That's what I'm trying to figure out, Michael. :)
The information I have on them is so sketchy. Samantha Victoria (Smith) Morgan Purvis Johnson was supposedly born in Tennessee in 1868.
In the 1876 Ripley Co. State Census. An Elizabeth A. Smith age 22-45 listed above Samanththia V. Smith age under 10. So, if this is them, it appears her father had died before 1876. Someone said her brother Lewis was born in 1877. If that is the case, her father would have had to have died in 1876 before the census was taken.
In 1880 there is a Victora Smith age 12 born in MO living with DM & Aurela Dodd family in Union Twp. Seems like I saw a post about an Aurelia Smith. Don't know if that is the same person or not.
An Elisa Smith b. abt 1838 in Tennessee is living with the Abner J. Ponder family in the Doniphan Township in Ripley County in 1880.
I have one letter Samantha's mother E.A. Smith posted to her from Gatewood in 1885. In it she mentions John (Samantha's husband John William Morgan), Louis (Samantha's brother), Henry ?, and Mr. Stephens. She says she hasn't seen Henry's folks and that Mr. Stephens wants to talk with her when she comes up. She is ill and doesn't expect to live much longer and it sounds like she just moved shortly before that.
I find a Ripley Co., MO, obit for Eliza Smith, housekeeper of D.A. Lee, who died in 1886. It's very sketchy as well.
After John's death Samantha married John Calvin Purvis and had one son Daily. After Mr. Purvis' death she married my great grandfather Ausia Pollard Johnson. All marriages were in Randolph County, AR.
Do any of the names seem familiar?
I'm trying to research the Smiths found in Ripley County in the 1876 and 1880 censuses. Any help you can give figuring out who belongs to whom and who their parents are and where they came from would be helpful. The only thing I know to do is to follow each line up and see if I can find them. I'm hoping one of the Smiths in those censuses is his brother.
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