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John Michael Smithpeter, Sr.

Also Known As: "Schmidpeter"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Saxe Gotha, Dutch Fork (present Lexington), South Carolina
Death: Died in Johnson County, Tennessee
Immediate Family:

Son of Johann George George Schmidtpeter and Catharine Schmidtpeter
Husband of Christena Miller Smithpeter (Strevelstrut)
Ex-husband of Mary Katherine Smithpeter (Kyle)
Father of Michael Smithpeter; John Smithpeter; Jacob Smithpeter; Mary Brooks (Smithpeter); George Smithpeter and 3 others

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About John Michael Smithpeter, Sr.

A Patriot of the American Revolution for NORTH CAROLINA - VIRGINIA with the rank of PRIVATE. DAR Ancestor #: A106200. --------------------

JOHN MICHAEL SMITHPETER 1

Sex: M Birth: 1753 in Saxe Gotha, Dutch Fork, (present Lexington), South Carolina 2 Burial: Matherly Cemetery, Hwg 67, 2nd turnoff, Johnson County, Tennessee 1836 3 Reference Number: 9363 Event: Military BET 1776 AND 1778 American Revolution: North Carolina Line #W3730; BLW 26006-160-53 Event: Fact 23 FEB 1761 John George Schmidtpeter murdered. 4 Death: 05 APR 1836 in Johnson County, Tennessee 5 Event: Military JUN 1776 Volunteered under Cpt. James Robertson; marched to the Nolachuckey; help build a fort on Big Limestone. 6 Event: Military ABT DEC 1776 Obtained his discarge at fort at Sycamore Shals from Cpt. Robison after serving 7 months. 6 Event: Military BET 1776 AND 1778 Private under Captain Valentine Sevier & fought at Kings Mountain Event: Military JAN 1777 Volunteered under Cpt. Joseph Martin, Virginia Militia, to fight the Indians and served at the Fort at Rye Cove, VA. Event: Military APR 1777 Discharged by Cpt. Joseph Martin at Rye Cove and returned home. 6 Event: Military APR 1777 Volunteered at Big Creek (Hawkins County) under Cpt. James Robertson to keep the fort on Big Creek and repress Indian invasions. Event: Military SEP 1777 Discharged by Cpt. Robertson and returned home. Event: Military ABT 1778 Fought in the Battle of King's Mountain. Event: Military FEB 1778 Volunteered under Cpt. Charles Roberson around Gap Creek, soucouting and serving three months. Event: Military ABT JUN 1778 Discharged and returned home, married, then was drafted to serve under Ferguson. Event: Military ABT 1779 Volunteered under Cpt. Valentine Sevier to go on the expedition against the Overhill Indians in Haywood, NC. Event: Military 1812 Pensioner, War of 1812; listed age as 81. Event: Military 1832 1832 Pension List, Washington County, TN at age 81 7 Event: Military 18 FEB 1833 Certificate of Pension, Recorded D:9:209, Jonesboro Agency; Washington Co, TN Event: Fact Served in the Virginia line during the Am. Revolution. Event: Resided on Saluda River, Dutch Fork (present Lexington), SC. Fact 1761 Event: Fact 23 FEB 1761 At age eight, his 30 year-old father, Johann Georg Schmidpeter, was murdered near Younginer's Ferry at Dutch Fork by Jacob Weber in South Carolina. 8 Event: Fact BET 1761 AND 1778 Removed to east Tennessee. Event: Fact 1778 As son and heir of John George Smithpeter, he sold his father's 200 acres on the Saluda River in South Carolina to John Clackly. Listed as a Yeoman of Virginia. Event: Fact 1778 At Virginia (probably Washington Co., TN) Event: Fact 04 NOV 1778 Sold his land in SC to John Clackly (Johannes Kleckly). Event: Listed on tax records of Washington Co., NC in area that became Tennesse with 18 horses which suggests he may have been a horse trader. Fact 1779 Event: Fact 07 OCT 1780 Fought at Battle of King's Mountain. Event: Fact AUG 1789 Michael Smithpeter deeded as a gift to his son, George Smithpeter, 374 acres of land; Washington County, TN; acknowledged in Open Court & registered. 9 Event: Fact 1790 Washington Co., TN Tax list, 375 acres, 1 white poll Event: Fact 1792 Washington Co., TN Tax list, 745 acres, 1 white poll Event: Fact 1794 Washington Co., TN Tax list, 745 acres, 1 white poll 10 Event: Fact 12 NOV 1799 John Ventrees to Michael Smithpeter, Jr. for $1500, 20 ac on Roan Cr., Carter Co 11 Event: Fact ABT 1806 Son, George, married a Miss Miller, sister to John Michael's future 2nd wife, Christenia Miller. Event: Fact 23 JAN 1813 Carter Co., TN: Michael Smithpeter Jr. to Michael Smithpeeter Sr. for $500, one of 3 fields & 1/3 orchard. 12 Event: Administrator of the estate of Frederick Strevelstrut Fact 1814 Travvenstatt Event: Fact 28 MAR 1851 His widow, Christena, applied for his pension in Wash. Co, TN; age79. Note:

