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Subject: [SMITH-NC] Smith Family, Robeson County NC, 1800's..
Date: Fri, 11 Oct 2002 18:15:13 EDT

Here's an article about my Smith family that I wrote for the Robeson County
Historical Society's new book:

Clyde Benton Smith was born 28 Nov 1874 in Red Springs, Robeson County
North Carolina. He was the youngest child of Johnson J. Smith and Flora
Emaline Currie. His siblings were Eoline L. (b.1869), Arlin (b. 1870), and
Olga (b. 1872). In the late 1880's this family relocated to Pine Bluff in
Jefferson County Arkansas. Clyde Smith served in the Spanish American War
and married George Triplett Smith in 1898. In 1900 their only child, Dorris
Triplett Smith, was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.
Johnson J. Smith, father of Clyde Smith, was born 1833 near the Old
Antioch Church in Robeson County to Margaret and Neill Smith. Other children
born into this Smith family were Mary Jane (b. 1835), Daniel (b.1839), John
Calvin Smith (1841), William Scott (b. 1843), and Neill Archibald "Archie"
(b. 1848). Father Neill Smith died around 1849. During the Civil War, all
of the Smith brothers except 12-year-old Archie joined Company G, 24th
Regiment N.C. Confederate. Also known as the "Highland Boys", this company
was raised in Robeson County and enlisted in Floral, June 4, 1861. Johnson
Smith was captured at Five Forks, VA in April 1865, held at Point Lookout,
Maryland, and released June 19, 1865 after taking the Oath of Allegiance.
Brother William Scott Smith was paroled at Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia
April 9, 1865. Sister Jane Smith DeKay was widowed during the War and
brothers, Daniel H. and John Calvin, did not survive.
Johnson J. Smith married Flora Emaline Currie in 1868. Flora Currie was
one of 10 children born to Daniel Currie and Anna Ray, both of Robeson
County. Johnson's brother, William Scott Smith married Effie Janet (Jane)
Shaw who was born near St. Paul's in Robeson County. He removed to Bethune,
South Carolina. The only sister from this family, Mary Jane Smith, married
George DeKay before the Civil War and had one son, Knox DeKay.

-Kathryn Sterling Herrmann, great-granddaughter to Clyde Benton Smith.

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