m. 9 Jan 1840
m. 28 Mar 1866
Facts and Events
Green Lafayette Smith was a circuit riding minister of the Methodist Episcopol Church South at the time of his death. He and Eliza are buried in the Oakwood Cemetary in Cisco Eastland County, Texas. Info from Helen K. Price GGranddaughter of Green and Eliza.
Stephens County, Texas 1880 US census Greene L. SMITH Self M Male W 39 TX Farmer-Stock Raiser TN TN Eliza M. SMITH Wife M Female W 39 KY Keeping House VA KY Josephine SMITH Dau S Female W 13 TX At Home TX KY Mary S. SMITH Dau S Female W 10 TX At Home TX KY Robert W. SMITH Son S Male W 8 TX TX KY Jessie S. SMITH Son S Male W 6 TX TX KY Henry M. SMITH Son S Male W 5 TX TX KY Lula B. SMITH Son S Male W 1 TX TX KY SMITH Son S Male W 1M --- --- --- [William]
Source Information: Census Place District 172, Precinct 7, Stephens, Texas Family History Library Film 1255327 NA Film Number T9-1327 Page Number 495A 1880 US Census
Back in 1991, there was correspondence back and forth between Jean Traster (the archivist here at the time) and Homer O. Smith, the grandson of G.L. Smith. He sent some information here to the archives. Here it is:
Green Lafayette Smith, the grandfather of Homer O. Smith, was born February 5, 1841. He was married to Eliza M. Karnes March 28, 1866. She was born September 29, 1840. They were the parents of Robert Walter Smith, Sr., Homer's father.
Green Lafayette Smith was the son of Capt. Henry Madison Smith and Sarah Hall Smith of Tennessee, and the grandson of General James Smith and Hanna [Hannah] Parker Smith. A very large monument marks the graves of Gen. James Smith and his wife Hanna Parker, in the city of Henderson, Texas, one mile south of the courthouse. General James Smith gave the land on which the courthouse of Tyler, Texas, Smith County is located. There is a building in the Tyler Rose Garden named for him. Green Lafayette Smith moved to Eastland County from Coryell County in 1877. He died January 29, 1886. He and his wife are buried in the Oakwood Cemetery in Cisco, Texas. All four grandparents of R.W. Smith, Sr. are buried in the Post Oak Cemetery near Gatesville, Coryell County, Texas.
When it became known that the Rev. G.L. Smith was moving from Coryell County, the following certificate was issued by a local congregation.
The State of Texas Coryell County:
The Primitive Baptist Church of Christ at Salem holding to the doctrine of Election Predestination effectual calling and the final preservation of the Saints through grace, do hereby certify that our dear beloved Brother G.L. Smith is a member in full fellowship with us and is dismissed from us when joined to another church of the same faith and order. Done by order of The Church in Conference Saturday before the fourth Sabbath in March 1877. - Wm Thomas Mod. H.M. Smith c.c.
Notwithstanding the above, Rev. Smith was licensed by "the Gatesville Circuit- Granbury District N.W. Texas Conference, M.E. Church South, E.R. Barcus P.E. July 16, 1877. Thereafter, on September 8, 1877 the same license was renewed, on the back, by the following certificate:
This is to certify that the license of G.L. Smith, an exhorter, is renewed by order of the 4th Quarterly Conference of Eastland Mission, September 8, 1877- Granbury District of the N.W. Texas Conference. J.L. Calhoun Sec. L.P. Russett P.E. Pres. N.B. Johnston P.C.
In 1879, Rev. Smith's license was issued after "having been examined as the Discipline directs by the Quarterly Conference of Eastland Circuit of Breckenridge District of the N.W. Texas Annual Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. J.H. Calhoun Sec. I.G. Warren Presiding Elder, Breckenridge District. In 1884, his license was renewed by order of the 4th Quarterly Conference of Eastland Circuit of Eastland District Aug., 30, 1884. A.K. Miller, Presiding Elder.
This is all the information I have on Rev. Smith. If there is anything you need clarification on, please feel free to contact me and I will be happy to help you.
Carol Roszell Archivist Central Texas Conference
[More notes from Carol Roszell: He [Green Lafayette Smith] was a Licensed Local Pastor. This meant that he had not gone through "seminary" and was not ordained an Elder. He could not be appointed to serve a church by the Bishop but he was determined to have a gift for preaching and was thusly licensed to do so in the absence of his church's appointed pastor.
The area Rev. Smith served was initially part of the Northwest TX Conf. which still exists but when the Ft. Worth and surrounding are became so populated, that chunk was broken off in 1910 and became the Central Texas Conference.
When Rev. Smith's licensed was renewed, it was signed by the P.E. (today's District Supt.) the Conference Secretary, and the P.C. (Preacher in Charge- the ordained appointed pastor of the local church Rev. Smith was licensed to preach at.)
In 1841 the Methodist Episcopal Church divided over slavery and there became two branches Methodist Episcopal Church South, and just the Methodist Episcopal Church which was northern affiliated. In 1939 the two merged back together along with the Methodist Protestant Church to become just The Methodist Church. In 1968 it merged with the Evangelical United Brethren to become the United Methodist Church.