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I (Helen Martin Hail King) want to tell you grandchildren what I know about the Smyth family. Most of what I know was told to me by my grandmother, Sidney Welch Smyth Norment.
First, a few lines about my grandmother. I don't believe I admired any woman as much as I did my grandmother. She was born and grew up in New Orleans, educated in a Catholic convent, although she was a Presbyterian. I think she must have grown up "in the lap of luxury" as she knew nothing of domestic chores. The only thing I remember her cooking was bacon, and she made the best bacon gravy I ever ate! She did beautiful needlework. She was married just before or during the Civil War to James Norment of Normandy Plantation, Louisiana. She was left a widow with eight children and a large cotton plantation to manage. She became an excellent business woman and a successful cotton planter. She died when I was eleven years old. I shall always remember her with great love and admiration.
Helen Martin Hail King (Abt 1960)
DEATH OF A GOOD WOMAN
MRS. S.W. NORMANT DIED SUNDAY AFTERNOON - BURIAL AT POWATAN
(From Monday's Daily) Mrs. S.W. Normant died Sunday afternoon after an illness of several days of pneumonia and her body was taken today to Powatan to be buried there.
Mrs. Normant was born and reared in Louisiana and has been a member of the Presbyterian Church since early girlhood, being for years a member of the LaFayette Presbyterial church in New Orleans (of which Dr. Markham, a man well known and loved in the Southern Presbyterian church was pastor for years). She was a daughter of James Smith and a niece of Dr. Thomas Smythe, the old pastor of the Second Presbyterian church of Charleston, S.C., and one of the ablest men the church has ever produced.
She married in Louisiana and her husband died there. Her only living children are Mrs. J.W. Martin of Batesville and Wingate C. Normant of Powatan.
She herself lived in Powatan for several years before moving to Batesville about a year ago.
She was a godly, Christian woman, and a most splendid character. Although having lived in Batesville only about a year, she was known and loved by a host of friends. Her lovely character won friends wherever she went and by them her death is sincerely mourned, for she was ___the noblest works of God - a good woman.
(Newspaper clipping in the Norment Family Bible, in possession of Jack Butt, Fayetteville, AR)
New Orleans, 31st August, 1850
Mr. Jn. De Arman, Rockport
I send you our weekly news sheet which will give you some idea of the state of society & markets here. I am now in business on my own account (having dissolved with Mr. Kitchen) under the style of James Smith ____, & will probably remain at the old stu -- of Granier. I have no doubt of doing as good a business as formerly and will at least make all expenses. The family have had some sickness, Mrs. Smith has had a severe attack of sick head ache for 5 days which has left her very weak as she eats but little when she has such spells. Sarah has had a fever which lasted 24 hours.
James Smyth's children gathered for his funeral, including the D'Arman kin from Vincennes, IN. The D'Armans were the only ones who stayed at Security after the funeral; apparently the other children lived nearby or were staying with their siblings who did live nearby. According to James Smyth's will, all of his land was divided into tracts; one tract was very small, but included the plantation house and all its fine furnishings. His beneficiaries drew lots to determine which tract each was to receive.
Sidney Welch Smyth (Norment) drew the lot entitling her to the home and its furnishings. The D'Armans were greatly disappointed, because they had little use for Louisiana land, and had counted on getting the valuable household furnishings to take home with them.
The next day, when James Smyth's children returned to Security, they found that the D'Armans were altogether gone; they had caught a steamer back up to Indiana, loaded with all the Smyth and Reddick furniture and furnishings: sterling, crystal, china, linens, and all the furniture. The only thing they didn't take was a huge solid mahogany secretary desk, almost 10 feet tall, that James Smyth had ordered from France years before. Presumably it was too big to conveniently move, and had gotten to be left in the D'Arman's haste to get away with their ill-gotten booty.
Years later, in the 1920's or 30's, Helen Martin (King), Sidney's granddaughter, was called to visit a lady she knew in Walnut Ridge, AR. The lady was elderly, in ill health, in poor financial shape and correctly predicted she was not long for the world. She was related, it turns out, some way to the D'Armans, and thus, presumably also to Helen Martin (King). When Helen arrived, the lady insisted that Helen take a large bag of sterling silver flatware. Upon inspection, it appeared to be at least part of the Reddick and Smyth silver! The lady said that it was rightfully Helen's, and in the lady's condition, she could never use or enjoy it. So, half a century later, the heirloom silver was returned to the rightful branch of the family. The large mahogany secretary is now in the home of William Jackson Butt, II, and in its drawers is flatware from Security Plantation.
