Willis S. Smith was born in Elkton, Todd County (formerly Logan County), Kentucky on August 10, 1810.
He was the son of Millington Smith and Barbara Barton.
Willis S. Smith's siblings included Barnwell, William, Barnabas, James, Cardwell, Shurtliff, Unity, Millington, Isaac, Andrew and Thomas Smith.
The 1820 census shows the family living in Rutherford County, Tennessee:
According to family records, Willis S. Smith married Margaret Janes in Tennessee on August 29, 1833.
The 1840 and 1850 census records show Willis and family living in Missouri Township, Clark County, Arkansas:
According to records from the family Bible, the following children were born to the marriage of Willis S. Smith and Margaret Janes:
William James, 8 Nov 1834Margaret Janes Smith died on February 19, 1855, three days after the birth of her last child, Isaac Irvin.
Willis S., 17 Nov 1836
Barbara Emily, 7 Nov 1838
Fenneta Angelin, 15 Mar 1841
James Barton, 1 Feb 1843
Mary Ann, 18 Jul 1845
Margret Catherine, 24 Sep 1847
John Peck, 25 Jan 1850
Willis, 26 Nov 1852
Isaac Irvin, 16 Feb 1855
Willis S. Smith married a second time to Martha Elizabeth Atkins Harris on July 1, 1855. Martha was a recent widower with two children, Alphonso and Mary.
The 1860 and 1870 census records show Willis, Martha and children living in the Beech Creek Township, Clark County, Arkansas:
|James J should be Isaac I; Horis should be Harris|
The 1880 census show Willis and family living in Missouri Township, Clark County Arkansas:
According to the family Bible, the following children were born to the marriage of Willis S. Smith and Martha Elizabeth Atkins Harris:
Tuly, 11 Apr 1856
Thomas, 3 Jan 1858
Melissa, 30 Nov 1859
Millington, 30 Dec 1860
Martha Elizabeth, 15 Dec 1862
Laura, 30 Nov 1864
Henry Clay, 11 Sep 1866
Daniel Webster, 15 Apr 1868
Adonis, 4 Feb 1871
Fannie, 3 May 1873
Willis S. Smith passed from this life on May 20, 1891 at the age of 80. He is buried in the family cemetery on Rawls Hills Plantation, Clark County, Arkansas.
Willis S. Smith was my great-great grandfather.