2/13/2015

Zion Whitfield Smith






Zion Whitfield Smith was born April 10, 1876 in Jemison, Alabama to George Washington and Evaline Amanda Howell Smith.  He had nine siblings: Mary, Walter, Leona, Fredonia, Vivian, Birtie, Edna, Sarah and Floyd.

He was a railroad man most of his life, and he lived in Dallas, Texas, McCurtain County, Oklahoma, and eventually moved to Little River County, Arkansas where he remained until his death on September 20, 1953.

He had two wives: Dica Elizabeth Clark, who passed in 1907, and Grace Buster, who passed in 1974.

Zion and Dica had two children: Evelyn and Walter.  Zion and Grace had two children: Carlton and Nell.
Zion and Dica were my husband's great grandparents.








Little River News, September 24, 1953

 Zeke Smith, 77, died Sunday night at his home here. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Phillips Funeral Home, with Rev. Dell Hames officiating. Graveside services were held at the Ashdown cemetery, with Ashdown Masonic Lodge officiating.
Mr. Smith was employed by the Frisco Railroad, having retired about 11 years ago. Member First Baptist Church, here.
Survived by wife, a son Carlton D. Smith, two daughters-Mrs. Lon Buster and Mrs. E.P. Williams, all of Ashdown, three sisters-Mrs. Donnie Schaaf and Mrs. Dollie Clay of Meridian, Mississippi, Mrs. John Watts of Vero Beach, Florida. A brother, Floyd Smith, of Montgomery Alabama, twelve grandchildren and four great-grand children.

1/27/2015

Francis Beattie 1718-1791

Francis Beattie was born about 1718 in Ireland to Arthur and Martha Cairnes Beatie.  I do not have proof of his wife's name. Francis and his wife were my husband's 4 greats grandparents and his daughter Jane Beatie Bustard, named below, was his 3 greats grandmother.

Following is Francis Beatie's last will and testament, filed in Washington County Virginia.  Will Book 1, pg 163-164.  The will was dated 9/17/1789 and probated in February of 1791.

In the name of God Amen. I, Francis Beattie of Washington Co. of Commonwealth of VA. being at present of sound mind and memory and considering that it is appointed for all men once to die but not knowing the certainty of the time thereof do hereby make this my last will and testament that is to say first and principally I recommend my soul to God who gave it and my body to the earth there to be decently buried. 
Item: I will and bequeath to my daughter Rosannah Stuart and John Stuart, her husband the plantation we now live on with all the farming utensils thereon such as plows, hoes, axes, adzes, my negro man named Isak, that is to say on the condition that they or either of them so keep my daughter Sarah Beattie and son Francis Beattie during their lives in good warm clothing, victuals, & drink sufficient to support them decently, and if either John or Rosannah Stewart should die or neglect to take care of said children-then the executors to have it in their power to detain so much of the benefits of said plantation as will be sufficient to support them in decency. And to my son David Beattie and my daughter Mary Beattie I leave and bequeath to each of them a cow worth three pounds. 

I will and bequeath to my daughter Jane Bustard twenty pounds to be paid in horses and cattle by the executors out of my personal estate and to my daughter Margaret Hansford I will and bequeath twenty pounds to be paid in horses or cattle by the executors out of my personal estate. 

And to the rest of my personal estate if any, I leave to John and Rosannah, and i do hereby appoint my friends Matthew Ryburn and James Kincannon executors of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all wills by me before made.
In witness hereto I subscribe my name and affix my seal this seventeenth day of Sept. 1789. 
Francis Beattie 


Acknowledged in presence of 
George Gamble 
Sarah Kincannon  her mark 
Washington Co. Court 1791, 
the foregoing witnesses proved and ordered to be recorded. 
Andrew Russell - Clerk 

Children named: Rosannah, Margaret, Sarah, John, David, Francis, Mary and Jane