Wednesday, August 28, 2013



The following excerpts are taken from a 90 page document written by Pearl O. Smith, titled A CROM (CRUM) – MARTIN-VAUGHT (VOUGHT) CONNECTION, dated 2000. I found this document online at the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah. I have a pdf copy of this document and I can email it to you if requested. In my next post I will include additional excerpts concerning the Vaught family.

1. George L. Smith, son of Elias Guess Smith and Hannah Vaught, b. January 23, 1809; d. 1892; m. December 3, 1829, Margaret Fulkerson, in Ohio County, KY. He and his family moved to Uvalde, TX.

2. A brother of George L., above, was John Everett Vaught Smith, b. September 27, 1812; d. March 24, 1895; m. April 15, 1834, Elizabeth Brumley Kimbley, daughter of Francis E. and Easter (Vanlandingham) Kimbley. Elizabeth was born November 8, 1815; d. May 30, 1883. John Everett Vaught Smith, and his wife, Elizabeth Brumley (Kimbley) Smith, are buried in the Nellie Davis Cemetery, near Equality (sometimes called Kronos), in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. Their children, according to John E. V.'s Bible record, were Francis E., Esther E., Louisa S., Martha J., Mary E., Susan A., Elias William, and John Kimbley Smith. Children:

(a). Francis E. Smith, b. April 4, 1835; d. 1836.

(b). Esther Elizabeth Smith, b. January 3, 1837; d. January 26, 1916; m. December 1858, John Allen Kirtley, b. June 20, 1835; d. November 7, 1919. Issue: John Frank, Finis H., William M., Elizabeth (Betty), Jake, Henderson K., Sunie, Hattie Lou, and Mollie (Mary?) Kirtley.

(c). Louisa S. Smith, b. May 26, 1839; d. at West Point, Kentucky; m. December 25, 1856, Alfred T. Coffman, b. September 11, 1837. Coffman served in the Kentucky State Legislature from 1869 to 1871. Issue: John Taylor, Francis Ollie, William, Mattie, Jesse E., Alfred Bertie, Charles, and Iva Coffman.

(d). Martha J. Smith, b. October 15, 1842; d. January 21, 1862. Did not marry. Buried in Nellie Davis Cemetery.

(e) . Mary E. Smith, b. March 16, 1845; d. March 17, 1920; m. (1) January 22, 1866, John E. Brown; (2) March 19, 1876, Willis Rowe; b. May 13, 1836; d. February 24, 1902. Both are buried at West Providence Church Cemetery. Willis and Mary E. (Smith) Rowe's children were: Nina May, Bessie Lee, Chester E., Lennie, and Nettie Rowe.

(f) . Susan A. Smith, b. April 7, 1848; m. Samuel Morton. Children were William E., Ida Mae, John, Ross, and Vigaberry Preston Morton.

(g). Elias William Smith, b. at Ceralvo, Kentucky, March 18, 1851; d. September 12, 1934; m. March 21, 1873, Mary Lucinda Baker, b. September 29, 1852; d. December 22, 1935. Both are buried at Nelson Creek Cemetery, Muhlenberg County. Children were William Edgar, Claude Everly, Lula May, Everett Andrew, Jesse Baker, and Paulina Elizabeth Smith.

i . William Edgar Smith, son of Elias William Smith, b. at Ceralvo, April 1, 1874; d. February 16, 1943, of an accidental injury; m. March 17, 1898, Ella Tilford, b. February 7, 1875, daughter of Sylvester Tilford and Elizabeth A. (Wood) Tilford; d. June 5, 1955. This couple, born in Ohio County, Kentucky, went to Crittenden County, Kentucky, shortly
after their marriage and spent the rest of their lives there . Issue:

aa. William Roosevelt Smith, b. April 20, 1899; d. August 6, 1977; m. November 27, 1944, Edna (Woolsey) Stephenson, d. July 18, 1974. As a young man, "Bill" worked in his uncle's lumber business in Alabama; in later years he was a Kentucky farmer.

