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  • ID: I127
  • Name: Benjamin Darius SMITH
  • Given Name: Benjamin Darius
  • Surname: Smith
  • Prefix: Rev. Dr.
  • Suffix: M.D. 1 2 3 4 5
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 9 Aug 1831 in Washington County, Georgia 1 2 3 4 5
  • Death: 6 Jan 1905 in Swainsboro, Emanuel County, Georgia 5
  • Burial: 8 Jan 1905 Swainsboro City Cemetery, Emanuel County, Georgia 5 6 7 8
  • Event: Photograph
  • Note:

     
     

    A Distinguished Gentleman - Rev. Dr. Benjamin Darius Smith

       
    An 1853 graduate of the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, he was also         ordained as a Baptist minister in 1861. Benjamin's younger brother, George
            W. Smith, also a Baptist minister, wrote the following about Benjamin
            in the 1910 Mount Vernon Baptist Association Book:

    "As a preacher, he was earnest and sound in faith and practice. As
            a doctor, he was faithful and tender and succeeded well in his profession.
            As a neighbor, he was kind and helpful, always foremost in everything
        that tended to make those around him better and happier."

  • Education: 1853 Augusta, Richmond County, Georgia
  • Note: Benjamin graduated in 1853 from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia.    He practiced medicine in Washington County and later in Emanuel County, Georgia.
  • Residence:
  • Note:
    Benjamin and Dora lived in Swainsboro, Georgia for the first few years of their marriage, but by 1860 they had returned to Washington County where Benjamin conducted an extensive medical practice and pastored two Baptist churches.

    In 1884 he moved his family to Forsyth, Monroe County, Georgia, where his youngest daughters attended Monroe Female Academy (later renamed Bessie Tift College), with the youngest daughter, Frances Katherine "Dumpsie," graduating in 1897.  Benjamin then moved his family back to Swainsboro in Emanual County, where he again practiced medicine and pastored another Baptist church.  Some records indicate that he also owned a general store in Swainsboro.  Benjamin and Dora remained in Swainsboro until their deaths.
  • Occupation: 29 May 1856 Washington County, Georgia
  • Note:
    The following wedding announcement that appeared in the local newspaper on May 29, 1856:

    MARRIED
        By the Rev. Dr. Smith, on the 20th instant, Thomas E. Brown and Miss Ann F. Adams, all of Washington County.

    9
  • Event: Land 1 Dec 1857 Emanuel County, Georgia
  • Note:
    The following Legal Notice appeared in the Milledgeville Union Recorder on Tuesday, Dec 1, 1857:

    Sheriff Sales
        "...will be sold...50 acres of land adjoining John Brantly, levied on as the property of B.D. Smith, to satisfy executions or fi fas in favor of  Jonathan Hooks...R.C. Briant, Sheriff."

    10
  • Event: Census Report 1860 Washington County, Georgia
  • Note:
    St: GA;  Co: Washington;  Dist: unk; PO:  Sandersville   
    Enumtd 4 Jun 1860 by W. G. Robson, Asst. Mshl
    LN 12-15;   HN 74;   FN 73,  Page: 169; 
    Image: 0169;  Roll: M653-140
    ===================================
    Smith..Benjamin D..29..M..W..Physician..$2,700..$8,500..GA
    Smith..Dora L.........23..F...W.........................................GA
    Smith..Mary V..........5..F...W.........................................GA..Sch
    Smith..Sarah H.........2..F...W      .....................................GA

    The 1860 Slave census showed Benjamin owned 8 slaves.
    2
  • Occupation: 18 Jan 1860 Washington County, Georgia
  • Note:
    The following wedding announcement that appeared in the local newspaper on Jan 18, 1860:

    MARRIED
        "On the 9th instant, at the residence of the bride's father, by the Rev. Dr. Smith, Mr. John H. Pittman to Miss Mary Ann Marsaleet, daughter of Ephriam Jordan, Esq., all of Washington County."

    11
  • ORDN: 1861
  • Note:
    Benjamin was ordained as a Baptist minister in 1861 and served as pastor of Bethany Baptist Church and Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in washington County, as well as at Haw Hammock Baptist Church in Emanuel County, Georgia.

