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Looking for the Confederate Soldier Records of Richard Smith

Posted in Smith with tags , , , on June 30, 2011 by Ginger Smith

I have in my possession the Union Pension Records of my ancestor, Richard Smith. However I have recently learned that he was in the Confederate Army prior to joining the Union Army in 1863. I have been trying to find record of his service in the Confederate Army.

Page 40 of Richard Smith’s (Union) Pension application form lists his Confederate service summary, as provided by the Department of the Interior:

One Richard Smith, private in Capt. L. H. Stone’s Co. A Clarkson’s Battalion, Ark and Mo. Cav. C.S.A. – date and place of enlistment not shown, is reported on roll, without date, the only roll of said Co. on which his name is found, absent “Transferred, Aug. 4 – 1862 to Capt Mc Donel.

Roll of Capt. James Mc Donel’s Co F Clarkson’s Batt. Ark & Mo. Cav. C.S.A. dated, Sept 14, 1862, only roll of said Co. on file, shows Richard Smith, age 24, enrolled by Capt. James Mc Donel, May 1, 1862, in Franklin Co., Ark. for 12 Mos. – present. Remark “Stampeded at Camp Riley, C. N. July 3. – reported back Aug 2, 1862.

Roll of Capt Forrester’s Co B, Buster’s 15 Batt. Ark. Cav. formerly Co G. Clark’s Regt. Mo. Inf C.S.A. from Feb 28, 1863 to Apr 30 1863 first on file shows Richard Smith enlisted May 8 1862 at Ozark by Capt. McDonel for 12 Mos. – present.

June 30 1863 last on file “Absent – without leave.” No record of conscription or disability found.

* Co G Clark’s Regt – Mo. Inft CSA appears to have been organized by transfers from Co’s D, E, F, and G of Clarkson’s Batt’n Ark & Mo Cav C.S.A; M. W. Buster was Lieut. Col. Of Clarkson’s Batt. Ark & Mo. Cav. Also of Clark’s Regt. Mo. Inft. And Buster’s 15 Batt’n Ark & Mo Cav C.S.A.

I pulled up and did a search for “Richard Smith” + Arkansas but I could not find any mention of the above Battalions and Calvaries. Then I did another search on Richard Smith, applied a filter of Civil War Records, then applied an additional filter of “Civil War Soldiers – Confederate CSA.” Beneath that under Military Unit, I found Clarkson’s Battallion of Independent Rangers and filtered my results for that!!!

Civil War FiltersMilitary Unit Filter

This resulted in a total of 3 pages for Richard Smith. The first page was the standard card that contained the file numbers for the other two pages. The second and third pages contained the muster rolls for Company A of Clarkson’s Battalion from Feb 1, 1862 – Oct 31, 1862 (page 2 of 3) and Capt James McDonald’s Company from Sept 14, 1862 (page 3 of 3).

These documents matched up for the most part with what was written in Richard’s Union Pension files – that he was transferred to Captain McDonald’s Company in May of 1862; However there is no mention of when or where he originally signed up with the Confederate Army prior to May of 1862 when he was transferred to Capt. McDonald’s unit. [Goal: keep looking for these records, although I don’t expect to find them since they were not mentioned in Richard’s pension file].

The next set of records I found for Richard Smith were from Clark’s Regiment, Missouri Infantry, also on I found these by searching in the Civil War Collection and filtering my results by “Civil War Soldiers – Confederate – MO.”

I found two muster cards for Richard Smith for Mar & Apr 1863 – he was present in Clark’s Company G; and for May & June 1863, also in Company G, however he was “Absent without leave.”

