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Ancestors of Andrew Martin Butt


      42. Franklin Marion Childress176,177, born Abt. 1825 in GA178,179; died January 18, 1888 in TX180. He married 43. Mary A. Echols 1849.

      43. Mary A. Echols181,182,183,184, born December 02, 1825 in Ft. Payne, AL; died January 18, 1890 in Fort Payne, DeKalb County, AL185. She was the daughter of 86. Samual B. Echols and 87. Sarah Cobb.

Notes for Franklin Marion Childress:
      The DAR application (327865, dated 5/1/1941) of Sarah Alameda Childress Blackwell shows Franklin Childress born 1820 in England. No specific source is provided.

      1850 DeKalb County, AL Census shows spouse as Sarah A. 1860 Polk County, GA Census shows spouse as Mary A. Did he marry twice? No source other than DAR application that he died in TX.

      1850 DeKalb County, AL Census, District 25, Page 341
#203-203      F.M. Childress            24      Male      Farmer      RE Value $150.00      born:      GA
      Sarah, Al.                  20      Female                              GA
      John T.                  1      Male                              AL
      William F.            3 1/2      Male                              AL
      A.J. King                  30      Male                              SC           
(Note that in 1882, Minnie Beauregard Childress married Lilburn Henderson King, whose father was born in SC in 1811. The Kings came to DeKalb County from Hall County and Forsyth County, GA, in the mid 1850's. A.J. King would have been born in 1820 - perhaps a relative of James R. King?)

      1860 Polk County, GA Census, Township Cedartown
#115-115      Francis M. Childress      34      Male      Hotel      R 2000      PerP 1700      GA
      Mary A.                  33      Female      Domestic                        GA
      John T.                  11      Male                              AL
      William F.            9      Male                              AL
      Adela A.                  7      Female                              AL
      Seaborn A.            5      Male                              AL
      Sarah A.                  3 1/2      Female                              GA     

      F. (Franklin or Francis?) M. Childress must have first married Sarah Al. (ameda?), possibly in GA since they were both born there, then may have moved with her to DeKalb County, AL (1850 Census). Then he married second Mary A. Echols, with whom he lived in Polk County, GA in 1860 (1860 census). Sarah Alameda Childress was born in Cedartown, Polk County, GA in 1860, but Minnie Beauregard Childress was born in DeKalb County, AL one year later in 1861, so the family must have moved back to AL between 1860 and 1861.

  Notes for Mary A. Echols:
      An elderly family member said that Mary A. Echols first married a Mackey in Cherokee, AL, who died young and that they had one daughter named Emily (Jan Blackwell)
      Married W.H. Mackey 5/8/1845? (Jan Blackwell)
     
Children of Franklin Childress and Mary Echols are:
  i.   Dandridge Childress, married Walter Cook.
  ii.   Adela Childress186, born Abt. 1853 in AL.
  iii.   Seaborn Childress186, born Abt. 1855.
  iv.   Sarah Alameda Childress187, born February 25, 1860 in Cedartown, Polk County, GA188; died December 17, 1942 in El Paso, El Paso County, TX; married Bazzly Henry Blackwell December 26, 1877 in Fort Payne, DeKalb County, AL; born October 20, 1847 in DeKalb County, AL189; died July 28, 1894 in Fort Payne, ,DeKalb County, AL189.
  Notes for Bazzly Henry Blackwell:
Mrs. W.E.Blackwell 7012 Aztec Road N.E., Albuquerque NM 87110 is looking for the origin of her husbands ancester Thomas J. Blackwell:
Thomas J. Blackwell m 1831 Caswell Co. NC, d.ca.1850 DeKalb Co. AL. Married 1800 Nancy Slade Womack, dau. of David Delilah (Graves) Womack, in Caswell Co. Issue:
ˇ Bazzly H. Blackwell b.1847 Oct. 20 Ft.Payne DeKalb Co.AL, d.1894 July 28 DeKalb Co. Married 1877 Dec.26 Sarah Alameda Childress dau. of Franklin Marion Childress. Issue:
ˇ Walter Thomas Blackwell b.1888 Mar.30 DeKalb Co. AL,d.1960 Feb.1 El Paso Texas. Married 1916 June 21 Silver City NM Ina Lynd Marriott.Issue:
ˇ William Edward Blackwell b.1927 June 7 El Paso TX. Married Jan Boyd.
This ancestor chart is dated 1981 and was printed in the Blackwell Researcher 1991 Q4 p11.
http://genweb.net/~blackwell/blql/blknc1.htm


  21 v.   Minnie Beauregard Childress, born July 13, 1861 in DeKalb County, AL; died April 12, 1948 in El Paso, TX; married Lilburn Henderson King December 24, 1882 in Fort Payne, DeKalb County, AL.


      44. Felix G. Martin190,191, born August 02, 1835 in MO; died May 04, 1897 in Powhatan, AR (buried). He was the son of 88. Barizila G. Martin and 89. Rosana ???. He married 45. Susan Elizabeth Doyle 1854 in MO191.

      45. Susan Elizabeth Doyle

Notes for Felix G. Martin:
James A. Martin, of the firm of J.A. Martin & Bros., manufacturers, comes from a family of Missouri pioneers. He was born in Pike County, Mo., December 3, 1854, and is the son of F.G. Martin, of Lincoln County, Mo. The family is one of the oldest in eastern Missouri, their ancestors settling in that state in its earliest days. The elder Martin was married in Pike County, MO, to Miss Susan E. Doyle, a native of that place, and after his marriage, resided there for a number of years. In 1867, he came to the State of Arkansas and located at Powhatan, where he carried on the manufacture of wagons up to the year 1880, when he returned to Missouri, and in the spring of 1889 moved to Texas, where he present resides. (History of Arkansas, page 806, date unknown)
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More than one tribe of Martins is connected with the history of Lawrence County, but the family with which the sketch is concerned had its beginning in the county in 1868, when two brothers, Josiah and F.G. Martin, came from Troy, Lincoln County, Missouri, and located in Powatan. Their father, Thomas Graves Martin, was a hatter by trade, and the two sons had inherited a mechanical turn of mind.

The two brothers at once engaged in the manufacture of wagons. At that time all their materials had to be imported by steamboat from St. Louis or Louisville, or hauled by wagon from Pilot Knob, which was the terminal of the Cairo and Fulton Railroad.

F.G. Martin, having succeeded his brother, Josiah, in the business of making wagons, continued it until 1881, when he sold out to his two sons, J.A and J.W. Martin, who after a short time turned their attention to the manufacture of farm implement stock and hard wood lumber, with mills located on Black river twenty miles below Black Rock. Their new enterprise proved very successful, as reflected by a business that shipped forty-five carloads of timber products per month during the period from 1897 to 1900, when they sold their mills and fund other interests to occupy their time.

The Martin brothers, while engaged in the timber business were acquiring some good farm lands in the vicinity of Lauratown until they owned several hundred acres. About 1825, J.A. Martin sold his interest to John K. Gibson, who then moved the Lauratown postoffice from the old site on the bank of the Black River to its present location.

