January 24, 1957
Transcribed By Pamela Vick
* CAL’S COLUMN *
We closed our article on the Smith family in the issue of Dec. 13th, with the promise of a continuation. We begin where we left off in December. According to our records, Billie Smith was the first born of Daniel Smith, the pioneer Baptist minister who came to Smith County, Tenn., from Chatham County, North Carolina, nearly 150 years ago. According to our records, his next child was Elder Daniel Wiseman Smith, a noted Baptist minister, who died Sept. 17, 1892, when the writer was a babe 14 months old. The closing part of our last previous article dealt with him and his offspring.
According to our list of descendants of Daniel Smith, the next child was Neal Smith, who went to West Kentucky, and we have not one additional bit of information relative to him, unless it was the information published some months ago in the Times relative to the offspring of Allen Smith, who married a Miss Polly Ann Wilburn about 130 years ago and part of his descendants moved to West Kentucky.
Next in our list, and we would not for a moment insist that our records show the order in which the children were born was Tilda Smith, a daughter, who is supposed to have married Isham Beasley. Next on the list is Polly Smith, who married Billy Bob Smith. They were the parents of: Dr. Henry Smith, Margaret Smith married Tom McDonald; Julia Ann Smith, never married; Berry Smith, married Willie Witcher; Mashburn Smith, married John Whitley; Henry Smith, who never married; Emily Smith, who married a Baptist minister of later years named W. L. (Bill) Buie; and died without issue; and Don Dixon Carlos Smith who married Sarah Jane Meador and later Eliza Meador, her sister.
The following account of Elder W. L. Buie is found in Grime’s History of Middle Tennessee Baptists on pages 440 and 441:
ELDER W. L. BUIE. This veteran of the cross resides at Galen, Macon County, Tennessee. He is of Scotch descent, is low, heavy set and rather dark complexion. He is the son of John and Candace Buie. He was born in Robertson County, Kentucky, February 14, 1825. He was brought up on a farm. He made profession at Mt. Tabor Church, Smith County, Tenn., in 1842, and united with said church and was baptized by Elder Daniel Smith. He transferred his membership to Liberty Church, Macon County, Tenn., where he was ordained to the ministry on Saturday before the second Sunday in May, 1860, by Elders E. B. Haynie, D. W. Smith, Washington Glover and Growner Owen, with a number of deacons. He served the following churches, some of them for many years: Long Creek, New Salem, Zion, Spring Creek, Puncheon Camp, Antioch, Rocky Hill, Lafayette, Liberty and Macedonia. His education is limited, only such as he could secure at common country schools. He has baptized about 700 people and married about 300 couples. He married Miss Emily Smith, daughter of Elder Daniel Smith July 20, 1847. He has no children. He is nearing his four-score years, and is in very feeble health and nearly deaf. He has long been known in his community as Uncle Buie. He is not now pastor of any church and soon his voice will be heard no more in the councils of Enon Association.
The children of Don Dixon Carlos Smith were: William Henry Smith, a Baptist minister of note, who once published a religious paper at Willette, this county; Tom Smith, who removed to Kentucky; Lura Smith, who never married; and Cora Smith, about whom we have no further information.
