1700's William Smith Sr's father immigrates from
is raised in
Welty's family agrees that the male ancestor came from England.
Carolina—Most Census data, 1880 census, Welty, Leannah and William
Smith Jr say North Carolina. Possibly in Virginia---one
Census, also Artilla’s obituary.
This part of Warren Co. will later become Simpson Co.
He is 22. She is 15. They are in the Bourbon County census of 1800.
1810 William Smith Sr is 11 years old.
1812-1815 The United States is at war with England. "War of 1812"
There are no battles in North Carolina. The effect on the
Smith family is unknown.
Feb 1816 Mary Welty born in Simpson Co. Kentucky.
1820 William Smith Sr 20 years old, Probable year of marriage,
North Carolina or Virginia. Identity of his first wife is unknown.
1890 census listing for William Smith Jr says his father and
mother were both born in North Carolina. 1880 census for William Smith
Jr and LeAnnah also say North Carolina.
1820 Bethany Smith born in Virginia. 1850 Hawkins Co. Tn.
Census, dated 7 Sept. Birthday must be between 1 Jan
and 7 Sept. The 1820 Caswell Co. N. Carolina
Census lists William Smith Sr, wife and one female
8 Feb, 1823 William Smith Jr born, Caswell Co. N.C. Tombstone and obituary.
1825 Mary Ann Smith born, Caswell Co. N.C. Tombstone
Settlers begin moving into Missouri.
1826 Abraham Welty moves family from Simpson Co. Kentucky
to Lincoln Co. Mo. They travel in covered wagons and bring their slaves.
5 Oct 1826 Leannah (Leanna) Smith born, Caswell Co. N.C. Obituary
8 June 1828 Sidney Smith born, Caswell Co. N.C. Tombstone.
1829 William Smith Sr is 30 years old.
1 June 1829 Abraham Welty buys 80 acres from the government in Lincoln Co. Mo.
His wife will sell this land to William Smith Sr, after Abraham dies. This
land is probably where the cabin in the Smith cabin photo stood.
1830 Calvin Smith born in Caswell Co. N.C. 1850
Census, Lincoln Co. Mo. William Smith Sr is 31 years old.
If we have the correct 1830 census for Caswell County,
the family holds no slaves, and there is the possibility that another
son 5 to 10 years old will die shortly, that we have no record of.
1832 Lincoln County has a outbreak of cholera.
1834 Thomas Smith born in Caswell Co. N.C. Thomas’s
Confession. He says his mother dies when he is 9. The 1860 census
lists his age as 25. He was living with Sidney.
1836 The Welty family owns land in Lincoln Co.
Moses Bond and Zilliah Welty Bond own 120 acres. Abraham Welty
owns 120 acres. He is listed as a second owner on 80 acres listed under
Francis Parker's name. Another 40 acres is in his son Elisha Welty's name.
Joseph R. Welty is listed as co owner of 40 acres with Charles Early, the
husband of Rosannah Welty Early. The other married daughters are
also in the county.
Sept 1836 Azariah (Asia) A. Smith born in Caswell Co. N.C. 1850 census of
Lincoln Co. Mo. There is disagreement in the records, some show
he was born in 1837.
1837 Lorean (Laura Ann) Smith born in Caswell Co. N.C. 1850
census of Lincoln Co. Mo. Also known as Laura A. Smith.
28 Aug 1838 Abraham Welty buys another 40 acres from the government,
in Lincoln Co. Mo. His wife will also sell this piece to William Smith
Sr in just a few years.
21 Jul 1839 Mary Welty marries John H. Trail. Lincoln Co. Mo.
1840 William Smith Sr is 41 years old. The Smiths and
Appleberrys are not listed in the Hawkins Co. Tn.
Census. Missouri is surrounded on the North and West by
1840 Bethany is reported to have been married to John W. Appleberry
in Pittslyvania County, Virginia. Audrey's Appleberry genealogy.
1841 Azariah is born in Caswell Co. N. Carolina. 1880 census of Precinct 5,
Late 1841 The family leaves N.C. for Tenn. All of the family except
William Smith Sr and Jr will spend most of a year near Bulls Gap, Tenn.
Bulls Gap is at the southern tip of Hawkins County. Thomas describes his
father "as a kind and indulgent man, who moved the family to Tennessee
for about a year then moved them on to Troy, Missouri."
Dec 1841 William Smith Sr and Jr leave East Tennessee for Lincoln County, Missouri.
1842 William Smith Jr arrives in Lincoln Co. Mo. Jan-Feb- Mar. Obituary
William Smith Sr almost certainly also arrives.
Late 1842 Mrs. Smith dies in Tenn. Charles W. Smith. Based on Thomas's
confession, Mrs. Smith may have died very early in 1843.
Missouri is known as the Western Wilderness, to the people of Virginia,
and North Carolina. The trip from East Tennessee to Lincoln County,
Mo, should have taken 8 weeks or less by horse and wagon, based
on the time it took others, that have talked about the trip.
7 Apr 1842 Abraham Welty dies. Lincoln Co. Mo.
Mary Welty Trail divorces her husband this year.
Spring 1842 The first wagon train leaves Independence, Missouri heading for Oregon.
Fall 1842 William Smith Sr returns to East Tennessee for the rest of the family.
William Smith Jr may have stayed in Lincoln County.
Dec 1842 William Smith Sr leaves East Tennessee with the rest of the family for
Lincoln County, Missouri.
5 Feb 1843 Lee Annah Smith arrives in Lincoln Co. Mo. All the small
children had apparently spent the year 1842 in Tenn.
1843 is the most probable year for Bethany’s marriage to John W.
Appleberry. This occurred in Hawkins Co. Tn. They will have
four children, William, Mary, Martha C., and Daniel R. Only Martha
will marry and have children. Six girls, and one son.
1844 Bethany Smith Appleberry’s first child is born in Tn.
1850 census of Hawkins Co. Tn.
7 Mar 1844 William Smith Sr marries Mary Welty
8 May 1844 William Smith Jr marries Mary East, Mary Welty's niece, Lincoln Co. Mo.
They will raise a family of eleven children.
27 Feb 1845 Mary Smith marries Lewis W. Cannon, Lincoln Co. Mo.
They will have a family of eight children.
5 June 1845 Cordelia Smith born in Lincoln Co. Mo. 1850 Census,
Lincoln Co. Mo.
1845 The "Slicker Wars" are climaxing. Since 1843, horse
thieves have been whipped with hickory sticks, or ordered to
leave the county by a given date, or both. The penalty for refusing
to leave was either "slicking" or death, depending on the seriousness
of the case. As many as 1200 stolen horses were taken to a sale barn
in St Louis in one year during this period. The "slickers" were
also after counterfeiters who were operating in the county.
29 Dec 1845 The United States annexes Texas from Mexico.
1846 Sidney, Thomas and Azariah head out the Oregon trail. Savage
bio. Family lore says Azariah was a horse thief. Maybe just the
youngest member of the gang. They are 18, 12, and 9.
They apparently don’t stay long in Oregon. The "Slicker wars" are
winding down in Lincoln County. There is a possibility the
Smith brothers got run out of the county by the "Slickers".
William Smith Jr and family are living about 4 miles NNW of Troy.
21 Jan 1846 Martha Caroline Appleberry is born to Bethany in Tennessee.
April 1846 The United States and Mexico are at war. No relatives are involved.
July 1846 California declares itself a territory of the United States.
1847 Sidney, and maybe Thomas and Azariah come back from Oregon.
The Mormons begin migrating to Utah, on a trail that parallels the
13 Mar 1847 Artilla (Ida) Smith born in Lincoln Co. Mo. 1850 Census,
Lincoln Co. Mo.
14 Sept 1847 The United States captures Mexico City.
2 Feb 1848 A peace treaty with Mexico is signed. Texas, California, and New
Mexico are ceded to the United States.
