William Smith

Descendants of William Smith

Submitted by Marie Musgrave

Generation No. 1

1. WILLIAM1 SMITH was born Abt. 1765, and died April 18, 1844 in Lawrence Co., Oh.(Land record). He married UNKOWN.


On the 1820 census Elizabeth TwpLaw. Co OH is 4 boys to 10 2 girls 16/26

1 boy to 16 1 to 45 Wife?

1 boy 16/26

William over 45

On the 1830 census of Lawrence Co. OH is 1 boy 5/10, 1 girl under 5

2 boys 10/15 1 girl 30/40 and Wife 60/70

2 boys 15/20

1 boy 20/30 and William 60/70

On the petiton to sell Land of William Smith Decs. 1844. was the following children.

1. Hannah m. Isreic Davidson

2. John K. Smith

3. Olivia m. William Grubb

4. Meariegh m. Jeremiah Knox

5. Washington Smith

6. Sarah Ann Smith

7. Harvey Smith

8. James B. Smith

9. Lewis D. Smith

10 Hamilton Smith

11 Lawson H. Smith.


2. i. OLIVE2 SMITH, b. Abt. 1781, VA.; d. Lawrence Co., OH..

Generation No. 2

2. OLIVE2 SMITH (WILLIAM1) was born Abt. 1781 in VA., and died in Lawrence Co., OH.. She married WILLIAM GRUBB Abt. 1800. He was born Abt. 1779 in VA, and died in Lawrence Co. Oh..

Notes for OLIVE SMITH:

Olive is on a land record where they are selling her fathers land ——-


William wrote a will on Oct 1, 1855 while Olly was still alive and everything went to her and there several children. When he died in about 1858, Olley was also gone. This was in Scioto Co. OH Scioto Co. Common Pleas Court 1810-1875. p. 120 William Grubb and Olly his wife vs. Thomas Blythe. Court 23 Aug. 1819, filed 4 Sept 1818. Blythe claims to be having carnal knowledge of Olly, Case is for slander. Defendant paid costs.

William Grubb was on tax records as a taxpayer east part of Co. Scioto L1814-1816-1817-1818. The L. means he bought land in Chillicothe Oh.

and on the 1820 census with males 2 under 10, 1-10-16, 1-16-18 and william 26-45 and girls 3 under 10,1-10-16,1-16-26 and Olive 26-45

I have 2 more girls, they were Elizabeth m.John Moore and Bula Grubb m. John Bridendine(Sp) ?? Both married in 1833. William and Olley had 1 girl 20-30 and one girl 15 to 20 on the 1830 cencus. Could be the same family. I could not find any other Grubbs in These Co’s.

On William Grubb’s will settlement in 1853 shows only 4 names- William Grubb of Greenup Co.KY., Daniel Grubb, of Ironton, Scioto Co.OH. Susannah Mrs James Dilley and Buelee Bryentine

In the original will had a Jefferson (L)olladey (Sp)Scioto Co. OH,as a brother in Law to Wm and Daniel Grubb.

Children of OLIVE SMITH and WILLIAM GRUBB are:

i. DANIEL3 GRUBB, b. 1808.

3. ii. MARY ANN GRUBB, b. Abt. 1812, Va.; d. 1863, Oh..

iii. WILLIAM JR. GRUBB, b. Abt. 1813.

Generation No. 3

3. MARY ANN3 GRUBB (OLIVE2 SMITH, WILLIAM1) was born Abt. 1812 in Va., and died 1863 in Oh.. She married (1) JAMES R. RALSTON October 05, 1828 in Lawrence Co., Oh., son of ROBERT RALSTON and ISABELL?CLARK. He was born Abt. 1803 in Adams Co. Oh., and died March 1849 in Greenup, Greenup Co., Ky. She married (2) DAVID ALLEN September 09, 1849 in Lawrence Co., Oh.. She married (3) WASHINGTON CATION May 13, 1862 in Lawrence Co., Oh..


25 Sep 1856 Mary Ann Allen and Alexander Ralston heirs of James Ralston of lawful age signed and sold land in Elizabeth Twp. Lawrence Co. Ohio. $100. for 40 Acres.

Divorce of Mary and David p.601 Scioto Co. Oh. 1810-1875. Court 11 Nov. 1858, filed 28 Aug1858 Allen said they resided in Lawrence Co. until 1854, when he left and went to work in Calif. gold mines She lived with Washington Katon and professed to be married to him. They live near Pioneer Furnace, Lawrence Co., Oh. Div. final on 11 Nov 1858.

Mary Ann Allen had petitioned for a divorce in Lawrence Co. Oh. June 22, 1853. She dropped the suit 4 Mar. 1856.

27 Mar 1854 William Grubb and Olly Grub sold to Mary Ann Allen for $150. 25 acres more or less. On 1858 she sold 16 9/100 acres for $192.50 of the first buy.


Two sons wrote in their history that James died in Greenup, Ky. Smith said his father ran a mercantile business with his uncle( Wm. Grubb). He was a molder by trade.

There are several records in the Lawrence Co. Courhouse on our James and land. They include the court record March 13, 1854, of land where Susan b. 1821 m. to a Thompson and Mary Ann m. to Alexander Crawford. got 1/2 of the land and the other half went to Mary (Ralston) Allen, Alexander, William, Smith and Augustus. These 2 girls must be Robert Ralston’s.

Children of MARY GRUBB and JAMES RALSTON are:

i. ADALINE4 RALSTON, b. Abt. 1829, Lawrence Co., Oh..

ii. ALEXANDER RALSTON, b. Abt. 1835, Lawrence Co., Oh.; d. Aft. 1887.

iii. ELLISON RALSTON, b. Abt. 1837, Lawrence Co., Oh..

iv. ANGALINE RALSTON, b. Abt. 1838, Lawrence Co., Oh..

v. SMITH G. RALSTON, b. October 02, 1843, Lawrence Co., Oh.; d. December 15, 1887, Adams Co. In, Studebaker Cem..