(McLeod, Walter E., "Centennial History of Lawrence County," Russellville, AR, Russellville Printing Company, 1936, 125, Reprinted by the Lawrence County Historical Society, 1980)

     
Children of Felix Martin and Susan Doyle are:
  i.   James Aiken Martin, born 1855 in Pike County, MO191; died 1934; married Ida Thornberry; born 1862; died 1940.
  Notes for James Aiken Martin:
James A. Martin, of the firm of J.A. Martin & Bros., manufacturers, comes from a family of Missouri pioneers. He was born in Pike County, Mo., December 3, 1854, and is the son of F.G. Martin, of Lincoln County, Mo. ... James a. martin came to Arkansas with his parents when fourteen years of age. In his youth, he was given a good school and commercial education, and in order to be more thoroughly acquainted with his father's business, he spent some time in black-smithing and wagon-making. His knowledge of the business, being gained from practical experience, enabled him to build up a large and profitable trade. The firm manufactures spring wagons, buggies, etc., and turn out about 60,000 spokes monthly, besides felloes, plow beams and implements of a like nature. Their trade is one of the most extensive in Northeast Arkansas in their line, and their goods have obtained a well-merited renown. March 12, 1877, Mr. Martin was married to Miss Ida Fortenberry, of Mississippi, a daughter of Absalom Fortenberry of that state, and this happiest of unions has been blessed with three children: Guy R., Carrie and Nina. (History of Arkansas, page 806-07, date unknown)

  ii.   Lavinia Martin191, born 1857; died 1936192; married ?? Mathews.
  22 iii.   John William Martin, born June 16, 1860 in Louisiana, MO; died January 14, 1939 in Batesville, AR; married Clara Isabelle Norment September 04, 1894 in Security Plantation, Catahoula Parish, LA.
  iv.   ?? Martin, married C.E. Hayes.
  Notes for ?? Martin:
Resided in Little Rock in 1936 (McLeod, Walter E., "Centennial History of Lawrence County," Russellville, AR, Russellville Printing Company, 1936, 125, Reprinted by the Lawrence County Historical Society, 1980)


      46. James R. Norment193, born April 24, 1840 in Natchez, MI; died February 02, 1880 in Black River, LA. He was the son of 92. James Norment, Jr. and 93. Elizabeth Miller. He married 47. Sidney Welch Smith October 1863 in Concordia Parish, LA193.

      47. Sidney Welch Smith193, born December 30, 1840 in New Orleans, Orleans Parish, LA; died February 24, 1907 in Batesville, Independence County, AR. She was the daughter of 94. James Smith and 95. Elizabeth Jones.

