Calico "Bill" Smith

A Family Legend or Fable

 

>>>>>Much speculation has been made about William F. Smith, known as Calico "Bill" Smith. After much research and help from others I believe we have come up with an answer to solve the mystery. William F. Smith was born to Milton A. Smith on 04 Nov 1836 in Bledsoe Co., Tennessee. He married Cynthia J. Robnett on 02 Feb 1865. He died on 07 May 1915 in Gruetli, Grundy Co., Tennessee. Note the following:

Generation 1


1. Milton A. Smith-1 was born on 27 Dec 1810 in North Carolina. He died on 07 Nov 1852 in Bledsoe Co., Tennessee.

>>> Margaret Jane Sapp daughter of Zachariah Sapp and Priscilla B. Skillern was born in Dec 1819 in White >>>Co., Tennessee. She died on 15 May 1905 in Bledsoe Co., Tennessee.

>>>Milton A. Smith and Margaret Jane Sapp were married in 1836 in White Co., Tennessee. They had the >>>following children:

>>>>>>(1) William F. Smith[1, 2, 3, 4] was born on 04 Nov 1836 in Bledsoe Co., Tennessee. He married >>>>>>Cynthia J. Robnett on 02 Feb 1865. He died on 07 May 1915 in Gruetli, Grundy Co., Tennessee.

>>>>> >(2). Nancy Jane Smith was born on 05 Feb 1839 in Bledsoe Co., Tennessee.

>>>>>>(3). Martha Elizabeth Smith was born on 25 Mar 1845 in Bledsoe Co., Tennessee. She married >>>>>>James A. Lawson on 31 Dec 1855 in Bledsoe Co., Tennessee By Rev. Zaccahri Sapp. She died on >>>>>>22 Mar 1923 in Bledsoe Co., Tennessee.


>>>>>>(4). ary E. Smith[5] was born on 01 Jun 1848. She married David Worthington on 30 Aug 1866 in >>>>>>Bledsoe Co., Tennessee. She died on 31 Dec 1937 in Bledsoe Co., Tennessee.


>>>>>>(5). Priscilla A. Smith was born on 22 Feb 1852 in Bledsoe Co., Tennessee. She married James >>>>>>McClarney in 1889 in Bledsoe Co., Tennessee. She died on 13 Apr 1913 in Bledsoe Co.,
>>>>>>Tennessee.

>>>>>>(6). Mildred (Millie) Monorva Smith was born in Dec 1854. She died after 1930 in Bledsoe Co., >>>>>>Tennessee.

>>>>>>General Notes:
>>>>>>Millie Smith was never married, but she raised Ed Worthington and gave him her farm. It is now >>>>>>owned by Charlie Hale.

>>>>>>Thomas F. Smith was born on 04 Nov 1842 in Bledsoe Co., Tennessee. He married Zelphia Fields >>>>>>on 27 Dec 1866 in Bledsoe Co., Tennessee by Zackeriah Sapp. He died on 30 Jun 1891 in Bledsoe >>>>>>Co., Tennessee. (7).

Generation 2

>>>>>>2. William F. Smith-2 (Milton A.-1)[1, 2, 3, 4] was born on 04 Nov 1836 in Bledsoe Co., >>>>>>Tennessee. He died on 07 May 1915 in Gruetli, Grundy Co., Tennessee.

Notes for William F. Smith:

General Notes:

>>>>>>Civil War Pvt. Co A 4 Reg`t Tn Vol. Cav. enlisted 28 November 1862 Whitney Co., Kentucky >>>> >discharged 12 June 1865 Camp Chase, Ohio. Captured 5 August 1864 at Canton, Georgi
>>>>>>delivered at Jacksonville, Florida 28 April 1865, arrived at Amapolis, Md. 11 May 1865 sent to >>>>>>Camp Case Ohio 11 May 1865. Also served time at Andersonville, Georgia POW Camp.

>>>>>>Living in Marion Co., Tennessee in 1880 still married to Cynthia J. Robnett.

>>>>>>In 1910 Grundy Co., Tennessee Census, show married three times. A Charles Smith was
>>>>>>informant on his death certificate.

Notes for William F. Smith:

Living in Marion Co., Tennessee in 1880 still married to Cynthia J. Robnett.

In 1910 Grundy Co., Tennessee Census, show married three times. A Charles Smith was informant on his death certificate. The following was listed on the 1910 Census:

>>>>>>Smith, William, 73
>>>>>>Lizzie 59
>>>>>>Charlie 23 son
>>>>>>Robert 21 son
>>>>>>Annie 18 daughter

William F. Smith, known as Calico "Bill" Smith has been found in additional records....

