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      94. James Smith413, born September 20, 1799 in Belfast, County Antrim, Northern Ireland; died January 18, 1876 in Security Plantation, Catahoula Parish, LA. He was the son of 188. Samuel Smith/Smyth and 189. Anne Magee. He married 95. Elizabeth Jones October 24, 1822 in Vincennes, Knox County, IN414.

      95. Elizabeth Jones415, born Abt. 1802 in Jefferson County, KY; died July 21, 1874 in Security Plantation, Catahoula Parish, LA. She was the daughter of 190. Peter Jones and 191. Sarah Kellar.

Notes for James Smith:
Black River, Parish of Catahoula, Louisiana, 11April 1860

Dear Thomas,

This is entrusted 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 reside on this place. The last 2 years it has been overflowed and i did not make expenses. This seasonI 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 (Adger Smyth was married to Miss Anne R. Briggs on March 14, 1860 - Ed). 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 ball to a pound of lead), nearly every morning and shoot the heads off Squirrels enough to eat (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 duck 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 raising family of chicks required more roost. we have any quantity of young chickens and turkeys. Today I intend making me a dip net with piece of mosquito netting to catch minnows with which to catch Barfish and herring. the Barfish are our best Freshwater fish. I have also library enough for life with the help of Newspapers occasionally, 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 address by mail would have the Trinity Postoffice in it.

