The Smiths in Alabama II
Eventually, I traced Stephen Albert Smith back to Coffee County, Alabama, and found the names of his mother and siblings. On the 22nd day of August in 1860, the Smith family was enumerated in Coffee County in the town of Elba.
Mary E. Smith age 48 born SC
Sintha A. Smith age 28 born AL
Jackson Smith age 19 born AL
Jefferson Smith age 17 born AL
Stephen A. Smith age 14 born AL
Moses C. Smith age 9 born AL
Amanda L. Smith age 7 born AL
Wallis P. Smith age 6 born AL
Miner J. Williams, age 42, and his wife Martha lived next door.
At that time, I had no idea what Mary E.’s maiden name was, but I noticed that her next-door neighbor was also born in South Carolina and was about the right age to be her brother. As became apparent on the 1850 census, her son Jefferson’s name was actually Minor Jefferson. These clues made me consider that Mary’s maiden name might be Williams.
Mary E. was also the head of the household in 1850. The family was enumerated in Coffee Co. on the 19th of November and included:
Mary E. Smith age 37 born S.C.
Synthia A. Smith age 18 born AL
John age 16 born AL
Jackson A. age 9 born AL
Minor J. age 7 born AL
Stephen A. age 4 born AL
Next door is James King and his family.
By 1880 Stephen Albert had left Mary E.’s home to start his own family, but I found his sister Cynthia as the head of household on the 1880 census in Pike County and some of the family relationships on the 1860 census became clearer.
Cinthia Lindsay age 49 Head of household
Willis Lindsay age 24 Son
Mandy King age 30 Daughter
Cinthia King age 6 Granddaughter
Jordan King age 4 Grandson
Willis King age 4 Grandson
Jane Lindsay age 23 Daughter-in-law
Lizzie Lindsay age 4 Granddaughter
Thomas Lindsay age 2 Grandson
Malissia age 2 m Granddaughter
Mary age 70 Mother
Apparently, Mandy (Amanda) and Willis (Wallis) from the 1860 census were not Mary’s children, but children of her daughter Cynthia. The household also included Willis’s wife Jane and their 3 children, and Mandy and her 3 children.
The 1880 census is the first time we see the Lindsay surname for Cynthia and at least one of her children, Willis. (Amanda used it later—see below.) Cynthia did not use the Lindsay name for herself or her children on the 1860 census but did on the 1880. Some have put forth the name of Jordan Lindsay as father for Cynthia’s two children. Jordan Lindsay is listed on the 1850 and 1860 census with wife Elizabeth Rials. One of his daughters, born in 1849, was named Cynthia. Circumstantial, but if something was going on between Cynthia Smith and Jordan Lindsay, the timing for the birth of Cynthia’s children is right. Elizabeth Lindsay died of bilious fever in 1860. Jordan enlisted in Company A, 18th Alabama Infantry, in the Civil War. A muster roll posted in the USGenweb Archives shows his death date as 8 May 1862.
Two years ago in the wonderful genealogy section of the Troy Public Library, I found marriage licenses for Amanda Lindsay to Melvin King and for Cynthia to James King at age 52. I have never been able to find a marriage license for Cynthia and anyone named Lindsay.
Mary was still alive, age 90, living with Cynthia on the 1900 census in Pike County. On that census Cynthia is referred to as “Smithy” King. On the 1910 census Cynthia was living with her son Willis. At age 92, on the 1920 census, she was living with Cynthia King who is married to Andrew Walker.
Both Mary and Cynthia are buried at Mt. Moriah Cemetery outside Troy, Alabama.