I wonder if you know the names of the children of John JR. I have a John Smith (1780-1812) of Rowan Co. NC, who is supposedly from a German line,but his children don't have traditionally German names, making me doubt that nationality. Also his wife is not of a German family. Nothing is known of her in Rowan Co., making me think she came from another NC county. I know there were Bryans in Johnston Co. NC. Here is what I know.
I have been searching for ten years to find the parents of my POLLY (MARY?) BRYAN, b. 1784. She married JOHN SMITH (1780-1812) in Rowan Co., NC in 1804, but no one seems to know anything about her. John Smith was a German of the Schmidt line in Rowan Co., NC. And the names of the children of this marriage have often seemed odd to me, given the fact that John Smith was German (his father was PETER SCHMIDT Jr.). I have also been told that perhaps Polly Bryan might actually have been a Forbis, and that certainly would explain the name of her first child WILEY SMITH. At the early death of John Smith in 1812, Polly remarried another German--Jacob Weant, and they had more children.
At least two of the ancestry charts on www.ancestry.com
show the marriage of our John Smith and Polly Bryan (one shows her as Polly O"Brian, b. Ireland but moving to Rowan from New Bern, NC but no source given). I have written to several of the submitters but got no reply on my request for sources. Although I still don't know for sure, I think the names of the children of John and Polly Bryan might be correct (IGI shows their marriage 14 April 1804 and uses the name Bryan). However, maybe she is Irish, especially given the names of the children:
1. Wiley Smith, b. 14 March 1805 (why this name? Was John disowned by his
2. Margaret Smith (b. 31 Oct. 1806 - will marry Isaac Earnhart (MY LINE)
3. Peter Smith b.30 Sept 1808
4. Elizabeth Smith, b. 3 Dec 1810
5. Drury Smith, b. 17 Oct 1812 (The name Drew Smith appears in one of the deeds of land sold from the
estate of John Smith in McCubbins file. I know it is connected because it mentions Isaac Earnhart) According to these charts on the internet, the children of Jacob Weant
(25 Dec 1780-8 Nov. 1838) and the re-married (17 Dec. 1814 ) Polly Bryan
Smith on are:
Lucy M. Weant b. abt. 1819
Caroline Weant b. abt 1815
Nancy Catherine Weant b. abt.1817
John B. Weant b.abt.1824
Sarah Ann Agnes Weant b.7 Jan. 1826
In your research have you turned up a Polly (Mary) Forbis who married a Bryan first and then a John Smith?
Betty A. Pace - firstname.lastname@example.org