This is the mysterious George Smith. I don’t know how he related to the other 3 Smiths, but I suspect that if MY John M. Smith is related to anyone, he comes through George’s line. I can find very little on George Smith, so I’m hoping for some treasures in the land records that I’ve ordered.
Kentucky County (pct?)
We do hereby certify that George Smith is entitled to four hundred acres of land in the district of Kentucky on account of settlement made and raising a crop of corn in the county in the year 1776 lying on the waters of Harrods Run joining Capt. Harrods land on the northwest and that the said George Smith is also entitled to the preemption of one thousand acres of land adjoining the said settlement given under our hands at the Falls of Ohio this 18th day of November 1779.
Benjamin Harrison Esquire Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, to all to whom these presents shall come greeting. Know ye that in consideration of the sum of two hundred and forty pounds paid by George Smith into the Treasury of this Commonwealth there is granted by the said Commonwealth unto the said George Smith a certain tract or parcel of land containing one thousand acres, surveyed the 7th day of October 1780 four hundred acres of which is by virtue of a certificate in right of settlement lying and being in the County of Kentucky on the waters of Harrods Run adjoining the land of James Harrod on the north, and bounded as followeth, to wit, Beginning at a sugar oak and hickory tree a corner to Harrod’s and Bowman running from thence north one hundred and sixty poles to two Elms and black oak tree, thence west forty two poles to an Ash and White Oak tree thence north ninety two poles crossing the river to two white oak trees thence west fifty eight poles crossing the run to a white oak and sugar tree, thence South forty poles to an Ash and Elm tree a corner to Quirk, thence west with his line two hundred and one and a quarter poles crossing the run to a mulberry and ash tree, thence south two hundred and twelve poles to two sugar trees in Harrods line, then East with his line three hundred and one and a quarter poles crossing the run to the Beginning, the residue six hundred acres on a preemption treasury warrant No. 953(?) and issued the 28th day of June 78- adjoining the Settlement on the west and Bounded as followeth, to wit, Beginning at a Mulberry and Ash tree a corner to the settlement lands, running from thence west twenty and three quarter poles to two sugar trees and an ash, thence north two hundred poles to two white oak trees, thence west two hundred and twenty two and a half poles to a sugar tree and two ash trees on the side of a small branch, then south four hundred and twelve poles to two ashes and sugar trees, thence east two hundred and forty three and three quarter poles to two sugar trees a corner to the settlement lands, thence with a line of the same north two hundred and twelve poles to the beginning with its appurtenances to have and to hold the said tract or parcel of land, with its appurtenances to the said George Smith and his heirs forever. In witness of the said Benjamin Harrison Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, hath here unto set his hand, and caused the lesser seal of the said Commonwealth to be affixed at Richmond on the first day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty two and of the Commonwealth the sixth.