Census record: In the early census of the United States, the only ones counted were those on the premises that day, family members away from home were not counted. The first census of North Carolina, 1784-1787, show district 12 taken by Thomas Harvey, dated February 12, 1786. Of the 32 names that appear on page two, Samuel Smith is one of them. W.M. 21 to 60 Yrs.---1, W.M. under 21 and above 60---2, W.F. all ages---7, Blacks 12-50----4, Blacks 12 and above 60---4 Although, it is unknown when Judith Nelms Smith died, this entry in the records shows that she was alive in 1788. James Knight of Edgecombe Co. to Isaac Kirk of Halifax County, April 7, 1788. 35 pounds, 1 negro boy Jordan about 12 years old. James Knight. Wit: Saml Smaith and Judith Nelms Smith (X) The following is Samuel Smith's Will: In the name of God Amen I Samuel Smith of Halifax County and State of North Carolina being sick and weak in body, but of perfect mind and memory knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die do make this my last will and testament and such worldly estate as it hath pleased god to bestow on me I bequeath and dispose of in manner and form following. First I give and bequeath to my two sons viz Thomas and Samuel Smith the whole of my land and equally divided between them so that my oldest son Thomas Smith may have the house and orchard and plantation whereon I now live. Item I also give and bequeath to my son Thomas two negro men viz Jepe and Sam to him and his heirs forever. Item I lend to my daughter Nancy James on negro girl named Nancy during her natural life and after her death my desire is that all of her surviving children may have and enjoy the said negro girl Nancy and her increase if any forever. Item I have given to my daughter Molley Harvey one negro man named Spencer. Item I give to my daughter Judith Saxon one negro man named Moses to her and her heirs forever. item I give to my daughter Lucy smith one negro man named Solomon to her and her heirs forver. Item I give to my daughter Peggy smith one negro woman named Hannah to her and her heirs forever. Item I give to my son Samuel smith on negro woman named Polly to him and his heirs forever I also give my son Samuel Smith my riding saddle and my desire is that my said son Sam'l should have the colt that is in my sorrel mare and raise it on her until next fall. Item I give to my daughter Milly smith one negro girl named Chainey to her and her heirs forever. Item I give to my daughter Betsey Burberry Smith one negro boy named Jack to her and her heirs forever. Item I give to my two youngest daughter Sucky (Susan) and Martha Smith one negro woman named Fanny and her increase after this date to be equally divided between them and their heirs forever and as I have already given some of my children viz Nancy James in movable the sum of fourteen pounds fifteen shillings also Molly Harvey the sum of twenty two pounds and Judith Saxon nine pounds all rated in Virginia money my desire is that the rest of my children should be made equal with them before they any of my movable property and for all to share and share alike, and further my desire is that the crop that now is in of Corn, Pork, Cotton, Liquor, should remain to support my children that now stays on the plantation, and I do hereby appoint my son Thomas Smith and my friend Benjamin Doles and Isaac Kirk exec of this my last will and testament, and I do hear by utterly revoking disallow all former will by me made declaring this and no other to be my last will and testament. In witness and herefore I have hereunto set my hand and seal. Saml Smith seal