1 May 1848 Drucilla "Lucy" Smith born in Lincoln Co. Mo. 1850 Census.
1847 1848 Lewis and Mary Smith Cannon, and daughter Rachel, go to Marion
County, Oregon, on the Oregon Trail.
1848 David Presley and Mahala Welty Presley, and children,
including Barbara, go to Oregon.
1848 Sidney goes back to Oregon. Given the family relationships, the
Cannon's, Presley's and Sidney, probably all traveled together.
Thomas and Azariah will either go back with him or go back in
1849 with Calvin.
2 May 1848 Leannah Smith marries John Edward Creech, Lincoln Co. Mo.
1848 Gold is discovered in California.
13 Feb 1849 Sidney Smith marries Barbara Presley in Linn Co.
Oregon, then goes on to California, leaving his wife with
the Presley's. They will have four children.
Spring 1849 The 49er gold rush is on, out the Oregon and Mormon Trails.
Cholera hits the travelers on the trails.
23 July 1849 Welty Smith born in Lincoln Co. Mo. Tombstone. See Welty Smith
Event log for his life story.
1849 Calvin goes to California. Charles W. Smith.
1849 Cholera occurs in the county. There are only a few isolated deaths.
1850 William Smith Sr is 51 years old. Census says he is 51.
and owns two female slaves, 38 and 2 years old. Mary Welty
only owns one slave, a female , aged 19. Her daughter Rachel Welty
Hunter has died, and her children, Mary E., Margaret, and John w. hunter,
are living with her.
Calvin, Thomas, and Azariah are home from Oregon. Census.
8 Apr 1850 Walton Perkins, of Troy, makes up a wagon train, heading for the gold
fields of California. They plan to make it to Sacramento by September.
Other wagon trains from Troy will form up, and a
few people will go to California by boat. Most will return to Troy.
25 Aug 1850 Britton Smith born in Lincoln Co. Mo.
Late in the year Bethany dies in Hawkins Co. Tn. probably of.
childbirth complications. Martha C. Adams statement.
Dec 1850 The Mary Smith Cannon family is in Marion Co. Oregon.
20 Feb 1851 Calvin marries Mary Howell, Lincoln Co. Mo. They will have a
son. Samuel Thomas Smith.
Spring 1852 Calvin leaves his family and heads west. His wife is pregnant.
She moves in with her dad, Samuel Howell. Calvin has left her no
means of support. Mary's divorce petition. Thomas and Azariah
also go west.
26 Jun 1852 Sidney rejoins family in Oregon.
1 Aug 1852 Sidney files for homestead in Marion Co. Oregon.
Aug 1852 Calvin's son Samuel T. is born in Lincoln County, Mo.
Mary Howell's divorce petition.
7 Dec 1852 Christopher Columbus Smith is born, Lincoln Co. Mo.
1854 Thomas is in Oregon with Sidney, then goes to Calif. He confesses to
"having an ungovernable desire to travel, moved to California, where I
formed friends amongst all classes of vicious and desperate men".
12 May 1854 William Smith Sr buys the first 60 acres of what will become the home
place. The tract includes the Smith cabin. The land is bought from
the Britton's and John Woolfolk. The price is $600.00.
William Smith Sr will name a son Britton. The cabin, in later years,
consisted of a large downstairs room, with stairs in the SW corner leading
to a bedroom above for the children. There may have been additional
partitions in the original version. Lincoln County is hit by a drought.
29 Jan 1856 Mary Howell Smith files for divorce from Calvin. He is said to be
a non resident of Missouri. Notice of the divorce petition is to be published
in the Troy Gazette, for eight weeks. L. C. C. C. R., Book E,
1855-1859, p.32. The divorce petition is stored in the Recorders vault,
Sec. D, Box 29, Env. 16.
15 May 1856 The court makes a preliminary finding for Mary in the divorce case.
L.C. C. C. R., Book E, p. 56, 57.
9 Oct 1856 Mary is divorced from Calvin. Lincoln County Circuit Court Records,
Book E, p. 149, Lincoln Co. Mo. Calvin was not present for the
proceedings. Mary is awarded custody of their son.
1856 Lorean marries Matthew (Mathew) Crouch. They are living in Clark
Township, at least 2 miles south of the homeplace.
They will raise four children, the first of which will be named
Calvin Emery, b. 1857 and the second Cordelia b. 1859.
Sarah Catherine is third, b. 1862.
William Thomas is born in 1864.
1857 Lewis and Mary Smith Cannon move from Oregon to Sonoma Co.
1 June 1857 Phoenia "Fina" "Farnie" "Faunie" Smith, the last child of William Smith Sr
is born, Lincoln Co. Mo.
1857-1859 A financial crisis occurs, ruining many small businessmen.
20 May 1858 William Smith Sr buys 100 acres from Moses Bond to add to the
home place. The price is $1,300.00.
1858 A gold rush occurs to the area of Pikes Peak Colorado.
24 Dec 1858 Giles, a slave, gets drunk with his owner, Simeon Thornhill, and stabs him
25 Dec 1858 Giles is arrested and put in jail in Troy.
1 Jan 1859 James Calloway leads a group of men, who break down the jail door, take
him to the jail yard, and burn him at the stake. Calloway, James Segrass,
and Samuel Carter, plead not guilty, when brought to trial, and the case is
dismissed by the circuit attorney.
28 Jan 1860 William Smith Sr buys the final 80 acres of the home place from
1860 William Smith Sr is 61 years old. Calvin and Azariah are in California.
Yuba Co. California Census. Thomas and Sidney are in Linn Co.
Oregon. Census. Thomas is in California part of the year. Thomas’s
Confession. The Lincoln Co. sheriff sells William Smith Jr's 80
acres, which lie about 1 mile NE of the home place, to settle
claims of some East relatives.
1860 The yearly report of the Masonic lodges of Missouri shows that
Moses Bond starts as Junior Warden and then is promoted to
Senior Warden of Troy Lodge, # 34. William Smith Jr. is a member.
Lincoln County is hit by drought.
11 June 1860 The census taker records that all the second family children, have attended
school the past year. William Smith Sr does not own any slaves. Mary
Welty has a slave cabin, and 5 female slaves. Their ages are, 27, 8, 6, 4,
and 2. Their names are given when she write her will in Oct. 1861.
William Smith Jr, and family, LeeAnnah and John Creech and family,
and Moses Bond are all living in Bedford township. LeeAnnah is near
Old Alexandria. Calvin's ex wife Mary and son Thomas S. are living
with her dad Samuel Howell. 1860 census. The census taker in Hawkins
County Tenn. records that Mary Appleberry, Bethany's daughter is
working as a domestic for the John Phillips family in District 1.
5 Jan 1861 The Missouri Senate introduces bills to arm the state militia, and to call
a state convention.
March 1861 South Carolina secedes from the Union.
Missouri's governor, Clairborn Jackson, establishes a Home Guard
Brigade in each congressional district, under Br Generals. He
tells the North and the South to "Stay out of Missouri and leave
12 Apr 1861 The first shots of the Civil War are fired at Ft Sumter, S. Carolina.
May 1861 Governor Jackson meets with Captain Lyon, of the federal army
in St Louis. Captain Lyon orders the Home Guard units be
disbanded, or Federal troops will drive them off Missouri soil.
Jackson refuses. Captain Lyon orders Gen Frost's command in
St Louis "be taken".
10 May 1861 Gen Frosts command is taken without a shot, but civilians fire on the
federal troops. Several civilians are killed. This Battle of St Louis
brings the war to Missouri.
