Earlier yesterday I went to South Carolina to see if I could find Lazarus Smith there in 1840.I do find a Lazarus Smith on the 1840 Barnwell County, South Carolina Census.
Name: Lazarus Smith County: Barnwell State: South Carolina Free White Persons - Males - Under 5: 1 Free White Persons - Males - 20 thru 29: 1 Free White Persons - Females - 30 thru 39: 1 Total - All Persons (Free White, Free Colored, Slaves): 3 Persons Employed in Agriculture: 1 No. White Persons over 20 Who Cannot Read and Write: 1 Free White Persons - Under 20: 1 Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 2 Total Free White Persons: 3 Total All Persons - Free White, Free Colored, Slaves: 3
If this is the Lazarus we are looking at then he appears to have been married before Mary Ellen Delaney and that marriage would have probably been in South Carolina.I have looked at www.familysearch.org for a record and there is not one posted at that site as of yet.
This man not even be the same Lazarus Smith as there appears to be two men with that name.When I originally saw that there were two men with that name I wonder if it was a father and son, but the age of the Lazarus you found on the 1870 Butler County, Alabama Census and the one I found on the 1870 Union Parish, Ward 1, Louisiana Census are the same age.
I feel like I am going around in circle trying to find something on John Gray's wife Lilley in the 1870 Census in Union Parish, Ward 3, Louisiana and a connection to the L Smith and family with a daughter Liddy on the 1860 Union Parish, Ward 3, Louisiana census.Maybe it is time to put Elizabeth "Bessie" Gray and the thought of finding her mother on the shelf for a bit.