By: Vicki Burress Roach
George Washington"Wash" Smith
was born January 15, 1829 in Pulaski, Giles Co., TN. His
first wife, Sarah Harrison, died young
between 1861 and 1870. His second wife, Flora
Patterson Davis, is my ancestor.
She was born ca 1835 in TN. They were married before 1870.
He died June 3, 1920 and is buried in Lauderdale Co., AL.
Flora was possibly the daughter of Alexander
and Leah Patterson. Flora’s first husband
was Prior P. Davis. They married December
15, 1857 in Marshall Co., TN. They were in Marshall Co., TN
for the 1860 census.
George and Sarah had; James Franklin
Smith, George Washington, Jr, and Mary. George and
Flora had; John Jackson Smith, Thomas
Turner "Tommy" (my ancestor), Robert Lee and Florence
Elizabeth. Flora had two children by Prior Davis,
Zachary Prior Davis and Belle Davis.
Thomas Turner "Tommy" Smith
was born January 22, 1873 in Lauderdale Co., AL, died
February 23, 1941 in Chewalla, McNairy Co., TN. He married
Mamie M. Cotton, born August 5, 1871 in
Lawrence Co., AL, died August 10, 1939 in Chewalla, McNairy
Co., TN. Mamie was the daughter of James Henry
Cotton and Nancy Whitman. Thomas
and Mamie are both buried in Indian Creek Cem. in Chewalla.
Children of Thomas and Mamie were; James
Bryan Smith, Lyman, Pearl, Prentiss Rad (my
ancestor), Ollie and Jewell.
Prentiss Rad Smith was born
October 24, 1906 in Chewalla TN, married July 14, 1924 and
was killed by a train June 17, 1935. He married Vercie
Elizabeth Hurley. Both are buried in Indian
Creek Cem. in Chewalla.
After the unexpected early death of
Prentiss, Vercie had to raise their three young children
alone. She spent her life working very hard to provide a
living for her family. When their home burned and they lost
all their possessions, they lived with friends from their
church until they got on their feet again. Vercie moved to
Corinth and worked for Weavers Pants
Factory and later for Magnolia Hospital. Children of
Prentiss and Vercie were; Mildred Louise who married Aaron
Timmons and resides in Corinth; Willie
Roland who married Nell Jeffries and
resides in South Carolina; Ouida Faye who married Rev. Bobby
Neal Burress and resides in Corinth.
Later in life Vercie remarried to Victor
Robison. He preceded her in death. She was
a woman of strong faith and a member of Oakland Baptist
Church when she died. She enjoyed her grandchildren and