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Genealogical and Biographical 

Listing the relatives of General ll'illiam 
Alexander Smith and of IV . Thomas Smith 


DATA for The Flake Tables gathered 
by Mrs. Julia Flake Burns and by 
Osmer D. Flake. 

NAMES of writers of sketchess appear- 
ing after the sketch, except when asked 
that the name be omitted. 


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Familv Tree Book 

Genealogical and Biographical 

Honor Roll of Our Ancestors 

Alston, Col. John, The Emigrant of Chowan 
County, N. C. (100) married Mary Clark. 

Alston. Elizabeth, daughter of Col. John, 
married Samuel Williams Sr. (102). 

Bellew, Isaac, The Emigrant (800, 840). 

Bellew, Abraham, married Catherine (Katie) 
Smith, (800, 840). 

Bellew, Mary, married John Smith No. 3 
(600, 907). 

Bennett, Gen. William, The Emigrant (844) 
also (806F, 806, 845). 

Bennett, Rev. William Jr. about 1778, mar- 
ried Nancy Hucksten (806E, 844). 

Bennett, William No. 3, married Susanna 
Dunn (806F, 844. 843). 

Bennett, Lemuel Dunn, married Jane Little 
(806G, 806H, 845). 

Bennett, Mary Jane, married William Alex- 
ander Smith (806H—F, 631). 

Collin, Laurence, Master Gunner under Sir 
Oliver Cromwell at Nottingham, England 

Collin, Fortune, wife of Thomas Smith Sr. 
of Nottingham (300, 901). 

Cartlitch, John, father of Elizabeth Cartlitch 
(301 B). 

Cartlitch, Elizabeth, married Samuel Smith 
Sr. of London (501 B). 

Clark, Mary, The Emigrant and wife of 
Col. John Alston (100). 

Dunn, John, The Emigrant (806D, 845, 846). 

Dunn, Bartholomew, born 1716, husband of 

Ruth Dunn (806D. 843, 846). 

Dunn, Ruth, wife of Bartholomew. 

Dunn, Isaac, married Mary Sheffield (806D. 
846, 845). 

Dudley, Mary, wife of Samuel Williams of 
Edgecombe County, N. C. prior to Revo- 
lution (103). 

Flake, Samuel, The Emigrant, (300, 301, 
904). Sallie (Alcy) Harris second wife, 
stepmother of Mary Flake. 

Flake, Mary, wife of John Smith No. 2 
(301 -A, 503, 903). 

Garton, Thomas, father of Elizabeth (500). 

Garton, Elizabeth, in 1630 married John 
Smith Jr. (500) (901). 

Gofl, Jane, born about 1768, married Thomas 
Smith (504, 912). 

Harris Sallie (Alcy), second wife of Samuel 
Flake, stepmother of Mary Flake, our 

Hooper, Mary, the first wife of Thomas 
Smith of Nottingham. We are from For- 
tune Collin, the second wife. 

Hucksten, "Miss", wife of Rev. William Ben- 
nett (806E, 844). 

Ingram, Edwin, married Nancy Montgomery 

Ingram, Joseph, "Redhead", married Cather- 
ine (Katie) McCaskill (801, 839, 841). 

Ingram, Ann (Nancy) Montgomery, married 
Presley Nelme Jr. 

Little, William, (806G). 

Matlotk, John Caswell, married Mary Merrick 
(2, 960). 

Merrick, "Mother", died age I 1 1 Dode 
County, Mo. (2). 

Merrick, Elizabeth, married James White 
(2, 50, 961). 

Montgomery, Col. Hugh, married Lady 
Moore (801, 839). 

Moore, Lady, married Col. Hugh Mont- 
gomery (801, 839). 

McCaskill, Catherine, married Joseph In- 
gram (804). 

Nelme, John, The Emigrant (803, 841). 

Nelme, Charles, married Eliza Sydnor (803, 

Nelme, Presley Sr., husband of Winfred 
Nelme (804, 839). 

Nelme, Winfred, wife of Presley Sr. (804, 839). 

Nelme, Presley Jr., married Ann (Nancy) 
Montgomery Ingram (804, 839). 

Nelme, Eliza Sydnor, married Col. William 
Gaston Smith (806, 619). 

Pyatt, Peter Sr., killed in the Revolutionary 
army (15). 

Pyatt, Martha (Patsy), married John White 

Sheffield, Dr. Mary, married Isaac Dunn 
(806D, 846). 

Smith, John Sr., died 1602 (300). 

Smith, John Jr., baptized 1593, married 
Elizabeth Garton, later Frances Wilcocke 

Smith, Thomas Sr., born 1631, married For- 
tune Collin (500, 901). 

Smith, Samuel Jr., married Elizabeth Cart- 
litch (500B). 

Smith, John, The Emigrant to America, 
settled in Wake County, N. C. about 1735. 

Smith, John No. 2, soldier of the Revolution, 
married Mary Flake (503, 903). 

Smith, Philip, father of Catherine (Katie) 

Smith, Catherine (Katie), married Abraham 
Bellew (800, 840). 

Smith, John No. 3, married Mary Bellew 
(503, 907) (600). 

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Genealogical and Bios,ra-phical 

Honor Roll of Our Ancestors (continued) 

Smith, Thomas, married Jane Goff (503, 504, 

Smith, Col. WilHam Gaston, married EHza 
Sydnor Nelme (619, 908, 806- A). 

Smith, Gen. William Alexander, married 
Mary Jane Bennett (631, 909, 910, 911, 

Smith, John Auld, married Leusey Williams 
(505.912, 151). 

Smith. Dr. John Devergie, married Vetury 
White (506, 50-F, 913, 914). 

Steele, Elizabeth (Betsy) married William 
Little, The Emigrants (806G, 845). 

Tyre, Catherine, married William Williams 
of Edgecombe County, N. C. (104). 

White, John, of South Carolina in 1788 mar- 
ried Martha (Patsy) Pyatt (1 5, 22, 960, 26). 

White, James, married Elizabeth Matlock 
(50, 961). 

Williams, William, The Emigrant (101). 

Williams, Samuel Sr., of Chowan, later of 
Edgecombe County, N. C. married Eliza- 
beth Alston (102). 

Williams, Samuel Jr., of Edgecombe County, 

N. C, married Mary Dudley (103). 
Williams, William, married Catherine Tyre, 
moved from Edgecombe to Wake County 
about 1780, to Anson County in 1800 (105). 
Williams, Benjamin, married Elizabeth in 
1 802 (she is thought to have been Leusey 
Elizabeth Pate.) He then lived in Anson 
County, having moved from Wake County 
in 1800. 

To these, the ancestors of W. Thos. Smith 
and of the sleeping babes of Gen. W. A. 
Smith, we dedicate this book. It is to preserve 
some of the things now known of them that 
the book was compiled. All have passed to 
the beyond save Gen. Smith. We think him 
entitled to a space in the Honor Roll. May 
3, 1922. A. D. 

W. Thomas Smith 


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Genealogical and Biographical 

Table of Contents 

Numbers refer to paragraphs. Letters to 
subdivision of paragraphs. After Tables 
were made out, additional matters caused us 
to add a letter. 806A means first paragraph 
after 806. 8D6-A means the first subdivision 
of paragraph 896. We shall not index Tables. 
By following numbers in Honor Roll, Table 
of Contents, List of Subscribers and in body 
of book, names can easily be found. Each 
owner, on the fly leaf, can make a short index 
of his family. Blank pages in back are for 
the recording of births, marriages, and deaths. 
Errors can be corrected on margin of pages. 
We suggest that if any owner wishes to leave 
data other than this, that he secure a well 
bound blank book and write it out. Some 
descendant will appreciate it more than any 
money you can leave him. 

Maternal relatives of W. Thos. Smith 
1 to 100, 961, 962. 

Paternal Relatives of W. Thos. Smith 
too to 800; 900 to 960. 

Relatives of children of Gen. W. A. Smith 
800 to 960. 

Relatives of Osmer D. Flake: 300 to 800 
903 to 960. 

Relatives of Mrs. Julia Flake Burns 
100 to 500; 503 to 800; 903 to 960. This is 
general. In these numbers are found names 
to be excluded, which from the context will 
be apparent. 

1 The Merrick Family; "Mother" Merrick, 
buried in Dode County, Mo. James 
E., Molten, and Mary, her children. 

2 The Matlock Family. John Caswell 
Matlock and Mary Merrick, his wife. 
Children, husbands, wives and descen- 
dants. (See 960, for sketch). 

10 John Dewit Fry, Martha McDaniel, his 
wife, and descendants. Sketch. 

15 The Pyatt or Pyeatt Family. Peter 
Pyatt, killed in the Revolutionary Army. 
Children: Peter Jr., of Charleston. S. C. ; 
Jane, married Mr. Davis and went to 
Georgia; James and Jacob, located near 
Little Rock, Ark. about 1807; Martha 
(Patsy) married John White, located near 
Nashville, Tenn., 1788, eventually moved 
to Hickman County, Ky. 

22 The White Family of South Carolina. 
John, married Martha (Patsy) Pyatt; 
Mary, married John (Jack) Craig Mc- 
Daniel, located Benton County, Tenn.; 
Richard, located near Nashville, a daugh- 
ter married Johnathan Pryor and located 

in Graves County, Ky. about 1822; a 

daughter married Duncan Pryor. located 

in Hickman County, Ky., about 1822. 

(See 960 for sketch). 
26 John White -Martha (Patsy) Pyatt 

Tables: 25 to 100; 506 to 525. (See 

sketch 15, 22 and 950). 
46 Green Bivens, born 1830, living at Cam- 
den, Tenn. sketch. 
50 James White— Mary (Polly) McSwaine 

—Elizabeth Matlock Tables: 50 to 100; 

596 to 525. (see sketch 961, sketch of 

Vetury White 914). 
50 James Clay White. Confederate Soldier, 

53 Hugh Lawson (Bud) White, Confederate 

Soldier, and Josephine Octervine Walker, 

his wife, sketch. 
56 Eliza White— Clark Hubbs Table, sketch. 
59 Dr. E. Clark Hubbs of Los Angeles, 

Cal., sketch. 
71 Caroline (Callie) Donia White — Lieut. 

James Ballowe Table, sketch. 

100 The Alston Family; Col. John Alston of 
Chowan County, N. C. and Mary Clark, 
his wife, The Emigrants. 

101 The Williams Family; William Williams 
of Virginia, The Emigrant. 

102 Samuel Williams Sr. of Chowan, later of 
Edgecombe County, N. C. and Elizabeth 
Alston, his wife. 

103 Samuel Williams Jr. of Edgecombe Coun- 
ty, N. C. and Mary Dudley, his wife. 

104 William Williams, married about 1758, 
and Catherine Tyre, his wife, of Edge- 
combe County. N. C. moved to Wake 
County about 1780, to Anson County 
about 1800. 

105 Will of William Williams, recorded in 
Anson County, N. C. in 1807. 

106 The Harris Family; Captain Sherwood 
Harris died at Granville, N. C. 1763. 
Sherwood Harris Jr., and family of 
Anson County. N. C. 

107 Sherwood Harris Jr. and Williams Tables. 
(See 107 to 150). 

108 Williams Williams — Catherine Tyre 
Tables: 108 to 300; 311 to 342; 505 
to 550. 

109 David Williams. Soldier in the Revo- 
lution—Martha Ivey Table (951). 

no John Harris— Mary Ann (Nancy) Wil- 
liams Tables; sketch of John David 

150 Benjamin Williams, married 1802. An- 

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son County, N. C, Tables 150 to 300; 
505 to 550. (Seeskech912). 

152 Elizabeth (Betsy) Williams— David 
Townsend Tables; sketch. 

152 Pauline Sherwood Townsend, Ward-Bel- 
mont School, Nashville, Tenn., sketch. 

169 Hampton Williams, The Witch Doctor, 
Tables (See sketch 952). 

300 The Flake Family: Samuel and Henry 
Flake, The Emigrants. (See 904 for 
sketch of Samuel Flake.) 

301 The will of Samuel Flake. Names of 
children. Tables 30! to 500; 503 to 800. 
Sketches 902 to 960. 

305A William Green Flake Tables and sketch. 

311 Elijah Flake, born 1768, emigrated to 
Henderson County, Tenn. 1818, married 
Ehzabeth Williams. Tables 311 to 320 

320 Jordan Flake, born 1783, Anson County, 
N. C, Penelope Williams Tables. 320 
to 342. 

342 Jordan Flake, born 1783, Faithy Eliza- 
beth Hanna, his second wife. Tables 
342 to 500. 

333 John Wesley Flake, Roxaline Dunn Ben- 
nett Tables. 333 to 342. 

338 Flavel Bennett Flake, Ann Allen, and 
Jane Allen Tables. 338 to 342. 

339 JuUa Hough Flake of Wadesboro, N. C, 
Charles N. Burns Table . To her we are 
indebted for much of The Flake Tables. 

353 James Madison Flake, born 1815, Agnes 
Hailey Love Tables 353 to 500. (See 
sketch 954). 

355 William Jordan Flake, Lucy White, 
Prudence Kartchner Tables 355 to 500 
(See sketch 955). 

364 Osmer D. Flake, Elsie Owens Tables 
364 and following. Osmer D. Flake 
resides in Phoenix, Arizona. He gathered 
the data for The Flake Tables. 

367 James Madison Flake (See 956). 

374 George M. Flake, sketch. 

380 Charles Love Flake. He gave his life in 
The World War. Sketch. 

500 The Smith Family: The origin, early 
history in England; John Smith Sr., 
died 1602. John Smith Jr., Elizabeth 
Garton, his wife, Thomas Garton, her 
father, Thomas Smith, their son. Fortune 
Collin, his wife. 

500 Thomas Smith Sr., born 1631, The Not- 
tingham Mercer and Banker, known as 
the Founder of The Nottingham Thomas 
Smith Family. Fortune Collin, his wife, 
Laurence Collin, her father. Master 

Gunner under Sir Oliver Cromwell. (See 
900 and 901 for more data). 
501 B Samuel Smith Sr., Elizabeth Cartlitch, 
his wife, John Cartlitch, her father. 
(See also 901). 

502 John Smith, born 1719, No. 1, The 
Emigrant to Wake County, N. C, about 
1735. (See sketch 902). 

503 John Smith No. 2, born 1740, Wake 
County, moved to Anson County, married 
Mary Flake. Soldier in the Revolution- 
ary Army. (See sketch 903) Tables 
503 to 800. 

504 Thomas Smith, born 1 768, married Jane 
Goff . (See sketch 9 1 2) Tables 504 to 550. 

505 John Auld Smith, born 1794, moved to 
Henderson County, Tenn., 1838, Leusey 
WiUiams Tables. 505 to 540 (See 912). 

506 Dr. John Devergie Smith, born 1829, 
Vetury White Tables. 506 to 525 (See 
sketches 913 and 914) They are parents 
of W. Thos. Smith. 

507 Dr. Millard McFarland Smith, Alice 
Hinkle Tables 507 to 5 1 5 (See sketches 
915, 916, 917). 

515 Dr. Richard Filmore Smith, AHce Buckly 
his wife. (See 918 sketch.) 

519 Prof. John D. Smith Jr., Lina Warren 
Table. Laura Lee Allard second wife. 
(See sketch 920). 

520 Benjamin Franklin Smith, Izora Bond 
Tables (See 921). 

521 Dr. Juhus Alexander Smith, Nettie 
Warden Wilson Tables. (See 922). 

522 W. Thos. Smith, Compiler of Book (See 

523 Mrs. Bettie Smith Hughes, 102 North 
Gramercy Street, Los Angeles, Cali- 
fornia. (See 924) Copies of this book can 
be purchased of her. 

524 Weightman Smith Sr., May Hawkins 
Table (See 925). 

526 William Thomas Smith of Henderson 

County, Tenn. Susan Williams, Arstalia 

Hoy Tables. (See 926). 
526 Nancy Ellen Smith, James Robertson 

Fessmire Tables. 
530 Eli Tyre Smith, Elizabeth York Tables 

(See 927). 
535 Susan Smith, William Rhodes Tables. 
538 Elijah Flake Smith, Lydia Argo Tables 

(See 928). 
540 Naomi Elizabeth Smith, James Capel 


550 James Smith, Mary Gathings Tables. 
550 to 600. 

551 Thomas Jefferson Smith, Mary Wash- 

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ington Ledbetter Tables 551 to 560 

(See 938, 939). 
552 Mary A. Smith, Gen. Thomas Walter 

Blake Tables. 
554 James Ledbetter Smith, Eugenia (Genia) 

Womack Tables (See 941). 
554 William Blake Smith, sketch 554-F. 
556 Lewis Philip Smith, Aurelia Walton, 

Mattie Beeson Tables (See 942). 
558 Sallie Eliza Smith, Sanford Gibbs Tables 

(See 943, 944). 
558-A Wilbourn Smith, Annie Nugent Table 

(See 945). 
558-B Mary Alia Gibb, Henderson Yoakum 

Robinson Table (See 946). 
558-C Thomas Clifton Gibb, Jamesetta Hunt 

Tables (See 947). 
558-D Sarah Sanford Gibbs. Dr. Oscar L. 

Norsworthy Table (See 950). 
558-E Dr. James Philip Gibbs, Mary Brent 

McAshen Table (948). 
558-F Leutola Gibbs, Henry Houston Hawley 

Table (See 949). 
578 Philip Gathing Smith, born 1806, Ann 

E. Cheairs Table 
578E Thos. Smith, iViattie Randle, his wife 

(See 940). 
580 Winifred Ann Smith, James Clothier 

Caraway Table. 
585 William Calvin Smith, Mary Tillman 

Table (See 935). 

584 Mary Frances Smith, Lieut. John Wil- 
liam McGregor Table (See 937). 

585 James Tillman Smith, Ellen Pedeus. 
Emma Adela DeMaret (See 936). 

585 Sarah Smith, James Boggan Table. 

600 John Smith No. 3, Mary Bellew Table 

(See 907) Tables 600 to 700. 
607 Joseph Pearson Smith, Mary Aleff Cooper 

Tables (See 930). 
617 Samuel Smith, Jane Henderson Meacham 

Table (See 932). 

619 Col. William Gaston Smith, Eliza Sydnor 
Nelme Tables (See 908). 

619-H Sarah Aleff Smith. Lewis Williams, 
Nicholas WilHam Lilliton (See 934). 

620 Dr. John Guinn Smith, Ann Eugenia 
Smith Tables (See 935). 

631 Gen. William Alexander Smith, of Anson- 
vi le, N. C, Mary Jane Bennett Table. 
After her death he married Nancy Jane 
Flake. He is one of Compilers of Book 
(See 909. 910, 911). 

632 Eliza Catherine Smith, Henry W. Robin- 
son Tables (See 931). 

635 Mary Jane Smith, Oliver Berry Bennett 

636 Charles Ebenezer Smith, Sarah Ann 
Brown Table. 

642 Presley Nelme Smith, Sarah Steele Leak 
Table, and her ancestry. 

700 Jesse Smith, born 1780, Mary Seago 

750 Samuel Smith, born about 1782, Mar- 
garet (Peggy) Hutchinson Tables. Mary 
Smith, their daughter (See 906) married 
Jesse Lindsay. 
Relatives of Gen. W. A. Smith, but not 

related to W. Thos. Smith 800 to 900. 

800 Abraham Bellew and Catherine Smith, 
his wife; Isaac Bellew and Phillip Smith, 
their parents (See 840). 

801 Col. Hugh Montgomery, The Emigrant, 
Lady Moore, his wife, Nancy Mont- 
gomery, their daughter, Edwin Ingram, 
her husband, Joseph Ingram, their son, 
and Catherine (Katie) McCaskill, his 
wife. (See 839, 802, 841). 

802 Malcolm McCaskill, The Emigrant (See 

803 John Nelme, The Emigrant. (See 804, 
841, 835, 619, to 700). 

804 Presly Nelme Sr. and Winfred, his wife 
(See 801, 836, 619, to 700). 

805 Elizabeth Nelme and Mr. Davis, her 

836 Presly Nelme Jr. and Ann (Nancy) 
Montgomery Ingram, his wife. 

807 Dr. Joseph Presly Nelme and Sarah 

Parson, his wife. 
836B Ebenezer (Eben) Nelme and Martha 

Ann Smith, his wife. 
806C Kate McCorkle Crump and Jasper 

Francis Butler, his wife. 
806D John Dunn and Francis Dunn, his 

wife. The Emigrants (See 845, 844). 
806E Gen. William Bennett, of Maryland, 

The Emigrant (See 806F, 806, 845, 844). 
806G William Little and Elizabeth (Betsy) 

Steele, The Emigrants, of Anson County, 

N. C. (See 806F, 806H, 845). 

837 George Starback, The Emigrant. Table 
807 to 819. 

809 Charles Starback and Delia F. Ingram 

810 Jude Steele Starback and William Star- 
back Dockery Table. 

811 Presley Starback and Ann Winnefred 
(Nancy) Davis Table. 

812 Thomas Franics Starback and Julia 
Manly Table. 

813 George Manly Starback and Annie Leak 
Moss Table. 

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814 William Little Starback. Confederate 

815 George Little Starback, Confederate Sol- 

816 Elizabeth Starback and Henry W. 
Ledbetter Table. 

817 Lillie May Ledbetter and John W. 
Wasseman Table. 

839 Col. Hugh Montgomery, The Emigrant, 
sketch (801). 

840 Abraham Bellyew, sketch (800). 

841 Presley Nelme Jr. sketch (804). 

842 Ebenezer Nelme and Martha Ann Smith, 
his wife, sketch (806E). 

843 Charles Gallatin Ne'me, Confederate 
Soldier ,sketch (806B). 

844 The Bennetts and descendants, sketch 

843 Lemuel Dunn Bennet and Susannah 
Dunn, his wife, and children, sketch 

846 Dr. Mary Sheffield, Revolutionary He- 
roine, wife of Isaac Dunn, sketch (806D). 

847 WiUam Smith Williams and Nellie 
Johnson Williams. 

848 Col. Joseph Williams of Anson County, 
N. C. 

849 Hon. Edward Hull Crump of Memphis, 
Tenn. (806A-A). 

Historical Relatives of Gen. W. A. Smith 
and W. Thos. Smith. 

900 Coat-Armour of Thomas Smith Sr. of 
Nottingham and Gaddesby, England. 

901 Thomas Smith Sr. of Nottingham and 
Gaddesby and English descendants. (300) 

902 John Smith No. 1, The Emigrant to 
Wake County, N. C. (See Table 302). 

903 John Smith No. 2, soldier in the Revo- 
lutionary army and Mary Flake, his wife, 
of Anson County, N. C. (503, 301-A). 

904 Samuel Flake, The Emigrant to Anson 
County, N. C. born about 1700 (300, 

903 The Mecklenburg Declaration of Inde- 

906 Mary F. Lindsey. Affidavit as to the 
names of children of John Smith and 
Mary Flake. (750-E). 

907 John Smith No. 3, born 1770, and Mary 
Bellyew. his wife. (600). 

9C8 Col. William Gaston Smith, born 1802. 
and Eliza Sydnor Nelme, his wife (619). 

909 Gen. William Alexander Smith, Anson- 
ville. N. C, one of Compilers of this book 

910 Mary jane Bennett, first wife of Gen. 
W. A. Smith (631). 

91 1 Nancy Jane Flake, second wife of Gen. 
W. A Smith (631). 

912 Thomas Smith, born 1768, Jane Goff. 
his wife. Benjamin Williams all of 
Anson County, N. C. John Auld Smith, 
Leusey Williams, his wife, of Henderson 
County, Tenn. (See 504). 

913 Dr. John Devergie Smith of Paducah, 
Ky. He is the father of W. Thos. Smith. 
His life inspired the compiling of this 
book (506). 

914 Vetury White, wife of Dr. John D. Smith, 
mother of W. Thos. Smith (506). 
(Also see 50) 

913 Dr. Millard McFarland Smith, son of 
Dr. John D. Smith (307). 

916 Alice Hinkle, wife of Dr. Millard Mc- 
Farland Smith (307). 

917 Children of Dr. M. M. Smith and his 
wife. Alice Hinkle (507 to 515). 

918 Dr. Richard Filmore Smith, son of Dr. 
John D. Smith; Alice Buckly, the wife 
of the son (515). 

920 Prof. John D. Smith Jr. (son of Dr. John 
D. Smith Sr.,) Lina Warren, his first 
wife. Laura Lee Allard, his second wife 

921 Benjamin Franklin Smith (son of Dr. 
John D. Smith) of Birmingham, Ala- 
bama (320). 

922 Dr. Julius Alexander Smith (son of Dr. 
John D. Smith), Nettie Warden Wilson, 
his wife, of Greenville, Texas. (521). 

923 W. Thos. Smith. Chief Compiler and 
Publisher of this Book. (522). 

924 Mrs. Bettie Smith Hughes, daughter of 
Dr. John D. Smith. 102 North Gramercy 
Place. Los Angeles, California. Copies 
of this book can be purchased of her. 

925 Weightman Smith Sr. (son of Dr. John 
D. Smith), May Hawkins, his wife (524). 

926 William Thomas Smith of Henderson 
County, Tenn., Susan Williams, and 
Arstalia Hoy, his wives. (523). 

927 Eli Tyre Smith, of Friendship, Tenn. 
Elizabeth York, his wife (530). 

928 Elijah Flake Smith, Deport. Texas. 
Lydia Argo and Mary McGraw, his 
wives. (538). 

929 Samuel Smith Sr. (son of John Smith and 
Mary Flake) and Margaret Hutchinson, 
his wife, Anson County. N. C. (750). 

930 Joseph Pearson Smith, born in Anson 
County, N. C. 1813. Mary Alef Cooper, 
his wife. (607). 

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931 Eliza Catherine (Kate) Smith and Dr. 
H. W. Robinson, her husband (632). 

932 Samuel Smith Jr. and Jane Meacham, 
his wife. (617). 

933 Dr. John Guinn Smith and Eugenia 
Smith, his wife. (710-C, 620). 

934 Sarah Alef Smith, Lewis James Williams, 
her first, and Cap. N. W. Lillington, her 
second husband. (619-H). 

935 Col. William Calvin Smith and Mary 
Ann Tillman, his wife. (See 935). 

936 James Tillman Smith, Ellen Pedues 
first wife, Emma Adela DeMaret, second 
wife. (585). 

937 Mary Francis Smith and Lieut. John 
Williamson McGregor, her husband. (584) 

938 Thomas Jefferson Smith, born 1810, mar- 
ried Mary Washington Ledbetter. (551). 

939 Mary Washington Ledbetter, wife of 
Thomas Jefferson Smith. (551). 

940 Thomas Smith, born 1839, and Mattie 
Randle, his wife. (578-E). 

941 James Ledbetter Smith, born 1840, and 
Eugenia Womack, his wife. (554). 

942 Lewis Philip Smith, born 1847, Aurelia 
Walton, first, and Mattie Beeson, second 
wife. (556). 

943 Sallie Eliza Smith, born 1844, wife of 
Sanford St. John Gibbs. (558). 

944 Sanford St. John Gibbs, born 1819, hus- 
band of Sallie Eliza Smith. (558). 

945 Wilbourn Smith Gibbs, born 1866, and 
Annie Nugent, his wife. (558-A). 

946 Mary Alia Gibbs, born 1868, and Henry 
Yoakum Robinson, her husband. (558-B). 

947 Thomas Clifton Gibbs, born 1870, and 
Jamesetta Hunt, his wife. (558-C). 

948 Dr. James Philip Gibbs, born 1875, and 
Mary Brent McAsham, his wife. (558-E). 

949 Luteola Gibbs, born 1878, and Henry 
Houston Hawley, her husband. (958-F). 

950 Sarah Sanford Gibbs, born 1873, and. Dr 
Oscar Laertius Norsworthy, her husband. 

951 David Williams, Soldier in the Revolu- 
tion, and Martha Ivey. his wife. Tables. 

952 Hampton Williams, born about 1810. 
The Witch Doctor of Henderson County, 
Tenn. (See Table 169). 

953 Obituary notices: Deacon William Tyre 
Williams, John Dudley Williams, Wil- 
liam Ellis Williams, Albert Williams, 
Mrs. Roxie (Williams) Tyson, all of 
Lilesville, N. C. ( 1 7 1 . 1 7 1 -E, 1 7 1 -D, I 76). 

954 James Madison Flake, born in Anson 
County 1819. Agnes Haily Love, his 
wife. Emigrants to Utah. (353). 

955 William Jordan Flake, born 1839, now 
residing at Snowflake, Arizona. (355). 

956 James Madison Flake, born 1859, and 
Nancy Hall, his wife. (367). 

Maternal Relatives of W. Thos. Smith. 

960 John White, Martha (Patsy) Pyatt, his 
wife of South Carolina, emigrated to 
Nashville, Tenn., about 1788, to Hick- 
man County, Ky., about 1835 and there 

John Caswell Matlock and Mary (Polly) 
Merrick, his wife, emigrated to Nashville, 
Tenn. about 1800. 

961 James White, born near Nashville, Tenn. 
July 27, 1789, Mary (Polly) McSwaine, 
first wife, Elizabeth Matlock, second 
wife, all buried at Sugar Tree, Benton 
County, Tenn. 

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Human destiny is the noblest thing that can engage the intellect of man. 
Sublime in its mysteries, commanding in its interest, it marshalis about its issues 
the grandeurs of futurity, contemplates the rise and fall of the past, but fixes as 
its chief object of solicitude in the minds of each individual, thoughts of the im- 
mediate future, as it relates to him and his family. Human nature when 
molded into an exalted character fortifies the hopes of man, intensifies his am- 
bition and raises his aim in life's purposes, while this wealth he may be able and 
oft does contribute to the worlds fortune can never be known. 

If misguided into ignoble character, the blemish may scar the third and fourth 
generation before the penalty of error is paid. Education of character is always 
very much of a model. Although like begets like, it is possible for each to have the 
privilege of imitating the virtues and avoiding the vices of his forefathers. Still 
we are largely influenced by and modeled after our associates, whether they be 
found in the books we read or those with whom we mingle in our daily walks 
of life. 

A life well spent, a character uprightly sustained is a legacy rich in splendor 
for any one to leave his children. It is the most eloquent lesson in virtue, the 
severest reproach of vice which can and of necessity must be felt to correctly 
assist his posterity in molding the exalted character. 

Thus we thought it a good purpose that our forefathers and foremothers 
might still continue to live among and with their posterity, as well by the acts they 
have done which still live also, as that they should sit at their table, and con- 
verse with this posterity, through their history as it is now known, and in the 
quiet moments of home life, take their children by the hand and thus help other 
surroundings mold their youthful character. We deemed it well to give them 
some information that they might admire and imitate the virtues of those long 
dead who gave them existence. However it is not for us to criticize those who 
differ from us, nor even him of neglectful thought who cares not that the name 
and the good deeds be ever known or remembered by his grandchildren, of that 
father who toiled to supply the wants of childhood days, or the name and Chris- 
tain traits of the mother whose suckled breast yielded him nutritious food in 
helpless days. 

We however commend that filial feeling which tempts some other in the 
erection of a monument to the memory of a deceased parent, or causes him to 
converse and acquaint his children with those valiant deeds and noble traits 
of his ancestors which have shaped and helped to mold the better traits of his 
mode of living. "Honor thy Father and thy Mother" — a sentiment that has 
grown into a passion with us — took root before the death of our parents, when 
we wrote out in manuscript form considerable of what they were able to remem- 
ber of their ancestry, with a then intended purpose to eventually publish in 
small booklet form something of our parents. 

We felt that posterity would lose a beautiful, instructive and wealthy 
heritage when and if the lives of our parents were lost sight of in the cycle of ages. 
Our father had such an exalted opinion of the parents of our mother and held 

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in such high regard his ancestry, \\e thought it worth while to likewise preserve 
something of them. We took the matter up with General Smith and asked him 
for some data two years ago. He generously offered to turn about from an in- 
tended Commentary he purposed to write on some parts of the scripture and 
assist us without compensation in compiling those parts that related to his 
and our common kindred. We accepted this noble offer and later asked of him 
that he include his relatives not related to us. 

We were fortunate in obtaining a manuscript of the Flake family on which 
Mrs. Julia Flake Burns of Wadesboro, N. C. had expended a considerable amount 
of labor in obtaining. Osmer D. Flake, with a copy of this manuscript, had a 
few years ago seen in person many of this family and had compiled much data. 
For two years he had been constantly trying to complete it by correspondence. 
We are very grateful to them, and posterity is indebted to them for the Flake 
information in the most part. 

In the spring of 1921 we took a five weeks' journey and interviewed many of 
our aged kindred to learn traditions. We have searched the deed and will records 
in a number of places. We have spent days in the libraries of Nashville, Tenn.. 
Louisville, Ky., Raleigh, N. C, Charleston, and Columbia, S. C, and Los Angeles, 
Cal., and gone through the state archives of North Carolina and of South Caro- 
lina. Our purpose was to prove traditions by recorded history. Our purpose 
has been to write facts and not theories. General Smith had gathered a large 
part of the data for our Smith Tables and assisted and helped us in rriany other 
ways. He it was who first informed us that we were of the Thomas Smith Family 
of Nottingham and Gaddesby, England. This has been confirm.ed by others of 
the Smith branches. With prodigious knowledge of general history and a keen 
recollection of a multitude of family traditions, and with, in his large private 
library of perhaps 2,000 volumes, containing the something over 30,000 pages 
of North Carolina Colonial History, gathered by a commission from funds ap- 
propriated by the legislature. Gen. Smith has taken as much and perhaps more 
time and care than we to secure accuracy. He made trips to Raleigh and there 
searched books in the state library. 

We took the initiative but it was Gen. Smith who gave impetus and rounded 
our now common large Cemetery. Posterity owes to him a debt that in it there 
are many of the markers. Those massive monuments, that with his fund of 
information he has been able to so chisel the outline of with such grace and skill, 
have made our book most interesting, and made our Cemetery wonderfully 

A number of sketches we asked and especially wished for are lacking. There 
exists the same condition as to data for our tables. The time has come when 
Gen. Smith and the writer have other duties which need attention. The work 
has become very laborious. Our monuments have been erected to our ancestors 
and this was the one great purpose. 

As this is the first venture we have ever made to speak in print, we trust 
that others will be generous in overlooking our errors. We would that some 
genius had marshalled our facts in more lucid way and written the sketch of our 
interesting father in a way more in keeping with the nobility of his character 
than our feeble efforts may impress those of his posterity who never knew him. 

Preface (continued) 

We shall place a copy of this book in the following libraries: Daughters of 
American Revolution, Washington, D. C. as a part of the additional record of 
Mrs. Esther Veturia (Smith) Dickerson (see 510) whose number in that organiza- 
tion as a descendant of John Smith No. 2 is No. 160569; also a copy in the State 
Libraries of Raleigh, N. C, Columbia, S. C, Little Rock, Ark.; in the Carnegie 
Libraries, Paducah, Ky., Nashville, Tenn., and in the Public Library at Dyers- 
burg, Tenn. 

We regret that the graves of all our ancestors, save that of our parents, 
are in a somewhat neglected state of preservation. This should not be. We feel 
that this book completes our duty. We are not adverse to contributing our 
mite if someone else shall undertake the details of this duty. The almost universal 
custom of burying in private burial grounds has been the cause of this. The lands 
have passed to other hands in some cases. What is true of our ancestors is true 
of nearly all who have kindred buried in new countries. We trust some wealthy 
relative will undertake this duty long neglected, or some one else will take up 
a collection and have it done. 

The commercial feature of this has never bothered us. The writer first ex- 
pected to publish a booklet and send it out to those he thought would wish it. 
It grew into a book. 250 books were thought of but the price was prohibitive. 
When the circulars were sent out, 500 books were thought of. The number 
who subscribed is smaller than we expected. With cost of compiling, publishing, 
distributing, that price on 500 books would lack considerable in reimbursing us 
for actual money spent. This does not include anything for labor. 

The writer has a sister in Los Angeles, California. She lives in a home 
purchased from proceeds of the home her parents lived in. This was given to 
her at their death. At the age of fifty she rents out three of her rooms and is in 
the business world battling for a living, as the rents will not keep her. The 
writer will have 1 ,000 books printed and donate to her the whole of the pro 
ceeds obtained for them. The prices and her address can be seen on the Fly 
Leaf in front part of this book. Books of this kind at times sell from $15.00 up. 

W. Thos. Smith 

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James White and Eliza M. White 

The Merrick Family, probably from Mary- 
land, North Carolina or Virginia, settled at 
or near Nashville, Tenn., about 1800 it is 
thought, and later moved to Waverly Blue 
Creek, south of Waverly, Tenn. and on the 
north side of Duck river. About 1820 they 
moved to Morgans Creek in what is now 
Benton County. Here we find Molten Mer- 
rick, James E. Merrick and Mary Merrick 
and "Mother" Merrick, the mother of them. 
Molten Merrick died in Benton County and has 
many descendants in that county. March 
24, 1831 James E. Merrick sold 425 acres of 
land and went to Missouri possibly to Dode 
County, but, at all events, is thought to have 
settled near some river. "Mother" Merrick 
went with her son and is said to have died in 
Missouri at the age of 111 years. Mary 
(Polly) Merrick married John Caswell Mat- 
lock and died and was buried near Sugar 
Tree in that county. John Barnett took up 
land in Benton County in 1821. In 1846 
Mansfield Barnett also had land in that 
county. They are said to have been related 
to the Merrick or the Matlock Family. 

2 (See 960) 
The Matlock Family probably lived in 
Maryland, North Carolina or Virginia; and 
John Caswell Matlock of that family married 
Mary (Polly) Merrick above mentioned. It 
is thought they married in the east and that 
he came to Tennessee with the Merrick 
family. As their first child was born Sept. 
21, 1804, he and his wife were perhaps born 
about 1 783. He was a farmer by occupation 
and was one of the first settlers in Benton 
County, that county having been acquired 
from the Indians in the Jackson Purchase in 
1818 and opened for settlement in 1820. We 
do not give the following with any claim 
that any of the parties are related to us but 
it is matter we have run across in our search 
and is given as a possible fruitful field of 
research for any who desire to search for the 
ancestors of these people. The 1790 census 
gives the following: George Merrick, 1 male 
over 16, slaves 87, New Hanover County, 
N. C; David Matlock, 2 males over 16, 
3 males under 16, 5 females Chatham County, 
N. C; Nicholas Matlock, Caswell County, 
N. C; John Merrick, Pittsylvania County, 
Va.; George Matlock, Hanover County, Va.; 
John Matlock, Hanover County, Va.; John 

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Matlock, Jane Matlock, and Zackariel Mat- 
lock, Halifax County, Va.; William Merrick. 
I male under 16, 3 females, Caroline County, 
Maryland; Izrel Merrick Sr; Izrel Merrick 
Jr., 2 males over 16, 3 under 16, 1 female; 
James Merrick. 2 females; John Merrick; 
Mathew Merrick, 1 male over 16, 3 under 16, 
3 females, all Talbot County, Maryland; 
Thomas Merrick, 2 males over 16, I female, 
6 slaves, Charles County, Maryland. 

Born to John Caswell Matlock and Mary 
(Polly) Merrick above mentioned the fol- 
lowing children: 

(A) Rachel Matlock married Ashburn 
Davis and later Mike Fry. -3- 

(B) Elizabeth Matlock, born Dec. 12, 1806, 
died March 13, 1874, married James White. 

(C) Caswell Matlock, born Nov. 27, 1809 
and went to Mo. Book C. page 396, deed 
records of Benton County, Tenn. shows Ed- 
ward Matlock of Dode County, Mo. on 
March 3, 1853 to have appointed Luke Mat- 
lock of Benton County, his attorney to receive 
all moneys coming to him from the estate 
of Mary Matlock deceased. 

(D) Mary Matlock, born July II, 1811, 
died August 18, 1857, buried at the Matlock 
graveyard. Sugar Tree, Tenn. 

(E) Hannah Matlock, born Nov. 25, 1815, 
married Mr. Evans and went to Mo. 

(F) Bessie Matlock, born Sept. 10, 1828, 
died when small. 

(G) John Wesley Matlock, born Oct. 21, 
1823, died April 5, 1891, married Elizabeth 
Flowers.- 13- 

(H) Joseph Matlock, born March 1, 1839. 


Mike Fry was the son of Joseph Fry and 
his wife, a Miss Hardeman. Joseph Fry is 
said to have been born in Germany and first 
located in North Carolina. Mike Fry is 
thought to have been born in North Carolina 
in 1 799 and, with other brothers, first moved 
to Robertson County, Tenn. and from there 
to Eagle Creek Benton County. He was a 
man of good habits and a farmer by occupa- 
tion. He died July 19, 1885 and was buried 
on Eagle Creek. Born to Rachel Matlock 
and Ashburn Davis, her first husband: 

(A) Ashburn Davis Jr. who went to Texas. 
His grandchildren are thought to be living 
near Gainsville, Texas. 

Born to Rachel Matlock and Mike Fry, 
her second husband: 

(B) Florinda Fry, married Joseph Peacock. 

(C) Joseph Hardeman Fry, married Nancy 
Wesson. -6- 

(D) Mike Fry, married Mary Jane Hubbs. 

(E) Olenia Everyn Fry, married John 
Craig (Jack) McDaniel.-8- 

(F) Andrew Jackson Fry, enlisted in the 
Confederate army and was killed at Shiloh and 
left no issue. 

(G) Alma Fry. married India Wood. -5- 
(H) John Dewit Fry. married Martha 



-3-B-Florinda Fry married Joseph Peacock 
and they moved to Texas and there died. 
Children are said to be: 

(A) Julius Peacock. 

(B) Caldwell Peacock. 

(C) John Peacock. 

(D) Joseph Peacock Jr. 

(E) Ann Peacock. All these children went 
to Texas. Ann is said to have married and 
gone to New Mexico. 


Alma Fry, born in Benton County, Tenn.. 
June 3, 1847, devoted himself largely to 
farming, and having accumulated a sufficiency 
for all his wants, moved to Camden, Tenn., 
and now lives the retired life. He married 
India Wood, daughter of Elija Wood who 
married a Miss Barnett. Children: 

(A) Andrew Jackson Fry, born 1869. mar- 
ried Clara Merrick and moved to Senith, Mo. 
He has one child, Clyde Fry, born about 
1898 now married and has one child. 

(B) Addie Fry born about 1880, single, 
Camden, Tenn. 

(C) Mellon Fry, Camden, Tenn., born 
about 1882, married Lillie Castleman. Child- 
ren: Mora Fry, born about 1898; Raymond 
Fry born about 1899; Guy Elija Fry, born 
Nov. 25, 1901; LaVerne Fry, born about 1905; 
Thomas Fry, born about 1906; Henry Fry, 
born about 1907; Mary Lillian Fry, born 
about 1910; and Mellon Fry Jr., born about 

(D) Mike Fry, died when small. 

(E) Dosie Fry, married Dr Thomas H. 
Coke, Hustburg, Humphrey County, Tenn. 
She was born about 1890. Children: Hart- 
well Coke, born about 1914; Weldon Coke, 
born about 1915; Thomas Coke, Jr., born 
about 1918. 

(F) Vernia Fry, born about 1892, married 
Marsh C Bowles. 

(G) Bud Fry. died single. 
H) Belus Fry, born about 1888, married 

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(A) Cyril Hudson, born about 1901. 

(B) Malcolm Hudson, born about 1903. 

(C) Fletcher Hudson, born about 1908. 

(D) Alma Lee Hudson, born about 1913. 
India Wood died 1916. 

Joseph Hardeman Fry, born May 3, 1830, 
died March 6, 1861 and was buried at Manly's 
Chapel, on Morgans Creek. He was a farmer 
by occupation, born, lived and died in Benton 
County, Tenn. He married Nancy Wesson, 
born August 14, 1832, died July 29, 1894. 

(A) James Buchanan Fry, July 2, 1856, 
married Elizabeth (Bettie) Hamer. Both 
are dead. 

(B) William Griffin Fry, Clerk, Camden, 
Tenn. Born May 12, 1859, married Jennie 

(C) John Wesley Fry, born March 6. 1861, 
married Dora Pratt and then Jennie Cain, 
and later Anna Flournoy. P. O. Alum, Texas. 

(D) Sarah Frances Fry, born Dec. 15, 1862, 
dead, married Samuel Thomas, Benton 
County, Tenn. 

(E) Beulah Fry, born October 9, 1868, 
married Joseph Lessenary. 

(F) Harold Jackson Fry, Farmer, Sugar 
Tree, Tenn., born Dec. 20, 1870, married 
Lena Agnew. 

(G) Victoria Adrene Fry, born July 18, 
1864, married Hiram Dorsey Odle.-6A- 


Victoria Adrene Fry, born July 18, 1864 
in Benton County, Tenn., has lived in that 
county all of her life and now resides at 
Camden. She is a lady of splendid intellect 
and knew more of the detail and early history 
of our ancestors as it relates to her side of 
the house than any one else 1 have ever met. 
She married Hiram Dorsey Odlc, who was 
born Nov. 11, 1843 and died Feb. 26, 1919. 

(A) William Stewart Odle, born April 7, 
1875, married Mable Roberts.-6E- 

(B) Samuel Odle, born Oct. 10, 1876, 
married Anna Ward.-6D- 

(C) Minnie May Odle, born Sept. 17. 
1878, married John Malin, Sugar Tree, Tenn. 
Farmer. They have one child: Richard 
Malin, born 1919. 

(D) Joseph Fry Odle, born May 29. 1880. 
married Miss Paschall.-6C- 

(E) Richard Odle. born March 20. 1882. 
died single. 

(F) Nellie Gray Odle, Camden, Tenn., 
born April 25, 1884. 

(G) Hiram Dorsey and Victoria Herman 
Odle, twins, born 1885 and died about one 
year later. 

(H) Nancy Dove Odle, born October 27, 
1886, married Clarence Hinant, Woodbury, 
Kentucky, an engineer. One child: Mary- 
land Hinant born 1919. 

(I) Robert Odle, born Sept. 24, 1888 mar- 
ried AUie B. Combs. -6B- 

(J) Carrie Elizabeth Odle born May I 1 , 
1892, single. 


-6A-l-Robert Odle, R. F. D. R., Mail 
Carrier and Farmer, Camden. Tenn., married 
Allie B. Combs. Children: 

(A) Robert Combs Odle, born about 1914. 

(B) James Richard Odle, born about 1916. 

(C) Kenneth Odle, born about 1919. 


-6A-D-Josephy Fry Odle. Camden. Tenn. 

Attorney, married Miss Paschall. Children: 

(A) Virginia Odle, born 1915. 

(B) Mildred Odle, born 1916. 

(C) Joseph Fry Odle. born 1919. 

-6A-B-Samuel Odle. Sugar Tree. Tenn., 
farmer, married Anna Ward. Children: 

(A) Pauline Odle, born about 1899, single. 

(B) Hettie Odle, born about 1902. 

(C) Alice Odle, born about 1904. 

(D) Hildred Odle. born about 1909. 

(E) Louise Odle, born about 1916. 

(F) John Dorsey Odle.. 

-6A-A-William Stewart Odle. Lexington. 
Tenn., Hardware; born at Sugar Tree, Tenn. 
April 7. 1875. married Mabel Roberts. Child- 

(A) Helen Odle. born about 1900. School 

(B) Hiram Odle, born about 1902. 

(C) Maud Odle, born about 1903. 

(D) Wilbur Odle, born about 1915. 

Mike Merrick Fry, born about 1828, died 
about 1895, married Jane Hubbs, dead. 
Both were born, lived, died and are buried in 
Benton County, Tenn. Children: 

(A) Earnest Fry, merchant, Camden, Tenn. 

(B) Mike Fry. druggist. Camden. Tenn. 

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Olenia Everyn Fry, born August II, 1834, 
Camden, Tenn., married (see 52) John Craig 
(Jack) McDaniel, now dead. Children: 

(A) Mike Alonzo McDaniel, born March 
12, 1867, farmer, Camden, Tenn. Single. 

(B) Thomas Willie McDaniel, born Feb. 
6, 1864, farmer, Camden, Tenn. Single. 

(C) Eugenia McDaniel, married Gillis Stee- 
gall, dead. Children: Opal Steegall, dead; 
Beulah Rea Steegall, born Oct. 26, 1907. 

(D) Mary McDaniel, born Dec. 5, 1839, 
married OlHe Black, dead. One child: Guy 

(E) Beulah McDaniel, born April 21, 1866. 
Camden, Tenn., single. 

(F) Beatrice McDaniel, born Sept. 1 1 , 
1863, married Clark Wiseman, Camden, Tenn. 

(G) Sadie McDaniel, born March 13, 1873, 
married Benjamin Lashlee, farmer, Camden, 
Tenn. -9- 

-8-G-Children of Sadie McDaniel and Ben- 
jamin Lashlee, her husband: 

(A) Hershall Lashlee, born about 1895, 
clerk, Memphis, Tenn., married Madeline 
Smith. One child: Russell Lashlee, 1920. 

(B) Thomas Lashlee, born April 2, 1897, 
Camden, Tenn., single. 

(C) Frank Lashlee, born March 17, 1899. 

(D) Catherine Lashlee, born about 1901. 

(E) lone Lashlee, born about 1905. 

(F) Blanch Lashlee, born March 26, 1907. 

(G) John Carter McDaniel, son of John 
Craig McDaniel, born May 25, 1885, is dead. 


John Dewit Fry was born in Benton County, 
Tenn. about 1833 and died at Fulton, Ky., 
January 5 1906. Martha McDaniel was born 
in Benton County in 1833 and died at the 
home of her son in Union City, Tenn. in 1919. 
Left an orphan by her mother when eight 
days old, she was taken by the second wife of 
her grandfather, suckled her breast, and was 
reared as a twin sister to my mother, there 
only being a few days difference in their ages. 

There has always been a tie between the 
two which made her closer to my mother than 
any of my mother's sisters because they were 
raised as twin sisters. Thus while she was a 
niece of my mother, she ever seemed a sister 
and we always called her Aunt Martha. Some- 
time after she married John Dewit Fry who 
was a cousin to my mother and who was a 

nephew of the step-grandmother who raised her, 
the two moved to Harris Station, Tenn. There 
John Dewit Fry was the one foremost citizen 
in that particular locality. He kept the only 
general merchandise store, and for some years 
operated a cotton gin. His business was large 
for a village store and he and his good wife 
were most highly respected citizens. Both 
were connected with the Methodist church 
and brought all the members of their family 
up in that religion and as members of that 
church. He was liberal in his contribution 
to matters of this character, was sober, 
industrious and ever attentive to his business. 
He did a large credit business and carried 
farmers from year to year when it so happened 
that crops were bad. In later years he pur- 
chased lands and engaged also in farming. 
To those of his family who wished, he gave 
a collegiate education. He was not a believer 
in fire insurance and on two occasions lost 
practically all he had by fire. Notwith- 
standing these reverses he was a most success- 
ful business man and died with a sufficiency. 
He and his wife ever did teamwork and to her 
he owed much of his success. It is rare indeed 
that parents have left as many children as 
these two and whose children have acquitted 
themselves as creditably in every way as 
these. Algenon Fry, the oldest son, is a 
highly respected farmer and is now living on 
his father's old farm near Fulton, Ky. Bettie 
Fry, the oldest daughter, married Dr. Powers 
and they reside in Fulton, Ky. and are 
counted of the best in the community. 
Sadie Fry who married J. B. Chambers, now 
dead, also lives in Fulton, as does the son, 
Mike Fry, owns a shoe store. William 
D. Fry lives at Union City, Tenn., and as a 
successful business man, the county has no 
superior. Mattie Fry married Mr. Glass who 
is a retired farmer at Martin, Tenn. Joseph 
Fry is an attorney of high standing at Union 
City, Tenn. and Superintendent of the 
Methodist Sunday School. We asked three 
members of this family for an extended 
biographical sketch but like many others it 
was not furnished. We especially regret it 
was not sent us. Children: 

(A) Algenon Fry, born 1854 at Camden, 
Tenn. Farmer, Fulton, Ky., married Eliza- 
beth (Bettie) McClanaham. Children: Sadie 
Fry, married Mr. Preston of Rives, Tenn. in 
Dec, 1920; Essie Fry at home; Algenon Fry 
at home. 

(B) Elizabeth (Bettie) Fry born about 
1855, married Dr. Powers. 

(C) Mike Fry, merchant, Fulton, Ky., 
married, no children. 

(D) Joseph Fry, Attorney, Union City, 

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Tenn., married Miss Carroll. Two children: 
Robert Fry and Mary Fry. 

(E) William D. Fry. born about 1864, 
merchant. Union City, Tenn., married Miss 
Peoples. Two children: William D. Fry 
Jr., Martha Fry. 

(F) Sadie Fry, born January 14, 1859, 
married J. B. Chambers- 1 1- 

(G) Mattie Fry, born Jan. 18, 1869, mar- 
ried W. R. Glass, 1893, retired farmer, Martin, 

-10-F-Sadie Fry, born January 14. 1839. 
Fulton, Ky.. married J. B. Chambers, born 
July 4, 1846, died April 27, 1913, buried at 
Fulton, Ky. Children: 

(A) Malcolm Chambers, clerical. Illinois 
Central Railroad. Fulton. Ky.. married Annie 
Hughes, born Aug. 14. 1888. daughter of 
W. P. and Willie Hughes. One child: Mary 
Hughes Chambers. 

(B) Kathleen Chambers, born at Union 
City, Tenn., Aug. 29. 1889. married H. C. 
Chitwood of Fulton, Ky.. son of C. C. and 
Mildred Chitwood of Hisville. Ky. 

-10-B-Elizabeth (Bettie) Fry married Dr. 
Powers, born about 1845, merchant, Fulton, 
Ky. Children: 

(A) Lester Powers, born about 1876, single. 
Traveling Salesman. 

(B) Lupe Powers, born about 1878, mar- 
ried Mr. Willingham, merchant, Fulton, Ky. 
One child: Ruth Willingham, married Hal 
Taylor of Henshaw, Miss., son of Thomas 
Taylor, planter, Memphis, Tenn. 




John Wesley Matlock, born October 21, 

1823, died April 5, 1891, married Elizabeth 

Flowers, born July 23, 1827, died April 13, 

1895. They were born, lived, died and are 

buried in Benton County, Tenn. Children: 

(A) William Lane Matlock, born March 
21. 1851, married Nancy Alexander.- 14- 

(B) Sarah Ann Matlock, born May 18, 
1855, married J. T. Camp 

(C) Caswell Green Matlock, born April I . 
1839, married Eliza Wood, January 28, 1878. 

(D) West Tennessee Matlock, born Nov. 
7, 1861, married Henry Craig and they moved 
to Missouri. 

(E) Elizabeth B. Matlock, born March 
27, 1863, married Frank Leslie, moved to 
Texas. Mr. Leslie died there. 

(F) John Wesley Matlock Jr. born April 
20. 1865. married Malissy Phillips. 


-13-A-William Lane Matlock, married Nan- 
cy Alexander, born April 21. 1867. He died 
June 5. 1913, and she died Nov. 18. 1910. 

(A) William Lane Matlock Jr., merchant, 
Coxburg, Tenn., married Mina Sects, born 
August 17, 1891. Several children. 

(B) Jesse Alexander Matlock, married 
Luvernia Henry April 16. 191 1. 

(C) Fannie May Matlock, married Amos 
Deaden July 4. 1915. 

(D) Charles Whitman Matlock, married 
Ada Wood Feb. 1918. 

Pyatt is the way the name of our ancestor, 
Peter Pyatt Sr. is spelled in the Colonial Rec- 
ords of North Carolina Pyeatt is the way the 
name of his son, Peter Pyeatt Jr. is spelled in 
the same records. Peter Pyeatt Jr. signed 
his will by mark and the name is there spelled 
Pyeatt. Elizabeth, the wife of Peter Pyeatt 
Jr., signed her own name to her will and 
signs it Elizabeth Pyatt. Jacob and James 
Pyeatt, brothers of Peter Pyeatt Jr. after 
going to Arkansas spelled the name Pyeatt it 
seems. We find that Sept. 25, 1777 Robert 
Pyeatt of Virginia took the oath of allegiance 
to Continental Congress and on Oct. 4th. 
1 777 John Pyatt of Virginia is listed as having 
refused at that time. We find that Joseph 
Pyatt, born in Warwickshire, England, 1755, 
enlisted in the Revolutionary army in Vir- 
ginia 1776 and also in 1778, and was granted 
a pension of date 1833. living at that time in 
Burke County. N. C. He moved there after 
1790 as the census list of that time does not 
give any one of the Pyatt name in North 
Carolina. One John Pyatt settled early at 
Georgetown, S. C. and his will is dated 1 760. 
He married Hannah LaBruce. He left an 
estate of considerable size at Georgetown. 
He also in his will makes mention of lands at 
"North Pasture" and "Colliehill," England. 
We do not know that any of these parties 
are related to our ancestors Peter Pyatt Sr. 
and his children. We have not been able to 
locate any other family of that name in 
North or South Carolina prior to 1800. How- 
ever, the descendants of John Pyatt who lived 
at Georgetown, S. C. are related to us on our 
father's side. John Pyatt No. 3 of George- 
town, S. C. married Martha Allston. Martha 
Allston was a grandchild of John Allston who 
settled in Charleston, S. C. in an early day. 
This John Allston was a cousin of Col. John 
Alston, our ancestor who settled in Chowan 
County, N. C. about 1711 (see 100). This 
Pyatt family still lives at Georgetown, S. C' 


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and have ever been of the best people in that 

John Crosbie of London, England, in his 
will 1724, mentions "my son-in-law Jno. Pight 
of South Carolina gt." Those writers who 
speculate as to the derivation of names tell 
us the name was originally a nickname rather 
than a name given at birth. That it came 
from the word Pye from the magpie or night- 
ingale and was a nickname applied to the 
loquacious or to one who could or thought 
he could sing, and was frequently making 
the effort. Thus one named Dick, John, or 
Tom was later nicknamed Pye by others 
than his parents and the name at times clung 
to him all through life. We see: "Agnes 
relicta Pye, Oxford, 1273". When people 
began to assume family names in addition 
to the name given at birth, Pye was length- 
ened into Pyott. We see: "In 1 584 Richard 
Pyott married Margery Roberts". Since 
then the name has been spelled: "Pyott, 
Pyett, Pyette, Pyot, Pyat, Pyatt and Pyeatt". 
Since the war of the Revolution we find it 
often spelled in this country Piatt. 

There of course might be a possible relation- 
ship between all the families who were from 
English ancestors. Peter Pyatt Sr., our 
ancestor, is thought to have been the Emi- 
grant to America. Tradition is that his 
daughter, Martha (Patsy) Pyatt, our great- 
grandmother, was Irish. 

Peter Pyatt Sr. lived near Charleston, 
S. C. When the Revolutionary war broke 
out, he espoused the cause of Continental 
Congress, and enlisted in the army. He, in 
1777, enlisted in the 9th North Carolina 
Regiment for three years. Cook's Company, 
and became Quartermaster Sergeant June 
15th, 1778. He was discharged June 15th, 
1779 (see North Carolina Colonial Records 
Book 16, page 1136). The cause of his dis- 
charge was a wound he received in battle 
and from this wound he died. He thus paid 
the Supreme Sacrifice and died for his country. 
His wife was very devotedly attached to him. 
She grieved the loss of her husband until her 
mind became unbalanced and in that con- 
dition she died. We do not know and there 
is no traditional information as to the name 
of the wife. On the stub of a book in the 
archives at Columbia, S. C. we find the fol- 
lowing: "No. 1641 Lib: X Issued the 26th 
of January 1 786 to Mrs. Mary Pyet for One 
pound four shillings and three pence ster: 
for 2 steers for public use in 1 781 as per account 
passed by the Commissioners. Principal 
Lb 1.4. 3 Int :Lb.. I. 8" 

We feel sure she was not of the George- 
town family and as we are not able to locate 

any other family by that name in South 
Carolina at this period, we think it possible 
that she was the wife of Peter Pyatt Sr. 
but do not give the information as a cer- 
tainty. This was about two years before our 
great-grandmother Martha (Patsy) Pyatt left 
Charleston, S. C. Both her mother and father 
were dead then. Tradition is that Peter 
Pyatt left three boys, Peter Jr., James and 
Jacob, and that he left two daughters, Jane 
who married a Mr. Davis and Martha who 
married John White. The will of Peter Pyeatt 
Jr. now on record at Charleston, S. C. bears 
out this tradition. Peter Pyeatt Jr. was the 
oldest child. Martha was the youngest. 
Peter Pyeatt Jr. lived about two miles from 
Charleston, S. C. He is thought, under the 
old English law of Primo Geniture, to have 
inherited all of the estate of his father. 

Peter Pyatt Jr. or Pyeatt as he spelled the 
name was also a soldier in the Revolutionary 
army. He also with the army went to North 
Carolina. He enlisted in the 10th North 
Carolina Regiment March 30, 1782, and was 
Lieutenant in Dixon Company (see N. C. 
Colonial Record, book 16, page 1136). 
The stub book in the archives of South Caro- 
lina at Columbia shows as follows: "No. 
591 Issued 14 deer 1785 to Mr. Peter Pyeatt 
for Lb. 80. . 18.4 Ster. duty as assist. Com- 
missary of Issues to the No. Carolina Line 
under commnd. of Genl. Green, as per ac- 
count audited. Principal Lb 80 .18. 43^ 
Interest Lb 5 . . 3 .3". 

A. B. Sallay Jr., Secretary of Historical 
Commission of South Carolina who sent the 
above, together with the one above men- 
tioned as possibly having referred to the 
mother, says in his letter: "I enclose copy 
of records of pay issued to Mrs. Mary Pyett 
and Peter Pyeatt. You will notice that the 
pay to Peter (your especial object of search) 
was for duty as assistant Commissioner of 
Issues to the North Carolina Line under 
command of Gen. Greene. If you will ex- 
amine Historical Register of Officers of the 
Continental Army by F. B. Heitman, Wash- 
ington, 1914, you will find Peter Pyatt as 
Lieutenant 10th North Carolina 30th March 

1781 to . The blank properly filled 

would show when he was assigned to staff 
position. He was serving in South Carolina 
in a detached capacity and South Carolina 
paid his claim". 

When the war was ended Peter Pyeatt Jr. 
returned to Charleston and engaged in raising 
rice. We do not know how much of an estate 
he received from his father. Tradition in 
our family is that he and his first wife had 
family jars and spats. Her will is dated Oct. 

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14, 1799 and probated Feb. 23, 1804 She 
signs her name as Elizabeth Pyatt. The will 
discloses that on July 13, 1784 her husband 
Peter Pyatt deeded to Dr. Samuel Clitherall 
of Charleston, S. C. for her separate use 
eight negro slaves, and that the profits frorn 
them was to be hers also In her will she 
leaves "my beloved husband Peter Pyatt 
all my household furniture". She leaves to 
her grandson Thomas Radcliff the eight 
slaves her husband gave her, also eight more 
she had accumulated from this eight and 
another one that she owned. She also leaves 
him twenty-five shares of Bank Stock and 
all of her property save her household. Tra- 
dition in our family is that Peter Pyatt Jr. 
had no children by either his first wife nor by 
his second wife. We take it therefore this 
was the son of a child by a former husband. 

The census of 1 790 showed that Peter 
Pyeatt at that time had 1 5 slaves. Before 
his death he had accumulated over one hun- 
dred, so tradition tells us. After the death 
of his first wife, Peter Pyatt Jr. married the 
widow Sarah Ann Landsdale. His will is 
dated June 6, 1816 and probated Feb. 24, 
1818. He leaves the whole of his estate to 
his wife, Sarah Ann Pyeatt for life and then 
to his step-son, William Butler Landsdale. 
His will uses the word "son-in-law" but at 
that time this word was used in referring to 
a step-son. His will further provided that 
if the step-son died without issue, then the 
estate was to be divided equally between his 
two brothers, James and Jacob Pyatt and 
his two sisters, Jane (Pyatt) Davis and 
Martha (Pyatt) White. 

Jane Pyatt married a Mr. Davis and they 
went to Georgia. We know nothing further 
of them. 

After the death of her mother, Martha 
(Patsy) Pyatt went to live with her brother, 
Peter Pyatt Jr. She was unable to get along 
with the first wife Elizabeth Pyatt and at 
length the treatment was such that, as a 
mere strip of a girl, she left this home and 
started on foot through the forest to make 
her way to Georgia to there live with her 
sister and brothers, James and Jacob Pyatt. 
She stopped over night on this journey with 
a German family. She was prevailed upon 
to remain there for a few days and there she 
met John White, married him and they went 
to Nashville, Tenn. This is thought to have 
been in 1788. (See 960). 

James Pyatt and Jacob Pyatt after the 
death of Elizabeth Pyatt and before the 
death of Peter Jr. came to Tennessee. They 

said they were then living in Arkansas and 
not very far apart. They said that news had 
reached them that their brother Peter Jr. 
was dead. As his wife had died in 1804 and 
he had no children, they with John White 
went back to Charleston, S. C. to look after 
the winding up of the estate of Peter Jr. 
When they reached there, they learned the 
report was not true and Peter was very much 
alive and owned over one hundred negroes. 
Peter gave each of them $10.00 and after a 
visit they returned home. This was between 
1804 and 1818. We know nothing further of 
them from tradition after they passed through 
Tennessee on their return trip to Arkansas. 
We learn from other sources that about 
1807 Jacob Pyatt settled at Crystal Hill, 
about fifteen or twenty miles up the Arkansas 
river from Little Rock. That James Pyatt 
settled at an early day in what is now known 
as Pyeatt Township, Pulaski County, Ark., 
not far distant from Little Rock. James 
Pyeatt died April 24, 1837, and his wife 
died March 15. 1834. Jacob Pyeatt lived 
at Crystal Hill for some years and then moved 
to Cadron and founded a settlement there 
in 1813. He was Coroner of Pulaski County 
1818 to 1821. In 1822 Pyeatt Township, 
Pulaski County, was created. Jacob Pyeatt 
is said to have lived to be 70 or 80 years old. 
Margarett, the wife of a Peter Pyeatt died 
in January 21, 1822 in Arkansas. 

There was a Major John Pyeatt who settled 
in this section about 1807. He is said to 
have come from Georgia. We suspect that 
he was a relative. Peter Pyeatt of Pulaski 
County, Ark. Dec. 31, 1822, married Mary 
Miller, daughter of James Miller. 

In that section Feb. 10, 1820, Henry P. 
Pyeatt married the daughter of Rev. Mr. 
Carahan at Big Rock. At Cane Hill, Wash- 
ington County, March 16, 1831, John Piatt, 
late of Pulaski County, married Eliza, daugh- 
ter of the widow Buchanan of Lincoln County, 
Tenn. James R. Pyeatt born in Kentucky 
in 1805, in 1812 with his parents, James 
Pyeatt and Kate (Finley) Pyeatt moved to 
Crystal Hill. In 1827, James R. Pyeatt re- 
moved to Washington County, Ark. and 
erected the first frame house built in that 
section. He married Elizabeth Buchanan 
who was a native of Tennessee. They married 
in 1 83 1 . She died 1 868. We think it possible 
that James Pyaett who married Kate Finley 
and in 1805 lived in Kentucky, going to 
Ark. in 1812, was the brother of our great- 
grandmother and that only Jacob and the 
sister went to Georgia. 

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Tradition is that the White Family is of 
English origin and were among the early 
settlers in South Carolina. John White was 
born in South Carolina, probably about 1768 
or within a few years of that. His father was 
married twice. John White was a son by the 
first wife, as was Richard White, who, in 
an early day, settled West of Nashville, 
Tenn. and died there. Mary White, a sister 
of John White, was a daughter by the first 
wife. She married John Craig (Jack) Mc- 
Daniel and after 1820 settled in what is now 
Benton County, Tenn., and there died. 

Two daughters by the second wife married 
Jonathan Pryor and Duncan Pryor, so tra- 
dition tells us, and Jonathan Pryor at an 
early date settled near Mayfield, Graves 
County, Ky. and has many descendants in 
Graves County. Duncan Pryor is thought 
to have settled in Hickman County, Ky. It is 
not known that these two gentlemen were 
related and it is thought that if they were 
it was not a close relation. It is not known 
to us whether or not there were other children. 
Tradition is that the father left a will in 
South Carolina and left the bulk of his prop- 
erty to these two girls by his last wife. To 
Mary White who married John Craig Mc- 
Daniel he left a negro slave. To John White, 
$1.00. If this will is later located, it is pos- 
sible that the family can be traced back 

John White is supposed to have lived not 
a great way from Charleston and somewhere 
on the route that Martha Pyeatt took when 
she started out to walk to Georgia. John 
White and Martha Pyeatt were probably 
married in 1787 or 1788 as James White 
was born July 17, 1789. It is thought he 
was the oldest child and was born after they 
reached Nashville, Tenn. They settled near 
the home of General Jackson about twelve 
miles south of Nashville, and some years 
later moved to then Hickman but now Hump- 
hrey County, Tenn. settling on Waverly 
Blue Creek near Duck River and it is thought 
this was about 1809. They engaged in farm- 
ing and stock raising. John White was also 
a hunter. After having lost 'three crops in 
succession by high water, about 1820 they 
moved to Benton County, Tenn. and settled 
near Sugar Tree. About 1836 they moved 
to the "Iron Banks" on the Mississippi 
River now known as Columbus, Hickman 
County, Kentucky and both died there about 
1850. (See sketch 960). 


(A) James White born July 27, 1789, 
thought to have been the oldest child, married 
(1-B) Elizabeth Matlock.-50- 

(B) William White, said to have partici- 
pated in the war of 1812 and been at the 
battle of New Orleans, married Susan Carter 
and is thought to have gone to Hickman 
County, Kentucky, and there settled. 

(C) Cyrus White who is said to have fought 
in the Indian wars and was at Pensacola, 
Florida, in those wars, according to traditions, 
is thought to have gone to Hickman County, 
Kentucky and settled. 

(D) Elizabeth Bettie), married a Mr. 

(E) Isabella White, married a Mr. Capps. 

(F) Sallie White, married William Traylor 
and is thought to have gone to Missouri. 

(G) John (Jack) White Jr., thought to 
have gone to Hickman County, Kentucky and 

(H) Martha (Patsy) White, married Alex- 
ander Bivens.-27- 


Martha (Patsy) White was born near 
Nashville, Tenn. about 1807 and died about 
1850. She married Alexander Bivens, born 
about 1801 and died 1874. Alexander Bivens 
was the son of Leonard Bivens who came from 
Maryland and was one of the early settlers of 
Tenn., having settled about four miles east 
of Murfreesboro. Leonard Bivens was mar- 
ried twice and had eight boys and one girl 
by each wife, or. eighteen children in all. 
Alexander Bivens was born about four miles 
east of Murfreesboro and later moved in 
south of Waverly, Tenn. and then to Benton 
County where he and his family lived until 
they died. Both he and his wife are buried 
at Powels Chapel, Benton County, Tenn. 


(A) John White Bivens, born May 28, 
1828, married Mary Farrar. 

(B) Green Bivens. born 1829, married 
and wife dead. -46- 

(C) William Elija Bivens, married Belle 
Johnson, later married Dicie Durdin.-44- 

(D) Artie Miss Bivens, who lived to be 
quite old, died single. 

(E) Ellen Bivens, iwafried Judge William 
East. -43- 

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John White Bivens, born in Humphrey 
County, Tenn. May 28, 1828, with his parents 
moved to Benton County, Tenn. in 1844 and 
engaged in farming. He has led an honorable 
and upright life and has ever been a good 
citizen. In April, 1921 at the ripe old age of 
93, he was still living, making his home with 
his daughter in Camden, Tenn. He married 
Margaret Farrar, the daughter of William 
and Mary Farrar. She was born July 30, 
1827 and lived to the age of 81, having died 
August 9, 1908. Children: 

(A) Lemria Bivens, married John Griggs. -30- 

(B) Alexander King Bivens, married Ten- 
nessee Frasier.-39- 

(C) Mary Jane Bivens, married Arthur 
Joseph Utley.-38- 

(D) William Byron Bivens, married Fannie 
Stevens. -40- 

(E) Martha Elizabeth Bivens, born May 
13, 1850, died when small. 

(F) Calony Gertrude Bivens, born January 
13, 1863, died when she was small. 

(G) Margaret Ellen Bivens, married Grant 

(H) John Sherman Bivens, married Mary 
Stevens. -42- 

(I) Wilham Franklin Bivens, marrried 
Nancy Emily Bartlett.-29- 

-28-1-William Franklin Bivens, born Oct. 
7, 18W, died about 1897, m.arried Nancy 
Emily Bartlett who died about 1906 They 
were born, lived and died in Benton County, 
Tenn. Children: 

(A) Elizabeth Bivens, born 1896, married 
Julius A. Cole, Camden, Tenn., R. F. D. 
mail carrier Children: Eddie, born about 
1911; William Cole, born about 1913; Fred 
Cole, born about 1916 and one smaller child. 

(B) Robbie Bernice Bivens, born about 
1898, married Thomas Tucker, Huntington, 
Tenn., painter by occupation. One child: 
Thomas Tucker Jr., born about 1915 

(C) Mary Frankie Bivens, married Earl 
Hartly, East St. Louis, Illinois. Three 
children: Emi'y Hartly, William Hartly, 
and one smaller child. 


-28-A-Lembria Bivens, born August 26, 
1851, died about 1901. Born, lived and died 
in Benton County, Tenn., married John 
Griggs, Camden, Tenn. Farmer. Children: 

(A) Walter Guss Griggs, married Ruby 
Bivens. -45- 

(B) Virgie Griggs, died when small. 

(C) Effie Griggs, married William Box.-31- 

(D) Maggie Griggs, married Anderson 

(E) Lula Griggs, married Bertram Serratt. 

(F) Carrie Griggs, married Nan Overfield. 

(G) Earl Griggs, died when small. 

(H) Hallie Griggs, married Neal Bell.-35- 

(I) Annie Griggs, married Guy Lashlee. 

(J) Virgil Griggs, born about 1901, single, 
Camden, Tenn. 

(K) Cecil Griggs, married Lula Beasley. 


-30-C-Effie Griggs, born about 1877, married 
William Box. He is a farmer and lives near 
Denver, Colorado. One child: 

(A) Aline Box, born about 1912. 

-30-D-Maggie Griggs, born about 1878 in 
Benton County, Tenn., married Anderson 
Lashlee and moved to Eva., Tenn. He is 
dead. There are several children, two of 
whom are: 

(A) William Lashlee. 

(B) Harry Lashlee. 

30-E-Lula Griggs, clerical department, 
Nashville, Tenn., married Bertram Serratt. 
They have two girls. 

-30-F-Carrie Griggs, born about 1883, mar- 
ried Benjamin Overfield. They live in East 
St. Louis, Illinois and he works for the Pack- 
ing Company. 

-30-H-Hallie Griggs, born about 1887, mar- 
ried Neal Bell, farmer, Camden, Tenn. Mr. 
and Mrs. Bell have four children. 
-30-I-Annie Griggs, born about 1889, mar- 
ried Guy T. Lashlee, Camden, Tenn., Veteri- 
nary Surgeon. One child: 

(A) Malcolm Griggs Lashlee, April 10, 1919. 

-30-K-Cecil Griggs, born about 1891, Cam- 
den, Tenn., married Lula Beasley. Two 




Mary Jane Bivens, born Nov. 30, 1853, 
married Arthur Joseph Utley, born about 

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1853. He is a carpenter and they reside at 
1723 Euclid Avenue, Memphis, Tenn. Child- 

(A) Connie Parish Utley, born August, 
1889, Memphis, Tenn.; carpenter. 

(B) Blanch Utley, born January 30, 1893, 
married Charles V. Spencer, 1757 Nelson 
Avenue, Memphis, Tenn.; clerical position. 

(C) Garland Bivens Utley, born about 
1895, Jackson, Miss. Traveling salesman. 
Standard Oil Company. 

Born to Blanch Utley and Charles V. 
Spencer, above, two children: 

(A) Camilla Spencer, born about 1917. 

(B) Utley Spencer, born March 27, 1919. 



Alexander King Bivens, born Feb. 12, 1856, 
died about 1901, married Tennessee, Frasier 
who died about 1897. They were born, lived 
and died in Benton County, Tenn. and are 
buried at Chalk Hill Cemetery. Children: 

(A) Charles Bivens, born about 1900, 
Camden, Tenn. Farmer, married a Miss 
Hubbs; two children. 

(B) Nellie Bivens, born about 1892, mar- 
ried Ray Walker, Camden, Tenn., farmer. 
They have two children. 

(A) Mable Walker, born about 1913. 

(B) Tenney Ray Walker, born 1918 



William Byron Bivens, born March 28, 
1858, Camden, Tenn. Farmer, married 
Fannie Stevens. Children: 

(A) Sallie Bivens, born about 1895, married 
Jerry Thomason, Camden, Tenn,, produce 
dealer. They have three children. 

(B) Dewey Bivens, married a Miss Van 
Cleave. They live in eastern part of Ten- 

(C) Ruth Bivens, born about 1904 

(D) William Bivens, born about 1908. 

(E) T. B. Bivens, born about 191 1. 


Margaret Ellen Bivens, born May 28, 1866, 
married Grant McGlohon, Camden, Tenn., 
farmer. He was born October 16, 1864, and 
was a son of John Taylor McGlohon and his 
wife Mary C. Pearce and a grandson of John 
McGlohon who emigrated from North Caro- 

lina and was one of the first settlers of Benton 
County. Children: 

(A) John Logan McGlohon, born July 
2, 1892, Camden, Tenn., married Bessie 
Hillard. They had 2 children: Logan 
Hillard McGlohon, born May 19, 1919. 

(B) Hazel McGlohon, born Nov. 27, 1892, 
died Aug. 1896. 




John Sherman Bivens, Camden, Tenn., 
farmer, was born Sept. 23, 1868, married 
Mary Stevens. Children: 

(A) Leber Bivens, died single. 

(B) Annie Bivens, born about 1903. 

(C) Windle Bivens, born about 1905. 

(D) Jarol Bivens, born about 1907. 

(E) Sanford Bivens, born about 1909. 

(F) Joseph Bivens, born about 1913. 

(G) Franklin Bivens, born about 1917. 



Ellen Bivens, born about 1831, married 
Judge William East, who was a painter by 
occupation. They lived, died and were 
buried at Camden, Tenn. Children: 

Virgie East, married A. J. Saunders. Both 
dead. Born to them: 

(A) Maud Saunders, about 1883 who 
married, first Frank Plant, and after his 
death, married Albert McKelvy. By her 
last husband she had one child; by her first 
husband, two children. 

(A) Millard Plant, born about 1898, Hunt- 
ington, Tenn. 

(B) Homer Plant, born about 1900, De- 
troit, Mich. 

(C) Virgie McKelvy, born about 1914. 





William Elijah Bivens, born about 1848, 

now dead, married Belle Johnson. There 

was one child who died without issue. After 

this wife died, he married Dicie Durden who 

is now dead. Children by his last wife: 

(A) Alexander Bivens, born about 1894, 
died about 1909, married Pearl Larkins who 
lives at Bakersville, Tenn. One child: Lisler 
Larkins Bivens, born about 1907. 

(B) Ruby Bivens, married Walter Augustus 
Griggs. -45- 

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(C) Hugh Elijah Bivens, born about 1891, 
single, Camden, Tenn., undertaker. 

(D) Turney Bivens, born about 1894, 
married Edward Walker, Camden, Tenn., 
farmer. They have several children. 

-30-A-44-B-Walter Augustus Griggs, born 
about 1875, died about 1906, born, lived and 
died at Camden, Tenn., married Ruby Biv- 
ens, Camden, Tenn. Children: 

(A) Louis Griggs, born about 1902. 

(B) Harry Griggs, born about 1904. 

(C) Bessie Griggs, born about 1906. 

Green Bivens, born in Humphrey County, 
Tenn., Sept. 19, 1830 and in 1844, with his 
father, moved to Benton County where he 
has since lived and engaged in farming. He 
lives about two miles from Camden, Tenn, 
and at the age of 92 years, when we went to 
see him in April, 1921, was able to tell us 
more of the ancient history of our family 
than any one else we have met. Although 
our father and mother had told us substan- 
tially all that he told us, there were some little 
details that he remembered that we did not 
know. Green Bivens is a most elegant old 
gentleman and we very much regret we had 
so short a time to talk with him. He has a 
remarkable memory and is a high-minded 
citizen, and commands the respect and con- 
fidence of all who know him. His wife has 
been dead for some years. His children are: 

(A) John Dudgeon Bivens, born January 
9, 1860, Camden, Tenn., farmer, married 
Isdora Spalding, born 1860. They had 4 
children, Clara May Bivens, born Oct. 20, 
1892, single. 

(B) Kate Estell Bivens, born Oct. 13, 1863, 
died April 7, 1864. 

(C) Martha Isabelle Bivens, born June 
23, 1866, single, Camden, Tenn. 

(D) William Franklin Bivens, born March 
20, 1876, died August 28, 1877. 

The wife of Green Bivens was Nancy 
Viola Johnson. She has been dead for some 

50 (See 961) 




James White, born July 27, 1789 near the 
home of General Jackson, south of Nashville, 
Tenn., in 1808, with parents, moved to 
Waverly Blue Creek, south of Waverly, Tenn. 
and north of Duck river, where they farmed 

and raised cattle until the Jackson Purchase 
in 1818. It is thought in 1820 he moved near 
Sugar Tree and settled on Morgans Creek, 
now Benton County, Tenn., where he engaged 
in farming until death April 6, 1879 He was 
buried near Sugar Tree He married first 
Mary (Polly) McSwaine. After her death 
he married Elizabeth Matlock. 

-2-B-Elizabeth Matlock was born Dec. 12, 
1806, and is thought to have been born at or 
near Nashville, Tenn. With her parents 
she later moved west near the Tennessee 
river and about 1 820 moved near Sugar Tree, 
Benton County. Here she died, March 13, 
1874, and is buried near Sugar Tree. 
Children of James White and Mary (Polly) 

(A) Andrew White, married Miss Murphy. 

(B) Martha (Patsy) White, married John 
Craig McDaniel.-52- 

Children of James White and Elizabeth 

(C) Hugh Lawson White, born Oct. 20, 
1 825, married Josephine Octervine Walker. -53- 

(D) Thomas White, born August 28, 1828, 
married Martha Johnson. -70- 

(E) Mary White, married Joe Peacock. 
Both dead. No issue. 

(F) Veturia White, born January 5, 1833, 
married Dr. John Devergie Smith. (For 
her descendants see Smith Table. -506) (914). 

(G) Ellen White and Eliza White, twins, 
born January 13, 1838. Ellen White married 
James Walker. Both are dead. -69- Eliza 
White married Clark Hubbs.-56- 

(H) Florilla White, born Feb. 13, 1840, 
married Clinton Walker. -66- 

(1) Caroline White, born Aug. 12, 1846, 
married James Ballowe.-71- 

(J) James Clay White, born June 4, 1844, 
died April 23, 1921, and was never married. 
He was a Confederate soldier and ran away 
from home to join the colors. He was wound- 
ed at Shiloh and was never able to return to 
the war. Our father Dr. J. D. Smith ex- 
tracted the bullet. In late life he drew a 
pension from his native state for his ser- 
vices rendered. He is said to have had a 
love affair in early life which resulted in the 
nature of a disappointment and ever after- 
wards he was content to live the life of single 
blessedness. He engaged in farming in a 
small way and was contented to live and 
breathe the free air of God far from the hum 
and wheels of factories. He lived the life so 
many of the wealthy in the cities yearn for. 
The vacation they long for once a year was 
his whole life's history. Some months prior 
to his death, he was stricken with paralysis 

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from which he died. For some years he had 
not been able to work. He took his daily 
paper and kept in touch with the world's 
doings. In early April at Camden, we had 
engaged a team to go to see him the next day. 
A hard rain that night raised the creeks so 
we could not reach him. We then went on 
our journey to North and South Carolina, 
stopped again at Camden on April 29, to 
go and see him and then learned he had died 
six days previous and had been buried. We 
shall always regret that we did not in the 
first instance remain over to see him but 
this is one of life's mistakes we can never 


-50-A-Andrew White, born in Benton 
County, Tenn., went to Texas when the 
Mexican war came on and engaged in it. 
He then settled in Texas and married a 
Miss Murphy. At the time of his father's 
death in 1879 he could not be located and 
was supposed to have been dead. 

-50-B-Martha (Patsy) White married John 
Craig (Jack) McDaniel, who was a son of 
John McDaniel and Mary White. They 
being first cousins one degree removed, Mary 
White being the sister of Martha White's 
grandfather. There was born to this union 
one child, Martha McDaniel. The mother 
died when the child was eight days old. Mar- 
tha McDaniel suckled the breast and was 
reared by her step-grandmother as a twin 
sister to our mother, Veturia White, there 
being only a few days' difference in their 
birth. John Craig McDaniel married again 
as seen in the Fry Table-8-. Martha Mc- 
Daniel married John Dewit Fry. See Fry 
Table- lo- 

-30-C-Hugh Lawson White was born in 
Benton County, Tenn., Oct. 20, 1825, lived 
and died in that county. May 28, 1889. 
Hugh Lawson White was a man of quiet 
demeanor, esteemed and a highly respected 
farmer. He was ever a peaceable man and 
had no trouble with his neighbors. Never in 
his life was he a party to a lawsuit, always 
being able to adjust differences in more peace- 
able ways. When the war broke out, he 
went to the defense of his father's rights as 
he saw them, and enlisted in the Confederate 
army. He enlisted under Captain Winfree 
and was with Gen. Cheatam until after the 
battle of Perryville, Ky. At Perryville he 
was shot through the left lung with a minnie 
ball and left on the battle field. He was not 
missed until roll call. Then "Rebel John" 

and Dave Gosset went in search of him and 
when he was found he had bled until there 
was not left sufficient blood to stain a handker- 
chief. He was taken under a tree and there 
nursed for the night. Confederate soldiers 
had no tents. It made no difference how hard 
it rained, how the winds blew, nor how cold 
the nights were, in that war the Confederate 
soldier usually had one blanket and this was 
his home, his covering, and his only protec- 
tion. On cold nights at times, three would bunk 
together. One blanket would be laid on the 
ground and the three lay on it, covering them- 
selves with the other two blankets. When 
tired of lying on one side, all three would 
have to turn at the same time. Hugh Lawson 
White was the next day sent to the hospital. 
He had now served his country for three 
years. As soon as able, he was sent home to 
recover but was never able to return to the 
army. He, at that time weighed 175 pounds 
but never again weighed over 135 pounds. 
He was never again able to do hard manual 
labor and eventually died of this wound. 
Four years before his death he made an open 
profession of religion and united himself with 
the Methodist Church and ever afterwards 
lived a consistent christain life. We asked 
for a sketch of him but it was not furnished. 
Of him, we have a good opinion and regret 
we know so little of his life's history. He 
married Josephine Octervine Walker, born 
May 2, 1847. She is the daughter of Samuel 
Walker and Eliza Ann Wesson, his wife, and 
grand-daughter of Adam and Mary (Polly) 
Walker; Nathaniel Wesson and Elizabeth Mc- 
Daniel, his wife. Josephine Octervine Walker 
White lives at 318 Howerton Avenue, Nash- 
ville, Tenn., with two grand-daughters. She 
is very active for her age in life, is a charming 
lady and has a splendid memory. In April, 
1921 we very much enjoyed a visit with her. 
Children of Hugh Lawson White and Joseph 
ine Octervine Walker, his wife: 

(A) James Samuel White, born 1867, died 
when small. 

(B) Eugene Boatright White, born May 
25, 1869, married Leonia Walker, later mar- 
ried Lillie Hawley-55- 

(C) Gertrude White, born 1871, died when 

(D) Lela Pocahontas White, born 1873, 
died when small. 

(E) Walter Hendricks White, born Oct. 
1, 1878, married Erie Cherry.-54- 


-53-E-Walter Hendricks White, farmer, 
Camden, Tenn., married Erie Cherry. Child- 

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(A) Wallace White, born Dec. 16, 1904. 

(B) Lola May White, born Feb. 1909. 

(C) Hattie White, born 1913. 

(D) Charles White, born 1919. 





Eugene Boatright White, farmer, Camden, 
Tenn., married Leonia Walker who died 
April 20, 1909. Children: 

(A) Walter Hendricks White, born Aug. 
21, 1892, married Queen Hartley. One child: 
Fred Walker, Dec. 1918. 

(B) Ray White, born April 21, 1894, 
single. Ray White and his brother, Walter 
Hendricks, run a barber shop, Camden. 

(C) Dollie White, Nov. 30, 1899, 318 
Howerton Avenue, Nashville, Tenn., clerical 

(D) Hettie White, born March 15, 1901, 
318 Howerton Avenue, Nashville, Tenn. 
Telephone operator. 

Born to Eugene Boatright White and 
Lillie Hawley: 

(E) Martin White, August 1917. 



Eliza White, born January 13, 1838, at 
Sugar Tree, Benton County, Tenn., married 
Clark Hubbs, son of William Hubbs, who 
settled there about 1818 when this territory 
was purchased from the Indians and offered 
as territory for settlement. If born there, 
Clark Hubbs, born 1820, was one of the first 
born in that county. Tradition is that he 
was born there. About 1852 they left Sugar 
Tree and settled near Murray, Ky. where 
they lived until death. Clark Hubbs was a 
farmer. He died Feb. 2, 1900. Eliza White 
Hubbs died Dec. 24, 1921 at her home about 
six miles from Murray, Ky. It happened our 
fortune to visit this aunt in the spring of 1921. 
For a woman of 83 she was active and insisted 
upon being allowed to do her part in all things 
to be done. She was a member of the Church, 
led a religious life and was mostly interested 
in her children. Her children are all good, 
sober, respectable people; those "honest-to 
God" kind that it does the man of the city 
good to get out and mingle with now and then. 
There is a genuine welcome in the home for 
all. We asked her granddaughter for a 
sketch. It was, like many others, not fur- 

Born to Clark Hubbs and Eliza White, 
his wife: 

(A) Jefferson Harris Hubbs, born Dec. 8, 
1851, married Lucy Johnson-57- 

(B) Mary Elizabeth Hubbs, born Sept. 
11, 1864, died Nov. 20, 1865. 

(C) Alice Victoria Hubbs, born Nov. 22, 
, died 1885, married Rev. Jesse French. 

Both are dead. -63- 

(D) Frances Isabella Hubbs, born Sept. 
14, 1856, died 1859, buried Camden, Tenn. 

(E) Margaree Eliza Hubbs, born August 
16, 1859, married John Parn Bynum.-62- 

(F) William James Hubbs, married Maggie 
Auston, later Susanna Jones. -65- 

(G) John Constantine (Connie) Hubbs, 
born March 26, 1871, married Eliza Collie. -64- 



Jefferson Harris Hubbs, R. F. D. R. 3, 
Benton, Kentucky, farmer, married Lucy 
Jackson. Children: 

(A) Sabra Hubbs, married Claud J. Mor- 
ton. -58- 

(B) Dr. Clark Hubbs, married Myrtle 

(C) Mildred C. Hubbs, married Robert 

(D) Tommie C. Hubbs, married Clyde 
Lane. -6 1- 

(E) Bessie Hubbs, born Dec. 31, 1900, 
married Harry Stewart, molder, Metropolis, 

(F) Burn Hubbs, born March 18, 1906. 

(G) Eron Hubbs, born August 7, 1910. 
(H) Margaret Hubbs, born Dec. II, 1913. 

-57-A-Sabra Hubbs married Claud J. Mor- 
ton, farmer, Murray, Kentucky. Children: 

(A) Mary Louise Morton, born Feb. 11, 

(B) Sadie Lavina Morton, born June 24, 

(C) Asa C. Morton, born January 19, 1910. 
Claud J. Morton, born Feb. 12, 1881 

at Clarksville, Tenn. 

-57-B-Dr. Clark Hubbs was born near 
Murray, Ky., moved to Nashville, Tenn. 
and by his own efforts, worked himself through 
the school after he was twelve years of age. 
After sufficiently advancing, he worked until 
he had $1100.00 saved up. With that he 
entered the Dental Department of Vander- 
bilt University and graduated from there in 
1917. He responded to the call of his country 
and went to France. He was assigned to the 

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Dental Department and had a year's service 
in France. Returning, his health was im- 
paired. He went to Los Angeles, California, 
for that and has remained there since Finan- 
cially broke, or in fact never having had much 
money, he was unable to set himself up in 
business. He began on a small salary. His 
skill was soon discovered by the dentist for 
whom he worked. He was given an oppor- 
tunity to make good. Accustomed to hard 
knocks, and being a self-made man, he made 
the venture. We doubt if there is any 
dentist in Los Angeles who has been there 
so short a time, who has climbed so near the 
top as has Dr. Clark. We predict that it 
will not be many years until this young 
dentist will have reached the top and if not 
the leading dentist of Los Angeles, he will 
be so near, that the one above him had better 
be careful. Dr. Clark realizes that an educa- 
tion is not finished when you leave the college. 
He realizes that all mode! after associates. 
He selects books and the best of people for 
associates. When not busy at work, he is at 
his books. At night when others are going 
to places of amusement, Dr. Clark is in search 
of further education. He realizes that man 
never gets too wise to learn. He is a man of 
splendid appearance. Polite, in every way 
agreeable, he makes friends wherever he 

In Nashville, Tenn. he met Miss Myrtle 
House. She is not a daughter of, but of the 
family of Ex-Mayor House of Nashville. 
A most charming young woman is she. In 
this home on March 30, 1922 there arrived 
E. Clark Hubbs. Jr. He is their first child. 

Dr. Hubb's office is located on the 8th floor 
of Ferguson Building. 307 Olive Street, Los 
Angeles, California. 

-57-C Mildred C. Hubbs, born May 13. 
1894, January 4, 1915. married Robert 
Smotherman, farmer, Almo. Ky. Children: 

(A) Robert Smotherman, Jr. 

(B) Albert Harris Smotherman. 

-57-D-Tommie C. Hubbs, born January 
5, 1897, married Clyde Lane, Cottonwood, 
Tenn. Children: 

(A) Carrie Lavernia Lane, dead. 

(B) Vena Evalyn Lane. 


-56-E-Margaree Eliza Hubbs. born August 
16, 1859, married John Park Bynum January 
20, 1880, live near Union City, farmer. 

(A) Ona Lee Bynum, born Nov. 14, 1880. 
died Aug. 12, 1912. She was teacher of 
Domestic Science, a member of the Methodist 
Church, and was buried at Coles Camp 
Ground, near Murray, Ky. 

(B) Ollie Monte Bynum married Dock 
Cain. They live about sixty miles from Los 
Angeles, California. Three children: Vatelle, 
Mazelle, and Margaree Cain. 

(C) Norman Alice Bynum, born Nov. 16, 
1882, married Wesley Lipford, farmer, Murray 
Kentucky. Three children: 

(D) Eva Bynum, born March 24, 1885, 
married Walter Bridges, Coca-Cola represen- 
tative, Cairo, Illinois. Five children. 

(E) Atlanta Bynum, born May I. 1890, 
taught school for ten years, married Alba 
Puckett, traveling salesman, Sikeston, Mo. 
One child: Cox Valva Puckett, October 2, 

(F) Maud Lavernia Bynum. born Oct 
29, 1887, died May 24, 1900. buried at 
Goshen Church, Murray, Ky. 

(G) Clark Horton Bynum, born March 2, 
1894, at home. 

(H) Vera Annetta Bynum, born April 23, 
1896. school teacher. Union City. Tenn. . 

(I) Fannie Forest Bynum, born Sept. 21, 
1898, married Elmer Wadkins, railroad. 
Union City, Tenn. 


-56-C-Alice Victoria Hubbs, married Rev. 
Jesse French, a Baptist Minister of Hollow 
Rock, Tenn. Both dead. One child, Mar- 
gary Bell French, married Edward Evans. 
She died Dec. 17, 1920. Husband and four 
children survive her. One is called Alice 
Victoria Evans. 



John Constantine (Connie) Hubbs, farmer, 
Murray, Ky., married Ann Eliza Collie. 

(A) Novice Oaks Hubbs. Dec. 9, 1898, 
married Lillian Misher. Born to them: Collie 
Hubbs, January, 1913; Cherry Louise Hubbs, 
March, 1915. 


William James Hubbs. now dead, married 
first Maggie Auston, dead. Children: 

(A) Mary Eliza Hubbs. born Sept. 4, 
1886, married James E. Cunningham, Sept. 
26. 1902. 

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(B) Wildy Hubbs, born March 1890, died 
1918, married H. M. Wilson, Murray, Ky. 
Children: Ornice K. Wilson, Nov. 1917; 
Mary Madeline Wilson, July 1911. 

(C) Robert Hubbs, born June 10, 1895, 
married Helen, daughter of Rev. Owen Har- 
groves, Nov. 8, 1914. Two children: Ladine 
Hargroves and Wilmot Hargroves. 

(D) Gladys Hubbs, born May 3, 1900, 
married Charles Hale March 28, 1915, 
clerical, Murray, Ky. One child: Maye 
Hale, January 30, 1916. 

Children of William James Hubbs and 
Susanna Jones: 

(E) Curtis Hubbs, born Oct. 28, 1903. 

(F) Cletus Hubbs, born January 29, 1905. 
Curtis and Cletus now live with their mother 
on the farm near Murray, Ky. 


FloriUa White, born Feb. 13, 1840, died 
Feb. 13, 1920, married Clinton Walker, 
born August 7, 1830, died April 12, 1905. 
Both were born near Sugar Tree, Benton 
County, Tenn. and moved to Point Pleasant, 
Mo. shortly after they married; lived, died 
and were buried there. Children: 

(A) Cheat Walker, born March 10, 1861, 
married Christine Jones. -67- 

(B) Ira Walker, born June 15, 1863, farmer, 
single. New Madrid, Mo. 

(C) Dollie Walker, born Dec. 27, 1870, 
married James Lee Girvin.-68- 

(E) Constantine Walker, born April 15, 
1859, left home in 1880 and has not been 
heard from for years. Supposed to be dead 
and to have had no issue. 

(F) Alonzo Walker, born July 9, 1874, 
died March 1880, buried Point Pleasant, Mo. 

(G) Mary Walker, born May 9, 1872, 
died 1873. 




Cheat Walker, farmer. Point Pleasant, Mo., 
married Christine Jones, born Sept, 5, 1873, 
daughter of Edward and Josephine Jones, 
of New Madrid, Mo. Children: 

(A) Ruth Margaret Walker, born August 
10, 1893. married John Fletcher, Point 
Pleasant, Mo. Children: Cortez Fletcher, 
Aug. 15, 1914; Ruth Lois Fletcher. April 
30, 1917. 

(B) Roy Walker, born Dec. 1 7, 1895, single. 
Point Pleasant, Mo. 

(C) James Harold Walker, born Feb. 12, 

1898, brakeman on railroad, Kennett, Mo., 
married Pearl Reno. 

(D) Clinton Edward Walker, born Feb. 
9, 1902, government position Caruthersville, 

(E) Hazel Dorotha Walker, born March 
16, 1905. 

(F) Josephine Walker, born July 29, 1907. 

(G) Earnest Lonnie Walker, born March 
20, 1910. 

(H) Vernon Walker, born June 22, 1912. 



Dollie Walker married James Lee Girvin, 

farmer. Point Pleasant, Mo. One child: 

(A) Florilla Lee Girvin, born April 21, 

1901, school teacher. 

Ellen White, born January 13, 1838, mar- 
ried James Walker. Both were born, lived, 
died and are buried in Benton County, Tenn. 
Children, so far as we have learned: 

(A) Valarie Walker, married John Doyle 
and moved to near Brawdied Landing on 
Tenn. River in Decatur County, Tenn. and 
are said to have a son by name of Grover 
Doyle who married and had children. 

(B) Hoss Walker, whose correct name was 
William Henry Walker, is said to have 
married Mary (Polly) Townsend and moved 
to Missouri. 

Thomas White, born August 26, 1828, near 
Sugar Tree, Tenn., was a farmer by occupa- 
tion, lived and died near where he was born. 
He died about 1 900, perhaps some time earlier. 
We have not been able to get any reply to 
letters written to Sugar Tree trying to get 
a correct table so we give it as best we can. 
Some of these names are perhaps nicknames. 

(A) Duck White, married Enock Henry. 

(B) Sis White, married Monroe Henry. 

(C) Wright White, married Ruth Bishop. 

(D) Florilla White, married a Mr. Henry. 

(E) Coon White, single. 
(G) Monroe White, single. 
(H) Eliza White. 

(I) Constantine White, single. 

(J) Samuel White, married a Miss Ward. 

(K) Ditcher White, single, dead. 

All these people or their descendants for 
the most part are thought to live near Sugar 
Tree, Tenn. 

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Caroline (Callie) Donia White, born Aug- 
ust 12, 1846, Des Arc, Ark., married James 
Ballowe. born 1823, died Dec. 9, 1904. 

Caroline Donia White was born in 
Benton County, Tenn., and spent the first 
twenty-four years of her life in the vicinity 
of Sugar Tree. In early life she connected 
herself with the church and has ever lived a 
most devoted christian life. She, with her 
husband, went to the Baptist church. She 
is one of those gentle, true and kind sympa- 
thetic mothers whose chief solicitude in life 
has been the training of her children and an 
endeavor to correctly influence them in the 
paths that go to make good citizens and 
Christian gentlemen. At the age of 76 she 
is still cheerful, hopeful and ever ready to act 
her part in life's battles, and takes sweet con- 
solation that she has succeeded and when 
her Master calls she will be ready, knowing 
that her manner of living her life has made the 
world better for her having been here, and 
that she leaves behind a posterity that no 
one need be ashamed of. 

James Carroll Ballowe first saw light on 
the 12th of March, 1823, at Nashville, Tenn.. 
or near there. When the Civil war came on 
he cast his lot with the Confederacy and 
enlisted as a private. A gallant and brave 
man he was, with a high degree of intelligence, 
honest and true. He early attracted the 
attention of his superior officers and in him 
there was discovered leadership. He was 
promoted from time to time and by the time 
of the battle of Shiloh he had been made 
First Lieutenant, and, as such took part in 
that battle. He was all of his life a farmer by 
occupation. He became a member of the 
Masonic Lodge, walked on the level, and his 
acts with his fellowman squared with the 
tenets so fundamental with that order and so 
necessary to the high type of good citizens. 

He was an honorary member of White 
River Lodge No. 37 F. & A. M. for many 
years before he died and a consistent and 
attentive member of the Baptist Church. 
After the war was over James Carroll Ballowe 
returned to the fields to retrieve and recover, 
as best he could, what had been lost. He 
settled in Benton County, Tenn. and was 
received a welcome visitor in the home of 
James White, one of the most substantial 
farmers of that county until the war had 
freed his negroes. He still had his lands and 
a charming daughter who attracted the 
eye of Lieutenant Ballowe. Lieutenant sought 

the hand of Caroline Donia White and was 
accepted. In the year of 1865 they were 
united in marriage and in Humphrey County, 
Tenn., began their life together. The father 
had given his other children a slave when 
they married but the fortune of war had 
changed conditions, in a way impoverished 
the father, and there was little to be given to 
this daughter. In 1870 they decided to follow 
the footsteps of their parents as pioneers and, 
in a way, go further West and live in a new 
country. They moved to Mt. Adams in 
Arkansas County, Ark., and there resided 
until 1872 when they moved to near Des 
Arc, Arkansas and made that their permanent 
home. There, they took up again the occupa- 
tion of farming and reared a large family. 
This country was new in a way but they 
overcame difficulties as they came. The 
Creator was good to James Carroll Ballowe 
for there were added eleven years to his 
three score and ten years, when on the 9th 
of December, 1904, after having a few days 
before been stricken with small-pox, he passed 
away at the ripe old age of 81. Peace be to 
his ashes. Well done! Thou good and faith- 
ful servant. His good wife still survives him 
and with her sons, lives on the old farm 
place at Des Arc, Arkansas. 



(A) Thomas Cortez Ballowe, born Nov. 
15, 1867.-80- 

(B) Zenobia Ballowe, born June 8, 1869, 
married Edmund B. Morrill. -79- 

(C) James Forrest Ballowe. born March 
13, 1872, married Emma Loving. -78- 

(D) Randolph P. Ballowe, born 1874, died 
at the age of 1 7 and was buried at the Ballowe 
burial plot near Des Arc, Ark. 

(E) Sarah Beulah Ballowe, born April), 
1876, married Rev. D R. Whitley.-77- 

(F) Samuel P. Ballowe, born about 1884, 
married Fredia Sailor. -76- 

(G) Elizabeth Ballowe, born 1882. mar- 
r-ed Percy D. Weaver. -75- 

(H) Putman Ballowe died when about 8 
years old and was buried in the Ballowe 
burial ground at Des Arc, Ark. 

(I) Olivia Ballowe, born 1887, married 
Schuler Ried.-74- 

(J) Dewitt Talmage Ballowe. born 1889, 
married Ida Johnson. -73- 

(K) Earl E. Ballowe, born 1893, owns his 
own farm and lives with his mother and 
brother at Des Arc, Ark. He is single. 

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-72-J-Dewitt Talmage Ballowe, Des Arc, 
Ark., is a farmer by occupation. He owns 
his own farm, and lives near Des Arc, Ark. 
He also engages in stock-raising, is a member 
of the M. W. O. A., also of the W. O. W. He 
has for some years been a director of the consol- 
idated schools near his place and when'under 
the Federal Banking law there was organized 
the Oak Prairie Farm Loan Association, he 
was made secretary and treasurer, which 
position he still holds. In 1909 he married 
Ida Johnson. Children: 

(A) Victor Ballowe, born about 1910. 

(B Milton Ballowe, born about 1912. 

(C) Allene Ballowe, born about 1914. 

(D) Randolph Ballowe, born about 1916. 

(E) Talmage Johnson Ballowe, born 1918. 

-72-I-Olivia Ballowe married S. Reid, son 
of Judge J. R. Ried who for some years was 
County Judge at Des Arc, Ark. They live 
near that place. Children: 

(A) Ruth Ried, born 1905. 

(B) Jack Ried, born 1907. 

(C) Elizabeth Ried, born 1909. 

(D) John Ried. born 1911. 

(E) Buster Ried, born 1913. 

(F) Schuler Ried Jr., born 1920. 

-72-G-Elizabeth Ballowe, born 1882, died 
January 3, 1919, married Percy D. Weaver 
and moved to Little Rock, Ark., where she 
died. They were married in 1908. Percy 
D. Weaver is an electrician by occupation, 
Lonoke, Ark. Children now live with his 
uncle, John Weaver, Lonoke, Ark., and are: 

(A) Sarah Weaver, born 1907. 

(B) George Weaver, born 1909. 

-72-F-Samuel P. Ballowe owns his own 
farm, is also a plantation manager and lives 
near Des Arc, Ark. In 1914 he married 
Fredia Sailor. Children: 

(A) Samuel P. Ballowe, Jr., born 1916. 

(B) Alice Ballowe, born 1918. 

-72-E-Sarah Ballowe about 1893 married 
Rev. D. R. Whitley and died at Tomberson, 
Ark. Rev. D. R. Whitley now resides 
R. R. 2, Mt. Ida, near Hot Springs, Ark. 
He is a Baptist minister. Children: 

(A) Valpean Whitley, born 1897, served 
in France with the American army, now 
engaged in the timber and road building 
business with Des Arc, Ark., as headquarters. 

(B) Blanch Whitley, born 1899, was at- 
tending school in some College in Oklahoma 
in 1921. 

(C) Catherine (Katie) Whitley, born 1901, 
is at home at Mt. Ida, near Hot Springs, Ark. 

(D) D. R. Whitley, born 1903, at home at 
Mt. Ida, Arkansas. 

-72-G-James Forrest Ballowe lives on his 
own farm near Des Arc, Arkansas. He mar- 
ried Emma Loving, daughter of Rev. J. 
and Linnie Loving. Children: 

(A) Odessa Ballowe, born about 1897, 
married in 1919 to Elbert Rogers. They 
live at Batesville, Arkansas; saw mill busi- 

(B) Joseph Ballowe, farmer in Oklahoma, 
was born 1899. 

(C) Bascom Ballowe, farmer in Oklahoma, 
born 1901. 

(D) Winfield Ballowe, in United States 
Navy, born 1903. 

(E) Biscoe Ballowe, born 1905. 

(F) James Ballowe, born 1907. 

-72-B-Zenobia Ballowe, born June 8, 1869 
in Humphrey County, Tenn., in 1870 went 
with her parents to Arkansas. In 1887 she 
married Edward B. Morrill who was a news- 
paper man and at different times owned and 
edited papers at different places in Prairie 
County. He died in 191 2, being then Editor 
of Duvall Bluff Democrat. Mrs. Morrill 
still resides at Duva!l Bluffs. Children are: 

(A) Randolph Morrill, born Dec. 25, 1886, 
died Sept. 28, 1902. 

(B) Addie Brownie Morrill, born August 
28, 1891, married W. B. Hoagland, machinist. 
They live in Dyersburg, Tenn. 

(C) John Calhoun Morrill, born April 28, 
1894, was in Co. C 57th, Engineers with the 
American forces and saw service in France in 
the World War. He was in France for 
twelve months. He is engineer on a govern- 
ment boat on the Mississippi River. 

(D) James Morrill, born Oct. 1900, is 
a printer at Duval', Bluffs, Ark. 

(E) Caroline Maud Morrill, born March 
4, 1907, is assistant cashier of State National 
Exchange Bank in Little Rock, Ark. 

(F) Rosalind Morrill, born Dec. 31, 1902, 
is stenographer in a Law Office in Little 
Rock, Arkansas. 

(G) Virginia Morrill, born July 31, 1905. 
will complete high school in the term now 

-72-A-Thomas Cortez Ballowe, born in 
Humphrey County, Tenn., Nov. 15. 1867; 
at the age of three went to Arkansas with his 
parents. He is a school teacher by occupation, 
and has taught school for some thirty years. 

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He has been a member of White River Lodge 
No. 37, F. & A. M. for thirty years. This 
Lodge is located at Des Arc. He has been 
continuously elected Justice of the Peace for 
thirty years ; is a member of the County Board 
of Education of his County; belongs to the W. 
O. W. and carries the insurance for his 
mother. He owns his farm, lives with 
and looks after the farm owned by his mother. 
He has never married and probably will 
not do so as long as his mother lives. He 
is one of the most highly respected citizens 
of his country. 


Please bear in mind in reading this article 
that in an early day Chowan Precinct, as 
then called but County as we shall refer to it, 
composed the large part of northeast North 
Carolina. In 1722 Bertie County was 
formed. In 1741 Edgecombe was formed 
from Chowan, and Craven joined Edgecombe 
on the south and east; Halifax County was 
formed out of Edgecombe and Gates from 
Chowan. Currituck joined Bertie and Chow- 

The Alston family is said to have been of 
Saxon origin. The meaning of the name 
was "most noble". The family is thought 
to have sprung from Saxham Hall, Suflork 
County, England. 

William Alston was the father of Edward 
of Saxham Hall (1537-1617), father of Tho- 
mas Gedding Hall, Suffork County, (1564- 
1619). Thomas Hall was knighted June 13, 
1642, and created a knight as Si Thomas 
Alston of Odell in Bedfordshire. His brother 
who was the fourth son of Thomas Hall of 
Gedding Hall, is said to have been John 
Alston of Inner Temple. This John Alston 
was said to have married Dorothy Temple, 
daughter of Sir John Temple whose ancestry 
is said to date back to Alfred the Great. 
William Alston, son of this John Alston, is 
said to have married Thomasine Brooke. 

John Alston, who later spelled his name 
AUston, and said to have been a son of the 
last above William Alston, with a cousin 
John Alston also is said to have settled in 
South Carolina in 1694-95, coming with 
Gov. Archdale, while some authorities claim 
he came some twelve years earlier as a 
political prisoner sent over because of his 
liberal views. Many of the Emigrants to 
America prior to 1 700 were sent here because 
of their hostile attitude, openly pronounced 
against the Europ an Autocracies as they 
then existed. The family of this John Allston 

who settled in South Carolina became very 
prominent. A descendant married the daugh- 
ter of Aaron Burr and this Alston we think 
was the one who became Governor of South 
Carolina. One Mary Allston married John 
Pyatt of Georgetown, of a wealthy and 
prominent family. This Georgetown family 
is not to be confused with the Pyatt family 
related to us on our mother's side. This 
last family lived at Charleston and we have 
no reason to think they were related. The 
Georgetown family spelled their name Pyatt, 
while the Charleston family spelled their 
name Pyatt and also Pyeatt, we think it 
was Pyatt. 

Col. John Alston who married Mary 
Clark is said to have been a cousin of the 
John Allston of South Carolina. Whether 
he and Mary Clark were married in 
America or Europe is not known. It is 
thought they married in Europe. They 
perhaps first settled in Virginia and prior to 
1711 settled in Chowan County, N. C, and 
in that year obtained a grant of 200 acres 
of land northwest of Bennett's Creek. In 
1723 he obtained 200 acres at the head of 
Bennett Creek. March I 722 he deeded away 
100 acres on the north side of Bennett Creek. 
In July 1745 he received a commission as 
sheriff of Chowan County. In 1748 he was 
a member of the Court. On March 6, 1739, 
he was appointed Justice of the Peace for 
Chowan County and at the same time, his 
son-in-law, Thomas Kearney and his son- 
in-law Samuel Williams Sr. each also received 
Commissions as Justice of the Peace for 
Edgecombe County. He served as Juryman 
in 1715, and was a Grand Juryman at General 
Court of Oyer and Terminer for several years. 
In 1725 he was made Captain of the King's 
forces, and 1 729 promoted to Colonel. He also 
served as Collector for the King, and Vestry- 
man of St. Paul's Parish. He accumulated 
a considerable fortune, conducted himself 
with due regard to his position, was highly 
esteemed and one of the most prominent and 
most trustworthy citizens of the Province 
of North Carolina in his day. The spot where 
he first settled is said to be near Pasquotank, 
N. C, but he later moved to near what is 
now known as Gatesville, N. C. His will was 
probated in Chowan County, Dec. 2, 1758. 
He and May Clark, his wife, were the parents 
of ten children, five sons and five daughters, 
as follows: 

(A) Joseph John Alston, born 1702, died 

(B) Solomon Alston, married Ann Hinton 
and died 1785. 

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(C) William Alston, married Ann Kim- 
brough, lived and died in Halifax. 

(D) Phillip Alston, married Winifried Whit- 
mel of Bertie County, N. C. 

(E) James Alston, married Christian Lil- 
lington and settled in Orange County, N. C. 

(F) Sarah Alston married Thomas Kearney, 
and settled in Edgecombe County. 

(G) Charity Alston, married John Dawson. 
(H) Elizabeth Alston, married Samuel Wil- 
liams Sr.-i02- 

(1) Two daughters, died single. 

About 1 736 there began a considerable 
emigration to Edgecombe County and on 
March 6, 1739 a Commission as Justice of 
the Peace was issued to Thomas Kearney and 
Samuel Williams and in that year there was 
granted to Solomon Alston 400 acres of land 
in Bertie County, to Thomas Kearney 300 
acres in Edgecombe County, to Samuel 
Williams 400 acres in Edgecombe County, 
to William Alston 1 50 acres in Edgecombe 
County, and in 1743 to Joseph John Alston 
1 30 acres in Edgecombe County, but he had 
obtained grants to lands in this County in 
1732 and 1738. All the parties to whom 
land had been granted in Edgecombe County 
are thought to have moved to that County 
the year of the grant except Joseph John 
Alston who moved to Edgecombe County in 
1741. I n 1 744 he was sent as a representative 
of Edgecombe County to the Legislature and 
was appointed as one of the Committee on 
grievances of the people. When he moved to 
Edgecombe County, he brought with him 
19 slaves while Thomas Kearney brought 
16 slaves. Thomas Kearney is sa d to have 
been the son of an English Earl. In 1739 
Thomas Kearney was commissioned as Pro- 
vost Marshall, or High Sheriff of the ter- 
ritory then known as Edgecombe Precinct 
or County. 

In 181 3 Willis Alston of Halifax was elected 
to Congress. James Alston and wife moved 
and settled in Orange County, N. C. Solo- 
mon Alston who settled in Edgecombe lived 
on land now located in Warren County. He 
is said to have many descendants in Mis- 
sissippi, South Carolina and Alabama. 

Joseph John Alston was the wealthiest 
of all the children and was a very prominent 
man, married twice and left an estate of 
100,000 acres of land and 150 negroes. 




The Williams Family is of Welsh origin. 
One tradition is that William Williams, the 
Em grant, was the son of a wealthy English- 

man and came to Virginia as a M ssionary; 
that he was a very frugal and industrious 
man, and preached up and down the Shen- 
andoah River Valley for many years; that 
the people paid him largely in tobacco and 
that he early invested in slaves; that he 
added to his wealth until he had become a 
wealthy citizen. That as he was growing old, 
he became convinced that slavery was wrong 
and, a man true to his convictions, he freed 
his many slaves, and in that way impover- 
ished himself and family. We have not been 
able to learn positively anything of him, save 
this traditional story which has been handed 
down in one of the families of his descendants. 
There was a considerable mixture of Scotch 
blood by the time our grandmother Leusey 
Williams was born, but of course that may 
have come by inter-marriages of the Wil- 
liams family with others. 

We do not know the name of the wife of 
this Emigrant, nor the name of any child 
save that of Samuel Williams Sr.-102-who 
married Elizabeth Alston.- 1 00-H- 



-10i-100-H-Samuel Williams Sr. was born 
in Virginia and crossed over the border line 
and married Elizabeth Alston. He is thought 
to have lived in Chowan County until about 
1 739 when he moved to the County of 
Edgecombe. He was then appointed Justice 
of the Peace for Stony Creek, obtained a 
grant of 400 acres of land in 1 739, 400 acres 
in 1740, 300 acres in 1741, and 640 acres 
in I 743 and purchased other lands. He lived 
and died in Edgecombe County, N. C. His 
will is dated Oct. 21, 1753 and was probated 
in February 1754. In his will he leaves his 
property to his three sons, grandson and 
wife. Children mentioned in the will were- 

(A) William Williams. 

(B) Samuel Williams Jr. who married 
Mary Dudley.- 1 03- 

(C) Joseph John Williams. 

He mentions his grandson, Samuel Wil- 
liams. The executors were: Phillip Alston 
and Benjamin Wynes. It was witnessed by 
Thomas Kearney and his son Edmund 
Kearney; James Alston was then Clerk of 
Court. There was a Coat of Arms on the 
seal. We do not know what his Coat of 
Arms was but this connects him with Heraldry 
of England. He left to Joseph John Williams 
I 1 negroes and 800 acres of land on Reedy 
Branch, and to Samuel Williams Jr.-103-he 
left his plantation on Mush Island. 

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Samuel Williams Jr. after the death of 
his father in 1754 is thought to have spent 
the balance of his life in Edgecombe County. 
We have not been able to locate his will and 
do not know when he died. We do not know 
when his wife died. 

The Dudley family is of English origin. 
The Barons and Earls Dudleys of England 
are descended from John D. Sutton (1310- 
1349) of Dudley Castle, Staffordshire, who 
was summoned to parliament as a Baron in 
1342. John Sutton or Dudley (1400-1487) 
the fifth Baron, was first summoned to par- 
liament 1440, having been Viceroy of Ireland. 

We do not know anything for certainty as 
to who were the ancestors of Mary Dudley. 
On Feb. 15. 1755 one Thomas Dudley of 
Currituck County made his will, which 
was probated in that county March 1757. 
He left one half of his plantation to his sons: 
William Dudley and Thomas Dudley, and 
one half to his grandson Malakie Dudley. 
He also leaves property to his daughter, Mary 
(Dudley) Williams. The will was witnessed 
by Charles Williams, Thomas Williams, and 
Solomon Ashee. We think it possible that he 
was the father of Mary Dudley who married 
Samuel Williams Jr. but have nothing to 
base it on save the location and time, as the 
two counties then joined. We only know 
of one child of Samuel Williams Jr. and Mary 
Dudley, his wife, to wit : William Williams- 
104.- There were probably other children. 

