For the more on Mary Elizabeth "Lizzie" Christopher Smith see:
This page is
webpage we learned that
Easter Lavinia Christopher is the daughter of
Mary Elizabeth "Lizzie" Christopher and her husband
George Washington Christopher. Her paternal grandparents are
Andrew Christopher Christopher and Easter
Elizabeth Christopher. Her maternal grandparents are
H.Smith and Lavinia Cox. New information has come,
with many thanks, from Deb Greant about the Lawson Smith line,
which is provided here.
1: Enoch Smith and wife Elizabeth Hoover Smith
Enoch Smith and his wife Elizabeth are believed to be the parents of
Enoch Smith born in 1770 in SC
Elizabeth LNU is born. She will
marry Enoch Smith.
Enoch Smith marries Elizabeth LNU in NC.
Enoch and Elizabeth Smith's son LAWSON H. SMITH is born in
LAWSON H. SMITH's 1st wife PRISCILLA
is born in SC.
LAWSON H. SMITH's 2nd wife LAVINIA COX is born (our line)
Ross County, OH.
Lawson will be 10 years her senior.
2: Lawson H. Smith and wives
1) Priscilla Pence 2) Lavinia Cox Crouch
Enoch and Elizabeth's son Lawson Smith marries
1) Priscilla Pence from whom Deb's line descends through Enoch Jones
2) Lavinia Cox Crouch from whom our line descends through Mary
Elizabeth "Lizzie" Smith.
Lavinia Cox and Lawson Smith are my grandchildren's 5th
GGrandparents; Lizzie Smith is their 4th GGrandmother.
LAWSON H. SMITH
? and Priscilla
wed at Hickman County,
Pence is the last name given to Priscilla in a family tree
by a researcher that used the name "Pence" whenever the last
name was unknown. So, she is not Priscilla "Pence".
Her last name is yet to be discovered.
LAWSON H. SMITH and Priscilla's son
Pleasant Thomas Smith
is born in TN
Enoch Jones Smith born to Lawson and Priscilla Smith in
Lawson's dad, Enoch Smith, dies in Hickman Co. TN at the age
Lawson's mom, Elizabeth Smith, is now a widow and living
with her son Lawson and his wife, Priscilla Smith, and
their family in Ripley MO.
The family is listed in the 1850 Ripley County MO District
77 Census as Family 175. The
parents of these
vchildren are Lawson H. Smith and Priscilla Smith:
L[awson] H Smith 39
(born 1811) Farmer
Pleasant Thomas Smith 17 male born 1833 TN and does farming;
Pleasant died in 1910 at
Morristown TN; he was a widower (Mary Jane LNU) and he died
from paralysis. 3 children are James B. Smith (b.
1854) Caledona Smith (1857-1900) and Tom Moore Smith (b.
John Smith 15 male born 1835 in TN and does farming
Sarah G Smith 13 born in TN; about 1837
Rody J Smith 11 daughter born 1839 in TN; poss. Ruthy
Enoch "Jones" Smith 9 b. 1843-44 in TN
Deb's -my great-grandfather - he was called Jones by his
family. Jones married Kizziah/Kisarah Crouch
, the daughter
of Lawson's second wife Lavinia Cox with her first husband
John Crouch. Enoch and Kizziah were married
step-siblings. Enoch died 1879 in TN. Kizziah died
15 April 1921 in Velma, Stephens County, OK.
Kizziah's full name is
Susan "Susie" Kizziah/Kisarah Couch.▼
After she was widowed by Jones Smith, Kisarah married
William Madison "Matt" Carter
in Stone Co AR in Dec 1882.
Susan KIZZIAH COUCH wife of ENOCH JONES SMITH (her 1st
husband). Second husband was Wm. Carter:.
This is Deb's ancestry.
According to the
1880 Federal mortality schedule Jones Smith died in
Sept 1880 in Stone Co AR. The cause of death is very
hard to read but appears to be "consump", shorthand for
consumption, i.e. tuberculosis. He was not living at
home, but in what appears to be a sanitarium, which
further suggests he might have had TB.