As told by Helen Martin (King) to William Jackson Butt, II
Following is part 3 of researchy Steve Kellar on James and Eliza Smyth:
· 1853, June 17, ".....Laura Sims, wife of James Sims for $500.00 sell to James Smith of the City of New Orleans, her undivided 1/2 interest in the NWfrac4 Sec 5 T6 R7, 88A." S. Book J. Page 121, Catahoula Parish, LA abstracted by Sherry Manuel.
· 1853, June 17, "James & Laura Sims.Transfer to James Smith. Filed for record 14th June AD 1853. Recorded in Book of Notarial Records Book I folio 121, 2, 3.Parish of Catahoula.....Felix Robb Notary Public.....James Sims.....in consideration of $1,500.....sold.....unto James Smith of the City of New Orleans.....Lots No 6 & 7 being the Efract2 of SW|Fract4 Sec 5 Twp 6N Ran 7E containing 79.55 acres.....Sims is to retain possession of said tract of land till the 1st of Jany 1854.....this 12th day of May AD 1853." S. Original Record, Book J, Pages 121-5, Record 129J, Catahoula Parish, LA.
· 1853, June 17, "Purciro [Purchase] of Land. Transfer to James Smith. Filed for record 14th June AD 1853. Recorded in Book of Notarial Records I[J?] Page 123. N. E. Gauldier. Parish of Catahoula.....Felix Robb a Notary Public.....Laura Sims wife of James Sims.....sum of five hundred dol-lars.....sold.....unto James Smith of the City of New Orleans.....NWFract4 Sec 5 Twp6N Ran 7E containing 88.28 acres bounded by lands entered by Saml Waters on the East by Black River on the South of lands en-tered by James Sims and on the west by lands entered by William Kelly to have and to hold unto him the said James Smith..... this 12th day of May AD 1853." S. Original Record, Book J, Pages 121-5, Record 130J, Catahoula Parish, LA.
· 1853, August 15, "Smith, Ambrose W., Kellar, Sarah E. Ward of Isaac H. Kellar c. in.p., Witnesses: G.W. Hikes & W. Kellar, John Hulett." S. Jefferson Co, KY Mar-riages, Book 5, 222.
· 1853, August 15, "Ambrose W. Smith & Sarah E. Kellar ward of Isaac H. Kellar who consents in person.....I, a Minister of the Gospel, of the Christian Church, licensed for the purpose by the County Court of Henry Co, KY. Jno. R. Hulett. Witnesses; G.W. Hikes, W. Kellar." S. Original License, Jef-ferson Co KY.
· 1860, April 11, "From my eldest Brother but one, not seen for more than forty years.Black River, Parish of Catahoula, Louisiana.Dear Thomas.This is intrusted to Charles Jones, who visits Charleston to attend the Convention.My wife is a sister of his, and he lives about 3 miles above me on this river.The families however have no communication.I have left New Orleans to re-side on this place.The last t2 years it has been overflowed and I did not make expenses.This season I have the prospect of a good crop; and we are now well leveyed to keep out high water, but not quite enough yet.We do not apprehend high water this season.We received Wedding Cards of your son and Miss Briggs.Give the young folks our congratulations.I hear indirectly from you (or did in New Orleans,) frequently and hope your ailments are not such as to deprive you of comfortable recreation and exercise.I take out a little bored rifle gun (say 200 balls to a pound of lead.) nearly every morning and shoot the heads off Squirrels enough to eat.[Footnote:This brother, James, was an excellent shot, and very reckless:so much so that when troubled by an ingrowing nail, he shot off the offending toe.A niece writes:---As to my Uncle & his ingrowing nail, I know nothing but the fact---& think he might have been less impatient of pain & of other people.---Ed.]In the fall and winter, I change this rifle for a shot gun and kill abundance of wild ducks.We have been asked to dine out 2 times last week among neighbours who had wild turkeys for dinner.I have also a chest of tools (very good they are too,) with which I work considerably; last week I built a new Poultry house 12 feet square with 10 nests for the hens.We had a small one but the rising family of chick required more roost.We have any quantity of young chickens and turkeys.To day I intend making me a dip net with a piece of mosquito netting to catch minnows, with which to catch Barfish and herring.The Barfish are our best fresh water fish.I have also library enough for life with the help of the Newspapers occa-sionally and I trust I have obtained a good hope to join the ransomed of Christ in his heavenly Kingdom.My family at home and as far as I know abroad, are well.Give our love to your wife and family, and believe me affectionately yrs. Jas. Smith.P.S. Our ad-dress by mail would have the Trinity Post office in it. J.S." S. Autobiographical Notes, Letters and Reflections, 1914, by Thomas Smyth, D.D., Edited by Louisa Cheves Stoney, P. 549-50.