The following sketch of William Henry Smith is taken from Grime’s History of Middle Tennessee Baptists, pages 503, 504 and 505:
ELDER W. H. SMITH -- Horse Cave, Hart County, Kentucky. His descent is English, Irish, Scotch and German. He is low, heavy of build with red complexion. He is the son of Don Dixon Carlos and Sarah Jane (Meador) Smith. He was born in Macon County, Tenn., July 9, 1852. He was brought up on a farm. He made profession at Enon Church under the ministry of Elder John Patterson in September, 1866. He united with Liberty church, Macon County, Tenn., the second Saturday in October, 1866, and was baptized by Elder W. L. Buie. He was ordained November 12, 1881, by Elders Chrisley Miller, M. B. Ramsey with a number of deacons. He has been pastor as follows in Tennessee: Corinth, 1881-1884; he was missionary, 1882-1885; Hillsdale, 1882-1885; Bellwood, 1883-1891, again 1894-1896; Liberty, 1889-1890; Defeated Creek, 1887-1889; Carthage, 1887-1889; New Salem, 1888-1891; Rome, 1887- 1892; Knob Springs, 1887- 1888; Linwood, 1891-1892; Smithville, 1891-1892; Alexandria, 1891-1893; Cedar Creek, 1891-1893, again 1895-1896; Macedonia, 1891-1892; Henning, 1893-1894; in Kentucky as follows: Tompkinsville, 1892-1893; Gamaliel, 1893-1898; Rocky Hill, 1897-1899; Little Bethel, 1897-1899; Hiseville, 1897-1899; Rowletts, 1901. He was educated principally at Willette Academy. He was author of two tracts: “What Baptism is For,” and “Are Missionary Baptist Churches Churches of Christ?” He has edited and published the Baptist Helper and Liberty Baptist. He was associate editor of The Baptist Gleaner, and has been contributor to quite a number of other papers. He has constituted three churches. He has perhaps baptized 800 people and also married a great many. He was first married a great many. He was first married to Louisa Catherine Woodcock, July 27, 1896, by whom he had five children, three boys and two girls. His oldest son, Don Q., is a minister. He was again married to Mattie Sampson, Aug. 5, 1896. He has held a large number of debates with leading men.
Among the descendants of Elder William Henry Smith were Don Q. Smith, born Dec. 15, 1877 and died in Nashville some years ago; Wylie Smith, Maggis Smith married a Gray; another daughter, about whom we know nothing; and a son, Clay Smith. The following account of Don Q. Smith appears in Grimes History, Pages 505 and 506:
ELDER DON Q. SMITH, Horse Cave, Hart County, Kentucky. He is of Scotch-Irish, English, and German extraction. He is tall, medium size with light complexion. He is the son of Elder William Henry and Louisa Catherine (Woodcock) Smith. He was born near Mammoth Cave, Edmondson County, Kentucky, December 15, 1877. In growing up, he worked both at farming and the printer’s trade. He made a profession at Bellwood Church, Willette, Macon County, Tenn., in September, 1887. He united with said church in the same month and was baptized by Elder W. H. Smith. He was ordained by Bellwood church February 2, 1898, by Elders J. H. Swann, T. W. Matthews, G. W. Ramsey, M. H. Drury, with a number of deacons. He has been pastor as follows: Bethany, Tenn., 1899; Cave City, Ky., 1899-1901; Little Bethel, Ky., 1899-1901; Walnut Hill, Ky., 1900-1901; Rowletts, Ky., 1902; Rock Springs, Ky., 1902; Beaver Creek,, Ky., 1902. He was educated at Willette Academy. He assisted in editing and publishing the Baptist Helper and Liberty Baptist. He has baptized about sixty persons and married ten couples. He was married to Miss Ruth Montgomery, of Macon County, Tenn., by whom he has one child--a girl.
Still another of the older Smith ancestors was Malcolm Smith. The following sketch is taken from Grime’s History, pages 287 and 388. We might add that the older people called him “Macom” Smith. The Grime account is as follows: The veteran of the cross was born in Chatham County, North Carolina, in the year 1765. He professed hope in Christ in 1787 and was baptized by Elder Abel Oliver in his native State. He left his moorings in the Old North State and came to Tennessee, landing in Smith County, October, 1807. He cast his membership with that old historic Salt Lick church, situated in the edge of Jackson County. It might be remarked here that this was one of the oldest churches in this section, having been constituted in the very early part of the century. He was ordained by this church in 1810, by Elder Miles West and others. His ministry was mostly confined to Smith and Macon counties. He was a strong Calvinist in doctrine and his preaching was largely experimental. He raised a large family, most of whom became Baptists. One of his descendants, Elder E. L. Smith, of Mt. Tabor church, is noted minister of the gospel. He was present and assisted in the constitution of Salem Association in 1822. He was always busy about the Master’s business till God called him home. He passed to his reward August 23, 1827. Peace to his ashes; would that we knew more of him.
