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Hugh Smithwick
Born 1620? Harborne Parish, Co. Stafford, England
Died 1673? Chowan Precinct NC
Emigrated early 1642 to Upper Norfolk (now Nansemond) Co VA
SPOUSE CHILDREN
Elizabeth Windley

m. 1643?
Shaftsbury Pct., Nansemond Co., VA
b. 1627?
England?
d. Chowan Precinct NC
Edward

b. 1648?
Norfolk Co. VA
d. 1716
Bertie Co. NC
Hugh

b. 1650?
Nansemond Co. VA
d. by 1693
Chowan Precinct NC
Ralph

b. 1655?
Nansemond Co. VA
d. by 1693
Chowan Precinct NC
Elizabeth

b. 1660?
Nansemond Co. VA
d. 1692?
Chowan Precinct NC
John

b. 1670
Albemarle Co. NC
d. Aug 28, 1695
Chowan Precinct NC
Mary

b. 1672?
Chowan Precinct NC
d. 1761
Hugh Smithwick emigrated to America in the spring of 1642 in a party of 15 brought by William Eyers/Ayers, who received 750 acres on May 23,1642 in exchange for their transportation 750 acres.
He moved from Norfolk Co. VA to Albemarle Co. NC in the 1660's. His land was in Shaftesbury Precinct, later Chowan Precinct and was bounded on the south by Albemarle Sound, on the west by Edenton Bay, and on the north by Mattacomack Creek (now Queen Anne's Creek).
Virginia planters in pursuit of rich land on which to grow tobacco began moving into the northeastern area of what is now North Carolina in the 1650's. By 1663, these early settlers had attracted attention in England. A group of English courtiers thought that they saw in the region an opportunity to colonize the country and thereby acquire power and wealth. They sought a grant from King Charles II of England who complied by issuing a charter to the eight Lords Proprietors in 1663 by which he created the Carolinas. Hugh Smithwick was thus one of the early permanent white settlers in the Carolinas.
Sources:
Gracy, Alice Duggan, Thomas Hinds Duggan, Descendant and Ancestor, privately publ., Austin, TX, 1976, pp. 151-2.
Greer, George Cabell, Early Virginia Emigrants, 1623-1666, Richmond, 1912.
"Hugh Smithwick ... ", in W.P. Jacocks Papers, #3120; Southern Hist. Coll., UNC Chapel Hill, NC.
Johnston, Coy K., Thomas Hooks, 1730-1803, His Antecedents and Descendents and Allied Families of Harrison, Duggan and Smithwick, publ. by author, Atlanta GA, 1976, pp. 115-122.
Journal North Carolina Genealogy, 10:1379, 1382, 1383.
Nugent, Nell M., comp., Cavaliers and Pioneers, Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants, 1623-1666, Baltimore MD, 1934.