His parents: Henry Smith and Susanna Bradshaw
Her parents: (Probably) Robert Lax and Louvenia Hix
Joseph was born about 1818 in TN, probably Stewart County or Montgomerty County, perhaps the part of Stewart that became Henry County. He was probably the Joseph Smith who died 9 Dec 1886 in Ripley Co., MO (Gatewood). Certificate says deceased lived in Oregon Co; was born in TN, and had lived in MO 26 y. Age given as 75.
Rebecca was born about 1825 in NC and died before 1870 in MO.
This paragraph not verified by me, but it is consistent with what I have found.--JFA
Rebecca LAX, was a d/o Robert and Louvenia (HIX) LAX. Robert LAX was a son of William and Sarah LAX. (I do not know her maiden name.) William LAX left a will in Randolph Co., NC. Robert and Louvenia LAX had the following children:
Malinda LAX b. ca. 1824 m. 26 Dec. 1837 to Henry JACKSON.
Joel Frederick LAX b. ca. 1826 m. Selina (?)
Rebecca LAX b. ca. 1828 m. Joseph SMITH 24 Aug. 1840 in Henry Co., TN.
Elizabeth LAX b. ca. 1830
Sarah LAX b. 23 Jun. 1831 - never married - died 17 Feb. 1877 and is bur. at Concord Meth. Ch. Cem., at Farmer, NC.
Margaret LAX b. ca. 1834
William LAX b. ca. 1836, m. Nancy SHAW
Davis Hix LAX b. ca. Jan. 1838 m. lst. Sarah (?) 2nd: Louisa Jackson, mar. 5 Nov. 1872
Joseph and Rebecca married 24 August 1840 in Henry County, TN.
1820MontTNp228or187: 100100 // 10200 Henry Smith (Same page as Joseph and Richard Bradshaw)
Married Emaline E. Patterson 6 Oct 1867 in Ripley County MO. There is also a marriage of a Joseph Smith to Eliza Burress 15 Mar 1866, Luvina Perkins 27 Jan 1880, and Sarah F. Jackson 19 Apr 1885, all in Ripley Co. MO. (I'm uncertain which if any of these marriages are for Joseph or his son Joseph. -- JFA)
1850HnTNp409b CD 18, #58: Robert Clinard, 25, lived with them. 1860HnTNp495a/b: Rebecca 35 Seamstress NC; Livinia A, 20; Catherine, 16; Manerva A. or H., 14 (most likely A.); Robert H., 12; Richard, 9; Davis, 7; Calvin, 5; Carroline, 3; Joseph T., 1; all children born in TN
1870RipleyMOp667b: wife Emeline, 32, born TN, not mother of children.
1880OregonMOp371??: Joseph, 60, and John, 18: same county as Calvin and Irwin, but there was no John in 1870!!