Furman, McDonald. “Jim Smiling a Redbone. An Interesting Patriarch of Unique People in Privateer.” State (Columbia, SC). May 27, 1897
James (Jim) Edward Smiling was referred to as “the patriarch of the Privateer Redbones.” In 1838, he became a carpenter, an occupation he practiced for some time. He also was a Baptist minister.
Smiling and his wife, 77 years old and 71 years old, respectively, had over 50 descendants, including children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He owned over 200 acres of land and lived in the same house for over 52 years.
In 1868, Smiling was elected a member of the legislature. He was also a magistrate under Governor Scott, and he served, at times, as a trial justice.