Deb and Donna: In a time of traditionally
bathing once a week on Saturday night in time for
churchgoing on Sunday, Kizarh broke the trend by bathing
daily at 4pm. My grandmother, Esther Homer, did
the same as Deb's grandmother Kizarh. She would
heat the water on the wood-fired stove, scat everyone
from the room, and enjoy her bathing. I don't know
if my grandmother Esther Homer bathed daily as Kizarh
did. Deb's father described with great emotion
that Kizarh was a "wonderful" person. Deb also wrote on
Ancestry.com about her Granny K's funny traits, such as
not wanting to venture out at night less she might hear an owl call the name of the next
family member to pass on, and calling her fairly
distinct ears "saddlebags," and she could weave baskets,
and still spoke fluently in her native language,
which she taught her grandchildren two of whom (Charlie
and Susie) could still speak 80 years later. This
was new to me - Tuscarora! So I looked it up.
Please contact Deb for more information about her
So what is Tuscarora? The
encyclopedia for Brittanica, Tuscarora is defined as an
"Iroquoian-speaking North American Indian tribe. When
first encountered by Europeans in the 17th century, the
Tuscarora occupied what is now North Carolina. They were
noted for their use of indigenous hemp for fibre and
medicine; their name derives from an Iroquoian term for
Wm H Smith 2 (b. 1848) Born in KY.
Elizabeth Smith 63 born in SC
LAWSON H. SMITH'S wife PRISCILLA PENCE SMITH dies.
3: MARY ELIZABETH "LIZZIE" SMITH and husband
GEORGE WASHINGTON CHRISTOPHER, both Cherokee Indians; daughter
of Lawson and Lavinia Smith
Lawson Smith marries his second wife, Lavinia Cox (Crouch), a widow
with her own children from her first marriage. Lawson and
Lavinia is our
ancestral line. Deb's would instead descend through Lawson's
first wife, Priscilla.
Mary Elizabeth "Lizzie" Smith and George Washington Christopher
marry and become my grandchildren's 4th GGrandparents.
Elizabeth LNU Smith
dies in Ripley Co MO or perhaps Carroll Co AR.
1852 or 1853 in Izard County, Arkansas
LAWSON H. SMITH married his 2nd wife,
Lavinia Cox Crouch
(widow of John Crouch); daughter of William Cox and Casiah
). Lavinia brought to the
marriage her sons and daughters from the Crouch marriage,
including one child that was born in 1852 several months
after the death of Lavinia's first husband, John Crouch:
Aaron Crouch 1835 1910
Benjamin Crouch 1836 1867
Mary Ann Crouch 1840
Thomas Crouch 1842
Levina F Crouch 1844 1851 (deceased before this 2nd
Kizziah Crouch 1845 1921 - Deb's great-grandmother
Kizziah was born in May of 1845 in Stone or Izard County,
AR, and died in 1921 at Velma Stephens County, OK.
George Washington Crouch 1847 1927
James W "Andrew" Crouch 1850
Sarah Louanna or Susannah Crouch 1852 1918
John R. Crouch;
Died age 34
1856 March 8
||LAWSON H. SMITH and his wife LAVINIA COX
CROUCH SMITH have their first child together, a new daughter
MARY ELIZABETH SMITH!! This is
our "Lizzie" Smith. Born 1856 in Arkansas
City, AR. See:
||LAWSON H. SMITH and his wife Lavinia have
Priscilla Smith. She dies 1926.
Jacob Henry Smith.
