Documenting my family's past for future generations. My family tree includes the Smith/Mansell families of Alabama and Oklahoma, the Castle/Day families of Kentucky and Oklahoma, the Wheat/Ming families of Texas and Oklahoma, and the Bell/Roberts families of Mississippi, Tennessee, and Oklahoma.

Monday, January 28, 2013

The Smiths in Alabama II

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.  


  1. I am a granddaughter of Cynthia King and Andrew Walker.

    1. Oh my gosh, I am so glad to hear from you! Do you know anything more about the Smiths? I cannot really get any further back than Mary E. (Williams) Smith and her children. I'm not even sure of her husband's name or where they came from. Do you know anything about them? Has anybody in your family done DNA testing? I would love to hear from you!