In my John M. Smith case study document, I mentioned that Simon Stacy seems to show up pretty often in my Smith family as a witness or neighbor, so I put together a timeline of what I can find for Simon. I don’t have a good connection for the Smith and Stacy family other than the fact that they were neighbors, but as soon as I start researching a person, I figure I might as well create a document with what I’ve found.

I usually begin with a timeline and then, expand on it if I find a connection. In the timeline phase, I do not add “citation” information as endnotes. Instead, I just give the information within the document. Unless stated otherwise, everything is from FamilySearch. This is my own “shorthand”, so here’s how I read it. The fourth bullet states “Pulaski Co Deeds 2:50 [31]. This would be found in Pulaski County (Kentucky) Deed Book 2, page 50 which is found on image 30 in the FamilySearch digital file. (All numbers inside square brackets indicate the image number.) If an item is not found on FamilySearch, it is usually found on Ancestry and I give that image number as well.

I do have this timeline in my Google Drive and that is where any updates will be made. You can access that file here. **As I have continued to do research, this timeline has been updated. See the timeline for the most up-to-date information. BUT, let me also say that for the 1834 deed, I discovered that there were actually 2 more tracts of land in the deed! (See the timeline for this new information.) The only way I discovered this information was to transcribe the entire deed. I usually do this for every deed, but since this wasn’t my direct line….lesson learned!

  • 1792 – Wilkes County, NC Marriage bonds, 1778-1868, vol P-V [994] Bond for Simon Stacy with Thomas Ferguson for marriage to Elizabeth Hulme
  • 1803 – Pulaski Co Tax List [148] 200 acres on Fishing Creek entered in the name of John Hutson
  • 1805 – Pulaski Co Tax List [218] 200 acres on Fishing Creek entered in the name of Hudson
  • 1807 – Pulaski Co Deeds 2:50 [31] – Henry and Elizabeth Francis to Simon Stacy 200 acres on Fishing Creek.
  • 1810 census – Pulaski County, Ancestry image 15
  • 1820 census – Pulaski County, Ancestry image 17
  • 1830 – Possibly found in the Pulaski County census – Ancestry [91] – oldest male age 60-69
  • 1831 – Pulaski Co. tax list [680] – 200 acres on Fishing Cr (James and Charles Stacy just above Simon – Peter Stacy on previous page)
  • 1833 – Pulaski Co. tax list [781] – Charles and unreadable Stacy
  • 1833 – Russell Co. tax list p31 [213] – (Same page as John M.) 286 + 100 + 42 + 200 (Pulaski Co – Fishing Cr)
  • 1833 – Pulaski Co. Deed Book 7-II:917 [162] – Simon and Elizabeth Stacy to Lovell H Dogan 193 acres on Fishing Creek (19 Oct)
  • 1833 – Pulaski Co. Deed Book 7-II:920 [163] – Simon Stacy to Charles Hays (no wife mentioned) 7 acres on Fishing Creek (21 Oct)
  • 1834 – Russell Co. Deed Book B:492 [398] – Thomas Harrison of Mercer Co to Simon Stacy of Russell – $2500
    • 300 acres on the south side of Cumberland, below the mouth of Beaver Creek
    • 35 acres adjoining (Mentions John M Smith’s corner)
    • When I first started looking for a possible connection between John Smith and Simon Stacy, my ears really perked up when I saw this deed from a man in Mercer County to Simon. I started by looking for Simon in the Russell County tax lists. I found him in 1835 and then started working backward. When I couldn’t find him in Russell County any earlier than 1833, I began searching the tax lists for all of the other counties that I had been researching in this series. If only I had taken the time to really look at the tax records for Simon, I would have seen that he had land in Pulaski County and would have searched that county first. It would have saved me a tremendous amount of time. Lesson learned: don’t just collect the records…take the time to read them!
  • 1835 – Russell Co. tax list p30 [255] (Same page as John M. Smith) – 286 + 86 + 42.5
  • 1838 – Russell Co. Deed Book C:265 [585] – William and Sarah Patterson to Simon Stacy, two 50-acre tracts on the South side of Cumberland River in Russell and Wayne Co
  • 1840 census – Russell County, p40 – age 70-79
  • 1845 (March) – Russell Co. Deed Book D:422 [229] – Simon Stacy sells slaves to Peter Stacy. Witnesses: Martin Stacy and Robert Davis
  • 1845 (8 Dec) – Russell Co. Administrator Bonds v1, image 70 – Elijah Coffey, Jonathan Williams, Robert Sweaney and Walton Coffey – $3000 bond for the estate of Simon Stacy
  • 1845 (8 Dec) – Russell Co. Court Orders v2:199 [400]
    • On the motion Elijah Coffey the administrator of the estate of Simon Stacy deceased was granted to him he having taken the oath as required by law as such and executed and acknowledged bond as such in the penal sum of three thousand dollars with Johnathan Williams Walton Coffey and Robert C Sweany as his securities conditioned as the law directs
    • On the motion of Elijah Coffey administrator of the estate of Simon Stacy deceased It is ordered that Tyre J Marcum George A. Smith Edmund Cook and Garnett A Dorrel or any three of them who being first duly sworn do appraise the slaves if any and personal estate of said decedant and make report to this court
  • I would love to know where Simon and Elizabeth are/were buried. Probably moved when Lake Cumberland was being created…
  • 1846 – Russell Co. Deed Book E:143 [386] – Peter Stacy (of Polk Co, Missouri) sells his interest in the land of his father, Simon Stacy, dec’d to William Herriford
  • 1846 – Russell Co. Court Orders 2:218 [410]
    • An Inventory and appraisment of the estate of Simon Stacy dec’d was this returned for Elijah Coffey his administrator which was ordered to be filed
    • A List of sales of the personal estate of Simon Stacy dec’d was this day returned and ordered to be filed