A comment on the posting of Bridgers Smelley's descendant - Sarah E. (Elizabeth) Smelley who married John Matson. Sarah died on March 1, 1934. In my tree, I also have that she was born on the same date and month posted but the year was 1855. I received this date from others doing family research. Sarah's death certificate only states that she was 81 years old and even that doesn't compute to a date of 1855 or 1856 but would be a date of 1852 instead which is the same birth year of John Matson.