John P Smith b. 1840 Louisiana m. Hulda V. Taunton first then Sally Jane King. John's Mother was named Penelope sometimes called Nellie last name unknown. Think John P's father was named John or William because first son b. abt 1837 was named William. John P's father died between 1840 and 1843 as Penelope m. Robert Phillips about this time in Catahoula Parish Louisiana. They had several children with/half brother Allen Phillips b. abt 1845 acting as custodian of Hulda's children at her death. Family story is that John P's father was born Ireland and was living around Hattisburg, Ms. prior to moving to Louisiana. Need help in identifying parentage of John P and possible maiden name of Penelope.