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Re: Columbus J. Smith born 1826-1827 in Camden Co.
Posted by: Bob Lamb (ID *****3225) Date: March 10, 2011 at 23:22:19
In Reply to: Re: Columbus J. Smith born 1826-1827 in Camden Co. by Marshall Purl of 1082

Thank you for the quick response. Yes, I would like to hear more about Columbus J. Smith that married Margret Purl and had Ambrose H. Smith. The Purl roots appear to be very well researched on the internet.

Who was the Columbus Smith, age 25, in the 1850 census below? Was there a connection between him and the Sniders?

Was there a connection the Jabob Smith family in the 1860 census of Camden Co., Mo.? I see that a young Luke Smith there had a child named Columbus.

It's evident that Columbus J. Smith married Margret Purl, who was first married to John McFarland. My first thought was that John McFarland had died. But then I found information (see below) that indicated that John McFarland had gone to California with Margret's father, Hezekiah Purl, to look for gold. Did McFarland never come back? If not, then add to that this interesting story about a John McFarland who came there and got quite rich from mining. He was about the same age. Is that just a strange coincidence? Or did John McFarland abandon his family and create a new identity?

See a vintage photo of John McFarland
John McFarland was born ....... on March 4, 1823. ...... He learned the trades of carpentry, joiner, and machinist. ......In 1850, McFarland traveled by horse team to Placerville California where he tried his hand at mining. He not only successfully engaged in mining but was also one of the first men to sell water for mining purposes in El Dorado County.
McFarland came to the Sacramento Valley in 1857 where he bought 3,500 acres in Galt. McFarland was a man of prominence among the people in the area.

Surely that is just an unusual coincidence.

Who were the parents of Columbus J. Smith? Did the J. stand for Jacob?

What happened to Margaret Purl McFarland Smith and Columbus?

Ambrose H. Smith and wife Nancy J. Duke seemed to stay pretty close to the Duke kinfolks, which may account for their migration into Arkansas by 1880.

At some point not too long before the 1900 census, Columbus J. Smith had died and Nancy was in Yell County, Arkansas, with her children. The last Smith child was born in 1895. I have found no burial records for either Columbus or Nancy. Nancy three of her Smith children were living with her widowed Emma and her children in 1910, then with daughter Nora's family in 1920.

I have many cousins who are descendants of Columbus J. Smith and Margret Purl through son Ambrose and then his daughter Emma Smith Ballinger, who married my mother's uncle John W. Anderson. I also know descendants of Ambrose Smith's daughter Nora, that married John Bratton.

Bobby Lamb
Pine Bluff, Ark.
1840 Cannon County, Tennessee Census
                            MALES                      FEMALES
M. J. Duke               0212001000000 - 2020010000000
John Toliver        0000100000000 - 1001000000000
Gidion F. Duke        0001000000000 - 0001000000000


1850 Missouri Miller Dist.13 Page 2-89
John Snider 49 Mechanic Va
Nancy 49 Ky
Jasper 16 M Mo
Thomas 12 " "
Columbus Smith 25 " "

Page 3-89
Champ Smith 39 farmer Tn
Martha 36 "
Louisa 14 F "
Jefferson 9 M "
Eliza 5 F Mo
Charles Smith 89 M Va


1850 Missouri Morgan County
John Mcfarland 28 farmer Mo
Margret 25 "
Sarah 7 F "
Elijah 5 " "
Francis 3 " "
Elizabeth 1 " "


1788 Hezekiah Purl, the father of Margret Purl Smith, died in Placerville California during the gold rush. He seems to have left his family, come to California and died without a trace. His name is on the 1850 census. The historian/Genealogist at the local museum said that so many people came to placerville during that time unknown and alone. Many died in the mountains during the winter in their make shift shacks not to be found until the next spring. Completely unknown by anyone.
There were three men with him. Thomas Jefferson Bond (his son-in-law), John McFarland (another son-in-law; and Ambrose Lee Purl

1850 Census, Placerville, CA
In same Household in Placerville with Hezekiah Purl is
John McFarland age 28.

Smith in 1850 Camden, Mo.
SMITH, Jacob 47 DE Farmer 71
Sarah 43 KY
John 22 MO Farmer
Mary 21 MO
James 18 MO
Joseph 17 MO
William 14 MO
Herman 12 MO
Sarah 10 MO

SMITH, John W 29 MO Blacksmith 293
Nancy 25 TN
William 8 MO
James 7 MO
Daniel C 5 MO
John 3 MO Minerva 1 MO
Samuel 18 MO Laborer

SMITH, Luke 28 IN Farmer 167
Ann 25 IN
Chester 2 MO
Columbus 3/12 MO


1860 Census
Trusdale, Tennessee, July 3, 1860- 570/ 570
B. B. HALEY 53 M W Farmer 1270 1440 Ky I
Jane 46 F W Tn I
Rhoda 18 F W Tn
Barton 17 M W Farmer Tn
Sarah 14 F W Tn
Thos. 8 M W Tn
Wm. 6 M W Tn
Russel 3 M W Tn

