Rosa Alice Davis, shown here feeding chickens, was the wife of James Henry Smith. This photo was taken in the mid-1920s, probably on the family farm on Bell's Ferry Road north of Rome, Georgia, on what was called the "Buttrum Place." Her right arm looks slightly deformed because she was holding her son, Joseph David, and his image was edited out.

Jim and Rosie and their kin

This website is devoted to ancestors of James  Henry "Jim" Smith, including his wife, Rosa Alice "Rosie" Davis of Wayne County, Kentucky, and his parents William Thomas "Willie," Smith of Bartow County, Georgia, and Harriet Octavia "Octney" Brownlow of Polk County, Georgia. Jim Smith was Thiddo Smith's father, and information on Jim, and his and Rosie's children are on a website called "the Smith-Hall nexus." In this family history, people are often referred to in terms of their relationship to Thiddo Smith. You can also find out just who the heck Thiddo Smith is on the Smith-Hall nexus.

This site, "the Smith line," includes information on:

– Rosa Alice Smith, or "Rosie," and her parents, Newton (or Newcumb) Berry Davis, born April 1853 in Slickford, Wayne County, Kentucky, and Mary Elizabeth “Lizzie” Marsh, born May 1864 in Wayne County.

– Willie and Octney Smith and their children.

– Willie's parents, Albert Smith and Ursula Collins Smith of Bartow County, Georgia, and Albert's parents Jesse and Polly Smith of South Carolina. Ursula Collins was part of a large migration of Collins from Lincoln County, North Carolina, to Gilmer and Cherokee Counties in Georgia in the mid-1840s. They are such a large family, I have created a separate website for the Collins family (see below).

– Octney's parents, J. A. H. Brownlow and Jane Ann Austin.

Documents and records for the Brownlow, Marsh, and Davis families and others are included here on this website. Smith census records are at the Smith-Hall nexus.


This website is one in a series devoted to the ancestors of Gladys Hall and Thiddo Smith of Northwest Georgia. Others in this series are:

The Smith-Hall nexus

The Buttrum line

The Collins in North Carolina and North Georgia


For those unfamiliar with the territory of Northwest Georgia, and for Northwest Georgians unfamiliar with certain counties in Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia, I have included some maps and notes in the appendix.


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Marion Smith, grandchild of Jim and Rosie.

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