    He was also active in the Mt. Vernon Baptist Association and was a trustee of the Mt. Vernon Institute.
    12 13
  • Event: Census Report 1870 Washington County, Georgia
  • Note:
    St: Ga;  Co: Washington;  Dist: Tennille; PO: Tennille;
    Enumtd 9 Jun 1870 by Henry A. Cates, Asst. Mshl
    LN 23-29; HN 237, FN 224;  Page: 204B; 
    Image: ;  Roll: M593-182
    ===================================
    Smith..Benjamin D..39..M..W..Physicn...$3,500..$1,000..GA
    Smith..Dora A........35..F...W..Hsekpng.........................GA
    Smith..Mary V.......16..F...W..Schl................................GA
    Smith..Sallie H.......12..F...W..Schl................................GA
    Smith..George J.....10..M..W..Schl................................GA
    Smith..Dora A.........6..F...W........................................GA
    Smith..Anna A........4..F...W........................................GA
    3
  • Occupation: 16 Mar 1870 Washington County, Georgia
  • Note:
    The following wedding announcements appeared in the local newspaper on Wednesday, March 16, 1870:

    MARRIED
        "On the 8th of February, by the same (Rev. B.D. Smith), Mr. Robert Sterling and Miss Martha J. Peacock, all of Washington County."

    MARRIED
        "On the 25th of February, by the same[Rev. B.D. Smith], Mr. Isaac Greenway and Miss Delilia Wilson, all of Washington County."

    14 15
  • Event: Land 6 Jan 1876-10 Feb 1876 Washington County, Georgia
  • Note:
    The following Legal Notice appeared in the local newspaper on Jan 6, 1876 and Feb 10, 1876:

        "Washington County: Joseph Price files to sell before the court-house door in said county, property of Martha G. Young, deceased, late of Columbia County, Florida.  Land adjoins Dr. B. D. Smith, Dr. G. L. Mason, A. W. Guin and others."
    16
  • Event: Land 10 Feb 1876 Washington County, Georgia
  • Note:
    The following Legal Notice appeared in the local newspaper on Feb 10, 1876:

        "Washington County: Joseph Price files to sell before the court-house door in said county, property of Martha G. Young, deceased, late of Columbia County, Florida.  Land adjoins Dr. B. D. Smith, Dr. G. L. Mason, A. W. Guin and others."
    17
  • Event: Census Report 1900
  • Note:
    St: GA;  Co: Washington;  Div: Harrison;  Dt: 2 Jun 1900;
    Enum. Dist: 85;  Enmtr:  David J. New;
    LN 53-55, HN: 31, FN: 33;  Page: 2B; 
    Image: 0046;  Roll: T623_228
    ===================================
    Smith.Benjamin D..Head..M..W..68..Md..GA.NC.SC..Dctr
    Smith..Dora L........Wife...F...W..63..Md..GA.SC.GA
    Smith..William F.....Son....M..W..22..S…..GA.GA.GA

    Dora stated she gave birth to twelve children and eight were still living.
    4
  • Event: Family Note of Interest 1884-1889 Forsyth, Monroe County, Georgia
  • Note:
        With four younger daughters still to educate, it is no wonder that in late 1884 or early 1885 Benjamin moved his entire family to Forsyth so the girls could attend Monroe Female College while living at home.
        One can better pinpoint their entrance into the local society of Forsyth, Georgia by the following entry to the Minutes of Harmony Baptist Church (First Baptist Church of Forsyth).
         "Oct 4, 1885 - Opened door of church when Brother B. D. Smith and his wife, Mrs. Dora Smith, and their daughter, Miss Sallie Smith presented Lletters of Dismission from Ohoopee Baptist Church of Washington County, GA, and were received into our fellowship.  Miss Sallie Smith not being present, the Church extended right hand of fellowship to Brother Smith & wife, and Pastor instructed when Miss Sallie presents herself to extend hands to her in behalf of Church."
        Other items from the Church Minutes showed the involvement of the family in church activities.
        Sept 28, 1886 - Mattie May Smith ["Doll"] received as candidate for Baptism.

        Oct 2, 1886 - Fannie Smith ["Dumpsie"] received as candidate for Baptism.

        Sept 13, 1889 - The committee appointed to draft resolutions, expansion of the views of the church on raffling, dealing in lotteries and . . .  submit the following. . . . Respectfully submitted R. T. Asburg, B. D. Smith, J. W. Ensign.
    18
  • Event: Public Service 1889-1891 Forsyth, Monroe County, Georgia
  • Note:
    "…In 1889 the move to establish tax supported schools for Forsyth was put to a vote but did not achieve the necessary majority.  In 1891 the issue was raised again….The proposed act provided that tax supported schools should be tested experimentally for a two-year period and that provision was written into the law.  On April 28, 1891 the measure was voted upon and won.  The act provided for a minimum term of 8 months, for the levying of a tax not to exceed 5 mills and for the appointment of a board of education.  The board appointed in compliance with this act consisted of T.B. Cabaniss, O.H.B. Bloodworth, B.D. Smith, A.W. Bramblett and C.H. Sharp…."

