Born: 12/7/1897 (or 1898) [SSDI]
Died: 3/16/1967 in Michigan [SSDI]
Bessie Smith with Aunt Patricia, 1942 (or 1943).
Marriage One: James Elias Smith, approx 1918 [JES WWI draft card]
Marriage Two: Alfred Ray Carson, approx 1940 [Port Arthur News, June 5, 1940]
Location: Texarkana, Miller County, Arkansas. Lived on "Pecan."
Father: W. Sherman Carter (b. July 1865)
Paternal Grandmother: Ann (b. Feb 1932 in TN, both of her parents were also from TN)
Siblings: Clara (b. Nov 1891), Matilda (b. Sept 1892), Myrtle (b. May 1895).
Notes: No mother is listed, so my guess is that Bessie's mother was dead before then.
Source: Year: 1900; Census Place: Texarkana, Miller, Arkansas; Roll: T623 68; Page: 18B; Enumeration District: 122. Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, 1854 rolls.
Location: Texarkana, Miller County, Arkansas. On Broad Avenue.
Father: W. Sherman Carter (b. 1865 in TN. His father was born in VA, his mother in Kentucky), contractor/brickworks,
Step-mother: Ada M
Siblings: Clara (18?), Tillie (16),
Half-Siblings: William (5), James (3), Richard (2), Kelley (sp?)(1).
Notes: All of the children were born in Arkansas.
1920 Census: Bess lived in Little Rock, Pulaski County,
--Last child was born 1927. Husband James Elias Smith died between 1927-1930.
--According to my 2nd cousin Lisa, Bessie's children were sent west on an orphan train and Bessie followed them out there.
1940-lived in Port Arthur, married Alfred Ray Carson, staff Sargent in US Army, born approximately 1912.
-died 1967 in Michigan.
Notes: She was dark complexioned and my dad says that she was part Native American, but he doesn't know how much so or from what side of the family. Below are two links to pictures of my great-grandmother in 1942 with my aunt Patricia. My 2nd cousins say that Bessie worked/lived on an Indian reservation in New Mexico.
Posted to: Carter, Miller AR, Arkansas Genealogical Society, Arkansas Family History Association