Grand daughter of Jeff D. Smith below and wife Mary E. (McClendon).
After arriving in Texas by 1880s, they lived Hopkins Co, Rockwall Co, Hunt Co, and Fannin and Grayson Co, Tx
FIRST GENERATION. The earliest Smith I have been able to document so far: ARCHELAUS SMITH born 28 Feb 1800 Grainger Co, Tn died ca 1870 Mt Holly, Union Co, Ark, buried there (cemetery on Highway 82). He married 1st on 15 Feb 1822 in Grainger Co, Tn to Martha 'Patsy' Warrick b ca 1805 Tn d bef 1860 Ark. Of his several children by Martha, one son came to Texas and he was Prior Anderson Smith. By 1837 father and son, lived in Hamilton Co, Tn where they enlisted at Chattanooga, Tn Oct 1837 as volunteers in same military unit, both discharged May 1838 in Baton Rouge, La. (Prior was very young to volunteer).. By 1840 census, both Archelus and his family, along with his son Prior and wife Rachel (Burk) had moved to Greene Co, Missouri where they stayed only until ca 1845. That's about the time both families (Archelus/Martha with kids at home and their oldest son Pryor/Rachel with their first 4 kids) moved to Union Co, Ark. Archelaus received several land grants in Ark. As a reward for his military service, his son Pryor A. Smith received a military warrant in 1851 (land in Union Co, Ark) for his service of Oct 1837 to May 1838 in Capt D. A. Wild's Co of Tennessee Volunteers, or also called the Florida War. (Have copies of Natl Archives documents on service and military warrant).
SECOND GENERATON. PRIOR ANDERSON SMITH (Pryor or P. A. Smith, the son of Archelaus Smith and his 1st wife). Prior A. b ca 1823 Tn, d aft 1880 Hopkins Co, Tx census, burial place unkown. His 1837-8 military service with his father Archalaus described above. He married 1839 in Ga. to 1st wife, Rachel (Burk) 27 b 1823 Tn (probably died bef 1870). He had enlisted 1837 at Chattanooga, Tn, just across the border from where the Burks lived then, in Murray Co, Ga. Prior A. and Rachel had several children, have data on most but listing the two sons here, that ended up in Texas, as did Prior and his 2nd wife.
THIRD GENERATION: ( Two sons of Prior Anderson Smith and 1st wife Rachel Burk)
1. HUGH LAFAYETTE SMITH (called affectionately Uncle Fate) born Aug 1849-1852 Ark d 1926 Rockwall Co, Tx. Married 1875 in Lamar Co, Tx to Mary Jane MANN b 1860 NC. Have quite a bit of research on them with picture ca 1900. In touch with several of their descendants.
2. JEFFERSON DAVIS SMITH, my grandfather. Said to have been born 1861 Ala but may have been Ark. he died at their farm in 1941 at Savoy, Fannin Co, Tx and buried at Henbron Cem with his wife.He married July 1885 at Greenville, Hunt Co, Tx by (Rev) J. M. C. Robertson, to my grandmother, Mary Etta McCLENDON. He was a cotton farmer and in season, picked cotton for others in various places. Mary Etta was born 15 May 1866 Lebanon, Wilson Co, Tn died at age 97 on 31 Aug 1963, Grayson Co, bur Savoy, Fannin Co, Tx. Mary Etta McClendon was daughter of (Confederate vet) William K. McClendon (b 1838 Davidson Co, Tn, d 1918 Greenville, Hunt Co, Tex.) and wife Lucinda Barkley (b 1842 Tn, d 5 Mar 1893 Hunt Co, Tx, bur Brigham Cem, Campbell, Tex near Hunt/Hopkins County line). Have large amount of Smith research, also on Wm. K. and Lucinda McClendon (+ pics of Smiths and McClendons). Obits for both Jeff D. Smith and wife Mary E. Smith, below, as well as some of their children.
