Selected Families and Individuals


John Hardy SMITH [Parents] 1 was born 1 on 2 Oct 1802 in Oglethorpe Co., Georgia. He died 1 on 14 Feb 1865 in Ashley or Drew Co., Arkansas. John married 1 Elizabeth Dow RADFORD 2 on 5 Oct 1823.

   John Hardy Smith moved with his parents to Perry County, Ala., at the age of twelve years, and on October 5, 1823, he married and in the winter of 1844 moved to Clark County, Miss., in 1859 going to Drew County, Ark., where he remained until his death, which was on February 14, 1865.  He reared a family of seven sons and six daughters, of whom John W. was the fifth in order of birth (Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Southern Arkansas, Chicago:Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1890, pp 919-920).
   From the 1860 slave schedule, it is noted he has four slaves under him: age 56, female; age 25, female; age 16, male and age 1, female.

Elizabeth Dow RADFORD [Parents] 1 was born 2 about 1802 in Georgia. She died 1 on 12 Aug 1860 in Drew Co., Arkansas. Elizabeth married 3 John Hardy SMITH 3 on 5 Oct 1823.

They had the following children.

  M i
Jessie Heard SMITH 1 was born 1 on 8 Oct 1824 in Perry Co., Alabama. He died 2 on 9 Apr 1900 in Rosebud, Falls Co., Texas. He was buried 2 in Woodlawn Cemetery, Rosebud, Falls Co., Texas.
  M ii
William SMITH 1 was born 1 about 1827 in Alabama.
  M iii
Reuben M. SMITH 1 was born 2 about 1830 in Alabama. He died 3, 4 on 26 Apr 1862 in Goldsboro, Wayne Co., North Carolina.

Civil War Service (from Edward G. Gerdes, http://www.texas-brigade.com/3arkcoh.htm)
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Smith, Reuben M
Private—Enlisted in Co. H, 3rd Arkansas Infantry, at Tyro, Arkansas, March 19, 1862; died of disease at Goldsboro, North Carolina, April 26, 1862; born in Alabama, c1830; listed in Drew county 1860 census; occupation farmer; brother of Private Benjamin F. Smith (Co. H) and Private George W. Smith (Co. L).
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  F iv
Unknown Female SMITH was born before 1833.
  F v
Unknown Female2 SMITH was born before 1833.
  M vi John Wesley SMITH was born on 30 Jan 1833. He died on 3 Sep 1862.
  F vii
Nancy SMITH 1 was born 1 about 1834 in Alabama.
  F viii
Susan SMITH 1 was born 1 about 1834 in Alabama.
  M ix
Benjamin F. SMITH was born 1 about 1839 in Alabama.

Civil War service from http://www.texas-brigade.com/3arkcoh.htm
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Smith, Benjamin Franklin
Private—Enlisted in Co. H, 3rd Arkansas Infantry, at Tyro, Arkansas, March 19, 1862; discharged for disability at Petersburg, Virginia, July 21, 1862; enlisted in Co. L, 6th Arkansas Cavalry, at Monticello, Arkansas, November 1, 1863; born in Perry county, Alabama, c1839; listed in Drew county 1860 census; occupation farmer; brother of Private George W. Smith (Co. L) and Private Reuben M Smith (Co. H).
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Jul 1863: Thought to have joined Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Ashley Co., Arkansas. (Mt. Olive church records, p. 10).

From the Mt. Olive Church records, a Benjamin Smith is reported to have died on September 18th, 1865.  This is likely Benjamin, though yet verified [Mt. Olive records, p. 63].

  M x George Washington SMITH was born on 23 Oct 1840. He died on 21 Apr 1912.
  F xi
Caroline SMITH 1 was born 1 about 1842 in Alabama.
  F xii
Sarah J. SMITH was born 1 about 1846 in Mississippi.
  M xiii James Z. SMITH was born about 1849.
  M xiv
Zachary Taylor SMITH 1 was born 2 about 1849 in Mississippi.

Samuel R. SMITH [Parents] was born 1 on 20 Apr 1857 in Clark Co., Mississippi. He was baptized 2 in Jul 1875 in Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Ashley Co., Arkansas. He died 3 on 4 Aug 1924. He was buried 3 in Promised Land Cemetery, Ashley Co., Arkansas. Samuel married 1 Mary Araminta CAMMACK "Mittie" 1, 4 on 12 Dec 1880.

