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Stephen SMITH
Husband:  Stephen Girard SMITH
Birth:  ca. 1750
Death:  Jun/Jul/Aug 1802, Potter Twp., Penn's Valley, Centre Co., PA
Occupation:  farmer, tavern keeper
Marriage:  1767? 1777?
Migration:  1792 to what became Centre Co. in 1800
Wife:  Maria "Mary" TROUP
Birth:  ca. 1750
Death:  ca. 1807/8, Potter Twp., Penn's Valley, Centre Co., PA
Occupation:  homemaker
Children said to have had 15:
born in Penns [now Washington] Twp., Northumberland [later Union, now Snyder] Co., PA:
  1.  (Daughter A) SMITH, b. bef. 1790; d. by 1800
  2.  John SMITH, b. ca. 1778; d. 1855, Rockland Twp., Venango Co., PA; m. 19 Aug 1806, Centre Co., PA, Mary "Polly" McMILLEN/McMULLEN
  3.  Mary SMITH, b. ca. 1780; m. Centre Co., PA, George KEPHART
  4.  David SMITH, b. 23 Dec 1781
  5.  Catharina SMITH, b. 1781/2; d. 15 Sep 1857, Decatur Twp., Clearfield Co., PA; m. 10 Sep 1797, Centre Co., PA, Henry KEPHART
  6.  John Peter SMITH, bap. 1784, Zion Lutheran Church, Northumberland [now Snyder] Co., PA; d. aft. 1802
  7.  Daniel SMITH, b. 20 Jan 1790; d. 12 Jan 1874, Rockland Twp., Venango Co., PA; m. 31 Mar 1810, Centre Co., PA, Mary Ann LUSHER
  8.  Barbara Ann "Barbery" SMITH, b. 21 Jul 1791; d. 12 Apr 1855, Fulton Co., IN; m. Centre Co., PA, Peter REAM
  9.  James P. SMITH, b. ca. 1792; near Cinncinati, OH; m. 14 Dec 1820, Centre Co., PA, Betsy STANFORD
10.  (Son A) SMITH, b. 1790-1800; presumably died young

born in Penn's Valley, Centre Co., PA:
11.  George B. SMITH, b. 31 Mar 1798; d. 20 Aug 1879, Girard Twp., Clearfield Co., PA; m. 1821, Clearfield Co., PA, Minerva GRAHAM
12.  William SMITH, b. ca. 1800; murdered Blair Co., PA

There is some question here as to whether John and John Peter are the same person.

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Abbreviations:  Nor'land = Northumberland; Wash. = Washington
Year Location Event
c1750   birth of Stephen SMITH
c1750   birth of Maria TROUP
    marriage of Stephen SMITH & Maria TROUP
1772 PA: formation of Northumberland Co.
1776-1783 Revolutionary War
1778 PA: Nor'land [now Snyder] Co.: Penns [now Wash.] Twp. Stephen SMITH, taxpayer
c1778   birth of son, John
c1780   birth of daughter, Mary
1781   birth of son, David
1782   birth of daughter, Catharina
1784 PA: Nor'land [now Snyder] Co.: Penns [now Wash.] Twp. baptism of son, John Peter
1784 PA: Nor'land Co. land transaction
1787 PA: Nor'land [now Snyder] Co.: Penns [now Wash.] Twp. Stephen SMITH, taxpayer (100 a)
1789 PA: Mifflin Co. formed from Nor'land and Cumberland Cos.
1790   birth of son, Daniel
1790 Census PA: Nor'land [now Snyder] Co. Stephen SMITH, head-of-household
1792 to Potter Twp., Mifflin [now Centre] Co. family moves
1791   birth of daughter, Barbara
c1792   birth of son, James
1796 PA: Nor'land [now Snyder] Co.: founding of Freeburg
1797 PA: Mifflin [now Centre] Co. marriage of daughter, Catharina, to Henry KEPHART
1798 PA: Mifflin [now Centre] Co.: Potter Twp. Stephen SMITH tenant
1798   birth of son, George
c1800   birth of son, William
1800 PA: Centre Co. formed from Northumberland, Mifflin, Huntingdon, and Lycoming Cos.
1800 Census PA: Centre Co.: Potters Twp. Stephen SMITH, head-of-household
1800/01/02 PA: Centre Co. Stephen SMITH, taxpayer (300 a)
1802 PA: Centre Co. Stephen & Maria SMITH sign will
1802 PA: Centre Co. death of Stephen SMITH
1806 PA: Centre Co. marriage of son, John, to Polly McMILLEN
1808/9   death of Mary (TROUP) SMITH
1809 PA: Centre Co. marriage of son, David, to Sarah LANE
1810 PA: Centre Co. marriage of son, Daniel, to Mary LUSHER
1810 Census    
1813 PA: Union Co. formed from Northumberland Co.
1820 PA: Centre Co. marriage of son, James, to Betsy STANFORD
1820 Census    
1821 PA: Clearfield Co. marriage of son, George, to Minerva GRAHAM 
1855 PA: Snyder Co. formed from Union Co.