-103- William Williams was born in Edge- 
combe County and married Catherine Tyre. 
Tyre is of Celtic origin and the same as Tyer 
or Tyors and comes from the word Tiler, 
The Cornish word tyor, meaning a tiler 
comes from the word ty, meaning to cover. 

We feel reasonably sure that Catherine 
Tyre was a daughter of Captain Thomas Tyre 
who on June 11, 1776 was appointed as 
Captain for Craven County for "Brigade of 
Militia now in actual service under command 
of Brigadier Gen. Ashe at Cape Fear" (see 
Vol. 10, page 675, Colonial Records of North 
Carolina). In 1758 Thomas Tyre Sr. and 
Thomas Tyre Jr. of Craven County were 
members of the Militia. We are of the opinion 
that Ann Tyre of Craven County who in the 
census of 1 790 is given as the head of a family 
was the wife of Thomas Tyre Sr. and she 
then had at home one son over 1 6 and one son 
under 16; that Jesse Tyre, John Tyre, Lewis 
Tyre, Major Tyre, and Thomas Tyre, men- 

tioned in Craven County in the census of 
1 790 were probably children of Thomas Tyre 
Sr. probably dead then. The 1790 census 
does not disclose that there were at that time 
any other persons by the name of Tyre living 
in North Carolina save George Tyre of 
Wilkes County which was in the extreme 
west end of the state. The Colonial Records 
do not mention any other Tyre save William 
Tyre who was at Newbern Feb. 6, 1777. 

Tradition is that when the Revolutionary 
war came on, that William Williams was a 
patriot and aligned himself with the forces 
of this country; that he went North and with 
other forces joined and fought under Gen. 
George Washington; that while away, the 
Tories came and took the last horse that 
his wife had; that she went out, took hold 
of the horse and undertook to prevent it; 
that the Tories by drawn swords and threats 
to cut off her arm, compelled her to drop the 
halter from her hand and they took the horse. 

From a history of Edgecombe County by 
Turner Bridges, published in 1920, we learn 
that in 1777 troops were sent from Edge- 
combe County to other sections of the 
country and that some troops were sent to 
join Gen. George Washington and with him 
made a campaign into Pennsylvania. 

David Williams, the son of William Wil- 
liams enlisted under Capt. Coleman, January 
10, 1882 for one year in the 1 0th North 
Carolina Regiment. The Colonial Records 
disclose that in this same Regiment William 
Williams enlisted June 20, 1777 under Capt. 
Moore; that William Williams enlisted May 
5, 1776 for two and one half years and was 
discharged Nov. 10, 1778; that the one Wm. 
Williams who enlisted under Captain Moore 
was captured April 14, 1779; that William 
Williams enlisted January 20, 1778 under 
Captain Blunt; that William Williams en- 
listed April 25, 1781 under Capt. Dixon; 
that William Williams enlisted Aug. 1 , 1 782 
under Captain Carter; that William Williams 
enlisted June I, 1779 for 18 months. 

There were other William Williams in 
other companies but we think with the above 
tradition told our father by Leusey Williams, 
the grand-daughter of William Williams, and 
he having told it to us, this record in the 
Colonial Records is fairly presumptuous that 
one of those above William Williams was our 
ancestor and that he made the campaign 
into Pennsylvania under Gen. George Wash- 
ington. With the war ended about 1 783-84 
William Williams moved to Wake County, 
N. C. and there remained until 1800 when he 
moved to Anson County, N. C. and settled 
near Lilesville. There he died in 1807 and 


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his unrecorded will was probated Oct. 1807 
and is now among the unrecorded wills of 
that county. 

On Nov. 25, 1758 William Williams of 
Edgecombe County was selected as a repre- 
sentative to convey to Earl Granville the 
grievances of the people of Edgecombe 
County. Whether this was our William 
Williams or some other we know not. As 
his grandfather had been so prominent; his 
great uncle, Thos. Kearney the High Sheriff; 
his great uncle, James Alston the County 
Clerk; and his great uncle Joseph John Alston, 
perhaps the wealthiest man of the county, 
it is not improbable that it was he who was 
selected for this mission. 

Joseph John Alston's will was probated at 
Halifax January I, 1780. He mentions sons: 
John Alston, Philip Alston, William Alston, 
Harry Alston; daughter Pattie (Alston) 
Merony, May (Alston) Palmer; grandson 
Joseph John Alston, son of John ; John Alston, 
son of Phillip. He also mentions John Cooper, 
Eupham Wilson Cooper, Wesley Jones, and 
Solomon Williams. 

James Alston- 1 00-E-who married Christian 
Lillington and settled in Orange County, 
N. C. in his will mentions: son James Alston, 
John Alston, wife Christian Alston, daughters; 
Mary Alston, Charity Alston, Sarah Alston; 
brothers Joseph John Alston, Phillip Alston, 
Solomon Alston, brother-in-law John Dawson; 
Solomon Alston Jr. and John Alston sons of 
brother Solomon Alston. Will probated Feb. 
1761. We note an inquiry in 1900 from W. 
W. C. T. of Altanta, Georgia for information 
as to Martha R. Dudley whom she says mar- 
ried James Napier Torrance. She says 
Martha R. Dudley was daughter of John 
Alston Dudley and Mary Robinson, his wife. 
That John Alston Dudley was the only son 
of Sir Thomas Dudley who came to America 
during Revolutionary days and married 
Sallie Alston. 

Benjamin Rawlings whose will was pro- 
bated in Edgecombe County Dec. 10, 1738 
was no doubt related to us on the Alston 
side of the house and probably through 
Mary Clark, wife of Col. John Alston. He 
remembers in his will: Elizabeth (Alston) 
Williams, William Alston, Elizabeth Alston 
(wife of Joseph John Alston), Sarah (Alston) 
Kearney, her son Edmond Kearney, James 
Flood, Benjamin Hill, Henry Hill, David 
Coltraine, and Robert Locklear. These last 
mentioned matters properly belong elsewhere 
in this book. 


Unrecorded but probated will of William 
Williams, now on file in office of County 

Recorder, Anson County, N. C: "In the 
name of God Amen: I William Williams, of 
Anson County, being sick and weak in body 
but in perfect mind and memory thanks be 
given unto God, calling unto mind the mor- 
tality of my body and knowing that it is 
appointed for all men once to die do make 
and ordain this my last will and testament 
that is to say principally and first of all I give 
and recommend my soul unto the hands of 
Almighty God that gave it and my body 
I recommit to the earth to be buried in a 
decent Christian burial and as to touching 
such worldly estate as it has plesed God to 
bless me in this life with, I give devise and 
dispose of the same in the manner and form. 
First, 1 give and bequeath to my son Thomas 
Williams seven dollars. I give and bequeath 
to my daughter Mary Harris seven dollars. 
I give and bequeath to my daughter Milley 
King, Elizabeth Harris, Susannah Harris, 
one dollar each of them. I also give and 
bequeath to my sons William and David 
and John one dollar each to them. I also 
give and bequeath to my dearly loved wife 
Catherine Williams all my household fur- 
niture and stock of all kinds by her freely to 
be possessed and enjoyed during her life 
and at her death to be equally divided be- 
tween my sons Dudley and Benjamin Wil- 
liams. These two I want my executors and 
I do hereby disallow revoke and disannul all 
and every other former testament, will 
legacies, notifying and confirming this and 
no other to be my last will and testament. 
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my 
hand and seal last day of May and in the 
year of our Lord eighteen hundred and six. 
(signed) William Williams. Signed and 
sealed in the presence of Jordan Flake and 
Elijah Flake probated October 1807. 

William Williams was a farmer by occupa- 
tion. We have spent a number of days in 
the libraries and searched many books to 
verify the traditions. We have only tradition 
to verify the occupation as to the William 
Williams, the Emigrant. The ancestry of 
Mary Dudley is only conjectural and some- 
what in doubt. Otherwise, we feel sure that 
from paragraph 100 to the closing of the life 
of this William Williams, the history and 
movements are absolutely correct in every 
particular. We need no further biographical 
sketch to tell the story of William Williams 
and his wife Catherine Tyre. The fate of 
her father. Captain Tyre is not recorded. 
The probabilities are that early after the 
beginning of the Revolutionary war he passed 
beyond and with the fates of thousands of 
others, his ending will never be known. If 


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William Williams had much of property, it 
must have been lost in Revolutionary days. 
Near Lilesville, N. C. lie the remains of these 
two ancestors. 

We will for the present digress from the 
Williams family to the Harris family which 
became united with the William Williams 
family by a four-ply marriage between the 
families. We will then return to the Williams 


In the History Sketches of the Harris and 
Williams Families, published 1919, by Miss 
Wincie (now deceased) and Miss J. Nicholene 
Bishop, of Akron, Alabama, we learn that 
the Harris family came from Buckingham, 
England, a parliamentary and municipal 
town of great antiquity, fifty-eight miles 
from London; that they were among the 
early colonists who settled in North Carolina. 
We are informed by Mrs. Eugene Little that 
Captain Sherwood Harris No. I lived at 
Granville, N. C. and there died 1763; that 
he was Captain of the North Carolina Militia 
and also a Vestryman in that village; that 
his son Sherwood Harris No. 2 lived there 
during the Revolutionary period and was a 
Justice of the Peace, which was much desired 
position in those days, as the office made the 
holder the Community Adviser. Sherwood 
Harris No. 2 later moved to Wake County and 
from there with the Williams families moved 
to Anson County in 1800. His will was dated 
Aug. 23, 1805 and probated Oct. 1805 in 
Anson County. It was witnessed by Jordan 
Flake and Benjamin Williams. He mentions 
the following children: (I) Jonathan Harris; 
(2) William Harris; (3) Nancy Harris; (4) 
Simeon Harris; (5) Tilman Harris; (6) 
Sherwood Harris No. 3 ; (7) Elizabeth (Harris) 
Hooker; (8) Martha Hams; (9) Franky 
(Harris) Eason; (10) Archibald Harris; and 
(II) Mary (Harris) Williams. (See 107) 

-106-Children of Sherwood Harris No. 2 
by his first wife whose name is unknown to us: 

(A) Jonathan Harris who settled on land 
in Richmond County, N. C. and died 1810. 

(B) William Harris. 

(C) Nancy Harris. 

(D) Sherwood Harris No. 3. 

(E) Elizabeth (Harris) Hooker. We do 
not know the given name of her husband, 
Mr. Hooker. 

(F) Martha Harris. 

(G) Franky (Harris) Eason. We do not 
know the given name of Mr. Eason. 

(H) "Elder" Archibald Harris, married 
(108-G) Susanna William.- 1 14- 

(I) Mary Harris, married (108-1) Dudley 

(J) John Harris, married (108-E) Mary 
Ann (Nancy) Williams.- 1 1 0-Sherwood Harris 
No. 2's second wife was (108-F) Elizabeth 
Williams, daughter of William Williams and 
Catherine Tyre, his wife. Children by this 

(K) Simeon Harris, married one Elizabeth 
Williams and went to Pickens County, Ala- 
bama and there settled in 1819. 

(L) Tilman Harris, went to Pickens County 
Alabama and settled 1819. 

(M) Hudson Harris, probably born after 
the death of his father, went to Pickens 
County, Alabama in 1819 and there settled. 

-104-Children of William WiUiams and 
Catherine Tyre, his wife: 

(A) Davis Williams, born about 1760, 
married Martha (Patsy) Ivey.-I09- 

(B) Thomas Williams, supposed to have 
remained in Wake or Edgecombe County. 

(C) William Williams Jr., thought to have 
moved to Tenn. 

(D) Milley Williams, married John King 
and went to Alabama in 1819. 

(E) Mary Ann (Nancy) Williams, married 
(107-J) John Harris.- 110- 

(F) Elizabeth Williams, married (107) Sher- 
wood Harris No. 2. being the second wife. 

(G) Susanna Williams, married (107-H) 
"Elder" Archibald Harris.- 1 14- 

(H) John Williams, named Joseph John 
Williams, our Anson County relatives tell 
us and he signs his will Joseph Williams. It 
is dated July 4, 1825, recorded in Anson 
County, N. C. His wife in the will is called 
Martha Williams. He mentions his daughter 
Rebecca, his son Reuben Williams, his son- 
in-law William Bennett, his grandson, Joel 
Bennett, his sons; Henry, Harot, Samuel, 
James, and Hezekiah. His will is witnessed 
by Nathan Bivens and Grisson Taylor. 

(1) Dudley Williams, married (107-1) Mary 
Harris.- 1 77- 

(J) Benjamin Williams, born about 1785, 
married, (we think his first wife was named 
Leusey Elizabeth Pate). After her death he 
married a Miss Mitchel, sister of Thomas 


-108-A-David WiUiams (see 931) was born 
about 1760 in Edgecombe County, N. C, 
moved to Wake County about the close of 
the Revolutionary war, moved to Anson 
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County, Tenn., ]8I8, to Alabama in 1819 and 
is buried near Akron, Alabama. He married 
Martha Ivey in Wake County, N. C. and 
she is buried by his side. He was a soldier 
in the Revolutionary army. Children: 

(A) Lizzie Williams, married Malcolm Mor- 
rison, a Scotchman and had eight children: 
John; Nancy, married Mr. Duke; William, 
married Miss Phares; Norman, married Miss 
Miller; Elizabeth (Betsy), married Mr. 
Arnold; Angus (killed in the war), married 
Miss Geddie; Florida, married Mr. Morrison; 
and Malcolm Jr. .married Miss Kirksey. 

(B) Henry Williams, married Nancy Hen- 
son, later married Dorcas Williams Henry. 
He had eleven children, as follows: Charles, 
married Miss Elliot; David; Thomas; Ben- 
jamin, married Eliza Harris- 1 M-; John, mar- 
ried Dicy Harris; Williamson, married Miss 
Morrison; Harris, married Mirian Harris; 
Mathew, married Miss Ross; Sallie, married 
Thomas Barber and later married Bagley 
Prestridge; Massey; Mary, married Samuel 

(C) Elias Williams, married Miss Ross. 
There were several of their children, among 
them: James, Taylor and Ned. Ned married 
Miss Stringfellow. 

(D) Dicie Williams, married (1 lO-A) Evan 

(E) Aylie (Elsie) Williams, married Abram 
Barber. They had five or six children: 
David, married Miss Slay and later Elizabeth 
(Betsy) Harris; Martha Ann, married Mr. 
Walls; Wall, Seaborn and "Tal" left Akron, 
Ala., and it is not known as to them. 

(F) Lanie Williams, married Johnathan 
Hattox and left Akron, Ala. 

(G) Mary (Polly) Williams, married (110- 
C) Page Harris. 

(H) Charles Williams, married (liO-F) 
Elizabeth (Betsy) Harris, and after her death 
married Jackie Whitehead Wiggins. By his 
first wife he had five chilren: Susanna 
(Sukey). married Benjamin Harvy; Nancy, 
married Mr. Wiley; Mary (Polly), married 
Timothy Logan; David, married but name 
of wife not known; Dudley, single. By his 
second wife he had four children: Charles 
Jr., married Kittie May; Johnathan, married 
Caroline Avery; Tempe, married Dr. Chew. 
She is the only child now living. She is very 
old and lives at Rosenberg, Texas. Edwin 
another child, burned to death when small. 

(1) Martha (Patsy) Williams, married Jo- 
seph Davis and they had ten children: Eliza- 
beth, married Mr. Allen, she later married 
John Weeks; John, married, name of wife 
not known; Martha , married William George; 
William, married Eliza Scarlet; Louvincy, 

married Howard Holmes and she died at 
Knoxville, Ala., Feb. 1922. George, killed 
in Confederate army; Nancy Ann, married 
Monroe Stokes; Leonora, married Ptolemy 
Harris; Franklin, married Mary Powers; 
Strong Davis, was killed in the Confederate 

All these grandchildren of David Williams 
have passed away save Mrs. Tempe (Wil- 
liams) Chew of Rosenberg, Texas. 

-I08-E-I07-J-John Harris was born in 
North Carolina, perhaps at Granville, or in 
Wake County. In 1800 with his parents he 
moved to Anson County. In 1818 he went 
to Red Mound, Henderson County, Tenn. 
In 1819 he emigrated to near Akron, Alabama. 
In Anson County he married Mary Ann 
(Nancy) Williams. Both are buried near 
Akron, Ala. They had twelve children, two 
died small. Others were: 

(A) Evan Harris, married (i09-D) Dicy 
Williams and had nine children as follows: 
Sanford, married Susan Harris; Archibald, 
married Elizabeth (Betsy) Harris; Lizzie, 
married Mr. Harris; John, married Nancy 
Miller. David was born 1819, the day his 
mother arrived at Akron, Ala. ; and he married 
Mary Ann Miller; Simeon, married Marthena 
Harris; Calloway, married Susan Wilson, 
and later married Mary Jackson; Leah, mar- 
ried Mr. Shirley; Young, married Sarah 

(B) John Harris Jr., married Mary (Polly) 
Hicks, who traced her ancestry to Pocahontas. 
They had eight children: Susie, married 
Sanford Harris; Winnie, married Thomas 
Harris; Mary, married Elam Smith, and then 
married Mr. Crawford; Elizabeth (Betsy), 
married Archibald Harris; then David Barber 
then Mr. Glass; Jane, married Steven Jack- 
son; Page, died single; John, married Miss 
Munlin; Nancy, married Larkin Edmundson. 

(C) Page Harris was born in 1795 in Wake 
County, N. C. and died in Alabama in 1887. 
He married (109-G) Mary Williams, born 
1800, died 1860. There were born to this 
union thirteen children: Annie born 1818 
in Henderson County, Tenn., married Wash- 
ington Barber; Eliza born 1820 in Alabama, 
died 1895-96, married Benjamin Williams; 
Dicy born 1821, died 1895, married John 
Wilhams; Marthena, born 1823, died 1880, 
married Simeon Harris; Louvincy, born 
1827, died 1917, married John Nicholas 
Bishop, a Major in the Confederate army; 
John D., born 1834, died 1908, was a lawyer, 
and married Mary Jane Brown; Ellen, born 
1832, died 1872, married Silas Henry; Julia, 

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born 1840, died 1883; William Harris; Dr. 
Evan Harris, born 1842, died 1910, married 
Katherine Wallace; four died small. 

(D) William Harris, married Louvincy Wil- 
liams, daughter of David Williams, whom 
we by oversight failed to mention in 109. 
Two children: One died small; Martha, 
married John Gewin. 

(E) Noah Harris, married Margaret Walk- 
er. There were five children: Wincie, died 
in fall of 1920; William, married Miss Harris; 
Martha, John, and Nannie, single. 

(F) Elizabeth (Betsy) Harris, married 
Charles Williams- 109-H- 

(G) Wincy, married Jason Harry; one 
child: John, married Anne Britton. 

(H) Jane (Jency), married Christopher 
Gewin. There were eleven children, as follows: 
John, married Martha Harris; Elizabeth, 
married Marion Moore; Nancy, married 
Alvis Logan, she later married John Wedge- 
worth; Noah, married Mary Chapman, and 
later Emmarette Ferrell; Susan, married 
Calhoun Moore; Evan, married Annie Bor- 
den; Mattie, married Benjamin Evans; 
Christopher Jr., U. S. Marshall at Greensboro, 
Alabama, married Julia Flynn; three died 
in infancy. 

(I) Sukie Harris, single. 

(J) Nannie Harris, single. 

John David Harris, above mentioned, was 
born March 3, 1834 near Akron, Alabama. 
He was educated at Green Springs, a famous 
school for boys conducted by Dr. Henry 
Tutwiler. This school was located abou ; one 
mile from his home. He then graduated 
from the Law University at Lebanon, Tenn. 
His marriage to Mary Jane Brown was in 
1850. He began the practice of law at Greens- 
boro, Ala., and when the war broke out he 
organized a company of soldiers at Five Mile, 
the old family church, and went to join the 
Confederate army. He did valiant service 
and was promoted to the rank of Major. 
When the war was over, he moved to Living- 
ston, Ala., and there resumed the practice 
of his profession. He was one time the 
Democratic Elector in his district, and served 
as Register of the Land Office in Montgomery 
by appointment under President Cleveland. 

He was a Royal Arch Mason and was 
Grand Master of the Masonic Lodge of 
Alabama for a number of years. He was an 
orator of considerable reputation, a Baptist 
in religion and an active layman in the Church. 
For many years he owned and edited the 
Alabama Baptist. At the meeting of the 
International Sunday School Convention in 
Philadelphia he was elected president of that 
organization. Twice he was elected State 

Superintendent of Education in Alabama and 
at the time of his death in 1908, he was a 
member of the Railroad Commission. 
-109-B-Benjamin Williams, son of Henry 
Williams, grandson of Davis Williams and 
Martha Ivey, his wife, was born in Alabama 
Dec. 10, 1811, married Eliza Harris Dec. 
31, 1835 and with his family in 1 856 he moved 
to Mississippi. Being a farmer, he rented 
land near Hazel Hurst, Copiah County, and 
in 1868 moved to Crystal Springs. His 
health failed him and he returned to near 
Akron, Alabama with his wife and daughter, 
Ellen. His health grew worse and June 10, 
1870 he died in the house his grandfather, 
David Williams had built, when he arrived 
there in 1819. He left two children: 

(A) Greenberry Williams, married Sue Bar- 
ber- 112- 

(B) Ellen Williams, married Dr. Jere 

-1 I I-A-Greenberry Williams was born April 
I, 1837, married Sue Barber Oct. 24, 1856, 
died April 14, 1906. They had one child: 
Dr. James Harris Williams, born January 
28, 1868, married Mary Smith Dec. 24, 1893. 
He is engaged in the practice of medicine at West 
End, Jackson, Miss. They have six children: 

(A) James Harris Jr., cotton buyer. Green- 
wood, Miss 

(B) Mildred Harris, married Claude C. 
Smith, County Agent, Rosedale, Miss. 

(C) Douglass Harris, studying medicine 
at University of Miss. 

(D) Mary Nell Harris, in school. 

(E) Ford Smith Harris, in school. 

(F) Martha Harris, in school. 


-111-B-Ellen Harris, born Ju'y 29, 1855, 
married Dr. Jere Gibert Feb. 14, 1878 and 
they reside at Perthshire, Miss. Dr. Gibert 
is from a distinguished South Carolina Hugue- 
not ancestry. There were born three children 
to this union: 

(A) John Maury Gibert, planter, Shaw, 
Miss., born Nov. 29, 1879, graduated with 
first honors 1896 at Chamberlain Hunt 
Academy. He graduated at West Point 
Military Academy 1902, served as 2nd Lieu- 
tenant in the Phillipine Islands with 1 0th 
Infantry, one year in San Francisco, Cal., 
one year at Sandy Hook with Ordnance 
Dept. U. S. A., one year in Frankfort Arsenal, 
Philadelphia, Pa. He resigned from the army 
and was a planter. Upon the declaration of 
war, he entered the service, was commissioned 
Major in Ordnance Department, stationed 

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at Springfield, Bridgeport, and Hartford, 
Conn. He was promoted to Lieutenant 
Colonel, and placed in command of the 
Arsenal at Governor's Island. In 1919 he 
resigned from the army and returned to his 
occupation as planter. Dec. 27, 1905 he 
married Virgie Tucker. Three children: 

(A) Jere Tucker Gibert, born Feb. 14, 

(B) Virgie Gibert, born Sept. 28, 1913. 

(C) Miriam Gibert, born Feb. 14, 1920. 

(B) Vera Gibert, born Sept. 11, 1882, died 
January 22, 1916. 

(C) Susie Gibert was born January 7, 1884, 
married Sanuel D. Knowlton November 14, 
1 905. He is a cotton planter, Perthshire, Miss. 
They have three children: Maury Stafford 
Knowlton, born Aug. 19, 1906, now in Military 
Academy at Gulfport, Miss.; Emma Elenor 
Knowlton, born Dec. 3, 1910; and Susie 
Ellen Knowlton, born March 7, 1917. Mr. 
Knowlton is of a distinguished Huguenot 
ancestry, being descended from Col. Thomas 
Knowlton who was distinguished for his 
bravery at Bunker Hill. 

We are indebted to Miss Wincie Harris, 
deceased, and to Miss J. Nicholene Bishop 
of Akron, A'a. for the David Williams data. 
She is a daughter of (110-C) Louwincy 
Harris and J. Nicholene Bishop, her husband. 
Miss Bishop is a school teacher, very highly 
spoken of by one who knew her. We believe 
she has held the position of County Superin- 
tendent. She belongs to the D. A. R. through 
David Williams, her ancestor. Elsewhere is 
a sketch of him, by her. 

-107-H-108-G-"Elder" Archibald Harris 
married Susanna Williams. Both of these 
parties came with their parents from Wake 
County to Anson County, N. C. in 1800, 
settled near Lilesville, N. C. and there died. 
Archibald Harris was a man of strong per- 
sonality, persuasive in manner of speech, very 
devout and a leader in the Baptist Church. 
When he was made an Elder in that Church, 
the name of Rev. was not yet in their vocab- 
ulary. The Minister was called "Elder". 
He received no compensation for his services. 
Sometime between 1815 to 1825 came the 
split in the Baptist church. Then was or- 
ganized the Missionary Baptist Church as 
we know it. Its votaries called it the Mis- 
sionary Baptist Church. The Baptist Church 
then took the name of Primitive Baptist 
Church. The Missionary has ever since tried 
to dub them as "The Hardshell Baptist". 
One cardinal principle of the Baptist Church 
was that you must pay your debts. In our 
twenty-four years experience with the Har- 

vester Company, we have found several of 
the votaries of the Missionary Baptist Church 
who were not inclined to do this if it could be 
avoided. We have never had experience 
with an "Elder" nor lay member of the Primi- 
tive Baptist but who did pay all he owed. 
Our grandmother, Leusey (Williams) Smith 
was a member of the Church at Lilesville and 
was present when the Culpepper Brothers 
came preaching their new doctrine. A con- 
troversy arose. She said that "Uncle Archie" 
a ose and told his followers not to go further 
in the controversy but follow him and they 
would build them a new church. As he began 
to lead his faction from the church, his 
daughter stepped in front of him and plead 
that he do not turn his Church over to them. 
She prevailed for the time. Later another 
controversy came up. "Elder" Archibald 
Harris led his following out of the old Church 
where now stands tht Missionary Baptist 
Church at Lilesville and they bu It a Church 
at Gum Springs and there continued to wor- 
ship with "Uncle Archie" as their Pastor or 
Elder. He was the dominating character of 
that branch of the Baptist Church in his 
section. They have not prospered in numbers 
as have the churches of the branch but in 
the communities where live members of this 
branch, you are invariably told that they 
are sober, industrious, and God-fearing 
people, loyal to their country, moral in 
practice, and have a seven day religion that 
has a sameness from week to week and from 
year to year. They succor the sick, befriend 
the poor, render unto every man his own, 
have a high standard of business ethics, and 
when need be, pass the hat quietly around and 
divide their world's possession with an un- 
fortunate brother. "Am I my brother's 
keeper" is a dominating trait and a kind of 
free masonry within the Church. In Illinois 
it is necessary when an execution is served to 
claim the exemptions the law allows or else 
the Sheriff can levy on anything the debtor 
has, including household goods. We are told 
that they will turn a member of this Church 
out if he schedules. If need be his brethren 
will pass the hat, raise the money and pay 
the judgment. To us this sounds like a good 
religion. With the passing of this couple, 
the community suffered a real loss. Their 
children were: 

(A) Catherine (Kitty) Harris, who in 1818 
married Nevel Bennett- 1 16- 

(B) Mary (Polly) Harris, married Alfred 
Waddell and a letter of date of March 8, 
1855 showed that she then lived at Villaria, 
Condar County, Georgia. 

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(C) Benjamin Harris, born 1802, died 1877, 
married Rebecca Williams. They lived and 
died in Anson County. We only know of 
one child: Johnathan Harris, born 1830, 
died 1906. He first married Ada Short and 
had two children: Ada and James Harris; 
both died when small. His wife died and he 
married Sallie Short- 1 15- 

-1 14-Children of Johnathan Harris and 
Sallie Short, his last wife: 

(A) Martha Harris, single, lives at Liles- 
viUe, N. C. 

(B) Mary Harris, single, Lilesville, N. C. 

(C) Rebecca Harris, married Ruffin Jones. 
She died 1919. Their daughter, Mary Jones, 
married Charles Craig and they live at 
Lilesville, N. C. 

(D) Benjamin Bradley Harris, born 1869, 
married Anna E. Henry and they live in 
Lilesville, N. C. and have six children, as 
follows: John Kerr Harris, Lucy Harris, 
Beulah Harris, Julia Harris, Virgie Harris, 
and Nellie Harris. All live in Lilesville, N. C. 
and all are single, except Lucy who married 
John Seago and has one child, John Seago Jr. 

Sallie Short, the second wife of Johnathan 
Harris died. He then married Martha Ann 
Harrington. By her he had six children, as 
follows : 

(A) Johnathan Prochorus Harris, black- 
smith, Lilesville, N. C, born Feb. 7, 1874, 
married Ida Bell Morton, and they have six 
children as follows: (1) Ina Corrina Harris, 
born May 25, 1900, married Edward Henson, 
Newport News, Va. ; (2) Bright Ruby Harris, 
born May 6, 1903; (3) Rhoda Ethel Harris, 
born Nov. 30, 1905; (4) Alma Bell Harris, 
born August 4, 1912; (5) Virginia Harris; 
(6) Audrey Harris, born Feb. 28, 1919. 


-1 1 5-A-Catherine (Kitty) Harris, born 1 798, 
in 1818 married Neville Bennett (see 806F-B) 
born January 28, 1800. Both were born, 
lived and died in Anson County, N. C. 
Children, twelve in number: 

(A) Archelius Bennett, married Mary 
Crawford and then Eliza (Baldwin) Horn. 

(B) Susan Bennett, married Mr. Gaddy and 
later Edmund Davis.- 126- 

(C Mary Bennett, married Calvin Cox 
and later John Knotts.-128- 

(D) Fannie Bennett, married Tyre Wil- 
liams (see Williams Table 1 76 for descendants) 

(E) Nevil Bennett Jr., married Harriet 
Sturdivant.-l 19- 

(F) Ellen Bennett, married Isaac Williams. 

(G) Melvino Bennett, married Captain 
Parker, C, S. A. 

(H) Roxanna Bennett, married Charles 

(I) Lemuel Bennett, married Mary Car- 
penter- 122- 

(J) William O. Bennett, married Harriet 
Boggan and later Rosa Hammond. -1 24- 

(K) John G. Bennett, went to Mississippi 
n the sixties. 

(L) Risden Tyler Bennett, married Kate 
Shepherd.- 11 7- 


-1 16-L-Ridsen Tyler Bennett married Kate 
Shepherd and they had three children: 

(A) Mary A. Bennett, married R. E. Little, 
they had four children: (1) Robert Eugene 
Little; (2) Risden Tyler Little, married 
Rebecca James; (3) Augusta Little, and (4) 
Mary Little. 

(B) Effie Nevil Bennett, married John D. 
Leak, they had six children: (I) Bennett 
Leak, married Sadie Mills, they have one 
child, John Duncan Leak; (2) James Leak; 

(3) Effie Shepherd Leak, married Dr. Bernard 
Pritchett; (4) Kate Leak; (5) Alice Leak; 
(6) Mary Leak. 

(C) Kate Bennett, married John T. Ben- 
nett, they have three children: (1) Mary 
Clifford Bennett, marred Mr. McCraver; 
(2) Tyler Bennett; (3) Jack Bennett. 

118 (See also 176) 

-1 16-D-Fannie Bennett, married Benjamin 
Cox and has by him one son Julius Cox. She 
then married Tyre Williams and had children 
as in 1 76. 


-It6-E-Nevil Bennett Jr., married Harriet 
Sturdivant. Four children: 

(A) Cornelia Bennett, married George T. 
Little and left five children: (I) Lena Little, 
married Mr. Pratt, there are several children; 
(2) Rosa Little, married Walter Crump, 
several children; Ivey Crump; Nettie Crump, 
married J. W. Cameron; Fannie George 
Crump, married Isaac Martin; William O. 
Crump; Rosebud Crump; and Walter Crump 
Jr.; (3) Minnie Little, married Alexander 
Leggett, they have six children: Fred Leg- 
gett, William Leggett, Hallie Leggett, Robert 
Leggett, Harold Leggett, and Julia Leggett; 

(4) Hallie Little, married John M. Belk, they 
have seven children: Cornelia Belk, married 
Mr. Stevens; Sadie Belk, married Mr. Hud- 
son; Mabel Belk; Hallie May Belk, marred 
Mr. Daughtridge; Daisy Belk; Henry Belk; 
and John Belk; (5) Robert Little, married 
Lila Wason, they have several children. 

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(B) Atlanta Bennett, married Walter Lock- 
hart, left seven children: Fisher Lockhart, 
Frank Lockhart, George Lockhart, Lonnie 
Lockhart, Olive Lockhart, Anna Lockhart, 
and Hattie Lockhart. 

(C) Press Bennett, we do not know what 
became of him. 

(D) Fisher Bennett, married Annie Ben- 
nett, they have four children: (I) Mabel, 
married Mr. Grousman, they have some 
children: Earl Grousman, Charles Grousman, 
and Frank Grousman. 

-116-F-Ellen Bennett, married Isaac Wil- 
liams and had seven children: 

(A) Clelia Williams, married Mr. Whisnant, 
left four children, one named Helen Whisnant. 

(B) Fannie Williams, married Joseph Jow- 
ers and later Capt. Harker. 

(C) Mary Williams, married C. H. Martin, 
had ten children, among them: Isaac Martin, 
married Fannie Crump; Lucy Martin; Nellie 
Martin; Mildred Martin. Isaac Martin has 
two children. 

(D) Rosa Williams, married Joseph Bea- 

(E) John Williams, married Mattie Powell. 

(F) Charles Williams. 

(G) Sallie Williams, married Mr. Ashford. 


-1 16-H-Roxanna Bennett married Charles 
Ledbetter and left one child: Charles Ben- 
nett Ledbetter who first married Miss Crump 
and had the first five children below by her. 
Then he married Martha (Pattie) DeBerry 
and had the last four by her. 

(A) Clarence Ledbetter. 

(B) Grace Ledbetter. 

(C) Mary Ledbetter. 

(D) Charles Bennett Ledbetter Jr. 

(E) Fred Ledbetter. 
By second wife: 

(F) Kate Ledbetter. 

(G) Hazel Ledbetter. 
(H) DeBerry Ledbetter. 
(I) Virginia Ledbetter. 

-1 16-I-Lemuel Bennett, married Mary Car- 
penter. Six children: 

(A) Dora Bennett, married Fulton Allen. 

(B) Braxton Bennett. 

(C) Jennie Bennett, married Mr. Rivers 
and had several children. 

(D) Merson Bennett, married Alice Allen 
and had several children. 

(E) Lizzie Bennett, married Robert Lamp- 
ley and had five children: Dora Lampley, 

Mary Lampley, Allie Lampley, Robert Lamp- 
ley, and Fulton Lampley. 

(F) John H. Bennett, died 1895. 

-122-A-Dora Bennett, married Fulton Allen 
and left ten children: 

(A) Hampton Allen. 

(B) Effie Allen, married H. W. Little and 
they had six children: Allen Little, Hal 
Little, Thomas Little, Dora Little, William 
Little, and Charles Little. 

(C) Mary Allen, married L. C. Huntley 
and they have three children: Leslie Huntly, 
Fulton Allen Huntley, Haywood Huntley. 

(D) Edmund Allen, married Grace Coving- 
ton and they have five children. 

(E) Julian Allen, married Connie Huntley. 
Two children: Julian and Henry Liles Allen. 

(F) Risden Allen, married and has one 

(G) Charles Allen, married Louise Lam- 
beth and has two children. 

(H) Fred Allen. 


-I 16-J-WilHam O. Bennett, married Har- 
riet Boggan and later Rosa Hammond. 
Children, first by first wife, others by second 

(A) Norfleet, married Hannah Lockhart 
and had several children. 

(B) Harriet Bennett, married W. C. Hardi- 
son and had six children: (1) William C. 
Hardison, married Nancy Hardison, three 
children; (2) Osborne Hardison; (3) Kenneth 
Hardison, married Mary Anna Justice, two 
children; (4) Joseph Hardison, married Kath- 
erine Smith, one child; (5) Harriet Hardison. 
married Clarence Kanaga; (6) Hugh Hardi- 

(C) Joseph H. Bennett, single. 

(D) Fannie Bennett, single. 

(E) Ruth Bennett, married Mr. Baker. 

(F) Risden Tyler Bennett, single. 

(G) Ethel Bennett, married Earl Dunlap 
and has five children; John Dunlap, Tyler 
Dunlap, Fannie Dunlap, Josephine Dunlap, 
William (Billie) Dunlap. 

(H) Hugh Bennett, married Berta McCue, 

one child, Edna Bennett. He later married 

Bettie Brown, one child, Elizabeth Bennett. 


-116-A Archelous Bennett, married Mary 
Crawford and later married the widow Eliza 
(Baldwin) Horn. Four children by first wife: 

(A) Elizabeth (Bettie) Bennett, married 
Mr. Kendall and left one child, Clyde Kendall. 

(B) Sallie Bennett, married Mr. Blakeney 
and had three children: Frank Blakeney; 

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John Blakeney; May Blakeney, married 
Cecil Meachum and has one child. 

(C) Fannie Bennett, married R. C. Gaddy 
and left three children: (1) Fay Gaddy, 
married Richard (Dick) Sikes and had one 
child; (2) Ashe Gaddy, married Dr. E. S. 
Green and has one child; (3) Bennett Gaddy, 
married Bertie Iceman. 

(D) David Nevil Bennett, married Agnes 
Dunlap and left six children: (1) John T. 
Bennett, married Kate Bennett; (2) Craw- 
ford Bennett, married Miss McDonald; (3) 
Mary Bennett, married George Stison and 
has four children; (4) Irene Bennett, married 
Cyri! Henderson and has three children; 
(5) Bert E. Bennett, married Maggie Lee 
and has one child; (6) David N. Bennett, 
married Lillian Menifee and has two children. 

-I 16-B-Susan Bennett, married David Gad- 
dy and had two children by him. Later she 
married Edmund Davis and had three child- 
dren by him. Children: 

(A) W. A. (Sandy) Gaddy, married Sallie 
Austin- 127- 

(B) Gaston Gaddy, married and left several 

(C) Culpepper Davis, married Elizabeth 
Hamilton and left eight children. 

(D) Henry Davis. 

(E) Susan Davis, married Milton Griffin 
and has ten children. 

-126-A-W. A. (Sandy) Gaddy married 
Sallie Austin. Seven children: 

(A) Eugenia Gaddy, married Charles Teal 
and then Mr. Rivers. By the first marriage 
they had two children; Nora Teal, married 
W. W. Jordan and they had five children: 
Lucile, Mildred, William, Edith Jean and 
Mary Hazel Jordan; Wayne Teal, married 
Belle Moore. 

(B) Susan Gaddy, married W. F. Humbert 
and has four children: Annie Humbert, 
William F. Humbert, Ruth Humbert, and 
Lock Rainer Humbert. 

(C) Hessie Gaddy. 

(D) W. D. Gaddy. 

(E) Neta Gaddy, married C. W. Thomas 
and has two children: Charles W. Thomas 
Jr. and Margie Thomas. 

(F) Rosa Kate Gaddy, married Mr. Capel. 

(G) Nevil Alexander Gaddy. 

-116-C-Mary (Polly) Bennett married Cal- 
vin Cox and later married John Knotts. By 
her first husband she had one son: Calvin 
Cox Jr., who married Miss Ratclife and left 
one child, Tyler Cox, who married Miss 

Liles and has several children. She has 

many descendants by her second husband. 

151 (See 912) 

-108-J-Benjamin Williams No. 1. great- 
grandfather of W. Thos. Smith the writer, 
was born in Wake County, N. C. He was 
one of the Executors of the will of his father. 
He was one of the younger children. He 
and his brother Dudley were Executors. 
The property left the mother was to go to 
them at her death. He and Dudley Williams 
probably cared for the mother after the death 
of the father. 

In 1800, or in the fall of 1799, the Harris 
Families and Williams Families moved to 
Anson County. Deed records indicate their 
holdings of lands were sold in Wake County 
in the fall of 1 799 and they began to purchase 
in Anson County in 1801. 

We are the owner of the Psalm and Hymn 
Book of his first wife. In his handwriting, 
it is recorded that "Benjamin Williams and 
Elizabeth Williams married Oct. 2, 1802" 
and that she died January 10, 1808. We 
think her name was Leusey Elizabeth Pate and 
that she was a sweetheart of Wake County, 
N. C. Tradition is that he had two girls by 
the first wife: Leusey the oldest, Elizabeth 
(Betsy) the second. The book we obtained 
at Lilesville, N. C. in 1921 verifies this. His 
second wife was a Miss Mitchell, sister of 
Thomas Mitchell. His children were: 

(A) Leusey Williams, born August 23, 
1803, married John Auld Smith. She died 
in Henderson County, Tenn. about 1850. 
(See Smith Table 503 and sketch 912). 

(B) Elizabeth (Betsy) Williams, born April 
24, 1805, married David Townsend and moved 
to Miss. -I 52- 

The children following were children of 
Miss Mitchell, his second wife: 

(C) Nancy Williams, married Isaac Wil- 
liams, moved to Henderson County, Tenn. 

(D) Hampton Williams, moved to Hender- 
son County, Tenn. 1838, and there married 
a daughter of John B. Williams, and later 
married Mary Johnson- 169-(See sketch 952) 

(E) John Dudley Williams, born about 
1815, married Caroline Liles.-]7I- 

(F) William Tyree Williams, born about 
1810, married Fannie (Bennett) Cox, widow 
of Benjamin Cox, daughter of Nevil Bennett. 

David Townsend or ancestors was likely 
born in northeast North Carolina. He per- 

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haps was born in Anson County, N. C. 
His ancestors seem to have been early settlers 
in North Carolina. We see the name Sher- 
wood coming down through the Townsend 
and Harris families, and they perhaps unite 
back at some period in a Sherwood family. 
After marriage in Anson County, N. C, from 
a letter dated July 25, 1827, and one of date 
Aug. 12, 1831, we find this family located in 
Green County, Alabama. Later they moved 
to and located at Shannon Miss. Elizabeth 
(Betsy) Townsend died prior to the Civil 
War. David Townsend was born 1806, died 
1870. During the war our father visited 
David Townsend. His son Sherwood Town- 
send at that time was the owner of a store at 
luka. Miss. There our father saw David 

Miss Pauline Townsend of the Ward- 
Belmont School, Nashville, Tenn., writes 
us as follows: 

"My grandfather on my father's line was 
David Hampton Townsend. My grand- 
mother was Elizabeth (Betsy) Williams 
(Townsend). My father is the only one of 
his family whom I remember though I think 
he had a sister called Anne — I do remember 
her. 1 know he had a young and reputed 
beautiful sister Ula, married a Mr. Weaver 
of Mobile, Alabama. There were two child- 
ren, (perhaps more) Reaben Weaver and 
Phillip Weaver, both dead. The sister of 
my father died young and Mr. Weaver 
married again. These boys were reared in 

My father was Sherwood Williams Town- 
send and died at the age of 83. He was a 
handsome man till the last, with beautiful 
brown eyes and straight nose and a wonder- 
fully melodious voice. As a boy he was sent 
on horseback with a "lady servant" to a 
university in Tennessee, Cumberland Uni- 
versity 1 think. He had a fine mind, was a 
gentleman in bearing and deeds, tho never 
tremendously successful in business. He 
served four years in the Civil war, was in 
Forrest brigade (I think) but I do know he 
was on the Southern side and fought bravely. 
He loved Forrest so, I suspect perhaps that 
is why 1 thought he was in his brigade. 
He was always called Col. Townsend and 
attended the reunion of Southern Veterans 
until too old to go. Perhaps Southern fashion, 
this title was given to him. I do not know 

He married Mary Louise Thorns Haughton, 
daughter of Richard Haughton and Mary 
(Haughton) Haughton, far off cousins. They 
had four children: Francis Hampton Haugh- 
ton Townsend, now of Meridian, Miss.; 

Lucy Williams Townsend, died in infancy; 
Phillip Richard Townsend, died in infancy. 
They both died perhaps during the war. 1 
only know of them because when I was ten 
years old, I found my mother weeping one 
day over two Httle bundles. Childlike 1 
asked the cause and she said: "Here are 
some baby shoes Phil and Lucy wore. I 
made them from an old vest as cloth was not 
to be had during the war. They were your 
little sister and brother, dead long years and 
in God's home." I have never forgotten 
my mother's beautiful face as she said that. 
I knew then she was closer to them in spirit 
than to me in flesh. 

1 am Pauline Sherwood Townsend. I 
came out of the reconstruction period fol- 
lowing the Civil War. Both my mother and 
father were great and incessant readers. 
One day when 1 was eleven he came home 
from the State Capitol (Jackson) with a 
bundle for me. My mind flew to dolls or 
sweets or some beautiful thing. They were 
books. They were Ossian, Myths of Many 
Lands, Tennyson and Browning, Dante, 
The Oddyssys and Iliad, and a Dictionary. 
1 have them still and many the hours I 
have lain before the fire while he read aloud 
to me and I sank into sleep. 1 was sent to 
Boston to school at an early age, because 
the hot climate was injuring my health. 
My school days were spent there after high 

My brother married Ina Richards (grand- 
parents a French Huguenot family) Their 
children are: 

(A) Eugenia Frances, married, one child. 

(B) Henry Sherwood, married, two children 

(C) Francis Richard, died at 15 years. 

(D) Ina, married. 

(E) Mary, married. 

(F) Alfred Haughton, served in Navy 

(G) Charles, Medical student in Univer- 
sity of Miss." 

Miss Pauline Sherwood Townsend, who 
wrote the above letter, is a strikingly hand- 
some lady, of noble bearing, charming de- 
meanor, prominent high frontal, indicative 
of intellectuality, rather large, of commanding 
appearance. She is the author of several 
children books and plays. She has been a 
student of vocal physiology, singing and 
voice production both in America and Europe. 
She became a student of dramatic literature 
in Boston and is a teacher in Ward-Belmont 
School at Nashville, Tenn. She is on the 
faculty of the Boston School of Expression 
as instructor in Pageantry. She is the author 

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of several pageants, having studied from a 
noted English pageanteer. 

Frank Hampton Townsend, brother of 
Pauline Townsend is in the insurance busi- 
ness at Meridian, Miss. He was born Oct. 
4, 1859, has three sons and three daughters. 
One son is in the insurance business at Cin- 
cinnati, Ohio. 

The father of David Townsend who mar- 
ried Elizabeth (Betsy) Williams, was John 
C. Townsend, killed in the Revolutionary war. 
David Townsend and Elizabeth (WilHams) 
Townsend also had a daughter, Ann. A. 
Townsend, dead, Benjamin Hampton Town- 
send, dead, and Solomon G. Townsend, dead. 

-I5l-C-Nancy Williams born after 1808, 
married Isaac Williams, said to be a brother 
of John B. Williams, and in 1838 moved to 
Henderson County, Tenn., died there and 
are both buried in the John B. Williams 
graveyard, near Center Ridge Church about 
seven miles northwest of Lexington, Tenn. 
Their children were: 

(A) Richard Williams, married Harriett 
Gooch, and after her death, married Miss 
Tyler- 154- 

(B) Milton Williams, married Miss Reed. 

(C) Morning Williams, married Cain Wil- 
son, both dead. -157- 

(D) Ellen Williams, married John Rhodes, 
both dead.- 158- 

(E) Elizabeth (Betsy) Williams, married 
Anders Rhodes, both dead. - 1 59- 

-153-A-Children of Richard Williams and 
Harriet Gooch: (1) Isaac Williams, died 
single; (2) John Williams, died single; (3) 
Jerome Williams, married a Miss Holmes 
and went to Texas. 

(A) Millie Williams, married Lewis Doug- 
lass- 155- 

(B) Mattie Williams, married. 

Children of Richard Williams, deceased, 

by Miss Tyler live with their mother around 

Juno, Henderson County, Tenn. 




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(A) Robert Douglass, born about 1875, 
Juno, Tenn,, farmer, married Ida Patton, 
they have one daughter Laberta born about 
1903, married James Pearce. 

(B) Ollie Douglass, born about 1880, single. 
Carpenter, Miss. 

(C) Connie Douglass, born about 1889, 
single, farmer, Juno, Tenn. 

(D) Minnie Douglass, born about 1896, 
married Andrew Patton, farmer, Juno, Tenn., 
one child, Leroy Patton, born 1919. 

(E) Beulah Douglass, married Millard 
Holmes, farmer, Juno, Tenn. 

-153-B-Milton Williams, married Miss Reed 
and they moved to Texas about 1895. They 
are said to have had children as follows: 
Lee Williams, born about 1876; William Wil- 
liams, born about 1878; Birdie Williams, 
born about 1880. 



(A) Ellen Wilson, born about 1875, married 
Robert Wilson, farmer. R. R. I , Lexington, 
Tenn. Their daughter Hester married Hersy 
Davis, farmer, Juno, Tenn. and they have 
children: Wilson, Herbert, and Mary Davis. 

(B) Thomas Wilson, born about 1885, 
went west. 

(C) Edward Wilson, born about 1888, 
single, farmer, R. R. I. Lexington, Tenn. 

(D) Ollie Wilson, born about 1893, mar- 
ried Montie Hart, grocery, Lexington, Tenn. 

(E) Vera Wilson, born about 1895, married 
Mr. Cook, farmer, R. R. 2, Juno, Tenn. 
Two children. 

(F) Vernon Wilson, born about 1897, 
married a Cook. Juno, Tenn. 

(G) Cora Wilson, born about 1903, school 
teacher, Lexington, Tenn. 

(H) Frank Wilson, born about 1901 , single. 
Lexington, Tenn. 

(I) Robert Wilson, born about 1905, R. 
R. 1 , Lexington, Tenn. 

(J) Lucielle Wilson, born about 1909, 
Lexington, Tenn. 

(K) Frances Wilson, born about 1887, 
married Luke Johnson, R. R. 5, Lexington, 
Tenn., farmer. Children: Virgel Johnson, 
born about , farmer, R. R. 5, Lexington, 

Tenn., married Ruby, daughter of Isaac 
Fessmire. Issue: Beulah Johnson, and a 
son; Roy Johnson, born about 1895, R. R. 
5, Lexington, Tenn. Farmer, married Delia 
Johnson, one child. 





(A) Sid Rhodes, born about 1875, res- 
taurant, Lexington, Tenn., married Nellie, 
daughter of William Jackson, one daughter. 

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(B) Dudley Rhodes, born about 1877, 
married, Milan or Jackson, Tenn. 

(C) Arthur Rhodes, dead, no issue. 

(D) Lizzie Rhodes, born about 1881, mar- 
ried Elder Dallas Hamilton, of Primitive 
Baptist Church, R. R. Lexington, Tenn. 
Children: Mary Hamilton, born about 1903, 
school teacher; Vera Hamilton, born about 
1905; Myrtle Hamilton, dead, one son, girl 

(E) Vesta Rhodes, born about 1883, far- 
mer, R. R. 2, Lexington, Tenn., married 
Ludy Burket, issue: Ruby, Addie Sue and 
two smaller children. 

(F) Edward Rhodes, born about 1888, 
farmer and Elder of Primitive Baptist Church 
R. R. 2. Lexington, Tenn., married Ethel 
Phillips, married at age of 16, issue: Frances 
Rhodes, Ardie Rhodes, John Arnold Rhodes, 
and four smaller children. 

(G) John Parker Rhodes, lives in Texas. 
(H) Thomas Rhodes, lives in Texas. 

(1) Amanda Rhodes, born about 1856, 
married Ben Phillips. Both dead. Children: 
Everett Phillips, born about 1870, farmer, 
Lexington, Tenn., married Ivey Welch, one 
child; Bertha Phillips, born about 1872, 
married Mr. Hawthore, moved to Blysthville, 

(J) Morning Rhodes, born about 1858, 
Milan, Tenn., married Frank Fessmire, dead. 
Children: Maggie Fessmire, born about 
1888, Nettie Fessmire, born about 1890. 
A son died. 


Both buried at Rhodes Graveyard seven 
miles northwest of Lexington, Tenn. Children: 

(A) Richard Rhodes, born about 1848, 
married Mary, daughter of Thomas Fessmire, 
both dead.- 163- 

(B) Albert Rhodes, born about 1853, mar- 
ried Lou Fessmire, both dead.- 162- 

(C) Wylie Rhodes, born about 1857, mar- 
ried Sarah Douglass- 161- 

(D) Bud Rhodes, born about 1877, mar- 
red Sarah Burkett-160- 


-159-D-Bud Rhodes, married Sarah Bur- 
kett. Carpenter, Lexington, Tenn. Children: 
Ethel Rhodes, born about 1901; Ruth 
Rhodes, born about 1903; Freeman Rhodes, 
born about 1905. 


-159-C-Wylie Rhodes, farmer, Lexington, 
Tenn., married Sarah Douglass. Children: 
Edgar Rhodes, born about 1900, R. R. 5., 

married Eula Fessmire, one child, Edna 
Rhodes, born 1918. First wife died and 
Wylie Rhodes then married Ludy Ringo and 
they have four children, Ethel being oldest. 
Both buried at Antioch Church, Hender- 
son County, Tenn. Children: 

(A) James Rhodes, who died without issue. 
After the death of first wife, Albert Rhodes 

married Bettie Fessmire, cousin of first wife. 
She lives on R. R. 5, Lexington, Tenn. 
Born to them: 

(B) Felix Rhodes, born about 1890, farmer, 
R. R. 5, Lexington, Tenn., married Ada. 
daughter of James Welch. Two children 
living, one dead. 

(C) Hattie Rhodes, born about 1892, mar- 
ried Levi Hamilton, farmer, R. R. 5, Lexing- 
ton, Tenn. Several Children. 

(D) Lessie Rhodes, born about 1894, mar- 
ried Calvin Hunter, Jackson, Tenn., saw 
mill. Children: Willie May Hunter, Joe 


Both buried in Henderson County, Tenn. 

(A) Harriett Rhodes, born about 1873, 
married Walter Ingram, residence Rosa, 
Ark.- 168- 

(B) Dollie Rhodes, now dead, married 
Charles Miland now in Texas. Issue: Bernice 
Miland, about 1900. 

(C) Frank Rhodes, born about 1876, mar- 
ried Lizzie Fuller- 167- 

(D) William Rhodes, born about 1878, 
farmer, cotton gin, Wildersville, Tenn., mar- 
ried Pearl Meals. Issue: Josie Lee Rhodes 
about 1918. 

(E) Cecilia Rhodes, born about 1880, 
Wildersville, Tenn., single. 

(F) Robert Rhodes, born about 1882, dead. 
No issue. 

(G) Addie Rhodes, born about 1884, dead, 
married Peter Phillip. One child died when 

(H) Luther Rhodes, born about 1886, 
married Ruby Scott- 166- 

(I) Birb lihodes, born about 1888, now 
dead, married Sarah Lewis- 165- 

(J) Everett Rhodes, born about 1891, 
married Nina Lee- 164- 

-163-J-Everett Rhodes, farmer, Lexing- 
ton, Tenn., married Nina Lee. One child, 
Catherine, born April, 1918. 

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-I63-I-Birb Rhodes, now dead, married 
Sarah Lewis, Lexington, Tenn. Children: 
Everett Rhodes, born about 1911; Mageline 
Rhodes, born about 1913; Virginia Lee 
Rhodes, born about 1915; Eva Rhodes, 
born about 1917; Birb Rhodes, born 1920. 


-163-H-Luther Rhodes, Farmer, Lexington, 
Tenn., married Ruby Scott. Children: Paul 
R. Rhodes, about 1911; Excie Rhodes, 
about 1914. 


-163-C-Frank Rhodes, farmer, Wilders- 
ville, Tenn., married Lizzie Fuller. Children: 
Andres Rhodes, about 1903; Lether Rhodes, 
about 1905; Mary Rhodes, about 1907; 
Boyd Rhodes, about 1909; Verna Rhodes, 
about 1912; Elbert Rhodes, about 1914. 


-163-A-Harriett Rhodes, married Walter 
Ingram, moved to Rosa, Arkansas. Children: 

(A) Jesse Ingram, born about 1897, dead, 
married Alfred Ledbetter. Issue: Hern 
Ledbetter, about 1912. 

(B) Samuel Ingram, about 1899, Rosa, 

(C) Ivery Ingram, about 1903, married 
George Isbell. 

169 (See 952) 
-1 51-D-Hampton Williams, born in Anson 
County, N. C. moved to Henderson County, 
Tenn. 1838, died about 1873, buried in the 
John B. Williams Graveyard, about seven 
miles northwest of Lexington, near Center 
Ridge Church. First married daughter of 
John B. Williams, and after her death married 
Mary Johnson. He was a farmer and witch 
doctor. His children were: 

(A) Benjamin Williams, known as "Frisky 
Ben", dead, married Parallee Meals, now 
near Milan, Tenn. Three girls, all married. 
Elizabeth, now dead, Eliza, now dead, mar- 
ried James Barber, dead, leaving Mollie 
Barber two years old. (170) She was raised 
by E. C. Hooks, Lexington, Tenn. She 
married William Ross and she died July 20, 

We think perhaps that Eliza Williams 
above was sister of "Firsky Ben" and daughter 
of Hampton Williams. 

(B) Stump Williams, died about 1896 at 
Spring Creek, Madison County, Tenn. leaving 
wife and child. 

(C) Richard T. Williams, moved to Madison 
County, or to Gibson County, Tenn. 

(D) Charles Williams, lives about two and 

one half miles from Juno. Tenn., farmer, 
married Rhoda, daughter of James Douglass. 
Two girls at home, and Atlas married Lee 

(E) Washington Williams, born about 
1855, residence, Betty, Upsor County, Texas. 

(F) A daughter married Ben Hall. They 
went to Texas. She is thought to be dead 
and have had no issue. 

-169-A-Mollie Barber, daughter of Eliza 
Williams and James Barber her husbnd, left 
an orphan at the age of two, was reared by 
E. C. Hooks of Lexington, Tenn. She was 
born June 29, 1872, died July 20, 1920. She 
married William Ross who is the owner of a 
meat market in Lexington, Tenn. Children: 

(A) Ethel Ross, born 1908, died 1914. 

(B) Hautel Ross, born 1902, married James 
Lacy, railroad engineer, Lexington, Tenn. 

(C) WilHam Curtis Ross, born August 1900. 

(D) Eva Ross, born July, 1903. 

(E) Vera Ross, born 1912. 

(F) CallorsRoss, born 1906. 

Charles William.s, brother of Eliza (Wil- 
liams) Barber lives near Milan, Tenn. Mrs. 
Moring Butler Fly, a sister lives near Milan. 

171 (See 953) 
Both lived and were buried in Anson 
County, N. C. near Lilesville. John Dudley 
Williams died Aug. 9, 1890 and Caroline 
(Liles) Williams died March 31, 1909, aged 
86. Children: 

(A) Mary Elizabeth Williams, Oct. 5, 
1843, married Robert Dabbs-172- 

(B) James A. Williams, about 1845, Con- 
federate soldier, and died during the war. 
No issue. 

(C) Narcissa Williams, June 14, 1840, 
married Peter Franklin Morton- 173- 

(D) Roxie Williams, 1852, died Nov. II, 
1887, married James Tyson-I 74-(See 953). 

(E) William Ellis Williams, 1854, died 
April 11, 1904, married Eugenia Henry-175- 
(See 953) 

(F) Benjamin Albert Williams, died single. 


-171-A-Mary Elizabeth Williams, Lilesville, 
N. C, married Robert Dabbs, Confederate 
soldier, died during the war. One child: 
John August Dabbs, general merchandise, 
Lilesville, N. C, born Aug. 8, 1861. married 
Ann Eliza Clark. Children: 

(A) Ruth Dabbs, Oct. 24, 1899, teacher. 
Durham, N. C. 

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(B) Henry Lawrence Dabbs, April 26, 
1901, at college, Chappel Hill, N. C. 

(C) Mary Dabbs, Jan. 19, 1903, in school. 

(D) Fannie Dabbs, Jan. 29, 1906. 

(E) Sarah Dabbs, June 30, 1904. 

(F) Mabel Dabbs, Nov. 19, 1910. 

(G) Frank Dabbs, Jan. 31, 1908. 

-1 71-C-Narcissa Williams, married Oct. 
1865, Peter Franklin Morton born May 15, 
1839. Lilesville, N. C. Children: 

(A) Lucy Frances Morton, June 24, 1870, 
married Charles Frederick, clerk, Lilesville, 
N. C. Seven children: Jeanette Frederick, 
school teacher, 1896; Carl Frederick, 1901; 
Elizabeth Frederick, 1903; John Frederick, 
1905; William Frederick, Virginia Frederick, 
1909; Lucille Frederick, 1913. 

(B) James Alexander Morton, Sept. 4, 
1872, married Patty Liles. Children: Frank- 
lin Liles Morton, 1899, foreman, Raleigh, 
N. C. He was in the World War in France 
on the battle line. Enlisted before he arrived 
at age he could be made to go. Lucy Coving- 
ton Morton, 1903, high school; Eugene 
Lynn Morton, 1908; Patty Lemier Morton, 
1914; Jack Pershing Morton, 1919; 

(C) John Dudley Morton, January 1 , 1877, 
married Hattie Rogers, clerical, Lilesville, N. C 

174 (See 953) 
-171-D-Roxy Williams, deceased, married 

James Tyson who now lives at Cumknock, 
N. C. Children: 

(A) Joseph Lile Tyson, dead, married 
Julia Tyson, Cumknock, N. C. Four children : 

(B) Franklin Harvey Tyson, Lilesville, N. 
C. Invalid, married Mary Mills. Farmer. 
Children: Eugene, Thomas, Mabel, and 
Frankie Tyson. 

175 (See 953) 
-171-E-Born to William Ellis Williams and 

Eugenia Henry, his wife: 

(A) John Williams, trader, Lilesville, N. C. 
married Sally Seago. Five children: Rachel, 
Eunice, William, Dorsey, John Dudley, and 
Evylyn Williams. 

(B) Robert Williams, machinist, Baltimore, 

(C) Roger Lee Williams, merchant, La- 
Grance, N. C, married Miss Joiner, two 

176 (See 953) 

William Tyre Williams, died about 1875, 
married Fannie, daughter of Nevil Bennett 

and Catherine (Harris) Bennett, and wife of 
Benjamin Cox, deceased at time of marriage 
to Williams. Both lived, died and were 
buried near Lilesville, N. C. Children: 
(See also 118) 

(A) Louis David Williams, born about 

1848, dead, married Sallie Simmons. No issue 

(B) John Dun Williams, about 1851, died 
in Texas, married Laura Crump, Trinity, 
Texas. Six children: John, Thomas. A 
daughter married a Poindexter, East Bend, 
N. C. 

(C) Benjamin Franklin Williams, born 
about 1855, died single. 

(D) Lemuel Marshall Williams, May 27, 

1849, farmer, single, Lilesville, N. C. 

(E) Elizabeth Vianna (Elvira) Williams, 
born about 1859, single, Lilesville, N. C. 

(F) William Tyre Williams, born about 
1857, married Alice Cox. Resides in Char- 
lotte, N. C, merchant. Children: William 
Tyre Williams Jr., born about 1911; John 
Skelton Williams, born about 1913. 

(G) James Tyler Williams, Sept. 6, 1863, 
farmer, Wadesboro, N. C, married Hattie 
Bennett, born Oct. 8, 1877. Children: 
Bennett Williams, Oct. 25, 1898, clerical; 
Harriett Louise Wilhams, Nov. 21, 1900. 

(H) Rosa Ellen Williams married Mial 
Wall, now dead. Children: Nancy Fairly 
Wall, about 1893, teacher; Fannie Bennett 
Wall, married Oren Hunter, cotton grader. 
Ft. Worth, Texas; John Alexander Wall, 
farmer, single; William Tyre Wall, clerk, 
Wadesboro, N. C; Steve Wall; Mial Wall. 



Dudley Williams No. 1 married Nancy, 
daughter of Sherwood and Elizabeth Harris. 
About 1800 he came from Wake County, 
settled at Lilesville, N. C, died and will was 
probated 1815. Apparently Elizabeth and 
Solomon were the only children then of age. 
His wife then lived. Children were: 

(A) Solomon Williams, executor. He 
married a Miss Tendell, went to Henderson 
County, Tenn. His wife died and then he 
married a Miss Kirby and lived near Parker's 
Crossing. A son. Dr. Dudley Williams survived 
him. There were likely other children. 

(B) Dudley L. Williams, married a Miss 
Boston of Richland County, N. C. and went 
to Henderson County, Tenn. about 1845, 
it is thought. 

(C) Elizabeth Williams, married Elijah 
Flake, went to Red Mound, Tenn. and there 
died. See Flake Table-3 11- 

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(D) Susanna Williams, married William 
Pearson and went to Henderson County, Tenn 

(E) Hannah Williams. 

(F) Martha Williams. 

(G) Elisa Williams. 

Two of the last three girls are thought to 
have married and moved to Henderson 
County, Tenn. One is thought to have 
married a Mr. Lovsey and one to have married 
Charles Pritchard, Elder of the Primitive 
Baptist Church. 

(H) Benjamin Tyre Williams, born about 
1797, married Nancy Baily-178- 


-1 77-H-Benjamin Tyre Williams and wife 
Nancy Baily lived and died in Anson County, 
N. C. Children: 

(A) Dudley Williams, died when small. 

(B) Mary Williams, married Solomon Jones, 
lived at Lilesville, N.C. Both dead- 179- 

(C) Benjamin Lafayette (Fayette) Wil- 
liams, Sept. 10, 1837, married Helen Henry, 
now dead- 1 so- 

1 78-B-Born to Mary Williams and Solomon 
Jones : 

(A) Thomas Ruffin Jones, lived at Lilesville, 
N. C, died about 191 5, married Becky Harris. 

(B) Susan Jones, Lilesville. N. C, married 
John Rakes, dead. 

(C) Kirby Jones, married Emiline Harris, 
Lilesville, N. C. 

(D) Viney Jones, single, Lilesville, N. C. 

(E) Dudley Jones, single, Lilesville, N. C. 

(F) "Puss" Jones, married Robert Ballard, 
Lilesville, N. C. 

-178-C-Benjamin LaFayette Williams, far- 
mer, Wadesboro, N. C, married Helen 
Henry, deceased. Children: 

(A) Benjamin Samuel Williams, born about 
1870, married Becky Dry-181- 

(B) Solomon Williams, born about 1871, 
farmer, Morgan, N. C, married Dora Short. 
One son: Lee Wilson Williams. 

(C) William Tyre Williams, born about 
1875, died a year later. 

(D) Pally WilHams, born about 1876, died 
when small. 

(E) Parthenia Williams, died when small. 

(F) John Dudley Williams, born about 
1877, farmer, Wadesboro, N. C, married 
Mary Shaver. Children: Fannie Bell, Sept. 
1915; Maynord Lafayette Williams, June 
10, 1919. 

(H) Martha Williams, born about 1881, 
married Elmore Gilmore. No issue. 

(I) George Leonis Williams, born about 
1883, married Polly Jones. He is a farmer, 
Lilesville, N.C. Children: Wortham Wil- 
liams, Prentis Williams. 


-180-A-Benjamin Samuel Williams, farmer, 
Wadesboro, N. C, married Becky Dry. 

(A) Walter Leake Williams, railroad car- 
penter, Darlington, N. C, married Annie 
Gardner. One child: Walter Leake Williams 

(B) Gertrude Williams, born about 1906. 

(C) Haney Williams, born about 1909. 

(D) Kermit Williams, born about 1917. 



The Flake family is said to have been of 
Scotch-Irish descent. Samuel Flake and 
Henry Flake, two brothers, landed at New 
York. There Henry Flake settled, later 
visited his brother Samuel Flake in the 
Carolina and returned to New York. There 
are thought to be many people in the east 
who can claim him as an ancestor. Samuel 
Flake landed at Charleston, S. C, about 
1 720 and later located at Lilesville, Anson 
County, N. C, and there died in 1802, then 
being over one hundred years old. The first 
tract of land that he purchased so far as the 
deed records show in Anson County, was 
Nov. 4, 1763, then Nov. 24, 1 767, and several 
tracts later. He was married twice and the 
name of his first wife is not known. His 
second wife was, in the will, called Alcy and 
her name is said to have been Sallie (Alcy) 
Harris. The records disclose that one James 
Harris obtained a deed to land in Anson 
County Dec. 4, 1874, Samuel Harris on June 
24, 1762 and Charles Harris Oct. 19, 1758. 
From the will of Charles W. Harris, probated 
Dec. 19, 1803, we are left to think he was 
quite a gentleman of taste and education as 
in his will he left to his brother Robert Harris 
and sister Jenney Harris what was evidently 
the furnishings of an elegant and richly 
adorned home. It is possible that the wife 
of Samuel Flake was related to their people. 
We know nothing of any of the descendants 
of these Harris families. 


The will of Samuel Flake now in the office 
of Recorder of Anson County, N. C, made 
May 5, 1802, discloses that he had nine 
children then living. It is known that Mary 
Flake, his daughter who married John Smith 

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No. 2 had died before then and it is thought 
that he had a son John Flake who had perhaps 
died single. 

His children were as follows: 

(A) Mary Flake, born about 1748, died 
about 1794, married John Smith No. 2. She 
was a daughter by the first wife.-503-The 
Smith Table. 

(B) John Flake. See sketch of Samuel 
Flake. It is thought that he was a son of 
Samuel Flake and died without issue. 

(C) Jordan Flake, born May 15, 1764, 
first married Mary Penelope Williams. -320- 
After her death he married Faithy Elizabeth 

(D) Samuel Flake Jr., born about 1766, 
married Ehzabeth (Betsy) Gilbert. -302- 

(E) William Flake, who went to Warren 
County, Georgia. -303- 

(F) Elizabeth Flake, married Steven Bir- 
mingham and left Anson County, going West 
or South. They are said to have had children 
by the names of Hardy, Mary, Roxy, Ann 
and Jemina Birmingham. 

(G) Delilah Flake, married Hardy Hooker. 

(H) Sarah Flake, married Joshua Talent, 
so it is thought, as on Nov. 1 7, I 798 Joshua 
Talent and his wife Sarah Talent deeded to 
Hardy Hooker, husband of Delilah Flake, 
120 acres, part of a 250 acre tract deeded to 
Samuel Flake by letter patent Nov. 2, 1771. 
As the wife in those days did not have to join 
in a deed save when the land was hers, this 
might indicate that Samuel Flake had deeded 
her the land, and it is thought this was his 

(1) Elijah Flake, married Elizabeth Wil- 
liams. -3 1 I - 

(J) Thomas Flake, was a Patriot in the 
Revolutionary war as will be seen by re- 
ference to the Exhibit in sketch of Samuel 
Flake. In 1804 he sold his land in Anson 
County and went West, and had sons: Wil- 
liam Green, born 1810; Augustus, born 1812; 
Warren, born 1820. 

(K) Jemina Flake, married William Cook. 


-301-D-Samuel Flake Jr., born about 1766, 
married Elizabeth (Bessie) Gilbert and went 
to Miss. Children: 

(A) Kinchen Flake. 

(B) Lucy Ann Flake. 

(C) Silas Flake, married Sallie Byrd. 

(D) Polly Flake. 

(E) Chapman Flake. 
(G) John (Jack) Flake. 

(F) Peter Reeves Flake, born 1813, married 

Elizabeth Whitehead. They lived at Hag- 
gardviUe, Miss.-302 A- 

302 A 

-302-G-Born to Peter Reeves Flake and 
Elizabeth Whitehead, his wife: 

(A) Martha Flake, born Nov. 10, 1837, 
died January, 1898, married Jesse Sullivan 
and they lived at Haggardville, Miss. Child- 
ren: Bettie, James, Robert, Joseph, William 
and Minnie Sullivan. Bettie married John 
Chappel; James married Mattie Chappel; 
Robert married Emma Hall; Joe married 
Ella Hurt; William married Emma Hurt; 
Minnie married Marcus Pace. 

(B) James B. Flake, born April 21, 1839, 
was a confederate soldier and was killed in 
the war. 

(C) Nancy Flake, born July 6, 1840, mar- 
ried Mr. Sullivan; one son: Jesse Sullivan. 

(D) WiUiam Peter Flake, born July 7, 
1 844, married Elizabeth Ashmore who died 
1882. They lived at Haggardville, Miss. 
-302 B- 

302 B 

-302A-D-Born to William Peter Flake and 
Elizabeth Ashmore, his wife: 

(A) Minnie Flake, born Feb. 17, 1872, 
married Frank Crowell. 

(B) James Flake, born January 2, 1874, 
married Anna Sullivan. 

(C) William Jesse Flake, born March 7, 
1876, married Sallie Hurt. 

(D) Emma Flake, born March 22, 1878, 
married Minnie Haggard. 

(E) Elizabeth (Bettie) Flake, born March 
6, 1883, lives at Haggardville, Miss. 

(F) Nancy E. Flake, born 1871, died 1872 


-301-E-William Flake was born in Anson 
County, N. C. There is a tradition in his 
family that he was a Patriot and as such was a 
soldier in the Revolutionary War, that there 
was a record of this services and the records 
were destroyed when other records of North 
Carolina were destroyed by Gen. Ross, the 
British Commander, in the war of 1812. We 
do not know whom he married nor just when 
he left Anson County, N. C, but the records 
show that on January 17, 1799 he was then 
living in Warren County, Georgia, and sold 
lands then located in Anson County, N. C. 
to his brother-in-law. Hardy Hooker, and on 
Nov. 14, 1807 sold another tract to his brother 
Elija Flake. His children were: 

(A) Thomas Flake, born 1780, married 
Sarah Edmonson. -304- 

(B) John Flake, born 1804, died in Miss. 

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(C) Seaborn Flake, born 1800, died in 
Montgomery, Ala. 1863. 

(D) William Flake, Jr., born 1798, married 
Miss Chapell-303- 


-303-A-Thomas Flake, born 1780, died in 
Green County, Georgia. He married Sarah 
the daughter of William Edmonson who served 
as a soldier in the Revolutionary War, from 
Va. They lived in Green County, Georgia 
where he died in 1824 of fever contracted 
while fighting in a war against the Indians. 
Their children are: 

(A) William Green Flake, born in 1810, 
died 1888, married Adeline Maddox.-3G3 A 

(B) Augustus Flake, born 1816, died 1885, 
lived in Gadsden County, Florida. 

(C) Warren Flake, born 1820. died 1840. 

(D) Martha Flake, born 1808, married a 
Mr. Lewis and lived in Florida. 

(E) Louisa Flake, born in 1822, married a 
Mr. Morgan and lived in Florida. 

(F) Caroline Flake, born in 1824, lived in 


-303-D-Dr. William Flake Jr., born 1798, 
was a physician of great skill, a scientific 
practitioner. He wrote and contributed to 
the Medical Journals published in his day. 
He married a Miss Chapell and they lived at 
Eufaula, Alabama, where he died in 1853. 
Born to them: 

(A) Dr. Benjamin Flake, married Ret. 
Apling. He was a valued surgeon in the 
Confederate army. He and his wife owned a 
large plantation and hundreds of slaves. 
They had faith in the Confederacy and dis- 
posed of their property for Confederate 
money and at the end of the war lost all. 
He died in 1865, leaving his young wife in 
destitute financial circumstances due to these 

(B) Sarah Flake, married a Mr. Apling. 

(C) Florida Flake, married a Mr. Cureton. 

(D) Virginia Flake, married and moved to 

(E) Dr. WilHam Flake, lives in Mariana, 

305 A 

-304-A- William Green Flake was born in 
1810 in Green County, Georgia and there 
married Adeline Maddux, daughter of Wil- 
laim Maddux of Eatonton, Georgia. They 
moved to Russell County, Ala. He was a 
planter by occupation and a slave owner. 
He was a man of good judgment, cultured, 
and served his country in trusted positions. 
He was Judge of the Probate Court for many 

years. He was also School Commissioner 
and served as County Trustee. He accumu- 
lated considerable of wealth. He very 
bitterly opposed secession but when the South 
became for the time a separate nation, he 
freely gave his time and his fortune to his 
people. He freely gave his money, purchased 
clothing and provisions and gave to the 
soldiers. He sent his slaves to the salt mines 
and two of his sons went to battle for the 
Confederate cause. When the war ended he 
accepted defeat with composure and resigna- 
tion and bore the cruel changes with little 
complaint. Tendered a lucrative position 
by the victors, he spurned the offer, preferring 
to live and suffer with his people. They were 
the parents of the following children: 

(A) Thomas J. Flake, born 1838, died 1921, 
married Laura Hulsey-309 

(B) William Warren Flake, born 1845, 
died in Childress, Texas, Feb. 4, 1919, married 
Anna Keen.-308- 

(C) Martha Louisa Flake, born Dec. 22, 
1851, married John C. Farley.-307- 

(D) Eugene A. Flake, born 1848, died 
1907, married Alia Hulsey. 

(E) Arabelle Alabama Flake, born May 
28, 1850, died Feb. 2, 1879, married J. J. 
Smith. He is dead. Fannie Belle Smith, a 
daughter, married W. T. Davis and they live 
in Topeka, Kansas. 

(F) Green Flake, born 1855, married Emma 

(G) Sarah C. Flake, born 1837, married 
Mack Ferguson and they had two children: 

(A) Ada Belle Ferguson, married Perry 
Lard. Issue: Arthur Lard, John P. Lard, 
and Green Flake Lard. 

(B) Katie Ferguson, another daughter, 
married Mr. Fuller. Both dead. She died 
in 1818. 


-305A-F-Green Flake, real estate, Pilot 
Point, Texas, married Emma Pickell, born 
March 1853, died Oct. 11, 1911. Children: 

(A) W. G. Flake, born Dec. 20, 1880, died 
January 25, 1882. 

(B) Snowfiake Flake, born March 27, 1884, 
married Ray A. Chance, who is a miller at 
Pilot Point, Texas. 

(C) T. J. Flake, born Oct. 8, 1885, Clay- 
born, Texas, married Jes McCammon. One 
child: Emma Louise Flake, born Nov. 20, 


-305 A-C-Born to Martha Louise Flake and 
John C. Farley, her husband: 

(A) John C. Farley Jr., born Sept. 19, 1877, 
Opelika, Alabama. He graduated from Ala- 

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bama Polytechnic Institute in Electric En- 
gineering in 1896. He deals in cotton and 
manufactures hosiery. He is a 32nd degree 
Mason and a Shriner. June II, 1902 he 
married Martha Antionette Banks. One 
child: John Culbert Farley III, born April 
27, 1909. 

(B) Frank Farley, born July 6, 1879, 
Opelika, Alabama, graduated from the Ala- 
bama Polytechnic Institute in 1898. He is 
President and Minager of Opelika Heading 
Mill Co. and a wholesale groceryman. March 
I, 1905 he married Lillie Engram, one child: 
Louise Farley, born May 18, 1909. 

(C) Flake Earle Farley, born Sept. 18,1880, 
Opelika, Ala., graduated from Alabama Poly- 
technic Institute with first honors in 1899. 
Is Secretary of Opelika Heading Company. 
Is a member of the A. T. O. and Masonic 
fraternities. April 9, 1908, he married 
Wellie Melton. Children: Flake Earle Farley 
Jr., Feb. 3, 1914; William C. Farley, July 
4. 1918. 

(D) James Douglas Farley, Atlanta, Ga., 
born Nov. 27, 1883, is an Electrical and 
Mechanical Engineer, having graduated from 
Alabama Polytechnic Institute in 1902. He 
is a 32nd degree Mason and a Shriner. 

(E) Walter Scott Farley, Opelika, Ala., 
was born Feb. 23, 1888, graduated from 
Alabama Polytechnic Institute in 1907 in the 
Electrical course. He enlisted in the World 
War July 4, 1918, was commissioned Ensign 
U. S. Aviation January 2, 1919 and was made 
Instructor in Naval Aviation at the Great 
Lakes Training Station. June 12, 1912 he 
married Bethany Hicks, and he is connected 
with Farmer's National Bank, is Vice-Presi- 
dent of Opelika Heading Mill Co. and Secre- 
tary and Treasurer of Lee County National 
Farm Land Association, at Opelika, Ala. 
He is a member of the Phi Delta Theta 
Fraternity, a 32nd degree Mason and a Shriner. 


-305 A-B William Warren Flake, born 1845, 
died Feb. 4, 1919, lived at Childress, Texas, 
was a cotton weigher. He married Anna 
Keen, born Oct. 4, 1848, she lives at Childress, 
Texas. Children: 

(A) William Green Flake, married Jennie 
Gies. He died in Childress, Texas and she 
lives in Dallas, Texas. Their children are: 

(A) Hazel Flake, born March II, 1893, 
married A. B. Monroe. To this union was 
born Hazel Louise Monroe Dec. 10, 1912. 
Mr. Monroe is dead. Hazel Flake Monroe 
is cotton weigher at Childress, Texas. 

(B) Fannie Belle Flake, born Oct. 4, 1895, 
Dallas, Texas. 

(C) Gladys Flake, born Sept. 12, 1902. 
Dallas, Texas. 

(D) William Frederick Flake, born March 
3, 1904, Dallas, Texas. 

-305 A-A Thomas J. Flake, born 1838, 
Capitalist, Atlanta Georgia, died 1921. He 
married Laura Hulsey. Children: 

(A) Walter G. Flake, born 1879, married 
Elizabeth Ausley and they live at Scottdale, 

(B) Augustus H Flake, born 1872, married 
Minnie Mathews and they live at Scottdale, 

(C) Campbell Wallace Flake, born 1877. 

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Jemina Flake married William Cook and 
went to Kershaw District, S. C. and the 
records of Anson County, N. C. disclose that 
they lived in Kershaw District, S. C. Oct. 
20, 1804 and sold 31 acres in Anson County, 
N. C. to Jordan Flake for $30.00. Deed is 
witnessed by Samuel Flake, Elijah Flake and 
Robert Dunlap. 


Delilah Flake was born, lived and died in 
Anson County, N. C. She married Hardy 
Hooker who was a man of considerable 
prominence, acquired a large landed estate 
and lived between what is now known as the 
Old Benjamin Ingram farm, called the Moun- 
tain, and the Pee Dee River. His will was 
probated in the Anson County Court under 
date of January 19, 1839. The children were: 

(A) Hannah Hooker. 

(B) Mary Hooker. 

(C) Benjamin Hooker, married a Miss Wall. 

(D) James Hooker, married the wife of 
his brother, Benjamin Hooker, after the 
death of Benjamin Hooker. 

(E) Samuel Hooker. 

(F) William Hooker, married Harriett 
Liles, daughter of Eli Liles. 

(G) Sarah Hooker, married Abraham Bell- 

(H) Jane Hooker, married Job Curtis. 
(I) Jemina Hooker, married William Butler. 



Elijah Flake was born in Anson County, 
N. C. 1 788 and died in Henderson County, 

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Tenn. prior to January 16, 1854. In Anson 
County he married Elizabeth Williams, born 
I 788 died June 7, 1 86 1 . daughter of Dudley Wil- 
liams and Nancy Harris and grand-daughter 
of William and Catherine Williams- 1 77-C. 
In 1818 with David Williams, John Harris 
who married Mary Williams, and John King 
who married Milley Williams, he emigrated 
to Henderson County, Tenn. A year later 
these other parties went to Alabama but 
Elijah Flake settled at Red Mound, Hender- 
son County, Tenn. Deed records of Hender- 
son County disclose that in 1818 he paid 
$600.00 to one Henry Williams for a tract 
of land. This Henry Williams may have 
been a son of David Williams, we know not. 
Henderson County was Indian country until 
1818 when the Jackson Purchase was made 
in a treaty by General Jackson and the 
Indians. The will book and some other records 
in Henderson County were destroyed when 
the court house was burned but deed book 1 
preserved shows on page 398 that January 
16, 1854, for $1200.00, James S. Flake deeded 
to his mother Elizabeth Flake, 172 2-3 acres 
of land received under the will of his father 
Elijah Flake. Elijah Flake was living as late 
as January 1837 as he was then on a visit 
in North Carolina and present when Elijah 
Flake Smith, the uncle of writer was born 
and asked that he be named after him, which 
was done. He died 1841.-312- 


-31 1 -Children of Elijah Flake-Elizabeth 
Williams Flake. 

(A) James S. Flake, born 1818, died 1909, 
married a Miss Howard and after her death 
married a Miss Boswell.-313- 

(B) Benjamin Labon Flake, married Sarah 
Ann Douglass. -3 1 5- 

(C) Samuel Flake, born 1799, thought to 
have gone West. -389- 

(D) Mary Flake, married a Mr. Liles and 
went to Texas. She is said to have died 1844. 

(E) William B. Flake, born about 1803. 
died 1855, married Nancy Howard.-316- 

(F) Dudley L. Flake, born 1815-319- 

(G) M. J. Flake, born 1821.-392- 

(H) Thomas Flake, died at the age of 23, 


James S. Flake, born about 1818, about 
the time his parents moved from Anson 
County, N. C. to Red Mound, Tenn., spent 
the whole of his life in Henderson County, 
Tenn. and died about 1908. His home in 

later years was in Huron, Tenn. He first 
married Tabitha Howard and there was born 
to his union: 

(A) Hyson Flake, born 1845, died 1918, 
married Kate Diffee.-314- 

Tabitha Howard Flake died and James S. 
Flake then married Frances Boswell. There 
was born to this union: 

(B) Mary Elizabeth (Bettie) Flake, married 
Rev. James Lewis and moved to Texas ajid 
died 1917 without issue. Rev. Lewis married 
again and lives in Florida. 

(C) William B. Flake, born about 1843, 
moved to Texas and is said to have never 

(D) Elijah Thomas Flake, married Ollie 
Mason and moved to Texas. They are said 
to have the following children: 

(A) Odell Flake, born about 1890. 

(B) James Lewis Flake, married and in Texas 

(C) Mary Flake, in Texas. 

(D) Frances Flake, in Texas. 

(E) Mary Flake, is a school teacher. 



The widow lives in Jackson, Tenn with her 
son Eugene Flake. Hyson Flake was born 
1845, died March 27, 1918 and was buried 
at Pleasant Hill, Madison County, Tenn. 
His wife was born about 1858. Children are: 

(A) James Washington Flake, married 
Anna Lee Mainord, Jackson, Tenn. He was 
born about 1878 and has one child: Guy 
Flake, born 1912. 

(B) William M. Flake, born Sept. 10, 1880, 
Jackson, Tenn., real estate dealer, married 
Ella Mainord. Two children: Mamie Irene 
Flake, born 1902; John Howard Flake, born 

(C) Ida M. Flake, born Aug. 7, 1882, 
married A. A. Mainord, Jackson, Tenn. 
Two children: Alpheus Mainord, born about 
1913; William Mack Mainord, born about 

(D) Ora E. Flake, born Nov. 10, 1884, 
Jackson, Tenn., married John Young who 
is now dead. No issue. 

(E) Eugene T. Flake, born Dec. 22. 1891, 
Jackson, Tenn., Gulf Refining Company, 
married Ophelia Phyron. Two children: 
Otha Flake, born about 1915; Catherine 
Flake, born 1920. 

(F) Fannie J. Flake, born 1894, married 
Clarence Alexander, Jackson, Tenn. One 
child. Mary Alexander, born 1918. 

(G) Madge L. Flake, born March 27, 1900, 
married Frank Todd, Jackson, Tenn. 

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Benjamin Labon Flake lived at Red 
Mound, Henderson County, Tenn. and died 
1861, married Sarah Ann Douglass, dead. 
Both are buried near Red Mound, Tenn. 
They had only one child: Rhoda Flake, 
born Dec. 29, 1850. She lives at Jackson, 
Tenn. She married Elbert Stegall who is 
dead. Her residence is 618 East Main Street. 

(A) Walter Stegall, born Sept. 28, 1877, 
Jackson, Tenn., married Georgie Woods. 
No children. He travels for Hamilton Brown 
Shoe Company of St. Louis, Mo. 

(B) Mary Flake Stegall, born Aug. 15, 
1 879, married A. Lawson Brown of St. Louis, 
Mo., president of the Hamilton Brown Shoe 
Co. Residence Clayton Road, St. Louis, Mo. 

(A) A. Lawson Brown, born about 1913. 

(B) Helen Brown, born about 1914. 

(C) Rhoda Brown, born about 1916. 

(D) Elbert Brown, born about 1920. 

(C) Lena Stegall, born Feb. 21, 1) 
married Clyde Aycock, Jackson Tenn. He 
travels for the Hamilton Brown Shoe Co 
One child: Frances Aycock, born about 1913. 

(D) Arthur Stegall, born July 5, 1884, 
shoe merchant, Jackson, Tenn., married 
Ann Nelson. Three girls: Rebecca, born 
about 1912; Elizabeth, born about 1914 
Ann, born about 19)8. 

(E) Roy Stegall, born 1886, died single, 

(F) Daisy Stegall, born July 29, 1889, 
married Henry White Jr. He is a cotton 
buyer, Jackson, Tenn. One girl: Rhoda 
Flake White, born 1918. 

(G) Elbert Stegall, born October 10, 1892, 
Huron, Tenn., farmer. He married Eleanor 
Hays. One son: Elbert Stegall Jr., born 
July, 1920. 




William B. Flake was born in Anson County 
N. C. about 1803 and with his parents moved 
to near Red Mound. Henderson County, 
Tenn. in 1818 and there lived. He died 
1856. He married Nancy Howard who also 
came from North Carolina, she having been 
born about 1809. She died about 1856. 

(A) Lawson Flake, enlisted in the Confe- 
derate Army and was killed at the battle of 

(B) Littleton Flake, enlisted in the Con- 
federate army, was captured and died while 
a war prisoner. 

(C) James Flake, died shortly after the 
war, single. 

(D) Tibitha Flake, died when small. 

(E) Savannah Flake, married Will'am 
McHaney of Henderson County, Tenn., they 
moved to White Oak, Mo. 

(F) Euphrates Flake, born in 1847, married 
Bina Howard.-317- 


-316-F-Euphrates Flake was born in Hen- 
derson County, Tenn. in 1847, and when 
nine years old his father died and three years 
later his mother died. He then went to live 
with his uncle Dudley L. Flake who died 
three years later. He then went to Miss, 
and lived with his uncle James House. In 
1866 at the age of nineteen he returned to 
Henderson County and clerked in the store 
of P. E. Parker at Wilderville for four years. 
In May 1878 he married Bina Howard, the 
daughter of Samuel Howard, She was born 
1 856 and is said to have been a most estimable 
woman and a member of the Methodist 
Church. In 1882 he purchased 640 acres of 
land and did a general farming business and 
owned and operated a cotton gin. He was 
a well-to-do farmer, a member of the 1. O. O. 
F. No. 1 50 and a life-long Democrat. A 
history of Henderson County published in 
1887 has a sketch of his life and from it we 
took the above. He and his wife have been 
dead many years. Children. : 

(A) Howard Flake, of Jackson, Tenn. 

(B) Bettie Flake, married James Porter- 
feild, Jackson, Tenn. 



Dudley L. Flake was born in Anson County, 
N. C. 1815, and in 1818 at the age of three, 
with his parents he settled near Red Mound, 
Henderson County, Tenn. and there died in 
1853. He married Synthia Howard whose 
people also came from North Carolina. Child- 

(A) Frances Flake. 

(B) Elizabeth (Bettie) Flake. 

(C) Delpha Flake, married Henry Walls 
and they settled in Carroll County, Tenn. 

(D) Josephine Flake, married a Mr. Meals. 

(E) William Flake, married Etta Burnett. 
(G) Andrew Flake. 

(H) James Flake. 

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Jordan Flake was born in Anson County, 
N. C. May 15, 1764, lived and died in that 
county August 27, 1843 after passing the age 
of 79. He was a planter by occupation and 
the records indicate that by the time he reached 
the age of thirty-five or forty he had then 
accumulated a considerable landed estate. 
We frequently find his name as witness to 
some legal document. It seemed in the early 
days all papers had to be witnessed by two 
people instead of being acknowledged before 
an officer, as is now customary. This is 
indicative that he had the respect and con- 
fidence of those asking for this services. He 
first married Mary Penelope Williams- 108-H- 
the daughter of Joseph John Williams and 
a cousin of Elizabeth Williams who married 
his brother Elijah Flake and also a cousin 
of Leusey Williams who married his nephew 
John Auld Smith. Mary Penelope Williams 
was born Oct 21, 1783, most likely in Wake 
County, N. C. and died Oct. 1, 1813 and 
buried in Anson County. Children: 

(A) John Wesley Flake, born Dec. 19, 1803, 
died Dec. 26, 1852, married Roxaline Dunn 

(B) William Cameron Flake, born April 
13, 1808, died Nov. 1856, married Emaline 

(C) Thomas G. Flake, born Sept. 13, 
1810, died April 5, 1850, married Loretta 
Ellen Henry-323- 

(D) Nancy Ann Flake, born Sept. 29, 1806, 
married Charles Winfree.-321- 

(E) Samuel Flake, born August 19, 1805, 
died Sept. 5, 1805. 




Nancy Ann Flake, born in Anson County, 
N. C. Sept 29, 1806, married Charles Jordan 
Winfree, a brother of the Rev. Booker 
Winfree. Rev. Booker Winfree was the 
grandfather of Charles Winfree now of 
Anson County, N. C. Charles Winfree and 
his wife Nancy Ann Flake shortly after the 
marriage and about 1830 moved to Texas 
and there died. There are said to have been 
born to them: 

(A) Susanna Winfree. 

(B) Martha Amanda Winfree, born June 
26, 1826. 

(C) Charles Jordan Winfree, born Oct. 13, 

(D) Isaac Winfree. 

(E) Mary Melvina Winfree. born April 
21, 1829. 

(F) Penny Ann Winfree, born April 27, 

(G) Eliza Winfree, married a Mr. Capell. 
(H) Gideon Winfree, ^ married Francis 

Covington. -322- 




Born to Gideon Booker Winfree and 
Francis Covington, his wife: 

(A) Eliza Winfree. 

(B) Elijah G. Winfree. 

(C) Charles Winfree, who has a son Charles 
B. Winfree who married Eliza Briley and lives 
in Anson County, N. C. 

(D) James A. Winfree. 

(E) Eli Perry Winfree. 

(F) Mary Francis Winfree. 

(G) Sarah Jane Winfree. 
(H) Gideon E. Winfree. 



Thomas G. Flake was born in Anson County 
N. C. Sept. 13, 1810 and died in that County 
in 1850. In 1833 he married Loretta Ellen 
Henry, daughter of Phillip Henry Sr. and 
Sarah Kirby, his wife, all of Anson County. 

(A) Sarah P. Flake, born May 8, 1834, 
married Francis Neal-325- 

(B) Matilda Ann Flake, born January 7, 
1836, married William Carter.-326- 

(C) Hiram Jordan Flake, born May 17. 
1838, was a Confederate soldier. One report 
was that he was killed in the war. Another 
was that he died in 1870. 

(D) Samuel T. Flake, born January 19, 
1841, married Margaret D. Saunders. He 
died Dec. 24, 1 91 6.-324- 

(E) Phillip H. Flake, born July 29, 1843, 
Confederate soldier, killed in 1863. 

(F) William B. Flake, born January 31, 
1846, died Sept. 20, 1851. 

(G) Thomas M. Flake, married Margaret 

(H) Elvira Flake, born April 5, 1848, died 
Sept. 22, 1851. 

(I) Jane Flake, died 1851. Jane, Elvira 
and William B. Flake all died of sore throat 
within a few days of each other. 

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Samuel T. Flake was born January 19, 
1841, in Anson County, N. C. and died Dec. 
24, 1916. He married Margaret D. Saunders 
born January 29, 1845. Children: 

(A) Thomas Jordan Flake, born Feb. 7, 
1881, married Amanda C. Lindsay who was 
born Nov. 1 1 , 1879. He is a farmer and lives 
at Lilesville, N. C. They have two children: 
James Thomas Flake born July 24, 1904; 
Eugenia Bettie Flake, born Oct. 26, 1908. 

(B) Loretta Elmira Flake, born July 8, 1882, 
died Dec. 22, 1918, married Thomas J. 
Lindsay, left the following children: 

(A) Sadie May Lindsay. 

(B) Mary Jewel Lindsay. 

(C) Marian Delany Lindsay. 

(D) Virginia May Lindsay. 

(E) Thomas Joseph Lindsay. 

(C) Mary Jemina Flake, born July 22, 
1883, married Alfred P. Johnson who was 
born January 13, 1874. He is a telegraph 
operator at Blue Ridge, Georgia. Children: 

(A) Alfred P. Johnson Jr., born Feb. 23, 
1914, died Feb. 25, 1914. 

(B) Martha Washington Johnson, born 
Aug. 5, 1918. 

(D) William Benjamin Flake, born Oct. 
18, 1884, married Melvina Irene Kirby who 
was born Sept. 22, 1887. He is postmaster 
at Lilesville, N. C. One child: William Kirby 
Flake, born Sept. 30, 1917. 

(E) Sarah F. P. Flake, born January 5, 
1886, married James R. Goan. Children: 

(A) Sarah May Goan, born July 3, 1912. 

(B) James Robert Goan, born Aug. 26, 

(C) Synthia Elizabeth Goan, born Nov. 
26, 1915. 

(D) Margaret Goan, born May 6, 1917. 

(E) Anna Goan, born January I, 1919. 



Sarah P. Flake, born May 5, 1834, in 
Anson County, N. C, married Francis M. 
Nealin 1852, both died before 1870. Children: 

(A) Jane Neal, born Sept. 29, 1853, married 
David Seago, Fayetteville, N. C 

(B) James T. F. Neal, born Feb. 2, 1856, 
married a Miss Biles. They live at Alber- 
male, N. C. 

(D) Benjamin Loretta Neal, born Feb. 
23, 1858, married John R. Diggs. They live 
at Cordova, N. C. 

(E) Sallie Halle Neal, born April 27, 1860, 
married a Mr. Morgan. They live at Alber- 
male, N. C. 


Matilda Ann Flake, born January 7, 1836 
in Anson County, N. C, married William 
Carter on Sept. 13, 1853. Both are dead. 

(A) Mary Carter, married W. B. Sellars. 
They live at Sanford, N. C. 

(B) Saphronia Carter, single. 



William Cameron Flake was born in Anson 
County, N. C. April 13, 1808 where he lived 
all of his life . He died in that county Nov. 
1856. He married Emaline Huntly, the 
daughter of Robert Huntly Sr. and Jane 
Henry his wife. Emaline Huntly died in 
1861. Children: 

(A) Robert Jordan Flake, married Jane 
Garris in 1860. He was born 1833. 

(B) William Henry Flake, born 1835, mar- 
ried Hellen Hufham in 1867. They then 
moved to eastern Carolina. 

(C) James Marshall Flake, born May 5, 
1837, married Rachel Huntly.-332- 

(D) Sarah Elizabeth Flake, born in 1839, 
married Thos. J. Hardison.-331- 

(E) Elijah W. Flake, born January 15, 
1841, married Mary Jane Liles.-329- 

(F) John Flake, born 1843, was a Confeder- 
ate soldier and was killed in the battle at 
Gettysburg on the second day. 

(G) Emaline Flake, born 1845. 
(H) Benjamin Flake, born 1847. 

(1) Eugenia Flake, born 1849, died 1863. 

(J) Samuel T. Flake, born 1851, died May 
27, 191 1, married Rose Collins and later mar- 
ried Sarah E. Thomas. -328- 

(K) Millard F. Flake, born 1853, died when 

(L) One daughter whose name we do not 
know died when small. 



Samuel T. Flake, born 1851, married Rose 
Collins Oct. 10, 1873, and after her death 
married Sarah E. Thomas Oct. 18, 1882. 
She was born Dec. 25, 1848. Rose Collins 
and Samuel T. Flake were married Oct. 10, 

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1873 and she died Feb. 10, 1882. Children 
by Rose Collins were: 

(A) Jesse Emma Flake, born Sept. 16, 
1874, married Adolphus Smith. 

(B) Fannie May Flake, born Dec. 21, 1875, 
married John R. Bowman. 

(C) Samuel Jefferson Flake, born June 23, 
1877, married Alyne Goolsby. 

(D) Rose Lilly Flake, born March 11, 1879, 
married Benjamin L. Robinson. Children by 
second wife, Sarah E. Thomas: 

(E) Glennie Viola Flake, born Dec. 16, 
1885, married Elisha Harsh. 

(F) Rena Azilla Flake, born January 22, 

1 888. On Oct. 1 1 , 1 9 1 1 she married Benjamin 
Jones, born Nov. 18. 1882. 

(G) William Henry Flake, born Dec. 8, 

1889, died June 4, 1890. 



Elijah W. Flake, born In Anson County, 
N. C. January 15, 1841, enlisted in the Con- 
federate army and was one of those who took 
part in the fight of the Merrimac and Monitor 
and at his death in 1918, he was the last sur- 
viving soldier who was engaged in that battle. 
He spent his life in Anson County and married 
Mary Jane Liles who was born Sept. 3, 1841 
and who died Nov. 18, 1882. 
Born to them: 

(A) WiUiam Jesse Flake, January 29, 18&7. 

(B) Eugenia Eleanor Flake, January 14, 
1869, died April 22, 1909. 

(C) Lucy H. Flake, born Sept. 19, 1871, 
died 1894, married James Gilbert, who died 
January 5, 1910.-330- 

(D) Elijah W. Flake Jr., born August 28, 

(E) Mary Fannie Flake, born Dec. 21, 1875. 

(F) Robert M. Flake, born January 7, 1878. 

(G) James Dawson Flake, born March 3, 
1880, died Nov. 10, 1881. After the death 
of first wife Elijah W. Flake married Eliza 
Hubbard but there was no issue by that 


-329-C-Children of Lucy H. Flake and 
James Gilbert: 

(A) Lora Gilbert, born Feb. 8, 1889, mar- 
ried Arthur Conts who is dead. One child: 
Arthur Conts, born March 5, 1909. She is 
in the insurance business, Muscogee, Okla. 

(B) Mary Jane Gilbert, born January 15, 
1891, married R. L. Funk. They live in 
Hamilton, Ohio. 

(C) Carl Gilbert, born Feb. 8, 1893, Mobile, 
Ala., clerical with M. and O. R. R. He mar- 

ried Oralie Baullemet, born Sept. 4, 1896. 
One child: Carl Gilbert Jr., born May 7, 
1919, died Sept. 18, 1919. 


Sarah Elizabeth Flake was born in Anson 
County, N. C. 1839 and died 1884. She 
married Thomas J. Hardison who died Jan- 
uary 1887. Children: 

(A) William C. Hardison, died 1903. 

(B) Mary Hardison, married T. L. Robin- 
son, Monroe, N. C. 

(C) Thomas Vance Hardison, lives at 
Wadesboro, N. C. married Nancy Robinson. 

(D) John M. Hardison, married Anna E. 
Threadgill, born March 14. 1869. He is a 
cotton buyer at West Point, Miss. Children: 
Elizabeth, born Nov. 16, 1893; John M. Jr., 
born January 20, 1901. 

(E) James A. Hardison, born Nov. 18, 1857, 
married Adele Schwarz. 

(F) Robert L. Hardison, born Aug. 31, 
1859. died Nov. 22, 1920, married Anna 
Gooch and lived at Wadesboro, N. C. 

(G) Netta Hardison, married W. L. Little. 
(H) Eliza D. Hardison, died when small. 
(I) Sarah E. Hardison, married W. Ed- 
monds, live at Memphis, Tenn. 



James Marshall Flake was born in Anson 
County, N. C. and spent his life as a farmer 
in that county. He was born May 5, 1837, 
and died June 1920. He married Rachel 
Huntly, born Sept. 8, 1849. She died prior 
to his death. Children: 

(A) William Elijah Flake, born Feb. 1859, 
died 1872. 

(B) Thomas Jefferson Flake, born 1870, 
died April 7, 1910., married Flora Horn. 

(C) Mary Ann Flake, born Feb. 1. 1872. 

(D) Sarah H. Flake, born Dec. 8, 1874, 
married Charles Uren Sept. 15, 1905. 

(E) James A. Flake, born Dec. 9, 1876. 

(F) John Bell Flake, born Aug. 17, 1878, 
married Lillie Dodd, March 1918. 

(G) Zelpha Emaline Flake, born July 30, 
1880, married Chas. Brisley May 4, 191 1. 

(H) Daisy Eugene Flake, born Oct. 19, 
1883, married Henry C. Morton July 13, 

(I) Grover C. Flake, born Sept. 8, 1884, 
died 1885. 

(J) Henry Gulledge Flake, born June 7, 
1886, married Lina Hendley Jan. 4, 1909. 

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(K) Frederick Flavel Flake, born July 10, 
1889, married Lottie Cameron May 20, 1916. 
(L) Ida Rachel Flake, born August 13, 1891. 
(M) A son died in infancy. 



John Wesley Flake was born in Anson 
County, N. C. on Dec. 19, 1803, and lived and 
died Dec. 26, 1852 in that county. He married 
Roxaline Dunn Bennett, the daughter of 
William Bennett and his wife, Susan Dunn. 
She also died and was buried in that county. 

(A) Flavel Bennett Flake, born January 
9, 1829, married Mary Ann Allen and later her 
sister Martha Jane Allen. -338- 

(B) Elizabeth Jane Flake, born May 24, 
1833, died 1903, married LaFayette Douglass. 
-337 B- 

(C) William Jordan Flake, born Oct. 12, 
1830, married Lucy Liles.-236- 

(D) John Carey Flake, married Lily Mc- 

(E) Martha Susan Flake, died in infancy. 

(F) Nancy Huchston (or Huxton) Flake, 
born April 10, 1835, married Dr. J. Barber 


-333-F-Nancy Huchston Flake, married 
Dr. J. Barber Twitty and in the sixties they 
left Anson County, N. C. and moved to 
Camilla, Ga. They are said to have had 
children named: 

(A) Laura Twitty. 

(B) Lee Twitty. 

(C) Lucy Twitty. 

(D) Thomas Backer Twitty. 

(E) Jennie Twitty. 

Their descendants are thought to live in 
Georgia largely. 



John Carey Flake was born in Anson 
County, N. C. about 1835. He married Lily 
McLendon and moved to Palarm. Arkansas 
and he died there in 1887. Children: 

(A) Minnie Flake, married Alfred Joiner. 

(B) Rosa Flake, born Oct. 10, 1879, mar- 
ried Guy J. Rencher, who is an attorney at 
Columbus, Miss. One son. Jack, born Feb. 
5, 1905, died June 9, 1909. 

(C) Robert Bennett Flake, born January 
23, 1880, married Lollie Clinard. They live 
at 242 Main Street, Winston-Salem, N. C. 

One son: William Clinard Flake, born June 
24, 1917. 

(D) Walter Flake, born January 23. 1881. 

(E) Annie Flake, the youngest child, is dead. 

(F) Sterling Flake, born 1885. 

(G) Julia Flake, married Early York. Two 
children: Harvey and Minnie. Lily Mc- 
Lendon, the mother, was the daughter of 
Louis McLendon. 



William Jordan Flake was born in Anson 
County, N. C. Oct. 12, 1830 and married 
Lucy Liles of that county. Lucy Liles was 
born Sept. 15, 1838 and died Oct. 28, 1920. 
He was a planter by occupation and engaged 
in that for his life. He moved to DeKalb and 
later to Chunkey, Miss, and there died Dec. 
6, 1916. Children: 

(A) Dr. Henry L. Flake, born July 15, 
1857, married Lelia L. Day.-337 A- 

(B) Fannie Eleanor Flake, born March 31, 
1862, married W. E. Naylor. 

(C) Charles C. Flake, born March 13, 1860, 
Chunkey, Miss., farmer. 

(D) Joseph Edward Flake, born Dec. 10, 
1865, died Oct. 11, 1869. 

(E) Dr. John Jordan Flake, born January 
29, 1870, practicing medicine at Pioneer, La. 

(F) Jesse Liles Flake, born July 16, 1872, 
married Laura McGee-337- 

(G) Dr. William Gaines Flake, born Dec. 
1 1, 1875, was a dentist by profession, located 
at Snowflake, Arizona for several years and 
then moved to Louisiana where he died in 
June 22, 1916. 


-336-F-Jesse Liles Flake, Chunkey, Miss., 
farmer, married Laura McGee who was born 
Dec. 13, 1885. Children: 

(A) Joseph Eugene Flake, born April 1 1 , 

(B) Wilburn Jordan Flake, born Oct. 16, 

(C) John Harold Flake, born May 26, 1912. 

337 A 

-336-A-Dr. Henry L. Flake is a practicing 
physician and lives in Leland, Miss, where 
he has resided for twenty years. He married 
Lelia L. Day, born Aug. 28, 1872. Children: 

(A) Essie Lucelle Flake, born Dec. 13, 
1891, died 1901. 

(B) Edwin Liles Flake, born Aug. 17, 1895. 

(C) Francis Eleanor Flake, married W. 
M. Miller. 

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(D) William Henry Flake. 

(E) Harry Flake. 

(F) Lucy Flake. 

337 B 

-333-B-Born to Elizabeth Jane Flake and 
LaFayette Douglass two children: William 
Douglass and Conie Douglass. William 
Douglass married Nealy Carpenter and they 
had nine children as follows: Ina, Herbert, 
Annie Laurie, Walter, Remus, William, Bessie, 
Max, and Riley. 

Conie Douglass married Carrie Kyle Key 
and they had one child: Murl Douglass. 



Flavel Bennett Flake, born January 9, 
1829, died Dec. 2, 1891, was born, lived and 
died in Anson County, N. C. He first mar- 
ried Mary Ann Allen, born July 6, 1834, died 
Oct. 5, 1867. He then married her sister, 
Jane Allen, who at a very old age is living in 
Wadesboro, N. C. Children by Mary Ann 

(A) Joseph Flake, born March 2, 1834, died 
Aug. 31, 1854. 

(B) John Flake, born Dec. 10, 1855, died 
in infancy. 

(C) Elizabeth (Bettie) Virginia Flake, born 
Nov. 1857, died March 28, 1864. 

(D) Nancy J. Flake, born Dec. 24, 1859, 
married Gen. William Alexander Smith of 
Ansonville, N. C. He is one of the compilers 
of this book-See Smith Table-63 1 . 

(E) Martha Flavel Flake, born July 6, 
1862, married Jesse William Sullivan-341-A- 

(F) William Thomas Flake, born July 5, 
1865, died Sept. 30, 1901. Children by 
Martha Jane Allen were: 

(G) Mary Ann Flake, born Nov. 5,1868, 
married Dr. J. A. Gaddy on Dec. 23, 1890. 
He died Feb. 19, 1892. No issue. She later 
married Benjamin A. Home. -340- 

(H) Julia Hough Flake, born Oct. 9, 1870, 
married Charles M. Burns-339- 

(I) Robert Hugh Flake, born March 23, 
1873, died Oct. 8, 1874. 

(J) Margie Ross Flake, born Nov. II, 1876, 
married George A. Miller-341- 

(K) Grace Josephine Flake, born Oct. 7, 
1879, died Aug. 9, 1881. 

(L) Moody Flake, died in infancy. 
Julia Hough Flake, born Sept. 4, 1895, 
married Charles M. Burns. They live in 

Wadesboro, N. C. We were entertained by 
them in their home in the spring of 1921. 
They live in a most elegant home. Mr. Burns 
is a cotton broker. Mrs. Burns is entitled 
to a large part of the credit for The Flakes 
Tables. She has done considerable research 
work on this line and it was from her data 
gathered that others have been enabled to 
pursue and gather in data for the Tables 
Their children are: 

(A) Margie Flake Burns, born Oct. 18 

(B) Julia Bennett Burns, born Sept. 8 
I 898, married Dr. Edgar Snowden. 

(C) Elizabeth Sheffeild Burns, born Feb 
15, 1900, married Logan M. Eldridge. 

(D) Mary Dunn Burns, born January 27 

(E) Nancy Ross Burns, born January 2 

(F) Charles May Burns Jr., born Nov 

2, 1908. 


-338-G-Mary Ann Flake married Ben- 
jamin A. Home, who was born June 1,1859. 
Their post office is Monroe, N. C. He served 
as sheriff of that county for one term. One 
child: Benjamin A. Home Jr., born Sept. 
8, 1903. 


-338-J-Margie Ross Flake, married George 
A. Miller, born June 14, 1870. They reside 
at 1420 South Cullom Street, Birmingham, 
Alabama. He is a druggist. Three children: 

(A) Frederic Flake Miller, born January 
8, 1900, died Dec. 26, 1920. 

(B) Virginia Miller, born Dec. 9, 1906. 

(C) George A. Miller, born Sept. 29, 1909. 


-338-E-Martha Flavel Flake on Dec. 23, 
1885, married Jesse William Sullivan, farmer 
and cotton ginning, Wadesboro, N. C. Born 
to them six children: 

(A) Rev. Eddie Flavel Sullivan, born April 
20, 1887, married May Griggs, Sept. 1907. 
He is a Baptist Minister and located at Max- 
ton, N. C. They have five children: (1) Elsie 
Vivian, born Oct. 2, 1910, died Nov. 8, 1910; 
(2) Bruce Meredith, born Aug. 21, 1911, 
died May 4, 1913; (3) George Hartwell, 
born March 2, 1914; (4) Ralph Harald. bom 
August 8, 1915, died June 8, 1917; (5) Lila 
Ruth Sullivan, born June 13, 1920. 

(B) Lee Marion Sullivan, born May 25, 
1890, married Angus Marshall Scarboro July 

3, 1910. He is a farmer, Wadesboro, N. C. 
Five children: (I) William Marshall, born 
April 14, 1911. died April II, 1913; (2) Elmer 

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Wilson, born March 22, 1914; (3) Esther 
Ruth, born July 24, 1917; (4) Edna Louise, 
born Dec. 28, 1919; (5) Ethel Virginia, born 
July 16, 1921. 

(C) Nellie Ross Sullivan, born Feb. 24, 

(D) Lucy Flake Sullivan, born May 22, 

(E) Mary Louise Sullivan, born May 16, 
1893, Wadesboro, N. C. 

(F) Frank Medley Sullivan, born April 
14, 1890, died Oct. 27, 1902. Nellie Ross 
Sullivan, married Jacob Stephen Young, 
book-keeper and ginner, Ansonville, N. C. 
One child: Jacob Stephen Young Jr. 


(See 320 for other children) 



Jordan Flake, after the death of Penelope 
Williams, his first wife, (See 320 for children 
by her) married Faithy Elizabeth Hanna, born 
Oct. 27, 1783, died Sept. 22, 1841, and buried 
on Smith's Creek in Anson County, N. C. 
She was born in Iredell County and her 
brother Robert Hanna was a man of consider- 
able prominence in that county. In her 
younger days she was very fond of hunting 
the buffalo and on many trips she went with 
her husband to High Hill Lick sometimes 
known as Aunt Nancy Ingram's Mountain 
in quest of game of this character. The will 
of Faithy Hanna Flake is on record in Anson 
County and dated Nov. 28, 1833. The exe- 
cutors named by her are her husband, Jordan 
Flake and her brother Robert Hanna; and 
among the other items is one leaving a 
negro slave to be passed on to the daughter, 
Faithy Hanna Flake. Children of this union: 

(A) Jane Elvira Flake, born March 13, 
1817, married Jurden Morris.-352- 

(B) James Madison Flake, born June 22, 
1815, married Agnes Love Haily.-353- 

(C) Alcey Flake, born January 25, 1819, 
died April 4, 1819. 

(D) Sarah Flake, born March 19, 1820, 
married Peter P. Cox. -348- 

(E) Faithy Hanna Flake, born Feb. 27, 
1822, married James M. Flowers. -347- 

(F) Francis Edward Flake, born January 
6, 1828, married Mary Knotts.-343- 


-342-F-Francis Edwards Flake, born in 
Anson County, N. C. January 6, 1828, died 
Dec. 2, 1912, married Mary Knotts, born 
1837 and now dead. Children: 

(A) John Fletcher Flake, born Oct. 28, 

1857, married Elizabeth C. Master and later 
married R. J. Yelvington.-344- 

(B) James H. Flake, born June 21, 1831, 
married Lydia Threadgill.-345-and later mar- 
ried Mattie Threadgill.-345- 

(C) Elizabeth Ida Flake, born 1858, mar- 
ried John C. Thomas. -346- 

(D) William J. Flake, born 1856. 


-343-A-John Fletcher Flake, born Oct. 28, 
lives at Hasting, Florida. He first married 
Elizabeth C. Masters who was born July 
24, 1873. Children: 

(A) Courtland F. Flake, born August 29, 

(B) Hazel H. Flake, born Aug. 14, 1890. 
He later married R. I. Yelvington and 

there was born to her: 

(C) Martha A. Flake, Oct. 20, 1906. 


-343-B-James H. Flake, Wadesboro, N. C, 
married Lydia Threadgill, and after her 
death married Mattie Threadgill. Born to 
him by the first wife: 

(A) William Francis Flake, born April 5, 
1881, married Elsie Barker. 

(B) Joseph Fletcher Flake, born May 1882. 

(C) Frederick T. Flake, born August 1884. 

(E) Berta Vista Flake, married C. A. 

(E) James H. Flake, married Bara Candle. 


-343-C-Elizabeth Ida Flake, married John 
C. Thomas. Children: 

(A) Virginia Thomas, married a Mr. Rich. 

(B) Frank Thomas. 

(C) Fulton Thomas, married Lela Gulledge. 

(D) Flora Thomas, married Josephus Lam- 
bert and later died. 

(E) Mary Thomas, married Josephus Lam- 
bert after the death of her sister Flora who 
first married him. 

(F) Stella Thomas. 

(G) Lee Thomas, died single when 21 years 

(H) Ray Thomas, died single. 



Faithy Hanna Flake was born in Anson 
County, N. C. Feb. 27, 1822. She married 
James M. Flowers and about 1845 moved to 
Black Hawk, Carroll County, Miss, and died 
there Oct. 2, 1885. Children: 

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(A) James M. Flowers Jr., born July 22, 
1844, Vaiden, Miss., farmer. 

(B) Sarah Elizabeth Flowers, born Dec. 
13, 1845. died Aug. 29, 1847. 

(C) Mary Ann Flowers, born April 24, 1847. 

(D) Elijah Jane Flowers, born Nov. 19, 1848 

(E) Henry Francis Flowers, born Feb 26, 

(F) John Jordan Flowers, born Sept. 17, 

(G) Melcia Adeline Flowers. 
(H) Isabelle Catherine Flowers. 

(I) Infant daughter, died Oct. 24, 1858. 
(J) George V. Flowers, born January 26, 




Sarah Flake was born in Anson County, 
N. C. March 19, 1820 and married Peter P. 
Cox, They moved to Union County, N. C. 
and there died. They have a great many 
descendants in that county. Children: 

(A) William Flake Cox, died in 1863. 

(B) Jesse Jordan Cox, born Oct. 9, 1840, 
married Mary Jane Barrett-350- 

(C) Adeline Ann Cox, married Vechal 
Thomas Chears-349- 

(D) Eugenia Cox, married Joseph Lee. 

(E) Peter M. Cox, married Elizabeth Evans 
and later Roxy Lowry. 

(F) James B. Cox, married Narcis Huntly. 

(G) Delia Cox, married Benjamin Parker. 

