By Z.B. Smith

Riley Smith was born in South Carolina and his wife, Aury, was born in Kentucky. Their first child, Catherine, was born in Tennessee. In the 1850 Census of Marion County, she was listed as 21 years of age. Their next child, Jane, and the next child, a boy Jefferson, were born in Arkansas. The next boy, George, was born in Missouri.

George Franklin Smith married Martha Morgan and homesteaded land near Buford, then in Marion County. He gave the land for the Fairview Cemetery near Buford. Their children, all reared in the Buford area, were: Lee, who married Aury Merrill; Charlie, who married Mellie Wooten; Oliver, who married Eliza Tilley; Johnny, wife's name unknown; Henry and Albert who moved into Oklahoma and whose wives' names are unknown; Vina, who married Walter Isom; Daisy, who married John V. Knight; Georgia, who married Billy Lack; and LuAnn, who married Tom Knight.

George F. Smith served in the Confederate Army and was made a Captain of Company F. 21st Arkansas Infantry Regiment. He lived to a "ripe old age" and has many descendants in Baxter and Marion Counties.

Children of Oliver and Eliza Tilley Smith are: Jake; Chester; Mennis; Dennis; Erma; Howard; Thurman and Austin. Children of Charlie and Mellie Wooten Smith are: Bernice, deceased; Forrest of Washington; and Carl, deceased. Children of Johnny are: Ray; Helen; Arnold and Panzy. Children of Lee and Aury Merrill Smith are: Relba; Ruby and Brownie. Children of Walter and Vina (Smith) Isom are: Clarence; Faye; Jack; and Ardell. Children of Van and Daisy (Smith) Knight are: Arnold; Andy; Hazel; Benna; Lessie and Ida Lou. Children of Tom and LuAnn (Smith) Knight are: Arthur and Lura.

Reprinted with permission from History of Marion County edited by Earl Berry, copyright 1977.