· 1860, June 26, "Dwelling 140, Family 139; James Smith, age 61, Occ Planter, Real Estate 30,000, Personal Estate 1,500, POB Ireland; Eliza, age 58, POB KY; Josephine, age 21, POB LA, Attending School; Sydney, age 18, POB LA, Attending School; Clara, age 13, POB LA, Attending School; R. Brown, age 25, Overseer, Personal Estate 200, POB TN. [Listed above is: R. Reddick, age 48, Occ Planter, Real Estate 10,000, Personal Estate 2,000, POB NC; Sarah, age 34, POB IN; Ema, age 35 , POB KY; Ana, age 3, POB LA [KY]; W. Griffin, age 28, Occ Lab., Personal Estate 1,500, POB NC]" S. 1860 Census, Page 444, Black River Twp, Catahoula Parish, LA, P.O. Trinity.
· 1861, December 10, "James Smith & Rob-ert W. Prater. Exchange of Land dated Feby 26th ???? [Call Catahoula for date] Parish of Catahoula .....Felix Robb a Notary Pub-lic.....james Smith of the above residence..... consideration.....deliver unto Rob-ert W. Prater of the Parish of Concordia.....James Smith.....twenty acres of land being the Southern portion of Lot No three, Section 8 Twp 6N Ran 7E in the Land District north of Red River La. having Black River for its Eastern boundry, the boundry line of Lot No two for its Southern, and Western boundaries and a line running due East and West from Black River to the Western boundry.Sufficiently for North.(Some three hundred and fifty yards) from the Southern boundary to make the quantity of twenty acres.....R.W. Prater.....the division fence between the lands of the said Prater & Smith which is to owned and kept in good repair by them jointly.....transfer is made for and in consideration of the said R.W. Prater selling and transferring unto the said James Smith, he hereby accepting the same all his the said R.W. Prater.....W2 SW4 Sec 5 and the NW4 NW4 Sec 8 and that portion of the NW4 Sec 8 lying North of a line running due West of the Northern line of the land transferred by the said Smith to the said Prater.Said land being in Twp 6N Ran 7E, in the land district North of Red River, La. containing in the aggregate 127.60A.....James Smith to transfer to the said R.W. Prater 20A. of land fronting on Black River and of R.W. Prater to transfer to the said Jas Smith 127.60 A. of land..... lying in the rear of said Smith's plantation.....10th December, 1861.....It is stipu-lated between the parties that they are to set an iron post some 15 or 20 paces North of a hackbury tree on the bank of Black River, and to run from thence due West on the di-vision line between and they are to put and keep a good fence upon said line at the joint expense." S. Original Record, Book O, P. 52-55, Record O60, Catahoula Parish, LA. [Note: This was recorded just above an entry dated 26Dec1872]
· 1862, "Sydney W. Smith m. James R. Norment." S. Sherry Manuel Notes.
· 1865, "Smith, James $4.15." S. Civil War Tax in Louisiana: 1865, Polyanthos.
· 1866, July 12, 1866, "Record of Confederate Dead.The subjoined list of those Confederate soldiers who died during the war, and were buried in and about New Orleans, has been furnished by Mrs. Dr. Ball to the Board of Managers of the 'Ladies Benevolent Association of Louisiana,' and is by them submitted for publication.....Smith Samuel, prisoner of war." S. New Orleans Daily Crescent.