    "According to Dr. Smith, 'In the passage of this bill Forsyth became one of the first school districts in the state to vote upon itself a tax to extend and supplement the public school and to eliminate all tuition charges upon individual pupils.' "
    19
  • Event: Public Service 1886-1890 Forsyth, Monroe County, Georgia
  • Note: The Monroe Female College Catalogue for 1886-1887 and 1889-1890 listed B. D. Smith as a member of their Board of Trustees. 20
  • Event: Death Notice 12 Jan 1905 Sandersville, Washington County, Georgia
  • Note:
    From:  Sandersville Herald, issue dated 12 Jan 1905:

    "We learn with sincere regret of the demise of Dr. B. D. Smith, a prominent physician and minister, of Swainsboro.  Dr. Smith was well and favorably known to many of our citizens.
    21
  • Change Date: 22 Jan 2014 at 19:23



    Father: Isaac L. SMITH b: 14 Oct 1796 in Chatham County, North Carolina
    Mother: Arsenia BRANTLEY b: 1800 in Georgia

    Marriage 1 Doriann Lavinia "Dora" ROUNTREE b: 27 Jul 1836 in Emanuel County, Georgia
    • Married: 13 Oct 1853 in Emanuel County, Georgia 22
    • Marriage License: 13 Oct 1853 in Emanuel County, Georgia
    • Note:
      Georgia           I do hereby certify that Benjamin D. Smith and Doriann L. Rountree
      Emanuel County was [sic] duly joined in matrimony by me the 13th October 1853

         Isaac L. Smith, J.P.

      The Justice of the Peace, Isaac L. Smith, was the father of the groom, Dr. Benjamin Darius Smith.
    • Change Date: 18 Jul 2011
    Children
    1. Has Children Mayme Vandella "Mary" SMITH b: 8 Sep 1854 in Swainsboro, Emanuel County, Georgia
    2. Has No Children Sarah Hasseltine "Sis Sallie" SMITH b: 3 Dec 1857 in Washington County, Georgia
    3. Has Children George Leon SMITH b: 4 Jul 1860 in Washington County, Georgia
    4. Has Children Dora Lavinia SMITH b: 19 Sep 1864 in Washington County, Georgia
    5. Has Children Anna Elizabeth SMITH b: 15 May 1867 in Washington County, Georgia
    6. Has Children Mattie Mae "Doll" SMITH b: 3 Aug 1874 in Washington County, Georgia
    7. Has Children William Fuller "Bud" SMITH b: 24 Apr 1877 in Washington County, Georgia
    8. Has Children Frances Katherine "Dumpsie" SMITH b: 6 Dec 1879 in Washington County, Georgia

