Curt, could your Louann Smitherman Bearden possibly have been named EMERA ANN LOWANZA "Louann" Smitherman b. ca 1856 in what is now Chilton Co., AL. and married Elijah Bearden in Chilton Co., AL. at the residence of her mother on 4 December 1876? I believe that this couple also had a son Charles Melvin Bearden who married and Anne Rasmussen. If this is the same one then she also had a sister named Mariah Parolee Smitherman who married Henry C Bearden, and that is who Jeanette was referring to. If this is the same one you can email me directly at and I will see what all I can get for you. BTW the full name came from several different estates.