Following is an excerpt from the book, Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Southern Arkansas, Chicago:Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1890, pp 919-920.

Samuel R. Smith, farmer and stock-raiser, Hamburg, Ashley County, Ark.  Although one of the young farmers and stock-raisers of the county, Mr. Smith has been successful, and everything connected with his farm shows that excellent judgment has been used.  He was born in Clark County, Miss., on April 20, 1857, and is the son of John W. and Henrietta Smith, the former a native of Alabama, and the latter of Mississippi.  The paternal grandfather, John H. Smith, was born in Georgia, October 2, 1802.  He moved with his parents to Perry County, Ala., at the age of twelve years, and on October 5, 1823, he married and in the winter of 1844 moved to Clark County, Miss., in 1859 going to Drew County, Ark., where he remained until his death, which was on February 14, 1865.  He reared a family of seven sons and six daughters, of whom John W. was the fifth in order of birth.  He was born on January 30, 1833, in Perry County, Ala., moved to Mississippi with his father in 1844, and was married on July 2, 1856, to Miss Henrietta Randolph.  Coming to Arkansas in 1858, he settled in Ashley County, and entered land in Bearhouse Township.  He has three sons living, all in Arkansas.  In 1862 he entered the Confederate army, and died September 3, of the same year.  Samuel R. Smith was reared in Ashley County, attending the country schools only as opportunities presented themselves, as he had to assist on the farm during crop time.  At the age of twenty-two years he started out for himself, rented land and raised his first crop.  December 12, 1880, he was married to Miss M. A. Cammack.  Later he bought 150 acres of land, moved on it, and there resided two years.  He then sold out and bought his present property, which consists of 220 acres with forty under cultivation.  His principal crops are corn and cotton and he raises fifteen to thirty bushels of corn to the acre, and one-half to two-thirds of a bale of cotton to the acre, and some oats, peas, potatoes, etc.  He is also engaged in stock raising, principally horses and mules.  By the assistance of his industrious and economical wife they have made something above an ordinary living.  They have three sons:  Guy Edwin, Samuel Ernest and Oscar Dean.  Mr. and Mrs. Smith are members of the Baptist Church.  He has held the position of justice of the peace for some time, and in his political principlies (sic) is a stanch (sic) Democrat.

Apr 1873: member of the "Sabbath School" at Mt. Olive Baptist Church (Mt. Olive records, p. 34a).
Jul 1874: joined Mt. Olive Baptist Church by "experience and baptism" (ibid, p. 39).
Sep 1882: elected as Mt. Olive Baptist Church Clerk (ibid, p. 55)--appears to have served in this position through September 1884.
Oct 1887: given a letter of dismission from the Mt. Olive Baptist Church [ibid, p. 78]

Thought to have been a member of Promise Land Church (an S. R. Smith, member of Promise Land Church is mentioned in the June 10, 1899 minutes of the Central Baptist Church in Berea).

Mary Araminta "Mittie" CAMMACK [Parents] 1, 2 was born 2, 3, 4 on 3 Feb 1862 in Arkansas. She died 4 on 11 Mar 1935. She was buried 4 in Promised Land Cemetery, Ashley Co., Arkansas. Mittie married 1 Samuel R. SMITH on 12 Dec 1880.

Member of Central Baptist Church, Ashley Co., Arkansas. (1879 and 1881 church minute entries)

They had the following children.

  F i
Mary Addie SMITH was born 1 on 7 Jan 1882. She died 1, 2 on 7 Sep 1882 in Arkansas. She was buried 1 in Mt. Olive Cemetery, Ashley Co., Arkansas.
  M ii
Guy Edwin SMITH was born 1 in Mar 1883 in Arkansas.
  M iii Sam Ernest SMITH was born in Jul 1885.
  M iv Oscar Dean SMITH was born on 6 Feb 1890.
  M v
Russell A. SMITH was born 1 in Oct 1892 in Arkansas.
  M vi
Homer A. SMITH was born 1 in Jul 1896 in Arkansas.
  F vii
Vonnie A. SMITH was born 1 in Oct 1898 in Arkansas.
  F viii
Jaynie Araminta SMITH was born 1, 2 on 26 Oct 1898. She died 2, 3 on 17 Sep 1904 in Promised Land, Ashley Co., Arkansas. She was buried 1 in Promised Land Cemetery, Ashley Co., Arkansas.