(H) Mary Melvina Cox, married Sanford 

(I) Alice Cox, married J. F. Moore. -397E- 
(J) Viola Cox, married Ranford Smith. -395- 



Adeline (Adelia) Ann Cox married Vechal 
Thomas Chears, born Nov. 2, 1835. They 
live at Monroe, N. C. Children: 

(A) Julia Chears, born Oct. 20, 1867, 
married John C. Baucom.-397- 

(B) Charles A. Chears, born Nov 30, 1869, 
married Elizabeth Hunt.-397A- 

(C) Sarah Chears, born Sept. 16, 1871, 
married J. B. Waters.-397B- 

(D) William F. Chears, born Nov. 15, 1873, 
married Ada Williams.-397C- 

(E) Mary Chears, born Feb. 10, 1875. 

(F) Vechal Chears, born Sept. 4, 1879. 
died 1900. 

(G) Eugenia Chears, born January 8, 1881, 
married W. F. Funderburg.-397D. 

(H) Velma Chears, born July 16, 1883. 
married A. R. Nisbet. 

(1) Tracy Chears, born July 1, 1889, mar- 
ried Effie Laney. 




Jesse Jordan Cox married Mary Jane Bar- 
rett, born April 3, 1643. He is dead but in 
1919 she was still living at Monroe, N. C 

(A) William D. Cox, born May 14, 1866. 
married Nancy Edwards. 

(B) Pauline Cox, born May 23, 1868, mar- 
ried H. C. Lenard. 

(C) Walter B. Cox, born April 10, 1870 
married Emma Hall. 

(D) Jesse Thomas Cox, born Nov. 16, 1871 
married Emma Little. 

(E) Anna Maud Cox, born January 20 
married R. D. Smith. 

(F) Luther Zebslon Cox, born April 10 
1876, married Laura Smith. 

(G) Claudius C. Cox, born March 31. 1878 
married Elizabeth (Bettie) Gulledge. 

(H) Sarah Eleanor Cox, born Sept. 21 
1879, married Charles Baker and later B 

(I) James B. Cox, born Sept. 24, 1881 
married Myrtle Gaston. 

(J) George C. Cox, born Dec. 11, 1883 
married Jane Outen.-351- 

(K) Mary Virginia Cox, born Dec. 23 
1885. married C. F. Moore. 


-350-J-George C. Cox lives at Monroe, N. 
C. He married Jane Outen who was born 
Oct. 15, 1877. Children: 

(A) Jesse Cox, born August 7, 1912. 

(B) May Cox, born July 30, 1916. 

(C) Four children, died in infancy. 



Jane Elvira Flake, born March 10, 1817, 
in Anson County, N. C, married Jordan W. 
Morris and in or about 1846 moved to Carroll 
County, Miss. Children so far as known to us: 

(A) Thomas J. Morris, born March 7, 1833. 

(B) John A. Morris, born Sept. 12, 1834. 

(C) Elizabeth (Bettie) Morris. 

(D) Robert Morris. 

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James Madison Flake (see 954) was born 
in Anson County, N. C. June 22, 1815. He 
married Agnes Haily Love of Richmond 
County, N. C. She was born Nov. 6, 1819 
and died January 5, 1855. He died in 1849. 
She was the daughter of William (Billie) 
Love who was a son of John Love and Mollie 
Crawford, his wife. Mollie Crawford was a 
daughter of Thomas Crawford, a sister to 
Maston Crawford, William Crawford Jr., 
Martha (Patsy) Crawford, and Nancy Craw- 
ford. Anson and Richmond Counties joined. 
Shortly after they married, they emigrated 
to Mississippi, then to Nauvoo, Illinois and 
then to big Cottonwood, Utah, leaving Anson 
County in 1842 and reaching Utah in 1849. 
James Madison Flake, while on a prospecting 
trip to California, was kicked by a mule and 
from this died. His widow then located at 
San Bernardino, California and there died. 
They had six children: 

(A) Thomas Flake, born 1841, died 1844. 

(B) Richmond Flake, born 1842, died 1845. 

(C) Charles Flake, born 1840, died 1864. 

(D) William Jordan Flake, born July 3, 
1839, married Lucy White-355- 

(E) Sarah James Flake, born April 4, 1847, 
married Joseph Levi-354- 

(F) Samuel Flake, born 1845, died 1845. 


-353-E-Sarah James Flake, married Joseph 
Levi and after his death married Phillip 
Oakden. They reside at Enterprise, Utah. 
Children by her first husband: 

(A) Frederick Levi, Alunite, Utah. 

(B) Ida Nevada Levi, married John Moore- 

(C) Lottie Levi, married James Reples. 
She died Nov. 11, 1920 

(D) Agnes Hala Love, married William A. 

(E) Clarence Henry Levi, born Dec. 8, 
1875. Beaver City, Utah. Served in the 
Spanish-American War and saw active ser- 
vice. He also saw active service in the 
World War being in France for a year His 
health has not been good since. He works 
in the mines in Carbon County, Utah. On 
Oct 2, 1905 he married May Ellen Alger of 
Pioche, Nevada. She was born June 9, 
1878. They have six children: Leslie John 
Levi, born March 29, 1911; Clarence Lor- 
aine Levi, born June 28, 1906; Ireta Levi, 
born March 31, 1909; Idaona Levi, born May 
28, 1913; Frederick Love Levi, born Dec. 

13, 1916; Hal Gordon Levi, born May 28, 

(F) Clara Elizabeth Levi, born Dec. 8, 
1875. She and Clarence Henry Levi are twins. 


-354-B-Ida Nevada Levi was born in Bell- 
mont, Nevada Oct. 24, 1868 and on March 
30, 1885 she married John A. Moore who was 
born in Silver City, Colorado Nov. 14, 1863. 
They moved to Elsinore, Utah and now live 
there. He is a farmer. They are parents of 
thirteen children: 

(A) Anna Phinora Moore, born Oct. 23, 
1886, married Charles E. Hansen, farmer, on 
Dec. 3, 1901. He was born July 18, 1882. 
They live at Monroe, Utah. They have seven 
children: Edward C. Hansen, born May 30, 
1903; Phinora Luella Hansen, born Sept. 
5, 1904; Delia Laverna Hansen, born March 
16, 1908; Thelma Hansen, born March 10, 
1910; Harold A. Hansen, born June 1, 1912; 
and Ruth Hansen, born August 5, 1917. 

(B) Sarah Lottie Moore, born March 28, 
1888, on June 23, 1907 married Henry John 
Mackey, born June 19, 1880. He is a farmer. 
They reside at Elsinore, Sevier County, Utah 
and have three children: D. Henry Mackey, 
born Sept. 25, 1908; Ida Leveda Mackey, 
born Feb. 18, 1912; and Amanda Mackey, 
born April 10, 1915. 

(C) John A. Moore Jr., born Nov. 19, 1889, 
on Dec. 8, 1 907 married Edith Hunt at Joseph, 
Utah, and they have seven children: Edna 
Moore, born March 14, 1909, died same day; 
Deloy Moore, born May 22, 1910, died same 
day; Ivan J Moore, born April 20, 1911; 
Max Moore, born June 5, 1913; Olive Moore, 
born Dec. 29, 1916; died Feb. 5, 1917; Madge 
Moore, born January 29, 1919; Grant Moore, 
born January 25, 1921. Mrs. Moore was 
born Oct. 13, 1889. Mr. Moore is a farmer 
and dairyman. 

(D) Elsie Ida Moore, born Dec. 8, 1891, on 
January 24, 1912, married Ransom Herring, 
born Dec. 1 1 , 1889. He is a farmer, Elsinore. 
Utah. Two boys: Alma Herring, born Feb. 
9, 1914; John Willie Herring, born Feb. 7, 

(E) Eva Olive Moore, born Feb. 28, 1894, 
on Nov. 30, 1911 married Joseph Conder, 
born Feb. 7, 1888. They reside at Angle, 
Utah. They have five girls: Fay Conder, 
born Nov. 30, 1912; Ida Nell Conder. born 
July 15, 1914; Jossie Conder, born Nov. 17, 
1917; Hope Conder, born May 11, 1919; 
Dean Conder, born January 26, 1921. 

(F) Joseph Ray Moore, born Feb. 22, 1896, 
on June 19, 1919 married Vida Prince, born 

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June 29, 1896 at Parquick, Garfield, Utah. 
He is a farmer. 

(G) Lenard D. Moore, born Feb. 6, 1898. 

(H) Delbert D. Moore, born May 27, 1900. 

(I) Vera Moore, born Oct. 12, 1902, on 
Oct. 4, 1920 married Merlin H. Jolley, born 
Feb. 22, 1897. He is a sheep herder, Anti- 
mony, Utah. One child: Opel Jolley, born 
June 22, 1921 at Kingston, Utah. 

(J) Floyd L. Moore, born March 12, 1905. 

(K) Glen D. Moore, born Sept. 7, 1907. 

(L) Grace Moore, born Dec. 27, 1910. 

(M) Georgia Moore, born Feb. 21, 1912. 


-353-D-William Jordan Flake (see 955) 
was born in Anson County, N. C. July 3, 
1839 and when three years old went with his 
parents to Mississippi, Illinois and then to 
Utah. He now lives at Snowflake, Arizona. 
He is a stockman and farmer. He first 
married Lucy White, born August 23, 1842, 
died Feb. 27, 1900. His second wife was 
Prudence Kartchner, born March 15, 1850, 
died Feb. 8, 1896. His children by his first 
wife were: 

(A) James M. Flake, born Nov. 8, 1859, 
married Nancy Hall-367- 

(B) William Melvin Flake, born January 
20, 1861, died March 26, 1861. 

(C) Charles L. Flake, born Oct. 18, 1862, 
married Bell Hunt-366- 

(D) Samuel O. Flake, born Oct. 27, 1864, 
died Dec. 21, 1864. 

(E) Mary Agnes Flake, born Feb. 16, 1866, 
married Theodore W. Turley-374- 

(F) Osmer D. Flake, born March 6, 1868, 
married Elsie Owens-364- 

(G) Lucy Jane Flake, born March 13, 1870, 
married Peter C. Wood-363- 

(H) Wilford Flake, born Sept. 12, 1872, 
died Sept. 24, 1872. 

(1) George Burton Flake, born April 16, 
1875, died July 6, 1878. 

(J) Roberta Flake, born August 19, 1877, 
married J. W. Clayton-362- 

(K) Joel W. Flake, born July 21, 1880, 
married Lucy Whipple-361- 

(L) John T. Flake, born Dec. 28, 1882, 
married Carrie Lindsay-360- 

(M) Melissa Flake, born July 28, 1896, died 
Oct. 28, 1896. 

His children by his second wife, Prudence 
Kartchner were: 

(N) Sarah Emma Flake, born May 22, 
1879, married John A. Freeman-359- 

(O) Lydia Pearl Flake, born Dec. 3, 1881, 
married Frances McLaws-358- 

(P) Wilmirth Flake, born July 7, 1887, 
married Joseph S. Willis-357- 

Q) Anna Belle Flake, born Dec 28, 1893, 
married S. Lorenzo Rogers-356- 

(R) Joseph Franklin Flake, born January 
7, 1884, died Oct. 3, 1885. 

(S) Mark A. and Margaret Flake, twins, 
born June 7, 1886, died in infancy. 


-355-Q-Anna Belle Flake, born Dec. 28, 
1893, married S. Lorenzo Rogers, Snowflake, 
Arizona, farmer. Children: 

(A) Inez Rogers, born April 26, 1914. 

(B) Chester S. Rogers, born January 8, 1916 

(C) Lorenzo F. Rogers, born Dec. 6, 1917. 

(D) Lelie Rogers, born Feb. 17, 1920. 


-355-P-Wilmirth Flake, married Joseph S. 
Willis,. Snowflake, Arizona, farmer. Children: 

(A) Endora Willis, born Oct. 13, 1906. 

(B) Martha Willis, born August 28, 1908. 

(C) Gladys Willis, born June 25, 1910. 

(D) Emabelle Willis, born May 12, 1912. 
(E Darwin Willis, born Aug. 13, 1914. 

(F) Van A. Willis, born Aug. 19, 1916. 

(G) Theda Willis, born May 13, 1918. 
(H) Margaret Willis, born Feb. 6, 1920. 


-355-0-Lydia Pearl Flake, married Francis 
McLaws, Snowflake, Arizona, machinist. 

(A) Francis E. McLaws, born Aug. 26, 1901. 

(B) Prudence McLaws, born Sept. 28, 1903. 
(C Lawrence W. McLaws, born March 

25, 1906, died April 1906. 

(D) Marlin J. McLaws, born March 28, 

(E) Emma McLaws, born Feb. 24, 1911. 

(F) Harold L. McLaws, born Oct. 17, 1914. 

(G) Gilbert McLaws, born Oct. 7, 1920. 


-355-N-Sarah Emma Flake, married John 
A. Freeman, Snowflake, Arizona. Merchant. 

(A) John A. Freeman Jr., born March 6, 

(B) Blance Freeman, born Oct. 6, 1903. 

(C) Arthur J. Freeman, born March 27, 

(D) Leo F. Freeman, born Nov. 9, 1906. 

(E) Pearl Freeman, born July 20, 19C8, 
died Nov. 9, 1910. 

(F) Joseph W. Freeman, born April 19, 

(G) LeRoy C. Freeman, born January 5, 

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(H) William R. Freeman, born Oct. 7, 

(I) Carl G. Freeman, born Sept. 11, 1915. 

(J) Marguaritte Freeman, born Nov. 18, 

(K) Mable Freeman, born May 3, 1919. 

-355-L-John T. Flake, Snowflake, Arizona, 
stockman, married Carrie Lindsay. Child- 

(A) Burton T. Flake, born Aug. 18, 1911. 

(B) Zona Flake, born Sept. 9, 1913. 

(C) Melba Flake, born July 6, 1919. 

(D) William Flake. 

Joel W. Flake, farmer, Joppa, Arizona, 
first married Lucy Whipple who died in 1913 
and then he married Elsie Dewit. 
Children by Lucy Whipple: 

(A) Roena Flake, born Nov. 10, 1904. 

(B) Theodore L. Flake, born April 1 1 , 1907. 

(C) John T. Flake, born March 29, 1909. 

(D) Mary Flake, born April 12, 1906, died 

(E) Dennis E. Flake, born Nov. 29, 1911. 
Children by Elsie Dewit: 

(F) Clarok O. Flake, born Dec. 9, 1914. 

(G) Robert K. Flake, born June 4, 1916. 
(H) Eva Flake, born Feb. 26, 1918. 

(I) Clara Flake. 


-355-J-Roberta Flake, married J. W. Clay- 
ton, 604 Southern Building, Atlanta, Ga. 
Mining. Three children: Reginald Clayton, 
William Clayton, and Natelle Clayton. 

-353-G-Lucy Jane Flake, born March 13, 
1870, married Peter C. Wood who was born 
July 4, 1852. He is a fruit grower and resides 
at Colonia, Jaurez, Mexico. Eleven children: 

(A) Enos F. Woods, born May 5, 1889, 
Colonia, Jaurez, Mexico, married Martha 

(B) Lucy Flake Wood, born Dec. 17, 1890, 
married Ednar J. Allred, born March 5, 
1884. He resides at Colonia, Jaurez, Mexico. 
She died January i, 1918 Children see-370- 

(C) William F. Wood, born January 2, 
1893, farmer, Colonia, Jaurez, Mexico, mar- 
ried Norma Knudson. 

(D) Lehi F. Wood, born April 13, 1895, 
farmer, Colonia, Jaurez, Mexico, married 
Florence Neilson. One child: Lee R. Wood, 
born June 17, 1921. 

(E) John Wood, born Sept 2, 1897, Phoenix 

(F) Roberta Wood, born Nov 6, 1901, 
married Charles Tur'ey, farmer, Colonia, 
Jaurez Mexico. One child: Roberta Turley, 
born Dec. 22, 1920. 

(G) Rosalie Wood, born May 8, 1905, 
married Julius Russell Johnson on May 26, 
1921. They live in Mexico. 

(H) James E. Wood, borm Feb. 18, 1909, 
died when small. 

(1) Clarence F Wood, born July 10, 1907, 
died May 13, 1918. 

(J) Mary Wood, born August 27, 1911, 
died in infancy. 

(K) Josephine Wood, born Nov. 7, 1914, 
died in infancy. 



Osmer D. Flake, 102 N. 13 Street, Phoenix, 
Arizona, stockman and farmer, born March 
6, 1868, is the gentleman who has furnished 
us more data and information as to the Flake 
Tables than any one else. While we have 
never met him personally we have formed a 
splendid opinion of him from correspondence. 
He is a member of the Latter Day Saints, 
commonly known as the Mormon Church. 
As a missionary for that church he traveled 
very extensively in the East. It once chanced 
our lot to live among the people of that de- 
nomination in Idaho for seven years and we 
wish to say to our Gentile relatives as dis- 
tinguished from our Mormon relatives that 
we found them a very honorable and upright 
people, morally and socially the equal of 
people we have mingled with. 

Osmer D. Flake first married Elsie Owens 
born Feb. 1. 1867. Children by this wife: 

(A) Ada Flake, born March 31, 1892, mar- 
ried Erastus Frost, Snowflake, Arizona, far- 

(B) Lucretia Flake, born Feb. 24, 1894, 
married Noble Rogers, Snowflake, Arizona, 
sheep shearer. -372- 

(C) George M. Flake, born March 28, 
1896, served with Forest Rangers in the 
World War in France, married Susan Lion- 

(D) Grace Flake, born January 8, 1898, 
married on Dec. 5, 1915 Bernard E. Gibson 
Linden, Arizona, farmer. One child: Bruce 
Melvin, born March 5, 1921. 

(E) Lewis H. Flake, born January 8. 1901. 
died Feb. 27, 1902. 

(F) Elsie Flake, born April 24, 1907, died 
Feb. 26, 1920. 

After the death of his first wife, Osmer D. 
Flake married Ethel Ray, born August 26, 

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1892 at Millville, Miss. Children born to 

(G) Ray Wallace Flake, born Aug. 6, 1912, 
died Aug. II, 1912. 

(H) Lester White Flake, born July 8. 1913. 

(I) Horace Henry Flake, born April 2, 1915. 

(J) Veoma Flake, born Nov. 28, 1916. 

(K) Alma B. Flake, born Dec. 13. 1918. 


-355-C-Charles L. Flake, born Oct. 8, 
1862, married Belle Hunt who was born 
August 27, 1864. Children: 

(A) Marion L. Flake, born July 23, 1886, 
merchant, Snowflake, Arizona, married Cin- 
thia Morris-381- 

(B) Grace Flake, born January 18, 1889, 
died Dec. 17, 1890. 

(C) Ida Flake, born May 22, 1890, married 
A. T. Willis, carpenter, Chandler, Arizona-382- 

(D) Marshall H. Flake, born Nov. 21, 
1891, stockman, Snowflake, Arizona, married 
Melva Wright-383- 

(E) Charles L. Flake Jr., born June 12, 
1893, killed in the World War in Siberia, 
married Ruth Naeberg of Salt Lake City, 
Utah. For sketch see 380. 

367 (see 956) 

-353-A-James Madison Flake No. 2, born 

Nov. 8, 1859. On May 16, 1877, married 

Nancy Hall, resides at Snowflake, Arizona, 

and is a farmer and stockman. Children: 

(A) William J. Flake, born January 1 1 , 
1878, Snowflake, Arizona, married Blanch 

(B) Charles A. Flake, born May 7, 1879, 
farmer. Linden, Arizona. 

(C) Therressa Flake, born March 10, 1881, 
Lakeside, Arizona, married L. E. Johnson. 

(D) Agnes Flake, born Sept. 1, 1883, mar- 
ried F. J. Beard. -386- 

(E) Samuel D. Flake, born July 19, 1885, 
died January 16. 1908. 

(F) Lucy Flake, born August 3, 1887, mar- 
ried Alexander Shreves-387- 

(G) Iris Flake, born August 28, 1890, 
married Joseph Tarr.-388 

(H) Nellie Flake, born August 2, 1892, 
married John Burns. One child: John Flake 
Burns, April 3, 1920. Ontario, Canada. 

(I) Lois Flake, born Nov. 27, 1893, died 
January 3, 1897. 

Nancy Hall Flake died April 6, 1895. 
Later James M. Flake married Mattie Smith. 

Children of James Madison Flake by his 
second wife, Mattie Smith: 

(A) Donald C. Flake, farmer, Snowflake, 
Arizona, born Oct. 24, 1897. 

(B) August Flake, school teacher, Snow- 
flake, Arizona, born March 4, 1899. 

(C) Silas E. Flake, born Sept. 9, 1900. 

(D) Virgil M. Flake, born Feb. 24, 1902. 

(E) Joseph M. Flake, born Oct. 8. 1903. 

(F) Thelma Flake, born January 27, 1905. 

(G) Bruce M. Flake, born January 27, 1907. 
(H) Vernon S. Flake, born Dec. 23, 1908. 
(I) Mary Flake, born August 19, 1910, 

died August 27, 1910. 

(J) Anna Flake, born Sept. 24, 1911. 
(K) Ruth Flake, born Nov. 25, 1913. 
(L) Vincent M. Flake, born July 19, 1915. 
(M) Faust W. Flake, born March 12, 1918. 
(N) Fern Flake, born Sept. 1921. 
(O) Afton Flake, born Aug. 8, 1916. 

-363-A-Children of Enos Wood and Martha 
Ann Seavy: 

(A) Maud Wood, born Feb. 14, 1913. 

(B) Hanna Laura Wood, born Aug. 24, 

(C) Enos Seavy Wood, born April 24, 1920. 


-363-B-Children of Lucy Wood and Ednar 
J. Allred: 

(A) Sylva Allred, born April 23, 1912. 

(B) Lillian Allred, born Feb. 1914, died 
June 1915. 

(C) Josephine Allred, born January 1, 1916. 

(D) Matilda Allred, born Dec. 29, 1917. 

-364-A-Born to Ada Flake and Erastus 

(A) Larry Erastus Frost, Aug. 7, 1917. 

(B) Carmel Frost, born March 29, 1919. 

(C) Jay Clinton Frost, born Feb. 21. 1921. 

-364-B-Born to Lucretia Flake and Noble 
Rogers : 

(A) Harald Flake Rogers, Aug. 16, 1916. 

(B) Melvin Durward Rogers, May 15, 1918. 


-364-C-George M. Flake as a member of the 
Arizona Militia was among the first to do 
service on the border in the late trouble with 
Mexico, and did duty there for a year. He 
later went into training at Camp Kerny, Cal., 
and gained the distinction of being the best 
shot in the Camp. With the "158" Infantry 
he went to France. When President Wilson 
made his first trip to France, George M. Flake 
was sent with a detachment to meet him at 
the wharf and was placed in charge of his per- 

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sonal baggage. He was the only enlisted man 
allowed to ride on the President's train. He 
remained with the President until his Co. was 
to sail for home, but he was retained and sent 
back to his Regiment. He was mustered out 
at El Paso, Texas, having served in the army 
for three years, less nine days. He returned 
to the farm at Snowflake and April 16, 1921 
married Sue Lionburger. She was a sten- 
ographer in the Supervisor's Office of the Forest 
Department and formerly lived in Ky. They 
moved to Linden, Arizona. He has written a 
book of fiction. He has three patents pending 
in the patent office at Washington. 

355-E-Mary Flake, born Feb. 16, 1866, 
died Dec. 19, 1909. She married Theodore W. 
Turley, Snowflake, Arizona. Children: 

(A) James T. Turley, born Sept. 21, 1883, 
died Sept. 1, 1884. 

(B) Pearl Turley, born March 16, 1885, mar- 
ried Allen Frost-379- 

(C) Sarah Turley, born Dec. 16, 1886, died 
Sept. 19, 1887. 

(D) Lucy Turley, born June 30, 1888, mar- 
ried Laron L. Bates-378- 

(E) Ormus Flake Turley, born March 30, 
1890, married Ita Hunt-377- 

(F) Lowell Barr Turley, born April 21 , 1892, 
married Grace Freeman-376 

(G) Frederick A. Turley, born Aug. 4, 1895, 
married Wilmirth Fillerup-375- 

(H) Roberta Turley, born Oct. 28, 1898, 
married Arthur Tanner, Feb. 12, 1917. He is 
a highway contractor and they live at St. 
Joseph. Two children: Genevieve Tanner, 
born January 19, 1918; and Fontella Tanner, 
born July 4, 1919. 

(1) Harvey 1. Turley and Harry W. Turley, 
born March 10, 1905. 


-374-G-Frederick A. Turley served in the 
Army of the World War and was mustered 
out as a lieutenant, although he was never 
sent to France. He married Wilmirth Fillerup, 
June 1, 1920, and is a stockman at Joppa, Ari- 
zona. One child: Stanley F. Turley, born 
Feb. 27, 1921. 


-374-F-Lowell B. Turley is a stockman at 
Joppa, Arizona and married Grace Freeman: 

(A) Lowell Laven Turley, born March 14, 

(B) Barbara Turley, born Sept. 23, 1914, 
died July 22, 1919. 

(C) Corrinne Turley, born Sept. 18, 1917. 

(D) Jay Freeman Turley, born June 15, 1 92 1 . 


-374-E-Ormus Flake Turley, stockman, Jop- 
pa, Arizona, married Ita Hunt. Children: 

(A) Sheldon Ormus Turley, born May 14, 

(B) Clair Sanford Turley, born Nov. 2, 1917. 

(C) Keith Theodore Turley, born January 
14, 1921. 

-374-D-Lucy Turley on Oct. 4, 1911, mar- 
ried Laron L. Bates. They reside at Prescott, 
Arizona, where he has charge of the Experi- 
mental Farm operated in connection with the 
University of Arizona. Children: 

(A) Carl Theodore Bates, born July 1 1 , 1912. 

(B) Licille Bates, born January 10, 1914. 

(C) Myrtle Bates, born April 10, 1917. 

-374-B-Pearl Turley on June 1, 1908, mar- 
ried Allen Frost, born Oct. 24, 1884. He is a 
farmer and lives at Snowflake, Arizona. 

(A) Mary Frost, born May 18, 1909, died 
January 19, 1911. 

(B) Amelia Frost, born November 18, 1910. 

(C) Dicy Frost, born January 14, 1913. 

(D) Chester Frost, born May 12, 1915. 

(E) Marjarey Frost, born January 14, 1917. 

(F) Thelma Frost, born Nov. 14, 1518. 

(G) Minnie Frost, born January 1, 1921. 


-366-E-Charles Love Flake, born June 12, 
1893, was named after his father who had 
been killed near six months prior to the birth 
of the son. He graduated from the District 
school in 1909, from the High school in 1912 
and from the L. D. S. University of Salt Lake, 
Utah, in 1913. In 1913 he studied pharmacy 
in the University of Southern California at Los 
Angeles, and went to work in the drug depart- 
ment of Flake Brother's store. Called by the 
Church of Latter Day Saints, of which he was 
a member, he responded to the summons and 
gave two years of his life to the mission field, 
spending it in the eastern part of Tennessee. 
Being released he returned home, stopping at 
Salt Lake City on March 7, 1918 where he 
was then married to Miss Ruth Naeberg. He 
had been at home only a few weeks when his 
name was drawn and he was ordered to Camp 
Freemont, Cal. In August 1918, with Co. M. 
31 Infantry, he went to Siberia, Russia. The 
winter was spent near the city of Vladivos- 
tock, guarding the mines and railroad. A letter 
received by his brother from the Captain of 
his Co. tells his fate. We insert a portion of it. 
"Early in June, I had occasion to make a list 

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of those who would be first to return to the 
United States for discharge from the Army. 
I interviewed private Flake and heard about 
his wife and the child he had never seen. 
I was favorably impressed with him in every 
way and entered his name' on that list of the 
first ten per cent to be discharged. 

"During the few days that intervened before 
his death, 1 kept an eye on him particularly, 
and came to know him better. His character 
and habits were above reproach. He was an 
excellent soldier in every sense of the word. 
He was well liked by all the officers and men 
of his Company. He was a credit to the serv- 
ice and I shall always be pleased to have been 
in command of the Company of which he was 
a member. He received the gunshot wound 
from which he died, in an action with the Bol- 
sheviki at Novitskaya, Siberia, on the evening 
of June 22nd, 1919. The Bolsheviki had cap- 
tured an officer and four enlisted men of our 
regiment early that morning and took them 
to the town of Novitskaya about six miles 
away. About 5:30 P.M. we heard of this and 
decided to go and bring them back. It was 
raining, muddy, and the marching was very 
slow. We reached Novitskaya shortly after 
8 P.M. 

"The First platoon formed the advance 
guard. Private Flake belonged to the platoon. 
Private Flake was wounded with the first 
volley, a rifle bullet passing directly through 
the brain. Our casualties were one officer, 
three enlisted men killed and two wounded. 
The Bolsheviki loss estimated 175 killed. 
Respectfully. Roy F. Lynd, Capt. 312 Inft. 
Comdg. Co. M." 

His body reached home October 18, 1919 
and was buried the following day with all 
honor. He left a widowed mother, a wife and a 
babe, Margery Ruth, born April 10, 1919, 
after he left home and whom he had never seen. 

Osmer D. Flake. 


-366-A-Born to Marion F. Flake and Synthia 

(A) Maurine and Marvine Flake, born Aug. 
24, 1914. 

(B) Carma Flake, born January 26, 1917. 

(C) Robert Flake. 


-366-C-Ida Flake married A. Tilman Willis, 
Carpenter, Snowflake, Arizona. Children: 

(A) Mona Willis, born April 29, 1913. 

(B) Marshall Willis, born April 13, 1914. 

(C) Rupert Tillman Willis, born June 7, 
1915, died 1919. 

(D) Max Lynn Willis, born May 4, 1916. 

(E) France Marrian Willis, born May 18, 

(F) Louise Willis, born Sept. 14, 1919. 

(G) Norma Willis, born Aug. 9, 1921. 


-366-D-Marshall H. Flake enlisted in the 
World War with the Engineers, Co. D. 502 
Battalion, and spent twenty-one months in 
France, and on his return landed at Newport 
News, Va. He was mustered out June 22, 
1919, the same day his brother -380- was 
killed in Siberia. He married Melinda Wright 
and is a stockman at Snowflake, Arizona. 

-367-A-William J. Flake was born January 
11, 1878 in a wagon box while his parents 
were moving from Utah to Arizona. It was a 
bitter cold winter and the thermometer on 
that day registered 8 degrees below zero. 
The train was halted for a day and the journey 
then began again. He is a farmer by occu- 
pation and resides at Snowflake, Arizona. 
He married Blanch Beard. Children: 

(A) Laura Flake, born Oct. 2, 1902, died 
Oct. 27, 1908. 

(B) Eloise Flake, born April 19, 1906. 

(C) James Madison Flake, born Feb. 5, 1909. 

(D) Samuel Dennis Flake, born January 8, 

(E) Hate Lavon Flake, born Feb. 17, 1913. 

(F) Ludean Flake, born April 13, 1916. 

(G) Gwen Rufus Flake, born Dec. 11, 1918, 
died Mar. 17, 1920. 


-367-C-Born to Theressa Flake and Louis 
E. Johnson: 

(A) Lois Johnson, July 23, 1902. 

(B) Antone L. Johnson, April 21, 1906. 

(C) Rilla Johnson, Sept. 1907. 

(D) Milton Flake Johnson, January 1 2, 1 909. 

(E) Belle Johnson, Oct. 28, 1910. 

(F) Willie Johnson, July 3, 1912. 

(G) Gerald Johnson, March 13, 1914. 

(H) Wallace Edwin Johnson, January 28, 

(1) Lloid Magnet Johnson, May 1918. 

(J) Mary Founette Johnson, April 5, 1920. 

-367-D-Agnes Flake married Frank J. Baird 
and lives at Walnut Springs, Arizona. Chil- 

(A) Wilham Richard Baird. 

(B) Thomas Barntley Baird. 

(C) Violet May Baird. 

(D) Peter Baird. 

(E) Louis Lamar Baird. 

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(F) Nancy Ann Baird. 

(G) Albert Baird. 

(H) Orlin Flake Baird, born May I, 1916. 

(I) Joseph Francis Baird. 

(J) Arie Baird, born Dec. 19, 1920. 

-367-F-Lucy Flake married Albert O. Shreves, 
school teacher, Walnut Springs, Arizona. 

(A) Edna Shreves, born March 14, 1909. 

(B) Iris Shreves, born June 24, 1910. 

(C) Elnore Shreves, born Dec. 22, 1911. 

(D) Clyde Flake Shreves, born March 2, 

(E) Albert Orson Shreves, born January 9, 

(F) Fern Shreves, born Feb. 10, 1918. 

(G) Nelle Curtis Shreves, born Oct. 3, 1919. 

-367-G-Iris Flake married Joseph Farr, 
railroad fireman, Snowflake, Arizona. Chil- 

(A) Marion Joseph Farr. born May 8, 1917, 
died Jan. 16, 1918. 

(B) Minnie Farr, born July 22, 1918. 

(C) Sanford Flake Farr, born Nov. 3, 1919, 
died July 27, 1920. 

(D) Herand Carl Farr, born Dec. 31, 1920. 


-3 1 1 -C-Samuel Flake, son of Elijah Flake, 
born 1 799, is thought to have been the same 
Samuel Flake who went to Fishamingo county, 
Miss., and died there about the outbreak of the 
Civil War. This Samuel Flake had the follow- 
ing children: 

(A) Lafayette Flake, born 1827, died 1859, 
was a Baptist Minister, married Perilia 

(B) Putman Flake, who went to California 
1849 and was not heard from afterwards. 

(C) Jack Flake, who died in Bell county. 
Miss, and who was the father of Samuel Flake 
and Arthur Flake. Arthur Flake is located at 
Nashville, Tenn. and is very prominent in 
Sunday School work of the Baptist Church. 

(D) Fatima Flake, who first married Mr. 
Holly and afterwards married Mr. Williams 
and went to Buffalo Gap, Taylor county, 

(E) Safira Flake, died single several years 
ago in Miss. 

(F) Van Flake, who went to Coedell, Okla- 


-389-A-Born to Lafayette Flake and Perilia 
Burton, his wife: 

(A) Thomas Jefferson Flake, born Nov. 22, 
1857, married Willie J. Dalton, born Oct. 23, 

1866. They married July 26. 1882. He is a 
prominent citizen of Plainview, Texas and is 
a member of the firm of Flake and Rushing, 
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(B) Laura Flake, born Nov. 1859, married 
J. T. Richardson, farmer. She died 1895, 
leaving two children: Roy and Flake Rich- 


-390-A-Born to Thomas Jefferson Flake 
and Willie J. Dalton, his wife: 

(A) James P. Flake, born Nov. 3, 1883, 
married Nora L. McConnell, born April 20, 
1 889. He is in the real estate business. Plain- 
view, Texas and they have two children: 
Elton E., born July 9, 1908 and Glen D., 
born Nov. 21, 1912. 

(B) Solomon Clifford Flake, born August 1 , 
1885, died May 30, 1890. 

(C) Exah L. Flake, born March 31, 1887, 
married T. E. Boyd, farmer, Plainview, 
Texas. Six children: Nevela Boyd, born 1905, 
died 1908; Hershal Boyd, born 1907; Thetis 
Boyd, born 1909; Fannie Boyd, born 1911; 
Ruby Boyd, born 1913; and Lavern Boyd, 
born 1916. 

(D) Thomas E. Flake, born March 26, 1889, 
engineer, married Myrtle Jones. They reside 
at Parks, Texas. Children: Melvin Flake, 
born 1911; Tice Flake, born 1914; and Jack 
Flake, born 1920. 

(E) Minatree C. Flake, born Sept. 4, 1890, 
Hale Center, Texas 

(F) Zelma A. Flake, born July 31 , 1892, mar- 
ried B. E. Rushing, insurance broker, Sweet- 
water, Texas. Three children: Cecil Rushing, 
born 1911: Olga Rushing, born 1913, died 
1916: and Bernie E. Rushing, born 1917. 

(G) Paul Rupert Flake, born Oct. 14. 1897, 
Plainview, Texas. 

-312-G-M. J. Flake, born 1821, married 
James House. Children: Elizabeth House, 
married Mr. Clark; Martha House, married 
Leb. Knox; Laura House, married Mr. Sanders. 
-348-F-Born to James B. Cox and Narcis 
Huntly, his wife: 

(A) Minnie Cox, married George Smith, 
live R.F.D.R. I, Monroe N. C. Children: 
(!) Osmond Smith; (2) Mamie Smith; (3) Al- 
verta Smith; (4) Joseph Smith; (5) Bruner 
Smith; (6) Crara Smith; (7) Anna Belle Smith; 
(8) Vivian Smith ; (9) Hubert Smith ; ( 1 0) Robie 

(B) Julian Cox, married, lives at Savannah. 
Georgia. Children: Horace, Alma, Irene, 
Jewell, Lillie, and Frank Cox. 

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(C) Hattie Cox, married Durant Walters, 
R.F.D.R. 8, Monroe, N. C. Children: Madge, 
Roy, Willie, Herman, Wayne, and Harvey 

(D) Edgar Cox, married, lives on Route 4, 
Monroe, N. C, and has six children: Eustice, 
Stanley, Dalton, Don, Fay, and Mary Belle 

(E) Pearl Cox, married, lives at Allen, N. C. 
Children: Bert, Mary Deane, Louise and Gil- 
bert Cox. 

(F) Vernon Cox, married, lives at Monroe, 
N. C. Children: Bernice, Ruth, Ney, Joe and 
Louis Cox. 

(G) Eula Cox, married Mr. Hill, lives at 
Monroe, N. C. Children: Craig Hill and 
Dennis Hill. 

(H) Rufus Cox, married, lives at Monroe, 
N. C. Children: Leo, Georgia, Gertrude, and 
Warren Cox. 


-348-G-Della Cox married Benjamin F. 
Parker, lived and died in Union County, N. C. 
Six children : 

(A) Lester L. Parker, who is a banker. Page- 
land, S. C and who has four children: Mary 
Welsh Parker, Harriet Elizabeth Parker, 
Lester L Parker, and Thomas Jennings 
Parker. Lester L. Parker, Sr. was born Oct. 
5, 1877. 

(B) J. Luke Parker, born Feb. 22, 1879, 
Douglass, Georgia, is a farmer, a man of con- 
siderable prominence, and has four children 
now living: Jennie Lee, Orie, Estelle, and Nettie 

(C) E. Clyde Parker, born June 16, 1880, 
married C. L. Gulledge. They have nine chil- 
dren living, one dead Those living are: Ethel, 
Emmett, Doyle, Frank, Lee, Herman, Benja- 
min, Lucy, and Harry. 

(D) Annie Parker, born Sept. 2, 1894. 

(E) John Peter Parker, born Sept. 2, 1896. 

(F) William Van Parker. 


-348-H-J-Mary Melvina Cox married San- 
ford Smith. She was born, raised and died in 
Union County, N. C. Sanford Smith, after 
her death, married her sister, Viola Cox.-348-J- 
Children by Mary Cox were: 

(A) Ada Smith, who married Felix Griffin, 
farmer, Marshville, N. C, and they have four 
children: Kate Griffin, Free Griffin, Georgia 
Griffin, and Jean Smith Griffin. 

(B) Mark Smith, hardware dealer, Ches- 
terfield, S. C, married and has two children, 
one is named Burl. 

(C) Cyrus Smith. 

(D) Roy Smith. 

(E) Eva Smith. 

(F) Kate Smith. 

(G) Alma Smith, married Thomas Baker, 
Pageland, S. C. Two children: Thomas 
Baker Jr. and Carroll Baker. 

Children of Sanford Smith and Viola Cox, 
second wife: 

(H) Clayton Smith; (I) Bertha Smith; 
(J) Francis Smith; (K) Ovia Smith; (L) Rob- 
ert Smith, deceased; (M) Zeb Smith, killed in 
World War:(N)Mayme Smith; O. Cecil Smith; 
(P) Maggie Smith; (Q) Henry Smith.-396- 


-395-H-Clayton Smith, Monroe, N. C. is 
married and has two children: Elizabeth and 
Clayton, Jr. Bertha Smith married G. R. 
Thomas of Monroe, N. C, R.F.D.R. I, and 
has six children: Vivian, Marjorie, James, 
Viola Mae, Sarah Lee, and Zeb Maurice Thom- 
as. Francis Smith married James Eubanks, 
R.FD.R. 8, Monroe, N. C. Two children: 
Ovie Lee and Robert Eubanks. Mayme 
Smith married Lonie Knight and lives at 
Columbus, S. C. Cecil Smith, merchant, 
Pageland, S. C, has three children: Cather- 
ne, Zeb Joseph and Cecil, Jr. 


-349-A-Juha Chears, born Oct. 20, 1867, 
was born and all her life lived in Monroe, 
N. C. She married John C. Baucom, and they 
have eleven children: 

(A) Eugene Baucom, born July 19, 1889, 
died May 23, 1918. 

(B) Blanch Baucom, born Dec. I, 1890, 
married Carl Baker and they have seven 
children, as follows: Jewel, Vachel, Byron, 
Mable, Carlston, Louise and Lura. The last 
are twins. 

(C) Mary Baucom, born May 24, 1892, 
married Fred Harrell. 

(D) Beulah Baucom, born August 27, 1893, 
married Frank Walters and they have three 
children, as follows: Van, Roy Lee. and 
Bruce Walters. 

(E) Henry Baucom, born Sept. 28, 1895, 
married Mayme Rollins. 

(F) Eura Baucom, born Nov. 27, 1897. 

(G) Annie Baucom, born March 31, 1900. 
(H) William Baucom, born Feb. 23, 1902. 
(1) Merton Baucom, born Nov. 25, 1906. 
(J Loma Baucom, born May 7, 1905. 

(K) Livingston Baucom, born July 10, 1909. 


-349-B-Charles A. Chears and his wife, 
Elizabeth Hunt have four ch Idren, as follows: 
Mary, Vatchel, Bonnie, and Charles, Jr. 

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-349-C-Sarah Chears married G. B. Walters, 
farmer, R. 1 , Marshville, N. C. and they 
have six children: Otis, Gladys, Heath, Mott, 
Mabel, and AUine Walter \ 


-349-D-William F. Chears married Ada 
Williams. He resides at Sanford, N. C., and 
is in the jewelry business. They have four 
children: Annie, Lynn, Crocket, and James 


-349-G-Eugenia Chears married W. F. 
Funderburg. They live at Marshville, N. C. 
Four children: Albert, Hemp, Vivian and 
Frank Funderburg. 


-348-I-Alice Cox married J. Fletcher Moore. 
They lived and died n Union County, N. C. 

(A) Leone Moore, married William Meigs, 
Charlotte, S. C, and had one child, Ollie 

(B) Earnest Moore. 

(C) May Moore, married Lloyd Little. 

(D) Preston Moore. 

(E) Jesse Moore. 

(F) Blanch Moore. 

500 (See 900, 901) 

One writer says "The word Smith is a noun, 
coming from the words 'to smite'." Professor 
Mahaffy made an extraordinary discovery in 
the Egyptian Petrie papyri. These contain a 
list of names and he says: "There is one which 
appears regularly in the same form and of 
which we can give no further explanation. It 
is the name Smith — unmistakably written. 
We have never found anything like it before, 
and it is surely worth telling the many dis- 
tinguished bearers of the name, that there was 
a man known as Smith in the twentieth year 
of the third Ptolemy (227 B. C.) and that he 
was occupied in brewing beer or in selling it. 
Is there any other English name comparable 
in antiquity?" 

The earliest records in England, of the Landed 
Gentry as distinguished from Norman Nobility, 
are furnished in reports by Commissioners 
appointed by Henry the Sixth, and returned 
in 1433. Twelve of the counties are wholly 
missing and the others are incomplete. In 
these there were then twenty-one Landed 
Gentry of this name in England. 

In 1902, Compton Reade, M. A., of Magdalen 
College, Oxford, published a book entitled 
"The Smith Family". He says that he does 
not know of any relative of his by that name. 
His book is an account of the more prominent 
branches of these families, containing the 
Genealogical Tables that have been published 
from time to time. He says: "In the days 
when the Norsemen wielded the hammer of 
Thor, which none but the strongest could 
handle, in the romantic period when physical 
force meant moral superiority, he (Smith) 
was a cynosure. Presently, when mind — 
thanks to the influence of the Church in the 
first instance — had begun to assert itself over 
matter, the artificer was awarded the second 
place. Once in a way, a genius like Quentin 
Matsys arose to deify his craft, but he, like 
our own Grinling Gibbons, in another depart- 
ment of Art, stood alone. The Smith in the 
lapse of centuries became a mechanic pure and 
simple, while a world prone to look at the 
present rather than at the past has forgotten 
his high estate in primeval ages." 

"The aims of society have always been more 
or less hedonistic; and a refined aestheticism, 
almost as much as luxury, ostentation, and 
the gambling craze, has proved, in effect, a 
leakage. Where there existed neither the 
desire, nor indeed the temptation, to spend 
even the surplus of a penuriously-earned 
increment, saving, and hoarding, and re- 
duplication have followed as the necessary 
corollary of industry and a quickened commer- 
cial intelligence These tradesmen Smiths, 
whose patient labour and willing self-denial so 
largely assisted in the creation of a reserve of 
national wealth, have often been accused of 
serving mammon rather than God, while their 
phase of religion has been denounced as hypoc- 
risy. Consistent lives, philanthropic zeal, 
above all, the blessing which has attended 
them to the third and fourth generation, afford 
a rejoinder to such calumnies. So far as the 
Smiths represent a type, one may affirm, that 
without them England would have been small 
indeed." Speaking especially of our family he 
says: "That no family has so prospered as the 
Nottingham Smiths, during the past two cen- 
turies, cannot be controverted. That this 
phenomenon must be referred to a higher 
power, every man who respects religion will 
affirm. Force of character, practical talent, 
plus the favour of God have combined to 
make the Smiths; and so long as they retain 
their ancestral virtues, it may be safely 
prophesied that they will not be unmade. 

Cropwell Boteler, or Cropwell, as at times 
designated, is a hamlet in the parish of Titheby, 
and nine miles east of Nottingham. It was 

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here first our family lived, and here Thomas 
Smith Sr. was born. He later located at 
Nottingham, became known in history as 
Thomas Smith of Nottingham and Gaddesby, 
and to his male descendants was granted the 
Coat of Arms as shown in paragraph 900. 

The Subsidy Rolls of 1523, 1524. and 1525, 
at Cropwell show one Jeffrey Smith as being 
taxed for goods. In 1525 the name of Godfrey 
Smith also appears. His will was proved at 
York in 1543, the executors being his wife, 
Alice, and his son, William Smith. There are 
numerous other references to the Smith family 
in the parish of Titheby and Plumtree, dating 
from 1561. They were substantial yeomen, a 
race that has produced innumerable numbers 
of the highest type of English and American 

John Smith Sr., our first known ancester of 
the Smith line, died in 1602 and his will is 
recorded at Titheby. He lived at Cropwell. 
We only know the name of one child, John 
Smith Jr., who was baptised October 2, 1593. 
He was a yeoman, a tiller of the soil, and was 
nine years old when his father died. He per- 
haps tilled the lands of Sir Thomas Hutchinson, 
and in 1622, for 185 pounds, purchased of him 
62 acres of land. In 1630 he married Elizabeth 
Garton, daughter of Thomas Garton, and 
settled on her this land he purchased in 1622. 
She died of childbirth in 1633 and was buried 
at Titheby. He later married Francis Wil- 
cocke of Cropwell. His will is dated Dec. 30, 
1641, and was proved January 1642. Her will 
is dated May 12, 1643, and was proved 
July 21, 1643. 

There were born to him several children 
but we only know the names of two: 

(A) Thomas Smith Sr., (901); born 1631. 
by his first wife, Elizabeth Garton. (Burke 
gives him as son of second wife, but he is in 

(B) Mamie Smith; we do not know whether 
she was by first or second wife. She married 
Daniel Wilcocke, son of William Wilcocke, 
who was a brother of Frances, the second wife. 

501 (See 901) 
-500-A-Thomas Smith Sr., born at Cropwell, 
1631, (see 901) left an orphan at the age of 
eleven, then lived with his mother's people, 
the Gartons, and is thought to have gone to 
Nottingham, there attended school and lived 
with Mr. Robert Burrows. He became a 
mercer, and by 1688 was a private banker, the 
only kind of bankers then in England. He 
died July 14, 1699, and was buried in the south 
transept of St. Mary's Church, Nottingham. 
He left a large fortune, for his generation. 
He first married Mary Hooper, the daughter 

of John Hooper. After her death, he married, 
on Feb. 27, 1681, Fortune Collin, daughter of 
Laurence Collin. She died March 1716. 
Laurence Collin was a "Roundhead", which 
was a name applied in derision to the members 
of the Sir Oliver Cromwell faction, or Par- 
liamentary party in England, at the outbreak 
of the Civil War in 1642, because they insisted 
on having their hair cut close to their heads. 
Their opponents, the Cavaliers, or Royalists, 
followers of Charles 1. wore long flowing curls. 
The "Roundheads" later developed into the 
party known as the Whigs and Liberals, as 
opposed to the Tories, Cavaliers and Conserva- 
tives, and were the Puritans as opposed to 
Roman Catholics. Laurence Collin was the 
Master Gunner of the Cromwellians or Par- 
liamentarians, and held the Nottingham Castle 
against the forces of King Charles I. He was 
a wool buyer and jersey comber by occupation. 
In 1654, the Officials of Nottingham undertook 
to prevent him from following his occupation 
there. He personally appealed to Sir. Oliver 
Cromwell who then was called the Lord Pro- 
tector, but in reality was the Dictator of Eng- 
land with all its Kingly powers. A letter was 
sent to Captain Poulton, as follows: "Sir: 
His Highness the Lord Protector (Oliver 
Cromwell) having heard the petition of Laur- 
ence Collin, which is here enclosed, is pleased 
to recommend it unto you to speak to the 
Mayor and other Magistrates of Nottingham, 
to know the reason why they will not suffer 
the petitioner to set up his trade in the town. 
And if there be no other cause of exception but 
that he is not a freeman, in regard he has 
faithfully served the Commonwealth his High- 
ness does think it fit that he should continue 
in the town and be admitted to follow his 
calling for the maintenance of himself and 
family, which of all I am commanded to com- 
municate to you from his Highness by the 
hands of, 

"Your very humble and faithful Servant, 

"Lisle Long 
"Whitehall, this 17th July" 

In consequence of this letter, the Corpora- 
tion held a meeting Aug. 9, 1654 and resolved 
that: "Laurence Collin to have free liberty to 
use his trade of a wool-buyer and jersey comber 
in the town of Nottingham". He had no 
further difficulty, and died August 9, I 704. on 
the fiftieth anniversary of the above order, 
aged ninety-one years. 

This civil war in England, from 1642 to 
1 648, when King Charles I was beheaded by 
order of Parliament and Sir Oliver Cromwell, 
was none more or less than a religious war. 

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As Laurence Collin was the ancestor of all of 
the American branch of the Smith family, the 
reading of the life of Sir Oliver Cromwell 
might be of some interest to his posterity. 
Laurence Collin accumulated some property 
and with his son-in-law, Thomas Smith Sr., 
purchased 1400 acres of land known as "The 
lordship of Gaddesby". His son Abel Collin 
was a mercer and also banker in Nottingham, 
and his will is dated Feb. 4, 1 704. He left the 
residue of his personal property for the build- 
ing of some houses which are known as the 
Collin's Hospital. A commodious structure 
it is and stands in Moothal Gate, Nottingham. 
The inscription in the north entrance is as 
follows: "This Hospital, by the appointment 
of Abel Collin, late of Nottingham, Mercer, 
deceased, who in his life was of extensive char- 
ity to the Poor of all Societies, and at his death 
by his last will and testament left a competent 
estate for erecting and endowing the same, 
was, by his nephew and executor, Thomas 
Smith, (This was Thomas Smith Jr.) begun 
and finished in the year 1709". There was 
born to Thomas Smith Sr. by Mary Hooper, 
his first wife: 

(A) Mary Smith, born 1663, died 1720. 
married John Eggleton. 

(B) Fortune Smith, born 1669, died 1691, 

By his second wife, Fortune Collin, he had 

(C) Thomas Smith Jr., born 1682, died 1 727, 
married Mary Manley. 

D) John Smith No. 3, died when young and 
was buried at St. Mary Church, Nottingham. 

(E) Samuel Smith Sr., who married Eliza- 
beth Cartlitch and died 1 75 1-501 B- 

(F) Abel Smith, married Jane Beaumont 
and died 1757. 

(G) Jane Smith. 
(H) Anne Smith. 


-501 -A- Thomas Smith Jr. was left by his 
father, the 1400 acres estate at Gaddesby, and 
the Bank. He added to his fortune and in 
1717-18 was High Sheriff of Nottingham 
County, and when he died his deposits in the 
Bank were over 44,000 pounds or $200,000.00 
and his assets above liabilities over 5,000 
pounds or over $25,000.00, besides considerable 
landed estate. He left five daughters. His 
rents on his lands were bringing him then 
900 pounds a year. His daughter, Mary, 
married Thomas Tennison, D. D. ; Elizabeth 
married Giles Eyre, Esquire; Catherine mar- 
ried William Ring, Esquire; Annie married 
Henry Walters, Esquire; Harriet died single. 

501 B 

-500-E- Samuel Smith Sr., third son of 
Thomas Smith Sr., born about 1684, was left 
by his father the lands at Keyworth. We do 
not know whether or not this estate was lo- 
cated in Hertforshire, but are of the opinion 
that it was or that his wife's people lived in 
Hereford County, as there is a tradition that 
his son, John Smith, the Emigrant to America, 
was born in Hertford County. He sold his 
lands and moved to London and was there a 
merchant (Goldsmith). He was afterwards 
known as Samuel Smith, of Gaddesby, Leices- 
ter County He probably came into possession 
of this estate after the death of his brother, 
Thomas Smith Jr., with whom he had business 
dealings and to whom he was indebted in the 
sum of 4,000 pounds at his death in 1 727. He 
first started to loaning money in London in 
partnership with his brother, Thomas Smith 
Jr., who ran the Nottingham end of it. After 
the death of Thomas Smith Jr. in 1727, this 
end in London was taken over by the younger 
brother, Abel Smith Sr. , and from this came 
Smith and Payne, and then Smith, Payne, 
and Smith, now one of the large Banks of 
London. Samuel Smith Sr. died intestate in 
London in 1751, and when his estate was 
wound up, it was found then to be practically 
all personal property, and when divided among 
his six surviving children, each received as 
much as 40,000 pounds, so says Harry Tucker 
Easton in his book, "The History of A Banking 
House (Smith, Payne, and Smiths). We sus- 
pect that an error was made and it should 
have been 4,000 pounds, as six times that or 
24,000 pounds or $120,000.00, was a large 
fortune in that day. Gen. Smith, who knows 
more than we of English traditions, thinks 
40,000 pounds is correct. Samuel Smith Sr. 
married Elizabeth Cartlitch, the daughter of 
John Cartlitch. 

Of the children born to Samuel Smith Sr. 
and Elizabeth Cartlitch we only know of the 

(A) John Smith No. 4, born 1716, died 1717. 

(B) Anne Smith, born 1718. 

(C) John Smith No. 5, born 1719, who per- 
haps ran away from home, came to America 
about 1735, and to whom we shall hereafter 
refer as John Smith, No. 1 , the Emigrant to 
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(D) Thomas Smith No. 3, of Nottingham 
and Keyworth, born 1720, died 1765, married 
Dorothy Lister. 

(E) Samuel Smith Jr., born 1722, died 1789, 
married Elizabeth Watson. 

There were evidently more children, as six 
shared in the division of the estate in 1 751 ; one 

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of the above five had died in infancy. We have 
some doubt as to whether or not John Smith 
No. 5, the Emigrant to America, had kept in 
correspondence with his parents, and we sus- 
pect that the estate was settled up without his 
ever sharing in it. The only reason for this pre- 
sumption is that English historians do not 
seem to know anything of him after his birth 
in 1719. We shall give more of the history of 
these, our ancestors and their descendants, in 
our historical part of the book. (901) To those 
who wish more data, you can find considerable 
in Burke's Landed Gentry under the titles as 
follows: "Smith of Woodhall Park, Smith of 
Goldings, Smith of Bramcote, Smith of Duf- 
field, Smith of Wilford House, Smith of Shottes- 
broke Park, Smith of Midhurst, Smith of 
Mount Clare and Dorrien-Smith of Tresco 
Abbey." Also in Burke's 1921 Edition of 
Peerage and Baronetage, page 1378 "The 
Marquis of Linconshire," Sir Charles Carring- 
ton, whose ancestor Robert Smith took the 
name of Carrington on being elevated to peer- 
age; page 2297, Sir Maurice Bromley-Wilson, 
whose ancestor took the name of Bromley 
upon being elevated to peerage and subse- 
quently it was changed to Bromley- Wilson ; 
also page 2049, Earl Stanhope, whose ancestor 
the 4th Lord Stanhope married Catherine 
Smith. These books can be found in nearly all 
of the larger libraries in large cities. Burke's 
Tables do not profess to be complete, or more 
than a skeleton sufficient to connect the now 
living with the early ancestors and give their 
branches. It is inaccurate in that it gives 
Thomas Smith Sr. as the son of John Smith 
and Frances Wilcocke, when in fact he was the 
son of John Smith by Elizabeth Garton, the 
first wife. He only mentions three children of 
Samuel Smith Sr. when in fact he had a.s many 
as seven. A more complete and correct 
Genealogical Table can be found in "The 
Smith Family" by Compton Reade, with some 
other information. "History of A Banking 
House (Smith, Payne, and Smiths)" by Harry 
Tucker Easton, published in 1903, also gives 
us some interesting information. We were able 
to procure the last two books from Frank 
Woore, Antiquarian Bookseller, 9 Wheeler 
Gate, Nottingham, England. The data in 
these books was taken largely from a book 
entitled "Stemmata Smithiana Ferraria", 
compiled by John Augustus Smith in 1865. 
These words translated mean : "A True, Faithful 
History of the Smith Family," He was a great 
grandson of Samuel Smith Sr. and Elizabeth 
Cartlitch. We will refer to him in the historical 
part of the book. (901) 

502 (See 902) 
-501B-C-John Smith No. 5. son of Samuel 

Smith Sr., and Elizabeth Cartlitch, born 1719, 
about 1735 emigrated to Virginia and shortly 
afterwards plunged into the forests where few 
white men and many Indians lived, and settled 
in what was then Bertie County, N. C, but 
territory which later became Johnson County, 
and in 1770 became Wake County, N. C, and 
there lived the life of a farmer. He perhaps 
married about 1739, as his son, John Smith, 
whom we shall hereafter speak of as John Smith 
No. 2, was born in I 740. We regret tha in the 
spring of 1921 when in North Carolina, our 
time was so limited that we could make little 
research as to this ancestor and learn if he had 
more children, and just where he had lived. 
We know he was a grandson of Thomas Smith 
Sr. and his wife Fortune Collin, and that he 
used the same Coat of Arms as is described in 
paragraph 900, and which was granted to all 
the "male issue alike of Thomas Smith Sr., 
deceased, of Nottingham and Gaddesby" 
when granted to Thomas Smith Jr. in 1717, as 
representative of his father's family. John 
Smith No. 2 born in 1740, married Mary 

503 (See 902) 

-502-John Smith No. 2, born in territory now 
known as Wake County, N. C, in 1740, at an 
early date emigrated to Anson County, N. C, 
and located near Lilesville, N. C. on Smith's 
Creek, it taking its name from him. He mar- 
ried Mary Flake, the daughter of Samuel Flake 
by his first wife. See Flake Table-301-A- 

(A) Thomas Smith, born 1 768, died after 1 820, 
married Jane Goff.-504- 

(B) John Smith No. 3, born 1770, married 
Mary Bellew. (also spelled Bellyew)-600- 

(C) Eli Smith No. 1 , married Sarah (Sallie) 

(D) Samuel Smith, married Margaret (Peggy 

(E) James Smith, married Mary Gathings.- 

(F) Jessie Smith, married Mary Seago.-700- 

(G) Sarah Smith, married George Lindsay. - 

(H) Mary Smith, born, lived and died in 
Anson County, N. C, single. 

504 (See 912) 
-503-A-Thomas Smith was born near Liles- 
ville, N. C, lived and died there. Jane Goff 
lived and died there. We know nothing of her 
ancestry. Children were: 

(A) John Auld Smith, born 1794, died 1847, 
married Leusey Williams, born Aug. 23, 1803, 
died 1 852.-505- 

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(B) Naomi Smith, married James Capel.-540- 

(C) A third child, died small. This was a girl. 

505 (See 912) 

-504-A-John Auld Smith and Leusey Wil- 
liams, his wife, born near Lilesville, N. C, in 
the spring of 1838, moved to and located about 
seven miles northwest of Lexington, Tenn., and 
there died. Children: 

(A) William Thomas Smith, married Susan 
Williams and after her death married Arstalia 

(B) Elizabeth Smith, married Burrell Stew- 
art, died one year later, leaving no issue. 

(C) Susan Smith, married William Rhodes. 

(D) John Devergie Smith, married Veturia 

(E) Martha Jane Smith, married Park 

(F) Nancy Ellen Smith, married James 

(G) Eli Tyre Smith, married Elizabeth 

(H) Elijah Flake Smith, married Lydia Argo, 
and after her death married Mary McGrow. 

(I) Omy Smith, died single. 

(J) Jeminah Smith, died when about 14 
years old and was buried in Henderson County, 

50S (See 912, 913) 

-505-D-Dr. John Devergie Smith, born 
March 18, 1829, at Lilesville, N. C, moved to 
Henderson County, Tenn., 1838, to Sugar 
Tree, Benton County, Tenn., 1849, there 
married Veturia White, born January 4, 1833, 
(See James. White Table-50-). In 1854 they 
moved to Friendship, Tenn., to Dyersburg, 
Tenn., in 1882, to Paducah, Ky., in 1887, lived 
at 902 Jefferson Street until death; she, dying 
June 8, 1906, and he, Dec. 29, 1906. Both are 
buried at Oak Grove cemetery, Paducah, Ky. 

(A) Dr. Millard McFarland Smith, born 
Sept. 15, 1851, died Oct. 4, 1908. Married 
Alabama Hinkle-507- 

(B) Chelius Cortes Smith, born Feb. 21, 
1855, died July 3, 1855. 

(C) James Robley Smith, born April 8, 1856, 
died July 12, 1856. 

(D) Dr. Richard Filmore Smith, married 
( Alice Hettie Lang Buckly of Miflin, Henderson 

County, Tenn.-515- 

(E) Prof. John Devergie Smith Jr., married 
Lina Warren and after her death, married 
Laura Lee Allard.-519- 

(F) Benjamin Franklin Smith, married 
Izora Bond.-520- 

(G) Dr. Julius Alexander Smith, married 
Nettie (Warden) Wilson of Paducah, Ky.-521- 

(H) William Thomas Smith, who has never 
married. -522- 

(I) Lucy Elizabeth (Bettie) Smith, married 
Kern Hughes. -523- 

(J) Josiah Weightman (Weightman) Smith, 
married May Hawkins. -524- 

(K) Walter Scott Smith, born Feb. 20, 1875, 
died 1877., buried at Mt. Zion, Friendship, 

507 (See915, 916, 917) 
-506-A- Dr. Millard McFarland Smith, 
born Sept. 15, 1851 at Sugar Tree, Tenn., died 
October 4, 1908, married Alabama (Allie) 
Hinkle, born Jan. 20. 1851, at Dyersburg, 
Tenn., died Feb. 4, 1903. Both are buried at 
Whiteville, Tenn. Children: 

(A) George D. Lothair Smith, married 
Anne Lindsay Kale.-508- 

(B) Valeix Smith, born Oct. 12, 1875, died 
Aug. 15, 1885. 

(C) Almonta A Smith, married Augusta 
May (Gussie) Stairwalt of Marked Tree, 

(D) Esther Veturia Smith, married Albert 
D. Dickerson.-510- 

(E) Auber Smith, married Virgie Kinney. 

(F) Lebert Smith, married Edna Chambers. 

(G) Co lice Smith, married Frederick 

(H) Millard McFarland Smith Jr., married 
Elizabeth (Betsy) Turner.-5I4- 

508 (See 917) 
-507-A-George D. Lothair (Lothair) Smith, 

born at Cedar Chapel, Tenn., August 19, 1873, 
married Anne Lindsay Kale, daughter of John 
Sanders Lindsay and his wife, Margaret (Rice) 
Lindsay. She was born July 26, 1877, and lived 
at Louisville, Ky. Home address: First and 
Warburton Streets, Bayside, Long Island, N. 
Y., business address: Equitable Building, 
New York, N. Y. Mrs. Smith has a daughter, 
Mary Margaret Kale, born June 24, 1901, by 
her lormer husband. 

509 (See 917) 
-507-C-Almonta A. Smith, born Dec. 8, 

1877, at Cedar Chapel, Tenn., married Augusta 
May (Gussie) Stairwalt, born July 1 1 , 1883, at 
Timothy, 111., daughter of Nancy Emmaline 
Wright Stairwalt and Joseph Stairwalt, Marked 
Tree, Arkansas. Manager of Chapman-Dewey 
Lumber Company. Children: 

(A) Alta Ardene Smith, born July 1, 1902. 

(B) Alice Ethelyne Smith, born July 2 1 , 1 904 

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510 (See 917) 
-307-D-Esther Veturia Smith, born June 
13, 1880, Cedar Chapel, Tenn., married 
Albert D. Dickerson, Dec. 28, 1906. He was 
born at Lynchburg, Va., manager of A. D 
DickersonTobacco Co., Paducah Ky. Children: 
Ann° Alice Dickerson, born Sept. 24, 1908, 
died the same day. 

511 (See 917) 

-507-F-Auber Smith, born March 15, 1882, 
Cedar Chapel, Tenn., married Virgie Kinney of 
Bolivar, Tenn. Insurance and with A. B. Smith 
Lumber Company, Jefferson Street, Paducah, 
Ky. Children: 

(A) Eleanor Smith, October 12, 1907. 

(B) David Smith, Nov. 15, 1910. 

512 (See 917) 
-507-G-Lebert Smith, born March 7, 1884, 
Cedar Chapel, Tenn., married Alice Edna 
Chambers, born April 23, 1885, Boonville, 
Miss., daughter of Joseph Daniel Chambers 
and Josephine Kramer Chambers, his wife. 
Travels for Shopleigh Hardware Co. of St. 
Louis, Mo. They reside at Boonville, Miss. 

(A) Rubert Taylor Chambers Smith, born 
March 30, 1909. 

(B) Hummel E. Smith, born December 16, 

513 (See 917) 

-507-H-Collice Smith, born May 15. 1887, 
Cedar Chapel, Tenn., married Frederick Mc- 
Conkey, son of George S. and Mary Jane 
McConkey, merchant tailor, 30 Victoria 
street, Toronto, Canada. Children: twin 
girls, Collice Eilene and Esther Jane McConkey, 
born February, 1915. Residence, 34 Glenrose 
Avenue, Toronto, Canada. 

514 (See 917) 

-507-I-Lieutenant Millard McFarland Smith, 
born Cedar Chapel, Tenn., June 30, 1892, 
World War Veteran, Land Department, Chi- 
cago Lumber and Mills Company, 1518 
Bank of Commerce Building, Memphis, Tenn., 
married Elizabeth (Betsy) Turner of Ashburn 
Tenn, on April 28, 1921. 

515 (See 918) 

Dr. Richard Filmore Smith, born Oct. 4, 
1856, Friendship, Tenn., died January 19, 
1896, buried Deport, Texas, married Alice 
Buckly, daughter of John Harris Buckly and 

Mary Coleman Terry Buckly, died March 19, 
1922, buried at San Antonio, Texas. Chil- 

(A) Alice Irene Smith, born Friendship, 
Tenn., August 3, 1879, married Alvin Priestly 
Bradford, traveling salesman, 320 Baltimore 
Ave., San Antonio, Texas. Children: Alvin 
Priestly Bradford Jr., born July 1, 1906; 
William Richard Bradford, born July 17, 
1908; James Edwin Bradford, Dec. 4, 1912. 

(B) Mary Gertrude Smith, born Oct. 20, 
1882, Friendship, Tenn., single, nurse, Delhi, 

(C) Richard Buckly Smith, born July 16, 
1885, married Leta Ford, born Graves County, 
Ky., April 17, 1887, daughter of Tolbert 
Emerson Ford and Julia Sturman Ford. City 
salesman for T. E. Ford Wholesale Grocery, 
Paducah, Ky. Children: Richard Tolbert 
Smith, born May 24, 1905; Daisy Maurine 
Smith, born July 2, 1910, Leta June Smith, 
born June 18, 1917. 

(D) Dr. Smith and wife had five children 
who died in infancy and John Orion Smith, 
born Oct. 19, 1882, died at Trinity, Texas, 
1912, single. 

519 (See 920) 

-506-E-Prof. John Devergie Smith, Jr., 
born at Friendship, Tenn., Feb. 4, 1858, mar- 
ried Lina Warren, daughter of Newton C. 
Warren and Susan G. Mitchel Warren, his 
wife, grand-daughter of Major Thos. Mitchel, 
who held the rank of Major in the war of 1812. 
Lina Warren was born, lived and died near 
Friendship, Tenn. One child Lina Smith, 
born Jan. 6, 1884, died Oct. 21, 1884. Lina 
died a few days after birth of child. 

Prof. Smith in 1889 moved to Paducah, Ky., 
and there married Laura Lee Allard (see 
sketch for her ancestors (920). They reside 
at 408 North Third Street. He is a book- 

520 (See 921) 


Benjamin Franklin Smith, born July 12, 
1861, at Friendship, Tenn., died October 5, 
1919, at Birmingham, Alabama, and was 
buried there. He had been for years locomo- 
tive engineer of the Frisco Railroad. He 
married Izora Bond of Bells Depot, Tenn., in 
1881, moved to Bells Depot in 1882. later to 
Paducah, Kentucky, and about 1898, moved 
to Birmingham, Alabama. In the fall of 
1921 his wife wrote us that she was moving 
to Canada at that time. Children are: 

(A) Lavelle Smith, born in Paducah, Ky., 
about 1885, lives at 430 North Street, Bir- 

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mingham, Alabama. She married Mr. Fitz- 
patrick, a very high-toned gentleman. He is 
connected with the fire department of Bir- 
mingham. They have a son and daughter. 

(B) Orea Mea Smith, Larimie, Wyoming, 
married William R. Fisher. His people lived 
at Louisville, Ky. We have never met him. 
His father-in-law, our brother, spoke very 
highly of him to us. He owns and operates 
the railroad restaurant at Larimie, Wyo- 
ming. They have one son: Wade Franklin 
Fisher, born Dec. 26, 1 904. He will be gradu- 
ated from College at Denver, Colorado, in 
June and will then take Civil Engineering in 
University of Wyoming. Orea Mea is very 
devoted to her father and in her lette s always 
makes mention of him. 

(C) Allie L. Smith was born in Paducah, 
Ky. She married Mr. Peacock who then was 
a railroad conductor in Birmingham. There 
was one child, Mildred Peacock, born about 
1915. She is a widow and for some years has 
been bookkeeper for Armour and Co., Bir- 
mingham, Ala., and lived with her mother 
at 104 North Pearl St., Birmingham, Ala. 
She probably went with her mother to Canada 
if she moved. 

(D) Benjamin Franklin Smith Jr. born in 
Paducah, Ky., went to Canada a few years 
ago. He is married and is said to be in the 
Secret Service Department. 

(E) Gilbert Dobbs Smith, lived at 104 
North Pearl Street, Birmingham, but is prob- 
ably with the mother. 

(F) Boyd Smith, lived at 104 North Pearl 
Street, Birmingham, Ala., but is probably 
with the mother. Benjamin Franklin Smith, 
Sr., at the time of his death was making his 
home with his daughter, Mrs. Lavelle (Smith) 
Fitzpatrick, at 430 North Street, Birming- 
ham, Alabama. 

521 (See 922) 



Dr. Julius Alexander Smith, born Friend- 
ship, Tenn., January 19, 1866. Physician 
and Surgeon, 1230 N. King St., Greenville, 
Texas. Married Nettie Warden Wilson of 
Paducah, Ky., daughter of Henry Clay 
Warden and the widow of Dr. Wilson, deceased. 
Her grandfather, Charles Claiborn Collier, 
born in Richmond, Va., about 1825, married 
Nancy Bennie Stokes of Pittsburg, Pa., the 
daughter of a wealthy furniture manufac- 
turer. To this union there were six daughters, 
the second one was named Virginia Collier, 
born May 15, 1848, who married Henry Clay 
Warden of Paducah, Ky., born Feb. 28, 1844. 
He was the son of Lewis Warden and Ruth 

Peters, his wife. Charles Claiborn Collier 
came to Paducah, Ky., early in its history, 
was a merchant and operated a mill. He was 
one of the organizers of the First National 
Bank at Paducah, Ky., a man of temperate 
habits, firm in his conviction of right and 
wrong, and ever ready to do the right. See 
Historical No. 922 Children : 

(A) Vina Smith, born Nov. 7, 1891, died in 
infancy, buried at Deport, Texas. 

(B) Julius Alexander Smith, Jr., born July 7, 

1893, died Dec. 25, 1895, buried at Colorado 
Springs, Colorado. 

(C) Ruby Ruth Smith, born January 1 1 , 

1894, resides at 727 Paseo Boulevard, Kansas 
City, Mo., married Frank J. Dickinson, cleri- 
cal, grandson of Judge Charles Nowland of 
St. Joseph, Mo. He was born 1891 and was 
with the Ammunition Department of the 
Rainbow Division in France for two years. 
They were married in fall of 1 92 1 . 

(D) William Jennings Bryan Smith was 
born Dec. 6, 1896, Tyler, Texas. He is a 
traveling salesman (Swift and Co.). He mar- 
ried Leslie Earl. One daughter, Helen Earl 
Smith, born Sept. 9, 1921. Bryan Smith 
enlisted in the World War. (See sketch 
No. 922.) 

(E) John Devergie Clifford (Clifford) Smith, 
born July 5, 1896, World War veteran, (see 
922) and is now working his way through 

(F) Cecil Clay Smith, (see 922) born Janu- 
ary 17, 1900, World War veteran, after leav- 
ing the public schools of Greenville for one 
year attended Wesley College. In the winter 
of 1921 he married Gussie Othell Cox. She 
was born May 23, 1882, in Milner County, 
Texas. She graduated from Wesley College, 
Greenville, Texas, and taught school one year 
at Ranger, Texas. Her father, John W. A. 
Cox, was born April 5, 1880, at Athens, Tenn. 
We think he runs a Business College at Granger, 
Texas. His wife, Fannie Spence, was born 
May 23, 1882. She is a descendant of 
Daniel Boone. Othel is the oldest child 
of four girls and one boy. 

(G) Esther May Smith, born January 30, 
1901, died Feb. I. 1901. 

(H) Dwight Moody Smith, born May 1 1 , 

(1) Virginia Veturia Smith, born about 1904. 

(J) Lucy Elizabeth Smith, born June 1 1 , 

522 (See 923) 

-506-H-William Thomas Smith, born Friend- 
ship, Tenn., Dec. 26, 1868, Compiler of this 
book, traveling adjuster. International Har- 
vester Company of America, personal mail. 
Imperial Hotel, Evansville, Indiana. 

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523 (See 924) 

-506-I-Lucy Elizabeth (Bettie) Smith, born 
July 24. 1870, Friendship, Tenn. Married 
Kern Hughes, from whom she separated. Resi- 
dence, 102 North Gramercy Street, Los Angeles 
California. Bookkeeper. 

524 (See 923) 
-506-J-Weightman Smith, born Friendship, 

Tenn., May 7, 1873. Married May Hawkins, 
born Nov. 15, 1877, daughter of Hiram and 
Lucy Hawkins, Paducah, Ky. Residence, 
959 Indian Rock Road, Berkley, California, 
sales manager, California Canning Company. 
They have one son, Weightman Smith, Jr., 
born May 12, 1912. 

525 (See 926) 


William Thomas Smith, born July 8, 1 820, 
Lilesville, N. C, with parents moved seven 
miles northwest of Lexington, Tenn., reach- 
ing there April 27, 1838. He died on adjoin- 
ing farm, March 16, 1897, engaged in farming 
all of his life. Susan Williams, his first wife, 
was born in N. C, daughter of John R. Wil- 
liams, who went to Henderson County, Tenn., 
from N. C. After her death he married Arsta- 
Ha Hoy, daughter of William and Millie Hoy, 
who came from near Lexington, Ky. All 
buried at Ridge Grove, Henderson County, 
Tenn. Children by Susan Williams: 

(A) Geneva Smith, died in infancy. 

(B) Ellen Smith, born 1846, married Lemuel 
Douglass. Both dead. Born to them: Nancy 
Douglass, about 1885, married John Hemp- 
hill, farmer, Lexington, Tenn.; twins, Dora 
Douglass who died in infancy, and Maggie 
Douglass, Lexington, Tenn. 

Children by Arstalia Hoy: 

(C) Susan Arthusia Smith, born January 3 1 , 
1845, married Benjamin Anderson, moved to 
Comancie, Comancie County, Texas. She 
died about 1895. Children: William Henry 
Anderson, born April 15, 1870, dead; Mary 
Arstalia Anderson, born Oct. 20, 1873, died in 
infancy; Joan Anderson, born March 20, 1877, 
went to Texas; Lecna Anderson, born Feb. 5, 
1880, went to Texas; James Hester Anderson, 
born March 16, 1883, went to Texas; Luther 
Anderson, born June 20, 1886, died about 
1910. No issue. 

(D) William Thomas Smith, Jr., born Dec. 
20, 1 85 1 , married twice. No issue. Last wife, 
Florence Bollen Smith, Camden, Tenn. 

(E) John Tyre Smith, born July 1, 1848, 
lived and died in Henderson County, Tenn., 
died 1916; farmer, married Nancy Beal, born 

Feb. 23, 1855, Lexington, Tenn. Children: 
Charles Thomas Smith, born Oct. 8, 1877, 
R.R. 5, Lexington, Tenn., married Dolly Dew. 
Issue: Birdie Smith, Oct. 1905, and Thomas 
Smith, March, 1911. Montie Lee Smith, 
second child of John Tyre Smith, born Feb. 7, 
1886, died Sept. 8, 1888. 

(F) James Samuel Smith, born March 13, 
1858, farmer, R.R. 5, Lexington, Tenn., 
married Francis Adams, granddaughter of 
Levi Adams, one of the earliest settlers of that 
county. Children: E. G. W. Smith, born 
Sept. 11, 191 1, died Nov. 6, 191 1 ; Van Christo- 
pher Smith, Feb. 12, 1913; and Bonney Eliza- 
beth Smith, born Dec. 5, 1913. 

525 B 

Born to Ellen Smith and Lemuel B. Douglass 
(in addition to the above Nancy Douglass) 
three children: Mattie Douglass, born about 
1870, married Pat Wilson, R.R. 5, Lexington, 
Tenn., farmer. She is dead. One son, Samuel 
Wilson, born about 1900, R.R. 5, Lexington, 
Tenn., William Douglass, dead, married Mary 
Fuller, born about 1881, Juno, Tenn. Three 
children: the oldest is a school teacher. Emma 
Douglass, born about 1861, married first Dis 
McClerkin, dead. Issue: Samuel McClerkin, 
born about 1886, farmer, Juno, Tenn. Second 
husband, William Johnson. One child and hus- 
band died. Third husband, Benjamin King, 
dead. She lives with son, Samuel McClerkin. 



Nancy Ellen Smith, born Lilesville, N. C, 
January 5, 1833. With parents, moved to 
Henderson County, Tenn., April, 1838, died 
1884. Married James Roberston Fessmire, 
born 1830, died, July 18, 1912, both buried at 
Antioch graveyard, Henderson County, Tenn. 
Lived at Huron, farmer. Children: 

(A) Milton Hartwell Fessmire, married 
Elizabeth Threadgill.-527- 

(B) Lucy Ellen Fessmire, married Wyatt 
Taylor Threadgill.-528- 

(C) Mary Caroline Fessmire, married 
William George Wallace-529- 


-526-A-Milton Hartwell Fessmire, born 
March 19, 1853, farmer, Huron, Tenn. On 
Dec. 5, 1875, married Elizabeth Threadgill, 
born 1852, died 1905. Children: 

(A) Lonie Burton Fessmire, died at age of 

(B) Jospeh Waller Fessmire, killed in a 
railroad accident in Texas in 1911, while on 

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duty as conductor, leaving a wife but no 

(C) William Duncan Fessmire, born about 
1890, railroad fireman, Jackson, Tenn., married 
Delia Usery. Three children: 

(D) Claud Fessmire, Jackson, Tenn., married 
Alice Oconlery. Two children; Luray, 1916; 
Milton, 1918. 

(E) Jacen Allen Fessmire, married Girty 
Odell, Jackson, Tenn. 

-326-B-Lucy Ellen Fessmire, born, lived 
and died in Henderson County, Tenn. Born 
April 1, 1857, died Nov. 28, 1916, married 
Dec. 30, 1875, to Wyatt Taylor Threadgill, 
Lexington, Tenn. Lumber. Children: 

(A) Newton Swift Threadgill, married Callie 

(B) James Washington Threadgill, married 
Ella Mullins-B- 

(C) Holland Threadgill, married Lala Brown 


-A-A-Newton Swift Threadgill, railroad, 
Lexington, Tenn., born January 30, 1878, 
married Callie Kennady. Children: 

Clara Evangeline Threadgill, born May 31, 
1899, married Roy Holmes, Pressing Club, 
Lexington, Tenn.; Stella Blanch Threadgill, 
born March 23, 1901, clerical in Post Office; 
Mary Lou Ellen Threadgill, born March 2, 
1 903 ; Wyatt Taylor Threadgill born April 24, 
1905; and Catherine Threadgill, born January 
10, 1908. 


-B-B-James Washington Threadgill, born 
Dec. 24, 1879, lumber and building material, 
Lexington, Tenn., married Ella Mullins. Five 
children: Mary Ellen Threadgill, 1906; Coba 
Lou Threadgill, born 1908; Paul Reed Thread- 
gill, born 1912; James Elton Threadgill, born 
1914; and John Wyatt Threadgill, born Jan- 
uary 30, 1917. 


-C-C-Holland Threadgill, lumber & build- 
ing material, Lexington Tenn., born August 
26, 1 882, married Lala Brown of Jackson, Tenn. 
Children: Ruth Elizabeth Threadgill, born 
about 1910; Evaline Angeline Threadgill, born 
about 1914. 


-526-C-Mary Caroline Fessmire, now an 
invalid since 1904, born Dec. 2, 1861, married 
in 1880, William George Wallace, Life, Tenn., 
farmer. Children: 

(A) Sudie Lee Wallace, born 1881, married 
Manly W. Ross, farmer. Life, Tenn. Three 
children: one dead; Joe Wallace Ross, dead; 

Rubie Ross, born about 1898, married Edward 
Smith, farmer, Vilda, Tenn. 

(B) Daisy Belle Wallace, born 1883, married 
Leondas Gilliam, farmer. Life, Tenn. Children: 
Eunice Gilliam, born about 1904; Louise 
Gilliam, born about 1906; Lee Gilliam, born 
about 1908; and Lula May Gilliam, born about 

(C) Wm. George Wallace, born about 1885, 
married Lizzie Morgan, Pinson, Tenn., farmer. 

530 (See 927) 
Eli Tyre Smith, born, Anson County, N. C, 
April 13, 1831, died August 13, 1885, buried. 
Friendship, Tenn., farmer, married on Nov. 
25, 1857, Francis Elizabeth York, born in 
Dyer County, Tenn., Nov. 27, 1840, daughter 
of John H. York. John H. York, the father, 
was born in Edgecombe County, N. C, Sept. 
16, 1816; was one of two children of John York 
and his wife Mary (Walker) York. W. E. York, 
brother of John H. York, settled at Athen, 
Georgia. John York Sr. was born in Nash 
County, N. C. about 1773, and was first 
married to Mary Walker, who was born in 
Edgecombe County, N. C. The mother of 
Francis Elizabeth York was, before her 
marriage, Sara A. Feilder, born in Caswell 
County, N. C, 1818. Francis Elizabeth York 
Smith resides at Friendship, Tenn. Children: 

(A) Sarah Ellen Smith, born Aug. 5, 1858, 
died June 8, 1860. 

(B) Mary Etter Smith, born Nov. 28, 1859, 
married James Harvey Bessent.-532- 

(C) Lucy Ann Smith, born Feb. 2, 1863, 
died Aug, 22, 1898, married James VanDyke. 


-530-C-Some two or three years after the 
marriage of Lucy Ann Smith and James 
VanDyke there was born a daughter. May. 
Some few years later there was an estrange- 
ment and finally a separation of the parents. 
May went with her mother and sided with 
her mother in the controversy. She refused to 
answer to the name of VanDyke and has ever 
since been called May Smith. She lives with 
her grandmother at Friendship, Tenn. She 
is single. 



Mary Etter Smith was born and has always 
lived in Dyer County, Tenn., near Tygret, her 
present address. On Nov. 30, 1880, she mar- 
ried James Harvey Bessent, born June 9, 

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1858, in Dyer County, farmer, and killed in an 
automobile accident March 20, 1919, at Nash- 
ville, Tenn., while on business as a member of 
the Legislature. He was buried at Mt. Zion 
Friendship, Tenn. Children: 

(A) James Harvey Bessent, born Feb. 28 
1886, died Sept. 1886. 

(B) James F. Bessent, born Jan. 3, 1884 
died Aug. 1, 1884. 

(C) William D. Bessent, born July 18, 1888 
died Sept. 8, 1892. 

(D) Fannie Bessent, born Dec. 11, 1881 
died Sept. 4, 1889. 

(E) Pleasent Eli Bessent, born June 5, 1882 
married Lizzie Harville.-E- 

(F) Seaborn Y. Bessent, born Dec. 11, 1893 
married Willie Green. -F 

(G) Martha Elizabeth Bessent, born Feb. 
28, 1895. 

(H) Flake Smith Bessent, born October 22, 
1898, farmer, at home. 

(I) Mary Lou Bessent, born January 31,1 902 


-E-E-Fleasent Eli Bessent, merchant, Friend- 
ship, Tenn., married Lizzie Harville, daughter 
of Joseph Harville and Kate Young Harville, 
and granddaughter of Rev. Thomas Harville, 
and Rev. Clint Young, both Methodist min- 
isters, both very devout and of the highest 
type of citizens who lived in that community 
in their lifetime. Children: Ewell E. Bessent; 
Lucille Bessent, born Aug. 1, 1912; Thomas 
Eli Bessent, born 1914. 

-F-F-Seaborn Y. Bessent resides at Senneth, 
Mo., married Willie Green of Dyer County, 
Tenn. Children: James T. Bessent, born 
March 30, 1915; George Bessent, born Sept. I, 
1916, died at birth; Martha EHzabeth Bessent, 
born Sept. 20, 1917. 

They were perhaps born between 1 830 and 
1840, married in Henderson County, Tenn., 
moved to Cuba, Graves County, Ky., and 
died there about 1880 or 1890. Children: 

(A) Neal S. Brown Rhodes, married Susan 
Graves. -534- 

(B) Pyles Rhodes, married Manerva Cham- 
bers, and, if living, they are perhaps in Graves 
County, Ky. 

(C) Holland Smith Rhodes, dead. No issue. 

(D) Benjamin Rhodes, said to have married 
and later died. 

(E) Millard Rhodes, said to have married 
and later died. 

(F) Elijah Rhodes, said to have died single. 

(G) Homer Rhodes, said to have died single. 
(H) Newton Rhodes, said to have married 

and left several children in Graves County, Ky. 
-533-A-Neal S. Brown Rhodes, born about 
1848, in Henderson County, Tenn., died Feb. 
28, 1919, buried Lexington, Tenn., married 
Susan Graves, born about 1848, died about 
1895. Children: 

(A) William Rhodes, married, died about 
1895, leaving one son. Fielder Rhodes, born 
about 1 898, veteran in the World War, resi- 
dence, Avery, Texas. 

(B) Molly Rhodes, married Chris Harden, 
farmer, Lexington, Tenn. She died about 

(C) Charles Abraham Rhodes, born Dec. 4, 
1876, married Lou Annie Ringo.-536- 

(D) Lizzie Rhodes, married John Fess- 

-534-B-Molly Rhodes, born about 1875, 
married Chris. Harden, farmer, Lexington, 
Tenn. She died about 1913. Children: 

(A) William Harden, farmer, Jackson, Tenn. 

(B) Walter Harden, born about 1898, farmer, 
Jackson, Tenn. 

(C) Thomas Harden, born about 1900, 
farmer, Jackson, Tenn., married Esther Har- 
den and have one child: Jefferson Davis 

(D) Rose Harden, born about 1903, R.R. 
Lexington, Tenn. 

(E) Dollie Harden, born about 1908, R.R. 5, 
Lexington, Tenn. 

(G) Sudie Harden, born about 191 1, R.R. 5, 
Lexington, Tenn. 


-534-C-Charles Abraham Rhodes, R.R. 5, 
Lexington, Tenn., married Lou Annie Ringo, 
born 1871, farmer. Children: 

(A) Lula May Rhodes, born Aug. 1897, 
died Aug. 28, 1897. 

(B) Jesse Rhodes, born Sept. 10, 1899, 
R.R. 5, Lexington, Tenn., farmer. 

(C) Modie Rhodes, born July 10, 1902, 
died Aug. 18, 1903. 

(D) Cecil Rhodes, born Aug. 10, 1904. 


-534-D-Lizzie Rhodes, born about 1881, 
Lexington, Tenn., married John Fessmire, 
farmer. Five children: 

(A) Elvis Fessmire, born about 1898, mar- 
ried Lila McDaniel. 

(B) Dee Fessmire, born about 1900, single. 

(C) Margary Fessmire, born about 1903, 

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married Jesse Cody, farmer, Wilderville, Tenn. 

(D) Pastell Fessmire, born about 191 1. 

(E) Edward Fessmire, born about 1913. 

-505-E-Martha Jane Smith, born about 1 83 1 , 
married Park Rhodes of Henderson County, 
Tenn. She died in Henderson County a good 
many years ago. Park Rhodes then went to 
Deport, Texas, thence to Oklahoma and is 
probably dead. They are said to have had 
sons by the name of Thomas Rhodes, now 
dead; Ehridge Rhodes, now dead, and John 
Rhodes, who is thought to have settled near 
Cunningham, Texas, and there died. Lucy 
Rhodes, a daughter of Martha Jane Smith and 
Park Rhodes was about three weeks old when 
her mother died. She is thought to have gone 
to Oklahoma and married but we do not know 
the name of her husband. Her daughter, Mary 
is thought to have married a Mr. Williamson 
and moved to near Aberdeen, Texas. 

538 (See 928) 
Elijah Flake Smith, born in Anson County, 
N. C, July 5, 1837, died June 2, 1920, was 
buried at Deport, Texas. He married Lydia 
Argo, who died in 1892. He later married 
Mary McGrow but had no children by her. 
-538-Born to Elijah Flake Smith and Lydia 

(A) Sarah E. Smith, married James Cullen 

(B) Eliza A. Smith, married W. R. Pertle. 

(C) Lucy A. Smith, married Wake Grant. 


-539-A-Lucy A. Smith, born in Henderson 
County, Tenn., Nov. 8, 1866, died and was 
buried in Deport, Texas. She married Wake 
Grant who now lives at Phoenix, Arizona. 
Children: Magie Grant, dead; Oinine Grant; 
and Autry Grant, who married a Mr. Rogers. 
They live with the father. 

-539-B-Eliza A. Smith was born in Hender- 
son County, Tenn., January 22, 1861, died 
and was buried at Deport, Texas. She married 
W. R. Pertle who now lives in California. Two 
children, Ollie Pertle, and Rose Pertle, who 
married a Mr. Woodard, live with him. 


-539-C-Sarah A. Smith was born in Hender- 
son County, Tenn., May 3, 1859, and married 

James Cullen Loven who was born 1855. He 
is a wealthy planter and they live about one 
mile from Deport, Texas. Born to them: 

(A) Ora Loven, married Pullum Wallace. 

(B) Roby Loven, married Oma Bean. 

(C) Lou Loven, married Sid Parks. -539F- 

(D) Otto Loven, married Mary Bean.-539E- 

(E) Maxie Loven, married Tomie Cherry. 

(F) Ethel Loven. born Feb. 16, 1897, 
married Cyril Creecy on Sept. 12, 1920. 
He is a telegraph operator. 

(G) Minnie Loven, died at age of 11. 
(H) Ruby Loven, died at age of 7 


539 C-E-Maxie Loven, born Nov. 2, 1892, 
farmer. Deport, Texas, married Tomie Cherry, 
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cem Cherry. 

(A)OraCatherineLoven, born Aug. 25, 1915. 

(B) C. F. Loven, born March 26, 1917. 

(C) Robie Doris Loven, born July 30, 1919. 

539C-D-Otto Loven, born March 5, 1894, 
telegraph operator, Newline, Texas, on Sept. 
18, 1910 married Mary Bean, daughter of 
Mr. and Mrs. Sam Bean of Deport, Texas. 

(A) Julian Loven, born April 14, 1912. 

(B) Francis Loven, born Dec. 14, 1918. 

(C) William J. W. Loven. 


539C-C-Lou Loven, born Feb. 22, 1887, 
married Sid Parks, born Oct. 12, 1887, son of 
Mr. and Mrs. John Parks. He owns a 160 
acre farm on which they live near Deport, 
Texas. Children: 

(A) Randell Parks and (B) Frankie Parks, 
both small in 1921. 


-539C-B-Roby Loven, born July 6, 1885, 
architect. Deport, Texas, married Oma Bean, 
April 18, 1909. She was born June 22, 1889, 
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Bean of 
Deport, Texas. Children: 

(A) James Loven, born June 18, 1915, 
(B) Aline Loven, born March 7, 1911. 

(C) Hobolt Loven, born April 28, 1914. 


-539 C-A-Ora Loven was born Feb. 2, 1882. 
married Pullum Wallace, cotton broker, 
92 South 25th Street, Paris, Texas. He was 
born July 4, 1879, son of W. J. and Bettie 
Wallace. Children: 

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(A) Edna Wallace, born August, 1903, who in 
1920, attended Burleson College in Greenville, 
Texas, is now, 1921, attending school in 
Boston, Mass. She expects to graduate from 
Curry School of Expression and from New 
England Conservatory of Music. 

(B) Morris Wallace, born June 16, 1905; 



Naomi Elizabeth Smith, born about 1 796 
in Anson County, N. C, lived, died and was 
buried in that county. She married James 
Capel, farmer, sometime during or prior to 
1820. In that year her father, Thomas Smith, 
gave her two tracts of land, and probably gave 
her some slaves as he did to his son. Children: 

(A) Naomi Capel, married Andrew Thomas 
and went to Alabama, Oct. 26, 1884. Bettie 
Thomas wrote a letter for her father, G. W. 
Thomas, who was a son of Naomi Capel 
Thomas. The letter was dated Loffin, Russell 
County, Alabama. 

(B) Nancy Capel, married William Bird. 

(C) Martha (Patsy) Capel, married Burrell 
Henly of Anson County. -541- 




Martha (Patsy) Capel, born Sept. 20, 1820, 

died Nov. I, 1905, married Burrell Henly, 

who died in Anson County, N. C, 1856. 


(A) Elizabeth Henly, born Feb. 184L died 
1919, married William Eason. Johnson Eason, 
a son, born 1861, lives at Hamlet, N. C, 
married Addie Aegleton, have four children: 
Chester Eason, married; Charlton Eason; 
James Eason; and daughter, Rossie Eason. 

(B) James Thomas Henly, born Nov. 3, 
1843, died March I, 1918, buried in Anson 
County, married Martha Briely, born Nov. 
12, 1846.-543- 

(C) Mattie Henly, born May 10. 1856, 
married Robert Biles. -542- 

(D) Clay Henly, born April 12, 1845, died 
single about 1860. 


Mattie Henly, Wadesboro, N. C, married 
Robert Biles, born 1856, died Oct. 5, 1919. 

(A) Etta Biles, born Sept. 22, 1882, on 

Nov. 4, 1905, married Alonzo Redfern, mer- 
chant, Rowland, N. C. Three children: Mary 
V. Redfern, born August 15, 1906; Gertrude 
Redfern, born April 19, 1908; Robert Redfern, 
born March 16, 1910. 

(B) James Clark Biles, born Oct. 24. 1888, 
married Rebecca Shurtleffe. They have two 
children: James Jr., born Feb. 14, 1915; Rob- 
ert, born Nov. 3, 1919. 

(C) Henry Alexander Biles, born Sept. 20, 
1884, locomotive engineer, Minden, La., mar- 
ried Fay Drury. 

(D) Mira Biles, born Nov. 6. 1885, married 
Fisher Lockhart, farmer, Polkton, N. C. One 
child: Kenneth Lockhart, born Oct. 4, 191 1. 

(E) Annie Biles, bom Dec. 26, 1890, mar- 
ried Clyde Martin, railroader, Minden, La. 

(F) Bessie Biles, born Feb. 11, 1893, mar- 
ried John B. Martin, farmer, Morvan, N. C. 
Children: Laura May Martin, born May 11, 
1911; Haywood Martin, born Dec. 16, 1913; 
Annie Louise Martin, born June 12, 1915. 




James Thomas Henly, born, lived, and 

died in Anson County, married Martha 

Briely. Children: 

(A) Robert Franklin Henly, born May 3, 
1868, married Alice Woollen, born Dec. 14, 

(B) Henry Henly, born Aug. 27, 1873, 
hardware store, Spartenburg, S. C. Single. 

(C) Susanna Henly, born Oct. 9, 1870, mar- 
ried Frank Grady. -545- 

(D) Irene Henly, born January 24, 1876, 
married Thomas Gandy.-546- 

(E) James Jordan Henly, born Nov. 1 1 . 
1878, married Kate Hemby.-544- 

(F) Burrell Edfar Henly, born Nov. I 1 , 
1881, farmer, Wadesboro, N. C, married 
Euzelia Gulledge. 

(G) Caroline Henly, born June 6, 1884, 
married Henry Gulledge Flake, Wadesboro, 
N. C, farmer. Children: Henry Clay Flake, 
born Nov. 1909; Thomas Marshall Flake, 
born Aug. 27, 1912; James Henly Flake, born 
Dec. 29, 1914; Frank Holmes Flake, born 
Dec. 25, 1916; Paul Flake, born June 1, 1920. 

(H) Paul Huffman Henly, born June 24, 
1887, automobile, Miami, Florida. 

-543-E-James Jordan Henly, insurance, 
Marion, N. C, married Kate Henly. Children: 

(A) James Everett Henly, born Dec. 25, 

(B) William Dorsey Henly, born January 
2, 1920. 

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-543-D-Irene Henly on Oct. 1, 1918 mar- 
ried Thomas Abel Gandy, born Oct. 10, 1876, 
car inspector, Wadesboro, N. C. He is a son 
of James LaFayette Gandy and Elizabeth 
(Bettie) Smoot, his wife, and a grandson of 
Abel Gandy and Louvina Johnson, his wife, 
and of Thomas Smoot and Sarah Thomas, his 
wife. One child: Thomas Ena Gandy, born 
Dec. I, 1920. 


-543-A-Robert Franklin Henly, merchant. 
Hickory, N. C., married Alice Woollen. Three 
children : 

(A) Alene Henly, born Sept. 5, 1890, on 
Oct. 1, 1919, married Rev. Cleide Walsh, a 
Presbyterian minister. 

(B) Mary Shaw Henly, born March 28, 
1892, on Dec. 27, 1913, married Lawrence 
Cline of Hickory, N. C. Children: Lawrence 
Cline, born Dec. 5, 1916; John Thomas Cline, 
born January 24, 1920. 

(C) Hester Henly, born Dec. 7, 1895, mar- 
ried Charles Ellington, baker, Hickory, N. C. 
One child, Charles Henly Ellington, born 
January 14, 1918. 


Nancy Capel, born, lived, died and was 
buried in Anson County, N. C, married 
William Byrd. Children: 

(A) WilHam Byrd, Jr., born 1846, married 
Roxie Livingston. -549- 

(B) Fannie Byrd, married Charles West 
and moved to Atlanta, Ga. 

(C) Saphronia Byrd, born 1854, died 1911, 
married George Smith, who lives in Moore 
County, N. C. 

(D) Charles Byrd, born 1858, Gilead, Mont- 
gomery County, N. C, married Maggie Green. 

(E) Sallie Byrd, born 1852, married Albert 
Boggan, Rockingham, N. C. 

(F) Mattie Byrd, born 1848, Mount Gil- 
ead, Montgomery County, N. C. 

(G) Ann Byrd, born 1839, married James 
Parker, dead; moved to Ocalu, Florida. 


-547-A-WilHam Byrd, Jr., died 1918, buried 
in Anson County, N. C, married Roxie Liv- 
ingston, Lilesville, N. C. Children: 

(A) Minnie Elizabeth Byrd, Lilesville, N. C. 

(B) Lela Byrd, married Charles Henry who 
died. She is manager of Southern Adjustment 
Insurance Co. at Charlotte, N. C. Agency. 

(C) Roxie Corinna Byrd, married Albert 
Agerton, Pageland, S. C. 

(D) Daisy Byrd, married John Jerrell, 
Mount Gilead, N. C. Five children: Frederick, 
John Rubert, Claud, Dougan, and Daisy 

(E) Eugenia Byrd, teacher, Lilesville, N. C. 

(F) Kinnis Byrd, married William Adams, 
Morven, N. C. One child: William Rubert 

(G) Rupert Byrd, born 1899, mechanic, 
Lilesville, N. C. 

(H) Charles Maning Byrd, born 1900, 
mechanic, Lilesville, N. C. 

(I) Julia Byrd in 1911 married William J. 
Lindsay, Lilesville, N. C. Children: Florence 
Capel Lindsay, Billy Boy Lindsay, Helen 
Byrd Lindsay. 



James Smith, the son of John Smith, No. 2, 
soldier in the Revolutionary war, and of Mary 
Flake, his wife, and grandson of John Smith, 
No. 1 , the Emigrant, and of Samuel Flake, 
the Emigrant, was born in Anson County, 
N. C, October 9, 1777, and died May 22, 
1852 and was buried in that County. Like 
his brother, John Smith, he was a planter, 
and became a very large land holder and at 
his death was one of the wealthiest men in 
the county. Our father well remembered this 
uncle and had a good opinion of him. He mar- 
ried Mary Gathings, who was born on Dec. 6, 
1 787 and died January 17, 1859. Children were: 

(A) Thomas Jefferson Smith, born July 17, 
1810, married Mary W. Ledbetter.-551- 

(B) Philip G. Smith, born March 28, 1806, 
married Ann E. Cheairs (also spelled Cheers 
in North Carolina).-578- 

(C) Sarah Smith, born May 14, 1815, mar- 
ried Major James Bogan.-586- 

(D) Eliza Smith, married Albert Thomas.- - 

(E) Mary Smith, born August 1, 1802, mar- 
ried Lemuel Kirby.-575 

(F) Ellen Smith, married Winifree (also 
spelled Winfree) Meachum and went to 
Texas. - 

(G) Winifred Smith, born Feb. 5, 1828, 
married Col. James C. Caraway. -580- 

(H) William C. Smith, born April 25, 1824, 
married Mary Tillman. -583- 

(I) John Smith, born June, 1808, died single. 

(J) Harriette Jane Smith, married Henry 
Winston DeBerry.-569- 

(K) James Smith, born Sept. 20, 1818, died 

(L) Lewis Smith, born April 13, 1804, mar- 
ried Winifreed (Wincie) Ingram. After his 
death, she married Martin Picket. One child. 

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Gcncalos.ical and Bioe.rapbiLal 

She then married Absolum Ely. One child. 
She then married Young Allen. No issue. 
551 (See 938. 939) 
-550-A-Thomas Jefferson Smith, born in 
Anson County, N. C, July 17, 1810, died 
January 18, 1887, buried at Mexia, Texas, 
On Dec. 21, 1832 he married Mary Washing- 
ton Ledbetter, born Oct. 28, 1808, of Mont- 
gomery County, N. C, died July 14, 1882, 
at Plantersville, and is buried at Mexia, 
Texas. Children: 

(A) Mary A. Smith, born Oct. 2, 1833, mar- 
ried Gen. Thomas Blake. -532- 

(B) James Ledbetter Smith, born Oct. 15, 
1840, married Eugenia Womack.-554- (See 941 ) 

(C) Sallie Eliza Smith, married Sanford 

(D) Lewis Philip Smith, married Aurelia 

(E) William Charles Smith, born Dec. 19, 
1848, in Anson County, N. C, died, January 
7, 1849, buried in Anson County. 

(F) Thomas Jefferson Smith, Jr., born Nov. 
20, 1849, Anson County, N. C, died January 
12, 1850, buried Plantersville, Texas. 

(G) Henry Ledbetter Smith, born Oct. 2, 
1842, died January 23, 1844. 

-551-A-Mary A. Smith, born Oct. 2, 1833, 
in Anson County, N. C, died Feb. 8, 1912, 
and was buried at Plantersville, Texas. She 
married Gen. Thomas Walter Blake, born at 
Fayetteville, N. C, about 1822, died January 
14, 1905, buried at Plantersville, Texas. 

(A) Mary C. Blake, Feb. 18, 1872, died 
Nov. 6, 1915, single. 

(B) Thomas Smith Blake, born Dec. 25, 
1874, married Annie M. Harper, born July 

14, 1888. They reside at Avenue P, Galveston, 
Texas and have one child: Thomas Smith 
Blake, Jr., born Feb. 17, 1919. 

(C) Sallie Eugenia Blake, born, Nov. 3, 
1876, single, Plantersville, Texas. 

(D) James PhiHp Blake, born Aug. 31, 
1873, died 1917, single. 

554 (See 941) 
-551-B-James Ledbetter Smith, born Oct. 

15, 1840, Anson County, N. C, died May 13, 
1906, buried at Mexia, Texas; in 1868, married 
Eugenia (Genia) Womack, born July 2, 1851, 
of Plantersville, Texas. She resides in Mexia, 
Texas. Children: 

(A) James Sanford Smith, born January 31, 
1870, married Ruby Fay Kelly-555- 

(B) Mary Eugenia Smith, born Nov. 10, 
1873, married James H. Steedman, born 1867, 
Norwood, Warren County, Georgia. 

(C) Jesse Phillip Smith, born Feb. 4, 1878, 
married George Duffield, born Nov. 3, 1883, 
Mexia, Texas.-559- 

(D) Sallie Fanny Smith, born Feb. 4, 1876, 
married Dr. J. L. Metcalf, dentist, born Sept. 
29, 1875, Mexia, Texas. 

(E) Benjamin Shaw Smith, born March 29, 
1889, Mexia, Texas, married Natalie Machow. 

(F) Wilham Blake Smith, born Feb. 22, 
1882, Mexia, Texas, married LaNere Camp, 
born Oct. 29, 1887. (LaNere we take it is 
from that family in North Carolina. We find 
LaNere, LaNiere, and Lanier) There has 
been considerable said of Mr. Smith in the 
papers recently in the Oil world. From a 
clipping we took, we learn that he was the 
discoverer of oil in the Mexia field where that 
village grew in three years from 3000 to 
30,000 people. That in 1912, nine tests were 
made and no oil found. With the Nottingham 
banker's blood in his veins, he was game and 
down went the tenth. Gas was then struck 
which was piped to Waco, Corisana, and to 
other cities. 

He subsequently developed other properties 
and is one of the largest stockholders in the 
E. L. Smith Oil Company, which, in January, 
1922, was producing 10,000 barrels daily, and 
was at that date drilling ten others. William 
Blake Smith also at that time had a royalty 
interest in fifty other wells. He is President 
of The City National Bank of Mexia, director 
in the Bank of Prendergrast, Smith and Co. 
organized by his father forty years ago. In 
January, 1922, he was devoting considerble of 
his time to the erection of a Y.M.C.A. building 
in Mexia. The paper says: "An odd fact 
about Mr. Smith is that none of the wealth of 
the usual newly made millionaire is evident. 
He is known about Mexia as "Blake" Smith 
and has no decorated mansion, merely occupy- 
ing a bungalow on a quiet street. He refuses 
to think of moving to some city where he can 
live in more comfort, but explains that he was 
raised in Mexia and sees no reason for moving." 
One son, William Blake Smith Jr., born 
Feb. 18. 1912. 


-554-A-James Sanford Smith, Mexia, Texas, 
married Ruby Fay Kelly, born April 22, 
1871. Children: 

(A) James Fort Smith, born May 20, 1893, 
Mexia, Texas, married Lucie Garley, born 
June 19, 1889. 

(B) Virginia Smith, born Dec. 19, 1899, 
Mexia, Texas, married Peter W. Cawthon, 
born 1898, Oak Cliff, Dallas, Texas. One son. 
Peter Jr., born Aug. 2, 1921. 

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(C) Emma Jean Smith, born July 22, 1909, 
Mexia, Texas. 

556 (See 942) 

-55 1-D- Lewis Philip Smith, born in Anson 
County, N. C, January 3, 1847, died Oct. 24, 
1886, buried, Mexia, Texas. First he married 
Aurelia Walton, born July 18, 1751, died 
August 31, 1873. After her death he married 
Mattie Beeson, born January 24, 1855. She 
lives at Mexia, Texas. Children: 

(A) Mary Walton Smith, born Sept. 12, 1870, 
married Dr. Robt. Lee Long. After his death 
she married Thomas A. White.-557- 

(B) Thomas Frank Smith, Mexia, Texas, 
born Feb, 12, 1873, married Jasper Kate Gibbs, 
born April 8, 1878. They have two children: 
Maxwell Chandler Smith, born January 24, 
1904, and Mary Ann Smith born Dec. 17, 

Born to Lewis Philip Smith by his second 
wife, Mattie Beason: 

(C) Emma Aurelia Smith born Feb. 24, 1878, 
married Dr. Perry C. Baird and they have four 
children: Perry C. Baird, born July 8, 1903; 
James Garrity Baird, born Oct. 31, 1905; 
Martha Catherine Baird, born January 13, 
1908; Lewis Philip Baird, born Feb. 28, 1920. 
They reside at 4603 Munger Ave., Dallas, 

(D) Sallie Eugenia Smith, born Feb. 15, 
1880, married Fred S. Torley Karner, born 
Sept. 24, 1 878. One child, Frederika Stanley 
Karner, born Sept. 28, 1901., Mexia, Texas. 
(See 561) 

(E) Luella Ross Smith, born June 7, 1885, 
died July 21, 1904, 

(F) Philip Smith, now deceased and buried 
in Mexia, Texas. 


-556-A-Mary Walton Smith, Mexia, Texas, 
by her first husband. Dr. Robt. Lee Long, 
deceased, has one child, Robert Lee Long Jr., 
born April 2, 1895, died Oct, 24, 1917. Thomas 
A. White, her present husband, merchant, 
Mexia, Texas, born July 24, 1865. One son by 
him, Leonard Philip White, born Sept. 16, 
1900, Mexia, Texas. 

558 (See 943, 944) 

-551-C-Sallie Eliza Smith, born Oct. 18, 1844, 
Anson County, N. C, died May 27, 1913, 
buried Huntsville, Texas. January 31 1856 
she married Sandford Gibbs, born July 7, 
1819, Union District, S. C, died Sept. 30, 
1886, buried Huntsville, Texas. They had 
seven children: 

(A) Wilbourn Smith Gibbs, (See 945) born 
Nov. 12, 1866, died Sept. 17, 1921, buried 
Huntsville, Texas. June 26, 1900 at Jackson, 

Miss, he married Annie Nugent, born May 

1 , now residing at New Orleans, 

La. Three children: infant son, born June 30, 
1904, died the same day; infant son, born 
March 28, 1906, died the same day; Wilbourn 
Sandford Gibbs, born Feb. 28, 1909, New 
Orleans, La. 

(B) Mary Alia Gibbs (see 946), born August 
11, 1868, at Huntsville, Texas, married Hen- 
derson Yoakum Robinson, Huntsville, Texas, 
real estate and investments, born July 8, 
1864. They have two sons: Herndon Yoakum 
Robinson, born Oct. 28, 1904; Wilbourn 
Thomas Robinson, born Dec. 26, 1898. 

(C) Thomas Clifton Gibbs, real estate and 
investments, Huntsville, Texas, born Feb. 7, 

1870, on Sept. 20, 1893, married Jamesetta 
Hunt of Caldwell, Texas, (see 947) Five chil- 
dren: Thomas Clifton Gibbs Jr., born June 7, 
1894, died June 7, 1894; Pauline Gibbs, born 
Oct. 14, 1896, on Nov. 19, 1919, married Jesse 
Vernon Butler, born Sept. 21, 1894; Cecile 
Gibbs, born Nov. 20, 1898; Edith Gibbs, born 
August 7, 1902; and Anne Kathleen Gibbs, 
born January 18, 1908. Pauline Gibbs Butler 
has one child, Pauline Butler. 

(D) Sarah Sanford Gibbs (see 950), born 
Sept. 6, 1873, on Nov. 30, 1910, married 
Dr. Oscar Laertius Norsworthy, born Feb. 26, 

1871, on Indian Creek Farm, Jasper, Texas. 
They reside at 3015 Main Street, Houston, 
Texas. Oscar Laertius Norsworthy Jr. was 
born Oct. 7, 1913, at Huntsville, Texas and 
died the following day. 

(E) Dr. James PhiHp Gibbs, Huntsville, 
Texas, born April 3, 1875, Oct. 18, 1905 mar- 
ried Mary Brent McAshan, born Dec. 1 , 1883, 
(see 948) and they have three children: Vir- 
ginia Sandford Gibbs, born Nov. 23, 1906; 
Sarah Elizabeth Gibbs, born Oct. 1, 1910; 
James Philip Gibbs, born Oct. 9, 1 91 6. 

(F) Luteola Gibbs, born June 1 0. 1 878, at 
Huntsville, Texas, on Nov. 18, 1903, married 
Henry Houston Hawley, born January 6, 
1 868, at Walla Walla, Washington, (see 949). 
He is a wholesale jeweler, Dallas, Texas. 
They reside at 5701 Gaston Avenue, Munger 
Place, Dallas Texas. Two children: Henry 
Houston Hawley Jr., born July 14, 1906; 
Sarah Alia Hawley, born March 30, 1 91 8. 

(G) Annie Ledbetter Gibbs, born July 10, 
1883, died July 12, 1883, buried at Hunts- 
ville, Texas. 

-554-C-Jesse Philip Smith, born Feb. 4, 
1 878, on Dec. 31 , 1 902 married George Duffield, 
Ijorn Nov. 5, 1883, at Franklyn, Penn. They 
reside at 5022 San Jacinto Street, Dallas, 
Texas. Children: 

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(A) Philip Duffield Smith, born March 20, 
.1905, died Sept. II, 1907, buried at Dallas, 

(B) George Duffield Smith, born Dec. 6, 
1 908, Dallas, Texas. 

(C) Jack Womack Smith, born July 2, 
I 91 0, Dallas, Texas. 

(D) Helen Frances Smith, born January 29, 
1914, Dallas, Texas. 


-534-E-Born to Benjamin Shaw Smith and 
Natalie Machon, his wife: 

(A) James Ledbetter Smith, born August I 9, 

(B) Margaret Machon Smith, born Nov. 

(C) Benjamin Shaw Smith, born January 
23, 1917. 


-356-D-Frederika Starley Karner, born Sept. 
28, 1901, graduated from the High School of 
Mexia, Texas, in I 91 9, as valedictorian of her 
class. She will finish in May, 1922 at the 
Colonial School for Girls, in Washington, 
D. C. In 1921 she won the scholarship prize 
in that school by reason of her high average. 
She is president of the senior class and in 
recognition of her worth, the faculty gave 
her the additional honor of a membership of 
the President's Council of that school. 



Harriet Jane Smith, born July 22, 1817, 
Anson County, N. C, died April 16, 1862, 
married Henry Winston DeBerry, born Feb. 
22, 1807, died Nov. 19, 1881, both buried in 
Anson County. Children: 

(A) Edmond Jones DeBerry, born April 
22, 1838, married Cornelia Ann Gains. -570- 

(B) Mary Temperance DeBerry, born Dec. 
12, 1840, married Thos. Diggs on Sept. 26, 
1856.- - 

(C) Harriet Evelyn DeBerry, born Nov. I 1 , 
1837, married Joseph Diggs. -572- 

(D) Henry Preston DeBerry, married Sarah 
Ashe Spencer. -574- 

(E) Alice Eleanor DeBerry, married Samuel 
Spencer. -573- 

(F) James DeBerry, was killed as a Confed- 
erate soldier in the war. 

(G) William DeBerry, was killed as a Con- 
federate soldier in the war. 

(H) Minnie and Sallie DeBerry, both died 




Edmond Jones DeBerry, farmer. Pee Dee, 
N. C, married Cornelia Ann Gaines, born 
July 23, 1848. Children: 

(A) William Henry DeBerry, born June, 
1874. died 1893. 

(B) James Gaines DeBerry, born April, 
1878, farmer. Pee Dee, North Carolina. 

(C) Edmond Jones DeBerry Jr., born Janu- 
ary, 1882, railroad contractor. Pee Dee, N. C. 

(D) Catherine Smith DeBerry, born Aug. 9, 
1886, died March 29, 1905. 

(E) Cornelia Marshall DeBerry, born March 
29, 1888, school teacher, Salisbury, N. C. 

(F) JuHan Lamar DeBerry, born July, 1889. 
railroad. Pee Dee, N. C. 

(G) Walter Montgomery DeBerry, born 
May, 1891,PeeDee, N. C. 

(H) Harriet Lillie DeBerry, born January, 
1893, teller in bank, Charlotte, N. C. 

(1) Mary Lightfoot DeBerry, born May 
13, 1876, married George Alexander Fisher. 


-570-I-Mary Lightfoot DeBerry married 
George Alexander Fisher, born May 20, 1870, 
real estate, Salisbury, N. C. Children: 

(A) Margaret DeBerry Fisher, born April 
21, 1893, died Sept. 8, 1904. 

(B) Catherine DeBerry Fisher, born March 
9, 1905. 

(C) George Alexander DeBerry, born Sept. 
9, 1908. 



Joseph Diggs is dead. Children: Wayne 
Diggs, born about 1884, stockman, Rocking- 
ham, N. C, married Miss Covington. June 
Diggs, stockman, Rockingham, N. C, married 
and has children; Hattie Diggs, born about 
1888, married Daniel McCall of Rockingham, 
N. C. Her husband travels out of Baltimore. 
Two boys, Churchill McCall and Daniel 
McCall; Addie Diggs, born about 1890, single; 
Evelyn Diggs, born about 1892, married 
Robert Steel, automobile salesman, Rocking- 
ham, N. C. 

After the death of Joseph Diggs, Harriet 
Evelyn Diggs married Mr. Williams and he 
died. She lives with her children at Rocking- 
ham, N. C. 

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Alice Eleanor DeBerry, born about 1852, 
dead. Married Samuel Spencer, born about 

1849, also dead. Buried in Anson County, 
N.C. Children: 

(A) John Spencer, born about 1883, farmer. 
Pee Dee, N.C, married Elizabeth Massemore. 

(B) Vernona Spencer, born about 1887, ma- 
chinist, Wadesboro, N. C. 

(C) Alice May Spencer, born about 1892, 
school teacher. Pee Dee, N. C. 


-569-D-Henry Preston DeBerry, born about 

1850, farmer, Pee Dee, married Sarah Ashe 
Spencer. Two boys: 

(A) John DeBerry, born about 1883, farmer 
Pee Dee. N. C. 

(B) Henry DeBerry, born about 1885, 
Columbia, S. C. 



Both dead. Lived in Anson County, N. C. 

(A) Milton Kirby, oldest son, was killed in 
the Mexican war and is thought to have been 
killed in battle. 

