Benjamin Franklin SMITH Catherine Jane SMITH Hester Ann SMITH Charles H SMITH Ella SMITH Mary Isabella HENSON Mini tree diagram

William L SMITH1,2,3

about 18771,2,3 - UNKNOWN

Life History

about 1877

Born in Cass County, Texas.1,2,3




  • William appears to be listed with his parents and family in the 1880census.  The location and many details of the family are right.  Thepresence of a Chappell family member in the household also seems toindicate we have the right family.  But there are some errors in theenumeration.

    One of the errors is that the Head of the household is listed as D FSmith, instead of B F Smith.  Three of the children's names matchbasically, Catherine Hestran (Hester Ann) and William.  Though someages and William's middle initial differs.  He is William L here,whereas he is William P in the 1920 census.  His age here at 3 wouldmake him born in 1877.  But in 1910 he is reported as age 28, or bornabout 1882, and the 1920 age is 38, making birth in 1881.

    1880 Federal Census, Cass County, Texas, 12 July, Precinct 3, District12, page 60 (scan 150A), Hse/Fam #562
    Barcroft, Eliza W F 70 (No Relationship) Widow Farming NC NC NC
    Smith, D F  W M 45 (No Relationship) Married Farming TN TN TN
    Smith, Mary E  W F 38 Wife Married Keeps House TX NC NC
    Smith, Catherine  W F 12 Dau Single TN TN TX
    Smith, Hestran (or Hestrian)  W F 9 Dau Single TN TN TX
    Smith, Charles H  W M 7 Son Single TN TN TX
    Smith, William L  W M 3 Son Single TN TN TX [b abt 1877]
    Chapell, Jeremiah  W M 18 (No Relationship) Single Farming TX TN TX

    Eliza Barcroft, listed first, although not designated as Head, is MaryHenson Smith's mother.  She is reported as a widow.  Bancroft isEliza's maiden nmae.  Apparently after the death of her second husbandJames Elliott in 1876, she went back to using her maiden name.

    In 1910, Will is living with his widowed mother in the same place,Precinct 3 of Cass County, Texas.  In this census, Will is reported asage 28, which would make birth in about 1882.  But in teh 1880 censushe was already reported as 3 years old.  Similarly in 1920, the familymemopry and estimate of age is short, making birth about 1881

    1910 Federal Census, Cass County, Texas, 26 April, Precinct 3,District 32, Page 10A, Hse #124, Fam #126
    Smith, Mary E [Mary Isabella] Head F W 68 Widowed TX TN AL FarmerRents [b abt 1842]
    Smith, Will Son M W 28 Single TX AL TX Farm Laborer [b abt 1882]

    In 1920 Will was still single, and was enumerated in the household ofhis sister Catherine and brother-in-law Joseph Benjamin Christian inOklahoma.  Several households of the Christians, Smiths and relatedJenkinses moved to western Chickasaw Nation or eastern OklahomaTerritory around 1890 or before.

    1920 Federal Census, Pittsburg County, Oklahoma, 31 January, KiowaTownship, District 199, page 18B, Hse #350, Fam #357
    Christian, Joseph B Head  Owns Farm M W 67 TX MO MO Farmer [b 1856]
    Christian, Katherine Wife F W 53 TX TN TX [b 1866]
    Christian, Essey Dau F W 17 Single OK TX TX [b 1902] Laborer
    -- page 19A, 2 February --
    Smith, William P Brother-in-Law M W 38 Single TX TN TN TN [b abt 1881]Laborer


  • 1. 1880 Federal Census, Cass County, Texas
    • 12 July, Precinct 3, District 12, page 60 (scan 150A), Hse/Fam #562
  • 2. 1920 Federal Census, Pittsburg County, Oklahoma
    • 31 January, Kiowa Township, District 199, page 19A, Hse #350, Fam #357
  • 3. 1910 Federal Census, Cass County, Texas
    • 26 April, Precinct 3, District 32, Page 10A, Hse #124, Fam #126

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