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James and Eliza Smyth had seven daughters and one son. Sara was the oldest daughter's name, and Whitlock Smyth was the name of the only son. He eventually moved to Arkansas and settled at portia. Sarah had a very thrilling romance and married a Mr. Redick and moved to Security Plantation, not far from Jonesville. Later on, James and Eliza Smyth moved to Lousiana and bought a cotton plantation next to Security. My grandmother was in her late teens at that time. Shje married James Norment, son of James and Elizabeth Miller Norment, who lived on Normandy Plantation, not far from Natchez, Mississippi. When their son, James and Sydney Smyth married, James and Elizabeth gave them a plantation adjoining theirs. They called the plantation "Norma," which was just across the Black River from Security.
(Helen Martin King)
Died - at Security Plantation July 21, 1874 Catahoula Parish, Louisiana, in the seventy second year of her age, MRS. ELIZABETH SMITH, formerly a resident of New Orleans. A native of Jefferson County, Kentucky, she was married in her twentieth year, in Vincennes, Indiana, to Mr. James Smith, a brother of Rev. Dr. Smyth of Charleston, South Carolina. For thirty-four years a member of the Presbyterian Church, by her consistent living, she adorned the doctrine as a "weeper at home" and as one who trained her children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
Much of her life was passed in New Orleans, and the writer holds in grateful remembrance the aid given by the blameless walking of these two fellow helpers who cheered his heart and strengthened his hands in his opening ministry in the Fulton Street [now Lafayette] Presbyterian church in New Orleans. Passing beyond life's allotted limit, the burdens and infirmaries of age were born with Christian patience and sustained by the promise "to old age I am He; and to hoar hairs will I carry you," she entered into rest. May her name be "as ointment poured forth" to her children and their households, and may our aged brother, amid his desolation, find God "a refuge a strength, and a present help."
From the Norment Family Bible, in possession of Jack Butt, Fayetteville, AR.
· 1834, May 19, "Vincennes, My Dear Thomas.....You have no doubt received our Father's letter telling you of our noble, highminded, beloved Sam's death on board the Steam boat Warren, of cholera, and of his burial in Vicksburgh, Mississippi.....he was so much like our Mother, so honorable, so talented, so retiring, so feeling, so every thing.....his religious opinions were not infidel at all, he believed the principles he was raised in.....On the 15th of April, Thursday, he left New Orleans on board the Steam Boat Warren for Louisville; previous to his leaving N.O. he had had a severe but short attack of illness, but was almost entirely recovered, on Thursday evening a man on board was attacked with Cholera; his brave kind heart, and the almost frightful familiarity with the disease in his campaign as a soldier induced him to attend the poor victim he sat up with, and others, all night; the man died next morning; all day Sam felt a little unwell, about 6 in the evening he took a dose of calomel and went to bed, about 10 he waked up a physician and told him to give him more medicine; he was attacked shortly after with spasms, several boatmen from Vincennes came to wait on him, also 2 Irishmen, one an old and tried friend; ever thing was done, rubbing, blistering, salt water bath, &c.In all his fierce agony he never complained, he only moaned; he was perfectly sensible to the last.He told them he had the Cholera---that all the medicine in the world could not save him, he then said to Mr. Paterson, his Irish friend, "go and get my coat, take my pocket book, give it to Robert, tell him I want him to have everything of mine; and" said he, "if it is possible, when I die, bury me decently."He continued worse and worse, about half past 5 the boat came to Vicksburg.2 physicians were sent for, in which measure he acquiesced; they could do nothing for him; at 6 o'clock he---died.....Anna and Mr. Plunket---she is still my own one sister, he is everything you can wish almost.....and their darling Anna .....Your fond sister, Isabella." S. Autobiographical Notes, Letters and Reflections, 1914, by Thomas Smyth, D.D., Edited by Louisa Cheves Stoney, P. 317-19.
