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The known children of James Smith and Elizabeth Presly Taylor were as follows:

Charlotte, Daughter of James Smith and Elizabeth Presly Taylor of Bull Run, VA

Isaac Major Smith, Son of James Smith and Elizabeth Presly Taylor of Bull Run, VA

Elizabeth Smith, Daughter of James Smith and Elizabeth Presly Taylor of Bull Run, VA

John Smith, Son of James Smith and Elizabeth Presly Taylor of Bull Run, VA

Peter Smith of Round Hill, Son of James Smith and Elizabeth Presly Taylor of Bull Run, VA

Peter’s bio sketch is found at this link.

Nancy Ann Smith, Daughter of James Smith and Elizabeth Presly Taylor of Bull Run, VA

Nancy married Richard Boggess, also of Fairfax County. Robert Boggess is listed in connection with the purchase of land in the early Fairfax County records. Richard may have been a son of Robert. Richard Boggess and William Bailey Smith were on July 3, 1773, witnesses to the will of Stephen Martin in Orange County, North Carolina.

Richard Boggess went to Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, about 1797.[1] He and Nancy settled near Pond Creek, in the vicinity of Greenville, where he died about 1805. They had a large family of children, whose names were:

  • Richard, Jr.
  • J. Warren
  • Joel
  • Peter m. to Sally Kirtley, January 22, 1824
  • Robert m. to Rosanna Rumaldy, February 6, 1809
  • William
  • Lemuel m.to Rachel Oates, October 11, 1821
  • Eli
  • Elinor to John Price
  • Hannah m.to Thomas Bell, October 1803

Presley Smith, Son of James Smith and Elizabeth Presly Taylor of Bull Run, VA

Presley Smith was born before 1749 in either Prince William or Fairfax County, Virginia.  He married Nancy Kincheloe of Fairfax County, daughter of Daniel and Elizabeth (Wickliffe) Kincheloe.

William and Mary Quarterly 22 (W) (1) 186 states:

“One Nathaniel Wickliffe, late of Prince William County, Virginia, died intestate in Nelson County, Kentucky, in 1790 and his lands passed to his next of kin; namely, …Presley Smith and his wife Nancy. …”

Washington County, Kentucky, where Presley died in 1819, was formed from Nelson County in 1792. It appears that Presley and Nancy remained where her inheritance was.

Other than the suit in chancery against the heirs of William Bailey Smith, mentioned above, very little has been found concerning Presley Smith.

Washington County, Kentucky, Will Book C, p. 235, lists the sale and purchase of his property. At a court held on January 10, 1820, a list of sale of his estate was returned by Presley C. Smith and ordered to be recorded.

From other sources the names of Presley and Nancy Smith’s children have been learned. They follow, with all the information available to me concerning them:

  • Elizabeth (Betty), born about 1773 in Fairfax County, Virginia; died after 1850 in Henderson County, Kentucky; married Elijah King on November 1, 1792, in Washington County, Kentucky.
  • Mary (Polly), born in Virginia; married Nicholas Ray.
  • Dorcas married Mr. Grant.
  • Sarah (Sally), married Edmund Purdy on January 26, 1797, in Washington County.
  • Nancy, married Henry Purdy on March 13, 1793, in Washington County.
  • Jane, married Richard Burks.
  • Daniel James, married Lee Holland Aydelott on October 19, 1803. Daniel bought land in Henderson County from William Bailey Smith in 1802. It appears that he died in the year 1840. Holland Smith’s will was probated in Henderson County in December 1845. The two children named in her will were Sarah Emily Smith and Tobiatha (Smith) Shaw. Tobiatha married John Shaw on December 24, 1839.
  • John, (twin)
  • Peter W., (twin), Peter bought land in Henderson County from William Bailey Smith in 1802.
  • William. Did not marry. Died at age 76.
  • Presley C., married Sarah Burks on June 10, 1816, in Washington County, Kentucky.
  • Elias W., married (1) Margaretta Payne, on October 31, 1817, in Washington County;  (2) Miss Lee.

William Bailey Smith, Son of James Smith and Elizabeth Presly Taylor of Bull Run, VA

William Bailey Smith was born in 1738 in Prince William County, VA soon to become Fairfax Co.  He had a varied and colorful career.  Upon the death of his father, James Smith, in 1751, he inherited land in that county. His name was recorded in Orange County (soon to be Caswell County, North Carolina), as early as 1773. Willliam remained single during his life and preferred living in the Kentucky Wilderness.  He worked closely with Daniel Boone for Richard Henderson on one of the nation’s largest ever land speculations. They had the intent of establishing the nation of Transylvania where Kentucky and Tennessee now exist as states. Bailey’s involvement in  Indian Wars, the Watauga Nation, pioneer stations and villages, the Revolutionary War, etc.. He served George Rogers Clark and Patrick Henry as a commander in the Revolutionary War in the Northwest Territories and surveyed and established state boundaries for Tennessee and Virginia. He is an uncle in our Family Tree. His brother, Peter of Round Hill, was our (4x) great grandfather. His history is well documented and can be found at this link: Bailey Smith Rocks the Blue Ridge.