15 June 1861 Lt Burbridge is recruiting rebels for the Louisiana Company in Millwood.
Mid 1861 Federal cavalry units from Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin are rushed to
Missouri to occupy county seats, and help the newly formed
Missouri Militia. Union troops shut down the pro south "States
Rights Gazette" of Troy. Newspaper publishing
will not occur again in Troy until after the war.
24 July 1861 The Auburn Company of Home Guards, are Union forces operating in
Lincoln Co. there may be other Home Guard units in the county also.
Summer 1861 Capts T. M. Carter and George Carter raise two companies for
the Confederate Army in Lincoln Co. In Aug Capt James Reid
raises a Union Company for Col Fagg's Regiment, in Lincoln County.
30 Aug 1861 Mj Gen Fremont declares martial law in Mo. and issues an
unauthorized emancipation proclamation, freeing Mo. slaves, and
allowing confiscation of the property of southern supporters.
Fall 1861 Col. Henderson brings Federal troops, and occupies Troy
for a short time.
9 Oct. 1861 Mary Welty is writing her will. She is giving her slaves to various
family members, and the rest is to be divided evenly. She first writes a
version with the following in it. "On account of the treatment that I have
of late received from Polly Smith (Mary), the wife of the said William
Smith, I leave the sum of five dollars only." In the section dividing the
remainder of the estate she says "all my living children, with the exception
of Polly Smith, the wife of William Smith Senior, will have a equal share"
These references to Polly (Mary) are lined out before the will is recorded.
The slaves are Julian, the mother, and four daughters, Emily, Niurgarehla,
Adelone, and Barbara. The slaves are all sold before Mary Welty dies.
2 Nov 1861 Lincoln rescinds Fremont's orders and replaces him with Gen Grant.
Fall 1861 Thomas is in Oregon. He says "my life has always been a discontented and
miserable one; anxiety and melancholy have been my constant companions
for years. He "roved through California, then moved to Oregon in 1861;
wanted to try the mines again, made an outfit and started to the Idaho mines
in the fall of 1861" Thomas's Confession. In Idaho he files gold mine
claims in Gander Gulch, Illinois Gulch, and Gal Currier.
1861? Early in the war William Smith Sr sells his slaves and invests
the money in Southern script. This is a family tale that loses
credibility since he is not recorded as owning slaves in the 1860 census.
Dec 1861 Gen John B. Henderson brings union troops to Lincoln Co. to
clean up a hotbed of Confederate activity. He is reported to
have made a new county out of it. He moves on to Mexico
the last week of Dec.
1861-1862 Logan Howell with the 5th Iowa Cavalry writes Mary "Polly" H. Howell,
Calvin's ex wife, from somewhere between Clarksville and Paducah,
Kentucky. He tells Samuel Thomas, Calvin's son to be a good boy, and
says he wants to see him very bad. He also mentions Mary Smith,
William Smith Jr,s daughter, and Sarah Howell Kennedy, his sister.
1862-1864? William Smith Sr is hiding a favorite grey mare from the Federals
Federal troops came by farm and want the corn. They took the corn
Welty and Britton had picked and cribbed. They came by again and
wanted to be fed. They killed a bunch of chickens, ate them,
then cut wood to pay for them. William Smith Jr is living on a farm
down near Winfield. He is running a threshing machine.
7 Mar 1862 Union troops break up a rebel camp on Bob's creek, on the southern
edge of Lincoln Co.
9 Mar 1862 Troy is occupied for a time by 400 rebel bushwhackers. They are
robbing union men, and have sworn the clerks of the courts.
10 Mar 1862 Federal troops are brought out of St Charles, Col Krekles regiment,
and Warrenton, to retake Troy. Federal troops
will occupy Troy several more times before the war is over.
12 Mar 1862 Two companies of the 5th Mo Cav are ordered to occupy Troy.
They are to ferret out and bring to justice the jayhawkers,
and insurgents in the area. They have the power to seize property.
They are to put the incorrigible out of the way, either by death or
imprisonment. They are empowered to secure the good conduct
of rebels through the use of bonds and oaths.
June 1862 Col Porter is recruiting rebels, for the 1st Northeast Regiment of
Confederate Cavalry, at Olney.
20 July 1862 General Schofield, commander of the Union, Missouri State Militia, orders
all men of military age to join the Enrolled Missouri State Militia. Many
join the rebs instead.
28 July 1862 William Smith Jr enlists as a Sergeant in the 37th Regiment,
Enrolled Missouri Militia." Shirt Tail Militia", "Lincoln Co. Home Guard". 17 Aug 1862 Col Krekel's Reg, and the Enrolled Militia are the Union forces
responsible for Lincoln Co.
22 Sept 1862 Lincoln announces that in 100 days he will issue a Emancipation
Proclamation freeing the slaves, in the areas of southern states
not under Union occupation..
Dec 1862 William Smith Jr enlists in the Union Army Company B,
of the 32nd Missouri Infantry Volunteers.
He's taken to Benton Barracks in St Louis, by Major Morris, and sold to
another recruiting Captain. He and his buddies, which include
Elisha East, and Moses Howell, break out and desert. Asa East stays,
and is assigned to another Company.
1 Jan 1863 Lincoln issues the Emancipation Proclamation freeing the slaves.
It does not apply to Missouri. There are 2,500 slaves in Lincoln Co.
15 Jan 1863 Lincoln County is assessed $5,700, to be paid by disloyal citizens
to Union families that had men killed or wounded, or had property
destroyed by the rebels.
2 Apr 1863 Sidney and a non-Smith partner, buy two mining
claims on Mores Creek. Idaho City, Idaho, claims office.
Apr. –May 1863 Sixty rebels under Todd, Pulliam, Beckman and Rucker are raiding
in Pike and Lincoln County.
June 1863 Capt McVaden has a battalion of Federal troops in Troy.
Aug 1863 Every disloyal person in the District of North Missouri was required
to take the loyalty oath and post a $1,000 bond to guarantee such loyalty.
10 Sept 1863 William Smith Jr is relieved from duty in the 37th Regiment
Enrolled Missouri Militia. He is credited with 27 days of service.
Call ups were generally for 30 days or less.
7 Jan 1864 William Appleberry, Bethany’s son dies. He was unmarried.
11 Feb 1864 John W. Appleberry, Bethany’s husband dies. Both die of
disease while in the Union army in Kentucky. They are buried in
the Camp Nelson Cemetery, Jessamine County, Kentucky, in
plots A48 and A 49.
5 May 1864 General Order # 2, requires all southern sympathizers to
surrender their arms.
Sum 1864 Thomas returns to Oregon from Idaho.
1 Aug 1864 The men of Lincoln Co. are facing the possibility of being
drafted into the Federal army. The County court meets, and
borrows money to pay 205 men a $100 bounty each for volunteering
Sept 1864 All citizens in Lincoln Co. will be required to take a oath of
Sept 1864 William Smith Sr, visited by Union troops, and faced with the
requirement to take the "Iron Clad Oath of Allegiance,
to the Union" collapses. The Union troops offer to revive him with a
few good kicks. He revives, but we are not told if
he took the oath. In1863 the authorities in St Louis codified the
following oath. "I do solemnly swear that I will bear true allegiance
to the United States and support and sustain the Constitution and
laws thereof; that I will maintain the national sovereignty paramount
to that of all State, county or Confederate powers; that I will
discourage, discountenance, and forever oppose secession, rebellion,
and the disintegration of the Federal Union; that I disclaim and
denounce all faith and fellowship with the so-called Confederate
armies, and pledge my honor, my property, and my life to the
sacred performance of this oath of allegiance to the government
of the United Stated of America." To remain in Union held
counties, often a bond was also required. Violations of the
oath resulted in court martial, fines, prison or a death sentence.
Fall 1864 Sidney goes to Idaho. Calvin and Azariah are already there. Azariah
has a gold mine claim on Moore's Creek, Calvin has claims on
Northern Light and Alabama.
