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Daniel & Mary SMITH, Thomas GRIFFIN, Wm GALLOWAY families 1860's Robertson Co TX
Posted by: Carol Van Cleef (ID *****3607) Date: October 31, 2004 at 09:46:06
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I am looking for anyone with any information or ties to the following SMITH family in Robertson Co., TX. I believe Daniel to be my GGG Grandfather, but much of what I have is based on census information, family names, etc. I haven't been able to find the family on other censuses, except for a couple of the daughters. Nor have I found cemetery listings for any of them.
1860 Census, Wheelock, Robertson County, Texas. Pct 3, page 64 or 180, 20th July 1860.

Daniel SMITH, 50, farmer, $4900, $7805, NC
Mary SMITH, 44, house keeper, GA
Katharine " , 19, Seamstress, GA
Leah " , 16, Student, GA (only child marked as having attended school that year)
Marshal " , 14, AL
Ellerinder " , 11, GA
Council " , 9, GA
Mary " , 7, GA
Daniel " , 5, GA
Warren " , 3, GA
In addition to that information, I believe my GG Grandmother was an elder sister in the family, her name was Angeline V. SMITH b. 1837 and who married Thomas GRIFFIN on Aug 17, 1860 in Robertson Co., TX. They had children:

Benjamin b. 1863/64 and
'Ellorenya' whom I, again, *believe* to be my G Grandmother "Rennie" GRIFFIN who was born June 10, 1867 and married William Rufus YANCEY.

I also believe that "Katherine" was Alice Catherine SMITH who married William D. GALLOWAY (son of John F. and Nancy GALLOWAY,both b. in Kentucky) on Feb 11, 1861 and had children:
Mary E.
Fielding T.
Leah V.
William M.
John W.
Eloranda E.
Alice C.
Albert L.
Warren D. M.
Nearly every child's name can be traced back to the Daniel SMITH family or that of their father's birth family.

Other SMITH siblings may have their marriages recorded in Robertson County, I simply have not done a thorough search through the overwhelming number of SMITH records there.

One of the strongest clues to tie these three (Daniel, Alice Catherine, and Angeline V.) SMITH families is the unusual name found in all three, spelled variously:
Ellerender b. 1848/49 in GA
Ellorenya b. Jun 10 1867 in TX
Eloranda E. b. 1873/74 in TX

Another clue that Angeline V. and Alice Catherine are sisters is that in 1880, when Angeline was already a widow, enumerated with her small family is:
Warren GALLOWAY, age 3, nephew.

Now, Warren WAS also enumerated in the home of his parents that year, and for a while that made me believe they couldn't be 'my' Warren's family. Since then I have seen stranger things, by far, in the census record, and I think Warren spent part of his time living with his aunt and when asked, Aunt Angeline said he lived there. Of course, his parents would have felt like he was still their child and put him on the list of their children when the census taker came by. (This is all in Robertson County, Texas.)

Looking back at Daniel SMITH, he was born in North Carolina around 1809 or 1810. It looks like he moved to Georgia and met and married Mary around 1835. Their first three daughters (if I am correct) were born in Georgia, but then their first son, born about 1845) has as his birthplace, Alabama. By 1848 or 49 they were back in Georgia since all of the remaining children were born there (Of course, Mary could simply have visiting her mother or sister in Alabama when Marshal was born there, and the family never have actually moved.)If all the birthplace information is correct on the 1860 census, Daniel moved his family to Texas between 1856 and 1860. If Angeline met Thomas GRIFFIN in Texas, I would lean towards the earlier end of the bracket in order to have her there long enough to meet, be courted and marry him in Aug. of 1860. (I guess I have to admit that I did all of that with my husband [of 27 years]in just 7 months, which weakens my logic for Angie and Tom!)

SMITH is a difficult surname to research. I had hoped that with Daniel having given a few of his children slightly more unusual names (Marshal, Council and Elorender-- and Angeline and Leah, for that matter) that he might be a bit easier to trace. Time will tell if that is the case!


Carol V.

William D. GALLOWAY had siblings:
Fielding b. 1841/2
Louisa Jane b. 1845/6
Sarah / Sally b. abt 1847 m. Charles LUCK (It is possible that Sarah and Sally Galloway were not the same girl, but it seemed the most reasonable conclusion)
Emily b. 1849/50 m. M. G. SMITH (was this Marshal SMITH, her sister's brother in law??)
Glen / Glenn B. b. 1852/3

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