Elizabeth John Smith1,2,3

ID# 1708, (1835 - 1887)
FatherAlexander J. Farrer4,7 (abt 1805 - )
MotherPermelia S. Walton4,5,6 (abt 1805 - 4 Sep 1886)

Key Events:

Birth: 11 Oct 1835, Tennessee8,9,10
Marriage: 6 Oct 1858, Christian Co., Kentucky, Henry Davis Tuck (3 Dec 1835 - 5 Sep 1881)11,12,13
Burial: the Henry D. Tuck Family Cemetery, Lafayette, Christian Co., Kentucky14
Death: 27 Nov 188715,16
ChartsDescendants of Dr. Davis Green Tuck
Descendants of David Dutt/Toot

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Narrative:

     Elizabeth John Smith was born on 11 Oct 1835 in Tennessee.8,9,10 She appeared on the 1850 Federal Census of Christian Co., Kentucky, in the household of Alexander J. Farrer and Permelia S. Walton, who appear to be adoptive parents.17,18
     Elizabeth married Henry Davis Tuck, son of Dr. Davis Green Tuck and Elizabeth M. Toot, on 6 Oct 1858 in Christian Co., Kentucky.11,12,13
     Elizabeth appeared on the 1860 Federal Census of Hopkinsville, Christian Co., Kentucky, in the household of Alexander J. Farrer and Permelia S. Walton, apparently her adoptive parents, with her husband, Henry Davis Tuck, and their son, Alexander.19,20
     Elizabeth and Henry appeared on the 1870 Federal Census of Lafayette, Christian Co., Kentucky, enumerated 14 Sep 1870, reporting real estate of $11,250 and personal estate of $2,500. The household included 10 year old black male servant. Their children Davis, Sallie and Corinne were listed as living with them, as was Permelia S. Walton, apparently her adoptive mother.21
     Elizabeth and Henry appeared on the 1880 Federal Census of Lafayette, Christian Co., Kentucky, enumerated 5 Jun 1880, with the household including a 24 year-old white farm hand, Marcus Landrum, and a 40 year old black cook, Fannie Robb. Their children Davis, Sallie, Corinne and Emma were listed as living with them, as was Permelia S. Walton, who appears to have been her adoptive mother.22 She was buried in the Henry D. Tuck Family Cemetery, Lafayette, Christian Co., Kentucky.14
     Elizabeth died on 27 Nov 1887 at age 52.15,16
     Elizabeth died intestate, that is without a will, leaving under the law two adult heirs, daughters Sallie and Corinne, and two "infants" (minors), daughter Emma and Davis Henry Tuck, son of her son Davis who had died before the probate proceedings were completed. Her debts were determined to exceed her personal assets so some of her real estate, about 900 acres in Christian Co., had to be sold to pay the remainder of her debts. The adminstrator concluded, with the agreement of the adult daughters and the guardian for the minor daughter, that the heirs were better served by sale of all the land and the court ordered on 7 Dec 1889 that be done.23

     The administrator sold the land, in two parcels, to Thomas Herbert Elliott, brother-in-law of Elizabeth's late husband, for a total of $11,401.94. Since the grandson did not yet have a legal guardian, his share of the proceeds was not to be collected but left as a lien on the land. The debts of the estate and costs of administration totaled over $7,000. For reasons unclear from the record it appears that the entire purchase price was in fact collected, but young Davis's share as "squandered" and he never received it. When his guardian was appointed he sued Thomas for the balance supposedly due the child. Thomas responded that the sale of his share of the land remaining after payment of her debts should not have been allowed, and that part of the sale was void. The guardian prevailed in the lower court, but Thomas appealed successfully, in a complex split decision taking 25 pages when printed. The case was sent back to the lower to resolve the details, the result if which have not been found.23
     
Research Note, 25 Feb 2009:

It does not appear that Permelia S. Walton and Alexander J. Farrer are the birth parents of Elizabeth John Smith. Permelia is listed in the 1880 census in the household of Betty and her husband, shown as his mother-in-law. There are other signs that Alexander and Permelia treated Betty as a daughter. In 1860 Betty and her husband, and their son, are living with them. In 1870 Permelia, apparently now a widow, is living with Henry and his family, from all appearances, on the property previously owned by her and Alexander. Permelia and her mother are buried in the family cemetery later used by Betty and her husband; if Alexander is buried there no stone remains with his name. At least one, and perhaps two, of Betty's children were given the middle name Walton, Permelia's maiden name.
     However, in 1850, Betty is shown in the Farrer household with the surname Smith. At age 14, it seems very unlikely she had been married and widowed or abandoned. The most likely explanation seems to be that Betty was adopted, perhaps informally. No record of the only known child of Alexander and Permelia, Alexander Jr., has been found after the 1860 census. So it seems likely he had died, and they treated Betty as their daughter and only heir.24,25,26,27,28

