At one time I had no information about the parents of my g-g-g-grandfather, David Smith. In her book, Westward, Ho!, our fellow researcher Nancy Scott has filled in a few details of the lives of David's mother, Maria Troup and father, Stephen Smith. The following information is taken from pages 191-196 of Nancy's book.1
Stephen Smith was born in Pennsylvania, although the date of immigration of his parents is uncertain. The family of Maria Troup, Stephen's wife, came to America with the Hessians and were of German origin. Their family name may have been Straub or Stroup, rather than Troup. After Stephen died, Maria lived until c 1808, in Potters Township, where her name appears on the tax roll in 1808.
Stephen Smith's name appears in several capacities in the Revolutionary War:
- Ranger on the Frontier in Captain John Moll's Company, Northumberland County, 1778-1783;
- Lieut. Jacob Bard's Company, Northumberland County Militia, 1780;
- Captain Phillip Meyer's Company, Northumberland Militia 1783-1790.
One wonders if we are looking at records of more than one person. However, militia men would enlist when needed, go home when crops needed attention, and reenlist when the call went out again, so these probably are our militiaman. At any rate our Stephen Smith was active during the Revolution.
Baptismal records for John Peter Smith in 1784 show that Stephen and Maria were members of Mohr's Zion Church in Penn Township, Northumberland County. His residence there is indicated by the 1778 tax rolls in Penn Township, Northumberland County. Also in the same place 1784 & 1787, he was taxed with 100 acres. The 1790 Census of Pennsylvania in Northumberland County, Penn Township lists Stephen Smith as head of household. He moved to Potter Township in Centre County about 1792. There he was a tenant on the Potter farm in 1798,2 where he kept a tavern at the old fort until he died c 1803. Stephen left several minor children, and his will directs that his sons were to be bound to trades with their choice of masters.
Nancy credits Stephen and Maria with the following children:
Of the nine or ten children of Stephen and Maria (Troup) Smith,
- David and Daniel moved to Venango County, Pennsylvania;
- Catharine and George to Clearfield County, Pennsylvania;
- John Peter and James to Cincinnati, Ohio;
- Barbara to Fulton County, Indiana;
- William to Blair County, Pennsylvania, and
- Mary's place of residence is unknown.
Since Catherine and Mary both married men named Kephart, it seems possible that these were brothers, and that both couples may have moved to Clearfield County. None of them died in Centre County.
Another researcher, cousin Meredith (Young) Renard, has supplied a birth year of 1742 for Stephen Smith, based on Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970, for Stephen Smith, and a death date of 30 Jun 1802, based on Wills of Centre County, Pa., 1800-1853. Both publications are available at ancestry.com. Based on the SAR application and other information from ancestry.com, Meredith provides a birth year of 1750 or 1751, and a death year of 1807 or 1808, for Maria Elizabeth Troup.