· ca. 1834, "Dear Thomas.....James never made money to hoard away, they still had plenty to live on, and he has left enough honestly acquired claims behind him to pay all his debts.I have written to a friend of mine living in Vixburgh to have a Toomb Stone put over his grave, with an inscription suitable to his character.....I remain you Ever affectionate Brother Robert Smith.....P.S.....James.....and his partner having lost by fire $19,000., $4000. of which was an individual loss to his partner Mr. Welch, the remaining $15,000. equal.that is $7,500. each lost, there was a subscription of $12,000. raised and offered to them, but they both declined receiving a cent.James thinks that in two years if they have their health, they will make up the loss.William is at the South, doing no good for himself or anybody else, as far as I can learn; he has not written home since he left.I gave him a $100.00 the day he left, he would not stay here atal because he was so watched he could not do as he pleased; suffice it to say he is a gone case." S. Autobiographical Notes, Letters and Reflections, 1914, by Thomas Smyth, D.D., Edited by Louisa Cheves Stoney, P. 319-20.
· 1834, September 5, "Samuel Smith Sen personally appeared in open court and made oath that he would support the constitution of the United States & the Constitution of the State of Indiana and that he renounces forever all allegiance & fidelity to every foreign prince potentate and power and more especially to William the fourth King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Ireland." S. Original Record, Knox Co, IN Circuit Court Order Book E Page 430.
· 1836, June 18, "Indenture between Charles Jones of the Parish of Rapides in the State of Louisiana and George Ewing in consideration of the sum of $3,200.00..... parcels of ground situate NW of St. Louis Street and SW of St. Peter Street known and designated on the plat by the number 17 and bounded and described as follows Viz beginning at the E corner of said lot formed by the intersection of St. Louis and St. Peters streets 36' 6" distance from the stone in the centre of said street on a course of N82 1/2 W thence with St. Louis or first street L 55 1/4 W 87' to the edge of St. Peter Street and thence with St. Peter street S 38 1/4 E to the place of beginning.Also all that certain piece of lot or parcel of ground situated immediately SE of St. Louis Street and SW of St. Peter Street known as lot number 42.....lot number 59." S. Original Record, Book H, Pages 559-62, Knox Co, IN.
· LA Land Records - There is a master card index to the cash entries for ..... Louisiana for the Cash Entry Files [Act of 1820][ govt land sold at $1.25 per acre].
· The National Archives has records of private land claims relating to Louisiana.Some of the available records include certificates of survey, surveyors' reports, Congressional reports, board of commissioners' reports, journals, claims papers, certificates of confirmation, and maps.Many of these records are indexed.
· Land Records, LA - LA land transactions are held by Recorder of Mortgages and Register of Conveyances in the parish.
· ?1836? "Smith, Jas. and Harris Hove (or Hoce) Docket Number 4139, Smith, Sam. (see Yates doc. 4736)." S. Private Land Claims of Louisiana, Ainsworth. [Follow This]
· 1836, September 22, "Alexandria. Michael Welch of Parish of Rapides ratifies to James Smith and William Washington Holland, a certain division line of two adjoining preemptions in the Parish of Catahoula sold this date to P.D. Mason to James Smith and Wm. W. Holland - said preemption being bounded above and below by lands of Welch and Mason. Witness A. L. Bringhurst." S. First Settlers of Catahoula Parish, 1808-39.
· 1836, September 22, "Phillip Dixon Marun to James Smith of Rapides Parish, LA and William Washington Holland." S. Abstracted Record by Sherry Manuel of Deed Book E, Page 447.