1860 Bell County TX Census on Page 92, taken July 31, 1860
in Belton, Bell County, TX. 597-609 Lawson and Lavina
(Cox) Smith Household:
L(awson) Smith 48 Farming Personal Values of $700 but did
not own his home; born in NC
Levina/Lavinia Smith 39 b. 1821 Indiana
[Enoch] Jones Smith 17 Laborer b 1843 Tennessee
Wm [H] Smith 18 b. Kentucky b. 1848
Elizabeth Smith 4 Arkansas This
is our "Lizzie" Smith;
born 1856 in AR
"Jacob" Henry Smith 2 Arkansas twin; born 1858
Priscilla "Cilla" or "Seller" Smith 2 Arkansas} twin;
The "Seller" Smith you note living with the George
Christopher family is Priscilla, daughter of Lawson
and Lavina, and twin sister of Jacob. In 1870 their
parents had died so 12-year-old "Scilla" and her
twin Jacob were living with my great-grandparents
Jones and Kizziah Smith and their baby daughter
Lavina (page 3 HH18 Family 18) in Holley, Van Buren,
Arkansas. Just down the page HH 25 is Esther
(Easter) Christopher and family, George, Nancy,
Mary, Susan and Elizabeth, and continuing as 26
Christopher, Alfred, Nancy and two year old child
Thos Crouch 20 Arkansas, b. 1840 Laborer
Levinia [F] Crouch 17 Arkansas b. 1844 ;d. 1851
[Kizziah] Crouch 16 Arkansas b. 1845
[George Washington] "Wash"
Crouch 12 b. 1847 Arkansas
Andrew Crouch 10 b. 1850 Arkansas
Susanna Crouch 8 b. 1852 Arkansas
1863 Oct 28
Enoch JONES Smith enlisted in Co.G, Arkansas 3rd Cavalry
Regiment, Conway AR. Enoch Jones Smith has blue eyes,
fair skin and bonde wavy hair!
LAWSON H. SMITH dies in
probably Bell County, TX (Deb's GG
Kizziah Cox (Widow Crouch) to
Enoch Jones Smith, step-siblings.
||Holly Township in Van
Buren, Arkansas on July 27, 1870: Enoch Jones Smith and
Family - note: Enoch Jones cannot read nor write. The
rest of the family can. Jones and Keziah are 24 and he is
farming and she cares for the home.
On the same census page is Esther
Christopher (40) and children:
NEW!!! 1880 Census
||1880 Census for Turkey Creek, Stone County,
AR late June 1880:
Kisaie (Kizire) Smith, age 35 born in
Daughter Mary Levinia Smith age 10 born in AR to TN-born dad
and AR born mom.
Son John W. W. Smith age 7, born in AR too.
Mahala A. Smith, age 5, born in AR too.
Priscilla J. TWIN Smith, age 2, born in AR too.
Eliza A. TWIN Smith, age 2, born in AR too.
William and Levina Seeley
1880 18 Sep
Jones Smith dies at Stone County, AR and is buried at Turkey
Creek Cemetery (now Finch Cemetery), Stone County, AR. No
|1881 May 8
EASTER LAVINIA CHRISTOPHER is born to
Lizzie Smith and
George Washington Christopher. Easter is the
Lawson and Lavinia Smith. Easter Lavinia Christopher
is named after her maternal grandmother Lavinia Cox Smith
and her paternal grandmother Easter Elizabeth (McBroom?).
Daughter Easter Lavinia Christopher Johnson ►
▼Easter Lavinia's Dad, George Washington Christopher.
He and Lizzie married when she was just 14 and he was 17!
dad George Washington Christopher was a full blooded
American Cherokee Indian
and he certainly
does look it in this picture to the left. George
delivered mail via horseback on his route
from Searcy to Little Rock, Arkansas. George braided his hair and wore a leather
band around his head. He also made
American Indian pottery which he would then
sell by the roadside. In their later years, George and
Lizzie moved closer to daughter Easter Lavinia's
family. Their mode of transportation?
Covered wagons! George then helped
farm for several years.
Mary Elizabeth "Lizzie" Smith Christopher dies.
Deb's ancestor Kizziah, widow of 1) Enoch
Jones Smith and 2) died in 1921 in Velma, OK and is buried
in the old Velma Cemetery. Deb calls her "Granny K."
Granny K's second husband Matt Carter died before she did
and he is buried at the Comanche Oklahoma Cemetery.
Easter Lavinia Christopher Johnson's husband, James Thomas
24 Nov 1966
Easter Lavinia Christopher Johnson died in Tulare, CA
Let's exchange information....
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4th Great Granddad
George and Lizzie Christopher's
daughter Annie filed for SS
and named them as her parents.
California Death Index
for Easter Christopher Johnson