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www.childers-shepherd.org, 9 Feb 2010
Sarah Ward (Smith)
1868 - 5 Oct 1931
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.

- See
Roy Arthur Childers (Thomas Clingman Childers, Jr.), in an
interview taped in 1973. (
Text and Audio)

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.