Smith, Royal D

Birth Name Smith, Royal D
Gender male
Age at Death 70 years, 6 days


will available from "PROBATE: Index to Testators, Volume 11 (1894-1898); Chautauqua Co., New York"
-> online at Last will made 14 Apr 1882 when wife was still living.

"Royal D Smith of Stockton" sought and was granted letters of administration to his father's estate in Mayville, NY Aug 12, 1884.


Event Date Place Description Sources
Birth 1822 Stafford, Genesee, NY    
Event Note

Born in Genesee Co, NY in 1855 NY State Census.

Occupation     stone mason & farmer 1a
Death 1892-01-07 Stockton, Chautauqua, NY alt: 1896 when will admitted to probate for Ervin Augustus Smith. 2a 3a
Event Note

last will probated 1898

Burial 1892 Greenwood Cemetery, Stockton, NY    


Relation to main person Name Birth date Death date Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father Smith, Ephraim Jr1788-05-231860
Mother Weaver, Mary1794after 1830
    Brother     Smith, Jesse between 1810 and 1815 before 1884
    Brother     Smith, William C 1814-11-13 1848-09-01
    Brother     Smith, Andrew J. about 1817 after 1880
    Brother     Smith, Daniel D about 1820 1860
         Smith, Royal D 1822 1892-01-07
    Sister     Smith, unknown daughter between 1825 and 1830 after 1840


Family of Smith, Royal D and White, Clarissa W

Married Wife White, Clarissa W ( * 1831 + 1884 )
Event Date Place Description Sources
Marriage about 1844      

"R D Smith" Clarissa , "W C Smith 5 yrs" living with "W W White" & Eve in 1850 Arkwright Census. Clarissa is Melvin M White's daughter. "W C Smith" = "Walter C Smith" is their oldest child. Note in 1840 Census Arkwright, looks more like "M M White". 3 older children (John, Abigail, & Henry) appear in the 2nd 1860 Census but not before or after.

Note family in 1860 US Census twice:
Home 13 Jun 1860: Chautauqua, Chautauqua, New York (Royal, Clarissa, and 4 youngest)
Home 30 Aug 1860: Stockton, Chautauqua, New York (same plus 3 new children: Henry, Abigail, and John Smith)
(Abigail and John Crandall in 1850 Cherry Creek match, but parents still there in 1860)
(John, Sally, Henry Smith in 1850 Stockton, but Sally and parents still there in 1860)
Home March 1865 Stockton Tax Assessment for "Stage Coach Receipts"
Home 1870: Stockton, Chautauqua, NY (just parents and 4 youngest again)
Home 1875: Stockton, NY ( Royal, Clarissa, Walter, and Ervin )
Home 1880: Stockton, NY (only Royal and Clarissa remain)
1892: (poor quality) NY State Census shows neither Royal or Clarissa in Stockton

Finding where these 3 Smith children (John, Abigail, and Henry) came from could solve our Smith Mystery!, but I can find no trace of them together in 1850, and way too many Henry and John Smith's subsequently to narrow the field. They might be children of the lost brother, Jesse.

Closest match is Christopher Smith's family in Stockton, NY in 1850:
Christopher Smith 57 NH
Polly (Randall) 42 VT
David 19
Lydia 15
Stickley 13
John 11
Sally 9
Henry 6
Royal 5 <---!
In Stockton, 1860:
Christopher M Smith 67 RI
Polly 58 VT
Sally 18 NY
Royal W 14 NY
In Stockton, 1870:
Christopher Smith 68 VT "father of foreign birth"
Polly 58 NY wah?
...and gone after that. (says b. 10 Mar 1794 VT d. 1 Feb 1872 )
Christopher has large family in 1840 Stockton, NY.
Note: the Abigail Smith listed could be John Smith's wife, John s/o Christopher.

Royal D Smith's will of 14 Apr 1882 lists beneficiary Clarissa, and upon her death, son Irvin Augustus. Will witnessed by "Lucy S Perrigo" (a neighbor) and "Stukley E Smith" of Stockton - son of Christopher!

Name Birth Date Death Date
Smith, Johnabout 1841
Smith, Abigailabout 1842
Smith, Henryabout 1843
Smith, Walter C1845-06-001934
Smith, Eva Augusta1851-04-001918-04-13
Smith, Ervin Augustus1851-04-001920
Smith, Delphineabout 1854before 1926

Source References

  1. Gazetteer and business directory of Chautauqua County, N.Y. for 1873-4
      • Page: 299
      • Source text:

        as "Smith, Royal D" in Stockton

  2. various: Find A Grave
      • Citation:

  3. New York Department of Health, Albany, NY.: New York, Death Index, 1880-1956
      • Date: 1892