I'm Julie Hoover Smylie, Jim's wife.I'm the silly girl trying to do genealogy on 4-5 fronts!:):)
Jim's great-grandfather and your great-grandfather were brothers. John "Willy" born 1/24/1849, died 7/30/1938 and Archibald Alexander (3/8/1853 - 2/12/1884 match?) were brothers, and sons of Rev. John Archibald and Nancy Isadore Jackson Smylie. You and Jim are kin but to be honest -- I don't know the correct connect -- you know, 1st cousin twice removed, etc.:)
Do you have the 35+ paper write-up by William Robert Smylie, uncle to my father-in-law, son ofJohn Willy Smylie?I intend to eithercan the document or type it into my computer.Probably will type it since I'm pretty quick and scanning will create so much clean-up work to do. If you do not have it, as soon as I get it in, I will send you the file attached to an email.
This document has some information about Susan Sellers and the other 2 wives.
John Willy Smylie was first married to Imogene Hudson, in Ellis County, TX on 3/24/1873.She was born 11/27/1847 and died 4/21/1874 of tuberculosis.Buried in Milford TX.Imogene Hudson and Ophelia Newton, AA Smylie's wife, were first cousins.John and Imogene had no children.He next married Mattie Greer in Irene TX, 3/28/1883 and they had 8 kids, including Jim's grandfather,James Calvin Smylie.
That answers some of your questions, but you really need the historical history that W.R. wrote.I'll be as quick as possible.