Children of Jeff D. Smith and wife Mary Etta (McClendon):
1. Willie Washington Smith (William Washington or W. W.) b Oct 1886 Campbell, Hunt Co, Tx d 20 Feb 1978 in Tempe Comm Hosp, Maricopa Co, Ariz bur by LDS, 31st Ward, Married 1904 in Grayson Co, Tx to Liddia Jane HENDRIX. His obit below.
2. Pearl Grace Smith (Pearl) b June 1892 Hunt Co, Tx - d June 1980 Whitewright, bur Rose Hill Cem at Bells, Grayson Co, Tx, married July 1909 Savoy, Fannin Co, Tx to Hosea Monroe ROSE b Apr 1891 Marshville, Webster Co, Missouri. Hosea ('Hosey') died Feb 1965 Sherman, Grayson Co, Tx bur Rose Hill, Bells, Tx. Pearl's obituary below.
3. Ethel Mae Smith (Ethel) b Jan 1894 near Rockwall, Rockwall Co, Tx - d Sept 1981 Abilene, Taylor Co, Tx bur Bells, Grayson Co, Tx, at Rose Hill Cem, married 1911 to (Marion) Lee ROSE (brother of above, Hosea M. Rose). Lee's obituary below
4. Charles Smith ('Charley' Smith) b Nov 1897 in Rockwall,Tx, d June 1975 Savoy, Fannin Co, bur there Sunny Side Cem. Married Jan 1921 in Bells, Grayson Co to Jenny L. LAWRENCE b Dec 1901 d Aug 1974 Savoy, Fannin Co. Charley's obituary below.
5. Bertie Lee Smith b bef 1900 d ca 1900 (as infant)
6. Roy Davis Smith b Feb 1902 d Aug 1919 (drowned age 17) bur Hebron Cem near parents, never married.
7. Edith Leona Smith (Edith) b Feb 1909, Ely, Fannin Co, Tx, d 24 July 1981 Sherman, Grayson Co, Tex. Married Sept 1930 in Bryan Co, Ok. to Alfred R. WOODRUFF (never lived in Bryan Co, Ok, just married there). Alfred was b Rutherford Co Tn, 1902 d Sept 1965 Sherman, Tex. He was son of John Wilson Woodruff and Mary E. (Bowman) both from Murfreesboro, Rutherford Co, Tn. Edith and Alfred bur Cedarlawn Cem, Grayson Co, Tx, Hiway 75 between Sherman/Denison, their obituaries below
Source, Sept 1941 obituary from the Sherman Democrat newspaper (Grayson Co), re death of JEFF DAVIS SMITH:
J. D. Smith. Savoy Texas. Services for J. D. Smith, 79, farmer who died 8 P. M. Thursday at his home north of Savoy, are to be held at 10 A. M. Saturday at the Baptist church with the Rev A. R. Cunningham officiating. Mr Smith had been ill 2 years. Mikel-Brown of Bonham will direct interment at the Hebron cemetery. A native of Alabama, Mr Smith was born Nov 25, 1861, son of Mr and Mrs Pryor Smith. He had lived in this community 40 years. He was a Baptist. Surviving are his wife, to whom he was married 56 years ago; 2 sons Will Smith of Sherman and Charlie Smith of Savoy; 3 daughters Mrs Pearl Rose of Bells, Mrs Ethel Rose of Savoy and Mrs A. R. Woodruff of Sherman; 33 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
Source: probably 31 Aug 1963 or Sept 1, 1963 Sherman Democrat or Denison Herald newspaper, two obits for death of MRS MARY E. (McClendon) SMITH:
(1) Woman with 122 Descendants Dies. Bells-Mrs Mary E. Smith 97 of Bells died at 10:40 a. m. Sat in a Sherman hospital (Grayson Co). She is survived by 122 direct descendants. Funeral services will be held at Earnheart Chapel. Whitewright, conducted by Rev Maurice Martin, Baptist minister of Savoy. Burial will be in Hebron Cemetery. Mrs Smith was born May 15, 1866 in Lebanon, Tenn, the daughter of Mr and Mrs W. K. McClendon and married J. D. Smith June 18, 1884 in Cumby, Texas. She had lived in Hunt and Fannin counties since her marriage and for the past several years made her home with a daughter, Mrs M. L. Rose of Bells. She was a member of the Savoy Baptist Church. Survivors are 2 sons Will Smith of Phoenix, Ariz, and Charlie Smith of Sherman; 3 daughters Mrs M. L. Rose and Mrs H. M. Rose of Bells and Mrs Edith Woodruff of Sherman; 26 grandchildren, 66 great grandchildren and 25 great great grandchildren.
