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Hilliard Hagen Smith
and Leo Dicey Francis

Hillard Hagan Smith
Hilliard Hagan Smith (Senator) b 1875 d 26 Nov 1951 DeLand FL; s/o John Ashley Smith and Elizabeth Jane Hagen. Hillard Hagan Smith m. 21 Dec 1903 Knott Co KY to Leo Dicey Francis b ? d 29 Dec 1967; d/o Huram H Francis and Sarah Sally Day. Children of Hillard Hagan Smith and Leodicia Francis;

1. Sarah Elizabeth Smith; m. Male Handyside

2. Leo Dale Smith b 19 Apr 1908 Hindman KY d 27 Dec 2008 age 100 years; m. (1) to Leonard Len Miller b abt 1907 d 1945 age 38. Child of Leonard Len Miller and Leo Dale Smith;

i. Michael Len Miller b 1941; m. Cynthia Unknown. Children of Michael Len Miller and Cynthia; I. Michelle Len Miller II. Michael Charles Miller III. Maxx Logan Miller

Leo Dale Smith m. 1974 to (2) James William Turpin d 1990.

3. Mariam Vina Smith; m. John Allen Kincheloe; s/o John Allen Kinchelo.

4. Hillard Hagan Smith II b 27 Dec 1905 d 30 Oct 1930

5. Lois Gay Smith b 7 Sept 1910; m. Maurice Lester Albin

6. Carol Hope Smith b 16 Nov 1916; m. James C Codell

7. Dorothy Day Smith died at age 2 years.

8. Marja Andre Smith; m. J. R. Denman

9. John Phillip Smith b 13 Aug 1924 Hindman, KY d Friday 8 Apr 2016 Jackson, KY; buried Jackson Cemetery, Jackson, KY; m. 1946 to Barbara Ann Hogg. John Phillip Smith m. Donna Snell. Children of John Phillip Smith and Donna Snell; i. Hillard Hagan Smith III ii. Leonard Smith iii. Tom Davison iv. Debbie Smith; m. Male Sheffel v. Lester Smith (deceased)


Obituary of John Phillip Smith
Son of Hilliard Hagan Smith and Leodicie Francis

J. Phil Smith, age 91, of Jackson, KY passed away on Friday, April 8, 2016 in Jackson. He was born August 13, 1924 in Hindman, KY. He was preceded in death by his parents: Hillard Hagan and Leodicie (Francis) Smith. At the time of his death, he was Chairman of the Board of the First National Bank of Jackson. He was a US Army Veteran and retired President and CEO of The First National Bank of Jackson, KY. He was also preceded in death by his wife: Dr. Donna Snell Smith. Son: Lester Smith. Six sisters: Dale Turpin, Carol Codell, Andre Denman, Miriam Kincheloe, Sally Handyside and Lois Albin. One brother: Hillard Hagan Smith, II. He is survived by one daughter: Debbie Sheffel of Jackson, KY. Three sons: Hillard Hagan Smith, III of Jackson, KY. Leonard Smith of Lexington, KY and Tom Davison of Jackson, KY. Four grandchildren: John Lester Smith, Barbara Rhea Allen, Kristy Deep and P.J. Sheffel. Eight great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on Monday, April 11, 2016 at 1:00 P.M. at the First United Methodist Church, 1022 College Avenue, Jackson, KY with Rev. Arthur Ashcraft and Rev. Bruce Hiner officiating. Interment in the Jackson Cemetery, Jackson, KY. Visitation will begin on Sunday, April 10, 2016 from 2:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. at Deaton Funeral Home, 15 Deaton Lane, Jackson, KY. Active pallbearers: Directors of First National Bank. Honorary Pallbearers: Officers, Employees, and Former Employees of First National Bank. Deaton Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Visitation Monday 8:00 am-Noon at Deaton Funeral Home.