Thomas is left in charge of Sidney's Oregon ranch. He takes a fancy to
Rhoda Ann, Sidney's daughter.
4 Oct 1864 Lincoln Co. is infested with guerrillas. The Enrolled Militia is called
26 Oct 1864 A Battalion of the 6th Missouri Cavalry is sent to Lincoln Co. to
destroy Confederate bands run by Wood and Dorsey. The Enrolled Militia
from Lincoln County are on a scout into Boone and Howard Counties.
1864 Abraham Welty’s wife Mary dies. Lincoln Co. Mo. Between 15 Oct
and 10 Dec. She is 77 years old. She is buried in the Howell Cemetery,
10 Dec 1864 William Smith Jr, in the settlement of the estate, is paid for taking Mary
Rowland Welty's slaves, on this date, to Wright City, to sell.
Winter 1864-65 Troy is occupied by Capt Kimpinski's Company of the
49th Regt. Mo. Vol.
1865 Lorean and her husband Mathew Crouch are in Pike County,
Illinois. He is selling his share of his fathers land in Lincoln county,
leaving a record of where he's living. Lorean (Laura Ann) Smith Crouch
will die this year, perhaps in Pike County, Illinois. Mary Applebury,
Bethany's daughter dies in Tennessee. She was unmarried. Martha
Appleberry Adams information.
Jan 1865 Missouri abolishes slavery, within the state.
William Smith Jr has rented a farm up near Troy. When the war is over
he will return to Winfield area.
Mar 1865 Lincoln Co. faced with another requirement to draft men, borrows
money to pay a $200. total bonus for 103 men to serve in the
Missouri Volunteers for 12 months. They continue to take
these actions till the end of the war.
21 Mar 1865 William Smith Jr is prosecuted in Lincoln Co. for selling liquor
without a license. He is fined $20 and court costs.
Spring 1865 Troy is occupied by the Col Charles W. Parker and the 37th EMM.
9 April 1865 General Lee surrenders at Appomattox Courthouse.
4 May 1865 General Taylor surrenders the Confederate forces in Mississippi
and Alabama. Many Missourians are with this force.
26 May 1865 General Kirby Smith surrenders his force in Texas. The war
1865 The following family members, in addition to those mentioned
elsewhere, served in the civil war. Some would become part of the
family through marriage after the war. Some served in more than one
organization. Some were wounded and some did not survive the war.
Union: 37th Regt. Enrolled Missouri Militia, [Shirt Tail
Militia] Co. B, Capt. Seymore Cannon, 2nd Lt Elisha Welty Early,
2nd Lt Herman Schaper, 1st Lt Larkin Creech.
2nd Provisional Regt, Enrolled Missouri
Militia [Detailed Militia] [Six Month Service] Co. C, Moses
Howell, Richard East, Elisha Welty "Doc" East.
3rd Missouri Militia, Cavalry, Mj James Wilson, 2nd Lt Isaac W.
Cannon, John East Co. G, David Hubbard Cannon, Joseph W.
Kallish Jr, John W. East, John Welty Hunter, Thomas Hobbs,
Stephen Burdett Claggett, William Henry Claggett, Thomas B. East Jr,
Elisha Welty Howell, Francis Marion Howell, Elemuel Kinion,
Reuben Presley, Daniel Madden.
49th Missouri Infantry Capt. Joseph Bedford Howell, 1st Lt Allen
Howell, Samuel Livingston Howell, John Self East,
Richard Henry East, Corporal Joseph Rinaman
2nd Missouri Light Artillery Regt. Henry Welty, Daniel Welty.
5th Regt. Iowa Volunteer Cavalry [Curtis Horse] Sgt Logan
Phelps Independent Regiment Albis H. East
117th Infantry, Ohio Volunteers, John Baughman
Unidentified Units: Warren Howell
Confederates: 2nd Missouri Regt. of Infantry, Pvt John Wilson,
10th Mo. Pvt William Carwell
Others: There are numerous distantly related Welty's and Weldy's,
from Pike Co., and SE Mo. as well as from eastern states who served,
primarily in the Union Army.
1865 1866 Cholera is present in the county. No deaths are reported.
Jan 1866 The Troy Herald publishes its first issue, under Ellis, the publisher who
had been run out of the state for his pro south views. He still has them,
and lets all know it.
Jan 1866 Sidney comes home to Oregon. Thomas and Azariah are
minor partners in Sidney's ranch. Azariah works out of
Union County, Oregon. Sydney inquires about the affair between
Thomas and Rhoda during the cattle roundup. Thomas denies it.
Thomas moves over to the neighboring Kennedy farm. Thomas tells
Barbara he will kill her if she says anything to Sydney about Rhoda Ann.
Mar 1866 Barbara tells Sidney, that Thomas has been too familiar with
Rhoda Ann. Sydney tells Thomas, Rhoda has confessed, and asks
Thomas to come over and talk about. Thomas decides to kill Sydney
and Barbara. Sydney, because he fears he will kill him. Thomas states
that "he would have just took off if he had not had cattle that he could not
round up and dispose of quickly" Thomas's confession.
9 Mar.1866 Thomas arms himself with a pistol, which he buys or steals from James
Kennedy, and a bottle of whiskey and goes to Sydney's farm.
Sidney confronts Thomas and Rhoda Ann. Thomas
shoots Sydney after he starts whipping Rhoda. He wounds Barbara, and
she and the kids run. He talks her back to the smokehouse and knifes her
to death. He tells the people who come by that Sydney murdered Barbara
then committed suicide.
10 Mar 1866 Thomas is arrested for the murders, and a coroner's jury is convened.
12 Mar 1866 Preliminary trial held in Brownsville, Oregon.
26 Mar 1866 Trial in the Circuit Court in Albany, Oregon. Thomas
found guilty and sentenced to hang.
16 Apr 1866 Azariah attempts suicide At Horseshoe Bend, Idaho, when he hears
what's happened. He borrows a pistol from his companion Elisa Presely,
and shoots himself in the left breast. Dr Miner extracts the ball from his
back. Azariah is in a state worrying that the vigilantes will hang him for
trying to kill himself. There is no further explanation of why Azariah was
afraid of the vigilantes. (Salem) Oregon Statesman, May 14 1866.
Reprinted from the Idaho Statesman.
Calvin is in Placerville Idaho.
Spring 1866 Sidney's children, while playing in the yard, find a buried
leather pouch containing gold dust. It is reported to have had $26,000
in gold dust in it.
10 May 1866 Thomas hung for the murders in Albany Oregon.
Summer 1866 Sydney's estate is settled. Azariah's share is bought out for $300.
He uses $100 to buy a horse from the estate.
2 Aug 1866 Azariah and six non Smith partners file six gold mining
claims on Moores Creek, at the claims office in Idaho
25 Aug 1866 Calvin has returned to Lincoln Co. Mo. He gives Britton a gold nugget
on this day, his 16th birthday. (Charles W. Smith) There
is a gold rush in Vermillion Minnesota, north of Duluth.
This probably starts him off up the eastern edge of Dakota
Territory, in the spring of 1867.
1867 Calvin's ex wife marries Alexander Kennedy.
29 April 1868 The Sioux have been at war to close the Bozeman trail and
close down three Army forts. They succeed. The Brule,
Ogala, Miniconjou, an Yanktonais bands of the Sioux and
the Northern Arapaho sign a treaty giving them South Dakota.
20 Aug 1868 Artilla Smith marries Joseph Rinaman, Lincoln Co.
He calls her Ida. The marriage takes place at the home place.
They will have seven children, including William, Florence, and Annie.
Welty and Phoenia attend. Since Joseph
fought for the Union Army it must have been an interesting courtship.
6 Nov 1868 Red Cloud signs the treaty for the last band of Sioux.
The Big Horn country is to be unceded Indian territory,
forbidden to whites.