   JOHN MICHAEL SMITHPETER was the son of JOHANN GEORG SCHMIDTPETER (called JOHN GEORGE SMITHPETER by the English) and his wife, CATERIN, who immigrated from Bavaria through Rotterdam to Charles Town, South Carolina in 1751, settling at the Saxe Gotha (Dutch Fork) settlement along the Saluda and Broad Rivers in present Lexington County. JOHN MICHAEL SMITHPETER was born at the Saxe Gotha settlement in 1753. In 1761 when only a boy of eight years one JACOB WEBER and his followers known as the Weberites, a religious cult of the Gifted Brethren, murdered his father. WEBER claimed that GEORGE SMITHPETER was initially the Christ and then "the Old Serpent" and had to be put to death. CATERIN fled with JOHN MICHAEL and a slave girl and save all their lives. Soon the Militia rounded up WEBER and his followers and hauled down the Wagon Road to Charlestown where seven citizens were tried with four being convicted. Of the four, only JACOB WEBER was hanged.
   JOHN MICHAEL's father, GEORGE, was a known Indian trader who regularly made trips into Cherokee country to ply his trade, in addition to hauling goods for the English army during the Indian Wars. It is believed that John Michael may have accompanied his father on these trips and had become familiar with the Indians.
   In November of 1761 CATERIN SMITHPETER settled her husband's estate and that is the last we know of what happened to JOHN MICHAEL's mother. What we do know is that JOHN GEORGE SMITHPETER owned 200 acres of land that stayed in his family until 1778. What is not known is what became of his mother, Caterin Schmidtpeter/Smithpeter, who was left a widow at the age of twenty-eight with an eight year old son and one slave girl during the time of the Cherokee Wars and the Regulator Movement.
   Sometime between 1761 and 1777 JOHN MICHAEL SMITHPETER removed from the Dutch Fork in South Carolina to the Watauga settlement in Washington County, Tennessee for on on November 6th 1777, the inhabitants of Washington County, Virginia initiated a petition of Inhabitants of Washington complaining of "late Division." in which JOHN MICHAEL SMITHPETER is listed as one of the 429 signers of this Petition.
   (Source: "Two Petitions to Virginia of the North of Holston Men"; Tennessee Ancestors; December 2000; Vol 16, No. 3, page 220.]
   Barbara Chambers of Marysville, Tennessee, corresponded with me by email stating that she believed one of her BOWMAN ancestors had come from South Carolina with JOHN MICHAEL SMITHPETER. Her family lore states that this BOWMAN ancestor was himself a stowaway on the ship, the snow Rowand, from Rotterdam into Charleston, South Carolina in 1752 and that JOHN GEORGE and CATERIN SCHMIDTPETER befriended him along the way and took care of him. Nothing in my research supports this, however it is noteworth that JOHN MICHAEL SMITHPETER's first wife had a daughter named ELIZABETH JOHNSTONE who married secondly a man named JOHN BOWMAN in the Carter County, Tennessee area, lending some credence to some affilitation between the Bowmans and John Michael's mother, MARY KATHERINE KYLE FLETCHER JOHNSTON SMITHPETER.
   John Michael Smithpeter applied for and received a pension for service in the American Revolution. These early records indicate that he lived in the area of East Tennessee which was variously considered a part of Virginia and North Carolina.
   The earliest recorded document for JOHN MICHAEL SMITHPETER in South Carolina was a deed filed in the Orangeburg District in South Carolina on 4 November 1778. The records state that JOHN MICHAEL SMITH PETER, a yeoman from Virginia, deeded a large tract of land once owned by his father, George Smith Peter, to John Clackly. JOHN CLACKLY purchased two separate tracts of land from John Michael Smithpeter. The deed, though difficult to read, indicates that he had left South Carolina and was living in Virginia (probably in the area that became Washington County, Tennessee). It is interesting to note that the land remains in the Kleckley family to this day and that the Kleckley Reunion Grounds may be the very spot where John Michael's father and mother lived before George's horrible death. Historical records indicate that JOHANNES KLECKLEY and JOHN GEORGE SMITHPETER went together on the campaign against the Cherokee tribe to Fort Prince George and served together at the fort above present Columbia. JOHANNES KLECKLEY was a widower with three children. I sense, though I have absolutely not one iota of proof, that Caterin became Johannes Kleckley's second wife.
   JOHN MICHAEL SMITHPETER was among the first land owners and permanent settlers in the Winner and Carter communities of Carter County, Tennessee until 1800. He purchased 374 acres on Stoney Creek in 1782 under North Carolina Land Grant # 93 at fifty shillings per 100 acres. Other settlers included Christopher Peters, James Phillips, Samuel and John Garland, John Fletcher (son of Mary Kyle by her first husband John Fletcher who died in the Battle of Brandywine in the American Revolution), Jacob Bealer, Thomas Miller, Samuel and Robert Musgrove (sons-in-law of Mary Kyle, his first wife), Reuben and David Brooks, William VanHoy, John Robertson, Charles Bassendine, James Stuart, Nicholas Grindstaff Jr., John Aronvine, John Bowman (son-in-law of his first wife, Mary Kyle), Robert Crow, Arthur Johnston (second husband of Mary Kyle), William Blevins, the Williams, Lovelace, Crawley, Smith, Richardson and Stover families. Sinner and Carter are neighboring communities on lower Stoney Creek. The junction of Little Stoney Creek with Stoney Creeks is generally considered the boundary between Stoney Creek and Watauga Valley communities. Stoney Creek was settled early. James Robertson, John Sevier, and Col. John Carter obtained land titles from Charles Robertson, trustee for the Watauga Association in 1775.
   Several old forts were located around Elizabethton, along the Watauga and Gap Creek, in deference to Indian raids. Watauga Fort was built on land owned by John S. Thomas, about a half mile northeast of the mouth of Gap Creek. In 1776 this Fort was attacked by many Cherokee. About 150 residents lived in the settlement at that time. The Attack was overcome by Col. Charles Robertson and John Sevier and their men. The Indians besieged the fort for six days when reinforcements appeared and the Indians fled. A second fort was built higher on the Watauga on land owned by Valentine Sevier, Sr. and later owned by Solomon and Abraham Hart. A third fort was located near Hampton Station on the cove of the Doe River.
   On 23 October 1782 MICHAEL SMITHPETER received North Carolina Grant # 93 for 374 acres located on both sides of Stoney Creek for a consideration of 50 shillings per 100 acres that were adjacent JOHN ROBERTSON. The grant was signed by Alex Martin and J. Glasgow. (Source: Old Book A into Washington Co., TN Deed Book 1, p 9-10.)
   On 4 November 1782 an entry appears in the Washington County, North Carolina Court Records, Volume 2, on page 181as follows: "MICHAEL SMITHPETER, Prin'l in the sum of 50 pounds Specie; ELIJAH ROBERTSON & WILLIAM DAVIS Securities in the sum of 25 pounds each on conditions the prin'l appear from day to day During this Court & Not depart ordered. MARY JOHNSTONE, Prin'l in the sum of 50 pounds Specie; Security in sum of 25 pounds specie on Condition the prin'l appear from day during this Court & not depart without leave ordered.
   "The State vs M. J. PETER & MARY JOHNSON -- Indictment Petit Larceny: On being arraigned say they are not guilty. Robert Lusk, William Storey, Thomas Gillesby, Hugh Stephenson, Isaiah Hamilton, John Reding, Joseph Bullard, Joseph Durham, Robert McCombs, Andrew James Hill and Alexander Willson - Jurymen.
   On page 184 appears the following entry in this matter:
   "Wednesday morning met according to adjournment. MARY JOHNSON who was found guilty in the Indictment with JOHN MICHAEL SMITHPETER confesses that she was with the said MICHAEL S.PETERS Guilty of the charge & Begs Mercy, vis. The court order the said MARY JOHNSON to be commited to gaol for the time of 15 minutes." (No mention is made to the punishment of John Michael Smithpeter.)
   (Source: Washington County Tennessee Court Records, Vol. 1, pages 181, 182, 184.)
   On the 2nd Monday of August 1789 at Washington County, Tennessee on the sanction of JOHN MICHAEL SMITHPETER and MARY JOHNSTONE, the court ordered that GEORGE, the son of said MARY and JOHN MICHAEL SMITH PETER his reputed father, "be from this time known and called by the name of GEORGE SMITH PETER." (Washington Co., TN Court Records, Vol. 1, page 400, 2nd Monday of August 1789)
   Also on the 2nd Monday of August 1789 a Deed of Gift was recorded in the Washington County Court Records on page 400 in which JOHN MICHAEL SMITHPETER deeded to his son, GEORGE SMITH PETER, 347 acres of land. This gift of deed was acknowledged in open court and admitted to record and ordered to be registered. (Washington Co., TN Court Records, Vol 1, page 400, 2nd Monday of August 1789.)
   1790 Washington County List of Taxables in Washington County, Tennessee.
   The original document can be found in a large binder in the Washington County, Tennessee Courthouse basement. This is a Tax Roll for what later became CarterCounty, TN in June 1796; then in 1836 the northeastern part of Carter County became Johnson County, TN. John Michael Smithpeter is listed as an inhabitant within the district of Captain Greer's Company. He owned 375 acres of land and had one free pole. Living near him in the same district were Valentine Sevier, SR., Joseph Greer, Andrew Greer Sr., Abraham Sevier, Joseph Sevier, Samuel Tipton, Godfrey Carriger Sr. (a landholder of 2,167 acres), Isaac Lincoln, John Lacy, William Murray, and Elisha Humphrey, and others.
   9 April 1791 Washington County, TN Deed Book, p 233.
   MICHAEL SMITHPETER witnessed a deed. JOHN & RUTH HOSKINS deeded to CATRON SMITH PETTER, 250 acres on the south side of Roans Creek for 200 pounds current money as consideration. Witnessed by WILLIAM & SARAH MOURLAND. This property is shown as being recorded in the Carter County, Tennessee land records in Deed Book, pages 199-200, as JOHN & RUTH HAUSKINS to CATHARINE SMITHPETER . This is the first record for Catherine Smithpeter in Washington or Carter Counties in Tennessee.
   Deed 200 Acres
   JOHN HAUSKINS and wife to CATERIN SMITHPETER
   "These Indentures made this 9th day of April 1791 between John Hauskins and Ruth his wife of Washington County and State of North Carolina as of the one part and Catharine Smithpeter of the Same State and County of the other part, witnesseth that the said John Hauskins and Ruth his wife, for and in consideration of the Sum of two hundred pounds currant money of the Said State to them in hand paid before the Sealing and delivering of these presents the receipt whereof the Said John Hauskins and Ruth his wife, hereby acknowledge, hath granted, bargained, Sold, allienece. En propere released, confirmed and by these presents have hereby grant bargain, sell, alein. Entry of Rellease and confirm with the said CATHERINE SMITHPETER, her heirs, Executors, administrators, assigns all that tract or parcel of land lying by ... and being in the county of Washington aforesaid containing two hundred and fifty acres on the South Side of Roans Creek, Beginning at William Runals line on the banks of the said creek, running into the said creek and ___ all that part or tract of land that the original calls for as for up the said creek as John Ventrees line and the preservation and reservations Remainder and Remembers____ thereof and all the estate, right, title, Interest, property, claim and demand whatever of interest said John Hauskins and Ruth his wife and his heirs, Executors, Administrators, and assigns forever of in and to the said tract or parcel of land and every part and parcel there of to have and to hold the Said said tract or parcel of land and premises unto the Said Catharine Smithpeter, her hiers and assigns forever the said John Hoskins and Ruth his wife for himself, his heirs, Executors, Administrators and assigns doth covenant & grant to and with the said Catherine Smithpeter, her heirs and assigns forever and will and forever defend the said boundary of land and from all persons whatsover from laying any right or title therein to. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this day and year first above written."
   Signed, Sealed and Delivered
   In the Presence of
   William Mooreland John (X) Hauskins (Seal)
   Sarah (X) Moreland Ruth (X) Hauskins (Seal)
   Michael Smithpeter
   1792 Washington County List of Taxables in Washington County, Tennessee.
   The original document can be found in a large binder in the Washington Co., TN Courthouse basement. This is a tax roll for what would become Carter Co., TN in June 1796. In 1836 the northeastern part of Carter Co. became Johnson Co., TN. John Michael S. Peters is listed as residing in Captain Carriger's Company. He had 745 acres land at this time and one white poll. He lived near John Nowlan, Peter Hedrick, Godfrey Carriger SR. (2,912 acres), Col. Landon Carater (3,340 acres), John Arnold, Thomas Milsaps, Richard Kite, Pharoah Cobb (1000 acres), Filemon Lacy, Thomas Tipton, John Gillam and others.
   1794 Washington County, TN List of Taxables
   (The original document is in a large binder in the Washington Co., TN Courthouse basement. This part of Washington County became Carter County in June 1796.) JOHN MICHAEL SMITHPETERS resided in Captain Carriger's Company for the year 1794, having 745 acres and one white poll. Other large landholders in the area at that time were Pharoah Cobb (1000 acres), Godfrey Carriger (2324 acres), Isaac Lincoln (670 acres), Samuel Tipton (890 Acres), Robert Musgrove (640 acres), Landon Carter (2240 acres), and Andrew Greer (1700 acres).
   On July 27 August 1795, North Carolina State Grant # 1166 to Landon Carter @ 50 shillings the 100 acres of 674 acres on Stoney Creek was registered in the Carter County, TN Deed Book A:218 indicating that the land was situated adjacent said Carter, Godfrey Carriger's Blue Spring survey, and Molly Johnston's property. The deed was registered on 17 October 1799. On the same day that this deed was registered as a NC Grant # 1210 for Landon Carter for an additional 100 acres on Stoney Creek and the Watauga River. The property was adjacent to John Michael Smithpeter and Godfrey Carriger; date of the grant was 20 July 1796. This indicates that John Michael Smithpeter and Mary Johnston owned property in very close proximity to one another in Carter County on Stoney Creek.
   On the second Monday of February 1802 at the County Court in Carter County the Court "Ordered by the Court that Michael SmithPeter be appointed Overseer of the Publick road in the room of Peter Bullinger and that the following persons be his hands to wit: Amos Gibson, John Walters, Robert Walters, Charles Moreland, Jacob Justice, Jams Gwinn, Thomas Jones, Samuel Wilsoon, Lewis Leiws, Joyn Loyd, and Jacob Vintrees" (Carter Co.TN Court Minutes Feb 1804-6, LDS Microfil #0847613).