(B) Sarah Smith Kirby, died single at an 
old age. 

(C) William Kirby, was a Confederate 
soldier, captured and died in prison. No issue. 

(D) Julia Ann Kirby, married John Fort. 
Both dead. No issue. 

(E) Charlotte Kirby, married James Mc- 
Bride. Both dead. Julia McBride, the oldest 
child, married Joseph Watkins. Both dead. 
Margaret McBride died single. John McBride 
died without issue. A daughter of Joseph Wat- 
kins is said to have married Mr. Arat, a 
Baptist minister and gone to Texas. William 
Watkins married and went west. Robert 
Watkins lives in Anson County, N. C. 

Sarah McBride, daughter of James McBride, 
married Calvin Covington, R. R. Wadesboro, 
N. C. She is dead. Children: Brack Covington 
born about 1887, out West, Sarah Covington, 
born about 1891, single, at home; Hampton 
Covington, born about 1899, single, at home; 
Calvin Covington, born about 1897, Wades- 
boro. N. C. 

(F) Christopher Kirby, married Mary Fort. 
Both dead. 


Children : 

(A) Lemuel Kirby, dead, no issue. 

(B) William Kirby, farmer, R. R. Liles- 
ville, N. C, married Melvona Colson.-577- 

(C) Temperance Kirby, born about 1859, 
dead. Married George Fort, farmer, Wades- 
boro, N. C One daughter, Daisy Kirby Fort, 
born 1881. She married Julian A. Colson, 
carpenter, Ansonville, N. C. and has seven 
children: Gladdis Colson, born about 1900, 
telephone operator, Albermale, N. C; Joseph 
Colson, born about 1902, Norfolk, Va.; 
Minnie Colson, born about 1904; Mary Colson, 
born about 1912; three small children. 

-576-B-William Kirby, farmer, Lilesville, 
N. C, married Melvina Colson. Six children: 

(A) John Kirby, married Helen Hough. He 
is a barber, Lilesville, N. C. 

(B) Melvina Kirby, married William B. 
Flake, Hawkinsville, Georgia. One child: 
Kirby Flake, born, 1918. 

(C) Mary Kirby, married Arthur Smith 
March 20, 1921, Hawkinsville, Georgia. 

(D) Julian Kirby, postmaster, Lilesville, 
N. C. In the World War, went through the 
Argonne fight. 

(E) Sarah Kirby, telephone operator, Rock- 
ingham, N. C. 

(F) Clara Kirby. born about 1904. 

-503-B-Philip Gathing Smith was born in 
Anson County, N. C, March 28, 1806. He 
there was elected and served a term in the Legis- 
lature. He married Ann E. Cheairs, born Dec. 
28, 1819. They moved to Chappel Hill, Texas. 
He died Sept. 7, 1867 and she died Nov. 18, 
1866. They are buried at Chappel Hill. 

(A) Mary Smith, born Dec. 4, 1830, died 
Nov. 11,1 860, married George Gathings. 

(B) James M. Smith, born April 26, 1833, 
married Pauline Burnett. 

(C) Benjamin Smith, born April 25, 1853, 
died of yellow fever Oct. 8, 1867, single. 

(D) Melissa Smith, born January II, 1837, 
died of yellow fever in Sept. 1867. 

(E) Thomas Smith, born March 3, 1839, in 
Anson County, N. C, on July 24, 1867 mar- 
ried Mattie Randle, born June 13, 1849. He 
died January 1904 and she died January 13, 
1879. Both buried at Brenham, Texas. (See 
sketch of them 940). (See 579). 

(F) Sarah Ann Smith, born Nov. 29, 1841. 
Single and living. 

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(G) Philip A. Smith, born June 1, 1845, 
died of yellow fever Sept. 1867, single. 

(H) Henry C. Smith, born May 13, 1847, 
died Sept. 1 867 of yellow fever. 

(1) Helen Smith, born Feb. 15, 1850, died of 
yellow fever, 1867. 


-578-E-Ileane Marvin Smith, daughter of 
Thomas Smith and Mattie Randle, born 
July 29, 1877, married Robert E. L. Saner, 
born Aug. 9, 1871 in Hemstead County, 
Arkansas. They reside at 4625 Bryan Street, 
Texas. One child, Dorothy Lee Saner, born 
January 25, 1904. 


The ancestry of Col. Caraway is as follows: 
Arch Caraway, born Feb. 19, 1766, married 
Elizabeth, the daughter of Rev. William Tay- 
lor, Jan. 3rd, 1793. Children: Laban, Wm. T., 
Sarah, Colin, Calvin, Edwin, Taylor, Ellis, 
Elizabeth, Lucretia, John, Louisa and Thetis. 

Sarah married Joseph Boggan, Aug. 19, 
1813. Laban married Sarah Dabbs, daughter 
of Lawrence Moore, Esq., Sept. 19, 1816. 
Colin married Andrew Polk, Dec. 4, 1817. 
Taylor married Katherine, daughter of John 
Smith, Esq., Oct. 17, 1822. Elizabeth mar- 
ried William Henry Benton, Aug. 23, 1823. 
Calvin married Frances Ledbetter, Nov. 13, 
1823. Louisa married Noah Henby, June 14, 
1827. Ellis married Martha McCain, March 
19, 1830. Thetis married Moses W. Barber, 
Nov. 17, 1831. Lucret'a married Ben Pond, 
April 19, 1832. 

Arch Caraway died Sept. 15, 1835 His 
wife, Elizabeth, was born Sept. 1, 1877. 

Arch Caraway was married the second time 
to Elizabeth, the widow of Joseph Burch, 
daughter of General Tristram Thomas. This 
last marriage was Dec. 15, 1822. Children: 

Tristram Caraway, Dec. 8, 1823, died Aug. 
1, 1841. 

Thomas Caraway and James Clothier Cara- 

Winifreed Ann Smith, born Feb. 5, 1828, in 
1843 married Col. James Clothier Caraway, 
born Aug. 3, 1825, she being 16 and he 18 
years old. She died Sept. 18, 1880. He died 
July 6, 1905. After the death of his first wife. 
Col. Caraway married in 1883, Mrs. Emma 
Boston Gardiner of Philadelphia. She died 
March 24, 1905 without issue. 

-580-Children of Winifreed Ann Smith and 
Col. James C. Caraway: 

(A) Mary Elizabeth Caraway, born April 7, 
1845, died June 19, 1892, married Captain 
John C. McLauchlin.-582- 

(B) Tristram Thomas Caraway, born Aug. 

3, 1847, died April 19, 1919, married Sarah 
Ann Home and later married Sarah Elinor 

(C) James Manly Caraway, born Dec. 29, 
1849, died Oct. 12, 1853. 

(D) William Alexander Caraway, born Oct. 

4, 1852, married Nancy Leak.-582-B- 

(E) Cora Carolina Caraway, born Aug. 3, 
1856, died Feb. 1919, married John C. 



(A) Dr. James A. McLauchlin, Weather- 
ford, Okla., married Frances Tilman, daughter 
of Dr. D. C. Tilman. Six children: Ann Eliza- 
beth, Katherine, Frances, James A. Jr. and 
Rosamond McLauchlin. 

(B) Mrs. B. C. Covington. Children: Hattie, 
May, Kathleen, Andrea Benjamin, Mary, 
Lena, and John Calvin Covington. 

(C) Duncan Tristram McLauchlin, married 
Minnie, daughter of James T. Caple. Chil- 
dren: Mary G., James Caple, Duncan Tris- 
tram Jr., and John Calvin McLauchlin. 

(D) John Edmund McLauchlin, married 
Daisy, the daughter of Capt. H. H. McKeithan. 

(E) Wilfred Campbell McLauchlin, mission- 
ary to China, married Elizabeth Trent Wilson 
of Richmond, Va. Two children: Elizabeth 
Trent and Annie McLauchlin. 

(F) Four other children, died when small. 


-581-B-Tristram Thomas Caraway married 
first Sarah Ann Home, daughter of William 
Home: three children: 

(A) Minnie Viola Caraway, married R. G. 
Austin. Children: William Black Austin, 
Mary Anna Austin, Sarah Austin, Robert 
Austin, Ethal Austin, and Glenn Austin. 
Mary Ann Austin married William Cecil 
Hancock: one child, William Cecil Hancock Jr. 

(B) Mary Anna Caraway, married James 
Philip Caraway. 

(C) Hattie Thomas Caraway, married Ben- 
jamin Henry Hutchinson. Children: James 
Hutchinson, Henry Hutchinson, Benjamin 
DeBerry Hutchinson, Fanny Hutchinson 
Mary V. Hutchinson and Richard Hutchinson. 

Tristram Thomas Caraway's second wife 
was Sarah Elinor Barrett. Children: Virginia 
Caraway, died in infancy: Margaret Caraway 

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died in infancy; Winifred Caraway; Jane 
Caraway; and Thomas Philip Caraway who 
married Mabel, the daughter of Rev. George 
Dand. Alice Deal Herman. One child: Sarah 
Hermine Caraway. 


-581-D-William Alexander Caraway mar- 
ried Nancy Leak. One child: James Leak 
Caraway. His children: Francis Caraway; 
James Caraway; and William Caraway who 
married a Miss Root of Kentucky. 

-581 -E-Cora Carolina Caraway married Cap- 
tain John C. McLauchlin. One child, Neal, 
died in infancy. 

583 (See 935) 


William Calvin Smith, born March 25, 
1824, died March 9, 1886. On Oct. 15, 1842, 
married Mary Ann Tillman, born Oct. 14, 
1822, died Dec.^ 14, 1900. Bom, lived and 
died in Anson County, N. C. Children: 

(A) James Tillman Smith, born Sept. 8, 
1843, died January 30, 1908, married Ellen 
Pegus, later Emma Adela DeMaret.-585- 

(B) Mary Francis Smith, born March 9, 
1846, married John William McGregor.-584- 

(C) Martha Cornelia (Pattie) Smith, born 
March 9, 1848. (935) 

(D) Ann Eliza (Ida) Smith, born January 
21, 1850. (935) 

584 (See 937) 
JOHN WILLIAM McGregor table 

Mary Francis Smith, Dec. 15, 1868 married 
John William McGregor, born August 8, 1840, 
now dead. She lives near Wadesboro, N. C. 

(A) William Smith McGregor, born Sept. 
18, 1869, died June 8, 1914. On January 7, 
1903 married Annie Estelle Folsbn. No issue. 

(B) John Duncan McGregor, born August 
28, 1872, on Aug. 24, 1904 married Georgia 
Steele McMurray, born June 30, 1876. To 
them were born two children: Julia Little 
McGregor, May 21, 1905; Francis Smith 
McGregor, August 22 , 1909. 

(C) James Tilman McGregor, born Oct. 2, 
1874, married Feb. 1 , 1906, Tommie Ethel Gulp. 
Children: James Tilman McGregor Jr., Nov. 
1906; Mary Augusta McGregor, Oct. 1913. 

(D) Philip Archibald McGregor, married 
Verna May McSwain, April 20, 1910. Chil- 
dren: John Williamson McGregor, April 4, 
191 1 ; Teresa McGregor, June 2 , 1915. tt_ 

585 (See 936) 

-583-8-james tillman smith-ellen 

pegues-emma adela 

demarte table 

James Tillman Smith married Ellen Pegues, 
Nov. 27, 1867, died March 3, 1870. One child: 
Ellen Pegues Smith, married Pickens T. Book- 
man, Navasota, Texas. One child: Ellen 
Pegues Bookman, born Oct. 5, 191 I. 

After death of first wife, James Tillman 
Smith married Emma Adela DeMaret, born 
Nov. 18, 1842, married June 27, 1874. Chil- 

(A) William Calvin Smith, attorney, Ft. 
Worth, Texas, born July 7, 1879. 

(B) DeMaret Smith, railroad attorney. Ft. 
Forth, Texas, born July 2 1 , 1881. 

(C) Selwyn Smith, electrician, Ft. Worth, 
Texas, born Feb. 20, 1883. 

(D) Felix Carson Smith, garage. Ft. Worth, 
Texas, born July, 1887. 

James Tillman Smith died January 30, 1908. 


-550-C-Sarah Smith, born Dec. 22, 1831 in 
Anson County, N. C, married James Boggan 
who was born in 1802, died 1882. 

James Boggan was descended from Sir 
Walter Boggan of Ireland. 

Sir Walter Boggan had three sons and one 

(A) Jane Boggan, born 1720, died 1786. 
She married Col. Thomas Wade who was a 
Patriot and Anson County's most noted citi- 
zen during the Revolution. They left six 

(B) James Boggan. 

(C) Benjamin Boggan. 

(D) Captain Patrick Boggan, born 1739, 
died 1861, married Mary Dob and they had 
nine children: Patrick Boggan Jr.; Richard 
Boggan; Jane Boggan; Mary Boggan; Fannie 
Boggan; Margaret (Peggy) Boggan; Nettie 
Boggan; Flora Boggan; and Loydia Boggan. 

There were eight children born to Sarah 
Smith and her husband, James Boggan: 

(A) Mary Susanah Boggan, born January, 
1833, married Marshall A. Polk.-587- 

(B) Jane Thomas Boggan, born 1834, died 
in infancy. 

(C) Harriet Lavinia Boggan, born April 9, 
1837, died Nov. II, 1909.-591- 

(D) Louise La Fayette Boggan, born May 
20, 1839, died Oct. 22, I917.-592- 

(E) William Wellington Boggan, born Nov. 
15, 1841, died July 2, 1863. 

(F) John Albert Boggan, born January 7, 
1 844.-594- 

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(G) Eliza Eleanor Boggan, born Dec. 3, 
1846, died 1 904.-595- 

(H) Sara Ashe Boggan, born May 26, 1852. 


-586-A-Mary Susanna Smith, born 1833, 
died May, 1870, married Marshall A. Polk. 

(A) Florence Lavinia Polk, born May 16, 
1855. died July 15, 1856. 

(B) William Ashe Polk, born March 30, 
1857, died July 12, 1 902. -588- 

(C) Sarah Colon Polk, born March 30, 1858, 

(D) James Peonidas Polk, born 1859, died 
in infancy. 

(E) Lillian Leonidas Polk, born 1862, died 
in infancy. 

(F) Minnie Marshall Polk, born Oct. 20, 

(G) 1 da Ashe Polk, born 1 866, died in infancy. 
(H) Mary Susannah Polk, born May 28, 



-587-B-William Ashe Polk, born March 3, 
1837, died July 12, 1902. On Dec. 12, 1877, 
he married Ella Preston Huntley. Children: 

(A) First and second child died in infancy. 

(B) Earl Polk, born January 2 5, 1883. 

(C) Juanit A. Polk, born Oct. 3, 1885. 

(D) Mamie Polk, died Sept. 10, 1887. 

(E) Daisy Polk, born Feb. 26, 1889. 

(F) Orville Polk, born Dec. 11, 1893, died 
Feb. 4, 1903. 

(G) Grace B. Polk, born April 29, 1895. 
(H) William Polk, born April 20, 1899. 


-587-F-Minnie Marshall Polk married Pur- 
cell McFadden. They live in Maxton, N. C. 
Four children: 

(A) Arvin McFadin. 

(B) Gladys McFadin. 

(C) Clyde McFadin. 

(D) Harlton McFadin. 

-587-H-Mary Susannah Polk married E. C. 
McQueen. Four children: Marshall McQueen, 
only one living, is at Fort Worth, Texas. The 
first husband died. She then married P. O. 
Hubbs. They live at Clarkton, N. C. 


-586-C-Harriet Lavinia Boggan, born April 
9, 1837, died Nov. 11. 1909, married Dr. John 
M. McRea, born March 4, 1830, died Nov. 1 1 , 
1904. They married 1865. Four children: 

(A) Edward Eugene McRea, born 1866, in 

1892 married Rowena Redfern. They live at 
White Store, N. C. Nine children: (I) Chris- 
tine McRea; (2) Rena McRea; (3) Mary 
McRea; (4) Mary McRea; (5) John A. McRea, 
married Myrtle Ham; (6) Baxter McRea; 
(7) Edgar McRea, now dead; (8) Donald 
McRea; and (9) Edward McRea. 

To John A. McRea and Myrtle Ham, his 
wife were born: Martha McRea, Nov. II, 
1917; John A. McRea Jr., Nov. 27, 1918; and 
William McRea, Dec. 1921. 


-586-D-Louise LaFayette Boggan, born May 
20, 1839, died Oct. 22, 1917. May 20, 1869 he 
married Mary Eva Hammond, born May 1 5, 
1847. Nine children: 

(A) Sarah Jane Boggan, born March 3, 
1869, died May 5, 1871. 

(B) Rosa May Boggan, born August 9, 
1871, lives in Wadesboro, N. C, and married 
Frank T. Huntly.-593- 

(C) Hampton Hammond Boggan, born 
August 30, 1872. 

(D) Mary Eleanor Boggan, born Feb. 6, 

(E) Eva Louis Boggan, born June 28, 1880. 

(F) Nora Jane Boggan, born Feb. 13, 1883. 

(G) James Thomas Boggan, born Oct. 18, 

(H) Fannie Hammond Boggan, born April 
17, 1890, on April 30, 1910, married Sidney 
Richmond Moore, born Feb. 17, 1884. One 
daughter, Eva Elizabeth Moore, born Feb. 16, 

(1) Harriet Lavania Boggan, born May 6, 


-592-B-Rosa May Boggan, married Frank 
T. Huntly, born January 22, 1854, died Janu- 
ary 22, 1917. Six children: 

(A) Frank T. Huntley, born May 2, 1889. 

(B) John Huntley, born March 20, 1892. 

(C) Julia Huntley, born Oct. 20, 1894. 

(D) William Hammond Huntley, born 
July 14, 1900. 

(E) Louis LaFayette Huntley, born Aug- 
ust 22, 1905. 

(F) Joe Crowder Huntley, born Oct. 18, 


-586-F-John Albert Boggan, born Janu- 
ary 7, 1844, on January 17, 1866, married 
Melvina Marshall Kendall. She died Oct. 4, 
1920. Six children: 

(A) William Kendall Boggan, born July 12, 
1867, married Virginia McMury. Two chil- 
dren: William Kendall Boggan Jr. and George 

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(B) Alice Julian Boggan, bom March, 1869. 

(C) James Wellington Boggan, born Feb. 3, 
1871, married Nora Henley. Three children: 
Melvin Boggan, James Boggan, and Annie 

(D) John Albert Boggan, born Dec. 14, 

(E) Tyler Bennett, born August 18, 1879. 

(F) Henry Smith Boggan, born Nov. 1 1 , 


-586-G-Eliza Eleanor Boggan, born Dec. 
31, 1846, died 1904, on Dec. 2, 1863, married 
Henry W. Buchanan. Nine children: 

(A) Lelia Buchanan married W. A. Parson 
and went to Texas. Two children: Margaret 
Parsons and Lillie Parsons. 

(B) Eleanor Buchanan. 

(C) Margaret Ashe Buchanan, married 
Oscar Kenney and they moved to Portland, 
Oregon. Four children. Margaret Kenney is 

(D) Leona Buchanan, married R. Lowery. 

(E) Ray Buchanan. 

(F) Fred Buchanan. 

(G) Walter Buchanan. 
(H) Henry Buchanan. 
(I) James Buchanan. 


-589-H-Sarah Ashe Boggan, born May 26, 
1852, on January 20, 1872, married Marshall 
Kendall. Two children: 

(A) Eliza Randall Kendall, born March 18, 

(B) Thomas Marshall Kendall, born Feb. 
18, 1877. 

Eliza Randall Kendall, married August 
Raub. They live in Richmond, Virginia. 

600 (See 907) 

-503-B-JOHN SMITH NO. 3- 


John Smith No. 3, son of John Smith No. 2, 

and Mary Flake, his wife, grandson of John 

Smith, No. i, the Emigrant, and of Samuel 

Flake, the Emigrant, born, lived and died in 

Anson County, N. C. Was born 1772, died 

1834, married Mary Bellew,-800- born 1775, 

died 1872. Children: 

(A) Catherine Smith, married Taylor Cara- 
way. -649- 

(B) William Gaston Smith, married Eliza 
Sydnor Nelme.-619- 

(C) John Culpepper Smith, died single. 

(D) James Marshall Smith, died single. 

(E) Samuel Smith, married Jane Meacham. 

(F) Joseph Pearson Smith, married Mary 
Aleff Cooper.-607- 

(G) Jane Smith, married Berry Lindsay. -601- 


-600-G-Mary Jane Smith, Feb. 8, 1832 mar- 
ried James Berry Grove Lindsay, born May 
18, 1802, died May 18, 1843. She died Feb. 9, 
1895. Born, lived and died in Anson County, 
N. C. Children: 

(A) Charles Berry Grove Lindsay, married 
Lucy Anna Liles.-602- 

(B) James Berry Grove Lindsay Jr., mar- 
ried Winifreed (Wincie) Crump. -603- 

(C) Sothronia Ann Lindsay, born January 
15, 1841, died Feb. 9, 1905, married Dr. 
William Home Battle.-604- 

-601-A-Captain Charles Berry Grove Lind- 
say, bom in Anson County, N. C, was Cap- 
tain of Company B, 31 Regiment of N. C. Vol. 
in the Confederate army and married Anna 
Liles of Lilesville, N. C, and moved to Ben- 
nettsville, S. C. Children: 

(A) Junius Joseph Lindsay born May 1 8, 
1867, married Elizabeth Crawford of Atlanta, 
Ga. No issue. 

(B) Bright Alice Lindsay, bom Aug. 7, 
1869, married John T. Douglass, Bennets- 
ville, S. C. Pharmacist. 

(C) Daisy Lindsay, died single. 

(D) Ruth Cannon Lindsay, married Rev. 
L. M. Hobbs, Baptist. One child. 


-601-B-Captain James Berry Grove Lind- 
say, born in Anson County, N. C, was Cap- 
tain of Company B 3 1 North Carolina Regi- 
ment of the Confederate army, was wounded 
twice, was one of the immortal prisoners who 
was exposed by the Federals to the fire of the 
Confederate guns at Charleston, S. C. He 
eventually died from these wounds. He mar- 
ried Winifreed (Wincie) Crump, who sur- 
vives him and lives at Morven, N. C. Born 
to them, six children. 


-601 -C-Sothronia Ann Lindsay married Dr. 
William Home Battle, born Dec. 14, 1833, 
died April 29, 1883. They were married 
April 14, 1864. They lived and died near 
Lilesville, N. C. Dr. Battle was a son of 
Judge William Home Battle, Judge of the 
Superior Court of North Carolina and a 
nephew of Dr. Kemp Plummer Battle, Presi- 
dent of the University of North Carolina. 

(A) Mary Lindsay Battle, born Dec. 26, 
1 864 , married Prof. Collier Cobb.-605- 

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(B) Lucy Martin Battle, born Sept. 8, 
1 866, married John Thomas Wall.-606- 

(C) Patty Viola Battle, born Oct. 28, 1869, 
single, Nashville, N. C, teacher. 

(D) Kemp Plummer Battle, born Oct. 28, 
1872, merchant. Pee Dee, N. C, married 
June 28, 1911, Jessie Scoot of Charlotte, N. C. 

(E) Susan Catherine Battle, born Oct. 13, 
1874, died Oct. 1877. 

(F) William Horen Battle Jr., born August 
27, 1879, single. Pee Dee, N. C. 

-604-A-Mary Lindsay Battle married Prof. 
Collier Cobb, who is Professor of Geology at 
University of North Carolina, at Chapel 
Hill, N. C. He is a graduate of Wake Forest 
College and of Harvard University. She died 
Nov. 27, 1900. Children: 

(A) Prof. William Battle Cobb, born Nov. 
18, 1891, Prof, of Agronomy at Tulane Uni- 
versity, Baton Rouge, La., married Eva 
Cahoon of Columbia, S. C. 

(B) Collier Cobb Jr., born Dec. 1893. 

(C) Mary Cobb, born January 9, 1899. 


-604-B-Lucy Martin Battle married John 
Thomas Wall, born March 11, 1856, died 
April 12, 19C8. She resides at Pee Dee, N. C. 
Children: ■^ 

(A) Martha Adele Wall, born May 20,1896, 
on Nov. 21, 1917, married George Washington 
Bacon, born January 15, 1893, Superintendent 
of Carolina Light and Power Company, Ral- 
eigh, N. C. 

(B) Lucy Martin Wall and John Thomas 
Wall, twins, born Dec. 23, 1899. 

(C) Stephen Graham Wall, born Feb. 25, 

(D) Charles Lindsay Wall, born May 17, 

607 (See 930) 

Joseph Pearson Smith, born, lived, died and 
buried in Anson County, N. C, was born 
August 10, 1815, died 1862, married Mary 
Aleff Cooper, born August 7, 1822, died Feb. 
10, 1893. They were married May 1, 1836. 
She was the daughter of John and Mary 
Williams Cooper and a sister of Richard 
Franklin Cooper, Elizabeth Cooper and Wil- 
liam Cooper, all of Duplin County, N. C. 
Mary Williams Cooper was a daughter of 
Robert Williams who married a Best and came 
from Va. and located at Snow Hill, N. C. 

Children of Joseph Pearson Smith and 
Mary Aleff Cooper: 

(A) Mary Elizabeth Smith, born Feb. 16, 

1839, died July 11, 1917, married March 4, 
1854 Captain John Blassingame of Columbia, 
S. C. Both dead and no issue. 

(B) Eliza Jane Smith, born January II, 

1840, died Oct. 23, 1840. 

(C) John James Smith, born January 22. 
1843. died about 1858. 

(D) Cornelia Ann Smith, born Dec. 10, 

1845, on Dec. 19, 1851 married Preston Cor- 
nelius Johnston. -608- 

(E) Joseph Pearson Smith Jr., born Nov. 5, 

1846, on Dec. 5. 1895 married Ella McAlhany. 
-St. George, S. C. 

(F) Carolina Smith, born January 6, 1849. 
on Sept. 27. 1877 married David G. McRea. 
They reside at 428 Peachtree Street, Atlanta. 

(G) William L. Smith, born 1858. killed by 

(H) Bright Dearwell Smith, born Dec. 26, 
1855, died Dec. 9, 1916, and on March 29, 
1880 married Lewis C. Cannon. -751- 

(1) Frances Eulalia Smith, born June 6, 
1858, married Nov. 9, 1897 to John A. Red- 
head.- -St. George, S. C. 



Spartenburg, S. C. Children: 

(A) Preston Cornelius Johnston Jr., born 
Nov. 2, 1863, married Talula Ann Minus.-615- 

(B) Joseph Pearson Johnston, born April 16, 
1865, married Mamie Carr.-614- 

(C) Nellie Johnston, born January 5, 1857, 
married William Adolphus Fowler.-613- 

(D) William Charles Cooper Johnston, 
born June 6, 1869, married Nellie Gertrude 
Minus. -612- 

(E) Richard Aquilla Johnston, born July 
27, 1871, married Mary Porche Gelzer.-6I 1- 

(F) Smith Legare Johnston, born June 4. 
1875. married Bessie Shingler.-610-, then 
married Julie Hard. -6 10- 

(G) Lela Bessie Johnston, born Feb. 26, 
1877, on May 9. 1898 married John Earl 
Bomar, Spartenburg, S. C. She died March 4, 
1903. No issue. 

(H) John Blassingame Johnston, born Feb. 
20. 1879. married Alma Ethel McCoy.-609- 

(1) Carlisle Johnston, born July 5. 1881. mar- 
ried Bessie Price. -6 16- 

(J) Mary Cooper Johnston, born May 2. 

1884. married Leon Alston Reed, of St. 
George. S. C. on Dec. 9. 1908. 

(K) McRea Bright Johnston, born April 14. 

1885. married Sarah Brennan of Columbia, 

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S. C, Aug. 8, 1908. Children: Mary Prin 
Rose Johnston, born Feb. 17, 1910; Sarah 
Allen Johnston, born June 16, 1912; McRea 
Bright Johnston Jr., born Jan. 10, 1914; 
Preston Cornelius Johnston, born Sept. 2, 

(L) Annie Cornelius Johnston, born June 
30, 1890, married Nov. 15, 1915, Claud Can- 
non, Spartensburg, N. C. One child, Richard 
Cannon, January 6, 1919. 

-608-H-John Blassingame Johnston, on May 
11, 1908 married Alma Ethel McCoy of Holly 
Hill, S. C. Children: 

(A) McCoy Johnston, born March 18, 1909. 

(B) Preston Cornelius Johnston, May 23, 
1911, died Jan. 14, 1912. 

(C) John Blassingame Johnston Jr., born 
Feb. 21, 1913. 

(D) Richard Aquilla Johnston, born Feb. 
10, 1914. 

(E) Howard Cooper Johnston, born March 
2 7,1915. 

(F) Alme Ethel Johnston, born Aug. 9, 191 7. 

(G) Olive Virginia Johnston, born July 2, 

-608-F-Smith Legare Johnston, Oct. 25, 
1904, married Bessie Shingler of Holly Hill, 
S. C. She died Aug. 2, 1906. One child, Bessie 
Shingler Johnston, April 17, 1906. Then on 
July 7, 1907 he married Julia Hard. One 
child, JuHa Johnston, Oct. 6, 1909. 


-608-E-Richard Aquilla Johnston, on Dec. 
2 , 1 898, married Mary Porche Gelzer of Char- 
leston, S. C. Children: May Louisa Johnston, 
July 2 7, 1900; Evylene Johnston, Oct. 10, 1910. 


-608-D-William Charles Cooper Johnston 
on Aug. 20, 1897, married Nellie Gertrude 
Minus, Branchville, S. C. He died March 12, 
1902. Children: Lula Gertrude Johnston, 
Nov. 5, 1899; William Cooper Johnston, 
Oct. 4, 1901. 


-608-C-Nellie Johnston on June 3, 1892 
married William Adolphus Fowler, Sparten- 
burg. S. C. Children: 

(A) Mary Aleff , Cooper Fowler, born July 6, 
1894, married Al. Weisburg, Durham, N. C, 
on June 14, 1917. One child, Mary Aleff 
Cooper Weisburg. 

(B) Nancy Belle Fowler, born April 30, 

(C) James Fowler, born March 4, 1898. 

(D) Ann Fowler, born June 24, 1900. 

(E) Adolphus Fowler, born August 4, 1904. 


-608-B-Joseph Pearson Johnston, on May 7, 
1893 married Mamie Carr of Grover, S. C. 
They live at St. George, S. C. Children: 

(A) Mamie Carr Johnston, born June 11, 
1894, on April 19, 1913, married John Henry 
Behlinge. One child, John Henry Behlingejr., 
born March 2, 1914. 

(B) Annie Rel Johnston, born June 8, 1896. 

(C) Frances Eulalia Johnston, born June 2, 
1897, married Nov. 17, 1913, Isaac Max 
Minus, St. George, S. C. Children: Frances 
Eulalia Minus, January 4, 1915; Maxwell 
Minus, June 15, 1917; Laura Minus, June 15, 

(D) Joseph Pearson Johnston, Jr., born 
April 5, 1899. 

(E) Vera Johnston. 


-608-B-Preston Cornelius Johnston, Nov. 6, 
1889, married Talula Ann Minus; he died 
January 9, 1913. Children 

(A) Joseph Preston Johnston, born June 3, 
1892, on May 2, 1914, married Carrie Lou 
Rucker of St. George, S C. 

(B) William Edward Johnston, born July 
3, 1894, on Nov. 1, 1920, married Annie Lee 
Myers, St. George, S. C. 

(C) Preston Cornelius Johnston, Oct. 4, 
1898 married Louise King of Grover, S. C. 

(C) Floyd Johnston, born Nov. 2, 1899. 

(D) Ray Johnston, born June 5, 1902. 

(E) Margaret Johnston, born Dec. 2 1904. 

(F) Annei Lee Johnston, born June 17, 1907. 

(G) Virginia Johnston, born May 22, 1909. 


-608-1 -Carlisle Johnston, Oct. 6, 1905, mar- 
ried Bessie Price. Children: 

(A) Carlisle Johnston Jr., born July 26, 

(B) Bessie Leora Johnston, born Feb. 18, 

(C) Sabie Johnston, born March 6, 1910. 

(D) Laverne Johnston, born January 30, 

(E) William Price Johnston, born June 16, 

(F) Mabel Clare Johnston, born June 16, 

(G) Guyndolin Johnston, born August 4, 

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617 (See 932) 
Samuel Smith, born Nov 5, 1809, died 
Sept. 9, 1879, married Jane Henderson 
Meacham. born 1819, died 1863. Samuel 
Smith was born in Anson County, N. C, and 
there spent the most of his life. Early in life 
he became a member of the church and was 
ever afterwards a consistent member. He 
was a planter by occupation and devoted the 
whole of his life to it. He cared nothing for 
politics and never sought any political honors 
of any character. Settled his troubles with his 
neighbors in a friendly way. He was a slave- 
owner but after the war accepted conditions 
and in old age went to the field and did his 
part in the cultivation and gathering of crops. 
He was an upright and high-minded citizen 
of the old ante-bellum days, a defender of 
Southern rights, and lost not only property 
as the result of the rebellion, but was the grief- 
stricken father of two boys who died on the 
battlefield in the defense of the cause the 
father loved. In 1858 he moved from N. C. 
to Miss, and purchased a farm in Holmes 
County, and land adjoining the plantation of 
the father of Gov. Neele. He died and was 
buried in that county. Children: 

(A) James Marshall Smith, born April 9, 
1840, enlisted as a Confederate in Co. C, 14th. 
Regiment, N. C Volunteers; was wounded at 
Williamsburg, Va. on the battlefield and 
returned to Anson County and in 1 862 died 
from the wound and was buried in Smith- 
Nelme Cemetery, Anson County. 

(B) Ann Elizabeth Smith, born Oct. 9, 
1842, died April 17, 1859. 

(C) William Joseph Smith, born January 6, 
1845, killed on the battlefield as a Confeder- 
ate soldier. 

(D) Martha Aleff Smith, born June 19, 
1847, died Nov. 9, 1919, married Martin 
Luther Ray, who died 1920. Children: William 
Ray, Halbert Ray, Jasper Tenn. ; Jesse Ray, 
Florala, Ala.; Luther Ray, Florala, Ala.; 
Margaret Ray married and lives at Anda- 
lusia, Ala.; Annie Ray, Florala, Ala.; John 
Ray, died 1899; Mary Ray. 

(E) Mary Jane Smith, born Oct. 13, 1849, 
on January 9, 1873 married John Calhoun 
Cooper, born 1849, died 1908. She lives at 
New Hebron, Miss. Eight children, three of 
whom are living. 

(1) Caroline Bell Cooper, born Dec. 17, 
1873, on Oct. 27, 1892, married Thomas Edgar 
Spell, foreman construction gang on railroad 
between Memphis and New Orleans. Chil- 
dren: Eva Ola Spell, Dec. 12, 1893; Edna 

Irene Spell, July 26, 1895; Annie Vivine Spell. 
July 22, 1920. 

(2) Edith Ola Cooper, born Dec. 4, 1893 
married David Corum on Dec. 23, 1914. Dun- 
can, Miss. 

(3) Irene Cooper, born July 23, 1895, on 
Feb. 2, 1910 married Luther Bush, Lawrence, 

(F) Rufus Alexander Smith, born Nov. 18, 
1855, died Oct. 12, 1855. 

(G) Azalia Flake Smith, born June 7, 1857, 
died July 2, 1904, married in 1879 to Blanchard 
Harper Cooper, Lexington, Miss. One child, 
Mary Ray Cooper, July 2, 1904. 

(H) John Gaston Smith, born Dec. 18, 
1851, married Ella Rosalie Dawson. -61 8- 



John Gaston Smith, No. 1 302 Carondelet 
Street, New Orleans, La., on Dec. 2, 1881 
married Ella Rosalie Dawson, born Feb. 8, 
1860, daughter of John Wilson Dawson and 
Georgia Virginia Sanders, his wife. Children: 

(A) James Marshall Smith, born Aug. 13, 
1887, married June 17, 1919 to Katherine 
Stumpf, born 1892. 

(B) Preston Lamar Smith, born Oct. 2, 
1889, married Sept. 28, 1915 to Elvira Norton, 
born Feb. 23, 1897. 

(C) Jennie Lynn Smith, born Oct. 13, 1894. 

(D) Alen Olivia Smith, born July 25, 1897. 

(E) Bryan Thomas Smith, born July 14, 

(F) John Denson Smith, born July 19, 1903. 

619 (See 908) 
William Gaston Smith, born 1802, lived 
and died in Anson County, N. C, 1879, 
married Eliza Sydnor Nelme, (806) Sept. 29, 

She was born 1814, died- 1873, Children: 

(A) Ann Eugenia Smith, born Sept. 23, 1832, 
married Dr. John Guynn Smith. -620- 

(B) Presley Nelme Smith, married Sarah 
Leak Cole.-642- 

(C) John Gaston Smith, died when a child. 

(D) Mary Jane Smith, married Oliver Berry 
Bennett. -635- 

(E) Charles Eben Smith, married Sarah 
Ann Brown. -636- 

(F) Eliza Catherine Smith, married Henry 
W. Robinson.-632- 

(G) William Alexander Smith, married Mary 
Jane Bennett,-631-and after her death, married 
Nancy Jane Flake. 

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(H) Sarah Aleff Smith, married Lewis 
WiUiams and after his death married Nicholas 
WilHam Lilhngton.-(See 934 and 847) 

620 (See 933) 



Ann Eugenia Smith, married Dr. John 

Guynn Smith, son of Eli Smith and Sarah 

Hicks. (See 710-6) He was born in 1822 and 

both died in 1894. Children: 

(A) Ida Nelme Smith, born April 17, 1856, 
married James Burdette Gillis.-630- 

(B) Lina Hicks Smith, born Oct. 13, 1857, 
married Pickney Edmus Shofner.-629- 

(C) William Gaston Smith, born May 3, 
1859, married Minnie Jackson Freeman. -62 8- 

(D) Charles Clifton Smith, born Feb. 27, 
1862, married Lavonia Matilda Woodruff. -62 3- 

(E) Joseph Presly Smith, born July 9, 1864, 
superintendent of Light Plant, Fairland, 
Okla., married Minta Amelia Hill. 

(F) Walter Lee Smith, born Feb. 23, 1866, 
married Minnie Ola Burlingame.-622- 

(G) Anne Eliza Smith, born Dec. 7, 1868, 
married James Elmley Farmer. -62 i - 


-620-G-Annie Eliza Smith, on Nov. 10, 
1898, married James Elmley Warner, New- 
berry, Oregon. He was born Aug. 11,1 879. 

Children: Clyde Guynn Warner, July 21, 
1899; Percy James Warner, May 4, 1902; 
Edna Eugenia Warner. 

-620-F-Walter Lee Smith, Gravatee, Arkan- 
sas, June 16, 1896, married Minnie Ola Burl- 
ingame. Children; Zeta Lee Smith, March 2 9, 
1898; Ross Ray Smith, July 7, 1900; Lora 
SelmaSmith, Oct. 24. 1902. 



Charles Clifton Smith, Afton, Okla., on 
May 3, 1882, married Lavonia Matilda Wood- 
ruff, born January 14, 1864. Children: 

(A) John Laster Smith, born Feb. 24, 1883, 
married Myrtle Marie Bruce. -62 7- 

(B) Minnie Kellum Smith, born March 25, 
1885, married Henry Flake.-626- 

(C) James Clifton Smith, born Sept. 19, 
1887, married Tilla Rosaline Bennett.-625- 

(D) Eugene Jasper Smith, born May 28, 
1889, married Katherine Collins. -62 4- 

(E) Mary Catherine (Kate) Smith, born 
Feb 20, 1890, married Charles Gandy, born 

May 14, 1885, Tulsa, Okla. They were 
married Feb. 10, 1919. One child. 

(F) Frank Charles Smith, born Nov. 7, 
1 900, married Gertrude . 

(G) Ida May Belle Smith, born January 25, 

(H) Myrtle Ehzabeth Smith, born July 18, 
1 898, married on Dec. 24, 1 9 1 5 to Ralph Finton 
Lowe, born Dec. 2 5, 1894. Kansas City, Mo. 


-623-D-Eugene Jasper Smith, married Cath- 
erine (Kate) Ann Collins, born Nov. 20, 1889, 
R. R. 10, Vinton, Okla. Children: 

(A) Mattie Duffin Smith, born Oct. 8, 1 909. 

(B) Dora Tate Smith, born Sept. 20, 1911. 

(C) Pauline Ruth Smith, born Aug. 9, 1914. 

(D) Bettie Emaline Smith, born July 15, 


-623-C-James Clifton Smith, January 10, 

1900, married Tilla Rosaline Bennett, born 

Dec. 12, 1885. Kansas City, Mo. Children: 

(A) Leola Matilda Smith, born Oct. 24, 1 91 0. 

(B) Nola Lavinia Smith, born Sept. 1, 1915. 


-623-B-Minnie Kellum Smith, on June 9, 
1900 married Henry Flake, born June 9, 1883. 
Vinta, Okla. Children: 

(A) Lula May Flake, born June 10, 1901. 

(B) Susan Adeline Flake, born Oct. 7, 1903. 

(C) Albert Flake, born Oct. 20, 1905. 

-623-A-John Laster Smith, on Oct. 13, 1903, 
married Myrtle Marie Bruce, born Dec. 24, 
1885. Pryor, Okla. Children: 

(A) Ethel Irene Smith, born Sept. 26, 1904. 

(B) Lester Lloyd Smith, born Nov. 11,1 908. 

(C) Emmat Smith, born January 2, 1912. 

(D) Vada Nadine Smith, born Feb 22, 1914. 
(E John LeRoy Smith, born April 5, 1916. 
(F) David Bruce Smith, born Dec. 12, 1919. 



William Gaston Smith, on January 14, 1886, 
married Minnie Jackson Freeman. Cleora, 
Okla. Children: 

(A) Minnie Alice Smith, born January I , 
1889, died June 12, 1898. 

(B) William Eugene Smith, born Sept. 16, 
1895, married Elsie Mary Woods. Children: 
Freeman William Smith, July 6, 1915; Zola 
Margarite Smith, Aug. 12, 1918. 

(C) Sidney Lee Smith, born May 22, 1898, 
married Savora Blanch. 

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(D) Earl Freeman Smith, born Sept. 26, 

(E) Emon May Smith, born Oct. 9, 1906. 

(F) Vada Smith. 

(G) Hugh Edgar Smith, born January I 1 , 
1887, married Dollie Ernstine Fortner. Chil- 
dren: Pennie Maxine Smith, Feb. 17, 1921. 



Lina Hicks Smith married Pickney Edmus 
Shofner, born Oct. 23, 1834. Prairie Grove, 
Arkansas, farmer. Children: 

(A) Eugene McGill Shofner, born 1884, died 

(B) James Augustus Shofner, born April 1 0, 

1886, married Mabel Geneva Alderman on 
Oct. 20, 1920. Gigheart, Okla. 

(C) Elmus Manning Shofner, born Oct. 3, 

1887, married Mabel Hatcher, born May II, 
1892. Twins, Edna May and Elmus Shofner, 
Dec. 12, 1913. Elmus died Feb. 2, 1914. 

(D) Martin Frederick Shofner, born 1890, 
died 1919. 

(E) Mary Nelme Shofner, born Sept. 26, 
1892, on Sept. 29, 1912, married LeRoy Went- 
worth Dyer, born July 10, 1888.-630- 

(F) John Wesley Shofner, born January 1 , 

(G) Pinkney Burdette Shofner, born May 
24, 1897, married Martha E. Hartly. Two 
children: Una Inez, Aug. 18, 1919, Mary 
Elizabeth, Feb. 5, 1920. 

(H) Virginia Shofner, born April 3, 1900. 

Ida Nelme Smith, on June 20, 1884, married 
James Burdette Gillis, merchant, Prairie 
Grove, Arkansas. He was the son of James 
Burdette Gillis and Temperance Sadbury, his 
wife, and was a Confederate soldier, member of 
4th Regiment, N. C. Cavalry, Captain Johnson 
Company, Ferebee Brigade. Enlisted 1861. 
Mrs. Gillis died June 15, 1912. Children: 

(A) Frances Alice Gillis, born Feb. 23, 1885, 
on Dec. 23, 1906, married Frederick Ewing 
Mathews, Vina Grove, Arkansas. He is 
manager of a broom factory, member of 
School Board, a Justice of the Peace, Steward 
in the M. E. Church, and a Master Mason. 
Children: Roderick Gaston Mathews, born 
Feb. 24, 1912; Frances May Mathews, born 
Dec. 18, 1914; Mary Frederick Mathews, 
born Feb. 15, 1917. 

(B) Jennie Etta Gillis, born Dec. 15, 1887, 
died Aug., 1888. 

(C) James Burdette Gillis, born Feb. 7. 1889, 
and on Aug. 15, 1909, married Catherine Nuse, 
born August 2, 1889. Gumright, Okla. Chil- 
dren: Irene Gillis, Nov. 30, 1910; Mary Ida 
Gillis, January 17, 1912 ; James William Gillis, 
May 17, 1913; Elton H. Gillis, Sept. 18, 1915; 
Vada Frances Gillis, April 2, 1920. 

631 (See 969-969-970) 

Gen. William Alexander Smith, who has 
gathered and compiled a very large part of 
the matter, and written numerous sketches of 
this volume, Ansonville, N. C, was born 
January 1 1, 1843, near to the home where he 
now lives. He married Mary Jane Bennett on 
Dec. 23, 1869. She was born Feb. 21, 1842, 
died June 20, 1914. (See Table-806 H-F) 

(A) Etta Smith, born Nov. 25, 1870, died 
Jan. 11, 1888. 

(B) Nona Smith, born Dec. 24, 1872, died 
Nov. 14, 1877. 

(C) Infant, born Aug. 11, 1875, died the 
same day. 

August 29, 1916, Gen. Smith married 
Nancy Jane Flake, born Dec. 24, 1859, of 
Lilesville, N. C. (See-338-) (See 91 1). 

632 (See 931) 


Eliza Catherine Smith, born Nov. 22, 1839, 
on Dec. 7, 1862, married Henry W. Robinson, 
born 1833, died 1885. He was a member of 
Company C Anson County Guards, 14th 
Regiment, Confederate army. He was a son 
of Thomas Robinson and Elizabeth Aulds. 

(A) Annie Elizabeth Robinson, born Jan- 
uary 2 1 , 1864, died Sept. 22, 1866. 

(B) Edgar Smith Robinson, born Oct. 2 1 , 
1866, died Aug. 4, 1911. 

(C) William Aulds Robinson, born April 12, 
1869, on Aug. 10, 1904, married Sarah Lizzie 

(D) Thomas Nelme Smith, born January 2 1 , 
1871 , married a Miss Gaddy.- 

(E) Henry Eugene Smith, born May 27, 
1 873, married Mary Timmons.-634- 

(F) John Elwyn Robinson, born July 12, 
1875, died March 1, 1876. 

(G) Charles Oscar Robinson, born Nov. 16, 
1882, died Nov. 12, 1911. 

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William Auld Robinson, married Sarah 
Lizzie Bean, born Feb. 22, 1883, daughter of 
Andrew Jesse Bean, who was born Oct. 8, 1856, 
died Sept. 1, 1908. Children: 

(A) Ethel Kate Robinson, born Oct. 14, 

(B) Mary Smith Robinson, born Sept. 1 

(C) Sarah Louise Robinson, born Oct. 5, 

(D) Willie May Robinson, born January 24, 

-632-E-Henry Eugene Robinson, in 1897 
married Mary Timmons, who is descended 
from Major Sam Timmons and Sarah Hendrix, 
early arrivals from England, and from Thomas 
Streator of Scotland, and Mary Jernigan from 
Ireland, early arrivals in South Carolina. 

(A) Leon Robinson, born 1899. 

(B) Myrtle Robinson, born 1901. Steno- 

(C) Fay Robinson, born 1903. 

(D) James Robinson, born 1905, killed by 

(E) William Robinson, died 1906. 



Mary Jane Smith, born Nov. 12, 1836, in 
Anson County, N. C, died about 1906, married 
on October 2, 1856 to Oliver Berry Bennett 
now dead. Buried at Thomasville, Georgia. 
No issue. 



Charles Ebenezer Smith, born March 5, 
1838, Anson County, N.C., died 1898. On 
March 31, 1858 he married Sarah Ann Brown, 
born 1839, died 1898. Children: 

(A) Anna Smith, born 1859, died 1860. 

(B) WiUiam Hamet Smith, born July 31, 
1860, married Minnie Maud Montana.- 

(C) Eliza Indie Nelme Smith, born Nov. 25, 
1862, married Walter C. Stevenson, and then 
Milton A. Bell.-639- 

(D) Charles Nelme Smith, born January 29, 
1865, died Oct. 11, 1873. 

(E) Henry Robinson Smith, born Feb. 7, 
1858, married Margaret McEachern.-638- 

(F) Ebenezer Alexander Smith, born April 7, 
1870, died July 27, 1881. 

(G) Mattie Sydnor Smith, born Nov. 27, 
1873, died Nov. 28, 1873. 

(H) Robert Weaver Smith, born Nov. 23, 
1875, died Feb. 23, 1900. 

(I) Charles Herbert Smith, born April 23, 
1877 married Lena Fletcher. -637- 

-636-I-Charles Herbert Smith on Sept. I, 
1901, married Lena Fletcher, born January 9, 
1882. Farmer and R. F. D. mail carrier, R. 
4. Memphis, Tenn. Children: 

(A) Ada Lee Smith, born April 16, 1903. 
In college 1920. 

(B) Charles Herbert Smith, born Aug. 8, 
1905, died Dec. 12, 1907. 

(C) Clarence Earl Smith, born January 18, 

(D) John Thomas Smith, born Sept. 6, 1912. 

(E) Herbert Fletcher Smith, born May 15, 

(F) Lena Margaret Smith, born January 23, 


-636-E-Henry Robinson Smith, on January 
18, 1890 married Margaret McEachern. He 
died Dec. 12, 1912. She lives near Memphis, 
Tenn. Children: 

(A) John Harvey Smith, born Dec. 31 , 1893. 

(B) Henry Robinson Smith, born March 14, 


Eliza Indie Nelme Smith, married Walter 
C. Stevenson, who died in 1897. Children: 

(A) Ebenezer Franklin Stevenson, born 
August 2, 1885, married Nellie Fisher in 1904. 
One child: Mary Nelle Stevenson, 1909. 

(B) Lovie Indie Stevenson, born January 1, 
1888, married in 1908 to Frederick Kemp 
Turner, 1605, East Moreland Avenue, Mem- 
phis, Tenn. He is dead. She is a book-keeper. 

Children: Frederick Kemp Turner, l9l3; 
Stevenson Smith Turner, 191 7. 

After the death of her first husband, Eliza 
Indie Nelme Smith Stevenson married Milton 
A. Bell, civil engineer, 1605 East Moreland 
Avenue, Memphis, Tenn. Mr. Bell enlisted 
in the World War and became Adjt. to Col. 
E. C. Huber, Commanding Officer of Hospital 
Center, and held that position until the aban- 
donment in 1919. He was discharged June 17, 
1919. He was in the Government service on 
Panama canal as civil engineer in 1909-10. 

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-639-A-Ebenezer Franklin Stevenson, after 
the death of his first wife, Nellie Fisher, 
married in 1919 Bertha Long of Tupilo, Miss. 
He enlisted in 1917 in the World War in Com- 
pany C. 28th. engineers, received training as 
a soldier at Camp Meade, near Baltimore, 
was in two j-ears, was in the Argonne engage- 
ment. Is traffic manager, Phoeniz Branch 
of Southern Pacific Railroad and located at 
Tucson, Arizona. 



William Hamet Smith, farmer, Desmond, 
Arkansas, married Minnie Maud Montana. 

(A) William Hamet Smith Jr, born June 23, 

1887, married Elizabeth Latham, born Oct. 6, 

1888, They were married Feb. 23, 1906. 

(B) Walter Carlton Smith, born Sept. 15, 

1889, married Nellie Sloan Presley, born 
March 29, 1889. Married March 29, 1911. 
Children: Minnie Maud Smith, August 15, 
1912; Walter Carlton Smith, Dec. 20, 1914. 

(C) Francis Morgan Smith, born January 25, 
1892, died Nov. 1893. 

(D) Indie Alida Smith, born Feb. 23. 1893, 
died April 1, 1898. 

(E) Miner Francis Smith, born Sept. 14, 
1896, married on Aug. 25, 1919 to Bennie 
Belle Jaco. One child. Dorothy Elizabeth, 
born Feb. 4, 1921. Bennie Belle Jaco was 
born March 20, 1902. They live 410 West 
Franklin Street. Forest City, Arkansas. 

(F) Minnie Maud Smith, born Sept. 4, 1899, 
married Oct. 14, 1917, Herbert Mazwel Nelson, 
born March 29, 1896. One child: Rubie 
Maud Nelson, June 30, 1920. 

(G) Jane Pet Smith, born Oct. 19, 1902. 
In college in 1920, Desmond. Arkansas. 



Presley Nelme Smith, born July 26. 1835, 
died January 11, 1900, was born in Anson 
County, N. C, and married Sarah Steel Leak 
Cole, born June 12, 1838, died January 12. 
1915. She was the daughter of Steven William 
Cole, born January 1. 181 3. died Sept. 19, 1889, 
married Tabitha Randall Ledbetter, born 
July 4, 1811, died Sept, 17, 1858, Steven 
William Cole was son of William Tery Cole, 
born 1785, died 1814, married Judith Mosely 
Leak, born 1789, died 1868. His father 
Steven Cole, born 1760, died 1820, married in 

I 782 , Nancy Terry, born I 762 , died 1810. His 
father, John Cole, born Nov. 9, 1 738, died 1 797, 
married Jane Rounds. John Cole was com- 
missioned as Ensign, Dec. 4, 1776, and is last 
reported on the return of officers of the 10th. 
Penna. Reg. for the period from January 1777 
to June 24, 1778 with the remarks: "That he 
was rendered supernumerary on the con- 
solidation of the 10 with the 1 1 Penna. Regi- 
ment" and that he was: "To be especially 
recommended". The above is a portion of 
John Cole's record, copied from the record 
and pension office, Washington, D. C. 

Children of Presley Nelme Smith and Sarah 
Steel Leak Cole: 

(A) Annie Cole Smith, born Dec. 12. 1869 
married WiUiam Alfred Winburn.-644- 

(B) Mary Ledbetter Smith, born June 15, 

1871, teacher. No. 5 East 35th. Street, Sav- 
annah, Georgia. -648- 

(C) Sallie Shelton Smith, born Sept. 30. 
1875, married Peter Frank Down. -643- 


-642-B-Sallie Shelton Smith, on Oct. 11. 
1902 married Peter Frank Down, born May 26, 

1872, No. 197, Milledge Avenue, Athens, 
Georgia. Child: 

(A) Raiford Franklin Down, Oct. 11, 1902. 


-642-A-Annie Cole Smith, on July II. 1888 
married William Alfred Winburn. born Oct. 19. 
1863, railroad. Savannah, Georgia. Chil- 

(A) WiUiam Alfred Winburn Jr., born 
May 17, 1889, railroad. Savannah, Georgia. 

(B) Susan Cole Winburn, born April 1 1 , 

(C) James Randall Winburn, born Nov. 29, 
1898, married Virginia Van Giesen.-645- 


-644-C-James Randall Winburn was edu- 
cated in the Savannah Public Schools and on 
May 5, 1918, married Virginia Van Giesen, 
born, Oct. 28. 1899 at Savannah, Georgia. 

-644-B-Susan Cole Winburn was educated 
at the National Cathedral School of 
Washington, D. C, and is a very gifted 
violinist. Dec. 9, 1914, she married Dr. 
Antonio Johnston Waring Jr., of Savannah, 
Georgia. He was born Nov. 28, 1881, grad- 
uated in medicine at Yale University, practiced 
his profession in Savannah. He enlisted in 
the World War, was later given the rank of 
Captain and served in the hospital in Lake- 
wood, New Jersey. He is a baby specialist 

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and follows his profession in Savannah. 
Children: Antonio Johnston Waring, Aug. 17, 
1913; Anne Waring March 16, 1918. 


-644-A-William Alfred Winburn Jr., was 
educated in the Savannah High School and 
the University of Georgia, went into the service 
of the Central Railroad of Georgia. He entered 
in the service of the government at the begin- 
ing of the World War as a private in the 
quartersmaster's corps. He served two months 
and was made a lieutenant, transferred to the 
transportation department and sent to France. 
After serving a year, he was promoted to 
captain and served in France twenty two 
months. He is now soliciting freight agent 
of Central Georgia Railroad. 

-642 -B-Mary Ledbetter Smith was educated 
at Ashville Female College, North Carolina 
and is teacher of Domestic Science in Junior 
High School, Savannah, Georgia. 


-600-A-Catherine Smith, born 1800, married 
Taylor Caraway and they moved to Miss. 
Three children then: 

(A) John Caraway. 

(B) Labon Caraway. 

(C) Taylor Caraway. 



Jesse Smith, born in Anson County, N. C, 
about 1780, married Mary Seago and lived, 
died and was buried in that County. Children: 

(A) Mary Smith, born Nov. 12, 1810, mar- 
ried Jerry Henry. -701- 

(B) Elizabeth Smith, married Harrison 
Eason and moved to Byhalia, Miss. 



Mary Smith, born Nov. 12, 1810, died 
January 23, 1882, on April 3, 1825, married 
Jerry Henry, farmer, Lilesville, N. C. They 
lived, died and were buried in Anson County, 
N. C. Children: 

(A) Jesse Tolly Henry, born Feb. 17, 1828, 
died 1864.-705- 

(B) Mary Ann Henry, born April 7, 1830, 
married Jesse Cox. -704- 

(C) Burdette Smith Henry, born July 10, 
1835, died Sept. 26, 1898, single. 

(D) Elizabeth Jane Henry, born Sept. 18, 
1843, died July 2 7, 1898, single. 

(E) Tidal Beecher Henry, born Feb. 22, 
1846, married Lila Lucas. -703- 

(F) Victoria Henry, born June 7, 1849, died 
June 10, 1913, single. 

(G) Byron Bivassor Henry, born June 7, 
1852, married Amanda Carroll. -702- 


-701-G-Byron Bivassor Henry, born May 
18, 1852, died January 18, 1914, married 
Amanda Carroll of Thomasville, Georgia, 
born Nov. 22, 1897, dead. Was a farmer, 
lived and died in Anson County, N. C. Children, 

(A) Jesse Carroll Henry, born April 19, 1881 : 
farmer, Lilesville, N. C. 

(B) Tidal Ray Henry, born Dec. 30, 1882, 
attorney, Boston, Mass., on August 2, 1912, 
married Frances Louise Ware of Richmond, 
Va. Children: Frances Carroll Henry, Nov. 
22, 1917; Elizabeth Ware Henry, Oct. 5, 1920. 

(C) Jewell Mary Henry, born May 11, 1885, 
on Dec. 16, 1916, married Benjamin Furman 
Reynolds, Clerk of Court, Rockingham, N. C. 
One child: Benjamin Furman Reynolds Jr., 
Nov. 16, 1916 

(D) Jerry Smith Henry, born April 28, 1889, 
farmer, Lilesville, N. C, on Dec. 15, 1920, 
married Elizabeth Logan French of Houston, 

(E) Byron Vance Henry, born March 15, 

1889, attorney, Wadesboro, N. C. 

(F) Bright Amanda Henry, born January 
11, 1891, Lilesville, N. C. 


-701-E-Tidal Beecher Henry, born Feb. 22, 
1846, died July 29, 1910, was a Confederate 
veteran, farmer and furniture dealer, born, 
lived and died in Anson County, N. C, married 
Lila Lucas of Chester, S. C, also dead. Chil- 

(A) Dr. Tidal Boyce Henry, born July 9, 

1890, Greensboro, N. C, single. 

(B) Osmer L. Henry, born March 31, 1894, 
attorney, Rockingham, N. C. 



Mary Ann Henry, born April 7, 1830, dead, 
married Jesse Cox, dead. Lived, died and was 
buried in Anson County, N. C. Children: 

(A) Wellie Raynor Cox, born Dec. 16, 1852, 
merchant, Lilesville, N. C, married Rosa 
Hough. She died. Then married Addie Fry. 
No issue. 

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(B) Wilder Smith Cox, born Sept. 8, 1854, 
lived, died and was buried at Lilesville, N C, 
married Alice Livingston. One daughter, 
married William Henry of Lilesville. N. C. 

(C) Herndon Hall Cox, born August 20, 
1856, married Ida Hough. He is a cotton 
buyer, Wadesboro, N. C. 

(D) Mary Cox, born April 2 5. 1862, married 
G. Radcliff of Florence, S. C. He is dead. 


-701-A-Jesse Tolly Henry, enlisted in the 
Confederate army, was made lieutenant in 
Co. K, 26 N. C. Regiment, was wounded at 
Gettysburg July 3, 1863, and killed in a skir- 
mish at Burgess Hill in Va. on the Boydton 
plank road, near Boydton, Va., and buried 
there. He left no issue. 


Eli Smith, born in Anson County about 
1778, married Sarah Hicks and perhaps 
lived and died in that county. Children: 

(A) Julia Smith, married Ned Hicks. 

(B) Samuel Smith, left Anson County, N. C, 
and went west. 

(C) Dr. John Guyn Smith, married Eugenia 
Smith.-620-(See 933). 

(D) Thomas Smith, went to California and 
died there. 


Sarah (Sallie) Smith, born in Anson County, 
N. C, about 1778, married George Lindsay. 

(A) Hampton L. Lindsay, married Elizabeth 
(Bettie) Bellew. 

(B) Jane Lindsay, married Axum Saunders. 

(C) Margaret Lindsay, married Robbie May. 

(D) Margery Lindsay, married Wiley Har- 



Samuel Smith, son of John Smith No. 2 , and 
Mary Flake, his wife, grandson of John Smith 
No. 1, and Samuel Flake, the Emigrants, was 
born in Anson County, N. C. about 1780 and 
died in the County about 1873, married 
Margaret (Peggy) Hutchinson, born about 
1793, died about 1875, he dying at the age of 
93 and she dying at the age of 83. They lived 
and died in Anson County. 

They were married March 24, 1816. Child- 

(A) Jemina Smith, born Feb. I, 1817, mar- 
ried Rev. Benjamin Saunders. -760- 

(B) EU Smith, born March 29, 1818, died 
Sept. 29, 1819. 

(C) Nancy Smith, born February 16, 1820, 
married Sydney Luther. - 

(D) Thomas Flake Smith, born January 26, 
1822, married Ma\tha Eason.-759- 

(E) Mary Smith, born Nov. 22, 1823, mar- 
ried Jesse Lindsay. (906) 

(F) Elizabeth Smith, born January 8, 1826, 
married Alfred Dawkins.-755- 

(G) Sarah Margaret Smith, born January 1 7, 
1828, married Benjamin Garris.-754- 

(H) William Hutchinson Smith, born Dec. 
2, 1830, Confederate soldier, killed at the battle 
of Gettysburg, single. 

(1) Martha Hannah Smith, born Nov. 5, 
1832, married William Cox.-753- 

(J) John Culpepper Smith, born January 31 . 
1835, married Elizabeth Livingston. -752- 

(K) Jesse Mercer Smith and Eliza Jane 
Smith, (twins) born Oct. 8, 1837. Eliza Jane 
Smith died single June 16, 1881. Jesse Mer- 
cer Smith married Agnes Jane Diggs.-751- 




Jesse Mercer Smith died Dec. 27, 1913, at 
the home of his daughter, Florence Smith 
Cannon, Atlanta, Ga. He married Agnes Jane 
Diggs, who died Feb. 18, 1920. Four Children: 

(A) Florence Diggs Smith, born Dec. 29, 
1878. In 1895 she moved to Atlanta, Ga., and 
entered the business world. On Sept. 26, 
1 908 she married Joseph Pearson Cannon and 
in 1909 moved to Douglass County, 23 miles 
from Atlanta where they now reside. Joseph 
Pearson Cannon is a son of Bright Dearwell 
Smith and Lewis C. Cannon. -607-H- 

(B) William Henry Smith, born Nov. 22, 
1880, died Dec. 22, 1880. 

(C) Charles Jesse Smith, born August 15, 
1882, an invalid from childhood, lives with his 
sister Florence Smith Cannon. 

(D) Samuel Thomas Smith, born Dec. 12, 
1884, died Oct. 1, 1911 single. 



John Culpepper Smith, born in Anson Coun- 
ty, January 31, 1835, married Elizabeth Liv- 
ingston and moved to Byhalia, Miss., and there 
both died. He is said to have died January 1 1 , 
1863 of typhoid pneumonia in Richmond, Va. 
Was probably a soldier in the Confederate 
army. There are two daughters, one, Lizzie 

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Smith married Calvin T. Lynch and in 1909 
received mail, Box 53, R. F D. R. 3, Byhalia, 


-750-1-Martha Jane Smith married Wi Ham 
Cox and lived at Lilesville, N. C. One child 
was born. Mother and child both dead. 



Sarah Margaret Smith was born, lived and 
died at Lilesville, N. C, married Benjamin 
Garris, dead. Children: 

(A) One girl, who died when small. 

(B) John Thomas Garris, who lives in Liles- 
ville, N. C. 




Elizabeth Smith was born, lived and died 
near Lilesville, N. C, married Alfred Dawkins, 
dead. Children: 

(A) Sarah Jane (Sallie) Dawkins, born April 
II, I860, single Lilesville, N. C. 

(B) William Thomas Dawkins, born Sept. 
29, 1861, married Sallie Morton.-756- 

(C) Margaret Corrinna Dawkins, born Jan- 
uary 5, 1864, married William Rufus Hatcher. - 

(D) Anne Elizabeth Dawkins, born Aug. 3 1 , 
1866, sin- le, Lilesville. 

(E) Samuel Smith Dawkins, born Dec. 26, 
1870, single, farmer, Lilesville, N. C. 


-755-B-William Thomas Dawkins married 
Sallie Morton. He is a carpenter, Lilesville, 
N. C. Children: 

(A) Elizabeth (Bettie) Dawkins, single, 
Lilesville, N. C. 

(B) Ellis Dawkins, married Mattie Dawkins, 
Alando, S. C.-757- 

(C) Lucy Dawkins. 

(D) Edward Dawkins. 

(E) Dumas Dawkins. 

(F) Annie Dawkins. 

(G) Sidney Dawkins. 
(H) Mary Dawkins. 
(1) William Dawkins. 

-756-B-Born to Ellis Dawkins and Mattie 

(A) Goldie Dawkins, born about 1918. 

(B) Elizabeth (Puss) Dawkins, born 1920. 



Farmer, Lilesville, N C. Children: 

(A) William Claud Hatcher, married Cleo 
Adams, Bleaker, Ala., plumber. Children: 
Helen Hatcher born abou 1917; Rose Hatcher 
born about 1919. 

(B) Floy May Hatcher, stenographer, Atlan- 
ta, Ga. 

(C) John Harrison Hatcher, machinist, 
Lilesville, N. C. 

(D) Vernon Liles Hatcher, farmer, Lilesville, 
N. C. 

(E) Alfred (Fred) Hatcher, farmer, Lilesville, 
N. C. 

(F) Kate Hatcher, teacher, Lilesville, N. C. 

(G) Elizabeth Hatcher. 

(H) Margaret Kerr Hatcher. 

-750-D-Thomas Flake Smith, born January 
26, 1822, in Anson County, N. C, married 
Martha Eason of that place and they moved 
to Byhalia, Miss. 



Jemina Smith, born Feb. I, 1817, at Liles- 
ville, N., C. lived and died in that county. She 
married Rev Benjamin Saunders and there 
were born to them fourteen children: 

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to do so. 



800 (See 840) 

Abraham Bellew, born about 1 746, son of 
Isaac Bellew, (see 840) settled in Anson 
County, N. C, married Catherine (Katie) 
Smith, daughter of Phillip Smith. Born to 
them about 1775, Mary Bellew who married 
John Smith No. 3. See Tables 600 to 700 for 

801 (See 839) 

Col. Hugh Montgomery, a native of Ireland, 
closely related to General Richard Montgom- 
ery who fell at the battle of Quebec in 1775, 
married Lady Moore of the nobility He 
emigrated to America, settled in Pennsylvan- 
ia, then moved to Salisbury, N. C, and there 
died Dec. 23, 1779. In the sketch of him can 
be found many of his descendants. 

Nancy Montgomery, their daughter, mar- 
ried Edwin Ingram, who was in the Revolution- 
ary army, (see Wheeler's Reminiscence-, Page 


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396) To them was born Joseph Ingram, also 
called "Red Head" Ingram because his hair 
was red. Tradition is that Joseph Ingram, 
when a boy accompanied Col. Joseph Williams 
in his campaign against the Cherokee Indians. 
This lacks authentic proof and is only tra- 

Joseph ("Red Head") Ingram married 
Catherine (Katie) McCaskill. To them was 
born Ann (Nancy) Montgomery Ingram. She 
married Presly Nelme Jr. -804- 

Malcolm McCaskill, born on the Isle of Skye, 
Scotland, emigrated to North Carolina and 
settled near Grassy Islands, Anson County. 
He had seven children we know of, as follows: 

(A) Catherine (Katie) McCaskill, married 
Joseph ("Red Head") Ingram of Anson County 
as mentioned in 801. 

(B) Effie McCaskill, came to Anson County. 

(D) David McCaskill, came to Anson 

(E) Nancy McCaskill, came to Anson 

(F) Sarah (Sallie) McCaskill, came to Anson 

(G) John McCaskill, went to West Indies. 
(H) Alexander McCaskill, went to West 


Alexander McCaskill was a graduate of the 
University of Glasgow, Scotland. He became 
a Barrister at Law, went to West Indies, and 
there accumulated a large fortune, and died 
without issue. 

John McCaskill also went to West Indies as 
steward to a British nobleman, acquired a 
considerable estate and died a victim of the 
climate and had no issue. Joseph ("Red Head") 
Ingram and a Mr. McGuinn, with Catherine 
McCaskill Ingram were commissioned to ad- 
minister the estates of Alexander and John 
McGaskill. McGuinn went abroad to look 
after the estate but tradition is that he never 
returned to make a report, but located in 
Scotland and is said to have then there lived 
like a prince. In those days it was a "far cry" 
to Scotland, requiring weeks, at times, months 
to cross the Atlantic. These fortunes were not 
necessary, for Joseph Ingram and his wife had 
plenty for all comforts without them. They 
never went to investigate the matter. Eben 
Nelme, the grandson of Joseph Ingram made a 
minute of them. He was an uncle of the writer 
and gave the facts to him. 

W. A. Smith. 

803 (See 841) 

The Fam'ly of Nelme, originally of Norway, 

were there known as Nemj. An emigrant to 

Wales there changed the name to Nelme. 
From there one emigrated to the Isle of Skye, 
Scotland. From there Charles and John emi- 
grated to America. Charles Nelme went west. 
John Nelme located in New York. A son of 
John, named Charles, moved to Virginia and 
there spelt the name Nelms. He married 
Eliza Sydnor. There was born to them, a son 
Presly Nelme-804- 

804 (See 84!) 
-803-Presly Nelme, born in Virginia, moved 
to Franklin Precinct, Province of North Caro- 
lina. Born to him and his wife, Winifred 

(A) Presly Ne'me, Jr., who married (see 801) 
Ann (Nancy) Montgomery Ingram-806- 

(B) Elizabeth Nelme, born Dec. 19, 1774, 
married Mr. Davis. -805- 


-804-B-Elizabeth, died August 19, 1842. 
The given name of Mr Davis is thought to 
have been William J. One child of this union 
was Eben Davis, born June 22, 1802, died 
January 14, 1881. He married twice First 
Susan Martha Sell, on Feb. 13, 1830. After 
her death he married Martha Trimble Green- 
lee. Children were: 

(A) David Lee Davis, born March 12, 1838, 
died Sept 3, 1838 He was by the first wife. 
Children by the second wife were: 

(A) William Greenlee Davis, born January 
I, 1846, died July 13, 1847. 

(B) Eben Nelme Davis Jr., born July 18, 

(C) Robert Charles Davis, born Sept. 14, 
1849, died Aug. 6, 1850. 

(D) Jonathan Presly Davis, born Oct. 23, 

(E) Mary Elizabeth Davis, born July 28, 
1853, died Feb. 19, 1917, married Feb. 11, 
1889, Charles Palark Mosely, grandson of 
George Mosely who emigrated from North 
Carolina to Miss. Their only child, Martha 
Virginia Mosely lives at Holly Springs, Miss. 

(F) Ann Winfred (Nancy) Davis, born 
August 20, 1858, in 1872 or 1873 married 
Presly Starback. 

(G) Emma Frances Davis, born July 18, 
1859, married three times. First married 

Demps E. Britlemun. One child: Ferdinand 
Britlemun, born January, 1878, on May 4, 
1917, married Mary Hopson. 

Second married Robert Johnson Forest 
City, Ark. Two children: August Virginia 
Johnson, born June 9, 1918; Ferdinand Rogers 
Johnson, born Dec, 1919. Third mar iage 
to Hon. C. P. Greenlee, a cousin, of Brinkly, 

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806 (See 842) 

-804-A-Presly Nelme and Ann (Nancy) 
Montgomery Ingram, his wife, had four 

(A) Eliza Sydnor Nelme, born 1814. in 1831 
married Col. William Gaston Smith.-6I9- 
For descendants see 619 to 700. 

(B) Charles Gallatin Nelme, married Kate 
McCorkle. (See sketch of Charles Gallatin 
Nelme.) (843). 

(E) Ebenezer Nelme or Eben Ne'me, mar- 
ried Martha Ann Smith. (See sketch of 
Ebenezer Nelme-806B-.) 

(D) Joseph Presly Nelme, married Sarah 
Parson and then Caroline Pritchard (See 
sketch )-806A. 


-806-D-Dr. Joseph Presly Nelme, born 
Sept. 1, 1825, died Oct. 28, 1878. In 1841, 
when a little past sixteen, he married Sarah 
Parsons, born April 18, 1825, died March 8, 
1850. Children: 

(A) Mary (Mollie) Ann Nelme, born March 
24, 1843, married Capt. Edward Hull Crump. 

(B) Eben Nelme, born Feb. 23, 1845, died 
Oct. 6, 1849. 

(C) Joseph Nelme, died a few hours efter 

Mary (Mollie) Ann Nelme, above mentioned, 
on Oct. 2, 1866, married Captain Edward 
Crump, born Feb. 26, 1838, died Oct. 4, 1878. 
They lived at Hoi y Springs, Miss., and had 

(A) John Crump, born Oct. 25, 1868, died 
March 18, 1900. 

(B) Kate McCorkle Crump, born April 10, 
1870, died June 22, 1902.-806C- 

(C) Edward Crump Jr., born Oct. 2, 1874, 
now residing in Memphis, Tenn. January, 
1902, he married Elizabeth (Bessie) Byrd 
McLean. They have three children: Edward 
Hull Crump, born June 8, 1903; Robert Mc- 
Lean Crump, born Dec 29, 1906; John Crump, 
born Nov. 5, 1911. 

Dr. Joseph Presly Nelme, on January 1 , 
1860, married Caroline Elizabeth Prichard, 
born 1841, ded 1908. Born to them: 

(A) Vieve Nelme, born 1865, died 1885. 

(B) Kate Nelme, born 1857, died 1878. 

(C) Caroline (Olyn) Nelme, born 1870, died 
1911, married Dr. James Soniat, New Orleans, 
La. Children: Olyn Eugenia Soniat, born 
1901 ; Joseph (Jamie) Moore Soniat, born 1901 ; 
Charles Presley Soniat, born 1907. 

(D) Ora Cecilia Nelme, born 1878, married 
George Wilson. No issue. 

-806-E-Ebenezer (Eben) Nelme born Dec. 
21, 181 7, died July 16, 1902. On Dec. 10, 1852, 

he married Martha Ann Smith, born July 
16, 1833, died Dec. 12, 1895. Children: 

(A) Eliza Sydnor Nelme, born January 9, 
1857, married Hamilton Raynor. Kenneth 
Raynor, attorney, Blythesville, Ark., is a son. 

(B) Ebenezer (Eben) Nelme Jr., born Jan- 
uary 9, 1864, on Oct. 10, 1888, married Claudia 
Elizabeth Gibbs, born Sept. 24, 1869. He is a 
farmer. They have three children : Ann Nelme, 
born Dec. 6, 1889; Adeline (Addie) Nelme, 
born Feb. 6, 1 892 ; Elizabeth Sydnor Nelme, 
born Nov. 11, 1905. 

(C) Presley Nelme, born January 22, 1869, 
died 1907. 

Addie Nelme, born Feb. 6, 1892, as above 
mentioned, married R. W. Kelso. They reside 
at Cormorant, Miss. 

Anne Nelme, born Dec. 6, 1889, married 
E. J. Pollard, groceryman. Lake Cormorant, 
Miss. Children: Eben Joyce Pollard, born 
June 11, 1911: Frances Marion Pollard, born 
April 3, 1913; Robert Edward Pollard, born 
Oct. 22, 1916. 

Annie Nelme, Dec. 13, 1913, married R. W. 

(We have copied after data sent us. Evi- 
dently an error. Our book goes to press in a 
few days. We regret we have not time to cor- 
rect it. One of these ladies seems to have mar- 
ried Mr. Kelso. One seems to have married 
Mr. Pollard. We do not know which.) 

-806A-B-Kate McCorkle Crump, about 
1 889, married Jasper Francis Butler. Children : 

(A) Marie Nelme Butler, born Oct. 18, 1890. 

(B) Frances Crump Butler, born August 
24, 1896. 

(C) John Edward Butler, born August 24, 
1898, died July, 1907. 

(D) Olivia Corine Butler, born January 
24, 1902. 

Marie Nelme Butler, on Nov. 6, 1912, mar- 
ried Hugh Rather. Children: Hugh Henry, 
John Edward, born Aug. 26, 1918. 

Frances Crump Butler, on April 29, 1917, 
married Dr. Henry G. Hill. They reside at 
Memphis, Tenn 

Caroline Elizabeth Prichard, born 1841, 
who married Presley Nelme, was a daughter of 
Dr. Jeremiah Prichard and Sarah Cook, his 
wife. Sarah Cook was the daughter of Charles 
Cook. Dr. Prichard was the son of Jeremiah 
Prichard Sr. and Cecilia Wilson, his wife. 
She was the daughter of Abraham Wilson and 
Isabella Duncan, his wife. She was the 
daughter of John Duncan. 

Dr. James Moore Soniat dates h's ancestry 
back to Guy d Soniat .who came to America 
in 1 752 as Captain in the French service. He 

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dated his ancestry back to 850. Guilliama de 
Soniat, who lost his life in the 7th Crusade was 
in this line of descent. 


John Dunn and Frances Dunn, his wife, the 
Emigrants, landed in America about 1 700 to 
1710 (see sketch of The Bennetts). Children: 

(A) Nancy Dunn. 

(B) Mary Dunn. 

(C) Elizabeth Dunn. 

(D) Hannah Dunn. 

(E) Joseph Dunn. 

(F) John Dunn Jr. 

(G) Hezekiah Dunn. 
(H) Leonard Dunn. 

(1) Bartholomew Dunn, born 1716, died 
1 787. His wife's maiden name was Ruth. To 
them was born Isaac Dunn in 1754. In 1776 
he married Mary Sheffeild of Moore County, 
N. C, located in Anson County, N. C, and 
died 1836. She was born 1758 and died 1862. 
They only had one child: Susannah Dunn, who 
married William Bennett. (See sketch of 
Mary Shefleild)-806E- 


The Bennetts: Richard Bennett early came 
to Jamestown. He became Governor. About 
1626, Rev. William Bennett came and next 
year his wife Susannah came. They are said 
to have been brothers and to have been 
nephews of Gen. Richard Bennett who served 
under Sir Oliver Cromwell. Neville and 
William Bennett No. 2, are thought to have 
been sons of Rev. William Bennett, the Emi- 
grant. About 1775 these brothers left the 
eastern shore of Maryland and settled in 
Anson County, N. C. 

William Bennett No. 2 , was a Minister of 
the Baptist Church. He married Miss Huck- 
ston of Maryland. She died and was buried 
there. He served as Chaplain in Wade Militia, 
Salisbury District, N. C, in the Revolutionary 

After coming to Anson County, he married 
Miss Chears of Marboro County, S. C, and is 
buried in that county near "Burnt Factory." 
There were born to him in Maryland, by Miss 
Huckston, two children, she dying sh rtly after 
the second one was born and he then came to 
Anson County. Children: 

A) Elizabeth Bennett, born about 1771, 
came to Anson County as a chi'd, married Mr. 
Covington and there are many descendants of 
them in Anson County, N. C. 

(B) William Bennett No. 3, born 1773, mar- 
ried Susannah Dunn of Anson County (see 
806D), and died 1840 (806-F). 


-806D-B-There were twelve children born to 
William Bennett No. 3 and Susannah Dunn, 
his wife: 

(A) James Bennett, born April 1 3, 1 796, died 
March 1865, married Mary Winfree. 

(B) Neville Bennett, born January 28, 1800, 
died April 1852, married Catherine Harris. 
(See Williams Table I 16 for their descendants.) 

(C) Isham Bennett, born April I, 1803, went 
to Kentucky or to Tenn. 

(D) William Bennett, born Nov. 3, 1804. 

(E) Lemuel Bennett, born April 15, 1806, 
married Jane Little. -806G- 

(F) Carey Bennett, born Oct. 27, 1808, mar- 
ried twice. One wife was a Covington or Hodge 
and then he married Emma Bostic. 

(G) John Bennett, born Sept. 7, 1809. 

(H) Roxanna Bennett, born May 13, 1811, 
died 1874, married John Wesley Flake, and 
their descendants can be seen in Flake Tables 
from 333 to 342. 

(1) Susannah Bennett, married George, the 
son of William Little, and died Oct. 7, 1894. 

(J) Risden Bennett, born March 25, 1816, 
married Miss Ingram. 

(K) Mary Bennett, born June 26, 1820, mar- 
ried Joel Gaddy. 

(L) Nancy Jane Bennett, born Feb. 5, 1823, 
died April 4, 1906, married Benjamin Ingram. 

-806F-E-Lemuel Dunn Bennett, born April 
15, 1806, married Jane Little who was the 
daughter of William Little and his wife, Eliz- 
abeth (Betsy) Steele, the Emigrants from 
England. William Little was born 1777, died 
1847, and in 1798 he married E'izabeth (Betsy) 
Steele of Mallsgate, Longtown, near Bramp- 
ton, Cumberland County, England and with a 
brother, Thomas Little, landed at Charleston, 
S. C. William Little and wife then located in 
Anson County, N. C. (see sketch o!" Lemuel 
Dunn Bennett.) Jane Little, who married 
Lemuel Dunn Bennett, was the oldest child. 
Born to them, eight children, as follows: 

(A) John Washington Bennett who became 
a physician, i See North Carolina Booklet of 
Oct 1917 fo a sketch of him. ) He married 
Lydia Bogan. No issue. Then he married 
Mary Richardson: Children: Purdie Richard- 
son Bennett; Lily Bennett; Clifton G. Bennett. 

(B) Ann Eliza Bennett, married Henry 
Pinkney Townsend of Cabarrus County, N. C. 
They went to Georgia. Children: Laura 
Townsend ; Eugene Townsend ; Donella Town- 
send; Teccah Townsend; Martha Townsend; 
Jane Townsend; Henry Townsend; Pinkney 
Townsend; Hassie Augustus Townsend; John 
Townsend; and Minnie Le; Townsend. 

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(C) William Lemuel Bennett, married Ro- 
melia Adams f Arkansas. Children: Lemuel 
Bennett; Augustu Bennett William Bennett; 
and Arkansas Bennett. 

(D) Thomas Risden Bennett, married Mary 
Townsend. Children: Rosa Bennett; Laura 
Bennett; Thomas Ross Bennett; Elfleda Ben- 
nett; and Jane Bennett. 

(E) Captain Frank Bennett married Eliza- 
beth Curry of South Caro ina. Children: 
Frank Bennett Jr.; Elizabeth (L.C.) Curry 

(F) Mary Jane Bennett, born Feb. 2 1 , 1842 , 
died June 20, 1914, was buried in Anson Coun- 
ty, N C. (see Mary Jane Bennett sketch.) 
She married Gen. William Alexander Smith, 
one of the compilers of this book (see 631 and 
sketch of him.) Three children: Etta Smith, 
born Nov. 23, 1870, died January M, 1888; 
Nona Smith, born Dec. 24, 1872, died Nov. 14, 
1877; infant, born August H, 1675, died the 
same day. 

(G) Charlotte F. Bennett, married Joseph 
Ingram Dunlap. Children: 

(1) Mary Olive (Dol ie) Dunlap. 

(2 ) William Bennett Dunlap. He became the 
adopted son of Gen. William Alexander Smith 
(see 631), changed his name to Bennett Dunlap 
Nelme, married Margaret Beacham and has 
three children: Nona Nelme, Mary Charlotte 
Nelme, and Elizabeth Nelme. His address is 
R. F. D. 2, Wadesboro, N. C. He resides on 
the old Nelme homestead in the home where 
the General was born. 

(H) Frank Dunlap Bennett, single. 

(I) Laura Bennett, died single. 



George Starback and wife, whose name is 
not known, begat three sons: 

(A) Thomas Starback, married Captain 
John Dejarnette who came from Virginia to 
Anson County, N C, settling at Smith's Ferry 
on Pee Dee river. He is buried on a bluff near 
the said Smith's Ferry. He was a member of 
the Legislature 1874-75. 

(B) Frank Starback, moved to Georgia and 
died single. 

(C) George Starback Jr., married twice, the 
second time to Elizabeth Ingram Saunders, the 

widow of Saunders, deceased, and the 

daughter of Captain Joe Ingram and Winne- 
fred Nelme, his wife, the daughter of Charles 
Nelme and his wife, Eliza Sydnor, of Vi ginia, 
and a sister of Presly Nelme. Children: 

(A) Matilda Saunders, daughter of Elizabeth 
Ingram by her first husband, married Horatio 

(B) Jane Starback, born 1810, married Feb. 
11,1 832 , and bega two sons to Farguhand Mar- 
tin, her husband: Starback Martin, and Wil- 
liam Martin. 

(C) Presley Nelme Starback, born 1812, on 
July, 1838, married Elizabeth Little, born 1810, 
died 1891, daughter of William Little.-808- 

(D) Winnefred Starback, born 1814, died 

(E) Charlotte Starback, born 1816, married 
John Dejarnette Pemberton. Three children: 
Mary Pemberton; Martha Pemberton, died 
when small; Dejarnette Pemberton, married 
Emma Lilly and begat two children. 

(F) Thomas Starback, born 1817, died 1842, 
married a Miss Young, sister of Hon. Cary 
Young of Memphis, Tenn. 


Presley Nelme Starback on July 1838, mar- 
ried Elizabeth Little, daughter of William 
Little. Children: 

(A) Elizabeth Starback born 1839, married 
Col. Henry W. Ledbetter.-816- 

(B) Mary Jane Starback, born 1841 , married 
Col. Henry W. Ledbetter being his second 
wife. No issue. 

(C) George Little Starback, born 1842.-815- 

(D) Charlotte Eleanor Starback, born 1843, 
married John M. Ross, No issue to this mar- 

(E) William Little Starback.-814- 

F Thomas Francis Starback, born 1847, 
married Julia Manly Powell. -812- 

(G) Presley Starback, born 1849, married 
Ann Winnefred (Nancy) Davis.-81 1- 

(H) Walter Starback, born 1851, died the 
same year. 

(I) Jeremiah Starback, born 1852, married 
Annie Robbins.- 

(J) John E. Starback, born 1854, died 1855. 

(K) Charles Starback, born 1856, married 
Delia Ingram.-809- 

(L) Jude Stete Starback, born 1859.-810- 


Charles Starback on Dec. 17, 1879, married 
Delia F. Ingram, daughter of Braxton Ingram. 
Twelve children: 

(A) William Jerome Starback, born 1880. 

(B) Laura Burkhead Starback born 1882, 
died 1883. 

(C) Thomas Mellville Starback, born 1884, 
married Ada Littleton on April, 1916. 

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(D) Harris Ingram Starback, born 1886, 
married Annice Nuby. 

(E) Elizabeth Nelme Starback, born 1889, 
died 1912. 

(F) Walter Little Starback, born 1891, died 

(G) Charles Lamar Starback, married Sarah 
Dunlap Parson, June 30, '920. 

(H) Frances Burkhead Starback, born 1 896, 
married James Marshall. Marshall. Va. 

(I) Frederik Jennings Starback, born 1898, 
served in the World War. 

(J) Wallace Braxton Starback, born 1900, 
soldier in the World War 

(K) Eleanor Lois Starback, born 1903. 


Jude Stelle Starback, married April 15, 1888 

to William Starback Dockery. Children: 

(A) Elizabeth Starback Dockery, single. 

(B) Wilham Dockery, born 1836, died 1894. 
(C Herbert Dockery, 2nd Lieutenant as 

training officer at Camp Dodd in the World 

(D) Robert Dockery, died April 26, 1906. 



Presley Starback on April 13, 1874, married 
Ann Winnefred (Nancy) Davis, daughter of 
Eben Nelme Davis, Byhalia, Mis3., and Martha 
Greenlee, his wife. Eben Nelme Davis was a 
son of Wi Ham C. Davis and Elizabeth Nelme, 
his wife. Children: 

(A Roger Starback, died an infant. 

(B) Augusta Starback, married Mr. Feltz. 

(C) Emma Starback. 

(D) Maud Starback, single. 

(E) Martha Starback, died when small. 

(F) Thomas Starback, died when small. 

(G) Earl Starback, is married. 

(H) Lula Starback, married Albert Bayard 
Clark. Three children: Louise Bayard Clark; 
Albert Bayard Clark; Nelme Starback Clark. 

(1) Nancy Virginia Starback, married Star- 
back Haraison. Two children: Nancy Star- 
back Hardison; Hilda Hardison. 

(J) William Starback, soldier in the World 
War, married Sept. 16, 1920, Josephine 
W Iker. 

(K) Thomas Earnest Starback, dead. 

Thomas Francis Starback, born 1847, died 
1914, on Dec. 12, 1871 married Julia Manly 

Powell and begat eight children: 

(A) Elizabeth Manly Starback. 

(B) Louisa Powell Starback. married L. L. 

(C) Julia Pauline Starback. 

(D) Annie Little Starback, dead. 

(E) Sadie Smith Starback married. 

(F) George Manly Starback, married Annie 

(G) William Thomas Starback, World War 

(H) Virginia Thomson Starback, June 22 , 
1920, married Paul Vernon Godfrey. 
George Manly Starback, on April 28, 1903 
married Annie Leak Moss. Children : 

(A) George Manly Starback Jr. 

(B) Julia Powell Starback. 

(C) Annie Leak Starback. 

(D) Cornelia Parson Starback. 

(E) Alberta Moss Starback. 

-808-E-William Little Starback enlisted in 
the Confederate Army as one of the Anson 
County N. C. Guards and served with credit 
during the war. He was severely wounded in 
the battle of the wilderness, being in the 14th 
Regiment which was holding the line at the 
"Bloody Angle". At Sharpsburg there was 
what is cal ed in history the "Bloody Lane". 
The 14th Reg. N. C. v., of which The Anson 
Guards was the Color Co., occupied this 
"Bloody Lane" and lost, in killed and wounded, 
every man of the 45 present, and at Chancellors- 
ville, the same company carried into battle 
forty three men, and all were killed or wounded 
except one and a minnie ball had lodged in his 
knapsack. See Clark's Regimental Histories, 
Vol. V page XIX. Brave and fearless he did 
not flinch amid the hail of bullet's sharpness 
and solid shot. He paid the supreme sacrifice 
in the Wilderness fight. 

"Sweet sleeps the brave who sink to rest. 
By all their Country's wishes blest" 


-808-C-George Little Starback, born 1842, 
enlisted as a Confederate soldier as a member 
of the Anson County Guards, Co. 14, Reg. 
N. C. v., and was killed in the battle of Beth- 
esda Church on May 30, 1854. The following 
is taken from "The Anson Guards", page 233: 
"George L. Starback was another member of 
your Company who failed to answer roll call 
the night of the 30th. He was the son of 
Presly Nelme Starback and Elizabeth Little, 
his wife, and was born and reared on the banks o f 

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the Great Pee Dee river, on the Richmond side. 
His ardent spirit could not brook delay — could 
not wait for the formation of a company from 
his own county, but he came and enlisted in 
The Anson Guards. 

He made a most capital soldier, a good mess- 
mate, an all-round good fellow. Ever ready, 
cheerfully willing for duty, he was esteemed 
by his comrades. When he left for the seat of 
war he left behind a dog to which he was 
tenderly attached and the dog returned the 
love with compound interest. When killed 
his fsithful servant and valet, by some means — 
and it must have been with great difficulty — 
procured a coffin and took his body home. 
The servants of the Southern boys took great 
pride in providing for their masters, whom they 
served with the devotion of foster brothers, and 
after a battle roamed the field over till they 
were found and their wants attended. George's 
brother Frank relates, 'On the day of the 
30th, the dog howled and continued to howl 
during the night. Next day he was more quiet, 
but had a drooping manner and a sad counten- 
ance; four or five days afterwards the dog 
accompanied me to the field where 1 was 
superintendent to the workers. While sitting 
beneath the shade of a tree near the roadside, 
with the dog's head lying on my lap, I was 
surprised at the approach of Jiin, George's 
servant, whom I supposed was in Virginia. 
Jim said, 'Marse Frank! Marse George is 
dead and I brung his body home. It is out 
yonder in the big road now'. Then it was that 
1 felt a quiver pass through the body of the 
dog, and he was dead' ". The relator of this 
incident still lives and he speaks the words of 
truth and soberness. He was a noble character. 
We called him our standby because he was 
faithful. We quote again from "The Anson 
Guards", page 222 — "Nov. 7, the second and 
30th Regiments (of our Brigade) were on 
picket duty at Kelly's Ford. In the afternoon 
the enemy appeared suddenly, surprised them 
and killed five men, wounded 59, and captured 
290 of these two regiments. We drove them 
back and re-established our lines. 

On the morning of that day George Starback 
received a large box from home. At 11 A M. 
we heard Dr. Rosser preach. After the sermon 
we returned to our shacks. We boys impro- 
vised a table and spread the contents of 
George's box thereon — consisting of a large 

turkey, baked and dressed with the skill of 
our Southern darkey cook, a fine ham and 
bacon, balls of yellow butter, loaf bread, bis- 
cuits, cakes, etc. We stood around, rev- 
erently bowed our heads while Doctor said 
grace. Sharp, rapid fire intermingled with the 
doctor's thanks. "Officers quick" short com- 
mand. "Fall in men. Fall in with your guns 
and accoutrements only. " Leaving knapsacks, 
blankets, everything but cartridge-boxs, 
we double quicked to the ford, formed in line 
of battle, recovered the ground and awaited 
the charge of the Yankees till nightfall and 
then withdrew to the south bank of the 
Rapidan. We never saw our knapsacks and 
blankets any more and the great feast spread 
was enjoyed by the Yankees. Such is war! 
The feeling of the hungry boys who lost that 
"lay out" will never be written." 



Elizabeth Starback, born 1839, died 1875, 
married Col. Henry W. Ledbetter. Children; 

(A) Henry Wall Ledbetter, died when small. 

(B) Martha Elizabeth Ledbetter, married 
W. A Sloan.-8l7 

(C) William Presly Ledbetter, married 
Texie Gray One child, Laura Elizabeth, died 
1918, about grown. 

(D) Lillie May Ledbetter.-8 1 8- 

(E) George Starback Ledbetter, married 
Nellie Lockhart. 

(F) Mary Anna Ledbetter, married Cyrus 
C Bryan. Children: Cyrus C. Bryan Jr., died 
in infancy; Mary Ledbetter Bryan; and 
Emma Pernelia Bryan. 

-816-B-Martha Elizabeth Ledbetter, married 
William A. Sloan. Children: 

(A) William Ledbetter Sloan. 

(B) Mary Starback Sloan. 

(C) Henry Wall Sloan. 

(D) Frank Alexander Sloan. 


-816-D-Lillie May Ledbetter, married John 
W. Wassemon. Children: 

(A) John Earnest Wassemon, died in infancy. 

(B) Elizabeth Wassemon. 

(C) All Little Wassemon. 


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By descent from this ancestor, William Alex- 
ander Smith, was privileged to become a mem- 
ber of the very exclusive Society of the Cincin- 
nati. This famous Society was founded by 
Gens. George Washington, Steuben, Knox, 
Hamilton, Lafayette and others. The member- 
ship of this Society was composed of the Com- 
missioned officers of the Revolutionary Army, 
and Washington was the president. Only 
the birthright son of these officers was 
eligible to succeed the father. In case the 
line of the eldest son lapsed, then a collateral 
branch may continue the succession. The 
name was derived from the famous old 
Roman Cincinnatus and was bestowed by 
Washington. The object of the Society was 
to maintain and support the infant republic 
of the United States, to which each member 
was pledged. Gen. William Alexander Smith 
is the son of Eliza Sydnor Nelme, the daugh- 
ter of Nancy Ingram, the daughter of Nancy 
Montgomery, the daughter of Col. Hugh 
Montgomery. The Society was established 
in 1 787 to promote Republican form of 
government, for the betterment of the people, 
to make Utopia of the infant democracy of 
the day the reality of the future. Some ill- 
disposed, disaffected and disgruntled people 
of the day (we can imagine the reason) 
attempted to bring the Society into dis- 
repute, saying the intention and object of 
the Society was to establish a rank of nobility 
in this country. We know that Gen. Wash- 
ington was offered the crown and he could 
have raised to the peerage whom he pleased. 
That Society was organized to counteract 
this sentiment of kingly authority, com- 
bining therewith assistance to the needy 
officers, their widows and orphans. In con- 
firmation of the sentiment of opposition, 
I quote from the Colonial Records of North 
Carolina, Vol. XVI 1, page 135: 

"Hon. R. Caswell to Brig. Gen. Caswell" 

"Dear Son: This acknowledges the receipt 
of yours by Captain Craddock by whom 
this will be returned to you. 1 will attend 
to what you require. There is not anything 
material here. The Cincinnati make some 
noise principally owing to a piece written, 
tis' say'd, by Dr. Burke, one of the judges 
of So. Carolina in opposition to the Order. 
Suggesting it will be the establishing a Peer- 
age in each member of this posterity. May 
love attend you and yours. Your affecte. 
R. Caswell." 

In further confirmation of opposition senti- 
ment, (because misunderstood) we again 

quote from Col. Rec, Vol. XIX, page 743: 

"On Thursday, Nov. 22, in the General 
Assembly Mr. Butler" (a representative 
from Orange County) "presented a Petition 
from a number of people of Orange County 
praying &c. Whereupon Mr. Butler moved 
for leave and presented a bill to render in- 
capable all such persons that now are, or 
hereafter may be, of or belonging to the 
Society of Cincinnati, of having a seat in 
either house of the General Assembly of 
this State — ordered that the said bill and 
petition be laid on the table." 

Thus you will notice that the Assembly 
promptly killed the bill, and the good people 
of Orange County killed the political life 
of Mr. John Butler, as we hear nothing further 
of him. We note also the Society of the 
Cincinnati was represented in the General 
Convention (see Col. Rec, Vol. 17, page 133): 
"The Sons of Cincinnati sent Lt. Col. Comt. 
Lytle, Major Blount and Major McGree 
as delegates to represent the Society of the 
Cincinnati in the General Convention to 
be held in May, 1785. 
C. Ivy Secty. P. T. Jethro Sumner, Pres." 

In Vol. 16, page 91 1 we quote: 

Hillsborough, Oct. 20, 1783 

"Mr. President and Gentlemen of the 
Society of the Cincinnati: With great 
satisfaction I receive the honorable mark of 
my conduct as chief magistry of this state 
from so respectable a body of my fellow 
citizens as the gentlemen officers composing 
your Society. An institution formed for 
the noble purpose of perpetuating merit 
and transmitting to the latest age the epoch 
of the glorious revolution of the States from 
the tyranny and oppression to sovereignty 
and Independence cannot but be acceptable 
to me. 

Inspired by the highest sense of gratitude 
for the honor intended for me on this oc- 
casion with singular pleasure I accept of 
same for which 1 beg leave, gentlemen of 
Cincinnati, to return to you my humble 
and hearty acknowledgments. At the same 
time Mr. President you will please accept 
my thanks for the polite and handsome 
manner in which you have conveyed to me 
the sense of the society. Alex Martin." 

Alex Martin was then Governor of the 
State of North Carolina. 

In portraying the character of our ancestor, 
Hugh Montgomery, we take pleasure in copy- 
ing the following from the "Reminiscences 
and Memoirs of Eminent North Carolinians" 
by Col. John H. Wheeler: 

"Prominent among the names of the 
Committee of Safety of Rowan County is 

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Hugh Montgomery. He was a native of 
Ireland. At an early age he fell in love with 
a Miss Moore, who was of noble birth. This 
was strongly opposed by her friends, but the 
attachment was reciprocated — and she was 
conveyed secretively on board a ship where 
she met her lover and was married. The 
youthful pair escaped in safety to America. 
He was himself of a goodly stock, a near rela- 
tive to General Richard Montgomery, who 
fell at the battle of Quebec, 1775. 

He settled first in Pennsylvania and after- 
wards removed to Salisbury, North Carolina. 
He was constant and active in promoting the 
cause of independence and was one of the 
most fixed and forward of the daring spirits 
of that day. Among whom were Griffith 
Rutherford, John Brevard, Matthew Locke, 
John Lewis Beard, William Sharp, Maxwell 
Chambers, Wm. Kennon, George Henry Ber- 
ringer, John Nesbit, and Charles McDowel. 
By his enterprise and industry he amassed a 
handsome fortune. He died in Salisbury Dec. 
23, 1779, leaving one son and seven daughters. 
His son Hugh Montgomery Jr. married Miss 
Parnell of Virginia and by her had several 
children of whom, Lemuel P. Montgomery 
was Col. of the 39th Regiment U. S. Infantry. 
He fell in the battle of the Horseshoe, March 
27, 1814, in the 25th year of his age; the first 
to mount the breastworks and was pierced by 
a ball in the head. 

The eldest daughter married Dr. Anthony 
Newman, who settled in Nashville, and whose 
son, Lemuel Daniel Newman, was born in 
North Carolina, then moved to Georgia; was 
a lieutenant on the 4th Regiment U. S. ariny 
and commanded the Georgia volunteers in 
the action with the Florida Indians, distin- 
guished himself in an attack on the Creek 
Indians in Autossee Towns in Dec. 1813. and 
was severely wounded at Camp Defiance, Jan. 
1814. He was a member of Congress from 
Georgia from Oct. 1831 to 1833. He died in 
Walker County, Georgia in 1851. 

The second daughter married Mr. Stewart 
who settled in Greensboro, Tenn. where his 
family now reside. 

The third daughter married Mr. Blake 
whose grandson, James Blake, distinguished 
himself in the war with Mexico under General 

The fourth daughter married Captain Ed- 
win Ingram, of Richmond County, who en- 
tered the army of the Revolution as a private 
and rose to the rank of Captain. He vyas 
"The Marion" of the State, daring and active 
in the cause. He was tendered, on account of 
his services and losses, five hundred pounds 
by the General Assembly of North Carolina, 

which he declined to accept. He was the 
grandfather of Major Saunder M. Ingram, of 
Richmond, who behaved so gallantly under 
Taylor and Scott in Mexico. 

The fifth daughter married Col. David 
Campbell, distinguished at the battle of 
Kings Mountain. He moved to Tennessee 
and established Campbells Station. Several 
of his boys were distinguished in the Indian 
wars under Jackson and Harrison, especially 
William B. Campbell, who was born in Tenn. 
He was Attorney General of the State, served 
in the Cherokee and Creek wars, elected to 
Congress from Tennessee from 1837 to 1847. 
He was Colonel of the First Regiment of the 
Tennessee Volunteers in the Mexican War 
and distinguished himself at the battles of 
Monterey, National Bridge, and Cerro Gorde. 
For 1850-53 he was elected Governor of the 
State of Tenn. and in 1857 was chosen by the 
unanimous vote of the Legislature, Judge of 
the Circuit Court. In 1862 he was appointed 
by Lincoln a Brigadier General in the Union 
Army, which his health caused him to decline. 
At the close of the war he was again elected a 
member of the 79th Congress 1 865-67 and 
died at Lebanon, Tenn. Aug. 19, 1867. 

The sixth daughter married Gen. James 
Wellborn, of Wilkes County, whose eldest 
daughter married Newton Cannon, Gov. of 

The seventh daughter married Montford 
Stokes who was Gov. of North Carolina. 

Hugh Montgomery was a prominent mem- 
ber of society, of ample fortune, and resided 
in the Town of Salisbury, N. C. He was a 
gentleman of standing, of education and learn- 
ing; a gentleman of wealth, owning many 
separate tracts of land in Rowan County as 
will appear by reference to the records in the 
Register of Deeds office in that County. 

The Montgomery family came from Scot- 
land. Crossing the North Channel it located 
in Londonderry, in Ulster, Ireland. From 
thence Gen. Richard Montgomery and Col. 
Hugh Montgomery emigrated to America and 
were known as Scotch-Irish. Maj. Gen. 
Richard Montgomery was in command of the 
Continental Army sent against Canada. After 
a brilliant campaign through New York he 
took Montreal and pushed on to Quebec, and 
there began the siege with 300 men but later 
received reinforcements of 600 men. The time 
of service of most of his army expired in Dec. 
The only possibility of taking the city would 
be lost by the men leaving. With the inade- 
quate force of 800 men he determined to make 
the effort. He assaulted and carried the first 
line of defense, and moving promptly forward 
on the second line he was instantly killed by 

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a discharge of the enemy's battery. His men 
thrown into confusion, by the loss of their 
general, retired in disorder and the assault 
failed. Thus ended the hope of the United 
States to attack Canada. 

For Gen. Montgomery, Montgomery Coun- 
ty, N. C. was named, as was Montgomery, the 
Capital of Alabama, notable in the history of 
the Confederacy as the city in which the dele- 
gates of the Seceding States met to form a 
new nation. They organized a Provisional 
Government under the title "Confederate 
States of America". 

We are not absolutely certain that Gen. 
Richard Montgomery and Col. Hugh Mont- 
gomery were brothers. They both came from 
Ulster County, Ireland, both of them were of 
goodly stock, both of them were Protestants. 
Gen. Richard Montgomery was born in 1718 
and Col. Hugh Montgomery was born in I 720, 
a very natural sequence in children of the 
same parents. The Historian Wheeler says 
Hugh was a very near relative. From the 
above statement of facts we are warranted in 
believing they were brothers. They were both 
ardent patriots and both died in the service of 
their country. 

On June 9, I 778 a ship arrived at Edonton, 
N. C. with 13,000 pair of shoes, a large quan- 
tity of clothing for the Continental Army, 
and a marble monument for Maj. Richard 
Montgomery, whose body sleeps in St. Pauls 
Churchyard, New York City. 

John Montgomery was also a prominent 
and eminent character in Colonial days, 
being a Justice of the Peace, Attorney Gen- 
eral and Chief Justice of the Province of 
North Carolina. We know not the relation- 
ship, if any, he bore to Col. Hugh Montgom- 
ery. Wheeler in his Reminisences says: "He 
(Col Hugh Montgomery) was of goodly 
stock, and was probably scion of Roger de 
Montgomery, Earl of Arundel and Shrews- 
berry. He must have been well connected to 
be intimately associated with Lady Mary 
Moore, who thought it not derogatory to her 
family to become his wife." 

Hugh Montgomery and his bride first set- 
tled in Pennsylvania. Climatic rigors 
caused him to seek a more congenial clime and 
he came to the Piedmont section of North 
Carolina, to dwell among other Scotch-Irish, 
who had preceded him. He purchased a home 
in the town of Salisbury, followed the mercan- 
tile business and prospered. 

Previous to the adoption of the Constitu- 
tion of North Carolina, the Province had two 
kinds of government. 1 st Proprietary govern- 
ment by the Lord Proprietors which prevailed 
to the year of 1 73 1 . 2nd Royal government 

or government by the King of England, which 
prevailed until the adoption of the Constitu- 
tion in May 1773. 

In April 1775 the royal Governor, Josiah 
Martin, dissolved the General Assembly. This 
act terminated the royal rule of England. 
Four days thereafter he took refuge in Ft. 
Johnston, then on board the Cruiser, a ship 
of war lying in the Cape Fear River. The 
delegates to the Convention assembled Aug. 
25, 1774 at Newburn and enacted that the 
civil government be vested in: 

1st. A Provisional Council of two members 
from each Judicial District. 

2nd. Committee of Safety for the town, 
composed of a president and twelve members. 

3rd. Committee of Safety for the County, 
composed of twenty members. 

The County Committee was empowered to 
examine all suspected persons, arrest, im- 
prison, punish, and take special care that the 
public interest suffer no detriment. Under this 
act the Rowan County Committee of Safety 
was the first to be organized, and the Pitt 
County Committee was the second. These 
Committees, in addition to the powers granted 
by law, usurped some new authority every 
day, executive, judicial, or legislative, as the 
case might be and their powers soon became 
unlimited. They determined not only what 
acts but even what opinions constituted a 
man an enemy to his country, passed on his 
guilt or innocence, and fixed his punishment. 
Woe unto the man who they declared to be 
"an enemy to his country." 

As time passed, the Committee of Safety 
grew more despotical and keenly vigilant for 
the welfare of their country. See Colonial 
Records in confirmation. 

The Rowan County Committee of Safety 
in 1 774 fixed the price merchants should 
charge for powder. About one year after- 
wards, June !, 1775, at a meeting of said 
Committee it was "resolved that Maxwell 
Chambers be publicly advertised in the South 
Carolina Gazette as an enemy to the common 
cause of liberty for raising the price fixed, 
contrary to the directions of the Continental 
Congress." There was then no Salisbury 
Watchman, "Whose Argus eyes o"er the 
peoples rights doth an eternal vigil keep, 
No soothing strains of Maia's son could lull 
his hundred eyes to sleep." 

No newspaper was published in North Caro- 
lina and the advertisement must be made in 
Charleston, S. C. 

At this same meeting of the Committee of 
Safety, it was "resolved that Hugh Mont- 
gomery be brought before the Committee to 
answer a charge of selling powder at a higher 

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price than had been set by the Committee." 
The minutes of the meeting continuing says: 
"Let it be remembered that Mr. Montgomery 
on his appearance, generously acknowledged 
his trespass of the resolve, and declared his 
intention to do so no more." If advancing 
the price of goods made one an enemy to his 
country, then our merchants during the 
World War should hang their heads in shame. 

Beyond question this proves the honorable 
character of Hugh Montgomery, one of na- 
ture's noblemen, in that he properly appeared, 
courageously, magnanimously confessed fault 
and promised amendment. We are sure he 
"kept the faith", a loyal Whig and friend of 
his country, for in 71 days thereafter, on 
August 20, 1773, he was elected a member of 
the Safety Committee and became active and 
influential as a member. Confidence in his 
ability and integrity is responsible for the im- 
portant commission assigned to him when on 
Oct. 17, 1775 he was appointed "to go among 
the disaffected and obtain their signatures as 
friends of liberty and issue certificates of 
loyalty to them." He was a potent factor in 
persuading men to become allied with the 
sons of liberty and to follow the cause, to 
the limit of their abiHty, to the end. 

In Governor Tryon's administration he 
was the Commissary of the Rowan Battalion 
of Militia, as also was William Graham for 
the County of Tryon, Thomas Polk for the 
County of Mecklenburg and Thomas Wade 
for the County of Anson. 

In a letter from Gov. Tryon to the Earl of 
Hillsboro, Dec. 26, 1 768, we learn that Hugh 
Montgomery was allowed 345 pounds and 
2 shillings which he advanced as Commissary. 
In the same year judgment was taken against 
him as surety in the sum of 475 pounds 13 
shillings 4 pence, about $2300.00. 

In Oct. 1 775 he was elected to represent the 
Town of Salisbury in the General Assembly. 
As a member of the Provincial Congress, the 
minutes show that he exerted power and in- 
fluence in legislation, assigned to important 
commissions, evidencing activity and promi- 

Bear in mind those were strenuous days. 
One who engaged with heart and soul in the 
cause of liberty did so at his peril. Heads 
were the stakes. Days of danger, of risk, of 
venture, of gravest peril, which brought forth 
from Benjamin Franklin the epigram, "We 
must all hang together or we shall all hang 
separately," and "No man having set his 
hands to the plough, and looking back is fit 
for honorable mention in his country's service. 

Hugh Montgomery set his hands to the 
plow, pledging his life, his property and his 

sacred honor to the cause o'^ liberty and inde- 
pendence, never looking backwards. His acts 
as a civilian bespoke eloquently of the spirit 
of freedom and liberty inherited from his 
Scotch-Irish ancestry. 

Imbued with the spirit of freedom his 
courageous soul was not content to abide in 
the honorable halls of the Committee of 
Safety and the Provincial Congress. In 1776 
he accepted the appointment of Captain of 
the Marines, he was promoted to Colonel and 
paid the supreme sacrifice, dying in the ser- 
vice Dec. 23, 1 779. His prestige and influence 
brought strength to the patriotic struggle for 
liberty and independence which his contem- 
poraries were glad to acknowledge and his 
descendants to honor. He was a good finan- 
cier; success crowned his business efforts. It 
could have been said of him as it was said of 
Job: "Thou (God) hast blessed the works of 
his hands and his substance is increased in 
the land." Continuing the paraphrase — 
There was a man in the Town of Salisbury 
whose name was Hugh Montgomery and 
"that man was perfect and upright, one that 
feared God and eschewed evil". There were 
born to him one son and seven daughters, 
all of whom became more or less distinguished 
as were also the children born to them, as will 
appear from Wheeler's Reminiscences quoted 

Prudent and economical, brave and heroic, 
possessing the courage of his convictions, with 
a heart of gold he gave undivided support to 
the principles of right, of freedom, of justice 
against the exactions of overlords. He ven- 
tured the wrath of his King, George III, and 
his minions, for failure meant laying his 
head on the block for the executioner's ax, 
his name accursed and his goods confiscated. 

The North Carolina Delegates in the Con- 
tinental Congress obtained an order that a 
half a ton of powder be sent to Salisbury, N. 
C. by one Mr. McDowell of Rowan County, 
returning in a wagon. (Can this be a pro- 
genitor of my friend Franklin Brevard Mc- 
Dowell?) The powder was to be "delivered 
to General Rutherford, in his absence to Mr. 
Matthew Lock, in case of both being absent 
to Mr. Hugh Montgomery". By wagon was 
the only way of conveying freight in ye good 
olden days, regardless of distance. 

In 1907 a monument was unveiled at 
Quebec, Canada by the Prince of Wales now 
George V, King of England. This monu- 
ment was erected to Generals Montcalm and 
Richard Montgomery, Commanding generals 
of opposing armies, tho not killed in the same 
battle. Montcalm was killed Sept. 14, 1759, 
and Montgomery was killed Dec. 31, 1775. 

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In 1908 the writer saw this beautiful design 
of the sculptor's art, viewing it only with the 
attention given to other magnificent monu- 
ments. Afterwards search of the genealogist, 
Mrs. Lily Doyle Dunlap, revealed that Gen. 
Montgomery was probably his great-great 

Col. Hugh Montgomery married Lady 
Mary Moore. Her family opposing, she was 
secretly conveyed aboard ship and concealed 
in a barrel, till the ship passed the inspection 
of the guard and permitted clearance papers. 
She was united to the gentleman of her heart, 
aboard ship, on the open sea by the Captain 
of the ship. Their honeymoon was spent in 
crossing the Atlantic, precedent of the honey- 
moon tours of to-day. His interesting will 
of several pages is on record, bearing date 
Dec. 13, 1779, executors, James Kerr, the 
elder of Salisbury, David Nesbit and John 
Brown. The will was witnessed by Michhoy 
Max Chambers, and B. Booth and probated 
Feb. 1780. 

In the terribly strenuous days during and 
preceding the Revolution, strong men were 
needed in the Committee of Safety, in the 
General Assembly and in the Continental 
Army; men of education, men of learning, 
men of conviction, men of ability, men of 
influence, men of wealth, men of principle, 
men of standing, men of courage, men of 
eminence. All these qualifications were pos- 
sessed by Col. Hugh Montgomery. His es- 
teemed personality, his high-bred family 
connections, his worth and his intense devo- 
tion to the best interest of his country, made 
him conspicuous among his brother officers 
in the army, his confrerees in legislative halls 
and among his citizen associates. 

His life was cut in the very hey-day of his 
usefulness to his God, his country and his 
fellow-man. He reaped the reward and 
esteem by faithful service in this world and 
will be a ruler in the world to come. "Well 
done thou good and faithful servant; thou 
hast been faithful over a few things, I will 
make thee ruler over many things: enter 
thou into the joy of the Lord." 

W. A. Smith 

840 (See 800) 
The name of Bellyew is of French origin 
and in the old records is spelled various ways, 
Bellview, Bellew, Bellue, Belloo. Indeed, 
sometimes contracted to Blue, though the last 
is an entirely different name. It is, however, 
generally written Bellew. 

We do not know when he came to America 

but from the records, we are assured he was a 
substantial citizen and a man of substance, 
owning select tracts of rich bottom lands on 
Flat Fork Creek, Cedar Creek, Brown Creek, 
Fork of Brown Creek, etc. He was an accom- 
plished gentleman of education and refine- 
ment. His brother Bellyew was a 
surveyor after the type of George Washington. 
We now term them engineers. One must 
have a knowledge of the higher mathematics 
to be an expert surveyor. In acquiring the 
higher mathematics in the olden days one 
must necessarily have attained more or less 
knowledge of the ancient languages and be 
proficient in the modern. Being of French 
extraction, probably a Frenchman himself, it 
is legitimate to suppose he was a proficient 
Latin Scholar as the French language is largely 
based on the Latin. He was of a versatile, vi- 
vacious, polished, animated and cheerful dis- 
position, enjoying and following with keen 
zest the hunter's sport. Stalking deer was a 
favorite pastime of his. 

In his day there was no undergrowth to 
obscure the bison and the eye could penetrate 
long distances obstructed only by the boles of 
trees. The land was covered by wild pea 
vines, upon which countless numbers of deer 
fed. The water-ways abounded with fish and 
the surface was haunted by water fowl of 
many kinds, among them the large canvass- 
back duck upon which Gournetts delighted to 

Not far from one of his farms on Brown 
Creek there was a hill, the favorite stand from 
which to shoot deer as they leaped past when 
pursued by the dogs. 

An old gentleman related to the writer that 
one winter, while still in his teens, there was 
a heavy fall of snow from 18 to 20 inches deep, 
on top of which there fell one fourth inch of 
sleet. The deer when aroused by the hunter 
would make only one or two leaps, his feet 
crushing through the sleet and the snow be- 
neath. The sharp edges of the sleet would 
cut through the flesh and lacerate and bruise 
the shin bones, which was very painful. De- 
pressed and dispirited the deer would surren- 
der submissively and resign themselves to 
the fate of the hunter's knife. They were 
slaughtered by the hundred. The flesh of 
the deer called venison, is a delicious, savory 
meat and was common on his table. 

It is not surprising that Isaac bade Esau 
"Take thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow 
and go out in the field and take me venison 
and make me savory meat, such as I love ". 
The hide of the deer tanned with the hair on 
it was used to make knapsacks, game and 
ball bags, even caps and clothing. "Unto 

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Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God 
make coats of skins and clothed them". 
With the hair removed the hide was used in 
making buskins, a trim, neat dancing boot. 

Fitted on his shapely foot 

"Come trip it as ye go, 

On the light fantastic toe" 
The deer hide was most admirable for thongs, 
strings, and whip lashes. 