· 1836, September 22, " .....came Philip Dixon Masons of Catahoula.....consideration .....sold.....unto James Smith of Rapides and William Washington Holland of Catahoula.....two preemption rights of land in Catahoula on Black River Twp N7 Ran 6E bonded on the upper sides by lands belonging to Welch, Masons, the natural Boundaries being a large Sycamore Tree on the Bank of the River and a small one growing out of an old levee running to Black River which old levee is to be the division by a line running parallel for one hundred yards with said levee from the River bounded on the front by Black River, on the lower end by the first large Bay on which is to be the division by a line running parallel with the Center of said bayous for one hundred yards with said Bayou from the River, and on the opposite side of which is land purchased by said Mason from Hugh Ramsey and being the same acquired by said Masons from Robert Fristoe and Stephen Bawers by deed of record in the office of the Parish Judge of Catahoula.....consideration of two thousand dollars, cash.....and the said Smith and Holland dispences with the production and mention herein of any certificate of the Recorder of Mortgages as required by law. [Signatures] P. D. Mason, James Smith, W.W. Holland.Recorded December 24, 1840." S. Original Record, Book E, Pages 477-8, Record 556E, Catahoula Parish, LA.
· 1839, "Josephine Smith New Orleans, Orleans Parish, LA." S. 1860 Catahoula Parish, LA Census.
· In New Orleans, there are birth records from 1790 and death records from 1803, while there was not state-wide registration in LA until July 1914.
· Land Records, LA; Rapides, Catahoula, Concordia, Orleans.
· 1840, "James Smith, Males 5-10, 1 [Ambrose]; 15-20, 1 [son # 1]; 40-50, 1 [James]; Females U5, 1 [Josephine]; 5-10, 1 [Mariah L.]; 10-15, 1 [Sarah Ann]; 30-40, 1 [Eliza]. [Also listed nearby is Nathaniel Ewing, William Campbell, Charles Jones, Samuel L. Smith]." S. Catahoula Parish Census, Page 63. Follow William Campbell 1850, 1860 census
· 1840, "Qualified voters of the 'Whig Party' in Catahoula Parish, October 1840: Charles Jones, St. John R. Liddell, James Smith." S. Catahoula Parish, Louisiana, Memory Lane.
· 1840, December 30, "Sydney W. Smith born Catahoula Parish, LA." S. 1860 Catahoula Parish, LA Census, Tombstone Inscriptions, Powhatan Cemetery, Lawrence County, Arkansas, Enid Wells Sitton.
· 1841, August 7, "Bushby Creek Post Office [Locate this Post Office].Dear Thomas.It is now I believe 4 years since I had this pleasure, and not having ought of you for 2 years, I am anxious to have a letter.In the interval that has elapsed since we last parted, I have had perhaps as fortunate an existence as most children of men.My family now consists of 5 daughters and 2 sons.If I live until 21 Sept. next I shall have arrived at the age of 42 which here in the South is at least 6 generations.I have been Cotton Planting in one of the richest regions of Louisiana.We can make on an average 1 1/2 Bales Cotton to the acre.I have 1,000 acres of the best land, but not enough hands to work it, and as I have always been a true Whig, I have abstained from going in debt.If any of your acquaintances in Carolina that have a number of hands will come here with them, I will give them an opportunity of putting them to work where their services will pay.During 10 years that I have lived in Louisiana I have had my family every Summer in the Pine Woods [Locate Pines Woods].My Summer house is 20 miles from my Plantation.We come here in May by water and move back in October.*I should be more pleased to see you than you can imagine.Although we are 1000 miles apart, yet now a-days it is nothing.I observe they are traveling on the Eastern Rail Roads 48 miles per hour for the entire trip.Say whether or not you could bring your family and spend a month or two with me next Summer;I have then full leisure and should like, before the grim messenger should have paid his devoirs to either of us, again to meet.I have not heard from Joseph since his family and self were at Vincennes, neither have I heard from Father or Isabella nor Anna for a year.In fact I have not heard from Mrs. Plunkett nor her husband for several years.We have steam boat navi-gation from New Orleans to my place all year.I live 7 miles below the mouth of Little River on Black River, Parish Catuhoulu.Yr. truly affectionate brother, James Smith." S. Autobiographical Notes, Letters and Reflections, 1914, by Thomas Smyth, D.D., Edited by Louisa Cheves Stoney, P. 347-48.
