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Benjamin Franklin Smith
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Birth: 1823
South Carolina, USA
Death: 1883

Benjamin was a Mystery and we believe he was buried close to his wife Mary Seleta Jenkins Smith but there is no longer evidence because of burned records
We now know Benjamin was married twice. The biography below includes some info on his first and second family.

Legend of Benjamin Franklin Smith as told to Louise Smith McGill by her Uncle Ross Smith at a John J. Smith Reunion in
1988.

Benjamin Franklin Smith is a mystery. We think he came to the Neshoba county and to Philadelphia. Mississippi one day
riding a black horse. He supposed to have lived in North Carolina before he came to Mississippi.

It is said that he got into a fight in North Carolina and accidentally killed a man. According to the legend. the local law enforcement told Benjamin to leave the state or they would have to arrest him. Great Grandfather Benjamin died when he was in his sixties.

His son, John J. Smith said he was between four and seven years old when Benjamin died. On his death bed. Benjamin confessed to his children about killing the man in North Carolina and said he hoped the Lord had forgiven him. That one act must have tortured him all his life.

It is said that he never mentioned his family in North
Carolina. It is also said that no one visited him and he never visited anyone. No bounty hunter ever came after him.

His past will remain a mystery.


INFORMATION ON FIRST FAMILY
BF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN SMITH and Mary AE Unknown wife of BF Smith were married about 1844 in ?. They had the following children:
Mary AE Unknown wife of BF Smith was born between 1827-1830 in ,,AL. She died between 1860-1869.
Children of Benjamin Franklin Smith and Mary AE (Maiden name unknown):

Francis E. SMITH was born about 1845 in ,,MS. She died.
Felix C. SMITH was born about 1846 in ,,MS[47]. He died.?
Marion Dixon Smith was born in Apr 1847 in Neshoba Co., MS[52]. He married Mary Ann Clark
Mary A. SMITH was born about 1849 in ,,MS. She died.
Susan I. SMITH was born about 1850 in ,,MS. She died.
Margaret M. SMITH was born about 1854 in ,,MS. She diedin Arkansas, married Archie, a Jenkins relative of Mary S Jenkins.
Martha Jane Loulizer Smith was born about 1858 in ,,MS. She died after 1930[55] Married William Harvey, another relative of Mary S .
Sallie Sarah SMITH was born about 1865 in ,,MS. She died. Not other info known for sure (some say she married a Johnson)

SECOND FAMILY OF BENJAMIN AND HIS WIFE MARY S JENKINS
After the presumed death of his 1st wife, Mary AE (maiden name unknown) he then married 2nd Mary Seleto/Seleta JENKINS who was born about 1832 She died about 1910. Aunt Emma Smith Crocker stated she was about 12 years old when Gr Grandma died. Using this information, Aunt Emma's birthdate is the 25th of March 1898. That would put Gr Grandma's death approximately 1910.

Excerpts from data of Ross Smith, Grandson of Benjamin and Mary Seleta Smith, and Louise Smith McGill,Granddaughter.

"Mary Seleta Jenkins is said to be part Choctaw, however some say this is not true because her children couldn't receive government payment for Indian Lands. According to my dad, John J. Smith, her Indian name meant 'Little Leaf.

She was about fourteen or fifteen years old when she married Benjamin. Mary was of slim build and had long, straight black hair and was only about five feet tall. Benjamin Franklin SMITH and Mary Seleta JENKINS had the following children:

+ i. Thomas Franklin SMITH:""
+ ii. Samuel Clark SMITH. v
+ iii. Amanda Elizabeth (Mandy) SMITH ./
+ iv. Andrew N. SMITH.
+ v. John J. SMITH. v'
+ vi. William "Willie" SMITH.'/
+ vii. Ludie SMITH.

From BF Smith Family History by Harold S Smith and Myra Warren 1999

Benjamin Franklin SMITH was born between 1809-1826 (age in census records vary) in N.C. He died about 1883. Benjamin Franklin Smith appears on the
following censuses:
MSl860 Census for ~Madison County, Page 110, Canton.
MS 1870 Census for Neshoba County, Beat 1, Philadelphia.


CENSUS DATA :
1840 Kemper, Mississippi, United States Census
This may or may not be our Benjamin F Smith-- Free White Persons - Males - 20 thru 29: 1 Free White Persons - Females - 15 thru 19: 1

1850 Kemper, Mississippi Census
This matches data and ages for chidren of our BF Smith Benj Smith 24 Mary Smith 20 Francis Smith 4 Felix Smith 3 Mary Smith 0 Also next door neighbor of no known relationship William Smith born SC wife born MS children with a son named Benjamin F Smith

***** Note: the difference in Benj age in 1850 and in 1860--Could have lied about age because of killing the man and hiding??????

1860 Township 10 Range 13, Neshoba, Mississippi Census
Benjamin Smith 51 Mary A E Smith 29 Fransis E Smith 14 Felix C Smith 13 Mary A Smith 10 Susan I Smith 9 Marion D Smith 7 Margret M Smith 5 Martha L Smith

1870 Beat 1, Neshoba, Mississippi Census
Benjamin F Smith 60 Mary S Smith 24 Mary Ann Smith 18 Martha L Smith 10 Marion B Smith 14 Sallie Smith 5 William W Smith 3 Thomas Smith 1

1880 Dixon, Neshoba, Mississippi, USA Census
Benjamin F. Smith 67 Mary Smith 34 Sarah Smith 14 William W. Smith 12 Thomas F. Smith 10 Jonnie J. Smith 8 Samuel A. Smith 6 Catharine L. Smith 4 Amanda E. Smith 2

 
 
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 Spouses:
  Mary Seleta Jenkins Smith (1844 - 1918)
  Mary A E Smith (1832 - ____)*
 
 Children:
  Margaret M Smith Jenkins (1855 - 1905)*
  Martha Ann J Smith Jenkins (1859 - 1934)*
  William W Smith (1866 - 1895)*
  Thomas Franklin Smith (1868 - 1942)*
  John James Smith (1872 - 1939)*
  Samuel Clark Smith (1873 - 1933)*
  Amanda Smith Kilpatrick (1879 - 1928)*
  Andrew Napolean Smith (1880 - 1974)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Golden Grove Cemetery
Neshoba
Neshoba County
Mississippi, USA
 
Created by: Marilyn Smith
Record added: Mar 05, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 86298084
Benjamin Franklin Smith
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RIP Great Grandfather Ben
- Marilyn Smith
 Added: Mar. 22, 2016
 
 
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