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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 1882 Knott Co KY d 20 Feb 1940 Perry Co KY of heart failure due to coronary thrombosis due to coronary infarction; 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 24 Jun 1904 Hazard, Perry Co 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; buried Carr Fork Memorial Cemetery, Brinkley, Knott Co KY; m. Pauline Jent b 12 Jul 1908 Vicco, Perry Co KY d 2 Apr 2000 Greenville, Hunt Co TX; buried Memoryland Memorial Park, Greenville, Hunt Co TX; d/o Elijah Jent and Martha Combs. Children of Garland Smith and Pauline Jent;

i. Beatrice Dalphine Smith b 13 Apr 1926 KY d 27 Jul 2003 TX; m. Christie P Robinson b abt 1924 KY d 2000 KY; s/o Walter Lee Robinson and Golda Patterson.

2. Corbett Smith b about 1907 Knott Co KY d 7 Aug 1937 Perry Co KY; buried Carr Fork Memorial Cemetery, Brinkley, Knott Co KY. Stabbed in the chest and murdered by Goebel Combs.

3. Gratus Lee Smith b 31 May 1908 Knott Co KY d 13 Mar 1971 Madison, Jefferson Co IN; buried Springdale Cemetery, Madison, Jefferson Co IN; m. Charles Kelly b 9 Jul 1904 KY d 9 Apr 1969 Madison, Jefferson Co IN; buried Springdale Cemetery, Madison, Jefferson Co IN; s/o John Kelly and Martha Sammons. Children of Charles Kelly and Gratus Lee Smith;

i. Maxine Kelly b 1928 KY; m. Male Aldridge

ii. Hugh P Kelly b 1930 KY; m. Irene Unknown b 1929 WV. Child of Hugh P Kelly and Irene Unknown; I. Charlene S Kelly b 1950 WV

iii. Gerald Kelly b 1932 KY

iv. John Harold Kelly b 10 Apr 1934 OH d 1 Dec 2009; m. 29 Mar 1957 to Anna K Bennett b 7 Mar 1939. Child of John Harold Kelly and Anna K Bennett;

I. Timothy P Kelly. Son of Timothy P Kelly; I.i. Zachary Kelly

v. Opal M Kelly b 1938 OH; m. Male Bostick

vi. Charles Kelly b 1940 WV

vii. 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 d 15 Nov 1964 Cincinnati, Hamilton Co OH; buried Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Hamilton Co OH; m. Chris C Cole b 1908 KY. Children of Chris C Cole and Bertha Smith;

i. Chris Cole Jr. b 1945 OH.


John Riley Smith
and Leathie Maude Vires

John Riley Smith b 3 Mar 1881 Knott Co KY d 20 Feb 1940 Perry Co KY of heart failure due to coronary thrombosis due to coronary infarction; buried Old Hill Cemetery, Vicco, KY; s/o Hilliard J Smith and Armelda "Melda" Combs. John Riley Smith m. abt 1926 Leathie Maude Vires b 13 Sept 1905 d 15 Feb 1984; d/o Clay Vires and Sallie Vires. Children of John Riley Smith and Leathie Maude Vires;

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

2. Bobby J Smith (f) b abt 1929 KY


John Riley Smith
and Virgie Hall

Rudolph Smith, s/o John Riley Smith and Virgie Hall. Rudolph Smith, Mary Counts and Children, Randy and Kelly Smith - Photo Submitted By Kelly Smith Scott by Email Nov 2018
John Riley Smith b 3 Mar 1881 Knott Co KY d 20 Feb 1940 Perry Co KY of heart failure due to coronary thrombosis due to coronary infarction; buried Old Hill Cemetery, Vicco, KY; s/o Hilliard J Smith and Armelda "Melda" Combs. John Riley Smith m. (3) Virgie Hall (aka Virgia) b 26 Apr 1911 KY d 2 Dec 1993 Arrey NM; d/o Dolph Hall and Mary Elizabeth Slone. Children of John Riley Smith and Virgie Hall;

1. Rudolph Rudy Smith b 27 Apr 1936 Vicco KY d 2 Sept 2010 Yuba City CA; m. Mary Ellen Counts b 8 May 1943 Arkansas. Children of Rudolph Rudy Smith and Mary Counts;

i. Randy Edwin Smith b 11 May 1961 Yuba City CA d 24 Apr 2018 Live Oak CA

ii. Kelly Lynn Smith b 27 Jul 1962 Yuba City CA; m. 2004 to David Scott. Kelly Smith m. (1) to Male Allen. (Thanks to Kelly Smith Scott for submitting updates, photos and information for this family by email Nov 2018).

