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Posted by: Rick Smith Date: February 13, 2001 at 16:55:10
In Reply to: JAMES C. SMITH FAMILY by Mary Coleman Stewart of 326

This was suprising to see this. I had no idea with the name Smith someone would be researching the line I would be looking for, especially a poor dirt farmer from Texas. Yes, the James C. Smith your asking about is my Great-Great Grandfather who moved to Plantersville, Grimes County, Texas. Plantersville, Texas where they lived is about 20 miles from where I was born and now live in Conroe, Texas. My Great-Grandfather was M. Lavert Smith, as you stated on your census, who married Mattie Baily on November 5, 1885 in Anderson, Grimes County, Texas. Their first son, James Authur Smith was my Grandfather. His first son, Lawrence Aubra Smith was my dad. I do not know who James C. Smith's father was, I hope you do. I know how the Darby's mixed in. James Darby married James,s oldest daughter Mary. Later, you can find the Smith's and the Darby's living together in 1910 in Grimes County with Thomas Darby, James's son. Living with him is his Aunt Fannie (Frances)which is James C. Smith's daughter (50 years old now) and my grandfather's brother Auburn, his cousin. My great grandfather Lavert died in 1904 and my grandfather and his siblings were divided up among Aunts in and around Grimes and Walker Counties. James C. Smith has a brother or cousin living next to him in 1880 Grimes Co. Texas census (precinct 2) named William O. Smith born in Alabama. He is not too old to be James's son, however; he is not listed as a 12 yr. old child in the 1850 Butler County Census. Maybe you know who James's siblings are ? There's a W. C. Smith next to James in the Grimes County, Texas 1860 census which I believe is James's brother. Most of the Smith's spent most of their lives in and around Eastern Grimes County and Western Walker County. Most were cotton farmers along with various other crops. I have theories, alot of census, a few Smith family grave locations (not James or Eliza's) and other minor information. There is a few Smith family history write ups in the Grimes County History Book but I cannot connect any because of the lack of ancestor information. I will work with you togehter in whatever I can and exchange information. You can intially send a messege at the e-mail address but since I don't have a computer anymore write to me with info or questions you have and I will send you a bio of everything I know. I've been doing this for 19 years since I was 22 years old and the Smith family is by far the hardest to research. My address is Rick Smith, 500 West Avenue G. Conroe, Texas 77301. Look to hearing from you.


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