SMITH, born about 1800 in South Carolina, was the son of Will
SMITH and an unnamed Cherokee woman.
Ward married Easter EVERIDGE who
was born about 1805 in Alabama or Georgia.
Ward and Easter had 10 children:
Bob Ann Breland writes:
- Frances b. 1820 married
Robert Reuben SIMMONS.
- Martha b. abt. 1822, married Murdock Middleton WILSON
b. 1 March 1828 Dallas Co., AL, died before 1860 in MS, as the last child, Emma, was born abt. 1858 in MS.
Murdock apparently was married (2nd) to a Martha SNELL.
Shirley Hodge writes that the Martha buried at MT. HERMON
CEMETERY, WASHINGTON PARISH LA is actually a SNELL rather
than Martha SMITH. A Shirley Hodge visited the Mr. Hermon
Cemetery where the pair are buried and was told by one
of the residents of Washington Parish, LA that the Martha
buried there was a Martha A. SNELL.
The Tombstones read:
WILSON, MURDOCK M., b. 3-1-1828, Dallas Cty., ALA, d.
10-29-1895, h/o Martha Wilson
WILSON, MARTHA A., b. 1-1-1831, d. 4-25-1897, w/o Murdock
M. Wilson, A M Y R - D D S - B T K C F N
SOURCE: USGENWEB 4 Nov 2000 MT. HERMON CEMETERY, Washington
Parish, Louisiana Submitted by Edie Talley. Contributed
by the Washington Parish Genealogical and Historical Society.
- Elizabeth b. 1824 is conjectured to have been the Elizabeth
SMITH who married John Stinson JAY b. 1822 in SC. John
was the son of John H. JAY b. 18 April 1771 in SC, died
19 April 1845, Monroe Co. AL, married Edna STINSON. It
is believed John H. JAY relocated to Wilcox AL before
moving to Monroe Co. AL. Edna is believed to be his second
wife, his first being an Elizabeth. The 1800 EDGEFIELD
COUNTY SC CENSUS shows a John ETHERIDGE (4 1 - 1 - 2 1
- 1 - - ) on the same page as a John JAY (1 - - - - 2
The 1840 Monroe Co. AL census shows:
G. A. JONES
James A. JAY
John S. JAY 1 male 20 to 30 and 1 female 16 to 20
James W. DOWNS
John JAY (would be John H. JAY, John Stinson's father)
- Mary b. 1828 AL
- Nancy b. 1830 AL
- John b. 1834 AL
- James b. 1838 AL
- Wilson b. 1841 AL
- Richard b. 1844 AL
- Narcissa b. 1848 AL
"Ward Smith, the father of Frances Smith Simmons
(wife of Robert 'Reuben' Simmons) apparently did not come
to Mississippi from Alabama with the Simmons. Mrs. Ward
Smith, Easter Everidge Smith, remembered as 'Granny Ward'
did come with the Simmons along with her other daughter
and son-in-law, the Murdock Wilsons.
"The tale is told that they were on the road for months,
and eventually lost account of the days of the week. On
the way, they stopped at the home of some settlers, where
they were told that they must be pretty bad people, as they
had been seen coming down the trail with the women knitting.
It seems they had arrived on Sunday and knitting was a no-no
on the Sabbath.
"Seldon Lang remembers that he was told by his mother that
Ward Smith's father (Will Smith) was an Indian fighter.
He had been reared by the Indians and could speak their
language, so he could talk with them and knew how to track
"When Indian marauders burned down the town of Roanoke,
VA., there were only two people who survived. He became
the tracker for a party of soldiers who tracked down the
marauders. When the soldiers were in pursuit, they came
upon the home of settlers burned by the same Indians, and
the remains of the house still smoking.
"The story is told that a Cherokee Indian girl in her teens
was out behind the place, standing on a stump picking green
peaches. The soldiers and their tracker, who was Ward Smith's
father, took the girl with them when they left. Smith took
her for his wife and they had a family, which included Ward
Smith. This is where the Indian line of the family comes
"Apparently, this family ancestor was quite a character.
He had a dog for years to help him in his tracking, and
when the dog died he put him in a box and buried him in
the human cemetery which was illegal. He evidently did many
things which were unusual, which often caused him to get
"Ward Smith apparently took after his father, and developed
a reputation for not working. It was said that because he
was half Indian, all he wanted to do was fish and hunt.
Seldon Lang said that a family saying developed because
of him; when somebody didn't like to work, they were said
to be as 'lazy as Ward Smith.'
"In Alabama, the Simmons family (and probably the Smiths)
lived in Coffee County, where they owned land on the Pea
River. Grandmother Narcis Simmons Lang had a copy of the
land grant for this property for a number of years, and
finally turned it over to a lawyer in Franklinton to see
if she had any claim on the property. The lawyer soon left
this part of the country, and she never did know what became
of her papers.
"There is also evidently some confusion about a person named
Alf, who many believe was one of Grandpa Reuben Simmons'
brothers. My father, Seldon Lang, said 'Alf' was Alf Boyd,
a nephew of Reuben's, who was his fishing and hunting buddy.
He was the son of one of Reuben's sisters."
"Lang Simmons Family History" Bob Ann Breland.
WARD SMITH CENSUS INFO
1830 AL Lowndes Co. census excerpt
1840 AL Butler Co. census excerpt showing Ward Smith, Etheridges and variants
1850 AL Covington Co. census excerpt showing Ward Smith and surrounding households
1860 MS Pike Co. census excerpt showing Ward Smith and surrounding houses
1870 LA Tangipahoa census excerpt showing Ward Smith and related families
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