Nathaniel John Smith, Sr

Nathaniel John Smith, Sr

Male 1822 - 1908  (86 years)

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  • Name Nathaniel John Smith, Sr 
    Suffix Sr 
    Born 13 Jan 1822  Wayne County, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 08 Aug 1908  Washington County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Charity Chapel Cemetery Sims Chapel, Washington County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I616666659  Eby/Aebi and Bernethy Family
    Last Modified 22 May 2013 

    Father Oliver Meredith Smith,   b. 1795, Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1874, Mt Vernon, Moblie County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Mother Barbara Ellen Byrd,   b. 17 Mar 1807, Colleton County, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Feb 1898, Mt Vernon, Moblie County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years) 
    Married Abt 1821  Jones County, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F546595654  Group Sheet

    Family Louisa Jane Brashear,   b. 26 Dec 1835, Sumpter County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jan 1899, Sims Chapel, Washington County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Married 04 Jan 1850  Mt Vernon, Moblie County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Marion Manson Smith, Sr,   b. 12 Jan 1851, Citronelle, Mobile County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Feb 1940, Baxterville, Lamar County, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
     2. Benjamin Pierce Smith,   b. 13 Jan 1853, Fairford, Washington County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 06 Dec 1906, Brooklyn, Forrest County, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years)
     3. M Jane Smith,   b. Abt 1854, Mobile County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1854, Mobile County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 0 years)
    +4. Catherine Adelia Smith,   b. 07 Mar 1859, Fairford, Washington County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Feb 1923, Anadarko, Caddo County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
     5. Lillian Bromley Smith,   b. Abt 1860, Fairford, Washington County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location
    +6. Nathaniel John Smith, Jr,   b. 10 Mar 1862, Fairford, Washington County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jan 1931, Baxters, Barbour County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
    +7. Oliver Emory Smith,   b. 26 Jun 1864, Fairford, Washington County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Nov 1954, Washington County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)
    +8. Barbara Ellen Smith,   b. 09 Jun 1866, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jan 1941, Washington County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
    +9. George William Smith,   b. 09 Mar 1869, Fairford, Washington County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jun 1956, Chapel Hill, Washington County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
    +10. Emiline Elizabeth Smith,   b. 10 Jul 1870, Fairford, Washington County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jul 1927  (Age 57 years)
     11. Ludlous Smith,   b. 23 Dec 1873, Fairford, Washington County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jan 1885, Sims Chapel, Washington County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 11 years)
     12. Ira Smith,   b. Sep 1876, Fairford, Washington County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 4 Aug 2012 
    Family ID F546578824  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 13 Jan 1822 - Wayne County, Mississippi Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 04 Jan 1850 - Mt Vernon, Moblie County, Alabama Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 08 Aug 1908 - Washington County, Alabama Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Charity Chapel Cemetery Sims Chapel, Washington County, Alabama Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Nathaniel John Smith Sr
    Nathaniel John Smith Sr
    From "vicki Weaver" in Find A Grave

    Documents
    Nathaniel Smith and Louisa Jane Brashear marriage certificate
    Nathaniel Smith and Louisa Jane Brashear marriage certificate
    From "Stewart/Rivers" family tree in Ancestry

    Headstones
    Nathaniel Smith
    Nathaniel Smith
    From "Vicki Weaver" in Find A Grave

  • Notes 
    • 1850 Census Mobile, Alabama as Nathan J SMITH
      1860 Census Northern Division, Mobile, Alabama as NJ SMITH; occupation Farmer
      1870 Census Beat 4, Mobile, Alabama as Nathaniel SMITH
      1880 Census Mount Vernon, Mobile, Alabama as Nat SMITH
      1900 Census Sims Chapel, Washington, Alabama as Nathan SMITH; widowed living with his son George




    • Nathaniel was the oldest of twelve children born to Olive M Smith and on March 10 1848 about three and a quater miles from Mt Vernon Alabama near the Mobile River. He and his brothers learned the timber buisness from their father and the love of Jesus Christ from both parents. He also learned that WORK was the key to success.

      Close by their home was another plantation owned by the Breashears Family. Brashears and his wife Emaline Winn were raising thier daughters and in the 1850 census had four daughters and a school master living in the home. Nathaniel fell in love with the youngest daughter, Louisa and when she reached 15 years of age asked and received her father's permission to marry. He was given a hand written note which is on record at the Mobile County Courthouse.

      They married on January 4 1850 and living in Citronelle Alabama. He still worked with his father in the timber buisness. Thier first child, Manson Marion was born on Jan 12 1851, followe by Benjamin Pierce Jan 13, 1853. Next was Jane who died as an infant and is buried on Oliver M Smith's Home place out from Mt Vernon. They later had two girls, Catherine Adelia, also known as "Keet " followed by Lillian Bromley. Louisa taught her children to read and write and instilled the love of God and country.

      When the Civil War broke out Oliver and his sons, signed up. According to the Washington County, Alabama 1907 Census of Confederate Soldiers, "Nathaniel John Smith was born January 12 1823 in Wayne County Mississippi. He entered service as a laborer under Captain White in 1861 in Ordnance Department at Mt. Vernon Arsenal and served to 1865."