   On the second Monday in May at a Session of the Carter County Pleas & Quarter Court at Elizabethon,
   A Warrant was returned in the following word to wit, State of Tennessee, This is to Command you to summons Thomas Jones to appear before me or some other Justice for said County to answer MICHAEL SMITHPETER in a pleas of a note of hand of Sixteen dollars and two thirds of a dollar and the Lawful Interest from the date of said note and this shall be your warrant for the same. Given under my hand and Seal this 28th day of jApril 1804 to a lawful officer of said Court to Execute and return Summons for the Plaintiff. Hugh White, Test. John Walters. Which warrant Michael Grindstaff, Constable returned endoresed thereon executed this 28 of April 1804 .
   MICHAEL SMITHPETER vs THOMAS JONES: The parties appeared and the subscribbing witness not brought forward the suit is dismissed on the plaintiffs costs and the Court is paid, given under my hand this 28 day of April 1804. Julius Dugger, JP. From which judgment the plaintiff appeals to Court and gives DANIEL BRADLEY for Security. Test. Julius Dugger, JP; MICHAEL SMITHPETERS, DANIEL BRADLEY. And afterwards to wit, During the said Session of the said Court Continued and held the same day and year aforesaid, here comith the said Michael Smithpeters by his attorney John Kennedy Esquire and the said Thomas Jones by his atty. John Rhea Esq whereupon came a Jury and the Jury of that Jury to wit, Samuel Tipton, Samuel Lusk, Aabraham Nave, John Phillips, Adam Hyder, Nathan Peoples, Samuel Peoples, Isaac Tipton, Abraham Drake, James Peoples, Joseph Hyder and William Hardin empaneled and sworn upon their oaths say they do find for the plaintif and assess his damage to Sixteen dollars Sixty six cents and two thirds of a Cent, therefore it is considered by the Court that the said Michael Smithpeter do recover over & against said Thomas Jones his damages aforesaid in manner aforesaid and for aforesaid by the Jury and also the further sum of seven dollars Sixty two cents for his costs and charges put to and about this suit in this behalf adjudged to the said Michael Smithpeter by the Court now here which said Damages and Costs amount in the whole to twenty four Dollars and twenty eight cents and two thirds of a cent and that the aforesaid Thomas Jones be in mercy." (Carter County Court Minutes, Feb. 1804-6, pages 55-56, LDS Microfilm 0847613).
   May Sessions 1804, Carter County Court "Ordered by the Court that Thomas Jones be appointed overseer of the publich road in the room of MICHAEL SMITHPETER and that the folowing persons be his hands to wit, Amos Gibson, John Walters, Charles Moreland, Jacob Justice, James Givin, Samuel Wilson, Lewis Lewis, JOHN LOYED, Jacob Vintrees and those that live on the lands of Coffee Bullinger, Whites, Saml. Wilson, Wm. Moreland,, Charles Mooreland, & George Walters lands." (Carter Co., TN Court Minutes 1804-6, page 57)
   On 7 August 1812 RUBEN BROOKS (husband of Mary Smithpeter and son-in-law of John Michael Smithpeter) sold 100 acres on Stoney Creek to JOHN NAVE for $100 current money. The land had been originally granted through North Carolina Grant #39 to MICHAEL SMITHPETER, Sr. on 23 October 1782, who then conveyed the land to his son, GEORGE SMITHPETER. This land was then sold by the sheriff to Reuben Brooks in 1811. Rowland Jenkins and William Jones witnessed the deed which was proven at the November Court 1812. (Carter County, TN Deed Book B:423-424).
   On 12 January 1813 an Agreement was recorded at Carter County in which MICHAEL SMITHPETER JR granted to his father, MICHAEL SMITHPEETER SR, the privilege to cultivate either of three fields for his lifetime. John Michael Smithpeter is to make rails and keep up the fences, tend the orchards, each being under a $500 forfeiture in case of default. Witnesses S. Powell & JAMES BRADLEY, his son-in-law, and proven at May Court, 1813. (Carter Co., TN Deed Book C:20). The agreement was recorded again in Deed Book C:521 and proven at the August Court 1820, again witnessed by J. Hampton and James Bradley.
   At Carter County on 13 March 1815, land originally granted to Michael Smithpeter was sold by Godfrey Carriger to Nicholas Carriger 78 acres of the 450 acre grant. The deed was registered on February 24, 1816. (Carter County, TN Deed Book C:49)
   On 21 March 1815 at Carter Co., TN, JOHN MICHAEL SMITHPETER married secondly Christena Miller Strevelstrut, a widow whose husband's estate he was administering.
   At Carter County Court in 1819 in State of Tennessee vs Michael Smithpeter, he was charged, plea guilty, therefore "it is considered by the Court that the said Michael be fined six and one fourth cents." (Carter Co., TN Court Minutes, 1819, p 123, LDS Microfilm 00847613).
   A deed was witnessed by Michael Smithpeter on 20 Sept 1825 as recorded in the Carter County, TN Deed Book between Vaught Heaton & Jacob Curtner, Administrators of John Heaton Estate of the one part and Joseph Robinson for $250, paid to the said John Heaton dec'd by Joseph Robinson, assignee of John Teague, assignee of Daniel Shell, 10 acres & 5 poles on the Little Doe, adj Heatons, dec'd.
   Pension Record of John Michael Smithpeter
   September Term 1832
   State of Tennessee
   Washington County Court
   "On the 13th day of September 1832 personally appeared in open court before the Honorable Samuel Powell, Judge of the Court of Law & Equity, for the county of Washington and State of Tennessee - John Michael Smithpeter, a citizen resident of no (Carter, then Washington County, Tennessee) then North Carolina, aged seventy-nine, who being first duly sworn according to law, doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress passed the 7th of June 1832. That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers and served as herein stated to wit - That at that time being a resident citizen of the county of Washington, then North Carolina, and on the border of the Cherokee Nation of Indians (and that tribe in part) in league with the British, he volunteered under CAPT. JAMES ROBERTSON then of the same county to defend the frontier and marched on the first of June 1776 to the Nolachuckey and there was engaged and persecuted to some extent, the building of a fort on Big Limestone, when the Indian Traders came in and informed them that the Indians had embodied and were marching upon the Settlements, and the men under said Robertson, retreated into the Settlements on Watauga, and there fortified at or above the Sycamore Shoals (where the Indians came and made an attack upon the fott) and upon the reinforcement of men from Virginia marched on to the frontier under Shelby & Campbell (if he is not mistaken in the lapse of time) when the Indians beat back to the heart of the Nation and the Army marched as declarant says and entered the Hiwassee country and drove the Indians and burned their towns. That he obtained his discharge at said Fort from Capt. Robison after serving seven months.
   "After which on the first of the ensuing January he again volunteered in the same country under CAPTAIN JOSEPH MARTIN , then of the Virginia Militia to go on a tour of duty against the same Indians (the line of Virginia being at that time the Holston River near where this declarant resided) and under said Capt. Martin, he was marched to the Rie Cove on Clinch River and there fort to defend the (now Scott County, Virginia) and built a Fort called Rie Cove Station, and remained there for the term of three months and was discharged by his CAPT. MARTIN and returned home.
   "Again the the following April 1777, he volunteered at Big Creek (what is now Hawkins County) under CAPTAIN JAMES ROBERTSON (under whom he first served) to keep the fort on Big Creek, and scout the country and repress the Indian Invasions and there kept in service under Roberson. (Thre being no other Company there) for the summer and until the month of September when he returned home, having been discharged by Roberson.
   "That in 1778 he again in the month of February or March, he volunteered under CAPT. CHARLRES ROBERSON to perform a tour of duty at the time that the Indians were in detached parties coming thru the Creasy Cove and Gap Creek and was under sd Roberson stationed in the Fort at Gap Creek where he ranged and kept fort and scouted during the term of sd service and served three months and was verbally discharged by sd Capt. Roberson. That he returned home and married and remained home until the news of the approach of GENERAL FERGUSON and his army when all the Militia was called upon and he was drafted to go on sd expedition to intercept sd Ferguson and was enrolled under Capt Valentine Sevier and was in the comand of COLONEL JOHN SEVIER and joined the army under Col Campbell from Virginia, Shelby from (what is now Sullivan County) and Sevier's men at Gap Creek, and marched across the Yellow Mountain and passed on through Burke & Rutherford and fell in with Cleveland's Militia and marched under Col. Campbell (who had the head command at Kings Mountain) and there engaged the Army under Col Ferguson drawn up on the top of the Mountain wand killed and captured the whole Army (Ferguson himself having fallen) after which he was marched home and was discharged (verbally) by sd. Capt. Valentine Servier, and was three months on this campaign. That the next year in March, he volunteered under Captain Valentine Sevier to go on the expedition against the Overhill Indians in what is now Haywood, North Carolina, and marched Creek thru the Greasy Cove and acorss the Bald Mountain to the Overhill Towns and there took seven prisoners and with twenty four others were left to take charge of them until the Army marched on further in the Nation and whilst the Army was absent the Indians attacked them but few were repulsed and on the return of the Army marched back to the Settlement where he resided and was verbally discharged, being in service about one month. Which serveral terms of service amounted to on the whole about twenty three months, actual service, exclusive of the time he served in short irregular services, and the terms of time during the War when he employed substitues.
   "That he has lost his discharges and has no documentary evidence and knows of no person by whom he can prove his sd. services except the evidence annexed - That the reason why he has applied to the Court of the County of Washington, isthat he resided in sd county when he performed his services and that the tract of the Territory there in which he now resides (and is Carter County) was partly wilderness and the son of one of the Captains to wit - Charles Robison is residing in sd county of Washington and has heard his father speak of this declarant serving under him and which certificate he wished to procure as also the witness James Sevier, that there is no resident minister of the Gospel in his vicinity of Carter or in this county to his knowledge by whom he can establish the facts requested by the Instructions of the War Department.
   "He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a Pension except the present and declares that his name is not on the roll of the Agency of the Pension List of any state. John Michael Smithpeter. Sworn in open court 7 Sept 1832, Jos. V. Anderson Clerk.
   "Mr. CHARLES ROBISON and JAMES SEVIER of County of Washington, State of Tenn. hereby certify that we are well acquainted with Michael Smithpeter who has sworn to and subscribed the aforesd declaration that we believe him to be seventy nine years of age that he is reputed and believed in the neighborhood in which we reside to have been a Soldier of the Revolution. Charles Roberson also states that he is the son of Capt. Charles Roberson of whom the declarant speaks and he well recollects to have heard his father say that the sd Smithpeter served under him and was a Soldier of the Revolution and this affiant Roberson also states that the boy at the time that he recollects to have seen sd Smithpeter about his father's about the time his father was performing the services stated by said declarant. Charles X Robison, Sworn & subscribed in open Court 13 Sept 1832, Jos. V. Anderson, Clerk."
   "James Sevier, also a citizen of sd county aforesd appeared before me, Levi Barnes, one of the Acting Justice of the Peace for afreds county and made oath that he was well acquainted with the aforesd declarant, Michael Smithpeter before the time of his services in the Kings Mtn. Expedition and believes him to have served in the Army against the Cherokee Indians but has no personal knowledge of any services except those at Kings Mountin in which he knew sd Michael Smithpeter served as stated in the above declaration. James Sevier, sworn and subscribed to day and year above, Levi Barnes, JP."
   "I, Samuel Powell, Judge of the afresd court do hereby certify that the aforesaid Michael Smithpeter appeared in open court and was duly qualified to the foregoing declaration and after proposing to him the interrogations prescribed by the War Department I am satisfied that he did serve as stated by him. I further certify that Charles Robison was sworn in open court and James Sevier whose affidavit is annexed are reputable and their statements entitled to credit, that James V. Anderson whose attestates to the foregoing is acting clerk of said court.
   "Give under my hand this twenty-sixth day of December 1832. S. Powell, Judge, 1st Circuit Court, State of Tennessee, First Circuit, Washington County, State of Tennessee.
   "I James V. Anderson, Clerk of Circuit Court of Law & Equity in sd county and state afresd, do certify that the foregoing contains the original proceedings in the case of the application of Michael Smithpeter for Pension (except the affidavit of James Sevier, annexed). Given under my hand and seal January 17, 1833. James V. Anderson, Clerk."
   During the Revolutionary War JOHN MICHAEL SMITHPETER lived in Virginia, Tennessee, and North Carolina. He served as Private under Captain Valentine Sevier and fought at Kings Mountain. Age 81, 1832 Pension List for Washington County, TN. (See DAR # 106678, # 204285, and #755049.)
   Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension Files
   Page 3236
   Served in the North Carolina Line.
   Widow: Christenia Miller W3730
   BLW #26006-160-55
   John Michael Smithpeter married CHRISTENIA MILLER in winter of 1791-1792. (sic, this is an incorrect date)
   Soldier died 6 April 1836, Johnson County, Tennessee
   28 March 1832 Widow applied for pension and then for BLW 26 March 1855, age 89 years
   Soldier original applied 13 Sept 1832 at Washington County, TN age 79

Father: JOHANN GEORG SCHMIDTPETER b: 28 OCT 1730 in Wöllmetzhofen, Mittlefranken, Bavaria (now Wöllmetzhofen, Ettenstatt, Middle Franconia, Bavaria, Germany) Mother: CATRON (Catherine) SCHMIDTPETER b: ABT 1734 in Ettenstadt, Mittlefranken, Bavaria

Marriage 1 MARY KATHARINE "Molly" KYLE b: 1755 in (Tyrone County, Ireland)

   Married: Washington County, Tennessee ABT JUL 1778 in North Carolina 13 14
   Event: John Michael Smithpeter. & Mary Katherine Kyle Fletcher Johnston married. Fact JUL 1778
   Event: Fact 1795 in Mary still went by name of Mary Johnstone in deeds.
   Event: Fact 21 MAR 1815 in John Michael Smithpeter married Christina Strevelstrut.
   Event: Fact 1823 in Mary Johnson is found in Carter Co. land records until 1823.
   Note:
       Mary Kyle first married Arthur Johnson who was killed in the Battle of Brandywine in 1777. She remarried John Fletcher, then John Michael Smithpeters.
       One source speculates that John Michael Smithpeter and Mary Kyle Fletcher Johnson did not marry; that Mary Kyle Fletcher Johnson/Johnston probably went south to Washington County, NC/TN after the death of John Fletcher, possibly with Arthur Johnson; that John Fletcher and Mary probably lived in Pennsylvania because everyone who fought at the Battle of Brandywine came from PA (unless of course John Fletcher did not die in that battle). Records exists for changing her son George Johnson's name to George Smithpeter with the specification that his parents are Mary Johnson and John Michael Smithpeter. There are some deeds in which Michael Smithpeter conveys land to her children, George and Catrin, when they would have been children. This may be due to the parents being unmarried.

Children

   Has Children George SMITHPETER b: 1786 in Tn
   Has Children CATEREN SMITHPETER b: 1788 in Washington County, Virginia
   Has Children Mary SMITHPETER b: 03 AUG 1790 in NC
   Has Children William SMITHPETER b: BEF 1792 in Johnson, Tennessee, USA
   Has Children John Michael SMITHPETER Jr. b: 1792 in Washington County, Tennessee

Marriage 2 Christena Miller STREVELSTRUT b: 1766 in Carter County, Tennessee, USA

   Married: 21 MAR 1815 in Carter County, Tennessee, USA 15
   Event: Fact 21 MAR 1815 in Marriage performed by Samuel Burns
   Married: in Carter County, Tennessee, USA 14 16 17
   Event: Fact 1823 in Mary Catherine Kyle Fletcher Johnson Smithpeter was known to still be living in Washington Co., TN.

Children

   Has Children Michael SMITHPETER b: 1814 in Carter County, Tennessee, USA
   Has Children John SMITHPETER b: 27 MAR 1816 in Carter County, Tennessee, USA
   Has Children Jacob SMITHPETER b: 1817 in Carter County, Tennessee, USA

Sources:

   Title: DAR 755049 (Myrtle Dorine Davis Saucer)
   Publication: Location: NSDAR Headquarters; Washington, DC;
   Note:
   Source Medium: Official Document
   Text: Service in Revolutionary War:
   SOLDIERS & PATRIOTS OF AMERICAN REVOLUTION, p 368, Society DAR 1974: "Lived in Virginia, Tennessee, and North Carolina during Revolutionary War. Served as Private under Captain Valentine Sevier an d fought at Kings Mountain. Age 81. 1832 Pension List, Washington Co., TN.
   DAR National Numbers 106678 & 104185.
   Military Record: Pension Office, Washington, DC W3730
   BLSW 26006-160-5
   Rev. Army Accounts Vol 1, p 62, copy in 106678
   Title: Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension Files
   Publication: Location: National Archives at San Bruno;
   Note:
   Source Medium: Book
   Page: 3236
   Text: Soldier applied for his pension 24 Sept 1832 at Washington County, TN, aged 79.
   Author: Jeffrey L. Carrier
   Title: Upon A Lonely Hill Cemeteries of Johnson County, TN
   Publication: Location: Washington Co., Library; Abingdon, VA;
   Note:
   Source Medium: Book
   Title: History of Orangeburg County, SC
   Publication: Location: Sutro Library, San Francisco;
   Note:
   Source Medium: Book
   Title: Glass, Lura
   Publication: Location: 10419 W. Desert Forest Circle, Sun City, AZ 85351-1815 (623 977-2439);
   Note:
   Source Medium: Letter
   Title: American Revolutionary War Pension Record
   Publication: Location: National Archives at San Bruno;
   Note:
   Source Medium: Book
   Details: DAR # 106678 and 204285; Pension Office at Washington DC W3730; BLWT 16006-160-5; Revolutionary Army Accounts Volume 1, page 62 copy in 106678.
   Title: The Lutheran Church in North & South Carolina
   Publication: Location: Sutro Library, San Francisco;
   Note:
   Source Medium: Book
   Page: 194-200
   Title: Washington County, TN Court Minutes
   Publication: Location: Washington Co., Court; Abingdon, VA;
   Note:
   Source Medium: Official Document
   Page: Volume 1, Page 400, 2nd Monday August 1789
   Title: Washington Co., TN Tax List 1794
   Publication: Location: McClung Collection, Knoxville, TN;
   Note:
   Source Medium: Microfilm
   Page: Captain Carriger's Company
   Text: John Michael Smithpeters, 745 acres, 1 white poll.
   Title: Carter County, TN Deed Book
   Publication: Location: McClung Collection, Knoxville, TN;
   Note:
   Source Medium: Microfilm
   Page: A:243,244
   Text: 12 Nov 1799. John Ventrees to Michael Smithpeter Jr. for $1500, 200 acres on Roan Creek, granted by NC to John Hosskins, adj said Hoskins & Tate. Jno Casebolt, John Worley, & Wm. Cunningham. Prove d Nov Court 1799.
   Title: Carter County, TN Deed Book
   Publication: Location: McClung Collection, Knoxville, TN;
   Note:
   Source Medium: Microfilm
   Page: Book C, page 20 12 Jan 1813
   Text: Witnessed by S. Powel & James Bradley. Proved May Court 1813.
   Author: Mildred Kozsuch, Editor
   Title: Historical Reminiscences of Carter County, TN
   Publication: Name: The Overmountain Press, Johnson City, TN; c 1985; Location: Tennessee Room,;
   Note:
   Source Medium: Book
   Page: p94
   Title: DAR 722884
   Publication: Location: NSDAR Headquarters, Washington, DC;
   Note:
   Source Medium: Official Document
   Title: Carter County, TN Marriage Records
   Publication: Location: McClung Collection, Knoxville, TN;
   Note:
   Source Medium: Microfilm
   Page: page 111, March 21, 1815; by Samuel Burns
   Title: Carter County, TN Marriage Records
   Publication: Location: McClung Collection, Knoxville, TN;
   Note:
   Source Medium: Microfilm
   Page: March 21, 1815
   Text: Samuel Burns, as Christena Strevelstrut to John Michael Smithpeter
   Title: Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension Files
   Publication: Location: National Archives at San Bruno;
   Note:
   Source Medium: Book
   Page: p3236
   Text: Married Christina Miller in the winter of 1791-2. His widow applied for BLW 26 Mar 1855, age 89 years, at Washington Co., TN 

