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Ward 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:

  • 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 - 1).
    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
    Peter HAWKINS
    Jesse? HAMILTON
    Alex DAILY
    Jacob RICKARD
    John JAY (would be John H. JAY, John Stinson's father)
    George COUCH
    William BARGINEER
    Owen DAILY
    Enoch RIGLAND

  • 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
Bob Ann Breland writes:
"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 them.

"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 in.

"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 into trouble.

"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.


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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