Smith Alexander Stills

Smith Alexander Stills (1879 - 1947)

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Smith Alexander Stills aka Ricker [uncertain]
Born in Greeneville, Greene, Tennessee, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
Son of [uncertain] and [uncertain]
Husband of — married in Greene, Tennessee, United Statesmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Greeneville, Greene, Tennessee, United Statesmap
Stills-27 created 22 Jan 2012 | Last modified | Last edit: 11 Jun 2017
12:19: Michael Stills edited the Biography for Smith Stills. [Thank Michael for this]
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Native of Greeneville, Tennessee 6th Generation


Contents

Biography

  • Residence (22 Jun 1880) District 18, Greene, Tennessee, United States
  • Residence (11 Jun 1900) Civil District 2, Greene, Tennessee
  • Residence (27 Apr 1910) Civil District 2, Greene, Tennessee
  • Residence (Sept 12, 1918) GREENVILLE, Greene, Tennessee, USA
  • Residence (1920) Civil District 9, Greene, Tennessee
  • Residence (1930) District 9, Greene, Tennessee
  • Residence (1 Apr 1940) Midway, Greene, Tennessee, United States
  • Residence (28 Feb 1947) Greeneville, Greene, Tennessee
  • Burial (4 March 1947) Greeneville, Greene, Tennessee, United States


Reseach Notes

Uncertain Parents

(Both Parents unknown)

Bertha McCoy, daughter-in-law of Smith writes in her letter. - B. McCoy letter

  1. "Smith's parents were killed by a runaway team of horses."
  2. Adopted by the Stills family (of possible Irish Descent?)
  3. His adopted siblings were: John, George, Rilla, and Cleveland Stills.

(Father Unknown)

However, during a visit from descendants Michael Stills and Hayley Stills, W. Thomas "T" Ricker, son of Rilla Stills and nephew of Smith stated that the family believed that both Smith and (Grover) Cleveland were half-siblings. - Oral interview with Michael Stills and Hayley Stills, descendants (Nov 2011).

DNA Testing

Y-DNA: Maynard Ivan Stills, grandson of Smith and Jay Lynn Stills, Great Grandson of William Henry Stills both took Y-DNA tests. There is not match between the tests indicating that William Henry Stills is not the Father of Smith Alexander Stills.

auDNA: Maynard Stills and Jay Lynn Stills both took auDNA tests which indicate that they are 2nd Cousins. Their family tree also indicates that they are second cousins. However, they may share serveral ancestral lines.

The combination of these tests potentially indicate that Nancy Mariah Tarlton is the mother of Smith Alexander Stills.


Stories from Greeneville relatives

  • Nancy M Tarlton, daughter of Susan Jane Tarlton and Nathan Hamilton Lamb (unmarried liaison). Corroborated by a descendant of Nancy whose father knew Smith Alexander Stills (Tarlton Descendant)
  • The Stills Brothers and the Counterfeit Money (Hayley Stills)
Life was hard back in the days of John and George Stills. Young men, trying to find a good way to make a living to support future wives and families, sometimes got into a bit of mischief. After the death of the two boys parents, they found a little much freedom, though they were looked after by their older brother Smith. John and George discovered an ingenious way to make a little extra cash. They would break glass bottles and use the bottoms to melt down zinc and then mold quarters and half-dollars. Now the brothers could afford to take out any good looking girl they set their mind to. Brother Smith; however, saw the counterfeit money as a first class ticked to the Greene County Jailhouse. He found the molds unattended on day and carried them far into the mountains and buried them. His younger brothers were distraught when they found all their hard work was gone. They searched those mountains far and wide, but the molds were never seen again. - (Hayley Stills, 2009)


Sources

  • "United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MD7C-SNY : accessed 4 June 2016), Smith A Ricker in household of Uriah Ricker, District 18, Greene, Tennessee, United States; citing enumeration district ED 44, sheet 32C, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 1258; FHL microfilm 1,255,258.
  • "Tennessee State Marriage Index, 1780-2002," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VNC3-7KQ : accessed 4 June 2016), S A Stills and Della Lowry, 22 Dec 1898; from "Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002," database and images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 2008); citing p. 222, Greene, Tennessee, United States, Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, Tennessee.
  • "Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XZWQ-KML : accessed 4 June 2016), S A Stills and Della Lowry, 15 Dec 1898; citing Greene, Tennessee, United States, Marriage, p. , Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville and county clerk offices from various counties; FHL microfilm 1,148,851.
  • "Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XZWQ-KMK : accessed 4 June 2016), S A Stills and Della Lowry, 22 Dec 1898; citing Greene, Tennessee, United States, Marriage, p. 1325, Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville and county clerk offices from various counties; FHL microfilm 1,148,851.
  • "United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MS8V-19H : accessed 4 June 2016), Smith Stills, Civil Districts 2, 24, Greene, Tennessee, United States; citing sheet 6B, family 110, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,241,573.
  • "United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MGF5-K4G : accessed 4 June 2016), Smith A Stills, Civil District 2, Greene, Tennessee, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 68, sheet 7B, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,375,514.
  • "United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KZ6Z-9SP : accessed 4 June 2016), Smith Alexander Stills, 1917-1918; citing Greene County, Tennessee, United States, NARA microfilm publication M1509 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,852,987.
  • "United States Census, 1920," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MNP5-WLZ : accessed 4 June 2016), Smith A Stills, Civil District 9, Greene, Tennessee, United States; citing sheet 2A, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,821,741.
  • "United States Census, 1940," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K4HS-YCT : accessed 11 Sep 2014), Smith A Stills, Midway, Civil District 19, Greene, Tennessee, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 30-28, sheet 13A, family 229, NARA digital publication of T627, roll 3896.
  • "Tennessee Death Records, 1914-1955," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/NSWQ-PV6 : accessed 4 June 2016), Smith Alexander Stills, 01 Mar 1947; citing River Hill Cemetery, Greene Co., Tennessee, cn 4873, State Library and Archives, Nashville; FHL microfilm 2,137,380.

Acknowledgements

  • WikiTree profile Stills-27 created through the import of Descendants of Smith Alexander Stills.ged on Jan 21, 2012 by Michael Stills.








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Letter to Michael Stills from Grandmother Bertha McCoy
Letter to Michael Stills from Grandmother Bertha McCoy

Collaboration

On 4 Apr 2015 at 22:46 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

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