Source: http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=bhreed&id=I9073 --------------------

JOHN MICHAEL SMITHPETER 1

Sex: M Birth: 1753 in Saxe Gotha, Dutch Fork, (present Lexington), South Carolina 2 Burial: Matherly Cemetery, Hwg 67, 2nd turnoff, Johnson County, Tennessee 1836 3 Reference Number: 9363 Event: Military BET 1776 AND 1778 American Revolution: North Carolina Line #W3730; BLW 26006-160-53 Event: Fact 23 FEB 1761 John George Schmidtpeter murdered. 4 Death: 05 APR 1836 in Johnson County, Tennessee 5 Event: Military JUN 1776 Volunteered under Cpt. James Robertson; marched to the Nolachuckey; help build a fort on Big Limestone. 6 Event: Military ABT DEC 1776 Obtained his discarge at fort at Sycamore Shals from Cpt. Robison after serving 7 months. 6 Event: Military BET 1776 AND 1778 Private under Captain Valentine Sevier & fought at Kings Mountain Event: Military JAN 1777 Volunteered under Cpt. Joseph Martin, Virginia Militia, to fight the Indians and served at the Fort at Rye Cove, VA. Event: Military APR 1777 Discharged by Cpt. Joseph Martin at Rye Cove and returned home. 6 Event: Military APR 1777 Volunteered at Big Creek (Hawkins County) under Cpt. James Robertson to keep the fort on Big Creek and repress Indian invasions. Event: Military SEP 1777 Discharged by Cpt. Robertson and returned home. Event: Military ABT 1778 Fought in the Battle of King's Mountain. Event: Military FEB 1778 Volunteered under Cpt. Charles Roberson around Gap Creek, soucouting and serving three months. Event: Military ABT JUN 1778 Discharged and returned home, married, then was drafted to serve under Ferguson. Event: Military ABT 1779 Volunteered under Cpt. Valentine Sevier to go on the expedition against the Overhill Indians in Haywood, NC. Event: Military 1812 Pensioner, War of 1812; listed age as 81. Event: Military 1832 1832 Pension List, Washington County, TN at age 81 7 Event: Military 18 FEB 1833 Certificate of Pension, Recorded D:9:209, Jonesboro Agency; Washington Co, TN Event: Fact Served in the Virginia line during the Am. Revolution. Event: Resided on Saluda River, Dutch Fork (present Lexington), SC. Fact 1761 Event: Fact 23 FEB 1761 At age eight, his 30 year-old father, Johann Georg Schmidpeter, was murdered near Younginer's Ferry at Dutch Fork by Jacob Weber in South Carolina. 8 Event: Fact BET 1761 AND 1778 Removed to east Tennessee. Event: Fact 1778 As son and heir of John George Smithpeter, he sold his father's 200 acres on the Saluda River in South Carolina to John Clackly. Listed as a Yeoman of Virginia. Event: Fact 1778 At Virginia (probably Washington Co., TN) Event: Fact 04 NOV 1778 Sold his land in SC to John Clackly (Johannes Kleckly). Event: Listed on tax records of Washington Co., NC in area that became Tennesse with 18 horses which suggests he may have been a horse trader. Fact 1779 Event: Fact 07 OCT 1780 Fought at Battle of King's Mountain. Event: Fact AUG 1789 Michael Smithpeter deeded as a gift to his son, George Smithpeter, 374 acres of land; Washington County, TN; acknowledged in Open Court & registered. 9 Event: Fact 1790 Washington Co., TN Tax list, 375 acres, 1 white poll Event: Fact 1792 Washington Co., TN Tax list, 745 acres, 1 white poll Event: Fact 1794 Washington Co., TN Tax list, 745 acres, 1 white poll 10 Event: Fact 12 NOV 1799 John Ventrees to Michael Smithpeter, Jr. for $1500, 20 ac on Roan Cr., Carter Co 11 Event: Fact ABT 1806 Son, George, married a Miss Miller, sister to John Michael's future 2nd wife, Christenia Miller. Event: Fact 23 JAN 1813 Carter Co., TN: Michael Smithpeter Jr. to Michael Smithpeeter Sr. for $500, one of 3 fields & 1/3 orchard. 12 Event: Administrator of the estate of Frederick Strevelstrut Fact 1814 Travvenstatt Event: Fact 28 MAR 1851 His widow, Christena, applied for his pension in Wash. Co, TN; age79. Note:

