Smith Stills
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Smith Alexander Stills (1879 - 1947)

Smith Alexander Stills aka Ricker [uncertain]
Born in Greeneville, Greene, Tennessee, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
Son of [uncertain] and [uncertain]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 22 Dec 1898 in Greene, Tennessee, United Statesmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Greeneville, Greene, Tennessee, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 22 Jan 2012
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Native of Greeneville, Tennessee 6th Generation

Contents

Biography

Smith's Parentage

The parents of Smith are uncertain. Smith was raised by William Henry Stills and Nancy Mariah Tarlton.

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.

Bertha makes no mention of who his parents were

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 to the other Stills children with their father being unknown to him. - Oral interview with Michael Stills and Hayley Stills, descendants (Nov 2011).

William "Bill" Hicks, a cousin to this family discovered an 1880 Census with a Smith A Ricker, born Nov 1879 in Greeneville, Greene, Tennessee son of Uriah Ricker and Martha A Smith. No other census record in Greene County from 1880 shows a Smith Stills. Additionally, no census record after 1880 shows a Smith A Ricker. Smith Alexander Stills first appears in the 1900 US Census. Additionally, it has been discovered that Nancy (Tarlton) Stills is a first cousin to Uriah Ricker. Further examination of Uriah's life, Martha's death and the Stills family lends itself to supporting that Uriah Ricker and Martha Smith are the biological parents of Smith Alexander Ricker, however more evidence is being sought. DNA evidence may help solve this riddle.

Smith Alexander Stills was born at Greene, Tennessee, 16 Nov 1879, son of unknown [Father] and [Mother] and died at Greeneville, Greene, Tennessee, 1 Mar 1947.[1]

Smith Alexander Stills married at Greeneville, Greene, Tennessee, 22 Dec 1898, Izar Della Lowery[2][3][4] born at Tennessee, 6 Apr 1879 and died at Greene, Tennessee, 10 Dec 1936, daughter of James Alexander Lowery and Nancy Caroline Miller.

The children of Smith Alexander and Izar Della (Lowery) Stills were:

  1. Arizona Mahaley Stills
  2. Melvin Virgil Stills
  3. Joseph Vernie Stills (?)
  4. Floyd Alexander Stills
  5. Spencer Luke Stills
  6. Percy Doak Stills
  7. Herbert Leon Stills
  8. Gladys Belle Stills
  9. Mildred Louise Stills

Timeline

Note: A profile will be identified as Genealogically Defined when Birth, Marriage, Children Birth and Death have been sourced and bolded in timeline.

BIRTH: 16 Nov 1879, Greeneville, Greene, Tennessee

  • 22 Jun 1880 - Greeneville, TN. Smith A Ricker, Age 1 with Parents Uriah Ricker and Martha Smith. [5]

MARRIAGE: 22 Dec 1898 Izar Della Lowery, Greeneville, TN.[6][7][8]

  • 1900 Birth of daughter Arizona Mahaley Stills. Note: Arizona is not enumerated in the 1900 Census, she would have been 6 months old. Need better proof of birthdate.
  • 11 Jun 1900 - Greeneville, TN.Greeneville, TN. [9] Note: Smith's year of birth given as 1880 in 1900 US Census.
  • 1902 Birth of son Melvin Virgil Stills.
  • 1904 Birth of son Joseph Vernie Stills ?
  • 1906 Birth of son Floyd Alexander Stills.
  • 1908 Birth of son Spencer Luke Stills.
  • 27 Apr 1910 - Greeneville, TN. [10]
  • 1910 Birth of son Percy Doak Stills.
  • 1912 Birth of son Herbert Leon Stills.
  • 1914 Birth of daughter Gladys Belle Stills.
  • 1917 Birth of daughter Mildred Louise Stills.
  • Sept 12, 1918 - Draft Registration, Greeneville, TN [11]
  • 1920 - Greeneville, TN. [12]
  • 1930 - Greeneville, TN. [13]
  • 1 Apr 1940 - Greeneville, TN.[14]

DEATH: 28 Feb 1947 Greeneville, Greene, Tennessee. [15]

BURIAL: 4 March 1947 Greeneville, Greene, Tennessee, United States.[16]


Research Notes

Note: Research notes should identify evidence needed to make profile Genealogically Defined

  • Obtain Birth Evidence and Record
  • Obtain Evidence of Children's Birth

Bertha writes that Smith Alexander Stills was raised by the Stills[17]

Space: Letter to Michael Stills from Grandmother Bertha McCoy

Stories from Greeneville relatives

  • Nancy M Tarlton (Step Mother of Smith A. Stills), 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. - (Story heard and retold by Hayley Stills, 2009)

Sources

  1. "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.
  2. "Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XZWQ-KML : 20 July 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.
  3. "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.
  4. "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.
  5. "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.
  6. "Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XZWQ-KML : 20 July 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.
  7. "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.
  8. "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.
  9. "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.
  10. "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.
  11. "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.
  12. "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.
  13. "United States Census, 1930", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/SP49-7KH : accessed 4 June 2016), Smith A Stills, 1930.
  14. "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.
  15. "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.
  16. "Find A Grave Index," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/QVKN-J9XP : accessed 4 June 2016), Smith Alexander Stills, 1947; Burial, Greeneville, Greene, Tennessee, United States of America, River Hill UMC Cemetery; citing record ID 38755248, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com.
  17. Bertha McCoy to Michael Stills, personal correspondence, ~1980, personal family memories; Michael Stills, Evergreen, Colorado.Transcription available here

DNA Confirmation

yDNA: Maynard Ivan Stills (grandson of Smith) and Jay Lynn Stills (great grandson of William Henry Stills) both took Y-DNA tests. There is no match between the yDNA tests. This indicates that William Henry Stills is not the Father of Smith Alexander Stills.

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

The combination of these tests does not rule out that Nancy Mariah Tarlton is the mother of Smith Alexander Stills, but futher testing and analysis is needed.

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