Children:
     Children with Henry Davis Tuck:

Citations

  1. [S1766] Alexander J. Farrar household, 1850 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, shows name as Elizabeth John Smith.
  2. [S1761] A. J. Farrer household, 1860 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, shows name as Betty J. Tuck.
  3. [S2061] Macon, John and Edward Tuck of Halifax County, pg 60, shows name as Bettie John Smith.
  4. [S1766] Alexander J. Farrar household, 1850 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, shows Elizabeth in the household of Perelia and Alexander, but with a different surname.
  5. [S1900] Henry D. Tuck household, 1880 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, shows Permelia as Henry's mother-in-law.
  6. [S2144] Meador and Meador, Cemetery Records of Southern Christian County, pg 134, shows Permelia buried in the same the family cemetery of Bettie and her husband.
  7. [S1761] A. J. Farrer household, 1860 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, shows Elizabeth and her husband living in the household of Alexander and Permelia.
  8. [S2061] Macon, John and Edward Tuck of Halifax County, pg 60, shows date.
  9. [S2144] Meador and Meador, Cemetery Records of Southern Christian County, pg 134, shows date.
  10. [S1766] Alexander J. Farrar household, 1850 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, shows age 14 and state.
  11. [S893] "Kentucky Marriages, 1851-1900," Ancestry.com, shows date, county, and state.
  12. [S1761] A. J. Farrer household, 1860 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, shows them apparently living as husband and wife.
  13. [S2144] Meador and Meador, Cemetery Records of Southern Christian County, pg 134, shows married.
  14. [S2144] Meador and Meador, Cemetery Records of Southern Christian County, pg 134.
  15. [S2144] Meador and Meador, Cemetery Records of Southern Christian County, pg 134, shows date, as 27th.
  16. [S2061] Macon, John and Edward Tuck of Halifax County, pg 60, shows date, as 29th.
  17. [S1766] Alexander J. Farrar household, 1850 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky.
  18. [S2151] Alex. J. Farrar, owner, 1850 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, slave schedule, and Dolly Walton, lines 15-21 left.
  19. [S1761] A. J. Farrer household, 1860 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky.
  20. [S1749] Alex J. Farrer and H. D. Tuck, owner, 1860 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, slave schedule.
  21. [S1769] Henry Tuck household, 1870 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky.
  22. [S1900] Henry D. Tuck household, 1880 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky.
  23. [S4139] Elliott v. Fowler &c., 19 Dec 1901, Kentucky Court of Appeals.
  24. [S1900] Henry D. Tuck household, 1880 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, shows Permelia Farrow in the household, identified as Henry's mother-in-law.
  25. [S1761] A. J. Farrer household, 1860 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, shows Betty J. and Henry D. Tuck, and their young son, in the household.
  26. [S1769] Henry Tuck household, 1870 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, shows the Permilia Farrer, apparently now a widow, in the household.
  27. [S2144] Meador and Meador, Cemetery Records of Southern Christian County, pg 134, shows Dolly Walton, and Permelia S. Fabbar, along with Henry and Betty, and three of their children, all buried there.
  28. [S1766] Alexander J. Farrar household, 1850 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, shows Betty John Smith, age 14, in the household.
  29. [S1761] A. J. Farrer household, 1860 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, shows them in same household, apparently a parent and child.
  30. [S2144] Meador and Meador, Cemetery Records of Southern Christian County, pg 134, shows her buried in the family cemetery of Henry and Betty, with them and two of their other children.
  31. [S2061] Macon, John and Edward Tuck of Halifax County, pg 61.
  32. [S1769] Henry Tuck household, 1870 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, shows them in same household, apparently as parent and child.
  33. [S1900] Henry D. Tuck household, 1880 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, shows him as the son of her husband.
  34. [S1900] Henry D. Tuck household, 1880 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, shows Sallie as the daughter of Bettie's husband.
  35. [S4036] Corine T. Smith, Certificate of Death.
  36. [S1900] Henry D. Tuck household, 1880 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, shows Cozy as the daughter of Bettie's husband.
  37. [S1900] Henry D. Tuck household, 1880 U.S. Census, Christian Co., Kentucky, shows Emma as the daughter of Bettie's husband.