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Narrative - Most Recent Update - July 21, 2005
by Sandra Branson Young

The Smallwoods of North Carolina and Kentucky

Some Smallwood Families in Missouri
Smallwood Families in Clay County, Kentucky
by Sandra Branson Young
(Thanks to Mary Ann Smallwood Bolton, Debby Elmer, Roberta Estes, Margaret Stubblefield, Ronda (Moore), Georgia, Joyce Brown, Martha Hansen, Carrie Scharf, Gary Smallwood and many others for their valuable and much appreciated input and assistance)

DESCENDANTS OF WILLIAM SMALLWOOD AND MARY GRANT(?)
NAME-EVENT-LOCATION CHART (COLOR-CODED)

(A Work in Progress)

                 SMALLWOODS IN SHELBY COUNTY, KENTUCKY                  

If Hezekiah Smallwood (b. 1799) was the son of Elijah Smallwood Jr., then he would have been the first cousin (1 time removed) of Samuel Smallwood (b. ca. 1780) who married Sarah Akers.  As early as 1810 we find several Smallwood families listed in Federal Census records in Shelby County, Kentucky.  Samuel, John, and Randolph Smallwood, sons of William Smallwood and Sarah Philpot, were in Shelby, Kentucky in 1810 along with some familiar families, including Joseph Akers whose daughter, Sarah, married Samuel Smallwood.  Also there was Elisha Prewitt, second cousin (1 time removed) of Joseph Pruitt who married Nancy Moore, the daughter of Lemuel Moore in Laurel, KY.  

1810 Federal Census
John Smallwood Shelby, KY 1810 (00010-00100) age 26-45 - Page 210
Joseph Akers Shelby, KY 1810 (21301-11000) age 45+ - Page 203
NEXT LINE: Randolph Smallwood Shelby, KY 1810 (10010-10010) age 26-45 - Page 203
Drury Akers Shelby, KY 1810 (10010-00010) age 26-45 - Page 203
Samuel Smallwood Shelby, KY 1810 (20100-00100) age 16-26 - Page 202
Simon Akers Shelby, KY 1810 - age 26-45 - Page 202
Benjamin Akers Shelby, KY 1810 (21110-21210) age 26-45 - Page 204
Elisha Prewitt (01011-00201) age 45+ - Page 204 (son of Michael Prewitt-2nd cousin X1 to Jos. Pruitt who m. Nancy Moore)
Joseph Prewitt (10010-20010) age 26-45 - Page 204

In 1820 Shelby, KY we find Samuel Smallwood and John Smallwood.  Samuel is identified, however John is not.  John was born between 1774 and 1794.  One would think this John was the brother of Samuel, however, that John was in Lawrence, TN in 1820.  Also in Shelby, KY was Job Broughton born between 1774 and 1794 - another unidentified individual.

SHELBY CO KY - 1820 FEDERAL CENSUS
Samuel Smallwood (20100-00100) age 16-26 <1784-1794> - Page 202 (m. Sarah Akers)
John Smallwood (00010-00100) age 26-45 - Page 210 - who was this John?
Job Broughton (100010-40100) age 26-45 - Page 164 - who is he?

Samuel Smallwood has not been located in the 1830 census, but his wife's parents and some of her siblings were in New Albany, Floyd, Indiana.

1830 census
Joseph Akers New Albany, Floyd, Indiana (000000001-000000001) age 60-70 <1760-1770> - Image 69
Joshua Akers New Albany, Floyd, Indiana (00001-200001) age 20-30 <1800-1810> - Image 45
James Akers New Albany, Floyd, Indiana (3012001-310011) age 40-50 <1780-1790> - Image 53
Jehu Akers New Albany, Floyd, Indiana (110001-01101) age 30-40 <1790-1800> - Image 51
Martin Akers New Albany, Floyd, Indiana (200001-01001) age 30-40 <1790-1800> - Image 47

In 1840 Samuel may have been in La Porte, Indiana.  A Samuel Smallwood was listed there who fits his profile.  In 1849 his son Elijah had land grants in Illinois.

1840 CENSUS
Samuel Smallwood La Porte, Indiana (00100001-011001) age 50-60 <1780-1790> - Image 17

Samuel probably died before 1850 as his wife Sarah is found in New Albany, Coles, IL in 1850 living with her son Elijah and his family.

1850 census - New Albany, Coles, IL
Elijah Smallwood, 38, farmer, KY
Elizabeth, 31, OH
Sarah, 62, KY
James Johnson, 22, OH
Wm. H. Smallwood, 9, IN
Nancy A. Smallwood, 7, IN
Sarah E. Smallwood, 6, IN
Louisa Smallwood, 2, IL
Samuel J. Smallwood, 40 mos, IL

Samuel's son Elijah died in 1856 and Elijah's daughter Sarah is found in the 1860 census in Lewis Co, Missouri living with her apparent uncle James Johnson and her grandmother Elizabeth (Coleman) Johnson.  Lewis County is very close to Schuyler and Clark Counties in Missouri where Hezekiah and his family were residing in 1860.  It is not known if this was a coincidence or if Elijah was in contact with Hezekiah before his death.

Samuel Smallwood and Sarah Akers had a son James born ca. 1811 in Kentucky.  In 1850 he was living in Harrison, Vigo, Indiana with his wife Mary and three children.  He probably died before 1860 as his wife and two of his children are listed in Terre Haute, Vigo, Indiana in 1860.

1850 census
James Smallwood Harrison, Vigo, IN abt 1811 Kentucky
Mary Smallwood Harrison, Vigo, IN abt 1813 Kentucky
Sarah Smallwood Harrison, Vigo, IN abt 1840 Indiana
Susan Smallwood Harrison, Vigo, IN abt 1838 Indiana
William Smallwood Harrison, Vigo, IN abt 1842 Indiana

1860 census
Mary Smallwood Terre Haute Ward 3, Vigo, IN 45 1814 Indiana Male
Sarah Smallwood Terre Haute Ward 3, Vigo, IN 22 1837 Indiana Female
William Smallwood Terre Haute Ward 3, Vigo, IN 20 1839 Indiana Male

Other researchers have given the birthplace of Sarah Smallwood (daughter of Elijah Smallwood and Elizabeth Johnson) as Terre Haute, Indiana.  She was born August 9, 1844, therefore, her father Elijah may have moved to Terre Haute, Vigo, Indiana from La Porte, Indiana between 1840 and 1844. 

Northern Missouri and Illinois Counties

Samuel Smallwood and Sarah Akers had a son Wesley b. August 16, 1816 in Kentucky.  A Wesley Smallwood was found in Hancock, Illinois in 1860.  Hancock, IL is next to Lewis and Clark, Missouri and very near Schuyler, Missouri.  Schuyler county is where Hezekiah Smallwood and Elizabeth Broughton lived in 1860.  Clark county is where Hezekiah's son Elisha lived in 1860.  If Hezekiah was the son of Elijah Jr. he would have been Wesley's second cousin.  The fact that they were living in adjacent counties may be further evidence that Hezekiah was closely related to Samuel Smallwood.

1860 census
Wesley Smallwood Warsaw Ward 1, Hancock, IL 34 1825 Kentucky Male
Alicia Smallwood Warsaw Ward 1, Hancock, IL 32 1827 Indiana Female
Sarah M Smallwood Warsaw Ward 1, Hancock, IL 7 1852 Missouri Female
Jacob E Smallwood Warsaw Ward 1, Hancock, IL 2 1857 Missouri Male

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