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Note N71(In Smith info from Louise Taylor Boal, it says that Frank came to Prattville Nov. 25, 1851 and began working for Daniel Pratt Dec. 1 of that year.) Boarded with Mrs. Ormsby. In brother, F. E. Smith's journal, "Mar. 25, 1854, Frank took a ride with Miss Asenath Holt in company of others." Married Sarah Asenath Holt, another NH native. In Aug. 1859 he took Asenath and daughter Lila to visit his family in Brentwood. Brother Daniel had been elected to the NH Legislature. He enjoyed being in Concord. Listed in 1860 Autauga Co census in household #677: B.F.,age 33, his wife, Sarah (Asenath), age 21, Eliza (Lila), age 1, Charles Adams, age 34, Faiman (Freeman) Holt, age 27, Lewis Holt, age 24 (men listed as mechanics)(Sarah Asenath's 1st cousins). A mechanic in his day meant a skilled machinist to assemble the cotton gins. Frank also owned a factory for making doors, sash and blinds in Prattville. B. F. Smith listed as worth 00. Fought for South during Civil War. Lost 3 fingers on his right hand. Called "Frank". Was a Baptist. When there was a malaria epidemic in Prattville in 1868, Frank took his family to NH. His sister Susan invited him to bring his family to stay with her in the family home. Arthur (F.E.'s son), who seemed to be especially susceptible, was included. Frank left with his party, Asenath and the 4 children--Arthur 13, Lila 9, Howard 6, and Algenon 3. Frank returned home, the rest stayed 14 months. They loved the farm and playing in the snow. They attended school where the children called them "Little Rebs" and, when they returned home, their classmates called them "little Yanks". Frank died at age 46, leaving a widow w/ 1 daughter & 3 sons. Buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Prattville, beside his wife, his son-in-law and daughter, Lila. His headstone is broken in 2 pieces but lying nearby.(2003)
Ref. in Prattville Heritage Center "This family of Smiths was from New England States and were remarkable for their steady, quiet, and orderly lives. Honest, industrious, punctual, and economical, they were all successful in business. They were law-abiding and faithful to all their church duties. Their success lay principally in their prudent, economical way of spending their money. They were not extravagant givers, but gave according to their means, which is the only true economy. They were model men and have model families, if the world was fitted up with just such people, we should have a comparatively happy world."
The name SMITH is an English Occupational name for a man who works with metal, one of the earliest jobs for which specialist skills were required. It is a craft practiced in all countries, making the surname the most widely found of all occupational names in Europe. Medieval smiths made horseshoes, plows and items for the house.
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Benjamin Franklin by comparing test results with other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known yDNA or mtDNA test-takers in his direct paternal or maternal line.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Benjamin Franklin: