Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Moses Fairfax Smith, son of Aaron Fairfax Smith

Moses Fairfax Smith (son of Aaron Fairfax and Judith Smith) was born in 1825 or 1826. In 1870 and 1880 he lived in the home of his brother Presley William.  No family for Moses was shown. Both Moses F. and Presley W. were millers.  The Smith Brothers, presumably the very early ones, built a mill on Pond Creek near Paradise.  In 1916 the mill was torn down after having stood exactly one hundred years.  Rothert speaks of it as having been established in 1796 and says that it was first known as the Ely Smith mill and later became the Elias Smith mill and in 1850 was known as the Smith Brothers mill.

Moses Fairfax Smith's will is found in Muhlenberg County Will Book 4, page 96, and is dated March 27, 1877.  He instructed that perishable property be sold to pay debts and burial expenses, and that the rest of his property be sold and equally divided among the children of his brother Presley William Smith,  to be distributed when the youngest shall have married or become of age. 

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