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Elijah Smith

Elijah Smith

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  • Name Elijah Smith 
    Born 12 Mar 1839  Rockford, Coosa Co, AL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1 Jul 1918  Rockford, Coosa Co, AL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery  Coosa Co, AL USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Unsure if the city is Rockford or Stewartville.
      FindAGrave just gives Holman Crossroads.
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    Person ID I11277  Smith Smyth Schmidt Smythe Smitt
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    Smith DNA GRP-R-M269-90 Smith Branch: Patrick Smith b c 1787 TN m Mary Ann Lindsey (2 David 3 David) (Kit# 3376****/YDNA)), Smith Branch: Patrick Smith b c 1787 TN m Mary A Lindsey(Tree Only-No DNA), Smith Branch: Patrick Smith b c 1787 TN m Mary Ann Lindsey (Kit# b144****/FF/Aut)
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    Last Modified 25 Jul 2014 

    Father Elijah Smith,   b. ca 1806, TN,USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. ca 25 May 1846, Coosa Co,AL,USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 40 years) 
    Mother Nancy Cornett,   b. 1805, ,Grayson,VA,USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1860, ,Coosa,AL,USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years) 
    Census (Family) 1830  Jackson Co, AL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 22 Jan 1830  Winchester, Franklin Co, TN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Cannot now locate the source for this specific date and especially location, but I have seen it in official records somewhere in Franklin Co, TN records. A descendant (not necessarily a researcher) in an old letter claims they married in Hamilton Co, TN (Chattanooga).

      One interesting note re the legality* of his marriage though was found in his
      probate records. (See full probate records in note on his death date):

      Elijah Smith’s death date is unknown, but he was certainly dead by 25 May 1846 due to his probate records:

      From The David Lindsey Family of Alabama (1953):
      Coosa County--Oprhans Court Minutes, O.S, 1846-1855

      May 25, 1846:

      Guy Smith applies for Letters of Admr. on Estate of Elijah Smith, deceased.

      Widow and next of kin and creditors refuse to administer. Granted.

      . . . .

      November 16, 1846:
      Guy Smith petitions sale real estate of Elijah Smith, deceased . . . .

      States he cannot set forth the heirs of Elijah Smith, the legality of his marriage being questioned.

      Names of heirs by reputed wife or widow are:
      James, Mary, Elijah, Newton, and Benjamin, --all under 14.

      Alfred G Hallmark, Appt Guardian.

      ------BSF 7/8/2001

      Re: The Legality of his marriage to Nancy: One descendant (Mrs. Ottava Ivey, wife of Robert Ivey, then of Taft, TN) stated in an old letter that Nancy Cornett was married in VA to a Chitty and had 2 children by him, but she left her husband & brought the children by horse from VA to Chattanooga, TN where she met and married Elijah Smith.

      She also stated that William was a Chitty by birth, but in at least the 1850 Coosa Co, AL census, he was listed as William Smith, though his age (22, so b/ ca 1828) would seem to predate their alleged marriage date.

      Thus, it is at least probable that Nancy Cornett Chitty did not legally divorce her Chitty husband, making the legality of her marriage to Elijah in question.

      ---BSF 7/25/14
    Census (Family) 1840  Coosa Co, AL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census (Family) 1850  Hatchet Creek, Coosa Co, AL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census (Family) 1860  Mt. Olive, Coosa Co, AL USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • There is no known source(s) for sons John 1821-1848 and
      Hastings John Smith 1821 TN-1898 Carroll Co, AR. In fact, since both are
      named John b/ ca 1821, likely it is that these are the same individual and / or
      another line has been crossed with this Elijah Smith.

      Furthermore, Nancy Cornutt was known married first to a Chitty and
      did not even marry Elijah Smith until 22 Jan 1830 and that was in Winchester, Franklin Co, TN, so these children would predate her marriage to Elijah Smith.

      She allegedly (per 2 descendants and their letters) left her Chitty husband and married Elijah Smith, so it is possibly they were Chitty sons and he adopted the Chitty children or they informally took his surname.

      At least one alleged Chitty son, William, was listed in the 1850 and / or 1860 census with the Smith surname, so it is possible this / these John(s) were biological Chitty descendants.

      If anyone has a source for these linking them to Elijah Smith or his wife, Nancy Cornutt Smith, specifically, please contact the group contact.
    Family ID F1603  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Nancy E. Kelly,   b. 5 Jan 1842, AL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Nov 1918, Coosa Co,AL,USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Married 7 Jan 1862  Coosa Co, AL USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census (Family) 1870  Hanover, Coosa Co, AL USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census (Family) 1880  Mt. Olive, Coosa Co, AL USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census (Family) 1900  Mt. Olive, Coosa Co, AL USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census (Family) 1910  Precinct 5, Coosa Co, AL USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 26 Jul 2014 
    Family ID F24028  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 12 Mar 1839 - Rockford, Coosa Co, AL Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 7 Jan 1862 - Coosa Co, AL USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus (Family) - HH 93 / 99: Elijah Smith 31, m, Farmer, 300, AL N E Smith 27, f, KH, AL J J Smith 7, m, AL J A Smith 4, m, AL T R Smith 3, f, AL S N Smith 1, m, AL - 1870 - Hanover, Coosa Co, AL USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus (Family) - HH 14 / 15: Elijah Smith 41, m, Farmer, AL TN VA Nancy E. Smith 38, f, wife, KH, AL GA GA James J. Smith 17, m, son, laborer, AL AL AL John A. Smith 14, m, son, AL AL AL Theadocia Smith 13, f, dau, AL AL AL Simeon N. Smith 11, m, son, AL AL AL Romeallice Smith 9, f, dau, AL AL AL Eli J. Smith 7, m, son, AL AL AL Susan E. Smith 3, f, dau, AL AL AL unnamed Smith 2m, Apr, son, AL AL AL **Youngest son is Robert S. Smith - 1880 - Mt. Olive, Coosa Co, AL USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus (Family) - HH 192 / 192: Elijah Smith, 66, m, head, Mar 1839, m38, AL TN VA, Farmer, Own Nancy E Smith 58, f, wife, Jan 1842, m38, 8 / 8, AL GA GA Theodocia Smith 33, f, dau, Apr 1867, AL AL AL Robert B Smith 20, m, son, Apr 1880, AL AL AL, Farm laborer - 1900 - Mt. Olive, Coosa Co, AL USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1 Jul 1918 - Rockford, Coosa Co, AL Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery - Coosa Co, AL USA Link to Google Earth
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