clark RICH, and second William M. SHELTON;
and Martha E. married Alfred DORSEY.
- Hopestill - b. Oct. 30, 1799, Warren Co., KY; d. Nov. 25, 1888,
Flat Rock, Crawford Co., IL. Hope married Jan. 16, 1816, Henry Co., KY,
John FORD (b. Mar. 9, 1795, Henry Co., KY; d. Aug. 21, 1855, IL), son
of John and Elizabeth (PALMER) FORD. John served in the War of 1812.
They lived in Henry Co., KY until 1829, when they moved to Crawford
Co., IL. Children: Sally married James M. WEGER; Elizabeth married John
Miller JONES; Cynthia Ann married John WEGER; Josey Ann married Samuel
WEGER; Warner J. married Elizabeth R. LORANCE; John Thomas married
Sarah Ann REAVILL; a son; William; James did not marry; Nathan married
Caroline H. LORANCE; Alfred married Martha C. McCORKLE; Lucinda J. did
not marry; and Martha A. died young.
- Sarah - b. Nov. 6, 1801, Warren Co., KY; d. about 1830, Lawrence
Co., IL. Married Oct. 18, 1817 (bond), Henry Co., KY, Amos RICH (b.
Mar. 15, 1798, KY; d. Oct. 19, 1857, Crawford Co., IL. Children: Thomas
T. married first Rebecca RICH, and second Martha MIDGETT; Isaiah died
in infancy; Maria Ann married first William Moody ALLISON, and second
Obediah WEBB; Lucinda married John PINKSTAFF; William R. married first
Emeline PINKSTAFF, second Hettie M. CASH, and third Sarah C. STEPHENS;
Melinda married Amos WAGONSELLER; and John Baptiste married first
Catherine Jane FORD, and second Rachel ROGER.