I am in search of any information for my Grandfather, James A. Smith who was born in Tennessee on June 30, 1872. I believe Jim's father was William Smith (William was listed as James's father on the 1920 census for Adair County, OK, and has his age at 73, also saying that he was born in TN and so was his parents) but have no information as to who his mother is at this time. According to Jim's obituary, he died February 5, 1953 in Stilwell, Oklahoma, stating that he has a brother, Sam Smith, who was living in Denham Springs, Louisiana at the time of his death. It also says that he has a daughter, Mrs. Agnes Overson from California? This is new to me as I only know of his first wife, Margaret Mullinix, and their children, Beulah, Mack, and Avo. Margaret died and Jim's second wife was Mary Walkingstick and their children were, Jadine, Bill, Ona Jean, and James. Jim and Mary divorced around 1946?? and I have no other information as to any other marriages either before Margaret or after Mary.
Jim's first wife Margaret was from Fentress County, TN so I am assuming that my Grandfather James and his family was from around the same area. Family rumor says that Jim was related to Carl Smith, the Country & Western Singer from Maynardsville, TN and that Avo, Jim's daughter from his first marriage went to one of Carl's concerts and was able to meet with him. I'm not sure as to how Carl fits in yet but I believe him to be a cousin. I hope this sounds familiar to someone and I hope to get a reply soon. Thanks in advance, Diana