· 1842-43, ".....there were several Smiths living, or connected in business with Smiths living, on Magazine between Race and Robin Streets.This is near the address of J. W. Smith in 1842 and 1843.The names were Samuel, Robert, E. W., and A.W. (too early for Ambrose)." S. Letter from Jane Gardner Aprill, CGRS May 23, 1997.[Check 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 Census Records for these Smiths along with conveyance records.]
· 1843, April 3, "Transcript of Judgment.Frederick B. Leonard vs. Jones & Smith.No. 654 ==== 7th District Court, Parish of Catahoula, March Term 1843.....in favor of plaintiff, and the confession of the defendant.....he recover from the defendants, Charles Jones and James Smith, in solido, the sum of four thousand dollars, with seven per cent per annum interest thereon from December 11, 1837 until paid, and twenty five dollars cost of protest....." S. Original Record, Book G, P. 23, 58G.
· 1844, January 31, "New Orleans.Dear Thomas,By the Rev. Colin Shaw, a Presbyterian Minister. (who has made a trip with me on the Steamer Buckeye to the place, and who, I found in conversation with him, was acquainted of you, he immediately recognized a likeness between you and myself and asked if we were not brothers.So I find that you must have some marks of antiquity about you as well as myself.In your last letter to me you asked my opinion on the choice of location, Natchez or New Orleans.I thought your situation in Charleston was perhaps equal to either, but if you should think of leaving there, New Orleans is the best.It must eventually be the greatest City in the world, and when once a person becomes acclimated and survives Yellow fever, it is as healthy as any other town on the Continent.There is a Rev. Doctor Clapp, formerly of your profession, thought for 10 years a seceder from Old Presbyterianism, who has a very respectable congregation here.He is also a very eloquent & impressive speaker.I once had a pew in his church and was always pleased with his sermons.They were so argumentative and altogether out of the old track.He belongs to no particular creed, had the church in which he preaches presented to him for live by a jew, and makes I suppose $5000 per annum in the sale of the Pews.His house is full every Sunday.He is a gentleman of family and can be found every morning very early at Market with his basket under his arm.The Cotton business was so dull last year, prices from 5 to 6 cts per lb, that this year I have purchased an interest in the Buckeye and receive $100 per mo. as first clerk.As yet the boat has made but little, but even should she not loose, my $100 per mo. will enable me to make up for a short crop.My family reside on the Plantation and are all in excellent health, I expect shortly to have an addition heir which will make 9, all of who, except Peter, are alive & all fine looking children.Where I live however I have no opportunity of getting them to School and will first good opportunity, sell my Plantation and remove to a denser neighbourhood for the purpose of educating my younger children.3, say 2 girls and 1 boy, are grown.Sam the eldest is 6 feet 2 inches and weighs 175 lb.He is a Catholic, having received his education at St, Louis College, a Catholic institution,---all the Professors being Belgian Priests.It appears to me the Catholic are altogether the most assiduous class & their policy for increasing their church the most certain.They have Schools every here and all of them are in good repute as establishments of learning, besides they make it their chief study to make a catholic impression of the young minds.We had a Sermon on the Buckeye from Mr. Shaw which is the first I have heard in 2 years, and he done his test justice.I was quite pleased with him.My regards to your family and affection to yourself.James Smith." S. Autobiographical Notes, Letters and Reflections, 1914, by Thomas Smyth, D.D., Edited by Louisa Cheves Stoney, P. 349-50.
· 1844, November 26, "John Jones brother to the late Humphrey Jones.....I hereby agree to go on his security bond.....Respectfully James Smith." S. J-13 Original Record Catahoula Parish, LA provided by Sherry W. Manuel.
· 1845, April 5, "16633.Mrs. Jas. Smith vs her husband.On motion of J. P. Stone Esq. of counsel for plaintiff, it is ordered by the court that a commission issue divided to any Judge or Justice of the Peace in & for the Parish of Catahoula to take depositions of witnesses residing in said Parish, and that 15 days has granted for the return thereof." S. Orleans Parish, LAParish Court Minute Book, Vol. 18, 1845 (mf. VCP 300, 1845-46, NOPL).