We do not know when he or his parents 
emigrated to America but we know that he 
married Katie Smith, daughter of Phillip 
Smith and are assured that he was a gentleman 
of distinction. He lived in the section of the 
county now known as Home's School House 
not far from the Pee Dee River, was a large 
owner of choice tracts of land and had many 
slaves. He was a substantial citizen of in- 
fluence and standing, as he is numbered with 
William Baiford, Samuel Flake, John Smith, 
John Williams, Joseph Allen and other Regu- 
lators as appears on the Colonial Records of 
the Province of North Carolina. 

Laws for the governing of the Province were 
enacted in far away England and executed by 
citizens of this country appointed by the 
Governor of the Province; the Governor him- 
self being an appointee of the Crown or the 
Lords Proprietors. The tax collectors, sheriffs 
magistrates and judges were usually venal, 
taking advantage of the long distance from 
the source of authority and accountability, 
their conduct was governed by a sordid love 
of money declared to be "The root of all evil." 

Justice was perverted, bargained and sold; 
excessive and enormous fees exacted; ex- 
orbitant taxes collected by distraint; seizing 
goods and chattels and selling them at a 
sacrifice. All this and more drove the most 
substantial and prominent citizens to gather 
in assemblies to recount their grievances, and 
petition for redress. This was their only way 
to obtain a hearing. The petitions were 
sometimes addressed to the Governor, the 
representative of the Crown in the Province; 
sometimes addressed to the English Parlia- 
ment and often addressed to the King George 
in. The conscience of the King was hard to 
reach; the Parliament gave little heed and 
the Governor was obdurate. Consequently 
the petitions of the Regulators were made in 
vain, rejected, more oppressive laws enacted 
and malicious schemes hatched to force sub- 

The protesting assemblies were first called 
mobs. After they grew in numbers and met 
more frequently, seeking to regulate the exe- 
cution of the law, according to justice and 
right, they were designated Regulators. 

The Regulators in meeting assembled, drew 

up and attached their names to a petition 
addressed to King George 111, dated Oct. 
1 769, setting forth their grievances protesting 
against distraint of taxes, miscarriage of 
justice and harsh enforcement of unjust laws. 
They suggested seventeen changes in said 
laws. Quoting from said petition, "We take 
the freedom to recommend the following 
mode of redress, not doubting audience and 
acceptance which will not only tend to our 
relief but command the prayers and duty 
from your humble petitioners, etc." 

The officers in Anson County complained 
of, were named in said petition, viz, Anthony 
Hutchins, ex-sheriff; Col. Samuel Spencer, 
Clerk of the Court; Charles Medlock, sheriff; 
the subordinate assistants of the officers and 
the Justices of the Peace. It was a far cry 
thru the Governor to the King, three to four 
thousand miles distant requiring weeks and 
months to reach him and possibly to be spurn- 
ed by him, rejected with disdain, calling them 
his "disgruntled, insubordinate and rebellious 

Open rebellion was the last resource left 
to these brave, freedom loving people of the 
Province, and appeal was made to this resort. 
The Anson Regulators were joined by others 
from Mecklenburg, Orange and Rowan. These 
four counties embraced all the middle and 
western section of the Province, and, in this 
section the Regulators dominated and pre- 

Before the Revolutionary War the county 
of Alamance was a part of Orange; Stanly 
and Montgomery Counties, a part of Anson; 
Cabarras a part of Mecklenburg, and Iredell, 
of Rowan. The Regulators to the number of 
3,700 assembled on the Enoc River and 
fought on May 16, 1771 the battle of Alamance 
against the organized forces of the King under 
Governor Tryon, numbering 3,000 from the 
eastern counties, commanded by Gen. John 
Waddell, Col. John Hinton, John Ashe, 
Joseph Leach, Richard Caswell, William 
Thompson, Needham Bryan and Alexander 
Lillington, with their regiments of infantry, 
a company of artillery, a company of mounted 
rangers and a company of light horsemen, all 
fully equipped and well armed. 

The Regulators had only their hunter's 
rifles; no military leader in command; no 
organization into companies, regiments, bri- 
gades or other units of an army. Each man 
acted independently, it was organization 
pitted against a mob; the battle could have 
but one result — the defeat and rout of the 
brave but unorganized Regulators. Many 
were killed, more wounded, scores captured 
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the battle ranks were captured and among the 
captured was Abraham Bellyew. To escape 
being hanged and quartered he took the oath 
of allegiance to the British Crown and after- 
ward conscientiously abided by the oath. 

The War of the Revolution came on in 
1775-76 and we find Abraham Bellyew an 
active partisan loyalist of such prominence 
that he was made a Captain in the British 
Army, commissioned by Lord Cornwallis. 
He was killed in battle. (See Colonial Records 
Vol. XIV, page 609). 

We have seen that he was a Regulator, pro- 
testing against British rule, to the extent of 
battling for the people's rights, was captured 
and released on taking the oath of allegiance 
to the British crown, as did more than 6,000 
other Regulators in the four counties of Anson, 
Mecklenburg, Orange and Rowan. As a 
gentleman, and as an honorable man, his 
religious convictions impelled him to respect 
his oath of allegiance to King George III, and 
he made the supreme sacrifice as a Loyalist 
and Tory. We are to respect and honor his 
religious principles. 

The Tories or Loyalists accepted the result 
of the Revolution with equanimity and pos- 
sibly with good will and abided the new order 
of government in good faith. Col. Edmund 
Fanning was the one notable exception. He 

was a very great man, a graduate of Yale, 
having had the honorary degree of LL. D. con- 
ferred upon him by his Alma Mater — Kings 
College, Dartmouth University and by Oxford, 
England. At the close of the war he abandoned 
his home and lands and clientage, fleeing to 
Canada, where he was made Governor of 
the Province. It is said of him that during 
the whole seven years of war he never lost a 
battle or failed in a campaign. 

The animosities engendered by the bitter 
contest that tried men's souls were mollified, 
lost and subdued in time's infinite sea as it 
rolled onward. 

Errors demanded pity; resentment was dis- 
armed by the cheerful acquiescence of the 
loyalists in the new order of affairs, who were 
received with open arms by the Whigs. The 
Tories blessed the day that restored them to 
the friends of liberty; the cause of America; 
the cause of God and mankind. 

Time heals many wounds and rights many 
wrongs. Soon the Whigs and Tories, mingling 
and commingling, became one people. The 
sons marrying and the daughters being cheer- 
fully given in marriage — no one to object or 
say them nay. Today only by searching the 
old Colonial Records can one tell who was 
Tory and who was Whig. 

Wm. A. Smith 

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Dr. J. P. Nelme 

Presley Nelme 

841 (See 804) 

Presley Nelme Jr. was the son of Presley 
Nelme of Franklin County, N. C, who was 
the son of Charles Nelme of Northamton 
County of Virginia, who was the son of John 
Nelme, the emigrant to America from the Isle 
of Skye, Scotland; of good family, known as 
The Lords of the Marches. His Coat of Arms 
indicated a very high rank of nobility. He 
settled in New York. His son, Charles Nelme, 
went to Virginia, a Province of Great Britain, 
whose first Governor was Lord de la Warr. 
The patriot, Charles Nelme, enlisted the 10th 
of March, 1 777 as a private in Captain Samuel 
Drury's company, afterward Capt. John 
Danridge, in Col. Harrison's Regiment, First 
Artillery of Continental Troops, to serve 
three years. His services were acceptable to 
his superiors and he was made a Corporal; 
later his bravery won him further promotion 
and he was made a Sergeant. Enlistments for 
a term of years were known as "Troops of the 
Line", to distinguish them from short term 
enlistments and from the Militia. Troops of 
the Line were thoroughly trained and enured 
to war and were dependable, able to cope 
with the trained, efficient, reliable Redcoats 
of the British Army. The Troops of the Line 
from the various Provinces were forwarded 

to the seat of war and served under Washing- 
ton and his officers. 

He survived the war, after enduring the 
suffering of Valley Forge in the winter of 
1777-1778; took part in that winter's cam- 
paign, crossing the Delaware River, made 
more dangerous by floating ice, caught the 
sleeping British under Col. Rahl at Trenton, 
and gained a glorious victory. Success 
crowned this terrible winter campaign. The 
Lion at Bay had turned upon his pursuers 
and wrested from them the initiative of war. 
This was the result of the conception, the 
genius, the courage of a Washington. From 
this time he took an assured place among the 
great commanders of history. Charles Nelme, 
our ancestor, survived the 7 long years of the 
American Revolution, married Miss Eliza 
Sydnor of the prominent Sydnor family of 
Virginia; one of the F. F. V's of which we 
have heard so much, and today the Sydnors 
are reckoned to have borne an honorable part 
all these years in the upbuilding of their 
great Mother, the State of Virginia. 

Charles Nelme "begat sons and daughters" 
(See Genealogical (806) Table) and lived to 
the ripe old age of four score and four years. 
During the years of his potency and efficiency, 
he declined the pension granted by the govern- 
ment to the Soldiers of the Revolution. When 
eighty (80), an invalid, enervated and inca- 
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pension, which he enjoyed four years. All 
of which will appear by reference to the 
Records of the Pension Office in the City of 
Washington, D. C. 

Charles Nelme's son, Presley, came to 
North Carolina and located in Franklin 
County on a tract of 900 acres of land lying 
in Goldmine and Sandy Creek Townships on 
both sides of Shocco Creek. This tract of 
land he gave to his son, Presley Nelme Jr. 
Reference is made to the Register of Deeds 
office of Franklin County. His uncle Eben, 
a bachelor, directed his land to be sold and 
divided between his sisters, Winifred Ingram, 
Elizabeth Davis and Ann Booth. See Will 
of Eben Nelme. 

In 1749 Anson County was formed and 
soon thereafter Presley Nelme sold his lands 
in Franklin and with his penates cast his lot 
in the virgin forests of Anson, purchasing 
large tracts of land on Cedar Creek, Brown 
Creek and Pee Dee River. The lands on the 
River are still owned by his lineal descen- 
dant. Gen. William A. Smith. 

Presley Nelme married Ann Montgomery 
Ingram, a lineal descendant of Lt. Hugh 
Montgomery who died in the service of his 
country during the Revolution. Hugh Mont- 
gomery was a brother of General Richard 
Montgomery of Cromwell's Army. Presley 
Nelme was a notable character by reason of 
his high social position, his education, his 
wealth and aristocratic carriage. His af- 
fability cast a ray of sunshine as he greeted 
high and low, hats were doffed because of his 
distinguished bearing and unfailing courtesy. 
His wife was a daughter of "Redhead" 
Joseph Ingram, whose mother was Katie 
McCaskill of Scotland who also came from 
the Isle of Skye. He was a Scotchman of 
Scotchmen with Chesterfieldian manners. He 
settled on Cedar Creek in a roomy, handsome 
residence, living the happy life of the southern 
country gentleman with his slaves quartered 
around him, all of whom he treated as members 
of his family for whose welfare he was respon- 
sible. By his will he liberated an entire fam- 
ily of the most valuable of his slaves. He not 
only gave them their freedom but directed 
that they be furnished with means to transport 
them to a free soil state and further directed 
that his executor should purchase for them 
land for a home. 

In 1830-1840 there were, according to my 
information, about 100 Emancipation So- 
cieties in the United States. Of these 87 
were south of the Mason and Dixon line. 
This fact clearly shows the sentiment of the 
best thought among the people of the south. 
These societies were rapidly gaining in in- 

fluence and importance as their membership 
increased, and the sentiment for freeing their 
slaves was making good progress till Wm. 
Lloyd Garrison, Wendel Phillips, Arthur 
Tappan and other Abolitionists came to 
the force with abuse, denunciation, aspersion, 
malediction and fulmination of foul invec- 
tives against the southern slave owners and 
forced them in self defense to disband their 
societies and resist the encroachments of these 
fanatics who. in time, were backed by the North 
and finally culminated in the Confederate 

It was the purpose and intention of these 
societies to liberate the slaves by progressive 
stages, contingent upon age or some limited 
period of service, and accomplish the desired 
emancipation gradually without confusion 
and disastrous dissolution of society and 
government as did Abraham Lincoln's un- 
lawful Emancipation Proclamation. 

Presley Nelme was a staunch believer in 
pedigree of the human race. With the blood 
of nobility in his veins he was courteous and 
hospitable; chivalrous in his respect and 
regard for the gentler sex. He always ad- 
dressed his consort as "Mistress" and treated 
her with the deference of a lover wooing his 
best girl. For her he purchased the first 
vehicle brought to the county, in that day 
called a "gig " — called in London a "Two 
Wheeler ". It had seats for two and was 
elegantly and luxuriously upholstered in 
brown leather. Its long shafts were curved 
downward just as they are today. From E. 
P. Whipple's book, "Literature and Life" 
I copy. "1 consider him a very respectable 
man. What do you mean by respectable? 
Why he kept a gig." He regarded his wife as 
of superior mold and estate, and altho the 
gig was two seated, he would not place him- 
self by her side as an equal but would ride 
his horse by the side of the gig. A servant 
on horseback rode in front and another ser- 
vant in the rear. Thus in making a visit, 
going to church, shopping or a "joy " ride, 
this was the style of his lordly forbears in 
the Isle of Skye. His great-grandfather 
came from that Island, the largest and most 
northerly of the Inner Hebrides. It has 
been made famous by Sir Walter Scott in 
his "Lord of the Isles". On this Island, Glen 
Sligachan is the grandest in the Scotch High- 
lands. Here also are found many beautiful 
waterfalls and many caves. One of the latter 
is historically interesting being near Portree 
and having afforded refuge to Prince Charlie 
after his romantic escape from the Island of 
Uist, which is a small island upon which 
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Argyle were seeking his capture. Around 
the Isle were stationed armed vessels to inter- 
cept every boat leaving the Island. The 
army and navy were active and diligent be- 
cause of a reward offered by the British 
Government of $150,000 for his head, dead 
or alive. The Prince made his escape in 
female attire, personating one of the atteiid- 
ant maids of Flora Mclvor, who at the risk 
of her life accomplished his escape. Flora 
afterwards married the Lord of McDonald 
and became the mistress of Armandale 
Castle, the most beautiful of the castles of 
the Isle of Skye. 

Presley Nelme naturally inherited love of the 
orderly and the beautiful, his ancestors having 
come from the grandly beautiful Island of 
Skye, with its mountainous, highland hills, 
its lovely valleys and enclosures fenced in 
with neatly trimmed hedges. He surrounded 
his home with a hedge of cedar and bordered 
his field therewith. 

He maintained to the close of his life a 
loyal, chivalrous regard for his wife, a hand- 
some, gentle, refined lady of the old school, 
a daughter of "Redhead" Joe Ingram and 
Ann Montgomery. Her father also came 
from his ancestral Isle of Skye, emigrating to 
America and bringing his entire family, con- 
sisting of his wife and seven children, clearly 
indicative of abundant means to pay passage 
money across the Atlantic and the purchase 
of large landed interest in the county, with 
slaves, stock, and tools to farm it. 

Consequently, the children born to Presley 
Nelme and his Scotch wife were Scotch to 
the bone and marrow. We will remark in 
passing that there were two Joseph Ingrams, 
one known as "Redhead" Joe, so-called by 
reason of his red hair, the other his nephew, 
was called "Cap" Joe because he wore a cap 
made from the dressed skin of a coon. "Unto 
Adam and to his wife also did the Lord God 
make coats of skin and clothed them." The 
red hair now and then crops out in "Red- 
head's" descendants, frequently shaded into 
a curly, ravishing beautiful auburn. "Cap" 
Joe Ingram married Winifred Nelme, a sister 
of Presley Nelme, the father of this sketch. 
The McCaskill family were prominent in 
Scotland, gentlemen of means and distinc- 
tion. Malcolm educated his sons in the 
famous Glasgow University. Malcolm's sons 
Alexander and Frederick chose the profession 
of the law. They made their homes in the 
West Indies and amassed fortunes. Both be- 
came victims of the climate and died without 
issue. A canny Scotchman, one McGuinn, 
armed with Power of Attorney went down to 
settle their estates and bring back the pro- 

ceeds for division among the heirs, less his 
expenses and commissions. He never re- 
turned to America and made no accounting 
but he went to his native Scotland and lived 
the life of a prince, it is thought, with the 
proceeds of his dereliction and unfaithfulness. 
No effort was made to recover or prosecute. 
The prudence and foresight of the canny 
Scotchman McCaskill, was highly developed 
in our subject, he being gifted in finance. 'Twas 
said of him "Everything he touched pros- 
pered." His foresight of the markets, his 
ability to make a shrewd guess "the way the 
cat would jump", enabled him to turn an 
honest penny and add to his store of this 
world's pelf without resorting to usury to 
the injury and distress of others. His success 
was noted by neighbors and his advice sought 
from far and near. One of his sayings is still 
sometimes quoted, "A poor man should al- 
ways purchase a good article, thereby ob- 
taining a fair value for his money." A rich 
man could do as he pleased; buying a shoddy 
article he could throw it away and get another. 
His maxim or settled principle was to pur- 
chase the best article obtainable. I have an 
invoice of goods purchased by him, showing 
broadcloth at eighteen dollars per yard. The 
best was none too good for him. His whole 
life was based on deep-rooted esteem of good 
blood and ancestry, and the precedent of 
honorable forbears must be handed down un- 
sullied and intact. His high, lofty racial 
respect would not tolerate impurity. 

His wife, Ann Montgomery Ingram, was 
a tall, handsome, willowy girl with blue eyes 
and light hair. The sunlight was in her hair 
and the blue of the sea in her eyes, changing 
as the waters of the sea change in the light; 
the grace of the wild doe in her motions. 
She was stunning in her comeliness, affable 
and approachable, blessed with a happy, 
sunny disposition and withal energetic and 
practical. As the Book of Books says, "The 
heart of her husband doth safely trust in 
her " and her servants sought with diligence 
to merit her approbation. She was tall and 
stately, and the long stomachers worn by 
fashionable ladies of her day seemed to add 
to her stateliness. She was fond of dancing 
the Minuet, the Old Virginia Reel and 
playing the game of whist. Womanly grace 
sat on her brow, sweetness of temper de- 
lineated and permeated her face. Courtesy 
distinguished her actions and the poetry of 
motion her movements. 

The habits and customs of our ancestors 
were very different from ours. Presley Nelme 
visited an aunt. Entering the room in which 
she was sitting, at the threshold he made a 

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low obeisance, she arose and returned the 
salutation with a deep curtsey, each advanceJ 
two steps, the bow and curtsey repeated — 
again each advanced two steps and courtesies 
extended as before, again advanced, embraced 
and saluted each with a kiss on the forehead 
and the cheek — never lips. 

The highly educated and polished gentle- 
man gave his daughter, Eliza Sydnor a col- 
legiate education and to his three sons, Charles 
Eben and Presley, in addition to University 
graduation, he added the professions of law 
and medicine. He was not slow, but method- 
ical, in his business. 'Tis said that he had a 
place for everything and kept everything in 
the place; that he could go to his office and 
get a paper or to his tool room for a tool in 
the dark. 

With a clear vision he pursued the path of 
high resolve with singular devotion, accentu- 
ated by his noble characteristics. He was a 
generous member of Olivet M. E. Church, 
South, which he marked by planting a hedge 
of cedar around it and which he kept trimmed 
so long as he lived. His tomb is covered by 
a large, heavy slab of marble, three or more 
inches thick. From this slab, as a base, rise 
six large beautifully turned pillars and on 
these pillars rests another large slab of 
marble three or four inches thick with the 
inscription chiseled thereon. 

In the old Waxhaw Cemetery are two tomb- 
stones of similar design, almost actual dupli- 
cates. One of these is erected to Gen. Wm. 
R. Davis and the other to Col. Samuel H. 
Walkup. Some think the future existence of 
those who have passed beyond the veil is but 
a fond dream of hope, others think they live 
again, "far advanced in state in the lives of 
just men made perfect". It is beyond ques- 
tion we think that what they have been here, 
what they have done here, and what they 
have said here, in part remains with us, 
and has potency in influencing our lives 

Wm. A. Smith 

842 (See 806E) 
Ebenezer (Eben) Nelme was born in Anson 
County, N. C. Dec. 21, 1817 and married 
Martha Ann Smith Dec. 5, 1852. He died 
on July 16, 1902 in Desoto County, Miss. 
He was the second son of Presley Nelme and 
Nancy Ingram, his wife. His forbears were 
Norwegian and bore the cognomen Nelmj. 
In the course of time a member of the family 
crossed the North sea in a foray into Wales. 
Enamored by the milder climate and less 

rugged country he made his domicile there. 
Years rolled by, the family grew in respect 
and influence, became defenders of the borders, 
and were known as Lords of the Isles. Their 
Coat of Arms indicates a very high rank of 
nobility. The name was changed to Nelme. 
Years passed when the roving spirit again 
possessed them, and they ventured across the 
Irish Sea, the North Channel and landed in 
the Isle of Skye off the coast of Scotland. 
Here they nestled in glen Sligachan with crags 
rising 2000 to 3000 feet. Thence one John 
Nelme and his brother Charles Nelme ven- 
tured across the broad Atlantic Ocean and 
made their home in America. John Nelme 
located in New York. Charles Nelme located 
in the west, his numerous descendants peopled 
the middle west and branched to Georgia and 
other Southern States. Charles Nelme, son 
of the Emigrant, John Nelme, settled in South- 
ampton County, Virginia. Again the spelling 
of the name is changed to Nelms. From Vir- 
ginia we trace them to Franklin County, N. 
C, and from Franklin County to Anson 
County, N. C, and from North Carolina to 
Mississippi, named for the "Father of Waters" 

On Salmon Creek in Bertie County, N. C, 
is a stone reading: "Here lies ye body of 
Charles Eden Esq., who governed this pro- 
vince eight years to the great satisfaction of 
the Lords Proprietors and ye ease and happi- 
ness of ye people. He brought the country 
into a flourishing condition, and died lamented 
March ye 26, 1722: aetatis 49." The mild 
but firm government of this virtuous governor 
brought a tidal wave of emigration during 
the years 1720-1740. The government of the 
Lords Proprietors in 1 729 was succeeded by 
the government of the crown. The Province 
of North Carolina was bounded on the north 
by the Virginia line, on the south by South 
Carolina, on the east by the Atlantic and on 
the west by the Pacific Ocean. (See Wheelers 
History, Vol. I, p. 41) "Truly a princely 
domain". Emigrants came by scores and the 
Province increased rapidly in population, in 
wealth and in resources. The Scotch-Irish 
came in numbers and located in the Piedmont 
section, attracted by its fertile soil and sal- 
ubrious climate. Among these came Presley 
Nelms and purchased a large tract of land 
on the west side of Pee Dee River in Anson 
County, N. C. (This river in many histories 
is generally but incorrectly spelled Peedee.) 

Presley Nelms had born to him three sons, 
Charles, Eben, and Presley, Jr. They must 
have inherited a roving disposition as all of 
them sold their patrimony in North Carolina 
and moved westward. "Westward Ho empire 
takes its flight." The subject of this sketch 

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attended the best local schools and later 
Chapel Hill, the University of North Caro- 
lina, and bore from its classic halls a gradua- 
tion diploma. Not content with this he the- 
went to Princeton, the more famous Univen 
sity of New Jersey and there graduated witr- 
honors. He chose law for a profession, obh 
tained license from the Supreme Court and 
located in Wadesboro, N. C. His practice 
soon extended into the adjoining counties of 
Union, Stanly, Montgomery and Richmond 
and beyond, throughout the judicial district. 
He said to the writer: "It is usually the 
ambition of a lawyer to follow the profession 
and obtain the wherewith to purchase a farm 
estate, become monarch of all he surveys and 
settle down as a country gentleman." 

Inheriting a competent patrimony, he gave 
up his profession which he liked, to become 
in fact, as he was by blood, a country gentle- 
man. His broad acres lay on Cedar Creek, 
surrounding the magnificent residence, built 
by his father, located on a commanding hill 
in the midst of a grove of 20 acres. His 
housekeeper was one Miss Polly Hicks with 
matrimonial intentions. One Saturday as 
he was leaving to visit his sister some ten 
miles distant, he was asked when he would 
return. "On Tuesday," was the response. 
On Sunday morning one of his negroes rode 
up and informed him his house was burned 
with all its contents the night before. He im- 
mediately returned to find his elegant home a 
smoking pile of ashes, nothing saved, his 
magnificent, old-time furniture and family 
portraits destroyed with the residence. 

He was wayward in his early professional 
days, as was frequently the case among the 
talented; bon-vivant, fond of cards, dissipat- 
ing his time attending cock fighting, horse 
racing, etc. "He came to himself", however, 
saw the folly of wasted opportunities, and 
was converted. He became an advocate of 
temperance and sobriety and entered actively 
into the campaign of "Touch not; Taste not; 
Handle not", and was often invited to make 
addresses in behalf of the good cause. As he 
was a man of brilliant mind, a graduate of 
two Universities, a lawyer with mental attain- 
ments above the average, close attention was 
given his words on these public occasions 
because of his profundity, his humor and his 
eloquence. He had the understanding heart, 
the gift divine, and could always bring smiles 
to those he met and extort smiles even from 
the afflicted. 

His special friend and brother-in-law, Atlas 
J. Dargan of Wadesboro, his intimate boon 
companion of the various courts attended, 
was a noted character of that day. Brilliant, 

ingenious, factitious, but negligent in dress 
and personal appearances; often with a 
shabby coat, pants suspender button missing, 
shoes untied, with disheveled hair, he was a 
master of wit, learning and sarcasm. His 
friend Eben Nelms was his antithesis — neat in 
his habit, his dress in style, his appearance 
gentlemanly. His mind was active and spark- 
ling with irony; he was clever and a great 
teaser. Both were humorous, both liked 
"peach and honey". 

Their contemporaries, who were familiar 
with the characteristics of these famous 
raconteurs, enjoyed the following bonmots. 
In the halcyon days before the war, Eben 
Nelms and other gentlemen were standing 
in front of the Court House door when Mr. 
Dargan approached. Addressing the party 
but looking at Nelms he said: "Ezer — teaser 
spell Nezer and two red elms spells Ebenezer 
Nelms". Instantly flashed back: "Bootless, 
shoeless and hatless spells Atlas, splurging 
and charging spells Dargan". They were 
knights of the round table. Afterwards 
Dargan was appointed Brigadier General of 
the Militia and Nelms was commissioned 
Captain of Co. A. 1st Mississippi Regiment in 
the Confederate Army. 

The Rev. Alexander Smith was the first 
President of Carolina Female College, which 
was founded in 1 848 and this was the second 
College for women in the world. His daughter 
Martha Ann Smith, was a member of the 
first class to graduate and receive diplomas in 
said institution. She was a charming young 
lady, popular, beautiful and accomplished. 
One of the fair daughters of old Anson County, 
gifted, highly educated, she modestly took 
her place in high social life which was hers by 
birth. She was a lady of rare mentality, 
elegant diction, superb form and pleasing 

Intending to ask the momentous question 
that would decide his life's mate, Eben Nelms 
drove to her residence rapidly, to acquire 
sufficient animation and courage. He had 
won her heart and she gave him her hand 
Dec. 16, 1852. Her father officiated, tying 
the knot that bound these two loving souls 
together. After many years had passed, 
Eben Nelms said to the writer: "No man 
ever dared to be happier in his conjugal re- 
lations '. Solomon said: "A gracious woman 
retaineth honor, a crown to her husband". 
She was the one ideal lady for whom he had 
waited for years. Fitted by birth and educa- 
tion to be eminent and shine in society, she 
preferred the quiet, domestic felicity of her 
country home, bestowing her love and atten- 
tion upon her husband and their children. 

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It could fittingly be said of her and them: 

"The knightliest of the knightly race, 

That since the days of old. 

Have kept the lamp of chivalry, 

Alight in hearts of gold." 

Westward he took his flight, sold his patri- 
mony in Anson County, bought land and 
located near Horn Lake in Desoto County, 
Miss. It required some six to seven weeks to 
move his negroes and belongings through 
the country by wagon. A neighbor, moving 
his negroes and family to the same county 
in Mississippi, had planned to travel with 
him. They set out on their journey Monday 
morning and pursued their way without 
special incident until they camped on Satur- 
day night. To Eben Nelms' surprise on 
Sunday morning, his neighbor-friend had his 
teams hooked up and moved on. Mr. Nelms 
endeavored to dissuade him, calling his atten- 
tion to Sunday being the Sabbath, and that 
his family, negroes and stock all needed rest. 
"Remember that thou keep holy the Sabbath 
day." He persisted in traveling on Sunday. 
Mr. Nelms narrating incidents of the trip 
said: "1 never failed to overtake him before 
Saturday, delayed by a broken wagon, sick 
horse or some other misfortune, and I reached 
my new home two days before he arrived." 

Eben Nelms was fond of reading. His 
library of standard works afforded him many 
hours refreshment. He communed with the 
best thought of the world's master minds. 
His one dissipation was his pipe, and he pre- 
ferred the dirt pipe made of clay at Old 
Salem in North Carolina. This he could 
burn and keep fresh. With a long stem, 
made of cane or a cane root, bent and curved 
to suit his convenience, he would dexterously 
emit the smoke in circles, spirals or other 
curves to the wondrous delight of his observant 
nephew; reminding one of the curves the 
ball is made to take by the artistic pitcher in 
the National game of the present day. 

Nine peaceful, happy years passed quickly, 
like a tale that is told, over the heads of this 
loving couple to be rudely awakened by the 
dread tocsin of the Confederate war. An 
omnivorous reader, he kept posted on current 
events of the day. He noted the daily en- 
croachment of the general Government on the 
reserved rights of the States, the activity of 
anti-slavery propaganda, the deadly hatred 
of the abolitionists against the prosperous 
South, protected in their rights by the charter 
of our Union, the Constitution, which they 
stigmatized as "a league with the devil and 
a covenant with hell". Animated by the 
knightly blood of patriots he was among the 
first to volunteer to withstand the invasion of 

the South. Elected Captain of Company A 
of the 1st Mississippi Regiment of Volunteers, 
he performed the duties attached to that unit 
of the army to the satisfaction of his superior 
officers, earning their encomium. He so gov- 
erned his men as to gain their respect, admir- 
ation, confidence and devotion. 

The collapse of the Confederacy and the 
more disastrous regime of Reconstruction 
spelled ruin and impoverishment to the 
affluent Southerner. Undismayed, he accepted 
the situation, and illustrated and verified the 
noble sentiment that "Human virtue is equal 
to human calamity." The necessity of sup- 
porting his wife and children was his oppor- 
tunity. Prov. 24:10. "If thou faint in the 
day of adversity thy strength is small." 
Vegetables, grown by the work of his own 
hands, which had not known this toil, peddled 
from house to house in the city of Memphis, 
gave him the wherewith to provide and sus- 
tain his loved ones. Later his plantation was 
cultivated by his former slaves, who never 
ceased to call him "Master", and his fortune 
improved. On December 16, 1895 his beloved 
consort crossed over to the fairer shore. 

"There is no death, the stars go down 

To rise upon some fairer shore. 

And bright in heaven's jeweled crown 

They shine forever more." 
Zest of life passed with her flight. His house 
was cared for and his bodily comforts con- 
sidered by the affectionate and competent, 
dutiful and capable daughter, named for her 
great grandmother, Eliza Sydnor. 

The violin was his loved instrument. Violin 
music is an attractive language without words, 
which unconsciously creates pleasing asso- 
ciations and exerts a powerful influence over 
the sensitive imaginations of both the ig- 
norant and the cultivated. To his melodious 
violin, breathing delicious symphony in im- 
passioned strains, he sometimes added his 
own cultivated voice. His voice and violin 
combined, spoke in compelling tone with 
sublime and touching chords. The musi- 
cian and music being one, exuberant, sad, 
exciting or pensive at his will, would sway 
his audience as would a gifted and eloquent 

One who knew him well from long associa- 
tion, writing of him, said: "A man of un- 
swerving rectitude, a lover of justice and 
fair play." He was a man of education and 
culture — a graduate of Chapel Hill (Univer- 
sity of North Carolina) and of Princeton 
N. J. His buoyant, happy disposition and 
his fine sense of humor made him at all times 
a genial companion. He loved everybody 
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say with Abou Ben Adhem, "Write me as one 
who loves his fellow man." 

Men of humor enjoy jokes and amusing 
incidents told of others. Eben Nelms was 
so uniquely humorous that he enjoyed relat- 
ing jokes on himself. One could not be with 
him five minutes before some word or some 
action would remind him of some amusing 
story. Officers of his regiment were assem- 
bled for instruction and the roll was being 
called. "Ebenezer Nelms." No answer. 
"Ebenezer Nelms." The adjutant addressing 
him, said, "Why don't you answer to your 
name?" "You haven't called my name," 
he replied. "Isn't your name Ebenezer 
Nelms?" was asked. "No, my name is Eben 
Nelms." "I can't see any difference," the 
officer said. "Now, Adjutant, your name is 
Peter Swink." "Yes." "Well, would you 
answer to the name of Peternezer Swink?" 
The officer roared: "That is one on me Cap- 

Eben Nelms liked country life and solitude, 
but, like the bee among the flowers, he was 
never lonely — it gave him time for reading 
and reflection. Given a standard author in 
his hands and a pipe in his mouth, hours 
passed on fleeting wings while he absorbed 
and digested the rich crumbs of master minds. 

"Give a man a pipe he can smoke. 

Give a man a book he can read, 

And his home is bright with a calm delight 

Though the room be poor indeed." 

Solomon said: "A wise man will hear and 
increase learning and a man of understanding 
shall attain unto wise counsels." His chief 
characteristic was amiability. He possessed 
one of the kindest hearts that ever beat in 
the human breast and even when so reduced 
that he was forced to peddle vegetables for 
a means of living, he did not forget the poor, 
verifying the fact "that the poor are generous 
to the poor." Had he nothing else to bestow, 
he would send his regards, and the intonation 
of his voice was as sweet as a melodious note 
from his loved violin. "Oh. La. The Crip- 
pled Chicken, Knocked Him Down and Left 
Him Kicking," was one of his favorite pieces. 
Playing, talking and singing it, he would 
attract the neighbors of a whole village who 
would flock to the residence where he was 

Training made efficient his natural musical 
gift, for like the Poets, "It was born, not 
made," and gave to him that rhythmic 
sweetness of sound, extracted by a master 
performer from the world's master musical 

As Captain of Co. A, ist Mississippi Regi- 
ment, he seemed born to command. He 

ruled his men firmly but kindly, giving 
respectful attention to their wants and com- 
plaints, being mindful of their comfort and 
well being, patient with their mistakes and 
lenient with their faults. These traits, ac- 
quired in a great part from his association 
all his life with the negro slaves, won for him 
the love of his men. 

Captain Eben Nelms and his noble wife 
were dutiful members of the Methodist 
Episcopal Church South, and both died in 
the communion of that Church. They now 
rest side by side in "Gods Acre" waiting the 
Resurrection Morn. 

"Oh, the beauty, oh the gladness 

Of that resurrection day. 

Which shall not through endless ages 

Pass away." 

W. A. Smith 

843 (See 806B) 

Charles Gallatin Nelme was the son of 
Presley Nelme and Nancy Montgomery 
Ingram, his wife, and the grandson of 
Charles Nelme and Eliza Sydnor, his wife, 
who resided in Northampton County, Va., 
and was the great grandson of John Nelme, 
the emigrant, who came to America about 
1700. He was born in Anson County, N. C, 
in 1816 and died from wounds received 
in the battle of Shiloh, April 16, 1862. 
He was named Charles for his grandfather, 
Charles Nelme, a soldier of record in the 
Revolution, belonging to the Continental 
Line, and Gallatin for an honorable Swiss 
gentleman who was greatly esteemed and 
admired by his father, Presley Nelme. Abra- 
ham Alphonse Gallatin, 1761-1849, emigrated 
to America in 1 780, took an active part and 
bore himself honorably in the struggle for 
Colonial Independence. He was a member of 
the Convention which revised the Constitution 
of Pennsylvania in I 789, was elected a member 
of the United States Senate in 1798, and was 
Secretary of the Treasury under Thomas 
Jefferson, 1801. His services were so estimated 
in that important position that he was again 
selected and appointed Secretary of the 
Treasury by President Madison in 1809. He 
was one of the three ministers who negotiated 
the peace treaty with England and signed the 
Treaty of Ghent. He was minister to Paris 
1815-1827, and was Ambassador Extraor- 
dinary to London in 1826. He was also the 
author of a work on finance, ethnology, etc. 

Charles Gallatin Nelme was a graduate of 
the University of Virginia, located at Char- 
lottesville, founded by Thomas Jefferson. 

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He took a law course but was so well fixed 
in life that he did not need to follow his pro- 
fession. He married Catherine (Kate) Mc- 
Corkle, the only child of her parents, and she 
brought to him a rich dower, not only in land, 
money and negroes, but she herself was 
dowered intellectually and with all the graces 
of education and refinement of the aristo- 
cratic Southern woman. Intelligent, spright- 
ly, humorous, the charm of her conversation 
was manifested on all occasions. Agreeable, 
pleasant, attractive, and suave in mode she 
won for herself a host of friends. She was 
the mistress of a mansion in Holly Springs, 
Miss., noted for its prominent location and 
grandeur, and notable as the home of ele- 
gance, refinement and hospitality. This couple 
were par excellence fitted to each other. He 
was strong intellectually, chivalric in bear- 
ing, high-minded, gentle as a lady in dispo- 
sition and as fearless as a lion in the path 
of duty. 

The mode of travel to and from the Uni- 
versity was by public stage. In a letter, 
written in Richmond, Va., to his father, he 
details the progress of his trip and the stop 
for a visit with his uncle Charles, living in 
Franklin County, N. C. He, Charles Nelme, 
was a bachelor. His will, on record, directs 
that his property be sold and the proceeds 
be equally divided between his three sisters. 
His next stop was in the city of Richmond. 
Desiring to attend Shakespeare's tragedy of 
Romeo and Juliet, and fearing to be robbed 
in the crowd, he took the precaution to lock 
his money in his trunk. Returning from the 
theater where he had wandered with pleasure 
and joy with Romeo to Juliet's window and 
lived through that beautiful night of youth 
and love, he found his room had been entered, 
his trunk opened and his money gone. The 
ecstatic pleasure of the evening was quickly 
followed by anger, mortification, gall and 
wormwood. He was forced to write his 
father for $500.00 to replace his loss. His 
youthful spirits soon recovered their wonted 
buoyancy, however, and he entered into the 
delights of the city while awaiting funds 
to pay his hotel bill and proceed to the 

He was manly, vigorous, tall, well-pro- 
portioned, handsome — with courtly Chester- 
fieldian manners — an exquisite dancer and a 
violinist of rare skill and technic. It was a 
great pleasure to hear Gen. Atlas J. Dargan 
relate incidents of a trip to Mississippi on 
horseback with Charles Gallatin Nelme when 
they were both young men, of their pleasant 
stay in the town (now city) of Memphis, of 
their invitations to entertainments, to parties, 

balls and other amusements — commenting 
on the graces, attractions and the courtly 
manners of Charles Nelme, and he never 
failed to add "He was the handsomest man 
I ever saw. " 

On this tour of inspection to that new ter- 
ritory, Charles Gallatin Nelme was so pleased 
with the rich alluvial lands of the Mississippi 
River bottoms that he purchased — with 
money given him by his father — a large plan- 
tation, locally known as the Norfolk Place. 
Returning to North Carolina, he made pre- 
parations to move his household goods and 
his negroes to Mississippi to his new posses- 
sion. They went by wagon as there was no 
other mode of travel. Anson County knew 
no more of him except by an occasional visit 
to his mother and other relatives. He 
thrived and prospered in his far western 
home, considered far owing to the fact that 
it required weeks to make the trip, two or 
three times as long as it requires to now 
cross the great Atlantic. He added tract of 
land to tract, negro to negro, and was known 
far and wide, with State reputation as a suc- 
cessful planter, a gentleman, prominent, 
courteous and agreeable. The war of the 
sixties came to rouse the lion in him in defence 
of States Rights. He was commissioned 
Colonel of the 22nd. Regiment of Mississippi 
Volunteers. He studied with assiduity Har- 
dee's Tactics, drilled his regiment into a 
fighting machine and was actively engaged 
in the great battle of Shiloh. Shiloh was the 
greatest, most sanguinary battle fought in 
.America to that date, April 6, 1862. General 
Grant commanded the Federals, and General 
Albert Sydney Johnston the Confederates. 
The total Federal loss was 13,047 and the 
Confederate loss was 10,699. Gen. Grant's 
army, encamped near Pittsburg Landing, on 
the left bank of the Tennessee River, num- 
bered 44,893 men, not counting two regiments 
and a battery (estimated at 2,000) which 
were engaged. This made a total of 47,000 
Federals, supported by two gunboats in the 
river which also took part in the engagement. 
The Confederate army numbered 40,335 men. 
The figures here given are taken from the 
official reports from the Century's Battles 
and Leaders of the Civil War. Gen. Buell 
with 20,000 men and Gen. Lew Wallace with 
from 5000 to 7000 men were in easy support- 
ing distance. Gen. Johnston determined to 
fight before Grant should be reinforced by 
Buell and Wallace, and planned the engage- 
ment for daybreak of the 5th of April 1862. 
Slow movements of his army caused delay of 
24 hours. This delay bore an important part 
as we will see later. The Federals occupied 


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rolling ground for 2 to 2},'g miles from the 
river in an irregular triangle, bounded on one 
side by Snake Creek and its branch, Owl 
Creek, and on the other side by Lick Creek, 
while the Tennessee River formed the third 
side of the triangle. Sunday morning the 
Confederates moved forward at 6 o'clock and 
at 6:30 struck the Federal lines and the battle 
was on. It is not our intention to follow the 
engagement in detail. Briefly the Confeder- 
ates by repeated charges drove the Federals 
back toward the river. 

About noon, Gens. Hurlburt, Prentiss and 
W. H. L. Wallace rallied their divisions and 
occupied a hill 1 50 or 200 feet in height, a 
very strong position supported by fifty guns. 
The Confederates called it the "Hornet's 
Nest." Three attempts were made to carry 
this position in vain. General Johnston, 
knowing the necessity of carrying this posi- 
tion to insure a complete and overwhelming 
victory, deemed the time at hand for him to 
enthuse, encourage and animate his men by 
leading them himself. In doing this he re- 
ceived a mortal wound from which he died 
at 2:30 p. m. General Lee, when the enemy 
had broken his line at Chancellorsville, to 
prevent impending inevitable ruin, rode to 
the front with the intention of leading his 
men and restoring his line of battle. A private 
rushed out of the ranks, caught hold of Travel- 
er's bridle and led him to the rear. Acting 
in the position of Brigadier General, his life 
was valuable and the love of his men was so 
great that he was not permitted to place him- 
self and his life in jeopardy. Napoleon at 
the bridge of Lodi did just as Lee did on this 
particular occasion. General Johnston was 
succeeded in command by Gen. Beauregard. 
As Albert Sydney Johnston fell in the charge 
against the "Hornet's Nest", so likewise fell 
Charles Gallatin Nelme. Following his Com- 
mander in Chief, bravely leading his regiment, 
he too received a fatal wound from which 
he died on April 1 5th in the presence of his 
wife and his brother Eben Nelme. 

The "Hornet's Nest" was carried, Gen. 
W. H. L. Wallace was killed, many guns 
captured and more than two thousand 
prisoners taken but at a fearful sacrifice of 
many precious lives. Gen. Grant had a 
preponderance of 7000 men and two gun- 
boats, but his men were driven from position 
to position between the two creeks, back to 
the impassable river and into a pocket which 
meant surrender and disaster. Later he 
mustered 4,000 men to make the last stand. 
Gens. Bragg, Jackson, and Chalmers made 
ready to assault these 4,000 men and complete 
the glorious victory when Gen. Beauregard 

issued orders to desist, a fatal mistake for 
the Confederate forces. That night Gen. 
Grant was reenforced by Gen. Buell and Gen. 
Lew Wallace with 25,000 fresh troops. Grant 
renewed the battle on Monday morning, 
7th, taking the offensive and recovering the 
ground lost the day before. He found the 
Confederates disorganized and plundering the 
camps of his men. The Confederates could 
only muster 20,000 but with this force resisted 
so stoutly that the Federals did not attempt 
to pursue the retiring forces. A little log 
church in the woods gave name to this great 
battle. Had the battle begun on the 5th as 
planned, Buell could not have come to the 
assistance of Grant. It was the policy of 
President Lincoln, Commander in Chief of 
all the Union Forces, to displace defeated 
commanding generals and try another. Wit- 
ness McDowell, McClellan, Pope, McClellan 
again, Burnside, Hooker, Meade and Grant. 
Had Gen. Grant been defeated at Shiloh he 
would probably have been assigned to some 
unimportant command. The death of Gen. 
Johnston was a tragedy in the life of the 
Southern Confederacy. It prevented the 
surrender of Gen. Grant's entire army, with 
all its arms, guns and supplies of all des- 

In General Albert Sidney Johnston the 
Confederacy had another Lee in command 
of the West and had he lived he would have 
saved this section from disaster and collapse 
as did Lee in the East. President Davis 
said of Gen. Johnston: "Without doing 
injustice to the living, it may safely be said 
our loss is irreparable." As we sing of the 
Commander-in-Chief, so we can likewise sing 
of Charles Gallatin Nelme. 

As Colonel of his regiment he did his 
knightly devoir, bravely led his men against 
the "Hornet's Nest", and there received his 
mortal wound. 'Tis asserted that he went 
into battle as Colonel with a Brigadier 
General commission to be issued. The general 
in command may plan a battle ever so wisely 
or so well, but without intelligent, brave and 
faithful subordinates to execute his plans, 
he will assuredly and utterly fail. In the 
last analysis it is the humble privates in the 
ranks who make the fame of the commander, 
and they are the ones whose deeds are oft 
unknown and unsung. As with the private 
so it is with every under officer and subor- 
dinate. They must all do their duty in 
promptly obeying commands of superiors. 

Charles Gallatin Nelme was a man of 
sterling qualities, alert mind and strong 
character. Brave and heroic, gallantly and 
unflinchingly he led his regiment against the 

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"Hornet's Nest" with its whistling minnies, 
once heard never to be forgotten, with its 
fifty guns belching forth shrapnel, hurling 
death and destruction, and he cheerfully gave 
his life as a sacrifice on the altar of his country. 
His one regret was that he had not more lives 
to give in defence of States Rights and for 
his beloved Confederacy. His death was a 
severe loss to his regiment and Holly Springs 
lost its highest entitled officer and most 
prominent citizen. He sleeps in the cemetery 
near his home in the bosom of mother earth, 
under soil perfumed by the odor of sweet 
flowers. Generous to the living while living, 
he was generous to the living in death by his 

Respect and veneration for his lordly 
ancestors was dovetailed into his inmost soul, 
and to emulate their virtues was his chief 
characteristic. The Lord of Hosts was not 
on the side of the Confederacy, and did not 
intend to permit this nation to be divided. 
He knew that in a short half century it would 
require the undivided strength of this great 
Republic to dethrone Autocracy and enthrone 

"Under the sod and the dew, 

Waiting the judgment day; 

Under one the Blue, 

Under the other the Gray." 

We copy the following from a local paper: 
"Mr. Editor: 

In the last issue of your paper the 
names of those who were to be honored by 
the V. I. A. by planting a tree to the memory 
of each, the name of Gen. Charles Nelme 
appears among the majors. We old Vets 
pride ourselves in love and fealty to our old 
commanders. When then we see one whom 
we loved for his endearing qualities as a 
civilian, as well as for his soldierly bearings, 
reduced from his well-earned rank, either 
inadvertently or ignorantly by some chroni- 
cler, we desire to protest and set forth the 
true status of our former comrades. Gen. 
Nelme in '61 was custom-house officer at 
Norfolk on the Mississippi River. While thus 
engaged he was instrumental in raising a 
company for the Confederate service, of 
which company — DeSoto Rebels — he was 
Captain. He equipped the whole company 
with Confederate gray uniforms, company 
camp utensils and blankets at his own expense. 
The company numbered over a hundred men. 
When organized into a regiment, 22nd Mis- 
sissippi at Corinth, Capt. Nelme was made a 
major. On the bloody field of Shiloh he was 
promoted to the Colonelcy and commanded 
the regiment in that battle, our first fight. 

It was well known in his old company that 

Col. Nelme was soon to be promoted as Bri- 
gadier General, and it was currently reported 
after the Shiloh fight that his commission as 
such had been forwarded from the war 
department, but before its arrival, the gallant, 
superb and Christian soldier had crossed the 
river, accompanied by several of his old 
company, and together they winged their 
flight to the thrice happy Elysian plains of 

DeSoto Rebel 
Co. F. Twenty-second Miss. Reg." 

W. A. Smith 

844 (See 806H) 

The Bennett surname was attached to many 
emigrants to America locating in Maryland, 
Virginia, North Carolina and other Provinces. 
In course of time the Bennetts became very 
numerous and some of them were very pro- 
minent in Colonial days. A number of them 
migrated to Maryland in the years 1643-1665. 
One Richard Bennett settled in Anne-Arun- 
del County, Maryland in 1648. Owing to 
an oath required of him he did not claim lands 
of the State until 1662 when the oath was 
modified to suit his conscience. 

This Richard Bennett, (he must not be 
confounded with Governor Richard Bennett 
of Nansenmond County, Virginia) located 
lands on the Potomac River between Potites 
and Bennett's Creek (probably being named 
for said Bennett) and on Black Creek as early 
as 1651. After the English custom, he gave 
names to his holdings. One tract of four 
hundred acres, he called Bennett's Folly; a 
2500 acre tract, he called Bennett's Adven- 
ture; another, Bennett's Hill and Poplar 
Hill, etc. Richard Bennett's son, Thomas 
Bennett, and wife begat George, Elizabeth, 
Thomas and John. This Thomas Bennett 
is probably, although not positively, identified 
as Thomas Bennett, planter, of Baltimore 
Co., Maryland, whose will made in 1746 gave 
property to Elisham, Thomas, Samuel, Ben- 
jamin, William, John, Sarah, Mary Eleanor, 
Elizabeth and Lydia. Thomas Bennett was 
a soldier in the Patriot Army. In Louden 
County, Virginia was another family of 
Bennetts bearing the names: Thomas, Joseph 
James, Charles. They were probably cousins. 
Charles Bennett whose will was probated in 
Louden Co. in 1821, probably married Mary 
Hamilton. He mentioned in his will Nancy, 
John, Char'es, Mary, Winifred, Jane, Thomp- 
son, Jefferson, James, Elizabeth. Hamilton, 
and Sydnor. 

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In the churchyard of Christ Church in 
Alexandria, Virginia stands a large monu- 
ment which is inscribed as follows: 


lie the remains of 

Charles Bennett 

Born in Charles County, Maryland, 

Died in Alexandria, Va. 

the 24th. day of April, 1839 


This monument was erected by the Common 
Council of Alexandria, Va. in commemoration 
of the private charities and public liberality 
of their esteemed townsman, the late Charles 
Bennett. He lived and died a bachelor, 
leaving a large estate. The amount of the 
estate is unknown, but it was so large he re- 
quired his three executors to give bond, each 
in the sum of $200,000.00. The surname of 
Bennett is found in the old chronicles and in 
Colonial records in the form of Benet, Bennt, 
Bennit, Bennitt and very rarely Benit, 
although generally Bennett. 

One Richard Bennett was a Major General 
in Cromwell's army. In 1653 Cromwell 
became firmly established on the throne of 
Great Britain by Act of Parliament under 
the title of Lord Protector. Commissioners, 
of whom Richard Bennett was chief, were 
sent over to Maryland and Virginia to induce 
these Colonies to submit to Parliament rule 
under Cromwell. Quoting from history, 
"Negotiations were opened with Virginia 
authorities which resulted in giving the 
Colony the right of home rule, and Virginia 
became almost as free and independent of 
England as she was after the Revolutionary 
War." After the restoration of Charles 11, 
Governor Berkley of Virginia persecuted 
Major General Bennett who fled to Maryland 
and settled in Anne-Arundel County. Two 
of General Bennett's brothers, William and 
Neville, emigrated about 1660 and located 
in Maryland on the Eastern Shore. After- 
wards, about I 740, the two Bennett brothers, 
William and Neville, left the eastern shore 
and located in Anson County, in the Province 
of North Carolina, on the west side of the 
Pee Dee River, then a wilderness and the 
hunting grounds of the Indians. 

Before leaving Maryland, William Bennett 
married Nancy Huckston and she bore him 
a daughter, Elizabeth, born in 1770 or 71, 
and a son, William, born in ! 773. A few 
weeks after the birth of her son, she winged 
her flight to paradise and her husband, dis- 
consolate in his old home, winged his flight 
to the wilds of North Carolina. His land 

holdings lay on both sides of Jones Creek. 
He located his house, built of logs, on the 
Northeast side of this creek near a fine 
spring of ever-living water, known to this 
day as the "Old William Spring". The 
writer, in his youth saw the roofless, decaying 
logs of this house and oft refreshed himself 
with the cool waters of this bubbling spring. 
William Bennett was a Baptist Minister and 
became Chaplain, with the rank of Captain, 
in General Wade's Company of the Revo- 
lutionary Army. 

The Bennetts were a patriotic people. 
Among the Bennetts in the army are men- 
tioned James, John, Moses, Nehemiah, Tho- 
mas, William and others. Peter Bennett of 
Granville County was a member of the North 
Carolina Convention of 1 779. A noted 
genealogist of Washington, D. C writes: 
"The Bennett family is of ancient English 
lineage and includes many personages among 
its members, both in the Old and New world. 
The family name of the Earles of Arlington 
is Bennett, and others bearing the same sur- 
name have rendered important and valuable 
service in their day." 

The Reverend William Bennett, Chaplain, 
moved to South Carolina, married Olivia 
Cheers and settled in Marlboro County. 
Some say the town of Bennettville was 
named as a reward for his meritorious ser- 
vices in the continental army. He possessed 
in a great degree, the animosity and hatred of 
the Tories and there are people now living 
who have seen the holes in his door made by 
their bullets. On one occasion they sur- 
rounded his house. To escape, he crawled 
up the chimney. They discovered him and 
pulled him down and handled him so roughly 
that they broke his shoulder. He lived to 
rear a family of girls and boys by his second 
wife. His army canteen has been preserved 
and is now the precious relic of Mrs. Mary 
Bennett Little, a descendant in the direct 

There was another Richard Bennett who 
settled in Nansenmond County, Virginia, 
who was elected Governor by the House of 
Burgesses for three successive terms. He 
was a Major General of Militia, and while a 
Commissioner to treat with the Indians, he 
made a treaty with the Susquehanna tribe 
which, in point of liberality and justice, was 
easily the equal and forerunner of the treaty 
made by William Penn thirty years after- 
wards. We must not confuse this William 
Bennett with the family of General Richard 
Bennett of Cromwell's day, the brother of 
our ancestor, William Bennett. It is written 
of him while in public life in Virginia, "He 

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sowed the seed of civil and religious liberty 
which bore fruit a century afterward, set on 
fire the soul of Patrick Henry and animated 
the sword of George Washington. Later in 
the war of the Confederacy, from some vantage 
ground, with kindling eyes, Lee saw the ragged 
boys in gray in a hundred battles sweep the 
Federals from the field. It was the blood of 
Major General Richard Bennett that thrilled 
the veins of Robert E. Lee." I quote further: 
"This Richard Bennett was descended from 
a noble family. His grandfather was judge 
of the Prerogative or Ecclesiastical Court of 
Canterbury and Chancellor of the Arch- 
bishop of York." His father, Sir John Bennett, 
had three sons that rose to distinction. The 
eldest was Lord of Osculton, whose son be- 
came the Earl of Tankerville; his second son 
was Earl of Arlington (whence comes the 
name of Gen. R. E. Lee's famous residence, 
now the national cemetery near Washington, 
D. C.) and was Prime Minister of Charles 
II; his third son, Richard, was distinguished 
but of less shining destiny. Major General 
Richard Bennett, Richard Bennett of Annap- 
olis and Governor Richard Bennett of Nan- 
senmond County on the lower James, all 
probably sprang from a common ancestry, 
the different nobles having each his Coat of 
Arms but all of them very similar. One of 
these in heraldic terms reads Arms: Gules, 
a besant between three demi-lions rampant 
couped argent. Crest: A double scaling 
ladder or. Motto: Hand facile emergent. 
(Comes not forth easily). Another Coat of 
Arms reads: Arms: Gules a besant between 
three demi-lions rampant argent. Crest: 
Out of mural coronet or lions head gules 
charged on the neck with besant. Motto: 
De bon Vouloir servir le Roi. (Serve the 
King with right good will.) The general out- 
lines are the same and point to a common 
ancestor, the differences accentuating only 

William Bennett No. 2, (1717-1815) mar- 
ried Nancy Huckston(l 748-1 773) of Maryland 
in 1769. To them were born Elizabeth, 1771, 
who married Covington of Anson Co., 

N. C. When William Bennett No. 3 was 
only a few months old, his father left Mary- 
land and moved to Anson County, N. C. 
William Bennett (1773-1840) in 1798 married 
Susannah Dunn, the daughter of Isaac Dunn, 
(1754-1836) and Mary Sheffeild his wife 
(1760-1862) of Moore County, N. C, who 
were married in 1 776. Their only child, 
Susannah, married William Bennett No. 3. 

John Dunn the emigrant, and his wife 
Frances, came to America about 1700-1710. 
There were born to them ten children: Nancy, 

Mary, Elizabeth, Hannah, four girls; Joseph, 
John, Isaac, Hezekiah, Leonard and Bar- 
tholemew. Bartholomew (1716-1787) and 
his wife Ruth, begat Isaac (1754-1836) who 
married Mary Sheffield (1758-1862) (see 
sketch). Their only child was Susannah 
Dunn who married William Bennett No. 3. 
Twelve children, seven boys and five girls, 
were born to Susannah Dunn and her husband 
William Bennett. The children's names were 
as follows: Neville, James C, William, 
Isham, Samuel, Cary, Lemuel, Roxanne, 
Susannah, Mary, Nancy, Jane. Lemuel 
Dunn (1805-1878) married Jane Steele Little 

The land in the British Isles was owned by 
the King, princes, nobles and the Church, 
with their parks, forest preserves and game 
laws. The middle class was composed of 
the well-to-do tenants, farmers, merchants, 
doctors and lawyers. Third class was made 
up of laborers, craftsmen and servants. All 
men are more or less ambitious to rise in 
rank. A knight desires to become a baronet, 
lord, viscount, marquis, duke, etc. Crafts- 
men desire to become tenants, tenants — 
landed proprietors. Owing to the law of 
primogeniture, minor sons and others would 
become land owners by emigrating to Amer- 
ica, where the finest lands could be obtained 
by purchase, by entry, at very small cost, 
and even by squatting and by allotment 
from the Province. There is something in 
the ownership of realty, the confident tread 
of the man on soil that he owns in fee simple, 
that elevates and ennobles him. In the 
British Kingdom lands were held at no price 
or prohibitive prices, but in the wilderness of 
America it was to be had for the asking. We 
know not the exact year John Dunn ventured 
the Atlantic, wild and wide, in search of 
land, but let us say it was 1700-1713. In the 
latter year he was a resident of North Caro- 
lina Province, and is first mentioned in Col- 
onial Records of the Province of North 
Carolina 1713 as a defendant. In this case 
judgment was obtained against him for 
£1 17s. and Id. and attachment ordered to 
be served against his goods and chattels. 
In 1748 by the same Colonial Records he 
appears as Lord Proprietor of 100 acres of 
Bladen County land and in 1749 Lord Pro- 
prietor of 100 acres in New Hanover, 150 
acres in Craven and 200 acres in Bladen. 
From the east he came further west and set- 
tled in the town of Salisbury. 

"In Salisbury Town the skies are bright. 
The smiles are true, the hearts are light. 
And days are full of sheer delight 
In Salisbury Town." 


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In Salisbury he studied law and obtained 
license to practice in the Counties of Anson, 
Mecklenburg, Tryon, Guilford, Surrey and 
Rowan. These counties constituted a Ju- 
dicial District with the Court House in 
Salisbury. As a member of Assembly he 
took an active and prominent part therein. 
In 1760 he was allowed a claim incurred in 
the expedition against the Cherokee Indians. 
In 1771 he and other officers of the Crown 
were forced by the Regulators to disgorge 
and restore excess Court fees extorted from 
the people. He was made a Justice of the 
Peace, Notary Public, Clerk of the Court, 
Attorney for the Crown, Adjutant of Militia 
and rose to the rank of Major. While riding 
with his command he was thrown from his 
horse and kicked by the vicious animal and 
forced to keep his bed for six weeks. Making 
report of the taxes of Rowan Co. to the Crown, 
he mentions his accident and continuing, 
said: "And now, at this time, not able to 
stoop to buckle my shoe or sit to write unless 
it be a line at a time, then rest until my 
pains abate." 

Associated with others he was a Commis- 
sioner in many important services for his 
County and District, such as building jails. 
Court House, running dividing lines between 
Counties, laying out public roads, etc. A 
loyalist from position and office, by education 
and temperament he took an active part in 
suppressing the Regulators, among whom 
was numbered his own son, Bartholemew. 
"The father shall be divided against the 
son, and the son against the father." 

John Dunn was arrested as an active 
loyalist by the Committee of Safety in Rowan 
County, banished to Charlestown and jailed 
for twelve months. He protested his inno- 
cence, recanted and was released on parole, 
placed under bond of 1 ,000 pounds (nearly 
$5,000.00) and was forced to appear daily 
at the house of Maxwell Chambers, after 
being permitted to return to the State. He 
afterwards resided on his farm some five 
miles from Salisbury. 

His son, Bartholemew, radically differed 
from the sentiments of his father and joined 
the Regulators. (See N. C. Colonial Records, 
Vol. 7, 736). He was probably a soldier and 
militiaman, but we have no authentic evi- 
dence thereof. These patriotic citizens were 
called Regulators because they resisted the 
exorbitant exactions of the officers of the 
Crown and attempted to regulate and confine 
fees to the tariff allowed by law. These 
Regulators were so determined to maintain 
their rights they rose in arms, bravely, boldly, 
and fought the battle of Alamance on Thurs- 


day, the 16th day of May, 1771, on the road 
from Hillsboro to Salisbury, five miles from 
the river. This was the precursor of the 
Revolution and in North Carolina was shed 
the first blood in defense of the rights of the 

Bartholemew's son, Isaac (1754-1836) mar- 
ried in 1776— Mary Sheffeild (1748-1862). 
To them was born one child, Susannah, who 
became the wife of William Bennett No. 3, 
uniting the famous families of Bennett and 

W. A. Smith 

"The Oaks" 

Ansonville, N. C. 

845 (See 806H) 
Lemuel Dunn Bennett was the son of 
William Bennett No. 3 and Susannah Dunn, 
his wife, and the great grandson of William 
Bennett No. 1 , who emigrated to America 
with his brother, Major General Richard 
Bennett of Cromwell's army, about the year 
1648. Lemuel Dunn Bennett's mother's 
maiden name was Susannah Dunn, daughter 
of Isaac Dunn and Mary Sheffeild, his wife, 
Isaac Dunn, was the son of Bartholemew and 
Ruth Dunn, and Bartholemew was the son 
of John and Frances Dunn, the emigrant. 
Mary Sheffeild was the daughter of William 
Sheffeild, a private in Hall's Company, 10th 
Regiment of Continental Troops. The ex- 
uberant boyish spirits of a sound mind in a 
sound body, inherited from distinguished 
ancestry seemed to us youth incompatible to 
the staid, grave, scholarly gentleman of three 
score, yet we are assured that he was full of 
life and fun, bubbling over with sportive 
action and mischievous, boyish tricks. En- 
joying the advantage of good schools, he made 
use of his opportunities, alternately teaching 
school and attending school and cultivating 
a good memory. He became a fine Latin 
scholar and Latin proved a great aid in his 
chosen profession of law. He was licensed 
to practice but gave up his work and retired 
to his farm to care for his negroes and culti- 
vate his broad acres. His active mind was 
not content to stagnate in his country home, 
it reached out after knowledge, "as the hart 
panteth after the water brooks". He studied 
geology, the rocks, the strata and soil; 
botany, collected herbs and plants and be- 
came skilled in classifying them. His active 
mind still reached out after knowledge; he 
studied medicine and prescribed for his 
family. He also prescribed for the negroes 
and his neighbors and set their broken limbs. 

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with the one and only reward: the satisfac- 
tion of administering to humanity's needs. 
His knowledge of law stood him in good 
stead in his business dealings and enabled 
him to give sound counsel to those who sought 
his advice. So well was his well-balanced 
mind stored with knowledge that he was 
considered the best read, the finest scholar 
and the most erudite gentleman in all the 
country-side. Skilled in the use of tools, 
he fashioned for himself a writing desk, now 
the proud possession of his daughter, Mrs. 
Joseph Ingram Dunlap of Wadesboro, N. C. 
He was born in 1805 and died in 1878. He 
married in 1828, the sprightly and accom- 
plished Jane Steele Little. Elegant in her 
youthful beauty, versatile and vivacious, 
she was a fit companion for the handsome, 
scholarly L. D. Bennett. She made his home 
a social center and dispensed liberal enter- 
tainment to his and to her cultured friends 
in true southern style. Very rarely was this 
home without guests, visiting from the County, 
adjoining Counties, from Cheraw and other 
towns of South Carolina. She bore him four 
sons and was so fervently patriotic that she 
gave them all to the Confederate Army, 
"That dear cause that ne'er will be forgotten 
the dead." 

She was the daughter of William Little 
(1777-1847) and Elizabeth (Betsy) Steele 
(1785-1859) who were married 1798. Her 
father's home was at Mallgate, Longtown, 
near Brampton, Cumberland County, Eng- 
land. The Little family is allied by marriage 
with Scottish Lairds of the Manor of Askerton. 
and Sir Walter Scott. When the writer 
visited the old Homestead in 1908 it had 
passed by marriage out of the hands of the 
Little family. The present owner keeps it 
in good condition, its fertile acres undimin- 
ished. The owner himself was attentive, 
kind and hospitable. 

William Little and his brother Thomas, 
young men, determined to seek a new outlet 
for their youthful energies, left home one 
night, unknown, to their parents and footed 
it forty miles by morning cockcrowing to a 
port and took shipping to America. They 
landed in Charleston. William Little was 
large of frame and tall in height; his name, 
inscribed by himself, is to be seen above all 
others in St. Nicholas Church belfry He 
pioneered to Anson County, settled down, 
married, thrived and prospered. He added 
acre to acre and slave to slave; reared graceful, 
well favored daughters and fine stalwart sons 
to hand down his honorable name to posterity. 

His eldest daughter, June, fair, lovely, 
elegant and graceful, was modest and retiring. 

never courted notoriety, never desired to be 
in the limelight. She gave her time to making 
a model home for her husband, and her at- 
tention and faculties to rearing her four 
girls and four boys whom God had given her. 
She watched their growth with tender solici- 
tude and grieved as only a fond, loving 
mother could, over the going of her youngest 
daughter, in her teens, in 1864. She was 
happy in her home, happy in her husband's 
love, happy in her children. She was proud 
of her children, her husband and her home. 
Living a life of service and economy, seasoned 
with love, pride and affection she pitched her 
life on a high plane of content and happiness. 
Her duty and her love reached out and em- 
braced her negroes, one and all, who regarded 
her as the princess bountiful, a gracious 
mistress and a generous benefactor for all 
their wants. When Sherman had killed every 
animal and fowl; taken every pound of meat; 
loaded the handsomest carriage in the county 
with greasy, dripping home-raised bacon and 
drove away behind a handsome, high-stepping 
pair of bays; burned every grain of corn or 
other cereal, she was appealed to: "Oh, my 
mistress, give me food for my starving 

Children born to them: 

1. John Washington, married 1st, Lydia 
Boggen. No issue. 2nd, Mary Richardson. 
Issue Purdie Richardson, Lily, Clifton C. 

A sketch of Dr. J. W. Bennett appears in 
the North Carolina Bookley, October No., 1917. 

2. Ann Eliza, married Henry Pinkney 
Townsend of Cabarrus Co., N. C, and moved 
to southwest Georgia. Children: Laura, 
Eugene, Donella, Tecoah, Martha, Jane, 
Henry Pinkney, Haisse Augustus, John, 
Minnie Lee. 

3. William Lemuel Bennett, married Po- 
melia Adams of Arkansas. Children: Lem- 
uel, Augustus, William and Arkansas. 

4. Thomas Risden Bennett, married Mary 
Townsend. Children: Rosa, Laura, Thomas 
Ross, Elfleda and Jane. 

5. Capt. Frank Bennett, married Eliza- 
beth Curry of South Carolina. Children: 
Frank Bennett No. 2, Elizabeth (L. C), 
Curry Bennett. 

6. Mary Jane Bennett, married William 
Alexander Smith (see sketch.) Children: 
Etta, Nona and infant boy unnamed. 

7. Charlotte F. Bennett, married Joseph 
Ingram Dunlap. Children; Mary Olive 
(Dollie) Dunlap, William Bennett Dunlap. 
name changed to Bennett Dunlap Nelme. 
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Beacham. Children: Mary Charlotte 
Nelme, Nona Nelme and Elizabeth Nelme. 
Frank Dunlap: unmarried. 

8. Laura Bennett; died 1864; single. 
L. D. Bennett's home and farm were sit- 
uated between the North and South prongs 
of Jones Creek. His broad acres embraced 
fertile bottoms on both creeks. He traveled 
many summers in Western North Carolina, 
Virginia and East Tennessee. As a progres- 
sive citizen he took a leading part in Inter- 
nal improvements. He was president of 
the plank road leading from Cheraw, S. C, 
up through Anson County and crossing 
Rocky River into Stanley by a substantial 
wooden bridge. His home lay in the track 
of Sherman's army. To escape, he left his 
home and lay concealed for days, his personal 
comforts administered to and his wants sup- 
plied by a faithful slave. This gives the lie 
to the assertion of the Abolitionist, of cruelty 
by the master to his slave. His brother 
James, whose mansion was about a mile 
away, remained at home. The old gray- 
haired gentleman was wantonly, cruelly and 
foully killed whi'e sitting on his door steps. 
Murdered at 72, his faithful, loving old 
slaves made a coffin and reverently committed 
his body to the dust amid tears. The slaves 
were the only ones present. 

"Down in the canebrake, hear the mournful 

sound ; 
All the darkies am a weeping, 
For Massa's in the cold, cold ground." 
L. D. Bennett's fond, virtuous, loving 
consort preceded him to the better land five 
or six years. In God's good time this fine, 
upright, courteous, hospitable. Christian sou- 
thern gentleman followed her and was gather- 
ed to his fathers. He welcomed the time, 
"When I shall see him face to face. 
And be with those I love once more." 

W. A. Smith 

"The Oaks" 

Ansonville, North Carolina 

846 (See 806-D) 
Mary Sheffield became the wife of Isaac 
Dunn. She was the most noted and notable 
woman of Anson County. Like Sara, Abram's 
wife, she was very fair and comely. Her 
elegant form was proportioned after the 
Grecian model of womanly perfection as 
seen in sculpture. Wiser than most people 
in her day and generation she was thoroughly 
acquainted with the medicinal quality of 
herbs and roots, nature's remedy for the ills 

of man and beast. Known far and wide as 
a doctor, she went her rounds as a practicing 
physician. She did not prescribe mineral 
medicaments but used herbs: wormwood for 
vermifuge; fever-few for tonic; balsam for 
wounds and sores; hoarhound for coughs and 
colds; snake root for a cathartic; sotherwood, 
a near specific for that terrrble disease diph- 
theria; rue for a narcotic. Rue was some- 
times called "Herb of Grace" because it 
afforded relief from remedies for the various 
ills to which flesh is heir. A famous salve for 
healing old chronic sores, known as "Grand- 
mother Dunn's Salve", she made of heart 
leaves, sweet gum and mutton suet. This 
salve was famous in her day and since. Spice- 
wood, spice bush, for fevers, vermifuge; horn- 
seed for ergot; coltsfoot, snake root, Indian 
wild ginger, bearberry, foxberry, snake head, 
sometimes called turtle head, mother's wort 
or feather feet; devil's bit or bitter grass; 
all of these she used as stomach tonics; 
devil's bite for a diuretic; smilax, sarsa- 
parilla for rheumatism; pepper wort as an 
antiseptic; partridge berry, an anodyne 
which she probably got from the Indians as 
it was a famous Indian remedy, cand!e berry, 
a species of spice or cloves, brake or female 
fern, used for tapeworm; Indian turnip, 
dragon turnip, pepper turnip, remedy for 
asthma, croup etc.; ladies' slipper, ladies' 
smock and bleeding heart, antispasmodic; 
dog's bane or ipecac, monk's hood, wolf's 
bane, a cathartic; she sought blazing star, 
gay feather in meadows and damp places, 
which she prescribed as a diuretic; willow 
water flag, remedy for toothache; heartease 
for skin diseases; blow root to regulate the 
pulse, and hundreds of other indigenous herbs 
with medicinal properties familiar to this 
learned woman. 

A scientific cook, she used thyme, sage and 
other herbs in preparation of food suitable 
for her patients. She also prepared perfumery 
from lavender, rosemary, roses, sweet spices 
and other sweet smelling herbs and flowers. 
We always associate lavender with dainty, 
refined ladies. Cosmetics for beautifying 
the complexion and improving the skin came 
under manipulating hands. More than all, 
she was famed as an accoucher, her services 
being in great demand over a wide scope of 
the country. She named an infant daughter 
of her grandson, L. D. Bennett, after herself, 
Mary, and, like Anna, the prophetess, "She 
blessed the child". As the spirit of Elijah 
descended upon Elisha, the spirit of Mary 
Sheffield was bestowed in large measures 
upon her great grandchild, Mary Bennett. 
With the blessing came the gifted insight of 

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reading characters of men, resembling, in 
this respect, "Napoleon the Great". With 
the blessing came the ability of foretelling 
coming events. With the blessing came 
hauteur and high notions which would have 
been termed arrogance but for her sunny 
smile — that noblesse oblige so graciously 
worn upon all occasions and which won the 
hearts of those who knew her. With the 
blessing, the great grandame bestowed the 
knowledge of herbs and their medicinal 
qualities: that love of roses possessed by 
"this dreamer of dreams"; that graceful 
carriage and queenly walk. With the blessing 
came that artistic preparation of food and 
that orderly housekeeping for which she was 
famed. With the blessing came the skill in 
needle-work, in tapestry work and painting 
in oil, both landscape and portrait. Mary 
Bennett inherited all of this and more. Mary 
Sheffield Dunn was a Universalist in her 
religious belief, grounding her belief upon 
the "Universality of the Atonement." "For, 
as by one man's disobedience all men were 
constituted sinners, so by the obedience of 
one shall all men be made righteous and that 
not of your selves — it is the gift of God." 
Again "As in Adam all die, even so in Christ 
shall all be made alive." "For I am per- 
suaded that neither death nor life nor angels 
nor principalities nor powers nor things 
present nor things to come nor height nor 
depth nor any other creature shall be able 
to separate us from the love of God, which 
is in Christ Jesus our Lord." God is infinitely 
wise and good and holy — and created man 
in his own image for man's good and it is 
incompatible with the All Wise and good 
God to condemn His creatures to everlasting 
punishment. Thus she argued and it is said 
she was so thoroughly conversant with the 
scriptures she could maintain her position 
against all parties. She became the wife of 
Isaac Dunn in 1776, the year of the Declara- 
tion of Independence. Independence was 
to be won only after a terrible struggle of 
seven long years. Embracing the Patriot 
Cause, a member of Captain Thomas Wade's 
Company, Isaac Dunn and his young wife 
had to endure the enmity of the Tories. In 
Anson County there were many honorable 
men who from infancy were taught the Divine 
right of kings and non-resistance. Kings 
could do no wrong and it was high treason 
to resist the authority of the Crown. These 
were loyalists at heart and verily believed 
it right to harass, plunder, pillage and de- 
vastate the property and homes of the 

American patriots who dared to resist tha 
king's authority. These loyalists, called 
Tories, formed themselves into bands, or- 
ganized under military officers, and went 
from settlement to settlement and from house 
to house in pursuit of the patriots, the enemies 
of King George III, God's vice-regent on 
earth. By night and by day they proceeded 
to wreak vengeance on the patriots. 

At set of sun information was received by 
Isaac Dunn at his home that a band of these 
Tories was approaching. Hastily he saddled 
a horse for his wife and one for himself, 
snatched up their baby, mounted and fled. 

"Weel mounted on this gray mare, Meg, 
A better never lifted leg. 
And scarcely he Meggie rallied. 
When out the hellish legion sallied. " 

The Tories were hot foot on his track 
behind him. Seeing he would be overtaken 
and probably killed, while riding at a sweeping 
gallop, he tossed his baby into the arms of 
its mother and made his escape. Neither the 
mother nor the baby were harmed. It was 
Isaac Dunn they were pursuing with mur- 
derous intent because Captain Wade's com- 
pany three weeks before had retorted upon 
them, burning, pillaging, and destroying 
their homes. Those were fearful days, when 
brother fought brother, father fought son 
and devil take the hindmost. The patriots 
were in the large majority and won. Often 
it was "Escape for thy life, look not back 
behind thee." 

Mary Sheffield Dunn was a superb horse- 
woman and sat her horse elegantly and state- 
ly. As she was not slothful in business, so 
also she contributed to the necessity of the 
saints and was given to hospitality. Blessed 
with health and strength she went in and out 
before this people and came to the age of 
104 years and died. Truly she lived a life of 
service to humanity. Thus passed from 
earth to Paradise a benefactress of her 

"Whose life was a song, God wrote the 

Which she set to music; 

The refrain was glad, or sad — at her pleasure. 
Her life work of service evidenced the 


It can be said of her as of Abraham, "She 

died in a good old age and full of years." 

William Alexander Smith 

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Smith Williams 

847 (See 934) 

Of the boys born to Lewis J. Williams and 
Sallie Smith, his wife, only Smith and Lewis 
came to years of maturity. The elder, Smith, 
is the subject of this sketch. 

When a boy he was fond of sport, running 
rabbits either to be caught by hounds or 
chased into a hole in a hollow log or tree. 
By use of the hickory withe he could pull 
them out. If the withe failed, smoke would 
prevail. Made happy by the catch, he would 
trudge over the hills with buoyant steps and 
proudly cast his trophy at the feet of his no 
less proud parents. 

"Old Mollie Hare, what you doing dare? 
Sitting in de corner, smoking my segare." 
His parents left the old homestead. Panther 
Creek, and hied themselves to the twin city. 
They bought a residence in Winston-Salem 
that they might obtain for Smith and their 
other children the advantages of the city 
schools. Wiry, nervously active and ener- 
getic, to make pocket change, he would rise 
very early, go to the Journal office, get his 
supply of papers, sell them and be at school 
on time without thought of fatigue, ready 

for play on the grounds, and lessons in the 
school room. Taught obedience by his 
mother, he was dutiful to his teachers and 
was so apt in books that his instructors were 
accused of partiality. 

The boy was forerunner of the man. He 
early left the roof-tree and obtained employ- 
ment. At the age of fifteen he was a page in 
the Legislative Halls at Raleigh, then a 
special page in Congress at Washington and 
manager for the noted lecturers. Earnest 
Thompson Seton, Marshall P. Wilder and 
Richmond Pearson Hobson. 

Possessing musical talent like his mother, 
it was his pleasure to join a company of mu- 
sicians. As advance agent for a lecturer he 
has traveled over nearly every state in the 
Union and in Canada, visiting towns and 
cities. Thus he obtained knowledge of the 
world by experience. Indeed, all we know is 
by experience; the remainder we take on 
hearsay. Meeting daily, new faces he came 
in contact with normal, bright and mature 
minds of all calibre, "Going to and fro in the 
earth, and walking up and down in it," af- 
forded him a school that trained and pre- 
pared him for his life's work as a "Prince of 
the Road," a "Knight of the Grip," a "Com- 
mercial Ambassador." As a salesman for 
the Bahnson Humidifier, his success has been 

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phenomenal. His employer said to him: 
"You need not go to see Mr. A. I've been to 
him and you are wasting your time." Not 
deterred by his employer's failure he went to 
see Mr. A. and returned with a signed order 
in his note book. With a woman's smile and 
lilt in his eye, he rarely fails to secure an 
order. Of course he meets competitors, 
fights foemen worthy of his steel; the harder 
the contest, however, the more honor there 
is in the victory. To his credit be it said, he 
fights fairly and disarms his pleasure and 
resentment of defeat by open frankness, fair 
consideration and just treatment. Although 
successful, he thus retains their esteem and 
friendship and wins their admiration. His 
heart is so large that it takes in all humanity. 
He is ever ready to accommodate and serve. 
The aged and the young are especial objects 
of attention. By doing for others, he sur- 
rounds himself with pure, wholesome atmos- 
phere of genial kindness. He is the living 
embodiment of a high-strung gentleman; 
a breathing, intensereahty of loving humanity. 
His life is an exponent of the following 

"Have you had a kindness shown — 

Pass it on. 
'Twas not given thee alone. 

Pass it on. 
Let it travel down the years. 
Let it wipe another's tears 
'Til in heaven the deed appears." 

What we put into the lives of others 
comes back to sweeten our own, and he counts 
that day well spent that enables him to put 
sunshine into the life of another. 

There is an old proverb and a true one: 
"Birds of a feather, flock together," exempli- 
fied in the union with his wife, Nellie Caro- 
lina Johnson. She is the daughter of John 
A. Johnson and Sarah Elizabeth Mitchel, 
daughter of Joseph Mitchel and Rebecca 
Ann Eathforth, daughter of William Eath- 
forth and Rebecca Preston Cornell, daughter 
of Captain Joseph Cornell and Roxana 
Preston, son of Thomas Cornell and Susannah 
Lawton. This Thomas Cornell was the son 
of Thomas Cornell and Rebecca Briggs. 
Thomas Cornell and his wife, Rebecca Briggs, 
were the grandparents of Ezra Cornell, 
founder of Cornell University. Ezra Cornell's 
son, Alonzo Cornell, was the twenty-fifth 
Governor of New York. The Cornell family 
came to Boston, America, from the County 
of Essex, England, 1638. They moved to 
Portsmouth, R. 1. in 1640. The old home is 
still in the family. It is now owned by Rev. 

John Cornell, Minister of the P. E. Church 
Diocese of Rhode Island. 

Happy in her Panther Creek home, she 
is training her children to be assets in the 
world and while watching their development, 
her heart and soul is guiding, with tireless 
vigil, their footsteps under the tutelage of a 

Possessing magnetic personality, this ideal 
couple charm by courtesy and cordiality all 
who enter the doors of the hospitable old 
Williams homestead. Panther Creek. Having 
seen a great deal of the world, by reason of 
extensive travel, by being a close observer, 
by embracing his opportunities of rubbing 
up against all kinds of men, he has developed 
into an all-round and foursquare man of 
efficiency, retaining the cardinal virtues of 
truthfulness and simplicity which impress 
others and compel respect and attention. 
He seems just what he is, a gentleman of 
tender heart, noble impulses, genial, kind, 
magnanimous and generous. He takes 
active interest in civic improvement. With 
a breadth of understanding, with ready sym- 
pathy for the welfare of his neighbors, his 
guiding hand is seen in effective leadership 
and cooperative movement for betterment. 
Gifted in music, in song, in story, in recita- 
tion, in conversation, his very fibre is woven 
in pure gold. 

"Long may he wave 
To cheer the brave. " 

Wm. A. Smith 

848 (See 934) 
John William, a Welshman, emigrated to 
America, landing at Jamestown, Virginia. 
His son, Nathaniel Williams, made his home 
in Hanover County, Virginia, later becoming 
Judge of the Court for that County. Na- 
thaniel's son, Joseph Williams, animated with 
the pioneer spirit, sought a new field for his 
activities in the wilds of the Piedmont section 
of Anson County, North Carolina. He locat- 
ed in that beautiful, rolling, well watered 
section now known as the "Little Yadkin". 
He made large entries of several thousand 
acres of fertile land on the east bank of the 
Yadkin River, embracing the famous Shallow 
Ford, marked as the Daniel Boone Trail. 
Near his home was a small stream called 
"Panther Creek", so named from a lair of 
panthers on its banks. This creek gave 
name to the Williams' homestead, famed for 
the elegant hospitality of Col. Joseph Wil- 
liams and his successors. Observe that Rowan 
County was formed out of Anson in 1 736 and 

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Surrey from Rowan in 1 770, Yadkin from 
Surrey in 1 850-5 1 . A small section of Yadkin 
County lying on the east side of the Yadkin 
River gave rise to the name of "Little Yad- 
kin", in which is situated Panther Creek, the 
home of the Williams family for nearly two 
hundred years. This branch of the Williams 
family is noted for its numbers, all of them 
talented. Many of them are noted for the 
honorable official positions held in North 
Carolina Province, North Carolina State and 
in other states. This wing of the family has 
branched out west of Tennessee and Missis- 
sippi, south-west as far as Texas, and where- 
ever found they are noted for intellect, en- 
terprise and substantiality. 

Colonel Joseph Williams, the youngest son 
of Nathaniel Williams, was a delegate to the 
Provincial Congress which met at Hillsboro 
in 1775. As a Major in the Revolutionary 
War he took an active part against the 
Tories, obtaining their inveterate enmity 
thereby. He also conducted a successful 
campaign against the Cherokee Indians. 
They had made foray into the border settle- 
ments, killed and scalped innocent victims 
and pillaged the country. He captured, 
burned and destroyed five of their towns in 
retaliation and completely broke their spirit 
for further depredations. 

In the Continental Line he rose to the rank 
of Major and in the State was a Colonel of 
Militia. He had many narrow escapes from 
the Tories, to whom he became very ob- 

While absent in the campaign against the 
Indians, a band of Tories assembled in the 
section near Panther Creek. Mrs. Williams 
his wife, being informed of their presence, 
to save her horses, sent them away. The 
Tories came to her home. She diplomatically 
treated them with respect and entertained 
them by giving them her good food and best 
of drinks. She trusted thereby to mitigate 
their animosity and save her plantation from 
being plundered. Her hospitality was all 
in vain, for — Tory like — when they left, they 
robbed her of every living animal and fowl 
on the place except one duck, which escaped 
by use of its strong wings. She ordered a 
servant to catch the duck, saddle one of her 
fine horses and take it to the Tory Colonel with 
her compliments with a note saying: "As you 
have taken everything on the plantation 
except this duck, please accept it too, it is 
lonesome here." He replied: "Tell your 
mistress, in return for the duck, 1 present her 
with the fine animal you are riding." It is 
surprising that he did not take the horse. 
He afterwards said: "Mrs. Williams is the 

prettiest woman in America." Surely she 
was one of the best. 

Col. Joseph Williams was distinguished 
for his patriotism and for his progressive 
ideas. He was a school-committeeman and 
a Justice of the Peace. He was noted for his 
piety and was made a church warden. He 
married Rebekah Lanier, daughter of another 
distinguished Colonial family, tracing their 
lineage to Sir John Lanier of the British 
Isles. Her father was Thomas Lanier, Judge 
of Hanover County, Va. This Thomas 
Lanier married Eliza Johnson, half sister to 
Mary Ball, the mother of George Washing- 
ton. Therefore, Rebekah Lanier, the daugh- 
ter of Eliza Johnson Lanier, was half first 
cousin to George Washington. 

Col. Joseph Williams and his wife reared 
a large family, all of whom were noted and 
distinguished. For further particulars re- 
garding them, reference is made to John H. 
Wheeler's history of North Carolina, page 
409, and Wheeler's Reminiscences, pages 
418, 419, 420. After the Revolution he was 
elected, or appointed. Clerk of the Court of 
Surrey County and died incumbent of that 
office in 1828. A prominent, useful citizen 
went to his confident reward. "For he was 
a good man and full of the Holy Spirit and 
of faith." Acts I 1 :24. 

The Williams families in North Carolina 
vie in numbers with the Smiths, the Browns 
and Jones. They were very, very prominent 
in Colonial days and hard to distinguish. 
Mr. Williams, (no initials), is mentioned in 
the North Carolina Records (Colonial) nine- 
teen times. Capt. Williams (no initials), 
seventy times; Colonel Williams (no initials), 
thirty-four times; Joseph Williams, one 
hundred and twenty-eight times. The Wil- 
liams name in the whole records occurs about 
three thousand times. 

There is unquestionable evidence of the 
great prominence of the Williams family in 
ye olden days. Respected and honored, 
Joseph Williams lived a stirring, active life 
in strenuous days and died in the harness as 
one would suppose he would like to lay down 
this mortal coil. He was a — 

"True man and kept our country's laws, 
And guarded its honor and its cause, 
A man who bravely played life's game. 
Nor asked rewards of gold or fame." 

Wm. A. Smith 


A brief, imperfect and incomplete sketch 
of whose life runs as follows: 

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Edward Crump was the son of Captain 
Edward Hull Crump and Mary Ann Nelme, 
his wife. Captain Crump was in the Con- 
federate Army, brave, daring but not 
reckless and trusted officer of Gen. John H. 
H. Morgan's command. He sprang from the 
prominent Colonial Crump family of Vir- 
ginia, ranked and associated with the F. F.V's. 
of that grand old estate, the mother of presi- 
dents. Captain Crump was born Feb. 26, 
1838 and on October 4, 1878 answered the 
last roll call, summoned by that scourge, 
yellow fever, that came from Havana and 
swept through the Mississippi bottoms, leav- 
ing his son. Edward Hull Crump Jr., at the 
age of four years and two days, to be reared 
and trained by his mother. She was capable 
of the task and gave to him her assiduous, 
tender, loving and intelligent care which 
enabled him to say whole-heartedly in after 
years: "All that 1 am, 1 owe to my mother. " 

Mary Ann Nelme Crump's family origi- 
nally came from Norway with jhe patro- 
nimic Nelmj, and migrated to Wales and 
Scotland. The passage of years brought 
distinction and they were known as "Lords 
of the Marches", "Protectors of the Borders". 
The name, in course of time, changed to 
Nelme. Her great, great grandfather, John 
Nelme, crossed the Atlantic and pitched his 
tent in New York. His son, Charles, migrated 
to Northampton Co., Va., and volunteered 
into the Colonial army, I 777, for three years' 
service under the name of Charles Nelms. 
Thus we see how names change with the 
passing years. 

After the death of her husband she moved 
from Hudsonville and took up her residence 
in the town where she was reared by her 
uncle Gen. Charles Nelms. 

Edward Hull Crump was a bright, intel- 
ligent lad and yielded dutifully, submissively 
and readily to the guidance of his tender, 
competent mother. He grew in stature and 
in favor with his companions, roaming the 
fields and woods in sport after the wild 
animals abounding there. Squirrels, rabbits, 
opossums, coons, quails, ducks, turkeys and 
wild geese became subject to his expert gun 
fire. He was fond of sport but did not indulge 
too much — to the neglect of his studies — 
owing to the wise administration of his careful 

His quickly acting mind readily absorbed 
by due application the learning taught in 
the common and high schools of the village. 
He developed a handsome form, modeled 
after the soldierly figure of his father, and 
the exquisite proportions of his gracious 
mother, who acquired elegant, matronly 

proportions as the years of middle age ap- 
proached. Her fair cheeks were flushed with 
the rich, red blood that throbbed from her lov- 
ing heart and coursed through her veins for her 
sensible children. Her bright eyes, shapely 
nose, high forehead and comely, regular 
features, gave dignity to her countenance 
in repose and vivacity in excitement, and her 
soft, modulated, musical voice, added ad- 
ditional charm to her intelligent conver- 
sational powers. 

At the early age of sixteen Edward Hull 
Crump began a successful business career. 
First, as the devil in a printer's shop, then a 
clerk in the general store of N. R. Sledge & 
Co., Lula, Miss. Here he came to himself, 
feeling, and knowing his expanding capacity, 
prompted by ambition, he sought a wider 
field. He went to the city of Memphis and 
accepted a position with the firm, Walter 
Goodman & Co., Cotton Factors. Later he 
accepted a position with Woods' Chickasaw 
Mfg. Co. as bookkeeper. Winning the con- 
fidence and esteem of the firm, by promotion 
he became the trusted cashier and financial 
secretary and treasurer of that corporation. 
As the years passed, with confidence in him- 
self, backed by experience, he ventured the 
purchase of the plant which he successfully 
conducted for eight years, amassing a com- 
petence, and was known as a master of finance 
and a leader in big business. 

In 1905 he entered politics as a member of 
the Board of Public Works. In 1907 he was 
made one of the Fire and Police Commission. 
His conduct in these important positions 
won for him the nomination of Mayor of 
the City. He was elected by a large vote in 
the year 1910. So ably did he discharge the 
affairs pertaining to the important office of 
head of the city and county that he gained 
the admiration of his fellow citizens and 
reflected credit on his constituents who sup- 
ported him a second time for Mayor. 

Bear in mind, the county government and 
city government were merged into one office 
and one head. The Commissioner of the 
County or the Mayorship of the city is con- 
sidered a full one mans job. Blessed with 
health and good. hard, horse sense, he stood 
the strain of administering both these im- 
portant, exacting positions and so won the 
esteem and good will of the citizens that in 
1911, they again called on him to head the 
ticket. Self reliant, he scorned to dicker with 
his opponents, and every newspaper in the 
city except one opposed his election. In spite 
of the opposition of these moulders of public 
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whelmingly elected, the vote on the evening 
of day standing: 

Edward Hill Crump 11,428 

J. J. Williams 3,361 

Harry E. Bradford 165 

A. N. Redford 77 

Gifted with the art of winning the confi- 
dence of the people, making and holding 
friends, endearing himself to them with hooks 
of steel, he fearlessly pursued the path of 
honesty and equity. No charge of dishonesty 
or malfeasance in office could be sustained. 
He regarded service for the county and city 
as a supreme commitment of life given and 
entrusted to him by the people. Constant 
in the faithful discharge of duty, he was cour- 
teous to all, obsequious to none. The com- 
mon welfare was the goal of his ambition and 
the dominant motive that actuated him. 
Thus panoplied, his friends were staunch, 
unswerving and unpurchasable. Elevation 
to the Mayor's office did not warp his genius 
or mar his esteem for men of the commonalty. 
It simply placed him in a position to serve 
the best interests of the city, and, in so doing, 
to acknowledge the good offices of his friends. 

After the election his handclasp was 
equally warm, his smile as amiable and his 
footsteps as urgent in pursuit of their in- 
terests as before. By mingling with his 
constituents and putting his ear to the ground, 
he could hear the voice and feel the pulse 
of approval of his efforts. 

Kind, approachable, genuinely true, he 
was faithful in the discharge of the many 
and oft-times difficult duties of his high 

On January 22, 1902 he led to the altar the 
beautiful and accomplished Miss Elizabeth 
(Bessie) Byrd McLean of Memphis, Tennes- 
see. To them have been born several child- 
ren (see genealogical table) perfect in mind 
and body. She is fittingly described by 
Ezekiel: "Thou wast decked in gold and 
silver; and thy raiments of fine linen and 
silk and embroidered work; thou didst eat 
fine flour and honey and oil; and thou wast 
exceedingly beautiful and thou didst prosper 
into a beautiful kingdom." That kingdom 
was the heart of her husband and there she 
reigns supreme. 

Edward Crump was not satisfied to plod 
along the open roadway over the smooth 
surface worn by the footsteps of his pre- 
decessors. He sought to mount the hills 
and reach the heights, fearing not to breast 
the wave of opposition to measures he thought 
would prove beneficial. 

He adopted early in life as his motto: 
"En Avant, Forward — Onward — Upward." 

Wm. A. Smith 



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The arms of this family are thus described 
in heraldic terms: Or, a chevron cotised 
between two demi-griffins couped respect- 
ing each other in chief, and a like griffin in 
base sable. 

Crest: An elephant's head erased or, 
eared gulls charged on the neck with three 
fleurs-de-lis azure two and one. 
Motto: Tenax et fidelis. 

This, translated into non-technical terms, 
means that in the centre of the shield, super- 
imposed on its golden ground, is described 
a black chevron with the cotises guarding 
it on either side. On the remaining portions 
of the ground are three black demi-griffins, 
cut straight from the body. For crest the 
golden head of an elephant is shown, the same 
being depicted as having been torn from the 
body in jagged fashion, with ears red, and on 
the back three blue ffeurs-de-lis. A transla- 
tion of the motto is: "Preserving and 
Faithful." The explanation, significance 
and symbolism of this coat of arms is as 
follows : 

The Honorable Ordinaries are nine in 
number, as follows: The Cross, the Chief, 
the Saltire, the Pale, the Bend, the Fesse, 
the Chevron, the Pile and the Quarter. The 
shields of the eleventh and twelfth centuries 
display traces of all these Ordinaries with the 
exception of the Pile. They appeared as 
strengthenings of wood and metal on the 
shield themselves, and were sometimes gilded, 
silvered or painted in the gayest colors. 
Various meanings more or less fanciful, 
though clearly without foundation in fact, 
have been given to these Ordinaries. 

Of the Ordinaries as above mentioned, the 
Cross was clearly the most important, and 
was borne in a very great many different 
forms and designs. Some of these Ordi- 
naries have diminutives which are of the 
same form as the Ordinaries themselves, 
though narrower. 

The Chevron is one of the Honorable Or- 
dinaries. It represents "two crosswise beams 
co-joined at the apex," and derives its name 

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and probably its origin from the roof of a 

Another authority says that it is formed 
by two lines drawn from the fess point to 
the dexter and sinister base of the shield to 
include one-fifth of the width of the shield. 
It is also stated that: "The chevron is a 
form like the letter 'V with the point turned 
upwards." Nisbeth says that "it is 4ike a 
compass half opened, while some say it rep- 
resents a carpenter's square". It corresponds 
in the form with the lower half of a saltire. 

Dame Berners has this to say concerning it: 
"We haue sothly in armys certyn sygnys 
whyche are callyd cheurons in frensshe, and 
in englyshse a couple of sparrys, whyche 
signes by lyknesse fyrste were borne of Car- 
pentaries and makers of houses. For an 
hous is neuer made perfyt tyll those sparrys 
ben put upon it, by ye manere of an heed." 

Wade says: "The Chevron signifies pro- 
tection and has been often granted in arms 
as a reward to one who has achieved some 
noble enterprise". It has sometimes been 
given to those who have accomplished some 
work of faithful service. Another old writer 
asserts that the chevron signifies Preservation. 

The arms of the Pords De Stafford are: 
Or a chevron gules; and the great family of 
Fe Clare, from whom so many families 
derive their chevrons and chevroneles are: 
Gules three chevroneles or. To the Baron's 
letter to the Pope, A. D. 1301, are affixed two 
seals: The first of Henry Tytys, displaying 
a chevron and the second of Walter de Teye 
a fesse charged with three mullets between 
two chevrons. 

The cotises which are borne on either side 
of the chevron and which enclose or protect 
it usually are borne in couples. They are 
considered merely diminutives, being much 
narrower, and each is termed a "couple 
close". Each is one fourth the width of a 

The griffin or gryphon is classed among 
the fabulous animals, many of which are 
frequently borne as charges in heraldry. It 
has the head, shoulders, wings and forefeet 
of an eagle with the body, hind-legs and tail 
of a lion. One authority says: "In the early 
days of heraldry the belief in such creatures 
was fully held." It is described by an old 
writer as "Thai haue the body upward as 
an eagle and benethe as a lyoun, but a 
griffine hat the body more gret, and is more 
strong than eight lyouns, and more grete and 
strongere than an hundred egles". The form 
is found freely in ancient art centuries before 
the dawn of heraldry. Guillim says that 
the griffin "sets forth the property of a valor- 

ous soldier whose magnanimity is such that 
he will dare all dangers and even death rather 
than become captive". It also symbolizes 
Vigilancy and is found to be as old as the 
time of Phoenicians as shown by the Count 
D' Alvielle" 

Another authority says that the griffin 
shows "Eagerness in Pursuit". The griffin 
appears in the arms of Simon de Montacute 
in the time of Henry III and Edward I. 

The heraldic significance of the elephant 
is said to be drawn from its courage and 
strength. It was the ensign of Cyneus, king 
of Scythia, and Idemenes, King of Thessal. 
The elephant is, of course, of huge strength 
and stature, and very sagacious. The 
English family of Elphinstone bear an ele- 
phant in their arms. 

Sloan-Evans says: "The elephant is a 
beast of great strength, greater wit, and 
greater ambition; insomuch that some have 
written of them that, if you praise them they 
will kill themselves with labor; but if you com- 
mend another above them, they will break 
their hearts with emulation." 

Hulme remarks: "The elephant was long 
regarded as the emblem of kingly rank, from 
the belief that he could not bow his knees, an 
idea that one meets with from time to time 
amongst the old writers of natural history. 
The creature is sometimes found in heraldic 
devices, generally as the supporter of the 
arms of those who have served their country 
with distinction in Eastern lands. We see 
it, for example, on the shield of Sir Henry 
Smith, whose brilliant victory at Aliwai and 
other services in India fully account for its 

An elephant with a castle on its back, and 
its trappings emblazoned with the arms of 
Jerusalem was carved in the arms of Bishop 
Bruers, an Oriental traveler, and may be 
seen in Exeter Cathedral. This is earlier 
even than the famous pictures on one of the 
Cottenian MSS. of the first elephant brought 
to England, an event that happened in the 
year 1255. The elephant was also an emblem 
of Magnanimity. "This beast is so gentle to 
all others that are weake, and not as strong 
as himself, that if he passes through a flocke 
or heard of smaller cattel, it will with nose 
or trunke, which serveth instead of his hands, 
remove and turne aside whatsoever beast 
cometh in his way, for feere he should go 
over them, and so crush and tread under 
his foot any of them ere it were aware. And 
never doe they any hurt unless they be pro- 
voked thereto". Aelian and other old writers 
also affirm that the elephant was to the best 
of his ability a very religious beast. "They 

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withall have in reverence not only the starres, 
but the sunne and moon they also worship". 
The old writer goes on to describe how, 
"herds of them at full moon come to the 
stream, sprinkle themselves with water, and 
after a solemn purification salute and adore 
the moon. All these beliefs put together 
sufficiently account for its employment in 
heraldic and religious art". 

Elephants' heads constitute the well-known 
bearings of the Marquis Camben. 

Worthy says: "The fleur-de-lis long quar- 
tered by England, in pretended right of 
France, and abandoned by George III after 
the union with Ireland, may be described as 
an heraldic Lily, although some incline to 
the opinion that it was intended to represent 
a Spear-head". It is unlike the lily as borne 
by Eton College, which consists of five leaves, 
three of which are usually shown. 

Hulme remarks: "Though the fleur-de-lis 
is so conventional in form that its original 
is lost, some authorities thinking it is meant 
for a toad, while others see in it a lance- 
head or lily flower, the balance of opinion is 
in favor of a floral origin. It is a very ancient 
and favourite bearing. In old rolls of arms 
the form is called a flower, and the compilers 
of these ancient MSS. being considerable 
nearer the dawn of heraldry than ourselves, 
had excellent opportunities of coming to a 
right judgment. Chaucer calls the form of 
a lily, while others, more justly we opine, 
see in it the iris." 

The upholders of the lance-head theory 
point to such a device as that seen in the arms 
of the See of Hereford and say that it is 
absurd to suppose that the form there seen 
can be a lily flower, while it is very reasonable 
indeed to accept it as a spear thrust through 
the head of a leopard. The advocates of 
this view, moreover, add that the band in 
the centre of the fleur-de-lis has no counter- 
part in a flower, while it strongly resembles 
the ring that would hold the metal head to 
the wooden shaft of a spear or lance. 

The fleur-de-lis is the emblem of France, 
and it is gravely recorded by old chroniclers 
that it was brought down from heaven by an 
angel, as a celestial token of good will, to 
Clovis, the first Christian king. Clovis, it 
is related, made a vow that he would, if 
victorious over his enemies, embrace Chris- 
tianity, and the decisive battle, fought near 
Cologne in 496, being in his favor, he adopted 
the heaven-sent flower and was baptized 
into the Christian faith. 

In the work of Boutell it is recorded that, 

'Ancient heralds.' says Newton, 'tell us 
that the Franks of old had a custom, at the 

proclamation of their king, to elevate him 
up on a shield or target, and place in his hand 
a reed or flag in blossom, instead of a sceptre, 
and from thence the kings of the first and 
second race in France are represented with 
sceptres in their hands, like the flag with its 
flower, and which flowers became the armorial 
figures of France.' 

Memy legendary tales have been told about 
the "blue banner with the golden fleur-de-lis," 
but there can be little doubt that the kings 
of France from Clovis downwards, bore a 
field covered with golden lilies, and that 
Charles VI reduced the number to three, either 
to symbolize the three different races of 
the kings of France, or the Blessed Trinity. 
Mr. Planche supposes the origin of the fleur- 
de-lis, or fleur-de-luce, to have been a rebus, 
signifying the "Flowers of Louis," and adds 
that "Clovis is the Frankish form of the 
modern Louis, the C being dropped, as in 
Clothaire, Lothaire, etc." The Fleur-de-lis 
appears in early heraldry under several mod- 
ifications of its typical form. It was con- 
sidered the emblem of the Blessed Virgin 
Mary, and was in especial favor in the middle 
ages with the designers of the inlaid pavement 
tiles and other decorative ecclesiastical orna- 
mentations. It forms one of the figures of 
the diaper of the shield of Robert De Vere, 
and it decorates the Royal Tressure of Scot- 
land, in the shield placed by Henry III or 
Edward I in the Abbey of Westminster. 

The tinctures which cover the shield are 
composed of metals and colors and sometimes 
furs. They were changed upon great oc- 
casions, sable or black being substituted as 
a sign of mourning, and vert or green as an 
illusion to a field upon which the head of a 
family might have been killed in battle. 
Each tincture was originally supposed to have 
an equivalent among the planets, precious 
stones, signs of the Zodiac, months, days of 
the week, seasons or times of the day, the 
elements, the periods of life, the virtues of 
dispositions, the flowers and the numerals. 

Thus, in blazon, the coat of armor of the 
Ancient and Honorable Family of Smith, 
employing the metal Or and the color of 
sable, has the following tincture significa- 
tions: Gold, heraldically termed Or, is, in 
addition to silver, the only metal employed 
in heraldic blazonry. It is represented by a 
brilliant yellow. Its name is taken from the 
Latin term "aurum", meaning gold. Ancient 
heraldic authorities writing of gold, state: 
"It doth lively represent that most excellent 
metal, the possession whereof enchanteth the 
hearts of fools and the color whereof blindeth 
the eyes of the wise; and as this metal ex- 

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ceedeth all others in value, purity and fine- 
ness, so ought the bearer endeavor to surpass 
all others in prowess and virtue." 

Its resemblance to the Sun consists in the 
purity and lustre of its brightness. Herald- 
ically, it is assimulated to the topaz, that 
stone being deemed worthy "to be sette in 
the breast-plate of Aaron." 

It denotes Sincerity, and according to Sir 
Feme, Elevation of Mind, and is also sup- 
posed to represent Constancy. The word 
Sable is supposed to be derived from the Lat- 
in "sabulum", on account of its heavy and 
earthly substance. An old writer says: 
"Sable is the tincture of heraldry which sig- 
nified Meditation, Solemnity and Mourning. 
It has sometimes been borne in coat armor 
with an allusion to the fatal execution of its 
bearer on the battlefield as a special mark 
of prowess, which signification, however, is 
not common. It is blazoned by the planet 
Saturn, "that mighty ruler of the depths of 
time", and its corresponding jewel is the 
diamond. It denotes Prudence, Patience, 
under Tribulation, and Sorrow under Bereave- 
ment. It is also held to denote Constancy 
and sometimes Grief. 

The whole achievement would thus signify 
that the family of Smith has been noted for 
its courage and strength, for the ardent love 
of freedom of its members and for their 
sterling Christian faith and character. 

Leonard Wilson 

August 23, 1916 London and Washington 

The above is copyrighted by B. F. Johnson 
Incorporated, of Washington, D. C, and 
published in "Makers of America", in con- 
nection with a sketch of Gen. W. A. Smith. 
It is published here by their permission. The 
above described Coat of Arms is known as 
The Thomas Smith Coat of Arms, granted to 
our ancestor. 

W. Thos. Smith 

The coat of Arms might also be explained 
this way: 

Or: Gold. 

Chevron: Composed of two stripes des- 
cending from the center of the shield in a 
diagonal direction like the rafters of a build- 

Demi: Half. 

Griffin: A fabulous creature, half lion, 
half eagle. A chimerical creature, or mytho- 
logical monster, which the fancy of the modern 
adopted from that of the ancient world, first 
mentioned by Aristeas about 500 years before 

Christ, variously described and represent- 
ed but most frequently represented as 
an animal generated or a cross between a 
lion and an eagle, but of great size, having 
the legs and body of a lion, and the beak and 
wings of the eagle. 

Couped: In Heraldry used to describe the 
head of any limb of an animal cut off from the 

Sable: One of the tinctures in Heraldry, 
implying black. In heraldry engraving, it 
is represented by perpendicular and horizontal 
lines crossing each other. 

Gules: Is the color red. 

Azure: Is the color blue. 

Cotice: In Heraldry, one of the diminu- 
tives of the Bend. 

Bend: A band or stripe crossing the shield 
diagonally from dexter chief to sinister base. 
Dexter is right as opposed to sinister which 
is left. 

Erased: Forcibly torn off and therefore 
rugged and uneven. 

Fleur-de-lis: An emblem derived, some say 
from the white lily of the garden. Others 
say that it came from the flag of Iris. The 
legendary story is that a blue banner, em- 
broidered with the golden fleur-de-lis, came 
down from heaven; that an angel gave it to 
King Clovis at his baptism. The King of 
France bore it on his arms first a number but 
later only three golden lilies on a blue field 
or as heraldry would say. azure, three fleur- 
de-lis, but Charles VI reduced it fleur-de-lis 
to three, disposed two and one, some con- 
jecture on account of the Trinity. Others 
say to represent the three different races of 
the King of France. Many English and 
Scotch families bear the fleur-de-lis on some 
portion of the shield, generally with some 
reference to France. 

W. Thos. Smith 

901 (See 301) 

Thomas Smith Sr., born at Cropwell in 
1631, is known in history as the founder of 
our branch of the Smith Family. His grand- 
father, John Smith Sr., died in 1602 when his 
father, John Smith Jr., was nine years old. 
The mother of Thos. Smith Sr. died when he 
was two years old, his father died when he 
was eleven years old and his stepmother died 
when he was twelve years old. His father 
had no doubt been a tenant on the land of 
Sir Thomas Hutchinson and at the age of 

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29 in the year of 1622 had purchased of Sir 
Thomas Hutchinson 62 acres of land for 
185 pounds. He, at his marriage in 1630, 
settled this land on his wife, Elizabeth Garton. 
At his death in 1642 his estate inventoried 
over 543 pounds besides 300 pounds due on 
bonds for money lent. Elizabeth Wilcocke 
Smith, the second wife, appointed her brother, 
William Wilcocke, as executor of her estate 
and he seems to have also been the executor 
or one of the two of the estate of John Smith 
Jr. He seemed to have become insolvent, 
and suit was brought to recover property 
entrusted to him under these wills. He seems 
to have settled 100 pounds due Mamie Smith, 
the sister, by deeding to Daniel Wilcocke, 
his own son, who had married her, his lands 
and receiving 30 pounds difference. John 
Smith Jr., in his will, had entreated Mr. 
Robert Burrows of Nottingham to become the 
guardian of Thomas Smith, his son. It is 
thought, on the death of his parents, that he 
went to live with the Cartons, his mother's 
people, and also later went to Nottingham to 
school and there lived with Mr. Robert 
Burrows. He was probably educated in 
Nottingham in the Free School founded by 
Agnes Mellors, under Mr. Balston. The 
master of this school was required to be "of 
good and honest conversation." 

It is thought that the litigation made neces- 
sary to recover the legacies left him brought 
about such a feeling that he, for that reason, 
went to live in Nottingham. In 1653, for 
210 pounds, he purchased some property at 
the corner of Peck Lane in Nottingham and 
in years after on this property was located 
his Bank. This property was purchased 
from William Littlefear, who from the family 
name is thought to have been a Puritan. 
Laurence Collin, who was a Protestant, later 
the Master Cunner under Sir Oliver Crom- 
well, and still later in !681, became the 
father-in-law of Thomas Smith, was a witness 
to this deed. No bank of any kind existed 
in England until 1640. The Bank of England 
was not established until 1695. Money was 
hoarded by the nobility in iron chests. The 
merchants in London had been in the habit 
of depositing their bullion in the Tower for 
convenience, and had security under the 
guardianship of the Crown. About 1640, 
King Charles I became impoverished and 
is said to have seized about 30,000 pounds 
of this for the payment of his debts. Then 
people began to leave money with Gold- 
smiths and others for safe-keeping. Thomas 
Smith Sr. became a Mercer and was success- 
ful in his business. People began to leave 
their money with him and he issued notes 

for it. He in turn lent it out. By 1688 he 
had worked himself into a good banking 
business, along with his other business as a 
Mercer. At length he began to purchase 
lands. At his death he was a large land holder 
and by his will left to Thomas Smith Jr., his 
Bank and 1 400 acres of land at Gaddesby. 
To his second son, John Smith, he left lands 
at Cropwell Butler; to son Samuel, lands at 
Keyworth; to Abel, his youngest son, he 
left lands at Bobler Mills. 

In 1688, while Alderman, he, with the 
Mayor and others, objected to the New 
Charter proposed to be granted by James II 
on the surrender, or rather forfeiture, of the 
more ancient foundation of their municipal 
liberties. He married twice and had child- 
ren as shown by the Tables 501. A stone 
covering his grave has the following inscrip- 
tion on it: "Here lyeth the body of Mr. 
Thomas Smith, Mercer of this town, who 
departed this life the i4th day of July, 1699 
in the 67th year of his age." 

John Augustus Smith says that Thomas 
Smith Sr. was a Cromwellian and cast his 
fortune with Sir Oliver Cromwell. 

In 1535 Parliament came to open rupture 
with the Pontiff of the Roman Catholic 
Church. The Pope had enjoyed Temporal 
Power and in a way the English Government 
was subservient to his will. By act of Par- 
liament, the Pontiff was divested of these 
powers and the King of England was desig- 
nated as the head of the Church in England. 
Of course many of the Priests took sides 
against this law. Priests and Jesuits in 
England strove to have this law abrogated. 
The line of separation between the Church 
of England, as then called, and the Roman 
Catholic Church began to broaden; the 
controversies grew in ways more bitter. There 
also began to separate from the Church of 
England those, termed Puritans, who thought 
the Church had not yet diverged to a suffi- 
cient distance from the Roman Catholic 
Church, and who believed that the many 
ritualistic forms used things that had crept 
into the Church with the Pagans who had 
become converted to Christianity in the 
earlier ages. These Puritans were composed 
of Moderate Presbyterians, Scottish Pres- 
byterians, Erastians, Baptists, and Indepen- 
dents. George Fox began to preach in 1647 
and by 1654 had the Quakers well organized 
with sixty preachers in the field. When the 
split came in 1535 our ancestors undoubtedly 
remained with the Catholic Church. John 
Smith Jr. was baptised in the Roman Catholic 
Church, October 2, 1593, but later became a 
dissenter and left the Roman Catholic Church. 

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Some of the Smiths of Cropwell became 
Quakers. There were two WiUiam Smiths 
from Cropwell who became Quaker Preachers. 
Thomas Smith Sr. had purchased lands in 
Nottingham from a Puritan. He had early 
associated with Laurence Collin, well known 
to have been a Protestant, and later married 
his daughter. Fortune. Everything we have 
would indicate, and perhaps John Augustus 
Smith had other proof for his assertion, that 
Thomas Smith Sr. was a Cromwellian. We 
know that his father-in-law, Lawrence Collin, 
was a Cromwellian. In 1623 Charles 1 came 
to the throne. He was a most devout Catholic. 
He early had open rupture with Parliament. 
As early as 1628, Parliament refused to vote 
him money to wage war on Spain and France, 
but in answer sent him that remarkable 
document known in history as "Petition of 
Rights", citing the Magna Carta and warn- 
ing him of his legal limitations, and denied 
his right to imprison or punish without due 
process of law. For eleven years he refused 
to again call Parliament together, and then 
he only called it together because of his 
depleted treasury and need of money to pay 
personal debts. When called together, Par- 
liament passed a law convening it in session 
every three years whether called by the King 
or not. Charles I undertook to extend the 
Church of England to Scotland but the 
Scotch Presbyterians refused to pay his levies. 
In 1640 he made bold his demands. The 
breach became wider and on a dark and 
stormy night in August 1642, King Charles 
I took his stand at Nottingham and defied 

The Catholic Encyclopedia says: "When 
war broke out between Charles I and Par- 
liament, English Catholics, to a man, espoused 
the cause of the King. Hatred of Catholi- 
cism was the Dominant note of the Parlia- 
mentarians". Further on it says: "To the 
Irish, Cromwell's death in 1658 was welcome 
news". There emerged from Parliament, Sir 
Oliver Cromwell. (By the way of divergement, 
for the benefit of our kindred in the Williams 
Tables, we will say that the great-grand- 
father of Oliver Cromwell was Richard Wil- 
liams. Upon being elevated to peerage, he 
took the name of Cromwell. Richard Wil- 
liams was a descendant of Morgan Williams 
of Wales. Morgan Williams was one of the 
first to assume a family name. He was one 
son of Williams. Williams was the son of 
William. He might have been the son of 
Joe, Frank or Sam. Morgan Williams and 
his descendants are prolific in Wales). Crom- 
well was fanatically anti-catholic, and around 
his standard gathered the Puritans. For six 

years this religious war raged. Cromwell set 
out to collect a "godly" regiment, men earnest, 
sober, and with religious enthusiasm. He 
disregarded social traditions and selected for 
his officers those who had shown ability, and 
of all classes. He said: "I had rather have 
a plain russet Captain that knows what he 
fights for and loves what he knows, than what 
you call a gentleman and nothing more". 
He had for officers "Roundheads" who cut 
their hair close instead of wearing long flow- 
ing locks, such men as Laurence Collin, the 
father-in-law of Thomas Smith Sr., as we 
mentioned in paragraph 50 L For six years 
this internecine struggle followed. Both sides 
were unjustly cruel. At length the army of 
King Charles I was routed and scattered and 
the King was captured. He was tried by 
Parliament as a "tyrant, traitor, murderer, 
and enemy of his country". He was found 
guilty, condemned, and in January, 1649, was 
beheaded. The like of this had never been 
known before. In all the centuries before, 
it had been the peculiar prerogative of Kings 
and Rulers to kill and behead other Kings. 
During this time the Catholics of Ireland 
had massacred the Protestants. The war 
over, Cromwell then went to Ireland and 
suppressed the Irish Insurrection with such 
severity, cruelty, and vigor that his name to 
this day rankles many Irish the world over. 
He took the land of Northern Ireland and 
divided it among his followers, the Presby- 
terians. He then went to Scotland in 1630 
and scattered the Royalist army there gather- 
ed. He then turned his attention to Holland, 
which country had been injuring the trade of 
England during the home troubles. He then 
went to Algiers and destroyed the pirates 
who had been preying on English merchant- 
men during the struggle. Then came the 
war with Spain in which he destroyed the 
Spanish fleet. The Duke of Savoy had been 
roving over southern France, killing Protest- 
ants where he found them. He now inter- 
vened to protect them. In 1658 he died. 
He is known as "The Lord Protector". He 
issued orders that leniency be shown the 
Quakers. A law prevented the Jew from liv- 
ing in England. He assured them he would 
favor them and alleviate them as far as pos- 
sible under the law. He ordered the release 
from prison of George Fox, the Quaker. 
There was a reaction, and two years after the 
death of Cromwell, Charles II was permitted 
to succeed to the throne. He was a weakling 
and of a vacillating character. In 1685 he 
was succeeded by his brother James II. He 
was a devout Catholic and undertook to 
bring about a re-union with the Roman 


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Catholic Church. The same anti-Cathohc 
feehng again came to the surface to fight the 
second battle. At length there was an open 
rupture. Parliament again collected an army 
and made war on King James II and in 1688 
drove him from England. He found safety 
in France. Parliament then offered the crown 
to Prince of Orange, William 111. He and 
his wife ruled until 1 702, after this ancestor 
was dead. 

