Posted by: Beth | May 27, 2012

MRIN-7 Nicholas Smith and Elizabeth Chaffin(s)

Nicholas Smith and Elizabeth Chaffin(s)

My paternal 4th great grandparents

MRIN-7

Nicholas Smith

  • Also known as Nick Smith
  • Born: about 1805 in Clay County, Kentucky
  • Relationship: Elizabeth Chaffins (they did not marry) about 1830
  • Married: Nancy Artie Johnson about 1834 in Perry County, Kentucky
  • Died: between 1871 and 1879. He is alive during the 1870 Census at age 60, but he is not found in the 1880 Census
  • Buried: unknown. Presumably around the Troublesome Creek area in Perry County, Kentucky where he resided
  • Cause of Death: unknown
  • Parents: Richard Smith and Elitia Combs

Elizabeth Chaffin(s)

– my brick wall in the Chaffins line

  • Samuel “Nelson” Chaffins‘ death certificate listed his parents as “Betty Hays” and “Nick Smith”
    The informant was a grandson. Nelson’s father’s name is confirmed by another grandson of William Jefferson Chaffins who was the oldest child of Samuel Nelson Chaffins. Will Chaffins lived well into his 90’s and his grandson and he were close and spoke of family often. Will told his grandson that Nicholas Smith was Nelson’s father and that Nelson did know him as his father. This same grandson shared with me that, although it is just an assumption, it is believed that Nelson may have been raised by his maternal grandparents. This is not proven, and no one seems to be able to pinpoint who those grandparents were for sure. There is not much documentation for that era in that location and even less information on women. I am currently researching a few “Chaffin” men close to the area about the time that Nelson was born. For most of the “Chaffin” men that I have found in that area, Nelson has a son with that name which tells me that are most likely a part of his family. I have a lot of work to do with this family before the Civil era and not a lot of resources available to me at the moment. According to what few documents I see, Nelson seems to be the first generation to put the “s” in Chaffins.
  • Born: unknown
  • Married: an unknown Mr. Hayes. Although I don’t know who this man was, I do have a theory as to who his family may have been. Again, a lot of work to do with few resources.
  • Died: unknown
  • Buried: unknown
  • Cause of Death: unknown
  • Parents: unknown

Their Children

  1. Samuel Nelson Chaffins (1831-1914)

Nicholas Smith’s wife, Nancy Artie Johnson

  • Born: about 1808 in Kentucky
  • Married: Nicholas Smith around 1834 in Perry County, Kentucky
  • Died: Feb 1870
  • Buried: unknown. Presumably around the Troublesome Creek area in Perry County, Kentucky where she resided
  • Cause of Death: Consumption (Tuberculosis)
  • Parents: Thomas Johnsons and unknown

Their Children:

  1. Simeon Smith (1835-after 1910)
  2. William Smith (1838-after 1910)
  3. Mary Smith (1839-????)
  4. Massy Smith (1845-????)
  5. Milly Smith (1845-????)
  6. Sarah Smith (1848-????)
  7. Nancy Smith (1850-????)
  8. Andrew Smith (1854-????)
  9. Martha Lisha Smith (1858-????)

Sources:

    1. 1840 U.S. Population Schedule, Kentucky, Perry County, Page 263
    2. 1850 U.S. Population Schedule, Kentucky, Letcher County, District 1, Page 154(B), Lines 13-21
    3. 1860 Population Schedule, Kentucky, Perry County, Hazard, District 1, Page 35, Lines 4-12
    4. 1870 Population Schedule, Kentucky, Perry County, Hazard, Troublesome Precinct, Page 595, Lines 33-39
    5. Kentucky, Land Grants, 1782-1924
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