J.S. (Letter from James Smith to his Brother,Thomas Smyth. D.D.)
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Son of Samuel Smith, # 72, b. 11 August 1763, Belfast, County Antrim, Ireland, d. 21 September 1847, Vincennes, Knox Co, IN, bur. Greenlawn Cemetery, Vincennes, Knox County, IN, and Ann Magee, b. ca. 1773, Probably Belfast, County Antrim, Ireland, d. 23 August 1832, Vincennes, Knox Co, IN, bur. Greenlawn Cemetery, Vincennes, Knox Co, IN.
Church Affiliation, Stout performed marriage ceremony
1819, August 2, "Smith, James, Age 19, Occupation Not Given, ???????? Great Britain, Port Philadelphia, Vessel Bgr Dispatch." S. Card Record from Index of Philadelphia arrivals.
1819, August 6, "Smith, James, Age 20, Occupation Merchant, ???????? Ireland, Port Philadelphia, Vessel Brig Ceres." S. Card Record from Index of Philadelphia arrivals.
1819, August 7, "Report and Manifest of the Brig Ceres Wm Patterson is Master..... bound for Philadelphia.....James Smith, One Truck, One ?Clust.?m Hat Case Gun, Bed & Bedding." S. Original Record.
Military Records, National Archives, Requested 1/18/97
Military Records, Indiana Archives
1820, "James Smith, Males 16-25, 1; Foreigners, Commerce." S. Knox Co, IN Census, Page 83.
1821, October 2, "The declaration of James Smith the undersigned who desires to become a citizen of the United States. James Smith, age 22, County Where Born Antrum, Town Belfast, KGGB Ireland depend Great Britain, date of arrival 9th August 1819, at what port arrived Philadelphia, present residence Vincennes Knox County Indiana. This declarent now declares his wish and intention to become a citizen of the United States, and now and hereby announces forever all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, State or sovereignty whatever and particularly renounces all allegiance and fidelity to George the fourth King of Great Britain and to all and every of his Kingdom, Principalities, Princes and colonies. Signed James Smith. Sworn in open court." S. Original Record, Knox Co, IN Circuit Court Order Book C, Page 103
1822, July 17, "On motion of John Law it is ordered that the report of Samuel Smith an alien be spread upon the records of this court. Report of Samuel Smith a native of Ireland to the Honbl the Circuit Court of Knox County State of Indiana for the purpose of becoming a citizen of the United States. Samuel Smith, birthplace Belfast, age 21, Nation Ireland, Allegiance King of Great Britain, Emigration Ireland, Residence Indiana. Vincennes July 1, 1822. Signed Saml Smith." S. Original Record, Knox Co, IN Circuit Court Order book C, Page 261. [brother?]
1822, October 21, "COMMUNICATED. 'Here grace and harmony---goodness & love, Are linked in happiest chain.' *MARRIED on Thursday evening last, by the Rev. Saml. T. Scott [Research this Scott, Knox Co, IN], Capt. James Smith, To Miss Eliza, youngest daughter of the late Peter Jones, Esqr. all of this place." S. Western Sun, 1822, October 21 edition.
1822, October 24, ".....to join together as Husband and Wife James Smith and Eliza Jones." S. Original Marriage License, Book 1, Page 32, Knox Co, IN.
1824, "Son # 1 born Vincennes, Knox Co, IN." S. 1830 Knox Co, IN Census, 1840 Catahoula Parish, LA Census.
1826, "Sarah Ann Smith born [Prob Vincennes] Knox Co, IN." S. 1830 Knox Co, IN Census, 1860, 1870 Catahoula Parish, LA Census.
1827, February 27, "Indenture between John Ewing now at Louisville KY and James Smith, Samuel Smith, Hiram Decker and Henry Ruble of the said town of Vincennes in consideration of $1.00.....all the town lots and parts of lots with appurtenances.....party of the first part hath any title either in law of equity, saving however, and ?excepting? those lots and parts of lots that have been theretofore conveyed by two deeds of trust one executed on the 29 Day of November 1825 to Jacob Kuykendall and Robert Reynolds the other executed on the 28 November 1825 to Thomas and Evan Poultney of Baltimore to both said deed made to secure the payment of certain debts therein specified both which said deeds of trust are of record in the recorders office of Knox Co - also all the residue or surplus which may result or belong to the said party of the first part out of or from the property and estate conveyed by said two deeds of trust after the charges upon them shall have been satisfied -- also four lots in the town of Washington Daviss Co, IN. Knowed and designated on the plan of said town by the numbers 123, 124, 125, and 135. Also eight quarter sections of land in the state of Illinois numbered and designated as follows to wit; NE4 Sec 18, 4N, 3W; SE4 Sec 7, 7N,9?; NW4, sec 13, 4N, 3W; SW sec 32; 1N, 5W; SW4 sec 19, N1, ?W; SE4 sec 31, 1N, 5W; NE4 sec 31, 1N, 5W; SW4 sec 14, 15N, 1E; also all the rights title interest and claim of the party of the first part of in and unto all lots and parts of lots in the town of Clarksville, Missouri, conveyed by Thomas W. Thruston into Robert W. Wells for the purpose of securing the payment of a debt due by him and one Sabert Johnson to the party of the first part for about $422.00. Also all the right title interest to certain claim and demand assigned to him by C. G. Brown against the late Vincennes University, now the Seminary of Knox County Indiana. For the $150.00. Also one share in the Vincennes Library. Also one indentured black man named Frank.....now runaway. Also a judgment in the court of Knox Co against Lucenda ?Hosies? and rendered debt 1819 (for $332.29). Also the following judgments in the Circuit Court of Knox Co against John McClure [totals $885.00]. Also the following judgments in the same court against John McClure and Ovid Flint [totals $1,919.00]. Also claim against the estate of the late William M. ?Nelson? which is now in the hands of James M. Bradford of Louisiana [Research Bradford in LA] for collection.....Also a claim against Robert Buntin now in ?jail?. Also all and singular the debts, deeds, accounts and demands of the party of the first part before various magistrates in the state of Indiana & Illinois. Also a claim and demand now in suit in Palestine Illinois against a Constable for Breach of Official duty. Also all the right title and interest of the said first party in certain lands and town lots transferred by Madam Bazion to George F. S[L]heter..... Also all debts due on demand owing or in any wise coming to the said first party from any persons what-ever.....by fire of many of his books and caistence.....Also a claim now in suit at Pittsburg against one John T. Obrien. Also one horse, saddle, bridle, bed, bed stand [et al].....due him from the party of the first part as administrator of the estate of James Cox, decd. To J & Smith Merchants Vincennes.....To the late firm of Morgan Dossey & Co of New Orleans. *Whereas the agent or agents of the firm of Cresson Westar & Co of Philadelphia have in prosecuting a demand against me.....by instituting a suit at Louisville.....holding me to bail, soon after the destruction of my property by fire and the consequent derangement of my business....." S. Original Record, Book D, Pages 119-23, Knox Co, IN. Follow these people and places: John Ewing now at Louisville KY and Samuel Smith, Hiram Decker and Henry Ruble, Washington in Davis County, Illinois, Clarkson, MO, and Palestine, IL.
1827, March, "James Smith Administrator of Sarah Jones deceased appeared in open court and laid before the court his account ????? which being examined is passed and signed and ordered to be filed and recorded by which it appears there is due the estate from the administrator the sum of $847.01." S. Original Record, Sarah Jones Probate File, Lewis Library.
1828, March 18, "Report of Robert Smith a native of Ireland to the honrbl the Circuit court of Knox County State of Indiana for the purpose of becoming a Citizen of the United States. Robert Smith, birthplace Belfast, age 18, nation Ireland, Allegiance King of Great Britain, Emigration Ireland, Residence Indiana." S. Original Record, Knox co, IN Circuit Court Order Book D, Page 259. [brother?]
1828, March 19, "Report of Robert Smith a native of Ireland to the Honble the Circuit Court of Knox County State of Indiana for the purpose of becoming a citizen of the United States. Name Robert Smith, Birthplace Belfast, age 18, nation Ireland, Allegiance King of Great Britain, emigration Ireland, residence Indiana. Signed Robert Smith. The declarant now declares his wish & intention to become a citizen of the United States and now & hereby renounces forever all allegiance & fidelity to any foreign prince potentate, State or sovereignty whatever & more particularly renounce all allegiance to George the 4th King of Great Britain & to every of his Kingdoms, principalities, provinces & colonies this 18th March 1828.
1828, March 19, "And now at this time personally appeared in open court James Smith [Samuel Smith] who heretofore "towit" on the third day of October A. D. 1821 reported himself as an Alien in the Court and at the same time took the necessary Oath of abjuration to all foreign princes potentates or Kings agreeably to the Act of Congress passed the 11th day of April 1820 entitled an act establishing an Uniform rule of naturalization and moved the court to allow him the privilege of becoming a citizen of the United States, whereupon the court having examined the previous steps taken by the said James Smith under said act of Congress, and the same appearing in all things regular and evidence to the satisfaction of the court being addressed as to the general moral character of the said James Smith. It is ordered that the final Oath of Naturalization be administered unto the said James Smith [Samuel Smith] which was none by the said court which said Oath is as follows "towit". You James Smith [Samuel Smith] do forever renounce all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince potentate or sovereignty whatever and particularly to George the Fourth King of Great Britain & Ireland whom you have heretofore owed allegiance as a Citizen of England and that you will support the Constitution of the United States and of the State of Indiana in which you now reside whereupon it is ordered by the court that the said James Smith [Samuel Smith] be and he is hereby admitted to all the rights & privileges & ?emunited as a Citizen of the United States of America." S. Original Record, Knox co, IN Circuit Court Order Book D, Page 259-60.
1828, July 26, "Mariah L. Smith born [Prob Knox Co] IN." S. 1830 Knox Co, IN Census, 1840 Catahoula Parish, LA Census, Cemetery Records of Lawrence County, Arkansas, Powhatan, AR.
1829, December 12, "Vincennes Indiana 12th December, 1829. Dear Father, I received your 17th October last and was much pleased to read that you were all in good health and as comfortable as circumstances would admit, your letter found us in good health including Sam who---of your four sons in the West---is the only one now with me. William hired himself last spring as a hand on a flat boat destined for New Orleans. He was at that time, Clerk in our distillery, rather a laborious task but one which he could fill very well. He made the trip in 2 months and returned in good health, his wages was $30. On his arrival he told me he wanted to go to LaFayette a town on the bank of the Wabash above us 130 miles, where he commenced business four years ago and sunk $700 in 14 months, his object he said was to make some collections. I told him he should have our horse so soon as he wished to go. Robert in the meantime hurt the horse's back and rendered him unfit to travel with, which when Wm found out, he took to pouting, made himself a Russia duck Knapsack, put a few clothes in it and started next morning before day on foot. After being absent a month he wrote to Robt remitting $10 to us, he gave a lamentable account of the debts due him said he wished he was dead, and that he could not be happy living with us. He had done so badly he hated to see us. The next time I heard from him he had become Captain of a Keel Boat of small size, had two hands under him, had purchased a load of Apples in Shakertown, another town on the bank of the Wabash 18 miles above us, on a credit of 3 months, and was going again to LaFayette. Francis Dickson was the person who gave me this information and I sent word to him to come down to Vincennes, that I wanted to see him. A few days after Wm started, Sam went on to Philadelphia. At Louisville falls of Ohio, where Wm Kirkwood lives who was by letter of Robert last week, in good health and whose daughter had been married well. Sam made an arrangement with Messrs Chambers & Garwin, Commission Merchants of first repute in that City to take Robert as Clerk. When Robt received Sam's letter he immediat3ely left here to enter upon his new duties. He has now been at Louisville 5 mos, has enhoyed good health and has as much business to attend to as he possibly can, of course I was then alone. We had sold out the most of our Goods and were making preparations to start the distillery. Wm hired a horse at Shakertown and come down agreeable to my mes-sage to see me. I had taken a walk to the distillery which is 3/4 mile from our Store. It was Sunday and on my return I found both the travellers. Sam from Louisville & Wm from his boat. It was unexpected and we had a warm congratulation. Wm left us next day with a promise to go and dispose of his cargo boat and hands as quick as possible, return, and resume his labors as Clerk at the distillery. He has now been absent 2 months and how much longer he may be 'tis impossible to tell. We hear from him occasionally. He still stick to the boat; Wm's disposition is rather to be King in hell than serve in heaven. I am told he does not dissipate. Old Mr. & Mrs. Dickson are alive and were it not for Rheumatism that plagues the old man he would be as hearty as ever, neither of the girls are yet married. Francis is again going to try his luck as Merchant in Mount Carmel a town on the bank of the Wabash 30 miles below us. We have a Mr. James Harper Hunter here, a merchant, he is from Belfast is quite an accomplished handsome young man, plays extremely well on the Irish harp and violin. His harp has not yet reached us but is within 90 miles. It cost $1000. He is an ornament to any circle and I hope will do well. His partner Saml N. Marron is the son of an Irish lady a well disposed agreeable young man. They have a Steam Grist and Saw Mill in