Richard’s pension records had mentioned a muster card from Captain Forrester’s Company B, Buster’s 15th Battalion AR Cavalry, formerly Company G of Clark’s Regiment MO infantry C. S. A. dated Feb 28, 1863 – Apr 30, 1863 in which Richard Smith was “present.” – I have not been able to locate this card or Buster’s 15th Battalion [Goal: Locate this unit and muster card]; and frankly I find this a bit confusing. How can the 15th Battalion AR Cav be “formerly of Clark’s Company G” if Richard supposedly was present in this unit in Feb-Apr of 1863 and absent in June of 1863 according to his pension papers but yet he is present in Mar & Apr of 1863 and absent in May & June of 1863 in Clark’s Company G unit according to the muster rolls I found on 

Anyways, that’s for another day. The whole reason I have been looking for these records is to determine when and where Richard Smith signed up for duty.  He supposedly had two brothers, John and Clabe or Claiborne Smith who joined the Army at the same time. If I can determine when and where and in what regiment Richard Smith joined the Confederate Army, then maybe I can find John and Claiborne with him.

So my goals are the following:

1.  To continue looking for Richard’s original enlistment regiment and muster rolls

2.  To obtain Richard Smith’s Confederate enlistment papers – is this possible? Can these be obtained from the National Archives? I have in my grandfather’s notes that Richard Smith’s parents’ names are listed on his enlistment papers, but I don’t have the copies of his enlistment papers.  I wonder what happened to them?

3.  To find enlistment information for Richard Smith’s supposed brothers John and Claiborne Smith – did they all enlist at the same place at the same time? What happened to them?

If you can provide suggestions on how to obtain enlistment papers on Confederate service, please email me or comment below.

Source: “Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations Raised Directly by the Confederate Government,” digital images, ( : accessed 28 June 2011); Richard Smith (Clarkson’s Battalion of Cavalry, Independent Rangers, C. S. A) index card; imaged from Carded Records Showing Military Service of Soldiers Who Fought in Confederate Organizations, compiled 1903 – 1927, documenting the period 1861 – 1865, M258, (Washington, D.C.: National Archives [n.d.]), roll ?. Records were found by searching on “Richard Smith,” in the “Civil War Collection;” Then I applied a filter for the “Civil War Soldier – Confederate – CSA,” and then under Military Unit, I applied the filter for “Clarkson’s Battalion, Confederate Cavalry, Independent Rangers, L-Y AND Lyon’s Escort, Forrest’s Cavalry CSA AND Martin’s Escort CSA”

Source: “Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Missouri,” digital images, ( : accessed 28 June 2011); Richard Smith (Company G, Clark’s Regiment, Missouri Infantry, Confederate) index card; imaged from Carded Records Showing Military Service of Soldiers Who Fought in Confederate Organizations, compiled 1903 – 1927, documenting the period 1861 – 1865, M322, (Washington, D.C.: National Archives [n.d.]), roll ?. Records were found by searching on “Richard Smith,” in the “Civil War Collection;” Then I applied a filter for the “Civil War Soldier – Confederate – MO.”


1850 Johnson Co AR Census – 8 Townships

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on April 21, 2010 by Ginger Smith

The 1850 Johnson County, Arkansas census had eight townships that were included:


Introduction to Mickel’s Johnson Co AR Compilation Book

Posted in Surnames with tags , , on April 2, 2009 by Ginger Smith

My Smith family moved to Johnson County, Arkansas a few years before 1850. The family had been in Jackson County, Alabama prior to their removal to Arkansas. I know little so far about my Smith family. I found my 5th great grandfather, David Smith, on the 1850 census report in Horsehead, Johnson County, Arkansas. I then have record of a land grant that David “Editon” Smith purchased from the state of Arkansas in 1855. That is the last record I found for David Smith. David Smith was married to Sarah Gallymore.

David and Sarah Smith’s son, Richard Smith, participated in both the Union and Confederate armies during the War Between the States from 1862 to 1865. Following the war, Richard moved around a lot throughout Arkansas and Oklahoma. His son Preston and Preston’s descendants eventually settled in Sebastian County, Arkansas. Sebastian County was the next county west on the border of Arkansas and Oklahoma.