· 1868, February 28, "William G. Mount to C. J. Smyth. On Feb 24 1868 the rites of matrimony according to the Presbyterian church were solemnized between William G. Mount of Lawrence Co. Ark. aged 28 years & Miss Charlotte J. Smyth of the same co. & State aged 30 ys.By Lewis McVelly." S. Copy Original Record provided by William Mount.
· 1870, June 20, "Dwelling 50, Family 60; Reddick Ransom, age 54, Occ Farmer, Real Estate 1,000, Personal Estate 2,750, POB NC, Male Citizen; Sarah, age 44, Occ Dry Goods Merchant, Personal Estate 5,000, POB IN; Molly Bunch, age 16, At-tending School, POB NC; Anna Noelle, age 23, occ School Teacher, POB LA; Emma Smith, age 15, Attending School, POB KY; Anna Smith, age 13, Attending School, POB KY; James Smith, age 70, Occ ???????? [Cleaning Stores], POB Ireland, Father of Foreign Birth, Mother of Foreign Birth, Male Citizen; Eliza, age 67, Occ Keeping House, Personal Estate 100, POB KY; ???? Black, age 13, Black, Occ Domestic Servant, POB LA, Cannot Read or Write; Elwood Johnson, age 11, Black Occ Domestic Servant, POB LA.." S. 1870 Census, Pages 8 & 9, Ward No. 13, Catahoula Parish, LA, P.O. Trinity.
· 1871, December 26. "Anthony Whithead.Sale of Land. Recorded February 261872. Parish of Catahoula..... James Smith in consideration of five hundred dollars and five promissory notes..... amounting to five thousand dollars.....sold to Anthony Whithead both parties residing in the same Parish.....found situated on the West bank of Black River, Parish of Catahoula, con-taining 300 A. viz. S2 NWfractional Sec 5 containing 45A. The Swfractional4 Sec 5 containing 157A. & northern portion of NW fractional4 Sec 8, 98A. all in Twp 6N Ran 7E and being in one body with all the homes and fences thereon.....26th day of Decem-ber 1871." S. Original Record,Page 54-5, Record O62, Catahoula Parish, LA.
· 1872, February 26, "James Smith of Catahoula Parish to Robert W. Prater of Concordia Parish the S. portion of Lot 3, Sec. 8 T6n R7e with the Black River for its eastern boundary 20 A. Prater sells to James Smith the W2 of the SW4 Sec. 5, the NW4 of the NW4 of Sec. 8. Portion of NW4 Sec. 8 lying N. of a line beginning due west of the N. line of land traded to Prather by Smith. All T6n R7e 127 A." S. Abstracted Record by Sherry Manuel of Deed Book O, Page 52, Cata-houla Parish, LA. [Copy Original]
· 1872, February 27, "James Smith to An-thony Whitehead, land on the west band of the black River, 300 A.. S2 of NW frac. Sec. 5 45 A. SWfrac4 Sec. 5 157 A.. N. portion of NWfract.4 Sec. 8 98 A.. All T6N R7E. James Smith Signed." S. Abstracted Record by Sherry Manuel from Deed Book O, Page 54, Catahoula Parish, LA. [Copy Original]
· 1874, "Sarah Ann [Smith] Reddick died [Probate Record] Catahoula Parish, LA. [Sarah's husband, Ransom,preceded her in death June 1872, Catahoula Parish, LA]." S. Sherry Manuel Notes.
· 1875, March 17, ".....we A. W. Smith and Josephine S. Mount (brother and sister of Sarah Ann Reddick deceased) and William G. Mount husband of Josephine S. Mount in consideration of the natural love and affec-tion we bear our father James Smith and our decision to see him provided for in his declining years do hereby release unto our father all our inheritance to the estate of Sarah Ann Reddick." S. Original Record Conveyance Book O, Page 618, Catahoula Parish, LA provided by Sherry W. Manuel.
· 1875, March 25, "We Sidney Norment and James Norment her husband of Concordia Parish release unto James Smith of Black River Catahoula Parish who is the father of said Sidney Norment all or our right to the estate from Sarah Ann Reddick." S. Original Record, Conveyance Book O Page 633, Catahoula Parish, LA provided by Sherry W. Manuel.