Obituary of Leo Dale Smith
Daughter of Hilliard Hagan Smith and Leodicey Francis

Obituary of Leo Dale Smith Miller Turpin: Dale Smith Miller Turpin, 100, of West New York Avenue, DeLand, FL, a former resident of Morehead and widow of Len Miller, passed away December 27, 2008. She was born April 19, 1908, in Hindman, KY, and was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hilliard Hagan Smith. Dale graduated from the University of Kentucky and received her Masters Degree from Stetson University. She married Leonard (Len) Miller and lived in Morehead, KY where Len coached and was head of the physical education department at Morehead State College for thirteen years. Len was posthumously inducted into the Morehead State University Athletic Hall of Fame, had a scholarship named in his honor, and the Len Miller Room and a bronze bust of Len located in the Academic-Athletic Complex. Their son, Michael Len Miller, was born in 1941 and was three and - years old when his father died at age 38 in 1945. Mrs. Miller taught in Hindman, KY, and Winchester, KY, before she accepted an offer to teach at the former Boston Avenue School in DeLand, FL. She and her son relocated to DeLand and lived with her parents. In 1951, Mrs. Miller joined the First United Methodist Church in DeLand and continued her interest in Sunday School. She served a term as president of the United Methodist Women and also a term as head of a prayer group. She was always interested in the Church and gave the Choir Bells which are used in the Church today. Dale belonged to the B. F. Chapter of P.E.O. and was a member of a Garden Club. She was also a member of the West Volusia Retired Teachers Association. When she retired in 1974, Mrs. Miller married Mr. James William Turpin of Kentucky, who passed away in 1990. Survivors of Mrs. Turpin are her son, Michael Len Miller, and his wife Cynthia of DeLand, FL; a granddaughter, Michelle Len; two grandsons, Michael Charles and Maxx Logan Miller; and a brother, Phil Smith of Jackson, KY. Graveside services and interment will be conducted 1 p.m. Saturday, January 3, 2009, at the Lee Cemetery in Morehead with Dr. Jack Ellis officiating. Visitation is after 11:30 a.m. Saturday, January 3, 2009, at Northcutt & Son Home for Funerals.


Articles About Hilliard Hagen Smith

May 4, 1944, Mt Eagle News, Whitesburg, Letcher Co KY. Hillard H. Smith Is Named State Banking Director. Frankfort, Ky., May 1, 1944, Hillard H Smith, Hindman attorney and banker was appointed State Banking Director by Gov. Simeon Willis today. He succeeded Leonard C. Smith of Georgetown who held the position after resignation of Hiram Wilhoit of Versailles, and has left to become a vice president of the Liberty Bank and Trust Company of Louisville. The new director, a Republican, attended the old normal school at Bowling Green and took a post graduate course in law at Washington and Lee University. He is a native of Knott county, is married and has eight children. The post pays $4,500 a year.


Mountain Eagle Newspaper
Whitesburg, Letcher County, KY
Thursday Evening, May 12, 1932
Hon. Hillard Hagan Smith

Hon. Hillard H. Smith, prospective candidate for congress in our district, was greeting his hundreds of relatives and friends on our streets, and spoke to a crowded courtroom Monday evening. For more than thirty years our people have known and loved and honored Hillard Smith. Up every creek and branch along the narrow valleys of the Northfork reside his blood and kith and kin, for beyond doubt, speaking from a relation standpoint, he is the best connected citizen in this end of Eastern Kentucky. On both his paternal and maternal side he came from the first and best families to settle in Eastern Kentucky, and especially in what is now the counties of Letcher, Perry, Floyd, Knott and Magoffin. On any day, in any town or hamlet, you can scarcely meet a person of the old family stock that is not directly related to him or his wife.

His pioneer ancestor in Kentucky was Richard Smith and he was one of the striking figures who came into the head waters of the Northfork from North Carolina and Virginia in the closing dys of the 18th and beginning days of the 19th century. He was closely related to the old pioneer John Adams, who led the first fourteen family names into the head regions of the then unsettled and unbroken forests of the Northfork. These various heads of families had their pick in settlements in the wide stretches and along the lengthy creeks of the Northfork, and Richard Smith seems to have chosen a location on Troublesome Creek, in what is now Perry County. His wife was Lishia Combs, also a pioneer lady. They reared a large family of children, all highly honored and respected.

Coming on down the paternal and maternal side of the congressional aspirant, we find him directly related to the following great family names: Amburgeys, Combs, Pollys, Hagans, Hammonds, Adams, Webbs, Fraziers, Eversoles, Johnsons, Sloans, Halls, Whitakers, and Watts, but to trace out and connect up all this relationship would require more space than is allowed here. Mr. Smith knows the run of it all and has always been proud to carry and honor such nobleblood and heritage. On his wife's side in close blood relationship she proudly lists such family names as Francis, Hoggs, Days, Backs, Maggards, Caudills, Whitakers. Mrs. Smith before marriage was a daughter of Hiram H. and Sarah (Day) Francis. Her father was long one of the biggest and best business men and merchants in Knott County. They are the proud parents of a large family of highly honored and reputable children.

Hillard hagan Smith is a native product of Knott County, and was born on Carr's Fork and is still a young and active business and professional man. In his boyhood days he learned to appreciate, inculcate and emulate the strong ability and characteristics of his foreparents. He acquired a liberal academic education the the country schools, qualified as a teacher and for years was a leader in that profession. He was graduated from Bowling Green Normal School and then entered Washington and Lee University at Lexington, Virginia, where he finished his course. He was admitted to the bar at Hindman and in a few years by diligent effort arose to the head of that profession. He gave little attention to politics, though always a Republican, yet, he was frequently drafted into the game and was honored by members of his own party and the Democrats as well.