    Sources:
    1. Title: 1850 Washington County, Georgia Census
      Publication: [primary source] Sandersville, Georgia, 1850
      Date: 10 Mar 2001
      Page: House 176, Family 176, p 215A
    2. Title: 1860 Washington County, Georgia, Census
      Publication: [primary source] Sandersville, Georgia, 1860
      Page: LN 12-15;   HN 74;   FN 73,  Page: 169;  Image: 0169;  Roll: M653-140
    3. Title: 1870 Washington County, Georgia Census
      Publication: [primary source] Sandersville, Georgia, 1870
      Page: LN 23-29; HN 237, FN 224;  Page: 204B;  Image: ;  Roll: M593-182
    4. Title: 1900 Washington County, Georgia Census
      Publication: [primary source] Sandersville, Georgia, 1900 [Ancestry.com electronic database: images of original documents]
      Date: 20 Apr 2005
      Page: LN 53-55, HN: 31, FN: 33;  Page: 2B;  Image: 0046;  Roll: T623_228
    5. Title: Photograph of Tombstone (in possession of compiler)
      Author: Bradford, Diane C., Compiler
      Publication: [primary source] Georgia, 2000
    6. Title: Descendants of Dr. Benjamin Darius Smith
      Author: Smith, DeSaussure Dugas, III "Dess", Compiler/Editor
      Publication: [primary and secondary source] Georgia, 2000 dess@jazz.cybermedia.net GEDCOM file (imported 9-18-2000) received from Dess Smith as an attachment to e-mail message dated 9-11-2000 to Diane Carrington Bradford.
      Date: 18 Sep 2000
      Note:
      DeSaussure Dugas Smith, III  "Dess" is a direct descendant of Dr. Benjamin Darius Smith and through him of Colby Smith of early Washington County, Georgia.
      Page: GEDCOM from Dess Smith
    7. Title: Colby Smith and His Descendants
      Author: Brantley, Gene D., Smith, Robert A., and Veal, Carllene S.
      Publication: [primary and secondary source] Louisville, GA: The Colby Smith Family Publications, 1998
      Date: 19 Sep 2000
      Note:
      The three authors are all direct descendants of Colby Smith and Anna Henry Smith of early Washington County, Georgia.
    8. Title: Lists of Mason and Smith Family Names, Births and Deaths [handwritten by the family historian]
      Author: Henry, Francis Katherine Smith (Aunt Dumpsie)
      Publication: [primary source] Swainsboro, Georgia, 1920
    9. Title: Washington County, Georgia, Newspaper Clippings Vol. I 1852-1866
      Author: Evans, Tad, Compiler
      Publication: [primary source] Savannah, Georgia: Tad Evans, Publisher, Feb 17, 1994
      Date: 15 Aug 2001
      Page: Vol I 1852-1866, wedding announcement  dated May 29, 1856, p 115
    10. Title: Georgia Newspaper Clippings, Emanuel County Extracts, 1815-1889
      Date: 5 Feb 2005
    11. Title: Washington County, Georgia, Newspaper Clippings Vol. I 1852-1866
      Author: Evans, Tad, Compiler
      Publication: [primary source] Savannah, Georgia: Tad Evans, Publisher, Feb 17, 1994
      Date: 15 Aug 2001
      Page: Vol I 1852-1866, Legal Notice dated Jan 18, 1860, p 224
    12. Title: "List of Baptist Ministers and the Churches They Served"
      Author: (Baptist Church of Georgia)
      Publication: ([primary source] Library reference list. On file at the Georgia Baptist Archives, Special Collections Room, 3rd Floor, Tarver Library, Mercer University, Macon, Georgia (photocopy in possession of Diane Carrington Bradford)).
      Date: 5 Oct 2011
    13. Title: Colby Smith and His Descendants
      Author: Brantley, Gene D., Smith, Robert A., and Veal, Carllene S.
      Publication: [primary and secondary source] Louisville, GA: The Colby Smith Family Publications, 1998
      Date: 19 Sep 2000
      Note:
      The three authors are all direct descendants of Colby Smith and Anna Henry Smith of early Washington County, Georgia.
      Page: p 790
    14. Title: Washington County, Georgia, Newspaper Clippings Vol. II 1867-1880
      Author: Evans, Tad, Compiler
      Publication: [primary source] Savannah, GA: Tad Evans, Publisher, Apr 14, 1994
      Date: 11 Sep 2003
      Page: Wednesday, March 16, 1870
    15. Title: Georgia Newspaper Clippings, Emanuel County Extracts 1815-1889
      Publication: [primary source]
      Date: 6 Feb 2005
      Page: List of clippings about "Wilson" surname posted to the Emanue-L on Apr 12, 2004, 10:46 AM
    16. Title: Georgia Newspaper Clippings, Emanuel County Extracts 1815-1889
      Publication: [primary source]
      Date: 6 Feb 2005
      Page: List of clippings about "Price" surname posted to the Emanue-L on Apr 12, 2004, 1:05 AM
    17. Title: Washington County, Georgia, Newspaper Clippings Vol. II 1867-1880
      Author: Evans, Tad, Compiler
      Publication: [primary source] Savannah, GA: Tad Evans, Publisher, Apr 14, 1994
      Date: 11 Sep 2003
      Page: p 234
    18. Title: The Record of the Harmony Baptist Church, Volume II 1879 - 1913
      Publication: [primary source] Forsyth, Monroe County, Georgia, 1879 - 1913. (Minutes of the First Baptist Church of Forsyth, Georgia).
      Date: 7 Oct 2011
    19. Title: Monroe County, GA, A History
      Publication: [secondary source] Forsyth, Georgia, Monroe County Historical Society, Inc., 1979.
      Date: 6 Oct 2011
      Page: p 179
    20. Title: Monroe Female College Catalogs
      Publication: [primary source] The Special Collections and Archives Room, Tarver Library, Mercer University, Macon, GA.
      Date: 7 Oct 2011
      Page: 1886 - 1887 and 1889 - 1890.
    21. Title: Obituary, Sandersville Herald
      Publication: [primary source] Sandersville, Georgia, 12 Jan 1905, page 2 col 2.
      Date: 7 Oct 2011
    22. Title: Emanuel County, Georgia Marriage Records, Book A 1817-1860
      Publication: [primary source] Emanuel County Probate Court, Swainsboro, Georgia (copy of marriage record in possession of Diane Carrington Bradford.)
      Date: 21 Jan 2004
      Page: p 46
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