From the Ashley County Eagle:
September 22, 1904 edition: "Little Jaynie Smith, about 6, daughter of Judge J. R. Smith, died at 10 o'clock last Saturday morning after an illness of one week.  The funeral took place at Promise Land Church Sunday morning."
September 29, 1904 edition: "Jaynie Arminta Smith, loving little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. R. Smith, departed this life. ...lacked only 38 days of being six years old."
  M ix Living.
  F x Living.

David Harris SMITH 1 was born 1 on 13 Aug 1779 in New Jersey. David married 1 Nancy HEARD 1 on 20 Oct 1801 in Oglethorpe, Georgia.

Nancy HEARD 1 was born 1 on 9 Mar 1783. Nancy married 1 David Harris SMITH 1 on 20 Oct 1801 in Oglethorpe, Georgia.

They had the following children.

  M i John Hardy SMITH was born on 2 Oct 1802. He died on 14 Feb 1865.
  F ii
Sarah "Sally" SMITH 1 was born on 20 Jun 1822.

William RADFORD 1 was born 1 on 26 Jun 1782 in Campbell Co., Virginia. He died 1 on 23 Oct 1863 in Perry Co., Alabama. William married Nancy Elizabeth JAMES 1.

William Radford and wife, Nancy Elizabeth James, built a house in Perry Co., AL in about 1819. It is supposed to still be there (Jennapher Cameron Lawson OneWorldTree entry).

Nancy Elizabeth JAMES 1 was born 1 about 1784 in Georgia. Nancy married William RADFORD 1.

They had the following children.

  F i Elizabeth Dow RADFORD was born about 1802. She died on 12 Aug 1860.

Freeman Edwin SHELL [Parents] was born on 20 Aug 1906 in Hot Springs, Garland Co., Arkansas. He died on 24 Nov 1994 in Hamburg, Ashley Co., Arkansas. He was buried in Hamburg Cemetery, Ashley Co., Arkansas. Freeman married 1 Reba Odell TAYLOR on 16 Apr 1933 in Hamburg, Ashley Co., Arkansas.

Obituary in the Nov 30, 1994 edition of the Ashley County Ledger.

Reba Odell TAYLOR [Parents] was born 1 on 29 Mar 1915 in Hamburg, Ashley Co., Arkansas. She died 2 on 29 Jan 2003 in Faulkville, Morgan Co., Alabama. She was buried 3 in Hamburg Cemetery, Ashley Co., Arkansas. Reba married 4 Freeman Edwin SHELL on 16 Apr 1933 in Hamburg, Ashley Co., Arkansas.

Obituary, Ashley County Ledger (Nov/1/2003)
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   Reba Shell, 87, of Faulkville, AL, formerly of Hamburg, died Wednesday, January 29, 2003, at the Summerford Nursing Home in Faulkville. A native of Hamburg and an Alabama resident for the past 3 years, she was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Freeman Edwin Shell of Hamburg, and her parents, Newsome and Cora Jane Ray Taylor.
   Survivors include two sons, Dr. Edwin Shell of Bossier City, LA, and Freeman Shell, Jr., of Decatur, AL; two daughters, Mally Hatch of Decatur, AL, and Sally Whitehead of Jacksonville; nine grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.
   Memorial services were at 4 p.m. Saturday, February 1, grave-side at the Hamburg Cemetery with Rev. Klois Hargis officiating. Arrangements were by Peck Funeral Home of Alabama and Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.
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They had the following children.

  M i Edwin Taylor "Eddy" SHELL was born on 6 Apr 1937. He died on 2 May 2008.
  F ii Living.
  F iii Living.
  M iv Living.

Robert Alexander GEDDIE [Parents] [scrapbook] 1 was born 2, 3, 4 on 16 Mar 1810 in North Carolina. He died 4 on 22 Jun 1899 in Ashley Co., Arkansas. He was buried 4 in Geddie-Rawls Cemetery, Ashley Co., Arkansas. Robert married Christian GEDDIE on 15 Apr 1843 5 in Cumberland Co., North Carolina 5.

