Sunday, August 1, 2010

Smith Family Sunday: S. P. and Elizabeth Smith of Union, Jefferson, and Knox Counties, Tennessee

This is a new series of posts for Greta's Genealogy Bog: Smith Family Sunday. I am posting information on candidate Smith families that I believe are among the most likely to be the family of my great-grandmother Susan Elizabeth Smith (Bonner) (Brinlee). If you are researching this family and found this blog through a search, please contact me - I would like to know more about this family and whether or not it is actually the family of my great-grandmother. Even if all you know are a few details, they might help. You can contact me at my e-mail address, which can be found by going to my profile page (there is a link to that page in the About Me section to the left).

1860 US Federal Census, Maynardville, District No. 1, Union County, Tennessee, p. 12, 5 June 1860

Line 34 91 90
S. P. Smith 26 M Day laborer $700 $200 TN
Elizabeth 24 F TN
William C. 5 M TN
James S. 3 M TN
Stephen P. 1 M TN
Nathan Monroe 18 M Day laborer M
Sarah Horrall 21 F TN

1870 US Federal Census, Strawberry Plains, Civil District No. 6, Jefferson County, Tennessee, p. 18, 29 June 1870

Line 25 118 118

Smith Elizabeth 34 F W Keeps house TN Cannot write
William 14 M W Farm labor TN
James S. 12 M W Farm labor TN
Steven P. 10 M W Farm labor TN
Cordelia 8 F W GA
John 5 M W GA
Elizabeth 3 F W GA

1880 US Federal Census, Third Civil District, Knox County, Tennessee, ED No. 151, p. 10, 7 June 1880

Line 8 77 77

Smith, Elizabeth W F 45 Widow Widowed Keeping house TN TN TN
William C. W M 23 Son Single Farmer TN TN TN
Pate W M 18 Son Single TN TN TN
Cordelia W F 17 Daughter Single TN TN TN
John A. W M 14 Son Single TN TN TN
Lizzie W F 12 Daughter Single TN TN TN
Robinson C. W M 7 Son Single TN TN TN

1900 US Federal Census, Second Federal District, Knox County, Tennessee, EB 70, p. 4B, 4 June 1900

Line 74 77 81
Frost, W. C. Head W M Nov 1857 42 M 7 TN TN TN House carpenter 4 Yes Yes Yes
Cordelia Wife W F Nov 1863 36 M 7 3 2 GA TN TN Yes Yes Yes
Katie Dau W F Sept. 1895 4 S GA TN TN
Richard Son W M Oct 1898 1 S TN TN TN
Smith, Elizabeth M-in-law W F Mar 1833 66 Wd 48 7 6 TN TN VA Yes Yes Yes

Based on the fact that Steven and Pate appear to be the same son, I believe that S. P. Smith's name may have been Steven/Stephen Pate or Steven Payton.

I like this family for several reasons. For one thing, these Smiths were not well off, especially after Elizabeth was widowed (? - not clear in the 1870 census). For another, there is a daughter named Cordelia, and Lizzie named her only daughter Cordelia. And for a third, the family lived in the Knox County area from around the time of Lizzie's birth (though they might have been in Georgia for a short time, as indicated by the states of birth on the census).

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