Just what part Thomas Smith Sr. played 
in these troublesome times we know not. We 
take it that John Augustus Smith was correct 
when he said that Thomas Smith Sr. was a 
Cromwellian. He lived in an age and in a 
season when neutrality was impossible. Con- 
victions were strong, prejudices great. Things 
happened that tried the souls of men and 
exposed to the gaze of men the metal of which 
they were made. The "Rights of Man" were 
struggling for ascendancy as never before. 
With the dominating character of this an- 
cestor, no doubt every man knew where he 
stood. Happily for us, when the American 
Revolution was over, the leaders of the Church 
of England wisely decided in this country 
not to insist on a state religion. Happily for 
us the effort of a few Presbyterians to have 
that Church made the State religion was 
frustrated. The Church of England today is 
what we know as the Protestant Episcopal 
Church of the United States. Happily for 
us, we now live in an age of fraternal amity 
and commercial unity when these attempted 
factional controversies matter little to the 
writer. We can see the virtues in the ideals 
of every religious propaganda. The "Rights 
of Man" are now championed by every po- 
litical faction. We can only vie with each 
other as we strive to be the Creator's defender, 
and champion the "Rights of Man" along 
those avenues where conscience leads our 
respective visions, without impugning the 
motives of others, or in any way attempting 
to silence those differing in opinions from us. 
It is not for us to say who was right, who was 
wrong. Each can scan history and draw his 
own conclusions. We know the rank and file 
of every controversy usually follows his con- 
viction of duty to be done. It was the life 
this ancestor lived and the high-minded 
citizen that he was that caused, eighteen 
years after he had passed away, a Coat of 
Arms to be granted to his son, as his repre- 
sentative, for the benefit alike of all his male 
descendants. Eighty-three years after this 
ancestor died, seven of his grand and great- 
granuchildren at one time were members of 
parliament. His grandson, Abel Smith Jr., 
had six sons. Abel Smith Jr. and five of his 

six sons sat in parliament at different times. 
Some of the descendants of his son Samuel 
Smith have also sat in parliament. Peerage 
in England is the status of a Peer. It is a 
royal grant and becomes hereditary within 
the limits of the grant, descending at death 
to the oldest son, so long as there be a son, 
and if there be no son, it becomes extinct. 
The status entitled the holder to a seat in 
parliament (The House of Lords). There are 
five degrees in rank, ascending as follows: 
Baron, Viscount, Earl, Marquis and Duke. 
All Peers are equal in every way, save these 
honorary ranks give precedent in social and 
state functions. The wife of a Peer is referred 
to as Lady. 

The descendants of this ancestor have won 
their spurs and because of ability, received 
royal grants bringing them into the families 
of the nobility of England. The first was 
Charles Eggleton, son of John Eggleton and 
Mary Smith, grandson of Thomas Smith Sr. 
In 1743 Charles Eggleton was High Sheriff 
of London. He was later that year knighted 
and created a baronet. He had married 
Sarah Kent. He took the title Sir Charles 
Kent. This line has become extinct for want 
of a male issue. 

Robert Smith, son of Abel Smith Jr., great- 
grandson of Thomas Smith Sr., was connected 
with the Bank of Smith, Payne and Smith of 
London. He grew enormously wealthy. He 
was very highly educated and a speaker of 
some note. He gave much money to chari- 
table institutions. He was a very handsome 
man, suave in manner, both a politician and 
a financier. He was elected to parliament for 
five consecutive terms. He was created under 
the title of Baron Carrington of Bulcot Lodge 
in the peerage of Ireland, Oct. 20, 1789, ad- 
vanced later to English peerage as Baron 
Carrington of Upton, Nottingham. July 
1810 he was created D. C. L. by Oxford and 
in 1819 LL.D. by Cambridge. He was the 
only man engaged in trade, given peerage by 
George III. His son dropped one of the r's 
and spelled the name Carington and not only 
took the title but by royal license changed 
his name to Carington. The present Earl 
of Lincolnshire is the holder of his title. He 
has been a man of considerable prominence 
as can be seen by consulting Burks Peerage 
and Baronetage. 

Catherine Smith, daughter of Robert Smith, 
married Phillip Henry who became 4th Earl 
Stanhope. This line is still in existence and 
Lord Stanhope sits in the House of Lords. 

Charlotte Smith, daughter of Robert Smith, 
married Alen Legge who afterwards became 

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Lord Gardner. This line is extinct for want 
of a male issue. 

Julian Pauncefote, a descendant of Abel 
Smith Jr., was born 1828 and died 1902. He 
entered the bar in 1852. He went to Hong- 
kong and there served as attorney-general. 
In 1873 he became chief justice of Leeward 
Islands. In 1882 he was made assistant 
under-secretary for the colonies. In 1882 he 
was made permanent under-secretary. In 
1885 he was a delegate to the Suez Canal 
Commission. In 1889 he became minister 
to the United States. In 1893 he was raised 
to ambassador. The Bering Sea controversy, 
the Venezuela affair, and the revisions of the 
Clayton-Bulwer Treaty known as the Hay- 
Pauncefote Treaty were among the problems 
he solved in the thirteen years he represented 
his country at Washington. In 1899 he was 
senior British delegate and helped establish 
the Court of Arbitration. He was then raised 
to peerage and took the name of Baron 
Pauncefote of Preston. He died without male 
issue and the line became extinct. 

George Smith, son of Abel Smith Sr., was 
raised to peerage in 1757, and took the name 
of Bromley. He became Sir George Bromley. 
Subsequently the name was changed to. 
Bromley- Wilson. Sir Maurice Bromley-Wil- 
son, 7th Baronet, born 1875, is the present 
representative of this family. 

Charlotte Smith, daughter of John and 
grand-daughter of Abel Smith Sr., married 
Thomas Boultbee, son of Sir Thomas Parkyns 
and her son became Sir T. G. A. Parkyns, 

Robert Smith, son of Thomas Smith, 
descended from Abel Smith, married Mary 
Bigsby and he, by royal license, changed his 
name to Pauncefote, being descended from 
that House in his mother's side. He was the 
father of Julian Pauncefote above mentioned. 

Following are the names of some of the 
descendants of Thomas Smith Sr. of Notting- 
ham and Gaddesby, who have been elected 
to parliament and served in the House of 
Commons: George Smith, died 1769; Abel 
Smith Jr., born 1774; Abel Smith No. 3; 
Robert Smith, born 1752; Samuel Smith, 
born 1754; George Smith, born 1768; John 
Smith, born 1767; Robert John Smith, born 
1796; Abel Smith No. 4, born 1788; George 
Robert Smith, born 1793; John Abel Smith, 
born 1802; Martin Tucker Smith, born 1808; 
Abel Smith No. 5, born 1829; Samuel George 
Smith, born 1822; Frederic Chatfield Smith, 
born 1823; Jervoise Smith, born 1828; Ger- 
ard Smith, born 1839, also Governor of West 
Australia; John Augustus Smith whom we 
mention later. 

We also find nearly as many ministers of 

the Gospel in this family as we find politi- 
cians. They seem to be a family of Bankers, 
Preachers and Politicians. Rene Payne of 
the Bank of Smith, Payne and Smiths, died 
in 1 799 and the Payne family ceased connec- 
tion with it, but it still retains the former 
name. Hugh Collin Smith of this family, but 
not of Smith, Payne and Smiths, was Gover- 
nor of the Bank of England in 1897 and 1898. 
A few years since, the Banks of Samuel Smith 
& Co., Nottingham; Samuel Smith & Co., 
Hull; Samuel Smith & Co., Derby; Samuel 
Smith & Co., Newark; and Smith, Ellison 
and Co., Lincoln, amalgamated. These 
Banks had been in existence for something 
like one hundred years. This Samuel Smith 
was from Abel Smith Sr. and owned, in 
Hereford County, 10,000 acres of land. 

Richard Smith of Nottingham, Lace Manu- 
facturer, (born 1729, died in 1825) was from 
John Smith Jr., of Cropwell, but not through 
the Thomas Smith Sr. line. Compton Reade 
says of this family: "This family, after 
having been founded in manufacture, and 
carried forward by commerce, has achieved 
further success, as well in the University of 
Cambridge, as also in the professions of Law 
and of Medicine. That the same family 
should have won four fellowships, a scholar- 
ship, and four university prizes within little 
more than a quarter of a century, will surely 
find but few parallels in either university." 
For further data see "The Smith Family" 
by Compton Reade. 

The National Dictionary of Biography 
gives an extended sketch of John Augustus 
Smith, born 1804, died 1872. He was the 
great-grandson of Samuel Smith Sr. and 
Elizabeth Cartlitch, his wife. Wealthy by 
inheritance, in 1834 for 20,000 pounds or 
$100,000.00 and a small annual rental he 
leased from the British Government the 
Scilly Islands, located some forty miles from 
London. This lease runs for ninety-nine 
years. He spent 80,000 pounds or $400,000 
in rebuilding the homes and making improve- 
ments there. This w s equal to his rent for 
the first twelve years. He refused to allow 
more than one family of his Lenants to live 
in the same house. He mainta'ned chools 
and required that all children attend school. 
By some he was called despotic for requiring 
this mode of living and the education of the 
children. He contributed practica'ly ?11 for 
the building of two churches on these Islands. 
In 1836 he published a book, entitled: "Apol- 
ogy for Parochial Education in the school of 
industry at Great Berkhamstead ' In 1841 
he ended a long fight he made through the 
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a free grammar school at Great Berkhamstead. 
In early life he became interested in, and 
during life did considerable in, reforming the 
laws as related to the poor, and furthering 
national public school education. The second 
Earl Brownlow enclosed a strong iron fence 
around one third of the parish. John August- 
us Smith employed a band of natives to go 
from London out there and pull it down. 
He then went into Court and in 1870 ob- 
tained an injunction against future enclosure. 
In 1837 he was elected a member of parliament 
and remained a member for eight years. He 
was president of the Royal Geological Society 
for eight years. He was president of the 
Royal Institution of Corn well for five years. 
While grandmaster of the Masonic Lodge 
at Cornwell, he established a County Fund 
for aged and infirm Masons. In 1866 he 
published a book entitled "Constitutional 
Reflections on the present Aspect of Parlia- 
ment Government". In 1861 he compiled 
and published a book entitled "Stemmata 
Smithiana Ferraria", which translated means 
"True Faithful History of the Smith Family". 
We have tried to obtain a copy of this book 
but Mr. Frank Woore of Nottingham, England, 
writes us he has advertised and tried to pur- 
chase a copy of it on several occasions without 
success. It seems from the matter before us 
that some friend of Lord Carrington had 
undertaken to show that John Smith Jr. of 
Cropwell was in fact named Carrington and 
descended from Sir Michael Carington who 
was a standard bearer of Richard I, prior to, 
I 200, in the Wars of the Roses and that one of 
this family adopted the name of Smith for 
concealment purposes. John Augustus Smith 
cared little for snobbishness and became very 
much peeved over this book. He set out to 
ascertain the truth, showed the book was 
pure fabrication and that if John Smith Jr. 
had been the rightful heir to the large Car- 
rington estates, his son Thomas Smith Sr., 
would have been shrewd enough to have 
made effort to recover them. The present 
Lord Carrington family accept the book of 
John Augustus Smith as correct history. We 
are thus descended from a yeoman who could 
not write his name. What has been accom- 
plished by his posterity, has been by personal 
effort and not by inherited greatness. 

W. Thos. Smith 

902 (See 502) 

The baptismal name John, and surname 
Smith, are found in different form in many 
languages. Written in Latin, Johannes Smith- 

us; Italian, Giovanni Smithi; French, Jean 
Smoet; Russian, Jonloff Smittowsky; Poland, 
Ivan Schmittiweisky; Welsh, Jiohn Schmidd; 
Holland, Hans Schmidt; Greek, Ion Smik- 
ton; Spanish, Juan Smithus; in Turkey, 
Yoe Seef. 

Our John Smith No. 1 , the emigrant, was 
not the first of that name to come to America, 
for we read of Captain John Smith of Pocahon- 
tas fame, who was an English adventurer 
on the continents of Europe, Asia, and Africa, 
and who came to America as early as 1580, 
becoming one of the founders of Virginia. 
This John Smith was the son of a tenant 
farmer of Linconshire, England, and we have 
no reason to think him related to us. 

Our John Smith, born in 1719, was the 
son of Samuel Smith Sr. and his wife, Eliza- 
beth, the daughter of John Cartlitch. He 
was the grandson of Thomas Smith Sr. of 
Nottingham and Gaddesby, by his second 
wife. Fortune, the daughter of Laurence 
Collin of Nottingham. Thomas Smith Sr. 
was born in 1 63 1 and died in 1 699. He 
became a mercer and banker and is known in 
history as founder of our family. Thomas 
Smith Sr. was the son of John Smith Jr. 
(born 1593) and his first wife, Elizabeth, 
the daughter of Thomas Garton, and the 
grandson of John Smith Sr. who died in 1602. 
John Smith Sr. lived in the parish of Titheby. 
John Smith Jr. lived at Cropwell Boteler, 
nine miles east of Nottingham. 

Samuel Smith Sr. was left by his father 
the estate of Keyworth. He later moved to 
London, became a goldsmith, then a money 
lender, and at death he was called a Merchant 
Prince. He died a very wealthy man. He at 
first handled the banking business there with 
his brother, Thomas Smith Jr., as a partner 
but later withdrew from it. This banking 
House has existed ever since and is now one 
of the larger banks of London, being known 
as Smith, Payne & Smith, Bankers. 

Samuel Smith Sr. died in London 1751, 
his estate being almost wholly personal 

Harry Tucker Easton in his book, "History 
of a Banking House", says that Samuel Smith 
Sr. died without leaving a will and his estate 
was divided among his six living children, 
each of them receiving 40,000 pounds sterling. 

This run-away boy landed in Virginia and 
went to Wake County, N. C. We are not 
sure that he kept in touch with his parents 
or received any part of this rich estate. 
This young man's mind was saturated with 
the wonderful tales of the New World, like 
the description of ancient Palestine: "A 
land flowing with milk and honey, a land 

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filled with hills and valleys and drinketh 
water of heaven, a land which the Lord, thy 
God, careth for, the eyes of the Lord, thy 
God, are always upon it from the beginning 
to the end of the year". It was a land filled 
with bear, turkey, deer, geese, and ducks; 
a sportman's delight. The lakes, bays, and 
rivers abounded with fish. All of this was 
attractive to the impetuous youth of energy 
and determination. The ardor of the youth- 
ful lad of sixteen to try his fortune in the 
far way America won out, and beyond doubt 
he clandestinely left the roof-tree, stole 
aboard a ship, and sailed to the land of such 
great promise. He adventured the turbulent 
Atlantic about 1735, landed in Virginia, 
penetrated the forest wilds further south 
and located in the Province of North Caro- 
lina in the section afterwards known as 
Wake County. Here he married, raised a 
family and died. We know little of him, 
even by tradition, and less of his wife, not 
even her name. 

It required four weeks, oftentimes eight 
weeks, and sometimes twelve weeks to 
cross the Atlantic Ocean in sailing ships. 
(Steamships were then unknown). It was 
a long, tedious, perilous, desperate under- 
taking for a landsman. Icebergs were com- 
mon, four-fifths of them under water. 
They rose hundreds of feet out of the water 
and were so extensive as to appear in the 
distance like land, miles in extent as far as 
the eye could discern, often resembling the 
main-land, as the sun would cast its seamed, 
rugged sides and crevasses into light and 
shadow. The hundreds of little icebergs 
were very dangerous because they could not 
be seen even by careful sailors on the watch. 
The ship was liable to come in contact with 
them, impinge thereon and break to pieces, 
with the loss of the ship and all on board. We 
may, therefore, place him in the class of the 
courageous and daring to venture the dan- 
gerous, treacherous Atlantic in search of a 
new home. 

He must have been a boy of great pluck 
and resolution to leave his father's home in 
London, his associates and his native land, 
to seek a home in America, all by himself, 
three thousand miles from his people. Bold- 
ness, spirit and valor must have predominated 
his youthful heart to enable him to penetrate 
the forest wilds and build his cabin in the 
forefront of American civilization, threatened 
both day and night with stealthy, hostile, 
murderous Indians. So also must we reckon 
a woman courageous, whose love and de- 
votion as his wife, made her willing to follow 
the footsteps of her husband, John Smith, as 

he pioneered into the wilderness to brave the 
hardships, the loneliness, the exposure. Har- 
assing anxiety must have been hers, far 
from civilization to which she had been 
accustomed, while seeking to build a home in 
the primeval forest-wilds of the Province. 

As we denominate the Emigrant, John Smith 
No. I , in like manner the son born to them 
in the year 1740, we denominate John Smith 
No. 2. Under the tutelage of his brave, 
daring, energetic parents we can fancy John 
Smith No. 2 growing up to maturity, possessed 
with a robust constitution, unlimited energy, 
capable of untold perseverance and infinite 
endurance. His education, limited to the 
common schools of that day, embraced 
only the three "R's" — (reading, writing and 

Tradition says he was a Patriot, and on 
Feb. 27th was engaged in the battle of 
Moore's Creek Bridge, fought by Colonel 
Alexander Lillington in command of the 
Patriot Army and General McDonald in 
command of the King's Forces. This fact 
rests upon tradition only, handed down from 
father to son, and at this late day is not sus- 
ceptible to written proof. John Smith No. I 
was fifty-eight or sixty years old and beyond 
the age limit of military duty in the regular 
army but subject to militia organization. 
In that day, and during all the long years of 
the Revolution, the country was sparsely 
settled, with only little cabins, surrounded by 
clearings, here and there. The cultivation of 
these clearings supplied the family with 
necessities. These clearings increased as the 
owners were able to fell the forest. The larger 
the size, the more prosperous and successful 
the owner. There was no organized govern- 
ment and no provision made to provide, 
maintain and support the families of the 
Patriots while they were in service doing 
military duty. Every household had to 
provide for itself, and when not on a campaign 
against the Tories they were at home working 
their land. All were dependent on their 
daily labor for bread, clothing, and shoes. 
All able-bodied Patriots were incorporated 
into the militia, organized as a military body 
under officers, appointed as in the regular 
army, privileged to remain at home and 
engage in their ordinary occupations but 
subject to military duty at the call of the 
Captain of the Company and Colonel of 
the Regiment. When emergency arose the 
Captain would issue summons, appoint the 
place of rendezvous and John Smith No. I 
would shoulder "Old Betsy", as he affec- 
tionately called his long barrelled rifle, and 
march away to war. He supplied his own 

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powder, carried in a cow's horn, elegantly 
scraped and polished; his own ball, moulded 
of lead to fit his unerring rifle; his own 
haversack, made of the dressed skin of some 
wild animal, tanned with the fur on, and in 
his haversack, his supply of provisions. He 
kept his rifle (there were no shotguns in those 
days) high up on the wall of his cabin over 
the door-way, out of reach of the children. 
The rifle was supported by two forks made 
of the limbs of a tree nailed to the wall with 
wooden pegs. (No cut or wire nails were to 
be had in that day. The only iron nail was 
forged by hand in a blacksmith's shop.) On 
these forks were hung his powder-horn, his 
ball-bag, flints and haversack. His rifle 
was always loaded and primed ready for 
instant use against an Indian, a bear or a ven- 
omous snake. These long barrelled rifles, 
six feet and more, were very accurate, and 
it was a disgrace to shoot a squirrel anywhere 
but in the head at a distance of a hundred 
yards. His rifle was dear to his heart. He 
loved his gun for it was the protection of 
his family. Receiving a summons from his 
Captain, he would carefully inspect "Old 
Betsy ", sling around his neck his powder- 
horn, ball-bag and haversack, all well supplied 
with the needful, commend his wife and 
children to the mercy of God and his faithful 
dog, and trudge away to the place appointed 
for the rendezvous. He would serve through 
the campaign of weeks, without enrollment 
and without remuneration. Their names, 
therefore, are not recorded and we are con- 
strained to rely upon tradition as to their 
services. We do know that very much of 
history is but recorded tradition. 

During the Revolution the Militia was 
frequently called out to serve in campaigns 
against the Tories, sometimes against the 
Indians, and in the years 1780-81, against 
the Regular British Army, (at Guilford 
Court House for instance). Sometimes they 
gained glorious victories, such as King's 
Mountain, in which battle Colonel Williams, 
Colonel McDowell, Colonel Cleveland, Colo- 
nel John Sevier, Colonel Campbell and a few 
other prominent leaders only are mentioned, 
while two or three thousand militia partici- 
pated and served gloriously; yet not one of 
their names is recorded and they have passed 
into oblivion, unhonored but not unsung. 
The services of these thousands are traditional 
and tradition is history. 

W. A. Smith 
The Oaks, 
Ansonville, N. C. 

903 (See 503, 30! -A) 

John Smith No. 2 was born in Wake County 
in the Province of North Carolina, and moved 
to Anson County when a young man. He 
settled on Smith's Creek two and one half 
miles from the present town of Lilesville, 
the creek taking its name from his residence 
thereon. He was six feet in his stocking feet 
and every inch a man, strong, robust, cour- 
ageous. He did not hesitate to pitch his 
tent in the lonely wilderness, trusting in his 
manhood, his unerring rifle and trusty dog, 
to cope successfully with poisonous snakes, 
with beasts and the sly, stealthy, murderous 

With unabated vigor he plied his axe, and, 
day by day the forest fell before him. He 
cut the logs for his cabin, walked for miles 
to obtain the aid of his nearest neighbors, 
pioneers like himself, whose assistance was 
always ready and forthcoming in those days. 
He notched up his cabin logs, chinked the 
crevices with mud and left loop holes in 
the cracks for his trusty rifle. At one end 
he constructed a stick and dirt chimney. 
The back of the broad fire-place was lined 
with rock, no brick was to be had. They 
had to be brought from England as ballast 
to the ships coming to America. It would 
have been too expensive to have shipped 
them as cargo. Then, too, he was I 50 to 200 
miles from the coast — in a wilderness without 
roads, making it impossible to transport 
brick. His home built, he traveled around 
looking for a wife. He met his fate in fair 
and comely Mary Flake, the only daughter 
of Samuel Flake by his first wife. With her 
by his side, a helpmate indeed, the days and 
years passed in sunshine and shadow while 
they subdued the forest wilderness and added 
to his little clearing which grew into a field 
around their cabin home. 

Affection, love, respect, confidence — this 
was the goddess that presided in their home. 
To them were born manly sons and buxom 
daughters (see genealogical table) to whom 
they gave such schooling as the limited op- 
portunities permitted in this pioneer country. 
Their children, by example and precept, 
were taught to labor for a living with their 
own hands; to be true, just and upright; to 
fear God and keep his Commandments; 
to give others their respect and exact of 
others their dues. 

By diligence they acquired sufficient prop- 
erty, as each child arrived of age, to give 
him a start in life. This section of country 
became more settled in the course of years; 

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neighbors, who became friends and compan- 
ions, abounded. 

Anson County was named for Admiral 
Lord Anson, the first EngHshman to circum- 
navigate the globe in three years and nine 
months. In command of a fleet of warships, 
he defeated the French Admiral Jongmiere 
in 1 747 off Cape Finisterre. The writer is 
now the owner and proud possessor of "Lord 
Anson's Voyage Around the World ", a book 
bound in calf, printed in I 748, which is pre- 
served in good condition in 1 920. 

The County of Anson was formed in I 749 
and extended from New Hanover and Bladen 
Counties northward to the Virginia lines and 
westward to the Mississippi River, embracing 
all of Tennessee. No other people were more 
thoroughly aroused and determined in re- 
sistance to exactions of the King's officers 
and to opposition to the encroachments upon 
their privileges to which they were entitled 
under the Bill of Rights enacted in the reign 
of King Charles the First. Nearly 500 of 
these Ansonian Regulators assembled at the 
Court House in the year 1 768, eight years 
before the Mecklenburg Resolutions (or 
Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence) 
to resist the exactions of the Court Officers. 
In defiance of the King's authority, in open 
rebellion, they entered the Court House while 
the Court was in session, violently expelled 
the Judge, the lawyers, officers of the Court 
and ordered them to cease their exorbitant 
exactions. On the following day they drew 
up a petition to Governor Tryon, the repre- 
sentative of the King, avowing their act, 
explaining the reasons therefore and declaring 
"that no people have a right to be taxed but 
by consent of themselves or their delegates." 
This proves that at that early day the great 
principle. "No representation, no taxation," 
was endorsed and understood by these people, 
and to the citizens of Anson County, our 
ancestors, belongs the honor of first promul- 
gating this principle. In the same paper, 
presenting their grievances, they also recom- 
mend the election of Court Officers and magis- 
(trates by the people. Therefore, to Anson 
, County, province of North Carolina, belongs 
the Democratic idea that rulers should be 
Vchosen by the people. 

Gov. Tryon in response to this paper, 
Aug. 16, 1868, issued his proclamation "re- 
quiring all public officers to have a fair table 
of fees displayed in each office, and for them 
not to demand or receive other fees for the 
public business transacted in their offices 
than what was established by law." The 
name of John Smith does not appear as one 
of the signers of the petition but doubtless 

he was numbered with the 300 men above 
mentioned who expelled the Court officers and 
who determined to do this by "force and to 
have persisted unto blood" as set out in the 
petition in their own words. 

Only few men were present when the 
petition was drawn up and signed. The 
name of John Smith is not attached to the 
petition. He was probably one of the 400 
who had returned to their homes for, in May, 
1771, he is recorded as one of the Regulators 
who fought the King's forces in the battle 
of Alamance. 

While laboring to make a home and support 
his wife and children, he looked forward to 
enjoying the fullest civil rights and religious 
freedom "to worship God according to the 
dictates of his own conscience ", holding the 
creed that "Opposition to tyrants is in obe- 
dience to God." His mind was alert to the 
condition of his country. He saw with dis- 
may the encroachment of the King's Govern- 
ment, the extortion of excessive taxes, the 
exactions of the officers of the Court, the 
venality of the judges and the miscarriage 
of justice. 

In 1767, 1768, 1769 and 1770 he was a 
Regulator, numbered among those who pro- 
tested against their grievances and petitioned 
for redress in vain. In May, 1771, three or 
four thousand had rendezvoused on the Eno 
River near Hillsborough. They had no 
ordnance, only armed with their hunter's 
rifle, powder-horn and hat bag. Their Com- 
missary department consisted of a haversack, 
suspended around their neck. They had no 
military leader of experience to organize, 
drill and command them, no organization 
into companies, regiments, brigades or other 
units of an army. Indeed they were a dis- 
orderly crowd, more resembling a mob than 
an army, each man acting independently, 
but they were brave men, confident in the 
justice of their cause and did not hesitate to 
join battle with the King's forces at Ala- 
mance on the 16th day of May, 1771. The 
King's army was commanded by Governor 
Tryon, formerly a colonel in the British army; 
by Gen. John Waddell of Wilmington; by 
Col. John Hinton of Wake; John Ashe of 
New Hanover; Joseph Leach of Craven; 
Richard Caswell; William Thompson and 
Wendham Bryan with their regiments of 
infantry; Captain Moore with his battery 
of Artillery; Captain Neale of the Mounted 
Rangers, and a company of Light Horsemen 
under Captain Bullock. Organization was 
pitted against confusion; military leadership 
and capacity pitted against a mob. The 
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than defeat and rout. Many were killed, 
more wounded, scores made prisoners and 
hundreds escaped. At Alamance was shed 
the first blood of American patriots, the 
precursors of the Revolution. 

Among the thousands who made their 
escape was John Smith No. 2. Acting upon 
the sentiment of the old couplet: 

"He who fights and runs away, 

May live to fight another day." 

This he did in the war of the Revolution, 
which came in 1775. Escaping at Alamance, 
he was not taken prisoner and forced to take 
the oath of allegiance to the King, and was 
free in 1775 to uphold his principles of "No 
representation, no taxation". He was free 
to maintain and fight for the right to choose 
his rulers, and for the Independence of his 
country. We know not the date of his enlist- 
ment but we do know he volunteered in the 
Continental Army of the province of North 
Carolina, a member of Captain John Allen's 
Company, 2nd N. C. Regiment. 

A line drawn from the Roanoke River, 
where it runs into North Carolina out of 
Virginia, across the state or province of 
North Carolina to the point of exit of the 
Pee Dee River into South Carolina, repre- 
sents a division of sentiment in 1767-1771. 
East of this line the people were loyal to the 
King and the British Government, west of 
this line — to the remotest settlements — they 
were almost unanimous in opposition to the 
King's prerogatives, and openly rebelled 
against paying extortionate taxes and ex- 
orbitant fees, the venal conduct of the judges 
and the miscarriage of justice. They assem- 
bled year after year and in these meetings 
drew up instruments of writing — complain- 
ing, remonstrating and petitioning Governor 
Tryon for redress of their grievances. Ob- 
taining no relief, they formed themselves 
into a band, bound by most sacred obligations 
to preserve order and maintain justice. They 
pledged their lives and fortunes and sacred 
honor in behalf of "our privileges and liber- 

They elected committees of oversight (a 
model of the Committees of Safety during 
the Revolution) who were to resist extortion, 
arbitrary use of power in positions, distraint 
and maladministration, to preserve order, 
punish crimes, maintain justice and regulate 
the affairs of the country. Hence they were 
known and designated "Regulators". By 
this name they have honorable mention in 
the histories for they made North Carolina 
the Cradle of American Independence, at- 
tested by the battle of Alamance and the 

Mecklenburg Declaration. The Regulators 
stood for the rights of man, and although 
crushed at Alamance, they rose in the Revo- 
lution for all time and for all mankind. 

John Smith No. 2 helped to win the Free- 
dom and Independence of the Thirteen 
Colonies, survived the war and returned to 
his home which had been robbed and pillaged 
in his absence; built again the fires on his 
hearthstone and spent the remainder of his 
days in the bosom of his family. He is 
buried in the graveyard near his residence, 
on land granted him by George III. The 
Patent is still readable, although yellow with 
age. It is in the possession of the Henry 
Family, his lineal descendants, who now own 
and live on said land which has been handed 
down from the original owners. This grant 
is on record in the office of the Register of 
Deeds in Wadesboro, the capital of Anson 
County, North Carolina. 

For the above article on our noted ancestor, 
John Smith No. 2, we are indebted to General 
William Alexander Smith of Ansonville, 
North Carolina. The Mecklenburg Declara- 
tion of Independence was formulated at a 
public meeting at Charlotte, N. C, on May 
25, 1775. The assembled people denounced 
the action of parliament, declared the tie of 
Great Britain severed, claimed colonial rights 
of independence, enjoined obedience to Colo- 
nial authority and invested the delegates 
and militia with authority to keep the peace. 
This was the first Declaration of Independence 
in our country. It had its growth in the 
county adjacent to where our ancestors lived 
and was the outgrowth of the order known as 
the Regulators, of which two of our ancestors 
were members. It was similar in tone to 
the Declaration of Independence at Phila- 
delphia and was signed by twenty-seven of 
the brave patriots who attended that mass 
meeting. l4ad our histories in our schools 
been more universally written by southern 
writers, our children would have known more 
about this historical information which right- 
fully belongs to them. 

W. Thomas Smith 

904 (See 300, 301) 
Samuel Flake, the emigrant and the pro- 
genitor of the large Flake families found in 
different sections in the South and the an- 
cestor of many by the name of Smith, thought 
to have been born about 1 700 or 1 701 , landed 
in Charlestown, now Charleston, S. C, in 
1720. From there he journeyed west and 
pitched his tent in the frontier of the Province 

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of North Carolina, west of the great Pee Dee 
River, now known as Anson County. He is 
said to have been of Scotch- Irish parentage. 

Anson County, erected in 1 749, embraced 
all the Western section of the province of 
North Carolina, and by British claim extended 
to the Mississippi River. Substantially all 
the country was then inhabited by Indians 
and was territory of Great Britain only in 
name. Here, early, in this eastern section, 
Samuel Flake settled. He perhaps lived here 
for some years before title to the land could 
be obtained. He at length became a large 
land owner, receiving several tracts from his 
Majesty's Letters Patent and some tracts 
by purchase. 

The attempt to conquer Scotland by Eng- 
lish Kings, Edward the First, Second, Third 
and other kings, continued for more than 
200 years, often ravaging the country with 
fire and sword, embittered the Scotch against 
the British. The ill-feeling now so prevalent 
among the Irish against England is not of recent 
date but only the re-opening of wounds, 
wrongs and imaginary wrongs, dating back 
for several centuries. 

For these reasons we are not surprised to 
see him among the Regulators, as is shown 
by the Exhibits hereto attached. As tempting 
as the subject is, we cannot go at length into 
that matter in a book of this character, but 
if our readers will follow up our exhibits and 
obtain books of this insurrection, we feel sure 
you will be interested. 

The tradition is that Samuel Flake was a 
Regulator and as such was in the battle of 
Alamance. He had petitioned for redress 
and with others said in part: "That the Pro- 
vince in general labors under grievances, and 
the Western part thereof under particular 
ones; which we not only see but very sensibly 
feel, being crushed beneath our sufferings, 
and not withstanding our sacred privileges, 
have too long yielded ourselves to remorseless 
oppression. Permit us to conceive it to be 
our duty, our individual right to make known 
our grievances and to petition for redress 
as appears in the Bill of Rights passed in the 
reign of Charles the First, as well as the Act 
of Settlement of the Crown of the Revolution 
(1688), we therefore beg leave to lay before 
you a specimen thereof that your compas- 
sionate endeavors may tend to the relief of 
your injured constituents, whose distressed 
condition calls aloud for aid. How relentless 
is the breast without sympathy, the heart 
that cannot bleed on a view of our calamity — 
to see tenderness removed, cruelty stepping 
in and all our liberties and privileges invaded 
and abridged". His son, Thomas Flake, as 

shown by Exhibit F, was a most trustworthy 
Regulator and as such he had been selected 
by them as one of a committee to seek redress. 
Apparently it was accomplished, but the crim- 
inal is ever a deceiver. There is no doubt 
but that Samuel Flake would have been more 
active but he had even now approached the 
three score and ten years ordinarily allotted 
man to live. Things went from bad to worse. 
At length came the battle. May 16, 1771, 
the battle of Alamance in N. C, was the first 
battle of the Revolutionary war. Some three 
or four thousand Regulators were charged by 
Gov. Tryon with attempting to set up a 
separate government, and with twelve hun- 
dred trained troops he gave them battle. 
The Regulators were defeated. Many were 
killed. Many were wounded. Scores were 
captured. Many escaped. Thirty were 
dragged up and down the highways as a 
scarecrow to others. Six leaders were sum- 
marily tried, convicted, and thirty-three days 
after the battle were executed. Some five 
thousand citizens were required to take a new 
coined oath of allegiance or else be imprisoned 
or executed. Samuel Flake was among the 
captured, while his son-in-law, John Smith, 
was among those who escaped. Samuel 
Flake was required to take the new coined 
oath or be executed. In a way things now 
went on but wrongs were not righted. 

The name of Tory was first given to the 
free-booter or outlawed Irish, who dwelt in 
the inaccessible boglands of Ireland, then 
to one of the great political parties (Whig- 
Tory) successors to the Cavalier party of the 
times of James the First. They later favored 
the elevation of the Duke of York, a Roman 
Catholic, to the throne. The name of Tory 
was applied to them by the Whigs, as a 
nickname, confusing them with the outlaws 
dwelling in the Irish Bogs. In the reign of 
James II the Tory party was the Court party 
and maintained the prerogatives of the Crown 
of divine right. In American history Tory 
was applied to those Royalists who adhered to 
the cause of British sovereignty. In 1776, the 
War of the Revolution was on. John Smith, 
the son-in-law of Samuel Flake, enlisted as 
a Patriot in the Regular army for the space 
of three years. Tradition is that William 
Flake, the son of Samuel Flake, was a Patriot 
and soldier in the War of the Revolution. 
Exhibit J and Exhibit K following hereafter 
speak for themselves and show where his son 
John Flake stood. Samuel Flake was now 
about seventy-five years old and a Presby- 
terian in faith. His will indicates he was a 
man of deep religious feeling. Being a man 
of deep religious convictions, this oath he 

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had been forced to take rested with a pecuHar 
force on his conscience. Tradition is that 
his sympathies were with his son-in-law. 
Exhibit L following shows his decision: 

One writer says: "Possibly no more two 
facts in American history have been more 
doubted and discussed, and as a consequence 
of that discussion, more clearly and indisput- 
ably proved, than that the Battle of Alamance 
was the first battle, and here the first blood 
was shed; and that the Mecklenburg Declara- 
tion of Independence was the forerunner of 
the American Revolution. The blood shed at 
Alamance made possible the Declaration of 
Mecklenburgers. However, just as there 
were during the War of the Roses patriotic 
Englishmen who sided with the House of 
York, while others were allied with the House 
of Lancaster; as during the Protectorate 
there were patriots among the Roundheads 
as well as among the Cavaliers; so during 
the Revolution there were some good men 
who believed in Toryism and sided with 
England, while other good men became 
Whigs and opposed the English." 

As Governor Richard Caswell read Exhibit 
L, hereinafter found, we wonder what thoughts 
came to his mind; for as Col. Richard Cas- 
well he had joined Gov. Tryon in 1771 and 
had rendered good assistance in the battle 
of Alamance and was in part responsible for 
Samuel Flake now finding himself in the po 
sition where he had to commit what he thought 
a crime in the taking of a new oath and thus 
laying violence on what he had been compelled 
to swear, or else leave his country or go to 
prison. Samuel Flake was released from jail 
upon his own recognizance, promising to 
appear at stated intervals in testimony of 
non-partisanship. His conscientious scruples 
were respected and he finally became es- 
teemed for his adherence to his convictions 
as to the sanctity of an oath once taken, even 
if under force. His sons and daughters 
comingled their blood by affiance and mar- 
riage with the first rank in patriotism, wealth 
and position, property and intelligence, and 
his descendants rank with the foremost and 
best of the land. 

He made his will May 5, 1802, and he 
died a model of Christian conscientiousness 
and is buried on Smith's Creek, resting in the 
bosom of his homestead, the land of his heart's 
love. The life and career of Samuel Flake 
should be an inspiration to his descendants. 
Firm in his convictions, he bore calumny 
without flinching and contumely with con- 
tempt. Loving his home with filial devotion 
he refused to leave it at the behest of authority, 
and lived to be centenarian, respected and 

honored. In North Carolina History he goes 
down as a Tory. Col. Richard Caswell goes 
down as Gov. Caswell, a Patriot. 

Exhibit A 

North Carolina Gazette, Nov. 20, 1765, 
gives an account of five hundred men who 
gathered together, exhibited the effigy of an 
unnamed person and hung it by the neck 
because he was in favor of the Stamp Duty. 

Exhibit B 

August 1 766. Regulators' advertisement 
appears calling a meeting to "inquire whether 
the free men of this country labor under abuses 
of power or not". 

Exhibit C 

Regulators' advertisement No. 2. A com- 
mittee had been appointed to look into taxes, 
on Aug. 29, 1766. 

Exh bit D 

Regulators' advertisement No. 4 asserts 
they would no longer pay other than lawful 
fees and taxes. 

Exhibit E 

Oct. 9, 1 769. A petition by Samuel Flake, 
John Smith and 218 other Regulators from 
Anson County protests in general about the 
way the government was run and asks for 
remedial legislation. 

Exhibit F 

Book 8, page 521, North Carolina Colonial 
Records: "We the subscribers, officers of 
Rowan County, now met at Mr. Steels with 
a committee of the People, called Regulators, 
now assembled at a meeting for a Redress of 
Grievances as to officers and fees and disputes, 
towit; Messrs. James Hunter, John Inyerd, 
Wm. Wilburn, Thos. Flake, John Curry, 
James Wilson, Sam Waggoner, Daniel Gil- 
lespie, Jas. Graham, Henry Wade, Peter 
Julian, Jerihiah Fields, John Vickery, Sam 
Jones, and Joshua Teague, to receive such 
proposals as shall be offered by the several 
officers for the approbation o. the people." 
The officers then agree to pay back and restore 
all money unlawfully collected and to leave all 
future controversies to a committee rather 
than the Courts. The Thomas Flake above, 
one of the Committee appointed by the 
Regulators, was the son of Samuel Flake. 

Exhibit G 

Regulator's Oath: "I 

do promise and swear that if any sheriff, 

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county officer, or any other person shall 
attempt to collect taxes unlawfully levied, 
or make distress on any of the goods or 
chattels or other estate of any person sworn 
herein, being a subscriber, for the non-pay- 
ment of said unlawful tax, that 1 will, with 
the aid of other sufficient help, go and take, 
if in my power, from said officer, and return 
to the party from whom taken; and in case 
any concerned should be imprisoned, or under 
arrest, or otherwise be confined, or if his 
estate, or any part thereof, by reason or 
meaning of joining this company of Regu- 
lators, for refusing to comply with the ex- 
tortionate demands of unlawful tax gatherers, 
that I will immediately exert my best en- 
deavors to raise as many of said subscribers 
as will be force sufficient and if in my power, 1 
will set at liberty; and I do further promise 
and swear that if, in case this, our scheme, 
should be broken, or otherwise fail, and should 
any of our company be put to expense or 
under confinement, that 1 will bear an equal 
share in payment and making up said loss 
to the subscriber. All these things, I do 
promise and swear to do and perform, and 
hereby subscribe my name." 

Exhibit H 

A part of the complaints in the communi- 
cation Samuel Flake and others sent from 
Anson County was: 

"That the poor inhabitants in general are 
much oppressed by reason of disproportionate 

That lawyers, clerks and other petitioners, 
in place of being obsequious servants for the 
country's use, are become a nuisance, as the 
business of the people is often transacted 
without the least degree of fairness, the in- 
tention of the law invaded, exorbitant fees 
extorted, and sufferers left to mourn under 
their oppression. 

That an attorney should have the right to 
commence a suit where he pleases, however 
inconvenient to the Defendant, is an oppres- 

That lawyers, clerks, and others, extorting 
more fees than is intended by law is an op- 

That at all elections each suffrage should 
be given by Ticket and Ballot." 

These were only a few of the many com- 
plaints and demands for reformation in 
government management. Be it not forgotten 
that in those days, officials were not elected 
by the people, but appointed; and most fre- 
quently one who obtained an office, we are 
informed, paid a higher official for the ap- 

Exhibit I 

"Some Neglected History of North Caro- 
lina," by Dr. William Edward Fitch, published 
in 1905, is a very interesting history of the 
North Carolina Regulators. Dr. Fitch at 
that time was Editor of "Southern Medi- 
cine", Savannah, Georgia. The book can 
most likely be found, if at all, in the second- 
hand book stores in the larger cities. That is, 
these dealers are the most likely ones to find a 
copy for one who wishes it. The Regulators, 
receiving no redress from those in charge, 
at length entered the court house at Hills- 
borough and whipped some o those most 
guilty of flagrant abuses. Judge Henderson 
escaped under cover of darkness. The Regu- 
lators took charge of the books and pro- 
ceeded to hold a farcical Court, elected Francis 
Yorke a school teacher, as Judge and com- 
pelled Edward Fanning, the King's prosecut- 
ing Attorney, to plead law in his official ca- 
pacity, and the school teacher dismissed a 
number of cases. 

Exhibit J 

In book 13, page 150, during the Revo' 
lutionary War, we find John Flake of Anson 
County, N. C, signing a petition to Gov. 
Richard Caswell, protesting chat an election 
in Captain Wilson's company had been held 
with due regularity and men elected to serve 
as soldiers in the Continental Battalions 
raised by the State and that the commanding 
officer had unlawfully set aside the election 
and appointed him and others in the place 
of those duly elected. This seems positive 
proof that John Flake was in the Continental 
Army and he is thought to have been a son 
of Samuel Flake, and to have died without 

Exhibit K 

South Carolina Records; Historical. State 
Capitol, Columbia. "Stub book for receipt 
given for services to those who did services 
during the Revolution. 

No. 595. I paid the 25th of July, 1785, to 
John Flake, four pounds five shilling and eight 
pence for Militia Duty per account and 
item Principal L 4 .5 3 annual Interest 
L O M . 5 I 1 No. 50 Bill State of S. Caro- 
lina. Dr. to John Flake for Duty to Col. 
Anderson return Stg 4 5.: 8I/2 L 30. 

End. No. 50 V 595 Jul. Mr. John Flake 
his acct. Militia Duty as Private previous to 
the reduction of Charleston". 

We are informed by the custodian of these 
records that the place where most likely, from 
the return, these services were rendered 

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was about 1 50 miles Southwest of Anson 
County. We do not find any Flake family 
in South Carolina and are of the opinion 
that this John Flake was the son of Samuel 

Exhibit L 

Colonial Records of N.C., Book 1 I , page655, 
"To Governor Richard Caswell: 

Anson, October 17th., 177 

We are sorry that we are necessitated to 
acquaint your Excellency that there are 
many disaffected persons in our County, 
some of whom we have caused to be cited 
agreeable to the Act of Assembly in that case 
made and provided, and in consequence of 
the refusal of James Chile, Jacob Williams, 
William Yaw, William Bennett and Samuel 
Flake, to take the oath prescribed by said 
act and their refusing to give security for 
their departure to Europe and the West 
Indies in sixty days, the Court committed 
them to jail, and have also issued warrants 
to apprehend a number of other disaffected 
persons who have been cited for the same 
purpose to appear at Court — Our jail is 
much too small to contain those we are 
constrained to commit, and the District court 
being still further from seashore, makes it 
necessary for us to apply to your Excellency 
for your immediate instructions how to pro- 
ceed. We have the honor to be your Ex- 
cellency's most humble servants. Chas. Med- 
lock, Thos. Wade, Jam. Auld, Hy Wm. 
Harrington, Wm. Huske." 

In 1825, we think it was, Congress ap- 
propriated money and under the direction 
of Peter Force there were gathered together 
in six or seven very large books, and matter 
printed in small style in column as in news- 
paper style, everything in the way of 
letter, documents and printed matter that 
then could be located as to the Revolutionary 
War. I find in these books much interest- 
ing matter, as it gives both sides of the 
story. The Revolution was not a one sided 
affair. Mr. Force was very kind in the pub- 
lication of these matters, for in those docu- 
ments emanating from a Tory or one in sym- 
pathy with the Tory, he most kindly forgot 
to publish names, lest it might give heart 
burns to some descendant. Had he been less 
generous and published all names, we think 
that there would now be few members of the 
Daughters of the Revolution who, in tracing 
their ancestry back, could find in this book 
the name of some who were of the Tory 

In the preparation of this article, we have 

taken the liberty to quote verbatim at times 
very copiously from an article written by 
General W. A. Smith of Ansonville, N. C. 

W. Thos. Smith 




20TH OF MAY, 1 775 

1 . Resolved : That whosoever directly or 
indirectly abets, or in any way, form, or man- 
ner countenances the unchartered and danger- 
ous invasion of our rights, as claimed by 
Great Britain is an enemy to this country — 
to America — and to the inherent and in- 
alienable rights of man. 

2. Resolved: That we do hereby declare 
ourselves a free and independent people; are, 
and of right ought to be sovereign and self- 
governing association, under the control of 
no power, other than that of our God and 
the general government of the Congress, to 
the maintenance of which independence we 
solemnly pledge to each other mutual co- 
operation — our lives, our fortunes and our 
most sacred honor. 

3. Resolved: That as we acknowledge 
the existence and control of no law or legal 
officer, civil or military, within this country, 
we do hereby ordain and adopt as a rule of 
life all, each, and every of our former laws, 
wherein, nevertheless, the crown of Great 
Britain never can be considered as holding 
rights, privileges, or authorities therein. 

4. Resolved: That all, each, and every 
military officer in this county is hereby re- 
instated in his former command and authority, 
he acting conformably to their regulations. 
And that every member present of this delega- 
tion, shall henceforth be a civil officer, viz: a 
justice of the peace, in the character of a 
committee man, to issue process, hear, and 
determine all matters of controversy, accord- 
ing to said adopted laws, and to preserve 
peace, union, and harmony in said county, to 
use every exertion to spread the love of 
country and fire of freedom throughout 
America, until a more general and organized 
government be established in this province. 
Abraham Alexander, Chairman; John Mc- 
Knitt Alexander, Secretary; Ephraim Bre^ 
vard, Hezekiah J. Balch, John Phifer, James 
Harris, William Kennob, John Ford, Richard 
Barry, Henry Downe, Ezra Alexander, Wil- 
liam Graham, John Queary, Hezekiah Alex- 
ander, Adam Alexander, Charles Alexander, 

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Zaccheus Wilson, Waightstill Avery, Ben- 
jamin Patton, Matthew McClure, Neil Mor- 
rison, Robert Irvin, John Flennigin, David 
Reese, John Davidson, Richard Harris, Tho- 
mas Polk Sr. 

906 (See 730-E) 

The State of North Carolina, 

Anson County. 

Before me, B. R. Wall, a notary public 
of Anson County, and State of -North Caro- 
lina, on this day, personally appeared Mrs. 
Mary F. Lindsay, who being first duly sworn 
and known to me to be a credible person says 
from oath: "1 was born on Nov. 22. A. D. 
1823, in Anson County, State of North Caro- 
lina, and have ever since resided therein. 
1 remember grandmother whose name before 
her marriage was Mary Flake and she married 
my grandfather, John Smith. They settled 
on Smith Creek. They had six sons, John 
Smith, Tom Smith, Jesse Smith, Samuel 
Smith, Jas. Smith and Eli Smith, and one 
daughter, Sarah Smith, who married Geo. 

They all settled near together on Smith Creek, 
Savannah and Cedar Creek in said County 
and State. James Smith settled at his home 
on the Stanback Ferry Road about five miles 
north of Lilesville, where his grand-daughter, 
Mrs. Fannie McGregor, now resides. They 
had already settled at this place as far back 
as 1 can remember. They said Samuel 
Smith was my father, and 1 was born on the 
place which he settled; have never resided 
further than three miles from my father's 
place. James Smith married Mary Gathings. 
They had a daughter Ellen, who married 
Winfree Meachum. 1 saw them married at 
her father's, Jim Smiths', old homestead. 
I don't remember the exact date, but it was 
a long time ago. 1 went to school to Winfree 
Meachum and I know he was the same man 
who married my first cousin, Ellen Meachum. 
Winfree Meachum's father's name was Wm. 
Meachum, who resided near Lilesville, Anson 
County, N. C. Winfree Meachum and his 
wife, Mrs. Ellen Meachum, left this county 
before the Confederate War and went to 
Texas. John Smith's wife was named Mary 
Bellew and they lived then at their home near 
Olivet Church all their life time. He was 
the son of the John Smith first mentioned, and 
his wife was always called "Aunt Polly". 

John Smith's son, Tom, married Jane 

but I don't know her surname. His son, 
Jesse, married Mary Seago. His son, Samuel, 
(witness' father) married Margaret Hutch- 
inson. His son, Eli Smith, married Sarah 

Mix. His daughter, Sarah Smith, married 
George Lindsay. His son, Jesse Lindsay, 
married the witness, 'Miss Mary Flake. 

Smith, daughter of Samuel Smith, we 

being first cousins. My uncle, James Smith, 
and his wife, Mary Smith, the father and 
mother of Mrs. Ellen Meachum, the wife of 
Winfree Meachum, are buried at the family 
graveyard near his residence where Mrs. 
Fanny McGregor now resides as I have 
already stated. 

John Smith Sr., and their six sons above 
named and one daughter were among the earli- 
est settlers of this country; but it has been a 
long time ago and I can't remember the dates. 
My grandfather, John Smith, and old Mr. 
Livingstone, were the oldest settlers in this 
neighborhood that 1 ever heard of, and old 
Mr. Livingstone has been dead over seventy 
years and my grandfather died before he died, 
but 1 don't know how long before Mr. Living- 
stone died. I never saw Winfree Meachum 
or his wife, Ellen Meachum, or any of their 
children until Mr. John D. McGregor, the 
son of Mrs. Fanny McGregor, introduced his 
cousin Wm. Winfree Meachum to me on 
yesterday. I sign by my mark, because on 
account of my great age and infirmities I 
cannot now write my name. 

Mrs. Mary F. Lindsay 
Her Mark (X) 
Mary Welsh 
Wm. Winfree Meachum. 

S. B. B. Wall, N. P. in and for Anson 
County, State of North Carolina, do hereby 
certify that the witness, Mrs. Mary F. 
Lindsay, subscribed and swore to the above 
statement which was reduced to writing in 
my presence including the word Livingstone, 
which word was interlined before she signed 
the same. 

The above was signed and sealed by B. R. 
Wall on llth day of August, 1910. 

907 (See 6001) 
John Smith No. 3 was the son of John 
Smith No. 2 and Mary Flake Smith, his wife, 
(1772-1854) married Mary Bellyew (Bellew) 
(1775-1872). Approachable and cordial, he 
was familiarly called Jack by his contem- 
poraries, and Uncle Jacky by younger people. 
Reared on the farm on Smith's Creek, near 
Lilesville in Anson County, N. C, his educa- 
tion was limited to the common schools of 
the country. He was five feet and eleven 
inches high, of medium weight and light 

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build, active and energetic. At four score he 
could jump ditches three and four feet wide. 
Merchandising and farming, running cotton 
gins and grist mills were his occupation. The 
most financially successful of all the Smith 
fam'ly, he added tract of land to tract of 
land and negro to negro until he was easily 
the largest landowner in the county and 
owned more slaves than any other person 
in Anson or adjoining counties. He was also 
the largest stockholder in the Bank of Wades- 
borough. For many years he was an active 
Justice of the Peace. The office in his day 
carried the respect given it as handed down 
from the old English landlords-proprietors. 
In that day a Magistrate must be a gentle- 
man of substance, intelligence and discretion, 
for the officer must decide many causes of 
differences, the higher courts being held at 
long intervals. As a Magistrate and Judge 
he must give judgment against the plaintiff 
or defendant one or the other in every case. 
He regarded the office as a public trust and 
held the scales of justice with equipoise. 
His reasoning faculties were so potent and 
convincing that he rarely failed to indicate 
his decision to the satisfaction of the losing 

He was elected and served as a merrber of 
the House of Representatives in 1825. He 
was re-elected in 1826, but declined to serve 
longer. Many of the members of the Legis- 
lature thought patriotism consisted in op- 
position to anything new, especially when the 
proposition required the expenditure of money. 
The subject of State aid to railroads was be- 
fore the House. They were unknown and 
untried, but the subject of our sketch be- 
lieved in the future of his state and desired 
its material prosperity. Progressive in the 
conduct of his private business, he was 
favorable to any move portending to the 
welfare, uplift and benefit of the state, and 
was found among the advocates of the mea- 
sure. Ke had never seen a railroad engine, 
car or track — was totally ignorant of their 
construction, yet in his speech in favor there- 
of, became so enthusiastic, he offered of his 
own private means to donate one hundred 
thousand rails toward it. One can laugh now 
at the old gentleman's ignorance but we must 
adm le his progressive generous spirit. His 
resicence was commodious, situated on the 
public highway leading from the county seat 
of Anson to the county seat of Montgomery. 
Kno\\n as the "White House" because it 
was the first painted house in this section, 
it wfs noted for hospitality. No stranger 
seeking entertainment was refused. I^.is 
wife was Mary Bellyew, (sometimes spelled 

Belliew, Bel'ew, Bellue) of French extraction. 
She was raised in that section of the county, 
now known as Home's School House, some 
two or three miles from Pee Dee River. Her 
father was a gentleman of substance, owning 
land on Flatfork Creek, Cedar Creek, Brown 
Creek and other lands besides. She brought 
to her husband a handsome wedding dot. With 
a fair face, pearly teeth, raven hair, blue eyes 
and elegant form, she was a picture of health 
and beauty. Skilled in all domestic arts, she 
told the writer that she worked with her own 
hands the cotton of which her wedding gown 
was made, twisted the lint from the seed, 
(Eli Whitney had not invented the cotton gin, 
and a pound of lint a day was considered a 
day's work) spun the lint into thread and 
wove it into cloth so fine it could be rolled 
and drawn through her thimble. With her 
small, shapely hands and long tapering fingers 
she wrought dainty needlework for her house. 
She was a good housekeeper and kind to her 
servants. Her butler, maids and cooks looked 
to her guiding hand with affection and rever- 
ence. Her wish was their law, because they 
loved their mistress. When she came to 
choose her slaves given her by will, one and 
all said, "Please Mistis take me". After 
Emancipation in the dark and dreadful days 
of Reconstruction, many of them abided 
with their mistress and shared in her adver- 
sity as they had shared in the halcyon day 
of prosperity. She survived her husband 
many years, living her 97 years with mind 
active and interested in affairs, and memory 
unclouded. Her recollections of her youthful 
days in the Revolution and incidents told 
her by her mother were clear and distinct. 
When a baby, her mother to aid in the work, 
would carry her to the field, lay her in the 
shade of a tree and while chopping back 
and forth leave her in the care of a large dog, 
a mixture of the mastiff and terrier. One day 
her mother was distant about one hundred 
yards when the dog left his charge and came 
to her. She said to him, "Go back to my 
baby". The dog obediently went. In a 
few minutes the dog came back. Again she 
scolded the dog and ordered it back. He 
reluctantly started but turned and looking 
at her, whimpered and whined. Assured 
that something must be wrong she hastily 
followed the dog to find a large, poisonous 
snake lying beside her baby. She stole 
quietly to the other side and snatched her 
baby up . "That was me," she smilingly 
said. The dog then seized the snake and 
shook it to death. The shaking was so 
violent, the concussion of the snake's large 
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badly, the swelling closed the dog's eyes for 
several days She also related to the writer 
the following incident of the Revolution: 
The Captain of the Patriots Company, of 
which her father was a member, assembled 
his company and crossed the Pee Dee River 
to repel an advance of Tories from Cumber- 
land County. While away on this expedition 
the Tories made a foray into Anson County 
from South Carolina, came to her home, took 
the horses, drove off the cows, robbed the 
house and pillaged the premises, carrying 
away her wash-pot. The loss of the pot 
seemed to grieve her more than the loss of 
the stock for it was impossible to procure 
another from England while the war continued 
(there was no foundry in the Provinces) and 
she had no vessel which she could substitute 
in which she could boil the weekly wash. 

John Smith and his wife were loyal mem- 
bers of the Methodist Church and when the 
Southern Methodists separated from the 
parent church in 1845 on the question of 
slavery, they went with and affiliated with 
the M. E. Church South. He gave the land 
and material aid toward the building of 
Olivet Church, located in a beautiful grove 
not far from his residence. My father related 
the following incident, but 1 do not remem- 
ber that he said it occurred at Olivet Church. 
The Methodists had a week day appoint- 
ment. It rained hard and unremittedly. 
Only the minister arrived. Later a hunter 
sought refuge in the church from the rain. 
The minister spent the night with one of his 
flock. Said his host, "You surely had no 
congregation?" "Didn't I? Let me tell you 
the house was full of the Spirit of God and 
it was the best meeting I ever had, for every 
sinner in the house was converted and every 
Christian got happy." 

John Smith and his wife were both generous 
contributors to the various needs of the 

Church. Both were life members of the 
Missionary Society, evidenced by parchment, 
framed and preserved to this day. 

He died in 1854 and was laid to rest, amid 
the tears of his slaves and the grief-stricken 
hearts of children and friends, in the Smith 
and Nelme graveyard, five miles east of 
Wadesboro — God's Acre — inclosed by a hedge 
of cedar, planted by Presley Nelme, which 
was kept neatly and artistically trimmed 
during his life but by neglect, to our shame, 
is now grown into a hedge of large trees. 
By his will he made ample provision for his 
wife, bequeathing his residence and its con- 
tents to her. The residence was surrounded 
by 2000 or more acres of land, and the personal 
property consisted of stock, tools, wagons, 
carriage, a year's supply of food and fifty 
negroes of her own choice. She looked well 
to the ways of her household and now rests 
from her labors by his side awaiting the 
Resurrection morn. 

"On that happy Easter morn'ng 
All the graves their dead restore. 
Father, child and Mother, 
Meet once more." 

By his contemporaries, John Smith No. 3 
was esteemed and reckoned the head of the 
Smith family, attaining that position by 
active business pursuits, guided by an intel- 
ligent brain full of good, hard horse sense, 
combined with zeal, energy, foresight and 
economy (not parsimony), and the spirit 
of improvement, betterment and progress. 
A commercial agent endeavored to sell a 
plow, a new invention to one of his neighbor 
farmers. After thorough examination and 
many questions answered, he finally said to 
the agent, "Go sell one to Jack Smith, if 
it proves all right then I'll buy one." 

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Eliza Sydnor Nelme Smith 

Col. Wm. Gaston Smith 

908 (See 619) 

William Gaston Smith (1802-1879) was 
the birthright son of John Smith No. 3 and 
Mary Bellew, his wife. 

This brief sketch is written by his son, 
Wm. Alexander Smith. 

My father's youth was spent on the farm, 
laboring and superintending. He was educat- 
ed in private schools known as subscription 
schools. Gentlemen taught school for a living 
and as a porfession. They visited house after 
house in a neighborhood soliciting pupils, and 
the parent would subscribe for one or more 
students or scholars — hence the name Sub- 
scription Schools. Often the teacher was a 
polished, highly-educated gentleman, gra- 
duate of a school, capable and qualified 
to teach the Ancient languages, Latin and 
Greek and the higher mathematics. In such 
a school, Wm. G. Smith was educated. He 
studied surveying, combining the technique 
with the practical, by surveying the lands 
of his father and others. 

He grew to be six feet high, broad, square- 
shouldered, with erect military carriage, ele- 
gant in person, manly and handsome. Cour- 
teous and active, he was fond of the dance; 
his delight was "to dance all night till broad 

daylight and go home with the girls in the 

At the early age of 23 years he was chosen 
Colonel of the Anson County Regiment of 
Militia, the National Guard of the State. 
Anson County contains 460 square miles, 
and this territory was under his command. 
The regiment consisted of eight companies, 
composed of every able-bodied man from 
21 to 45 years. Each company was command- 
ed by a captain and his subordinate officers, 
and, by law, they assembled every 4th Satur- 
day at their voting place to drill. All of the 
Companies assembled for regimental drill, 
subject to the orders of the Colonel as to 
time and place. He attended the meeting 
of the companies, inspected their arms and 
accoutrements and taught them military 
tactics. He held this important position in 
1831, when the rising of the negroes, better 
known as the Nat Turner Rebellion occurred. 
Nat Turner was a slave in Southampton Co., 
Va. He claimed to be the Divinely appointed 
agent or leader of his people to freedom and, 
persuaded six others to join him. They went 
from plantation to plantation, killing and 
murdering, sparing neither age nor sex. 
Fifty-six victims were slaughtered before the 
rebellion was crushed. Nat Turner and his 
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ecuted. Information of the contemplated 
rising was disseminated throughout the state. 
Col. Smith ordered his captains to assemble 
their companies, fully equipped with arms, 
accoutrements and fifty rounds of ammunition, 
and hold them ready for any emergency. 
The night set for the rebellion he rode from 
precinct to precinct to find his orders had 
been obeyed to the letter. He found each 
company held under arms, vigilant, active 
and ready. The night passed quietly as 
usual. There was no commotion, no sign, 
no disturbance. The negroes all peacefully 
slept in their quarters. Everywhere quiet, 
peace and contentment reigned. The Nat 
Turner Rebellion was confined to Southamp- 
ton County, Va., where he lived. It was a 
purely local affair. 

Col. Smith was fortunate in gaining the 
affections of Miss Eliza Sydnor Nelme, the 
daughter of Presley Nelme and his wife, 
Ann Montgomery Ingram. (See the gen- 
ealogical table of the Nelme family). He 
was married Sept. 29th, 1831 at the age of 
29 and she had just passed her 1 7th birthday. 
He waited for his best girl several years and 
she was worth waiting for. She was a lady 
of unusual charm, highly cultured, and a 
graduate of the famous Salem Academy, now 
Salem College. Salem Academy, the oldest 
institution for girls in the State, was founded 
in 1802 and has maintained its high renown 
for all the years of the 1 9th century. Miss 
Nelme was high-bred, having the culture of 
ages behind her, being descended from the 
Lords of the Marches in Scotland. Aris- 
tocratic to the core, she disdained ironstone 
granite crockery. Haviland china, cut glass 
and silver graced her table and she was the 
graceful, accomplished hostess. She was five 
feet four inches tall, petite, (wearing a num- 
ber one boot with high instep the hall-mark 
of high-bred ancestry) and she possessed an 
elegant form, crowned with a shapely head 
adorned with rich auburn curly hair. She 
wore her natural curls all during life. She 
never used curling irons. Possessing grace 
and ease of manner acquired only by genera- 
tions of lordly forbears, clever and fascinat- 
ing and beautiful as the morning she was the 
cynosure of all drawing rooms. Tho delicate- 
ly reared, dainty and tender, it is worthy of 
note that after the birth of her children she 
arose and ministered to their wants. She 
did not spend two or more weeks in bed 
and have a trained nurse in attendance. 

She was an elegant performer on the piano, 
owning the first piano brought to the country. 
She took music lessons in the early days, in 
the long ago, when she had to copy the notes 

and words of her pieces. She possessed the 
softest, sweetest touch of the ivories the 
writer ever heard and her voice was modulated 
like the sound of a perfectly tuned instrument 
as she played her own accompaniment and 
sang the airs of her ancestral country. 

She came of a musical family, her three 
brothers being expert and artistic violinists. 
Private concerts, with the first, second and 
third violins of her brothers, the flute of her 
husband and her piano, were famous through- 
out the country. Such concerts were gladly 
attended by all who had the entry to this 
select circle. She was an ideal hostess, giving 
her attention and herself to her guests; seeing 
that they lacked no comfort was her pleasure. 
Her chambermaid and dining room waitress 
were trained for order, neatness and dexterity. 
The chambermaid, Betsy, was fastidious, 
clean and artistic. She could make the old 
time feather bed square cornered and straight 
as a boxed mattress of today. Her dining 
room girl would arrange the table according 
to the number of guests and supply it with 
china, glass, silver and table napkins, all in 
perfect order without her mistress' super- 
vision. Likewise her head cook, Jemima 
(Minie) was so competent, skilful and reliable, 
it was unnecessary for her mistress to plan 
the meals and supervise the preparation. 
She would usher her guests into the dining 
room with confidence, knowing the menu and 
quantity would be satisfactory and adequate, 
a credit to the house and hostess. This was 
in the happy, halcyon days of the old regime 
in the South. There is nothing Hke it in 
the world today. Those days are gone never 
to return. Her servants delighted to please 
her "for the love they had for her". She was 
opposed to slavery. Often has the writer 
heard her say, "1 am the slave to my negroes, 
not they to me". "I would not own one but 
they were given me by my parents and I 
must look after their welfare; nurse them in 
sickness; properly clothe them and teach 
them the catechism and the worship of the 
true God. I have seen her hands blistered 
with toil laboring for them. They repaid 
her with loving obedience and affection 
amounting to almost worship. After eman- 
cipation, her former slaves would come for 
assistance, food, clothes, medicine, etc., to 
be given the welcome hand, and in her 
poverty, the generous hand to divide the last 
loaf she had, for she loved every one of them. 

In the days of prevalent, raging typhoid 
in Carolina Female College, hers was the hand 
that ministered to the sick day and night; 
hers the fingers that closed the eyes of the 
dying amid tears of her sorrowing heart. 

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she the one who kissed them farewell for 
their absent mothers. 

She was truly a woman of unaffected piety. 
It was her habit, daily, to retire to her closet 
for secret communion with God. "When 
thou prayest enter into thy closet and when 
thou hast shut the door, pray to thy Father 
who is in secret and thy Father who seeth 
in secret shall reward thee openly". Uni- 
versally lamented by rich and poor, white 
and colored, she passed to the glorious 
Elysian fields, January I I, 1863. 

When Col. Smith was 35 years old he had 
a severe case of Plegmasia-Dolens, commonly 
termed White-swelling, which dislocated his 
hip joint and shortened his left leg about 
two inches. For the remainder of life he 
walked "up and down". However, he did 
not lose his energy and perseverance. Hu- 
morous young John Wheeless wittily said, 
"Col. Smith had many ups and downs in 
life to be so successful". He conserved the 
large property in lands and negroes inherited 
from his father and added to them — all to be 
swept away by the disastrous termination of 
the Confederate War. He had three large 
tracts on Pee Dee River and was land poor. 
He could not sell same or any part thereof 
to meet his necessities. There was no sale 
for land. No one was able to buy it. 

He was opposed to secession. He believed 
in fighting for our Constitutional rights, but 
in fighting in the Union, 'neath the folds of 
Old Glory. Then the North would not have 
had the forceful, convincing slogans, "The 
Union is in danger," "The Union is in peril" 
and "Save the Union". This all-compelling, 
winning cry filled again and again the ranks 
of the Federal Army, depleted by the valor 
and heroism of the sons of the South. His 
three boys were enrolled in the service of the 
Confederacy. After Appomattox a Conven- 
tion was called to change the Constitution, 
the fundamental law of the state. All eyes 
turned to the foremost citizens of the county: 
Thos. S. Ashe, Senator in the Confederate 
Congress and Col. Wm. G. Smith, Chairman 
of the County Court. The state records will 
show his services in the Convention. The 
County Court consisted of three judges. A 
prominent attorney practising in this Court 
said, "The court consisted of the Chairman 
and two ciphers." Another prominent citizen 
remarked, "Col. Smith has the sense of the 
whole Smith family." This remark was made 
after many of the Smiths had gone westward 
to Miss., Ark. and Texas and were unknown 
to the exaggerator. 

Carolina Female College, located in Anson- 
ville, was chartered in 1850. Col. Smith was 

made Chairman of the Board of Trustees. 
The institution thrived and prospered under 
his guiding hand until it became necessary 
to add a large wing to the building with 
chapel and dormitories. 

As a magistrate he administered the law 
for years, winning the esteem and confidence 
of the people in his judgment and sound 
discretion. In all assemblies, when present, 
he was chosen Chairman of the meeting; 
ruling with intelligence, impartiality and 
discretion. As the widow's friend, many the 
sack of flour and ham of meat was their 

Libera! and free-hearted, noted as a host, 
his mansion was always open to acquaintances 
and friends and kinsfolk. Often pallets were 
laid that the overflow of guests might be 
better accommodated. All were made wel- 
come. No stranger, applying for a night's 
entertainment, was turned away, nor per- 
mitted to pay as a lodger, but was treated as 
a guest. He was kind to his slaves, whom he 
regarded and treated as members of his 
family, as they were, in fact. He employed 
a physician by the year. He gave the medicine 
prescribed every hour or every two hours 
himself, for he could not rust the sleepy- 
headed darkey who stood watch, he himself 
waking within five minutes of the hour and 
sleeping soundly during the intervals. 

On suitable occasions, he would descend 
from his usual grave, dignified bearing and 
tell anecdotes, to the delight of his hearers; 
telling them well and felicitously, making 
them all the more pointed and enjoyable by 
acting them during the recital. A bevy of 
young ladies one "All Fools' Day", April 
1st, asked him the origin of the day. In 
reply he said, "It is a very old practice to 
play practical jokes on this day and for a full 
explanation 1 will refer you to the second 
chapter of Obadi?ih, one of the Minor Pro- 
phets in the 'Book of Books'". He was fond 
of stories, relating incidents of his youthful 
days with animation and vividness. While 
riaing with him one day near the Grassy 
Islands, the tramping ground of his youth, 
he pointed out a pond of water, where a 
number of hunters had gathered with their 
rifles (shot guns had not been invented). In 
the pond were two dabchicks, commonly 
called Didappers. The first proposition was 
that the boy who shot and failed to kill must 
treat the crowd. Several shot, all missed. 
The second proposition was that he who shot 
and killed should be treated by the crowd. Quite 
a number tried their skill and missed. The 
dabchicks oiving at the flash of the powder 
in the pan of the rifle, caused the boys to miss. 

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Continuing he said, "After consideration I 
came to the conclusion that the time to fire 
was the moment the bird came from under the 
water. One could see the riffle just before it 
rose out of the water, and the ball would 
reach the bird before it had time to dive again. 
Closely observing the course of the bird, 1 
trained my gun on the riffle and at the right 
moment fired. To my surprise and astonish- 
ment, I killed both dabchicks. I saw the riffle 
of one only. They must have dived from 
opposite directions and rose together at the 
moment 1 fired. It would not occur again in 
a thousand years. The treat given me was a 
barbecued ox." He was good company, a genial 
companion, versed in the topics of the day 
and with a fund of anecdotes, he entertained 
by the hours. He was fond of relating incidents 
occurring at regimental maneuvers. Among 
many others, he said: "As soon as the regi- 
ment was disbanded, some one would call 
out, 'I can throw any man South of Wades- 
boro'. 'Here's your man'. With coats off 
they toed the mark within the ring made by 
the onlookers, gathered around to see the 

Each at once fair hold he took 

And felt the strength as he shook 

The body of his opponent. 

The wrestlers tried every feint and guard 

Before they fell upon the sward 

They tug; they strain; down, down they go 

One above, the other below. 

Again one would shout, "I can whip any 
man North of the Standback Ferry Road". 
"You're a d — n liar!" At it they would go. 
They used no weapons. It was just a 
plain, open-handed, fair, fistcuff fight until 
one would cry, "Hold — enough." Friends 
before the fray, friends afterward. No ani- 
mosity disturbed their waking thoughts nor 
sleeping dreams. He was a sportsman from 
his youth, yet he was conservative, not al- 
lowing sport to conflict with his duties to 
business or society. After his affliction, not 
to be deprived of the hunter's pleasure, he 
rode a siae saddle made to order for the right 
side of the horse, which he had trained to 
stand quiet at the report of his gun. This 
same saddle, his son (likewise a cripple for 

life in the left leg) rode while fox hunting. 
It is remarkable that his, son named for him, 
and every grandchild named for him are all 
cripples for life. Now what do you think of 
that? Like Sir Isaac Newton, he took delight 
in catching fish with hook and line. 

When the wind is in the North, the fish 
to bite are loath. When the wind is in the 
South, it blows the bait in the fishes' mouth. 
When the wind is in the East, the fish bite the 
least. When the wind is in theWest, the fish 
bite the best. His experience proved the ac- 
curacy of Sir Isaac's lines. He ran a seine for 
shad, shad fishery, on one of his river planta- 
tions. He spun the cotton into thread; of 
the thread he made twine and knitted his 
own seine. Often he said, "The shad is the best 
fish in the world, and the Pee Dee River 
shad is better than the shad caught out of 
other rivers." In those days of plenty and 
abundance, a shad weighing 5 to 9 pounds 
sold for 5 to 8 cents, the price of a pound of 
bacon. The exchange price being a pound 
of bacon. Col. Smith followed all his life 
the skill of the planter and honored his 
calling, thriving from the abundance of his 
crops and the increase of his well-cared-for 
slaves, for whom he amply provided. His 
slaves were the most contented, happiest 
people in the world. 

For long years he was a member of the 
M. E. Church South, and the architect of 
the church in the village of Ansonville, a 
church stately, imposing and impressive, 
with handsome front of Doric columns. Cut 
from his own forest and sawed in his own mill, 
was the long-leaf yellow pine lumber used in 
the building. There was not a knot in the 
weather-boarding, floor or facings. No im- 
perfection was permitted in the building 
dedicated to the worship of the Most High 
He crossed the Great Divide, Sept. 5th, 
1879. Fiis last words were, "1 want to go 
home". He sleeps in the Smith and Nelme 
Cemetery; his dust commingling with hal- 
lowed dust of his fore-fathers. We pay 
tribute to him as MODEST, MODERATE, 

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William Alexander Smith 

909 (See 631) 

Maj. Gen. Wm. Alexander Smith, N. C. D., 
U. C. v., Ansonville, N. C, was born January 
II, 1843, the fourth son of Col. William 
Gaston Smith and Eliza Sydnor Nelme, his 
wife, (see No. 908). We were somewhat 
abashed, felt highly honored and were quite 
a space of time getting our breath upon re- 
ceiving an invitation to write the biographical 
sketch of this most interesting personage. 
He had promised to write his autobiography, 
for which we were highly elated. We feel 
there are others more capable than we are, 
there are others more intimately acquainted 
with his life, and others who could come 
nearer doing him justice. 

His biography has already been written 
and printed along with a select list of the 
very highest type of American citizens, and 
can be found in "Makers of America," of 
which Leonard Wilson was the Editor in 
Chief. He, it was, who wrote the article of 
Explanation of The Thomas Smith Coat of 
Arms as printed in this book. (See 900). 
These books were not hurriedly written and 

in the centuries to come they will be the 
great reference books in all our large libraries, 
as in them can be found only sketches of 
real makers of America. 

One hundred years ago the sawmill had 
not yet been invented. Practically all struc- 
tures were wooden. The building of a now 
modern home as we know it, was beyond the 
financial reach of all save a few of the wealth- 
ier citizens. With trees and logs some built 
hovels or cabins. Some used more care and 
built homes. A few built mansions. To 
build a house with planks, they had to be 
sawed by man power. High wainscoting, 
doors, mantles, all hand carved, required 
much time and enormous labor. It took 
time to square the logs, mortise and joint 
them and hew them as smooth as the modern 
planing mill can make them. To build a 
house with these hand-carved doors, mantles 
and hand-sawed planks, with smooth hewed 
logs, coming so close together as to require 
no daubing, and yet keep out the bleak 
winds of stormy weather, and make the home 
warmer in winter, cooler in summer than the 
modern home, cost for those days a large sum 
of money. This was the home that Presley 

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Nelme built for his family, three miles from 
Ansonville and near the banks of the Great 
Pee Dee River. It was akin to the manor of 
nobility, as pleasing as the palace of royalty. 
This mansion still stands, well kept, com- 
fortable in all ways, the home of Bennett 
Dunlap Nelme, the nephew and adopted son of 
Gen. Smith. It now gains the admiration of 
all who visit it. Here it was that Gen. Smith 
was born. Here it was he spent the first 
few years of his childhood days. This home 
and the many broad acres surrounding it 
are the sole property of Gen. Smith and have 
been retained in the family for 1 50 years. 
Gen. Smith was born in plenty, nourished in 
love, lived in opulence, and had every needful 
want supplied. He was trained in religious 
education, attended the country schools; 
when advanced, sent to the Academy; from 
there transferred to Davidson College. As 
a child he was very busy and early developed 
an exploring caste of mind. He was accus- 
tomed to have many of his boyish whims 
satisfied. He was ever anxious to know what 
was on the table, mantle, bureaus, and other 
places out of reach. He went to the cupboard 
for food without asking. He hesitated not 
to climb on a chair and pull from the mantle, 
bureaus, or tables all there was on them, in 
order that he might investigate. When 
satisfied, he went on with his exploring and 
made further trouble. It required two slave 
nurses to watch this youthful worker. Dere- 
lict in duty or absent for some reason, they 
were not sufficiently watchful, and for two years 
in childhood days he hobbled on crutches for 
experimenting with the sharp edge of a 
hatchet and investigating the temperature 
of fire. Today two scars are evidence of these 

As a boy he was jovial and ever ready to 
compete with the larger boys in all games of 
sport. Prof. Lombroso says that smallness 
of stature and modesty in demeanor are two 
traits nearly always found in the man of 
genius. These are and ever have been char- 
acteristic of this gentleman. Never stout, 
small in stature, agile, slender, wiry, active, 
fleet on foot, a good climber, he was fond of 
all sports, and, as a boy, by personal explora- 
tion was ever willing to measure the height of 
the forest trees, test the strength of the limbs, 
and thence look the country over. At 
school he was equally as tireless and as much 
interested there in books as in sports. 

As an infant, he was sick unto death, it 
would seem, but with his tenacious courage 
and dominating mind, he always pulled 
through and recovered, despite the predic- 
tions of the skeptical. At school he was 

studious and ever stood at the head of the 
class, and in the contentions for honors he 
was ever the victor. What the Creator had 
not given him in physical size, he had added 
in continuity of effort. 

As school days were closing, before it was 
intended they should be over, dreams were 
entering his mind as to business choosing or 
future occupation, when the war cry was heard 
all over the land. This beardless boy was the 
son of wealthy parents. The mother had 
long been opposed to slavery. She had slaves 
a plenty, it is true, the gift of a father. The 
father also had plenty. The father was a 
believer in the principle of State Rights but 
he thought the problem could be worked 
out better by remaining in the Union. The 
father made firm his decision and oppossed 

William Alexander Smith and two brothers 
well weighed duty and cast their lot with the 
Southland. "1 declare unto you, whoever 
leaves home, wife, brother, and parents, will 
receive a hundred fold in this world and in 
the world to come everlasting life". (Luke 
XVIII: 29, 30) 

Early in 1861 the Anson Guards were or- 
ganized, offered their services to the Gover- 
nor and were accepted. A brother, Charles 
E. Smith (see No. ) was made Captain. 

This Co. took title as "The Anson Guards, 
Co. C, 14 Reg., N. C. V." and went forth to 
battle under Captain Charles E. Smith. This 
Company was the Color Company. The 
flag was carried by the Color Sergeant. Six 
guards accompanied him in order to keep the 
flag floating, should he or some other be 
wounded and let it fall. This daring, alert, 
swift, nineteen year lad was given the honor 
of being one of these guards. At the fight at 
Malvern Hill, a yankee bullet hit the Sergeant 
and he fell. Up came the flag in the hands of 
a guard and he fell wounded. Another took 
his place and he fell wounded. In this battle, 
the Sergeant and all six guards were so 
badly wounded that they were not able to 
then perform further duty. This was one 
of the extreme hard-fought and bloody 
battles of the war and the Anson Guards 
covered themselves with glory. Here Wil- 
liam Alexander Smith fell wounded in the 
knee as one of these six guards, and from that 
day has ever been compelled to use a crutch. 

Edmund F. Fenton, a member of this 
Company tells the story in words as follows: 
"The writer picked up the bloody and des- 
perately wounded boy lying nearest the 
enemies' guns, faint Irom the loss of blood, 
having lain on the field all night. Without 
a murmur or groan from him, we bore him 

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to the rear. We never left his side until we 
placed him in the tender care of his loving 
and praying mother. For six months Gen. 
Smith hovered between life and death. The 
devotion and careful nursing, and the prayers 
of his Christian mother prevailed and this 
beardless boy's life was spared to the world. 
Gen. Smith's devotion to his old Comrades 
in Arms has ever been as unwearying as it has 
been touchingly beautiful. I know Gen. 
Smith's love for his Comrades in Arms better 
than most others, because I am one of the 
unfortunates myself. 1 once heard the Gen. 
express in words this beautiful thought: 
"I may not travel this road again and while 
1 am here, I want my stay not only to be 
pleasant to myself but enjoyable to others. " 
From this wound he was never able again to 
shoulder the musket and answer the call of 
his country. 

The great internecine struggle ended. The 
wealth that was once this young man's for 
the asking had crumbled and was not in 
existence as it once had been. The once 
wealthy were poor. The former poor were 
in almost helpless condition. Sherman had 
made his well known march through Anson 
County. Every High School child knows the 
story. The brutality and uncalled for sever- 
ity is self -apparent. It does no good to recite 
now the details of those matters, for the 
posterity of the perpetrators are in no way 
responsible for the acts of their forefathers. 
The Confederate soldiers all over the South- 
land were in extremely critical condition as 
to finances. Not only this, but in North 
Carolina as in Tennessee, the Confederate 
soldier was disfranchised. Negro domination 
seemed apparent. To Tennessee stands the 
honor for the organization at that period of 
the Ku-Klux-Klan. Its sole and only pur- 
pose, as then organized and as it then existed 
until it voluntarily disbanded after the right 
of franchise was given the Confederate 
soldier, was for the preservation of the South- 
land as the then and forever home of the 
white race. Those who live there now can 
and of right should give to that organiza- 
tion the credit for this preservation. Those 
who wish details are invited to read "The 
Clansman," a book written by Thomas 
Dixon, depicting conditions especially ap- 
plicable to North Carolina at the close of 
the war. Our father was Captain of the Ku- 
Klux-Klan at Friendship, Tenn., where similar 
conditions existed. Gen. Smith was a cripple, 
he could take no active part in them. 

The war was ended. Every one now had 
to fight for a living. Some in the crippled 
condition of Gen. Smith would have given 

up, but Gen. Smith was not made of that 
crudeness of metal. He was yet ready for 
the fight. He pulled off his coat, took up 
his crutch, and announced himself ready for 
the battle for a living. He had not sufficient 
funds to go into business alone but by 
pooling his very small funds with an older 
gentleman, he gained a partnership in a 
small business. To this he devoted his time 
and the best there was in him. The business 
grew and prospered. At length this youth 
purchased the interest of the partner and 
owned the business. By close attention and 
square dealing, as has ever characterized his 
life, he continued to have the confidence of 
the public. His store had its full share of 
public patronage. He then began to mount 
the ladder of financial success. 

Solomon said, "Whoso findeth a wife, 
findeth a good thing". We know of no one 
who should know as well as Solomon, as we 
are told he accumulated seven hundred of 
them. Gen. Smith also thought it a good 
thing to have a wife, and found her in the 
person of Mary Jane Bennett, (see No. 910), 
a charming lady, and from one of the best of 
North Carolina families. They then began 
team-work and their life was one of happiness, 
their minds ran along in similar channels. 

Business was now good, the fortune was 
beginning to show symptoms of life. At 
length, on Nov. 25, 1870, Etta came to make 
their home more happy, and never was a 
child more welcome. On Dec. 24, 1872. 
Nona came to keep her sister company. This 
made life sweeter. The flowers were blooming, 
the stormy weather of war days was past 
history. In 1875 the expected arrival of 
another, a boy, made them happy but alas, 
his existence was less than a day. Then, on 
Nov. 15, 1877, Nona crossed the river. On 
January 11, 1887 Etta joined her. "For of 
such is the Kingdom of Heaven ". Reader! 
Kindly pause here a moment. Drop here 
a tear of sympathy. The Mother! For near 
forty years she grieved these losses and then 
went to Heaven. Their hopes were blasted. 
Their dearest and cherished expectations were 
not realized. Sometimes it seems that God 
calls one that the heart's love may expand 
and take in a multitude of others. This at 
least has been one resultant effect in this 
instance, for Gen. Smith has been good, and 
assisted many others in securing an educa- 
tion, in order to better fight life's battles. 

The accumulations from the business grew 
until Gen. Smith decided to dispose of it 
and help in deed and truth to be one of the 
Makers of America. He then entered the 
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He became the President of Yadkin Fall 
Manufacturing Co., and also President of 
Eldorado Cotton Mills. In this he became 
very successful and has had varied experiences 
with other business institutions. He is now 
called by Anson citizens a wealthy man. He 
is one of its largest agriculturists, owning the 
many acres which belonged to the Nelme 

We said in the former portion that as a 
child he was of an exploring caste of mind. 
He has ever been of that nature. When he 
reached school age, it ran to books. When he 
gained wealth, it ran to travel. He has 
traveled extensively in this country and we 
believe made three trips across the water. 
His investigation of the thoughts of others 
has brought to him a home library of probably 
2000 well selected books, purchased for home 
reading or for reference. His chief authors 
are Scott and Burns but he is most of all 
familiar with the word of God. He is the 
Nestor of writers in his section on matters 
historical and has made numerous contribu- 
tions for many years to the papers. A few 
years ago he compiled and wrote a history of 
the part Anson county played in the struggle 
of the sixties. It is entitled "The Anson 
Guards". A most interesting book it is. In 
it are listed the names of sixteen of our rela- 
tives by blood or by marriage, who volunteered 
their services in behalf of the Confederate 
cause. In years to come this book, as now, will 
be highly prized. It will be the official record 
for those Daughters of the Confederacy who 
can trace their ancestors back to Anson 
county. He was just preparing to write a 
series of articles as Commentaries on parts of 
the Bible when we wrote him for information 
two years ago, and he kindly turned aside and 
volunteered to help us. Early he investigated 
the doctrines of the Churches. While he had 
relatives in the Baptist, Presbyterian and 
Methodist Churches, after some study, the 
Gospel, as understood by the Protestant 
Episcopal Church, appealed to him as being 
more in harmony with the teaching of the 
Scriptures, and because it was an apostolic 
church he connected himself with it. For fifty 
years he has been regularly sent as a delegate 
to the Diocesan Convention. For many years 
he has been a member of the Board of Man- 
agers of the Thomson Orphanage. For many 
years he has been one of the Trustees of the 
University of the South, located at Sewanee, 
Tenn. The students of this University and 
those of Vanderbilt University at Nashville, 
Tenn., have had many battles for supremacy 
in the Arena of Athletics and forensic debates. 

Interested in the betterment of education. 

the community and the public schools have 
been the recipients of his bounty. At his own 
expense he founded "Nona Institute", taking 
its name from the second girl who had come 
to make his home happy and had passed on. 
Later it was found impracticable to use it in 
competition with the Public School and it 
had to be abandoned. 

He has been very liberal in assisting poor 
boys to obtain an education and ha3 made 
large donations both to educational and re- 
ligious institutions. He was the designer and 
the principal builder of All Souls Episcopal 
Church at Ansonville, N. C, which building 
is a credit to this vil'age. He is a member of 
the Church Historical Society, and also a 
member of North Carolina Historical Asso- 

His mother was the daughter of Presley 
Nelme and Ann (Nancy) Montgomery Ingram 
his wife. She was the daughter of Joseph 
Ingram and Ann McCaskell; Joseph In- 
gram was the son of Capt. Edwin Ingram and 
Ann (Nancy) Montgomery, his wife. She 
was the daughter of Col. Hugh Montgomery. 
By virtue of this descent, he is a member of 
the Society of The Cincinnati, the most ex- 
clusive order in America, being hereditary 

As a successful farmer, and having brought 
his plantation to a very high state of cultiva- 
tion, he was honored by the Governor by 
being appointed as a delegate to represent 
North Carolina in the Farmers' National 
Congress held at Sioux Falls, Dakota. 

For many years he was Worshipful Master 
of Carolina Lodge, A. F. & A. M., High Priest 
and Grand Lecturer of the Chapter. He is a 
Knight Templar. His motto is: "Unremit- 
ting attention, square dealing, economy, per- 
severance, and keeping capital employed." 

It has been written of him: "As a child, 
devoted to his parents; as a student, diligent, 
painstaking, and persistent; as a soldier, 
obedient, prompt, and brave; as a citizen, 
broad-minded and progressive; as a husband 
and father, kind and loving; as a Churchman, 
devoted and liberal; he is a philanthropist 
and humanitarian." 

Outside of his Church and family, his great- 
est love is his old Comrades of the sixties. 
While he and his family were spending the 
summer in the mountains of western North 
Carolina, as from a clap of thunder, notifica- 
tion came to him that he had been elected 
Commander of Anson Camp, United Con- 
federate Veterans, to succeed the late Capt. 
Frank Bennett. His comrades presented him 
with a gold cross of beautiful design, which he 
wears with wonderful pride, coming as it did 

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from those who were so near and dear to his 
heart, welded by that love and esteem, only 
known to soldiers suffering the common 
dangers and hardships which fell to those of 
the Confederacy. Later the Camp refused 
to accept his tendered resignation until, un- 
expected on his part, he was ca'led for higher 
honors. He was then promoted in the form 
of a Commission as Brig. General in command 
of 2nd Brigade, N. C. D., of U. C. V. 

At the meeting at Chattanooga in 1921, he 
was further honored and promoted to Major 
General in command of the North Carolina 
Division of United Confederate Veterans. 

He has ever been active in political affairs, 
in that he has at all times had decided and 
pronounced opinions on all matters and has 
used his influence and vote to elect to office 
those whom he deemed best for public good. 
He has ever eschewed self-presentment and 
has never allowed his skirts to be bespotted in 
pursuit of official honors. They would have 
been worth naught to him. The increments 
the office would have brought him, he needed 
not. As great honors as official life would 
have temporarily brought him, have been for 
his part, unsolicited and were graciously thrust 
upon him for his personal worth alone. These 
have come to him from a far more highly 
prized yeomanry than the mixture of people 
that cluster around the poles on election days. 
These honors have not brought to him any- 
thing of wealth, but have brought with them 
a continual expenditure of his private fortune 
and a sacrifice of much valuable time. He 
has never begrudged the money thus expended. 
He has asked naught for the time donated to 
these causes. His religion has been for the 
elevation of man. 

After the death of his first wife, in 1914, 
he married Nannie (Nancy) Jane Flake, an 
ideal wife and lady (see No. 338). They 
live happily at "The Oaks" in Ansonville, 
N. C. 

Gen. Smith is considerably past his three 
score and ten, allotted to the ordinary man. 
He bids fair to live many years longer. He 
has ever been abstemious in his habits, and 
a moderate consumer of food, one biscuit at 
a meal at times sufficient. Fond of sweets, 
he has ever refrained from the use of tobacco 
in any form. Fond as he is of entertaining 
and having been entertained by others so 
often, this is very unusual as to smoking. 
He has never been a user of intoxicating 
drinks, even tabooing coffee, preferring the 
milk diet. To his simple habits, he attributes 
the longevity of his life. 

He belonged to a small footed people. His 
father. Col. William G. Smith, wore a number 

5 boot, his mother, Eliza Sydnor Nelme a No. 
1 and their son. General William Alexander 
Smith a No. 3. All possessed a high-arched 
instep, the hall-mark of high bred Souther- 
ners to the manor born.. 

He is very fond of entertaining. He in- 
variably wears his Confederate uniform on 
all occasions and everywhere. (On the Q. T. 
we do not think he now has any other outer 
garment). In this Confederate uniform he 
has visited the old country, and has been 
received there in proper rank, in all circles 
of social and official life, as the dignity of 
Brig. General demanded. 

When his days are finally numbered and he 
has been laid to rest, there will vanish from us 
one of those noted characters who have 
stamped the Southland as the home of the 
chivalric, the highest type of gentility, social 
superiority and intellectual brilliancy. He 
is the essence of politeness, a gentleman of 
extreme modesty, and Anson county's most 
noble of all her citizens. He is the Roman of 
them all. In the words of R. D. Richards: 

"We ought to rejoice while growing old, not 

meet old age with tears. 
For no one as yet has devised a way to stem 

the tide of years. 
We ought to be proud of our white hair if 

we've been good and kind, 
Proud of having traveled far and left a clean 

trail behind. 

1 was thinking just the other day, and it was 

on the tip of my tongue, 
To say to myself, as 1 looked in the glass, 

"I am no longer young." 
Then 1 thought as I looked at the old hills, 

still green and fresh as the morn. 
Why, I'm only just beginning to live, I am 

but newly born. 

Youth is the time we build castles in air, 

of wonderful things to be. 
Of launching our boat on the restless wave 

of life's uncertain sea. 
Our sails are new, our boat is strong, and the 

hopes in our heart are great. 
And what is ahead on the sea of life is only 

known to fate. 

Old age comes after our work is done, and 

life's battles are nearly o'er; 
With perfect trust we're looking up as we've 

almost reached the shore. 
Our difficult problems have been solved with 

the cold, hard test of truth. 
And we've faced our trials from day to day 

with a clean, strong heart of youth. 

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Then let him be proud of what he won while 

battling for the right, 
Proud that he's worked from sun to sun so 

he could rest at night; 
Proud of having traveled far o'er life's uneven 

Proud that he never lost faith while carrying 

a heavy load; 
Proud of hair that is white as snow which 

once was burnished gold. 
Proud that he's lived a good, clean life while 

now growing old." 

In the spring of 1921, it chanced our good 
fortune to be entertained in the home of 
Gen. Smith for a week. On the sloping hill 
of Ansonville, stands his magnificent home, 
among "The Oaks". Large, two story, 
spacious rooms, private electric light system, 
baths and all the conveniences of the modern 
city dwelling, it is furnished with many 
antiques, rare and of splendor, gathered in a 
life's time. 1 1 is richly adorned with the costli- 
est money will buy, but furnished with a plain 
simplicity, in keeping with the modesty of 
the master. There this Sage lives for the 
most time in his wonderful library. It is a 
home the plebeian would call a mansion and 
yet if the guest, he would rest in ease and 
contentment. If the nobility should happen 
that way, he would gaze with wonder and 
wish that he could transport "The Oaks" with 
its rich and handsome furnishings across the 
water and have it for his manor in Old 

The soil of Anson county is hallowed ground. 
One hundred and sixty years or more ago John 
Smith No. 2 and Samuel Flake helped to 
fell the forest on its rolling hills and fertile 
valleys. Within its confines sleep the mortal 
remains of ten of our ancestors. Here our 
father was born and received his early in- 
spiration. Here in numbers are buried those 
near and dear to Gen. Smith. His attach- 
ment of and for Anson county can be best 
expressed in words he has used: 

"The gray old hills of Anson 

1 never can forget, amid life's joys and 

My heart is on them yet; 
And when my course is ended. 
When life her web has wove. 
Oh! May 1 then beneath those hills 
Lie close to them I love." 

As the cycle of years has rolled on, a 
multitude of histrionic legendaries of Anson 
county have been lost to future generations. 
From the wreckage, Gen. Smith in varied 
writings has placed in enduring form rem- 

nants and many stories of former generations. 
In years to come the researching mind will 
feast in the interesting lore he shall leave 

We pay this inadequate tribute to the 
gentleman whose writings make this book 

W. Thos. Smith 

After the above and manuscripts had been 
given to the printer, there came to us the 
following sketch from the hands of Mrs. 
Dunlap who has known Gen. Smith since 
she was a small child. Too much cannot be 
said of him and we gladly give it place. 


By Mrs. Lily Doyle Dunlap, Ansonville, N. C. 

Close knowledge of our fellows, discern- 
ment of the laws of existence, these lead to 
great civilization. (George Meredith) A 
famous writer in the Outlook said that it 
was as necessary for the boys and girls to 
know something of the lives of great men and 
women of their communities as it was for 
them to be able to name the President of the 
United States. Hence it is a pleasure, and 
we believe a service to record here, as best 
we may, with limited capacity, the personal 
history of Gen. Wm. A. Smith. His pedigree 
appears in the pages of this book — a noble 
one of many virtues, and his achievements 
in a business world can also be found in a 
number of other books; while his literary 
successes are widely read and appreciated, 
his history of the Anson Guards being one 
of the best, truest and most charmingly 
written contributions to the South's historical 
literature. We must write of him as we know 
him best — the kind and generous friend, 
citizen and neighbor. Christian and Southern 
gentleman. Born at a time when the south 
was in its zenith of glory, and in a home 
where prosperity and gentle blood were com- 
bined, we might call him "a darling of the 

The first few years of his life was the time 
of the Black Mammy and Uncle Remus 
stories, and abundant and luxurious hospital- 
ity. In homespun pinafores he romped with 
his father's pickaninnies, never being outdone 
in sport or test, and in velvet, "Lord Fauntle- 
roy" gracefully spoke the blessing over the 
Sunday dinner. This varied and contrasting 
rearing engendered an easy grace for all 
occasions and developed a natural sympathy 
for all classes and conditions. As if to round 
out and develop all capacities, a severe illness, 
the result of an accident, confined him to a 
bed of intense physical pain which, even as 

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a child, he bore with the utmost fortitude. 
But not to be conquered or made useless he 
learned during this convalescence a number 
of feminine arts, and with crochet, knitting 
and cambric needle soon became expert in 
handling them being akin in this respect to the 
great Woodrow who as Tommie Wilson knit 
socks for the Confederate soldiers. 

He attended the old field schools of that 
day along with all the children of his com- 
munity. These schools were purely American- 
made institutions, recent results of Revo- 
lutionary War Democrary and an excellent 
plan for encouraging equal rights to all men, 
inspiring the yoemen and sobering the aris- 
tocrat. After exhausting the resources of 
these schools, he entered Davidson College 
where he continued in an atmosphere of 
knowledge and pursuit of learning. During 
his Sophomore year the blow fell that charged 
the blood of every Southerner — memorably 
the April of 1861. Dear as was learning, and 
to Willie Smith learning was dear, there was 
something nearer and dearer — the love of 
home and country and he speedily exchanged 
the book satchel for the soldier's knapsack 
and leaving the inviting path of knowledge, 
hiked away on the tramp that led o'er brae 
and brake in the battlefield of blood and 

Of slight build and accustomed to the 
comforts of luxury he never winced from the 
hardships and deprivations of army life, 
cheerfully kept abreast at the front, often 
being "first in the foremost line". 

In 1862, for him the Rubicon was crossed, 
for on the first of July of that year he was 
desperately wounded and the feet that had 
so blithely stepped to the martial music were 
put out of commission forever, and a crutch 
has ever since beat the requiem of limbs, 
supreme sacrifice. For half a year life fluttered 
in hesitancy upon the border land and the 
fight that had been tangibly pitted against 
his country's foe was now invisibly set against 
a more subtle and uncertain enemy. Deter- 
mination and his winning qualities with his 
mother's tireless care overcame, and he won. 

Not so the Confederacy. It was lost as 
far as material aggrandizement was concerned 
but a glorious record was made by the men 
and women of the South who showed the 
world how to suffer and to lose. 

Luxuriously reared boys and men, delicate- 
ly nurtured girls and women proved that 
true manhood and true womanhood can 
stand undaunted in the face of poverty and 
suffering for conscience and country's sake. 
Bring me such as these. Gen. Smith set 
hand and heart to the upbuilding of his 

home and county and the recovery of his 
father's fortune. Industry being one of 
his chief characteristics, success early over- 
took him and has ever since kept step with 
him. The first interest beyond the limits of 
every man's duty his home, was the fortunes 
of his fellow comrades in arms. The feelings 
of his heart have ever been expressed in 
simple form by wearing of the gray, not 
ostentatiously or vaingloriously, for there was 
a time when this seemed ill advised, if not 
really provocative of criticism and detrimental 
to personal interest to be seen in "gray coat", 
but because his heart was still true to the 
cause, just as we remain loyal to those whom 
we have loved and who have crossed to the 
unseen shore. The 23rd day of Decem- 
ber, 1869, Gen. Smith did the best thing 
he ever did for himself, when he mar- 
ried Miss Mary Jane Bennett. Together 
with this charming and intellectual woman 
he founded a home, happy and hospitable. 
Blessed in this beautiful domesticity and 
successful in business and now become by 
wise and temperate living "physically fit", 
he started many business enterprises that 
were blessings to many people by giving 
employment and a mode of investment to 
the small money lender. As is always the 
case, success carries increasing responsibilities 
and demands. Eleemosynary institutions 
and charity crowded to his door and the 
deserving went not away empty. 

Three children, a son, dying in infancy, 
and two daughters of four and seventeen who 
remained to bless and gladden this home 
with expanded talent inherited from both 
parents, were blessings that came to General 
and Mrs. Smith. True to the poet, "whom 
the gods love die young," "and death loves 
a shining mark," all were early called across 
the bar, leaving this elegant home with its 
doting parents arid and dry as summer's dust. 
However amidst this crushing sorrow, the 
duties of life and a firm belief in the wisdom 
and the love of God sustained General and 
Mrs. Smith, and with deepened sympathies 
and courageous fortitude they set about the 
business of being kind and doing good. So 
from that time forward the program of every 
day was one in which a fellow being was the 

In June 1914 Mistress Smith gently lay 
down to rest and the General was again led 
through the waters of grief. Still undaunted, 
but with a tear in the heart, he kept his face 
forward and grimly "carried on". 

God is good and breaks the burden to our 
backs and heals us with his promises, so in 
due time Gen. Smith did the second best 


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thing that he ever did for himself when he 
married his distant kinswoman, Miss Nannie 
Bennett Flake, as sweet and kindly a woman 
as the old North State has ever produced. 
Again The Oaks smiled and blossomed with 
happiness, nothing of the old sorrow remain- 
ing but a precious memory of the dear 
departed, whose gentle spirits must hover 
about in transparent blessings upon the loved 
ones there. 

Now in the mellow years of the sunset of 
life the clarion call of battle sounds again 
and the war horses lift their heads. The 
brave old charger. Gen. Smith, starts up to 
hear. He speedily girded up his loins and 
went forth to search a place in the ranks. Un- 
fitted for battle action, he looked for other 
patriotic service and found it in the Liberty 
Loan drives. Having been a successful finan- 
cier he found the ears of the people readily, and 
they gave confidence and support. He spent 
day after day going about his section urging 
the people to purchase bonds and support the 
Government, and through it the boys at the 
front. But this was not all; knowing a sol- 
dier's needs from experience, he brought out 
his needles of a former age and spent the 
evenings knitting gloves and mufflers. In- 
dustrious by nature and never doing anything 
halfway, he gave his time and his talents, 
and his money unstintedly to the demands 
of the times. 

His heart is filled with the milk of human 
kindness and genuine brotherly love. The 
amount of work he has done along almost all 
lines is tremendous. It seems that nothing 
that needed to be done was beyond his ability 
to accomplish, from feeding baby chicks, to 
writing essays and historical sketches and 
a book; and every one well performed. His 
beautiful home abounds with flowers of al- 
most every kind, many being plants collected 
from abroad, and with berries and fruits of 
every description; and a garden that never 
fails to produce. These are under his own 
and his wife's immediate care — they often 
with their own hands giving the necessary 
"stirrings". All these good things are gen- 
erously sent around to friends. The rule of 
their lives is, "He to know a joy is to share it." 

General Smith has made many trips abroad 
where he has received courtesies rarely shown 
to Americans. The present King and Queen 
are among the notables of England whose 
hands he and his wife have shaken. One of 
his chief delights has been the increasing of 
his father's library which is now the finest 
in this section. He selects his books with 
great care and is as particular to know about 
them as he is in all his other undertakings. 
He has learned (or was it born with him) the 
art of taking pains which is the secret of any 

To his church he is faithful and generous, 
and his good offices have been appreciated 
by her and she has honored him with many 
honors. Twice during the sunset years des- 
perate illnesses have overtaken him and 
operations have been advisable. These were 
the anxiety of his friends who dreaded the 
outcome and endeavored to persuade him to 
worry along with the inconvenience and pain, 
but he has never been of the chicken-hearted 
type and said, "I'll take the chance"; and 
without the slightest tremor of fear or even 
doubt as to the results, went under the knife 
to come out like a youth and recuperate 
accordingly. This was no doubt the follow- 
ing of temperate years of living and reason- 
able schooling of his mind. He has cultivated 
a naturally clever mind. He kept to justice 
in judgment; was indefatigable in industry; 
reasonable in economy; generous in giving; 
Samaritan in service; kingly in kindness; 
patient in affliction; courageous in war; 
dauntless in danger; arduous in righteousness; 
forgiving to wrongs; firm to right; loyal to 
friends; humble toward the Master and with 
charity to all men. The last of his family 
name in Anson, where once they were plen- 
teous, there seems to be summed up in him 
a major portion of the many virtues of his 
sires. May the youth of his connections, now 
scattered about this great country, learn of 
him and strive for the things that he has 
attained, and be encouraged to overcome as 
he has overcome, and be proud that his 
blood is their blood; for truly he is a man 
whose like one rarely looks upon! 

(signed) "Lily Doyle Dunlap." 

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Mary Bennett Smith 

910 (See 631) 

A true heroine was Mary Bennett Smith, 
the wife of Gen. Wm. Alex. Smith of Anson- 
ville, N. C. She was Mary Jane Bennett, 
daughter of Lemuel Dunn Bennett and Jane 
Little, his wife. She was proud of her an- 
cestry, yet simple and sincere. 

She began her education at the Mineral 
Springs School taught by the Reverend James 
E. Morrison, a near relative of General 
Stonewall Jackson's wife; later pursued her 
studies at Carolina Female College; Salem 
Academy and St. Mary's, Raleigh, N. C. 
She was a foe to ignorance and taught her 
neighbors' children free as a service to God 
and her country. She possessed exceptional 
personal charms and attractions; was easily 
approached and unaffected and was considered 
quite wealthy. She was very tender hearted 
and charitable, with an ear always open to 
the cry of distress and a hand swift to relieve. 

Profound respect and esteem were felt by 
all who knew her; to her was given admira- 
tion and gratitude from dependents, and deep, 
true affection from relatives and friends. She 
was cultured, attractive and accomplished; 
the product of generations of refinement. 
Prominent in the family history of Mary 
Bennett Smith is Major Gen. Richard Ben- 
nett, of high reputation and courage in Crom- 
well's Army, who on the accession of Charles 

n, fled across the ocean to Virginia, pursued 
by the King's resentment. Governor Sir 
William Berkley forced him to escape to the 
Province of Maryland. 

Two of General Bennett's brothers, Wil- 
liam and Neville, emigrated to America about 
1 740 and were pioneers in the Province of 
North Carolina in the section now known as 
Anson County. William Bennett married 
Miss Huckston and to them were born Wil- 
liam and Elizabeth. He saw active service 
as captain in the Continental Army. After 
the war of the Revolution, he lived and died in 
Bennettville, S. C, which town was named 
as a tribute to him. Capt. William Bennett's 
son, William, married Susanna Dunn, of 
the famous Dunn family of Virginia with 
which Sir David Dunn was identified. Sus- 
anna's mother was Mary Sheffield of Vir- 
ginia. Susanna Dunn and William Bennett 
were married in 1794. Their son, Lemuel 
Dunn Bennett married Jane Little, whose 
father, William Little, came from Marlsgate. 
Cumberland County, England. 

The Littles were a prominent family, inter- 
marrying into the families of the Lords of 
Askerton and Scott (Sir Walter Scott). 

Mary Jane Bennett, daughter of L. D. 
Bennett and Jane Little, married Gen. Wil- 
liam Alexander Smith, Dec. 23rd, 1869. 
Her talents were many and varied and it 
was hard to find an accomplishment in which 
she did not excel. Her ear was attuned to 

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sweet symphony; painting in oil and water 
colors was her pleasure. Tapestry claimed 
her devoted attention also. The walls of her 
old colonial home are adorned with the work 
of her skilful hands; with needlework, paint- 
ings in oil, and tapestry. A gentleman viewing 
a piece of her tapestry representing "The 
Bridal Party Crossing the River Rhine," 
with the eye of the connoisseur said, it was 
superior to anything he saw at the World's 
Fair at Chicago. 

She was a veritable artist in all kinds of 
needlework. It was her chief gratification 
to learn a new stitch. In trimming hats, 
the adornment of dresses, mantua-making, 
and other needlework, she was gifted. 
Floriculture was a favorite pastime. The 
cultivation of the rose, the queen of flowers, 
was a passion, and her collection was un- 
rivalled. She was a walking encyclopedia in 
flower nomenclature, having knowledge of 
both wild and cultivated flowers. She was the 
neatest and cleanest of housekeepers — no 
visitor ever caught her house in disorder. She 
was so skilled in the culinary department 
that she used her own recipe cook book. A 
thrice delightful companion, with brilliancy 
of mental attainments and keenness of wit; 
a racy raconteur and an attractive, winning 
story-teller. Beautiful and gracious; emi- 
nent for personal charms; with commanding 
regal appearance, she invited confidence by 
smiles of indescribable loveliness. 

Yet with all these mental acquirements 
and accomplishments, graceful movements 
and queenly bearing, she was modest and 
unassuming, with an utter lack of arrogance. 
Brave and heroic! When her maiden home 
was being pillaged by Sherman's Army, she 
defended her imperiled honor by leveling 
a pistol in the faces of the ravishers, threaten- 
ing to shoot the first brute that crossed the 
threshold of the room into which she and her 
younger sister had retired. They quailed 
before that resolute gray-blue eye. 

With an inquiring mind and tenacious 
memory, she profited greatly by travel at 
home and abroad. She crossed the Atlantic 
several times, visiting England, Scotland and 
Wales; the Continents of Europe, Asia and 
Africa; was delighted with Malta and the 
beautiful Madeira Islands. She was im- 
pressed with Greece, Egypt and Palestine, 
but Constantinople was her abomination; 
dirty, filthy, abhorrent, to her cleanly soul. 

She was a worthy daughter of the Con- 
federacy; an honored daughter of the Revo- 
lution, and, with lineage entitling her to the 
eminent Society of Colonial Dames. 

As a member of the Episcopal Church 

(All Souls, Ansonville) it could be said of her 
as it was reverently said of the Master: 
"She went about doing good". Hospitality 
swung wide the Colonial doors of this gracious 
hostess. On one occasion she had a dozen 
guests at a course dinner. The ice cream 
course was to be served when she discovered 
that it was spoiled by salt. She had the cows 
brought up from the pasture, milked and 
froze more cream, entertaining her guests so 
pleasantly the while, they did not notice the 
delay. They were, indeed, perfectly uncon- 
scious that there had been any accident to 
mar the feast. This was a marvelous evidence, 
demonstration and exemplification of her 
capacity, and sangfroid. Nothing could 
disturb her equanimity. 

She had the ability, the address, the ad- 
roitness and the happy faculty of winning 
the confidence of children because of the pure, 
sheer love she had for them. She could 
entertain them for hours to their great de- 
light. She always had some new idea for 
their amusement. Nothing pleased them 
more than to have permission from their 
parents to visit Mistress Smith. There is 
no better judge of human nature than a 
child. Instinctively, thay know the pure in 
heart, white soul of a true friend. 

Like Napoleon the Great, she was a most 
excellent judge of character. A commercial 
transaction persisted in contrary to her advice 
invariably was disastrous. She had four 
brothers, all volunteers in the Confederate 
Army. Her youngest brother, Frank, became 
Commander of the Sharp Shooters, the most 
perilous and hazardous position in the army. 
He won the high distinction and sobriquet 
and was referred to by his superiors as "Cap- 
tain Frank Bennett and his Invincibles". 
The children's Chapter of the Confederacy is 
named "The Frank Bennett Chapter", a tri- 
bute to his bravery and his memory. 

The loss of her children was the one supreme 
sorrow of her life. It bowed her heart with 
grief that was never overcome, although she 
bore up with resignation. One wrote of her, 
"Oh! Princely heart the Chrism is on thy 
head; on ours the dew. The gold and purple 
of your heart you gave and laid them on the 
outside of the wall for the passerby to take. 
Thank God for thy life and thy friendship, 
and, the memory of gifts will bless us always." 
She possessed the characteristics of two strong 
families, to which her life has added dignity 
and prestige. Her presence inspired the best 
that was in those with whom she came in 

No character was maligned within her 
hearing; her nature was to take the part of 

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the under-dog. She was a ray of cheer where- 
ever she went and could make sufferers forget 
their pains. Once when visiting a poor old 
sick woman who was pouring out a history 
of her ailments, she broke in with the query, 
"Did you dance when you were young, Mrs. 
B?" Her mind was diverted and she (Mrs. 
B.), was soon laughing as she had not done 
for years. She was an optimist and looked 
through life with rose-colored glasses; she 
stressed the beautiful and the good. Courage 
and patience was the keynote of her life. 
She never flurried nor lost her equilibrium. 
She espoused the cause she believed right and 
stood by her guns firmly but kindly. 


By Mrs. Chas. M. Burns 

"If 1 were asked to measure the loss sus- 
tained by the community in the passing of 
Mrs. W. A. Smith, 1 do not think I would 
know where to see the rule or the line to 
fathom it. Language fails me in this hour 
of inexpressable grief to record my real esti- 
mate of this lovely woman. It is with deep 
sorrow that 1 would lay a flower on her 
grave or drop a tear to her memory. I have 
loved and admired her for many years. It 
was both my pleasure and privilege to be 
numbered as her friend. Personally, she 
was very attractive; a queenly woman, 
highly cultured and of lofty ideals; a sincere 
woman; true to her convictions, to her 
friends and to every cause she espoused. 
She despised all manner of hypocrisies and 
shame. Hers was a life of energy, eloquence 
and beauty. A sense of profound bereave- 
ment grips my heart as the great heart of 
North Carolina mourns the loss of such a 
daughter. After life's fitful fever she sleeps 
well. Dear, gentle soul, how we shall miss 
her. God bless her memory and pity the mul- 
titudes who weep today o'er their personal 

"With many a smile and a wave of the hand. 
She has wandered into an unknown land. 
And left us dreaming how very fair 
It needs must be since she lingers there. 
And you, oh you! you who the wildest 

For the old time step and the glad return. 
Think of her still as the same, I say, 
She is not dead — she is just away'." 


"Since through the providence of 'Him who 
doeth all things well,' we are called to subtract 

from the membership of our Chapter of U. D. 
C. by the transition of one of the most patriot- 
ic of our ranks be it resolved: 

1st. That we lament the absence of one 
whose face was like an old painting, called 
by some long ago artist 'Portrait of a Lady'. 
The benediction of her sympathy; the 
sympathy of one who could never grow old; 
one to whom the simple things of life were 
dear; who despised not small things but took 
pleasure in them; one who was responsive; 
whose courtesy compelled; who held pace 
with progress while holding fast to 'all things 
that are true and established of old'. One 
who had a fine 'sense of proportion'; who 
lived for her country and had a passion for 
the cause of Dixie; one of those who are the 
anchors that bravely, and capably hold 
things steady, while the rank and file labor 
perhaps more ostensibly, but not more ad- 
vantageously; one of earth's heroines. When 
she was needed she was there, calm, quiet, 
powerful — a root of our organization that 
beneath the surface strengthened and vita- 

2nd. That we extend our loving sympathy 
to all who were near and dear to her, es- 
pecially to the noble husband who so courage- 
ously met the enemy of his country, and 
who loves and furthers the honor and glory of 
those men that we are organized to forever 

3rd. That a copy of these resolutions be 
spread on our minute book, and that copies 
be published in the county papers and sent 
to her husband and nephew. Gen. Wm. A. 
Smith and Mr. Bennett Dunlap Nelme." 

Mrs. J. W. Griggs 1 

Mrs. L. L. Little I Com. 

Mrs. W. D. Redfern J 

D. A. R. 

"Mrs. Mary Bennett Smith was born in 
Anson County, N. C, in February of 1842 
and died in Ansonville, Anson County, N. C, 
the 20th of June 1914. In 1869 she was 
happily married to Gen. William Alexander 
Smith and became the mother of three 
children, all of whom preceded her to the 
Better Land. 

She was the daughter of Lemuel Dunn and 
Jane Little Bennett and inherited both 
maternally and paternally characteristics of 
great excellency, she herself being not sur- 
passed in queenly beauty, unusual mentality 
and sweet womanliness by any ancestor or 

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Her maternal ancestors came to America 
after the Revolution, hence it was through 
her descent, through her paternal line that 
she became a member of the D. of the A. R. 
Her great grandfather, Capt. William Ben- 
nett, served valiantly for his country during 
the decisive battles of the Revolution fought 
in S. C, and her four brothers were heroes 
in the Civil conflict. In her heartlove of 
country was a passion, but it was tempered 
by reason and Christian graces. 

As we have said, she was in person strik- 
ingly handsome and had such individuality 
as to influence every circle that she entered. 
Her speech was chaste and elegant and free 
from petty gossip and slander. Her voice 
was ever raised in defence of the erring and 
abused, whether guilty or innocent, and, a 
helping hand extended when, in her wisdom, 
she saw that it could be helpful. The senti- 
ment of the Master's speech, 'Let him that 
is without sin cast the stones' squared her 
expressions of the condemned and no char- 
acter was soiled in her presence. The weak- 
nesses and failures of her fellow men and wo- 
men were her sorrows. It was her joy to 
strengthen and to forgive. Toward the sick 
and helpless in man and beast, she was 
affectionately tender and had a voice that 
was always comforting and often healing. 
She was cheerful and could bring a smile 
under desperate conditions and inspire a 
song to the sorrow-weighted. Her heart was 
in the right place and gave out fragrance 
all the stronger for having its own griefs; 
her courage and faith was such that she could 
smile for the comfort of others and could 
exclaim, "Bless the Lord, O my Soul" when 
God's afflicting hand entered her own home. 