connection with their store which will enable them to sell more goods, as the Farmers would rather pay in Corn or Wheat than cash. Mr. Hunter's father lives I believe at the corner of Pipe Lane, where Davis formerly kept Tavern. If you are acquainted with him, you might tell him his Son is well and in excellent health. You wish me to give you my opinion candidly about coming over. I would not hesitate an instant. I would sell off every article of furniture you have not reserving even beds, which I think San in a letter he wrote recommend you to keep. Make yourselves comfortable both for eating drinking and sleeping on the voyage, put your funds into a Bill * * * New Your & London * * * that port on arrival * * * manage the rest in any way you desire. I live in a rented house which I have leased for 3 years. It is large enough to accommodate you all. I do not think your health would be injured in the least by the change. Our climate is very similar to yours, but I think altogether preferable. There is but one point in which we will differ. It is a point of Conscience. I am in action an honest moral man and my only creed is Do unto others as you would be done by, I believe in God, I fear him and love him. Notwithstanding my early education tended to inculcate a further belief in mysteries beyond my comprehension. I never could and am firmly persuaded I never can believe them. I do not believe the Bible to be the word of God, neither do I want a Bible to tell me of a Superior Being. All Nature speaks at. Think not, dear father, that with this belief I am unhappy. There is nothing beyond the grave with which I am acquainted, consequently have nothing to fear. If I were to draw a surmise on the intention of God in the formation of man. I should thing his intention was not completed in the existence he allows us in this world. I hope I will live hereafter, always progressing in happiness. With this Belief you will not be surprised when I tell you that I teach my family no creed, and that they and I are one. The Bible and their own reason are both in possession, in matters of conscience they alone have a right to judge. I never have accommodated a Preacher with a meals victuals nor an invitation to my house, not have I heard a sermon for 23 years and not a dozen since I left you. Sunday and Saturday are alike to me. I much like the observance of a day when we are consider free from labor. Your have written of the Temperance Societies; there was an attempt as you will perceive by the paper I send you to form one with the general conse4nt here. A friend to Temperance (who is Sam) will show you the particulars. We have now on hand a first rate assortment of goods which we are selling in the proportion of 2/3 credit 1/3 cash at the rate of 30 per cent clear profit. Our sales are about $1000 p. month. Our distillery is in full operation. It turns out 80 galls. of whiskey p. day. If we work all night as much more. If wee should be fortunate enough to collect our debts this year we will do well. If not we'll scarcely struggle through; attention at least shall not be wanting. At present the country from excessive rain is inundated. We are living pretty much on an Island. I am afraid it will destroy much corn an article altogether essential to Whiskey making, of which we have as yet received a very inadequate supply. We have paid for 10000 bushels but it is impossible for the farmers to bring it to Town. Robert had mentioned an intention of making a hand in the Pork business but declined it. * * We are full of expectation that you and Mother, Anna and Isabella will be with us in Summer I rejoice to say. I would wish that Thos could accompany you. In this country his prospects are better or as good. I will live in hopes of seeing him also although he wd be no greater [comfort] to me than Jo. May that mighty being who rules over all Bless and preserve you. Your Son, Jas Smith. Decr 15. Robtr arrived from Louisville lst night about 1 oclock in the Steam Boat Virginia to spend the Christmas holidays with is, and that too much drinking should not produce intemperance he brot a 1/2 Barrel Beer, he is well. J. Smith." S. Autobiographical Notes, Letters and Reflections, 1914, by Thomas Smyth, D.D., Edited by Louisa Cheves Stoney.
1830, "James Smith, Males 5-10, 1 [son # 1]; 15-20, 2 [?Robert? & ??]; 20-30, 1[James][4 could be brothers]; Females U5, 2 [Sarah Ann, Mariah L.]; 15-20, 1 [?Eliza's sister?]; 20-30, 1 [Eliza]." S. 1830 Census, Page 265, Knox Co, IN. [There is another James listed on page 268 with no information.]
1830, November 9, "Carter Beamon and Marie M. Beamon the wife of said Carter Beamon, formerly Maria M. Jones which said Maria is one of the children and heirs at low of Peter and Sarah Jones both late of Knox County.....quit claim unto James Smith and Eliza Smith, formerly Eliza Jones, William Jones, George Jones and Charles Jones, the other children and heirs at law of said Peter and Sarah Jones deceased.....said Peter Jones and Sarah Jones and each of the died seized or possessed of;-To have and to hold said real and personal estate unto the said James Smith and Eliza Smith his wife, William Jones, George Jones, and Charles Jones." S. Original Record, Book E, Pages 308-9, Knox Co, IN. Follow Carter and Maria, check Knox Co, IN for leads.
1831, January 2, "Ambrose W. Smith born Vincennes, Knox Co, IN." S. Tombstone Inscription, Powhatan Cemetery, Powhatan, Lawrence Co, AR.
1831, February 3, "Received from James Smith, administrator on the estate of Sarah Jones, deceased, the full amount of my share of the personal estate (as one of the heirs) of said decd. From the further payment of which I hereby discharge and release the said James Smith. Signed William Jones. Received from James Smith, administrator on the estate of Peter Jones, deceased, the full amount of my share of the personal estate (as one of the heirs) of said decd. From the further payment of which I hereby discharge and release the said James Smith. Signed William Jones." S. Original Record, Book E, Page 311, Knox Co, IN.
1831, February 9, ".....I, George Jones, now of Louisville appointed Samuel Smith [brother?] my true and lawful Attorney for me.....to make partition and division with the other heirs of my late father and mother deceased." S. Original Record, Book E, Page 311, Knox Co, IN.
1831, February 23, "Indenture between William Jones of the County of Spencer and Rachel his wife and Eliza Smith, now the wife of James Smith, formerly Eliza Jones, George Jones, and Charles Jones of the County of Knox in consideration of $200.00 .....lots 17, 42, 59 in the Borough of Vincennes and lot 140 in Harrison's addition .....likewise 120 A. of land on or near River du-Chat in the County of Knox being one undivided maiety, or half of all that certain tract of land of 240 A. heretofore conveyed by B. Beckes Sen to Parmenas Beches by virtue of whose will the same was conveyed to the tree heirs of the Honorable Wm Clark deceased and by said heirs to Walter Wilson, and by said Walter Wilson to Sarah Jones the mother of said parties.....likewise 25 A. of land situate in said County being a part of 50 A. granted to the heirs of Frances Barrie decd and described and designated by the following commending at a post being SE corner of a fifty acre location, survey for and in the name of G. W. Johnston, thence N 51 1/4 degrees, E 14 chains and 57 links to a past on A. F. Snapps line, thence N 38 3/4 degrees W along Snapps line 17 chains and 16 links to a post; thence S 51 and 1/4 degrees W 14 chains and 57 links to a post on the line of the aforesaid 50 A. surveyed for G. G. Johnston; thence S 38 3.4 degrees E along said 50 A., seventeen chains and 16 links to the beginning;=all of which said lots and lands are the same of which Peter Jones and Sarah Jones died seized and possessed and which are desended to the heirs of said Peter and Sarah." S. Original Record, Book E, Pages 309-10, Knox Co, IN.
1831, April 1, "Indenture between Charles Jones and George W. Jones by Samuel Smith his attorney of the one part (which said Charles and George W. Jones are heirs at law of Peter Jones deceased), and Eliza Smith (wife of James Smith) of Knox County, IN the other part in consideration of $1.00 .....all that certain town lot whereon is erected a large frame house now and for some years past occupied as Tavern Stand on Main or St. Louis and St. Peters streets and designated by the No. 17. Also lot No. 42 sold by the said Peter Jones in life time to William Jones and whereon is erected two frame houses. Also lot No. 59 whereon is erected a large frame stable by deed bearing the date the 16th of August 1808 and duly recorded in the recorders office - lot number 42 was purchased as above in part and included in the above transfer and a part thereof was conveyed to said P Jones by John L. Murray by deed dated the 14th August 1814 and duly recorded as above - and lot No. 59 was purchased by said Jones of said James Abbott and is transferred in and by the above deed from said Abbott and wife to said Jones." S. Original Record, Book E, Pages 312-3, Knox Co, IN.
1831, April 21, "Indenture between James Smith and Eliza his wife (formerly Eliza Jones) and Charles (heirs at law of Peter Jones deceased) of Vincennes and George W. Jones.....the said James Smith and Eliza his wife and Charles Jones, in consideration of $1.00 paid by the said George W. Jones .....convey to said George W. Jones part of Genl William Henry Harrison's addition lot No. 140 and which was by the said W. H. Harrison conveyed to the said Peter Jones wife on the 29th June 1819. Also all that certain tract containing 120 A. on the river Duchis [refer to 1831, February 21 entry for full description]. Also land containing 25 A. [ditto] transferred by George B. C. Sullivan to Peter Jones on 26 November 1816." S. Original Record, Book E, Pages 313-4, Knox Co, IN.
1831, September 3, "State of Indiana Circuit Court of the 7th Indiana Knox County special Circuit September term 1831. The declaration of the undersigned to become citizen of the United States. Saml Smith, County where born, Antrium, Town Belfast, Kingdom Ireland, Date of arrival Nov 1830, port N. York, age 68, present residence Vincennes. The declarants now declares their wish and intention to become citizens of the United States according to the laws on the subject of Naturalization in Vincennes 7th September 1831. Signed Samuel Smith." S. Original Record, Knox County, IN Circuit Order Book E Page 20. [father?]
1831, September 4, "Indenture between Hiram Decker and Elizabeth his wife and Samuel Smith Senior for $140.00.....lot in town of Vincennes no. 148 [Follow this lot] bounded on the SE by fourth street, on the SW by Susseron Street, on the NW by the lots of Henry & Mitchel Richardville and on the NE by a lot of Mrs. DuBois." S. Original Record, Knox Co, IN Deed Book E Page 373-4. [father?]
1831, October 19, "Indenture between Samuel Bruner and Charles Jones of the town of Montezuma in the County of Parke and State of IN for consideration of $200.00 .....lot 42 in Vincennes, and being on the NW corner of said lot number 42 containing 45 by 57' heretofore owned by William Jones, deceased, late of Vincennes and conveyed to Samuel Judah by collector of Knox Co as the property of the heirs of William Jones and by said Samuel Judah conveyed to said Samuel Bruner by deed bearing date the 1st day of May 1827." S. Original Record, Book E, Pages 403-4, Knox Co, IN.
July 26, 1828, "Mariah L. Smith born IN or LA." S. 1840 Catahoula Parish, LA Census, Cemetery Records of Lawrence County, Arkansas, Powhatan, AR.
1833, August 19, "Indenture between James Smith and Eliza his wife of the state of Louisiana of the one part and Charles Jones of the Parish of Rapides and state of Louisiana in consideration of $2,500.00.....lot No. 17 on which is erected a frame tavern and out houses originally built by Col. Francis Vigo bounded on the E by Water Street on the North by St. Peters Street on the West by the River Wabash and on the South by a lot of David S. Chambery of Louisville -- part of lot No. 42 containing in front on Water Street 90' on St. Peters Street exclusive of street 80' bounded on the E by lot No. 59, on the N. by St. Peters Street and on the W. by Water Street and on the S. by a lot of Antonio Marchal. Also lot No. 59 on which is erected a frame stable containing in front on St. Peters Street 132' and in front on Second Street exclusive of 30' to St. Peters Street 129' bounded by the E. by Second Street, on the N. by St. Peters Street on the W. by Lot No. 42 and on the S by a lot now in the possession of John B. Martin, the numbers of this survey of Johnson & Ervin.....[Notary State of Louisiana Parish of Rapides Signed by W. P. Wilson, J.P. and subscribed by John C. Pryor, C. Beamon, W. M. Wilson, Jas A. Thorns, John H. Johnston] (Steve Kellar - part 1)
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  Notes for Elizabeth Jones:
James and Eliza Smyth had seven daughters and one son. Sara was the oldest daughter's name, and Whitlock Smyth was the name of the only son. He eventually moved to Arkansas and settled at portia. Sarah had a very thrilling romance and married a Mr. Redick and moved to Security Plantation, not far from Jonesville. Later on, James and Eliza Smyth moved to Lousiana and bought a cotton plantation next to Security. My grandmother was in her late teens at that time. Shje married James Norment, son of James and Elizabeth Miller Norment, who lived on Normandy Plantation, not far from Natchez, Mississippi. When their son, James and Sydney Smyth married, James and Elizabeth gave them a plantation adjoining theirs. They called the plantation "Norma," which was just across the Black River from Security.
(Helen Martin King)
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Died - at Security Plantation July 21, 1874 Catahoula Parish, Louisiana, in the seventy second year of her age, MRS. ELIZABETH SMITH, formerly a resident of New Orleans. A native of Jefferson County, Kentucky, she was married in her twentieth year, in Vincennes, Indiana, to Mr. James Smith, a brother of Rev. Dr. Smyth of Charleston, South Carolina. For thirty-four years a member of the Presbyterian Church, by her consistent living, she adorned the doctrine as a "weeper at home" and as one who trained her children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

