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Christopher Smith, Il

Also Known As: "Kitt"
Birthdate: (87)
Birthplace: Stronirakes, Burnley Parish, Lancashire, England
Death: circa 1718 (82-90)
Hanover County, Province of Virginia
Immediate Family:

Son of Christopher Smith and Elizabeth Smith
Husband of Lydia Smith
Brother of John Smith; Col. Lawrence Smith; Richard Smith; Thomas Smith; William Smith and 6 others

Occupation: teacher of Indian Children at the College of William and Mary, clerk of Jamestown church
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About Christopher Smith, of Stonirakes & Hanover

Christopher Smith

  • Born: 29 Jan 1631 at Burnley Parish, Lancashire, England
  • Died: 1718 at Hanover Co., VA
  • Parents: Christopher Smith, Elizabeth Townely


  1. Elizabeth at Burnley Parish, Lancashire, England
  2. Lydia (widow) Broadribb

Christopher Jr. was a teacher of Indian Children at the College of William and Mary in 1706, and a Clerk of Jamestown Church.



Christopher SMITH I was born 29 JAN 1629/30 in Stonirakes, Burnley Parish, Lancashire, England, and died 1716 in Hanover Co., VA. He married Elizabeth (Unknown) SMITH. She died 1703 in Burnley Parish, lancashire, England. He married Mary FAIRBANKS (SIC: error). He married Lydia BROADRIBB 7 JUN 1703 in Virginia.


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  • Name: Christopher SMITH I 1 2
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 29 JAN 1629/30 in Stonirakes, Burnley Parish, lancashire, England 3
  • Death: 1716 in Hanover Co., VA 1 4

Listed in the1660 poll tax of Stonirakes, England, with his wife, Elizabeth, two sons, Richard and Thomas, and a servant, Isabell Hargreaves. He was still in England when his mother's will was written in 1675 and probated in 1679. When he came to Virginia is unknown, but it was before 1706. Elizabeth was the mother of all Christopher's children. He was old when he married Lydia Broadribb.

Christopher Smith was Clerk of Jamestown Church and teacher of the Indian Children at the College of William and Mary in 1706. William and Mary Quarterly, volume 14, page 37.

June 6, 1708, Indenture between Major George Marable, Mr. Benjamin, Mr. Christopher Smith and Lydia [Broadribb Smith], his wife, Trustees of William Broadribb, Gentleman, late of James City, deceased, of the one part and Joseph Chemerson of the county aforesaid of the other part--Whereas William Broadribb by his last will and testament May 3, 1703--Christopher Smith and Lyddie his wife, then wife of ye said testator, sold unto the said Joseph Chemerson the said land being formerly granted by patent June 5, 1654--24 acres to Anthony Coleman, assigned to John Fitchet and by him assigned to John Phipps and William Harris and by said Phipps assigned his right and share to ye said Major Morrison. Wit: W. Lightfoot, Wm. Trayser, George Marable, Benjamin Eggleston, Christopher Smith, Lydia Smith. James City, VA, Court June 6, 1709, to be recorded. Ambler Manuscript # 78--Library of Congress--Virginia.

October 27, 1712, Petition of Christopher Smith in behalf of himself and eleven men more for ranging. November 1, 1712, Petition of Christopher Smith, Lieutenant of Rangers in King William County, for the value of a horse lost in the County's services. William and Mary Quarterly, v. 21, page. 249.

May 6, 1716, On the petition of Christopher Smith, Master to the Indian Children Ord. that, on consideration that there are but few of them now at school, he be allowed 25 pounds per annum, that he have pasturage for his horse, firewood for his chamber and the liberty of teaching such English children as shall be put to him and that a partition be erected at the charge of the College to separate the said English children from the Indians. Masters and Visitors of the College of William and Mary. William and Mary Quarterly, v. 7, page. 235.

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Sectioned off, Oct 2015

Stoney Raikes, a farm hamlet in Briercliffe:  Stoney Raikes Farm was reportedly in existence in at least 1604. It means stony land near a narrow hill path.  Stoney Raikes is an area still with existing properties, through Briercliffe, down the hill and on to the first 'old road ' to left, the road leads through to Catlow Bottoms.  Briercliffe is 3 miles to the north east of Burnley.  The area is in very popular walking country with the Pennine Way, which originally was intended to pass through Briercliffe, only a short distance away in West Yorkshire.   The Burnley Way, the Bronte Way and the Shuttle Way all have routes through the parish and the Briercliffe Society has established a popular short walk in the west of Briercliffe. Until recently Briercliffe’s main claim to historic fame has been the concentration of prehistoric remains which can be found on the higher land in the east of the parish. These were excavated in the nineteenth century and some of the finds can be seen at Towneley Hall in Burnley. 

Hanover County was created on November 26, 1720, from the area of New Kent County called St. Paul's Parish. It was named for the Electorate of Hanover in Germany , because King George I of Great Britain was Elector of Hanover at the time..

Hanover County was the birthplace and home of noted American statesman Patrick Henry and is the home of the Hanover Courthouse, which was the site of the Parson's Cause case in the Virginia Colony, in which attorney Henry argued against taxes levied on preachers by the King. The historic Hanover Courthouse is pictured in the county seal. Hanover County was also the birthplace of politician Henry Clay, author of the Missouri Compromise..

 Hanover County at its closest point is only 5 miles (8.0 km) from the current city limits of Richmond.

The Brafferton 

The College of William and Mary raised the Brafferton in 1723 a few yards east of the Wren Building to house its Indian school. The simple brick five-bay Georgian house is the most substantially original colonial edifice on campus. 

