"Family History of the Joseph Taylor, Jr. & Sarah Best Family"
by Shari H. Franke
Taylor, or "Tempy", as she was known by her family, was born in 1793, at Edgecombe
County, North Carolina, the sixth child of Joseph Taylor, Jr. and Sarah Best.
She grew up on the Taylor Plantation with a loving and close family. Tempy was
about 15 years of age when her family left Edgecombe County, North Carolina
for Warren County, Kentucky. It was probably a hard thing for a young teenage
girl to leave the home of her youth and to leave close relatives and friends.
her family arrived in Warren County, Kentucky in 1808 after a very hard journey.
As she grew older, she met and fell in love with a handsome young soldier, Wiley
Smart. The young people were married on 4 April 1813 at Warren County, Kentucky.
Joseph Taylor, Tempy's father, gave his consent and his bond.
and Wiley had two children in Warren County, and then about 1816 or 1817, they
decided to leave Kentucky for the State of Illinois with his parents. They moved
to Madison County, Illinois, where they lived for the rest of their lives. Seven
more children were born in Illinois, for a good-sized family of nine children.
The place where they settled in Madison County was later known as "Smart's Prairie".
The years passed
quickly for this couple, for raising a large family required so much time. About
1843, Seraphy Temperance Taylor died at Madison County, Illinois. She was buried
at the Smart Family Cemetery near Troy, Madison, Illinois, which is located
in a field 1/2 mile east of Haegler Cemetery, 3 miles northeast of Troy.
was born in 1789, in Edgecombe County, North Carolina. He was a son of Laban
Smart (b. 9 Nov. 1758 at Franklin Co., N.C.-d. 28 Mar. 1840) and Susannah Simmons
(b. 31 Mar. 1766-d. 22 Mar. 1838). Laban Smart was the eldest son of Peter and
Sarah Smart. Laban served as a soldier during the Revolutionary War under General
Morgan in the memorable Battle of Cowpens. His brother Amos died in the Army
with camp fever soon after this battle. It was said that they were fighting
side by side when Amos was wounded, and when Laban stopped to assist him, 'he
was told to continue on with the fight and not to stop, that Amos would be all
right and for him not to be alarmed. Laban enlisted in the Spring of 1780 under
Captain William Brickle and served under Colonels Allen, Session and Kinyon
at the age of 22 years. He enlisted again in 1781, serving under Captain Jones
and Colonel Linton and drew a pension in 1832, which 'he applied for at age
74 years. Laban Smart lived in Franklin County, Edgecombe County and Chatham
County, North Carolina. Laban and Susannah Simmons Smart moved to Tennessee
for one year, then to Warren County, Kentucky about 1806 and then onto Madison
County, Illinois in 1816. They settled there in Section 1, township 3, range
7 of Jarvis township. Laban continued farming until about 1838 when he lost
his wife Susannah. They had raised a large family of ten children (all born
in North Carolina) with whom the old gentleman lived until his death, some three
years later. This family was one of the first settlers in this part of Madison
County, Illinois. Almost all of Laban and Susannah Simmons Smart's children
came to Madison County, Illinois: Martha Smart and Isham Vincent; Wiley Smart
and Temperance Taylor; Margaret Elizabeth "Betsey" Smart and Harden Warren;
Peter Smart; Cynthia Smart and James Keown; Henry Smart, Jennie Jane "Jinca"
Smart and Barabarry "Barbara" Smart. The two children who didn't come were:
Alsey Smart, the oldest son who remained in Warren, County, Kentucky, and a
daughter Katherine Smart and husband Thomas Burchield who remained in Kentucky
but came later on to Madison County, Illinois.
In about 1832,
Wiley exchanged farms with Peter Long and then located on the Long farm, where
he continued to reside until his death in 1856. Wiley and Temperance raised
quite a large family, some of whom settled in Shelby County, Illinois; and others
Wiley also served
his country in the War of 1812 as a Private in Captain Stewart's Company in
the Warren County, Kentucky Militia. He worked hard all of his life and was
a farmer. After S. Temperance's death about 1843, Wiley married (2) 23 July
1844, Elizabeth ------- (Hignight), at Bond County, Illinois, who was a widow.
She had been formerly married to Mr ------- Hignight, and they had several children,
who Wiley raised as his own after he married their mother. Wiley and Elizabeth
also had one son. on 25 October 1855, Wiley Smart died at Olive township, Madison,
Illinois. He was buried at the Smart Family Cemetery, near Troy, Madison, Illinois.
Elizabeth Hignight Smart died August 1856, shortly after Wiley. She is believed
to be buried also at the Smart Family Cemetery, near Troy, Madison, Illinois.
Wiley Smart and Seraphy Temperance Taylor's children were: Amy, Sarah, Henry
Green, Lucinda, Peter, Martha, Allen Taylor, Mary Ann and William R..
and Elizabeth Hignight's child was Alexander Wiley Smart.
children by her first marriage to Mr. Hignight were: James, Mary, Sarah, Moses,
Peter, Catharine, Daniel, Rebecca and Nancy Ellen P. Catharine, born ca. 1832,
married Peter Smart, son of Wiley and Temperance.