(2) Mrs Mary Smith Rites Set Tuesday. Bells (Spl.)-Mrs Mary E. Smith 97, died in a Sherman hospital at 10:40 a. m. Saturday Aug 31, 1963. She made her home with a daughter, Mrs M. L. Rose in Bells. Funeral services will be held at the Earnheart Funeral chapel (etc). She was born May 15, 1866 at Lebanon, Tenn, daughter of the late Mrs and Mrs W. K. McClendon. She married J. D. Smith, June 18, 1884 at Cumby, Tx. Mrs Smith had lived in Hunt and Fannin Counties since 1884. (remainder is identical to above).
Additional source, Funeral Home brochure said: Officiating Ministers were Rev Maurice Martin and Rev Robert F. Burnett. Pallbearers Charlie Rose, Ray Smith, Leslie Smith, Coy Smith, Udell Smith
Source, Feb 22, 1978 Arizona Republic Newspaper, p C-8. WILLIE SMITH---Mesa, Arizona. Services for Willie Washington Smith 91, a retired farmer who came to Arizona 37 years ago (ca 1941) will be at 1 PM today in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 31st Ward Chapel, 454 N. Crismon. Mr Smith of 331 S. 90th Pl, died 20 Feb 1978 in Tempe Community Hosp. Survivors include children, Nadine Drake, Frances Weatherford, Effie Biggs, Opal Haywork, Coy and R. D. (Smith), 3 sisters, 25 grandchildren and 38 great grandchildren. Gibbons-Bunker Garden Chapel handled arrangements.
Source, probably 19 June 1980, Sherman Democrat. PEARL ROSE. Bells - Services for Mrs Pearl Rose 87, Bells housewife who died Thursday at a Whitewright nursing home will be held at 2 p. m. Sunday at Mullican-Little Funeral Chapel in Bells, conducted by the Rev Roy Hill of Bells and the Rev H. A. Lomance, Baptist minister of Denison. Burial will be at Rose Hill Cem in Bells. Mrs Rose was born in Hunt County, the daughter of the late Mr and Mrs Jeff Smith. She was married to H. M. Rose July 9, 1909 in Savoy. She was a member of the Baptist Church and had lived in Grayson and Fannin Counties all of her life. Surviving are her sons A. J. Rose of Watts, Okla, Monroe Rose and Leon Rose both of Sweetwater; daughter Fae Ford, Mrs Treva Catlett and Mrs Elva Goracke all of Bells and Mrs Winnie Oden of Blackwell, sisters Mrs Lee Rose of Abilene and Mrs Edith Woodruff of Sherman; 37 grandchildren, 72 great grandchildren and 9 great great grandchildren. Pallbearers are grandsons. The family will be at the funeral home Saturday night.
Source: funeral home brochure repeated some of above and added that she was born June 13, 1892 and died June 19, 1980.
Source, probably 24 Feb 1965 Sherman Democrat Newspaper. Obituary. MARION L. ROSE. Services for Marion LEE ROSE 82, retired Hardwicke-Etter emloyee of Bells who died Wed at a Sherman hospital will be held at 2 PM Friday at Mullican-Little Chapel, conducted by the Rev Roy Hill and the Rev Orville Lamance. Burial will be at Rose Hill. A Marshville, Missouri native, he was a son of Mr and Mrs Alexander Rose and married ETHEL SMITH on Nov 5, 1911 in Savoy. He was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church. Surviving are his wife; sons Charlie Rose of Okla City and Marion Rose of Abilene; 6 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. The family will be at the funeral home from 7:30 to 8:30 pm Thursday.
