Even though I think I've tried all the usual sources, it doesn't hurt to hear it again. Sometimes we overlook the obvious. I found D.S. SMITH and Emma THOMPSON'S marriage in Hill County a year ago on the IGI and ignored it because the family said he was born and died in Comanche county. After looking for him in Comanche and all the surrounding counties, I was at a brick wall until a descendant of Emma's sister found the same marriage record on the IGI.
I went to Hill County and found the marriage record and spent an afternoon in the library. I'm sure I looked at county histories. I went to Comanche County and photographed the grave marker and spent an afternoon at the Comanche library.
The 1880 census does not give Nancy SMITH's relationship to Thomas HOOKER. Here are the people in dwelling #93: Family #100 Thomas HOOKER, 28, wife Emma, son James, daughter Lilly; and a neice Lela JACKSON age 4. Family #101, same house, Nancy SMITH, age 60, born TN, relationship blank; Cally SMITH 16, daughter; Nellie BARTON, 8, granddaughter; Emma JACKSON age 6, granddaughter.
The relationships aren't spelled out as clearly as I'd like, but Thomas HOOKER is too young to have grandchildren, and there are two families listed, so I infer that the written relationship of Cally SMITH, Nellie BARTON and Emma JACKSON is to Nancy, not Thomas. But because there is a Lela JACKSON listed as Thomas HOOKER's neice, I think children Lela JACKSON and Emma JACKSON are sisters, but can't explain why they are split between the two family groups.
From this I infer the following:
Emma HOOKER is Nancy Smith's daughter. One of NancySMITH's daughters married a JACKSON, and another SMITH daughter married a BARTON. Another daughter Cally SMITH, 16, still lives with her mother Nancy. There are no adult BARTONS or JACKSONS in the home, perhaps the parents died and the children are being raised by uncle, aunt and grandmother.
In the 1880 Hill County, TX Census, a Sewel SMITH, wife Emma, and son Pearl are listed. D.S. SMITH married Emma THOMPSON March 13, 1879, in Hill County. I think this is the same couple, and think that D.S. is Bailey Dock Sewel SMITH.
The marriage of D.S. SMITH and Emma THOMPSON was performed by Thomas HOOKER.
In the 1900 Comanche County Census I found Dock and Emma SMITH and their children, and Nancy SMITH, mother, living in the home. She is a widow, born Dec 1823, TN, but she reports that she is the mother of one child, and one child living. Did she answer the question wrong? Or do I have the wrong Nancy SMITH in Hill County? I'm still putting the pieces together.