William F. "Calico Bill" Smith Part III
Calico "Bill" Smith
Generation No. 2
"Tracing Wm.F."Calico Bill" Smith and Elizabeth "Betsy" Smith on the Census"
F. "Calico Bill" 2 Smith (Milton1) was born 03 Nov
1838 in Tennessee (Source: Lucille
New Evidence About William F. "Calico Bill" Smith's
>>>>>>After the viewing of William F. Smith's parents Bible (Milton Smith father), pulished by American Bible Society, by A. Hanks, it was learned that William F. "Calico Bill" Smith was born on November 4, 1836. Smith was a soldier, of Co "A" 4th Tennessee Calvary, He filed for a Pension for his service. The Pension Claim Number 252579. Mr. A. Hanks represented the Department of Interior, Bureau of Pensions, Washington, DC who completed the investigation for approving or disapproving the request for a pension.
1950 Cenesus of the Community of Nine Mile, near Pikeville
>>>>>>Shown below on the
1850 Federal Census are: Household # 442: Dred
Smith; father of Elizabeth Smith; Household #445:
Thomas Smith, (age 71) father of Melton Smith; Household
#446: Melton Smith, father of William F. Smith,
known as Calico Bill.
things call for an observation in the census page shown
>>>>>*It has been learned that Dred Smith's real name was Eathel Eldredge Smith. He is listed on other Census records as Dresden.
#445 Household: There is a Thomas Smith age 71 that appears on this page, . He is shown with his wife Mildred (Adkins), age 63; with the following children: James R., age 22; Benjamin, age 19; and Nancy McCulley, age 30. Thomas Smith is reported to be the father of Milton Smith, grandfather to William F. "Calico Bill" Smith.
>>>>>*Other reports state that Thomas Smith was born in. Virginia, and migrated to N.C. In N.C. he met and married Mildred Atkins. She was pure German and never spoke one word of english, so their descendants say. It is said that Thomas Smith learned German from his wife, Mildred, and that is how they communicated. Thomas and Dred are said to be no relation.
>>>>>Shown also in the above
census is the household of Milton Smith, the father of
William F., "Calico Bill" Smith; See below the listing:
>>>>>* Notation of William F. Smith's age: The census for 1850 show his age to be 13, making him to be born in 1837. However, his age is shown in the family Bible belonging to Milton Smith his father, that he was born in 1836. This birth date is also shown on his Army Record.
>>>>>From my research: While there were a number of Smiths living at the community of Nine Mile, TN near Pikeville, there was no kinship, blood kin, between Dred Smith and Melton Smith, the father of William F. "Calico Bill" Smith or Thomas Smith. They were a seperate set of Smiths.
>>>>>During the 1870 Bledsoe County census, William, called Williamm. F. age 33 years old, and Cynthia, (called Synthia J.) and 27 years old, were living in his mother's household with his sisters Pricilla and Mildred, along with his children, William. H., age 5, Margaret age 3 and Martha C., age 1. (See 1870 Census Below):
>>>>>>William F., for some reason does not show up on the 1860 Census records.
>>>>>>Note the above census
page, number 27. Here you will see 1870 Census. Listed
are, William F. Smith, known as Calico Bill Smith living in his mother'
household. Her name is M. J. Smith (Margaret J. Sapp Smith).
>>>>>>The Civil War having been ended just five years before, Calico Bill, is now apparently living with his mother. Having gone through the war, and having served as a prisoner of war, (The obituary of his son Charles W. Smith, states he fought for the Union Army during the War between the States), and having become sick during his incarceration as a prisoner, his father had died apparently prior to 1860, he returns home to help his mother; this might be an explanation why he is living in his mother's household. (My Notes)
>>>>>>My Notes: Gary Taylor a descendant of William Brocklin Smith, (Gg-Grandfather) reported to me that William "Calico Bill" Smith was the father of William Brocklin Smith who died in Ada, OK. He said William Brocklin's mother was Elizabeth. ( It is reported that William.Brocklin arrived in Pototomoc County of .Oklahoma. and the Ada and Coalgate Ok. area in sometimes between 1900-to 1904. He is said to be buried at the Rosehill Cementery both he and his wife Martha Mattie Keener).
>>>>>>Census records show an Elizabeth Smith, born to Dred Smith in 1850, being 16 years of age, living only four houses away from where William F. Smith's father, Milton Smith, lived. (See the above Census). William F., is shown to be the age of 13. Between the 1850 census and the 1870 census there is not another William shown to be living in the Nine Mile Community. William F. did not show up on the 1860 census, maybe because he had enlisted in the Union Army. Is it possible that through some strange circumstances, unknown to us, that this William F. could have been the father of this Elizabeth's children of whom William Brocklin Smith was one of them? After all, William B., said that William . was his father and said he was called Calico Bill, back in Tennessee. While there is no evidence that I can find that William F., "Calico Bill" and Elizabeth were ever married or lived together, it appears from circumstansal evidence that he may be the father of her children.
>>>>>"When the 1880
census of Marion County was taken, W.F., age 43, and Cynthia
J., age 40, were farming in the 6th District. There were 8 children in
the household, William H., age 14, Margaret E., age 13, Martha C. age
11, James T. age 9, John M., age 7, Jesse F. age 5, Minta C. age 2 and
Fannie age 4 months and born in Feb.
1900 Census: William F. Smith, "Calico Bill"
The Following in Italics Are My Notes
that he is living with Elizabeth for the past 25 years, he is no longer
with Syntha (Cynthia),
>>>>>It is reported that William F."Calico" Smith and Elizabeth "Betsy" Smith, daughter of Dred Smith, were born and grew up as neighbors. One can find them listed on the 1850 Bledsoe Co. Census living just four households away from each other,with their respected families in the Nine Mile Community. He being 13 yrs. Old and she being 16 yrs. old. It is said, though they both had the surname of Smith, William F. "Calico" Smith and Elizabeth "Betsy" Smith were of no blood kin to each other. The two Smith families were not blood kin or related to each other, according to those who have researched the family lines. (My Notes). More Related Information Click here.
Lucille Johnson Continues Stating:
>>>>>>My Notes: (I am in a quandry regarding the children of William F. "Calico Bill" Smith. The above obituary reported by Lucille Johnson states that "Calico Bill" being about 80 years old, and survived by his wife, and three sons and two daughters. I am assuming these were by Lizzie (Elizabeth) Stitch for she is the last woman he was said to be married to. In the 1880 Census he is living with Cynthia J., with eight children in the household. Later on the census she is stated as being a widow. Counting all the children thus far we have five children with Lizzie (Elizebth); eight with Cymthia; and three with Elizebeth "Betsy" Smith of Nine Mile Community, according to William Brocklin Smith, a son of Calico Bill, who died in Ada, Oklahoma. This would total 16 children. However, I realize that there is the possibility that some of the children listed on the census could have belonged to the women by a previous husband. However, this does make for a bit of a perdicament when trying to sort it all out, when there is listed only four (4) children in the Obituary. The census records will show that there was no other William Smith living in the Nine-Mile Community, Bledsoe County, TN., area during the time period that is under discussion. So, William F. "Calico Bill" Smith must have been the one man who lived with or shared a personal friendship with each of these three women. Elizabeth "Betsy" Smith; Cynthia J.; and Lizzie (Elizabeth) Stitch.
Bracklin Smith, whose mother was Elizabeth Smith of Bledsoe County, said
his father was William "Calico Bill" Smith.)
Notes for Cynthia J. Robinett: