Name: William Brackin (Brackin or Brack) Smith
Given Name: William Brackin (Brackin or Brack)
1830 census of Bledsoe County, Tennessee: William Brackin Smith couldbe one of the males in the household of his father Wyatt Smith:000021001-011010001 Or he could be the head of his own household andhis name written as Brachel Smith:00001-200111 If the later is thecase, then William would be a young newlywed (20-30) and the 2 girlsunder five might not be his own children. Polly Lawson, who appearson William B.'s 1850 census, age 24, could be one of these girls. Itis unknown who the other females might be, but William Brackin'sdaughter Hannah (oldest) was not born until c. 1831 if the 1850 censusis correct. Of course, census data is often inconsistent and Hannahmay have been older than 19 in 1850. It is not known which femalewould be his wife since there are three older females listed. It isprobably not the oldest (30-39) but could be either the 15-19 or the20-29 year old female.
Birth: 1812 in Tennessee
Death: BEF 16 OCT 1858 in Nebo, Laclede County, Missouri
Burial: Nebo Cemetery (Aka Kuhn-Chatham-Nebo Cemetery).
1837, 1838, and 1839 tax lists of Bledsoe County, Tennessee, District#4: William B. appears in 1837 and 1838. In 1839 he is listed asBrack Smith. He is always listed near Wyatt Smith, Dred Smith, LarkinSmith, or Jackson Swafford. This listing as "Brack" adds to thedocumentation that this Bledsoe County man, William B. or Brack Smithis the same William B. Smith who moved to Laclede County, Misouri. Heappears on the 1850 Leclede County census as William B., but hisestate records in the same county beginning in 1858 all give his nameas Brack or Brackin.
1840 census of Bledsoe Co., TN: William B. Smith is found on the 1840census only two families from his father Wyatt Smith: 10001-221001(One can idendify this William B. as the William Brackin Smith whoappeared on the 1850 census of Laclede County, Mo. No other WilliamSmith in 1840 Tennessee had the unusual family group of 1 male childand 5 female children. The 5 females would account for Polly Lawson aswell as the 4 Smith daughters who were born before 1840. William B.named a son Wyatt, which was an uncommon Smith name at that time.Etheldred Smith, a brother of this William B., named a son WilliamBrackin. Photographs show a striking resemblence between sons Spencerand Wyatt and members of the family of Etheldred Smith who remained inTennessee. A dna test between a descendent of William Brackin Smithand a descendent of Etheldred Smith shows a 90% probability ofrelationship with the common ancestor being within 12 generations.
1845 Bradley Co., TN--William Brackin Smith made a stop in BradleyCounty, Tennessee before coming to Missouri. His son Wyatt Smithstates on his Civil War Pension application that he was born inBradley County, TN. "Bracken Smith" signed a petition in BradleyCounty in 1845, "Petition requesting payment for grain used byvolunteer Militia" (see usgenweb, Bradley Co., Tn).
By 1850 William Brackin Smith and family had moved to Missouri andsettled in the Hazelgreen area of Laclede County. 1850 census ofLaclede Co: William B. Smith, 38, place of birth unknown; Hannah, 19,b. TN; Jane, 33, b. Va; Polly Lawson, 24; John Smith, 16; Nancy Smith,15; Margaret Smith, 14; Minerva J Smith, 12; Rachel Smith, 8; WyattSmith, 6; Spencer Smith 5 (These b. TN). (Hannah could be a daughterof William B. by an unknown first wife. Because of the 5 yeardifference in the ages of Spencer and Eliza Jane, it's possible thatJane was the mother of only Eliza Jane). (Who is Polly Lawson and whyis she listed before John Smith rather than after the Smithchildren?)
August 27, 1858 Brackin Smith purchased 80 acres near Nebo in LacledeCounty. (Warranty Deed Record, Laclede County, Mo, Book B, p. 168)Brackin Smith died about 6 weeks after the purchase, but the land waskept for 13 years by the family. This land included the big springnear Nebo.
1858 Laclede Co., Mo: William Brackin Smith died without a will.
The letters of administration were given to John and Jane Smith inOctober, 1858. The name used in his estate records was always "BrackinSmith" or "Brack". Included in his inventory was a note which he heldon his nephew, Preston H. Crawford.
16 October, 1858--State of Missouri, County of Laclede: Jane Smith andJohn Smith administrators of the Estate of Brackin Smith decesed,being duly sworn say that the said Brackin Smith died intestate andwithout leaving any will at the County and State aforesaid leavins ashis heirs, Jane Smith, widow of said deceased, Hannah Pryor whointermarried with one Ben Pryor, John Smith, Nancy Mallory, MinervaSmith, Rachel Smith, Wyatt Smith and Spencer Smith and Eliza Smith,all of whom reside in the State and County aforesaid that they willmake a perfect inventory of and faithfully administer all the Estateof the said Brackin Smith and pay the debts as far as the assetsExtend and the law direct, and account for and pay all assets whichshall come to their possession or knowledge. Sworn to and subscribedbefore me this 16th day os October, 1858.
Jane x Smith
John x Smith
Daughter Margaret is not mentioned as an heir, indicating that she isdeceased.
It is believed that William Brackin Smith and his wife Jane are buriedin unmarked graves in the Nebo Cemetery.
Father: Wyatt Smith b: 1768 in South Carolina or North Carolina
Mother: Peggy\Margaret Unknown b: ABT 1770 in South Carolina or North Carolina
Jane Unknown b: BET 1814 AND 1817 in Virginia
- Hannah Smith b: 1831 in Tennessee
- John Wesley Smith b: 16 JUL 1832 in McMinn Co., Tennessee
- Nancy Smith b: ABT 1835 in Tennessee
- Margaret Smith b: 1836 in Tennessee
- Minerva J. Smith b: 1839 in Tennessee
- Rachel Smith b: BET 1842 AND 1844 in Tennessee
- Wyatt Smith b: 3 SEP 1844 in Bradley Co. Tenn.
- Spencer (Spence) Smith b: BET 3 APR 1845 AND 1850 in Tennessee, Bradley County (probably)
- Eliza Jane Smith b: BET 1850 AND 1852 in Nebo, Laclede County, Missouri