Notes for James R. Norment:
James R. Norment, son of James and Elizabeth Norment, was born at Natchez, April 24th, 1840.His father, James Norment, Jr., was born in Mecklenburg County, Virginia on 31st day of January, 1802, died at Vidalia, La. at 33 minutes past 6 o'clock, Sunday morning October 31st, 1785, aged 73 yrs, 9 months. He was the son of Jas. Norment born in Caroline County, Va., Feby. 25th, 1766, who was the son of William Norment, who was married to Mary Richardson, Nov. 10th, 1747, who was the son of J. Norment who emigrated from Edinburg, Scotland early in the 17th Century & settled near Rappahannock River in Va., then a British Colony. Sidney W. Smith and J.R. Norment married October 10th, 1863 at Ashcot, La. She was the daughter of Jas. Smith born in Belfast, Ireland, Sept. 20, 1799, who was the son of Sam'l Smith who was the son of Joseph Smith, all of Ireland. The father of both families were Presbyterians. (Page from Norment Family Bible)
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"Smith, Sidney Smith, wife of J. R. Norment December 30, 1840 - February 24, 1907." S. Tombstone Inscriptions, Powhatan Cemetery, Lawrence County, Arkansas, Enid Wells Sitton. (Steve Kellar)
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ˇSidney, Dau of James Smith, # 36, b. ca. 1799, Probably Belfast, Ireland, d. 1876, January 18, Catahoula Parish, LA and Eliza Jones, # 37, b. ca. 1802, Jefferson Co, KY, d. ca. 1875, Catahoula Parish, LA
ˇ Birth Record
ˇ Baptismal Record
ˇ Church Affiliation
ˇ 1840, December 30, "Sydney W. Smith born Catahoula Parish, LA." S. 1860 Catahoula Parish, LA Census, Tombstone Inscriptions, Powhatan Cemetery, Lawrence County, Arkansas, Enid Wells Sitton.
ˇ 1850, July 22, "James Norment, 48, Merchant, $1,000, VA; Elizabeth, 36, MS; John J., 18, LA; William, 11, LA; ?James?, 10, LA; Isabella, 3, LA; Archibold, 3, LA; Helena, 1, LA." S. Census, ?Chisson? Parish, LA.
ˇ 1850 Census Family Listing
ˇ James Smith, 51
ˇ Eliza Smith, 48
ˇ Son, ca. 26
ˇ Sarah Ann Smith, 24
ˇ Mariah L. Smith, ca. 22
ˇ Ambrose W. [A. W.] Smith, 19
ˇ Josephine Smith, 11
ˇ Sydney Smith, 8
ˇ Clara Smith, 3
ˇ 1858, James Norment and John H. Norman both of New Orleans. John H. is single. They buy 3 tracts of land in Concordia Parish, La. over 1,000 A. for $37,000 payable in 6 notes." S. Abstracted by Sherry Manuel from Conveyance Book N Page 306.
ˇ 1859, John H. is now of Concordia and James is still in N. O. a sale of slaves for Normandy Plantation." S. Abstracted by Sherry Manuel from Conveyance Book N Page 346.
ˇ 1860, June 26, "Dwelling 140, Family 139; James Smith, age 61, Occ Planter, Real Estate 30,000, Personal Estate 1,500, POB Ireland; Eliza, age 58, POB KY; Josephine, age 21, POB LA, Attending School; Sydney, age 18, POB LA, Attending School; Clara, age 13, POB LA, Attending School; R. Brown, age 25, Overseer, Personal Estate 200, POB TN. [Listed above is: R. Reddick, age 48, Occ Planter, Real Estate 10,000, Personal Estate 2,000, POB NC; Sarah, age 34, POB IN; Ema, age 35, POB KY; Ana, age 3, POB LA; W. Griffin, age 28, Occ Lab., Personal Estate 1,500, POB NC]" S. 1860 Census, Page 444, Black River Twp, Catahoula Parish, LA, P.O. Trinity.
ˇ 1860, September, "J. Norment, 58, farmer, $70,000, $500, VA; E. Norment, 46, MS; J. J. Norment, 28, Clerk, LA; J. K. Norment, 20, Clerk on St. Boat, MS; A. W. Norment, 14, MS; H. N. Norment, 9, LA." S. Census, Concordia Parish, LA
ˇ 1861, "John H. Norman of Concordia gives power of attorney to James Norment of Concordia Parish, to sell John H.'s interest in Normandy Plantation." S. Abstracted by Sherry Manuel from Conveyance Book N Page 575.
ˇ 1862, "Sydney W. Smith m. James R. Norment." S. Sherry Manuel Notes.
ˇ 1863, "Sydney W. Smith ??????? married Oct 14, 1863 at Ashcot. La. She was the daughter of Jas Smith born in Ireland Sept 20th 1799 who was son of Sam'l Smith who was son of Joseph Smith all of Ireland. The Fathers of both families were Presbyterian's." S. Copy of family Bible of James R. Norment and Sydney ????? (Smith).
ˇ 1866, "The Normandy Plantation is auctioned at a sheriffs sale on 16 Oct. 1866 and purchased by William J. Norman. James Norman is the court recorder. (It is not known who these Norman's are or if they are in any way related to the James R. Norman below.)" S. Abstracted by Sherry Manuel from Conveyance Book ) Page 98.
ˇ 1870, "James Norman 25 m w farmer La., Sidney 22 f w keeping house La., James 6 m w La., Ambrose 4 m w La., Sally 2 f w La., Polly Woodruff 40 f w La., Betty Woodruff 11 f w La., Amanda Woodruff 7 f w La." S. Abstracted by Sherry Manuel.
ˇ 1873, "Our James R. Norments purchase of what would become Live Oak Plantation. 10 A. in Concordia Parish on the east bank of the Black River. Beginning at the dividing line for T6 and T7. The NWfrac Sec 57 T6n R7e. (directly across the river from James Smiths property.) The land was owned by Jerome Taylor and George W. Robinson of Boston Mass. It was called Live Oak Plantation. James Norman was the Recorder of Deeds in Concordia Parish, La. during this time." S. Abstracted by Sherry Manuel from Conveyance Book P Pages 221-223.
ˇ 1875, March 25, "We Sidney Norment and James Norment her husband of Concordia Parish release unto James Smith of Black River Catahoula Parish who is the father of said Sidney Norment all or our right to the estate from Sarah Ann Reddick." S. Original Record, Conveyance Book O Page 633, Catahoula Parish, LA provided by Sherry W. Manuel.
ˇ 1875, October 31, "At his residence in Vidalia, LA on Sunday morning, Oct. 31, 1785, James Normant, aged 73 years and 9 months. *He was born in Mecklenburg County, Va., where issues the first Declaration of Independence. His father was one of the descendants of the Scotch Covenanters, who settled in Virginia in the Seventeenth century. His religion was ever in accordance with the Presbyterian Church. It was his solace through life, from which he departed in the full assurance of acceptance by his savior. *In the early part of his life, he was an assistant of the Clerk of the Court, which familiarized him to the duties to which his fellow citizens had elected him as magistrate, Clerk of Police Jury, and Recorder in Concordia Parish. In 1828, he removed to Alexandria, Parish of Rapides where he conducted a very heavy mercantile business in the company with his brother Richard, but on the death of the latter he gave up merchandising and began planting cotton. In a few years he sold his plantation and removed to New Orleans, where he engaged in the wholesale grocery business and remained there until his sons had obtained a fair education in the public schools. He then purchased a tract of new land in Concordia, on the banks of Black River, where he remained until his sons became planters, when he removed to Vidalia, at which place, being elected recorder, he lived until his death. *In the family circle he was beloved as he loved, and a among his numerous acquaintances he sustained the character of an honorable and true citizen." S. typed obituary provided by William Mount.
ˇ 1876, "James Norman purchases from Robert Carter of Paris, France Lots 16 and 17 Square 13 fronting on Carter Street in the Town of Vidalia." S. Abstracted by Sherry Manuel from Conveyance Book P Page 500.
ˇ 1877, August 4, "James R. Norment as agent for Mrs. Josephine S. Mount and W. G. Mount her husband, Ambrose W. Smith of Arkansas, Mrs. S. W. Norment also came and appeared John DeArman representing Mrs. Maria L. DeArman his wife, the said Mrs. Mount, A. W. Smith, Mrs. DeArman and Mrs. S. W. Norment being the sole heirs and legal representatives of their father James Smith.....lands owned by James Smith.....1st the John Henry Rignet known as the security of Catahoula lying in Townships 5, 6, 7 Ranges 6 and 9E containing 676 A. 2nd tract NW4 Sec 5 containing 89.75 A tract NE Sec 6 containing 51.3 A. the E2 SW4 of same Sec containing 77.50 A. Lots 3&4 of Sec 6 containing 70.70 A. and the N@ Sec 9 containing 304.3 A. all the above in Twp 7 R 5E which they have divided into four lots described and valued as follows viz Lot 1@ $1,200.00, Lot 2 $2,000.00, Lot 3 $1,000.00, Lot 4 $1,000.00 said parties declare that having divided the aforesaid lands in lots.....written on slips..... placed in a box were drawn as follows Mrs. E. H. Campbell drew Lot 1 for her father A. W. Smith, C. C. Duke drew Lot 2 for Mrs. S. W. Norment, John DeArman drew Lot 3 for his wife Mrs. Maria L. DeArman and Leonard F. Mason drew Lot 4 for Mrs. J. G. Mount.....the difference in value of said lots is to be equalized in the final partition." S. Original Record Conveyance Book P Pages 406-9, Catahoula Parish, LA provided by Sherry W. Manuel.
ˇ 1880, February 17, "Filed 17 Feb. 1880 by Mrs. Sidney W. Norman. James R. Norman died 2 Feb. 1880. She asks to be named tutor of her children and renounces her right to be administrator of his estate." S. Abstracted by Sherry Manuel from Conveyance Book Q Page 337.
ˇ 1880, February 17, "Petition of Sidney W. Norman on 17 Feb. 1880. Stating that her husband James R. Norman died 3 Feb. 1880 leaving 5 minor children. James, Whitlock, Sarah Reddick, Isabella Clark, and Charles Montgomery Norman. She asks to be made tutrix of the minors and that their uncle Henry N. Norman be made under tutor." S. Abstracted by Sherry Manuel from Succession Book 0 Pages 35-6.
ˇ Research the succession file for James in Catahoula / Concordia Parish, LA.
ˇ 1880, February 21, "G. C. Burrell and H. N. Norman are witnesses as an inventory of the estate of James R. Norman are taken at his residence at Henna Landing?." S. Abstracted by Sherry Manuel from Succession Book O Pages 37-41.
ˇ 1880 Census Concordia Parish, she's not there - try Lawrence County, AK
ˇ 1880, December 11, "Property sale of the estate on 11 Dec. 1880. John S. Boatner as attorney for Sidney W. Norman purchases the plantation for $250.00." S. Abstracted by Sherry Manuel from Conveyance Book Q Page 497.
ˇ ca. 1881, "Before the 9th Judicial Court P. W. Chase administrator states that the estate is insolvent. After liquidation of the estate it still owed $3,475.96 in unpaid debts. He proposes to pay the debt 3 cents on the dollar." S. Abstracted by Sherry Manuel from Succession Book O Pages 204-5.
ˇ ca. 1881, "The court approves his plan and discharges him of his duties on 8 June 1881." S. Abstracted by Sherry Manuel from Succession Book O Page 309.
ˇ 1892, December 14, "Security, James Smith 20 Dec 1875; disc. 29 Feb 1876: Whitlock Norment 16 May 1888: Sidney W. Norment 14 Dec 1892." S. Post Office Records 1832-1900. Vol. 4, Donna Burge Adams.
ˇ 1899, January 23, "Sale of Live Oak Plantation by Mrs S. W. Norman of Powhatan, Ark. She appoints Dr. Greenberry May of Catahoula Parish, La. as her agent to sell Live Oak Plantation. The plantation has now been cut into two sections by river levees. It was sold to Mrs. Jennie Goeta wife if Isadore Lippman on 22 Nov. 1899." S. Abstracted by Sherry Manuel from Conveyance Book V Pages 285-7.
ˇ 1900 Census Lawrence County
ˇ "Norment, Shine December 30, 1840 - February 24, 1907." S. Cemetery Records of Lawrence County, Arkansas, Powhatan, AR.
ˇ "Norment, Sarah R. wife of A. J. Moore, b. July 30, 1868 at Ashcot, LA, d. January 10, 1897 at Powhatan, AR." S. Tombstone Inscriptions, Powhatan Cemetery, Lawrence County, Arkansas, Enid Wells Sitton.
ˇ "Smith, Sidney Smith, wife of J. R. Norment December 30, 1840 - February 24, 1907." S. Tombstone Inscriptions, Powhatan Cemetery, Lawrence County, Arkansas, Enid Wells Sitton.
ˇ Death Record
ˇ 1907, "Death of a Good Woman. *Mrs. S. W. Normant died Sunday Afternoon--Burial at Powhatan. (From Monday's Daily) *Mrs. S. W. Normant died Sunday afternoon after an illness of several days of pneumonia and her body was taken today to Powhatan to be buried there. *Mrs. Normant was born and reared in Louisiana and has been a member of the Presbyterian church since early girlhood, being for years a member of the LaFayette Presbyterian church of New Orleans (of which Dr. Markham, a man well known and lover in the Southern Presbyterian church, was pastor for years. She was a daughter of James Smith and a niece of Dr. Thomas Smythe, the old pastor of the Second Presbyterian church of Charleston, S. C., and one of the ablest men the church has ever produced. *She married in Louisiana and her husband died there. Her only living children are Mrs. J. W. Martin of Batesville and Wingate C. Normant of Powhatan. *She herself lived in Powhatan for several years before moving to Batesville about a year ago. *She was a godly, Christian woman, and a most splendid character. Although having lived in Batesville only about a year, she was known and loved by a host of friends. Her lovely character won friends wherever she went and by them her death is sincerely mourned, for she was one of the noblest works of God--a good woman." S. Original Copy provided by William Mount.
ˇ General, "First, a few lines about my grandmother. I don't believe I admired any woman as much as I did my grandmother. She was born and grew up in New Orleans, educated in a Catholic convent, although she was a Presbyterian. I think she must have grown up "in the lap of luxury" as she knew nothing of domestic chores. The only thing I remember her cooking was bacon, and she made the best bacon gravy I ever ate! She did beautiful needlework. She was married just before or during the Civil War to James Norment of Normandy Plantation, Louisiana. She was left a widow with eight children and a large cotton plantation to manage. She became an excellent business woman and a successful cotton planter. She died when I was eleven years old. I shall always remember her with great love and affection. Helen Martin Hail King, about 1960." S. Internet, provided by Sherry Manual.
ˇ General, "Memory book of my great-grandmother Sidney Welch Smith who married James R. Norment......I am not sure what year the family moved to Ashcot, adjoining the land of their other daughter Sarah Smith Reddick (Ransom Reddick). but I am sure they were living there in 1859 when she received this. *So many of these names appear again in the 1890 family letters from Security where they lived from about 1879 (?) until she moved to Arkansas in 1901. *J. R. Norment married Sidney Welch Smith of Ashcot (next to Reddick Lane). Daughter of Eliza Jones and james Smith. *James R. Norment died of heart attack on steamboat returning home (Normandy on Black River) in 1880." S. Handwritten notes from Cecila Butt provided by William Mount.
ˇ General, "A son, the eldest, John, was building a gin and house on Normandy in 1859 and we have the plantation Day-Book for that year. I have not found any record of John's death. He was with Washington Artillery in Civil War & was wounded. His brother left army in 1863 to return home to marry Sidney Smith and did not go back to the Army. The parents, Elizabeth and James Norment apparently lived in New Orleans until 1860 - but moved to Vidalia instead of to Norma - the sister plantation of Normandy. *Sidney Smith Norment continued to live at Norma with her own five children and a foster daughter (Amanda Williams) after she was widowed in the 1880's. Before 1890 she moved to Security, ran a little store and maybe post office at Security. The oldest 2 sons "Zip" and "Wee Jim" died early in the 90's or late 80's. Zip was a deputy sheriff, by a Negro. "Wee Jim" cut his arm in a saw mill and died shortly from blood poisoning. Older daughter Sarah married Jed Moore and moved to Portia, Ark about 1892. Younger daughter Clara Isabelle in 1894 (my grandmother) married J.W. Martin and moved to Powhatan. (near Portia). *In 1894 Sarah died in childbirth and her mother, Sidney Smith Norment) moved to Arkansas to help care for the 2 children. Ha??? left (the third being still born). When Sidney died they joined the Martin family (Jessie and Sam Moore) - the Martin family having since moved to Batesville Ark. They "Bell and Johnny" Martin built a lovely home there and their daughter (Helen Martin King) evidently returned to live there until 1986 when she moved to a retirement home in Fayetteville, Arkansas where she now lives. At 93 and recently in failing health. One daughter Carol King Reid is deceased. I, Cecilia King Butt, live here in Fayetteville as does one of our sons. Jack who is an attorney and my husband Tom who is a state judge. Our other son Thomas King Butt lives in the Bay of San Francisco and is an architect. Both sons have young families." S. Handwritten note by Cecila King Butt provided by William Mount.
ˇ Probate Record, Lawrence Co, AR
(Above from research of Steve Kellar)

  Notes for Sidney Welch Smith:
I (Helen Martin Hail King) want to tell you grandchildren what I know about the Smyth family. Most of what I know was told to me by my grandmother, Sidney Welch Smyth Norment.

First, a few lines about my grandmother. I don't believe I admired any woman as much as I did my grandmother. She was born and grew up in New Orleans, educated in a Catholic convent, although she was a Presbyterian. I think she must have grown up "in the lap of luxury" as she knew nothing of domestic chores. The only thing I remember her cooking was bacon, and she made the best bacon gravy I ever ate! She did beautiful needlework. She was married just before or during the Civil War to James Norment of Normandy Plantation, Louisiana. She was left a widow with eight children and a large cotton plantation to manage. She became an excellent business woman and a successful cotton planter. She died when I was eleven years old. I shall always remember her with great love and admiration.

Helen Martin Hail King (Abt 1960)
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DEATH OF A GOOD WOMAN
MRS. S.W. NORMANT DIED SUNDAY AFTERNOON - BURIAL AT POWATAN

(From Monday's Daily) Mrs. S.W. Normant died Sunday afternoon after an illness of several days of pneumonia and her body was taken today to Powatan to be buried there.

Mrs. Normant was born and reared in Louisiana and has been a member of the Presbyterian Church since early girlhood, being for years a member of the LaFayette Presbyterial church in New Orleans (of which Dr. Markham, a man well known and loved in the Southern Presbyterian church was pastor for years). She was a daughter of James Smith and a niece of Dr. Thomas Smythe, the old pastor of the Second Presbyterian church of Charleston, S.C., and one of the ablest men the church has ever produced.

She married in Louisiana and her husband died there. Her only living children are Mrs. J.W. Martin of Batesville and Wingate C. Normant of Powatan.

She herself lived in Powatan for several years before moving to Batesville about a year ago.

She was a godly, Christian woman, and a most splendid character. Although having lived in Batesville only about a year, she was known and loved by a host of friends. Her lovely character won friends wherever she went and by them her death is sincerely mourned, for she was ___the noblest works of God - a good woman.

