Civil War & Stephens County, OK (29)


Andrew Daniel Smith (1835-1916)

Andrew Daniel Smith was born to Rebecca Smith on January 3, 1835 in Campbellsville, Kentucky (Green County). I know nothing of his growing up years, but I do know that in 1859, at the age of twenty-four, A.D. moved to Texas. And it was on December 12, 1861, in Fannin County, Texas, A.D. married Louisa George Tackitt* (b. 1843 or 1844 in Springfield, Illinois; d. January 4, 1930 in Fort Worth, Texas), the eighth child of John Hilyard & Louisa [Richardson] Tackitt. Louisa had moved to Fannin County, Texas from Illinois sometime before 1847.

Over the course of time, A.D. & Louisa had five children: (1) Sarah Rebecca (b. March 7, 1863 in Texas; d. October 13, 1945 in Texas), (2) George Henry (b. March 25, 1869 in Illinois; d. December 7, 1938 in Beeville, Texas), (3) Minnie Belle (b. March 7, 1871 in Illinois; d. Sept. 27, 1948 in Dallas, Texas), (4) Martha (b. about 1876 in Texas), and (5) Edward Dan Smith (b. February 2, 1876; d. 1940).

As to A.D.’s military service, I know he served with the Confederacy throughout the course of the war after his enlistment in the spring of 1862. Beyond this, I have been unable to discern any details with certainty. My best guess is that he could possibly be the “A.D. Smith” who served as a 2nd Lieutenant in Co. G of the CSA, 34th Texas Cavalry (Alexander’s) Regiment (aka: 2nd Texas Partisan Rangers). What leads me to speculate such is the fact that: (a) A.D. would have been a bit older than most when he enlisted (27 years old), (b) a man named “W.H. Tackitt” (not a common name) served as a Private in Co. B. of that same regiment, and (c), the 34th Texas Cavalry was organized in the spring of 1862. As to the significance of (a), higher rank upon enlistment typically went to older men and the “A.D. Smith” who served in the 34th Texas Cavalry enlisted at the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. As to the significance of (b), A.D.’s wife, Louisa, had a brother “Wayne Hilyard (W.H.) Tackitt” and kin, be it by blood or marriage, commonly served in the same unit during the Civil War. As to (c), we know that A.D. enlisted at the same time of year, and the same year, that the 34th Texas Cavalry was assembled and accepted into service. Still, all of this is anything but definitive. We need more information to surface to be sure about what outfit A.D.’s served with during the war.

A.D. died at the age of 81 on June 2, 1916 and his body is buried in block 3 of the Duncan Municipal Cemetery in Duncan, Oklahoma (Stephens County). His grave is a bit unusual in that it is one of the few there that has something of ground-level cement “cap” poured over its entire service. As can be seen in the accompanying photograph, his name, and birth and death dates, are hand-drawn in the cement. His obituary, which appeared in the June 9, 1916 issue of the Duncan Banner, reads as follows:

“Mr. A. D. Smith, who lived in the south part of town, died Friday and was buried in the Duncan cemetery Saturday afternoon, Rev. R. O. Callahan reading the funeral ceremony.

“Mr. Smith had been a resident of Stephens County but a short time coming here from Texas this spring. He was a native of Kentucky, having been born at Campbellville, Green County, in 1835. In 1859 he moved to Texas, and in 1861 was married to Miss Louise George Tackett, to which union eight children were born, three boys and five girls, five of whom survive Mr. Smith. In the spring of 1862 Mr. Smith joined the Confederate army and served through the war, after which he went to Illinois. Later he returned to Texas where he remained until a short time before coming to Duncan. The deceased was 81 years, 4 months and 29 days old.”

* Sources vary as to the spelling of A.D.’s wife’s maiden name. Some sources spell her first name as “Louise” and her maiden name “Tackitt.” I don’t know which is the correct spelling.