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Rodger Smith was my great grandfather. From the time that I was a little boy I have wanted to know who was he? Where did he come from? Was he enslaved? Was he free? The answer to these questions have lead me on a eight year Genealogy journey. My book is an attempt to answer some of these question, so that our grandchildren won't have to ask them.

Aunt Louisa provided a great deal of the information in this book about our family tree. She was born in 1896 and died in 1994. She would often say "Children we have come a long way"

This book is dedicated to Louisa Smith-Credle, and to all of the loving family and friends that help to bring it about.

This is a special thanks to all of my fellow genealogy researchers. THANKS FOR THE SUPPORT.

My Book: : In Search Of Rodger: Title Page

HENRY MOSE SMITH and Ida Mae GIBBS were married in 1914 they had 11 children and three of them died, 8 girls survived and 1 boy. Ida was Moses 2nd wife he was 20 years her senior. Moses first wife was Anneliza Ballance, they were married in1896 they had 5 children three of which survived 2 boys and one girl. Ida Mae died on December 27, 1944, Moses died April 22, 1949.

This was one of Ida Mae favorite poem taken from her Bible:


When I am dead, my dearest,

Sing no sad songs for me;

Plant thou no roses at my head

Nor shady cypress-tree;

Be the green above me

With showers and dew-drop wet;

And If thou wilt, remember,

And if thou wilt, forget.

I shall not see the shadows,

I shall not feel the rain;

I shall not hear the nightingale

Sing on, as if in pain:

And dreaming through the twilight

That doth not rise nor set,

Haply I may remember,

And haply may forget

C.C. Rossette

This is Ida Mae dream house that she choose from her Bible, she signed the picture on the right side Ida May Smith. This house costed $ 2,800 in 1915 as you can see Ida Mae was planning on having a large family, judgeing from the size of her dream house.

Comment: William Smith 3rd "Tray" was born in 1999 he represent the 10 generation of SMITH-MIDGETT family line. Marecay was his great, great, great, great, great, great, great, grandfather, Marecay MIDGETT was born in 1710. This brings to mind the things Aunt Louisa uses to say "Children we have come a long way"

MyBook: In Search Of Rodger: Title Page

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