1.  Marriage Record:

2.  Census Index:  Colonial America, 1607-1789 (Broderbund CD-310):  nothing on Stephen in PA.

3.  1790 Census Index and Digital Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #43 of 51; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1790 PA Northumberland [now Snyder] Co. p. 84 Ln. 18 Stephen Smith 1-3-4-0-0
These data indicate:
Gender and Type Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 free white males 16 or over in or bef. 1774 = Stephen
3 free white males 15 or under 1774-1790 = John (b. ca. 1778)
= David (b. 1781)
= John Peter (bap. 1784)
= Daniel (b. 1790)
4 free white females all ages in or bef. 1790 = Maria
= Daughter A
= Mary (b. ca. 1780)
= Catharine (b. 1782)
Aren't John and John Peter the same person?  We have an extra female, but we would expect that they had at least a few children who did not survive.  Stephen is five lines down from Charles STROUP, who is one line down from Peter STROUP.  There are many SMITHs in the county (including another Stephen), but none of Stephen's children are old enough to be head-of-household in the census. 

4a.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1800 (Broderbund CD-312).  Please see my WARNING regarding use of this database (the numerical data have the genders switched). 
1800 Smith, Stephen PA Centre Co. p. 503 10101-4110100

4b.  1800 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  the Centre Co., PA, page images are missing.  They're indexed, but there are no links to pages, and there are no pages if you try to browse the county.  They are indexed as being in Potters (sic) Twp., where they are expected to be.

4c.  Family Quest Archives: Pennsylvania Federal Census 1800:  Centre, Mifflin, Northampton, and Northumberland Counties.  Heritage Quest CD M32-37 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1800 PA Centre Co. p. 503 Ln. 45 Smith, Stephen 41101-10101-00
These data indicate:
No. & Sex  Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
4 males 9 or under 1790-1800 = William (b. ca. 1800)
= George (b. 1798)
= Son A
= James (b. ca. 1792)
1 male 10-15 1784-1790 = Daniel (b. 1790)
1 male 16-25 1774-1784 = David (b. 1781)
1 male 45 or over in or bef. 1755 = Stephen 
1 female 9 or under 1790-1800 = Barbara (b. 1791)
1 female 16-25 1774-1784 = Mary?
1 female 45 or over in or bef. 1755 = Maria
None of the sons is know to have married by 1800, so they should all be at home.  Whether we are missing one or two sons depends on whether John/John Peter is one person or two.   Catharina was married in 1797, so presumably the older daughter is Mary, who hasn't married yet, though it's possibly that Mary has married and that the older girl is hired help with seven males and a little girl to care for, Maria would have needed some additional female help!  We have an extra male in the 1790-1800 class, but we would expect that they had at least some children who did not survive.

5.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1810 (Broderbund CD-313):  neither Stephen nor Mary found, as expected.  SMITHS in Potter Twp., Centre Co. were:  Andrew, Christopher, David, Jacob, Jacob, John, Peter, and William. 

6.  Centre County, Pennsylvania.  Will of Stephen SMITH. Transcription by (and courtesy of) Gwen Boyer Bjorkman.  Summary by DGM: 
Testator:  Stephen SMITH
Wife:  Mary (signed as Maria SMITH)
Sons:  John, Peter, David, Daniel, James, George, William
Daughters:  Mary, Catharina, Barbery
Executor:  James POTTER
Witnesses:  Robert McKIM, Hannah H. TATE
Date Signed:  30 Jun 1802
Date Recorded:  18 Aug 1802
County Where Recorded:  Centre Co., PA
County Recorder:  Richard MILES