She was master of herself and could keep 
calm and sweet amid the distractions and 
excitements of all occasions, thus encourag- 
ing and strengthening those about her who 
would have otherwise given away to useless 
and injurious panic. She was a woman to 
look up to; to love and to imitate. Triply 
gifted as she was, in mind, beauty and wealth, 
she could have achieved any position that 
she willed, but her desire was the quiet walks 
of life. She preferred the heart's devotion of 
the few rather than the admiration of the 
multitude. So to her, friends, her home and 
family, books and flowers came first, which 
satisfied her. In many and delightfully 
original ways did she express her affections; 
some kindnesses were done daily, always 
quietly and in a way endeavoring to efface 
the author. All mightiest powers work 
quietly and so her actions were never at- 
tended by any ostentation. 

Hers was a cultured mind from wide and 
much travel and careful reading. She never 
did anything by halves and with her any- 
thing worth doing at all was worth doing 
well. Her character was broad and well 
balanced. She was no extremist and no 
diffuse speaker or actor; she championed 
what in her good judgment was right and 
worthy and stood staunchly and openly by 
her convictions. Somehow she towered 
above all that was petty and trivial and 
little, and, like pure snow-capped peaks, 
purified the atmosphere about her. 

The interest that she took in our A. S. 
Chapter, D. A. R. was possibly the greatest 
compliment that it has ever received, and, 
it adds prestige and distinction to our or- 
ganization to have her beloved name upon 
its list of members. Had her days been 
spared, she would have been a wise counsellor, 
a patriotic supporter, and a beautiful adorn- 
ment. While our hearts are sorrowful over 
our loss we are thankful that we are the band 
to have the honor of paying this memorial 
to her precious memory. 

We honored her, we esteemed her, we loved 
her and we shall cherish the memory of her 
many and rare merits so long as there is one 
of us, and pass on to coming members, 
through our books her beautiful life. 

In this organization she will never be for- 
gotten, for her National number shall never 
be held by another, and her space in the 
National Lineage Book will speak of her as 
long as libraries exist, as long as the greatest 
Woman's Organization in the world shall 

This wreath of green with our colors, white 
and blue shall be placed upon her grave to 
remind others that patriotism and love are 
lessened on this earth, and, that we are all 
drawn nearer to that beautiful land whither 
she has gone. 

Dear heart, you have answered your call 
to the palace not made with hands, the gold 
and purple of your heart that you laid upon 
the outside of the wall for such as we to 
take, shall be royal memories to us, and 
though the casket that held the gift be 
broken by the touch of death, the gift lives 
on and while upon our heads is the dew of 
woe, on yours is the chrism of a well finished 

"She is not dead, our friend, not dead. 

But in the path we mortals tread 

Got some few trifling steps ahead 

And nearer to the end; 

So that we, too, come past this bend 

Shall meet again as face to face, 

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This friend we fancy dead; 
Let us push gaily on with strong hearts 
She loiters with a backward smile 
Till we can overtake." 



(Miss Lallie Dunlap) 

I bring to the Anson-Stanley Chapter and 
to all Anson D. A. R. the deep sympathy we 
feel in the loss not only of a valued member of 
our organization but a County, State, and — 
aye — a National loss, for Mrs. W. A. Smith 
was a woman whose kind makes a nation 
great. We knew her worth and feel the 
sorrow heavily. Our sympathy is for her 
kith and kin and friends, among which latter 
we all were, especially the brave husband 
and noble sister who have our love and 

Beautiful life well done. 
Beautiful soul into glory gone. 
Ours the heart ache, yours the song. 


D. A. R. 

(Mrs. J. G. Boylain) 

At the request of the Thomas Wade 
Chapter D. A. R. I am here to express from 
our every member the sorrow that we feel in 
the loss of one who was very dear to us all; 
one who was a friend to her country and 
fellow women. She came of a family prom- 
inent in military and patriotic valor and 
united herself to a heroic soldier and they 
together loved first. Well do 1 remember my 
first visit to her elegant home, the order, 
neatness and beauty of its keeping made a 
lasting impression upon me. She loved to 
expand the possessions of her home and 1 
left with various plants and sprouts of a 
rare kind that have added beauty and benefit 
to my home. 

Her sane practical ideas were such as 
made heroes of our Revolutionary fore- 
fathers, and perhaps in her were combined 
more of Colonial common sense than in any 
other woman of our country. Is it any 
wonder that we miss such a character? We 
shall feel her loss more and more as time 
moves on and we realize by her absence the 
strength that she possessed. Our hearts are 
heavy; our hearts are sad. Words are use- 
less, we all knew her; looked up to her, loved 
her. The D. A. R. have lost heavily. 

"O true in word and tried in deed 

Death has made his darkness beautiful 
with thee. 

A life that all the muses decked 

With gifts of grace that might express 

All comprehensive tenderness; 

All subtilizing intellect. 

I know transplanted human worth 

Will bloom to profit other where." 

(By Mrs. Lily Doyle Dunlap) 

I walked in your garden alone today 

Your garden of roses rare, 

And gathered the fairest of all those blooms 

To place on your silent bier. 

How often I've trod those paths with you 

The queen of that flowering place, 

No bloom was there that looked more sweet 

Than your beautiful smiling face. 

To be with you in that charming spot, 

Where colors and fragrance grew. 

Was a joy that can never be forgot 

A memory sweet of you. 

My tears fell fast as I solemnly cut 

Each rose from its graceful stem. 

And I thought of the love you had shown 

to me 
And the love you had for them. 

And the many times that your precious hands 
Had culled such blooms for me 
And smilingly said in your own sweet way, 
As you held them for me to see. 

"I won't be here when you're dead, my dear 

To place them upon your bier. 

So I give them now to express my love 

While we are together here." 

But I never dreamed that the day could come 

When I'd walk these paths this way 

And cut these blooms for the purpose sad 

That I have done this day. 

'Tis a pain for me to look at them now 

And their fragrance 'most takes my breath. 

And the question arises, of how 

Am I to give thee up to death? 

In tears tears, tears, yes that is how. 

And with sorrowful heavy heart. 

Looking up to God's garden above. 

Where yours is a beautiful part." 


(By W. A. S.) 


Queenly — Brilliant — Radiant 
God touched her heart with his finger 
And she slept: 

Sleep on, dear heart, sleep on 
Till the Resurrection morn. 

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Reverently she was laid to rest in the 
Family Plat in East View Cemetery, Wades- 
boro, N. C. by the side of her children, which 
she had loved and lost awhile. 

A handsome work of art in stained glass 
is her memorial window in All Souls Church, 
Ansonville, N. C. A stately, queenly figure 
of a beautiful, sweet faced woman, like an 
angel without wings, clad in gorgeous robes 

is standing beneath the shade of a tree, 
viewing with mental insight a garden of 
roses and calla lilies in bloom, amid beautiful 
shrubbery; her soul absorbed in contemplat- 
ing Deity, manifested by golden clouds in 
the distance lit up by the glow of the setting 

Wm. A. Smith 

Nannie Flake Smith 

911 (338-D-63I) 


Nannie Flake on Aug. 29, 1916, became 
the wife of Major Wm. A. Smith. She is 
the daughter of Flaval Bennett Flake and 
Mary Ann Allen, his wife. He was the son 
of John W. Flake and Roxanna Bennett, 
his wife. He was the son of Jordan Flake 
and Penelope Williams, his wife. She was the 
daughter of Joseph John Williams and Susan- 
nah, his wife. Joseph John Williams was the 
son of William Williams and Katherine, his 
wife. He was the son of Samuel Williams and 
Mary Dudley, his wife. He was the son of 
William Williams and Elizabeth Alston, his 
wife, and Elizabeth Alston was the daughter of 
John Alston and Mary Clark, his wife. John 
Alston was prominent in civil and political 

life, residing in Chowan County, Province of 
North Carolina. He was a juryman in 
court, 1715; Grand Juryman at General 
Court of Oyer and Terminer for several years; 
a commissioned Justice of Peace for years. 
He was made a Captain of the King's forces 
in 1725, promoted to Major, 1729, and later 
promoted to Colonel. He was Collector for 
the King, Sheriff of the County and Vestry- 
man of St. Paul's Parish. In all of these 
positions he conducted himself so as to com- 
mend himself to his government, gained the 
esteem of the people and did honor to him- 
self, his fam ly and his Province. 

First and foremost in this sketch, we would 
say that Nannie Flake Smith has a charming 
personality that radiates the milk of human 
kindness to those whom she meets. Hand 
some, intelligent and accomplished. With 

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erect posture, graceful carriage, finely mod- 
eled form; low and tender voice, like heav- 
enly music stealing o'er waters of a summer's 
moonlight night, and with gazelle-like eyes 
radiating light like stars in the gloaming, she 
is exquisite. Educated at the famous Salem 
Academy, now Salem College, she was well 
grounded in the rudiments; a solid found- 
ation, upon which was reared the super- 
structure of broader, higher education. She 
taught school for many years and her work 
was so highly prized, patrons had her to 
continue teaching against her wishes. This 
reacted to her advantage, as teaching fired 
her ambition and whetted her appetite for 
knowledge until no word in Webster's "Blue- 
back" could faze her. Full of youth and 
enthusiasm, she was determined to excell, 
and success crowned her efforts. 
"1 long for the sight of the healing streams. 
And a glimpse only of the cities great; 
1 long for the sight of the sun's bright beams. 
That smile on the old North State." 

Country born and reared, expert in stock 
feeding and practical knowledge in vegetable 
gardening, her active mind and willing hands 
were productive in making "two blades of 
grass grow where one grew before." No 
phase of country life escaped; fond of stock, 
a graceful horsewoman, she sat superbly 
erect, her willowy, lithe form swaying to the 
motions of the animal, presented a symmetri- 
cal poise — rare and beautiful. Her ease and 
grace were not an acquirement of the teacher; 
they were bred in her bone. Her mother before 
her had been born in the saddle. She is also 
skilled in domestic art and science, in house- 
keeping, in cooking, sewing and knitting, 
mantua-making, gardening and dairying. 
Poultry raising is her specialty. She haunts 
the fowl yard and the little biddies regard 
her as a second mother. The slow recovery 
from the dire effects of Reconstruction Days 
laid upon her the compelling hand of economy, 
forcing her to make a life study of finance. 
An eminent attorney said of her: "She is 
the best woman-accountant and financier in 
the County." The world is a whole lot better 
by the example of such as she. "Some women 
can fling more out'n a little winder at the 
back en' of a house than a man can fetch in 
at the door," an old countryman said to 
the writer. 

She is a woman of tact, of ability, of educa- 
tion, of refinement, of wealth and social 
environment. Notwithstanding all of this, 
she is modest and retiring, Perfection beyond 
praise. Friends, warm friends, comprise her 
neighbors. Esteem and golden opinion from 

the negroes, whose admiration knows no 
bounds, is hers. All of this arises from ser- 
vice and is the natural result of giving and 
spending her life doing for others. 

Pray tell me how can one better show 
devotion to God and His Son, Jesus Christ, 
than in service to humanity? "And whosoever 
shall give to drink unto one of these little 
ones a cup of cold water only — he shall in 
no wise lose his reward." 

Her life has been one sweet song of service; 
beginning with her orphan sister and brother, 
her grandfather and grandmother, who was 
the daughter of Donald Ross, who came to 
America from Scotland with his father, Hugh 
Ross. Then she devoted her life to caring 
for her bachelor uncles. Moody and Thomas 
Allen and to the children of the schools she 
taught; to her husband, finally extending out 
to her neighbors, both white and colored. 
These daily good deeds are not proclaimed 
from the house tops. "Let not thy left hand 
know what thy right hand doeth. " Golden 
deeds such as hers are their own messengers. 
She is content, and contentment spells happi- 
ness. Her husband and her home are her 
heart's shrine and they are enshrined in her 
heart of hearts. Devotion to his every com- 
fort in the sweetest spirit of love and solicitude 
is given to solace and to cheer, rendered as 
a gift service — as was Aaron's before the 
altar. Sensitive to environment, she creates 
inspiration, manifested by beautiful, odorous 
flowers, rising from the soil in obedience to 
the manipulations of her fair hands. In confir- 
mation of a saying of old Uncle Joel Tyson, 
they just grow for her "Sponch-alonch". 
In her flower garden she breathes ihe balmy 
Southern winds that marry the flowers in 
spring and fructifies them later on in summer 
and fall. 

The blood of the English Aliens, the Scotch 
Ross and the Welsh Alstons and Williams 
blend in her veins, and this blending of the 
noble traits of these nations and as developed 
in America is reflected in her heart of gold; 
deeds of silver and their characteristics are 
manifested in her mind of pearl. These 
blended traits preserve her youthful spirit 
and keep her hopeful, loving and beloved. 
As 'tis said of the housewives of Holland, so 
it can be said of Nannie Sm th: "A marvel 
of neatness." It is also said she was made of 
dust, her husband thinks it is star dust. 

By no means is she what is known as a 
"Society Woman", although she is a member 
of the Anson Chapter, Daughters of the Con- 
federacy, member of the Thomas Wade Chap- 
ter Daughters of the Revolution, member of 
the North Carolina Society of the Colonial 

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Dames of America. She is a member of All 
Souls Protestant Episcopal Church of the 
Diocese of North Carolina. Thus she dwells 
in love's shadowland — peopled with the un- 
fettered spirits of the great and noble, redo- 
lent with memories that do not die, because 
they cluster around the Confederacy, the Rev- 
olution, the Colonies and the Church, which 
are things immortal. 

She possesses the talent of making and 
holding friends by her quiet walk, kind de- 
meanor, serene countenance and winning 
smile. Pure, true, genuine friends mean so 
much in life as the years glide by on the 
accelerating incline. When she can say not- 
thing good, silence is golden. As it is said of 
Bezaleel, "I have filled her with the spirit of 
God in wisdom and in understanding and 
in knowledge." Economical, just, energetic, 
active, diligent, industrious and spiritual, she 
believes in filling her storehouse for the pro- 
verbial rainy day of old age and for the eternal 
joys of the soul. 

The words of King Solomon are appro- 
priate and applicable: "She looketh well to 
the ways of her household and eateth not 
the bread of idleness. Her children riseth 
up and call her blessed, her husband also, 
and he praiseth her. Many daughters have 
done virtuously but thou excellest them all." 
It is her happy faculty, by quiet dignity, 
calm demeanor and serene poise, to radiate 
joy and peace to the uplift of others and 
bring them in harmony with the Christ-like 
spirit of cheer and forgiveness. Her husband 
joyfully daily sings: 

"I know you love me, Nannie dear. 
Your heart was ever fond and true; 
I always feel when you are near 
That life holds nothing, dear, but you." 

A real true woman, one of those that go 
to make the great State of North Carolina 
great, she is whole-hearted, tender-hearted 
and gentle in manner. She is a genuine 
home lover, giving her best thought to him 
she regards as the one man of all the world; 
and who, in return, gives to her his highest 
regards, deepest esteem, fondest love and 
implicit confidence. 
W. A. Smith, "The Oaks", Ansonville, N. C. 

912 (see 504-505; I08-J-150) 

THOMAS SMITH and JANE GOFF, his wife; 
BENJAMIN WILLIAMS and his wife; and 
LIAMS and their children 
Thomas Smith was born in Anson County, 
N. C, about 1768. That is thought to have 

been the exact year. He lived and died in 
that county after 1820. The oldest child of 
his parents, he, when yet a young man, was 
thrown on his own resources. His father 
had acquired a considerable landed estate. 
His grandfather, Samuel Flake, who died in 
1802, being over 100 years old, was also a 
large landholder. John Smith, James Smith 
and Thomas Smith were all good financiers 
and accumulated what was then termed a 
wealthy estate. John and James grew to be 
extremely wealthy and Thomas with a fortune 
less than theirs, but with a sufficiency, on 
the marriage of his only son, John Auld 
Smith, gave him two good farms and 
fourteen negroes with which to begin life's 
battles. The records also disclose that he 
gave his daughter on her marriage two 
hundred acres of land. Besides being a 
Planter, Thomas Smith spent most of his 
time as a Distiller, making cider, apple and 
peach brandy. His mother, Mary (Flake) 
Smith was a member of the Baptist Church. 
This was before the division into the Mission- 
ary and Primitive branches which came from 
1815 to 1825. In those days the making and 
the drinking of these wares was in no way 
frowned upon by the Baptist Church or any 
other religious denomination. It was not 
considered improper for the pastor, then 
called Elder, to moderately partake of these 
refreshments. Many men in those days 
could not write their name. Deeds and other 
documents were then universally witnessed 
by two parties, rather than acknowledged 
before an officer. Trusted and responsible 
men were usually selected for witnesses, as 
a precaution to future need of proof as to 
the legality of the instrument. 

We find that Thomas Smith and Benjamin 
Williams both wrote a good hand and both 
were frequently called upon to write or wit- 
ness these papers. Smith died shortly 
after 1820 and perhaps before 1825 and was 
buried near Lilesville. His wife Jane Goff 
survived him. We know absolutely nothing 
of her ancestry. Her will was probated in 
1835 in Anson County, N. C, and tradition 
is that she at that time was about eighty years 
old. She was then probably born about 1765, 
but tradition at times varies, but she was 
probably near the age of her husband. In 
I 792 we find that George E. Goff of Rowan 
County married Mary Frost. This is just 
north of Anson County. If future investiga- 
tion shall develop that this George E. Goff 
was related to Jane Goff, it will be interesting 
to the children of Millard, our oldest brother, 
as they are from the Frost family of that 
County on their mother's side. Besides the 

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lands and properties that Thomas Smith had 
given his son about 1817 on his marriage, and 
the two hundred acres he gave Naomi Smith 
who had married James Capel, the records 
disclose that later a two hundred acre tract 
in which his wife, Jane (Goff) Smith had a 
dowry was sold or her dowry rather was sold 
to pay a note on which she was security. The 
son, John Auld Smith was not a good financier 
He and his mother also went on notes as 
security. The wealth left her dwindled and 
at her death, she only had one tract of land 
which brought a yearly rental of $50.00, the 
wages of a common laborer for that day. 

Benjamin Williams was born in Wake 
County, N. C. about 1780. It is possible 
that he was born in Edgecombe County and 
that the date of his birth may have been 
earlier or later. Tradition is that he was 
born in Wake County. He married Oct. 2, 
1802 and from that only can we guess at the 
date of his birth. In 1800, with his parents, 
he moved from Wake to Anson County, N. C. 
and located near Lilesville. 

The records indicate that he was born in 
an humble home. The estates that had come 
from the Alston Family and from Samuel 
Williams Sr. had dwindled. Whether this 
was the result of mismanagement of the 
fortune, or misfortune of the Revolutionary 
war we know not. His father owned only a 
small tract of land in Wake County. He 
does not seem to have purchased any after 
coming to Anson. As the sons early purchased 
lands in Anson after coming there in 1800, 
it is likely the father, William Williams, lived 
on the lands of some child. Schools were 
scarce in those days. Only those of wealth 
were able to employ a private tutor or able 
to send the children to school to any great 
extent. Books were scarce. In some way, we 
know not how, Benjamin Williams was able 
to obtain a fair education. We have seen a 
number of writings left by him. He wrote 
a good, bold hand, well rounded letters, plain 
and well readable. He used good language, 
fairly correct, and his method of making out 
bills and keeping books showed him a man 
above the average intelligence. 

Benjamin Williams was a Planter by oc- 
cupation. He also like Thomas Smith oper- 
ated a Distillery, making cider, peach and 
apple brandy. Neither of these engaged in 
the manufacture of whisky as we later knew 
it. Peach and apple brandies and cider were 
their specialties. With Thomas Smith, Dis- 
tilling was his occupation and Planting was 
a diversion. With Benjamin Williams, Plant- 
ing was his occupation and Distilling a 

Our father had a most splendid opinion of 
Benjamin Williams and remembered him 
well. He informed us that Benjamin Wil- 
liams was a most honorable and upright 
citizen, highly respected by all who knew 
him. He was a Baptist in religion, devout, 
and worshipped at Lilesville, where the Church 
now stands, where his brother-in-law "Elder" 
Archibald Harris expounded the gospel. He 
was prosperous in the early days of his man- 
hood and gave most generously to his children. 
In the latter part of his life he had some 
financial reverses but had sufficient to the end. 

It has fallen our fortune to come into the 
possession, as owner, of the Hymn and Psalm 
Book of his first wife, our great grandmother. 
In his bold handwriting we find Benjamin 
Williams and Elizabeth Williams were mar- 
ried October 2, 1802. From tradition we are 
very confident that her name was Leusey 
Elizabeth Pate. We have no documentary 
evidence but this is the best traditional story. 
The marriage bonds of Anson County were 
destroyed during the war of the sixties. Pos- 
sibly he returned to Wake County and there 
married her. Only a small per cent of the 
marriage bonds of that county are in existence. 
We find in Wake County, in 1820, John Wil- 
liams married Nancy Pate, in 1815 Joseph 
Wright married Sally Pate, and August 12, 
1783 John Williams married Barzilla Pate. 
It is possible that this John Williams was 
his oldest brother. There were many of the 
name of Williams in Wake County in that 
day. We are told by our Anson County 
relatives the name of the wife of John Wil- 
liams was Martha. 

Elizabeth Williams, the first wife, died 
January 10, 1808 and Benjamin Williams 
later married a Miss Mitchell, sister of Thomas 
Mitchell. Our grandmother was by the first 

In 1838 Benjamin Williams accompanied 
his daughter, Leusey Williams and her hus- 
band John Auld Smith to Henderson County, 
Tenn., where he purchased, for $800.00, two 
hundred acres of land and gave it to his 
daughter. When his daughter Elizabeth 
(Betsy) who married David Townsend went 
to Mississippi, or afterwards, he gave her, 
or later left her, quite a small estate. 

From the two above families came the 
marriage in the year of 1818, of John Auld 
Smith, the only son of Thomas Smith, to 
Leusey Williams, the oldest child of Benjamin 
Williams. With a marriage gift of two good 
farms and fourteen negroes from Thomas 
Smith, the life looked bright. This was con- 
siderable fortune in those days. A slave was 
valuable property. The good intentions of 

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the father had not the effect expected. The 
father dying some three or four years after, 
the signature of John Auld Smith was good 
anywhere. He was asked to sign and freely 
signed as security for others. Too freely he 
indulged in the wares his father had manu- 
factured. At one time seven of his slaves 
were put on the block and sold to pay the 
debts of others. A loving mother came to 
his rescue and acting unwisely she signed 
notes as security. Her dowry and his interest 
in a two hundred acre tract of land were sold 
at public sale to pay debts of others, if tradi- 
tions are correct as verified by the records. 
John Auld Smith was of the old Baptist 
religion. A crime it was not to pay a debt. It 
was not many years until all of the wealth 
his father gave him was gone. He ever 
afterwards lived in a most humble home. 
Until his death he was able to retain his 
greatest fortune, Leusey Williams, his wife. 
She retained the Scotch spelling. Leusey, in- 
stead of Lucy. There was a large flow of 
Scotch blood in her veins. She was a maiden 
fair, a mother loved, worshipped, and idol- 
ized; a sainted ancestor whose life long had 
its influence on her children after she had 
passed away. 

In 1818, Elijah Flake and others had left 
Anson County and gone to the great west 
where they settled in Henderson County, 
Tenn. near Red Mound. Finding fields and 
pastures there to their liking, others from 
Anson came. On January 5, 1837, Elijah 
Flake was back in Anson County on a visit. 
A new babe was then born. At his request 
it was named Elijah Flake Smith. Elijah 
Flake had no doubt become inpregnated 
with that American spirit that has ever 
characterized those going west and no doubt 
sang the praises of this new country. 

Deciding to make the venture, John Auld 
Smith and his wife began the journey in the 
early spring of 1838. With six horses hitched 
to a wagon, in which were loaded their house- 
hold goods and things of that character, 
together with members of the family, pos- 
sibly with some cattle driven on foot, they 
began their journey. We are of the opinion 
that they early crossed the Cinch river and 
then journeyed down and along the western 
and northern meanders of that stream, and 
of the Holstein and Tennessee rivers, passing 
where is now Knoxville, Chattanooga, and to 
Florence, Alabama, then called Mussel Shoals, 
and there crossed the Tennessee river. They 
perhaps then traveled along near the river 
for some distance, at length leaving it for 
Henderson County, Tenn. and in the last 
part of April arrived and settled seven miles 

Northwest of Lexington, Tenn. There they 
lived and died and were buried. There were 
some dangers attendant to this journey but 
nothing of a serious nature happened. One 
night Nancy Ellen, then five years old, was 
trudging along behind with the older children, 
holding to and at times riding on the long 
coupling pole extending behind. Unexpect- 
edly they came to a creek, and in it the horses 
and wagons went, while Nancy Ellen was 
thus riding. Completely under the water 
she went, but game like, held on and was none 
the worse save for a cold baptizing. On this 
journey, there may have been others. We are 
of the opinion that Hampton Williams, a 
half brother, Nancy Williams, a half sister, 
and her husband, Isaac Williams came with 
them. Benjamin Williams, the father, was 
with them. 

For $800.00 Benjamin Williams purchased 
210 acres of land, on which there was a small 
log house and ten acres of corn just planted, 
and this he had deeded to Leusey (Williams) 
Smith and after her death to her children. 
As a gift he thus lightened the burdens of 
his daughter, and then journeyed to North 
Carolina to look after his business. In ways 
at other times he assisted this daughter, as 
well as other members of his family. 

In our childhood days, there was more 
narrowness in Church circles than at the 
present day. At least that is our opinion. 
In our section, the minister of one denomina- 
tion did not fill tlie pulpit in the Church of 
another denomination. Large gatherings 
were held and the doctrines of diff rent re- 
ligions were often debated. We we e raised 
the strictest of Methodists, baptized, fed and 
nurtured in and on its doctrines. We were 
told it was sinful to dance, play a social 
game of cards, go to the theater. The drink- 
ing of wine of any character was forbidden. 
About one mile from our village once a year, 
the Primitive Baptist would have a foot- 
washing. We invariably attended this meet- 
ing. To us then it was a kind of a circus. If 
perchance there was on that Sunday, preach- 
ing at our church, we would be afterwards 
told that we should attend our own church. 
We thought the Primitive Baptist most 
wonderful sinners because they danced and 
enjoyed some worldly pleasures that in our 
youthful days we disdained because of I heir 
tendencies. We have a most profound respect 
for the Methodist religion. We know of no 
Church to which present civilization is so 
greatly indebted. It has a wonderful religion. 
When we grew to manhood and went West, 
with us we took our church letter. We have 
ever since remained without the folds of the 

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church. We have become more Hberal in our 
views on some matters. We have never in 
our Hves taken a drink of whiskey nor a glass 
of beer. Our views on that and gambling 
are unaltered. As we grow older there comes 
in our life a more profound and unshaken 
belief that there is a Deity, whose anxiety is 
a watchful eye and a pleasing expression for 
every noble deed, or good intention. More 
and more we have thought as we grow older 
that the church is not the place to locate a 
Christian but he can be best discerned in the 
business transacti ns of week day business. 
Our calling for thirty years and more has 
been to deal with those indebted to others. 
We have had occasion to deal with those of 
most every character, study and read human 
nature in its most exposed condition. 

Our calling in life may to others seem to 
have somewhat narrowed our vision, but we 
are unable to see any difference so far as the 
approbation or punishment of Deity is con- 
cerned, between the common thief and he 
who can and will not pay his honest debts, 
or refuses to be frugal and thrifty in order 
that he may render unto man that which by 
legal or moral contract he has agreed to pay 

In the last twenty-three years we have 
often had occasions to have business dealing 
with members of the Primitive Baptist 
Church, entirely ignorant of our position. 
We have learned to love and admire that 
religion. We have often said they were the 
most honest people and best debt-payers of 
any people we have had dealing with. It 
is a part of their religion. If unable to pay, 
others of the Church lend a helping hand. 
If a member declines to pay his debts he is 
turned out and not allowed to worship as a 
member in Illinois. It is a consistent religion. 
It is a commercial religion, going into all the 
business dealing with your fellow man, every 
day in the week. It was not with any sadness, 
when, on the 24th day of March 1921, we 
first learned that this was the religion of our 
ancestors, and in it, and for it, our grand- 
mother plighted her whole life, and served 
God first at Lilesville, then at Gum Springs, 
N. C. and then at Mt. Arat, Henderson 
County, Tenn., and that this was the faith 
of our grandfather John Auld Smith. Many 
years after he died, his daughter, Nancy 
Ellen in her delirious condition as she was 
about to pass to another existence, cried out: 
"Father! Father!" and a most devoted 
Christian she was, when now her soul left 
the body to fly to eternity. An invalid and 
bedridden for yeas as sh; had been, this may 
furnish thought for those of that cult, so 

numerous now in England, as well as many 
in this country, who think the living oft 
commune with, mingle with and converse 
with the dead. 

Prior to 1815, there was only one Baptist 
Church. In it was contained many of the 
virtues now found in both the Primitive and 
the Missionary Baptist Church. The minister 
was called Elder. Foot washing was a yearly 
practice. Expulsion from the church was 
the penalty for not paying a debt. The 
church divided as was claimed on missions. 
The Missionary Baptist church has grown 
in numbers, but the Primitive Bapt st church 
has held sacred these practices. Little 
whiskey was then made. Moderate drinking 
of wines, cider and brandies was in no way 
frowned upon and was indulged in by the 
Elders. Dancing was not thought harmful. 
In the dance hall, in the tavern, in busi- 
ness dealing at all times, there was held in 
mind the teaching of that religion. 

As showing the feelings of that religion, 
we quote from a letter we recently read in 
a daily North Carolina paper. It is dated 
Dec. 10, 1814 and from Winifred Bryan of 
Johnson County, N. C. to her sons who were 
now in the army in the war of 1812. In part 
she says: "Your mother's hands that nursed 
you from infancy will be extended to your 
support while God shall give them strength. 
My dear sons: You are now out of my sight 
and beyond the reach of my voice, among 
strangers and a variety of characters; young 
men called into that servic which has a 
tendency without a strict regard over one's 
self, to harden the feelings and brutalize the 
manners of men. I must, therefore, content 
myself the mode of requesting you to remem- 
ber the many instructions I have given you 
whilst you were with me; to remember that 
you were raised in civil society, and guard 
against that encroachment of savage disposi- 
tion incidental to camp life. 

It is my particular request that you abstain 
from drinking excessively, cursing and swear- 
ing, and other debaucheries of human 
nature. Guard against the temptation of 
evil, and indulge not in anything that will 
tarnish the character of the Christian or the 
gentleman. Be kind and attentive to your 
soldiers; let not a hasty temper or unguarded 
expression incur their displeasure. Be obed- 
ient and dutiful to your superior officers. 
Endeavor to improve in discipline and should 
emergency require it support the honor of 
your family, your country. State, and the 
interest of your country." In this letter is 
found the old time Baptist religion, and in 
its classic words and poetry in prose is a 

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sermon which might take some other whole 
book to deHver. 

In 1832 there was preached at Lilesville a 
new gospel. The preacher was now Rev. 
Culpepper. It advised missions. Things 
taught and believed in by their fathers were 
decried. They believed in an educated minis- 
try. He was an orator of some note. A 
dissension arose. They called themselves 
Missionary Baptist. Dirt was cheap. The 
building was of logs. Another could be built. 
Quarreling and strife; contention and ill- 
feeling were no part of the religion of Elder 
Archibald Harris. Over the protest of his 
daughter, tradition is that he asked those who 
were of his faith to follow him, and they left 
the church and held their meeting out of 
doors and later built a church at Gum Springs. 
Our grandmother was present with her 
children and they followed Elder Archibald 
Harris. The Missionaries cried out and have 
ever since tried to dub them "Hardshell" 
but they, by common parlance of all, became 
known as the Primitive Baptist, and it is the 
honest opinion of this old sinner that they 
are in reality the First and Primitive Baptist, 
for we are constrained to think, yes we know, 
that in that church and its members is 
found more of that seven day honest com- 
mercial every day business integrity than 
any other church with whose members we 
have had considerable business dealings. 

It was the impressions of this religion of 
his mother, so deeply marked on her per- 
sonality, that were transmitted and found 
lodgment in the life of our father, and his 
life was in keeping with the tenets so dearly 
loved and held by this sainted grandmother. 

Grandmother was an untiring worker. SK^ 
carded, spun, wove and made all the clothing 
for the family. Her home was an humble one 
but neat and clean in every particular. She 
and her children were chums and companions. 
In the many busy duties she had, time was 
found to assist our father in trying to get 
an education. Tradition from all sources 
tells us that her children worshipped and 
idolized her. 

On March 25, 1921, we made a pilgrimage 
to the old place where lived these grand- 
parents, and where they were buried. Upon 
a hill some two hundred yards in a Western 
and slightly Southern direction from where 
the house on this farm now is, with a large 
Oak on the west for a monument, and the 
stump of a large oak recently cut down as a 
foot marker, there lie three graves. In one 
is our grandfather. In one is our aunt Omy. 
In one is our grandmother and aunt Jemina 
together. They both died the same day 
and were buried together. Jemina was then 
about fourteen years old. Were it not that 
living persons remembered the exact spot, 
we could not have located it. By the pur- 
chasing of 24 by 24 feet and the proper fencing 
of it, the spot where these ancestors are 
buried can be preserved forever. Their 
daughter, Nancy Ellen (Smith) Fessmire 
looked after and kept the graves in proper 
condition when she lived, but since her death, 
they have been neglected. If some relatives 
desire to take a collection to purchase the 
ground and properly fence it, kindly do not 
fail to allow us to subscribe for that purpose. 

W. Thos. Smith 

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Dr. John Devergie Smith was born in 
Lilesville, Anson County, North CaroHna, 
March 18th, 1829 and died December 28th, 
1906; was buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, 
Paducah, Kentucky. 

The first nine years of the life of our father 
were spent in Anson County. At the age of 
76, from memory, he gave us the data from 
which we have been able to collect other in- 
formation and compile this volume. He 
told us of the traditional history of the 
Smith ancestors being of English origin and 
having settled in Wake County in an early 
day; his great-grandfather, John Smith 2nd, 
having been born in Wake County; when a 
young man having moved to Anson County 
where he met Mary Flake, the daughter of 
Samuel Flake, and there married her. 

He told us that tradition was that his fore- 
father was a patriot and soldier in the Revo- 
lutionary War and well did his duty for his 
country. He remembered his great-uncle, 
John Smith 3rd, as the owner of a very large 
number of slaves; as the possessor of the 
most handsome carriage in all that part of 
North Carolina, costing $1,000.00, which 

was a small fortune in that day as wages of 
the ordinary laborer was twenty cents a day. 
His boyish recollection was that this relative 
was the richest and foremost citizen in that 
part of the country. 

The life of his great-uncle, Samuel Smith, 
had impressed itself on his memory; his 
unspoken and well-known views on religious 
matters and his devotion to the Baptist 
Church had deeply impregnated his mind and 
no doubt helped to mould those youthful 
impressions in life, which always assert them- 
selves in later years. For the life of this great- 
uncle he had a profound regard. He was not 
forgetful of the great physique and wonderful 
strength of his great-uncle, Eli Smith, whom 
he said was noted as a fighter and had engaged 
in many friendly bouts, bare fist and skull, 
for the entertainment of the multitude. He 
had ever been victorious, and died as the 
champion in those contests for physical 

He told us of his great-uncle, James Smith, 
a well-to-do farmer. He had distinct remem- 
brance and splendid opinion of his grand- 
father, Ben Williams, who came to Ten- 
nessee in 1838 with him and his parents, 
purchased for and gave his parents a farm; 
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traditional story that William Williams, the 
grandfather of Lucy Williams, his mother, 
had been a patriot and with George Washing- 
ton in the Revolutionary War, was fresh 
in his memory; that while this forefather 
was in the service of his country, the Tories 
came and took from his family the last horse 
they had. The ancestral mother offered 
resistance and with drawn swords and threats 
to cut off her arm, the Tories compelled her 
to release the halter by which she held the 
horse. He, however, was forgetful of the 
name of this ancestor. The traditional fact 
that his grandfather Thomas Smith had been 
a successful business man and left a small 
fortune both to his father and to his aunt, 
Mary Ellen Capel, was still fresh in his mind. 

He told us of the names of his uncles and 
aunts in the Williams family and of their 
respective destinations. He was in no way 
forgetful that his father in early youth had 
been the unfortunate victim of inherited 
wealth, which had helped to make dormant 
the latent energies and, benumbed his as- 
pirations. These other surroundings, the 
early teachings of a very religious mother 
and the noble influences had been the youth- 
ful environments which were to shape his 
destiny; which was to arouse a spirit of 
research, which gave him courage for con- 
quest and was a beacon light in the distant 
horizon urging him onward with promised 

At the age of nine, with his parents, he 
trudged his way across the mountain paths 
into the far west and located six miles north- 
west of Lexington, Henderson County, Ten- 
nessee, to live among the pioneers, none of 
whom had been there for more than eighteen 
years. As a boy in this new settled wilder- 
ness he spent the next nine years of his life 
with his parents on the farm His life as a 
boy here was not one of ease or leisure but 
one of continuous work and hard knocks. 
We feel sure that he never suffered from the 
pangs of hunger but he lived in an humble 
home; helped to fell the forest, clear the 
lands, split the rails, till the soil and gather 
the crops. Wild game yet abounded and 
trapping and hunting were a part of the 
farmer's life. 

Arriving at the age of eighteen years, three 
months in a log cabin had been the sum total 
of his scholastic education. He received 
some assistance at home, knew how to read 
and write and was versed in the fundamental 
rules of arithmetic. Very little of sports and 
games of pleasure had been indulged in by 
him as a boy. His early su roundings, his 
family name, his mother's teachings and the 

history of his ancestors was to him an in- 
spiration. At the age of eighteen he bid his 
parents good-bye and embarked upon his 
own resources to sail the seas of life. For 
two years he devoted his time to the study 
of medicine under the direction of Dr. Hays 
of Red Mound. From this time until death 
he was ever a hard book student, seeking to 
continuously store away in memory's reser- 
voir some new idea, thought or useful infor- 
mation. At the age of thirty-five when in the, 
army, he was one day criticized by a superior 
for some grammatical error. So deep did 
this wound his feelings that upon his return 
home after the war, he purchased an English 
Grammar, made diligent study of its contents, 
so as to ever again avoid further criticism and 
to perfect himself in the use of language. 
In later life few college graduates used purer 
English more correctly spoken or written than 
did our father. 

In those days few physicians were college 
graduates, while many of the most successful 
practitioners had never seen a college door 
but had gleaned their knowledge from the 
Medical Books and from the local fraternity, 
coupled with actual experience. After two 
years' study our father went to Benton Coun- 
ty and entered upon his profession. Success- 
ful from the beginning, he soon won the 
esteem and confidence of the people. 

In 1851 in search of further light and know- 
ledge he sought admission to the Masonic 
Fraternity. He was deemed worthy; found 
qualified and duly accepted. He entered the 
portals of the Lodge Room, professed his 
faith in God and announced that the Holy 
Bible was for him a guide in life. He was 
duly exalted to the high degree of a Master 
Mason, and, having learned the uses of the 
implements of Masonry, he began his travels 
eastward and with head erect he has ever 
continued his journey in that direction. His 
life afterwards showed his high regard for 
the true observance of those lofty religious 
and deeply moral obligations so impressively 
taught at the shrine and inculcated by the 
tenets and dogma of that order. In 1861 he 
took the Chapter degrees just prior to joining 
the army. 

Shortly after reaching Benton County, he 
met Vetria White, sought her heart and 
preferred her his hand. It seemed most 
natural that she, well-known as the most 
beautiful young lady in all that country, 
should look with favor upon the proposal of 
the young, rising physician. On December 
8, 1850, at Sugar Tree, the talented young 
doctor and charming daughter of Captain 
James White, the Indian fighter, were united 

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in holy wedlock. Coal oil had not yet been 
discovered and tallow candles were the only 
means of light at night. It was frequently 
customary at marriage ceremonies to have 
two small girls, one on each side, to hold 
candles while the ceremony was performed. 
They were termed candle holders. A reli- 
gious meeting was then in progress and several 
ministers were present. It was decided to 
have two ministers to act as candle holders 
while a third performed the ceremony. We 
know of no other instance where three 
ministers were employed and took an active 
part in the ceremonies attending the marriage 
vows. So perfectly were this pair welded to- 
gether that we doubt if in after life either 
one ever seriously contemplated an idea of 
separation. Their purse was small; their 
courage large; their faith great; the future 
uncertain but they began the team-work in 
life's battle. 

Perhaps at the meeting then in progress, 
or at all events a short time before the mar- 
riage, mother had united herself with the 
church and had been told that dancing was in 
violation of the rules of the church and should 
not be indulged in. Shortly afterwards our 
parents attended a dance and mother de- 
clined to dance. When she saw her husband 
dancing, her idea on the subject had so 
changed that tears came to her eyes. When 
father learned how his wife felt in the matter, 
he ceased to dance and never again indulged 
in that pastime. He, a short time after that, 
also became identified with the church and 
was more opposed to dancing than mother. 

He closely studied the rules and regula- 
tions of his church; was ever afterwards 
attentive to his duties. When a boy we once 
asked him for money to go and see that old- 
time, familiar play "Davy Crockett". With- 
out a word concerning the cost, he handed 
us the money, then said, "1 am always wil- 
ling that all my boys shall do anything 1 
ever did. I never went to the theatre but once 
in my life. I am perfectly willing for you to 
go once, but never again ask me for money 
to go to the theater." We confess we have 
since attended but always managed to finance 
the deal other than seeking assistance or 
advice from our parents. Both of our parents 
religiously refrained from going to the theater 
all of their lives, believing that the influence 
was not for the best, however, offered no 
criticism to their children after they became 
of age. A lecture or musical entertainment 
and things of that character, they encouraged. 
At the time of their death, moving pictures 
had not yet reached Paducah. 

Shortly after they were married, father 
ordered a bill of drugs, at the bottom of 
which he included five boxes of cigars. 
Mother, on reading it, in a jocular way, 
asked that he add to this five boxes of 
snuff. She remarked that she was going to 
dip snuff, at the same time reminding him 
that smoking in a room always gave her a 
headache. Without argument, he ran his 
pen through the item of tobacco and so 
highly did he regard the feeling of his wife 
that ever afterwards he refrained from the 
use of tobacco in all forms. He tried to 
prevent his boys from learning the use of 
tobacco, but after they grew into manhood, 
they met with no further criticism. Of his 
seven boys who grew to manhood, John 
Devergie Jr. and the writer are the only ones 
who did not form the tobacco habit. 

After two more years of practice, father 
had saved a small sum of money and was 
eager for a Medical College education. Cap- 
tain White had faith in the future of his son- 
in-law and kindly proffered the helping hand 
in the way of finance. This was accepted as 
a loan and afterwards repaid. In the latter 
part of his life our father spoke in a most 
grateful way of this assistance and of the 
high esteem in which he held in memory the 
name of his father-in-law. 

In 1852 he entered the Medical College at 
Memphis, Tenn. and there pursued his 
studies until he graduated. 

In 1854 he located at Friendship, Tenn., 
to practice and pursue his profession. Saw- 
mills were yet scarce in that section while 
horses were used as a motive power to run 
them. Our father built the first house of 
sawed lumber at or near Friendship. Log 
buildings were as yet used by others. This 
house burned a few years afterwards. At 
the time it was built it was considered a 
mansion; however, the modern housewife 
would consider it a nuisance because of 
its size, unless there was abundant help to 
keep it clean. 

This house was a six-room house with 
sufficient lumber in it to have built a sixteen 
room house. Sills twelve by twelve inches 
were laid on a brick wall for a foundation. 
Sleepers of sufficient strength for a mill were 
mortised in these and fitted with exactness. 
Rooms twelve feet high, fourteen by sixteen 
feet in width and length, two in front below 
with a hallway ten feet wide between them. 
A veranda five feet in width running the whole 
way in frontal part of the house and portico 
extending ten feet in front of the hallway. 
A hallway ten feet wide extended along the 

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whole rear of these two rooms, back of that 
was a dining room and a kitchen of the same 
dimensions as the front rooms. 

Two upstairs rooms were reached by a 
winding stairway in the front hall, while a 
winding stairway from mother's room also 
led to one of these rooms. Large pillars held 
up a portico and veranda upstairs as below 
and pillars from there held up the roof of 
the building. On the south side down stairs 
was our parents' room with a bed in one 
corner and across in another was a low bed 
for the smaller children. Across the hall was 
the parlor and in it a bed, the home of the 
Methodist Minister, who happened to be 
passing through — the Tavern where the 
Presiding Elder universally put up when 
there — but unlike other Taverns, no com- 
pensation was accepted for lodging and food. 
Over our parent's room was sister's room and 
across the hallway was the room for the boys 
and hired men. In this room were four beds, 
one in each corner with plenty of space in 
the center. In that day this was the most 
desirable home in that community. Children 
were plentiful in our home; at the same time 
there lives today a woman who as an orphan 
girl, found a place in the hearts and home of 
Dr. Smith and his wife — who grew into 
womanhood in this home as an evidence of 
their love and bigness of character. 

We had a large front yard extending in 
three directions from the house. In this yard 
grew many flowers. However numerous the 
company was in our home, there was always 
vacant space for others. 

Success again at Friendship became the 
companion of our father and he began to 
accumulate and gain a competence for old 
age. His practice broadened in every way — 
the distance of a single patient was at times 
a day's journey. 

Our father's ancestors had owned slaves 
and he was not averse to that prevailing 
condition and had become the owner of 
several negroes. The civil war came on and 
father threw his destiny with the Southland. 
He volunteered in the fall of 1861 as a private, 
to take the musket and with it the chances in 
battles that were to come under Col. W. R. 
Hill, Company 1, Capt. William Gay., 47th 
Tenn. Volunteers. 

His superior officers thought differently 
and he was placed in the Medical Department 
and elected Assistant Surgeon, later com- 
missioned as Surgeon by the Surgeon General at 
Richmond, Ind. He was for a time in charge 
of Dawson Hospital, Greensboro, Ga., and 
later Surgeon of the post and was Surgeon 
of 47th and later 29th. Four years he fol- 

lowed the gallant Confederate forces, re- 
joic ng in their successes, grieving in their 
defeats, nursing th sick, operating upon the 
wounded and giving consolation to the dying. 
Without compensation and price he gave his 
time, the best of his talents and services to 
his Southland. Of his experience during the 
war he has told us little. We once spoke to 
him of how highly we were often entertained 
by Confederate soldiers relating to us their 
war experiences, and that since we had grown 
up and gone away from home, we had often 
wondered why he had related so little of his 
personal experiences in the war to his children. 
He said that, to his mind, the Civil War was 
a most unhappy experience and he regretted 
that some way had not been found to have 
prevented it. He thought the less said about 
it, the quicker would be healed the wounds 
received therefrom; that he thought best 
to try and forget it. 

This was in keeping with his whole life, as he 
has in no time "lived in the past". If yester- 
day was a failure, it was not to be remembered 
to lessen his ardor of today. If a victory had 
been accomplished, he was content that 
it should herald its own tidings of success. 
He was always, rather, alert today to so shape 
his life's work that on tomorrow the sun 
should shine with more splendor. However, 
in the last four or five years of his life, the 
love of his youth became the sweetheart of 
his old age. He actively took part in the 
meetings of the Confederate Veterans, and, 
save the church, there was no gathering to 
which he looked forward with so much 
pleasure as when his old comrades were to 
gather in meeting and talk over the days of 
army life. 

When General Bragg started on his cam- 
paign through Kentucky, our father was left 
at Knoxville becausre of sickness. When able 
to travel, he started alone on his journey to 
catch up with his command. Struggling 
through the country he came to Williams- 
burg, Ky. In this mountainous section until 
today, the spirit that "might makes right" 
is prevalent. The inhabitants were prac- 
tically all of Union sympathy. So soon as 
our father reached the village he rode to the 
public well and dismounted to watl;r and let 
his horse rest for a few moments. A crowd 
immediateiy gathered and many questions 
were asked. He treated the crowd in a 
courteous manner, answered the questions, 
informed them who he was, where from and 
where he was going. He told them that Con- 
federate soldiers were on the road all the way 
to Knoxville and were coming in the same 
direction as he was. So they were, but he 

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did not tell them that they were in small 
numbers and like himself left behind for 
various reasons, single, in pairs or small 
squads and were trying to catch up with and 
join General Bragg. 

He noticed one man nod to two others 
and the three walked away. He was some- 
what curious as to the meaning of it but of 
course did not ask any questions. After 
resting he mounted his horse, bid the crowd 
good-day and went on his journey. Passing 
the outskirts of the village he rode down a 
hill. At the foot of this hill a small branch 
croosed the road and a hill rose in front of him. 
The land was timbered with a thick under- 
growth on each side and as he reached the 
brook crossing the road, the three men who 
had left the crowd came out of the woods. 
One had a shot gun, one a rifle and one a club. 
They ordered him to halt, demanded who he 
was and where going. He quickly figured 
that murder was contemplated and that 
cowardice would be an encouragement. Halt- 
ing his horse, he looked them in the face and 
said, "You gentlemen stood at the public 
well a few moments ago and heard me tell 
who 1 was, where from and where going. Of 
late there has been too much interference 
with the Confederate soldiers by the civilians 
in this locality and the sooner the civilians 
learn to attend to their own business without 
harrassing and annoying the Confederate 
soldiers, the better it will be for this com- 
munity." The men looked at each other; 
seemed dazed for the moment; stepped back 
from in front of his horse and one said, "You 
can go on". Doubtless the men thought that 
from the bravery exhibited that Confederate 
soldiers were near in fhe rear and as father 
rode away he never looked backward and 
was not further molested. 

After four years service in the Confederate 
army, father became ill and was given a 
furlough to go home. At home, for thirteen 
months, he was confined to his room and the 
most of the time to his bed. While still in 
that condition the war ended. His property 
had become depleted, his slaves gone, his 
health enfeebled and his condition was 

Upon recovering his health, he again 
started in his profession and gathered to- 
gether what he had left of his property. 
During the years after his marriage, along 
with his profession, he had always been a 
student of the Bible and in 1858, had a 
license given to him by the Methodist Church 
to preach the gospel. We feel sure that at no 
time in life did he ever entertain any idea of 
following that as a profession, or for gain, but 

as Ministers could not be obtained at that 
time with any regularity, he felt it his duty, 
in the absence of the pastor to preach the 
gospel to his people. On numerous occasions 
in our youth, we have heard our father preach 
in the pulpit. 

At Friendship, once a sainted, good, old 
mother said to our father, "Dr. Smith! I 
have always thought that you were one of 
the best men 1 ever knew and that if any 
one goes to heaven you ought to go — but 
when 1 read in the Bible, 'Woe unto the Doc- 
tors and the Lawyers,' I worry a great deal 
about you." Father had been her family 
physician for many years and she had heard 
him preach the gospel. It was not anything 
in his life that worried her but a belief that 
most doctors were barred from heaven and 
a thought that our father should be among 
those excepted from this condemnation. 

From the time father reached Friendship, 
he had been closely identified with the M. E. 
Church and for practically the whole of this 
period of his life had been a member of the 
Board of Stewards, while a good part of 
these years he was chairman of the Board. 
A rule of his was never to make a charge 
against a Methodist Minister for Medical 
services. If deeds could speak, there are 
several poor widows who could testify to 
similar generosity on his part. 

As soon as the war ended, a new condition 
arose in the Southland. There were few 
white men in Dyer or Crockett counties save 
Confederate soldiers, all now disfranchised. 
The ones allowed to vote were mostly negroes 
and a few men termed "Carpet Baggers" sent 
from the north to hold the offices and ap- 
pointed by the officials at Washington. 

Of these officials, our father told us, the 
sheriff was one, — a good citizen, of well- 
meaning intentions, but helpless. As to the 
other officials, all perhaps now dead, it is 
always best when men are dead to let their 
evil deeds be forgotten. Suffice it to say, 
they were not of a very high type of citizen 
and no doubt in coming south they had 
financial greed uppermost in mind. 

As always follows war, criminality came to 
the surface. Timidity and fear restrained 
few criminally inclined. Theft, arson and 
all manners of crime became rampant. There 
were no telephones or telegraph wires and the 
country was thickly wooded with forest 
abounding in every direction; escape was 
almost always possible while capture meant 
trial before a negro jury. In bondage for 
a life-time, children of those in bondage, 
absolutely devoid of all education, were as 
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duties of a good citizen. At times drunken 
by the newly granted liberty; frequently 
influenced by disreputable officials; more 
often deterred by fear of personal injury, 
these negroes were wholly unfit to perform 
those duties, and conviction was impossible. 

To overcome these conditions, to establish 
law and order; to protect their families, their 
homes and their property, the better class of 
Confederate soldiers organized a second 
government. Our father thought that the 
membership of that organization included 
every Confederate soldier in Dyer and 
Crockett counties unless it was some lawless 
one who was not wanted. As we remember. 
General Forest of Memphis, Tenn. was the 
highest official. (This is true) It is not with 
any feeling of shame but a profound gladness 
that we announce that our father was deemed 
worthy and selected as the Captain of the 
Ku-Klux-Klan at Friendship. As such, he 
had direction over others and was instrumen- 
tal in the establishment of law and order. 
He participated in seeing that just punish- 
ment was meted out after due trial to men 
who had no regard for law or decency. 

In the spring of 1920 when on a visit to 
Friendship, we were elated when an old 
Confederate soldier came and whispered 
in our ears, "Tom, your father administered 
the Ku-Klux-Klan oath to me". He was not 
telling me any news as mother had first con- 
veyed this information to me some time be- 
fore her death. We then went to the office 
and asked father about that interesting period 
of his life. We think the earliest recollection 
we have of any passing event in our lives 
is when the Ku-Klux-Klan came to our home 
one evening, all dressed in white robes, with 
tall pointed caps, belts with small pieces of 
tin bent in circular form hanging in such close 
array as to tingle as they moved around. 
We were greatly frightened until some one 
older than ourself took us in his arms and 
assured us that he would not let them hurt us. 

A friendly visit by a neighbor to our house 
was interrupted and Mr. Rice was asked to 
go to the store, unlock same and take out 
a party who had been left in the back room 
to sober up from a drunken spree. As we 
remember, he was taken out and given a 
whipping and made to promise to support 
his family with his earnings instead of spend- 
ing it wholly for drink as had been his custom. 
As we remember, this punishment caused 
a reformation that modern imprisonment 
has rarely been able to perfect. 

Horse thieves, to whom a lock and chain 
on a stable door had no terror, were quickly 
brought under control after three of their 

members all accidently met death at the lower 
end of three ropes hanging from the limb of 
a tree. This event took place near Dyers- 
burg one night after due trial and a verdict 
of guilty. We have never been advised as 
to what particular one of the several Klans 
of Dyer county attended these ceremonies. 

On numerous occasions in our boyhood 
days we have listened to the same story oft 
repeated by a negro. Proud that while a 
slave, by his wits, he had been able to evade 
punishment from his master, he would tell 
us of feats performed and punishment es- 
caped. These were mostly such petty acts, 
as sucking stolen eggs and kindred things, 
to his mind's eye, rightly attributes of virtue 
in the life of a slave. 

The highest turning point of his life and 
the proudest feat in this negro's career was 
his escape from the Ku-Klux. Just what 
particular act of indiscretion he was guilty 
of, we do not remember, but his eyes would 
sparkle as he would laughingly tell us about it. 
One night, hearing them approach, he barri- 
caded his cabin door as best he could, then 
began his retreat up the stick and dirt chimney. 
Reaching the top he very quietly crawled on 
the roof opposite the door. As the Ku-Klux 
broke open the door and entered the room, he 
leaped from the roof to the ground and began 
the race for life. A few moments later he 
was discovered making long strides across 
the field. The Ku-Klux accustomed to long 
marches, followed in pursuit. The negro, 
after reaching the forest, however, soon made 
his escape. While this race to him was most 
exciting, the Ku-Klux, in a race after a 
scared negro, was as much of a farce as a pack 
of our dogs in a fox chase. He told us of the 
"awful whipping" he escaped and how for 
many nights thereafter he slept in the forest 
lest the Ku-Klux might come again to see 

After the right of franchise had been 
restored to Confederate soldiers, the Ku-Klux- 
Klans publicly disbanded. After this, roving 
bands under the guise of the Ku-Klux-Klan, 
committed some depredations but these 
were illegitimate associations and had naught 
in common with the prior organization. To 
any one who at this late day would besmirch 
or throw discredit on the Ku-Klux-Klan, we 
would say that you cast stigma and dishonor 
on practically every Confederate soldier who 
lived in Dyer and Crockett counties during 
these trying periods, as they were the sum 
total of that society. 

With the war ended and the rights of citizen- 
ship restored to Confederate soldiers, the 
south now began its march of progress. 

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Transportation had now become a necessity. 
The cotton gin had won its laurels, and with 
the use of horses as a motive power, it was 
able to separate as much as one thousand 
pounds of lint from the seed in one single day. 
A few years later steam power was used more 
successfully. The south had the Mississippi 
River but that, at places, was distant from 
the interior. Various enterprises for railroad 
building were organized, one to build a road 
from the Ohio River down through West 
Kentucky to Union City, to Newbern, to 
Friendship, to Brownsville and on into Mis- 
sissippi was launched with Brownsville, Tenn. 
as headquarters. There, the moving spirits 
lived, but they came to the small village of 
Friendship for a leader and our father was 
made President of the company. 

For two years he devoted practically all 
of his time to this work. The road bed was 
graded from Brownsville to Friendship, a 
distance of forty miles. Railroad building 
machinery had not as yet been invented. By 
spading, the dirt was lifted and thrown into 
wagons and with teams conveyed from places 
where not needed to places where wanted. 
The shorter hauls were made with wheel- 
barrows with Irish motive power. A large 
Irish emigration was then coming westward 
and they were largely employed in public 
work of this character. 

Log cabins were built along the right-of-way 
and in these the laborers working on the road 
would live for weeks, at which time they would 
be torn down and rebuilt further down the 

This enterprise was progressing very nicely 
and no doubt it would have succeeded but 
there came the panic in the seventies. Funds 
could no longer be procured and the company 
went into liquidation. With it, our father 
took his losses. 

The war in the sixties had been his first 
financial blow and the railroad in the seventies 
again crippled his financial condition. As he 
was not yet an old man, he was unwilling to 
surrender. He again actively resumed the 
practice of medicine. He purchased a large 
tract of land,, about 120 acres of which was 
set out in orchard and berries. Being of a 
generous soul, he heavily endorsed for friends. 

To try and avert further loss he purchased 
a $7,000 flour mill and began its operation. 
Later he took over a general merchandise 
store and paid its indebtedness. He then 
built a cotton gin, purchased a wheat thresher, 
ran a brick yard and constructed a saw mill. 
For some years he ran these various enter- 
prises and with them, followed his profession. 
Rising at four o'clock in the morning, he 

would start things in circulation. About 
nine he would mount his steed and go to 
see his patients. Sometimes he would return 
to the mill in the afternoon and again start 
out about four o'clock, reaching home late 
for supper. From then on until ten o'clock 
he would spend his time in posting his books, 
answering his correspondence and reading 
his medical books and journals. 

As a boy, on several occasions when he had 
a long journey, he would have the writer 
hitch a horse to the buggy and have us drive 
the horse, while he would read his medical 
books or journals. Sunday, for him, was a 
day of rest. Save the necessary medical calls, 
he devoted this day to rest, attending church 
and reading the Bible or some church 
paper. On more than one occasion, as a boy, 
he has criticised us for reading some secular 
paper on Sunday. We do not think that he 
ever in any way forbade it, but suggested 
that our Sabbath reading should be of a 
religious character. 

The busy life of our father moved down 
these various avenues for some years. Finally 
the store was burned with no insurance, the 
cause we were never able to determine but 
later it was suspected to have been broken 
into goods removed and burned to prevent 
detection and search for the goods. The saw- 
mill and cotton gin were dismantled and the 
machinery sold. The flour mill, a failure 
from the time it was built, was abandoned 
in hopes of selling the machinery for some- 
thing, but it later burned without any in- 

Being eighteen miles from railroad, trans- 
portation was partially the cause of these 
properties being no better financial invest- 
ments. Mr. Boykin, who no doubt was a 
son of John B. Boykin one of the first settlers 
of Crockett County in 1820, had grown weary 
of the fruit farm and had gone west of the 
Mississippi river. The farm was later sold to 
pay a debt. Our father was still financially 
involved. The earnings of his practice had 
not been sufficient to pay the losses incurred 
in the business enterprises. 

In the early days of our Government some 
thought congeniality was to be had by drink- 
ing of wines, brandies and intoxicants. The 
hotel was called tavern and most every tavern 
had its bar room. Around the counter the 
traveler, the politician and the gentry would 
gather to discuss the current events of the 
day. Papers were few and here the citizen- 
ship would congregate to hear the news as 
brought by the latest arrival from a distant 
village. Wines and brandies were the chief 
drinks with an occasional drink of whiskey. 

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There was a small or no license and the 
general store kept these goods as staple stock 
in kegs and barrels. Here the home dweller 
would fill his bottles or jugs to carry home and 
drink around the fireside. To be sure, there 
were some who did not drink at all. The 
drunkard existed but was not a welcome 
guest. He loafed where friends were willing 
to endure his presence. 

Later, license eliminated the general store, 
while the occasional Dram Shop grew to be 
a saloon. Brandy and wine being the more 
expensive, the drink of whiskey was encour- 
aged as it brought more income. The saloon 
became the Mecca of the gambling fraternity, 
the breeder of crime, the advocate of the 
vulgar, the home of the vagabond, and the 
most brilliant intellect was the most gifted 
one in profaning the name of God. Friend- 
ship, a village of 1 50 souls, became the home 
of four saloons. On Saturday there would 
gather a crowd in these places. When they 
got well under the influence of strong drink, 
led by a leader who was subsequently killed, 
some would get on their horses and race up 
and down the street all day, returning oc- 
casionally to the saloon for a fresh supply of 
whiskey. Because of the danger of being 
run over, mother would not allow us to go 
out into the street to play on these occasions. 

Tiring of these conditions in the seventies, 
father began a correspondence and by agree- 
ment with others from different parts of the 
state, they met in Nashville. From there to 
the Legislature, they made their plea and 
entered their protest. Similar conditions 
were found to exist in other villages in the 
state. What has since been known in Ten- 
nessee as the Four Mile Law was passed and 
this prevented the sale of intoxicating liquor 
within four miles of a school house, incorpor- 
ated town excepted. This at once eliminated 
the saloon from Friendship. Later school 
houses were erected in Tennessee and a school 
maintained in order to banish some saloons 
from the locality. We believe that when the 
state finally went dry, this same law was 
re-enacted save in case of incorporated towns 
which were not excepted. We think that to 
the work and influence of father, there is as 
much credit due as to any one else dead or 
living for the passage of this law. It was 
this law that largely created the condition 
and molded the sentiment which eventually 
made Tennessee dry. 

Having disposed of his property in 1882, 
father moved to Dyersburg to engage ex- 
clusively in the practice of his profession. 
His reputation had gone before him and it 
was not long before he had the most extensive 

practice of any one in Dyersburg. He kept 
two saddle horses and one buggy horse. In 
later years. Dr. Vernon told us that during 
our residence there, father rode on an average 
of forty miles a day. He said that he and 
father had at times compared notes on the 
question. Most of this was on horseback. 
Shortly after moving there, father pur- 
chased what he said was the best saddle horse 
he ever rode. His all day's pace was a running 
fox trot of six miles an hour. 

Shortly after reaching Dyersburg, father 
was elected a member of the Board of Stew- 
ards of the M. E. Church and remained a 
member as long as there. While there, seeing 
the necessity of a new school building, public 
spirited citizens began a movement to erect 
one by public subscription rather than by 
taxation. Father was chosen as one of the 
active members and we rather think that he 
was Chairman of this committee. This was 
well under headway when we moved away. 
Later the building was erected. 

In 1885 a gentleman came to our home and 
told father he was compiling a book containing 
the biographical sketches of a limited number 
of Tennessee's most select self made men and 
that father and Captain Latta were the only 
two he was going to interview in Dyer 
County. In 1888 this book was published. 
It is quite a large book with morocco binding 
and contains nothing save the biographical 
sketches of two hundred and seventy people. 
The sketches of father and of Captain Latta 
are the only ones from Dyer County. If 
any one of the descendants of our parents 
should have an opportunity to purchase a 
second hand copy of "William S. Speer's 
Sketches of Prominent Tennesseans" we 
think it a most interesting heritage to hand 
down to posterity. It is not only interesting 
because of this sketch but the writer has 
seemed most skilled in selecting such an in- 
teresting list of citizens to write about. On 
pages 270 and 271 the writer says in part of 
our father: "One of the best specimens of 
self-made, yet successful representative Ten- 
nesseans who have come under the observation 
of the writer is Dr. J. D. Smith. He has 
always been a close student and has zealously 
devoted his time to the study and practice 
of his profession; has ever tried to systemati- 
cally store away in convenient form his fund 
of knowledge; has ever avoided dissimula- 
tion; lived the life of a plain, matter-of-fact 
man; held sacred every trust committed to 
his care and compromised no interest over 
which he had charge. He has been a liberal 
financial supporter of his church and the 
charitable institutions of the country. Per- 

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sonally, he is a very attractive gentleman. 
He stands five feet, ten inches high, has a 
large round head and a stout, round body, 
nowhere presenting an angular appearance. 
His character and reputation, like his phy- 
sical make-up, is that of a well rounded man. 
In manner, he is exceedingly affable and wins 
friends because he is the ideal family phy- 

Dr. Moss says of him: "He is a man of 
extraordinary mind. He is today one of the 
most diligent of students, and, judging from 
the vast fund of knowledge of which he is in 
possession, it is very plain that he has ever 
been studious. He is a man of never ceasing 
and untiring energy and in a struggle, whether 
it be some difficult problem or some mysterious 
subject worthy of investigation; or to cure 
some old chronic case of ankle joint disease, 
which demands skill, wisdom, patience and 
perseverance, long, long after others would 
have despaired and given up the field, he is 
still to be seen as fresh and vigorous as when 
the struggle began contending for victory. 
He is a firm and faithful friend to the sick, 
whatever be their trouble. Fortunate, indeed, 
may one consider himself, who when stricken 
with some terrible malady or with some fear- 
ful injury, can call to his aid the wise counsel 
and steady hand of Dr. Smith. He never 
deserts or forsakes but lends the best of his 
aid and skill during the most dangerous 
period, and, if it be the will of the All-wise 
Providence that his patient must go, then he 
can console these who need consolation and 
advise those who need advice with that 
Christian spirit that should ever character- 
ize every practitioner of medicine." 

Having reached the age of fifty-eight and 
as the heavy work of a country practice was 
telling on him, in 1887 father moved to 
Ninth and Jefferson Street, Paducah, Ky. 
where he lived until death overtook him. 
He had not been in Paducah long before he 
had a good practice and at the end of the 
second or third year he had the most extensive 
practice of any physician in Paducah. His 
reputation was not only that of a physician 
but that of a surgeon. This lead he no doubt 
would have retained until his death had he 
given his whole time to his profession. Shortly 
after reaching Paducah he was made a mem- 
ber of the Board of Stewards of the M. E. 
Church and for some years was its Chairman 
and was closely identified with it until his 

In 1892, after all his children had finished 
school, he increased his activities in the pro- 
hibition cause and later plunged deeply into 
this work. His debts all paid, his children 

no longer dependent on him, he had but one 
motive in life and that was the betterment 
of humanity. At a boarding house in Padu- 
cah some years prior to his death the question 
of success in life came up. A gentleman 
seventy years old was present. He was of 
a kindly nature, charitable disposition, a 
devoted husband, a good citizen against 
whom naught could be said. When shortly 
after, he died, he left to each of his several 
children a small fortune or at least a con- 
siderable sum of money. This gentleman said 
on this occasion that he had made a financial 
success in life, but that our father had not 
only made a financial success, but he would 
very gladly exchange all he had of wealth if 
he could say of his children, what he could 
say of the children of Dr. Smith — and that 
our father had been the one who had made a 
real success in life. 

It seemed that this gentleman had done 
everything in life that any one could do, yet 
he was not satisfied with the greatest purpose 
in life. The contentment that father had 
in his late life, his ability to wield a subtle 
influence that helped to mold the character 
of his children was more of a satisfaction to 
him than had been the attainment of a large 
fortune to this wealthy citizen. We know 
that his influence, his life, his teachings have 
made a lasting impression on his children and 
have been of a restraining character when 
temptation has come their way. 

Father told the writer some years before 
he died that once he thought that he would 
accumulate considerable wealth and hav- 
ing met defeat in that field of action, he was 
of the opinion that it was most fortunate for 
him that it had turned out as it did. He said 
that had he been able to have given to his 
children that wealth he once hoped for, he 
felt sure there would have been among his 
boys one black sheep anyway. However, he 
was able to give them all a fair education; 
they had to learn how to work and were all 
good citizens, instead of some one of them 
growing up in idleness and possibly of a 
worthless character. He said that he was 
proud of his children. 

He then told us he had entirely abandoned 
the idea of leaving to his children anything of 
wealth but was seeking to so use his surplus 
earnings that when he died he would leave 
his children a name and example which they 
would prize more highly than any wealth he 
might lay aside. In this, he well succeeded 
and in our breast is no pang of regret that 
for the last fifteen years of his life he devoted 
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his spare time to writing, printing and cir- 
culating prohibition literature, and speaking 
for that cause. 

For some years he caused to be printed and 
circulated from Paducah, a Prohibition paper. 
When others failed to contribute, he pushed 
his collections for Medical services and paid 
all bills. He often deprived himself of many 
small things in order to push the work in 
which he was so deeply interested. Twice 
he stumped the 9th Kentucky Congressional 
District as the nominee of his party for 
Congress and for fifteen years prior to his 
death was Chairman of the State Committee. 
Save George W. Bain, the noted temperance 
lecturer who devoted his life to the lecture 
platform, we doubt if any one in Kentucky 
ever spent so large a percent of his earnings, 
or an equal amount of his time and energy, as 
did father to the cause of Prohibition. To 
his memory there is considerable credit due 
for the molding of the sentiment which made 
Kentucky and Tennessee dry. 

With this pronounced sentiment on that 
question, among those in Paducah, as well as 
in Dyersburg who always called him when 
some member of the family was sick, were 
several who were engaged in the saloon busi- 
ness. They well knew that he had no personal 
feeling in the matter but that he was honest 
and earnest in his convictions and they had 
faith in his greatness as the family physician. 

Sometime after the Civil War, father be- 
came very ill and two physicians from Dyers- 
burg were called. Realizing the seriousness 
of the situation, they informed him that if 
he had any message to leave to his family or 
instructions to give, that he best do it as he 
had not long to live. Calling for paper and 
pencil, he wrote out a prescription and asked 
that it be filled and given to him. The at- 
tending physicians demurred and informed 
him that this meant death, itself. He said 
that he knew that it was a heroic and powerful 
stimulant but could do no worse than would 
be the result unless it was ministered. He 
said he thought it was none too severe and 
was what he needed. Yielding to his wishes, 
the medicine was given, acted as he thought, 
proved effective and he recovered. 

We have just been told recently that prior 
to his death there was a malady spreading 
over Paducah and many deaths had resulted. 
A special meeting of physicians was called to 
discuss the subject and to formulate some 
plan of action to find out the most successful 
treatment to abate it. Several had outlined 
their treatment and theories when father 
gave his ideas of the disease and his method 
of treatment. Some protested that the 

medicine in itself was so powerful that it 
meant death to take it in that condition. 
Our father answered that the conditions 
justified a drastic treatment and needed 
strong antidotes. He said that for twenty 
years in these cases he had followed that treat- 
ment and had never as yet killed a patient. 
He asked if anyone present could name any 
death among the numerous patients to whom 
he had given that treatment in the then 
prevailing epidemic. A young physician 
quietly arose, walked over to father and told 
him that he had four patients none of whom 
could live more than thirty six hours. In a 
few moments this young physician left the 
meeting, went to the drug store and had the 
prescriptions filled as directed by father. 
He put his patients on it that evening and all 
four recovered. As a physician and a surgeon 
in West Kentucky, there was not one more 
successful and superior to our father. Of 
him a well known attorney once said to us, 
"Your father had the best thinker of any 
man with whom I ever came in personal 
contact." We think that no brainier man 
lived in all West Kentucky. As he wished, 
he left a life to which any descendant in any 
age might well point back with pride. We 
once heard a Minister in the pulpit say, "1 
have little use for the degenerated son of a 
noble sire who continuously boasts of what 
his ancestors did, but I rather admire that 
man who can say 1 have lived a clean life 
and have so reared a boy or a girl that he 
has accomplished something of worth in life." 

Our father is to be doubly admired because 
from obscurity, by his own efforts he attained 
something of greatness; because of his 
seventy-eight years of existence, the whole of 
it since eighteen years of age, had been one 
continued laborious effort in which he never 
faltered; because he has reared a large family, 
all members of which were counted respectable 
in the communities where they lived; be- 
cause his life has been an inspiration to his 
children and to his grandchildren. 

We were recently struck by the idea of 
success in life as it relates to wealth. In a 
small city a gentleman died at the age of 
sixty-five. For years he had lived in that 
city, was the richest man in that part of the 
state and head of the largest business enter- 
prises. His estate inventoried ten million 
dollars, yet, when he died, six inches of space 
was the most any one of the three daily papers 
deemed necessary to inform the community 
of the passing away of this rich man. A gentle- 
man who had known him all of his life said 
to us, "It seems so strange to me that a man 

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who could and did so little for others would 
not even leave a part of his wealth where it 
would help humanity." 

To father there were two worlds of action. 
Mother was the Queen of the home, while 
the business and professional life was his 
dominion. He freely furnished for the home 
all that was wanted without complaint, 
criticism or suggestion. In his domain he 
brooked no interference. Their tastes were 
somewhat dissimilar. Mother was very fond 
of sweets and the table was always furnished 
with these provisions. Father wished food of 
simplicity, corn bread, hot biscuit, well 
cooked; milk, butter and eggs were his staples 
of life. Meat, he ate sparingly of, and, oft 
pushed back some dessert and finished with 
corn bread and butter. He was the lightest 
eater in our family and often said that to 
always leave the table hungry was the best 
of medicines. He never ate between meals 
but was fond of fruit before retiring. Rarely 
did he ever drink ice water, preferring cistern 
or well water, while ice cream was frequently 
declined with thanks. 

If he ever stood before a soda fountain and 
drank a soft drink, it must have been on 
some rare occasion. Of lemonade he was 
very fond, if not too cold. In later life mother 
was as foolish as a child for the best grade 
of candy and it was constantly provided in 
our home, however, father ate sparingly of it. 

To him good health and correct living was 
dependent upon correct eating as well as 
correct thinking. In warm weather he in- 
variably wore a black alpaca coat. When he 
was past the age of seventy and when there 
was no one at home save him, mother and 
the writer, we were very much surprised to 
see him appear at the table one day without 
his coat. This, we think, is the only time we 
ever saw him go to the table to eat without 
his coat, thus violating his rule of Southern 
gentility. We do not remember ever to have 
heard him criticise any one of his children 
for so appearing, he being contented to furnish 
the example. 

After mother's death in June 1906, father 
lost all interest in life. He refused to give 
up his home and said that he was going to 
live the balance of his life in the room where 
she had passed away. Against the advice 
of friends, he plunged into the Prohibition 
work and stumped the district as the no- 
minee for Congress. When at home, many 
afternoons he would have the driver take him 
to the cemetery and there for an hour and 
at times two hours gaze at the grave of the 
woman with whom he had so long lived. 
We found a small tin type picture of mother 

taken when about forty years of age, had it 
enlarged and gave it to father. No boy with 
a new toy was happier. He had forgotten that 
such a picture was in existence. He had us 
hang it so that lying on his bed he could see 
it. The activities of the Prohibition campaign 
were of help to him as it diverted his mind from 
his grief for the time being, but this over, he 
began to de:line and about the middle of 
November he took to his bed. We went 
home to help nurse him in his last illness. 
Life no longer had any charms for him. Once 
refusing to take the medicine his attending 
physician was offering, he pointed to the 
picture of mother and shaking his head in a 
negative way to the entreaty of his physician 
he said, ""What is the use". On December 
28th, 1906, he passed away. The doctor 
told us it was because of a broken blood 
vessel, but we know better. 

Grief had worn away the cords which bind 
the soul to mortal man; the heart longingi 
had become a reality; the hearse of heaven 
stood gently by while the spirit of man with 
a welcome smile gently leaped into it and 
quickly faded into eternity — going in search 
of her whose life had been so intimately 
interwoven with his for fifty-five years and 
six months; whose absence had been for 
six long months one continued tragedy to 
his grief-stricken life. 

In the Egyptian Book of the Dead, written 
six thousand years ago and the oldest relig- 
ious manual possessed by mankind, the soul 
of the departed, pleading in the judgment hall 
of Osiris is represented as saying in part, 
"I have caused no one to hunger, 1 have 
caused no one to weep, neither have 1 com- 
mitted murder nor commanded others to 
murder. I have caused pain to no man; have 
not falsified the measure of corn, nor the 
measure of the length of the field, nor the 
measure of the scales. 1 have not stolen the 
milk from the mouth of the infant, nor have 
1 stolen the cattle from the pasture, nor have 
I caught the birds and the fishes of the gods. 
I have not been eavesdropping. 1 have not 
committed adultery. I have not been deaf to 
the word of truth. 1 have not eaten up my 
heart with affliction; 1 have not been dis- 
dainful, nor have I made many words. I 
have given bread to the hungry, drink to 
the thirsty, raiment to the naked, ferrage 
to him without a boat. 1 have been a father 
to the orphan, shelter to the freezing. 1 
have gained my possessions by righteousness. 
Save me, protect me, I am one of clean 
mouth and of clean hands." 

With these words we commend our father's 
spirit to immortality, in full faith that his 

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life, his deeds and his works have been of an 
acceptable commendation to the Ruler of 
the Universe. Six feet under Mother Earth, 
his remains lie in a copper casket at Oak 
Grove Cemetery in Paducah, Ky. 

Of him the Paducah papers said in part: 

"Paducah, Kentucky Daily Register, Sat- 
urday Dec. 29, 1906. God's noble worker 
is called to his reward. Dr. John D. Smith, 
Sr. passed to a higher home yesterday after- 
noon at 3:15 o'clock. He was a writer of 
note and a professional man of foremost 
rank in the Medical World. 

Closing his eyes as in peaceful sleep, 
surrounded by sorrowing members of his 
family. Dr. John D. Smith, Sr. yesterday 
afternoon at 3:15 o'clock passed into the 
Great Beyond, going to a higher home as a 
reward for his noble and illustrious career 
upon this earth. Death overtook him at the 
family home on Ninth and Jefferson Streets, 
where for the past three weeks he lay grad- 
ually declining from the infirmities incidental 
to advanced age. With his dissolution, the 
community is delivered a strong blow, as it 
takes from their midst one of the most con- 
sistent and highly respected citizens, pleasant 
memories of whom will ever cling to all. 

Dr. J. D. Smith Sr. was born March 28, 
1829, in Anson County, North Carolina, 
having been the son of John Auld Smith and 
his wife, Lucy Williams Smith. During 1836 
the family moved from North Carolina to 
Henderson County, Tenn., where Dr. Smith 
grew to manhood, he having received his 
academic education in the schools of that 
section. At the age of 18 years he com- 
menced studying medicine at Red Mound, 
Tenn. and two years later entered upon and 
practiced the profession in Benton County 
Tenn. from whence he went to the Memphis 
Medical College and graduated with high 
honors in 1854. Finishing his collegiate 
course, the deceased settled in Friendship, 
Crockett County, Tenn. and remained there 
commanding a lucrative patronage until 1861 
when he volunteered in the 47th Tennessee 
Confederate Infantry and went to the front 
to serve his cause. He served as assistant 
surgeon for the regiment until after the battle 
of Murfreesboro, when he was, without solici- 
tation on his part, promoted to surgeon 
and assigned to the 29th Tennessee regiment 
for duty. After the battle of Chickamauga 
he was placed in charge of the Dawson Hos- 
pital at Greensborough, Georgia and re- 
mained there until the downfall of Atlanta, 
when he went to Andersonville and shortly 
afterwards to luka. Miss., fitting up the 
hospital at the latter place for Hood's army. 

Upon the defeat of General Hood, Dr. Smith 
returned home upon a furlough on account 
of illness and remained confined for thriteen 
months. His shattered health would not 
permit him to return to the army service, 
where he had risen to an eminent rank as 
a professional man, as evidenced by the 
important missions assigned to him. Finally 
recovering his health, he resumed the practice 
of medicine at Friendship, Tenn. where he 
remained until 1882, when he moved to 
Dyersburg, Tenn. After remaining in the 
latter city for several years. Dr. Smith moved 
to Paducah during the late 80's and has made 
it his home ever since. 

Immedaitely upon his arrival, he took 
front rank as an eminent and learned phy- 
sician and has been kept constantly busy 
with an unusually large and lucrative practice. 

Dr. Smith was a noted writer from a 
medical standpoint, many of his contribu- 
tions attracting national attention, especially 
one article that appeared during 1880 in the 
Southern Practitioner on "German Measles" 
and another in the American Journal of 
Medical Science in 1882 upon "Aneurism of 
the Tibie", the latter being used by all medical 
journals for statistical purposes. His two 
greatest writings that carried his name into 
foreign countries were on "Pneumonia" in 
the Mississippi Valley Medical Journal in 
1883 and one on "Malarial Fever" in the 
same publication three years later. Profes- 
sional men the world over commented widely 
on these articles which evidenced great learn- 
ing on the part of this eminent physician. 

Dr. Smith always took a leading and promi- 
nent part with the medical societies of 
every section where he resided and honors 
were ever thrust upon him as he was highly 
regarded by the medical men. 

For fifty-five years Dr. Smith was an active 
member of the Methodist Church. While he 
was a Whig until the war, after the conflict 
he was a Democrat, but of recent years he 
was a very strong and influential Prohibition- 
ist, known throughout this state and Ten- 
nessee very well. He was licensed a Minister 
during 1858 but never ordained, desiring to 
continue his medical calling. 

In 1870 he was elected President of the 
Brownsville Railroad Company and looked 
after the duties in a manner indicative of 
integrity and progressiveness. 

December 8, 1850, the deceased was united 
in marriage to Miss Veturia White of Benton 
County, Tenn., she being the daughter of 
Captain James White, a Benton County 

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pioneer, who died during 1882 at the ripe 
age of 82 years, being a wealthy and promin- 
ent plantation owner. 

Twelve children were born in the union, 
the living ones being Dr. M. M. Smith of 
Whiteville, Tenn., Dr. Julius A. Smith of 
Greenville, Texas, Benjamin F. Smith of 
Birmingham, Ala., W. Thomas Smith, Cin- 
cinnati, Ohio, Bettie E. Smith of Los Angeles, 
Cal., J. Weightman Smith of Los Angeles, 
Cal., and Prof. John D. Smith of this city. 
Dr. Millard is the oldest child, while Walter 
Scott Smith born in 1875 and dying in infancy 
was the youngest. Those children at his 
bedside at death were Prof. J. D. Smith, Miss 
Bettie Smith, Dr. M. M. Smith and W. Thos. 
Smith. The other living ones could not come. 

For over one half of a century Dr. Smith was 
affiliated with the Masons, and took the 
Chapter degrees and was an esteemed member 
of the Golden Cross. 

From boyhood he has been an energetic 
member and worker for the Methodist Church, 
his faith appearing always in evidence under 
all circumstances. Ever since moving to 
Paducah, he has been closely allied with the 
Broadway Methodist Church, being chairman 
of the building committee. To his untiring 
efforts is due much of the credit for the hand- 
some edifice now at Seventh and Broadway, 
as he labored hard and faithfully for it. He 
was one of the most consistent and regular 
attendants and took deep interest in religion. 

For fifteen years past he has been the chair- 
man of the Prohibition party for the state of 
Kentucky and was ever at work to advance 
the good of the cause, he having sacrificed 
his time and talent without financial re- 
muneration, being content for his services to 
be regarded by the great good accomplished. 
Last month he received the handsome vote 
of 2217 ballots in his race for Congress from 
the district on the Prohibition ticket. 

Dr. Smith was a man of prominent stand- 
ing in this community as he was usually 
active, always alert to perform something for 
the betterment of his people, never letting an 
opportunity pass by to do good in any form- 
though occasion may have demanded other- 
wise. He was of a kind, lovable and tender 
disposition that caused all to look up to and 
revere him. His walks through life evidenced 
the character of the noble man he was and 
his death is an irreparable blow to Paducah. 
He was one of the deepest and closest students 
of the state, and possessed a fund of know- 
ledge on all issues and subjects to the extent 
that he was a very entertaining conversation- 

alist whose strong personality and intellectual 
attainments were sources of attraction to 
every one. 

After a long and beautiful wedded career 
he and his wife were separated by death only 
a few months ago as a result of injuries in her 
falling. The devoted husband never recovered 
from the shock of her sad dissolution. 

The funeral services will occur at 2:30 
o'clock tomorrow afternoon at the Broadway 
Methodist Church, followed by interment at 
the Oak Grove Cemetery. Rev. W. T. Boling 
will officiate." 

In an article of one and one half columns, 
the "Paducah Daily News-Democrat" said 
in part, "When Dr. John D. Smith died at 
his home, 902 Jefferson Street, at 3:15 o'clock 
yesterday afternoon, his family lost a fond 
father; the south, a veteran hero; the Medical 
Fraternity, a devoted brother; the cause of 
Prohibition, an ardent advocate; the Metho- 
dists, a great leader; Paducah, a useful and 
public-spirited citizen. His death will be 
mourned by those who knew him as a man, 
a physician, a patriot, advocate of southern 
rights; the people of the Methodist Church, 
his many friends in Tennessee and Kentucky 
and, above all by his children he left behind. 
It is the sons and daughter that will miss him 
most, but he left them an example and has in- 
delibly impressed his own worth upon their 
character. Dr. Smith has been ill since early in 
November and his death was not unexpected. 
He died as he lived, calmly and without fear 
of meeting his Maker. 

Dr. Smith was born in Anson County, 
North Carolina. At the age of 18 he began 
life on his own account after having had but 
three months schooling. Young Smith pur- 
chased a few books and became his own 
teacher. He had an analytical mind and 
never overlooked an opportunity to learn 
something. Endowed with a firm will and 
a retentive memory, he set out to make his 
own way in the world. 

His children expected to have the funeral 
from the family residence tomorrow, but the 
leading members of the church insisted that 
it was only proper that a man who had done 
so much for the Church should be buried 
from the church that he was mainly instru- 
mental in building. The deceased was a 
diligent student; a man of wonderful infor- 
mation; of indomitable will power; of un- 
tiring energy; a fond father and a faithful 
friend ^of the^sick, whether rich or poor." 
— "The Paducah Daily Sun". 

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The following is a synopsis of Dr. W. T. 
Boiling's remarks at the funeral of Dr. J. D. 
Smith, Sr., at the Broadway Methodist 
Church Sunday afternoon. 

"Bryant has truly said that "The chamber 
where the good man dies is very near the 
verge of Heaven". So it must have been in 
relation to the chamber where Dr. John D. 
Smith passed from the labor of life to the 
rest and refreshment in the great beyond. 

Dr. Smith was not of a gentle cast of char- 
acter, yet he was tender and sympathetic. 
His was the character of the granite rather 
than of polished marble, but it was the pure 
granite forming a massive foundation on 
which was erected a life building, solid in 
foundation, morally finished, spiritually fur- 
nished and intellectually lighted. 

In many respects Dr. Smith was a great 
man, if we are to judge greatness by inherent 
qualities rather than by the mere flash of 

He was a strong man with an unwavering 
faith in God and with unswerving loyalty to 
the right as he saw it. In religion, he was a 
Pauline in his view and methods; in civil 
movement he was as brave as Coeur de Leon, 
yet as fair as Bayard, in all the drifting cur- 
rents of human opinions and movements. 
You knew where to find him upon all questions 
and under all circumstances, and while he 
respected an open foe, he had no use for the 
skulking coward. To him a conviction held 
no kinship with policy, and convinced of the 
right, he espoused it regardless of the promises 
or curses of his fellow men, preferring to 
keep in harmony with the convictions of 
his mind and conscience, rather than to con- 
spire with evil or to compromise any truth 
to any degree. 

As a religionist his concepts of truth were 
clear, while his loyalty to his church and her 
tenets never faltered. While liberal in view, 
woe be it to the man who challenged his loy- 
alty to either the doctrine or the policy of 
his church; for he was familiar with the word 
of God and the discipline of the church alike. 
He was the chief apostle of Prohibition in 
his state and I am sure that I do not go beyond 
the facts in saying that no man in the state 
gave more time, talent and means to this 
cause than did Dr. Smith. He took up the 
fight when it seemed hopeless. Like Henry of 
Navarre, he waved his banner in the forefront 
of the line of battle and his clarion call could 
ever be heard as he cheered the followers of 

the White Ribbon in almost every county 
in this great state. Recent triumphs of 
Prohibition in many counties may largely 
be attributed to his ability, his zeal and his 
unswerving advocacy of the cause. His 
honest soul refused to make any compromise 
and his martial spirit spurned the idea of 
retreat, much less of surrender. 

He was loyal at all times to his church, on 
the official board of which he long served 
actively, and with which he held honorary 
connection until his death. There was no 
work so humble but that he would cheerfully 
undertake at the request of his brethren. 

As a Mason he did well all the labor marked 
out on the tressel board; and the work he did, 
measured by the square, the plumb and the 
level, was found true while his face was ever 
toward the east and his answer ever quick and 

As a soldier wearing the gray, our Brother 
did his duty well, and when we came home 
to our desolated fields and firesides, he was 
found among those who accepted conditions 
and set out to work to rehabilitate the fallen 
fortunes of our Southland, being one of that 
grand army of workers who did so much to 
lay deep the foundation on which our present 
prosperity holds so much of promise in rela- 
tion to our future. 

He loved his home and his family and as 
a husband and father met the fullest require- 
ments of those delicate relations. The char- 
acter of his children demonstrates this; and 
his devotion to her, who preceded him to the 
better world made it plain. When she went, 
the best of his life went with her and he longed 
for a reunion with her more than he did for 
earthly companionship. In a conversation 
with him some days before he was stricken 
with his final illness he said, "When the wife 
who has been everything to a man is gone, 
there is not much left for which to live." 

As a physician he was skilled, studious and 
sympathetic and was indeed a fit follower in 
his practice of the Great Physician, who 
would tenderly heal the blind, the deaf and 
the dumb, and, who would lay his hands on 
the leper's spots to heal him and make him 

But "dust to dust" is our common heritage 
in relation to the body, and on Friday after- 
noon, the sturdy gentleman, the humble 
Christian and intrepid defender of the rights, 
as a soldier heard "taps", as a citizen retired 
from among us and sunk into slumber in 
the faith in which he had so long lived. 

No doubt, his morning was lovely to 
young life with its sunlight and charming 
dreams; his noon was somewhat stormy, 

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amid the days of battling with the wrong and 
for the right, but at eventide the golden 
purple of hope and peace were on the clouds 
and our brother was rich in the fruitage which 
came to him when the sun went down, and 
his earth day closed to burst into a cloudless 
and endless day of rest with God, leaving 
behind him the wealth of a good name to 
enrich his children, while adding to the wealth 
of the world for having lived in it. 

We are glad that he lived. We sorrow at 
his departure, but we rejoice at his prepared- 
ness and the cloudless setting of his sun of life. 

He had his faults, but they were few and 
we write them in the sand, while his virtues 
were many and we inscribe them upon the 
tablets of memory. 

Consoled by one faith in the fact that: 
"He is not dead; he has but passed beyond 
the mist that blinds us here". 

Into that newer, longer life. 

On that serener sphere. 

We shall miss him in all the walks of life, 
but we know where he is and where we may 
find him, for his life in the present was com- 
ment sufficient as to his future, and in the 
76th year of his pilgrimage, the gallant soldier, 
the eminent physician, the model citizen and 
Christian gentleman, drew 'the drapery of 
his couch' about him and sunk into peaceful 

'Servant of God well done! 

Rest from thy loved employ: 

The battle fought, the victory won. 

Enter thy Master's joy.'" 

Those who opposed slavery had now grown 
so many in number and so highly embittered 
that by the time of the election of Lincoln, 
plain notice had been given that in an unlaw- 
ful way this constitutional clause would be 

This war settled naught save it freed the 
negro, eliminated forever a discussion of 
secession, early advocated by some of New 
England anti-slave agitators, and later fought 
for by the slave owners; and changed our 
government from a voluntary federated part- 
nership into a closed corporation. 

There is an old fable the tenor of which 
might be: Two knights standing apart be- 
gan an argument, one saying that a shield 
was white and the other contending it was 
blue. At length they drew swords and went 
to deathly battle on this controversy. Re- 
clining on the ground from the loss of blood, 
their positions had now become changed, 
and as their life was rapidly ebbing away, 
each excitedly pointed to the shield and in 
unison they said: "You are right, brother". 

The shield was white on one side and blue on 
the other. 

We think it best that the outcome of the 
war was as it ended, but to those who wish 
to investigate the righteousness of our father's 
position, we would refer them to an article 
of twenty-five pages in a book entitled, 
"The Civil War" written by Ann E. Snider 
of Nashville, Tenn. and published in 1890. 
The article in question was written by the 
Honorable Peter Turney, Chief Justice of 
the Supreme court of Tennessee. We were 
able to purchase for $1 .00 a good second hand, 
copy of this 350 page book, from Paul Hunter, 
401 1/2 Church Street, NashbiUe.Tenn., Second 
hand book dealer. We trust that several 
copies will find their way into the hands of 
our father's grand-children and be passed on 
down to posterity. 

This is not the place and we care not to 
discuss at length the merits or the demerits 
of the internecine struggle. When the Civil 
war ended, it was past history to our father 
until he reached that period of old age when 
there comes teeming down memory's highway 
recurrent thoughts of youth and childhood 
so long latent as to have seemed forgotten. 
School histories are not replete with the 
fundamentals which underlie the causes of 
this unavoidable calamity and what is said 
is largely of Union flavor. Of this we have 
no criticism as the writers no doubt had the 
thought in mind to seriously impress the 
youth with loyalty to our present government, 
and they have perhaps thought it best to 
tincture the subject matter with ideas of 
this character. 

In 1814 there was called a convention in 
Hartford, Conn., brought about by the 
representatives of New England states jealous 
of slave-holding states' supremacy. There 
was frequent talk of secession by these New 
England anti-slavery agitators. Had the 
feeling, so strong at that time, dominated 
that section, we wonder if there would not 
live the children of rebels in New England 
while the daughters and sons of the patriots 
would largely reside in the Southland. 

When President Jackson uttered his cele- 
brated saying: "The Federal Union must 
and shall be preserved," Carolina had at- 
tempted to do no more than New York ex- 
pressly reserved the right to do when it entered 
the Union. 

When the Union was formed, the Consti- 
tution had a clause, most clear and plain, 
guaranteeing slavery, and Judge Story of the 
Supreme court had said: "It constituted a 
fundamental article without which the Union 
could not have been formed." 

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Although in 1 860 the vote cast in Tennessee 
was 145,333, on February 22, 1865, there 
was cast for the Military party in power 
25,293 votes and 48 votes against it. The 
Confederate soldiers were not allowed to vote 
and this is indicative of the feeling and senti- 
ment in Tennessee at that time, and this vote 
mostly came from East Tennessee, Shelby 
County being the only county in West Ten- 
nessee participating in this election. October 
18, 1865 the house passed a bill making it 
a penalty of from $5.00 to $25.00 to wear a 
Confederate uniform. This bill failed in 
the senate. By a vote of II to 10 there was 
defeated in the senate a bill making it un- 
lawful for a Confederate soldier to bring 
a law-suit of any character. The animus and 
feeling of the officials sent from Washington 
to operate the Government, and of those 
mostly in East Tennessee against the Con- 
federate soldier was most intense. July 10, 
1866 Governor W. G. Brownlow issued a 
proclamation warning all who should "band 
themselves together to defeat the execution 
of the act to limit the elective franchise, will 
be declared in rebellion against the State of 
Tennessee and dealt with as rebels". Thus our 
father was warned if, in conjunction with 
any other individual he undertook to reclaim 
the exercise of voting, that he might expect 
to be shot or imprisoned. 

On Feb. 25, 1867 the act of May 3, 1866 
disfranchising the Confederate soldiers was 
made stronger, while the negro was now 
admitted to full fellowship with the Carpet 
Bagger as a voter, so that he could be trained 
to keep him in power. Our father was denied 
the privilege of voting because he had been 
a Confederate soldier and could not take the 
oath as required, which was as follows: "I 
do most solemnly swear that 1 have never 
voluntarily borne arms against the Govern- 
ment of the United States for the purpose of, 
or with the intention of, aiding the late 
rebellion, nor have I, with any such intention, 
at any time, given aid, comfort, counsel or 
encouragement to said rebellion, or of any 
act of hostility to the Government of the 
United States. I further swear that I have 
never sought or accepted any office, either 
civil or military, or attempted to exercise 
the functions of any office, either civil or 
military, under the authority or pretended 
authority of the so-called Confederate States 
of America, or of any insurrectionary state, 
hostile or opposed to the authority of the 
United States Government, with intent and 
desire to aid said rebellion, and that I have 

never given a voluntary support to any such 
government or authority." 

On January 31, 1868 an act was passed 
making the negro competent to hold any 
office in the state and to sit on all juries. A 
most wonderful chance now came to stop 
the wave of crime spreading over the South 
and over Tennessee. As always follows the 
wake of war, the criminal dominated the 
state and county affairs to an extent almost 
beyond imagination. The Ku-Klux organized 
at Pulaski, Tenn. in May 1866, for amuse- 
ment, had now grown in numbers and was a 
secondary Government extending in sections 
from Va. to Texas, practically wholly com- 
posed of Confederate soldiers having foremost 
in mind the protection of their families, their 
property, the education of their children, and 
the sanctity of their homes. According to 
the report of a Committee sent to Washing- 
ton by the Military government of Tennessee, 
there were 40,000 of these in Tennessee alone, 
under the leadership of General Forrest. We 
submit that the number and character of 
the membership is fair proof of some respect- 
ability, when this number is no doubt more 
than twice the actual number of citizens of 
Tennessee who cast the vote to elect the 
Legislature which disfranchised them. 

Governor Brownlee called the Legislature 
in extra session July 27, 1869. Many peti- 
tions were presented asking for a repeal of 
the elective franchise law. One headed by 
Judge Shackelford of the Supreme Court was 
signed by 4,000. There was one in person 
headed by B. F. Cheatham, N. B. Forest, 
Wm. B. Bate, John C. Brown, Jos. B. Palmer, 
Thomas B. Smith, Bushrod R. Johnson, 
Gideon J. Pillow, Wm. A. Quarles, S. R. 
Anderson, G. G. Dibrell, George Maney, 
and Geo. W. Gordon, all military officers 
of high rank in the Confederate army. 

Little attention was paid to these, but 
there was passed a bill making it a fine of 
$500.00 and a penitentiary offense of five 
years to be a member of the Ku-Klux Klan, 
disbarring any attorney who refused to prose- 
cute any such one when brought to his notice, 
making any one who gave food to or allowed 
any such person to have shelter in his house 
equally guilty. The bill allowed the sheriff 
to post notice of any one whom he could not 
find, made it a $500.00 to $5000.00 fine for 
the inhabitants to allow such a person to 
remain in the county, and levied many more 
severe penalties. As practically every Con- 
federate soldier in Dyer and Crockett counties 
was a Ku-Klux and as there were few other 
white men in that section, we do not think 
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tentiary for being a Ku-Klux in that section. 
In fact it was a most respectable thing, it 
was the one Government which gave concern 
to the criminal and it was the only Govern- 
ment that deterred him from the commission 
of crime. 

On January 10, 1870, there met a Consti- 
tutional convention, the franchise was again 
restored to the Confederate soldier and in 
the following March, the Ku-Klux publicly 
disbanded at Nashville, Tennessee. 

While there are several books dealing with 
this organization all of which perhaps are 
interesting, there is a book of 444 pages 
printed in 1890, entitled "Why The Solid 
South" by Hilary A. Herbert of Alabama 
which gives an interesting history of the 
Southern states from the close of the war to 
1 870. Forty-seven pages are devoted to 
Tennessee. We purchased a second hand 
copy for $1 .50. 

W. Thos. Smith 

"We take from Military Annals of Ten- 
nessee, Lindsley 1886, pages 433 to 439 the 

Twenty-ninth Tennessee Infantry 

Colonel, Horace Rice; Lieutenant-Colonel, 
John B. Johnson; Major, A. K. Blevins; 
Adjutant, S. D. Reynolds; Assistant Quarter- 
master, R. P. Hamilton; Assistant Commis- 
sary Subsistence, T. J. O'Keafe; _Suxgeon, 
>y_J^D. Siajth; Assistant Surgeon, J. P.Allison. 

The Twenty-ninth Tennessee Infantry, 
Confederate States Army, was organized in 
the summer of 1861, at Henderson's Mills, 
Greene County, East Tennessee, by the elec- 
tion of Sam Powell, of Hawkins County, 
Colonel; Reuben Arnold of Greene County, 
Lieutenant-colonel and Horace Rice of Haw- 
kins County, Major. It was composed entire- 
ly of East Tennesseans; Co. A., from Bradley 
County, Captain McClelland; Co. B. from 
Polk County, Captain Hancock; Co. C. from 
Claiborne County, Captain Patterson; Co. 
D. from Hancock County, Captain Rose; 
Co. E. from Hawkins County, Captain 
Blevins; Co. F. from Greene County, Cap- 
tain Arnold; Co. G. from Washington County, 
Captain Coulter; Co. H. from Greene County, 
Captain Fry; Co. I. from Washington 
County, Captain Faw; Co. K. from Hawkins 
County, Captain Powell. In almost every 
case the companies named were the first 
from their respective counties, and as a gener- 
al thing the very best material in these 
counties joined these companies; and taken 
all together the men were exceptionally 
intelligent, hearty, and fine-looking — mostly 

young, full of spirit, and well worthy the 
honors won by the regiment on many a well- 
fought field. 

During the formation of Co. D, an incident 
worthy of mention occurred showing the 
popular mind and the difficulties that had 
to be overcome by those desiring to enter 
the Southern army even at this early state of 
the war. The members of this company, to 
the number of about twenty, assembled late 
one evening in Sneedville, the county town of 
Hancock county. Soon after, a difficulty 
took place between one of the company named 
Cantwell and a man named Barton, a North- 
ern man by birth and education, and a known 
abolitionist. Barton got the worst of it, and 
left the town swearing vengeance on all 
"rebels and rebel sympathizers". No more 
was thought of the matter until midnight, 
when Capt. Rose, afterward Colonel of the 
Sixty-first Tennessee, was notified that the 
town was surrounded by armed men. He 
immediately marched his men to the court- 
house, a substantial brick building, and col- 
lected such means of defense as were at hand, 
his men being unarmed. Barton sent a 
summons to the little force to surrender 
unconditionally, or he would take and shoot 
the last man. The demand was refused, al- 
though it was known that Barton had at 
least five hundred men, and was constantly 
receiving re-enforcements that had been sum- 
moned by the firing of guns, the lighting of 
signal-fires, and other preconcerted signals. 
Upon consultation the little Confederate 
force determined to select men to evade the 
besiegers and carry the news to their friends 
outside. This was bravely accomplished, 
and at noon next day a force of one thousand 
men was assembled at Mulberry Gap. under 
command of Lieut. Bishop, afterward Colonel 
of the Twenty-ninth Regiment; and Gen. 
Peter C. Johnston had one thousand men 
more at the Virginia line, four miles away, 
but said he would respect States rights unless 
blood had actually been shed. During the 
night Col. Walker arrived with his regiment 
of cavalry from Cumberland Gap. Barton, 
learning these facts, quietly withdrew, and 
his men dispersed to their homes. It is 
doubtful whether any event of the war 
created such a profound sensation in that 
hitherto quiet and peacable community. 
The eloquence and logic of Andrew Johnson, 
the strong stand taken for the Union by 
Thomas A. R. Nelson, and the influence of 
Brownlow made the mountain counties of 
East Tennessee almost a unit for the old 
Government; hence the difficulties that had 
to be met and overcome by those who en- 

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deavored to accomplish anything for the 
Southern Confederacy. The men who had 
the nerve to stem the popular current and 
enter the army in the face of all opposition 
were unquestionably actuated by genuine 
patriotism and a strong sense of duty that 
needed only the opportunity to develop them 
into first-class soldiers. To hail from East 
Tennessee was a reproach in the South. A 
Georgia lady once asked a member of the 
Twenty-ninth Regiment if he was not ashamed 
to own that he was an East Tennessean. 
"No, madam," was the emphatic reply; 
"I am proud that 1 belong to that much- 
abused country, and I think if one Confeder- 
ate soldier is entitled to more credit than 
another, the greater praise is due those who 
came into the Southern army under diffi- 
culties such as we had to contend with." 

Soon after its organization, to the Twenty- 
ninth Regiment was assigned the duty of 
guarding the bridges along the line of the 
East Tennessee and Virginia and the East 
Tennessee and Georgia railroads, where it 
remained until the attempt to invade Ken- 
tucky by way of Big Creek Gap, in which 
it took part, having rendezvoused at Knox- 
ville for that purpose. Upon the failure and 
return of the expedition, it was again assigned 
to the bridges for a short time, but in Decem- 
ber was ordered to Mill Springs to join Gen. 

On the 19th of the following January it 
took part in the disastrous battle of Fishing 
Creek, where Col. Powell was severely 
wounded and permanently disabled. There- 
after the command devolved on Maj. Rice, 
Col. Arnold's health not permitting him to 
engage in the active campaigns which fol- 

In the retreat down the Cumberland River 
the suffering of the men was extreme. Many 
were totally unaccustomed to hardships and 
privations such as had to be endured during 
the long midwinter march, and some suc- 
cumbed to disease brought on by exposure; 
and when Murfreesboro was reached, and 
subsequently luka. Miss., the regiment was 
considerably reduced in numbers. 

During the battle of April 6th and 7th at 
Shiloh, the Twenty-ninth and Thirty-seventh 
Tennessee regiments were posted at luka, 
on the extreme right of the Confederates, and 
did not actively participate in that struggle. 
But when Gen. Beauregard withdrew his 
army to Corinth, these regiments were joined 
to the main army and assigned to the brigade 
of Gen. John S. Marmaduke. Under his 
command it participated in two or three 
skirmishes in front of Corinth. In the mean- 

time some changes had been made in its 
commanders; Maj. Rice was Colonel; John 
B. Johnson of Nashville, was Lieutenant- 
colonel; and Kyle Blevins, Major. There 
had also been some changes in company officers 
Capts. Rose, Fry, Arnold, and perhaps others, 
choosing different fields of service. But 
Capt. Hamilton, that good provider and prince 
of good fellows, of whom mention had not 
been made before, remained at the head of 
the Quartermaster's department. 

The Twenty-ninth Regiment accompanied 
the army of Gen. Bragg from Corinth to 
Tupelo; from Tupelo to Chattanooga; thence 
into Kentucky, where it, in common with 
the rest of the Army of Tennessee, of which 
it ever afterward formed a part until its 
final surrender by Gen. Johnston at Greens- 
boro, North Carolina — confronted the enemy 
at Munfordsville and Perry ville; thence to 
Knoxville through Cumberland Gap, and on 
to Murfreesboro, where it was brigaded with 
the Eleventh, Twelfth, Thirteenth, and One 
Hundred and Fifty-fourth Tennessee regi- 
ments. Gen. Preston Smith being assigned 
to the command, and the brigade attached 
to the division of Gen. Cheatham. The fact 
of its being an East Tennessee regiment caused 
more than one term of reproach to be ap- 
plied to it; but Gen. Smith, brave soldier, 
and true-hearted gentleman that he was, rode 
along its front expressing himself as happy to 
form the acquaintance of the Twenty-ninth 
on the battle-field, and hoped that it would 
do its whole duty. The men responded with 
a hearty yell, and at the close of that memor- 
able 3 1 St of December any man in Cheatham's 
division was willing to take a Twenty-ninth 
man by the hand and call him comrade. In 
the great swinging operation of Hardee at 
the battle of Murfreesboro its loss was ter- 
rific, amounting in killed and wounded to 
one hundred and seventy-two, thirty-six of 
whom were dead on the field, and this from 
not more than five hundred present for duty. 
Both men and officers promptly responded 
to every call to advance, and doubtless 
needlessly exposed themselves. During a 
momentary pause that was made for the 
purpose of adjusting the line, private Clarkson 
Brewer mounted a large rock within fifty 
yards of the Federal line, and cursed them for 
cowards. He fell literally riddled with balls. 
At another time the Twenty-ninth, having 
routed the enemy in its front, gained a lane 
near the pike, when the senior Captain com- 
manding, moved it rapidly to the rear of 
a large body of Federal infantry. The result 
was quite a number of prisoners, a badly 
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regiment badly run over by the enemy, who 
had not time nor incHnation to take prisoners, 
nor had an idea of beins; taken. 

At Chickamauga this regiment had no 
conspicuous part. During the 1 9th it was 
only brought into action once, though under 
fire at one point or another most of the day, 
and its list of killed and wounded amounted 
to thirty-two. The night advance is memor- 
able to the Twenty-ninth more by reason of 
the death of its brigade commander, Gen. 
Preston Smith, which occurred within a few 
rods of its point. The General rode up to 
the head of the regiment and requested the 
men to make way for him to pass to the front. 
Col. Rice remonstrated, and he merely replied 
that he would not go far; but unfortunately 
he went far enough to draw the fire of the 
Federal line and end his career, and that of 
most of his staff. His death was deeply 
deplored by the regiment, for he had always 
been not only brave but generous and kind. 

At the battle of Missionary Ridge the 
Twenty-ninth was posted on the extreme left 
of Cheatham's division and next to the brigade 
which was the first to break. Its front was 
immediately changed, and though under fire 
the movement was seldom better executed 
on the parade-ground. Alone it charged the 
advancing enemy, but was driven back with 
great loss. Here the brave and amiable Capt. 
James W. Fulkerson fell mortally wounded; 
and here too fell Sergeant Baker, the unpre- 
tentious Christian soldier, who had so long 
been at the head of the regiment as orderly 
Sergeant of the senior company. Capt. John 
B. Hodges was desperately wounded, but 
subsequently recovered and resumed his 
connection with the regiment. Both Gens. 
Cheatham and Hardee complimented the 
regiment on the field. Gen. Cheatham saying 
that it was the largest body of his men that 
he could find together. 

The history of the Twenty-ninth Regiment 
from Rocky Face to Jonesboro, Ga. is the 
history of every other regiment in the gallant 
Army of Tennessee. Its casualties were 
many and its gallantry conspicuous on more 
than one occasion. The Twelfth and Twenty- 
ninth were ordered on double-quick from 
Rocky Face to Dalton, whence they were 
taken as fast as steam could carry them to 
meet, charge, and drive before them the 
Federals in the streets of Resaca, in the first 
of the series of great flank movements re- 
sorted to by the Federal Commander, Gen. 

At Kennesaw Mountain, the Twenty-ninth 
and One Hundred and Fifty-fourth regiments 
occupied an advance work which was persist- 

ently charged by the Federals. Their dead 
and wounded were literally piled up in our 
front, insomuch that the commander asked 
leave to remove the wounded and bury the 
dead. During the truce granted for this 
purpose there was some indulgence in grim 
humor, notwithstanding the terrible sur- 
roundings. Our jolly, whole-souled Gen. 
Cheatham was never better pleased than 
when passing himself off as one of the boys. 
Col. Rice was always grave, dignified and 
courteous. On the occasion referred to Gen. 
Cheatham wore his slouched hat, gray blouse, 
and smoked his short pipe. Col. Flice, gay 
in full regimentals, was treated with deference 
due his position by the Federals. The men 
met the General as an equal, and he was soon 
the center of a large crowd, talking, laughing, 
and occasionally taking a drink from the 
inevitable canteen. One son of the Emerald 
Isle was about getting on very intimate terms 
with him, even going so far as to try to put 
his arms around the General's neck, when 
Col. Rice, walking up, touched the man on 
the arm, and inquired if he knew to whom he 
was speaking. "One of your boys, I suppose," 
was the reply. "That", said Col. Rice, at 
the same time raising his voice, "is Maj. Gen. 
Cheatham." A forty-pound shot thrown into 
their midst would not have produced a 
greater sensation than did this announcement. 
Instantly all eyes were fixed upon the old 
hero, for they knew and respected him. 
Thenceforth he was given ample room for 
moving around. 

In this campaign the young and popular 
Maj. Kyle Blevins fell a martyr to the cause 
he loved. Connected with one of the best 
families in East Tennessee, health, wealth, 
and youth as his portion, it seemed hard that 
he should be struck down, but such are the 
fortunes of war, and this is about the only 
consolation the soldier has. About this time 
the regiment lost Lieut. Col. John B. John- 
son of Nashville, who had risen in rank from 
Drill-master to the Lieutenant-colonelcy of 
his regiment. So one after another was 
stricken either by the leaden messenger or by 
the hand of disease. In the assault made by 
the rash but daring Gen. Hood on the 22nd 
of July our loss was especially severe, some 
of the best and bravest officers and men of 
the regiment being slain in that fearful charge. 

After the final battle of this long campaign 
was fought at Jonesboro, there remained but a 
handful of the old regiment. Its losses in 
killed, wounded and missing during the 
great retreat aggregated more than the entire 
number present for duty at its commence- 
ment. It was during this campaign that the 

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Twenty-ninth Regiment received from the 
ladies of Savannah, Ga., a magnificent silk 
banner, with its name and the names of 
the battles in which it had taken part hand- 
somely embroidered thereon. Every man 
was proud of it, and it became his especial 
care to preserve it from that time until the 
surrender, and then to be sure it was placed 
in a safe deposit. 

After the battle at Jonesboro, when retreat 
was changed to advance, and the men once 
more realized that they were advancing to- 
ward their native, loved Tennessee, their 
spirits rose visibly; and by the time Hood 
crossed the Tennessee River they could 
put on something of their former spirit, and 
appear as eager to meet their enemies as at 
any time during the war. And meet them 
they did right gallantly at Franklin on the 
30th of November, 1864. It is entirely 
superfluous to say that better fighting never 
was done by men than by the Tennesseans 
in that battle; and we can safely say that 
the Twenty-ninth did her part most nobly, 
and point to her list of killed and wounded 
for the proof. Gen. Gordon, who had so 
long and ably commanded the brigade, was 
here wounded and captured; as was also 
Col. Rice who had passed unscathed through 
so many bloody battles. Capt. Jos. W. Bur- 
chett was killed on the field, and many more 
brave officers and men. 

After the defeat of Hood at Nashville on 
the 1 5th of December, what with marching 
and fighting during that bitter winter weather 
is necessary to relate concerning the suffering 
of this particular regiment? As we have 
before remarked, the history of one is the 
history of all. 

Back across the Tennessee, hurried on by 
the victorious and enthusiastic Federals, into 
Alabama, thence to Augusta, Ga., and across 
the Savannah to South Carolina, where a 
season of rest and preparation was allowed 
for the final struggle in North Carolina. 
During this last campaign of the war the 
command of the brigade devolved on Col. 
W. P. Bishop, of the Twenty-ninth, as senior 
officer, and that of the regiment on Maj. 
S. L. McKamy. Having been detained by 
he breaking down of their train near Raleigh, 
this command did not reach the battlefield 
near Bentonville until the conflict was well- 
nigh ended; but for all that, it served a good 
purpose in preventing the capture of Gen. 
Johnston's headquarters. As the remainder 
of the division was on a distant part of the 
field Col. Bishop reported his command for 
duty to Gen. Johnston in person. Having 
been informed that the men were much 

fatigued by a long, fo reed march, he ordered 
them to rest at his headquarters. Soon most 
of the men were quietly sleeping. In the 
meantime the enemy had penetrated the 
dense pine forest unseen until they were 
close upon headquarters, and a volley of 
musketry was poured upon the drowsy ranks. 
Instantly all was commotion; but Gen. 
Johnston had scarcely mounted and dashed 
to the head of the column before the men were 
formed and ready for the charge. With a 
yell that drowned the roar of musketry, the 
little brigade dashed forward, led by Gens. 
Johnston, Hardee, and Wade Hampton, as 
well as their own officers. The enemy was 
put to flight and headquarters saved from 
capture. The loss in this affair was half a 
dozen brave fellows killed and as many more 
wounded. Long afterward the writer heard 
Henry Neff, private in the Twenty-ninth, 
boasting that he had passed through the 
war without ever being sick or touched 
by a shot and that the only battle he ever 
missed was that of Bentonville, and that be- 
cause he was sent to the rear with the Colonel's 
horse, which had become unmanageable. 
When darkness came the army commenced 
its retreat and this brigade was ordered to 
bring up the rear. The night was a wild one. 
The pine-forest had taken fire and at frequent 
intervals the crash of burning, falling trees 
mingled with the roar of musketry and the 
occasional boom of cannon. Slowly the de- 
feated army filed along the road lighted by 
tens of thousands of blazing torches, until 
daylight came upon it in the neighborhood 
of Bentonville; thence to Raleigh and 
Greensboro, where on the 26th of April it 
laid down its arms. 

But little more remains to be told. If 
this sketch, hastily written, is imperfect — 
as it is known to be — the writer begs leave to 
inform his old comrades that he has written 
without note or report, or even the power to 
consult with those who are as familiar with 
the facts narrated as he can be, and more so, 
because years have passed since he has met 
any of his old companions-in-arms and con- 
versed with them upon these topics. Faces 
and events are clear where names have not 
been recalled. Injustice has been intentional- 
ly done to no one, while praise has been 
sparingly dealt out, because where due to 
one it was more or less due to all. Finally, to 
have belonged to the Twenty-ninth Tennessee 
Regiment and to have taken part in the battles 
in which it participated, to have shared in 
the hardships which it endured and the vic- 
tories which it won, is no mean heritage to 
transmit to generations yet unborn. Let its 

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true history be written by men competent 
to the task before its representatives pass 
from among us and the memory of its achieve- 
ments grow dim; and especially let the names 
of its dead heroes be collected from any and 

all sources available and placed upon the 
roll of honor, where they are so well entitled 
to appear. Relations, friends, comrades, 
please see that this is done; for it is not only 
an act of justice, but should be a labor of love. 

Ventury White Smith 

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"I cannot say, and I will not say 
That she is dead. She is just away. 

With a cheery smile and a wave of the hand 
She has wandered into an unknown land 

And left us dreaming how very fair 

It needs must be, since she lingers there 

And you, oh, you, who the wildest yearn 
For the old time step and the glad return — 

Think of her faring on, as dear 

In the love of There, as the love of Here. 

Think of her still as the same, I say — 
She is not Dead — she is just away." 

— James Whitcomb Riley 

Vetury White Smith was born at Sugar 
Tree, Benton County, Tenn., January 5, 
1833. She passed away on June 8, 1906, and 
was interred on the following day in Oak 
Grove Cemetery, Paducah, Kentucky. 

Our mother spelled her name Vetury. 
Others spelled it Veturia, which we think 
was the original way of spelling it. General 
information is to the effect that James White, 
her father, was a widely read and well inform- 
ed man. Those conversant with the history 
of his state and of the nation at large, will 
observe that he exercised great care in the 
selection of names for his children. Hence 
he perpetuated the name and honored the 
memory of a noble son or daughter of our 
land by naming his children for them. We 
regret we were not sufficiently foresighted 
during mother's earthly sojourn, to investi- 
gate the origin of her name. After mature 
reasoning, finding it impossible to come to 
any conclusion, we went in quest of some 
historical information. 