Much of her life was passed in New Orleans, and the writer holds in grateful remembrance the aid given by the blameless walking of these two fellow helpers who cheered his heart and strengthened his hands in his opening ministry in the Fulton Street [now Lafayette] Presbyterian church in New Orleans. Passing beyond life's allotted limit, the burdens and infirmaries of age were born with Christian patience and sustained by the promise "to old age I am He; and to hoar hairs will I carry you," she entered into rest. May her name be "as ointment poured forth" to her children and their households, and may our aged brother, amid his desolation, find God "a refuge a strength, and a present help."

TRM

From the Norment Family Bible, in possession of Jack Butt, Fayetteville, AR.

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1834, May 19, "Vincennes, My Dear Thomas.....You have no doubt received our Father's letter telling you of our noble, highminded, beloved Sam's death on board the Steam boat Warren, of cholera, and of his burial in Vicksburgh, Mississippi.....he was so much like our Mother, so honorable, so talented, so retiring, so feeling, so every thing.....his religious opinions were not infidel at all, he believed the principles he was raised in.....On the 15th of April, Thursday, he left New Orleans on board the Steam Boat Warren for Louisville; previous to his leaving N.O. he had had a severe but short attack of illness, but was almost entirely recovered, on Thursday evening a man on board was attacked with Cholera; his brave kind heart, and the almost frightful familiarity with the disease in his campaign as a soldier induced him to attend the poor victim he sat up with, and others, all night; the man died next morning; all day Sam felt a little unwell, about 6 in the evening he took a dose of calomel and went to bed, about 10 he waked up a physician and told him to give him more medicine; he was attacked shortly after with spasms, several boatmen from Vincennes came to wait on him, also 2 Irishmen, one an old and tried friend; ever thing was done, rubbing, blistering, salt water bath, &c. In all his fierce agony he never complained, he only moaned; he was perfectly sensible to the last. He told them he had the Cholera---that all the medicine in the world could not save him, he then said to Mr. Paterson, his Irish friend, "go and get my coat, take my pocket book, give it to Robert, tell him I want him to have everything of mine; and" said he, "if it is possible, when I die, bury me decently." He continued worse and worse, about half past 5 the boat came to Vicksburg. 2 physicians were sent for, in which measure he acquiesced; they could do nothing for him; at 6 o'clock he---died.....Anna and Mr. Plunket---she is still my own one sister, he is everything you can wish almost.....and their darling Anna .....Your fond sister, Isabella." S. Autobiographical Notes, Letters and Reflections, 1914, by Thomas Smyth, D.D., Edited by Louisa Cheves Stoney, P. 317-19.
ca. 1834, "Dear Thomas.....James never made money to hoard away, they still had plenty to live on, and he has left enough honestly acquired claims behind him to pay all his debts. I have written to a friend of mine living in Vixburgh to have a Toomb Stone put over his grave, with an inscription suitable to his character.....I remain you Ever affectionate Brother Robert Smith.....P.S.....James.....and his partner having lost by fire $19,000., $4000. of which was an individual loss to his partner Mr. Welch, the remaining $15,000. equal. that is $7,500. each lost, there was a subscription of $12,000. raised and offered to them, but they both declined receiving a cent. James thinks that in two years if they have their health, they will make up the loss. William is at the South, doing no good for himself or anybody else, as far as I can learn; he has not written home since he left. I gave him a $100.00 the day he left, he would not stay here atal because he was so watched he could not do as he pleased; suffice it to say he is a gone case." S. Autobiographical Notes, Letters and Reflections, 1914, by Thomas Smyth, D.D., Edited by Louisa Cheves Stoney, P. 319-20.
1834, September 5, "Samuel Smith Sen personally appeared in open court and made oath that he would support the constitution of the United States & the Constitution of the State of Indiana and that he renounces forever all allegiance & fidelity to every foreign prince potentate and power and more especially to William the fourth King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Ireland." S. Original Record, Knox Co, IN Circuit Court Order Book E Page 430.
1836, June 18, "Indenture between Charles Jones of the Parish of Rapides in the State of Louisiana and George Ewing in consideration of the sum of $3,200.00..... parcels of ground situate NW of St. Louis Street and SW of St. Peter Street known and designated on the plat by the number 17 and bounded and described as follows Viz beginning at the E corner of said lot formed by the intersection of St. Louis and St. Peters streets 36' 6" distance from the stone in the centre of said street on a course of N82 1/2 W thence with St. Louis or first street L 55 1/4 W 87' to the edge of St. Peter Street and thence with St. Peter street S 38 1/4 E to the place of beginning. Also all that certain piece of lot or parcel of ground situated immediately SE of St. Louis Street and SW of St. Peter Street known as lot number 42.....lot number 59." S. Original Record, Book H, Pages 559-62, Knox Co, IN.
LA Land Records - There is a master card index to the cash entries for ..... Louisiana for the Cash Entry Files [Act of 1820][ govt land sold at $1.25 per acre].
The National Archives has records of private land claims relating to Louisiana. Some of the available records include certificates of survey, surveyors' reports, Congressional reports, board of commissioners' reports, journals, claims papers, certificates of confirmation, and maps. Many of these records are indexed.
Land Records, LA - LA land transactions are held by Recorder of Mortgages and Register of Conveyances in the parish.
?1836? "Smith, Jas. and Harris Hove (or Hoce) Docket Number 4139, Smith, Sam. (see Yates doc. 4736)." S. Private Land Claims of Louisiana, Ainsworth. [Follow This]
1836, September 22, "Alexandria. Michael Welch of Parish of Rapides ratifies to James Smith and William Washington Holland, a certain division line of two adjoining preemptions in the Parish of Catahoula sold this date to P.D. Mason to James Smith and Wm. W. Holland - said preemption being bounded above and below by lands of Welch and Mason. Witness A. L. Bringhurst." S. First Settlers of Catahoula Parish, 1808-39.
1836, September 22, "Phillip Dixon Marun to James Smith of Rapides Parish, LA and William Washington Holland." S. Abstracted Record by Sherry Manuel of Deed Book E, Page 447.
1836, September 22, " .....came Philip Dixon Masons of Catahoula.....consideration .....sold.....unto James Smith of Rapides and William Washington Holland of Catahoula.....two preemption rights of land in Catahoula on Black River Twp N7 Ran 6E bonded on the upper sides by lands belonging to Welch, Masons, the natural Boundaries being a large Sycamore Tree on the Bank of the River and a small one growing out of an old levee running to Black River which old levee is to be the division by a line running parallel for one hundred yards with said levee from the River bounded on the front by Black River, on the lower end by the first large Bay on which is to be the division by a line running parallel with the Center of said bayous for one hundred yards with said Bayou from the River, and on the opposite side of which is land purchased by said Mason from Hugh Ramsey and being the same acquired by said Masons from Robert Fristoe and Stephen Bawers by deed of record in the office of the Parish Judge of Catahoula.....consideration of two thousand dollars, cash.....and the said Smith and Holland dispences with the production and mention herein of any certificate of the Recorder of Mortgages as required by law. [Signatures] P. D. Mason, James Smith, W.W. Holland. Recorded December 24, 1840." S. Original Record, Book E, Pages 477-8, Record 556E, Catahoula Parish, LA.
1839, "Josephine Smith New Orleans, Orleans Parish, LA." S. 1860 Catahoula Parish, LA Census.
In New Orleans, there are birth records from 1790 and death records from 1803, while there was not state-wide registration in LA until July 1914.
Land Records, LA; Rapides, Catahoula, Concordia, Orleans.
1840, "James Smith, Males 5-10, 1 [Ambrose]; 15-20, 1 [son # 1]; 40-50, 1 [James]; Females U5, 1 [Josephine]; 5-10, 1 [Mariah L.]; 10-15, 1 [Sarah Ann]; 30-40, 1 [Eliza]. [Also listed nearby is Nathaniel Ewing, William Campbell, Charles Jones, Samuel L. Smith]." S. Catahoula Parish Census, Page 63. Follow William Campbell 1850, 1860 census
1840, "Qualified voters of the 'Whig Party' in Catahoula Parish, October 1840: Charles Jones, St. John R. Liddell, James Smith." S. Catahoula Parish, Louisiana, Memory Lane.
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.
1841, August 7, "Bushby Creek Post Office [Locate this Post Office]. Dear Thomas. It is now I believe 4 years since I had this pleasure, and not having ought of you for 2 years, I am anxious to have a letter. In the interval that has elapsed since we last parted, I have had perhaps as fortunate an existence as most children of men. My family now consists of 5 daughters and 2 sons. If I live until 21 Sept. next I shall have arrived at the age of 42 which here in the South is at least 6 generations. I have been Cotton Planting in one of the richest regions of Louisiana. We can make on an average 1 1/2 Bales Cotton to the acre. I have 1,000 acres of the best land, but not enough hands to work it, and as I have always been a true Whig, I have abstained from going in debt. If any of your acquaintances in Carolina that have a number of hands will come here with them, I will give them an opportunity of putting them to work where their services will pay. During 10 years that I have lived in Louisiana I have had my family every Summer in the Pine Woods [Locate Pines Woods]. My Summer house is 20 miles from my Plantation. We come here in May by water and move back in October. *I should be more pleased to see you than you can imagine. Although we are 1000 miles apart, yet now a-days it is nothing. I observe they are traveling on the Eastern Rail Roads 48 miles per hour for the entire trip. Say whether or not you could bring your family and spend a month or two with me next Summer; I have then full leisure and should like, before the grim messenger should have paid his devoirs to either of us, again to meet. I have not heard from Joseph since his family and self were at Vincennes, neither have I heard from Father or Isabella nor Anna for a year. In fact I have not heard from Mrs. Plunkett nor her husband for several years. We have steam boat navi-gation from New Orleans to my place all year. I live 7 miles below the mouth of Little River on Black River, Parish Catuhoulu. Yr. truly affectionate brother, James Smith." S. Autobiographical Notes, Letters and Reflections, 1914, by Thomas Smyth, D.D., Edited by Louisa Cheves Stoney, P. 347-48.
1842-43, ".....there were several Smiths living, or connected in business with Smiths living, on Magazine between Race and Robin Streets. This is near the address of J. W. Smith in 1842 and 1843. The names were Samuel, Robert, E. W., and A.W. (too early for Ambrose)." S. Letter from Jane Gardner Aprill, CGRS May 23, 1997. [Check 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 Census Records for these Smiths along with conveyance records.]
