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An Unlikely Rhode-Smith Connection

Updated June 7, 2010

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I have been gathering information and documents about my ancestors and their descendants since the latter part of January 1981. This is a work in progress. To quote a cousin, Jerry Smith Barrington, "As long as people live, marry, have children and die, a family history goes on."

As a young child, I always heard stories about ancestral family members but never set them down on paper; I wish I had.

From my Smith side, I remember hearing names such as B F Smith (Old Uncle Frank), G. W. Smith (Grampa George), Mary Ann Spivey, Pepper, Guthrie, Spears, Dark, Browning and many others. You see, some of my earliest years were spent in and around the beautiful hills of Alabama where many of those people were born, lived and died; and, as my family traveled visiting relatives the names rolled off my grandmotherís tongue.

From my Rhode side, there was much talk about German knights, nobility and how we descended from one of the Hanoverian princesses.

I began this research shortly after my youngest daughter was born, when I received two separate geneaolgies about the same time; one came from my mother's brother; the other from a great uncle on my father's side of the family. Both of these piqued my interest and kickstarted my own research. I began this research not only because I wanted to know more about my families, but because I also wanted my children to know from where they came and what their people were like.

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