Help me decide if I have the correct family for Robert Valentine Smith

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Robert Valentine Smith

This is what I have found that I believe to be the correct family. Everyone, please give your opinion and tell me if I need to post this to other feeds.

The following are Census records:

1850 Arkansas Hempstead Canuse Twp Page 472

Line    Dwel    Fam    Name                    Age     Sex    Birth

1           99          99     Smith  Robert          42       M    AL

2           99          99     Smith  Vian C          22       F     AR

3           99          99     Smith  Sarah A L       4       F     AR

4           99          99     Smith  Rufus B          1       M    AR

5           99          99     Smith  James          19       M    AL

6           99          99     Smith  William         14       M    AL

7           99          99     Smith  Alabama      10       F    AL

8           99          99     Smith  Mary M           4      F    AR

1860 Arkansas Columbia Taylor Twp Page 8

 7          45          45     Smith  Robert            52     M   VA

 8          45          45     Smith  Viann             33      F   AR

 9          45          45     Smith  William           22     M   AL

10         45          45     Smith  Alabama        20      F   AL

11         45          45     Smith  Sarah             14      F   AR

12         45          45     Smith  Missouria       13      F   AR

13         45          45     Smith  Rufus             12     M   AR

14         45          45     Smith  Robert            10    M   AR

15         45          45     Smith  Amanda           8     F   AR

16         45          45     Smith  John                6     M   AR

17         45          45     Smith  Andrew            3     M   AR

1870 Texas Kaufman Kaufman Page 132

 1        880       898     Smith  Vienna             44    F   AR

 2        880       898     Smith  Sarah Ann       24    F   AR

 3        880       898     Smith  Missouri          23    F   AR

 4        880       898     Smith  Brad                21   M   AR

 5        880       898     Smith  Robert             18   M   AR

 6        880       898     Smith  Amanda           17   F   AR

 7        880       898     Smith  John                 13   M   AR

 8        880       898     Clifton Levi                  28   M   AR

1880 Texas Kaufman Kaufman Page 27

11        224        224     Smith  Robert V         28   M   AR

12        224        224     Smith  Texana           24    F   TX

13        224        224     Smith  Andrew M        5    M   TX

14        224        224     Smith  Jesse               3    M   TX

15        224        224     Smith  Maude E          1    F    TX

1880 Texas Kaufman Kaufman Page 22

21        194        206     Smith  John                24   M   AR

22        194        206     Smith  Susan              17   F   MO

23        194        206     Smith  Vian                 49   F   AR

I believe this shows that I have found the family for my great grandfather Robert Valentine Smith. Does anyone agree?

WikiTree profile: Robert Smith
in The Tree House by Luther Brown G2G Crew (800 points)

1 Answer

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If it is him you will need to find the correct birth record for him. You have Texas, census has Ar (Arizona?)
by Marion Poole G2G6 Pilot (837k points)
AR = Arkansas
AR = Arkansas, AZ = Arizona, AK = Alaska, AL = Alabama

 these are the USPS abbreviation style for each state in United States ...

Before these were introduced it would have been Ark., Ariz., and Ala., and I don't recall the one for Alaska or you could write it out, but that got tedious with Mississippi, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and a few others
Thanks to everyone who've answered so far. When many eyes and brains are looking, we should be able to come up with the answer. Additional info concerning where he was born. If this IS the correct family, he WAS born in Arkansas. On the Censuses for 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, it shows Texas, and Alabama for his father, Arkansas for his mother. That's why I put Texas as his POB. It is possible that, with no written record, he didn't know for sure where he was born. And, while he was in Kaufman, he could have asked his mother, Vian (if she is) where he was born and later forgot. Or the enumerator didn't ask or he asked the wife who may not have known. Also, back in the day, when children were born at home, no official state type records were made. Another reason I think this is the correct family is that Vian (Vienna) was living with her son, John, only 18 'houses' away from Robert V in 1880. I'm still looking every place I can think of. Another big question is WHEN he was born. Censuses 1860, 1870, 1880 calculate his birth 1850 or 1852, later ones calculate to 1855 or 1856. His grave marker has 1856. Like I said, if there's no written record official or otherwise, we can't be positive. And on it goes...

Here is a link to the USPS state and territory abbreviations:

https://abbreviations.yourdictionary.com/articles/state-abbrev.html

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