1843, April 3, "Transcript of Judgment. Frederick B. Leonard vs. Jones & Smith. No. 654 ==== 7th District Court, Parish of Catahoula, March Term 1843.....in favor of plaintiff, and the confession of the defendant.....he recover from the defendants, Charles Jones and James Smith, in solido, the sum of four thousand dollars, with seven per cent per annum interest thereon from December 11, 1837 until paid, and twenty five dollars cost of protest....." S. Original Record, Book G, P. 23, 58G.
1844, January 31, "New Orleans. Dear Thomas, By the Rev. Colin Shaw, a Presbyterian Minister. (who has made a trip with me on the Steamer Buckeye to the place, and who, I found in conversation with him, was acquainted of you, he immediately recognized a likeness between you and myself and asked if we were not brothers. So I find that you must have some marks of antiquity about you as well as myself. In your last letter to me you asked my opinion on the choice of location, Natchez or New Orleans. I thought your situation in Charleston was perhaps equal to either, but if you should think of leaving there, New Orleans is the best. It must eventually be the greatest City in the world, and when once a person becomes acclimated and survives Yellow fever, it is as healthy as any other town on the Continent. There is a Rev. Doctor Clapp, formerly of your profession, thought for 10 years a seceder from Old Presbyterianism, who has a very respectable congregation here. He is also a very eloquent & impressive speaker. I once had a pew in his church and was always pleased with his sermons. They were so argumentative and altogether out of the old track. He belongs to no particular creed, had the church in which he preaches presented to him for live by a jew, and makes I suppose $5000 per annum in the sale of the Pews. His house is full every Sunday. He is a gentleman of family and can be found every morning very early at Market with his basket under his arm. The Cotton business was so dull last year, prices from 5 to 6 cts per lb, that this year I have purchased an interest in the Buckeye and receive $100 per mo. as first clerk. As yet the boat has made but little, but even should she not loose, my $100 per mo. will enable me to make up for a short crop. My family reside on the Plantation and are all in excellent health, I expect shortly to have an addition heir which will make 9, all of who, except Peter, are alive & all fine looking children. Where I live however I have no opportunity of getting them to School and will first good opportunity, sell my Plantation and remove to a denser neighbourhood for the purpose of educating my younger children. 3, say 2 girls and 1 boy, are grown. Sam the eldest is 6 feet 2 inches and weighs 175 lb. He is a Catholic, having received his education at St, Louis College, a Catholic institution,---all the Professors being Belgian Priests. It appears to me the Catholic are altogether the most assiduous class & their policy for increasing their church the most certain. They have Schools every here and all of them are in good repute as establishments of learning, besides they make it their chief study to make a catholic impression of the young minds. We had a Sermon on the Buckeye from Mr. Shaw which is the first I have heard in 2 years, and he done his test justice. I was quite pleased with him. My regards to your family and affection to yourself. James Smith." S. Autobiographical Notes, Letters and Reflections, 1914, by Thomas Smyth, D.D., Edited by Louisa Cheves Stoney, P. 349-50.
1844, November 26, "John Jones brother to the late Humphrey Jones.....I hereby agree to go on his security bond.....Respectfully James Smith." S. J-13 Original Record Catahoula Parish, LA provided by Sherry W. Manuel.
1845, April 5, "16633. Mrs. Jas. Smith vs her husband. On motion of J. P. Stone Esq. of counsel for plaintiff, it is ordered by the court that a commission issue divided to any Judge or Justice of the Peace in & for the Parish of Catahoula to take depositions of witnesses residing in said Parish, and that 15 days has granted for the return thereof." S. Orleans Parish, LA Parish Court Minute Book, Vol. 18, 1845 (mf. VCP 300, 1845-46, NOPL).
1845, "16633. Eliza Jones wife of James Smith vs her husband.....J. P. Stone for plff., Defendant in person. After hearing testimony, the Court being satisfied that the affairs of the defendant are in a damaged [?] state & that he has reserved Four thousand dollars of the parashimal [?] property of the plaintiff. It is ordered adjudged and divided that then he judgment of deparation of property between the plaintiff Eliza Jones and the defendant James Smith her husband - that the said plaintiff remove from the said husband the sum of Four thousand dollars ($4000...), with cost of suit and with the mortgage and privilege granted by law to married women for the security of their parashinal [?] rights. Adjourned." S. Orleans Parish, LA, Parish Court Minute Book, Vol. 18, 1845 (mf. VCP 300, 1845-46. NOPL).
1845, April/May, "16633. Mrs. James Smith, Eliza Jones vs Her Husband. Filing records totaling $5.00." S. Suit 16633, Orleans Parish, LA, Parish Court, General Docket (mf. VCP 350, Vol. 5, 1840-1846, NOLP.)
1845, May 24, "Sale of Land and Slaves..... on the 19 day May 1845, Eliza Smith obtained a final judgment against James Smith her husband in the Parish Court for the Parish and city of New Orleans for the sum of $4,000.00 being for her part personal funds.....Therefore I James Smith convey unto said Eliza Smith, my wife, the following described property to wit. Sec 1 Twp 6N R 6E also the E2 NE4 sec 2 T 6N R 6E both tracts having been purchased by me at public auction land sale held at Monroe in June 1840, also the E2 NE4 Sec 36 T 7N R 6E being the same obtained by me by pre-emption right the whole three tracts containing 724 A. situated in the Parish of Catahoula for the sum of $2,000.00 also the following Slaves for life, Austin, Milly, Christopher, Learte, Phil, Henry." S. Deed Book G, Page 411, Catahoula Parish, LA. [James was a plantation owner and required large loans to fund the operation, particularly during years of flooding. To do this, he had to mortgage his assets. A spouse could protect a portion of the assets through certain legal maneuvers such as the above.]
1845, June 23, ".....we William Dunbar of New Orleans and Charles Jones and his wife Laura of Catahoula.....for ten dollars.....sold to Mrs. Eliza Smith the wife of James Smith now of New Orleans but lately residing in the Parish of Catahoula.....about five acres fronting on Black River.....part of Sec 25 Twp 7 Ran 6E lying between lands sold by us to P.R. Nichols & land lately owned by sd James Smith and which have been conveyed by him to the sd Mrs. Eliza Smith his wife. Recorded May 11th 1846." S. Original Record, Book H, Pages 159-61, Record 155H, Catahoula Parish, LA.
1845, July 19, "Sale of Slave. New Orleans.....Hilary Breton Cenas Notary Public.....William Dunbar of this city.....attorney in fact of Charles Jones of the parish of Catahoula.....Edward A. Leon and late of the parish of Rapides this State deceased did by his last will and testament give and bequeath unto Maria Smith minor daughter of James Smith, now of this city the sum of five thousand dollars in this draft.....First the undivided part or ?moity? of a certain tract or parcel of land being fractional Sec 21 in Twp 6N R 6E in the District of Lands subject to Sale at Orachita.....lying on the west bank of Black River in Catahoula being known as the Little "Prairie Landing" and containing six hundred acres and upwards which undivided half is valued at three thousand two hundred dollars. Second a Slave named Marina.....valued at eight hundred dollars the joint property of Charles Jones and William Dunbar.....delivered to James Smith..... one thousand dollars drawn by Charles Jones in favor of the said Smith upon Messr William C. Stewart of Cincinnati.....original signed.....A Register of conveyances certify that the present act has been this day recorded in my office in Book No. 37 of 436 New Orleans 19th July 1845. Bernard A Carigny Rev." S. Original Record, Book H, Pages 62-4, Catahoula Parish, LA.
1846, March 10, "To Mrs. Plunket, Franklin, Tennessee. Charleston March 10, 1846. My Dear Anna.....Affy Yrs. Thomas Smyth. N. B. Dr. Scott of N. Orleans wrote that our brother James was to join the church last Sabbath morning & had 8 children to baptize. He hoped his wife would also. Would that Mr. P. could become one with us in our common faith & hope." S. Autobiographical Notes, Letters and Reflections, 1914, by Thomas Smyth, D.D., Edited by Louisa Cheves Stoney, P. 363-64. [Locate Baptismal Records]
1846, November 12, "New Orleans. Dear Thomas. I waited on Mr. Scott since his return and he informed me of the success of your Mission to Ireland. He said he believed that Aunt Magee died about the same day you landed at Liverpool, and that she had remembered you by a small legacy. I read of her death in our Newspapers and her munificent donation to the Irish Presbyterian Church. I have no other particulars. Her Irish relatives at home must have been quite disappointed. Mr. Scott preached on Sunday after his arrival, but did not in any way refer to the dangers of your voyage. He had a large Congregation; many were there to hear the details of the voyage and were quite disappointed. *Since the 1st Inst. I have opened a general commission, forwarding, & Grocery business under the names of James Smith & Co., No. 21 Gravier St. New Orleans. [Locate] I have no partner and have added the Co. to be identified at the Post Office. If any of your mercantile friends have use for an Agent here, I can do their business satisfactorily. I have rec'd no letter from you since the one written on the eve of your departure from Boston. You then mentioned the delicate health of Mrs. Jo. whom I have since heard has died. I have written two letters to Jos. directed to Paterson N.J. and have received no reply. What is the reason? *Isabella wrote to me of her (Mrs. Jos.) death & also that Joseph had a son in business in New York. Write to me what is the style of the house and what business they are engaged in, I think we might profit each other. *Since becoming a member of the Church I have been very attentive to the outward observances of its institution. I have attended Prayer Meetings twice each week & abstained from all business matters on Sunday. I have endeavored to persuade my acquaintances to accept of the Saviour when opportunity presented. I have held nightly family devotion by singing a hymn, reading a chapter (regularly through the New Testament), & latterly by audible extempore prayer. In all this I trust I am influenced by the Holy Spirit and am perfectly convinced there is no other foundation for an inheritance in heaven, than by faith in the atonement made by Jesus Christ. I grieve often to find myself so absorbed by the world & have been examining my heart to see the line of demarcation between temporal & spiritual duty. I have a large family, 8 children, 3 of whom are grown. Sam, Sarah, & Maria; |Sarah is also a member of the Church and I trust feels the unspeakable gift of God in sending His Son to die for Sinners. *When do you expect to visit New Orleans? Mr. Scott said you spoke of making a visit here. *My best regards to your wife and family. Yr affectionate brother, James Smith." ." S. Autobiographical Notes, Letters and Reflections, 1914, by Thomas Smyth, D.D., Edited by Louisa Cheves Stoney, P. 403-04.
ca. 1845-50, "James Smith of N. O. to John King of Wilkinson Co, MS Sec. 12 T6N R6E 566 A. which he got from the gov. Certificate #6717 issued 9 Aug 1845. And E2 of NE4 Sec. 2 T6N R6E which he got from the government, Certificate #6718 issued 23 Dec. 1843[2]. For the sum of $10,000. Eliza Jones, wife of James Smith release any claim she has to the property and wishes that it be sold." S. Abstracted Record by Sherry Manuel from Deed Book H, Page 360 Catahoula Parish, LA.

