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

Mary Emily LEVERETT3,1,4,5,6,2,7,8,9

Apr 18423,1,4,5,6,2,7,8,9 - after 19101,2

Life History

Apr 1842

Born in Arkansas.3,1,4,5,6,2,7,8,9

between 1860 and 1910

Resident in Prairie Township, 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 E SMITH in Arkansas County, Arkansas.3,7,7,9

about 1868

Married William Foote JONES in Arkansas County, Arkansas.5

12th Nov 1869

Birth of son William Foote JONES in Arkansas County, Arkansas.3,5,10,11,12,13,9,14

about 1872

Birth of son Alexander JONES in Arkansas County, Arkansas.3,9

30th Jan 1875

Birth of son William Thomas JONES in Prairie Township, Arkansas, Arkansas.14,14,15,2,16,7,17,14,3,6,18,7,9

Aug 1878

Birth of son Robert Foote JONES in Arkansas County, Arkansas.21,3,14,19,9

after 1880

Death of William Foote JONES in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.6,3

after 1910

Death of son Robert Foote JONES.9,19,20

after 1910

Died in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.1,2

after 1910

Buried in Rowland-Jones Family Cemetery, Ethel, Arkansas County, Arkansas.7,9


  • Mary E Leverett was enumerated with her family in the 1850 census in Arkansas County, Arkansas, at the age of 5.  She wsa the last child, and born in Arkansas.  Her older brother Henry had been born in Tennessee about 1960, according to this enumeration.

    But interestingly, the oldest child in the household, Lewis at age 19, was also born in Arkansas.  It suggests that they lived in Arkansas near emphis for a while, then moved across theborder into the state of Tennessee for sometime, then moved back to Arkansas.  It is not know when they actually moved down to the Ethel-St Charles area along the White River.

    1850 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 16 November, Prairie Township, page 36, Hse/Fam #53
    Ebenezer W Leverett 53 M Farmer $10 [sic] Real Estate value b Massachusetts
    Elizabeth Leverett 51 F b Kentucky
    Lewis Leverett 19 M b Arkansas
    Henry C Leverett 10 M b Arkansas
    Mary E Leverett 5 F b Arkansas
    John Leverett 21 M Farmer b Louisiana

    The following 1860 census record is linked by Jerry Griffitts as Mary E Smith, later the wife of William Jones, and mother of William Thomas Jones.

    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 mean he had listed her under her married name (from marriage to William).  He does not list any parents for her, so there is no clear family link.

    The listing under the name Jones may mean this was also her maiden name before she married Benz E Smith (a Prussian actually named Schmidt).  Smith seems to be her first married name.

    1860 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 20 July, Prairie Township, 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 [b abt 1843]
    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 and 1860 censuses, and Mary, William's wife in the in the 1870 and 1880 censuses.  Griffitt reports two wives named Mary.  One is Mary E Jones.  This matches Mary E Smith (Schmidt), reported i the 1870 census.  In some genealogies, Benz Smith is reported as Benz Schmidt, the German form of his last name.  This also matches the demographic of the St Charles area, where other German families lived.  Notably the Mueller family, known there as Miller.

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

    Maybe Mary Jany Granbery was the first wife married before 1835 and died before 1850.  William might have also married her between the death of Nancy after abt 1865 and his marriage to Mary Smith about 1868.  I have found no marriage records for William.

    Additionally, note also that even though Griffitt has this Mary E Smith married to William Jones, he reports William Jones as dying in 1860.  This is before the birth of William Thomas Jones in 1875, who is supposedly the son of Mary and William Jones.

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

    1870 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 2 July, Prairie Township, PO St Charles, page 12, Hse/Fam #89
    Jones, William F 61 M W Farmer $320 Real Estate $500 Personal  b Virginia
    Jones, Mary E 28 F W Keeping House born Arkansas cannot read or write [b abt 1942]
    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, with her first husband.  But he is not reported in this 1870 census.  He does 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 1842)
    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 about 1876.  This means Mary and Benz Smith were probably married about 1865.  Foote Jones is already 10 years old in 1880, and the 1870 census tells us more exactly he was born in the November 1869.  This would mean that the widowed Mary married William Jones in late 1868 or early 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 son William Thomas, recorded as Thomas, and his wife Mary Cochran.

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

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

    There was no burial memorial for Mary Emily, so I created one on Find a Grave.

    Mary Emily Leverett Jones
    Birth Apr 1842 Arkansas, USA
    Death unknown Ethel, Arkansas County, Arkansas, USA
    Burial Rowland Family Cemetery, Ethel, Arkansas County, Arkansas, USA

    Mary Emily Leverett was the daughter of Ebenezer W Leverett and his wife Elizabeth, whose maiden name is not known. Ebenezer was from an old family in Massachusetts, but had moved to Kentucky where he and Elizabeth married. The Leverett family had moved from Kentucky to Arkansas with a residence period in Tennessee .

    Mary Emily was born in Arkansas and married a Germany Immigrant named Benz E Schmidt, who went by the English form of his name, as many did. They had married in Arkansas County and were enumerated as newlyweds in Prairie Township of the county, near the community of Ethel, in the 1850 census.

    Because of Mary's remarriage to William Foote Jones, Mary and her son Henry are buried in the cemetery of the Rowland-Jones farm in Ethel, Arkansas. This private cemetery does not have headstones but the graves were marked only by natural stones. The burial site of Benz Smith is unknown.

    Mary's death date is not known. The last record found for her was the 1910 census.

    Son Henry E Smith 1866 - unknown

    Created by Orville Jenkins 7 Apr 2020
    --  Find a Grave Memorial 208808063,


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