Sarah Ward Smith and her husband John Smith owned land of some 100 acres on Couches Creek, near Ocona Lufty, Swain County, which they sold to Sarah's younger half-brother, Thomas Clingman Childers, Jr. for about a dollar and a half per acre.
This was the mountain homeplace where most of the children of Thomas Clingman Childers, Jr. and Bertha Lambert/Franklin Childers were born and to which the family returned again and again until the property was taken by eminent domain for inclusion in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.
In 1920, John H. Smith, age 69, and Sarah Smith, age 51, resided in Beaverdam, Haywood Co, with their son Frank Smith, age 15. Grover D. Smith, age 18, was at the US Naval Training Station, Great Lakes, IL.
Sarah died at the NC State Hospital, at Morganton. Her death certificate listed marital status as "married".
Sources: Roy A. Childers; US Census, 1920, Haywood Co NC; NC Death Certificate, Sarah Smith, 1931.