1847, "Clara Smith born [Prob N. O.] LA." S. 1860 Catahoula Parish, LA Census.
ca. 1848-49, "Mariah L. Smith m. John De Arman. [Likely in New Orleans as John Jr. was born there on January 15, 1850 per his tombstone]" S. Sherry Manuel Notes.
1848, March 14, "Sale of Land. City of New Orleans.....Albert Childe Ainsworth Notary Public Parish of Orleans.....appeared James Smith of this city who declared that for ten thousand two hundred and fifty dollars.....grants.....unto John King of Noodville, Wilkinson County, Mississippi.....1st The whole of Sec 1 Twp 10 Ran 6 E.....five hundred sixty-six and twenty hundredths acres acquired by the pre-sent vendor from the Government of the United States as for Certificate No. 6717 dated twenty ninth of August 1845.....2nd E2 NE4 Sec 2 Twp 6 Ran 6E containing twenty nine and seventy three hundredths acres acquired by the present vendor from the Government of the united States as for certificate No. 6718 dated twenty third of December 1842.....in the Parish of Catahoula.....payable at the Canal Bank of New Orleans.....Eliza Smith has a legal mortgage on the property of her husband in the following cases....." S. Original Record, Book H, Pages 360-2, Record 428H, Catahoula Parish, LA.
1849, March 10, ".....[paraphrasing Sherry Manuel] they lived on Clio Street, bounded by Baccus and Apollo." S. Sherry Manuel letter dated March 9, 1997.
1850 Census, Probably New Orleans, LA. It is possible that the family was split at this time. (See Sydney Smith for letter from New Orleans, August 31, 1850)
1850 Census Family Listing
James Smith, 51
Eliza Smith, 48
Son, ca. 26
Sarah Ann Smith, 24
Mariah L. Smith, ca. 22
Ambrose W. [A. W.] Smith, 19
?? C. L. Smith, 16 ??
Josephine Smith, 11
Sydney Smith, 8
Clara Smith, 3
I theorize that the reason the family is not listed in the 1850 census is that Catahoula Parish was flooded and had a cholera epidemic during 1850 and the family had temporarily moved to another area.
1851, July 8, "Sarah Ann Smith m. Ransom Reddick." S. Notes from Sherry Manuel.
ca. 1860-5, "Josephine Smith m. William A. Mount." S. Sherry Manuel Notes. [validate date, probably in Lawrence Co, AR]
1852, ".....At this time the population of Trinity amounts to two hundred, and was greater in 1849, but owing to the cholera and high water of 1850, many persons left." S. Jonesville Through the Mirror of Time, Volume 1, December, 1978.
1853, May 12, "Parish of Catahoula.....Mr. Felix Robb, a notary public.....Henry Scott .....for sum of six hundred dollars.....deliver unto James Smith of the City of New Orleans who is personally present accepting for himself.....Lots two & three being the fractional E2 S(N)W4 Sec 8 Twp 6N Ran 7E containing 77 A.....he acquired against his ?series? ?find? on Robert W. Prater." S. Original Record, Book J, P. 124-25, Record 132J, Catahoula Parish, LA.
1853, May 31, "Mr. James Smith, of this city [New Orleans], for sum of $2,000.00 to him paid by Noah Reddick of Parish of Catahoula.....property to wit: First E2 NE4 Sec 36 T7N R6E in land district north of Red River 79.45A. Being the same tract of land which the present vendor acquired under patent no 7731 issued to him by the government of the U. S. on the 20th day of August 1845.....Second, land fronting West bank of Black River containing 8 A. of the SE4 Sec 25 T7N R6E having been cleared and enclosed with a rail fence by said James Smith in the year 1842 and reserved for him in a sale made by Jones & Dunbar to P, R. Nichols, in the year 1843 and for which the said Smith hereby grants a quit claim title only.....Mistress Eliza Jones..... wife of the said James Smith." S. Book J, Pages 140-2, Catahoula Parish, LA provided by Sherry Manuel.
1853, May 31, "ditto above entry." S. Orleans Parish, LA, New Orleans Notarial Archives, Act 61, Page 112, 3, William L. Poole Acts, No. 3, January 1853-December 1854.

(Above from Steve Kellar - See James Smith/Smyth for first part and Sidney Welch Smith/Smyth for third part)
     
Children of James Smith and Elizabeth Jones are:
  i.   Josephine Smith, married William G. Mount.
  Notes for Josephine Smith:
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
Birth Record, Orleans Parish
Baptismal Record, Orleans Parish
Church Affiliation
1840, "James Smith, Males 5-10, 1; 15-20, 1; 40-50, 1; Females U5, 1; 5-10, 1; 10-15, 1; 30-40, 1. [Also listed nearby is Nathaniel Ewing, William Campbell, Charles Jones, Samuel L. Smith]." S. Catahoula Parish Census, Page 63.
1850 Census Family Listing
James Smith, 51
Eliza Smith, 48
Son, ca. 26
Sarah Ann Smith, 24
Mariah L. Smith, ca. 22
Ambrose W. [A. W.] Smith, 19
Josephine Smith, 11
Sydney Smith, 8
Clara Smith, 3
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.
ca. 1865/68, "Josephine Smith m. William A. Mount." S. Sherry Manuel Notes.
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.
1870, "Mount, Wm. G., 29, commission mch 350/1000, MS; Josephine I., 30, LA; Wm. J., 1, AR; Smith, Eliza, 63, IN; Woodruff, Elizabeth, 13, LA." S. Census, Black River Twp, Lawrence Co, AR provided by William Mount.
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 affection 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.
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.
1880 Census, Catahoula Parish
1880/81 Death Record, Catahoula Parish
Tombstone Inscription
Obituary
Probate Record, Catahoula Parish
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 family moved from Arkansas to this plantation, locating at the village of Security. Mrs. Josephine 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.
General, "William H. Mount, Proprietor of the Glade plantation.....born in Lawrence County, Arkansas, June 21, 1869, son of William G. and Josephine (Smith) Mount. His father.....served in the Confederate Army.....just three days before the surrender of Lee, was captured. One of his brothers who was killed in the war owned a grist mill near Powhatan, Arkansas, and after the war W. G. Mount moved to Arkansas to take charge of the operation of this property. He married in Arkansas, Miss Josephine Smith, who was visiting there. She was born and raised in New Orleans, daughter of James Smith, owner of the extensive plantation of Black River in Catahoula Parish.....In 1878, the Mount family moved from Arkansas to this plantation, locating at the village of Security. Mrs. Josephine Mount died there at the age of forth-two, and her husband subsequently returned to Mississippi and died at the age of sixty-two at Lake Providence, Louisiana.....William H. Mount is one of two sons. His brothers Fred S. lived at Lismore in Concordia Parish and died in Natchez, Mississippi. William H. Mount since the age of eleven years has had his home in Louisiana.....Mr. Mount married in 1903, Miss Ella Cross, daughter of Jonathan Cross. She is a native of Texas. Their children are Hobart S. Eugene, Whitlock, Murthys and Katherine Bell." S. Wilderness--Colony--Providence--Territory--State--People, Volume II, by Henry E. Chambers, provided by William Mount.
Son William H. Mount, b. 21Jun1869, Lawrence Co, AK, m.1 Ella Cross, dau. Jonathan Cross of Texas. Issue:
1. Hobart
2. Eugene
3. Whitlock
4. Merthyr
5. Katherine Bell
Son # 2
(Above from research of Steve Kellar)Died on her father's plantation at age 42.

