Who is John Smith, Jr.?
If you know this John Smith, Jr., E-Mail Me!
When we first began researching, before we knew who the father of Thomas Ivey Smith was, we found John Smith, Jr. on the 1850 census record for Washington County, GA. married to Clarkey. Then we discovered that Thomas' father was Joseph Duty Smith and we have never been able to tie in John Smith, Jr. but thought he was probably son of John Smith, son of Colby Smith.
"Colby Smith and His Descendants" says: We believe that John Smith, Jr. on the 1850 Washington Co., GA Census #347, was the son of Thomas. (We cannot prove it.) He was born ca 1810 m. ca 1835 Clarkey? (Smith). Clarkey apparently was a member of Bethany Baptist Church during a part of the 1830's, for an entry for September 1, 1838 says she was dismissed by letter. Then March 2, 1839 both John and Clarkey were received by letter. However; Dec 16, 1843 shows an entry saying that Brothers Luis Smith and John Page were appointed to cite Brother John Smith as to why he does not attend conference. January 20, 1844 minutes state that Brother Smith came forward and answered for himself. Charges were brought against him for ill treatment and neglect of his family. He was Excommunicated! Four years later in 1848, Brother Luis Smith made application for letter of dismission for Clarkey Smith!! It was granted. Speculation: Was Clarkey the daughter of Luis (Lewis) Smith? John Page was his son-in-law. Wouldn't it make sense for relatives to talk to a church member who had fallen into bad standing with the church?
John, Jr. and Clarkey Smith's children were: (from 1850 census)
Lettie J., b. 1835
We base the assumption that he is the son of Thomas on the children's names. We could find no other record of his family after 1850 and do not have a clue about where they may have gone, or what may have happened to them.
That's the quote from "Colby Smith and His Descendants"
I decided to look for them and this is what I found:
1860 Wilkinson Co, GA.
I think Clarkey and John are
divorced or at least separated.
1870 Pulaski Co, GA.
Looks like Lewis and Silas
married Civil War widows.
Silas 26 Cuts wood
In 1870 Robert (James R.) is still in Wilkinson Co, GA, Turkey Creek. He is age 29, living alone and a clerk in a store.
1880 Wilkinson Co, GA.
#330 Smith William A.
(Alexander) 30 timber hewer
1880 Pulaski Co, GA.
Could not find Silas in 1880 (yet!).
Could not find Isaac L. after 1850. Possibly died?
If you have any ideas PLEASE email me.