In December 2008, I started finding and evaluating resources for Johnson County, Arkansas. One of the resources I found, and knew that I could get my hands on easily, was Mrs. R. W. Mickel’s book, Johnson County, Arkansas Probate court records: wills, estate settlements, deeds, 1835 tax list – 1840 census; over 10,000 names. My goal was to find a probate or will record for my David Smith.

This book’s index had several Smiths listed with corresponding page numbers. Due to time constraints I was only able to xerox a few pages from the book. I did not find any records of my David Smith or his sons, Claiborn or Richard Smith. However, I did find existence of a couple of other Smith families in Johnson County. I wonder if they were connected to my Smith family.
I have copied most of the Smith family entries in this post.

Possibly Related? – Anthony Smith of Johnson County, Arkansas

Posted in Smith, Surnames with tags , , , on April 2, 2009 by Ginger Smith

**Updated with Hardeman Co., TN marriage Smith-Lee records**

In a previous post I mentioned Mrs. R. W. Mickel’s book Johnson County, Arkansas Probate court records: wills, estate settlements, deeds, 1835 tax list – 1840 census; over 10,000 names. I reviewed the index and contents of the book, but I did not find any entries for my ancestor, David Smith.

I did, however, find a couple of other families who could possibly related to my David Smith family.

Anthony Smith was born about 1780 in North Carolina according to census reports. He married Winnefred “Winney” LEE who was born about 1790 also in North Carolina. They had at least 3 children: George Washington Smith, Daniel Smith, and Joseph Smith born between 1816-1820 in Tennessee. Anthony Smith and Winnefred Lee were married in Hardeman Co., Tennessee 25 May 1835. Both of their Smith and Lee families probably migrated from North Carolina to Tennessee at about the same time together.

Anthony and Winnifred Smith were enumerated in Clarksville, Johnson County, Arkansas in 1850. Anthony Smith was 70 years old – born about 1780 in North Carolina – and was a grocery keeper; Winnefred Smith was 60 years old – born about 1790 in North Carolina. They did not have any children living in the house with them.

In 1854, Anthony Smith’s will was presented to the Johnson County, Arkansas court. The will listed his wife, Winnafred Smith, and 3 sons – Washington, Joseph, and Daniel Smith.

2nd generation….

George Washington Smith was born about 1816 in Tennessee, the son of Anthony and Winnafred Smith. He married Ester Lee, the daughter of David Lee, July 1841, in Hardeman Co., TN. Ester’s sister Harriett Lee married Washington’s brother Joseph Smith (Oct 23, 1839, Hardeman Co., TN). George Washington Smith died between 1862 (he was listed as the husband of Ester Lee Smith who’s brother listed her and her husband in his will, 1862, Johnson Co., AR) and 1870 when Ester Smith was enumerated as head of the house. George and Ester had the following children living with them during the census report years: David Smith (1842), Millie (Delyan?) Smith (1845), Mary Smith (1848), Winney Caroline Smith (1850) & Nancy C Smith (1862).

Daniel Smith was born about 1818 in Tennessee, the son of Anthony and Winnafred Smith. He married Anquila Unknown who was born about 1824 according to the 1850 Johnson County, Arkansas census report. Daniel’s wife Anquila died between 1853 and 1860. I am not sure exactly how many children they had together. According to the 1850 Johnson County, Arkansas census report, they had Elizabeth (1844), William A (1846), and John W (1850) Smith living with them. William, John, and Joseph (1853) were enumerated with Daniel on the 1860 Johnson County, Arkansas census report. Daniel Smith left a will that was presented to the Johnson County court in 1864. His “heirs” were Joseph A. and Walter Smith, and Dicey Corley, now Hamelton. Joseph was the youngest son. Walter was probably the “John W. Smith” mentioned in the 1850 and 1860 census reports above. Dicey Smith was probably the oldest daughter Elizabeth Smith. Dicey Smith married first to Leroy Cauley in 1859. She then remarried to a Hamilton prior to her father’s will in 1864. Daniel’s oldest son William was not mentioned in his will, therefore he either passed away prior to 1864 (could have perished in the Civil War) or he removed to another state.

