Archibald Smith of Georgia

Here we are again with these Smith people. The subject of today’s post is Archibald Smith, the son of John and Elizabeth Smith. I’ve already written about Archibald’s mother Elizabeth, his sister Mary “Polly” who married Basil Cowper, and his sister Sarah who married Sir James Wright. There are two other sisters, Jane and Elizabeth, and I can’t find out anything about them yet. So we’ll wind up today with Archibald’s will, and then later I’ll post about the father, John Smith.

SmithArchibald Will 1829

In the name of God Amen I Archibald Smith resident of the City of Savannah, State of Georgia being of sound and disposing mind, memory, and understanding; praised be God for the same. Do make this my last will and Testament in the manner and form following — (First) I resign my soul into the hands of Almighty God my Creator humbly hoping for a blessed immortality through the merits and mediation of my blessed Savior and Redeemer Jesus Christ and my body I desire may be decently buried — (Secondly) I will and devise that all my just and lawful debts be first paid And it is my will that my son Archibald Smith (Planter) should have that half lot known by No seven (7) and Lot and buildings No (9) Nine Trustees Garden also (Thirdly) that my daughter Eliza Zubly Smith shall have that Lott :& Buildings No (7) Seven Reynolds Ward and that Lot and buildings to eleven (11) Trustees Gardens — (Fourthly) One Hundred acres of lands (which adjoins Mayor John Screvens tract which I sold to him and others in 1815) was purchased by my son John Joyner Smith and is now owned by him, which constitutes the settlement where I now plant, and the land given to my daughter Mary Gibbes Smith wife of my son John lies immediately adjoining to and just below the settlement tract (Fifthly) I will and desire that the rest and residue of my Estate be equally divided between my son Archd Smith and my daughter Eliza Z. Smith share & share alike in all my estate (Sixthly) And I do hereby constitute and appoint my son Archd Smith my Executor and my daughter Eliza Z. Smith my Execurix to this my last will and Testament. In witness whereof I the said Archd Smith have hereunto set my hand and seal this the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty nine and the (21) Twentyfirst day of July in the City of Savannah State of Georgia

Archd Smith

In presence of

Ralph King

Jacob Cohen

W. T. Williams


Filed this 10 May 1830 Robert N Pooler C. C. O. C. C.

State of Georgia

Chatham County

In the Court of Ordinary

July Term 1830

Present the Honorable Elias Fort, Alexander Telfair, and Patrick Houstoun Justices of the Inferior Court sitting for Ordinary purposes Personally appeared Ralph King one of the subscribing witnesses to the within instrument of writing purporting to be the last will and Testament of Archibald Smith late of the City of Savannah deceased, who being duly sworn deposeth and saith that he was present and did see the said Archibald Smith deceased sign and heard him pronounce publish and declare the said instrument of writing to be and contain his last will and Testament that the said Archibald Smith deceased was at the time of executing the same of sound and disposing mind and memory to the best of this deponents knowledge. That he the deponent and Jacob Cohen and W. T. Williams did subscribe their names as witnesses at the request of the Testator in his presence and in the presence of each other.

Ralph King

Sworn to in Open Court

This 8th July 1830

Robert N. Pooler Clk

July 8th 1830 Then appeared Archibald Smith Executor named in the foregoing last will and Testament of Archd Smith deceased and qualified as such by taking the oath of an Executor as presribed by Law.

Recorded July 30th 1830

Archibald’s son John Joyner Smith was in Beaufort, South Carolina. So I suppose after Hurricane Dorian passes, we’ll head over Beaufort way and poke around.

Because these people will not let me be.

Tags: , , ,

7 Responses to “Archibald Smith of Georgia”

  1. Anne Starr Hughes Says:

    The book, “Death of a Confederate” deals with Archibald Smith (the younger), who speaks of his Savannah and Beaufort relations, but he moved to Roswell, GA. Have this book, somewhere, and don’t ordinarily loan out my books (due to my poor judgment of people’s character, LOL re. returning them), but if I find it anytime soon, you are welcome to borrow it.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Anne Starr Hughes Says:

    Will start the search!


    • Ruth Rawls Says:

      I think we are missing a generation of Archibalds.


      • Anne Starr Hughes Says:

        Ruth, I’ve found the book. Has some great notes in it re. the “family”. There were 3 Archibald Smith’s 1st was son of John and Elizabeth W. Smith. Book has interesting info – nothing I’ve seen relating to the Lawton’s, however. Will be busy tomorrow, but perhaps you could come by the river house on Sunday or some afternoon/evening next week to pick it up. Archibald II and his family, including the letter writer, Archie, moved to Roswell, GA, but there’s much interesting info. about Savannah and Beaufort in the book.

        Liked by 1 person

  3. Anne Starr Hughes Says:

    You must know that the John Joyner Smith plantation in Beaufort is now the site of the Naval Hospital and pictures of it during the Union occupation are quite famous.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply to Anne Starr Hughes Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: