Ambrose POWELL William David SMITH Mahala Jane POWELL Sarah F POWELL Mary E POWELL Margaret Etta POWELL Delila POWELL Andrew Julius POWELL Minerva R FOSTER Mini tree diagram
Nancy Ann POWELL

Nancy Ann POWELL1,2,3,4,5

9th Jan 18681,2,3 - 18th Jun 19503

Life History

9th Jan 1868

Born in Tennessee.1,2,3

19th Jan 1883

Married William David SMITH in Conway County, Arkansas.4

28th Aug 1921

Death of William David SMITH in Armstrong, Bryan, Oklahoma.3

18th Jun 1950

Died in Bryan County, Oklahoma.3

after 18th Jun 1950

Buried in Rosewood Cemetery, Achille, Bryan County, Oklahoma.3


  • 1870 Federal Census, Van Buren County, Arkansas, 4 August, CraigTownship, PO Clinton, page 14, Hse/Fam #30
    Powell, Ambrose 25 M W Farmer $0 Real Estate $100 Personal b AR
    Powell, Minerva 21 F W Keeping House b TN
    Powell, Nancy 2 F W b TN
    Powell, Mahala 1 F W b TN

    Nancy and Mahala were both reported in 1870 as born in Tennessee.  In1880, all the children were reported born in Arkansas.  It seemslikely the earlier report was correct.

    1880 Federal Census, Van Buren County, Arkansas, 3 June, CraigTownsihp, District 2, page 43, Hse #325, Fam #330
    Powell, Ambrose  W M 38  Farmer AR TN TN
    Powell, Menerva W F 36 Wife Keeps House TN TN TN
    Powell, Nancy A  W F 12 Dau At Home AR TN TN

    Comments on a photo of Nancy Powell in this genealogy on

    "This is my great grandmother.  She is the mother to James BasdonSmith my grandfather.  This is the most current picture I have everseen of her.  In our family they say she is Indian."
    --  Donna Keen, Comment on a photo on, 3 August 2016

    "This is the sister to my grandmother, Margret Etta Powell.  I addedthis picture from a hint on Ancestry.  Yes, I heard from many familymembers that My grandparents were Native American.  After searchingrecords for several years, I had a DNA test done by Ancestry anddiscovered that I have  0% Native American.  Grandma always said shewas not Indian, but people didn't believe her.  I believe her now."
    --  Clarece Hasse, Comment on a photo on, 3 August 2016

    Nancy Ann's brother Andrew Julius Powell married Myrtle Emma Green,who was a Chickasaw.  The Powells are in this genealogy because ofthis marriage.

    These Greens are Chickasaw because Daniel David Green, a brother of mymother's ancestor Jackson Green in Indian Territory, married Frances(Fannie) Colbert, a registered Chickasaw.  Fannie's family had beenmoved from Mississippi.  We have several families and this whole lineof Chickasaw cousins named Green and married named like Powell andThompson.

    The name Colbert among the Chickasaws comes from a Scottish family whosettled among the Chickasaw early on and became prominent leaders inthe Nation, continuing to maintain ties with the white society andgovernmental structure.  This did not prevent the removal of theChickasaw Nation to Indian Territory, but because of their knowledgeof the European culture and their relations within the US governmentalstructure, the Colberts were able to negotiate better terms andspecial concessions in their treaty of removal.

    The Greens descend from a Cherokee line of Greens, Meshack W Green,but never registered as Cherokees, moving rather into the generalpopulation stream.  Some other of Meshack's descendants did maintainCherokee identity.  The Greens moved from Georgia to North Texas inabout 1857, then into Chickasaw Nation.  Others of Meshack'sdescendants moved to Arkansas and Alabama.

    A grave in Bryan County, Oklahoma, appears to match our Nancy Powell.The name on the grave is Nancy A Smith.  The memorial for Nancy onFind a Grave reports that she was born in Arkansas, apparentlyfollowing the report in the 1880 census, when all the children in thefamily were reported born in Arkansas.  But the 1870 census reportedat that time that the two children Nancy and younger Mahala were bothborn in Tennessee.

    The birth date on the gravestone is also a bit puzzling and introducessome uncertainty about whether this is the correct Nancy.  Thememorial information matches other facts about Nancy and her familyand the marriage record with William D Smith in Conway County,Arkansas.  One of her brothers was born in Conway County.

    Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957
    William D Smith
    Age 21, Birth Year abt 1862
    Residence Menifee, Conway, Arkansas
    Spouse's Name Nancy Ann Powell
    Spouse's Age 15
    Spouse's Residence Menifee, Conway, Arkansas
    Marriage 19 Jan 1883 Conway County
    Marriage License Date 15 Jan 1883

    The date as seen on the stone in the photo posted on the memorialreads 1878.  But Nancy was born about 1868, which is the date of birthreported on the memorial.

    Nancy Ann Powell Smith
    Birth Jan 9, 1868 Arkansas, USA
    Death Jun 18, 1950 Bryan County, Oklahoma, USA

    Spouse William David Smith (1865 - 1921)
    Rufus Marlin Smith (1889 - 1963)
    James Basdon Smith (1890 - 1940)
    Earie Jane Smith Pierot (1892 - 1951)
    Amos Lee Smith (1894 - 1974)
    Oscar Andrew Smith (1896 - 1966)
    Avis Minerva Smith Buchanan (1900 - 1958)
    Patsy Delilah Smith Buchanan (1902 - 1960)
    Francis Etta Smith Rodgers (1905 - 1992)

    Burial Rosewood Cemetery, Achille, Bryan County, Oklahoma, Sec1 Lot 17

    Created by Brenda J Rogers Nov 09, 2009
    --  Find A Grave Memorial# 44145021,


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