· 1845, "16633.Eliza Jones wife of James Smith vs her husband.....J. P. Stone for plff., Defendant in person.After hearing testimony, the Court being satisfied that the affairs of the defendant are in a damaged [?] state & that he has reserved Four thousand dollars of the parashimal [?] property of the plaintiff.It is ordered adjudged and divided that then he judgment of deparation of property between the plaintiff Eliza Jones and the defendant James Smith her husband - that the said plaintiff remove from the said husband the sum of Four thousand dollars ($4000...), with cost of suit and with the mortgage and privilege granted by law to married women for the security of their parashinal [?] rights.Adjourned." S. Orleans Parish, LA, Parish Court Minute Book, Vol. 18, 1845 (mf. VCP 300, 1845-46. NOPL).
· 1845, April/May, "16633.Mrs. James Smith, Eliza Jones vs Her Husband.Filing records totaling $5.00." S. Suit 16633, Orleans Parish, LA, Parish Court, General Docket (mf. VCP 350, Vol. 5, 1840-1846, NOLP.)
· 1845, May 24, "Sale of Land and Slaves..... on the 19 day May 1845, Eliza Smith obtained a final judgment against James Smith her husband in the Parish Court for the Parish and city of New Orleans for the sum of $4,000.00 being for her part personal funds.....Therefore I James Smith convey unto said Eliza Smith, my wife, the following described property to wit. Sec 1 Twp 6N R 6E also the E2 NE4 sec 2 T 6N R 6E both tracts having been purchased by me at public auction land sale held at Monroe in June 1840, also the E2 NE4 Sec 36 T 7N R 6E being the same obtained by me by pre-emption right the whole three tracts containing 724 A. situated in the Parish of Catahoula for the sum of $2,000.00 also the following Slaves for life, Austin, Milly, Christopher, Learte, Phil, Henry." S. Deed Book G, Page 411, Catahoula Parish, LA.[James was a plantation owner and required large loans to fund the operation, particularly during years of flooding.To do this, he had to mortgage his assets.A spouse could protect a portion of the assets through certain legal maneuvers such as the above.]
· 1845, June 23, ".....we William Dunbar of New Orleans and Charles Jones and his wife Laura of Catahoula.....for ten dollars.....sold to Mrs. Eliza Smith the wife of James Smith now of New Orleans but lately residing in the Parish of Catahoula.....about five acres fronting on Black River.....part of Sec 25 Twp 7 Ran 6E lying between lands sold by us to P.R. Nichols & land lately owned by sd James Smith and which have been conveyed by him to the sd Mrs. Eliza Smith his wife.Recorded May 11th 1846." S. Original Record, Book H, Pages 159-61, Record 155H, Catahoula Parish, LA.
· 1845, July 19, "Sale of Slave. New Orleans.....Hilary Breton Cenas Notary Public.....William Dunbar of this city.....attorney in fact of Charles Jones of the parish of Catahoula.....Edward A. Leon and late of the parish of Rapides this State deceased did by his last will and testament give and bequeath unto Maria Smith minor daughter of James Smith, now of this city the sum of five thousand dollars in this draft.....First the undivided part or ?moity? of a certain tract or parcel of land being fractional Sec 21 in Twp 6N R 6E in the District of Lands subject to Sale at Orachita.....lying on the west bank of Black River in Catahoula being known as the Little "Prairie Landing" and containing six hundred acres and upwards which undivided half is valued at three thousand two hundred dollars.Second a Slave named Marina.....valued at eight hundred dollars the joint property of Charles Jones and William Dunbar.....delivered to James Smith..... one thousand dollars drawn by Charles Jones in favor of the said Smith upon Messr William C. Stewart of Cincinnati.....original signed.....A Register of conveyances certify that the present act has been this day recorded in my office in Book No. 37 of 436 New Orleans 19th July 1845. Bernard A Carigny Rev." S. Original Record, Book H, Pages 62-4, Catahoula Parish, LA.