 

In A Book Called
FAMILY MEMORIES

By
Lucille Johnson
Copyright 1988
by Lucille Johnson
PROPERTY OF
Grundy County Historical Society
P.O. Box 1422
Tracy City, TN 37387

In A Book Called Family Memories there is a record of William F. Smith known also as Calico "Bill" Smith,
listed on pages 14-17. It begins by giving his birth date as November 3, 1838 (See This Page) and his death on May 7, 1915. It lists him as being of English descent and not Cherokee Indian. He was married to an Elizabeth Stitch, born on May 16, 1851. and died on January 19, 1938. She was of German descent. They had the followiing children:

>>>>>>Mary Genette, Feb. 18, 1880 -July 18, 1957
>>>>>>Alice,
>>>>>>Charlie Wilder (Ted) Dec 1, 1886, Died in October 1946
>>>>>>Robert H. (Bob) June 1, 1888 - Died September 1, 1935
>>>>>>Annie Rooney, December 5, 1881-Died November 9, 1978

Now if we go back to the preceding document listed above, we find the same record of William F. Smith with a
one day difference in the birth date. That is no problem for the death date is the same:

>>>>>>(1) William F. Smith[1, 2, 3, 4] was born on 04 Nov 1836 in Bledsoe Co., Tennessee. He >>>>>>married Cynthia J. Robnett on 02 Feb 1865. He died on 07 May 1915 in Gruetli,
>>>>>>Grundy Co., Tennessee.

>>>>>>Taken from Page 14: William F. Smith, CO-A. 4 Tennessee Cav. was nicknamed Calico Bill. He had a brother named Thomas and two sisters. He served in the Civil War and was captured iin the Battle of Chickamauga in 1863 and remained a prisoneer until the war was over.

>>>>>>The prisoneers were starving and some had Scurvy. Bill walked near a guard and stood looking until the guard asked what he wanted. (Prisoneers were not allowed to speak to the guards first). He gave the guard $.50 and asked him to bring them sweet patatoes. They ate the sweet patatoes raw and cured the scurvy.

>>>>>>He also told that the prisoneers had to drink from a ditch that ran through the stockade and they had to fill their canteens by daybreak or dishwater would be in it. One morning he went to fill his canteen and saw three prisoneers on a rise near by. He went to see what they were looking at and saw a spring of clear water had come up from the ground and they had good water to drink from then on.

>>>>>>He was married previously and had eight children: John M. Smith, Dunlap, TN., and Thomas Smith at Crossville, TN. These were his sons.his sons. He and Lizzie moved from Walden's Ridge about 1889 with a wagon and a team of oxen. Settled first near Leager then moved to Gruetli, TN., where he lived until his death of a heart attack and is buried at Fall Creek Cemetery, Gruetli, Tn (Mostly given by Arthur Layne).

*****The above information is found on the Grundy Co. Historical Society site.

SPECIAL NOTE:

>>>>>>The Grandfather Thomas Smith was English b. Va. then lived N.C. He married Mildred Atkins
in North Carolina. She was full blooded German. Her descendants in Illinois say Mildred Atkins Smith
did not speak one word of English but that Thomas Smith, her husband and Callico's grandfather spoke
English clearly and was of English descendant. Making Milton (Callico's) father to be 1/2 English and
1/2 half German. No American involved.

>>>>>>All indications are William F. Smith, known as Calico "Bill" Smith was not Cherokee or American Indian. In the 1850 Census he is living in Bledsoe County, TN.

>>>>>*****So are we looking at Familey Legends and Fables or was Calico "Bill" Smith actually an American
Indian?

The Following listings were taken from Ancestry. Com

William F. Smith, known as Calico "Bill" Smith

The 1850 Bledsoe Co. Tn. Census


1. Wiliam F. Smith (Calico Bill) is listed in Milton Smith Household when he is 13yrs.old. Calico is living only 4 doors away from Elizabeth (Betsy) Smith and her Dad (Etheldridge Smith and Matilda McDowell Smith) with their daughter, Elizabeth (Betsy)Smith in their household Meaning, Calico and Elizabeth (Betsy) Smith were close; grew up close neighbors. They later had 5 children together.of which William Brocklin Smith, was one.

2. The 1880 Marion Co.Tn.Census
District-#6
William F.(Calico Bill) Smith-43, Cythia J.-40, wife; Margaret E-13; Martha C.-11; James T.-9; ,John M.-7; Jesse F.-5; Minta-2; and Fanny Smith-4 months.

3.The 1900 Grundy Co Tn. Census

William F. Smith (Calico Bill)
District-# 12
W.F.Smith-63; Elizabeth (Stitch) age 50,
Charles-13,Robert-11,Annie-8,

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