Questions from the past still linger, but there are plenty of Smith descendants out there trying to find the answers. I have made connections with a descendant of every child of Stephen A. Smith, except for Ella, who stayed in Alabama, and John, who had no children.
|Stephen A. Smith and children|
I never knew any of Molly’s family growing up, but I have corresponded via ancestry.com with a woman whose children, through their father, are descendants of Molly. (She lives in another state, but because she has an unusual surname, we found that her ex-sister-in-law was someone I knew. Isn’t the world small?)
I became great friends with the daughter-in-law of Billie Byars (daughter of Owen Smith--see “Beginnings and Endings”) who was an ardent genealogist. Unfortunately, she passed away last year but left a huge legacy of genealogical research behind for her daughters.
I grew up knowing the children and grandchildren of Lou Smith Barlow. At about age 5 or 6, I attended Lou’s granddaughter’s wedding. Lou’s daughter and son-in-law owned a bakery and made the cake for my wedding. Then I lost track of them. Recently, I corresponded via ancestry.com with the daughter of the couple whose wedding I attended in the 1950s.
|Lou and Albert Barlow and children|
on their 50th wedding anniversary
I got some valuable information from Rosa Mae Martin, daughter of Barbara Smith, many years ago. She was a favorite of my grandmother's, and I had found her phone number in Temple, Texas, in my grandmother's address book. A fact she told me, that the Smiths owned a furniture company in Montgomery, Alabama, was confirmed by the Confederate pension application of Alexander Jackson Smith’s widow that I found recently. Their son was president of the Wheeler-Smith Furniture Co. in Montgomery. In July I had a message through ancestry.com from a great-granddaughter of Barbara's who has just started doing genealogy.
|Application of Alexander J. Smith's widow|
for Confederate benefits, listing her
son as president of Wheeler-Smith Furniture Co.
I went to high school with the grandson of Albert Smith. In the past couple of years I have received messages from both him and his sister on ancestry.com. Their father, son of Albert and Gertrude Smith, recently died in his 90's.
Two of my cousins, sons of Turner Smith, live together in Tulsa. I may have to call them up, as they reputedly have the only studio portrait of Stephen A. Smith.
There are almost enough of us to have a reunion. Hmm…