Ooops, Post was lost, just found it again.
The Smitherman's in Illinois are from TN, NC, VA, England.
There are many links in AL, MO and other states. They have at times been listed as Smotherman, some lines kept the Smotherman spelling.
The Smitherman's are said to come from Samuel Smitherman of England, who came to America on the ship, Justitia, from London, England. Samuel boarded the ship on May 18, 1744, he was sent to the colonies from Middlesex Prison/Court for a crime of robbery. There are court docs online to read about the 1744 case.
His father is Samuel Smithyman, mother is listed as, Phobe Johnson.
My Smithyman/Smitherman/England link is with, Jasper Jesse Monore Smitherman, born c1859, IL., d. 1935, Lincoln, Logan, IL. Father is Thomas Smitherman, b. 1824, TN, d. IL., father is Jesse Smitherman, b. NC., d. IL.
Jesse of NC, children: Littleton J, James, Thomas, William, John, Samuel, Julius J, Mary B, Nancy B.
Jesse NC, may have married twice: Jincey Brown and Betsy Ally.
It has been a long time since I have worked on this line, there may be updated info I do not know about at this time.
Jesse/Jasper m. (1) Mary Ann McKinney, daughter of Richard McKinney.
m. (2) Mary "Belle" Pope, b. 22 Feb 1865, TN., daughter of Simpson Pope and Sarah E. Sexton, of TN.
Jesse had 2 children with Mary, (1) Maude Mae, and (2) Walter.
One child with Belle, Ollie Mae.
Simpson Pope is the son of Peter Pope of NC.
Simpson's Mother is Mary Wilkinson or Sarah Wilson of NC.
Not sure, but this could be one person, Sarah Mary Wilkinson, that got changed to Wilson?
What is your Smitherman/Smotherman Link in AL?