("A History of Louisiana, Wilderness Colony;" Volume 2, page 381, by Henry Edwards Chambers, Published by the American Historical Society, 1925, Call # F 369 C45) Information from William Mount

  Notes for William G. Mount:
Spent early life in Washington County, MS.

In 1878, the Mount family removed to the James Smyth Plantation.

("A History of Louisiana, Wilderness Colony;" Volume 2, page 381, by Henry Edwards Chambers, Published by the American Historical Society, 1925, Call # F 369 C45) Information from William Mount

  ii.   Samuel Jones Smith, born 1823 in [Prob Vincennes], [Knox, Co], IN; died 1852 in Prob N.O./Catahoula Parish.
  iii.   Sarah Ann Smith, born Abt. 1825 in [Prob Vincennes], [Knox Co], IN; died 1874 in Catahoula Parish, LA; married Ransom Reddick 1851 in [Prob Catahoula, Parish], LA; born 1812 in NC; died June 12, 1872 in Catahoula Parish, LA.
  Notes for Ransom Reddick:
James Smyth owned a plantation on the Black River in Louisiana but lived and worked a great deal in New Orleans. Sarah Smyth fell in love with her father's plantation overseer, a fellow named Ransom (some accounts say "Noah" Redick). However, her father would not consent to her marriage because Mr. Reddick was not "landed" - he did not own any property, which apparently James Smyth considered a requirement for any serious suitor of his daughter. Mr. Reddick was a good overseer and businessman, though, and with money he earned, he loaned money to one of the local planters on Black River, in Catahoula Parish, and took back as security the planter's plantation. The planter defaulted on the loan, Mr. Reddick claimed his plantation security, and now he was a property owner.

At that time Sarah Smyth was living with her father, James Smyth, in New Orleans. Reddick caught a river steamboat down the Black River and Mississippi River to New Orleans and went to claim his bride. However, he feared that James Smyth might still deny his daughter's hand. He paid the steamboat captain $400 to delay departure back up river, went to the Smyth house and somehow got Sarah out, and eloped with Sarah back up to his new Black River plantation, which they named "Security" because of the way the came into it. There is still a point on the Black River named "Security Landing."

Soon Sarah's parents, James and Eliza Jones Smyth, forgave Reddick. They then bought a nearby plantation, Ashcot, seven miles below trinity on Black River to be near their daughter. Another Daughter, Sidney, soon (October 1863) was married to James Norment at their home, Ashcot, and lived across the Black River in Concordia Parish at either Norma or Normandy Plantation.

Another family member was Eliza Jones Smith's brother, Charles Jones, said to have come from Ireland to Catahoula parish about 1840. In 1841, he received Elmly Plantation through a land grant patent. By 1860, he was considered a wealth man; Elmly and its slaves were valued at $250,000. He also owned Troy Plantation at the present location of Jonesville, which is named for his family. According to comments in the Thomas Smyth book (Smyth Ge neology) he was said to have been very handsome, influential, and politically powerful. The comment was also made that the two families lived close together but did not have anything to do with each other. For the entire story of the Jones-Liddell feud, see Red River Valley Historical Review or Helen Martin Kings' account in the transcription of a tape she made)

Security Landing remains a a place on the 1988 maps. It went to Sarah Reddick's parents, Eliza and James Smyth after she and Ransom died. After the death of the Smyth's, it went to Sidney Smyth Norment who moved there sometime between the end of the Civil War and the early 1880's. She was left a widow when her husband, James Norment, died of a heart attack on a boat en route home from New Orleans. She was pregnant at the time and already had four other children. The two grown boys, "Zip" and Jim, died tragically in the 1880's. Letters from 1890-1893 indicate the hardships she faced during periods of great financial difficulty in the area, devastating floods, typhoid epidemics. At one time she may have operated a small store at Security, as one store account book was found among her things as well as commissary jars for storing small candies and such. In the early 1890's family letters speak of freed blacks who are unable to get work and were starving, of the trials of trying to raise crops and keep some cattle. And also a great spirit of mutual concern and neighborly help that prevailed.

Sarah Norment married Judson Moore of Powatan, AR, in June of 1893 and left to make her home there with him. Soon the other daughter, Belle Norment, married J.W. Martin, and also moved there. Mother Sidney continued to live at Security until Sarah died in childbirth with her third (and stillborn) baby. Then Sidney moved to Powatan to care for Sarah's children, Jessie Moore and Sam Moore. When the Martin's moved to Batesville, AR in 1903, John Martin built a house for the Moore children and Sidney Norment directly across the block behind the Martin house (Judson Moore having remarried by then). They lived there until Sidney's death, at which time Sam was grown and employed in the civil service. Jessie became a missionary, spending many years in Brazil, but staying at the Martin home whenever she returned to Batesville.

In the ensuing years, the Reddicks prospered but had no children. They both died before her father, James Smyth, and he inherited Security Plantation and its furnishings from his daughter at her death. In his last years, he moved into the Security house. His daughter, Sidney, grandmother of Thomas K. Butt and William Jackson Butt, II, had married into the Norment family plantations, either "Norma" or "Normandy." James Smyth was successful himself in his business life, and at is death at Security Plantation in 1886 he owned many beautiful things.

As told by Helen Martin (King) to William Jackson Butt (See Sidney Smyth (Norment) for remainder of story)

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Noah Reddick 0001000000000 0000000000000 (1840 Census from ftp://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/la/catahoul/census/cen1840.txt)

Ransom Reddick 0000100000000 000000000000 (1840 Census from ftp://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/la/catahoul/census/cen1840.txt)
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Old Flat Silver

The silver forks or spoons, and butter knife marked REDDICK belong to Sarah Smyth Reddick and her husband, Ransom Reddick. She was the sister of Sidney Smyth Norment, and her home was Security Plantation, in Catahoula Parish, LA.

Sarah and Ransom Reddick both died before her parents (James and Eliza Smyth) did, and her parents inherited Security Plantation, the land, house and household furnishings.

Eliza died before James Smyth. Upon his death (so it is told) all property was divided by lots among the remaining children. One daughter, Marie, was married to John DeArman. They lived in Indiana and took much of the family silver back home with them. Eventually, they or some of their descendants, moved to Arkansas. There is a complete genealogy of the DeArman family in the "genealogy box" that I (Cecilia) am always revising and never finishing. It was prepared and sent to me by Ben Stephens in Meridian, MI in 1973. The closest descendents are now Tom and Maggie Sparks Waldron at Walnut Ridge, AR.

The oldest silver, marked with REDDICK, and EJS, were in possession of Cousin Josie Campbell, a DeArman descendent who lived near Walnut Ridge, AR. J.W. and Belle martin had helped Josie and Will Campbell out in a time of great need (I believe she was a paid housekeeper for the Martins for awhile). In the 1940's Josie felt that she did not have long to live and sent word to Helen martin King to come and get the old pieces of family silver, and they were later given to me. The fork tines were so used and worn down on one side that I had them all cut off to use for salad or dessert forks, and had them all professionally polished. There were also very old coin silver serving spoons and teaspoons, too thin and fragile to bear any use at all.