7.  Notes from Gwen Boyer Bjorkman:
1778 taxed in Penn Twp, Northumberland Co, PA.
1778-1783 Rangers on the Frontiers, Northumberland Co., John Moll's Co., Stephen Smith. Penn. Archives, 3rd series, 23:343.
1778-1783 Soldiers of the Revolution, Continental Line Stephen Smith, private, Penn. Archives, 5th series, 4:694.
1778-1783 Continental Line, Depreciation Pay, Stephen Smith, private, Penn. Archives.
1780 served as Pvt. in Lieut. Jacob Bard's Co, Northumberland Co Militia, Penn. Archives, 5th series, 8:678.
1784 July 1  Northumberland Co., PA, 50 acres, Penn. Archives, 3rd series, 25:302.
1784 son John Peter baptized at the old Zion Lutheran Church, Freeburg. Charles A. Fisher, Early Pennsylvania Births 1675-1875, p. 8.
1787 taxed in Penn Twp, Northumberland Co, PA with 100 acres.
1790 census Northumberland Co, PA, p. 192. Stephen Smith 1-3-4-0-0; David Smith 1-1-2-0-0.
1798 Direct Window tax, Mifflin Co, PA, Stephen Smith, tenant on a 306A farm owned by James Potter in Potter twp, Centre Co. Farm valued at $2804, log house valued at $30. (homes valued from $12 to $50). Peter Smith also in this tax list (d. 1815)
1800 census Potter Twp., Northumberland Co., PA, p. 503. 41101-10101.
1800 Centre Co. formed from Northumberland and other Cos.
1800-1802 Stephen Smith taxed with 300A in Potter Twp, Centre Co, PA.
1801 Johan Peter in Potter.  Linn, p. 42
1801 Henry Kephart, Peter Smith, Stephen Smith, William Smith in Potter twp, Centre Co. John Blair Linn, History of Centre and Clinton Counties, Pennsylvania (Philadelphia: L. H. Everts, 1883) p. 42.
Aug 1802 [will proved] Stephen Smith Centre Co, PA Original Wills
1803 Stephen Smith, tavern keeper at the fort, died. History of Centre County, Pennsylvania, p. 227.
1808 Maria Smith Potter Twp Tax List.
Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania (Clearfield County Section), p. 844.
John Smith: Name of first known ancestor, came to America at an early date, name of wife or wives unknown.  Names of children unknown except that of Stephen SmithStephen Smith was born in Pa. in the year 1730 and died in Penn's Valley, Centre Co, Pa. in 1803. Stephan and Maria (Troup) Smith were married 1767.  Maria Troup was born in Union County, Pa. in the year 1750 and died in Penn's Valley, Centre Co, Pa. in 1807.  Stephen and Maria (Troup) Smith moved from Union County to Penn's Valley in 1792.  Stephen Smith was a soldier in the American Revolutionary War.  He served as private in Lieut. Jacob Bard's Company, Northumberland County Militia in the year 1780.
J.H. Newton, History of Venango County, Pennsylvania (J.A. Caldwell, 1879), p. 482.
Franklin Twp.  David Smith, Sr.  The fifth of fifteen children born to Stephen and Maria Smith nee Troup, was born near Trouptown, Union county, Pa., on the 23d of December, 1781.  His grandfather, John Smith, was a native of France, and came to Philadelphia with Stephen Girard.  He died over 90 years of age.  David's father was a Revolutionary soldier.  He too, died at an advanced age in 1802.  His wife's family came to America at the time of the Hessian importation.  She died in 1807, about fifty-six years of age.  The family removed to Centre county in 1792.  Our subject remembered driving the cattle to the county.  He located in Rockland township, Venango county in 1818.
Charles A. Fisher, Snyder County Pioneers, (Philadelphia: Lochner, 1973) p. 84, "Stephen Smith."
Marriage of John Smith and Mary McMillen [Polly McMullen] by Rev. William Stuart in the Sinking Creek Presbyterian Church.  Pattee Library at Penn State U., University Park, PA.
George Kephart, in Taylor Twp. Center Co. 1849, d. 3 Aug. 1879, age 98.  Linn, p. 207, 442.
Sarah Lane, 5 Oct 1809 by Rev. William Stuart
Henry Kephart was b. 1778, a United Brethren Minister in 1841.  In Potter twp in 1801.  Linn, p. 42, 441.  1850 census Clearfield Co, PA.
Daniel Smith.  1850, 1860 Venango Co, PA.  Dates are from DAR application.  Mrs. Harold V. Linn, Daniel Smith, Pioneer Settler of Rockland Township, Venango County, Penna.
Barbara Ann Smith.  Date of birth from unknown source in Spangler Collection, Centre County Library.  Date of death from tombstone inscription, Apr: 12, 1855: Aged 63 Ys. & 9 Mo., Citizens Cemetery, Akron, Fulton, IN.
Marriage of James P. Smith & Betsy Stanford by Rev. William Stuart in the Sinking Creek Presbyterian Church.
George P. Smith. 1830 Bradford, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870 census Girard, Clearfield Co, PA, Deed Book N:692, Will of 1879, Commemorative Biog. Rec, Central PA. Minerva living with son, David L. in 1880; had 13 children.

8.  Mrs. Harold V. Linn.  1961.  Daniel Smith, Pioneer Settler of Rockland Township, Venango County, Pennsylvania, p. 11 (cited by Gwen Boyer Bjorkman).

9. Archives of the STRAUB-L mailing list (online at RootsWeb.com).

10.  Emails from Gwen Boyer Bjorkman.

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