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William Osborne Smith
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Birth: Jan. 21, 1826
North Carolina, USA
Death: Dec. 21, 1876
Davie County
North Carolina, USA

William Osborne Smith was born on Jan. 21, 1826, the oldest child of John Smith and Jane Beal Ijames Smith. He was the oldest of eight children and his siblings were: James H. (1827-1842), Elizabeth Edith (1828-1862), Beal Ijames (1829-1885), Pleasant (1831-1854), John Lacey (1833-1899), Sarah A. (1837-1884), and Samuel.

On Oct. 6, 1846, when William was 20 his mother Jane Ijames Smith died. On Nov. 14, 1847, his father remarried the widow Ratledge. In addition to his step-siblings he would also gain a half-sister, Lydia Jane (1848-1891).

On March 9, 1852, when William was 26 years old he married Rachel Melvina McMahan. This marriage would produce nine children: Bettie Belle (1852-1891), Sallie A. (1855-?), Oscar (1856-?), Lela Mentora (1859-1892), Minnie Florence (1860-1915), Harmon Savannah (1861-1937), William Herbert (1864-1927), Camilla Osbourne (1864-1941), and Mary Luna (1871-1955).

It has been told that William served in the Confederacy during the Civil War, however, I have been unable to verify this.

On Dec. 21, 1876, William died at age 50 and left his widow with six children under 18. 
 
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 Parents:
  John Smith (1799 - 1872)
  Jane Beal Ijames Smith (1803 - 1846)
 
 Spouse:
  Rachel Melvina McMahan Smith (1833 - 1899)*
 
 Children:
  Oscar M. Smith (____ - 1857)*
  Bettie Belle Smith Jarvis (1852 - 1891)*
  Sallie A Smith (1855 - 1855)*
  Lela Mentora Smith Swaim (1859 - 1892)*
  Minnie Florence Smith Miller (1860 - 1915)*
  Harmon Savanah Smith (1861 - 1937)*
  Camilla Osbourne Smith Atkinson (1864 - 1941)*
  William Herbert Smith (1864 - 1927)*
  Mary Luna Smith Barber (1871 - 1955)*
 
 Siblings:
  William Osborne Smith (1826 - 1876)
  James H. Smith (1827 - 1842)*
  Elizabeth Smith Ratledge (1828 - 1862)*
  Beal Ijames Smith (1829 - 1885)*
  Pleasant Smith (1831 - 1854)*
  John Lacey Smith (1833 - 1899)*
  Sarah A. Smith Beck (1837 - 1884)*
  Lydia Jane Smith Fields (1848 - 1891)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church
Mocksville
Davie County
North Carolina, USA
 
Created by: anthony Unknown
Record added: Mar 27, 2011
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William Osborne Smith
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- Gini Webb
 Added: Jan. 21, 2015
 
 
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