About Isaac Smith, III
Isaac Smith was a pioneer and a farmer. The date and place of his birth is not known.
From one source the story was passed down that Isaac was Scotch-Irish and came over on a ship and his son John either came with him or sometime after him. It is not known if he was married to his son's mother, but, she did not come to America.
It is belived he lived for a time in Shenandoah Co., VA. The following item was taken from the "History of SHenandoah County":
The 2nd month 1782 from the Memoirs and Journal of Hugh Judge (He was apparantly a preacher). These accounts, as given in Judge's book of his visit to Smith Creek and other sections of Shenandoah County.
"10th of the month (2nd month 1782) and first of the week, we visited Isaac Smith's and Joseph Allen's families in the morning, then attended Smith's Creek meeting, which was large, numbers being present of other societies."
The societies mentioned above must have been members of other churches and they called them societies.
Following is information from the first census of the US 1790, heads of families - Head of Family Virginia 1783 in the List of Alexander Hite, Shenandoah CO. (pg 66): (Notice how long it took to record what was gathered)
Smith, Isaac 4 (white)
One source states, "It appears that he married Frankie _____?" Another source passed down through the years says Frankie was his daughter. The story goes that he did marry after coming to America and Frankie was his daughter from that marriage. If this were right the above mentioned census could possibly be true with Isaac, his wife, John and Frankie. The other children we know were not born by 1783.
Russel County, VA was formed from Washington Co., VA in 1784. It is thought that Isaac moved his family to Russell Co. where he died, but, we have no proof and he may have died in Shenandoah Co. before the family moved to the new location.
Frankie and the other children moved from Virginia to Carr's Fork in what was Letcher Co., KY, but now is known as Knott CO., KY. I would like to make a correct6ion - the area was probably Floyd Co. at that time (it became a county in 1799) because Letcher was not formed until 1842 and Knott was not formed until 1884. After Floyd Co. it was Perry Co. (formed in 1820).
All the children moved with Frankie except William and that will be a later story.
Another story passed down that is interesting is that John and Frankie having been half brother and sister lived together as man and wife after they moved to Kentucky. When it became known that they were brother and sister, John left and went to Iowa. There is no further information about him. To make more truth than fiction in this story on another age you will find a true copy of a deed dated Nov 9, 1883 which was signed by both of them. If this infrmation is true then, Melvina could have been their child. (This child was included with the other children as being Isaac's). But according to other census records she was born in 1820, therefore, she could have not belonged to Isaac. The family was suppose to have moved to Kentucky sometime before William did and we have proof he was in KY in 1820. So if you will look at the family chart Rachel was born in 1800 so they would have had to move sometime after that. I will make a wild guess that it may have been around 1810. I have something I am wanting to get more infromation on and that is Isaac Smith who died after 1801 and this looks like this could be our Isaac. I will let you know more in the letter following this.
From previous records it was stated that Frankie may have married a John (or James) Kelly, probably after John Smith moved away. In one of the census records it shows a John Kelly residing with one of the other children.
Frankie lived on Lower Carr near the mouth of Sassafras Creek. She died Apr 24, 1848 in Le5tcher Co., KY and originally buried where the Carr Fork Dam is located. She is now buried by John Kelly in the Government graveyard at the head of Betty Toublesome with a date that she died in 1848. This information gotten from Ila Caton's records.
Reprinted from Isaac Smith Family History
My Great, Great, Great, Grandfather was Isaac Smith who lived in Shenandoah County, VA; but moved to Russell County in 1800. He died and his wife Frankie took the children (except Billy B., who was sick)to KY. He was left with a family by the name of Branham who raised him. He then went by the name Branham-Smith. After going on to Kentucky, he married Elizabeth Childers from Floyd County KY in 1820.
By Edna Hines Osborne
Isaac Smith, III's Timeline
Shenandoah County, Virginia, United States
Virginia, United States
September 23, 1801