Archive for January, 2009

History of Johnson County, Arkansas

Posted in Surnames with tags , , on January 29, 2009 by Ginger Smith

I received the book, “History of Johnson County Arkansas: The first hundred years” by Ella Molloy Langford today through the Wake Co Interlibrary Loan system. The book came from Duke University. It is signed by the author and the pages are falling out. It was published in 1921. There is no index, however, there are some really great pictures in the back of the book of various buildings in and around the county seat of Clarksville.

My goal is to read the book (~200 pages), scan the photos, and learn about the history of Johnson County. My Smith family settled here shortly before 1850.

This book is actually already saved in full text at google books here. You can search anywhere in the book and download it to PDF or ePub, the latter I could not get to work.  Unfortunately when I downloaded the PDF, I could not search the PDF which renders the PDF of little use to me. So if you want to perform any searches on the book, you need to search it from google books.

David Smith was enumerated on the 1850 Horsehead, Johnson Co., AR census report next door to Clayborne Smith. David Smith was 61 years old (born about 1789) from Tennessee. His wife Sarah Smith was also enumerated in the household. She was 60 years old (born about 1790) also from Tennessee. William and Richard Smith were also in the household. William was 18 years old (born about 1832) in Alabama and Richard Smith was 13 years old (born about 1837) in Alabama.

Clayborne Smith was living next door with his wife and family. He was 28 years old (born about 1822) in Tennessee.

In March 1855, David Editon Smith of Johnson County, AR purchased 40 acres of land in the NW quarter of the SE quarter of section 23 in township 9 north of range 24 west in the district of lands subject to sale at Clarksville, AR.

This is all we know of David Smith. His son, Richard Smith also settled in Johnson Co., AR. He was a Civil War Soldier for both sides. You can read about his Civil War Records here.


To Do: Smith family obits

Posted in Smith, Surnames with tags on January 15, 2009 by Ginger Smith

1. Finish transcribing all the obituaries that Doris sent to me (mark them off on my list) into Smith Family Obituaries document – done 1/15/09
2. Enter obituary transcripts into family tree database notes – done 1/15/09
3. Enter source information for obituaries – done 1/17/09
4. Enter birth and death dates and places and names of people mentioned in obituaries in FTF – done 1/17/09
5. Combine multiple obit pics in single sheets (ie, put two Preston Obits together), combine obits of married couples on one sheet, children on one sheet…? either way, make pretty pictures to print and file in folders. – done 1/19/09
6. Print family group sheets and file – done 1/19/09
7. Make an inventory document of all items received from Doris in the mail on 1/13/2009

Smith family: Long Term Projects

Posted in Smith, Surnames with tags on January 15, 2009 by Ginger Smith

1. Scan and summarize 60 pages of Richard Smith’s Civil War Pension file – update 2/3/09: I found out that my scanner compile scanned images into pdfs. I would like to rescan all 60 pages and save to one easy access pdf file. Or maybe into two saved pdf files – one by page number (I’m not sure how my grandfather numbered them, probably in the order they arrived); and one file numbered chronologically. Then transfer all the individual digital images to my external HD.

2. Scan, transcribe, and enter into FTF the Smith family obits that Doris sent to me – done 1/17/2009 (I still need to finish compiling my “inventory” – all items received from Doris – into my Word document

3. Download and transcribe the James and John Smith (of Jackson Co AL) Rev. War files – Transcribed John Smith’s Revolutionary War file on 1/14/2009 and posted summary to blog.

4. Review probate and deed films for Smith family in Johnson Co., AR from FHL

5. Review Johnson Co., AR history and family books to learn about the area and see if Smith family mentioned – ordered “Johnson Co AR, 100 Years in History…” through ILL on 1/15/09; Received book on 1/30/09, currently reading; No index. To do: scan and post images of Johnson Co from the book.

6. Obtain death certificates of Phoebe and Preston Smith – received 2/3/09 – scanned, emailed to family and friends, and entered into Family Tree Maker

7. Make contact with other Smith descendants – Doris (Clyde’s dau), Johnny’s kids, Avery’s kids, and Jimmy’s kids (ask Doris for contact info)

8. Order death certificate of Ray Smith (Preston’s brother) to determine year born and parents. His date of birth conflicts with Preston’s date of birth and information provided by Richard Smith in his pension application.

9. Order Smith family marriage article from pages 6-14 of the April 1980 edition of the Johnson Co Historical Society Journal – requested through ILL on 12/28/08. – Update 2/3/09: There’s some kind of problem with my request. The library in AR is saying these are only 2 page editions???

10. Review Smith family entries from the Cowlitz Co., WA cemetery records book – Ordered through ILL on 12/29/08; 1/29/09 – scanned indexes for Smith entries; scanned all pages with Smith references twice – once as jpeg and once as tif. Saved all scanned book pages (jpegs) to the SMITH/Cowlitz County Washington Resources/Cemeteries of Cowlitz County folder. Transferred the tif images to external harddrive. – Wouldn’t it be nice to post the index to my blog?