Benjamin Hezekiah Smith was born on 16 February 1880 in Pleasant Hill, Cass, Missouri, United States to William Cooley Smith, age 26, and Mary Virginia Collins, age 23. He was the 3rd of 7 children, and the 3rd of 4 sons, born to the couple. His older siblings were: Derrett Cooley, born 13 June 1876 in Cass County, Missouri; and Louie Foster, born 21 March 1878 in Polk, Missouri.
When Benjamin Hezekiah was 2 years old, his sister, Nellie Mattie, was born on 12 September 1882 in Pleasant Hill.
Benjamin Hezekiah’s sister, Luella was born in 1884 in Pleasant Hill when he was 4 years old. Sadly, she died the same day.
On 12 January 1887, when Benjamin Hezekiah was 6 years old, his sister Virginia Mae was born in Missouri.
William Murphy, Benjamin Hezekiah’s brother, was born 14 January 1894 in Brazoria County, Texas. Benjamin Hezekiah was 13 years old at the time.
Benjamin Hezekiah married Mattie Ann Elizabeth Atchinson, when he was 25 years old, on 2 July 1905 in Texas. Mattie Ann Elizabeth was 21 years old at the time.
When Benjamin Hezekiah was 26 years old, his first child, a son, was born on 15 September 1906 in Chase City, Bosque, Texas, United States.
On 6 March 1909, Benjamin Hezekiah’s first daughter, Emma Lucille, was born when he was 29 years old. She was born in Justice Precinct One, Hill, Texas, United States.
Deriot Eugene, Benjamin Hezekiah’s son, was born 29 March 1911 in Justice Precinct One. Benjamin Hezekiah was 31 years old at the time.
When Benjamin Hezekiah was 38 years old, his daughter Morrice Tommy was born 19 October 1918 in Hill County, Texas.
On 27 November 1919, when Benjamin Hezekiah was 39 years old, his mother died at the age of 63 in Blackwell, Kay, Oklahoma, United States.
Charles Ivan, Benjamin Hezekiah’s youngest child, was born when he was 41 years old on 23 January 1922 in Blackwell.
To Be Continued…