The oldest pieces are those marked REDDICK and those with script initials EJS (Eliza Jones Smyth), the mother of Sidney, Sarah and Marie, and the wife of James Smyth

(Cecilia King Butt)

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1850, September 20, "Ransom Reddick, 40 Planter, $5,500, N.C." S. Census Catahoula Parish, LA. (Steve Kellar)

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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.
1812, October 19, "Ransom Reddick born, NC."
Birth Record Knox Co IN
Baptismal Record Knox Co IN
Church Affiliation
1830, "James Smith, Males 5-10, 1; 15-20, 2; 20-30, 1[4]; Females U5, 2 [Sarah Ann]; 15-20, 1; 20-30, 1." S. 1830 Census, Page 265, Knox Co, IN.
1840, "James Smith, Males 5-10, 1; 15-20, 1 [Sarah Ann]; 40-50, 1; Females U5, 1; 5-10, 1; 10-15, 1; 30-40, 1." S. Catahoula Parish Census, Page 63.
1849, September 10, "Before James M. Martin Notary of Catahoula, Ransom Reddick and Noah Reddick of Catahoula to John C. King of Wilkinson Co. Miss [8 properties in Sec's 2, 35, 36] for $16,000, $8,000 1 Jan. 1850 when he shall take possession. $4,00 1 Jan 1851, $4,000 1 Jan. 1852, at 8% interest. Wit. Marceline Gillis, P. Houey." S. Abstracted by Sherry Manuel from Book I Page 190.
1850 Census Family Listing
James Smith, 51
Eliza Smith, 48
Son, ca. 26
Sarah Ann Smith, 24
Mariah L. Smith, ca. 22
Ambrose W. [A. W.] Smith, 19
Josephine Smith, 11
Sydney Smith, 8
Clara Smith, 3
1850, May 9, "Before James M. Martin Notary of Catahoula, Joseph White and Elizabeth White residents of Catahoula sell to Ransom Reddick of Catahoula 5 tracts of land. E2 SW4 Sec 9 T5 R6 80 A.; Nefract4 Sec 9T5 R6 103 A.; E2 NW4 Sec 9 T5 R6 80 A.; Lot 5 Sec 4 T5 R6 46 A.; Land above Island Bayou and S of Nefract4 Sec 9 T5 R6 for $600.00 cash with a note of $900.00 due 1 Nov. 1859 or a male slave of equal value." S. Abstracted by Sherry Manuel from Book I Page 161.
1850, June 1, "Joseph Miller of Catahoula to Ransom Reddick of Catahoula, the E2 of SW4 Sec 4 T5 R6 82 A. for $820.00. $500.00 in cash and a note for the rest on 1 Jan. 1852. Daniel H. Thompson and Andrew McViliely have a lease on the property and are to be allowed to remain until their lease expires. Thompsons expires 1 Jan. 1852. McViliely's expires on 1 Jan. 1851." S. Abstracted by Sherry Manuel from Book I Page 167.
1850, September 20, "Ransom Reddick, 40 Planter, $5,500, N.C." S. Census Catahoula Parish, LA.
1851, May, "The John Henry Requet was granted by virtue of settlement under the Spanish Government. John M. Phillips resided on the property on 28 Dec. 1848. One other tract of land 44 A. adjacent to land owned by Cary Nernsom, one-half the NWfrac4 Sec. 5 T6 R7. Above is property of Volney B. Penny and Widow Kelley. Sale set for 1 Saturday in May 1851. Purchased by Ransom Reddick for $700.00." S. Abstracted by Sherry Manuel from Book I Page 364.
1851, July 8, "Ransom Reddick purchased 44 A. at sheriffs sale in the suit of John M. Phillips Vs. Volney B. Penny et al. At his death he willed his entire estate to his wife Sarah Ann Smith. At her death the property went to her father and at his death in 1876 was divided among the heirs." S. Abstracted by Sherry Manuel.
1850-5, "Sarah Ann Smith m. Ransom Reddick." S. Notes from Sherry Manuel.
1851, December 24, "John M. Tully of Concordia conveys to Ransom Reddick of Catahoula, land on the right bank of Black River. Same land as above [ref Book I Page 364]." S. Abstracted by Sherry Manuel Book I Page 364.
ca. 1853, "Levi Dobbar and Martha R. Dobber his wife [Martha B. CeClum] of Natchez, Adams Co. Miss to Ransom Reddick for $250.00 Lot 1 Sec 6 T6 R7." S. Abstracted by Sherry Manuel from Book J. Page 444.
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
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, Attending 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.
1872, June 16, "Security Plantation, 1 mile south of Moss Grove Plantation on Whitehead Bend. This road is on the levy. Reddick, Ransom Native of North Carolina. Birth Oct. 19, 1812, Death June 16, 1872." S. Catahoula Parish Cemeteries, Thelmarie Scott.
ca. 1872, "Last will and testament of Ransom Reddick, R. H Cuny and James r. Norment of Concordia Parish, La. proved the will." S. Abstracted by Sherry Manuel from Conveyance Book O Page 124.
1872, July 24, Ransom R. Brown, claiming to be a relative applies for administration of the estate. On 26 June 1872, Sarah A. Reddick, wife of Ransom Reddick, maiden name Sarah A. Smith opposes the petition of Brown claiming he has no interest in the estate. She presents a oloegraphic will made by Ransom Reddick before his death leaving his whole estate to his wife Sarah. She is appointed executrix and sole possessor on 13 Oct. 1872." S. Abstracted by Sherry Manuel from Succ. R-48.
1874, Sarah Ann [Smith] Reddick died Catahoula Parish, LA. [Sarah's husband, Ransom, preceded her in death June 1872, Catahoula Parish, LA]. " S. Sherry Manuel Notes.
Death Record
Tombstone Inscription
Obituary
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 affection 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.
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.
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 plantation 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 occupation under the Spanish Government by one Joseph Thomas.....the said Jas Smith resided 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 Shffs sale in suit styled John M. Philips vs. Volney B. Perry 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. This document has this letterhead: "Security Black River, LA..........18.....Fresh Drugs and Medicines Always on hand. Bought of Mrs. S. A. Reddick Dealer in Drygoods, Groceries, Boots, Shoes, Hats. Queensware, Hardware, Tinware, and Plantation Supplies. Jas. A. Gresham, Print, 92 Camp St, N. O.
Probate Record
1883, June 27, "Moss Grove Yard located south of Jonesville, LA. Reddick, Caroline Birth Jan. 20, 1815, Feb. 8, 1817, Death June 27, 1883." S. Catahoula Parish Cemeteries, Thelmarie Scott.
(Above from research of Steve Kellar)

  iv.   Maria Louise Smith, born July 26, 1828 in [Prob Vincennes], [Knox Co], IN; died August 26, 1890 in Prob Portia/Powh, Lawrence Co, AR; married John De Arman in Probably, Catahoula Parish, LA; born November 30, 1818 in PA; died October 21, 1895 in Lawrence Co, AR.
  Notes for Maria Louise Smith:
"DeArman, Marie Louise July 26, 1828 - August 26, 1890." S. Cemetery Records of Lawrence County, Arkansas, Powhatan, AR. (Steve Kellar)

  Notes for John De Arman:
"DeArman, John November 30, 1818 - October 21 1895." S. Cemetery Records of Lawrence County, Arkansas, Powhatan, AR. (Steve Kellar)


  v.   Ambrose Whitlock Smith416,417,418, born January 02, 1831 in Vincennes, Knox County, IN; died October 22, 1898 in Portia, Lawrence County, AR; married (1) Julia F Chadwick419,420; born 1829421; died January 20, 1887 in Lawrence Co, AR; married (2) Sarah Ellen Kellar August 15, 1853 in Jefferson Co, KY422; born February 14, 1834 in Jefferson Co, KY422; died June 22, 1858 in Jefferson Co, KY422; married (3) Laura [Morrill] January 23, 1888 in Lawrence Co, AR; married (4) A A [Baker] September 14, 1892 in Lawrence Co, AR.
  Notes for Ambrose Whitlock Smith:
Moved to Arkansas and settled at Portia...Belle [Clara Isabelle Norment Martin] and Sarah[Sarah Ann Smyth Reddick] visited their uncle Whitlock in Portia, Arkansas. By the way, Whitlock had changed his name to Whitllock SMITH. (Helen Martin King)
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1870 Lawrence County Census, Black River Township, 10/68
Smith, Andrew W.      39      dry goods merch      4000/3000      IN
Julie F.            41                              IL
Emma H.            16                              KY
Anna A.            14                              KY
Raney, Lizzie F      14
Belle E.            10                              AR


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1880 Lawrence County, AR Census, Town of Walnut Ridge, Campbell Township

23/24
Smith, A.W.      49      drgst      IN      IN      KY
Smith, J.F.      51      wife      TN      TN      AR
Wilson, Kate      9      niece      TN      TN      AR
Chadwick, J.      15      nephew      TN      IL      GA
Martin, Eliza      24      cook      AR      TN      TN      bf
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DeArman, J.      30      drgst      LA      PA      LA
Lizzie            23      wife      AR      NY      IL
Lola            3      dau      AR      LA      AR
Hary            6 1/2      son      AR      LA      AR

  vi.   Mary Elizabeth Smith, born Abt. 1833 in Prob Rapides/Catahoula Par, LA; died 1850 in Prob N.O./Catahoula Par, LA.
  vii.   Peter Smith, born 1836 in Prob Rapides/Catahoula Par, LA; died 1837 in Prob Rapides/Catahoula Par, LA.
  viii.   Charlotte Josephine Smith, born 1839 in New Orleans, Orleans Par, LA; died in Security Plantation, Catahoula Par, LA; married William Grover Mount February 24, 1868 in Powhatan, Lawrence Co, AR; born Abt. 1840 in Vicksburg, MS; died Abt. 1901 in Lake Providence, LA.
  47 ix.   Sidney Welch Smith, born December 30, 1840 in New Orleans, Orleans Parish, LA; died February 24, 1907 in Batesville, Independence County, AR; married James R. Norment October 1863 in Concordia Parish, LA.
  x.   Margaret Ellen Smith, born 1844 in Prob N.O./Catahoula Par, LA; died 1846 in Prob N.O./Catahoula Par, LA.
  xi.   Clara Smith, born Abt. 1847 in [Prob N.O.], [Orleans Parish], LA; died 1868 in Prob Security Plantation, Catahoula Par, LA.


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