We do not know whom Malcolm Smith married, and we have only three of his children listed. They are: Malcolm Smith, named for his father; Abraham Smith and one other believed to have been Cornelius Smith. Malcolm Smith married Miss Betsy Grinad, a daughter of Foster and Rebecca Sutherland Grinad. Only two sons of this marriage are known to the writer -- Silas Smith, married Martha Cornwell; and Babe Smith, married Easter Russell. That there was another son or daughter is indicated on our records, but we do not know the name of such son or daughter. Silas Smith and his wife, Martha Cornwell Smith had one daughter, Mrs. D. B. Kittrell. Babe Smith was the father of a son, Herlin Smith and one other, who married a Celsor.
Abraham Smith, commonly called Abel Smith, married Martha Dillehay and became the father of: Levi Smith, who married Nicie Green; Obadiah Smith commonly called “Boog” Smith; Daniel Smith, Edward Luther Smith, became a Baptist minister of note and died a little more than 50 years ago; Calvin Smith, commonly called Cab Smith; Henry Smith, Tommie J. Smith; Neil S. Brown Smith, commonly known as “Gub” Smith; Lucretia Smith, Betsy Smith, Nancy Smith, Polly Ann Smith; and Louisa Smith who died at the age of eight years.
Levi Smith and his wife, Nicie Green Smith, were the parents of: Isaac Smith, commonly known as Bud Smith, killed by a team on Defeated Creek; William Smith, married Mary Hailey; Johnnie Smith, believed to have married a Green; Mary Smith, married a Robinson; one whose name is not known, married a Robinson, a brother of Mary’s husband; and one other daughter, name not learned, who married Henry Martin.
Isaac Smith married sisters by the name of Robinson; later a Miss Knight; and last Miss Mary McClellan, Isaac was killed by a team at High’s sawmill on Defeated Creek about 1895. His children were a daughter named Cassie, who married Curry Murray; a daughter, Johnny, married Mitch Shoemaker; Buford Smith, married Miss Lou Fuller; McHenry who died as a small boy; two children by the last marriage, Frank Smith, who resides in Lafayette; and Alma Evans, who resides at 105 Peachtree Street in Nashville, Tenn.
Frank Smith married the former Miss May Donoho, daughter of Howard Donoho, son of William Donoho, son of Billie Donoho and his wife, the former Miss Jennie Jenkins, daughter of Roderick Jenkins and his wife, the former Miss Pack, an Indian woman.
Abraham Smith and his wife, Martha Dillehay Smith, were the parents of a son Obadiah Smith, commonly called Boog Smith, who married first Sallie Patterson, then Maggie Garrett and last Martha Cothern. He was, however, the father of only two children, so far as our records show. They were John Smith, who married a Hesson; and Levi Smith, who married a Miss Brooks.
Daniel Smith, a brother of Levi and Obadiah, married first Milciann Davis, then Temple Ann Patterson.
By Malcie Ann Davis, he was the father of Jimmie Smith, married Maria Russell; William Smith, married Tilda Russell, a sister of Maria; Mary Smith, married Ben Kemp; and Lethia Smith, married Haskell Kemp, the auctioneer and singing man that many of our readers still remembers.
By the second marriage, to Temple Ann Patterson, Daniel Smith was the father of : Rufina Smith, married Lark Langford; Margaret Smith, married Pony Donoho and removed to Texas; Joanna Smith, married a Milsap; Minerva, no further information; and John Luther Smith no additional information.
The third wife of Daniel Smith was Mary Sloan by whom he was the father of: Susie Smith, married Bob Reese; Henry Smith, no further information; Hattie Smith died young; Dee Smith, no further information; and six others whose names we have not learned. This makes a total of 19 sons and daughters, born to Daniel Smith.