(Newspaper clipping in the Norment Family Bible, in possession of Jack Butt, Fayetteville, AR)
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New Orleans, 31st August, 1850

Mr. Jn. De Arman, Rockport

Dear Sir

I send you our weekly news sheet which will give you some idea of the state of society & markets here. I am now in business on my own account (having dissolved with Mr. Kitchen) under the style of James Smith ____, & will probably remain at the old stu -- of Granier. I have no doubt of doing as good a business as formerly and will at least make all expenses. The family have had some sickness, Mrs. Smith has had a severe attack of sick head ache for 5 days which has left her very weak as she eats but little when she has such spells. Sarah has had a fever which lasted 24 hours.
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James Smyth's children gathered for his funeral, including the D'Arman kin from Vincennes, IN. The D'Armans were the only ones who stayed at Security after the funeral; apparently the other children lived nearby or were staying with their siblings who did live nearby. According to James Smyth's will, all of his land was divided into tracts; one tract was very small, but included the plantation house and all its fine furnishings. His beneficiaries drew lots to determine which tract each was to receive.

Sidney Welch Smyth (Norment) drew the lot entitling her to the home and its furnishings. The D'Armans were greatly disappointed, because they had little use for Louisiana land, and had counted on getting the valuable household furnishings to take home with them.

The next day, when James Smyth's children returned to Security, they found that the D'Armans were altogether gone; they had caught a steamer back up to Indiana, loaded with all the Smyth and Reddick furniture and furnishings: sterling, crystal, china, linens, and all the furniture. The only thing they didn't take was a huge solid mahogany secretary desk, almost 10 feet tall, that James Smyth had ordered from France years before. Presumably it was too big to conveniently move, and had gotten to be left in the D'Arman's haste to get away with their ill-gotten booty.

Years later, in the 1920's or 30's, Helen Martin (King), Sidney's granddaughter, was called to visit a lady she knew in Walnut Ridge, AR. The lady was elderly, in ill health, in poor financial shape and correctly predicted she was not long for the world. She was related, it turns out, some way to the D'Armans, and thus, presumably also to Helen Martin (King). When Helen arrived, the lady insisted that Helen take a large bag of sterling silver flatware. Upon inspection, it appeared to be at least part of the Reddick and Smyth silver! The lady said that it was rightfully Helen's, and in the lady's condition, she could never use or enjoy it. So, half a century later, the heirloom silver was returned to the rightful branch of the family. The large mahogany secretary is now in the home of William Jackson Butt, II, and in its drawers is flatware from Security Plantation.

As told by Helen Martin (King) to William Jackson Butt, II
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Following is part 3 of researchy Steve Kellar on James and Eliza Smyth:

ˇ 1853, June 17, ".....Laura Sims, wife of James Sims for $500.00 sell to James Smith of the City of New Orleans, her undivided 1/2 interest in the NWfrac4 Sec 5 T6 R7, 88A." S. Book J. Page 121, Catahoula Parish, LA abstracted by Sherry Manuel.
ˇ 1853, June 17, "James & Laura Sims. Transfer to James Smith. Filed for record 14th June AD 1853. Recorded in Book of Notarial Records Book I folio 121, 2, 3. Parish of Catahoula.....Felix Robb Notary Public.....James Sims.....in consideration of $1,500.....sold.....unto James Smith of the City of New Orleans.....Lots No 6 & 7 being the Efract2 of SW|Fract4 Sec 5 Twp 6N Ran 7E containing 79.55 acres.....Sims is to retain possession of said tract of land till the 1st of Jany 1854.....this 12th day of May AD 1853." S. Original Record, Book J, Pages 121-5, Record 129J, Catahoula Parish, LA.
ˇ 1853, June 17, "Purciro [Purchase] of Land. Transfer to James Smith. Filed for record 14th June AD 1853. Recorded in Book of Notarial Records I[J?] Page 123. N. E. Gauldier. Parish of Catahoula.....Felix Robb a Notary Public.....Laura Sims wife of James Sims.....sum of five hundred dol-lars.....sold.....unto James Smith of the City of New Orleans.....NWFract4 Sec 5 Twp6N Ran 7E containing 88.28 acres bounded by lands entered by Saml Waters on the East by Black River on the South of lands en-tered by James Sims and on the west by lands entered by William Kelly to have and to hold unto him the said James Smith..... this 12th day of May AD 1853." S. Original Record, Book J, Pages 121-5, Record 130J, Catahoula Parish, LA.
ˇ 1853, August 15, "Smith, Ambrose W., Kellar, Sarah E. Ward of Isaac H. Kellar c. in.p., Witnesses: G.W. Hikes & W. Kellar, John Hulett." S. Jefferson Co, KY Mar-riages, Book 5, 222.
ˇ 1853, August 15, "Ambrose W. Smith & Sarah E. Kellar ward of Isaac H. Kellar who consents in person.....I, a Minister of the Gospel, of the Christian Church, licensed for the purpose by the County Court of Henry Co, KY. Jno. R. Hulett. Witnesses; G.W. Hikes, W. Kellar." S. Original License, Jef-ferson Co KY.
ˇ 1860, April 11, "From my eldest Brother but one, not seen for more than forty years. Black River, Parish of Catahoula, Louisiana. Dear Thomas. This is intrusted to Charles Jones, who visits Charleston to attend the Convention. My wife is a sister of his, and he lives about 3 miles above me on this river. The families however have no communication. I have left New Orleans to re-side on this place. The last t2 years it has been overflowed and I did not make expenses. This season I have the prospect of a good crop; and we are now well leveyed to keep out high water, but not quite enough yet. We do not apprehend high water this season. We received Wedding Cards of your son and Miss Briggs. Give the young folks our congratulations. I hear indirectly from you (or did in New Orleans,) frequently and hope your ailments are not such as to deprive you of comfortable recreation and exercise. I take out a little bored rifle gun (say 200 balls to a pound of lead.) nearly every morning and shoot the heads off Squirrels enough to eat. [Footnote: This brother, James, was an excellent shot, and very reckless: so much so that when troubled by an ingrowing nail, he shot off the offending toe. A niece writes:---As to my Uncle & his ingrowing nail, I know nothing but the fact---& think he might have been less impatient of pain & of other people.---Ed.] In the fall and winter, I change this rifle for a shot gun and kill abundance of wild ducks. We have been asked to dine out 2 times last week among neighbours who had wild turkeys for dinner. I have also a chest of tools (very good they are too,) with which I work considerably; last week I built a new Poultry house 12 feet square with 10 nests for the hens. We had a small one but the rising family of chick required more roost. We have any quantity of young chickens and turkeys. To day I intend making me a dip net with a piece of mosquito netting to catch minnows, with which to catch Barfish and herring. The Barfish are our best fresh water fish. I have also library enough for life with the help of the Newspapers occa-sionally and I trust I have obtained a good hope to join the ransomed of Christ in his heavenly Kingdom. My family at home and as far as I know abroad, are well. Give our love to your wife and family, and believe me affectionately yrs. Jas. Smith. P.S. Our ad-dress by mail would have the Trinity Post office in it. J.S." S. Autobiographical Notes, Letters and Reflections, 1914, by Thomas Smyth, D.D., Edited by Louisa Cheves Stoney, P. 549-50.
ˇ 1860, June 26, "Dwelling 140, Family 139; James Smith, age 61, Occ Planter, Real Estate 30,000, Personal Estate 1,500, POB Ireland; Eliza, age 58, POB KY; Josephine, age 21, POB LA, Attending School; Sydney, age 18, POB LA, Attending School; Clara, age 13, POB LA, Attending School; R. Brown, age 25, Overseer, Personal Estate 200, POB TN. [Listed above is: R. Reddick, age 48, Occ Planter, Real Estate 10,000, Personal Estate 2,000, POB NC; Sarah, age 34, POB IN; Ema, age 35 [5], POB KY; Ana, age 3, POB LA [KY]; W. Griffin, age 28, Occ Lab., Personal Estate 1,500, POB NC]" S. 1860 Census, Page 444, Black River Twp, Catahoula Parish, LA, P.O. Trinity.
ˇ 1861, December 10, "James Smith & Rob-ert W. Prater. Exchange of Land dated Feby 26th ???? [Call Catahoula for date] Parish of Catahoula .....Felix Robb a Notary Pub-lic.....james Smith of the above residence..... consideration.....deliver unto Rob-ert W. Prater of the Parish of Concordia.....James Smith.....twenty acres of land being the Southern portion of Lot No three, Section 8 Twp 6N Ran 7E in the Land District north of Red River La. having Black River for its Eastern boundry, the boundry line of Lot No two for its Southern, and Western boundaries and a line running due East and West from Black River to the Western boundry. Sufficiently for North. (Some three hundred and fifty yards) from the Southern boundary to make the quantity of twenty acres.....R.W. Prater.....the division fence between the lands of the said Prater & Smith which is to owned and kept in good repair by them jointly.....transfer is made for and in consideration of the said R.W. Prater selling and transferring unto the said James Smith, he hereby accepting the same all his the said R.W. Prater.....W2 SW4 Sec 5 and the NW4 NW4 Sec 8 and that portion of the NW4 Sec 8 lying North of a line running due West of the Northern line of the land transferred by the said Smith to the said Prater. Said land being in Twp 6N Ran 7E, in the land district North of Red River, La. containing in the aggregate 127.60A.....James Smith to transfer to the said R.W. Prater 20A. of land fronting on Black River and of R.W. Prater to transfer to the said Jas Smith 127.60 A. of land..... lying in the rear of said Smith's plantation.....10th December, 1861.....It is stipu-lated between the parties that they are to set an iron post some 15 or 20 paces North of a hackbury tree on the bank of Black River, and to run from thence due West on the di-vision line between and they are to put and keep a good fence upon said line at the joint expense." S. Original Record, Book O, P. 52-55, Record O60, Catahoula Parish, LA. [Note: This was recorded just above an entry dated 26Dec1872]
ˇ 1862, "Sydney W. Smith m. James R. Norment." S. Sherry Manuel Notes.
ˇ 1865, "Smith, James $4.15." S. Civil War Tax in Louisiana: 1865, Polyanthos.
ˇ 1866, July 12, 1866, "Record of Confederate Dead. The subjoined list of those Confederate soldiers who died during the war, and were buried in and about New Orleans, has been furnished by Mrs. Dr. Ball to the Board of Managers of the 'Ladies Benevolent Association of Louisiana,' and is by them submitted for publication.....Smith Samuel, prisoner of war." S. New Orleans Daily Crescent.
ˇ 1868, February 28, "William G. Mount to C. J. Smyth. On Feb 24 1868 the rites of matrimony according to the Presbyterian church were solemnized between William G. Mount of Lawrence Co. Ark. aged 28 years & Miss Charlotte J. Smyth of the same co. & State aged 30 ys. By Lewis McVelly." S. Copy Original Record provided by William Mount.
ˇ 1870, June 20, "Dwelling 50, Family 60; Reddick Ransom, age 54, Occ Farmer, Real Estate 1,000, Personal Estate 2,750, POB NC, Male Citizen; Sarah, age 44, Occ Dry Goods Merchant, Personal Estate 5,000, POB IN; Molly Bunch, age 16, At-tending School, POB NC; Anna Noelle, age 23, occ School Teacher, POB LA; Emma Smith, age 15, Attending School, POB KY; Anna Smith, age 13, Attending School, POB KY; James Smith, age 70, Occ ???????? [Cleaning Stores], POB Ireland, Father of Foreign Birth, Mother of Foreign Birth, Male Citizen; Eliza, age 67, Occ Keeping House, Personal Estate 100, POB KY; ???? Black, age 13, Black, Occ Domestic Servant, POB LA, Cannot Read or Write; Elwood Johnson, age 11, Black Occ Domestic Servant, POB LA.." S. 1870 Census, Pages 8 & 9, Ward No. 13, Catahoula Parish, LA, P.O. Trinity.
ˇ 1871, December 26. "Anthony Whithead. Sale of Land. Recorded February 261872. Parish of Catahoula..... James Smith in consideration of five hundred dollars and five promissory notes..... amounting to five thousand dollars.....sold to Anthony Whithead both parties residing in the same Parish.....found situated on the West bank of Black River, Parish of Catahoula, con-taining 300 A. viz. S2 NWfractional Sec 5 containing 45A. The Swfractional4 Sec 5 containing 157A. & northern portion of NW fractional4 Sec 8, 98A. all in Twp 6N Ran 7E and being in one body with all the homes and fences thereon.....26th day of Decem-ber 1871." S. Original Record, Page 54-5, Record O62, Catahoula Parish, LA.
ˇ 1872, February 26, "James Smith of Catahoula Parish to Robert W. Prater of Concordia Parish the S. portion of Lot 3, Sec. 8 T6n R7e with the Black River for its eastern boundary 20 A. Prater sells to James Smith the W2 of the SW4 Sec. 5, the NW4 of the NW4 of Sec. 8. Portion of NW4 Sec. 8 lying N. of a line beginning due west of the N. line of land traded to Prather by Smith. All T6n R7e 127 A." S. Abstracted Record by Sherry Manuel of Deed Book O, Page 52, Cata-houla Parish, LA. [Copy Original]
ˇ 1872, February 27, "James Smith to An-thony Whitehead, land on the west band of the black River, 300 A.. S2 of NW frac. Sec. 5 45 A. SWfrac4 Sec. 5 157 A.. N. portion of NWfract.4 Sec. 8 98 A.. All T6N R7E. James Smith Signed." S. Abstracted Record by Sherry Manuel from Deed Book O, Page 54, Catahoula Parish, LA. [Copy Original]
ˇ 1874, "Sarah Ann [Smith] Reddick died [Probate Record] Catahoula Parish, LA. [Sarah's husband, Ransom, preceded her in death June 1872, Catahoula Parish, LA]." S. Sherry Manuel Notes.
ˇ 1875, March 17, ".....we A. W. Smith and Josephine S. Mount (brother and sister of Sarah Ann Reddick deceased) and William G. Mount husband of Josephine S. Mount in consideration of the natural love and affec-tion we bear our father James Smith and our decision to see him provided for in his declining years do hereby release unto our father all our inheritance to the estate of Sarah Ann Reddick." S. Original Record Conveyance Book O, Page 618, Catahoula Parish, LA provided by Sherry W. Manuel.
ˇ 1875, March 25, "We Sidney Norment and James Norment her husband of Concordia Parish release unto James Smith of Black River Catahoula Parish who is the father of said Sidney Norment all or our right to the estate from Sarah Ann Reddick." S. Original Record, Conveyance Book O Page 633, Catahoula Parish, LA provided by Sherry W. Manuel.
ˇ Tax Records, Catahoula/Orleans Parish
ˇ Voter Records, Catahoula/Orleans Parish
ˇ Death Record, Catahoula Parish
ˇ Tombstone Inscription, Security, Cata-houla Parish
ˇ Obituary, Catahoula Parish Newspaper
ˇ Will - District Court in the Parish, and in Orleans Parish the Civil District Court.
ˇ Probate Records, Catahoula Parish
ˇ Family Histories, LA
ˇ Local Histories, LA