From a history book 1887 Adams Co. In. Smith G. Ralston, M.D.

was born in Lawrence Co., Oh. Oct. 2, 1847. (His stone says 1843.)

His father, James Ralston was a native of West Union, Adams Co., and his mother, Mary Ann (Grubb) Ralston, of Lawrence Co. Same State. They were married in Lawrence Co. (have the certificate), and the

father engaged in the mercantile business with his uncle, just across the line in Kentucky. He was a molder by trade. He died in Greenup, Greenup Co., Kentucky, about 1850. The mother died in Ohio in 1863. They had nine children, five boys and four girls, our subject being the eighth child. The mother remarried and came with her family to Adams Co. leaving Smith G. and William, an elder brother, working out at whatever they could find to do, until the breaking out of the civil war. They enlisted, Oct.25, 1861 in Co. A, 47th In. Inf. Our subject participated in many of the famous battles. He was wounded at Brown’s Plantation, Aug 11 1862, by a gunshot in the shoulder, where the ball still remains. He now draws a pension. He was taken prisoner at the battle of Champion Hills, near Vicksburg, during the siege after which he was paroled and sent North. He was later exchanged and rejoined his reg. He served as color-bearer of the lst Div. 13th Army Corps, 2 years, and has the flag of that corps still in his possession. Upon discharge the brothers then returned to Adams Co. and the doctor attended school 1 year, then became a student with W.H.Vance, at New Corydon, In. He then took a course at the Michigan State University at Ann Arbor, 1866-67. After attending a course of medical lectures at the Ohio Medical College, Cincinnati, he returned to New Corydon, and in the spring of 1872 settled in Geneva, where he has since been engaged in the practice of his profession. He has a good practice, and keeps pace with all the improvements in his profession. The doctor is a bachelor.

vi. WILLIAM RALSTON, b. September 09, 1844, Lawrence Co., Oh., Ironton; d. February 09, 1914, have death, cert., Robinson, IL.; m. FRANCES CLARISSA FIELDS, March 18, 1871, Adams Co. IN.; b. October 06, 1855, OH; d. May 20, 1913, Adams Co. IN..


William Ralston (was Ralstian when born) lost his father at a young age. His mother remarried a man named Washington Katon (Read under Mary Ann for added information on this). The family came to Adams Co. In. before 1860, staying only a short time the mother left the 2 older boys and went back to Oh. Both boys did odd Jobs to pay for their keep. In 1860 Census it showed William working for John Mason born in England. Also in the household was Alexander, Sarah, and Daniel Bolds which was William’s future Mother-in-law’s maiden name. The 6th of October 1861 William and his brother Smith both enlisted as a private in Co. A, 47th Regiment Indiana Volunteers. Here is a list of the battles he was in. Fort Thompson, Mar.14,1862, Riddles Point, Mississippi, Mar. 18, 1862, Fort Pillow, May 19 to 23 and June 3 to 5, 1862 Brown’s Plantation Aug. ll,1862. Smith was injured in this battle and carried the ball in his shoulder until his death.

They continued to Fort Pemberton March 11 to 16,1863, Port Gibson, Miss. May 1, 1863, Champion Hill, May 16, 1863 . Smith was taken prisoner at this battle during the seige of Vicksburg May 22 to

July 4, 1863. However Smith was soon exchanged and sent back to his regiment. They continued on south until they were no longer needed. They received their discharge at Baton Rough, La. in the fall of 1865. Upon returning home William bought land in the corner of Wells Co. In. adjoining Adams Co. where he cleared, fenced and eventually married Clarissa and raise their family on this land. William received a pension according to army papers stating he had contracted Erysipelas causing disease of the eyes and prostration of whole nervous system. One paper stated he had lost all of his hair, another stated what a good marksman he had been.

Might I say here that all the Ralston men were excellent hunter and fishermen. When William died he left $1783.68 to each of his 5 living children and $594.56 to each Ora, Otto and Wm. Wilson sons of his deceased daughter Ruetta.

William was 5’6 3/4″ tall with light complexion, blue eyes, and light hair.

vii. AUGUSTUS RALSTON, b. September 01, 1845, Lawrence Co., Oh., Ironton; d. February 06, 1916, Jay Co. In.; m. ROSETTA M. ADAMS, December 03, 1883, Jay Co. In.; b. March 27, 1860, Jay Co. In.; d. 1936, Jay Co. In..


We have the paper obituary from Gus as he was called. Born near Ironton, Lawerence Co. O. died at his home in New Corydon, In. He was a private in Co. D. 33rd Reg. Oh. Inf. and later transferred to the Miss. Marine Brigade. He came in 1880 to In. after graduating from the Ohio Medical College. He left a widow, 2 sons Augustus and Vernon and one grandson. Funeral was held in the M.E. church in New Corydon. From a Jay Co. In. History is the following. Dr. Augustus Ralson, of Wabash Township, came to New Corydon, this county, in April, 1880. Was a son of James and Mary Ann (Grubb) Ralston, the father a native of Adams Co., Oh. and died in Greenup Co., Kentucky, when his son was quite small, leaving six children. The mother was born in Lawrence Co. Oh. and she also died young, leaving four children, the Doctor being the youngest of the family. Doctor and Mrs Ralston have two children -William, born Aug. l, 1884 and Augustus, born Oct. 19,1885. Mr. Ralston’s grandfather, Robert Ralston, was of Scotch-Irish descent; he came to this country and died in Adams Co. Oh. where he probably settled when he first came to America. His grandmother, Isabella Ralston, also died in Adams Co.