1869 Probable year Calvin dies in the Dakota Territory. His belongings
including six dressed antelope skins are shipped to his father COD
from Sioux City, Iowa. Family tales say he was killed by Indians.
Although not definitely identified as Calvin, the story goes that he
molested an Indian woman, and when the Indians caught him they
scalped him, skinned him, and then killed him. He may have been
one of the casualties of the war with the Sioux, over the Bozeman trail.
10 Aug 1869 Drusilla Smith marries Thomas H. Slavens, Lincoln Co.
At some point they will move to Laddonia, in Audrain Co. and raise a
family of twelve? children. Another source says eleven children. There
are eleven in the family photo.
Her obituary says she had ten children.
10 Jan 1870 The Letters of Administration are signed for Calvin Smiths estate.
1870 William Smith Sr is 71 years old.
16 Feb 1870 The estate administrator publishes the first notice that Calvin is dead.
23 Feb 1870 William Smith Sr gets paid $15.10 from Calvin's estate, for the
COD express charges he paid on the packages of Calvin's things
shipped from the Dakota Territory.
24 Feb 1870 Matthew Crouch, Lorean's husband remarries. The new wife is
Mary Francis Mayes. She will die on 26 Jan 1874. LDS records.
1 Mar 1870 Welty Smith marries Margaret A. Rinaman, Lincoln Co.
They will raise eleven children. See the Welty Smith event
log, and the James S. Wilson log for details on this family.
10 Mar 1870 Cordelia Smith marries William Franklin Powell, Lincoln Co.
Mr. Powell had served in the Union Army during the Civil
war, in Co C, 2nd Provisional Regt, Enrolled Missouri Militia.
also known as the "Detailed Militia".
June 1870 Thomas Slavens and Druscilla are living in Bedford Township.
June 1870 Matthew (Mathew) Crouch, Lorean's husband is remarried and is
living in Hurricane? Township, in the Northeast corner
of Lincoln County. 1870 Census.
10 June 1870 The census shows Thomas Jefferson "Bud" Smith is living with and
working as a farm worker for his grandfather William Smith. He is
William Smith Jrs oldest son. Welty and Margret are listed as
living with them. Joseph Rinaman and Artilla are shown living next door.
16 June 1870 The census shows Welty and Margret living with her parents,
Peter and Sophia Rinaman. They have managed to get counted twice.
22 July 1871 Martha Appleberry, Bethany's daughter, marries Aldophus Julian
Adams, in Bulls Gap, Green County, Tennessee. They will have seven
1873 Cholera hits Troy. At least 26 people die. Jay Cooke's railroad
goes bankrupt. The New York Stock Exchange closes for
ten days. The worst depression the country has yet seen starts.
3 July 1873 William Smith Jr and family, with related Easts and Kinions, arrive
on Medicine Creek, Dorr Township, Smith Co. Kansas to homestead.
His daughter Sarah, with her husband, Stephen B. Claggett,
are also part of the wagon train. Kinion papers.
14 Oct 1873 Samuel T. Smith, Calvin's son, receives $144.43 from his fathers estate.
26 Jan 1874 Matthew Crouch, Loreans husband, loses his second wife.
16 Mar 1874 The families of Welty, Artilla, and Drusilla leave for Kansas to
homestead. One wagon says “Kansas or Bust”. It is not known whether
they headed for the Kirwin, Kansas colony of Smith's and Claggett's or
Oct 1874 William Smith Jr, and family, and the Claggetts,
return to Lincoln Co. His crops were destroyed by grasshoppers.
The Kinions and William Smith Jr's son, William Henry Smith
have stayed in Kansas, and others will eventually join them.
They form quite a colony of Smith's, Kinions and
Claggetts around Kirwin Kansas.
30 Oct 1874 Brittton marries Nancy J. Holcomb, Lincoln Co. They will raise
7 Nov 1874 Welty, Artilla, and Drusilla’s families arrive back in
Lincoln Co. Crops eaten by grasshoppers.
Wagon says “Busted.”
Jan 1875 William Harrison and Emma Bartlow, bought land in the midst of all our
relatives in 1871. He was in the Union Army with the 6th Minnesota
Regiment Emma's diary begins in Jan 1875, and provides real
insight into the social life of the times. They have several children, some
living with them, some in the neighborhood. Their house is ¼ of a mile E of
the J. East house. J. East is the local postmaster, and appears to also be
running a small store. They are 1 mile Se of the W. F. Powell house. They
are 1 mile SW of the house of the heirs of William Smith Sr. They are ¾
mile N of Mrs. F. Slavens house. Land belonging to the heirs of W. Slavens
is between them. They are ¾ miles NW of T. M. Slavens house. They are
2 ¾ miles N of Linn's Mill. Because Emma, simply says she visited Mrs.
Slaven's, I cannot be sure which one she is talking about. There is also a
Rice family in the neighborhood, apparently renting land .At the end of each
year recorded in the diary, I will summarize the running around. Where first
names of our family are supplied, I will show the visit during the year. Travel
was by horse, horse and buggy, or shanks mare.
7 Jan 1875 Bethany's daughter, Martha Adams, husband, daughter Lucinda B.
and new son John Proctor are living in Johnson City, Tenn.
6 Apr 1875 Phiona ? visiting Bartlows.
15 Sept 1875 Aunt Charity East, Asa's wife, and Aggie East visit the Bartlows. She
uses the title Aunt and Uncle for old people.
11 Nov 1875 Matthew Crouch Lorean's husband is married for the third time to
Elizabeth A. Sitton, in Lincoln county Mo. She was Elizabeth Jewell,
whose first husband was Hardin Sitton, who she married on 14 Nov 1849.
He had died on 2 July 1868. LDS records, and Arthur Ealy.
31 Dec 1875 The Bartlows have gone to Grange meetings at Linn's Mill 25 times, during
the year. A quorum is needed for a meeting, and there is real
disappointment when one is not present. Meetings are normally Saturday
night, with an occasional Thursday night meeting. Emma reads history, and
sometimes writes papers to present at the meeting. They get the "Journal", a
newspaper. They went to Colton church once. They have visited school
once, gone to two dances, Emma has been to three Circle meetings, her
husband to one barn raising, Emma has gone berry picking twice, one sale,
three shows, one candy party, and Emma has gone to two quilting bees.
They put one of the showmen up at their house. They have played euchre
nine times. Emma has been to the J. East's sixteen times, the J. East's have
returned the visits six times. Emma has been to Mrs. Slavens ten times, Mrs.
Slavens has visited three times. Emma has been to the Rice's twice, and
they have visited once.
There have been ninety three times friend or family, other than those
mentioned, have come to Emma's house. Emma has gone to others houses
forty five times. Emma and her husband have gone on seven joint trips to
visit, and jointly gone to town four times. Her husband has made thirty two
visits to locals. He has gone to town thirty five times. Most of the time he
goes to Troy. When he gets corn ground he goes to Moscow Mills. If he's
selling cows or pigs, he goes to St Louis. There are also trips to Truxton and
Wright City. Since Emma's husband is working or gone most of the time,
she takes off and visits whenever she pleases. Emma has gone to Kennedy's
store a couple of times. It's location has not been determined.
Emma has a woman to help with the house work. She takes the wool they
shear, picks it, colors it, and spins it. At some point in the process its sent to
town and comes back in "rools". They have cattle, horses, mules, sheep,
chickens, turkeys, and pigs. They are raising crops, butchering, canning,
making clothes, cooking, etc. yet are getting out and around an amazing
2 Jan 1876 The Bartlows go to hear Mr. Wesley Slavens preach.
15 Jan 1876 Columbus and Henry have come to the Bartlows to play cards. Columbus
26 Jan 1876 Mr. Bartlow has gone to Jack Powell's to buy oats. W.F. Powell lives just
NW of them.
