By: Vicki Burress Roach
George Washington"Wash" Smith was born
January 15, 1829 in Pulaski, Giles Co., TN. His first wife, Sarah
Harrison, died young between 1861 and 1870. His second wife, Flora
Patterson Davis, is my ancestor. She was born ca 1835 in
TN. They were married before 1870. He died June 3, 1920 and is buried in
Lauderdale Co., AL.
Flora was possibly the daughter of Alexander and Leah
Patterson. Flora’s first husband was Prior P. Davis.
They married December 15, 1857 in Marshall Co., TN. They were in Marshall
Co., TN for the 1860 census.
George and Sarah had; James Franklin Smith,
George Washington, Jr, and Mary. George and Flora had; John Jackson
Smith, Thomas Turner "Tommy" (my ancestor), Robert Lee and Florence
Elizabeth. Flora had two children by Prior Davis, Zachary
Prior Davis and Belle Davis.
Thomas Turner "Tommy" Smith was born
January 22, 1873 in Lauderdale Co., AL, died February 23, 1941 in Chewalla,
McNairy Co., TN. He married Mamie M. Cotton, born August 5,
1871 in Lawrence Co., AL, died August 10, 1939 in Chewalla, McNairy Co., TN.
Mamie was the daughter of James Henry Cotton and Nancy
Whitman. Thomas and Mamie are both buried in Indian Creek
Cem. in Chewalla.
Children of Thomas and Mamie were; James Bryan Smith,
Lyman, Pearl, Prentiss Rad (my ancestor), Ollie and Jewell. Prentiss Rad
Smith was born October 24, 1906 in Chewalla TN, married
July 14, 1924 and was killed by a train June 17, 1935. He married Vercie
Elizabeth Hurley. Both are buried in Indian Creek Cem. in
After the unexpected early death of Prentiss, Vercie had to
raise their three young children alone. She spent her life working very hard
to provide a living for her family. When their home burned and they lost all
their possessions, they lived with friends from their church until they got
on their feet again. Vercie moved to Corinth and worked for Weavers
Pants Factory and later for Magnolia Hospital. Children of Prentiss and
Vercie were; Mildred Louise who married Aaron Timmons and
resides in Corinth; Willie Roland who married Nell Jeffries
and resides in South Carolina; Ouida Faye who married Rev. Bobby Neal
Burress and resides in Corinth.
Later in life Vercie remarried to Victor Robison.
He preceded her in death. She was a woman of strong faith and a member of
Oakland Baptist Church when she died. She enjoyed her grandchildren and