Reid R. Smith was a son of Samuel Smith and Sarah Jane Smith 'nee Long, I have no doubt. While he has been a little hard to trace, with a large bit of help from my cousin Jayce Smith, We now have a better picture.
1860 Census, Fairfield, Freestone County, Texas
R R Smith 40 Male Farmer 2500 2270 Alabama
Salina W Smith 36 Female Alabama
Wm S Smith 10 Male Texas
Saml R Smith 3/12 Male Texas
Jas A Strain 18 Male Student   Alabama
Binnie W Strain 15 Female Alabama
Robt T Strain 12 Male Alabama
Wellie S Strain 6 Female Texas
W L Cooley 25 Male Overseer   South Carolina
R R Smith ??? for Strain line 3200 3930
Salina W. Smith, was the second wife of Dr. Reid R. Smith. His first wife Angelina, having died in 1855.
The following is a letter written by Dr. Reid R. Smith, to his 1st cousin Mary Polly 'nee Smith, Daughter of James Britton "Brit" Bailey. Establishing there relationship.
Fairfield, March 25,1856
Your letter of February 16th came to hand last mail. I was much pleased to hear from you and learn that you were all well as well as to learn that your were enjoying life in the fullest sense of that term. I am also under obligation to you for the selection of that handsome young widow you wrote to me about and it is my determination at present to visit you sometime soon. Perhaps sometime in May or June, nothing preventing, at which time I shall expect you to introduce me to her and I am confident that she will fulfill my most sanquine expectations for I know you are a lady of fine taste and would
not recommend one who would not rank as A No 1, in any crowd.
I was glad to hear from Miss Liz Milburn. I consider her a splendid young lady, hope she has married well. I think I shall visit her on my trip west as well as all the relatives I may have belonging to your family of people, unless they should be to numerous or too much scattered.
You were so kind as to give me a short history of your family and thinking that it may not be uninteresting to you, I will take the privilege of giving you a short sketch of your relatives of the Smith side of the house. Your mother as you are aware no doubt, was my father's own sister, our grandfather had several children but I can't tell you anything about any of them but the uncles and one aunt. They still live in Tennessee, have large families, are very respectable and doing well in the world.
My father died in 1840 in Tennessee, since which ti have all moved to this country except two brothers who are living in Mississippi. My mother, three brothers and one sister are living in Huntsville, Texas;two sisters in Eastern Texas. One in Grimes Co, one brother and Sister in Springfield and I am at this place alone.
The family are all doing well, some of them have made large fortunes.I practiced Physic eight years and quit on account of my health. I havebeen merchandising two years and expect to continue in that business.
You will please tender by best respects to your nephew Wm Milburn, the writer of your letter, and tell him I should be glad to have him correspond with me frequently. I will try to pay my respects to him in person this summer, maybe sooner, please give my respects to the family generally and receive too, yourself my best wishes for your prosperity and happiness.
R. R. Smith
Samuel Smith (1785 - 1840)
Sarah Jane Long Smith (1790 - 1874)
Angeline Smith (1828 - 1855)
Pleasant Smith (1807 - 1870)*
Sterling R Smith (1811 - 1884)*
Samuel Richard Smith (1813 - 1900)*
Mary Smith Rainbolt (1813 - 1876)**
James Carroll Smith (1815 - 1902)*
Nancy Ann Smith Edmundson (1817 - 1902)*
Reid R. Smith (1820 - 1862)
Feraby Smith Roberts (1822 - 1914)*
William Henderson Smith (1824 - 1883)*
Amanda Melvina Smith Branch (1829 - 1867)*
Dewitt C. Smith (1831 - 1867)*
Created by: Michael Burk
Record added: Apr 07, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 107973676