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Absalom Rufus Smith
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Birth: Apr. 14, 1814
Hamblen County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Dec. 9, 1889
Buchanan County
Missouri, USA

Husband of Hetty Orlena Alderson born 1831 in TN. They married in Jefferson County, TN 26 Dec 1852. His parentage is unknown. He was raised by Benjamin and Keziah "Kizzie" Smith, believed to be a brother of Absalom's father. He referred to Benjamin as "uncle". Absalom lived in Tennessee until mid 1850's, then migrated to Buchanan County, MO. He was the father of Cyrus, Oliver, Martha Jane, James J, Benjamin C, William Faris, Mary Lucinda, Walcott and Orlando Lee.

Update 09/01/2012- A family bible lists his father as Barnett Smith and his mother as Martha Staples (possibly Kizzie's Staples sister [see above]). Rev. Barnett Smith was the founder of the Economy United Methodist Church in Morristown, Hamblen Co., TN. It is not known why Absalom was raised by his Uncle Benjamin Smith, and a letter written by Absalom in April 1846 to his cousin by marriage Susan Hume Smith, "..... That your caracter may stand as a distinguished star in the Path of your Posterity & give to them that which I had not (This I say with tears in my eyes) a Parrent to protect me in inficy when I needed it the most. " So it indicates he did not have a parent when growing up. Several Smith family researchers have tried to uncover the mystery of who his father was. Another family descendent of Absalom has a photo annotated that it is a photo of "Grandfather Barnett's barn". 
Family links: 
  Barnett Smith (1790 - 1878)
  Hetty Orlena Alderson Smith (1831 - 1900)*
  Cyrus Alexander Smith (1853 - 1890)*
  Nancy Susan Smith (1856 - ____)*
  Oliver Wendel Perry Smith (1858 - 1934)*
  Martha Jane Smith Campbell (1859 - 1940)*
  James J Smith (1861 - 1908)*
  Benjamin Callahan Smith (1863 - 1940)*
  William Faris Smith (1865 - 1956)*
  Mary Lucinda Smith Jones (1868 - 1942)*
  Orlando Lee Smith (1873 - 1930)*
  Rufus Walcott Smith (1875 - ____)*
  Absalom Rufus Smith (1814 - 1889)
  Lucinda Smith Hoss (1829 - 1903)*
*Calculated relationship
Armstrong Cemetery
Buchanan County
Missouri, USA
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Record added: Apr 20, 2008
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Absalom Rufus Smith
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Absalom Rufus Smith
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Absalom Rufus Smith
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For a veteran of the Missouri Militia during the Civil War
 Added: Apr. 20, 2008

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