Joseph Smith was born about 1820 in Tennessee. He married Harriett Lee, the daughter of David Lee, October 23, 1839 in Hardeman Co., TN. Her sister Ester Lee married Joseph’s brother George Washington Smith, July 1841 in Hardeman Co., TN. Harriett Lee Smith was born about 1825 in North Carolina. They had at least 9 children: Elizabeth Smith (1840), Winney Caroline Smith (1842), Richard Smith (1848), Martha Smith (1850), Mary Smith (1852), William Smith (1854), Virginia Smith (1856), Fanny Smith (1858), and Thomas Smith (1862). Joseph Smith died between 1862 and 1870. His oldest daughter Elizabeth Smith was born about 1840 in Tennessee. This information allows us to estimate a timeline that includes Joseph Smith and his family moving from Tennessee to Arkansas between 1840 and 1843 when 2nd daughter Caroline was born in Arkansas.

I need to do more research on this family in order to build a more accurate time line which would include the family’s migration through North Carolina, Tennessee, and Arkansas. I did find an Anthony G Smith on the 1820 Rutherford County Tennessee Census report along with an older Joseph Smith. It is possible that Anthony was the son of this Joseph Smith due to the proliferation of the name “Joseph” down the lines of his descendants. A search for Joseph Smith’s will, possibly in Rutherford County, Tennessee, would verify or disprove this hypothesis.

The only connection I have been able to find between Anthony Smith and my David Smith line is the proximity of the two families in Johnson County, Arkansas in 1850. Anthony Smith’s family moved to Johnson County, Arkansas by way of Tennessee shortly after 1840. Anthony’s children had been born in Tennessee between 1816-1820 prior to their removal to Arkansas. David Smith’s family, however, was in Jackson County, Alabama about 1838. His daughter Sarah Smith Grider had been born about 1825 in Alabama as well. I could not find David Smith’s family in either Arkansas or Alabama on the 1840 census report, so I am not sure exactly when his family moved from Alabama to Arkansas – it had to be sometime between 1838 and 1850. There was a David Smith on the 1840 Jackson County, Alabama census report, however he was born between 1810 and 1820 and had only two daughters living in the household at the time.

According to the 1850 Johnson County Arkansas census report, David Smith was born about 1789 in Tennessee. This is the only documentation I have that says anything about David Smith. Anthony and his wife Winnefred were born in North Carolina about 1780-1790. It is possible that the birth year on the 1850 census report was incorrect and David was actually younger – he might have been the David Smith on the 1840 Jackson County, Alabama census report – which would put him as a possible son born to Anthony Smith between 1810-1820 in Tennessee. I don’t believe this was a strong possibility, however, because neither David or his family was mentioned in Anthony’s will of 1854. David Smith purchased a land grant in 1855, so he was still living at the time of Anthony’s will.

Another interesting tidbit is that there is yet another correlation between the Smith and LEE families. In an earlier post, I wrote about a Lee descendant who’s DNA matched 100 % to my grandfather’s Smith DNA. The match was so close it indicated that these Smith and Lee men had a 50% chance of sharing a common ancestor in the last **2** generations!

I think that we need to look closely at our two families and try to find a paper trail that might indicate the Lee – Smith relation. So far there are two Lee-Smith family connection possibilities: (1) Assuming we find some connection between this Anthony Smith and my David Smith families, there is the connection between Anthony’s Smith’s two sons, Joseph and George Washington who married two of David Lee’s daughters, Ester and Harriett Lee. (2) According to David Smith’s daughter, Sarah Ann Smith Grider’s Cherokee Citizenship application file, her grandmother was Jinnie Gallymore, nee Lee. Gallymore was the name of David’s wife, Sarah.

Please feel free to comment on this post!

