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112    SMITH CEMETERY (Highway 119 near Osmond Road)

      Location - off NC Hwy 119 near Osmond Community on the Hycotee Farm at 10790 NC Hwy 199 N, Semora NC.

      Coordinates: 36d 27m 26.0s N; 79d 11m 02.0s W Click here for Google maps

      The Hycotee Farm is owned by William Osmond Smith III and Yancey Moorefield Smith. This graveyard stands to the left of the old farm road leading from present NC Hwy 119 to the old house at Hycotee.

      Surveyed by John Douglas Storey on November 21, 2007. Pictures by John Storey. The cemetery picture was taken before the cemetery was cleaned up.

      Family tradition holds that Samuel Smith (September 29, 1765 - June 4, 1816) and his wife, Elizabeth Harrison (February 28, 1772 - December 17, 1838) are buried here. They were the first of this branch of Smith's to settle here, Samuel having come from Granville County. It seems logical that their infant children, Jane, James Webb and Henry Pattillo, are also buried here. Also a daughter, Mary Kennon, age 11. Samuel and Elizabeth were the parents of Richard Ivy Smith.

      Another grave may belong to Frances Elizabeth Smith (July 30, 1836 - May 11, 1873), age 36, daughter of RI and MAG Smith. They had 13 children, 8 of whom are buried here and 4 others are in marked graves at Red House Presbyterian Church, just up the road to Semora. I know of no record of Frances' burial and find this puzzling as I believe all the "squarish" stones in this cemetery were erected at one time by her surviving sister and brothers, Mary Ivy Smith, John Baptist Smith, William Goodwin Smith and Robert Kennon Smith.

      That leaves at least nine graves unaccounted for. There are no other likely candidates in the six generations who have lived here.

      One other burial of interest was that of "Buff", the beloved pet dog of Lilly Webb Smith, daughter of John Baptist and Sabra Annie Smith. For many years a small monument in the shape of a dog stood above Buff's grave which was to the right of Anne Smith Wilson in row 4. Unfortunately the statue was stolen sometime in the past 40 years.


  1. Long, Pensie Smith   (b. 11 Jul 1853 - d. 14 Oct 1887)
      • Penelope Campbell (Smith) Long, Beloved wife of Thomas Webb Long. married Oct 1, 1885. "He gaveth his beloved sleep" (from Psalm 127:2). Thomas Long was born 21 Sep 1851 in Hillsboro, Orange County NC and died 1 Nov 1926 at Fairview Buncombe County NC. Row 1.
  2. Rainey, Annie   (b. 14 Aug 1850 - d. 4 Nov 1882)
      • Anne Wilson (Smith) Rainey, daughter of R.I. and M.A.G. Smith. Beloved wife of J. P. Rainey. (married Nov. 3, 1882, John Parish Rainey II, born Aug. 18, 1842 in Caswell County, NC. died Mar. 14, 1903; buried at Red House Presbyterian Church) "Asleep In Jesus, Blessed Sleep". Row 1.
  3. Smith, Amy Webb   (b. 15 Sep 1847 - d. 6 Jul 1849)
      • Daughter of Richard Ivy and Mary Amiss Smith. Row 2.
  4. Smith, James Richard   (b. 5 Aug 1858 - d. 5 May 1887)
      • Son of Richard Ivy and Mary Amiss Smith. Row 1.
  5. Smith, Maggie Berringer   (b. 7 Dec 1879 - d. 7 Jun 1880)
      • Daughter of Richard Ivy and Mary Amiss Smith's son, John Baptist Smith and his wife, Sabra Annie Long. Spelling of her second name on gravestone is probably an error. She was named for her uncle, Rufus Barringer. Row 1.
  6. Smith, Mary Amiss Goodwin Smith   (b. 9 May 1815 - d. 24 Apr 1889)
      • Mary Amiss Goodwin (Smith) Smith. Daughter of Maurice and Frances Goodwin Smith. (Born in Granville County, NC, she and her husband, Richard Ivy Smith, were 1st cousins. Their fathers, Samuel and Maurice Smith, were sons of Samuel and Mary Edmondson Webb Smith of "Abram's Plains", Granville County, NC). Row 1.
  7. Smith, Mildred I.   (b. 15 Nov 1848 - d. 10 Jun 1849)
      • Mildred Isabella Smith. Daughter of Richard Ivy and Mary Amiss Smith. Row 2.
  8. Smith, Rebecca Cameron   (b. 21 jun 1840 - d. 5 Jan 1888)
      • Daughter of Richard Ivy and Mary Amiss Smith. Row 1.
  9. Smith, Richard I.   (b. 9 Feb 1857 - d. 1 Jul 1857)
      • Richard Ivy Smith. Son of Richard Ivy and Mary Amiss Smith. Row 2.
  10. Smith, Richard Ivy   (b. 16 Feb 1800 - d. 28 Jul 1871)
      • (Born and died at Hycotee) Son of Samuel and Elizabeth Harrison Smith. husband of Mary Amiss Goodwin Smith Smith. Row 1.
  11. Smith, Samuel Maurice   (b. 30 Jul 1838 - d. 25 Jun 1839)
      • Son of Richard Ivy and Mary Amiss Smith. Row 2.
  12. Unknown, ??   (b. - d. )
      • Two fieldstone markers (head and foot) in row 2
  13. Unknown, ??   (b. - d. )
      • Eight fieldstone markers (head and foot) in row 3
  14. Unknown, ??   (b. - d. )
      • Five fieldstone markers (head and foot) in row 3
  15. Unknown, ??   (b. - d. )
      • Two fieldstone markers (head and foot) in row 2
  16. Wilson, Anne Smith   (b. 28 Oct 1802 - d. 21 Sep 1838)
      • Died in Milton NC. Aged 35 Years. Married Dec. 6, 1821 to John Wilson (born Oct. 10, 1796 in Norflok Va., died Oct 21, 1875 at Melville, Milton NC and is buried at Cedars Cemetery, Milton NC). "Children of the above rest by her side.". Row 4.
  17. Wilson, Buff   (b. 27 May 1925 - d. 26 Aug 1932)
      • (the only thing on the stone was "Buff" and birth and death and it was among the Wilson graves and was thought to be a Wilson child.)
  18. Wilson, Samuel S.   (b. - d. )
      • Aged 4 years. Child of Anne Smith Wilson and John Wilson. Row 4.
  19. Wilson, William A.   (b. - d. )
      • Aged 1 year. Child of Anne Smith Wilson and John Wilson. Row 4.


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