2. Jimmy Ray Smith b 24 Oct 1948 d 27 Oct 2008 KY; m. Darlene Gambrel. (The dates do not add up, so I'm not sure of the parentage of this gentleman. If the date of his birth is correct, he could not be a child of John Riley Smith having died himself in 1940 unless by artificial means? I need more information to place him in the correct place on this page.). Children of Jimmy Ray Smith and Darlene Gambrel;

i. Jimmy Ray Smith Jr

ii. Jody Ray Smith

iii. Buffy Faye Smith


Virgie Hall
and Male Hensley

Virgie Hall (aka Virgia) b 26 Apr 1911 KY d 2 Dec 1993 Arrey NM; d/o Dolph Hall and Mary Elizabeth Slone. Virgie Hall m. Male Hensley. Children of Male Hensley and Virgie Hall;

1. Daril Hensley; m. Angie Unknown.

2. Peggy Hensley?; m. Ed Hoskins

3. Geraldine Hensley?; m. Melvin Beverly

4. Shelia Hensley?; m. Lonnie Lewis


Obituary: Jimmy Ray Smith
24 Oct 1948 - 27 Oct 2008

Jimmy Ray Smith, 60, of Arjay, passed away on Monday, October 27, 2008 in Arjay. He was born in Blanche, KY on October 24, 1948 the son of Virgie Hensley Smith and the late Riley Smith.

He was a member of the Arjay Pentecostal Church and had been a factory worker.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his wife, Darlene Gambrel Smith, children, Jimmy Ray Smith, Jr., Jody Ray Smith and Buffy Faye Smith.

Survivors include his mother, Virgie Smith, brothers and sisters and their spouses, Daril and Angie Hensley, Peggy and Ed Hoskins, Geraldine and Melvin Beverly and Shelia and Lonnie Lewis; niece and nephews, Randall and Elizabeth Beverly, Toby and Jennifer Beverly, Lonathan Kyler Lewis, April Rose Hensley and Bobby Daril Hensley; great nieces and nephew, Caleb Beverly, Hannah Beverly and Emily Beverly and a host of other relatives and friends.


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 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 and when Corbett bent to pick it up, Goebel Combs took a knife, attacked and stabbed Corbett to death.

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.

Although his death certificate states it was an accident, the family always believed that Goebel Combs killed him on purpose because he was very jealous of G's popularity and abilities. Goebel Combs drove the car that caused G to get his skull crushed by the trap door in the mines. G tried to jump out of the way, but even as fit as he was, he just wasn't able to avoid the car driven by Goebel Combs. G Fuller was very young when he was killed and so was Corbett Smith.

Mom (Ida Fuller Potter) 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 and teary eyed about the loss of her brother, Elijah Green "G" Fuller and her cousin, Corbett Smith.


Obituary: Gratus Lee Smith Kelly
31 May 1908 KY - 13 Mar 1971

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.


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

John Harold 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


Obituary: Gratus Lee Smith Kelly
31 May 1908 - 13 Mar 1971

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.


1910 Knott Co KY Census Lower Carr District 0087
128 130 Smith Richard Head M W 31 M2 5 KY KY KY Farm Laborer General Farm
128 130 Smith Maggie Wife F W 23 M 5 3 3 KY KY KY
128 130 Smith John Son M W 5 S KY KY KY
128 130 Smith Sally Daughter F W 3 S KY KY KY
128 130 Smith Jerry Son M W 1 7/12 S KY KY KY
128 130 Smith Rosco Brother in law M W 21 S KY KY KY Farm Laborer Working out
128 130 Smith Malinda Mother F W 69 Wd KY KY KY

129 131 Smith Thomas Head M W 25 M 6 KY KY KY Farmer General Farm
129 131 Smith Vina Wife F W 24 M 6 2 2 KY KY KY
129 131 Smith George Son M W 4 S KY KY KY
129 131 Smith Oma Daughter F W 2 S KY KY KY

130 132 Smith Riley Head M W 28 M1 10 KY KY KY Farmer General Farm
130 132 Smith Nanny Wife F W 24 M 10 5 3 KY KY KY
130 132 Smith Garland Son M W 5 S KY KY KY
130 132 Smith Corbet Son M W 4 S KY KY KY
130 132 Smith Gratis Daughter F W 11/12 S KY KY KY

131 133 Fuller Elijah Head M W 63 Wd KY VA VA Farmer General Farm
131 133 Fuller Lurania Daughter F W 16 S KY KY KY

132 134 Smith Hilliard Head M W 55 M 30 KY KY KY Farmer General Farm
132 134 Smith Melda Wife F W 48 M 30 9 9 KY KY KY
132 134 Smith William Son M W 13 S KY KY KY Farm Laborer Working out
132 134 Smith Lige Son M W 8 S KY KY KY
132 134 Smith Larcena Daughter F W 5 S KY KY KY


1920 Knott Co KY Census Lower Carr ED 51
144 150 Jent Sylvester Head R M W 50 M KY KY KY Farmer
144 150 Jent Lucinda Wife F W 45 M KY KY KY
144 150 Jent Arlan D Son M W 24 S KY KY KY Farm Labor
144 150 Jent George Denny Son M W 23 S KY KY KY Farm Labor
144 150 Jent Vina Daughter F W 16 S KY KY KY
144 150 Jent Ora Daughter F W 6 S KY KY KY
144 150 Jent Willie T Son M W 4 S KY KY KY

