I cannot offer any proof that Robeson W. Smith was a son of Peter Smith & Elenor Ellis, but I can tell you what I do know about this family. Peter Smith about 1850 travels to Hancock County(now Pearl River Co.), Mississippi with his sons Lott (b. June 15, 1833/d. Feb14, 1916)and Andrew (b. 1815/d. Feb 4, 1892)and daughter Eliza Smith (b. 1830/d. between 1815-1920) and Andrew's family. Son Kennan/Kenion Smith (b. May 1814/d. after 1900) already has gone ahead and settled in Hancock Co.MS area around 1849. Older son Owen Smith (b. abt 1803) stays behind in Bladen Co.NC. This info comes from "notes" written in a geography book before the family left NC by Andrew Smith's son, Hardy Smith. Peter & Ellender had other children, but there names are unknown. Peter Smith does not appear on the 1850 Census probably because he and his family were enroute to MS during that time, but he does appear on the 1853 MS Census. He is presumed to be buried near the Holobolochito Creek located about a mile from present Ceasar Cemetery, Pearl River Co.MS.
Ellender/Elenor Ellis was the daughter of William Ellis (b. 1758/d. before 1810) and Mary McRee (b. 1762/d. between 1814-1819). Looking at old Bladen Co.NC land abstracts the Ellis family and Peter Smith are living along the Ellis Creek on the NE side of the NW branch of Cape Fear River.
I descend from Kennon Smith's daughter Sophina Smith. Kennon Smith was listed as an cooper (barrel maker) on the 1850 MS Census.
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