I had seen both of these marriages for Lasarus Smith and had wondered the same thing.
I did not happen on the Alabama Census for Lasarus Smith.Very interesting.Obviously we know there are 2 Lasarus Smiths.Hard to know which one would be Lasarus Smith found on the 1850 Lowndes County, Alabama Census.There was a son James in that census.The marriage to Mary Ellen Dulaney could make her the mother of Lydia Smith but not the children Susan born 1832, Julia A. born 1834, Sarah born 1836.
Richard Slawson age 16 born 1834, Samuel born 1841, George born 1845 and Amanda born 1847 are all prior to the marriage date for Lazarus Smith and Eliza Slawson married 1848.For that reason I questioned this marriage record.
Definately a Lazarus and Eliza Smith in 1870 Union Parish, Ward 1, Louisiana and a Lazarus Smith living with a James Smith in 1870 in Alabama.One of them probably is the Lazarus of the 1850 and 1860 Census where the daughter Lydia/Liddy is enumerated with the family and I lean toward the Lazarus with the wife Eliza, but then who would the other Lazarus be???
I can't find anyone on Louisana Genforum who has posted queries on Slawson or Smith families that match up.I find no postings on Alabama Genforum either.
Where was Lazarus in the 1870 Alabama Census born.In the 1850 Alabama and 1860 Louisiana Census Lazarus was born in South Carolina but in the 1870 Union Parish, Ward 1, Louisiana Census it gives Georgia as his place of birth.
Both these men named Lazarus Smith are born about the same time.Something to ponder.
I found a Fredrick W. Smith on the Alabama Muster Rolls, 1861-1865
Fredrick W. Smith Born:abt 1842 Military Unit:39th Alabama Infantry Regiment Military Unit: F Muster Roll Date:15 May 1862 Enlistment Date:20 Mar 1862 Rank:Private Age: 20 Place of Enlistment:Eufaula Place of Enlistment:Alabama Roll #: 423 Archive Collection #: SG025049-6
Lazarus Smith had a son on the 1850 Alabama, Lowndes County Census named Fredrick age 8 which would make him born about 1842 his brother James was 6 years, born about 1844.
I will look closer at this tomorrow.I may be reaching for straws with the Lydia/Liddy Smith and Lilley Grey/Gray are the same person, but for Mr. Walkup's aunt to have pulled the name Lydia Smith out of thin air seems strange to me.That name would have to have been given to her by her mother, Martha Evada Gray Walkup, as she said it was.What a puzzle!
Thanks for your continued assistance.We are finding the much of the same information and that seems to imply we are on the trail, but still need proof.
One question for you...on the 1850 Census Lazarus Smith listed occupation is Planter.Does that imply he was a plantation owner or is planter just another word for farmer?I have never seen the term planter used on a census record that I recall and was wondering if you knew the answer to this question.