   JOHN MICHAEL SMITHPETER was the son of JOHANN GEORG SCHMIDTPETER (called JOHN GEORGE SMITHPETER by the English) and his wife, CATERIN, who immigrated from Bavaria through Rotterdam to Charles Town, South Carolina in 1751, settling at the Saxe Gotha (Dutch Fork) settlement along the Saluda and Broad Rivers in present Lexington County. JOHN MICHAEL SMITHPETER was born at the Saxe Gotha settlement in 1753. In 1761 when only a boy of eight years one JACOB WEBER and his followers known as the Weberites, a religious cult of the Gifted Brethren, murdered his father. WEBER claimed that GEORGE SMITHPETER was initially the Christ and then "the Old Serpent" and had to be put to death. CATERIN fled with JOHN MICHAEL and a slave girl and save all their lives. Soon the Militia rounded up WEBER and his followers and hauled down the Wagon Road to Charlestown where seven citizens were tried with four being convicted. Of the four, only JACOB WEBER was hanged.
   JOHN MICHAEL's father, GEORGE, was a known Indian trader who regularly made trips into Cherokee country to ply his trade, in addition to hauling goods for the English army during the Indian Wars. It is believed that John Michael may have accompanied his father on these trips and had become familiar with the Indians.
   In November of 1761 CATERIN SMITHPETER settled her husband's estate and that is the last we know of what happened to JOHN MICHAEL's mother. What we do know is that JOHN GEORGE SMITHPETER owned 200 acres of land that stayed in his family until 1778. What is not known is what became of his mother, Caterin Schmidtpeter/Smithpeter, who was left a widow at the age of twenty-eight with an eight year old son and one slave girl during the time of the Cherokee Wars and the Regulator Movement.
   Sometime between 1761 and 1777 JOHN MICHAEL SMITHPETER removed from the Dutch Fork in South Carolina to the Watauga settlement in Washington County, Tennessee for on on November 6th 1777, the inhabitants of Washington County, Virginia initiated a petition of Inhabitants of Washington complaining of "late Division." in which JOHN MICHAEL SMITHPETER is listed as one of the 429 signers of this Petition.
   (Source: "Two Petitions to Virginia of the North of Holston Men"; Tennessee Ancestors; December 2000; Vol 16, No. 3, page 220.]
   Barbara Chambers of Marysville, Tennessee, corresponded with me by email stating that she believed one of her BOWMAN ancestors had come from South Carolina with JOHN MICHAEL SMITHPETER. Her family lore states that this BOWMAN ancestor was himself a stowaway on the ship, the snow Rowand, from Rotterdam into Charleston, South Carolina in 1752 and that JOHN GEORGE and CATERIN SCHMIDTPETER befriended him along the way and took care of him. Nothing in my research supports this, however it is noteworth that JOHN MICHAEL SMITHPETER's first wife had a daughter named ELIZABETH JOHNSTONE who married secondly a man named JOHN BOWMAN in the Carter County, Tennessee area, lending some credence to some affilitation between the Bowmans and John Michael's mother, MARY KATHERINE KYLE FLETCHER JOHNSTON SMITHPETER.
   John Michael Smithpeter applied for and received a pension for service in the American Revolution. These early records indicate that he lived in the area of East Tennessee which was variously considered a part of Virginia and North Carolina.
   The earliest recorded document for JOHN MICHAEL SMITHPETER in South Carolina was a deed filed in the Orangeburg District in South Carolina on 4 November 1778. The records state that JOHN MICHAEL SMITH PETER, a yeoman from Virginia, deeded a large tract of land once owned by his father, George Smith Peter, to John Clackly. JOHN CLACKLY purchased two separate tracts of land from John Michael Smithpeter. The deed, though difficult to read, indicates that he had left South Carolina and was living in Virginia (probably in the area that became Washington County, Tennessee). It is interesting to note that the land remains in the Kleckley family to this day and that the Kleckley Reunion Grounds may be the very spot where John Michael's father and mother lived before George's horrible death. Historical records indicate that JOHANNES KLECKLEY and JOHN GEORGE SMITHPETER went together on the campaign against the Cherokee tribe to Fort Prince George and served together at the fort above present Columbia. JOHANNES KLECKLEY was a widower with three children. I sense, though I have absolutely not one iota of proof, that Caterin became Johannes Kleckley's second wife.
   JOHN MICHAEL SMITHPETER was among the first land owners and permanent settlers in the Winner and Carter communities of Carter County, Tennessee until 1800. He purchased 374 acres on Stoney Creek in 1782 under North Carolina Land Grant # 93 at fifty shillings per 100 acres. Other settlers included Christopher Peters, James Phillips, Samuel and John Garland, John Fletcher (son of Mary Kyle by her first husband John Fletcher who died in the Battle of Brandywine in the American Revolution), Jacob Bealer, Thomas Miller, Samuel and Robert Musgrove (sons-in-law of Mary Kyle, his first wife), Reuben and David Brooks, William VanHoy, John Robertson, Charles Bassendine, James Stuart, Nicholas Grindstaff Jr., John Aronvine, John Bowman (son-in-law of his first wife, Mary Kyle), Robert Crow, Arthur Johnston (second husband of Mary Kyle), William Blevins, the Williams, Lovelace, Crawley, Smith, Richardson and Stover families. Sinner and Carter are neighboring communities on lower Stoney Creek. The junction of Little Stoney Creek with Stoney Creeks is generally considered the boundary between Stoney Creek and Watauga Valley communities. Stoney Creek was settled early. James Robertson, John Sevier, and Col. John Carter obtained land titles from Charles Robertson, trustee for the Watauga Association in 1775.
   Several old forts were located around Elizabethton, along the Watauga and Gap Creek, in deference to Indian raids. Watauga Fort was built on land owned by John S. Thomas, about a half mile northeast of the mouth of Gap Creek. In 1776 this Fort was attacked by many Cherokee. About 150 residents lived in the settlement at that time. The Attack was overcome by Col. Charles Robertson and John Sevier and their men. The Indians besieged the fort for six days when reinforcements appeared and the Indians fled. A second fort was built higher on the Watauga on land owned by Valentine Sevier, Sr. and later owned by Solomon and Abraham Hart. A third fort was located near Hampton Station on the cove of the Doe River.
   On 23 October 1782 MICHAEL SMITHPETER received North Carolina Grant # 93 for 374 acres located on both sides of Stoney Creek for a consideration of 50 shillings per 100 acres that were adjacent JOHN ROBERTSON. The grant was signed by Alex Martin and J. Glasgow. (Source: Old Book A into Washington Co., TN Deed Book 1, p 9-10.)
   On 4 November 1782 an entry appears in the Washington County, North Carolina Court Records, Volume 2, on page 181as follows: "MICHAEL SMITHPETER, Prin'l in the sum of 50 pounds Specie; ELIJAH ROBERTSON & WILLIAM DAVIS Securities in the sum of 25 pounds each on conditions the prin'l appear from day to day During this Court & Not depart ordered. MARY JOHNSTONE, Prin'l in the sum of 50 pounds Specie; Security in sum of 25 pounds specie on Condition the prin'l appear from day during this Court & not depart without leave ordered.
   "The State vs M. J. PETER & MARY JOHNSON -- Indictment Petit Larceny: On being arraigned say they are not guilty. Robert Lusk, William Storey, Thomas Gillesby, Hugh Stephenson, Isaiah Hamilton, John Reding, Joseph Bullard, Joseph Durham, Robert McCombs, Andrew James Hill and Alexander Willson - Jurymen.
   On page 184 appears the following entry in this matter:
   "Wednesday morning met according to adjournment. MARY JOHNSON who was found guilty in the Indictment with JOHN MICHAEL SMITHPETER confesses that she was with the said MICHAEL S.PETERS Guilty of the charge & Begs Mercy, vis. The court order the said MARY JOHNSON to be commited to gaol for the time of 15 minutes." (No mention is made to the punishment of John Michael Smithpeter.)
   (Source: Washington County Tennessee Court Records, Vol. 1, pages 181, 182, 184.)
   On the 2nd Monday of August 1789 at Washington County, Tennessee on the sanction of JOHN MICHAEL SMITHPETER and MARY JOHNSTONE, the court ordered that GEORGE, the son of said MARY and JOHN MICHAEL SMITH PETER his reputed father, "be from this time known and called by the name of GEORGE SMITH PETER." (Washington Co., TN Court Records, Vol. 1, page 400, 2nd Monday of August 1789)
   Also on the 2nd Monday of August 1789 a Deed of Gift was recorded in the Washington County Court Records on page 400 in which JOHN MICHAEL SMITHPETER deeded to his son, GEORGE SMITH PETER, 347 acres of land. This gift of deed was acknowledged in open court and admitted to record and ordered to be registered. (Washington Co., TN Court Records, Vol 1, page 400, 2nd Monday of August 1789.)
   1790 Washington County List of Taxables in Washington County, Tennessee.
   The original document can be found in a large binder in the Washington County, Tennessee Courthouse basement. This is a Tax Roll for what later became CarterCounty, TN in June 1796; then in 1836 the northeastern part of Carter County became Johnson County, TN. John Michael Smithpeter is listed as an inhabitant within the district of Captain Greer's Company. He owned 375 acres of land and had one free pole. Living near him in the same district were Valentine Sevier, SR., Joseph Greer, Andrew Greer Sr., Abraham Sevier, Joseph Sevier, Samuel Tipton, Godfrey Carriger Sr. (a landholder of 2,167 acres), Isaac Lincoln, John Lacy, William Murray, and Elisha Humphrey, and others.
   9 April 1791 Washington County, TN Deed Book, p 233.
   MICHAEL SMITHPETER witnessed a deed. JOHN & RUTH HOSKINS deeded to CATRON SMITH PETTER, 250 acres on the south side of Roans Creek for 200 pounds current money as consideration. Witnessed by WILLIAM & SARAH MOURLAND. This property is shown as being recorded in the Carter County, Tennessee land records in Deed Book, pages 199-200, as JOHN & RUTH HAUSKINS to CATHARINE SMITHPETER . This is the first record for Catherine Smithpeter in Washington or Carter Counties in Tennessee.
   Deed 200 Acres
   JOHN HAUSKINS and wife to CATERIN SMITHPETER
   "These Indentures made this 9th day of April 1791 between John Hauskins and Ruth his wife of Washington County and State of North Carolina as of the one part and Catharine Smithpeter of the Same State and County of the other part, witnesseth that the said John Hauskins and Ruth his wife, for and in consideration of the Sum of two hundred pounds currant money of the Said State to them in hand paid before the Sealing and delivering of these presents the receipt whereof the Said John Hauskins and Ruth his wife, hereby acknowledge, hath granted, bargained, Sold, allienece. En propere released, confirmed and by these presents have hereby grant bargain, sell, alein. Entry of Rellease and confirm with the said CATHERINE SMITHPETER, her heirs, Executors, administrators, assigns all that tract or parcel of land lying by ... and being in the county of Washington aforesaid containing two hundred and fifty acres on the South Side of Roans Creek, Beginning at William Runals line on the banks of the said creek, running into the said creek and ___ all that part or tract of land that the original calls for as for up the said creek as John Ventrees line and the preservation and reservations Remainder and Remembers____ thereof and all the estate, right, title, Interest, property, claim and demand whatever of interest said John Hauskins and Ruth his wife and his heirs, Executors, Administrators, and assigns forever of in and to the said tract or parcel of land and every part and parcel there of to have and to hold the Said said tract or parcel of land and premises unto the Said Catharine Smithpeter, her hiers and assigns forever the said John Hoskins and Ruth his wife for himself, his heirs, Executors, Administrators and assigns doth covenant & grant to and with the said Catherine Smithpeter, her heirs and assigns forever and will and forever defend the said boundary of land and from all persons whatsover from laying any right or title therein to. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this day and year first above written."
   Signed, Sealed and Delivered
   In the Presence of
   William Mooreland John (X) Hauskins (Seal)
   Sarah (X) Moreland Ruth (X) Hauskins (Seal)
   Michael Smithpeter
   1792 Washington County List of Taxables in Washington County, Tennessee.
   The original document can be found in a large binder in the Washington Co., TN Courthouse basement. This is a tax roll for what would become Carter Co., TN in June 1796. In 1836 the northeastern part of Carter Co. became Johnson Co., TN. John Michael S. Peters is listed as residing in Captain Carriger's Company. He had 745 acres land at this time and one white poll. He lived near John Nowlan, Peter Hedrick, Godfrey Carriger SR. (2,912 acres), Col. Landon Carater (3,340 acres), John Arnold, Thomas Milsaps, Richard Kite, Pharoah Cobb (1000 acres), Filemon Lacy, Thomas Tipton, John Gillam and others.
   1794 Washington County, TN List of Taxables
   (The original document is in a large binder in the Washington Co., TN Courthouse basement. This part of Washington County became Carter County in June 1796.) JOHN MICHAEL SMITHPETERS resided in Captain Carriger's Company for the year 1794, having 745 acres and one white poll. Other large landholders in the area at that time were Pharoah Cobb (1000 acres), Godfrey Carriger (2324 acres), Isaac Lincoln (670 acres), Samuel Tipton (890 Acres), Robert Musgrove (640 acres), Landon Carter (2240 acres), and Andrew Greer (1700 acres).
   On July 27 August 1795, North Carolina State Grant # 1166 to Landon Carter @ 50 shillings the 100 acres of 674 acres on Stoney Creek was registered in the Carter County, TN Deed Book A:218 indicating that the land was situated adjacent said Carter, Godfrey Carriger's Blue Spring survey, and Molly Johnston's property. The deed was registered on 17 October 1799. On the same day that this deed was registered as a NC Grant # 1210 for Landon Carter for an additional 100 acres on Stoney Creek and the Watauga River. The property was adjacent to John Michael Smithpeter and Godfrey Carriger; date of the grant was 20 July 1796. This indicates that John Michael Smithpeter and Mary Johnston owned property in very close proximity to one another in Carter County on Stoney Creek.
   On the second Monday of February 1802 at the County Court in Carter County the Court "Ordered by the Court that Michael SmithPeter be appointed Overseer of the Publick road in the room of Peter Bullinger and that the following persons be his hands to wit: Amos Gibson, John Walters, Robert Walters, Charles Moreland, Jacob Justice, Jams Gwinn, Thomas Jones, Samuel Wilsoon, Lewis Leiws, Joyn Loyd, and Jacob Vintrees" (Carter Co.TN Court Minutes Feb 1804-6, LDS Microfil #0847613).