· Tax Records, Catahoula/Orleans Parish
· Voter Records, Catahoula/Orleans Parish
· Death Record, Catahoula Parish
· Tombstone Inscription, Security, Cata-houla Parish
· Obituary, Catahoula Parish Newspaper
· Will - District Court in the Parish, and in Orleans Parish the Civil District Court.
· Probate Records, Catahoula Parish
· Family Histories, LA
· Local Histories, LA
· 1876, January 21, "Parish of Catahoula..... petition of John DeArman a resident of said parish.....James Smith died on January 18, 1876 leaving a large estate of personal and real property.....the estate of said James Smith is involved unit that an administration is necessary.....your petitioner is a heir having married Mariah L. Smith the daugh-ter of said James Smith.....one heir absent in Arkansas.....petitioner be appointed and confirmed as administrator of estate..... make an inventory and appraisement." S. Succession of James Smith, S-117, Original Record Catahoula Parish, LAprovided by Sherry W. Manuel.
· 1876, January 31, ".....did proceed at the late residence of the deceased an inventory of cause to be appraised by G. B. May M. D. and James Young.....estate of James Smith in Parish of Catahoula.....a tract of land containing 676 A. containing the plan-tation and improvements situate on Black River in which John M. Phillps resided on the 28 day of December in 1848 and being the same confirmed to John Henry by the U. S. by virtue of the Settlement and occupa-tion under the Spanish Government by one Joseph Thomas.....the said Jas Smith re-sided at the time of his death.The said land and all the buildings improvements therein value at the sum of $5.00 per acre [$3,380.00] also one other track containing 44 A. being 1/2 of the NWfral4 Sec 5 T 6N R 1E valued at $1.25 per acre [$55.00].The above described land being the same land purchased by Ransom Reddick on 8th day July 1851 at Tiffs sale in suit styled John M. Philips vs. Volley B. Perky et al. [letterhead of Mrs. S. A. Reddick Dealer in Dry Goods, Groceries, Boots, Shoes, Hats; Fresh Drugs and Medicines Always on Hand]." S. S-117 Original Record Catahoula Parish, LA provided by Sherry W. Manuel.
· 1876, February 2, "DIED.SMITH---At Se-curity Plantation, Catahoula parish, La., January 18, 1876, in the 77th year of his age, MR. JAMES SMITH, formerly a resi-dent of New Orleans.*Charleston, S. C., Nashville, Tenn., Louisville, Ky., and Craw-fordsville, Ind., papers please copy." S. New Orleans Times Picayune, February 2, 1876, p. 4 c. 5.
· 1876, February 29, "Security, James Smith 20 Dec 1875; disc. 29 Feb 1876: Whitlock Norment 16 May 1888: Sidney W. Norment 14 Dec 1892." S. Post Office Records 1832-1900. Vol. 4, Donna Burge Adams.
· 1876, August 5 and 9, "Recd of John DeAr-man Adman James Smith $55.00..... being a payment on my interest in the Estate of James Smith and delivered to my daughter Emma Campbell as her property.Emma H. Campbell for A. W. Smith." S. S-117, Origi-nal Record Catahoula Parish, LA provided by Sherry W. Manuel.
· 1877, August 4, "James R. Norment as agent for Mrs. Josephine S. Mount and W. G. Mount her husband, Ambrose W. Smith of Arkansas, Mrs. S. W. Norment also came and appeared John DeArman representing Mrs. Maria L. DeArman his wife, the said Mrs. Mount, A. W. Smith, Mrs. DeArman and Mrs. S. W. Norment being the sole heirs and legal representatives of their fa-ther James Smith.....lands owned by James Smith.....1st the John Henry Rignet known as the security of Catahoula lying in Townships 5, 6, 7 Ranges 6 and 7E containing 676 A. 2nd tract NW4 Sec 5 containing 89.75 A tract NE4 Sec 6 containing 51.3 A. the E2 SW4 of same Sec containing 77.50 A. Lots 3&4 of Sec 6 containing 70.70 A. and the N2 Sec 7 containing 304.3 A. all the above in Twp 7N R5E which they have di-vided into four lots described and valued as follows viz Lot 1@ $1,200.00, Lot 2 $2,000.00, Lot 3 $1,000.00, Lot 4 $1,000.00 said parties declare that having divided the aforesaid lands in lots.....written on slips..... placed in a box were drawn as follows Mrs. E. H. Campbell drew Lot 1 for her father A. W. Smith, C. C. Duke drew Lot 2 for Mrs. S. W. Norment, John DeArman drew Lot 3 for his wife Mrs. Maria L. DeArman and Leon-ard F. Mason drew Lot 4 for Mrs. J. G. Mount.....the difference in value of said lots is to be equalized in the final partition." S. Original Record Conveyance Book P Pages 406-9, Catahoula Parish, LA provided by Sherry W. Manuel.