bb. Leamon Ray Smith, b. February 24, 1902; d. July 24, 1974; m. March 8, 1923, Fleta Towery, b. September 5, 1903; d. March 25, 1979. They had no children; lived in Evansville, Indiana; buried at Marion, Kentucky.

cc. Roy Baker Smith, b. December 24, 1905; d. July 12, 1979; m. July 18, 1930, Clemmie Jane Beasley, b. December 30, 1905; d. May 17, 1983. They lived in Carbon Hill, Alabama, and Roy owned a company that made wooden handles for farm, mine, and industrial use. He helped build, and was an active member of, Pocahontas Methodist Church at Carbon Hill.

dd. Pearl 0. Smith, b. September 26, 1908; did not marry. After graduating from Lockyears Business College, in Evansville, Indiana, and working in that city a few years, Pearl went to Washington, D. C., on vacation. She liked the city so well that within a few days she found a job in private business and remained. Two years later, in 1938, she accepted a Civil Service appointment to the federal government and worked for the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service for 37 years. During that time, she was secretary, administrative assistant, and executive secretary to eight successive directors of the FMCS, a record, it is believed. She spent numerous vacations in Great Britain, Western Europe, and the Middle East. She is an "amateur” genealogist who has researched, written and published the history of three of her ancestral families. Two other books she has published contain genealogical excerpts from Ohio County, Kentucky, newspapers from 1881 to 1911. In 1992, because of health problems, Pearl returned to Marion, Kentucky, to be near her family.

ee. Anna Maybell Smith, b. December 8, 1911. She had a twin brother who lived only a few hours. On August 5, 1939, she married Torian J. Collins, b. December 12, 1912; d. September 20, 1983. Anna graduated from Western Kentucky University at Bowling Green and earned a M. A. from Murray State University. She taught school in Crittenden County, Kentucky, 24 years and from 1957 to 1963 was supervisor of instruction in that county. In 1963, she went to High Ridge, Missouri, where she taught another ten years.

ff. Ada Margaret Smith, b. October 8, 1914; m. February 23, 1939, Collie Ray Brown, Sr., b. October 5, 1912; d. October 13, 1975. For a few years after their marriage they operated a restaurant in Evansville, Indiana. After Ada's father's death, they bought the Smith family farm in Crittenden County, Kentucky, which Collie farmed until his death. Ada received B. S. and M. A. degrees from Murray State University (Kentucky) and taught school a number of years.

3. Another brother of George L., above, was Claude Everly Smith, b. February 9, 1876, Ohio County, Kentucky; d. July 17, 1972, age 96. He taught school, edited an Ohio County newspaper and studied for the bar, to which he was admitted in 1898. He served as county attorney for six years then was elected Commonwealth Attorney for two terms. He practiced law in Owensboro, Kentucky, for many years and, at the time of his death, was believed to be the oldest practicing attorney in Kentucky. He was married three times. By the first marriage, in 1903, to Jessie B. Tatum, he had one child:

aa. Martha Mary Smith, b. February 5, 1909; d. May 27, 1958; m. May 29, 1932, George R. Taylor. They had one son, Larry Taylor.

4. A sister of George L., above, was Pauline Elizabeth Smith, b. October 5, 1887; d. April 17, 1956; m. November 4, 1908, William Arthur Johns, b. February 3, 1882; d. April 29, 1956. Both are buried at Nelson Creek Cemetery, in Ohio County, Kentucky. Children: Levi Joseph, Richard Earl, Thomas Marion, Mary Jane, William Arthur, Jr.: Della May, and Clarence Harvey Johns.

1 comment:

  1. Hi,
    I would love to learn more about Pearl's books. Can we purchase them? My husband is decs. from EG Smith. ( through Louisa) Please send me the link of contact info.
    email is
    thanks! Jan Coffman