His first office to hold of consequence was that of State Senator, member from the old third district, composed of ten counties. He made one of the livest members in that body. He is a Mason, a consistent and active Methodist and a strong social worker. The rugged conscienciousness and family physique has come down to Hillard Smith in full development. While in college, he took first hand in sports of various kinds and as to fleetness of foot, he was the champion runner in every school or college he attended. We are predicting for him a great running in his campaign for congress. That he will make a clean-up in Perry, Knott, Magoffin and undoubtedly in Lether, we are frequently told.

Hillard Smith is liberally equipped by natural gifts and training for the position of leadership he has evre held and to which he now aspires. He's a successful lawyer, a large real estate owner, a heavy stock holder in his county bank, being one of its main stays, long a leading director in the Hindman Settlement School and other educational affairs and has prosecuted and managed his affairs so as to maintain the highest prestige among all his hundreds of neighbors and friends.

Mr. Smith says, and he speaks a fact, that the Kentucky river valley has never had a congressman and he seriously believes it is time for a fraternal and reasonable understanding to be made and give this side of the district an honest hearing. Since the above article was prepared for the press it has come to our attention that Mr. Smith's mother and the father of Judge Sam Collins' wife were brother and sister and Mr. Collins himself is a second cousin to Mr. Smith. Dr. P. E Sloan of our city and Dr. Owen Pigman of our county are also closely related to him.


Letter From Hillard H Smith
To Ann Raleigh Eastham

K. A. House, Tallahasse, Fla., Dec. 10, 1937: My dear Ann, My daughter, Carol has requested me to send you a "somewhat" history of our family back some three or four generations that you may use it in your class work in college (or in teaching). I am going to try to comply with this request in an off hand, hurried, ranshackle way and you have the privilege of dressing it up in your best English when you present it. I shall not try to go into minute detail of all things connected with their coming to Kentucky, their settlement, living conditions, habits and customs et cetera. It would take a volume you know.

The first authentic history of our ancestors on my paternal side (The Smith Family) is that my great great grandfather, William Smith lived near the coast in eastern Virginia prior to the year 1775 and reared a large family. His son, Richard Smith, my great great grandfather came to Kentucky a young man about the year 1792 when Kentucky became a state. He was born in 1771 and was 21 years of age when he came and stopped at a spot near Hazard on the Kentucky River. He married Alicia Combs, daughter of Nicholas Combs (called "Danger") about 1795, and to this marriage was born fourteen children - eight sons and six daughters.

The eldest son, William, born in 1795, was my great grandfather who married his cousin, Millie Combs; and to them were born ten children, the oldest of which was my grandfather William, born 1825. He married Martha Ashley, daughter of Rev. Jordan Ashley who came from North Carolina. To them were born ten children, one of whom was my father, the eldest son, John Ashley Smith who married my mother Elizabeth Jane Hagan, daughter of John Vint Hagan (or Higgins) and Jenny Amburgey, daughter of John P Amburgey and Lourania Polly of Letcher County. To this marriage were born five children, myself and four others. I married Leo Dicey Francis, daughter of Huram Francis, and there have been born to our marriage ten children, seven of whom are living and most of whom you know.

In 1792 all eastern Kentucky and most of the state for that matter was a primeval forest and at that time Richard Smith, my ancestor above mentioned lived and had his living in that great widerness like most all the pioneers who came to Kentucky. When they first came over the "Divide"....Article ends here.


From the History of Kentucky Vol. 5 Page 51

Hon. Hillard Hagan Smith represents the fifth generation of his family in Eastern Kentucky, and is one of the strongest and ablest of the entire line of strong and resourceful men, whose power and prestige seem to have increased with each successive generation. As a family they have lived close to the soil. In a race of farmers H. H. Smith is an exception through the success he has achieved in the profession of law, though he has not divorced himself altogether from the characteristic interests of his ancestors, since he is one of the large landowners in Knott County.

His pioneer ancestor in Eastern Kentucky was his great-grandfather, Richard Smith, a native of Old Virginia. A number of years prior to 1800 he came into Eastern Kentucky and settled at Troublesome Post Office in Perry County. He became one of the largest land owners in the state, and at one time owned most of the land included in what is now Perry, Knott, Letcher and Breathitt counties. His wife was Lishia Combs, and their large family of children were: William, Thomas, Nicholas, Joshua, James, Isaac, Samuel, Anderson, Kissin (Keziah) Catherine Elizabeth, Polly, Hannah and Nancy.