Speaking of comments… Linda left the following comment on my other blog on 19 Apr 2010:

There is little question that an Anthony SMITH married Winifred LEE in Hardeman County, Tennessee, May 1835. Also we will find: Joseph Smith m. to Hariet Lee in Hardeman County, TN Oct 23, 1839 & George W. Smith m. to Esther Lee Hardeman County, TN, July 1841. These are usually accepted as sons of Anthony Smith and Winifred Lee. I too have them listed as their sons. In support of this is Anthony’s will, presented 1854 in Johnson County, Arkansas, and which lists his wife as Winnafred Smith and his three sons, Joseph, George W, and Daniel Smith.

There seems to be some confusion here concerning the dates of Anthony and Winifred (Lee) Smith’s marriage, and the dates of the births and marriages of their sons. It appears to me that this was a second marriage for Anthony and Winifred? Would that mean that Winifred is not the mother of Joseph, Daniel, and George W. Smith? Or is the marriage record for Anthony and Winifred in Hardeman County, TN actually for another brother of Joseph, George W. and Daniel Smith? If so, what of the will of Anthony Smith listing Winnafred as wife with the three sons? If Anthony is the biological father of the three Smith sons, then perhaps we would be looking for a previous marriage for Anthony, one prior to 1835, and possibly back in North Carolina. Anyone is invited to respond with your own theories, information or facts that can clear this matter up.


Smith Family Entries From Mickel’s Johnson Co AR Compilation

Posted in Smith, Surnames with tags , , , , , on April 2, 2009 by Ginger Smith

In my last post, I talked about a new book that I had found that I thought would help me locate my ancestor, David Smith in Johnson County, Arkansas. I was able to locate the book at the NC State Library, however I was not able to find my David Smith in the index. I did, however, briefly skim through and jot down some other Smith families that I thought would be of interest to me.

Source: Johnson Country, Arkansas Probate court records : wills, estate settlements, deeds, 1835 tax list–1840 census:, over 10,000 names by R. W. Mikel.

Repository: NC Gen Library, c.r. no. 929.3A8j0M625j

The following are selected SMITH entries from this book. Book was skimmed very quickly on 12/29/08

Note: Probate Records – pp 11-45 & Will Book A records – pp 45-123

Date Name Abstract Record Type Page

1836 Abram T Smith Deed book C, earliest book in the courthouse: Abram T Smith, 1836 Deed Book C 1

1838 John Smith Deed book C, earliest book in the courthouse: John Smith, 1838 Deed Book C 1

1840 Henry Smith (of Logan Co., KY) Deed book D, 1840, John Howell to Henry Smith, Jr of Logan Co., KY. Deed Book D 6

1854 Anthony Smith Anthony Smith, decd, Apr 1854: widow – Winnafred; 3 sons – Washington, Joseph, and Daniel. Will Book A 46 – See related post here

1857 Moses Grider Moses Grider decd 1862, widow Mary Grider, son Hinkley Grider Will Book A 46

1858 David Lee David Lee estate, Oct term 1858 wife Anna Lee; GW Smith and wife Ester, dau of David Lee; Joseph Smith and wife Harriet, dau of david Lee; W William McDaniel and wife Mady C, dau of David Lee; Resin Lee; William H Lee; John Lee; Mary Lee, a minor. Probate 28

1860 William Henry Lee William Henry Lee Will, 1860, Johnson Co., AR: William Henry Lee, decd. brothers and sisters heirs. Ester wife of George W Smith; Harriet, wife of Joseph Smith, Resin Lee; Mary Elizabeth, wife of Rufus Turner; John Lee; Madie wife of William McDaniel Will Book A 58

1862 Anthony Smith Anthony Smith, decd, Apr 1854: widow – Winnafred; 3 sons – Washington, Joseph, and Daniel. Will Book A ?