· 1877, September 17, "FINAL ACCOUNT NOTICE.State of Louisiana---Parish of Catahoula---Probate Court---Clerk's Office.Succession of James Smith, dec's.Whereas:John DeArman, administrator of said succession, has this day filed in this of-fice his final account of administration, praying that the same may be homologated and approved---Now, therefore, notice is hereby given that unless opposition to said account is filed in this office in ten days from the date hereof, said account will be homologated and approved according to the prayer thereof.Witness my signature and the seal of said court this 17th day of Sep-tember, A. D., 1877.n41 2 t L. Gip. Duke, Depty. Clk." S. Newspaper clipping in suc-cession file.
· 1878, October 29, "Edward Jones died." S. Strickler file, Filson Club.Did he die in New Orleans?
· 1881, December 6, "Partition of Achcott Plantation.Filed Dec 6th 1881 & Recorded in ?Brvt? No ?14? Cnveyences Papers 569 & 570 - Dec 10, 1881. December 20th, 1880. We D.H. Cathorm and Charles G. Montgomery chosen by Anthony Gabe, & John Whitehead of the first party and |W. G. Mount and A. Whitlock Smith of the second party.To value and divide the Ashcot Plantation lying on Black River -- We have divided that the party geting the upper half of Ashcot Plantation to pay the party geting the lower half to five hundred dollars in cash; and the plantation to be divided equally into two parts considering on the bank of the given and run strait back.P.S. Mr. Charles G. Montgomery for Mr. A. W. Smith & W. G. Mount of the second party dvine the lower half of Ashcot ??????..... The land of Anthony Whithead, Gabe Whithead and John Whitehead commencing at an iron post, - where the line between W. G. Mount and the Smith place strikes the Black River, on the west bank Thence S 25 degrees E 25 chains, thence S 16 Degrees E 10 chains, thence S 8 degrees 5.90 chains, to a persimmon tree, thence due west to the back line of the Smith land, thence N to W. G. Mounts land, thence on Mounts line to iron post, being one hundred and fifty-one acres more or less.A. W. Smiths land commences at a persimmon tree, where the Whitheads line strikes the West bank of Blk River, thence S 8 degrees E 4.10 chains, thence S 3 degrees W 10 chains thence S 7 degrees W 10 chains, thence S 11 degrees W 16080 chains, to Wilsons line, thence W on Wilsons line to the back line of the Smith Place, thenc3e N on said line to the Whitheads line thence on said line to the place of beginning contain-ing 152.20 acres more or less.Security La Jan 11th 1881.Received of Anthony, Gabe and John Whithead the sum of $500 being the difference in division of the Ashcot plantation upper part over the lower half. W. G. Mount, A. W. Smith." S. Original Record, Book 1, P. 569-70, Record 541-2, Catahoula Parish, LA.
· 1889, Various, "My Uncle Charles was killed by friends of En Lidell in Louisiana some few years after the war.The difficulty was of long standing & resulted in the killing of Judges[sp?][Justice] Lidell & my Un-cle.....Elizabeth Whitlock (deceased) of near Crawfordsville was a relative." S. William H. English Collection, M98, Folder 3, Indiana Historical Library.
· 1898, October 22, "Ambrose W. Smith died Portia, Lawrence Co, AR, buried Powhatan Cemetery." S. Tombstone Inscription, Pow-hatan Cemetery, Powhatan, Lawrence Co, AR.
· 1890, August 26, Mariah L. Smith died [Prob Portia] Lawrence Co, AR, bur. Pow-hatan Cemetery, Lawrence Co, AR
· 1907, July 24, Sydney S. Smith died [Prob Portia] Lawrence Co, AR, bur. Powhatan Cemetery, Lawrence Co, AR
· General, "He ran a general store at Black River Landing, on Security Plantation, which he owned, in Catahoula Parish, LA.The plantation was on property known as the John Henry Requet.
