An American Family History

Prince David Smith

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Prince David Smith was born June 6, 1819 in Piney Flats, Sullivan County, Tennessee. His parents were John Smith and Catharine Humphreys.

David married Julia Powell on February 20, 1842. Julia was the daughter of Robert Powell and Margaret Wolford. Julia Powell was born January 23, 1824.

David and Julia's children included:
Samuel Josiah Smith (September 1, 1845),
Margaret (Maggie) Smith Jones (May 8, 1847 married Benjamin Jones),
George Henry Smith (March 9, 1849 married first Debbie Lindamood and Vic Tobler),
John William Smith (married Mary Norris),
Simon David Smith (1855),
Catherine Elizabeth Smith Hicks (April 6, 1857 married George Hicks, the son of Reuben W. Hicks and Julia Emmert.),
Mary Ann Smith Hicks (November 3, 1859, married Edward Nathan Hicks, the son of Nathaniel R. Hicks and Jannett Allison Gregg),
Louisa Adelia Smith (married her sister's widower, Edward Nathan Hicks),
and Sarah Jane (Jennie) Smith.

David Smith was living in Division 1 of Sullivan County in 1850. The household consisted of David age 30, Julia age 24, Josiah age 5, Margaret age 3 and George who was 9 months. David was farming.

In 1860 they were in District 8. The household included David age 42, Julia Ann age 37, Josiah age 13, Margaret age 11, George H. age 9, John W. age 7, Simon D. age 5, Catherine E. age 3, and Mary A. 7 months.

In 1870 they were still in District 8 in Blountville. The household included David age 50, Julia age 45, Josiah age 24, Maggie age 22, George H. age 20, John W. age 18, Catharine E. age 14, Mary A. age 11, Delia age 9, and Sarah J. age 6.

In 1880 David was living with his brother. The household consisted of George Smith age 62, David Smith age 59, Mary Smith age 25, Julia Smith age 18, George Smith age 12, and Nat. Smith. George was divorced. Mary Norris Smith was a widow. According to Samuel Massengill, Mary and John William's children were Julia and George, but the children are too old here.

David died on May 19, 1888.

Deery Inn
The Deery Inn
Blountville, Tennessee

Children of John Smith
and Catherine Humphries
  • MaryAnn Smith
  • George Washington Smith
  • Elizabeth (Bettie) Smith Deck
  • John Humphreys Smith
  • King Henry Smith
  • Polly Eliza Smith Webb
  • Prince David Smith.
  • Nancy Ann Cross Smith Massengill
  • Samuel Rhea Smith
  • Josiah Smith
  • William Hart Smith
  • Sullivan County is in far northeast corner of Tennessee between North Carolina and Virginia and was originally part of those states. It was formed in 1779 when it was divided from Washington County.

    East Tennessee is part of Appalachia. At the end of the French and Indian War, colonists began drifting into the area. In 1769, they first settled along the Watauga River. During the Revolution, the Overmountain Men defeated British loyalists at the Battle of Kings Mountain. The State of Franklin was formed in the 1780s, but never admitted to the Union.



    The American folk hero, David "Davy" Crockett (1786 – 1836), grew up in East Tennessee.

    Tennessee was admitted to the Union on June 1, 1796. It was initially part of North Carolina.

    The Massengills, Massengales and Variants, 1472-1931 by Samuel Evans Massengill, M.D. The King Printing Company, Bristol, Tennessee, 1931.

    Prince David Smith (d. May 19, 1888), m. Julia Powell, Feby. 20, 1842 d. of Robert and Margaret Powell. Julia Powell was born Jan. 23, 1824. (My father, Dr. John David Massengill, was given his middle name for this uncle.)

    (a) Samuel Josiah Smith (born Sept. 1, 1845), never married.

    (b) Maggie Smith (born May 8, 1847) m. Benjamin Jones. children:
    Edward (m. a Smith),
    Hugh [Jones] (m. a Webb),
    Link [Jones] (m. a Sanders),
    Kate [Jones] m. Tom Broyles),
    Retta [Jones] (m. Will Odell),
    Josie [Jones] (m. Austin Shaver).

    (c) George Henry Smith (born March 9, 184-), m., first Debbie Lindamood, a sister of David Lindamood and a d. of John Lindamood. children: Sallie (m. George McCoy), Victoria (m. Edward Acock of Alabama), Oscar (m. Lizzie Hinkle). Henry Smith m. second Vic Tobler, who was the widow of James Lindamore. Children Kate and Walter who removed to Middle Tennessee, and Robert who died young. Henry Smith was alive in 1912.

    (d) William Smith m. Mary Norris. Children Julia and George

    (e) David Smith, Jr. died young.

    (f) Catherine Elizebeth Smith (born Apr. 6, 1857), d. June 5, 1919) m. George James Hicks (born Nov. 27, 1858, d. June 4, 1915), son of Rheuben W. Hicks.
    John David (died young),
    Betsy Jane (Jennie), m. Arch Kidd (no children),
    Mary Josephine (d. unmarried, April 24, 1888),
    Fannie Kate (not married),
    George Henry (m. Annie May Leonard). Children: Earline, Josephine, John, George, Henry, Minne Catherine, Pansy and Nettie May.
    The youngest child of George James Hicks and Catherine Elizebeth Smith, Ell, m. Henry Sith and has two children.

    (g) Mary Ann Smith (born Nov. 3 1859) m. Nathan Hicks and d. soon thereafter (Aug. 21, 1876), and without issue.

    (h) Louisa Adelia Smith m. her brother-in-law, Nathan Hicks, and had a large family. Died in 1901.

    (i) Sarh Jane (Jennie) Smith died when 5 or 6 years old.

    During the Civil war many citizens of East Tennessee opposed secession, but the area was under Confederate control from 1861 to 1863. Some citizens engaged in guerrilla warfare against state authorities and joined the Union army, while others were loyal to the confederacy. It was a heartbreaking case of neighbor against neighbor and brother against brother.

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