   On the second Monday in May at a Session of the Carter County Pleas & Quarter Court at Elizabethon,
   A Warrant was returned in the following word to wit, State of Tennessee, This is to Command you to summons Thomas Jones to appear before me or some other Justice for said County to answer MICHAEL SMITHPETER in a pleas of a note of hand of Sixteen dollars and two thirds of a dollar and the Lawful Interest from the date of said note and this shall be your warrant for the same. Given under my hand and Seal this 28th day of jApril 1804 to a lawful officer of said Court to Execute and return Summons for the Plaintiff. Hugh White, Test. John Walters. Which warrant Michael Grindstaff, Constable returned endoresed thereon executed this 28 of April 1804 .
   MICHAEL SMITHPETER vs THOMAS JONES: The parties appeared and the subscribbing witness not brought forward the suit is dismissed on the plaintiffs costs and the Court is paid, given under my hand this 28 day of April 1804. Julius Dugger, JP. From which judgment the plaintiff appeals to Court and gives DANIEL BRADLEY for Security. Test. Julius Dugger, JP; MICHAEL SMITHPETERS, DANIEL BRADLEY. And afterwards to wit, During the said Session of the said Court Continued and held the same day and year aforesaid, here comith the said Michael Smithpeters by his attorney John Kennedy Esquire and the said Thomas Jones by his atty. John Rhea Esq whereupon came a Jury and the Jury of that Jury to wit, Samuel Tipton, Samuel Lusk, Aabraham Nave, John Phillips, Adam Hyder, Nathan Peoples, Samuel Peoples, Isaac Tipton, Abraham Drake, James Peoples, Joseph Hyder and William Hardin empaneled and sworn upon their oaths say they do find for the plaintif and assess his damage to Sixteen dollars Sixty six cents and two thirds of a Cent, therefore it is considered by the Court that the said Michael Smithpeter do recover over & against said Thomas Jones his damages aforesaid in manner aforesaid and for aforesaid by the Jury and also the further sum of seven dollars Sixty two cents for his costs and charges put to and about this suit in this behalf adjudged to the said Michael Smithpeter by the Court now here which said Damages and Costs amount in the whole to twenty four Dollars and twenty eight cents and two thirds of a cent and that the aforesaid Thomas Jones be in mercy." (Carter County Court Minutes, Feb. 1804-6, pages 55-56, LDS Microfilm 0847613).
   May Sessions 1804, Carter County Court "Ordered by the Court that Thomas Jones be appointed overseer of the publich road in the room of MICHAEL SMITHPETER and that the folowing persons be his hands to wit, Amos Gibson, John Walters, Charles Moreland, Jacob Justice, James Givin, Samuel Wilson, Lewis Lewis, JOHN LOYED, Jacob Vintrees and those that live on the lands of Coffee Bullinger, Whites, Saml. Wilson, Wm. Moreland,, Charles Mooreland, & George Walters lands." (Carter Co., TN Court Minutes 1804-6, page 57)
   On 7 August 1812 RUBEN BROOKS (husband of Mary Smithpeter and son-in-law of John Michael Smithpeter) sold 100 acres on Stoney Creek to JOHN NAVE for $100 current money. The land had been originally granted through North Carolina Grant #39 to MICHAEL SMITHPETER, Sr. on 23 October 1782, who then conveyed the land to his son, GEORGE SMITHPETER. This land was then sold by the sheriff to Reuben Brooks in 1811. Rowland Jenkins and William Jones witnessed the deed which was proven at the November Court 1812. (Carter County, TN Deed Book B:423-424).
   On 12 January 1813 an Agreement was recorded at Carter County in which MICHAEL SMITHPETER JR granted to his father, MICHAEL SMITHPEETER SR, the privilege to cultivate either of three fields for his lifetime. John Michael Smithpeter is to make rails and keep up the fences, tend the orchards, each being under a $500 forfeiture in case of default. Witnesses S. Powell & JAMES BRADLEY, his son-in-law, and proven at May Court, 1813. (Carter Co., TN Deed Book C:20). The agreement was recorded again in Deed Book C:521 and proven at the August Court 1820, again witnessed by J. Hampton and James Bradley.
   At Carter County on 13 March 1815, land originally granted to Michael Smithpeter was sold by Godfrey Carriger to Nicholas Carriger 78 acres of the 450 acre grant. The deed was registered on February 24, 1816. (Carter County, TN Deed Book C:49)
   On 21 March 1815 at Carter Co., TN, JOHN MICHAEL SMITHPETER married secondly Christena Miller Strevelstrut, a widow whose husband's estate he was administering.
   At Carter County Court in 1819 in State of Tennessee vs Michael Smithpeter, he was charged, plea guilty, therefore "it is considered by the Court that the said Michael be fined six and one fourth cents." (Carter Co., TN Court Minutes, 1819, p 123, LDS Microfilm 00847613).
   A deed was witnessed by Michael Smithpeter on 20 Sept 1825 as recorded in the Carter County, TN Deed Book between Vaught Heaton & Jacob Curtner, Administrators of John Heaton Estate of the one part and Joseph Robinson for $250, paid to the said John Heaton dec'd by Joseph Robinson, assignee of John Teague, assignee of Daniel Shell, 10 acres & 5 poles on the Little Doe, adj Heatons, dec'd.
   Pension Record of John Michael Smithpeter
   September Term 1832
   State of Tennessee
   Washington County Court
   "On the 13th day of September 1832 personally appeared in open court before the Honorable Samuel Powell, Judge of the Court of Law & Equity, for the county of Washington and State of Tennessee - John Michael Smithpeter, a citizen resident of no (Carter, then Washington County, Tennessee) then North Carolina, aged seventy-nine, who being first duly sworn according to law, doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress passed the 7th of June 1832. That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers and served as herein stated to wit - That at that time being a resident citizen of the county of Washington, then North Carolina, and on the border of the Cherokee Nation of Indians (and that tribe in part) in league with the British, he volunteered under CAPT. JAMES ROBERTSON then of the same county to defend the frontier and marched on the first of June 1776 to the Nolachuckey and there was engaged and persecuted to some extent, the building of a fort on Big Limestone, when the Indian Traders came in and informed them that the Indians had embodied and were marching upon the Settlements, and the men under said Robertson, retreated into the Settlements on Watauga, and there fortified at or above the Sycamore Shoals (where the Indians came and made an attack upon the fott) and upon the reinforcement of men from Virginia marched on to the frontier under Shelby & Campbell (if he is not mistaken in the lapse of time) when the Indians beat back to the heart of the Nation and the Army marched as declarant says and entered the Hiwassee country and drove the Indians and burned their towns. That he obtained his discharge at said Fort from Capt. Robison after serving seven months.
   "After which on the first of the ensuing January he again volunteered in the same country under CAPTAIN JOSEPH MARTIN , then of the Virginia Militia to go on a tour of duty against the same Indians (the line of Virginia being at that time the Holston River near where this declarant resided) and under said Capt. Martin, he was marched to the Rie Cove on Clinch River and there fort to defend the (now Scott County, Virginia) and built a Fort called Rie Cove Station, and remained there for the term of three months and was discharged by his CAPT. MARTIN and returned home.
   "Again the the following April 1777, he volunteered at Big Creek (what is now Hawkins County) under CAPTAIN JAMES ROBERTSON (under whom he first served) to keep the fort on Big Creek, and scout the country and repress the Indian Invasions and there kept in service under Roberson. (Thre being no other Company there) for the summer and until the month of September when he returned home, having been discharged by Roberson.
   "That in 1778 he again in the month of February or March, he volunteered under CAPT. CHARLRES ROBERSON to perform a tour of duty at the time that the Indians were in detached parties coming thru the Creasy Cove and Gap Creek and was under sd Roberson stationed in the Fort at Gap Creek where he ranged and kept fort and scouted during the term of sd service and served three months and was verbally discharged by sd Capt. Roberson. That he returned home and married and remained home until the news of the approach of GENERAL FERGUSON and his army when all the Militia was called upon and he was drafted to go on sd expedition to intercept sd Ferguson and was enrolled under Capt Valentine Sevier and was in the comand of COLONEL JOHN SEVIER and joined the army under Col Campbell from Virginia, Shelby from (what is now Sullivan County) and Sevier's men at Gap Creek, and marched across the Yellow Mountain and passed on through Burke & Rutherford and fell in with Cleveland's Militia and marched under Col. Campbell (who had the head command at Kings Mountain) and there engaged the Army under Col Ferguson drawn up on the top of the Mountain wand killed and captured the whole Army (Ferguson himself having fallen) after which he was marched home and was discharged (verbally) by sd. Capt. Valentine Servier, and was three months on this campaign. That the next year in March, he volunteered under Captain Valentine Sevier to go on the expedition against the Overhill Indians in what is now Haywood, North Carolina, and marched Creek thru the Greasy Cove and acorss the Bald Mountain to the Overhill Towns and there took seven prisoners and with twenty four others were left to take charge of them until the Army marched on further in the Nation and whilst the Army was absent the Indians attacked them but few were repulsed and on the return of the Army marched back to the Settlement where he resided and was verbally discharged, being in service about one month. Which serveral terms of service amounted to on the whole about twenty three months, actual service, exclusive of the time he served in short irregular services, and the terms of time during the War when he employed substitues.
   "That he has lost his discharges and has no documentary evidence and knows of no person by whom he can prove his sd. services except the evidence annexed - That the reason why he has applied to the Court of the County of Washington, isthat he resided in sd county when he performed his services and that the tract of the Territory there in which he now resides (and is Carter County) was partly wilderness and the son of one of the Captains to wit - Charles Robison is residing in sd county of Washington and has heard his father speak of this declarant serving under him and which certificate he wished to procure as also the witness James Sevier, that there is no resident minister of the Gospel in his vicinity of Carter or in this county to his knowledge by whom he can establish the facts requested by the Instructions of the War Department.
   "He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a Pension except the present and declares that his name is not on the roll of the Agency of the Pension List of any state. John Michael Smithpeter. Sworn in open court 7 Sept 1832, Jos. V. Anderson Clerk.
   "Mr. CHARLES ROBISON and JAMES SEVIER of County of Washington, State of Tenn. hereby certify that we are well acquainted with Michael Smithpeter who has sworn to and subscribed the aforesd declaration that we believe him to be seventy nine years of age that he is reputed and believed in the neighborhood in which we reside to have been a Soldier of the Revolution. Charles Roberson also states that he is the son of Capt. Charles Roberson of whom the declarant speaks and he well recollects to have heard his father say that the sd Smithpeter served under him and was a Soldier of the Revolution and this affiant Roberson also states that the boy at the time that he recollects to have seen sd Smithpeter about his father's about the time his father was performing the services stated by said declarant. Charles X Robison, Sworn & subscribed in open Court 13 Sept 1832, Jos. V. Anderson, Clerk."
   "James Sevier, also a citizen of sd county aforesd appeared before me, Levi Barnes, one of the Acting Justice of the Peace for afreds county and made oath that he was well acquainted with the aforesd declarant, Michael Smithpeter before the time of his services in the Kings Mtn. Expedition and believes him to have served in the Army against the Cherokee Indians but has no personal knowledge of any services except those at Kings Mountin in which he knew sd Michael Smithpeter served as stated in the above declaration. James Sevier, sworn and subscribed to day and year above, Levi Barnes, JP."
   "I, Samuel Powell, Judge of the afresd court do hereby certify that the aforesaid Michael Smithpeter appeared in open court and was duly qualified to the foregoing declaration and after proposing to him the interrogations prescribed by the War Department I am satisfied that he did serve as stated by him. I further certify that Charles Robison was sworn in open court and James Sevier whose affidavit is annexed are reputable and their statements entitled to credit, that James V. Anderson whose attestates to the foregoing is acting clerk of said court.
   "Give under my hand this twenty-sixth day of December 1832. S. Powell, Judge, 1st Circuit Court, State of Tennessee, First Circuit, Washington County, State of Tennessee.
   "I James V. Anderson, Clerk of Circuit Court of Law & Equity in sd county and state afresd, do certify that the foregoing contains the original proceedings in the case of the application of Michael Smithpeter for Pension (except the affidavit of James Sevier, annexed). Given under my hand and seal January 17, 1833. James V. Anderson, Clerk."
   During the Revolutionary War JOHN MICHAEL SMITHPETER lived in Virginia, Tennessee, and North Carolina. He served as Private under Captain Valentine Sevier and fought at Kings Mountain. Age 81, 1832 Pension List for Washington County, TN. (See DAR # 106678, # 204285, and #755049.)
   Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension Files
   Page 3236
   Served in the North Carolina Line.
   Widow: Christenia Miller W3730
   BLW #26006-160-55
   John Michael Smithpeter married CHRISTENIA MILLER in winter of 1791-1792. (sic, this is an incorrect date)
   Soldier died 6 April 1836, Johnson County, Tennessee
   28 March 1832 Widow applied for pension and then for BLW 26 March 1855, age 89 years
   Soldier original applied 13 Sept 1832 at Washington County, TN age 79