· General, "Fact.....The only remaining letter of my youngest Br. Robert, enclosed in one from Isabella giving account of the death of my Second eldest Br. Samuel, who died of Cholera on his way home from N. Orleans at Vicksburg.He died a member of the In-diana legislature.He was highly educated and a man of great reading.James was wild and the first to leave home, from pure love of adventure.Mother persuaded Sam-uel to go after and take care of him.Wil-liam followed Samuel and Robert, William, and all to Vincennes Ind. whither Mother and Father and Isabella went, when I went to Princeton.*William fought in Florida and Mexico and probably died there..... [Foot-note] It is generally believed in the family, that, as William Smith was last heard of on the way to Japan, his death took place in that country.Samuel is recorded as having delivered the oration on July 4, 1830, at Vincennes.---Ed." S. Autobiographical Notes, Letters and Reflections, 1914, by Thomas Smyth, D.D., Edited by Louisa Cheves Stoney, P. 316-7.
· General, "William H. Mount, former proprietor of the Glade Plantation in Catahoula Parish, was a native of Arkansas, but spent most of his life in Louisiana.Mr. Mount was born in Lawrence County Arkansas, June 21, 1869, son of William G. and Josephine (Smith) Mount.*William G. Mount had moved to Arkansas after the Civil War to take over the management of his deceased brother's gristmill.He married in Arkansas, Miss Josephine Smith, who was visiting there.She was born and reared in New Orleans, daughter of James Smith, owner of the extensive plantation on Black River in Catahoula Parish.In 1878, the Mount fam-ily moved from Arkansas to this plantation, locating at the village of Security.Mrs. Jo-sephine Mount died there at the age of 42, and her husband subsequently returned to Mississippi and died at the age of 62 at Lake Providence, Louisiana.*William H. Mount was one of two sons.Since the age of eleven years he had his home in Louisiana.After finishing his education, he was employed in government work and in sawmills and in 1900 began farming on Horseshoe Lake.In 1901 he took management of the plantation left by his mother which had been a part of the old Security Plantation.*Mr. Mount married in 1903, Miss Ella Cross, daughter of Jonathan Cross, a native of Texas.Their children were Hobart, Eugene, Whitlock, Merthyr, and Katherine Bell."S. "Jonesville Through the Mirror of Time", Volume II, December, 1978.
The following is offered to disprove the parent-age of James Smith
· 1809, April 3, "Knox Co Tax register, Wa-bash Twp, James Smith." S. William H. English Collection, M98, Box 34, Folder 12, Pages 22, 23, 36, Indiana Historical Library.
· 1812, September 12, "Muster Roll of Capt. James Smith's Company of mounted men of the 4th Regt Indiana Militia Commanded by Col. Rob't Evans called to service 1812, September 12, end of service 1812, Sep-tember 28." S. Original Record, General and Staff Indiana and Illinois Territory Militia, September 1812-January 1813.
· 1817, "Nicholas Smith, father of Edward H. and John A. Smith, came to Vincennes in 1817 from New Jersey, where he was born in 1790." S. History of Old Vincennes and Knox County Indiana, Greene, Vol. 1.
· General, "Resolutions Concerning Indians, July 31, 1811, Dawson, Harrison, 187.....colonel Ephraim Jordan was ap-pointed President, and captain James Smith, Secretary.....James Smith was appointed a J. P. Dec. 3, 1812 at Vincennes.He settled in what is now Gibson Co. Feb. 3, 1813 he was appointed a captain in the militia 4th Regt.He came from Va.Ex. Jour. 178-9, History of Gibson County, 60[page 540][likely that this is not my James Smith however it could be James' father]." S. Esarey, Logan, Editor, Governors Messages and Letters: Messages and Letters of William Henry Harrison, Volume 1, 1800-1811, Volume II, 1812-1816, Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Commission, 1922.
· General, "Smith, James, b. 1754 VA d. 1837 Gibson Co, IN bur. James Mont's farm near Owensville, IN, m. Margaret Truax, enlisted 1776 in 12th Virginia Regt. and re-enlisted for an additional 3 years." S. Soldiers and Patriots of the American Revolutionary War Buried in Gibson Co, Indiana, D.A.R.
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