John Riley Smith and
Nannie Belle Breeding

Nannie Breeding Smith - I'm Sorry to Say I Can't Remember Who Gave me This Photo. One of My Cousins on Facebook. Please Let me Know So I can Give you Proper Credit.
John Riley Smith b 3 Mar 1881 Knott Co KY d 20 Feb 1940 of heart failure; buried Old Hill Cemetery, Vicco, KY; s/o Hilliard J Smith and Armelda "Melda" Combs. John Riley Smith m. Nancy Belle Nannie Breeding b 4 Nov 1884 d 22 Jul 1926; age 41 years; d/o James H Breeding and Vina Cody. (Duplicate Page) Children of John Riley Smith and Nannie Belle Breeding;

1. Garland Smith b about 1905 KY d 27 Jan 1951 Davis Hotel, 211 W. 6th Cincinnati OH, accidental fall down steps from 3rd floor to 2nd floor; laceration of brain, intracranial hemorrhage, fracture of skull; no autopsy; m. Pauline Jent (Gent).

2. Corbett Smith b about 1907 KY.

3. Gratus Lee Smith (f) b 31 May 1908 KY d 13 Mar 1971; m. Charles Kelly b 9 Jul 1904 KY d 9 Apr 1969 Madison, Jefferson Co IN; s/o John Kelly and Martha Sammons. Children of Charles Kelly and Gratus Lee Smith; i. John Harold Kelly b 10 Apr 1934 d 1 Dec 2009; m. 29 Mar 1957 to Anna K Bennett. Child of John Harold Kelly and Anna K Bennett; I. Timothy P Kelly ii. Gerald Kelly iii. Maxine Kelly; m. Male Aldridge iv. Opal Kelly; m. Male Bostick v. Gloria Kelly; m. Male Johnson

4. Elihue Smith b 6 Feb 1913 Knott Co KY

5. Bertha Smith b 28 Jan 1915 Knott Co KY


John Riley Smith
and Leathie Unknown

John Riley Smith b abt 1882 KY d 20 Feb 1940; s/o Hilliard J Smith and Armelda "Melda" Combs. John Riley Smith m. Leathie Unknown b abt 1906 KY. Children of John Riley Smith and Leathie Unknown;

1. Ermine Smith (aka Erman) b abt 1927 KY

2. Bobby J Smith b abt 1929 KY


More About John Riley Smith

John Riley Smith resided in Knott Co, KY. and raised his family on Carr's Fork, Knott Co, Ky, near Vicco, Ky. Written 2007, by Annette Potter; d/o Creed Flannery Potter and Ida Fuller: Mother (Ida Fuller Potter d/o Green Fuller and Leona Smith) frequently stayed with Nannie Belle and Riley Smith. Mom says that Nannie could play the banjo very well and that she loved her Aunt Nannie and Uncle Riley.


Corbett Smith Murder

Corbett Smith, Son of John Riley Smith and Nannie Belle Breeding
Corbett Smith was killed in Vicco, KY, murdered, stabbed to death with a knife by Goebel Combs. What we know of this killing is that Goebel Combs grabbed Corbett Smith's hat from his head and threw it on the floor by the killer and when Corbett bent to pick it up, he was attacked and stabbed to death with a knife by Goble Combs.

Written by John Dishman Smith, s/o John Ashley Smith: H. H. Smith aided the Commonwealth?s Attorney, J. A. Smith, in prosecution of the case at the trial. He (Goble Combs) was convicted and sentenced to the Ky Reformatory at Frankfort for a term of years.

Before Mom's cousin, Corbett Smith, was murdered, Mom's brother, G Fuller was killed in the mines by the same man who killed her cousin, Corbett Smith. The family didn't believe G's death was an accident. G Fuller was very young when he was killed and so was Corbett Smith. Mom says they couldn't keep pictures of G because the girls all wanted them and they'd take all the pictures of G. He was very popular with the young ladies. Corbett Smith was also a very handsome young man. We have pictures of Corbett, but we can't locate pictures of Mom's brother, G Fuller. Mom's family thought that Corbett was killed on account of the bad feelings that existed between the man who killed G and G's family and friends. This event was such a terrible tragedy, no one has spoken much about it through the years, but our Mom still gets very sad about the loss of her brother, Elijah Green "G" Fuller and her cousin, Corbett Smith.


Obituary of Gratus Lee Smith Kelly

The Madison Courier. 15 March 1971. Services for Mrs. Gratus Lee Kelly, 62, 411 E. First St., who died Saturday at her home will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Gans Funeral Home, with burial in Springdale Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home. She was a native of Corbin, Ky., and lived in Madison for 13 years. She was a housekeeper and attended the Church of the Nazarene. Survivors include: two sons, Gerald, Hollywood, Fla., and John H., Lafayette; three daughters: Mrs. Maxine Aldridge, Mason, W. Va.; Mrs. Opal Bostick, Dunbar, W. Va.; and Mrs. Gloria Johnson, Madison; two brothers; Ermine Smith, Newark, Ohio, and Elihue Smith, Kentucky. Her husband, Charles, preceded her in death.


John H Kelly
Birth: Apr. 10, 1934 - Death: Dec. 1, 2009

John H. Kelly, 75, of Madison, died Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009, at Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Ky. He was born April 10, 1934, in Syracuse, Ohio, the son of Charles and Gratus Smith Kelly. He was a graduate of Wahama High School in Mason, W. Va. He moved to Madison in 1955 and worked at the Indiana-Kentucky Electric Corporation for five years. He was a 1969 graduate of Purdue University with a bachelors degree in education. He taught in several area schools and served as a coach for basketball, baseball and football. He retired in 1997 from the Dow Corning Corporation in Carrollton, Ky. after 20 years of service. He attended North Madison Baptist Church and was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose 765. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, bowling and all sports activities. He is survived by his wife, Anna K. Bennett Kelly, whom he married, March 29, 1957; one son, Timothy P. Kelly of Lexington; one sister, Gloria Johnson of Madison; one brother, Gerald Kelly of Pomeroy, Ohio; one grandson; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Opal Bostick and Maxine Aldridge; two brothers, Hugh Park Kelly and Charles "Chuck" Kelly; and one nephew. The funeral was at Vail-Holt Funeral Homes Hilltop Chapel. Burial was in Springdale Cemetery. Madison Courier 12/3/09


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