4.181 John Darwin SMARR

Male 1818 - 1894  (76 years)


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  • Name John Darwin SMARR 
    Title 4.181 
    Nickname Jack 
    Born 27 Jan 1818  Cherokee County, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Census 1820  Union County, South Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    John D. Smarr (age 2) presumed in household of father, John Smarr 
    Census 1860  York County, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    "J D Smarr" (age 40), Farmer, real estate 10,920, personal 19,418, b. Union SC 
    Died 27 Apr 1894  Bullock Creek, York County, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    • Commentary: DWD 4.181

      John D. Smarr was born 27 Jan. 1818 at the Smarr Plantation, located at the junction of the Pacolet and Broad Rivers, and according to the 1860 SC census, his birth place was in Union County though by 1897, this area of S. Carolina would become part of Cherokee County.

      Before John's marriage in 1850, he wrote a diary of three trips that he made on horseback across the southern states, which I believe were carried out in part for pleasure to visit friends and relatives who had migrated from S. Carolina, as well as to attend to business affairs pertaining to the Smarr estate.

      His first trip was the most ambitious when he covered about 1630 miles in just over six weeks from 20 April 1841 to 4 July 1841, departing from the Smarr home in S. Carolina to Mississippi. He took a south-westerly route via Spartanburg and Greenville crossing into Georgia in the direction of Carnesville, Lawrenceville and on to Allatoona (north of Atlanta) and from there he headed in a westerly direction to the Alabama state line and across to Springville, where the route again turned south-westerly via Jonesborough, Tuscaloosa, Eutaw and York to the Mississippi border. In Mississippi, John travelled around in a 400 mile loop through Columbus, Aberdeen, Pontotoc, Oxford, Coffeeville, Louisville and Dekalb, finally recrossing the state border back to York in Alabama and retracing the same route home back to S. Carolina.

      On his second trip, John was accompanied by his cousin, John W. Darwin, and they followed a well trodden route that migrants from the Carolinas to Middle Tennessee had been using for decades, which crossed the Appalachians at Walnut Gap. The round trip was approximately 800 miles and took just over a month from 7 Sept. 1846 to 9 Oct. 1846, though it should be noted that they sojourned for a week after they reached their destination in Tennessee at the home of William D. Hendley, who lived about seven miles from Columbia, in Maury County near the Duck River. William Hendley was looking after property which was part of the estate of John Smarr Sr., who had died 5 October 1842.

      Starting out from the Smarr Plantation, the two cousins had joined up at the home of John B. Darwin and proceeded through Rutherfordton, Hendersonville, Asheville and Warmsprings in North Carolina, following the French Broad River through the Appalachians into Tennessee to Newport. The route beyond took them via Knoxville, Kingston, Crab Orchard, Sparta and then southwest to Winchester and Decherd, where they spent the night at the home of their uncle, William Darwin and his wife Elizabeth. The next morning, 20 Sept. 1846, they continued their journey passing again through Winchester and on to Farmington, in Marshall County, reaching Columbia and finally William D. Hendley's home on the twenty-first. On the 28 Sept. 1846, they commenced their return trip following back on the identical route they came, stopping off again at William Darwin's home for the last two days of the month, and from there taking only nine days to complete their trip, returning to their homes in South Carolina.

      John D. Smarr's third trip, which was spread over nearly a two month period from 21 Aug. 1848 to 17 Oct. 1848, was again to Tennessee with the purpose of selling a farm belonging to the estate of John Smarr Sr. and to settle other business matters. The round trip was again approximately 800 miles, however this time John travelled alone and went out by a different way, the route being dependent on those he was visiting. From the Smarr home, he first went to Laurens, Saluda and Abbeville in South Carolina, then crossing the Savannah River into Georgia, followed a route that arced through the north of Georgia via Clarksville, Dahlonega, Ellijay, Springplace, Ringgold, Chickamauga and Rossville to just south of the Tennessee border. Entering Tennessee by Lookout Mountain, John took the ferry over the River Tennessee and headed in the direction of Winchester and Decherd, where he again stayed for nearly a week with his uncle, William Darwin. On 11 September 1848, John continued his journey via Shelbyville and Columbia to William Hendley's home in Maury County, where he remained for three weeks while completing his business in Columbia and Nashville. On 4 Oct. 1848, John departed from William Hendley's place on his return trip, stopping again at William Darwin's home the next two nights and finally returning 17 Oct. 1748 to S. Carolina by the same route that he had used in 1846.

      The 1860 SC census for York County (P.O. Bullock Creek) shows J.D. Smarr settled as a farmer, with his wife, Margaret, and their three youngest surviving children, of which only two would reach maturity and one would marry.
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      Smarr family records

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      1860: Census - South Carolina - York District
    Person ID I1755  DARUSA | Descendants of William Darwin
    Last Modified 18 Oct 2017 

    Father John SMARR,   b. 20 Nov 1768, Loudoun County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 05 Oct 1842, Cherokee County, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Mother Jane DARWIN,   b. 25 Jan 1794, York County, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 05 Jun 1856, York County, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Married 09 Nov 1815  York County, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Notes 
    • Buried at Bullock's Creek Cemetery, with Smarr family
    Family ID F0112  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Margaret A. LOVE,   b. 22 Jun 1826, McConnellsville, York County, South Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 06 Mar 1861, Bullock Creek, York County, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 34 years) 
    Married 19 Feb 1850  York County, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. John Edward SMARR,   b. 10 Jul 1851, Cherokee County, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Sep 1855  (Age 4 years)
     2. Robert L. SMARR,   b. 17 Dec 1852, Cherokee County, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 May 1854  (Age 1 years)
     3. Buddie SMARR,   b. 12 Dec 1854, Cherokee County, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Sep 1855  (Age 0 years)
    +4. William Tilman SMARR,   b. 03 May 1856, Cherokee County, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Apr 1914, Tudor Hall, Bullock Creek, York County, South Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years)
     5. Joseph Eugene SMARR,   b. 01 Mar 1858, Tudor Hall, Bullock Creek, York County, South Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Sep 1860  (Age 2 years)
     6. Alice Jane SMARR,   b. 27 Jan 1860, Tudor Hall, Bullock Creek, York County, South Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 09 Jun 1883  (Age 23 years)
    Last Modified 13 May 2009 
    Family ID F0806  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 27 Jan 1818 - Cherokee County, South Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - John D. Smarr (age 2) presumed in household of father, John Smarr - 1820 - Union County, South Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 19 Feb 1850 - York County, South Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - "J D Smarr" (age 40), Farmer, real estate 10,920, personal 19,418, b. Union SC - 1860 - York County, South Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 27 Apr 1894 - Bullock Creek, York County, South Carolina Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S284] CEN: 1820 SC Union.

    2. [S271] CEN: 1860 SC York.

    3. [S1] BIB: 1837: Darwin/Bland "Bible", Quarto Page Q.
      "John Smarr and Jane Darwin Was Maried" (no date given)

    4. [S20] BIB: 1880: Mary Darwin Hope Bible.
      "John Smarr and Jane Darwin, 1-27-1825"