Smallwood Turner Noland was one of Jackson County's earliest pioneers and was prominent in his time. As noted on the Noland home page, there was also Smallwood Valentine Noland who was also prominent at the same time and it is my belief that there is much confusion as to which Smallwood did what.

I am including here only what I believe, at this time, to be certain.

The 1840 census shows a Smallwood Noland and a S. V. Noland. I am assuming that Smallwood Noland is Smallwood Turner and S. V. is Smallwood Valentine as I have seen him referred to as S. V. in other circumstances.

In 1840, Smallwood is shown as having ten slaves: one male, 36-55; one female, 36-55; three males, 10-24; two females, 10-24; two males, under 10 and one female, under 10. While this could be a single family, it is not certain. By the 1850 census, Smallwood's slave holdings had increased to 26.

S. V. Noland is not shown as owning any slaves, so it appears that the dubious distinction of being a slave owner falls to Smallwood Turner Noland. I believe that S. V. Noland died in 1845, so he obviously missed the 1850 census.

One book indicates that Smallwood grew peaches on his farm and bragged that his wife Nancy made the best peach cobbler in the county (or perhaps a larger area). Since Smallwood Turner Noland's wife's name was Nancy, the honor of being the husband of the Peach Cobbler Queen appears to go to Smallwood Turner.

I have more information, but need to organize it and fill in gaps, so, of course, there is more to come.