"In Search Of Rodger 1710 to 2016"

This is a special thanks to all of my fellow genealogy researchers.
Rodger Smith was my great grandfather. From the time that I was a little boy I
have wanted to know who was he? Where did he come from? Was he enslaved?
Was he free? The answer to these questions have lead me on a eight year
Genealogy journey. My book is an attempt to answer some of these question, so
that our grandchildren won't have to ask them.
This book is dedicated to Louisa Smith-Credle,
and to all of the loving family and friends that help to bring it about.
Makaylah Smith and KJ was
born in 2003 and 2005 they
represent the 10 generation
of SMITH-MIDGETT family line.
Marecay was his great, great,
great, great, great, great,
great, grandfather, Marecay
MIDGETT was born in 1710.
Zuliner                           Dug                           Tom                       Verna                       Tony
This was one of Ida Mae favorite poem taken from her Bible:

When I am dead, my dearest,
Sing no sad songs for me;
Plant thou no roses at my head
Nor shady cypress-tree;
Be the green above me
With showers and dew-drop wet;
And If thou wilt, remember,
And if thou wilt, forget.
I shall not see the shadows,
I shall not feel the rain;
I shall not hear the nightingale
Sing on, as if in pain:
And dreaming through the twilight
That doth not rise nor set,
Haply I may remember,
And haply may forget

C.C. Rossette

This is Ida Mae dream house that she choose from her Bible, she signed the picture on
the right side Ida May Smith. This house costed $ 2,800 in 1915 as you can see Ida Mae
was planning on having a large family, judgeing from the size of her dream house.
You need Java to see this applet.
Aunt Louisa provided a great deal of the information in this book
about our family tree. She was born in 1896 and died in 1994. She
would often say "Children we have come a long way"
Mae GIBBS were married in
1914 they had 11 children
and three of them died, 8
girls survived and 1boy. Ida
was Moses 2nd wife he was
20 years her senior. Moses
first wife was Anneliza
Ballance, they were married
in1896 they had 5 children
three of which survived 2
boys and one girl. Ida Mae
died on December 27, 1944,
Moses died April 22, 1949.
William Smith 3rd Tray was
born in 1999 he represent
the 10 generation of
SMITH-MIDGETT family line.
Marecay was his great, great,
great, great, great, great,
great, grandfather, Marecay
MIDGETT was born in 1710.
Bill Smith
"In Search of Rodger
1710-2016" book,
started in 1992.
At the 1991 family
reunion, when I asked
Aunt Nana why the
family history was so
Indiana Jones was my
aunt, she asked me to
help do the family
history for the next family
reunion. For as long as I
can remember
Aunt Nana, have been
doing the family
for the Family reunions.
So I agreed to do some
since I was retired and
had some time between
my fishing trips.
Little did I know at the
time that it would end up
a twenty four year
journey, that is 24 years
and counting.
I started out trying to find
out who my great
grandfather and mother
Were they enslaved? or
were they free?The
answer to these and other
question has lead me on
a 24 plus year genealogy
I have been to every
Courthouse, library, and
college within a six county
Hyde, Craven, and
Pamlico counties. Also
Lenior, Beaufort, and
counties.In Hyde County
where my family was first
I walked on the same dirt
roads and fields they
slaved in.I went to the
slave holders homes and
checked their personal
files on micro film, and
the court archives. I trace
them through the census,
Bill of sales, Wills, Deeds
and other court papers.I
looked in every nook and
cranny I could
think of.Some times it
drove me to tears, but I
kept on looking,
I kept on searching.I had
to know the answer to all
my questions