Robert was counted in a census 6 in 1850 in Five Mile, Perry Co., Alabama. He was counted in a census 3 in 1860 in Egypt Twp, Ashley Co., Arkansas. He was counted in a census 7 in 1870 in Egypt Twp, Ashley Co., Arkansas. He was counted in a census 8 in 1880 in 2nd Ward, Morehouse Pa., Louisiana.

Robert started the Corinth Baptist Church, near Rawls, Ashley Co., Arkansas [Reflections of Ashley County, pp. 363].

Christian GEDDIE [Parents] [scrapbook] 1, 2 was born 3, 4, 5 on 2 Jul 1819 in North Carolina. She died 5 on 10 Aug 1893 in Ashley Co., Arkansas. She was buried 5 in Geddie-Rawls Cemetery, Ashley Co., Arkansas. Christian married Robert Alexander GEDDIE on 15 Apr 1843 6 in Cumberland Co., North Carolina 6.

They had the following children.

  M i John E. GEDDIE was born in 1845. He died in 1891.
  F ii Mary Catherine GEDDIE was born on 18 Nov 1845. She died on 27 Apr 1910.
  F iii
Jeanette Ann "Jeance" GEDDIE [scrapbook] was born 1, 2 in 1847 3 in Alabama 3. She died 2 in 1913 in Ashley Co., Arkansas. She was buried 2 in Geddie-Rawls Cemetery, Ashley Co., Arkansas.
  F iv Elizabeth Jane "Jane" GEDDIE was born on 10 Aug 1849. She died on 16 Mar 1907.
  F v
Susan M. GEDDIE 1 was born about 1849 1 in Alabama 1.
  F vi
Martha L. GEDDIE [scrapbook] was born 1, 2 on 27 Jan 1853 in Alabama. She died 3 on 14 Apr 1931 4 in Morehouse Pa., Louisiana 4. She was buried 3 in Geddie-Rawls Cemetery, Ashley Co., Arkansas.
  M vii
James W. GEDDIE 1 was born about 1854 1, 2 in Alabama 1, 2.
  F viii Christian GEDDIE was born on 15 Sep 1857. She died on 26 Sep 1936.
  M ix Robert A. GEDDIE Jr. was born on 4 Sep 1863. He died on 21 Mar 1922.

Duncan C. MCCLAREN 1, 2 was born 1 on 10 Feb 1808 2 in North Carolina 2. He died on 2 Oct 1882 2 in Springhill, Kemper Co., Mississippi 2. Duncan married 2 Elizabeth Permilia MADISON 1 about 1829.


Elizabeth Permilia MADISON 1 was born 1 about 1815 in North Carolina. She died on 20 Aug 1895 2 in Springhill, Kemper Co., Mississippi 2. Elizabeth married 2 Duncan C. MCCLAREN 1, 2 about 1829.


They had the following children.

  F i
Ellen MCCLAREN was born 1 about 1832 in North Carolina.
  F ii
Mary MCCLAREN was born 1 about 1834 in North Carolina.
  F iii Elizabeth A. MCCLAREN was born about 1837. She died after 1870.
  F iv
Caroline MCCLAREN was born 1 about 1838 in Mississippi.
  F v
Virginia MCCLAREN was born 1 about 1840 in Mississippi.
  M vi
John MCCLAREN was born 1 about 1842 in Mississippi.
  M vii
James MCCLAREN was born 1 about 1844 in Mississippi.
  M viii
Hugh MCCLAREN was born 1 about 1845 in Mississippi.
  M ix
Duncan MCCLAREN was born 1 about 1846 in Mississippi.

Willie Harold "Harold" WHITE [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1 on 26 Dec 1913 in Ashley Co., Arkansas. He died 2 on 29 Jul 2004 in Little Rock, Pulaski Co., Arkansas. He was buried 2 on 2 Aug 2004 in Hamburg Cemetery, Ashley Co., Arkansas. Harold married 1, 3 Mary Blanche STONE "Blanche" on 29 Jan 1935 in Ashley Co., Arkansas.

