Biographical Sketch of Mrs. R. A. Smith

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(See Duncan, Ross and Downing)-Nannie Vinita West, born September 20, 1871, was educated in the Female Seminary.

She married January 1, 1891, Henry Clay Cochran, born December 12, 1872. They were the parents of Sallie Pearl Cochran, born September 18, 1892, and Henry Clay Cochran, born September 21, 1901; he married on April 24, 1920, Willie Louise Ross, born January 25, 1902. They are the parents of Keller Mozelle Cochran, born August 16, 1921.

Mr. and Mrs. Henry C. Cochran were divorced and Mrs. Cochran married on December 24, 1904, R. A., son of James and Rachel Smith, born May 10, 1872, in Scotch County, Indiana.

They are the parents of Luvenia N., born May 13, 1907; Robert West, born April 3, 1909, and Max Carlton Smith, born April 18, 1911. Mrs. Smith’s Cherokee name is Waty. She is a member of the Baptist church. R. A. Smith was elected County Commissioner of Mayes County on November 5, 1918, and on November 2, 1920.

Charles Duncan, a Scotchman, married, about 1874, Dorcas, a full blood Cherokee woman of the Deer Clan. Their son, John, married Elizabeth Abercromby a native of Tennessee. The Abercrombys belonged to the ancient nobility of Stirling County, Great Britain, where their county seat was Airthy Castle, and even as late as 1883, the family owned 15,265 acres of land in England. The head of the family in 1916 was Lord George Abercromby. John and Elizabeth (Abercromby) Duncan were the parents of Mahala Duncan, born June 21, 1821; and married July 18, 1838 James Smith West, born May 24, 1817 in Alabama. He died in 1865, and she died November 27, 1879. Their son, Walter Adair West, born April 29, 1841, married August 15, 1863 Sallie Elizabeth Wright, born April 1, 1844. She died February 5, 1890. They were the parebts of Mrs. Nannie Vinita (West) Smith.

MLA Source Citation:

Starr, Emmett. History of the Cherokee Indians and Their Legends and Folk Lore. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: The Warden Company. 1921 Web. 20 December 2014. - Last updated on Nov 28th, 2012

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