Sarah Louisa Hagan Smith
In 1838 Robert Rufus Smith was born in Wilcox County Alabama to Seth Smith
and Nancy Rackley Smith. Seth Smith died fighting in the Alabama
Creek Indian uprising.
Shortly thereafter when Rab was 12 years old his mother died, leaving him with
no living relatives. Tradition has it that Rab, at the young age of 12, set
out on foot to Florida, heading to Calhoun County.He was befriended by a black
preacher (free-man) named Nathaniel Hiers.Until Rab was 20 years old he
remained with Preacher Hiers who, according to census documents,
was a "shingle cutter". A man named Halcomb Hagan lived in Calhoun County
and also befriended young Rab.Halcomb Hagan had 5 sons near the age of Rab.
Rab, along with Hagan's 5 son's entered the Civil War together.
Upon Rab's discharge he returned home to Calhoun County and married Halcomb
Hagan's eldest daughter, Sarah Louisa on 5 September 1866.
Later in life he settled in Auburndale where he died at the home of his only living
daughter, Mary Dove (Smith) Norman.
(Prepared by the family of Rab Smith: Mary Traylor Lyons / Kathy Best Brosky /
Jennifer Taylor Nichols / Jeff & Shelda Gary)
In Deepest Appreciation and Honor
2010 - 2012
by: Peggy McSwain
22 Juniper Drive
Cedar Knolls, New Jersey
UNITED DAUGHTERS OF THE
Lakeland Florida Division Annie H. Darracott
Treasurer / Registrar 2008-2010
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