Benz E SCHMIDT Henry SMITH William Foote JONES William Foote JONES Alexander JONES William Thomas JONES Robert Foote JONES Mini tree diagram
Mary E Nomaiden SMITH

Mary E Nomaiden SMITH3,1,4,5,6,7,2

Apr 18423,1,4,5,6,7,2 - after 19101,2

Life History

Apr 1842

Born in Arkansas.3,1,4,5,6,7,2

between 1860 and 1910

Resident in Prairie, Arkansas, Arkansas.1,2

about 1865

Married Benz E SCHMIDT in Arkansas County, Arkansas.3

after 1866

Death of Benz E SCHMIDT in Prairie Township, Arkansas, Arkansas.3

31st Mar 1866

Birth of son Henry SMITH in Arkansas County, Arkansas.3,18

about 1868

Married William Foote JONES in Arkansas County, Arkansas.6

12th Nov 1869

Birth of son William Foote JONES in Arkansas County, Arkansas.3,6,8,9,10,11,12,13

about 1872

Birth of son Alexander JONES in Arkansas County, Arkansas.3

30th Jan 1875

Birth of son William Thomas JONES in Prairie, Arkansas, Arkansas.13,13,14,2,15,16,17,13,18,3,7,19

Aug 1878

Birth of son Robert Foote JONES in Arkansas County, Arkansas.20,3,13,21

after 1880

Death of William Foote JONES in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.7,3

after 1910

Died in Ethel, Prairie, Arkansas.1,2

Last census where she appears

Other facts


Buried in Jones Family Cemetery, Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.4


  • The following 1860 census record is linked by Jerry Griffitts as MaryE Smith, later the wife of William Jones, and mother of William ThomasJones.

    William Jones
    Birth 1808 in Virginia
    Death Dec 1860 in Prairie Township, Arkansas, Arkansas
    Spouse Nancy [Last name unknown] b 1813
    Spouse Mary Jane Granbery 1826-1887
    Spouse Mary E Jones b 1843
    --  Jerry Griffitt,

    Note that Jerry actually lists her as Mary E Jones, which might meanhe had listed her under her married name (from marriage to William).He does not list any parents for her, so there is no clear familylink.  The listing under the name Jones may mean this was also hermaiden name before she married Benz E Smith (a Prussian actually namedSchmidt).  Smith seems to be her first married name.

    1860 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 20 July, PrairieTownship, p 62, Hse #454, Fam #434
    Benz E Smith 28 M Farmer $200 Personal Estate b Prussia
    Mary E Smith 17 F No Occupation b Arkansas
    Cobel Pierce 28 F Housekeeper $170 Personal Estate b Tennessee
    James Jacek(?) Pierce 2 M b Arkansas

    Griffitt lists another wife between Nancy, who appears in the 1850 and1860 censuses, and Mary, William's wife in the in the 1870 and 1880censuses.  Griffitt reports two wives named Mary.  One is Mary EJones.  This matches Mary E Smith (Schmidt), reported i the 1870census.  In some genealogies, Benz Smith is reported as Benz Schmidt,the German form of his last name.  This also matches the demographicof the St Charles area, where other German families lived.  Notablythe Mueller family, known there as Miller.

    On the other wife, Mary Jane Granbery, I can find no information andcannot see where she could have been married to William in thetimeline of records we have.  The 1850 census reports William's wifeas Nancy, and the first child born about 1835.  Note that Griffitt'sgenealogy above reports Mary Granbery did not died until 1887.  If heis correct, then she and William were divorced before 1868, theapproximate date when William married Mary Emily Smith.

    Maybe Mary Jany Granbery was the first wife married before 1835 anddied before 1850.  William might have also married her between thedeath of Nancy after abt 1865 and his marriage to Mary Smith about1868.  I have found no marriage records for William.

    Additionally, note also that even though Griffitt has this Mary ESmith married to William Jones, he reports William Jones as dying in1860.  This is before the birth of William Thomas Jones in 1875, whois supposedly the son of Mary and William Jones.

    In 1870, we find Mary has remarried and is now the wife of 61-year-oldWilliam Foote Jones.  Their first child is named Foote, and was bornin November 1869, so we can figure they married in late 1868 or early1869.

    1870 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 2 July, PrairieTownship, PO St Charles, page 12, Hse/Fam #89
    Jones, William F 61 M W Farmer $320 Real Estate $500 Personal  bVirginia
    Jones, Mary E 28 F W Keeping House born Arkansas cannot read or write
    Jones, Lorinda 18 F W Farm Labor born Arkansas cannot read or write
    Jones, Foote 7mos M W born Arkansas November 1869

    From the 1880 census, we know that Mary had one son, Henry Smith, withher first husband.  But he is not reported in this 1870 census.  Hedoes appear with the family in the 1880 census.

    1880 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 11 June, (Location &District Unstated), p 17, #115, Fam #118
    William F Jones W M 71    Farmer VA VA VA (b abt 1809)
    Mary E Jones W F 38 Wife Keeping House b AR Mass KY (b abt 1822)
    Henry Smith 14 M W Step-Son On Farm AR Prussia AR (b abt 1866)
    Foote Jones 10 M W Son On Farm AR VA AR (b abt 1870)

    The age of Henry reported here indicates Henry Smith was born about1876.  This means Mary and Benz Smith were probably married about1865.  Foote Jones is already 10 years old in 1880, and the 1870census tells us more exactly he was born in the November 1869.  Thiswould mean that the widowed Mary married William Jones in late 1868 orearly 1869.  We can figure, then, that Benz Smith died about 1868.

    In the 1900 census, Mary is a widow living in the household of her sonWilliam Thomas, recorded as Thomas, and his wife Mary Cochran.

    1900 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 21 July, PrairieTownship, District 7, page 15B, Hse #256, Fam #263
    Jones, Thomas Head  W M Jan 1875 25 married 5 years  AR VA AR FarmerOwns
    Jones, Mary  Wife W F Apr 1877 23 married 5 yrs 2 children/2 living MSMS MS
    Jones, Mary Mother W F Apr 1843  57 Widow 5 children/3 living AR MassKY can read can write

    1910 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 18 April, PrairieTownship, District 15, page 2A, Hse/Fam #17
    Jones, Thomas Head  M W 35 2nd marriage Married 4 years AR VA ARFarmer, Owns Farm
    Jones, Cornnie  Wife F W 34 1st Marriage Married 4 years 3 children/3living MS MS MS (abt 1876)
    Jones, Mary Mother 67 Widow AR Mass KY (abt 1843)


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