The second generation of this Kentucky family was headed by William Smith, who was born in Perry County, and maintained the traditions of the family by his success as a farmer and stockman. His extensive property was located on Carr's Forks, above the mouth of Irishman Creek, in what is now Knott County. He died there in 1873. His wife was Millie Combs, a daughter of Jeremiah Combs. Their children were John, William, Alexander, Richard, Thomas, Jeremiah, Sarah, Matilda and Malvira.

The grandfather of the Knott County lawyer was William Smith, better known as "Med" Smith, who was born in Perry County, now Knott County, in 1825, and owned most of the old homestead farm, on which he engaged in farming and stock raising until his death in 1891. Perhaps the best picture of this old time citizen is presented by recalling the fact that in his day he was known as the "Bully" of this section, a term not used so much in disparagement as a tribute to his re markable physical strength and ability and his prowess in all physical sports. He was the champion wrestler, and his grandchildren used to hear from his lips many interesting stories about his meeting with other strong men, when each would strip to the waist to find out who was the best man.

He was a Union soldier in the Civil war in Company L of the Fourteenth Kentucky Cavalry, enlisting December 15, 1862, and was mustered out March 22, 1864. He was once wounded, and for a number of years drew a pension. Mr. Smith married Martha Ashley, who was born in North Carolina. Her father, Rev. Jordan Ashley, was a native pioneer preacher of the United Baptist Church and carried his religious messages all over Eastern Kentucky. He was very gifted both in intellect and in eloquence, and ranked with the best preachers of his day.

The children of "Med" Smith and wife were Mary Ann, John A., Hillard, Barbara, Millie, Laurania, Nancy Jane, Granville C, Melvina and Lucinda. John Ashley Smith, father of Hillard Hagan Smith, was born in Knott County in 1852, and in a business way never had any interests outside of those of the old homestead farm on which he remained. He was a successful stock man. Served a number of times as deputy sheriff and magistrate, and had a place of leadership in his community. His death occurred December 2, 1901.

His wife, Elizabeth Jane Hagan, still living at Hindman, was of a family that originally spelled the name Higgins. Their children were: William, who died in infancy; Hillard H. ; Martha, wife of John M. Smith, of Knott County ; Barbara Alice, wife of James V. Maggard, living on part of the original homestead of her great-grandfather Smith in Knox County ; John D. W., who has served as commonwealth's attorney of his district and lives at Prestonsburg.

Hillard Hagan Smith was born at Carr's Forks on the north branch of the Kentucky River December 31, 1875, and he learned to appreciate and to emulate the strong characteristics of his forefathers. He acquired a liberal education in the public schools of Hindman and in Buckner Academy, graduated in 1899 from the Bowling Green Normal School and was a student in Washington and Lee University at Lexington, Virginia, during 1902- 3. Mr. Smith was admitted to the bar in June, 1899, and for over twenty years has carried on a successful practice at Hindman, where he is a member of the firm Smith & Combs.

Mr. Smith is attorney for a number of large corporations doing business in Eastern Kentucky. He was appointed police judge of Hindman, master commissioner, and in 1907 was elected a member of the State Senate, serving from 1908 to 1912, from the Thirty-third District, comprising ten counties. Mr. Smith is a republican, and has served several terms as master of Hindman Lodge No. 689, F. and A. M., and belongs to a number of other social and civic organizations. He is the largest stockholder and is one of the organizers of the Bank of Hindman, and is chairman of its board of directors and was formerly vice president, an office now held by Mrs. Smith, his wife. December 31, 1903, Mr. Smith married Miss Leodicie Francis, daughter of Hiram H. and Sarah (Day) Francis. Her father, now deceased, was the foremost merchant and man of affairs at Hindman, and at the time of his death was the wealthiest citizen of the county. In personal influence he was one of the best known men in Knott County.

The children born to Mr. and Mrs. Smith were: Ruth, who died in infancy; Hillard H., Jr.; Leo Dale; Lois Gay; Miriam Melvira; Dorothy Day, who died at the age of two years ; Carol Hope; and Major Andre. The family are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The rugged physique of his ancestors has come down to Mr. Smith. He took an active part in sports while in college, and was the champion runner of every school and college he attended. He is liberally equipped by natural gifts and training for the place of leadership he enjoys in that county. A successful lawyer, a large land owner, he has prosecuted his affairs with exceptional credit, and has a breadth of interest and sympathy that keep him in touch with every vital movement effecting the welfare of his part of the state. Mr. Smith has been one of the very prominent men in the Hind man Settlement School, and is head of the Local Advisory Board. During the World war he served as chairman of the Draft Board and chairman of all the drives for Liberty Loans.


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