ˇ 1876, January 21, "Parish of Catahoula..... petition of John DeArman a resident of said parish.....James Smith died on January 18, 1876 leaving a large estate of personal and real property.....the estate of said James Smith is involved unit that an administration is necessary.....your petitioner is a heir having married Mariah L. Smith the daugh-ter of said James Smith.....one heir absent in Arkansas.....petitioner be appointed and confirmed as administrator of estate..... make an inventory and appraisement." S. Succession of James Smith, S-117, Original Record Catahoula Parish, LA provided by Sherry W. Manuel.
ˇ 1876, January 31, ".....did proceed at the late residence of the deceased an inventory of cause to be appraised by G. B. May M. D. and James Young.....estate of James Smith in Parish of Catahoula.....a tract of land containing 676 A. containing the plan-tation and improvements situate on Black River in which John M. Phillps resided on the 28 day of December in 1848 and being the same confirmed to John Henry by the U. S. by virtue of the Settlement and occupa-tion under the Spanish Government by one Joseph Thomas.....the said Jas Smith re-sided at the time of his death. The said land and all the buildings improvements therein value at the sum of $5.00 per acre [$3,380.00] also one other track containing 44 A. being 1/2 of the NWfral4 Sec 5 T 6N R 1E valued at $1.25 per acre [$55.00]. The above described land being the same land purchased by Ransom Reddick on 8th day July 1851 at Tiffs sale in suit styled John M. Philips vs. Volley B. Perky et al. [letterhead of Mrs. S. A. Reddick Dealer in Dry Goods, Groceries, Boots, Shoes, Hats; Fresh Drugs and Medicines Always on Hand]." S. S-117 Original Record Catahoula Parish, LA provided by Sherry W. Manuel.
ˇ 1876, February 2, "DIED. SMITH---At Se-curity Plantation, Catahoula parish, La., January 18, 1876, in the 77th year of his age, MR. JAMES SMITH, formerly a resi-dent of New Orleans. *Charleston, S. C., Nashville, Tenn., Louisville, Ky., and Craw-fordsville, Ind., papers please copy." S. New Orleans Times Picayune, February 2, 1876, p. 4 c. 5.
ˇ 1876, February 29, "Security, James Smith 20 Dec 1875; disc. 29 Feb 1876: Whitlock Norment 16 May 1888: Sidney W. Norment 14 Dec 1892." S. Post Office Records 1832-1900. Vol. 4, Donna Burge Adams.
ˇ 1876, August 5 and 9, "Recd of John DeAr-man Adman James Smith $55.00..... being a payment on my interest in the Estate of James Smith and delivered to my daughter Emma Campbell as her property. Emma H. Campbell for A. W. Smith." S. S-117, Origi-nal Record Catahoula Parish, LA provided by Sherry W. Manuel.
ˇ 1877, August 4, "James R. Norment as agent for Mrs. Josephine S. Mount and W. G. Mount her husband, Ambrose W. Smith of Arkansas, Mrs. S. W. Norment also came and appeared John DeArman representing Mrs. Maria L. DeArman his wife, the said Mrs. Mount, A. W. Smith, Mrs. DeArman and Mrs. S. W. Norment being the sole heirs and legal representatives of their fa-ther James Smith.....lands owned by James Smith.....1st the John Henry Rignet known as the security of Catahoula lying in Townships 5, 6, 7 Ranges 6 and 7E containing 676 A. 2nd tract NW4 Sec 5 containing 89.75 A tract NE4 Sec 6 containing 51.3 A. the E2 SW4 of same Sec containing 77.50 A. Lots 3&4 of Sec 6 containing 70.70 A. and the N2 Sec 7 containing 304.3 A. all the above in Twp 7N R5E which they have di-vided into four lots described and valued as follows viz Lot 1@ $1,200.00, Lot 2 $2,000.00, Lot 3 $1,000.00, Lot 4 $1,000.00 said parties declare that having divided the aforesaid lands in lots.....written on slips..... placed in a box were drawn as follows Mrs. E. H. Campbell drew Lot 1 for her father A. W. Smith, C. C. Duke drew Lot 2 for Mrs. S. W. Norment, John DeArman drew Lot 3 for his wife Mrs. Maria L. DeArman and Leon-ard F. Mason drew Lot 4 for Mrs. J. G. Mount.....the difference in value of said lots is to be equalized in the final partition." S. Original Record Conveyance Book P Pages 406-9, Catahoula Parish, LA provided by Sherry W. Manuel.
ˇ 1877, September 17, "FINAL ACCOUNT NOTICE. State of Louisiana---Parish of Catahoula---Probate Court---Clerk's Office. Succession of James Smith, dec's. Whereas: John DeArman, administrator of said succession, has this day filed in this of-fice his final account of administration, praying that the same may be homologated and approved---Now, therefore, notice is hereby given that unless opposition to said account is filed in this office in ten days from the date hereof, said account will be homologated and approved according to the prayer thereof. Witness my signature and the seal of said court this 17th day of Sep-tember, A. D., 1877. n41 2 t L. Gip. Duke, Depty. Clk." S. Newspaper clipping in suc-cession file.\
ˇ 1878, October 29, "Edward Jones died." S. Strickler file, Filson Club. Did he die in New Orleans?
ˇ 1881, December 6, "Partition of Achcott Plantation. Filed Dec 6th 1881 & Recorded in ?Brvt? No ?14? Cnveyences Papers 569 & 570 - Dec 10, 1881. December 20th, 1880. We D.H. Cathorm and Charles G. Montgomery chosen by Anthony Gabe, & John Whitehead of the first party and |W. G. Mount and A. Whitlock Smith of the second party. To value and divide the Ashcot Plantation lying on Black River -- We have divided that the party geting the upper half of Ashcot Plantation to pay the party geting the lower half to five hundred dollars in cash; and the plantation to be divided equally into two parts considering on the bank of the given and run strait back. P.S. Mr. Charles G. Montgomery for Mr. A. W. Smith & W. G. Mount of the second party dvine the lower half of Ashcot ??????..... The land of Anthony Whithead, Gabe Whithead and John Whitehead commencing at an iron post, - where the line between W. G. Mount and the Smith place strikes the Black River, on the west bank Thence S 25 degrees E 25 chains, thence S 16 Degrees E 10 chains, thence S 8 degrees 5.90 chains, to a persimmon tree, thence due west to the back line of the Smith land, thence N to W. G. Mounts land, thence on Mounts line to iron post, being one hundred and fifty-one acres more or less. A. W. Smiths land commences at a persimmon tree, where the Whitheads line strikes the West bank of Blk River, thence S 8 degrees E 4.10 chains, thence S 3 degrees W 10 chains thence S 7 degrees W 10 chains, thence S 11 degrees W 16080 chains, to Wilsons line, thence W on Wilsons line to the back line of the Smith Place, thenc3e N on said line to the Whitheads line thence on said line to the place of beginning contain-ing 152.20 acres more or less. Security La Jan 11th 1881. Received of Anthony, Gabe and John Whithead the sum of $500 being the difference in division of the Ashcot plantation upper part over the lower half. W. G. Mount, A. W. Smith." S. Original Record, Book 1, P. 569-70, Record 541-2, Catahoula Parish, LA.
ˇ 1889, Various, "My Uncle Charles was killed by friends of En Lidell in Louisiana some few years after the war. The difficulty was of long standing & resulted in the killing of Judges[sp?][Justice] Lidell & my Un-cle.....Elizabeth Whitlock (deceased) of near Crawfordsville was a relative." S. William H. English Collection, M98, Folder 3, Indiana Historical Library.
ˇ 1898, October 22, "Ambrose W. Smith died Portia, Lawrence Co, AR, buried Powhatan Cemetery." S. Tombstone Inscription, Pow-hatan Cemetery, Powhatan, Lawrence Co, AR.
ˇ 1890, August 26, Mariah L. Smith died [Prob Portia] Lawrence Co, AR, bur. Pow-hatan Cemetery, Lawrence Co, AR
ˇ 1907, July 24, Sydney S. Smith died [Prob Portia] Lawrence Co, AR, bur. Powhatan Cemetery, Lawrence Co, AR
ˇ General, "He ran a general store at Black River Landing, on Security Plantation, which he owned, in Catahoula Parish, LA. The plantation was on property known as the John Henry Requet.
ˇ General, "Fact.....The only remaining letter of my youngest Br. Robert, enclosed in one from Isabella giving account of the death of my Second eldest Br. Samuel, who died of Cholera on his way home from N. Orleans at Vicksburg. He died a member of the In-diana legislature. He was highly educated and a man of great reading. James was wild and the first to leave home, from pure love of adventure. Mother persuaded Sam-uel to go after and take care of him. Wil-liam followed Samuel and Robert, William, and all to Vincennes Ind. whither Mother and Father and Isabella went, when I went to Princeton. *William fought in Florida and Mexico and probably died there..... [Foot-note] It is generally believed in the family, that, as William Smith was last heard of on the way to Japan, his death took place in that country. Samuel is recorded as having delivered the oration on July 4, 1830, at Vincennes.---Ed." S. Autobiographical Notes, Letters and Reflections, 1914, by Thomas Smyth, D.D., Edited by Louisa Cheves Stoney, P. 316-7.
ˇ General, "William H. Mount, former proprietor of the Glade Plantation in Catahoula Parish, was a native of Arkansas, but spent most of his life in Louisiana. Mr. Mount was born in Lawrence County Arkansas, June 21, 1869, son of William G. and Josephine (Smith) Mount. *William G. Mount had moved to Arkansas after the Civil War to take over the management of his deceased brother's gristmill. He married in Arkansas, Miss Josephine Smith, who was visiting there. She was born and reared in New Orleans, daughter of James Smith, owner of the extensive plantation on Black River in Catahoula Parish. In 1878, the Mount fam-ily moved from Arkansas to this plantation, locating at the village of Security. Mrs. Jo-sephine Mount died there at the age of 42, and her husband subsequently returned to Mississippi and died at the age of 62 at Lake Providence, Louisiana. *William H. Mount was one of two sons. Since the age of eleven years he had his home in Louisiana. After finishing his education, he was employed in government work and in sawmills and in 1900 began farming on Horseshoe Lake. In 1901 he took management of the plantation left by his mother which had been a part of the old Security Plantation. *Mr. Mount married in 1903, Miss Ella Cross, daughter of Jonathan Cross, a native of Texas. Their children were Hobart, Eugene, Whitlock, Merthyr, and Katherine Bell." S. "Jonesville Through the Mirror of Time", Volume II, December, 1978.
The following is offered to disprove the parent-age of James Smith
ˇ 1809, April 3, "Knox Co Tax register, Wa-bash Twp, James Smith." S. William H. English Collection, M98, Box 34, Folder 12, Pages 22, 23, 36, Indiana Historical Library.
ˇ 1812, September 12, "Muster Roll of Capt. James Smith's Company of mounted men of the 4th Regt Indiana Militia Commanded by Col. Rob't Evans called to service 1812, September 12, end of service 1812, Sep-tember 28." S. Original Record, General and Staff Indiana and Illinois Territory Militia, September 1812-January 1813.
ˇ 1817, "Nicholas Smith, father of Edward H. and John A. Smith, came to Vincennes in 1817 from New Jersey, where he was born in 1790." S. History of Old Vincennes and Knox County Indiana, Greene, Vol. 1.
ˇ General, "Resolutions Concerning Indians, July 31, 1811, Dawson, Harrison, 187.....colonel Ephraim Jordan was ap-pointed President, and captain James Smith, Secretary.....James Smith was appointed a J. P. Dec. 3, 1812 at Vincennes. He settled in what is now Gibson Co. Feb. 3, 1813 he was appointed a captain in the militia 4th Regt. He came from Va. Ex. Jour. 178-9, History of Gibson County, 60 [page 540][likely that this is not my James Smith however it could be James' father]." S. Esarey, Logan, Editor, Governors Messages and Letters: Messages and Letters of William Henry Harrison, Volume 1, 1800-1811, Volume II, 1812-1816, Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Commission, 1922.
ˇ General, "Smith, James, b. 1754 VA d. 1837 Gibson Co, IN bur. James Mont's farm near Owensville, IN, m. Margaret Truax, enlisted 1776 in 12th Virginia Regt. and re-enlisted for an additional 3 years." S. Soldiers and Patriots of the American Revolutionary War Buried in Gibson Co, Indiana, D.A.R.

