52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks #20 – Piety Thomas Smith

Piety Thomas Smith was my maternal 2nd great-grandmother. Piety was born December 9, 1810 in North Carolina. She married Jacob P. Lineberry in Grayson County, Virginia sometime after her marriage bond was recorded on November 4, 1833. Although many researchers list her parents as Wyatt Tansel Smith and Elizabeth Wilkes, Jacob’s marriage bond listed her as the daughter of P. Thomas Smith, although I suppose this could be an erroneous reiteration of her name rather than including the name of her father.

The 1840 Grayson County census for Jacob Lineberry listed one adult male between the ages of 20 and 29 and one adult female between the ages of 30 and 39 plus two male and two female children five years of age – Catherine (1835), Elizabeth (1837), Allen Journal (1838) and Joseph (1840). It is assumed the census enumerator erred in marking the age for Jacob since he was born in 1806 and would have been 34 at the time of the 1840 census, while Piety would have been 30.

The 1850 census lists another five children born to Jacob and Piety during the decade from 1840 to 1850 – Mary (1841), George [my great-grandfather] (1843), Wesley Bird (1845), Jacob (1846) and Martha (1847). Although the specific birth dates we have for Jacob and Martha are as above, the census enumerations for both 1850 and 1860 list Jacob and Martha reversed in age, which means Jacob’s recorded birth date is likely incorrect. 1850 M432_939 Page 378A Jacob & Piety Lineberry (2)The 1860 census adds one more daughter during the decade between 1850 and 1860 – Piety (1856). They also had a son Isiah born in 1850 who died in 1851. Daughters Catherine and Elizabeth both married about 1855 and by the 1860 census, Piety and Jacob were grandparents to four grandsons.

During the Civil War, two of their sons, George and Wesley served in the 29th Virginia Infantry for the duration while Allen Journal served ten days in the Virginia Militia as a part of the Confederate Army. All three sons survived the war.

By the 1870 census, only the youngest daughter, Piety, still lived at home. All the other children were married and raising families. Piety married in 1873. By the 1880 census, Piety and Jacob were enumerated as a couple.

By the time Piety died on October 25, 1885, she and Jacob had 80 grandchildren. Another 20 were born after her death for a total of 100 grandchildren.

IMG_0952 - Piety Thomas Smith Lineberry's HSShe was buried at the Hebron Cemetery in Carroll County, Virginia. Her hand-carved tombstone lists her birth and death dates as well as an inscription, likely carved by Jacob [a close-up photo of the text was posted by Beth Robinette on the FindAGrave memorial]:

As you pass by remember me
As you are now
So once was I
As I am now
You soon will be
Prepare for death and follow me – See more at: http://kbaumantreehouse.name/getperson.php?personID=I296&tree=keithandkay#sthash.yVf4oDnm.dpuf

 As you pass by remember me
As you are now
So once was I
As I am now
You soon will be
Prepare for death and follow

As you pass by remember me
As you are now
So once was I
As I am now
You soon will be
Prepare for death and follow me – See more at: http://kbaumantreehouse.name/getperson.php?personID=I296&tree=keithandkay#sthash.yVf4oDnm.dpuf

 

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This blog was prepared as a part of Amy Johnson Crow’s  No Story Too Small 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge.

 

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3 Responses

  1. […] – “Piety Thomas Smith” by Donna Brown on DonnaB’s […]

  2. Donna, had to read your post because I have both Smith & Brown surnames in my family. However, I don’t see any connection.The engraving on that tombstone is interesting!

    • With Smith and Brown as surnames,it’s probably not too surprising to not find a connection between us. I have a few other Smith lines, so we may still find a connection yet. The Brown name is a little convoluted – it is a married name for me but my ex-husband was adopted and his paternal great-grandfather’s birth name was actually Lenox. In fact, my daughter wrote about him in her blog today: http://kbea831.wordpress.com/2014/05/25/52-ancestors-in-52-weeks-isaac-brown/. Stop by again sometime.

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