Source, probably July 11, 1975, Sherman Democrat newspaper. CHARLIE SMITH. Savoy. Services for Charlie Smith 77 retired Katy Railroad employee of Savoy who died Wed at a Sherman Hospital will be held at 2:30 p. m. at Mullican-Little Funeral Chapel in Bells, conducted by the Rev George Clinton and the Rev Jerald Watkins, Baptist ministers of Sherman. Burial will be at Sunnyside Cemetery at Savoy. A native of Hunt County, he was a son of Mr and Mrs J. D. Smith and married Jennie Lawrence in Bells on Jan 30, 1921. A Baptist he lived in Grayson and Fannin counties most of his life. Surviving are a son Ray Smith of Bells, daughters Mrs Hazel Minnick of Sherman, Mrs Ruth Moore of Savoy, Mrs Mary Lou Harvey of Denton and Mrs Edna Faye Stevens of McKinney; brother W. W. Smith of Phoenix Ariz, sisters Mrs Pearl Rose and Mrs Lee Rose both of Bells and Mrs Edith Woodruff of Sherman; 13 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. The family will be at the funeral home from 7:30 to 8:30 p. m. Thursday.
Additional source, Funeral brochure of same time: saying same as obituary except gives his birth as Nov 2, 1897, and lists Pallbearers: J. C. Moore, Ralph Ramsey, Morris Ballew, Larry Little, Curtis Horton, Brown Bibby.
Source 25 July 1981, Sherman Democrat newspaper: EDITH WOODRUFF. Services for Edith Woodruff 72, Medical Plaza Hospital employee who died at work Friday will be held at 2 p. m. Monday in Dannel and Horton Chapel. The Rev R. M. Williams of East Sherman Baptist Church will officiate and burial will be in Cedarlawn Memorial Park. Mrs Woodruff was born Feb 25, 1909 in Ambrose, the daughter of J. D. and Mary Etta McClendon Smith, attended Ector schools and was married to Alfred R. Woodruff. She was a member of East Sherman Baptist Church. Surviving is a daughter, Mrs *Sam Terrana of Fort Worth; a sister Mrs Ethel Rose of Abilene; 3 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Pall bearers will be *Sam Terrana, Steve Terrana, John Ball, George Cole, Jack Baldwin and Louis Britton. The family will be at the funeral home from 3 to 4 p. m. Sunday and other times at the family residence, 916 E. Cherry (Sherman).
*NOTE: error, should have said Joyce Terrrana (or Mrs Sal Terrana not Sam).
Source, 29 Sept 1965, Sherman (Tx) Democrat newspaper. In Memoriam. ALFRED WOODRUFF, 62 Dies, Rites Planned. Funeral servicews will be held at 10 A. M. Friday in Barrett Funeral Chapel here for Alfred Rudolph Woodruff 62 of 916 E. Cherry, retired Lone Star Gas Co. serviceman, who died at 6:40 a. m. Wed, in a Sherman hospital. Rev R. M. Williams, pastor of the East Sherman Baptist Church, will conduct the services. Burial will be in Cedarlawn Memorial Park. The family will be at the funeral chapel from 7 to 8 p. m. Thursday. Mr Woodruff was born Dec 21, 1902 in Murfreesboro, Tenn., the son of Mr and Mrs John Woodruff. On Sept 27, 1928 he married MISS EDITH SMITH in Hendrix, Okla. He grew up in Wolfe City and attended school there. He came to Sherman from Savoy in 1955*, and retired last May because of failing health. He was a member of the Baptist Church. Survivors besides his wife are a daughter, Mrs Joyce Terrana of Fort Worth; 3 grandchildren; 3 brothers, Hildred Woodruff of Lubbock, Sidney Woodruff of Ector and Erskine Woodruff of Marshall; 2 sisters, Mrs Era Sikes of Lubbock and Mrs Mildred Johnson of Whitewright.
· NOTE: Edith and Alfred came from Savoy in 1935 (not 1955).