The next son of Abel Smith, according to our list, was Elder Luther Smith, of whom Grime’s History of Middle Tennessee, page 506-507, says the following:
ELDER E. L. SMITH, Pleasant Shade, Smith County, Tenn. He is of Scotch descent. He is rather low, medium size, with light complexion and slightly bald. He is the son of Abel and Martha P. Smith. He was born in third district of Smith County, Tenn., October 31, 1836. He was brought up on the farm. He made profession at Mt. Tabor church, Smith County, Tenn., October 31, 1856. He united with said church and was baptized by Elder John Hickman. He was ordained in October, 1864, by Elders E. B. Haynie and W. H. Haile. He has been pastor as follows (dates approximated): Mt. Tabor, twenty-five years; Mt. Hope, five years; Salt Lick, five years; Union, two years; Ebenezer, five years; Sycamore Valley, eight years. All the education he has had he acquired at home. He has constituted three churches. He has baptized and married a great many, but has no record. He was married to Miss Mary M. Grinad, August 20, 1854, by whom he has three children. He is in feeble health and has retired from the pastorate, waiting for the summons home. God Bless his declining days.
Edward Luther Smith married Miss Mary Elizabeth Grinad, daughter of Foster and Rebecca Sutherland Grinad, by whom he was the father of W. C. (Lum) Smith, who is now in his eighties and resides at Pleasant Shade; Martha Smith, married Samuel Oldham; and Bettie Smith, married the late E. E. (Mann) Smith.
The next son of Abel Smith, according to our records, was Calvin Smtih, commonly known as “Cab” Smith, who married Miss Elizabeth Dickerson, and became the father of Kinney Smtih, no further information; Luther, married Crickett, daughter of John Patterson; P. D. Smith, commonly known as “Did” Smith, married Miss martha Patterson, daughter of Neal W. Patterson; and later Miss Mattie Tuck, who still lives; Floyd Smith, married Laura Cothron and removed to Texas where he died; Miss Doak Smith, married Buck Rose; Mattie Smith, married Brice Gregory, a first cousin of the editor’s father; Nota Smith, died at age of 16; Elmer Smith, no additional information; and one daughter who married a Brimm.
Henry Smith, never married and died in the Civil War; Tommy J. Smith, married mary An Piper; was still another son of ABel Smith and his wife, Martha Dillehay Smith; Neil S. Brown Smith was another son of Abel or Abraham Smith; and was called “Gub” Smith a corruption of the designation of “Governor,” Neil S. Brown having been Governor of Tennessee in the years long gone by. “Gub” Smith married Crickett Thomas and became the father of Vannie Smith, married Deckard and later a Driver and still later Bill Smith, from whom she separated; Cissie Smith, married Paul Smith; Billie Smith, died young; and Mary Smith, who married Harve Jones.
Tommy J. Smith, married Mary Ann Piper and became the father of: Luther Smith, married Millie Jones; Louisa Smith, married Aaron Hesson; Victoria Smith, married Jim Russell; Joe Payton Smith, married Louisa Smith, daughter of Tip Smith; Carey Smith, married Britton Gammon; Mary Smith, married John B. (Chigger) Gammon; Sam Smith, married Julia Kemp; and Hailey Smith, married Monroe Patterson. Sam Smith died some time ago at his home near Lafayette.
Lucretia Smith, another member of the family of Abel and Martha Dillehay Smith, married Mack Grissom and also married William Edens; her sister, Betsy, married John Thompson, and later Jimmie Sutton; Nancy Smith, married james Green, and became the mother of: John, Robert, Ridley, Isaac, Lon, harvey, Newtie and Frances Green.
Lucretia was the mother of Bud, Frances, Sarah, Nettie and Martha Eden. We have no additional information on this branch of the Smith family. Perhaps at some later date we may publish other data on the family.
This Article Appeared In The Times
But Was Not Actually Titled Cal’s Column
Some time ago we gave a write-up of the Smith family in Middle Tennessee. We find that we left out two children of Babe Smith, two daughters. We did mention his son, Hurlin, but overlooked mention of the daughters, Mrs. Betty Browning and Mrs. Jennie Miller. We are sorry for the oversight. There was no intention to leave out anybody in our write-up which it is almost impossible to avoid in the many items, some of which took place far back in the past. Please forgive us and remember that we are far from perfect. So we ask the forgiveness of any who may feel at any time that they have been slighted.