|Birth: ||Apr. 17, 1836|
|Death: ||Jul. 7, 1884|
William Riley is the son of Alfred and Nancy Brassfield Smith. Nancy died in childbirth with William at the age of 17.
Rebecca Flood Smith was Alfred Smith's second wife and mother to the rest of the children listed.
Mountain Meadows Massacre, Sept 11, 1857. On May 1st 1857, Alfred was 21 when he joined the wagon train that left from Carroll County, Arkansas, headed to California. He went on the journey with two friends from Newton County, Tom Farmer and Peter Campbell. A relative of Peter Campbell's owned a store in Sacramento, California & the three Newton County men were headed there. Peter was planning to work at the store. It was pure luck that saved Alfred from the massacre. Alf and his friends Peter and Tom decided to take a short cut to California, so they left the train at some point before they reached Salt Lake City. It wasn't until they were in Sacramento for several months that they heard what had happened to the rest of the wagon train. Alf and Peter Campbell returned to Newton County, Arkansas two years later. Peter Campbell married Alf's sister, Nancy Catherine Smith when they returned. Alf Smith is listed as one of the "other members associated with the caravan" on the Mountain Meadows Massacre Memorial Monument which is located at the site of the massacre in Utah and he is also discussed in the book "Blood of the Prophets: Brigham Young and the Mountain Meadows Massacre" by Will Bagley.
Civil War. Alfred Smith was one of Newton County's "Yellar Rag Boys" and a member of the Arkansas Peace Society of 1861. Unlike most young men in Arkansas who joined the Confederate Army, the members of the Arkansas Peace Society were made up of the farming families in the Ozarks and were formed in response to Arkansas's secession from the Union on May 6th, 1861. They mainly just wanted to be left alone & protect their homes and families. Slavery was not a major component of their local economy, although there were known to be a few slaves in the area. Alfred was mustered into the Union 1st Arkansas Infantry in 1863. He also served in the 2nd Arkansas Cavalry C. He was mustered out in August of 1865.
Smith-Nichols feud. Alfred Smith was killed as a result of the Smith-Nichols feud which had begun in 1882, over a land dispute between the two families. The feud began when Old Tom Nichols was shot and killed, allegedly by one of the Smiths at an "in fair" celebration for old Tom Nichols' nephew, Marion, who was getting married. It was the custom for a relative of the groom to hold an "In-Fair" or "End-Affair" dinner and dance to welcome the bride into the family . It ended when Alfred Smith was shot and killed while watering his horses at a stream on the edge of his property. Either Tom Nichols Jr or John Wright had killed Alfred. Neither were ever tried at court. John Wright was killed later that year.
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Jeremiah Smith (1803 - 1878)
Margaret L Armstrong Byrd Smith (1806 - 1877)
Nancy Jane Brassfield Smith (1839 - 1856)
Rebecca Flood Smith (1846 - 1918)
William Riley Smith (1856 - 1930)*
Jeremiah M Smith (1859 - 1909)*
Nathaniel Smith (1861 - 1892)*
Mary Elizabeth Smith Farmer (1863 - 1945)*
Margaret Emeline Smith Hines (1865 - 1922)*
Levi Smith (1867 - 1935)*
David Crocket Smith (1872 - 1959)*
William Simon Smith (1873 - 1905)*
Sarah Ann Smith Standridge (1876 - 1910)*
James C Smith (1879 - 1893)*
John M Smith (1826 - 1906)*
Martha Jane Smith Henderson (1829 - 1894)*
Gilbert Taylor Smith (1831 - 1904)*
Alfred Smith (1836 - 1884)
James Smith (1841 - 1863)*
Levi Smith (1843 - 1896)*
Nancy Catherine Smith Campbell (1845 - 1917)*
Salley Smith Ricketts (1849 - 1929)*
Margaret Emoline Smith Standridge (1851 - 1910)*
Maintained by: Jane Smith Harrell
Originally Created by: John Davidson
Record added: Jan 29, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 24245754
Margaret Emaline's daughter Sarah was married to my great uncle John A Brewer|
Added: Dec. 30, 2012
Alfred Smith son of Jeremiah & Margaret S. Byrd Smith and the husband of Nancy J. Brassfield one son William R. Smith. Marriede 2nd to Rebecca FloodFlud & ten children born to them Jeremiah M., Nathaniel, Mary Elizabeth, Margaret Emeline "Peggy", Levi, Jo...(Read more)|
Added: Oct. 6, 2009