In the Encyclopedia Americana dated 1851, 
Book 3, page 491, we find a most interesting 
and fascinating historical story, from which 
we weave the following: 

Four hundred and ninety years before 
the Christian era, Corialanus assumed com- 
mand of the Patricians in order to deprive 

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the Plebeians of their hard earned privileges, 
even proposing to distribute provisions ob- 
tained from Sicily on condition that the 
Tribuneship would be abolished. For ad- 
vocating such a plan, he was banished from 
Rome. Later he joined Attius and succeeded 
in placing himself in command of Attius' 
army, thereby becoming the military head 
of Latium, and in that capacity he continued 
to wage war against his own country. En- 
voys were dispatched by the Roman Senate 
to seek peace, but returned with the message 
that peace could only be had by the surrender 
of all territory taken from Volsci. A second 
embassy achieved no more. Even the Priests 
and Augers, who were then detailed, returned 
heartsick and without hope. Terror seized 
the people, chaos reigned supreme. As a 
last resort the Roman Senate prevailed on 
Corialanus' mother, Veturia, and his wife, 
Valumnia, to intercede. Praying, as a mother 
and wife only can pray, they proceeded on 
their holy mission — the establishment of 
peace. Corialanus recognized them in the 
far distance and ordered his Aides to permit 
them to approach. On bended knee, his 
mother, Veturia, implored him to make an 
honorable peace with his country, and in 
the exaltation that "Right is Might", that 
wonderful woman made him understand that 
unless he so agreed, he could only enter Rome 
by passing over her dead body. Her Portia- 
like plea melted his proud heart, though he 
was drunk with the thought of political power 
and prestige. Raising his mother from the 
ground, extending his hand in silence, with 
bowed head, he accompanied her and his 
wife back to his native city, where as far as 
possible he reinstated himself. In recogni- 
tion of the great service rendered the nation, 
the Roman Senate caused a temple to be 
built on the exact spot where Veturia had 
knelt, and dedicated it to "MOTHERHOOD". 
By resolution, the Roman Senate also made 
her first priestess of the temple. 

Twenty-five hundred years ago the Roman 
people loved and honored this mother and 
priestess no more than we love and honor our 
mother and princess. Twenty-five hundred 
years ago she had no more inspiring influence 
over the lives of the Roman populace, than 
did the life of our mother over the lives of 
her children. 

We trust that in the annals to come this 
beautiful name, Veturia, with its interesting 
legend setting, will be made a historical 
name, ever keeping alive the memory of our 
mother. Two of her sons already have es- 
tablished this memorial. 

Civilization was not very far advanced in 

the South at the time of our mother's birth. 
The stores were nothing more than trading 
posts where the meager merchandise was 
exchanged for furs. Farming, hunting and 
trapping were the chief occupations. Furs 
were the common currency. Some years 
prior, her mother had spun and woven her 
own silken wedding dress, her grandmother 
coming into Tennessee and having brought 
with her some silk worms. Thus it is a most 
reasonable deduction for us to make that the 
first-born daughter was dressed in a silken 
robe and wrapped in the finest of furs, in 
that wild country where only thirteen years 
before the first white inhabitant trod its 
virgin soil. Thus in regal splendor in a log 
house in that vast forest, our dear mother 
entered this early existence. 

As a child her lot was a happy one. Her 
educational opportunities were those in com- 
mon with other children of the South in 
those pioneer days. They had public schools 
part of the year, followed by what they termed 
"Subscription Schools", which were nothing 
more than paid private schools. However, 
these meager opportunities were supplemented 
with considerable reading along general lines 
and with study as time and conditions would 
permit. Our mother by nature was quite 
musical, but had little opportunity for the 
development of this talent. However, a 
natural, beautiful and mellow soprano voice 
was hers and it held its sweetness and richness 
to the end. 

Thirteen years prior to her birth, the In- 
dians had been driven from Tennessee, hence 
they were no longer a menace. Her childhood 
days were lived in a transitional period. The 
greed for gain and the ambition for the build- 
ing of large fortunes, had not yet permeated 
the thought of the people. The forest yet 
stood in its primal grandeur, save here and 
there a small clearing for grain and vegetables. 
The honey bee and the drippings from the 
maple tree, so abundant in that country, 
afforded sufficient sweetening for food. Sheep 
were raised, the wool being manufactured 
into cloth at home. Wild game of all kinds 
abounded everywhere; quantities of acorns 
furnished sufficient food for pork. The social 
life at that period was simple but lived on a 
high plane of thought. They danced the old 
time square dances, Virginia reel, and jigs, 
all of which were interspersed with cultured 
conversation covering general topics and 
current events. 

Our mother's father, James White, was a 
man of affairs. Ever thoughtful of his per- 
sonal responsibilities, he was a good provider. 
In early life he became a slave owner, the 

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negroes doing the menial work. He had a 
keen sense of humor, and with his ever ready 
wit, he was a splendid conversationalist. No 
matter what things seemed to be, he saw the 
happy side of life. Truly to him "Every 
cloud had a silver lining". He was not only 
the progressive farmer of his day, but was 
the County Squire or Justice of the Peace, 
and as such was the community advisor in 
all misunderstandings and disputes. Not 
only was he a man well read, but he was a 
very close student of the Bible, reading and 
rereading it till he was very familiar with its 
teachings. Consequently early in life our 
mother received religious training. 

Our mother's mother was said to have 
been an incessant worker, a beautiful house- 
keeper, a painstaking mother, and a most 
excellent manager of her realm — the Home. 
With a large family to plan for, a larger corps 
of negro slaves to manage, and with none of 
the comforts nor equipment of modern 
domestic civilization, she directed the home 
with a poise and efficiency seldom seen. 

With a quickened sense of modesty, but 
with much greater sense of appreciation, 
we cannot fail to make mention of our 
mother's wonderful beauty. It has often 
been told us by our father and concurred in 
by many who knew her, that in early life 
she was considered the most beautiful young 
lady in all that country. Regardless of the 
size or character of any gathering, she was 
the one who always attracted the most at- 
tention for beauty and genial personality. 
Even in her last days, at the age of seventy- 
three, her skin was as fair as that of a baby, 
not a wrinkle to be seen; the peach bloom 
in her cheeks; snowy white hair, a queenly 
walk, an ideal personality. 

At the age of eighteen she met the young 
physician and surgeon of the county, Dr. J. 
D. Smith. Their friendship soon ripened into 
love and after some months of courtship they 
were married. 

Our mother possessed much general busi- 
ness ability and initiative, and no period of 
her life was more conducive to the develop- 
ment of these qualifications than that of the 
war of the States. When the call came to 
the Old South to shoulder arms, our gallant 
and patriotic father was among the first 
to offer his professional services and even his 
life if needed. By so doing the burden of 
maintaining a home and the support of four 
small children, one a babe in her arms, de- 
volved on the loyal wife, the devoted mother 
and the patriotic daughter of the bleeding 
Southland. She endured all the hardships 

and privations in common with all other 
women and did so without a murmur and 
deemed it an honor to suffer with those who 
suffered — all for the vindication and the glory 
of the South she so dearly loved. 

An incident has been told us however, of 
her cheerfulness and constant desire to shed 
a little sunshine along the way even in those 
dark and dreadful days. On one occasion the 
young people of the neighborhood requested 
our mother to give a house party. Food being 
so scarce, it seemed advisable that each and 
all contribute their pro rata of luxuries and 
dainties for a banquet. On the festive day, 
by noon, the young and old from all direc- 
tions were arriving, bringing with them the 
choicest of foods procurable. The table had 
just been spread and all was in readiness 
when the unexpected announcement was 
made that the Confederate soldiers were 
coming. A self-appointed general she became 
at once. She ordered that the tables be 
cleared of all their appetizing viands. and 
that these be served to our hungry mud-be- 
spattered, yet gallant soldiers in Grey. When 
this command had been executed and the 
regiment had passed on, consternation seized 
the entire personnel of our would-be-party, 
for lo, here came the Union soldiers in hot 

Our mother was neither vain nor fastidious, 
but was the personification of cleanliness and 
she prided herself in keeping abreast of the 
times in all things which go to make for 
comfort, happiness and intellectual growth. 
In early married life she left the Cumberland 
Presbyterian Church and together with our 
father joined the Methodist Episcopal Church 
South. Immediately she ceased to dance, as 
in that day the church forbade its members 
to do so. Later in life an amusing incident 
occurred which not only brought out our 
mother's loyalty to the teachings and the 
laws of her church, but also tested her one 
great rule in life, namely, "Anything worth 
doing is worth doing well". The rumor 
reached her that one of her sons had been seen 
on the ball room floor at a neighboring summer 
resort. At first she seriously questioned the 
authenticity of the report. Once convinced 
it was a fact, she came out of deep serious 
thought and asked the question, "Well, did 
he dance gracefully?" This episode occurred 
in 1899, and from that day to this that son 
has never danced. The lesson of church 
loyalty versus good dancing found its way 
into his heart and the best that was in him 
arose and in the ascendency set the seal on 
his early training. Thus again it was demon- 

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strated that the mother's Hfe more than all 
else, moulds and shapes the lives and destinies 
of men. 

Her married life was one well rounded and 
full. As the wife of a public and professional 
man, she ever measured up to the many 
demands made on her time, strength and 
ability. Loving and sympathetic, she gave 
financial, moral and spiritual assistance to 
all who came in contact with her, measuring 
unto each according to their requirements. 

As a mother, she was the quintessence of 
all that motherhood implies. "A loadstone 
to all hearts, the load star to all eyes." Truly 
our mother was a living example of De 
Maistre's description of the real mother — "An 
Angel to whom God had lent a body for a 
brief season." 

"Ask the hoary headed warrior if he 
remembers who it was he first loved to 
whom his heart clung till the last with most 
reverence and affection, who rivalled his 
country in his heart even when he first buckled 
on the armor of war; ask him, too, whom he 
remembers with the most gratitude, and to 
whom, of all who have spent their merry or 
their sorrowful lives, he owes the greatest 
debt. Go to the Court, where filial affection 
is seldom felt and but seldom known, and 
ask the Prince who was his first love, and 
mark the answer. Go to the cottage where 
all is peace and harmony, where discord never 
entered, and where happiness has always 
held indisputed sway, the answer will be the 
same. Go even to the miser, who now cares 
for nothing but his gold, and as he hugs his 
treasure in his grasping arms, he will answer 
like the rest. Seek out the virgin bride, and 
ask her the same question. Find her husband 
with a countenance beaming with joy and 
a smile of confidence on his lips, all around 
him is gladness, he is the happiest man alive, 
but yet he will, if he answers truly, tell you 
that he first loved his MOTHER. Yes the 
first and best of all love may be summed up 
in that one little word. 

"I have experienced prosperity in all of 
its glittering, pleasurable shapes; I have 
known adversity with all its sorrowing, heart- 
rending scenes; but in all and through all 
I have never yet forgotten that I had a 
mother, who once watched by my pillow in 
illness, cared for me in health, and who bore 
for me more pains and more distresses than 
I can ever repay. Seas may now divide us; 
the wide ocean may loll between us, but to 
her, even now, I look for pleasure, remember- 
ing that it is my turn to foster and protect. 
Well do 1 know a child can never realize the 
depth, the height, nor extent of a mother's 

love. If you have a mother in this or any 
other land, cherish her image, and let the 
recollection of her gratuituous, disinterested 
and heartfelt sufferings be and continue 
to be the first, last and latest feelings of your 

As a friend, our mother was ever staunch and 
true to every trust confided in her. Abhor- 
ring deceit, she never assumed to be what she 
was not, nor promised anything beyond her 
power to perform, nor failed in the perform- 
ance of anything in her power to fulfill. 

As a church member she was faithful and 
loyal. As a Christian, her life daily reflected 
her close touch and communion with her 
God. Through her the Christ life was truly 
visualized and no one came under her influence 
who did not feel and know that to her the 
reality of things spiritual was the Pearl of 
great price. 

In the last few years of her life she was 
much alone. Business and professional in- 
terests and worldly opportunities had led the 
children one by one away. Thus in the even- 
ing of life, there was no one left in the old 
home save her and our father. But like all 
great and courageous minds, she turned this 
enforced solitude to good account in the ex- 
ecution of much W. C. T. U and Church work. 
With a passion for spiritual things, which 
time, solitude and approaching old age had 
increased, she did much reading and studying 
along that line, always bearing in mind and 
living accordingly, that precept without prac- 
tice amounts to naught. 

We do trust this authentic picture of the 
life and experiences of this saintly woman 
will not only interest but may inspire any 
one who has kindly followed us thus far, for 
we can assure the reader that nothing save 
the actual charm of truth and reality lies 
behind this sketch. The utilization of one's 
talents and opportunities for the very best 
possible good to mankind is the highest con- 
cept of life, and one who so lives renders the 
greatest homage to the Creator. 

"If thou canst plan a noble deed. 

And never flag till it succeed. 

Though in the strife the heart should bleed. 

Whatever obstacles control, 

Thine hour will come — go on true soul, 

Thou'lt win the prize, thou'It reach the goal". 

May 30, 1906, our mother, in some unac- 
countable way fell and when found, was 
unconscious. Her hip bone was broken. 
Being in a general depleted condition, to- 
gether with declining old age, she was never 
able to rally. After ten days of indescribable 

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suffering, she let loose these earthly moorings 
and went away to live with the Angels and 
to dwell in the fullness of God's own Heaven. 

Bettie (Smith) Hughes 

We thank sister for her beautiful sketch 
of Mother — "That Wonderful Mother of 
Mine" — who though absent for sixteen years 
yet every few weeks makes a pilgrimage to 
dreamland and there holds conversation with 
what the psychologist is pleased to term our 
subjective mind. These meetings are ever 
happy ones, of the most interesting nature, 
sometimes grotesque in character, and at times 
last for some duration. 

Then on emerging from slumber. Oh! 
It seems: 

"Oh, gallant ship, receding joy. 
It's goodbye, goodbye to you. 
The fairest bark that ever hove 
Within my narrow view. 
The cutest craft that ever cut 
The opalescent foam — 
Oh, that within my heart you might 
Have found your final home. 

I stood a lonely watcher by 

The sad and lonely sea. 

And though you sailed almost in port 

You sere not sent to me; 

And now you're fading from my sight, 

I kiss my hand — adieu — 

For hearts may ache, and hearts may break. 

But it's goodbye, goodbye to you." 

(By Annette Stewart) 

Whether mother ever really comes on 
these occasions, or whether these are only a 
panorama of phantasies substituted by nature 
to please the probable longings of a slumbering 
mind, we have never in any way attempted to 
fathom, nor have we ever investigated the 
opinions of those who write and speculate on 
these conjectured happenings. 

The resultant effects on our semi-awaken- 
ing is to traverse the streams of by-gone years, 
to wander over the fields of happy childhood 
days, and rejuvenate the soul with the spark- 
ling love that so copiously emanated from 

The sculptor may chisel and picture a 
living expression in the shaped outline of 
his model; the painter may blend and inter- 
blend his colors in many beautiful forms on 
his canvas, the bard may waft his enchanting 
sounds of song on the ear, nature with her 

thousand colors, forms and tones may express 
the beautiful in wondrous grandeur, but 
nothing can ever festoon our memory's 
mantel with any picture equal to the perdur- 
ing etching there emblazoned of that Wonder- 
ful Mother of Mine. 

Perchance it may be that a man with a 
family can divide his affections, but our 
mother was the ideal of our childhood days, 
the companion of our youth, the valentine of 
our young manhood and until her death the 
one in whom the sum total of all our affections 
gravitated to the common center of Mother- 

She was a woman of wonderful pride. 
Pride is the chief source of all inspiration, 
the impetus of every great achievement, the 
result of every worthy accomplishment, the 
reward of feats well done. It lurks in the 
breast of the rich, and furnishes food for the 
poor. It affects the noble and the ignoble. 
It radiates in splendor from some, and under 
the copings of a dimmer from others, but 
from all it emanates in some form when life's 
ambitions have been attained with due regard 
for civic morality. 

This pride radiated from her face, from 
her person, from her walk, from her conver- 
sation. It was ever present in a well-kept 
home which found expression from the kitchen 
to the parlor and in the flowers that ever sur- 
rounded her home. This pride was inter- 
blended with love, motherly love, the main- 
spring of all human action. Love, the highest 
activity of the mind, found full sway in her 

Hers was the pride devoid of haughtiness, 
modest in character, fragrant in beauty, 
symmetrically in keeping with her person. 
Some one has said: "Modesty is the art of 
concealing pride". Mother was an adept. 
She artfully concealed from others that pride 
that showed in such splendor in her home 
life and brought such satisfaction to her 

Gossip found no place in her conversation 
and the mistakes of others were past history. 
Purity in thought, in talk, in action was her 
whole life. 

Immaculate cleanliness had been taught 
her by her mother. Fond of biscuits, kneaded 
as she was taught in girlhood days, up to her 
death when able, she invariably went to the 
kitchen — as had her mother done with slaves 
aplenty — and performed this labor. She 
feared the cook might not well keep clean her 
person. Knowingly she would allow no 
negro cook to handle her family's prepared 
food save with a spoon or fork. All menial 
work could be done by others but she or 

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some member of her family must, at each 
meal go to the kitchen and see in person that 
the food was properly and cleanly served on 
her table. 

There may have been occasions when she 
felt it wise to give an evasive answer but 
truthful statements were universal character- 
istics. A falsehood she would not tell under 
any circumstances. She loved her husband, 
she adored her children, she trusted her 
church, and with unfailing faith consecrated 
her life to her Creator. 

As come to all at times, some hope was 
blasted, some ambition unsatisfied. Events 
come to all which pierce the heart and trouble 
the soul. In these she suffered with little 
murmur, but those massive tragedies which 
bow the head, accelerate old age, break 
human hearts and wreck human lives were 
never a part and parcel of her existence. 

Her well rounded features, full face, soft 
white skin with not a wrinkle at death, her 
queenly bearing, her soft proud tread, her 
countenance serene in sweet and frank sin- 
cerity, her pure simplicity of heart and in- 
nocence of spirit, her once jet black hair, at 
length turning to a beautiful silver grey where 
it lingered for years and until age frosted it 
with snowy fringe, her clear, calm, full smiling 
eyes, her joyful beam of pride in our suc- 
cesses, her sympathetic expression of love 
in our reverses, have painted on memory's 
brow a most beautiful and fascinating re- 
collection, and have lent to imagination's 
mirror a reflective telescope looking back- 
ward more than three score and ten years to 
when the most charming lass of Benton county, 
Tennessee ventured her all under the protect- 
ing hand of the gallant young physician. 
W. Thos. Smith 

Dr. Millard McFarland Smith 


915 (See 507) 

Dr. Millard McFarland Smith was born 
September 15, 1851 at Sugar Tree, Benton 
County, Tennessee, died October 4, 1908, 
and is buried at Whiteville, Tennessee. 
When three years of age he went with his 
parents to Friendship, Tennessee, and there 
grew to manhood. 

As a child, he developed a high sense of 
doing startling things too numerous to men- 

tion. Exploring the bottom of a large sixty 
foot well, by going down the ladder fastened 
to the curbing; climbing on top of a two 
story house his father was building, just as soon 
as he thought he had the field to himself; just 
such unheard-of things seemed to obsess him. 
He was five or six years of age at this time. 
When he was a lad of sixteen his father 
presented him with a horse. While his 
parents were absent at the funeral of a friend, 
Millard Smith, with a vivid imagination still 
at play, decided that this particular time was 

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the time for him to go abroad and explore 
some of the world. First he visited relatives 
in Benton County, thence to Henderson 
County. His finances getting very low, he 
sold his horse. When he had spent this 
money, he taught school in the rural district 
near his uncle's home for about three months. 
Facing as stern a reality as a country school 
somehow brought the boy to himself. By 
this time his wanderlust nature was very 
nearly satisfied. Homesick and with no funds, 
he walked fifty miles to get back home. 
While it may not have been the typical re- 
turn of the proverbial prodigal, it is a com- 
forting thought to know that he had a very 
wise father and mother. He received a 
cordial welcome. He was given new raiment 
and a place in his father's office, for by this 
time he was really ready to go to work and 
do something worth while. He asked his 
father what he wanted him to do. His father 
replied: "Study medicine." This was the 
beginning of a long, useful and successful 

He received his first training under his 
father, who was a successful physician and 
who had had a great deal of experience in a gen- 
eral practice both before and after the war, also 
as a surgeon in the Confederate service for 
four years. He later attended Medical Col- 
lege at Louisville, Ky., and Cincinnati, Ohio, 
graduating from the Miami Medical College 
in Cincinnati before he was twenty years of 
age. He became a skilled surgeon in later 
years. He made a specialty of obstetrical 
work. In all of his practice, none received 
quite the close attention as did his obstetrical 
cases. The night was never too cold, he was 
never too tired, the patient too poor, neither 
did the color interfere. If it was possible. Dr. 
Millard Smith, through love for suffering 
humanity, never shirked. He often said to 
his wife that this kind of suffering could not 
be neglected. There were individuals who 
called on him for this kind of service who 
did not have him in other illnesses. 

After graduating, he located at Cedar 
Chapel, Hardeman County, Tennessee. The 
wanderlust was still in him. In 1874 he 
moved to Oak Hill, Tennessee; back to 
Cedar Chapel, thence to Friendship, Tennes- 
see where for a season he was associated with 
his father in a general practice. In 1878 he 
returned to Cedar Chapel where he remained 
until 1900 when he moved to Whiteville, 
Hardeman County, Tennessee. 

In the old days youth and good looks were 
more of a liability than an asset to the young 
physician, as many thought wisdom was 
vested only in those with age and experience. 

This man was ever sagacious and resourceful- 
Early in the game he grew a heavy beard, 
in fact even before he was out of school. 
This was a satisfaction to some as he seemed 
older. All he asked was a trial. Of course 
he made mistakes, many of them, but if 
there is such a thing as a man being born 
with every instinct of his profession born 
with him, this man was truly a born physician. 
He could not have made a success at anything 
else, for he loved it as few men love their life 

Fortunately, Millard Smith fell in love 
with his wife early in life. He needed just 
this influence, this wonderful faith that she 
placed in him, the confidence she gave him 
in himself and the rare love that only she 
knew how to bestow. She was the guiding 
star, his very religion in life. To him, he 
had never seen a fairer woman than Alice 
Hinkle. She was the very essence of sweet- 
ness, gentleness, kindness. 

He was not bold in the affairs of the heart. 
He told her of his love; he wrote her of it. 
But after he had placed the case before her, 
he did not cease his pleadings until, at two 
o'clock in the morning, she told him if he 
would go home she would marry him. 

So together, he, with his ever ready smile, 
hearty greeting, she, with the ever helping 
word and presence, they made a place for them- 
selves in the homes and hearts of the whole 
country thereabouts. 

It was a very common thing in those days, 
in the cities as well as the rural districts, to 
have what is termed "The family doctor." 
Usually he was the sole medical adviser. In 
the country he broadens into the Advisor 
General in sickness and in all things physical, 
mental, spiritual, and at times in financial 
matters. It takes a big man to hold down 
successfully the job of an all-round country 
physician. Men of the smaller type send 
their patients to the city when in deep water. 

Dr. Smith was frequently called from the 
little town of Whiteville to a nearby city, 
Memphis, as a consulting physician in diffi- 
cult cases. Had he located in a city, he would 
have had, perhaps, a better known name and 
a wider reputation, but nowhere could he 
have done more good or created a greater 
appreciation and love than he did by remain- 
ing in the smaller places and ministering to 
all classes at all times. The writer believes 
that he bespeaks the sentiments of each and 
every child when he says, to him. Dr. Smith 
chose the greater part. 

Some ludicrous as well as pathetic cases 
come to the writer's mind as he reviews the 
work of Dr. Smith. Periodically, a certain 

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old lady would become ill. It was a habit. 
No physician would she have save Dr. Smith. 
On one occasion her family thought she was 
really going to die. Dr. Smith lived thirteen 
miles distant. An aged, reputable physician 
lived a few doors away. They begged her to 
allow him to come, but she refused. A mes- 
senger was sent only to find that Dr. Smith 
was absent and would not return for several 
days. She insisted that they go to the nearest 
telegraph station and wire for him. This they 
did. }-le answered her call. Looking up at 
him, with tears in her eyes, she said: "Doctor 
Smith, I knew you would come. I knew the 
Lord would spare me until you did come." 
She recovered. 

Another instance came to the attention of 
the writer a few years after the death of 
Dr. Smith. We were talking to a dear old 
lady whose family physician Dr. Smith had 
been: "Yes, we had lots of sickness in our 
family. No one ever had to come and consult 
with the doctor. He always got them well 
right off. Since he died, my Luther (her 
husband) took a bad spell and died. Later 
my oldest daughter, who was the picture of 
health, died. Now, I know if Dr. Smith had 
been living, both my husband and daughter 
would have gotten well." These instances 
are only two out of many that might be told, 
showing the implicit faith placed in him. 
A man must be "all wool and a yard wide" to 
hold the faith and confidence of his people 
for thirty-five years. 

In 1900 his practice had grown to such an 
extent that it was impossible for him to take 
care of it. He was too conscientious to take 
in a partner and try to shift any of the re- 
sponsibility. We doubt seriously if a large 
number of his patients would have stood for 
an outsider. About this time, on account 
of the severe strain, his health began to fail. 
Even his friends noticed the difference in 
him, physically. Up to this time he would 
never admit to himself that such was the 
case. Knowing the seriousness of his condi- 
tion, and being daily importuned by his 
wife to save himself by going less, he tried 
to cut down his practice. This he found a 
very hard thing to do. It was then that he 
decided to move from the little village of 
Cedar Chapel to Whiteville, Tennessee, a 
small town of about 500 inhabitants, about 
fifty miles from Memphis, Tennessee, on the 
N. C. & St. L. Railroad. A kinder hearted, 
more whole-souled people have never lived 
than these Whiteville people. Dr. Smith was 
not unknown to these people, since he had fre- 
quently been among them in consultation 

with other doctors. Soon he had a thriving 
little practice here. In the meantime his 
old patients were clamoring for him and he 
could not say "No" to them. Thus a double 
task was imposed upon him. Many the time 
has the writer seen him come home in the 
middle of the night, half frozen, hungry and 
dead tired. He would hardly have his clothes 
off before there would come another call. 
Out again in the snow and sleet, his horse 
miring in the slush, no he went without a 
thought for self, only intent on getting to 
his patient, to administer in many instances 
moral aid as well as professional. For after 
all, half of the ills of the body are controlled 
directly by the mind. So far as the writer 
knows, he never turned down a request for 
aid, it mattered not from whom, when, or 
where it came. Many times he started out 
on a long trip through sleet and snow with 
the absolute knowledge that not one cent of 
remuneration would be forth-coming, and 
in some cases not even gratitude. His heart 
was in his work. He often made the remark 
that there were two kinds of successes in 
the medical profession: the man who made 
money and the man who made people well 
and happy. His ideal of the medical profes- 
sion was to render all aid possible to suffering 
humanity; the material part of it seemed to 
have no glamour for him. So far as the writer 
remembers he never sent out a statement. 
He would take chickens, pigs, eggs, butter, 
feed for his stock, or anything that his patients 
saw fit to pay with. Nor did he push any of 
his clients. This is borne out by the fact 
that at his death, a half dozen or so large 
ledgers were full of unpaid accounts. It was 
not his wish that these accounts be pushed. 
In justice to his children, an attempt was made 
to collect them after his death, but pursuant 
to his request, no one was "pushed" except 
in a few instances where such base ingratitude 
was shown. One instance we recall. Dr. 
Smith had been family physician for twenty 
years to a man who, during this time had 
reared a large family. Nothing was ever paid 
on this account except probably some farm 
produce. When the statement was presented 
by the Executrix of the Estate, this party 
denied owing same and when it was found 
that pressure was going to be brought to 
bear, he promptly made over all of his pro- 
perty in his wife's name. 

Thus we see that his life was ever a life 
of service, given over to alleviating suffering 
humanity, without thought of material gain. 
We believe that just as sure as there is a 
Hereafter and a Heaven, and just so sure as 

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the teachings of the Great Master are true, 
believed and followed, that those teachings 
are a prerequisite for a seat in that Heaven 
and that Dr. Millard McFarland Smith today 
sits on the right hand of God and enjoys every 
joy inherited by those who are privileged to 
share His kingdom. 

Although not a close collector, his family 
was always well provided for. They suffered 
for none of the necessities of life. His 
children, unlike most children reared in the 
country, did practically no farm work. They 
were kept in school usually ten months in 
the year. 

Dr. Smith was a man who stood fearlessly 
by his moral convictions. The country in 
which he first located had in it a certain 
element of lawless men who cared neither for 
law nor man. Soon Dr. Smith's outspoken 
protests caused these men to single him out 
for a series of annoyances, threatening bodily 
harm, even way-laying him, shooting at him, 
stopping him, threatening to horsewhip or 
to run him out of the country. Notices were 
found on his door, or posted in different places 
where he would find them. 

However, his moral courage always stood 
him in good stead and finally this lawlessness 
was stamped out. 

In middle life and until failing health Dr. 
Smith weighed around two hundred pounds 
and was about five feet, nine inches tall. 
He had a massive head with a high forehead. 
His face was of the Roman type, with clear- 
cut features and a skin like a woman's. With 
shoulders thrown back, ever erect and a com- 
manding personage he was a Lord Chester- 
field in manners, a magnetic personality. 
He was one of the handsomest men the writer 
has ever known. With a wonderful flow of 
language — his English of the purest type — 
an unusually good memory, a perpetual smile, 
ever optimistic, always in a good humor, he 
was a man ever in demand, socially as well 
as professionally. He was the best story 
teller in Hardeman County; his fund of humor 
was inexhaustible. 

He was usually chosen to introduce any 
public speaker who might come to his town. 
He was an orator born, but confined his 
oratory to political speeches as a whole, al- 
though he was ever ready and willing to 
raise his voice on any subject wherein a 
principle was involved. He was not a fanatic 
on any subject but always stood for the sup- 
pression of the liquor traffic. On one oc- 
casion an ex-governor came to town to make 
a political address. Dr. Smith was to intro- 
duce him. When he found that the gentle- 

man was much under the influence of liquor, 
he went home in disgust, refusing point 
blank to introduce him or to have anything 
whatsoever to do with the occasion in any 

He was a Mason, also belonged to the Odd 
Fellows and took quite an interest in both 
of these organizations. 

One thing in connection with this man that 
stands out clearly in the minds of his children 
was his child-like love of the Christmas. For 
many Yuletides he was the Community Santa 
Claus. For personal reasons he and his wife de- 
cided to have their own tree in their home. He 
still played the Santa Claus, taking part and 
entering into the spirit of it just as one of the 
children, aided and abetted by his wife. 
Truly the children were more blessed in this 
respect than they dreamed. He never grew 
too old to love the mystery that always 
pervaded the Christmas night, purchasing 
his gifts for whatever children there might be 
in the home and hiding them away until the 
Christmas morning. After all it is just such 
a spirit as this in the father and mother that 
makes them live on and on in the hearts and 
minds of the children left behind. 

Although not belonging to any church, he 
had a creed and belief. He attended services 
in the different churches as long as he lived. 
The writer never knew one who had greater 
reverence and respect for all religions than 
he. His reverence for the church house will 
always remain indelibly impressed in the 
minds of his children. Dr. Smith lived a 
religion that might well be emulated by all 
who knew him. He certainly was a Brother 
to all Fellowmen. 

Soon after moving to Whiteville his devoted 
wife, to whom he ascribes whatever success 
he might have had, died. After this he plun- 
ged deeply into his work. In a few years his 
health gave down completely and for two 
years before his death he was an invalid. 
Under such a strain as he had lived, most 
men would have succumbed at once but his 
was a constitution, with a strong determina- 
tion to live that prolonged his life more than 
a year. It was a pathetic sight to see such 
a strong body so absolutely helpless and yet 
the mind as clear as a crystal and the humani- 
tarian instincts still strong. Never a word 
of complaint was heard except for the trouble 
he thought he was causing others who were 
administering to his needs and comfort. 

He died at Whiteville, Hardeman County, 
Tennessee, October 4, 1908 and was buried 
at Melrose Cemetery beside his wife. 

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Attesting the general feeling of love and 
reverence for Dr. Smith and sympathy for 
his family, at his funeral, the Methodist 
Church, the largest in the little town, was 
full and overflowing. Always a lover of 

flowers, he was laid to rest under a mound of 
beautiful floral tributes. A good man, a 
real servant of God and man. 
Resciat in pacem. 

Millard McFarland Smith Jr. 

Alice Hinkle Smith 

916 (See 507) 

Alice Hinkle Smith, daughter of George W. 
and Esther Frost Hinkle, was born in Dyer 
County, Tennessee, January 24, 1851. Her 
mother was the daughter of Polly (Margaret) 
Wilson of Lincoln County, Tennessee near 
Shelbyville. The records give the date of 
Esther Frost's birth as follows: "Hester 
Frost was born the 14th of October about 
six o'clock in the morning in the year of our 
Lord, 1817." The names Hester and Hesther 
seem to be the variables of Esther. 

Wilson Frost, father of Esther Frost, moved 
from North Carolina to Lincoln County and 
from there to Dyer County during the early 
settlement of the country, probably in the 
early thirties. 

Alice Hinkle Smith was christened Ala- 
bama, her father being an ardent sympathizer 
of the southern cause during the war of the 
sixties. She had three other sisters named 
for the seceding states, Tennessee, Missouri 
and Georgia. Alabama disliked her own 

name so much that she determined when she 
was older that she would change it to Alice, 
which she did and was known all through 
her girlhood by this name. Later in life her 
closest friends and husband called her Allie, 
a variable of Alice, as was much the custom 
in those days. 

On her father's side she was of direct 
German descent, the early spelling of the 
name being Hinkel, later changed to Hinkle. 
Little is known of the Hinkle family save that 
Geo. W. Hinkle's grandfather settled in 
Rowan County, North Carolina during the 
revolutionary period. His own father was 
killed later, in 1814, by the Indians. 

George Hinkle never saw his father. He 
was born a few months after his father's 
death, near Maxville, Rowan County, North 
Carolina. In later years his mother married 
Mr. Bessant. His mother was Miss Vail, 
whose father had been a general in the 
Revolutionary War and later a Commanding 
General of the State troops. In later years 
Mrs. Bessant moved to Dyer County. 1830 
is the nearest date we have of this. 

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Esther Frost's father moved to Dyer 
County in the early part of 1820. 

Esther Frost and Geo. W. Hinkle were 
married in Dyer Co., Tennessee near Dyers- 
burg, Tennessee about 1839. There is no 
accurate account of this marriage. Their 
oldest child was born in 1841, Sarah Francis 
Hinkle Pewett Willis. She is now living in 
Jonesboro, Arkansas. 

Alice Hinkle Smith's early childhood was 
spent in Dyersburg. A few years prior to 
the Civil War she moved six or eight miles 
north, near Hurricane Hill Church. Soon 
after this Esther Frost Hinkle died and was 
buried in the churchyard of Hurricane Hill 
Church. Several children died at this place, 
leaving only two, Fannie and Alice. 

George Hinkle returned to Dyersburg to 
live. He and the two girls made their home 
with Mrs. Hannah Frost Nolen. oldest sister 
of Esther Frost Hinkle. Mrs. Nolen and 
Mr. Hinkle shared alike the fortunes of war. 
Their slaves were gone; their money, con- 
verted into Confederate money, lost its value 
when the war closed. Undaunted, this sainted 
woman kept the faith and went through the 
period of the Civil War mothering all who came 
within her jurisdiction. Aunt Hannah was 
a real mother to these two orphan girls and 
as her son expressed it: "We regarded each 
other pretty much as brother and sister." 
Our mother went to school during the time 
they lived in Dyersburg. Often she referred 
to her life in Aunt Hannah's home as one of 
the bright spots in her life. She was very 
ambitious, always studious. 

She joined the Cumberland Presbyterian 
Church at an early age and was a consistent 
member of that church until many years 
later, living in a community where there was 
no Cumberland Church, she transferred her 
membership to the Methodist Episcopal 
Church, South. Through her entire life she 
was one of the most consecrated women the 
writer has ever known. To her, religion was 
a practical thing, not something to be assumed 
on stated occasions but lived every day, and 
a something to brighten and make happy each 
day of her life. 

At the age of fifteen our mother, together 
with her father and sister, went to Humboldt, 
Tennessee to make her home. She continued 
in school at this place until the age of eigh- 
teen. In 1869 she entered Melrose Institute 
at Trenton, Tennessee. This period of her 
life she lived over and over again with her 
children. Deeply appreciative of the op- 
portunity to continue her academic work, 
at last the one long cherished dream and hope 
of her life had presented itself. She began 

the study of music. In the life of every one 
there is a cherished ideal. Some achieve it; 
some do not; some achieve it only in their 
power of appreciation. Our mother was 
obsessed with the desire to become a finished 

Often has she recounted her efforts to 
make good in every way every opportunity 
that came to her. In the two years at 
Melrose she did not become the finished 
musician in every sense of the word, but 
from a point of musical intelligence and 
understanding, she achieved a great deal. 
She began too late to acquire the state of 
excellence in technique that would have been 
hers had the opportunity come earlier in 
life, but she did grasp that something that 
goes to make the real musician, the keen 
appreciation and understanding of the finer 
and deeper things that really make the gen- 
uine foundation of a real musician. 

She was graduated from Melrose in 1870 
with honors. She was Salutatorian of her 
class. That same year in September, follow- 
ing her graduation in June, she taught a 
private school in the home of Mr. Robert 
Taylor of Taylor's Chapel, Tennessee. Dur- 
ing this time she studied music with Mrs. 
Taylor. She made her home with her sister, 
Fannie, who had married Mr. Robert Pewett 
and who lived near Taylor's Chapel. 

In 1871 our mother became governess in 
the home of a Baptist minister, Mr. Wiley 
Sammons, who lived near Cedar Chapel, 
Tennessee, in Hardeman County. Truly 
this was a real haven for her. Too much 
cannot be said of the wonderful character of 
this sainted woman, Mrs. Wiley Sammons. 
Our mother had again found a mother, kind, 
gentle, always solicitous of her welfare. Truly 
it was a real home. She enjoyed her life and 
her work there. The friendship that evolved 
from that relationship grew and cemented 
even unto the present day. The remaining 
members of the family never tire of telling 
our mother's children what a wonderful, 
wonderful woman "Miss Allie" was. 

In 1871 Dr. Millard McFarland Smith, 
then a mere stripling of a youth, just out 
of medical college, came to Cedar Chapel to 
practice medicine. Mr. Sammons very kindly 
called him in as his family physician. Upon 
one of his visits to this home he saw Alice 
Hinkle. He often told the writer that never 
in all of his life had he seen such perfection 
in womanhood. Her superb poise completely 
captivated the young physician even before 
he had ever been introduced. Our father 
never grew tired telling the story of how he 
drew rein at the front gate upon getting a 

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glimpse of our mother in the backyard just 
as she was preparing to go over the stiles 
that lead into the orchard back of the house. 
He immediately sought Mrs. Sammons and 
asked for an introduction to the young lady. 
This was in the spring of 1872. 

Their finding each other in the springtime 
with such a happy setting as this beautiful 
old colonial home provided, easily paved the 
way for a beautiful love affair. Our father 
was impetuous and ardent. Our mother was 
cautious and discreet. Strange as it may seem 
to the children who perhaps have not heard the 
oft-repeated story from the lips of their mother, 
as the writer has, they may be surprised 
to know that father was a timid man in the 
affairs of the heart. He proposed to our 
mother in a most ardent love letter. One 
of the most interesting things the writer 
remembers of her early youth was the finding 
of this letter and confronting her mother 
with it. The mother instantly asked, "Where 
have you been?" The answer came: "In 
the attic, mother, in the old trunk in the attic." 
Is it to be supposed that any child would 
pass unnoticed such an interesting looking 
document as this was, recognizing the super- 
scription to be written by our father to our 
mother when she was a young lady? Cur- 
iosity added to interest. Under the super- 
scription was a large menacing hand that 
pointed directly to the word "Private". 
What belonged to our mother was common 
property so far as her children argued. With 
the blush of a school girl, she admitted the 
letter to be hers. Then she told the story 
of how "Old Hetty", our father's housekeeper, 
had brought the letter to her. 'Twas not 
a long story. Our father did not become of 
age until September 15, 1872, our mother was 
six months his senior. 

On October I, 1872, when all nature was 
aglow, this father and mother of ours to be, 
drove to the home of the sister, Mrs. Pewett, 
and there in the presence of this aunt, our 
grandfather and Mr. Pewett, they were 
married by their mutual friend, Mr. Wiley 

Often our mother would tell us the story 
of their happy journey back to the little 
home at Cedar Chapel. For some reason, 
our mother always said 'twas her innate dis- 
like of such, she had never learned to cook, 
so "Hettie" was retained as housekeeper. 
During the first few months of her married 
life, our mother taught the village school. 
Although grown up in years as girls were 
counted in those days, somehow this girl- 
wife would not grow up. Low in stature, 
small of physique, a perfect blonde, as some 

of the older settlers expressed it to the 
writer, "Your mother was a fitting type of 
the Marguerite in Faust". Her heavy blonde 
braids falling to her knees, teeth with the 
perfection of a pearl, skin with the rosy tint 
of a child, indeed our mother was a comely 
woman. Our father often spoke of her phy- 
sical perfection. He said he had never known 
one more perfect. Her habits as to personal 
cleanliness and dress were well worthy of 

The first son, Lothair, was born Aug. 19, 
1873. The following year found our father 
practicing medicine at Oak Hill, Tennessee, 
near Memphis. He lived here only a short 
time, returning to Cedar Chapel. Another 
son, Valeix, was born here. The wander-lust 
still gripping him, he soon moved to Friend- 
ship, Tennessee where he engaged in the 
practice of medicine with his father, Dr. J. D. 
Smith. Almonta was born here one year 
later. The next move found them back at 
Cedar Chapel. This time he bought a home 
and went in debt for same. As our mother 
would say, "This settled him." This was 
somewhere near 1880. They lived here until 
the year of 1900, when, after a fire which 
completely destroyed their home, they moved 
to Whiteville, Tenn. Between the period 
of 1880 and 1900 five other children were 
born, Esther, Auber, Lebert, Collice and 

Our mother was first the wife and then the 
mother. No wife, no mother ever loved or 
sacrificed more. Not one of her children 
remembers aught else as her outstanding 
qualities. Each child will remember from 
his earliest childhood how she instilled into 
each those vital things that go to make for 
the best in human kind. She taught truth- 
telling along with prayers. She aroused 
ambition in each of them to be and to do. 
Her maxim was: "Where there is a will there 
is a way." She wanted her children to be a 
living, breathing personality of the biggest 
and finest things she had ever conceived for 

All that we are today as children of Alice 
and Millard Smith, we owe to the unswerving 
determination, that finer and keener per- 
ception and gold tested integrity of our father 
and mother. 

By nature, she was modest and retiring 
in her every act. She avoided all semblance 
of show and display. Her love of children 
was evidenced all through life. All children 
who knew her loved her. Flowers grew and 
bloomed under her care as though her touch 
were magic. Her love of books never waned. 
We remember her as always alert and keeping 

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step with the times. Her housekeeping duties 
were never too onerous but that sometime 
during the week we would find her with the 
daily papers, keeping in touch with the out- 
side world and keeping herself informed in 
such a way that she could always discuss in 
an intelligent manner any subject that might 
be brought up. She had good health and 
wonderful power of endurance. But follow- 
ing the birth of the youngest child she was 
never quite herself again physically. There 
came a gradual decline. She was so patient, 
never complaining; perhaps we did not 
realize just how surely she was slipping away 
from us. We did not notice that the shadows 
in her life were lengthening. Her happy 
laugh, always like a thread of gold, lived with 
her until the end. 

The humorous side of her nature helped 
her over many of the graver issues of life. 
Somehow there was always a sunny side to 
everything for her. She had loved so much, 
served so faithfully and so long, perhaps God 
and His Angels felt that she needed just this 
rest that He provides for all of His saints. 
So our mother simply went to sleep. On 
February 24, 1 902 she slipped away for a 
much needed rest. I am sure she has never 
really left us in spirit, for to each of us there 
have come times when the shadows have 
come very low into our own lives; each of 
us has felt that he or she came out of them 
better and stronger all because of the in- 
visible presence and force of that little mother 
of ours. 

She sleeps today in Melrose Cemetery, 
Whiteville, Tennessee. Beside her are our 
father and one brother, Valeix. She lived so 
truly and so vitally among us and believed 
so firmly and so earnestly in her child-like 
faith in the good God in heaven, there should 
be a feeling of exaltation on the part of those 
who loved her so, and to whom her memory 
is so dear. 

Truly, she left her heart with us, what 
more could we ask, for in life and in death, 
she gave us her all. 

Esther Veturia (Smith) Dickerson 
Ellis Apartment "E" 
Paducah, Kentucky. 

The data given below has been furnished 
us from the Rowan County, N. C. Records. 
We think the ones mentioned herein are 
relatives of our mother on her paternal side. 
We pass it along for the benefit of those who 
may have other data, that they may use it 
in seeking for missing links. The 1 790 Census 
gives further data to those seeking informa- 

Wilson Frost married Mary (Polly) Wilson 
in Rowan County, N. C, March 21, 1809, 
Wilson Frost and James Wilson being the 
bondsmen, so the records at Salisbury, N. C. 
disclose. James Wilson was possibly either 
father or brother of Mary (Polly) Wilson. 
The earlier ancestors of Hester (Esther) 
Frost, from this union, are said to come from 
Virginia, but we do not know whether it was 
the Frost or the Wilson line. 

We find that one William Wilson married 
Ann Frost in Rowan County, N. C, March 
5, 1784. We also find this data in the Rowan 
Co. records: Samuel Frost married Sally 
Andrews, June 22, 1814; bondsmen, Samuel 
Frost and Thomas Hunt. 

John Frost married Elizabeth Hunt, De- 
cember 22, 1817; bondsmen, John Frost and 
Ransom Powell. 

Enace (or Enock) Frost married Susannah 
December 4, 1826; Enock Frost 
and Tillman, bondsmen. 

Samuel Frost married Jane Robertson, 
March 24, 1832; bondsmen, Samuel Frost 
and John Hardin. 

Ebenezer Frost married Elizabeth Wilson, 
Nov. 2, 1775; bondsmen, Ebenezer Frost 
and William Van Cleave. 

John Frost married Rebecca Boon, August 
21, 1794. 

Ebenezer Frost married Rebecca Baily, 
April 12, 1796; bondsmen, Ebenezer Frost 
and Brit Baylig. 

The presumption is that these people are 
relatives of our mother on her maternal side. 

At Salisbury, Rowan Co., N. C, is recorded 
the will of Elizabeth Frost who died in 1825. 
Her sons mentioned in it are as follows: 
Isaac N. Frost, James Frost, William Frost. 
Wilson Frost, Jonathan Frost and Samuel 
Frost. The daughters are as follows: Amy 
Frost, Rachael (Frost) Holman, Sally (Frost) 
Garwood, Elizabeth (Frost) Van Cleave, 
Abigail (Frost) Mervill. 

The Henkle (Hinkle) family also lived in 
Rowan County, N. C. The ways of spelling 
this name are numerous as will be seen; 
Henkel, Henkle and Hinkle, some using the 
original German name, Henkel. 

In Rowan County we find the following 
to have obtained deeds to lands: Jacob 
Henkle— 1763; Nathaniel Henkle— 1778; Pe- 
ter Henkle— 1778; Charles Henkle— 1778; 
Willis or (Wendall) Henkle— 1793; George 
Henkle- 1790; Michael Henkle— 1 795; Paul 
Henkle— 1 790 ; Caspar Henkle— 1 80 1 . 

Account is given of the following marriages 
in Rowan County, N. C: George Henkle 
married Francis Shaffer, September 17, 1795; 
William Henkle married Edna Hunter, De- 

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cember II, 1793; Joseph Henkle married 
Sarah Wilson, October 1, 1802; John Henkle 
married Mary Rosenbaum, February 26, 
1790; bondsman Jacob Henkle. 

The will of Peter Henkle of Rowan County, 
N. C 1775, shows: wife, Salony; brother, 
Charles; son, Anthony; daughter, Mary; 
cousin, Conrad. Other children whose names 
are not mentioned get the rest of the property. 
Esther Veturia (Smith) Dickerson 

907 (See 507) 





Shortly after Alice Hinkle Smith married 
our brother she came to Friendship, Tennes- 
see. The writer was only four years old. 
She borrowed him from our mother, took him 
fifty miles distant to her own home at Cedar 
Chapel, Tennessee and was his foster-mother 
for six months. The feeling he has for her 
children is , of necessity, that of a brother. 
She, to him, was a mother. As such, we 
place her picture in this book. 

She had eight interesting children, seven 
of whom are now living. 

A. Lothair Smith, the eldest, was born at 
Cedar Chapel, Tennessee, August 19, 1873. 
He is small in stature, never weighing over 
135 pounds, we would judge. The Creator was 
good to him. His bright, happy nature, with 
the smile that won't come off, has endeared 
him to a multitude of friends, and baffled 
opposition on many occasions. A well con- 
structed head with gray matter of that tex- 
ture predominates those traits of a con- 
structive, executive and managerial nature. 
Without wealth, influence or assistance; 
by close study, hard work and never tiring 
energy, he has steadily ascended the ladder 
of life's ambition, until today, in middle 
life, he stands in the foremost ranks and 
among the master minds of big insurance 

As a lad, one crop of corn tended and raised 
by him was the completion of his course in 
agriculture. It can't be said that this year's 
work in any way impaired his physical con- 
dition, as it was the boast of Lothair Smith 
and his younger brother, Almonta, who gave 
valuable assistance in the raising of this 
crop of corn, that they did not leave a lizard 
in the field with a tail. 

A common school education, with three or 
four years in Latin and Greek, was thought 
sufficient for his education, after being polish- 
ed off by a course in the Smith's Business 
College of Faducah. 

Books have been his intimate companions 
all through life. After leaving home, out 
of a salary of $35.00 a month, he saved suffi- 
cient to take one year's course at Vanderbilt 

He was very musical in his nature. By 
this, we mean, his love for good music was 
one of the big things in his nature. In his 
early business life he attempted to study 
music along with his work. 

There soon came the realization that to 
make a real success in the business world, 
his musical career would have to be sacrificed. 
He said that he realized that he had to take 
his choice between being a first class business 
man or a second rate musician. So the 
music went. 

At Paducah he was bookkeeper for the 
Paducah Standard, a daily newspaper. Later 
he went to Louisville, Kentucky, with the 
Equitable Life Assurance Co. Beginning as 
stenographer, he was finally promoted to 
cashier. He took a course for a year, at 
night, in Anatomy at the Medical College. 

Seeing the constant need of legal advice 
in his business, to make himself more valuable 
to his employers, he took a four year law 
course in the Louisville Law School, keeping 
up his work at the same time, and graduated 
with the class at the end of the 4th year. 

This effort was appreciated. Having made 
international law a specialty, he was offered 
a position in Japan by his company. This 
he refused. Another position in London, 
England, was offered but this was also de- 
clined. Finally he was offered the position 
as cashier at Pittsburg, Pa. This is the largest 
Insurance Agency in the world. He accepted 
and for several years there had from sixty 
to seventy-five people in a clerical position 
under him, handling millions of dollars every 

In 1918 the Government at Washington 
had not been able to properly organize the 
War Risk Insurance Department. The Equit- 
able was called upon to come to the rescue of 
the Government. Lothair Smith was sent 
to that place in May, 1918. He remained 
until Feb., 1919. His title was assistant to 
the Director of the Insurance Department. 
He had thirty-five hundred people in a 
clerical position under him. Others got the 
honor; he furnished the brains to organize 
and re-organize that department. High 
officials in Washington asked him to remain 
longer. He was asked to remain permanently 
there in the Insurance Department. He 
refused and went to the New York office- 
For many weeks thereafter he would go down 

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to Washington Friday night and give Satur- 
day to the completion of the work. 

When a young man, he told his father that 
he would never be satisfied until the Equitable 
Life was willing to pay him $10,000.00 a 
year. The ambitions of youth when in later 
life are achieved are not always satisfying. 
Now, in a high, trusted position, he works 
with that same youthful ardor, contentedly 
awaiting to see if there shall be further honors. 

In the New York office he bears the title. 
Assistant to the Auditor. He has accomplish- 
ed by the middle of life a business reputation 
and standing in the insurance world that only 
an insignificant part of one per cent ever 
attains. He still wears that cheerful smile 
and friendly greeting that helped to start 
him to success when yet a boy. 

Margaret Kale was born June 24, 1901. 
She is now completing her education in 
Columbia University, New York City. When 
four years of age, a mutual affection sprang 
up between her and Lothair Smith. She 
would leave her mother's home, go to the 
corner to see Lothair Smith, who then lived 
in the Coker Apartments in the same block. 
He would take her to a meal with him and 
then to the show. On Sunday she spent the 
most of theday with him. From this, there 
sprang a friendship out of which grew romance. 
On September 9, 1909, he married Margaret 
Kale's mother, Mrs. Anne Lindsay Kale, the 
daughter of John Saunders Lindsay and 
Margaret, his wife, of Louisville, Ky. 

Mrs. Smith was born July 26, 1877. Left 
a widow early in life, she entered the business 
world and supported herself and her child. 
Mrs. Smith is tall, larger than her husband, 
graceful, and of commanding appearance. 
She is a very handsome woman and the essence 
of good nature, endowed with keen intellect 
and an unusual sense of wit. She is a wonder- 
ful mother and an ideal wife. She told the 
writer that she married the choice of all the 
Smith family. Lothair thinks he made the 
bargain of his life when he married his wife. 
They reside at First and Washington Streets, 
Bayside, Long Island, New York. His 
business address is Equitable Life Building, 
New York. 

W. Thos. Smith 

Almonta Smith was born December 8, 
1877 at Friendship, Tennessee. He was 
educated in the public schools of Hardeman 
and Haywood County, and as was required 
by the father of all of his children, Almonta 
had his quota of Greek and Latin. Always 

a splendid mathematician, it is no wonder 
that he was of the hundred plus class when 
it came to his life work. After leaving the 
school room, he entered the Smith's Business 
College at Paducah, Kentucky. After finish- 
ing his course here, he went to Jonesboro, 
Arkansas, and was employed in a clerical 
capacity with the firm of Pewett Bros, at 
that place. From here he went to Nettleton, 
Ark., and was associated with a lumber con- 
cern at that place. 

When about the age of twenty, we find 
him in the employ of Chapman-Dewey 
Lumber Co. in their Marked Tree, Arkansas 
office. He began his work here at the bottom 
of the ladder. With perseverance, tenacity 
of purpose, always giving the best in him to 
his people, today, Almonta stands at the 
top, one of the most valuable men in the 
entire Chapman-Dewey force of men. He 
knows every phase of the lumber business, 
from the office to the remotest part of the 
woods, equally at home in the office or in 
the yards. The one secret of his success has 
been his cooperation and thorough under- 
standing of the men under him. He has 
never forgotten that he has not always been 
at the head of affairs; is able to put himself 
in the other man's place. He is fair; just, 
in its every sense of the word. If, at times, 
he seems harsh, it is only his way of trying 
to drive home a truth that will be for the 
man's good. His keen sense of humor, the 
mischievous boy in him is always bubbling 
over. His love of a joke keeps him young. 
Only a very bald head betrays his forty- 
four years. 

In his early thirties he was the recipient 
from the heads of the Chapman-Dewey Co. 
of a gift of quite a large block of stock in 
this company in order to make him a partner 
and a permanent fixture in the business. 
Today he is a holder of some worth in his 
company and is the Sales Manager of their 
Memphis office. 

Chapman-Dewey Lumber Co. owns some- 
thing like fifty thousand acres of land and 
have owned as high as ninety thousand. 
The pay roll at Marked Tree runs in to the 
hundreds. The main office is located at 
Kansas City. 

Chapman-Dewey Lumber Co. does more 
of a wholesale business, selling almost ex- 
clusively to large manufacturing plants rather 
than to the retail business. Almonta Smith 
is a lumber man in its every sense and is 
well known among the big lumber concerns 
of the country. 

Were you to hunt the world over, you 
would not find a man more keenly interested 

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in his home and family. His wife and child- 
ren come before everything else. In June, 
1901, at Gilmore, Arkansas, he married Au- 
gusta (Gussie) May Stirewalt, born July I I , 
1883, Timothy, Illinois. Mrs. Smith has every 
attribute of the wife and mother. She is 
of the brunette type, a very handsome woman. 
In her home she is the ideal housekeeper and 
home-maker. She is gracious in manner; 
making a friend means to retain it. Her 
husband and her children are the vital things 
of her life. Never tiring in her efforts to 
make for their comfort and happiness, the 
writer knows of no more unselfish mother 
or wife. Their home is the social center of 
their little town. They have put the best 
into their home-making. It is attractive in 
every way, just the kind to make children 
satisfied and feel that in no other home do 
they find just that thing that they get in 
their own. This is real success in life. 

Two most interesting children were born 
to this union. Alta Ardene Smith, born 
June I, 1902, was graduated from the Marked 
Tree High School in June, 1919. In June, 
1921 she was graduated from the Randolph- 
Macon Institute, Danville, Virginia, with 
honors both in music and her academic work. 
In the fall of 1921 she entered the Randolph- 
Macon Woman's College, Lynchburg, Vir- 
ginia, where she expects to remain until 
she has finished the course there. Alta is a 
very accomplished musician, both vocal and 
instrumental. Of rather a retiring nature, 
she leaves the other person to find out her 
real worth. The ones who know her best 
know just how much of the pure gold she 
has in her make-up. She is very ambitious 
for a thorough education and if she continues 
as she has already begun, she will make her 

She is of the blonde type, a beautiful girl. 
As before stated, her personality is of the 
kind that wins. A veritable gem is this won- 
derful girl. 

Alice Ethelene Smith was born July I, 1904 
at Marked Tree, Arkansas. She was gradua- 
ted from the Marked Tree High School in 
June 1921. In 1920 she entered the Tri- 
State Musical Contest, Arkansas, Mississippi 
and Tennessee being represented. In this 
contest she failed. Not to be daunted, again 
in the same contest in June 1921, she won 
the medal. 

In the fall of 1921 she, with her sister 
Alta, entered the Randolph-Macon Woman's 
College at Lynchburg, Virginia. 

Ethelene is of a prodigious mental acumen. 
She inherits from her father his talent along 
mathematical lines. She, too, is a talented 

musician, both vocal and instrumental.'^Surely 
the spirit of their grandmother, Alice'Hinkle 
Smith, lives again in these two girls'of AI- 
monta Smith. BfllEi^^l 

She is more of the brunette type and very 
small. She is an athlete, entering into and 
enjoying almost any form of outdoor sport. 
As a swimmer, she excels. Both she and her 
sister Alta share equally in these accomplish- 
ments. With a bright, sunny disposition, 
making friends as she goes, truly it can be 
said of this girl, she is a rare type. 

The writer has a catch algebraic problem 
which apparently proves that one equals 
two. We start with A equals X. Later we 
divide by A minus X which is zero and thus 
apparently obtain a result that A equals 
A plus X — and substituting — A equals 2A, 
or 1 equals 2. We gave this problem to 
Ethelene, and in a flash she solved it, the 
first person to whom the writer had given 
the problem who had ever done so. 

It would be a very difficult problem to 
try to determine which of the two girls really 
has the brighter future. It is safe to say that 
there is much in store for both. 

W. Thos. Smith 

Esther Veturia Smith Dickerson, born June 
13,1 880, was named for her two grandmothers. 
She spent most of her childhood days in 
the village of Cedar Chapel, Hardeman 
County, Tennessee. 

She received her early scholastic training 
in the village school. In the fall of 1895 she 
went to Waverly, Tennessee where she entered 
the Waverly Training School. In the summer 
of 1897 she was graduated, having taken her 
entrance examination for Vanderbilt Uni- 
versity. During the summers of 1896 and 
1897 she was with the teachers' class in 
County Normal Training in Waverly, Hum- 
phreys County. 

There was one thing required by the father 
of this woman — that was to study Greek and 
Latin. She had her quota, taking three years 
Greek and five years Latin. She began teach- 
ing in the public schools of West Tennessee 
in 1898 and for five years she continued in 
this work, during which time she completed 
her course in the Tennessee State Normal at 
Jackson, Tennessee. Later she took a course 
in shorthand and bookkeeping in the Smith's 
Business College at Paducah, Kentucky, 
graduating from there in the fall of 1899. 

Always a great lover of music and having 
studied at different times since early child- 

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hood, she a veiled herself of every opportunity 
presented to further her work in musical 
lines. Her thorough foundation and what 
she really is today in the musical world, she 
will tell you she owes all to her mother, who 
was a real musician. At different times she 
studied with the best teachers she could 
find in Memphis, Tennessee and Louisville 
Kentucky. But unfortunately, or fortunate- 
ly, music, of a necessity, was a side issue, 
for it was necessary for her to work. 

She entered the business world in 1903, 
coming to Paducah, Kentucky, in the fall of 
1904. In January she accepted a position 
with the A. B. Smith Lumber Co. as steno- 
grapher and bookkeeper. In the fall of 1906 
she was in charge of the music department of 
the Indianola High School, Indianola, Sun- 
flower County, Miss. While there she mar- 
ried Albert D. Dickerson of Paducah but 
insisted that she remain until she had fulfilled 
her contract with that school. 

Shortly after her marriage, her husband 
organized the Dickerson Tobacco Co. at 
Paducah, Kentucky, building a large ware- 
house and factory. This involved a heavy 
indebtedness, which had to be paid. Esther 
Smith Dickerson was equipped to help her 
husband. She became his companion, his 
co-worker in his every interest. Today she 
is and for years has been his trusted secretary, 
his silent partner. Now that the skies are 
clear, it gives her great satisfaction to know 
and feel that she helped to steer the ship in 
stormy weather. Her work for her husband 
has been done in the home, where they have 
a well equipped office. She works in the 
crpacity of stenographer and secretary. 

Her greatest pride is that she can and 
wishes to be called a "working woman". 
The writer asked her why she did not keep a 
servant. She told him that she did not have 
time to bother with the kind she could afford. 
We asked her if she belonged to any of the 
numerous Bridge Clubs. She smiled; re- 
plied that she was just a normal woman, loved 
the game, played it with the same keen enjoy- 
ment that she worked at everything else, 
but that she did not allow herself the luxury 
of belonging to a club because she was afraid 
she might find herse f enslaved, and somehow, 
there was not the time for it with the degree 
of regularity that club life called for. She does 
do club work to a certain degree, the Woman's 
Club, a musical club or two, the U. D. C. 
and D. A. R., all come for their quota. In 
her own words; "I belong to enough." With 
her regular duties as a housekeeper, "home- 
keeper", with the average demand on the 

average woman from the outside world, her 
trying to keep up her music and a certain 
amount of reading, and last but not least, 
her church work, little time is left for the 
Bridge Club, much as the lure may be. 

Her heart lies nearest her home and her 
husband. She works with a purpose and 
dispatches her duties with ease and finish. 
With the many interruptions, we do not know 
how she does it, but she does. 

Her greatest love is her husband and her 
child. No child was ever more welcome than 
the little one who came and went the same 
day, September 24, 1908. Her love of children 
and humanity is really a very vital thing in 
her make up. A little child, to her calls 
forth the best in her and arouses a peculiar 
love and tenderness as nothing else can do. 

Lack of funds limits her in her acts of 
charity, but she gives willingly, cheerfully 
and silently of herself and her substance. 

She is of an optimistic nature, and is 
always on the alert to avoid anything of 
an unpleasant nature; but if that thing 
comes, to her, it has come, and the inevitable 
has to be accepted. She makes the best of it, 
trying to find a way around it, since it had 
to come. 

Her husband is a well-rounded business man, 
endowed with more than ordinary business 
acumen and would have made a success any- 
where, yet the writer feels that she deserves 
some credit for his success. She has never 
at any time antagonized. They have worked 
hand in hand, partners in business and at 
play. On two hours' notice she will pack a 
grip and be ready to go with him whether 
it be to New Orleans, Louisville or Virginia. 

She is a member of the M. E. Church 
South and loves her church. Her work in 
the Sunday School for a number of years 
meant a great deal to her. Through her 
efforts and with the aid of a faithful class a 
Young Ladies Bible Class was organized. 
Out of this class has grown one of the largest 
organizations in the Broadway Methodist 
Church at Paducah, The Susannah Wesley 
Bible Class. 

No life however full of well performed 
duties either at home or abroad can be called 
a real success unless the one living that life 
has endeared himself or herself to those who 
are nearest and dearest. 

Esther Smith Dickerson counts that thing 
greatest in her life — her love for her own — and 
the honest belief and faith in their genuine 
affection for her. Love and loyalty is the 
keynote of her life. 

W. Thos. Smith 

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In 1066 William I, The Conqueror, of 
Normandy invaded and conquered England. 
With him or following him, we are told, 
went one Dickerson. He was rewarded with 
the Manor of Kenson and took the name of 
Walter de Kenson. Later he is said to have 
changed it back to Dickerson. Another 
English family was called Richard. It is 
said that later it was called Dick and then 
Diccon. Later this was lengthened into 
Dicconson about the twelfth century. 

Charles Dickenson, son of Simon Dickenson 
married Rachael Carter. His mother was 
Catherine Dudley, daughter of the fifth 
Lord Dudley. Three of his sons came to 
Virginia in 1654, Walter, Henry and John. 
Their descendants are said to spell the name 
Dickenson, Dickerson and Dickinson. As 
this was before the day of much printing, 
we find many names in the same families 
spelled differently. Most of the Dickerson 
families in Virginia who have been able to 
trace back are said to have come from one 
of these three brothers. 

Daniel Dickenson, United States Senator 
from Pennsylvania, Governor Mahlon Dicker- 
son and Governor Philemon Dickerson, both 
of New Jersey, and Don M. Dickinson in 
Cleveland's cabinet are all said to have been 
descendants of these three brothers, spelling 
their names three ways. 

James Dickerson, of Appomattox County, 
Virginia, married Martha (Pattie) Paris or 
Parish. In August 1809 there was born to 
them a very noted character, Daniel Dicker- 
son who died March I I, 1900. No man in his 
section enjoyed the confidence of people in 
the way he did. He was so noted for his 
honesty, his ability to analyze the differences 
of others, dissect and explain them, come to 
a just and fair conclusion by the rule of reason, 
by the law of right and wrong, that many came 
to him and went over their differences and 
abided his decision, when had it not been for 
him, there would have been extended liti- 
gation in the courts. He married Elizabeth 
Ann Wade, born in Tenn. 1819. She died 
a few hours before he did and both were 
buried in the same grave. 

To them was born William James Dickerson 
March 3, 1838. He died July 19, 1920. 
He married Annie P. Webb on Dec. 18, 1867 
and she lives in Lynchburg, Virginia. He 
enlisted in Co. H. l8thVa. Infantry, Hunter's 
Brigade, Pickett's Division, Longstreet's 
Corps. He was in the battles of Manassas, 
Gettysburg, and Hatcher's Run. At Hatch- 
er's Run with all his brigade he was taken 
prisoner and imprisoned at Point Lookout. 

Annie P. Webb was a daughter of Albert 
Webb who was a Confederate soldier and 
who died in 1864 from fever contracted in 
the army. He was the son of Nathan Webb 
and Mary (Polly) Strange, his wife. The 
mother of Annie P. Webb was Mary Eliza- 
beth (Jennings) Webb. She was born 1826, 
died Dec. 22, 1900 and was the daughter of 
James Jennings who died 1868, and who in 
1822, married Phoebe Ford of Cumberland 
County, Virginia. James Jennings was the 
son of Allen Jennings who married a Miss 
Gilliam. Allen Jennings was the son of 
Robin Jennings who was a soldier in the 
Revolutionary war. 

To William James Dickerson and Annie P. 
Webb, his wife, on Nov. 2, 1875 was born 
Albert Daniel Dickerson. Albert Daniel 
Dickerson was born about nine miles from 
Appomattox Court House, Virginia and 
spent his boyhood days on the farm. After 
passing through high school, he took a 
course in and was graduated from the Pied- 
mont Business College at Lynchburg, Vir- 
ginia. At the age of nineteen he entered the 
tobacco business and has since been engaged 
in it. 

In 1904 he came to Paducah, Kentucky, 
and later married the most handsome woman 
in Paducah. At least if there was another 
one there so handsome, the writer has never 
met her. 

He came to Paducah in Nov., 1904. He 
then for some time had been associated with 
and still is associated with W. G. Dunnington 
& Co. He came as buyer and bookkeeper. 
This firm represents the Italian Regie, New 
York, N. Y., exporters of tobacco for the 
Italian Government. Later he was made 
Western District Manager over all the fac- 
tories which rehandle for the Italian Govern- 
ment, the following points being under his 
jurisdiction: Fulton, Ky., Mayfield, Ky., 
Murray, Ky., Paris, Tenn., Martin, Tenn., 
La Center, Ky. 

In 1909 he organized the Dickerson To- 
bacco Co., Paducah, Ky., this being a re- 
handling concern also. He is manager of this. 

Albert Dickerson is of the managerial and 
executive cast of mind. He knows how to 
handle men and get along with them, get 
the best there is in them and at the same 
time treat them in a manner as to make them 
his friends. Some who are very close to this 
man have been heard to say that the Courts 
of Justice lost a valuable man when he failed 
to follow the study of law. He is one of the 
best students of human nature the writer 
has ever known. 

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His interest is centered in his business and 
his wife. Save for his wife, his mother, 
sisters and female relatives he has no personal 
interest in femininity. He is very fond of 
children, alternately teasing and befriend- 
ing them. The world knows nothing of his 
liberality, and yet it is wonderful, far exceed- 
ing that of many who shout it from the house- 
tops to advertise theirs. His is done quietly. 
He disdains parade, glamour or notoriety. 
He prefers that his works, his good deeds, 
his charitable acts, be incognito to all save 
those directly interested. 

His friendship for those whom he likes 
becomes welded as of steel. If misfortune 
should come to us, there is no man living who 
would more quickly come to our rescue 
than Albert Dickerson. It is a wonderful 
satisfaction to have for a friend a man of his 

His capacity for work is marvelous. There 
is not a lazy bone in his body. He is a man 
of strongest character. One can always know 
just how he stands on every question. Truly 
he is a man with the courage of his convictions. 
It matters little to him whether his views be 
popular or not. Not wantonly does he hurt 
the feelings of any one for the sake of wound- 
ing, and yet diplomacy does not deter him 
from expressing his opinion of that which 
concerns the good of all. 

He is a high type of business man, has the 
confidence of men in all lines of business. He 
would be a leader in any occupation. 

His habits are those of the student. He 
reads and studies much. His is of a literal 
type of mind, preferring history, a literature 
of facts, to fiction. He is a close reader of 
the Geographic Magazine, any magazine 
that pertains to the affairs of the day, agri- 
cultural matters, etc. Seldom you meet a 
busy business man better informed along 
general lines. His memory is nothing short 
of precocity. 

A lover of nature in its every sense, he 
yearns for the time when he will be in a 
position to hark back to his native soil, 
Virginia. His one thought is to go back, 
purchase a typical Virginia home and live 
his last years near to nature. 

His adversity to publicity is so strikingly 
strong, we hesitate to say more, only this: 
his is the common creed, the Brotherhood of 
Man. Adhering to no religion in particular, 
but with a great reverence for all, he lives 
each day with a clean conscience toward all, 
enmity toward none. 

W. Thos. Smith 


Auber Smith, the fourth son of Dr. Millard 
M. Smith and Alice Hinkle Smith, was born 
March 15, 1882. He received his early 
scholastic training in the public schools of 
Hardeman County, Tennessee. On Feb. 
14, 1897 he came to Paducah, Kentucky 
where he took a course in the Smith's Busi- 
ness College. After completing same he went 
to Jonesboro, Arkansas, where he worked in 
a clerical capacity. He returned to Paducah 
and went with the Jennings Real Estate 
Agency. Owing to ill health he went to 
California, remaining there for four years. 
He was city salesman for Union Metal and 
Hardware Co., Los Angeles. At the age of 
twenty-one he returned to Paducah and 
again associated himself with Mr. Jennings. 
Feeling the need of a higher and dryer climate, 
he again responded to call of wanderlust and 
moved to Roanoke, Virginia. Very soon 
afterwards he was offered a position with an 
insurance department of a bank in Indianap- 
olis, which he accepted. Later he returned 
to Paducah where he accepted a position with 
the Maryland Casualty Co. It will be only 
fair to Auber Smith to quote a tribute paid 
him by that same Company. "Thirty years 
ago in Hardeman Co., Tennessee, a male 
child born to the Smith family was christened 
Auger, because he early showed unusual 
ability at getting through things. This name 
was subsequently softened to Auber at the 
request of the child's mother, who declared 
Auger too pointed even for a sharp boy like 
her son, but the change of name had no effect 
on Auber's nature. 

At the age of sixteen he began drilling his 
way through the world, working at different 
times in his own state of Tennessee, in Ken- 
tucky, in Arkansas, in Virginia, in Indiana, 
and for four years he lived in California, 
bringing an impaired breathing apparatus 
back to health. However, he always re- 
turned to Kentucky after each attack of 
wanderlust, and in Kentucky there was no 
spot so sweet as Paducah. 

It was here, in the office of a real estate 
and insurance agency, that Auber and the 
Maryland met. As he relates it, 'In 1905 we 
secured the agency of the Maryland from that 
gentlemanly old war horse, Mr. J. Stewart 
Bell of Louisville. Next year the Home Office 
took a long shot and placed the general 
agency for a limited territory with us. Then 
I saw a better field in casualty insurance than 
in a mixed insurance and real estate, hence 
the dissolution of the firm, yours truly taking 

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over the Maryland. Then I woke up to the 
fact that trying to support a family and pay 
office expenses on a commission income of 
$750.00 per year meant starvation. As I 
did not want to starve I bought an automobile 
on nerve and started out to get business. 
Since then 1 haven't had the nerve to stop.' 
There can be no doubt that Auber does get 
the business. He goes in particularly for 
liability, accident and disability insurances, 
and fidelity bonds, but he also does well with 
other lines. How well does he do? Why, this 
well: on the six months' record for the 
Fifteenth Anniversary Celebration Contest 
he stands first in his class of fifty-five. Yes, 
this little fighter in Kentucky, who weighs 
exactly one hundred and eight pounds, has 
so far whipped fifty-four able men. Great 
work for Auber — the auger, he bores right 

Auber Smith was one of the promoters of 
and helped to organize The Ohio Valley Fire 
and Marine Insurance Company. He was their 
secretary for three years. He resigned to 
look after his own insurance business. 

A. B. Smith not related to him, has built 
up a very large lumber business, reaching 
into several of the southern states. He and 
Auber Smith have been close friends for years. 
Mrs. A. B. Smith has been at the head of 
the managerial department for a number of 
years. Owing to the growth of the business, 
also being desirous of having some one in 
the business who would be capable of relieving 
her entirely of her responsibility as manager, 
the firm, in 1919, made Auber Smith a pro- 
position to go with them in that capacity. 
Since then he has been their trusted man, 
spends most of his time here and there in 
the south, looking after the interests of the 
A. B. Smith Lumber Co., whose main office 
is located in 32, City National Bank Building, 
Paducah, Kentucky. 

On January 17, 1906 he married Virgie 
Kinney of Bolivar, Tennessee. 

Robert Kinney was a private in Captain 
Martin's Company, in Peter Grubb's Battalion, 
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Militia in 
their march for the camps in the Jerseys. 
On August 13th, 1776 he was mustered 
and passed by the Committee of Observation 
and Inspection in Lancaster. 

He was born July I, 1758, died December 
1843. He married in 1783, Carolina Grider, 
born 1763. 

To them was born Thomas Patton Kinney, 
Sept., 1812, who died December 4, 1882. 
On March I, 1837 he married Ann Sammons 
who was born August 1, 1815 and died No- 
vember 4, 1859. To them was born Joseph 

Marshall Kinney Feb. 22, 1850. He died 
Oct. 15, 1921 and was buried at Bolivar, 
Tennessee. On December 12, 1877 he married 
Ida Eleanor Hudson, born Feb. 7, 1854, 
daughter of Thomas Jefferson Hudson (born 
1800, died 1861) and his third wife, Elizabeth 
Katherine Reaves, (born 1824, died 1882,) to 
whom he was married in 1846. 

Virgie Kinney is a daughter of Joseph 
Marshall Kinney and his wife, Ida Eleanor 
Kinney, She was born in the home of her 
maternal grandmother, the "Old Hudson 
Homestead", Hardeman County, about five 
miles from Whiteville, Tennessee, June 19, 
1884. Three days before she was fifteen, she 
graduated from the High School at Mercer, 
Tennessee. A year later she began teaching 
and taught for two years. She then became 
assistant at the Post Office at Bolivar, Ten- 
nessee, where she remained until she married 
Auber Smith, at which time she moved to 
Paducah, Kentucky. The two families had 
been close friends for years, Auber Smith's 
father. Dr. Millard M. Smith was their family 

We shall never forget the untiring, constant, 
devoted and child-like affection with which 
she served our mother from the day she had 
her fatal accident to the time her body was 
placed under the soil. It sealed a love, an 
affection, a friendship and a kindly feeling 
that can never be severed on our part. 

Intellectuality is the dominant trait of 
her character. She worships her husband, idol- 
izes her children. She ever refrained from 
"baby talk" and asked others to use correct 
English in talking with her babies. 

Two bright, interesting children came from 
this union. Eleanor, born October 12, 1907; 
David, born November 15, 1909. We know 
of no brighter, finer children. With such a 
wonderful mother and father, it is no wonder. 

W. Thos. Smith 


Lebert Smith was born March 7, 1884 at 
Cedar Chapel, Tennessee. He received his 
scholastic training at Cedar Chapel, later 
attending the High School at Whiteville, 

At the age of sixteen he developed the 
wanderlust which had seized upon his father 
at about the same age. He left home to 
explore the world, starting for Texas and 
landing at Huntsville, Alabama. Later we 
find him in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Civilian 
life was entirely too tame for this adventurous 
lad. In June, 1901 he enlisted with Uncle 

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Sam and was stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas. 
Upon hearing that he had taken this step, his 
mother was very much grieved. A sister 
who was much interested in the career of this 
wanderer, remarked to her mother: "Well 
mother, he needed a boss and he needed a 
job he couldn't turn loose. He has both." 
This was cold comfort, but truly it was a 
good day for Lebert Smith when he joined the 
army. He first joined the Infantry, but owing 
to a long, severe illness, contracted while at 
Fort Keogh, Montana, he was transferred to 
the Cavalry. He spent three years in the 
army, stationed at Forts in Kansas, Montana 
and the Dakotas. 

His mother was critically ill while he was 
in the service. He obtained a furlough and 
reached her several days before she died. 
The furlough was extended but lacked twelve 
hours of being long enough. He was ordered 
back to service, another furlough being 
denied him. He left a dying mother, the 
message coming to him of her death when only 
fifty miles away. Such is the stern reality 
of duty. His love for this little mother was 
pathetic. He was the one who never forgot 
to show his affection in every way. He loved 
her as a man seldom loves a mother. She be- 
came reconciled to his life away from the 
home but somehow she felt that he was 
further from her than the other boys and the 
yearning was always there. 

After he was given an honorable discharge 
from the army he went to Marked Tree, 
Arkansas where he was associated with the 
Chapman-Dewey Lumber Co. For a number 
of years he was in the main office. Later, he 
was made manager of the Chapman-Dewey 

In 1919 he went into the hardware business 
in Marked Tree. Like many other merchants 
at that time following the depression of a 
war, he suffered severe reverses. He had at 
one time turned down an offer from the 
Shapleigh Hardware Co. of St. Louis. After 
his business reverses, they again offered him 
a position with them as salesman. He ac- 
cepted. Today his territory covers part of 
Arkansas, Tennessee and Mississippi; con- 
tiguous to Memphis, Tennessee. 

He and his family live at Baldyn, Mississippi. 

Lebert Smith is tall, well built and round 
rather than angular. He is the largest one 
of Millard Smith's boys. The writer thinks 
he is the handsomest of all the boys and we 
say this without any intent to under estimate 
a certain other brother who is counted hand- 
some by many. He is polite, open, frank and 
honest. A manlier fellow there never was. 
He is a one hundred per cent man. ;; 

As a young man he called his sweetheart 
"Miss Edna." In the spring of 1907 he mar- 
ried Alice Edna Chambers. After fourteen 
years of married life, to him, both in private 
and public, she is still "Miss Edna". There 
is a peculiar melody in his voice when he 
speaks her name which breathes of a deep 

Their life together has been a wonderfully 
happy one. In it there are no family secrets. 
They have been partners in everything. There 
has always been a unison of thought, purpose 
and interest. They have worked and planned 
jointly. They were married at Henderson, 
Tennessee, where she then lived. 

Alice Edna Chambers was born at Boone- 
ville, Miss., going to Henderson, Tennessee 
later in life. She is the daughter of Joseph 
Daniel Chambers who was of Irish descent, 
and of Josephine Kramer, his wife. Josephine 
Kramer was of direct German descent. Her 
father, (or her grandfather — of this we are 
not certain), was of the Royal Family of 
Germany. The compulsory service in the 
army to one of his station in life was so dis- 
tasteful that he preferred to be a hundred 
per cent American than to be the recipient 
of a large German estate which carried with 
it a compulsory army service. Secretly, he 
left his father-land, came to America, re- 
mained incognito, so far as his title was con- 
cerned, married in America and reared a 
family and died. To his family after his 
death, a companion who had come from 
Germany with him revealed the identity of 
this man. This ancestor was truly one hun- 
dred per cent American. We know the facts 
but do not remember the name. 

Edna Chambers was reared on the farm. 
She was graduated from the Christian College, 
Henderson, Tennessee. She loves every one, 
whether they be big or little, so long as they 
are respectable and decent in manner. She 
has a love and esteem for her husband and 
children, his and her relatives, that is distinct- 
ly closer, more wonderfully beautiful, and 
finer than the love she has for any other. 
She is in no way clannish, but really has a 
peculiar affection for her own. 

She is a most consistent member of the 
Christian Church. Seldom do we find one 
more in love with the church of their choice 
than Edna Chambers Smith. 

They have two interesting boys, Rubert 
Taylor Smith, born March 30, 1909; Hummel 
E. Smith, born Dec. 16, 1910. They are 
all there, 100 per cent American in every 
sense of the word. 

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Collice Smith was born May 15, 1887 at 
Cedar Chapel, Tennessee. She received her 
early schooling in the village school at Cedar 
Chapel. After her parents moved to White- 
ville, Tennessee, she attended the High School 
at that place. She graduated from the 
Methodist College Female Institute, Jackson, 
Tennessee in June, 1905. As was required 
by her father, Collice came in for her required 
quota of Latin and Greek along with her 
brothers and sisters. In 1904 she took a 
course in booking at Draughon's Business 
College, Paducah, K.y. 

Her mother died when she was not yet 
sixteen years of age. Her father died when 
she was just past twenty one. She had been 
named and was the Executrix of his estate. 
In the closing up of this estate she showed 
the business sagacity that was so necessary 
to successfully perform this duty. Too much 
cannot be said of her patient untiring efforts 
to do the right thing at the right time, trying 
to please one and all of the children and all 
concerned. While only an inexperienced girl 
in the ways of business, she showed an unusual 
amount of tact and ability in managing 
the estate of her father. One cannot find a 
much more intricate state of affairs than that 
of the country doctor. She was also guardian 
for a younger brother. He told the writer 
that he had had an idea that she was a little 
close with him at times but when he had 
occasion to review his own personal state- 
ment after the estate was wound up, he re- 
marked: "I never saw as many 'do's' in 
my life." His remittances had come regular- 
ly and in order. He only needed a reminder. 

Collice Smith McConkey proved herself 
an ever present help in the time of storm. 
The children owe her more perhaps then 
they realize. 

She studied voice one year at Jackson, 
Tennessee; two years with Mrs. Marie 
Greenwood Worden, Memphis, Tennessee; 
had two summers at Pt. Chatauqua and one 
winter term at New York City under Madam 
Von Klenner of that City. Since her marriage 
she has studied at the Conservatory of Music, 
Toronto, for one term. She was a member of 
the Mendelssohn Choir of Toronto for a year. 

A special provision was made for her for 
the continuance of the study of voice by her 
father before his death. 

Had she followed up her study of voice 
there is no question about her having had a 
career. She had the talent, she had the 
voice. Her voice is a beautiful lyric so- 

prano, rich in sweetness and yet clear, with 
bell-like tones. With this she has the temper- 
ament and bearing of the artist. Her mother 
ever encouraged her as a child to sing. She 
believed in her ability even before Collice 
was in her teens. All of her teachers en- 
couraged her, insisting that she make it her 
life work. She herself honestly believed that 
this would come true. Not every time are 
we the makers of our own destiny. 

In the fall of 1910 she, with a close friend, 
went to Toronto, Ontario, to spend a week 
before going to New York for their winter of 
study. Here she met Alfred Frederick 
McConkey. He was a great lover of music. 
With this mutual love of music, soon there 
sprang up a friendship between the two. 
This friendship ripened into a real courtship 
in time. Collice Smith began to wonder if 
there was not something more worth while 
in life than even a real career. 

There came the old, old story, as old as 
time itself. On December 28, 191 I at the 
Broadway Methodist Church, Paducah, Ken- 
tucky, they were married. 

Since that time they have resided in 
Toronto, Ontario. For some time after her 
marriage she sang a great deal in public. 
With the coming of her twin daughters, she, 
of a necessity, had to confine the most of 
her singing to the home. Now that they are 
older, she has again taken up her work in 
the musical world. These two children, 
Esther and Eileen, are the pride of her life. 
When asked for some data for this sketch, 
she said that really the two biggest things 
she had ever done were to get married and 
be the mother of her twin girls. The writer 
somehow agres that she is about right. 
Collice Smith McConkey is at her best in 
her home. She is a wonderful mother and 
wife. Like all born mothers, she loves her 
children with a passionate love. At the same 
time she is a sane mother, most practical and 
sensible at all times. It is a real joy to be 
in the McConkey home. There radiates such 
happiness and congeniality as can come only 
from hearts that are truly and genuinely happy 
and where the right kind of companionship 

Frederick McConkey was born in Toronto, 
August, 1875. He is a merchant tailor and 
shirt manufacturer. He is among the most 
successful business men of Toronto. Of a 
most genial nature, thoroughly dependable 
in word and deed, no one would have a thought 
but to trust him. He is truly a prince among 

W. Thos. Smith 

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Lieutenant Millard McFarland Smith Jr. was 
born June 30, 1892 at Cedar Chapel, Tennessee. 
Here he received his early education, later at- 
tending the high school at Whiteville, Tennes- 
see. At the age of fourteen he was sent to 
Brownsville, Tennessee to the Brownsville 
Training School. Two years later he entered 
school at Bell Buckle, Tennessee, the famous 
Webb school. After spending two years in this 
school, he entered the Peoples Training 
School, Battle Ground Academy, Franklin 
Tennessee. He graduated from here in June 
1913. In the fall of 1913 he entered the law 
class at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, 
Tennessee. He joined the A. T. O. Fraternity 
while in college and is one of their most 
zealous members. He remained in college 
only one year. 

In the summer of 1911 he attended the 
Draughon's Business College of Paducah, 

After leaving college he went with the 
Chapman-Dewey Lumber Co. at Marked 
Tree, Arkansas, working both in the yards 
and in the office. He was offered a position 
by the Chicago Mill & Lumber Co., Blythes- 
ville. Ark., in 1916, which he accepted. He 
worked in a clerical capacity here. 

In April, 1917, like thousands of other boys, 
he answered the call to arms. He volunteered 
and enlisted in the first Officers' Training 
Camp, Fort Oglethorpe, Chattanooga, Tenn., 
in the spring of 1917. In the summer of 1917, 
having completed his training here, receiving 
a Second Lieutenancy, he was sent to Florida 
where he was assigned to the Quartermaster 
Department. Later he was transferred to 
Columbia, South Carolina. He served eigh- 
teen months over-seas, returning home in 
late July, 1919. While in France he was 
stationed at St. Nazaire and Montoir. Mil- 
lard Smith made every effort to be transferred 
to the fighting forces before he went overseas 
and after. Somehow he has never had the 
feeling of satisfaction that he so much desired 
with reference to his part in the World War. 
Had he been a solitary individual in this 
capacity he might have cause to feel that 
something was lacking. Some one had to do 
this work, a peculiar training and fitness were 
necessary for one to fill such a place. He was 
selected for his ability to do the work and 
should feel that his was quite as much a part 
as the man in the trenches. He was every 
inch a soldier for he did his bit, and as one 
man expressed it, "Any man can wear a 

helmet, but not every man can carry on the 
work of the Quartermaster Department. " 

He is most reticent on this subject, volun- 
teering no information. The writer feels that 
a lad of his age, given a second lieutenancy 
in training, afterward promoted to a first 
lieutenancy, placed in charge and largely 
responsible for fifteen million dollars of 
government property, played no minor part 
in the World War. 

After the war ended, he found his position 
waiting for him with the Chicago Mill & 
Lumber Co. Later there came a promotion, 
he was taken in the office at Memphis, Ten- 
nessee. He is now what is termed as "The 
Land Man." As the Chicago Mill & Lumber 
Co. has the largest acreage of land of any 
lumber concern in the south, his duties take 
him at times to most of the southern states. 

We wouldn't say that Millard Smith has 
the ear-marks of a future finance king, for he 
cares naught for money save for its purchasing 
power. The intrinsic value matters little to 
him. But Millard Smith is all right. He 
may not be a power in the world of finance, 
but we will say this for him, he is one of the 
best judges of human nature we know. He 
demonstrated this when he married Elizabeth 
Turner. On April 28, 1921 he married 
Elizabeth (Betsy) Turner of Ashburn, Tenn. 

Millard Smith is tall, well built, with 
straight shoulders and is more than ordinarily 
good-looking. He has that clearness of eye 
and vision that lets him right into the hearts 
of people. Somehow it would never enter the 
mind of a man to distrust him. He has the 
smile that goes home. He is polished, suave, 
diplomatic, and a good talker in conversation 
or on the platform. He wrote the sketch of 
his father. He also did some other work for 
publication of by no means small merit. 

His reverence for his father and mother can- 
not be passed without being given a thought. 
Only those most closely associated with this 
man have the slightest idea of what they meant 
to him, both as a small boy and as he grew 
into manhood. His mother passed before 
he had attained his teens, but even at this 
early age his affection and close attention to 
her in her failing health were one of the most 
beautiful things of which the writer has ever 

His father came next in his affections. 
Their tie was a peculiar one. The father, as 
he grew more feeble, became more as a boy 
with his boy. Their relations, one with the 
other, is something too sacred for print. 

The boy is always father to the man, so 
it is not a strange thing that Millard Smith 
has succeeded in life. He has a faculty for 

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making friends and keeping them. His sense 
of loyalty is strong. At no time, under any 
circumstances, is he heard to pass a criticism 
on individuals unless it be for one thing; he 
never lets an opportunity to give vent to 
his feelings pass if he hears another criticising, 
whether it be a fact or from hearsay. 

Elizabeth (Betsy) Turner Smith, born 1898, 
near Clarksville, Tennessee, is of an old 
southern family. Her ancestry goes back to 
the Williams family but we do not know that 
she is of our branch. 

She is of the country, and proud of it. Her 
knowledge of farm life in all of its intricacies 
is something much to her credit. She is 
not a land owner for the mere sake of owning 
land. She has made a thorough study of 
agriculture in all of its phases to be able 
to be an intelligent farmer. She is of the 
athletic type, not afraid of work of any kind. 
Often when short of labor on the farm, has 

she taken her place on a tractor and driven 
it all day long with the other laborers. 

Elizabeth Turner is a college bred woman. 
She graduated from Ward-Belmont College, 
Nashville, Tennessee. She is an artist of no 
mean ability, china painting being a specialty. 
An excellent cook and housekeeper, her home 
today is a model of neatness and shows 
thoroughness in everything she does. 

Her sunny nature, sense of humor and 
clearness of vision, combined with a very 
practical and business turn of mind, makes 
her an ideal wife for that visionary husband 
of hers. She is the ideal complement for a 
man of Millard Smith's type. He realizes 
this and in his way, which is a good one, he 
does not forget to let his wife know just how 
fortunate he knows he was when he went 
back to Ashburn to try some of his per- 
suasive powers on her, finally inducing her to 
walk the long path with him. 

W. Thos. Smith 

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918 (See 315) 

Dr. Richard Filmore Smith, born at Friend- 
ship, Tenn. October 4, 1857, died January 
27, 1897 and was buried at Deport, Texas. 
Father received his early education in the 

village schools of Friendship and here spent 
the most of his life. He spent two years in 
the Military College at Knoxville, Tenn. 
His childhood was spent as the average boy. 
He was early taught to be thrifty and ener- 
getic, for his mother believed in the old 
adage, "Idleness finds still some mischief for 

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idle hands to do." Grandfather often said 
he thought the children owed their success 
in business life to their mother. 

I have heard his brothers laugh about how 
dignified father was when he returned from 
college, and how one day at the meal hour 
his brother Benjamin played a boyish prank 
of jerking the chair from under him, allowing 
him to fall flat on the floor, which incited his 
anger and limbered his military dignity. 

Upon his return from school, his father 
gave him one half interest in the general 
merchandise store and placed him in full 
charge. Some years later this burned with 
little insurance. He then engaged in farming, 
was elected Constable, and later made another 
venture in the general merchandise business 
and ran it in a small way for two years. 

Miss Cora Binford of Friendship had in- 
vited to visit her a former schoolmate, 
Alice Buckly, the accomplished musician, 
the gifted and youngest daughter of John 
W. and Mary C. Buckly, a prominent family 
of Henderson County, Tenn. She had been 
well educated and had finished her music 
in the schools of Jackson. Fate held that 
they should meet and soon her pretty face 
and sweet music won his heart completely, 
and after a few months of courtship they 
were married at her country home near 
Mifflin, Tenn., Feb. 6, 1878. 

A rosewood case piano, hair-cloth up- 
holstered chairs and settees furnished the 
parlor of the quaint farm house where the 
nuptials took place. Rev. Tigreet, a Baptist 
minister of Friendship, performed the mar- 
riage ceremony. 

After the usual round of festivities he, with 
his bride, departed for their future home in 
Friendship. Here in the home of his father, 
the mother and others had been busy for 
several days and to this home the young 
people were invited. A feast was spread and 
many spent the evening there until a late 
hour. In a few weeks they repaired to a 
pretty little cottage with broad verandas all 
made ready for the bride. Father then went 
to St. Louis and bought a beautiful piano 
which filled the house with my mother's 
music through all their married life. To this 
union there were born sons and daughters as 
shown by the genealogical tables. John 
Orion, the oldest boy, grew to manhood and 
died at our home Oct. 8, 1908 in Trinity, 
Texas. About 1885, father purchased the 
stately old home where he had been born, 
with its great roomy rooms, large open fire- 
places, cool porches and galleries and best 
of all the large cellar where the good things to 
eat, so appealing to the child's appetite, were 

kept. In the yard was the stately old pine 
tree on the north, just at the side front was 
the tall magnolia and on every side were 
pretty arbor vistas, cedars, and flowers. Here 
many happy days were spent, until one night 
a fire alarm was given. Father rushed to 
the door and found it to be his own home. 
Getting his family out as quickly as possible, 
he saw the dear old home we loved so well, 
with most of its contents, burn to the ground. 
There was no insurance. Upon the same site 
he erected a small, modest cottage. Father 
had long desired to study medicine and in 
1888 after gaining mother's consent he 
entered the Medical College, Vanderbilt 
University, Nashville, Tenn. and there gradu- 
ated in 1891. 1 shall never forget how long 
those months did seem and how 1 would cry 
for joy upon each of his visits home. After 
the usual required course he received his 
diploma and with his fondest hopes realized, 
he came home to his family and at once made 
preparations to move to Texas to practice 
his chosen profession. 

We moved to Texas on May 2, 1891 and 
located at Deport, Lamar County, After 
six years of very successful practice, in which 
he gave all his time and strength to his pro- 
fession, his health failed. His family per- 
suaded him to go to Paducah, Ky. for a 
visit and rest with his parents. He became 
worse and at the home of his parents he 
lingered for some weeks and died January 
27, 1897. Weightman Smith, the youngest 
brother accompanied the remains home for 
burial. Funeral services were conducted by 
Rev. R. N. Brown, pastor of the Methodist 
church at Deport, Texas, and the body was 
laid to rest in the Deport cemetery with the 
Masonic ceremony, he having been a member 
of that order since shortly after he became 
twenty-one years of age. 

Oh! How he did regret being away from 
his family in his last illness. He expressed 
a readiness to die but regretted leaving his 

He was the kindest husband and father. 
His devotion to mother was beautiful, his 
only thought in declining health was of his 
family, that he would not be able to do the 
many things he had planned to make things 
more comfortable and give his children the 
advantages they desired. He was never too 
tired to take a child on his knee and oft would 
listen to the reading of a lesson. 

He loved the good and pure; was a writer 
of no mean ability; was ever on the right 
side of all moral questions; was a staunch 
Democrat, a Master Mason, and a member 
of the Methodist Church. 

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His chivalry won for him many friends; 
a most entertaining host, he had quite a 
sense of humor, and always had a supply of 
good, clean stories stowed away in his memory. 
With a knack for learning people's ages he 
oft would find them out in a conversation 
without the individual detecting what he was 
attempting. Music and good books were his 
hobby and he was especially fond of Poe's 
poem, "The Raven", and of the old songs, 
"Kiss Me Mother, Kiss Your Darling", 
"Prayer of a Dying Soldier" were also two of 
his favorite songs. He was fond of good 
horses and having an extensive practice, he 
rode horseback a good deal, teaching me 
when a little girl to ride. Often he had me 
accompany him on one of his long rides to 
visit some of his patients. This was not only 
a great pleasure to me but was company 
to him which he seemed to enjoy very much. 
As children, we can never forget the bags of 
fruit and the many good things that were 
brought to us out of season, and how at 
the family altar he prayed God's blessings 
and His protection upon us all. He was 
never weary in well doing; was faithful to 
his principles; true to his conscience and 
single in his aspirations toward that which 
was right. No man could cherish a faith 
more simple and exalted. He left a lasting in- 
fluence with his children. He loved humanity 
and gave his life for it as a country physician. 
He would go for miles on the darkest of nights 
to give relief to a mother's baby, remaining 
the entire night if he deemed it prudent, that 
the little one might be restored to health and 
vigor, well knowing that there would be 
little or no remuneration. Or perhaps he 
tended a sick mother whom some little child 
needed badly, or a father who needed the 
physician's care that he might be able to 
fight the battles of life for his family. He 
never refused to go when he could give 
relief. Sometimes after he had given relief 
to a father, mother, or child near death's 
door, other bills were paid and he was for- 
gotten, but at this he little murmured as 
duty had been done. He would often carry 
cheer to those less fortunate than he, in many 
little kindnesses, such as books, magazines, 
and fruits or if need be the very necessities 
of Hfe. 

He was as tender as a mother with his 
children, but a firmness carried with his in- 

structions. We always knew that what he 
said was the thing that must be done. 

There was nothing of selfishness in his 
makeup, nothing too good for his family, 
friends and neighbors, so far as his abilities 
warranted it. He always saw some good in 
every one and tried to let that good over- 
shadow the bad. 

His memory is very dearly cherished by 
his three children who now survive him. 
Mother died March 19, 1922. Mary Ger- 
trude, the second daughter resides in Delhi, 
California, while Richard Buckly Smith, the 
only living son resides at Paducah, Ky. He 
is city salesman for his father-in-law, T. E. 
Ford, who runs a wholesale grocery, he having 
married Leta Ford, the daughter. The 
writer married Alvin P. Bradford and now 
resides in San Antonio, Texas. 

Irene (Smith) Bradford 

We were very glad to receive the above 
tribute from the daughter as to our brother. 
The oldest child in the family and left father- 
less when a mere child, her life has not always 
been a bed of roses. As a girl she came to 
Paducah and took a course in The Smith 
Business College. She then married. Three 
boys came to her home and they are said to 
be noble young fellows. A promising future 
she had, as she married an intellectually gifted 
gentleman. At length bad health came to 
him and it grows no better. Bravely she 
faced conditions and into the business world 
she went and as a bookkeeper, in part she 
also is the bread winner. Irene is a most 
worthy mother, a talented lady and always 
willing to do her part in all the struggles of 

Gertrude in girlhood days aspired to and 
went to Cuba as a missionary and remained 
there for several years. Bad health drove 
her back to the United States and when she 
recovered, she took up nursing. That is 
now her occupation. 

Richard Buckly Smith married Leta Ford 
of Paducah, Ky., and brings to our family 
a jewel of 100 per cent luster. Small in size, 
she is a bundle of energy, gifted in all things 
that go to make up a wife and mother, of 
a most elegant family, and the mother of 
three interesting children. 

W. Thos. Smith 

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Prof. John D. Smith Jr. 

920 (See 519) 

"He has achieved success who has Hved 
well, who has gained the respect of intelligent 
men and the love of little children, who has 
never lacked appreciation of earth's beauty — 
or failed to express it, who has looked for the 
best in others and given the best he had." 
Such lives are an inspiration to mankind. 

These quoted words apply peculiarly to 
Prof. John D. Smith Jr., the story of whose 
life it is my privilege to write. 

He was born in the little village of Friend- 
ship, Tenn. There the early years of his life 
were spent in the happy home of his father 
and mother with many brothers and one 
sister. These children received religious 
training from their parents. Their father 
held them to what he believed to be "the 
white line of duty", while their gentle, sweet- 
faced mother taught them appreciation of 
the tenderness of God,, and the beautiful 
world in which they lived. 

He was much with his mother as a little 
boy. She played a large part in his life. When 
quite young his greatest delight was to assist 
her in her household tasks and his greatest 
ambition was to win her approbation. From 
her teaching and example he early acquired 
habits of punctuality and faithfulness in 

the discharge of every duty, the small as 
well as the great. His sturdy moral courage 
he inherited from his father who was the 
uncompromising foe of the liquor traffic. In 
the face of opposition and reproach Dr. 
Smith kept on with his work at a time that 
would have dismayed a man of less moral 

John D. Smith Jr. was educated in the 
schools of his home town where he showed a 
great aptitude for penmanship and mathe- 
matics. He was an earnest student and by 
reading, laid the foundation of the richly 
stored mind he possessed in later years. 
Early in life he definitely gave himself to 
the service of Jesus Christ. From this 
dedication came the Christian dignity of a 
life whose influence lifted to a higher plane 
every one with whom he has been intimately 
associated. At the age of eighteen he took 
a course in the Ledden Business College of 
Memphis, Tennessee. On his return home 
he was made the treasurer of his father's 
varied business interests and continued in 
this position until his father came to Paducah, 
Ky. to locate. When a school boy he formed 
an attachment for a little girl three years his 
junior. Her name was Lina Dulcena Warren. 
This boyhood love deepened with the passing 
years and culminated in a happy marriage. 
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the young wife died, leaving a little baby 
girl, her namesake, Lina Warren Smith. 
Nine months later the little girl followed 
her mother to heaven. 

Several years later Mr. Smith came to 
Paducah to visit his father's family. Realiz- 
ing that he could establish in this city a 
Commercial College that would fill a long 
felt need in this part of the state, he was 
persuaded to make Paducah his home. 

Although a young man, he soon established 
a prosperous Commercial College, built by 
his well directed efforts, energy, and the 
consecration of his infinite patience to the 
best interest of his pupils. Many of the 
prominent business men of Paducah today 
received not only their commercial training 
but strength to fight the moral battles of 
life at Smith's Business College. We wish 
we had the space to publish some of the 
testimonials given this college by the success- 
ful business men of Paducah, as well as a 
legion of young men and women who have 
gone from its walls so well qualified to com- 
mand lucrative salaries in the commercial 

In the year 1892 Mr. Smith was most hap- 
pily married to Miss Laura Lee Allard, the 
grand-daughter of one of the builders of 
the city of Paducah. In her beautiful 
ancestral home overlooking the Ohio River, 
the years of their married life have been 
spent. Their life has been ideally happy and 
his devotion to his wife stands out pre-emin- 
ently among his other characteristics. 

Of late years Mr. Smith has given his time 
to Expert Accountant work and has brought 
order out of chaos in many business houses. 
That peculiar quality called tact, Mr. Smith 
possesses to a rare degree. He understands 
the impulses which move men. He finds 
the good that is in all of us, and, has in his 
dealings with business men, averted enmities 
and has gained the blessing of the peace- 
maker. In the settlement of business diffii- 
culties both parties would agree to his de- 
cision even though they had failed to receive 
what they believed due them. 

For many years Mr. Smith gave much of 
his time and efforts in establishing a Mission 
Sunday School which laid the foundation 
of one of Paducah's most attractive churches. 
Fountain Avenue Methodist Church. It 
is one of the most influential churches of the 

It seems however that the best work of 
his church life is in his own Broadway Metho- 
dist Church, where, for so many years, he 
was Superintendent of the Sunday School. 
He gave to this work the wealth of his Chris- 

tian love and enthusiasm. Little children 
loved him and were eager to get to Sunday 
School on time to receive a cheery, personal 
greeting and a winning smile. 

As treasurer of the Official Board of the 
church, he is today recognized as their 
leader. His present pastor. Dr. John Langdon 
Weber, says of him: "Without any exaggera- 
tion, I can say that John D. Smith of Broad- 
way Methodist Church, Paducah, Kentucky, 
is the finest church treasurer I have ever 
had dealings with. He is not only accurate 
and painstaking, but he is an inspiration to 
the other official members. He is a leader of 
men. He regards his office as a sacred in- 
stitution of God's church and its importance 
and responsibility rests heavily upon him. 
He is the pastor's friend and looks after the 
interests of the occupants of the parsonage 
as carefully as a father would look after the 
comfort of his child." 

It is no wonder that he is held in such high 
esteem by the pastor, and members of the 
Broadway Church. He has the respect and 
love of all and deserves every good word 
spoken of him in appreciation of his service. 

And so we close this tribute to a man 
universally beloved and respected with these 
words, which so aptly tell the secret of his 
useful, happy life. 

"The badge of a scholar well beloved of 
his Master is a certain openness of mind to 
learn the daily lessons of life, a willingness 
of heart to give beyond the measure of the 
debt, a clearness of spirit to see the best in 
people, a straight-forwardness of action, a 
kind sincerity of speech." These are the 
marks of my friend, John D. Smith. 
January 1, 1922 Millie Fowler Davis 

We thank Mrs. Davis for the sketch of 
the cleanest man we have ever intimately 
known. If we ever heard John Smith use 
a dirty or vulgar word or obscene expression, 
we do not remember it. If he ever related a 
dirty or questionable story, we have never 
heard of it. If he was ever accused of a 
questionable business transaction where by 
deceit or misrepresentation he has wronged 
or in any way attempted to wrong any man 
out of one cent, it has never been called to 
our attention. 

It would take the strongest of actual proof 
to make us think he has violated the law of 
chastity at any period in life. 

From earliest childhood, and uninterrupted 
to this day, his intense and unwavering de- 
votion to the Deity has been the most wonder- 
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From early boyhood to their death, his 
devotion to, and his reverence for his parents, 
was dramatically beautiful. 

Had he the gift to accumulate wealth as 
has John D. Rockefeller or Henry Ford, his 
generosity would preclude it, and he never 
could become a rich man. 

Should he be compelled to go into a coal 
mine and labor, he would have close by a 
bucket of water, a shoe shining brush, change 
of clothing, collar and necktie, so he could 
appear neat and clean when he came to meet 

Should he be compelled to tramp for a 
living, wear rags and tattered clothing, they 
would be clean rags and clean clothing. Take 
the many ramifications of cleanliness and 
blend them together, we know of no one so 
near a true picture of the blending product 
as John D. Smith. We make no exceptions. 

His love, worship and devotion for his 
dead wife and for the one now living has been 
equally interesting. From almost the first 
day she went to school, he and Lina Warren 
were sweethearts until her soul went to her 
Maker. There was never an interruption. 
Other suitors she could have had galore if 
encouragement had been given. She never 
had any sweetheart save John D. Smith. 
Three miles from Friendship she lived. To 
that place she was daily sent when school 
was in session. Newton Warren and Susie 
Mitchell, his wife, were of the highest type 
of good people. Industrious and frugal, 
they owned 800 acres of very rich and fertile 
soil. Our father had been their family phy- 
sician from the time the first child was born. 
When Lina reached the age to enter the 
marriage state, our father was in a financial 
failing condition. Every one knew it. John 
was the junior partner. A year or so before 
a new "Richmond" appeared in the field. 
He had backing of wealth that John Smith 
did not now have. With continuity and 
determination, he ardently sought her favor. 
It is thought a wealthy uncle had made known 
his approval of this new suitor. There was 
never any wavering on her part. 

In girlhood days, when church was over 
at Holly Grove, Mrs. Warren would at once 
repair to the home to see that dinner was 
arranged. Lina and her sisters would mingle 
in the crowd and invite those from a distance 
to go over home and take dinner. A long 
table was at times filled two and three times. 
There was always ample for all and it was 
as free as water. This is the kind of home 
she was reared in. Lina was a charming 
lady. In our child way, we loved her like 
a sister. She was small, well rounded, bru- 

nette, as clean and pure as her husband. 
She was beautiful in form, beautiful in 
thought, beautiful in her character. 

They were married. A year later they 
moved to her farm. When it became ne- 
cessary for one to go to town or elsewhere, 
the horse was hitched to the buggy and both 
went. During the three years of their mar- 
ried life, they were only absent from each 
other for one night. They were inseparable. 
Their happiness was complete; their life 
ideal. Little Lina came to bless the home. 
She was gladly welcomed. Two weeks later 
the mother went to join her Creator. Nine 
months later little Lina Smith followed her. 

At length John moved to Paducah and 
opened the Smith Business College. For 
some time he looked for another who would 
suit him. There was never but one choice. 
That was Laura Lee Allard. He never gave 
any other a thought or a social visit. She was 
the only daughter. There was only one son. 
She was the pet of a wealthy grandfather. 
She had finished the school in Paducah and 
then had been sent to a select school at 
Jackson, Miss. She had a charming person- 
ality, was witty, versatile, modest, and had 
a most wonderful memory for facts and things. 
In a conversation she was the center of 
attraction. She could always remember things 
of interest to relate and was an entertaining 
talker. She was of a very religious turn of 
mind. Dancing and theater going were 
objectionable to her. Music, good clean con- 
versation and parlor amusements interested 
her. Sunday always found her in Church; 
Wednesday night at prayer meeting. In- 
tellectually she was gifted. John was a 
widower. She hesitated long. John plead 
the more earnestly. Her father's advice was 
sought. He told her she need never have any 
fear of finding a note from another woman 
in his pocket. They married. His love, 
devotion and worship of her has been as con- 
stant and devout as is possible for man to 
give. To him, she is the most wonderful 
woman in the world. She holds him in like 
regard. Thus for twenty-five years and over 
they have traveled and are ever happy. 

They live in a large, handsome brick build- 
ing erected by her grandfather many years 
ago at 408 North Third Street, Paducah, Ky. 
Johnathan Allard lived in New Hampshire 
and married Rhoda Collins. They moved 
and settled near Louisville, Ky., in 1818. 
Their son, John Langdon Allard, was born 
in New Hampshire Nov. 9, 1814. He married 
Ann Eliza Beach. She was the daughter of 
Comfort Beach of Indiana and his wife, 
Mary Jane Lloyd, born in Ohio. Oliver 

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Allard, son of John Langdon Allard, married 
Mary Jane Boothe. She was the daughter 
of Harvey Robert Boothe and Virginia La- 
fayette Beach, sister of Ann EHza and daugh- 
ter of Comfort Beach. Harvey Robert Boothe 
came from Pennsylvania. His ancestors 

from England. Laura Lee Allard is a daugh- 
ter of Calvin Oliver Allard and his wife, 
Mary Jane Boothe, above mentioned. She 
is a distant relative of Edwin Boothe, the 
great actor. 

W. Thos. Smith 

Benjamin Franklin Smith 

921 (See 520) 

Benjamin Franklin Smith was born in 
Friendship, Tenn., August 12, 1861, died 
October 3, 1919 and was buried at Birming- 
ham, Ala. When three months old, his father 
kissed him goodbye and went to join his 
countrymen in battle against the invading 
foe. For four years he was nursed by a fond 
mother, watched over by a ten year old 
brother and was the center of solicitude of 
three or four slaves. 

The war ended and they were all reunited. 
As a child, daily he knelt in the family circle 
or on the bedside while prayer was offered 
to the Deity before peaceful slumber. His 
parents were neither rich nor poor, but were 
good livers. At all times he had what was 
needed and his associates were the best 
in the community. His father was the 
leading citizen of that section. He attended 
the subscription schools — the only schools 

there at that time — and received a good 
common school education. Small in stature, 
never perhaps at any time in life weighing 
over 155 pounds, he differed from his father 
and other brothers, as they all at some period 
in life weighed over two hundred, save 
Richard. As a boy he was small and of 
course was more or less picked upon. 

While not quarrelsome, he was ever ready 
to defend his rights and took defeat with 
little worry. He was not inclined to be 
revengeful of the past but was ever happy 
and contented for the present, never brooding 
over what might come on tomorrow. His 
childish pranks were not of the harsh charac- 
ter and he could see the agreeable side of 
most all transactions. He was in no way 
gifted in telling fairy stories, but he could 
relate the most simple happening with an 
amusing demeanor which would entertain 
the listener. His intellect was bright; his 
discerning of human character keen, and he 
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whom were his friends. Six years older than 
the writer, we do not remember ever to have 
seen him engage in a fight, but are sure he 
had some, nor have we any recollection of 
ever seeing any one attempting to tread upon 
his rights without his readiness to defend 
them. He did not indulge in many of the 
vices of life and measured up well in the 
virtues. As a man he possessed many of 
the attributes of right living and held in 
high regard the noble woman. 

As a boy in vacation periods, and after he 
reached the age of eighteen and until he 
married, he worked for his father at the 
flour mill, cotton gin, or saw mill and his 
talents developed along mechanical lines. 
As a young man he had his own horse and 
saddle and on Sundays would use them to 
make social calls on his young lady friends. 
He at all times chose for his associates young 
ladies of the best of character and the daugh- 
ters of good families. He rarely went away 
save on Sunday, spending his evenings at 
his father's store. At times he would re- 
main in town all day Sunday, spending the 
afternoon in the company of some local lady. 
He drew no salary, simply boarding at home 
or with his oldest brother, getting at the 
store what was wanted and receiving pocket 
change for outside purposes. 

In 1881 when his father was winding up 
and closing out a losing business, without 
any property save his horse and saddle and 
without even a salaried job, he ventured on 
the sea of matrimony, and at Bells Depot 
married Izora Bond who traces her ancestry 
back to one of the first families of Virginia 
and who is distantly related to the Bond and 
Daniels families of prominence in that section. 

For some months they boarded with his 
parents but later moved to themselves. In 
1 882 they moved to the farm of his wife's 
mother and he helped to put in a crop. They 
then moved to Paducah, Ky., and be began 
as a helper with the railroad company. He 
was shortly made a fireman and later pro- 
moted to the position of engineer. He re- 
mained there until 1898 when he moved to 
Birmingham and went with the Frisco rail- 
road in the same position, which he held until 
his death, then being in point of service the 
oldest man going out of Birmingham. 

For some years prior to his death, he had 
the passenger run. In all these years he was 
never seriously injured and died with a good 
record with the railroad company. On the 
fast trains he often held in his hands the 
lives of many and was not recreant to the 
confidence placed in him. He never seemed 
to crave for money for its own sake. He 

was ever industrious and kept at continual 
employment, was frugal in his own personality 
but all that money was worth to him was the 
comforts and pleasures it would bring to his 
family. For thirty-eight years of his married 
life, he was at no time a drone in the bee hive, 
all he asked was funds for current needs, 
leaving for others the surplus money. For 
some years when he received his pay, he 
retained what was needed for his incidental 
expenses, and gave the whole of the balance 
to his family. His wife now owns a nice 
bungalow for a home and three or four small 
houses, purchased for the most part with 
money inherited from her mother, but per- 
haps with some saved from the earnings her 
husband gave her. It was not until after 
the World War began and he was urged to 
buy Liberty Bonds did he begin to save 
money for himself and the $1,000 so saved 
was spent in the last eight months of his 
helpless condition. Even then he cared little 
for it, for he had not a lazy bone and craved 
to be back on his engine. He was a member 
of the Knights of Pythias but he loved the 
best of all the order of the Locomotive 
Engineers and the associates he had so long 
worked with. 

In February, 1919, he had a general break- 
down and came to Paducah on a visit. Sister 
Bettie from California was there as were 
other relatives. Although it was to us ap- 
parent that he was broken in health, he 
yearned to go back and ride the iron horse 
once more. His constant theme was his 
daughters and his grandchildren. To all 
he seemed most devoted, sometimes we would 
think that we could discern that he loved 
one the best and then he would speak so 
kindly of the other, that we wondered if it 
were she and then we thought it was the third 
one. He then went to old Friendship, Tenn. 
to see relatives and childhood companions. 
Thirty-eight years had intervened and while 
there were not many there to tell old stories, 
many delightful happenings were recalled. 

In search of restored health he then made 
a trip to Laramie, Wyoming, to visit his 
daughter Oria Mea Smith Fisher. He spent 
some time there hoping to recover and while 
all was done that was possible, it availed him 
naught. Expressing a desire to visit his 
sister in Los Angeles, Oria Mea turned her 
duties over to others and accompanied him 
there, hoping against hope, but his health 
continued to grow worse rather than better. 
Oria Mea took him back to her home, still 
hoping, still trusting. At length in an almost 
helpless condition he returned to the home 
of his daughter, Lavelle in Birmingham, 

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Alabama. There he was kindly nursed and 
received all that skill could furnish. We 
received a telegram that he was in a dying 
condition. A few hours later we were speed- 
ing on our journey. We reached his bedside 
the day before he died. Although uncon- 
scious, twice by the twitching and movement 
of his lips we thought he knew us. Through 
that day and the next we sat at his bedside 
and V ith his children we watched but could 
see life ebbing away on its final journey. 
The eirth was well covered with a mantle 
of darkness, save the twinkling of the stars, 
when into the next world gently glided his 
soul and eased a physical body from a long 
wrecking pain. The world said he was dead. 
His soul had wandered into the domain of 
his Creator and the welcome greeting there 
accorded him by his fond parents must have 
been beautiful. 

Two years have elapsed but a letter just 
received from a daughter shows his memory 
is held in love, adoration and worship. 
Surrounded by his three grief-stricken daugh- 
ters, by his son Gilbert (his sons Benjamin 
and Boyd could not be present) by his wife, 
by many friends and their families, we saw 
the grey casket laden with beautiful floral 
tokens of admiring friends slowly sink into 
an underground vault to wait the coming 
of judgment day. 

Men's lives are measured by the good they 
did and by the motives that inspired their 
lives and deeds. His faults were few, his 
virtues were many, his motives good. He 
waited not until death to bestow all he had 
or V PS capable of earning but gave it to his 
family as it came. We would bury his faults 
on the sands of the seashore, and with them 
the hallucinations which now exist in the 
chimerical vanity of a once alert but now 
disintegrating mind, as seems patent from an 
unsigned, lengthy communication recently 
written and unsolicited sent us, which appar- 
ently emanated from that temperamentality 
which has so lon