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  • Benjamin Lafayette Smith Letters, 1856-1859

    Benjamin Lafayette Smith was a son of
    John L. McLaughlin Smith, Western Lowndes County, Mississippi
    October 11, 1842 October 20, 1933.

    Smith Oaks Plantation Store, original building, Taken October 4, 2004

    Smith Oaks Plantation


    Copies of letters written by the above B. L. Smith, which he copied into a bound unlined notebook. The date of the first letter is February 10,1856 and date of the last letter is March 6, 1859. Included also in this notebook are poems and a diary or record of some of his service in the Civil War. It is written in ink, and some of the images are rather dim because of the poor quality of ink used apparently. The first page lists the persons written to, which he wrote in his latter days. The letters will be copied as written except for added punctuation where needed. Blanks in curves will be substituted for words impossible to read because of Lading of the ink.

    The data below was obtained from the MSU Mitchell Library Archives, transcribed by C. L. Herrick and Jeannine K. Smith for the Lowndes County Genealogy web site at http://lowndes.msghn.org and was donated to the Mitchell Library by Mrs. Martha Hough of Natchatoches, LA.

    This was a large undertaking to bring these informative letters to you, but we feel well worth out time and efforts.

    Letter to Parents in August 1861

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  • Letter written by B. L. Smith's father, John Mclaughlin Smith to his wife Emily in 1848.
  • Autobiography Page #1
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  • The following 3 files were submitted by Beach Carre on November 29, 2004.

    B. L. Smith Family
    50th Wedding Anniversary
    B. L. Smith Obituary


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