14 Mar 1876 Mr. Bartlow has gone Allen Howells.
11 Apr 1876 The Bartlows visit Tom Slavens.
2 May 1876 Mr. J. East and daughter Aggie visit the Bartlows.
15 June 1876 Sarah Slavens visits the Bartlows.
1 Aug 1876 Mary Ann Smith Cannon dies in California. Tombstone,
Fulkerson Cemetery, Santa Rosa, Somoma Co. Calif.
17 Sept 1876 The Bartlows visit Tom Slavens.
17 Oct 1876 The Bartlows host a couple of colored ladies for dinner.
31 Dec 1876 The Bartlows have gone to Grange 15 times during the year. Emma has
been to circle twice, played card three times, been to two funerals, hickory
nutting twice, blackberrying twice, and to the Linn's Mill picnic twice. She
also took the train to Iowa to visit relatives. Her husband has gone to
Heathy School for a political meeting, to Troy for a mass meeting, and to a
camp meeting. He has been to town twenty seven times, and has added
Louisville, and Millville to his stops. They have seen the J. Easts thirty six
times, the Slavens ten times, the W. F. Powells, and the Howells
five times each. Most of these visits were by or to Emma. They have seen
a stream of family and friends at their place or gone to them. The number
seems to be down some from 1986.
1877 Daniel Appleberry, Bethany's youngest son, vanishes for awhile.
He will later turn up in Montana. Martha Adams
1 May 1877 Emma Barlow goes to Frank Powells.
17 June 1877 The Bartlows go to the "Coal Bank" for the "nigger meeting". They
enjoyed it very much. It is a Sunday, so it may have been church.
24 June 1877 Emma Bartlow goes to Tom Slavens.
2 July 1877 William Smith Sr dies. Tombstone. His obituary states that he had
sent his sons over to Captain Howell's to work in the harvest field,
and a few hours later he decided to check up on them. He planned
to walk his fences and put up some rails that were down, on the way.
That evening he was found dead near the fence with his cane resting
against it. It is supposed he died of heart disease. He was 78 years
old. Troy Herald 11 July 1877 Captain Howell is apparently
Joseph B. Howell who's nearest land was about a mile from
William Smith Sr's house. Captain Howell was Captain of
Company A, 37th Regiment Enrolled Missouri Militia. This was
Lincoln Countys home guard reserve unit. It was also called the
"Shirt Tail Militia". The entire officer corps of Company A
consisted of Welty family members. Allen Howell was the 1st Lt,
Elisha Welty Early was the 2nd Lt. William Smith Jr was the Sgt.
John Self East, Abraham Howell and Thomas B. Brown were also
in the unit. William Smith Sr probably was spared the worst during
the last years of the war, because of his being closely related to
these men. The estate inventory showed he owned
240 acres. Livestock consists of two mares, two horse mules,
three cows with calves, one heifer, two brood sows, seven hogs,
and ten sheep. The names of the horses used to draw the red and green
striped, high spring wagon were Tom and Ribbon.
"The House Of Smith", Troy Free Press, Sept 1937.
William Smith Sr wrote his will on 1 Aug. 1865. He stated that he had
already given his children from his first marriage enough, and would
leave all to his wife and second family. All his seven children are to
receive a horse, saddle, bridle, and featherbed, plus a share in
the land when their mother dies. He writes one grandson out of
the will. Samual T. Smith, Calvins son. He has shown him so
much disrespect, that he doesn't want him to have any part of his estate.
The Bartlows go to William Smith Sr's funeral, which sounds like it may
have been in the evening. He is buried at the Slavens Chapel Cemetery.
Slavens Chapel is a Methodist Episcopal Church. Wesley Slavens was a
Methodist minister, and had the church built on a corner of his farm. It
disbanded about 1925 or 1926.
26 Aug 1877 Jack Powell visits the Bartlow's.
24 Oct 1877 Last entry for the year in the Bartlow diary. Mr. Bartlow has been to town
twenty one times. They have gone to four sales, four funerals, one circle
meeting. and been to church once. They have gone to Grange twenty one
times, including Brown's Grange and County Grange. They have been to
one school meeting. Emma has visited with the J. Easts nineteen times, Mrs.
Slavens four times, the Smiths once, the W. F. Powells three times, and the
Howells once. One of the sons worked in a train trip to Minnisota. Lots of
other visiting with family and other friends also going on.
1878 Cordelia and her husband William F. Powell are
living on a farm one mile SW of home place in 1878.
At some point they will move to Audrain Co. Welty and Britton
are renting nearby, or working the home place land.
23 Apr 1878 Aggie East visits the Barlows.
28 May 1878 Emma Bartlow and friend visit the Frank Powell's. Probably Cordelia's
1 July 1878 Emma Bartlow's diary for 1878 stops on 1 July. There have been nineteen
trips to town, mostly by her husband. She has seen the East's eighteen
times. They have been to Grange meetings fourteen times. She has seen
Mrs. Slavens once. They have been to three dances, one school meeting,
one funeral, six Murphy meetings, one quilting bee, one Greenback
meeting, and attended two lectures. They have played checkers once and
euchre twice. There is the usual visiting with family and other friends going
on. Her dairy does not resume until Jan 1882.
4 Aug 1878 Azariah marries Amelia A. Hohanshelt, at Plumb Creek, Douglas County,
Colorado. They will have a daughter.
14 Oct 1878 Azariah pays $700 for some land from Guy Chaffee, in Douglas
1880 A Matthew Crouch is listed as being a hotel or boarding house
manager at Foley in the Foley Centennial. 1881-1981, p.6. This
may be Lorean's husband. Foley is 15 miles east of Troy. 1880 Census Azariah is in Precinct 5, Douglas Co. Colorado. He is 39. His wife Amelia
is 22, and his daughter Leora is 9months old. He prospects and works as
a teamster for many years around the mining camps at Leadville.
June 1880 Artilla and her husband and family are living with his parents,
Peter and Sophia Rinaman. 1880 census.
John and Lee Annah Creech are living in Monroe Township,
just downstream from the junction of Big Creek with Cuivre River.
They live on the north bank and own 80 acres.
William Smith Jr and family are living in Burr Oak
Township, on 40 acres owned by Moses Bond, adjacent to
160 acres owned by the East heirs. Britton is living
on 80 acres he's renting from Moses Bond, in Section 36,
Township 49NR2W in Bedford Township. He is 1 ½ miles
WSW of the home place. Welty appears to be renting the
land he will buy as his home place, or he's very close to it, on the
Lincoln County Coal Company land. Orion said they lived on Coal
Company land for awhile.
1878 land maps, 1880 census.
21 Oct 1880 Christopher Columbus Smith marries Permilia Jane Rice,
at her family home near Perry, in Ralls Co. Mo. He will bring her
back to Lincoln Co. where they will farm for a few years. They will
have two sons and a daughter.
2 Feb 1882 Welty buys some wheat from the Bartlows.
5 Feb 1882 Welty's boys are at the Bartlows, because momma is about to give birth to
Theron. Probably William Peter, and Burton. Possibly Orion also.
He is six.
10 Feb 1882 The Bartlows go to Welty's to see the babies.
26 Feb 1882 Joc Powell visits the Bartlows.
1882 Welty buys a "Empire" binder, Britton buys a "Deering" and
Columbus buys a "McCormick Deering". The St Louis and Hannibal
Railroad arrives at Troy.