145 151 Fuller Green Head R M W 48 M KY KY KY Farmer
145 151 Fuller Leona Wife F W 35 M KY KY KY
145 151 Fuller Green Son M W 11 S KY KY KY
145 151 Fuller Bessie Daughter F W 9 S KY KY KY
145 151 Fuller Ida Daughter F W 7 S KY KY KY
145 151 Fuller Minnie Daughter F W 5 S KY KY KY
145 151 Fuller Delza B Son M W 4 S KY KY KY
145 151 Fuller Elijah Son M W 11/12 S KY KY KY

146 152 Smith Armelda Head O F F W 58 W KY KY KY Farmer
146 152 Smith Elijah Son M W 18 S KY KY KY Farm Laborer
146 152 Smith Larcena Daughter F W 15 S KY KY KY

147 153 Smith Thomas Head O F M W 36 M KY KY KY Farmer General Farm
147 153 Smith Vina Bell Wife F W 33 M KY KY KY
147 153 Smith Harrison Son M W 14 S KY KY KY
147 153 Smith Omie Daughter F W 11 S KY KY KY
147 153 Smith Laura Son M W 9 S KY KY KY
147 153 Smith Frank Son M W 2 S KY KY KY

148 154 Smith Riley Head O M M W 37 M KY KY KY Farmer
148 154 Smith Nannie Wife M W 35 M KY KY KY Farmer General Farm
148 154 Smith Garland Son M W 15 S KY KY KY
148 154 Smith Corbit Son M W 13 S KY KY KY
148 154 Smith Gratis Daughter F W 10 S KY KY KY
148 154 Smith Elihu Son M W 7 S KY KY KY
148 154 Smith Bertha Daughter F W 4 S KY KY KY


1930 Perry Co KY Census Masons Creek ED 22
118 127 Smith Riley Head M W 48 M 19 KY KY KY Miner Coal Mines
118 127 Smith Leathie Wife H F W 24 M 22 KY KY KY
118 127 Smith Bertha Daughter F W 17 S KY KY KY
118 127 Smith Elihu Son M W 18 S KY KY KY Miner Coal Mines
118 127 Smith Ermene Son M W 3 10/12 S KY KY KY
118 127 Smith Bobby J Daughter F W 3/12 S KY KY KY


1930 Perry Co KY Census Hazard District 0021 Glowmour Coal Co.
269 269 Kelly Charles Head M W 25 M 22 KY KY KY Laborer Coal Mine
269 269 Kelly Grace Wife H F W 22 M 19 KY KY KY
269 269 Kelly Maxine Daughter F W 2 S KY KY KY
269 269 Kelly Hugh Park Son M W 6/12 S KY KY KY


1940 Hardin Co KY Census Elizabethtown 47-13
273 Jent Pauline Head F W 30 D KY KY KY Beautician Beauty Shop
273 Smith Beatrice Daughter F W 14 S KY KY KY
273 Riddle Alice X Sister F W 27 S KY KY KY
273 Cole Marjorie Lodger F W 27 D KY KY KY Beautician Beauty Shop


1950 Mason WV Census Waggener 27-30
145 Kelly Charles Head W M 45 M KY
145 Kelly Gratus L Wife W F 41 M KY
145 Kelly Gearld Son W M 18 S KY Waiter Restaurant
145 Kelly John H Son W M 16 S OH Waiter Restaurant
145 Kelly Opal M Daughter W F 12 S OH
145 Kelly Charles E Son W M 10 S WV
145 Kelly Hugh P. Son W M 20 M KY Miner Coal Mine
145 Kelly Irene M. Daughter in law W F 21 M WV
145 Kelly Charlene S Granddaughter W F May S WV


1950 Wayne Co Michigan Census Detroit 85-502
93 Fuller Elijah Head W M 30 M KY Slitter Operator Auto Part Co.
93 Fuller Alpha M Wife W F 25 M KY
93 Fuller Cecil R. Son W M 8 S KY
93 Fuller Delzie G Son W M 7 S KY
93 Fuller Roger G Son W M 3 S KY
93 Fuller Charlotte J Daughter W F 1 S Mich.
93 Banks John J Brother in law W M 19 S KY Bender operator Auto part co.
93 Smith Elihue Lodger W M 35 S KY Tow Driver Auto Part Co.
93 Correll John F Lodger W M 24 S Mich. Load Furnner Auto Part Co


1950 Hamilton Co OH Census Cincinnati 91-687
49 Cole Chris C. Head W M 42 M KY Welder Trucking Co
49 Cole Bertha M. Wife W F 34 M KY
49 Cole Chris Jr. Son W M 5 S OH


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