Nancy (Ann) Smith, daughter of James and Elizabeth Smith, was born about 1740 in Fairfax County, Virginia. She married Richard H. Boggess, also of Fairfax County, about 1767. 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.

Nancy and Richard moved to Orange Co., North Carolina between 1760 and 1773. On July 3, 1773, Richard Boggess and William Bailey Smith were witnesses to the will of Stephen Martin in Orange County.

Richard Boggess went to Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, about 1797.[1] He and Nancy resided near Pond Creek, (Greenville), where he died c. 1805.

Richard and Nancy had the following children:

1. Joel Boggess 1768 –
2. J. Warren Boggess 1769 –
3. Robert Boggess 1772/1780 – 1850 m. Rosanna Rumaldy, 2/6/1809
4. Lemuel Boggess, Sr. 1776 – 1833 m. Rachel Oates 10/11/1821
5. Richard H. Boggess, Jr. 1776 –
6. William Rusbook Boggess 1774 –
7. Elenor or Ellen Boggess 1770/1780 – m. John Price
8. Peter Boggess 1775/1780 – m. Sally Kirtley, 1/22/1824
9. Hannah Boggess 1787 – 1863 m. Thomas Bell 10/1803
10. Eli Boggess 1788 – 181

Nancy Ann Smith Boggess died in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, in the home of her son, Lemuel Boggess, on April 20, 1818. Her will is recorded in the Muhlenberg County Abstracts of Wills and Administrations.

The will is as follows: “Nancy or Anne BOGGESS will being present on the 14th day of April 1819 at the house of Lemuel BOGGESS where his mother lay on her death bed, she said it was her desire that if any thing was got of her brother W. B. (William Bailey) SMITH estate that Thomas BELL wife should have an equal part with the rest of her children divided into 9 parts, she should have one. We asked her if she was in her senses, she said she was and repeated the same thing again. She died the 20th of April 1819”. Witness this day April 24, 1819, signed Peter A. BOGGESS and Margaret A. ALLISON. Proven May Co, Court 1819.

BOGGESS heirs agreement: “Nancy or Ann BOGGESS departed this life on 20th day of April and in the presence of two witnesses, Peggy ALLISON and her son Peter A. BOGGESS”. The estate of William Bailey SMITH, brother of Ann or Nancy BOGGESS, is to be divided among Thomas BELL’s wife, Hanna, who was a grand-daughter former BOGGESS, and her children who were Joel BOGGESS, Richard BOGGESS, William BOGGESS, Peter A. BOGGESS, Warren BOGGESS, Ellen PRICE, Lemuel BOGGESS, Robert BOGGESS. Proven May Co, Court 1819. Book II, pp. 119-120.

  1. History of Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, by Otto Rothert, 1913, p. 48
  2. Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, Marriages, by Mrs. Evelyn M. Cox and Mrs. Leila F. McCulley
  3. Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, Abstracts of Wills and Administrations, pp. 20. Will and Heirs Agreement.