· 1846, March 10, "To Mrs. Plunket, Franklin, Tennessee.Charleston March 10, 1846.My Dear Anna.....Affy Yrs. Thomas Smyth.N. B. Dr. Scott of N. Orleans wrote that our brother James was to join the church last Sabbath morning & had 8 children to baptize.He hoped his wife would also.Would that Mr. P. could become one with us in our common faith & hope." S. Autobiographical Notes, Letters and Reflections, 1914, by Thomas Smyth, D.D., Edited by Louisa Cheves Stoney, P. 363-64. [Locate Baptismal Records]
· 1846, November 12, "New Orleans.Dear Thomas.I waited on Mr. Scott since his return and he informed me of the success of your Mission to Ireland.He said he believed that Aunt Magee died about the same day you landed at Liverpool, and that she had remembered you by a small legacy.I read of her death in our Newspapers and her munificent donation to the Irish Presbyterian Church.I have no other particulars.Her Irish relatives at home must have been quite disappointed.Mr. Scott preached on Sunday after his arrival, but did not in any way refer to the dangers of your voyage.He had a large Congregation; many were there to hear the details of the voyage and were quite disappointed.*Since the 1st Inst.I have opened a general commission, forwarding, & Grocery business under the names of James Smith & Co., No. 21 Gravier St. New Orleans. [Locate] I have no partner and have added the Co. to be identified at the Post Office.If any of your mercantile friends have use for an Agent here, I can do their business satisfactorily.I have rec'd no letter from you since the one written on the eve of your departure from Boston.You then mentioned the delicate health of Mrs. Jo. whom I have since heard has died.I have written two letters to Jos. directed to Paterson N.J. and have received no reply.What is the reason?*Isabella wrote to me of her (Mrs. Jos.) death & also that Joseph had a son in business in New York.Write to me what is the style of the house and what business they are engaged in, I think we might profit each other.*Since becoming a member of the Church I have been very attentive to the outward observances of its institution.I have attended Prayer Meetings twice each week & abstained from all business matters on Sunday.I have endeavored to persuade my acquaintances to accept of the Saviour when opportunity presented.I have held nightly family devotion by singing a hymn, reading a chapter (regularly through the New Testament), & latterly by audible extempore prayer.In all this I trust I am influenced by the Holy Spirit and am perfectly convinced there is no other foundation for an inheritance in heaven, than by faith in the atonement made by Jesus Christ.I grieve often to find myself so absorbed by the world & have been examining my heart to see the line of demarcation between temporal & spiritual duty.I have a large family, 8 children, 3 of whom are grown.Sam, Sarah, & Maria; |Sarah is also a member of the Church and I trust feels the unspeakable gift of God in sending His Son to die for Sinners.*When do you expect to visit New Orleans?Mr. Scott said you spoke of making a visit here.*My best regards to your wife and family.Yr affectionate brother, James Smith." ." S. Autobiographical Notes, Letters and Reflections, 1914, by Thomas Smyth, D.D., Edited by Louisa Cheves Stoney, P. 403-04.
· ca. 1845-50, "James Smith of N. O. to John King of Wilkinson Co, MS Sec. 12 T6N R6E 566 A. which he got from the gov. Certificate #6717 issued 9 Aug 1845. And E2 of NE4 Sec. 2 T6N R6E which he got from the government, Certificate #6718 issued 23 Dec. 1843. For the sum of $10,000. Eliza Jones, wife of James Smith release any claim she has to the property and wishes that it be sold." S. Abstracted Record by Sherry Manuel from Deed Book H, Page 360 Catahoula Parish, LA.
· 1847, "Clara Smith born [Prob N. O.] LA." S. 1860 Catahoula Parish, LA Census.
· ca. 1848-49, "Mariah L. Smith m. John De Arman. [Likely in New Orleans as John Jr. was born there on January 15, 1850 per his tombstone]" S. Sherry Manuel Notes.
