Posted by Ron Smith on September 22, 2001 at 18:27:12:
The Shirleys and Smiths have a long association in VA and SC. Marion Shirley Porter was attempting to identify Benjamin Smith (apparently married to Susannah Shirley),in Turkey Creek area. My gg-grandfather was Zachariah Smith who shows in the 1820 census next to Benjamin Smith and close to William Smith. He named 2 sons William and Benjamin and I suspect he may be the son of the older Benjamin or William. Minutes of the Turkey Creek Baptist Church refer to many Shirleys and minutes in the 1840s mention William and Benjamin Smith. Does anyone have any further information regarding Benjamin Smith or Zachariah Smith?
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