Tag Archives: Cooke County Texas



Such a common name.

English: occupational name for a worker in metal, from Middle English smith (Old English , probably a derivative of smitan ‘to strike, hammer’). Metal-working was one of the earliest occupations for which specialist skills were required, and its importance ensured that this term and its equivalents were perhaps the most widespread of all occupational surnames in Europe.

My ancestor that was Smith, was Sarah F Smith of Georgia. She married Harvey H Pickens. Her father was William Pinkney Smith and mother Mary Ann Berry. Sarah was born in Oglethorpe county Georgia in 1845. They travelled west through Arkansas. Somewhere along the way, she met my great great grandfather, married in Arkansas, ended up in Texas. They were shown in the 1870 census in Smith, Columbia county Arkansas. Children were Leonidas, Mary A and Josephine. Later in the 1880 census, they were in Lamar county Texas. At that time, there were living with them, children Agnes, James Harvey ( my g grandfather ) Julie E and Tommie. Josephine ( Josie ) is still with them, Leonidas has moved on and Mary A is no longer there with them in 1880. I have  death date of 1880, need to research that some more.

Sarah F Smith’s father, William Pinkney Smith died in 1888.


I have Mary Ann Berry Smith living with Sarah and Harvey H. in 1900 Cooke county Texas. I can not find a record of Mary Berry Smith’s death in Texas. She was 76 at the time of the 1900 census.



Everyone went to Texas….

Or so it seems. Many of my ancestors made their way west, to north Texas. Some family began in Georgia, though probably not originally, others from Alabama, by way of Tennessee. In a round about way, they ended up there, and I ended up in Alabama, where my 2nd great grandfather Harvey H Pickens was born. I am much interested in going to north Texas, Fannin county and Cooke county. I found found many headstones and death certificates that traces my ancestors to that region. I posted once, “Go West Young Man.” . Many of the people who migrated did do for the land and the fact that Texas was a republic. Several ethnic groups found themselves in Texas. The first would be of Asiatic descent down to the Irish and Scottish. That’s where I come into the picture. My family is predominantly Irish and Scottish.                                                                 Harvey Pickens was born in Alabama in 1845. He married Sarah F Smith from Georgia. They married in Texas somewhere I think. Stick with me here…..their son James Harvey married Alice LIndell Davidson, daughter of Mary Lumnia Sullivan of Texas ( parents came in through Alabama, Perry county ) and Hiram Isaac Davidson of , yes, Alabama. So, as you can see, they all went through Alabama, and henceforth, here I am , in Alabama. My ancestors came from Alabama, to Arkansas to the Red River in north Texas. There they moved around, some to Oklahoma and a few married and moved to Arkansas. But, it always come back to Alabama.

I have little of those times in the way of photographs, but, I do have photos of the headstones of many, thanks to some willing volunteers.


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