1862 Resin Lee Resin Lee, decd, 1862, not married; brothers and sisters heirs: Mary Elizabeth, wife of J R Turner; Mady, wife of William McDaniel; Ester, wife of George W Smith, Harriet wife of Joseph Smith; and John Lee. Will Book A ?

1864 Daniel Smith Daniel Smith dec, 1864, heirs, Joseph A and Walter Smith, + Dicey Coley, now Hamelton Will Book A 56

1868 Permelia (md to John Smith) Eli Patty decd, Apr 5 1868, minor heirs, Isaac and Emmaline. Others, Duncan McMillon, Thomas B. Patty; John C Patty; James M Primm; Per____ (should be Permilia) Smith, Hiram Dacus and wife. Probate 40

1868 Eli Patty Eli Patty decd, Apr 5 1868, heirs: Jane, wife of Duncan McMillan; Thomas B Patty, Miranda Primm; Isaac Patty; Parmelia, wife of John Smith; Sarah, wife of Hiram Dacus, John Patty; James Patty of Cali; and Emeline J Patty. Will Book A 57

1916 W E Smith Will of W. E. Smith, 1916, decd, heirs Mrs. M A Shelton; Mrs L V Hill; and J F Smith Will Book A 100

1918 Nobel Smith Will of Nobel Smith, dec, 1918, J E Smith Adm., heirs brothers and sisters Minnie Cater and Mattie Smith Will Book A 100

Preston and Phoebe (O’Neal) Smith

Posted in Smith, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on February 4, 2009 by Ginger Smith

Preston Smith was born in the late 1860s in Horsehead Creek near Coal Hill, Johnson Co., AR.  He died Jan 8, 1933 in Fort Smith, Sebastian Co., AR of Pnuemonia contracted from influenza.  He married Phoebe Eunice O’Neal who was born June 7, 1878 in Johnson Co., AR.  She was the daughter of John L. O’Neal and Nancy Malinda Johnson. Phoebe Smith died Sep 10, 1948 at Sparks Hospital in Fort Smith, Sebastian Co., AR of congestive heart failure.

Preston Smith was the son of Richard Smith and Martha Dunlap.  There are some discrepancies about Preston Smith’s date of birth.  In a survey submitted by Preston’s father, Richard Smith, to the Board of Pensions in 1898, Richard Smith stated that his son Preston Smith was born Aug 24, 1868.  Richard listed the date of birth of Preston’s older brother, Ray Smith, as Oct 9, 1866. These dates correspond well with the census reports of both Preston and Ray/Roy.  

Preston Smith’s death certificate, however, states his date of birth was Aug 15, 1866, nearly two years earlier. His death certificate was filled out by his son, James R. Smith, in 1933. Sometimes death certificates can contain incorrect information because they are recorded “after the fact,” in this case, nearly 65 years later. The informant may not have had knowledge of the deceased’s vital statistics and may have submitted their best guess to the Physician. 

A review of Preston Smith’s brother William Ray or Roy Smith’s death certificate could probably help to clear up this discrepancy. If his death certificate states he was also born 1866, son of Richard Smith, then it is possible that Preston’s date of birth has been erroneously recorded in both his obituary and death certificate.

Feel free to browse the gallery below of Preston and Phoebe Smith’s obituaries, gravemarker, and death certificates. I believe the obituaries came from The Southwest Times Record of Fort Smith, Sebastian Co., AR.  They were sent to me by Doris Hamblin, daughter of Preston’s son Clyde Smith. I obtained certified copies of the death certificates from the Arkansas Department of Health in Little Rock, AR.  The grave marker picture was taken at Morris Cemetery in Bloomer, Sebastian Co., AR by a volunteer, Deborah Musgrove. Preston Smith’s daughter, Hester Smith was also buried there along with Preston’s father, Richard Smith. Richard Smith’s first wife, Martha Dunlap is believed to be buried there as well, however there is no marker.

A review of the historical documents of the Morris Cemetery should be conducted to determine if Martha Dunlap Smith had, in fact, been buried there next to her husband.

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.