5 Mar 1882 Mr. Bartlow goes to see Jack Powell.
12 Mar 1882 The Bartlows go to visit Welty Smith family. It's Sunday.
2 May 1882 The first train leaves Troy for Hannibal.
28 May 1882 Aggie East and friends visit the Bartlows.
13 July 1882 The Bartlows visit the Britton Smith family.
16 July 1882 The Bartlows go to Frank Powells.
4 Sept 1882 Britton Smith has a apple peeling party. The Bartlows go.
7 Oct 1882 Lizzy Slavens visits the Barlows.
15 Oct 1882 Welty Smith and family visit the Bartlows on a Sunday.
3 Nov 1882 The Bartlows go visit some of the Smiths.
1 Dec 1882 Emma Bartlow visits Lizzie Slavens.
3 Dec 1882 Emma back visiting Lizzie.
10 Dec 1882 Aggie East visits Emma Bartlow.
27 Dec 1883 Phoenia Smith marries Joseph W. Slavens, Lincoln Co. He
owns a farm 1 mile west of the home place. Land Map.
They will have three children.
31 Dec 1882 The Bartlows have been busy. They have interacted with the Easts 16
times the Slavens 6 times, and the Holcombs 11 times, and the Howells, and
Powells once. Some of this is farm work related, or buying or trading
produce. Mr. Holcomb appears to be the new local postmaster. They went
to 6 picnics, to Election day, one funeral, one meeting, one party, one fair,
one spelling bee, one school meeting, one singing, one lecture, one dance,
one sale, one show, and the races at Troy. They also got to the fair. They
went to Grange nine times, two apple peelings, and played cards once.
They get the Troy Free Press now. They bought a croquet set and played 12
times. Five domino games are mentioned. They made two short train trips,
and visited with the usual assortment of family and friends. They went to
church six times, mostly in Hawk Point. Emma has gotten a sewing
13 Jan 1883 Emma Bartlow goes to Tom Slavens for the evening.
14 Jan 1883 The Tom Slavens spend the day with the Bartlows.
10 Feb 1883 Betty Holcomb spends the night at the Bartlows.
19 Feb 1883 Emma Bartlow goes to Tom Slavens.
2 Mar 1883 Aggie East spends the night with the Bartlows.
15 Mar 1883 The Bartlows go to a wedding at the Slavens.
24 Apr 1883 Mary Welty Smith, and daughter Phoenia spend the day at the Bartlows.
17 May 1883 Emma Bartlow, Lida and Mrs. Slavens, go to Aunt Polly Smiths visiting.
(Mary Welty Smith)
22 May 1883 Phoenia Smith and Aggie East visit the Bartlows.
15 July 1883 Joe Powell visits the Bartlows.
Summer 1883 Emma Bartlow is referring to someone as Britt. He is helping with the
wheat and oats. It may be Britton Smith, playing with his new reaper or
20 July 1883 Nannie Smith is at the Bartlows. This is not Nannie Ethyl, as she will not
be born until 1884.
22 July 1883 The Bartlows are at Tom Slavens.
31 Oct 1883 Aggie East is visiting the Bartlows.
3 Nov 1883 Aggie East is at the Bartlows.
24 Nov 1883 W.S. and P. S. at the Bartlows. Welty Smith, or some of the Slavens?
30 Nov 1883 Aggie East is at the Bartlows.
9 Dec 1883 W. S. at Bartlows for dinner. then off to meeting. Welty?
26 Dec 1883 The Bartlows and J. Easts go to Mrs. H. Holcombs party.
31 De 1883 The Bartlows have interacted with the J. East family, and the Holcomb
family 15 times each, the Slavens 13 times, the year. They have been to
Grange 10 times. They went to 1 spelling bee, played croquet twice, and
checkers once. They went to 1 funeral, 1 party, church 4 times, to Troy
for a show once, picnicking twice, Races once, Reunion and barbecue once,
Fair 4 times, Dance once, and 3 meetings for lectures. They split up as usual,
and Emma went to Ohio by train, and later her husband went to Iowa.
One has to stay with the farm, when the other one travels.
6 Jan 1884 Aggie East is at the Bartlows.
30 Jan 1884 Columbus smith visits the Bartlows.
24 Feb 1884 Aggie east is at the Bartlows.
24 Mar 1884 Last entry in Emma's diary for 1884. There have been 13 trips to town.
They have played "Authors 3 times, Euchre once, checkers once, and gone
to 2 dances. They have gone to one meeting. they have seen the J. Easts
3 times, and the Howell's, Holcombs, Slavens, and Powells once each.
1884 Britton moves family to Audrain Co. Mo, N of Wellsville.
He will later move to Laddonia, then Mexico, Mo. At some point
Columbus will also move his family to Audrain Co.
31 Jan 1885 The Bartlows sell out and move to Ohio.
1885 Smallpox hits the northern part of the county.
22 Oct 1886 Britton and family, come down from Audrain Co. to visit.
Troy Free Press.
1887 Matthew Crouch, Lorean's husband, leaves Lincoln County.
The Troy Free Press says he's back in town after having gone
to the South West to buy a farm from David Jewell. David Jewell
is Matthews third wife’s brother. Matthew was
about to leave again for his new home. Arthur Ealy
1887-1888 Several businesses in Troy burn down.
27 May 1891 Matthew Crouch, Lorean's husband marries for the fourth time,
to Mary E. Miller, in Butler County, Missouri.. The fate of his
third wife has not been determined.
5 Feb 1892 Mrs. William Smith Sr, (Mary "Polly" Welty) dies while visiting
relatives in Audrain Co Mo. The obituary says she was staying
with a daughter.
19 Nov 1892 Azariah is divorced.
18 Mar 1893 Azariah returns to Troy, to assign his share of the William Smith Sr
estate to Joseph Rinaman, Artilla's husband for a consideration of
$157.00. Azariah declares himself unmarried. Abstract of title to . the home place. When the estate is settled on 17 Oct 1898,
Joseph Rhinaman receives $192.00 as Asia's share.
23 Feb 1893 Mrs. William Smith Jr dies, Lincoln Co. Mo. The Claggetts, David
Waddy Smith, Jr's son and others return to Kirwin, Kansas.
1893 A devastating financial depression starts. Only one transcontinental
16 Feb 1894 Artilla and husband buy William Smith Sr home place. The original cabin
has been modified, or will be, by adding on two ground floor rooms, a
dining room and a kitchen, to the rear, with a bedroom above. It has a
stairway in the SE corner of the kitchen. The front bedroom becomes a
room for the girls, the rear bedroom is for the boys. There is a cook stove
in the kitchen and a potbellied stove in the living room.
28 Jun 1895 Professor W. F. Welty, formerly principal of the Olney Institute,
at Olney, Lincoln Co. Mo, currently President of the college at
Siloam Springs, Arkansas, marries Emily Gaylord of Sandoval,
Ill. Troy Free Press. This is a possible distant relative we know
1896 Mrs. Leannah Smith Creech dies. Lincoln Co. Mo.
She is buried at Old Alexander.
15 Feb 1898 The battleship Maine is sunk in Havana harbor, Cuba.
21 Apr 1898 The United States declares war on Spain. No relatives are known
to be involved.
May 1898 Smallpox causes a quarantine of those exposed in Troy..
10 Dec 1898 The war with Spain is over. The United States is ceded the Philippines,
Puerto Rico, and Guam. Cuba is made independent.
Dec 1899 The most disastrous stock decline in the history of the New
York Stock Exchange hits. The effect on family members is unknown.
June 1900 Martha Catherine Adams, Bethany's daughter, her husband, Adolphus
Julian, and three daughters, Mary C., Cora V., and Fannie E. are living
in Umatilla, Lake County Florida. Fannie is dumb...Martha has three
other daughters, Lucinda B., Julia E, Alice V. and a son, John P.
1900 Azariah is in Eagle Township, Eagle County, Colorado. Census
Azariah remarries sometime after 1900. His wife appears to be
Dora E. Age 37 in 1900.
