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Descendants of John Wesley/ Westley Smith & Martha H. Patterson

Generation No. 1

1. JOHN WESLEY/ WESTLEY1 SMITH was born 1852 in Grundy Co., TN, and died Abt. 1888. He married MARTHA H. PATTERSON 19 Nov 1871 in Grundy Co., TN, daughter of DANIEL PATTERSON and MARY.

Notes for JOHN WESLEY/ WESTLEY SMITH:

John W. Smith & Wife Martha H. (Patterson) Smith are buried acrros the road from the cemetery of Providence Church in a field about 3-400 yards in front of church.

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Transcription of notes of Thomas Edward Bolden, Sr. regarding our SMITH relatives:

Alma (Smith) Rust so states that her mother, Mary, line 6 was about a year old when her father John W. passed away.

Cause of death for Mary's father, John W. Smith: A friend of his wanted to scuffle (or play around) & Grampa didn't want to. The friend said "Aw, come on," & grabbed him and tossed him and he landed on his head, breaking his neck and dying 2-3 days afterwards. But not before admonishing his sons that the incident was accidental and not to be avenged.

 

Notes for MARTHA H. PATTERSON:

John W. Smith & Wife Martha H. (Patterson) Smith are buried acrros the road from the cemetery of Providence Church in a field about 3-400 yards in front of church.

Children of JOHN SMITH and MARTHA PATTERSON are:

i. DANIEL RUFUS2 SMITH, b. 10 Apr 1872, Grundy Co., TN; d. 18 Nov 1954, Franklin Co, TN; m. ONIE RAY.

Notes for DANIEL RUFUS SMITH:

Daniel is buried in Cemetery of Providence Church near Pelham, TN. Daniel's headstone SHOULD read: born 1872.

 

ii. JOHN WESLEY SMITH, b. Abt. 07 Apr 1874, Grundy Co., TN; d. 19 Sep 1945, Franklin Co, TN; m. MELINDA "LINDY" LONG, 16 Dec 1896.

Notes for JOHN WESLEY SMITH:

John Wesley Smith is buried in Cemetery of Providence Church near Pelham, TN. John's headstone should read born 1873.

 

iii. JAMES T. SMITH, b. 04 Mar 1877, Grundy Co., TN; d. 22 Mar 1951, Grundy Co., TN; m. REBECCA "BECKY" SEAGRAVES, 13 Oct 1897.

 

iv. LOU ELLA SMITH, b. 12 Jul 1882, Pelham, Grundy Co., TN1,2,3; d. 10 Apr 1959, Tullahoma, Coffee Co., TN4,5,6,7; m. THOMAS HENRY BOLDEN, 14 Jul 1898, Altamont, Grundy Co., TN8.

Notes for LOU ELLA SMITH:

Obituary of Lou Ella (Smith) Bolden - 1959

[1959 newspaper clipping - see transcriber notes below]

Mrs. Bolden Dies at Age of 76 Years

Mrs. Lou Ella Bolden, of 204 _est Weaver Street, widow of Thomas H. Bolden, died Friday morning at Queen City Infirmary after a long illness. She was 76 years old.

Mrs. Bolden was a native of Grundy County and had made her home here many years. She was a member of the Methodist Church.

She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Marie Cobb, of Tullahoma, and Mrs. Louise Cobb, of Detroit, a son, Tilman Bolden, of Tullahoma; a sister, Mrs. Mary Yarworth, of Warrior, Ala.; eight grandchildren, and 20 great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at Daves-Culbertson Funeral Home. Emmett J. Allen officiated. Burial was in Mount Garner Cemetery, Decherd.

[Transcriber notes: This is a transcription of a photograph of Lou Ella's obituary. Photograph of obituary was taken by Lou Ella's grandson, Thomas Edward Bolden Sr. (my father).

It is unknown which Tennessee newspaper the obituary appeared in.]

Notes for THOMAS HENRY BOLDEN:

[1933 newspaper clipping]

Tom H. Boling Dies In Estill Springs

Tom H. Boling, 55, died Wednesday, Nov. 8, at his home in Estill Springs. He was a member of the Junior Order of United American Mechanics.

The funeral was held at 2 o'clock Thursday, and burial was in the Decherd cemetery.

He is survived by his widow, three sons, Henry, Tillman and Edward, and four daughters, Mrs. Lucille Armstrong, Annie May, Irene and Vera Boling.

[see notes below]

--Name should read THOMAS H. BOLDEN

--Transcription from copy of 1933 newspaper clipping (from an unknown Tennessee newspaper) of the obituary of my great-grandfather, Thomas Henry Bolden, which is in my possession.

--I have a copy of his death certificate to confirm this is the same person.

 

v. CYRUS SMITH, b. May 1885, Grundy Co., TN.

 

vi. MARY SMITH, b. Jul 1887, Grundy Co., TN.

Notes for MARY SMITH:

Transcription of notes of Thomas Edward Bolden, Sr. regarding our SMITH relatives:

Mary, youngest dau. of John W. & Martha; born with impaired use of right hand & leg and impaired learning ability also. She (Mary) was taken advantage of by an unscrupulous neighbor and Nora Mae & Alma were born out of wedlock. Nora Mae married at 13-14 yrs, had 5-6 children and died at 26 yrs of "galloping pneumonia" so states her young surviving sister Alma (Smith) Rust - May 20, 1992.

 

Endnotes

1. TN Dept of Public Health, Div of Vital Statistics, Delayed Birth Certificate of William Henry Bolden, (Filed July 11, 1941).

2. Tombstone photo taken Aug 1978 by Thomas Edward Bolden, Sr..

3. Cemetery Records of Franklin County, Tennessee, Revised Edition, pg. 308, #1146, Mt. Garner Cemetery, Decherd, Franklin Co, TN tombstone reads: Lou E. Bolden 12 July 1882 - April 10, 1959 Thomas H. Bolden 15 Nov 1880 - Nov 8, 1933. [note Tom's death date on stone differs from death cert].

4. Dept of Public Health, Death Certificate of William Henry Bolden, (Cordell Hull Building, Nashville, TN).

5. Tombstone photo taken Aug 1978 by Thomas Edward Bolden, Sr..

6. Family Group Sheet of Thomas Henry Bolden prepared by Thomas Edward Bolden., Lou Ella Smith Death: 10 April 1959, Tullahoma (Coffee Co) Tenn Burial: Mt. Garner Cemetery, Decherd, Tenn, Franklin Co.

7. Cemetery Records of Franklin County, Tennessee, Revised Edition, pg. 308, #1146, Mt. Garner Cemetery, Decherd, Franklin Co, TN tombstone reads: Lou E. Bolden 12 July 1882 - April 10, 1959 Thomas H. Bolden 15 Nov 1880 - Nov 8, 1933. [note Tom's death date on stone differs from death cert].

8. Family Group Sheet of Thomas Henry Bolden prepared by Thomas Edward Bolden., Thomas Henry Bolden Lou Ella Smith Married 14 July 1898.