Reverend Josiah Smith

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Reverend Josiah Smith

Birthplace: Charleston, South Carolina, United States
Death: 1781 (76-77)
Immediate Family:

Son of Dr. George Smith and Dorothy Smith
Husband of Edith Smith
Father of Elizabeth Martha "Patti" de Bordeaux; Josiah Smith; Elizabeth Smith; Martha Smith; Dorothy Smith and 4 others
Brother of Archar Smith, Sr.; Abraham Smith; Rep. Thomas Smith and Mary Smith

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About Reverend Josiah Smith

Josiah Smith (1704 – October 1781) was a clergyman in colonial South Carolina who championed the causes of the evangelical style of the Great Awakening and later American independence.

Smith was born in Charleston, South Carolina into a prominent family. His grandfather, Thomas, was a landgrave and governor of the province of South Carolina. He spent most of his childhood in Bermuda with his father. Josiah graduated from Harvard in 1725. He received his ordination in 1726, returned to Charleston, and was successively pastor of Presbyterian churches in Bermuda, Cainhoy, and Charleston, South Carolina. In 1730, he became involved in a theological dispute with Rev. Hugh Fisher of Dorchester, South Carolina on the subject of subscription to the Westminster Confession of Faith as well as the right of the individual to private judgment. Both Smith and Fisher published sermons concerning the dispute. In 1740, he championed the cause of George Whitefield and invited him to preach from his pulpit after he was refused admission to the local Episcopalian church. In 1749, he had a stroke which left him unable to speak well; however, he continued to write and publish sermons.

Rev. Smith sided with the rebelling colonists in the American Revolution. During the Siege of Charleston, he was taken as a prisoner of war. He was later paroled, but ordered to Philadelphia where he died.


Human Impositions Proved Unscriptural Or, The Divine Right of Private Judgment (1729)
Solomon's Caution Against the Cup (1730)
The Divine Right of Private Judgment Vindicated (1730)
No New Thing to Be Slandered (1730)

Rev Josiah Smith Memorial

Birth: Dec. 25, 1704 Charleston Charleston County South Carolina, USA Death: Oct. 19, 1781 Philadelphia Philadelphia County Pennsylvania, USA

Family links:

 Edith Elizabeth Darrell Smith (1710 - 1759)*
 Josiah Smith (1731 - 1826)*
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Burial: Abington Presbyterian Church Cemetery Abington Montgomery County Pennsylvania, USA

Created by: ralux Record added: Jun 16, 2012 Find A Grave Memorial# 92024217

[Add Flowers] Thinking of you today my 7x great grandfather - Susan W

Added: Jun. 6, 2017

Cousins - Dawn Smith

Added: Oct. 30, 2016

Rev Josiah Smith and Elizabeth Darrell were my 6th Great Grandparents. - Peggy Emmons Redden

Added: Sep. 21, 2014

Rev. Smith was my 6th great grandfather. - John

Added: Sep. 14, 2014

Rev Josiah Smith and wife Elizabeth Darrell are my 6th Great Grandparents.In Loving Memory. - Margaret Hamby

Added: Feb. 4, 2014

Rev Josiah Smith is the 7th Great Granfather of Bobbie Jo Kelly Price - Bobbie Jo Kelly Price

Added: Jul. 6, 2013

Added to Geni by Janet Milburn 2/10/18

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Reverend Josiah Smith's Timeline

December 25, 1704
Charleston, South Carolina, United States
September 15, 1731
Cainhoy, St. Thomas' Parish, South Carolina, United States
September 17, 1734
May 20, 1736
October 7, 1743
Age 76