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Cocke Co., TN. Query SARRATT/SARRETT/SURRATT Families of America
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Paul R. Sarrett, Jr.
Pvt. ALLEN,2 SARRATT; "ARW Soldier"
Date: Jan 15, 1997
See: Allen,2 SARRETT, a>
Robert A. Bacon
Date: November 24, 1999 at 22:36:18
Surratt Family Genealogy Forum Message # 227
Subj: Leah Serrett/Serratt 1813 Cocke Co TN
Leah was born abt 1813 of Cocke Co, TN, married James Smith born abt 1808 of Cocke Co, TN. He may be buried in MO. They had three children
1. George Lowery Smith b. 16 Oct 1834, Cocke Co., TN my ggrandfather.
2. Byron Smith b. c1836 Cocke Co., TN
3. Isabella Smith b. c1838 Cocke Co., TN
no more info avail on Leah. George was out of family at age of 12-14 for reasons unknown and lived with uncle.
Was Leah a daughter or gdaughter of Allen?
Robert A. Bacon, [email protected]
Robert, Yes, we believe (See: Lea SARRETT), is a daughter of See: William,3 SARRETT
and a Grandaughter of (See: Allen,2 SARRETT, ARW
We would like to exchange info. on this family! ...prs

2nd E-Mail: Thursday, December 09, 1999 10:36 PM
To: [email protected]
I am looking for Leah Surratt, born about 1813 of Cocke Co. TN. She married James Smith b. ca. 1808 of Cocke Co. TN. They had three children, George Lowery Smith b 16 Oct 1834, Byron Smith b 1836, and Isabella Smith b 1838 all in Cocke Co. I am trying to find mother Leah and who her father is. (Maybe Allen Surratt?) The family broke up in ca. 1825, 1826 and George lived with his uncle and aunt until he and his uncle had a falling out and he had been forced to work with the slaves in the field. He then left, went into Missouri, to California and then to Utah and finally to Georgetown, Bear Lake, Idaho.
Robert A. Bacon, [email protected]
3rd E-Mail: Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2000 8:05:45 PM Eastern Standard Time
Subj: George Lowery Smit/Smith, son of James and Leah Surrat Smith
To: [email protected]
CC: [email protected]
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George Lowery Smit(Smith)( a narrative by his daughter, Lottie Smit Bacon, my grandmother) was born on the 16th of October 1833 in Cocke Co., Tennessee.
I know very little of his childhood days. He was born on a plantation or farm and from the time he was 12 or 13 years of age until he was 17, he lived with his uncle and aunt. He rode race horses for his uncle and for two or three seasons he went to the races from Memphis to New Orleans. He told about he and his cousin playing lots of jokes on the negro slaves. When he was 17 years old he and his uncle had some trouble, his uncle put him to work with the negroes, and he left home and came West. His aunt called him back and gave him $300 and told him when that was gone to come back home, but he never saw her again.
He went first to Missouri and stayed there for some time. He joined a company of gold seekers in the big rush to California that was in 1853. I don't know how long they were on the road, I have heard him say that they camped right here where Georgetown, Bear Lake Co., Idaho is now on their way to California. They followed the Old Oregon Trail, I don't know how far, but they finally landed in the northern part of California. He spent a good deal of his time prospecting in the mountains between Placerville and Yosemite Park. He made lost of money locating some very rich gold claims but the money came easy and it went easy. He used to go to Sacramento and San Francisco. He and six other men were lost in the Sierra Nevada Moountains for seven days, They were nearly starved when they finally found a miner's cabin where they could get something to eat. They waded in snow from a foot to two and a half feet deep--it was on account of the snow storm that they got lost.
He stayed in California until 1861. When the Civil War started , he and some other fellows rigged up some outfits and started back home to help the South. Quite a few of the men had been sick on the way and had had bad luck with Indians stealing their mules and riding horses. Once when he and another fellow were hunting for meat for the camp, they were surrounded by a large band of Indians, they thought their time had come but after taking them a good many miles away, the Indians who were on the warpath against another tribe let them go and they returned to the camp very tired but happy to be alive. When they got to Farmington, Utah, George Lowery, being very sick with measles decided that he couldn't go any further, so with what was left of his outfit he stayed and others went on. He never heard from any of them nor from any of his people again.
My father was six feet one inch in his stocking feet, he was very straight, never did get stooped as he grew older. He had black curley hair and grey eyes and a very clear skin. He always wore a beard, sometimes just a goatee and mustache but mostly a full beard. He was never fat, and weighed about 175 lbs. I never saw him clean shaven . The last summer before he died he rode a horse and sat in the saddle straight as an arrow.
George Lowery was also what would be known today as a naturopath. He used herbs and knowledge of their properties to help people. It is said that he wrote back to Tennessee for some to replenish his stock. He died 18 Jan 1911 in Georgetown, Idaho. There is no indicatin of who his uncle was, whether thru his mother or father. The word is that he changed his name from Smith to Smit because there were so many Smith familys in Utah that he kept getting his mail mixed up with other George Smiths. Any help on his parents or siblings would be greatfully accepted and with much thanks. I hope this info will let you know what I do.
Robert A. Bacon, [email protected]
Thanks, Robert,
This is the same Bio. that Warren Smit, sent us on 07 Jan 2003
See: George L. SMIT "Life Sketch"

Warren Smit
Date: 05 Jan 2003 5:11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time
my name is Warren Smit. Like you, I'm a direct descendant of James Smith and Leah Serratt. I was fascinated by the information you show on your entry for James Smith. Our side of the family has been searching for this information since I the first half of the last century. I would be thrilled to know where you derived this information about Leah (Sarrett) and James Smith.
I have a life sketch of George Lowery Smith who changed his name to Smit after settling in Utah/Idaho and a picture of him. If you would like copies of these I will gladly send them to you. Familial regards,
Warren & Susan Smit [email protected]
Thanks for the E-Mail
Most of Leah SARRETT & James SMITH, came to us from: [REF:#002] by: Robert A. Bacon
(See: Lea (SARRETT) SMITH), SFA-Profile!
We would like to exchange info. on this family. ...prs

2nd E-Mail: Date: 07 Jan 2003 5:11:30 AM Pacific Standard Time
Paul, I'll give you all I have on Leah and her husband.
I was thrilled to see that you had traced her family back to the American Progenitor. Someone (and I think it was mostly you) has done a very good job on that.
My family has been searching for years for this information on Leah and her family. I've written to Mr. Bacon, also.
Please allow a couple days for me to bring all the information together to be sent to you. Regards,
Warren & Susan Smit [email protected]
Great, will be looking forward to your information., ..prs

3rd E-Mail: Date: 07 Jan 2003 1:13:45 PM Pacific Standard Time
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Paul, here is a life sketch of GL Smit as dictated to his daughter, Elnore.
Also attached is what my mother and father told me is a picture of George Lowery himself. I assume that this is correct because my father looked just like him. While searching through my records, I see that I actually have no information on Leah other than that depicted in the life sketch. I hope it helps you.
Regards, Warren & Susan Smit [email protected]
Thanks, Warren,
See: George L. SMIT "Life Sketch"
This is the same Bio. that Robert A. Bacon sent us on 26 Mar 2000...prs


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