DANIEL SMITH (ALTHOUGH IT MAY BE "DAVID"), a slave who was the son of his owner (Pennsylvania Dutch descent), and his slave mother who was mulatto, was born in Maryland in 1820. His wife's name was a white woman named Naomi (Quaker)and she was born in Virginia.
Stories passed down say that Daniel and wife escaped from his owner and went to Indiana, where they began their family. They lived in Madison IN, and then moved to Ohio, and then to Canada. Below are the names of their children (all born in either IN or OH except for the last child):
-FRANKLIN ("MANNY"), born 1847
-MARIAN, born 1848
-MARTHA, born 1850
-ELIZA, born 1852
-LAURA, born 1854
-EVANGELINE, born 1856
-ANN ("ANNIE"), born 1858
Most of the children had blue eyes.
Evangeline was my great-grandmother. She married John William Lewis (son of Berry and Lucy Lewis of Colchester South, Ontario). They moved to Salem, Michigan in 1879 and remained there until death. (Lewises will always live in Salem, Michigan).
Martha married three times and was murdered by her third husband, Anderson Veney.
Laura married a man from Amherstberg, Ontario named Peter Brooks. They had several children, two being Ruby and Shelton. Shelton Brooks because a well-known composer, writing the famous "Some of These Days" (made famous by torch singer Sophie Tucker in the early 1900s) and "Darktown Strutters Ball."
Ann left the family, passed for white, and married a man with the last name "Clarke." Ann had an early experience with "The Blue Vein Church".