2. INDIAN SCHOOL AT THE COLLEGE OF WILLIAM AND MARY: Using funds from the estate of Sir Robert Boyle, the College of William and Mary established a school to educate young Indian men in 1697, just four years after the College’s founding. To encourage enrollment, in 1711 Lt. Governor Alexander Spotswood began remitting tributes for area tribes who sent students. Students from tribes outside Virginia also enrolled. 

3. The Brafferton was constructed in 1723 to house the school which provided instruction in reading and writing English, arithmetic and religion. The American Revolution caused British financial support to cease in 1776, and soon the school closed.

William and Mary's 1693 charter committed it to train young Native Americans as Christian clergymen and missionaries to their people. Investment income from the estate of English natural philosopher Robert Boyle (the Yorkshire manor of Brafferton) was earmarked for an endowment in 1697. The Indian school's first students were six boys purchased from Native Americans who had captured them from enemy tribes. By 1712, the Indian school's master had charge of 20 scholars, but there were none by 1721. Revived after the building was finished, the Indian school faltered on, its endowment applied to other projects or wasted. The last, lone Native American student entered in 1775. Thomas Jefferson, a member of the college's board of visitors by virtue of being Virginia's governor, engineered the Indian school's discontinuance in December 1779. Some 52 feet tall and long, the Brafferton is 34 feet deep. It has two main floors and a finished attic. Now used for offices, it has been, among other things, a classroom building, a dining hall, and a professor's residence. 

..1. Masters Of Brafferton (Indian School)

  • Christopher Jackson - 1716
  • Christopher Smith -1716-1718
  • Rev. Charles Griffin - 1718-1720
  • Richard Cocke - 1728-1729
  • Rev. John Fox - 1729-1737
  • Rev. Robert Barret - 1737-1738
  • Rev. Thomas Dawson - 1738 - 1755
  • Emmanuel Jones - 1755-1777
  • Rev. John Bracken - 1777 - 1779 

referring to a different Christopher Smith

Christopher Smith, Merchant of Virginia and Benajmin Arnold received a grant for 2,400 acres of land in King William County on November 3, 1716 and on the same date petitioned for Board for a grant of 5,000 acres in King William County, VA, which was also granted. Executive Journals of the Council of Colonial Virginia by McIlwaine.

On May 6, 1730, on petition of David Woodruff that Christopher Smith deceased about 13 years ago, surveyed 400 acres of land lying on the East-North-East River in Spottsylvania County, VA, but the said Christopher Smith never in his lifetime, nor his son, Ambrose Joshua Smith, since his decease sued out any patent for the said land and praying that he may leave to enter for the same. It is ordered that Ambrose Joshua Smith, son of the said Christopher Smith, deceased, have notice to attend the board at the next court to show cause when the petitioner ought not to be admitted to an entry for ye land. Virginia Council Journals, Virginia Magazine, v. 36.

June 20, 1796, On the petition of Christopher Smith, he is hereby nominated and appointed surveyor of New Kent County, VA in the Roome of Valentine Minge. Virginia Historical Magazine, v. 4, page. 175.

Father: Christopher Lawrence SMITH , of Stannihurst b: 18 MAR 1590/91 in Stonirakes, Burnley Parish, lancashire, England

Mother: Margaret Elizabeth TOWNLEY b: 1598 in Stonehedge, Colne, Burnley Parish, Lancashire, England

Marriage 1 Elizabeth (Unknown) SMITH


  1. Has Children John SMITH , Sr. b: ABT 1654
  2. Has No Children Richard SMITH b: 1656 in Burnley Parish, lancashire, England
  3. Has No Children Thomas SMITH b: 1658 in Burnley Parish, lancashire, England
  4. Has Children Charles SMITH , Maj. b: BET 1670 AND 1680
  5. Has Children Christopher SMITH II b: 1670 in Lancashire, England
  6. Has No Children Ann SMITH b: 1676 in Burnley Parish, lancashire, England
  7. Has Children David SMITH b: BET 1680 AND 1700

Marriage 2 Mary FAIRBANKS

Marriage 3 Lydia BROADRIBB

   * Married: 7 JUN 1703 in Virginia 1


  1. Title: Research by John Brown -
     Publication: Ancestry World Tree Project, Brown, Spray, Phillips and Smith Families
     Note: Unknown.
     Media: Internet
  2. Title: Research by Harold D. Smith -
     Note: Because my genealogy has been merged into several other family genealogies as their own work, I've found it necessary to add this notice to each individual in my genealogy. My work gives recognition of each persons work if it isn't my personal research.
     Note: Excellent
     Note: Harold D. Smith, 2983 Cedar Creek Run, Little River, SC 29566
     Media: Internet
  3. Title: Research by John Brown -
     Publication: Ancestry World Tree Project, Brown, Spray, Phillips and Smith Families
     Note: Unknown.
     Media: Internet
     Text: gave 1630.
  4. Title: "Voyages in Time - Family, Friends & Places - Smythe of Wiltshire"
     Publication: The source date for this material is very sparce, therefore use cautions when using. HDS
     Note: The source date for this material is very sparce, therefore use cautions when using. HDS
     Note: Unknown


Teacher of English to Indian children @ William and Mary College 1700-170 6, source: Linda Cheek’s book "Smith Family."


Name: Christopher Smith Ii Born: Abt 1670 at Lancashire, England Died: 1739 at Hanover Co., VA Wife: Catherine Snelson

Name: Charles Smith Born: Abt 1690 Died:


1). !DEATH Ancestors and Descendants of Smith, by Linda Smith , Ancestors and Descendants of Smith, by Linda Smith Cheek.

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Christopher Smith, of Stonirakes & Hanover's Timeline

January 29, 1631
Burnley Parish, Lancashire, England
Age 86
Hanover County, Province of Virginia