· 1848, March 14, "Sale of Land.City of New Orleans.....Albert Childe Ainsworth Notary Public Parish of Orleans.....appeared James Smith of this city who declared that for ten thousand two hundred and fifty dollars.....grants.....unto John King of Noodville, Wilkinson County, Mississippi.....1st The whole of Sec 1 Twp 10 Ran 6 E.....five hundred sixty-six and twenty hundredths acres acquired by the pre-sent vendor from the Government of the United States as for Certificate No. 6717 dated twenty ninth of August 1845.....2nd E2 NE4 Sec 2 Twp 6 Ran 6E containing twenty nine and seventy three hundredths acres acquired by the present vendor from the Government of the united States as for certificate No. 6718 dated twenty third of December 1842.....in the Parish of Catahoula.....payable at the Canal Bank of New Orleans.....Eliza Smith has a legal mortgage on the property of her husband in the following cases....." S. Original Record, Book H, Pages 360-2, Record 428H, Catahoula Parish, LA.
· 1849, March 10, ".....[paraphrasing Sherry Manuel] they lived on Clio Street, bounded by Baccus and Apollo." S. Sherry Manuel letter dated March 9, 1997.
· 1850 Census, Probably New Orleans, LA.It is possible that the family was split at this time. (See Sydney Smith for letter from New Orleans, August 31, 1850)
· 1850 Census Family Listing
· James Smith, 51
· Eliza Smith, 48
· Son, ca. 26
· Sarah Ann Smith, 24
· Mariah L. Smith, ca. 22
· Ambrose W. [A. W.] Smith, 19
· ?? C. L. Smith, 16 ??
· Josephine Smith, 11
· Sydney Smith, 8
· Clara Smith, 3
· I theorize that the reason the family is not listed in the 1850 census is that Catahoula Parish was flooded and had a cholera epidemic during 1850 and the family had temporarily moved to another area.
· 1851, July 8, "Sarah Ann Smith m. Ransom Reddick." S. Notes from Sherry Manuel.
· ca. 1860-5, "Josephine Smith m. William A. Mount." S. Sherry Manuel Notes. [validate date, probably in Lawrence Co, AR]
· 1852, ".....At this time the population of Trinity amounts to two hundred, and was greater in 1849, but owing to the cholera and high water of 1850, many persons left." S. Jonesville Through the Mirror of Time, Volume 1, December, 1978.
· 1853, May 12, "Parish of Catahoula.....Mr. Felix Robb, a notary public.....Henry Scott .....for sum of six hundred dollars.....deliver unto James Smith of the City of New Orleans who is personally present accepting for himself.....Lots two & three being the fractional E2 S(N)W4 Sec 8 Twp 6N Ran 7E containing 77 A.....he acquired against his ?series? ?find? on Robert W. Prater." S. Original Record, Book J, P. 124-25, Record 132J, Catahoula Parish, LA.
· 1853, May 31, "Mr. James Smith, of this city [New Orleans], for sum of $2,000.00 to him paid by Noah Reddick of Parish of Catahoula.....property to wit: First E2 NE4 Sec 36 T7N R6E in land district north of Red River 79.45A. Being the same tract of land which the present vendor acquired under patent no 7731 issued to him by the government of the U. S. on the 20th day of August 1845.....Second, land fronting West bank of Black River containing 8 A. of the SE4 Sec 25 T7N R6E having been cleared and enclosed with a rail fence by said James Smith in the year 1842 and reserved for him in a sale made by Jones & Dunbar to P, R. Nichols, in the year 1843 and for which the said Smith hereby grants a quit claim title only.....Mistress Eliza Jones..... wife of the said James Smith." S. Book J, Pages 140-2, Catahoula Parish, LA provided by Sherry Manuel.
· 1853, May 31, "ditto above entry." S. Orleans Parish, LA, New Orleans Notarial Archives, Act 61, Page 112, 3, William L. Poole Acts, No. 3, January 1853-December 1854.
(Above from Steve Kellar - See James Smith/Smyth for first part and Sidney Welch Smith/Smyth for third part)