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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 https://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
The following 3 files were submitted by Beach Carre on
November 29, 2004.
B. L. Smith Family
50th Wedding Anniversary
B. L. Smith Obituary