9 May 1902 Martha C. Adams, the daughter of Bethany Smith
Applebury, receives $93.70 from William Smith Sr's estate. She is
living in Umatilla Florida. They will later move to St Petersburg,
Florida, then to Texas to live with their son John proctor Adams,
then back to St Petersburg where son John buys them a home.
18 June 1902 Mary Catherine Adams, William Smith Sr's great grand daughter,
Bethany's granddaughter, Martha's daughter, a
schoolteacher, marries William T. Claggett, William Smith Sr's
great grandson, of the Lincoln County Claggetts, and ends up in Kirwin
Kansas with the Smith/Claggett colony out there.
1900 1926 Phoenia and her husband J.W. Slavens have a farm 1 mile SSW of
the home place where Artilla lives, and ¼ mile NW of Welty's farm.
Nov 1905 Scarlet Fever causes quarantine in Troy.
13 Nov 1905 Troy gets a electrical power plant capable of providing power for lights
only, from dusk until midnight.
8 May 1906 Lewis W. Cannon, Mary’s husband dies in California.
14 July 1906 John Creech, Leannah's husband dies. Buried at Old Alexander.
1907 A scarlet fever epidemic hits Troy.
Fall 1907 Artilla and Joseph move to Troy. Artilla's son William P. Rinaman,
moves his family into the William Smith Sr log cabin, which has doubled
10 Jan 1908 William Smith Jr dies Lincoln Co. Mo. Tombstone
24 Aug 1908 Britton Smith's 58th birthday is celebrated at his farm. All of his brothers
and sisters attend. Forty one family members have their photo taken.
29 Nov 1908 Daniel Appleberry, Bethany's youngest son, writes his nephew,
J. P. Adams, of Rodgers Texas. Daniel is writing from Phillips, Montana,
which is either in Blaine, or Valley County. It will become Phillips
County, in 1916, named after the B. D. Phillips ranch. Daniel says he is
camped out at his ranch, and has been making some money from some
mines or land which he is trying to get patented. He is talking about his will
and it sounds like he's unmarried and childless. In 1941 there was a big
sheep ranch in Montana named the Appleberry Ranch. Daniel would
have been over 90 by then, so more research is needed. There is a
family tale that at some point Daniel went back to England. The date on
this letter may be 1918, and it may say he is cooking at the home ranch.
1910 Cordelia and her family, husband, son William G. and a daughter
Lulu, are living in Laddonia, Audrain Co. Census
13 May 1910 Azariah is in Eagle Township, Eagle County, Colorado.
He is single and makes mistakes about his age, where he was born,
and where his parents were born in the census.
18 Nov 1911 Azariah files homestead claim at age 74, near Eagle,Eagle County, Col.
21 Dec 1911 Azariah writes Artilla a letter from Eagle, Col. She has written
and sent him some pictures. He says his daughter and grandson are
off to Alaska in the spring.
10 Jan 1912 Cordelia Smith Powell dies. She is buried in the Laddonia City
24 Jan 1912 Azariah remarries. His wife appears to be Dora E. Age 57 in 1920.
1920 Census. Eagle County, Colorado.
1913 Drusillia suffers a stroke, from which she will not fully recover.
7 Mar 1916 Azariah's divorced wife dies, in Alaska.
23 Dec 1916 Welty’s wife, Margaret Rinaman Smith dies, Lincoln Co.
Apr 1917 The United States enters WW I.
Jun 1917 Welty goes to Laddonia to be with Drusilla. He will stay until
after the funeral.
18 Jun 1917 Drusilla Smith Slavens dies at her home in Laddonia, Mo.
She had ten children. Obituary There are eleven children in the family
20 Aug 1918 Artilla and her husband celebrate their Golden wedding anniversary.
Of their seven children, six attended, and of their fifteen grandchildren
fourteen attended. Welty, and Phoenia attend.
21 Nov 1918 Cordellia's husband William F. Powell dies and is buried in the Laddonia.
City Cemetery. He has been living with his daughter, Mrs. Lulu Moomaw
in Laddonia, for the past year. His son, William G. Powell, lives nearby.
Laddonia Herald, 28 Nov 1918.
A major flu epidemic sweeps the county. The flu epidemic hits Troy.
12 Dec 1919 Azariah dies at his ranch on Trail Gulch, near Eagle, Eagle Co.
26 Jan 1920 Aziriahs wife, Dora E. age 57, is at the ranch, and has taken in a boarder,
John Kelly, who is 69 years old. 1920 census.
23 Nov 1920 A land patent for 160 acres is granted Arariah A Smith in Eagle Co.
16 Sept 1923 Rinaman relatives from Maryland are in Troy. The Welty Smith family
are all invited to Welty's house for a reunion.
27 Feb 1929 Drusilla’s husband, Thomas H. Slavens dies, Laddonia, Mo. Tombstone
1929 Britton moves from Laddonia, to Mexico, Mo.
6 Aug 1929 Martha Caroline Appleberry, Bethany's daughter dies in
St Petersburg Florida. Her husband will die on 16 Nov. 1939 also
in St Petersburg.
Oct 1929 The stock market collapses, and the Great Depression begins.
1 Feb 1930 Britton Smith dies at his home in Mexico, Audrain Co. Mo.
Columbus is living in Laddonia.
April 1930 Census Welty Smith, age 80. is living with Dick Bennett, age 70 and his
daughter Mary E., age 55, in Troy. Artillia, age 83, is living with her
husband Joseph Rinaman, age 82, in Troy. Phoenia, age 72, is living with
her husband Joseph W. Slavens, age 71, on their farm west of Troy, next to
Harvey Elbert Smith, Welty's son.
1930 Some of the Claggett's from the Smith/Claggett colony out in
Kirwin Kansas drive in to visit Roland Smith, one of William Smith Jr's
descendants, in Old Monroe.
18 Oct 1930 Mrs. Britton Smith dies, Montgomery Co Mo.
1931 A scarlet fever epidemic hits Troy. The Depression begins, affecting
all in the family. It lasts until 1941.
20 Nov 1932 Artilla’s husband Joseph Rinaman dies. Lincoln Co.
5 Aug 1934 Welty Smith dies Lincoln Co. Mo. Tombstone Columbus is living in
Perry, Ralls County, Mo. and Phoenia is living in Troy.
19 Nov 1935 Phoenia Smith Slavens dies.
13 May 1936 Artilla Smith Rinaman dies. Lincoln Co. Mo. Christopher Columbus
Smith is listed as living at Farber, in Audrain Co. in the obituary.
5 Nov 1936 Mrs. Christopher Columbus Smith dies. She and Columbus have been
living at her family home near Perry, in Ralls County, for some time.
She is buried in Laddonia.
10 Sept 1937 A final family reunion is held at the William Smith Sr home place. The
William P. Rinaman family were probably the hosts.
1 Sept 1938 Phoenia’s husband Joseph Slavens dies.
9 Dec 1938 The William Smith Sr home place is sold to non-family.
2 Mar 1940 Christopher Columbus Smith dies, at Laddonia, Audrain Co. Mo.
The data in this event log was acquired and shared by the following cousins: Mr. Kirby Ross, Mrs. Jean Strong, Mrs. Patsy Brown Creech, Mrs. Julia Mozier Hechler, and Mrs. Carolyn Hooton. Mrs. Jean Strong and Mrs. Patsy Brown Creech have traveled extensively to visit sites and gather material first hand. Mrs. Carolyn Hooton has
been instrumental in the Smith family reunions that have brought parts of the family together. Mrs. Audrey Kinion has aided materially with the research. Mr. Kirby Ross, with his vision of a comprehensive family history, has been the driving force
behind this work. This log was compiled by Willard Smith Bacon,
120 Beechwood Circle, Manchester Tn 37355, 931 728 7973, email@example.com
Copyrighted by Willard S. Bacon, 2000. All rights reserved.