(Steve Kellar, 650 Woodbine Drive, Carmel, IN 46033-9250, 317/574-9216, stkellar@aol.com)

     
Children of James Norment and Sidney Smith are:
  23 i.   Clara Isabelle Norment, born October 03, 1871 in Norma Plantation, LA; died March 17, 1940 in Memphis, TN; married John William Martin September 04, 1894 in Security Plantation, Catahoula Parish, LA.
  ii.   Sarah Reddick Norment, born July 30, 1868194; died January 10, 1897 in Powhatan, AR194; married Alfred Judson Moore June 1893195; born April 11, 1859196.
  Notes for Sarah Reddick Norment:
ˇ "Norment, Sarah R. wife of A. J. Moore, b. July 30, 1868 at Ashcot, LA, d. January 10, 1897 at Powhatan, AR." S. Tombstone In-scriptions, Powhatan Cemetery, Lawrence County, Arkansas, Enid Wells Sitton. (Steve Kellar)

  iii.   Wingate C. Norment
  Notes for Wingate C. Norment:
Lived in Powatan in 1907. See Sidney Smyth Norment Obituary.

  iv.   Jim Norment, born July 22, 1864 in Ashcot, LA.
  Notes for Jim Norment:
James Norment, residing about 12 miles below Trinity, in Concordia parish, met with an unfortunate accident on last Friday afternoon, while at work in the Trinity Saw Mill, resulting in the loss of his left hand. He was engaged at the edging saw and by accident his left hand came in contact with it, the thumb probably striking first, then the whole hand was deflected to the ulnar side and the saw passed through the carpus, cutting all but the tendons of the little and ring fingers. He received prompt attention from Drs. B.F. Baker and J.L. Vialet.

Thursday's Trinity herald announces that Mr. James Norment, who resides on Black River in this parish, had the sad misfortune on last Friday afternoon, of losing his left hand by getting it caught in a saw while working in the Trinity Saw Mill. After the above was put in type, we learn of Mr. Norment's death from the effects of the wound.

On the morning of the 16th, about 7 o'clock, James Norment, who lost his left hand by an accident at the Trinity Saw Mill on the 10th, died never having rallied from the shock and hemorrhage. His body was taken to Security, his home, for internment, where over a hundred friends had gathered to pay the last tribute of respect to one universally liked by all who knew him.

All of the above from newspaper clippings in the Norment Family Bible, in possession of Jack Butt, Fayetteville, AR.

  v.   Zip Norment


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