William Sothoron Smoot (28 Nov. 1847-31 Jan. 1900)

William S. Smoot was the son of Jacob Gilliams Smoot (1813-1875) and his wife, Helen Waugh (Calder) Smoot (1822-1883). Though he was born in Maryland, William S. Smoot spent most of his life in Fairfax County, VA.

The family’s home was Sylona (now called “Salona”), located in McLean, VA. “The Salona mansion was built ca.1800 on part of the 1719 Thomas Lee grant of 2862 acres that became known as Langley. ‘Lighthorse’ Harry Lee received a life interest to Salona through the death of his wife Matilda, who left the Langley tract to their son Henry. President James Madison and his wife, Dolley, received hospitality at Salona in August of 1814 during the British invasion of Washington.” (Northern Virginia Conservation Trust) In 1862 and 1863, the mansion and farm, then owned by the Smoot family, was used as a headquarters – Camp Griffin — for various Union commanders. Until 1947, the property was a working farm. As of December 2005, the property was placed under a conservation easement by agreement between the Northern Virginia Conservation Trust and the DuVal family.

Smoot attended the University of Virginia in session 46 (1869-1870). According to the 1880 U.S. Census, his profession was farming. He married Jane Mosher Kurtz (1856-1930) of Langley, VA, and the couple had three children: John Daniel Kurtz Smoot, who attended U.Va. from 1903 to 1906; Calder Gilliams Smoot; and William Sothoron Smoot Jr.

William Sothoron Smoot and his family are buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, in Georgetown, D.C.


  • Barringer, Paul B., ed. University of Virginia: Its History, Influence, Equipment, and Characteristics with Biographical Sketches and Portraits of Founders, Benefactors, Officers, and Alumni. New York, 1904. Accessed via books.google.com.
  • Directory of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Washington, D.C.: 1911. Accessed via books.google.com.
  •  Northern Virginia Conservation Trust. Salona Agreement Recorded. 28 Dec. 2005. [Press release] http://www.resourcesaver.org/file/toolmanager/CustomO45C96F69667.pdf (Accessed 5/13/2011)
  •  Sothoron, Haddox, Jr. Sothoron and related families: a genealogical pursuit [website]. 2010.  http://ourgenes.net/Data%20File/aaa-indices.htm Accessed 5/13/2011.
  •  Tombstones of Smoot Family, Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington, D.C. Findagrave.com. Accessed 5/13/2011.
  •  1880 U.S. Census. Virginia. in Ancestry.com. 1880 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010.
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