52 Ancestors/52 Weeks #11 ~ Keziah Francis Smith Black Nichols

Keziah Francis Smith first saw the light of day on  Thursday, December 3, 1840 in Franklin County Alabama I'm sure this was much to the chagrin of only brother William Jefferson, who I imagine was not too pleased to see sister number five arrive on the scene.   (He would finally get a brother though it would be another six  years wait. )  Keziah would eventually have eight siblings- the brothers William and Josiah, and sisters Allie, Maranda, Agness, Sarah, Rachel, and Mary .  These children were the offspring of Evan S. and Susan Griffin Smith.
Keziah spent most of her childhood in Franklin County Alabama and  Tishomingo County Mississippi.   Shortly after the 1850 census was taken in Mississippi, the family moved to Hot Spring County Arkansas, where her father passed away on August 28, 1858.  Less than two years later Keziah would marry Thomas Black and together they would have their only child- Evan Marelous Black, born just two days before Christmas of that year.
I don't have the particulars as to what happened to Thomas. By the 1870 census Frances is living with her son and her mother, and Thomas has disappeared.   Shortly after that, she married my 2 greats grandfather James Wood Nichols, who had just divorced his first wife Pollie Cunningham, whom he had two children with: John and Sarah.
Keziah and James had four children together: Gordon Inge, Martha J, William Clinton and Alice S., all born between 1874 and 1881.
The family lived the rest of their days out in Hot Spring County, and when James passed in 1903, Keziah lived off and on with her children until she joined him in death on Janaury 17, 1927.   They are both buried in Big Creek Cemetery in the same county they lived and died in.

Keziah was my 2 greats grandmother and I have no photos of her.

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