Other marriages:
Living

Obituary excerpt, Ashley County Ledger:
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  Rev. Harold White, 90, of Bryant died Thursday, July 29, 2004, at Baptist Health Center in Little Rock. A native of Hamburg, he had lived in Bryant for the past nine years and was a former resident of England, AR. He was a retired Baptist minister and had been a pastor for over 53 years.
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Mary Blanche "Blanche" STONE [Parents] [scrapbook] 1 was born on 18 Nov 1916 in Midway, Drew Co., Arkansas. She was baptized on 1 Aug 1927 2 in Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Ashley Co., Arkansas 2. She died 3 on 21 Jul 1978 in Little Rock, Pulaski Co., Arkansas. Blanche married 1, 4 Willie Harold WHITE "Harold" on 29 Jan 1935 in Ashley Co., Arkansas.

Obituary from the July 27, 1978 edition of the Ashley County Ledger:
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  Mrs. Blanche Stone White, 61, of Pine Bluff, formerly of Hamburg, died in a Little Rock hospital Friday, July 21. Mrs. White was secretary of the Harmony Baptist Association in Pine Bluff. She was a member of the Watson Chapel Baptist Church.
  Mrs. White is survived by her husband, Rev. Harold White; one son, Curtis White, Fort Leonardwood, Mo.; one daughter, Mrs. Harolyn Stevenson, Louisville, Ky.; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Stone, Hamburg; one brother, Douglas Stone, Monticello; two sisters, Mrs. Robbie Flemming, Delark, Mrs. Anna Ruth Kelley, Fountain Hill; and five grandchildren.
  Funeral services were held in the First Baptist Church, Pine Bluff Sunday at 2:30 p.m. by the Reverends John McClanahan, Edwin Hindson, Charles Ashcraft and Jimmy Watson. Pallbearers were Leroy Carter, Don Majors, Pat Henderson, V.L. Browning, Gene Reynolds and Dr. Larry Henderson. Honorary bearers were the members of the executive board of the Harmony Baptist Association.
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They had the following children.

  M i
Willie Marion WHITE was born 1 on 16 Nov 1935 in Crossett, Ashley Co., Arkansas. He died 1 on 16 Nov 1935 in Crossett, Ashley Co., Arkansas.
  M ii Living.
  F iii Living.

Robert Lee TURNER [Parents] [scrapbook] 1 was born 2, 3 in 1871 in Mississippi. He died 2 in 1951. He was buried 4 in New Troy Cemetery, Drew Co., Arkansas. Robert married 5 Hester CHAMBERS about 1898.

Hester CHAMBERS [Parents] [scrapbook] was born 1, 2 on 15 Oct 1879 in Arkansas. She died 1 on 24 Jul 1918. She was buried 3 in New Troy Cemetery, Drew Co., Arkansas. Hester married 4 Robert Lee TURNER about 1898.

They had the following children.

  F i Living.
  M ii Living.
  F iii Living.
  F iv Living.

Dr. Frank Delmont HUMPHREY [Parents] [scrapbook] was born on 3 Feb 1860 in Minnesota. He died on 17 May 1915 in Baker, Oregon. Frank married 1 Unknown UNKNOWN before 1878.

Other marriages:
POPE, Alma Eurila

Notes from Pearl (Dehlinger) La Rock:
After the death of his wife, Alma, Dr. Humphrey moved the family to Pueblo, Mexico where he worked as a railroad physician. Fae was 11 years old, so she was enrolled in a Catholic convent. Apparently he was in and out of El Paso, because Pearl met and married Ed Laymen, who worked in El Paso as a locomotive engineer for the Southern Pacific Railroad. Later, Fae and Carol came to live near Pearl, and both worked for the telephone company prior to their marriages. Somewhere along the way, Dr. Humphrey remarried twice, to Dolly and Belle (last names unknown). Dr. Humphrey moved to Oklahoma City to practice and then to Baker, Oregon; where he died of a stroke at the age of fifty-five.

Unknown UNKNOWN was born 1 in Wisconsin. Unknown married 1 Dr. Frank Delmont HUMPHREY before 1878.

They had the following children.

  M i
William HUMPHREY was born 1 about 1878 in Minnesota.

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