Father: JOHANN GEORG SCHMIDTPETER b: 28 OCT 1730 in Wöllmetzhofen, Mittlefranken, Bavaria (now Wöllmetzhofen, Ettenstatt, Middle Franconia, Bavaria, Germany) Mother: CATRON (Catherine) SCHMIDTPETER b: ABT 1734 in Ettenstadt, Mittlefranken, Bavaria

Marriage 1 MARY KATHARINE "Molly" KYLE b: 1755 in (Tyrone County, Ireland)

   Married: Washington County, Tennessee ABT JUL 1778 in North Carolina 13 14
   Event: John Michael Smithpeter. & Mary Katherine Kyle Fletcher Johnston married. Fact JUL 1778
   Event: Fact 1795 in Mary still went by name of Mary Johnstone in deeds.
   Event: Fact 21 MAR 1815 in John Michael Smithpeter married Christina Strevelstrut.
   Event: Fact 1823 in Mary Johnson is found in Carter Co. land records until 1823.
   Note:
       Mary Kyle first married Arthur Johnson who was killed in the Battle of Brandywine in 1777. She remarried John Fletcher, then John Michael Smithpeters.
       One source speculates that John Michael Smithpeter and Mary Kyle Fletcher Johnson did not marry; that Mary Kyle Fletcher Johnson/Johnston probably went south to Washington County, NC/TN after the death of John Fletcher, possibly with Arthur Johnson; that John Fletcher and Mary probably lived in Pennsylvania because everyone who fought at the Battle of Brandywine came from PA (unless of course John Fletcher did not die in that battle). Records exists for changing her son George Johnson's name to George Smithpeter with the specification that his parents are Mary Johnson and John Michael Smithpeter. There are some deeds in which Michael Smithpeter conveys land to her children, George and Catrin, when they would have been children. This may be due to the parents being unmarried.

Children

   Has Children George SMITHPETER b: 1786 in Tn
   Has Children CATEREN SMITHPETER b: 1788 in Washington County, Virginia
   Has Children Mary SMITHPETER b: 03 AUG 1790 in NC
   Has Children William SMITHPETER b: BEF 1792 in Johnson, Tennessee, USA
   Has Children John Michael SMITHPETER Jr. b: 1792 in Washington County, Tennessee

Marriage 2 Christena Miller STREVELSTRUT b: 1766 in Carter County, Tennessee, USA

   Married: 21 MAR 1815 in Carter County, Tennessee, USA 15
   Event: Fact 21 MAR 1815 in Marriage performed by Samuel Burns
   Married: in Carter County, Tennessee, USA 14 16 17
   Event: Fact 1823 in Mary Catherine Kyle Fletcher Johnson Smithpeter was known to still be living in Washington Co., TN.

Children

   Has Children Michael SMITHPETER b: 1814 in Carter County, Tennessee, USA
   Has Children John SMITHPETER b: 27 MAR 1816 in Carter County, Tennessee, USA
   Has Children Jacob SMITHPETER b: 1817 in Carter County, Tennessee, USA

Sources:

   Title: DAR 755049 (Myrtle Dorine Davis Saucer)
   Publication: Location: NSDAR Headquarters; Washington, DC;
   Note:
   Source Medium: Official Document
   Text: Service in Revolutionary War:
   SOLDIERS & PATRIOTS OF AMERICAN REVOLUTION, p 368, Society DAR 1974: "Lived in Virginia, Tennessee, and North Carolina during Revolutionary War. Served as Private under Captain Valentine Sevier an d fought at Kings Mountain. Age 81. 1832 Pension List, Washington Co., TN.
   DAR National Numbers 106678 & 104185.
   Military Record: Pension Office, Washington, DC W3730
   BLSW 26006-160-5
   Rev. Army Accounts Vol 1, p 62, copy in 106678
   Title: Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension Files
   Publication: Location: National Archives at San Bruno;
   Note:
   Source Medium: Book
   Page: 3236
   Text: Soldier applied for his pension 24 Sept 1832 at Washington County, TN, aged 79.
   Author: Jeffrey L. Carrier
   Title: Upon A Lonely Hill Cemeteries of Johnson County, TN
   Publication: Location: Washington Co., Library; Abingdon, VA;
   Note:
   Source Medium: Book
   Title: History of Orangeburg County, SC
   Publication: Location: Sutro Library, San Francisco;
   Note:
   Source Medium: Book
   Title: Glass, Lura
   Publication: Location: 10419 W. Desert Forest Circle, Sun City, AZ 85351-1815 (623 977-2439);
   Note:
   Source Medium: Letter
   Title: American Revolutionary War Pension Record
   Publication: Location: National Archives at San Bruno;
   Note:
   Source Medium: Book
   Details: DAR # 106678 and 204285; Pension Office at Washington DC W3730; BLWT 16006-160-5; Revolutionary Army Accounts Volume 1, page 62 copy in 106678.
   Title: The Lutheran Church in North & South Carolina
   Publication: Location: Sutro Library, San Francisco;
   Note:
   Source Medium: Book
   Page: 194-200
   Title: Washington County, TN Court Minutes
   Publication: Location: Washington Co., Court; Abingdon, VA;
   Note:
   Source Medium: Official Document
   Page: Volume 1, Page 400, 2nd Monday August 1789
   Title: Washington Co., TN Tax List 1794
   Publication: Location: McClung Collection, Knoxville, TN;
   Note:
   Source Medium: Microfilm
   Page: Captain Carriger's Company
   Text: John Michael Smithpeters, 745 acres, 1 white poll.
   Title: Carter County, TN Deed Book
   Publication: Location: McClung Collection, Knoxville, TN;
   Note:
   Source Medium: Microfilm
   Page: A:243,244
   Text: 12 Nov 1799. John Ventrees to Michael Smithpeter Jr. for $1500, 200 acres on Roan Creek, granted by NC to John Hosskins, adj said Hoskins & Tate. Jno Casebolt, John Worley, & Wm. Cunningham. Prove d Nov Court 1799.
   Title: Carter County, TN Deed Book
   Publication: Location: McClung Collection, Knoxville, TN;
   Note:
   Source Medium: Microfilm
   Page: Book C, page 20 12 Jan 1813
   Text: Witnessed by S. Powel & James Bradley. Proved May Court 1813.
   Author: Mildred Kozsuch, Editor
   Title: Historical Reminiscences of Carter County, TN
   Publication: Name: The Overmountain Press, Johnson City, TN; c 1985; Location: Tennessee Room,;
   Note:
   Source Medium: Book
   Page: p94
   Title: DAR 722884
   Publication: Location: NSDAR Headquarters, Washington, DC;
   Note:
   Source Medium: Official Document
   Title: Carter County, TN Marriage Records
   Publication: Location: McClung Collection, Knoxville, TN;
   Note:
   Source Medium: Microfilm
   Page: page 111, March 21, 1815; by Samuel Burns
   Title: Carter County, TN Marriage Records
   Publication: Location: McClung Collection, Knoxville, TN;
   Note:
   Source Medium: Microfilm
   Page: March 21, 1815
   Text: Samuel Burns, as Christena Strevelstrut to John Michael Smithpeter
   Title: Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension Files
   Publication: Location: National Archives at San Bruno;
   Note:
   Source Medium: Book
   Page: p3236
   Text: Married Christina Miller in the winter of 1791-2. His widow applied for BLW 26 Mar 1855, age 89 years, at Washington Co., TN 

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John Michael Smithpeter, Sr.'s Timeline

1753
1753
Saxe Gotha, Dutch Fork (present Lexington), South Carolina
1786
1786
Age 33
Tennessee
1788
1788
Age 35
Washington County, Virginia
1788
Age 35
1790
August 3, 1790
Age 37
Washington Co.,Tn
1792
1792
Age 39
Johnson County, Tennessee
1792
Age 39
Washington County, Tennessee
1814
1814
Age 61
Carter Co., Tennessee
1815
March 21, 1815
Age 62
Carter County, Tennessee
1816
March 27, 1816
Age 63
Carter Co., Tennessee