      Nathaniel moved his family to Mt. Vernon and was stationed at Fort Sroddert for the war's duration. His brother Ebenezer was killed in battle according to my G-Aunt Kate and according to Frank (Bud) Cole Oliver and his sons helped build a brick wall at Fort Stoddert which still stands today. Nathaniel is given credit for building the flag pole.

      After the war Nathaniel moved his family into the "big timbe" and helped form the community Charity Chapel. He and Louisa were known throughout the community as Holiness preachers and their home was a fovorite meeting place. Nathaniel taught his boys the timber business and how to care for livestock. They worked long happy hours together. Each Spring the timber was floated down the river with the men riding the logs. The boys looked forward to this, they had thier fathers attention and they learn quickly that he was a man among men and others looked to him for leadership.

      Prize fighting became the rage of the day and the loggersbegan to organize matches. Nathaniel defeated all comers in the region and soom found himself a champion. Many came to challeage him and it took a demand on him and a toll on his timber buisness so he gave up the fighting.

      On January 13, 1885, their youngest child Ludlous who had been ill died, Nathaniel set aside land for a cemetery where he was buried and it is still in use today. In 1891 he and Seaboun Reid built Charity Chapel Church. Dr W. W. Wallace tells the story of how his g-father Manson Marion Smith(son of Nathaniel) visited the first day the church was finished. He and his wife spent the night in the church and that night their 7th child, Alice, was born. The church was moved in 1918 or 1919. in 1985 it burned and was rebuilt by Abe Cole's Sons and others.

      Louisa died before Nathaniel in 1899, and is buried in Charity Chapel. Nathaniel's life was never the same. He visited among his children but maintained his home at Fairford where he and Louisa had moved after leaving Charity Chapel.

      There are court records indicating that in 1903 Nathaniel went to court to try to settle his father's estate. All the children except him and his youngest brother were dead. In the records he gives his age as 80 and states that he is a timberman by trade and his adress as Fairford.

      In 1914 Nathaniel John Smith died. He had gone to Baxterville, Ms to visit his son John Nathaniel and while there became ill. Word spread throughout the community and neighbors filled the house and yard. This story was told by Aunt Kate and validated by Manson's daughter Leona. The story goes that while all were gathered Nathaniel suddenly jumped out of bed. He told them, "I am fixing to leave you now. I expect you to meet me over on the other side." He thanked them all for coming. He went around the room, shook hands with the people and hugged his loved ones. He got back in bed, pulled up the covers over his head and died.

      Nathaniel John's body was lovingly carried back to Charity Chapel cemetery in a wagon. It was placed by his beloved wife.

      ALL OF THIS WAS TAKEN FROM THE BOOK, MY HERITAGE TRAIL BY FRANCES THORNTON SMITH. COPIES OF THE BOOK CAN BE PURCHASED FROM HER DAUGHTER GALE SMITH IN HATTISBURG MS. SIGNED SANDRA LEBLANC




    • Frances Thornton Smith & Family Search
      Brother of Ira Byrd Smith
      Frances states: DOB 12 Jan 1823 DOD 08 Aug 1914
      Wayne County, Mississippi
      Family Search: DOB 13 Jan 1822 DOD 8 Aug 1908
      Jones County, Mississippi
      Nathaniel was a hard working man in the timber business. Men looked up to him in his community. His boys worked with him and knew the timber trade from the ground up. Prize fighting was the rage in the time and organized matches were set up on a regular basis. Large crowds would come together along the river banks as word went out that the loggers were setting up for another fight. Nathaniel defeated all comers in the region and found himself champion. He began that the fighting was taking a tole on his life; they were interferring with his home and his church and he decided to give up the contests.

      He set aside a large acreage of land for a cemetery and it was still in use in 1990. Their headstones were thought to have been made by Nathaniel. On hers it states her name as "Louiza" and his states "Nathal" These were their pet names for each other.


    • From ?They Say The Wind Is Red? by Jacqueline Anderson Matte
      Page 93

      ?.John and Manson Smith founded the Charity Chapel church in 1891. Seaborn gave the land for the Church and Nathaniel (Smith) was the first pastor. Barbara Reed Smith became the head of the church after her husband?s death and she also served and the mid-wife for the community. In 1912 a school was established in the church (it had ninety students in 1969 when it was closed). John Everett, Seaborns nephew, owned a store across form the church. He and his half-brother, ?Mannish? Ryan, (children of Florentine Reed, daughter of Eliza Rees and Francois Pargado), also operated a sawmill and turpentine still. John Everett became a .large, and extremely wealthy, landowner in partnership with former Congressman Frank Boykin (First Congressional District) but he lost his fortune to Boykins prior to his death in 1927. (See Chapter 60). The families in the village were (and still are0 mostly descended from either Eliza Reed or Nathaniel J Smith (son-in-law of Alexander Brashears)?..


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