1860 Census of Cannon Co. Tn
Trusdale, Tennessee, July 3, 1860- 568/ 568
J. A. DUKE -- 38 M W Carpenter 400 Tn
Lavicy -- 24 F W Tn I
Monroe 6 M W Tn
Elmeda 4 F W Tn
Benj. 7/12 M W Tn

P083-02 - Post Office Trusdale, Tennessee, July 3, 1860- 566/ 566
M. J.DUKE 69 M W Carpenter 1300 SC
Nancy 56 F W Tn

1860 Missouri Adair Camden
Smith Columbus J 34 farmer Mo
Margret 34 "
Sarah E 8 F "
Jacob H 4 M "
Ambrose H 2 " "
McFarland Sarah J 17 F "
Elizabeth 15 " "
Frances E 13 " "
Margret 10 " "


Parents of John McFarland in 1860 Morgan Co., Mo.
Osage Township, Morgan Co., Mo; 24 Aug. 1860; post office: Mining

Elijah Mcfarland 59 M Farmer TN
Frances (Hix) 61 F KY
Betsy 36 F MO
Jane 24 F MO 18
Talitha 22 F MO
Mary 21 F MO
Perry 18 M MO
Sarah 18 F TN

January 28, 1833, Elijah McFarland, northwest southeast section 29; December 12, northwest section 27

Elijah McFarland’s first land patent was 1835-11-04; 40 acres

1880 Census of Izard County, Ark.

DUKE John A -- age 55, a Carpenter, born in TN. Father born in NC. Mother born in TN
Vicy C -- age 44, wife, Keeping House, born in TN. Parents born in TN TN
Sarah age 12, a daughter, born in IL. TN TN
Mary -- age 6, a daughter, born in AR. TN TN
Wiley -- age 5, a son, born in AR/ TN TN

SMITH Ambrose, age 21, a Farmer, born in MO. Father born in MO. Mother also born in MO
Nancy J -- age 19 wife Keeping House AR TN TN
Edward -- age 1 son, born in AR. Father born in MO. Mother born in AR

Note: Ambrose and Nancy Smith were living in the household next to the J. A. Duke family -- her folks. Also, note that Sarah, age 12, was born in Illinois, which means the family was there about 1868.

Nancy J. Smith’s mother was Jerusha Lavicia "Vicey" Haley. She was born abt 1834 in TN and married Oct 1852 to John A. DUKE - Cannon Co. TN.

Vicey Haley Duke’s parents also came to Izard Co., Arkansas, about the time the Dukes came and bought land there in 1869/70. They were Barney B, Haley and wife Jane. The J in Nancy J.’s name probably is Jane after Vicey’s mother. Vicey’s mother was a Brewer. Barney B. Haley was born abt 1812 in KY, He married Jane Brewer in Warren Co. TN .

B.B. and Jane Brewer Haley had the following Children:
1. Jerusha Lavicia "Vicey" bn abt 1834 TN m. Oct 1852 John A. DUKE - Cannon Co. TN


1900 Yell County, AR
Wilson Township
June 13th, 1900

Nancy J. Smith, head of household, was 38 years old, born August 1861.
Both parents were born in Tennessee.
Columbus Smith, a son, age 18. Born January 1882 in Arkansas.
Emma Smith, a daughter, age 15, born October 1884 in Arkansas.
Francis Smith, a daughter, age 9, born October 1890.
Cleo Smith, a son, age 7, born Aug. 1892.
Noah Smith, a daughter, age 4, born July 1895.

***Noah here is actually Nora, who married John J. Bratton. The father of all these children was born in Missouri. The record says their mother was born in Tennessee.

1910 Yell County, AR
Widow Emma Smith Ballinger
Age in 1910: 24
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1886
Household Members: Name Age
Nancy Smith Jr 58
Francis O Smith 18
Cleo Smith 17
Nora Smith 14
Ennia L Ballinger 24
Clande L Ballinger 7
Bertha J Ballinger 2
Lloyd J Ballinger 0/12

Widow Ballinger eventually remarried to my grandmother's brother, John W. Anderson in Yell County, Ark. Bertha Ballinger married Ed Edwards. They lived near Dumas in Desha Co., AR.

Loyd, or Loye, Ballinger's family moved to Lincoln Co.

John Anderson and Emma also went to Lincoln Co., Ark. and had Anderson children. John and Emma are buried at Tyro, between Star City and Dumas, Ark. Claude Ballinger stayed with my family for a while at Star City about 1962.


1920 Arkansas, Yell County, Wilson twp.
Bratton John J 30 Head Ar Tn Ar
Nora 24 Wife Ar Ar Ar
Ambrose 6 Son Ar Ar Ar
Opal 4 " " " "
Clarence 1 " " " "
Smith Nancy 56 M-Inlaw Ar Tn Tn

Note: Nora Smith Bratton named a son after her deceased father. Her mother Nancy J. was living with them in Yell County in 1920. Her age here may be off a couple of years. Nevertheless, it indicates that both her parents were from Tennessee, but she was born in Arkansas before 1870.

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