Genealogical Record: Elizabeth Ringold Smith

Self Parents Grandparents GGParents GGGParents
Elizabeth Ringold Smith

*1815 03 24 Washington, DC, USA?
+1899 02 23 Washington, DC, USA

Listed in 1880 Census of Washington, DC, USA as widowed, living with sons Robert, John and Walter, sister Louisa and servants Kittie Walker, Caroline Green and Elenora Buckner.

A portrait of her, painted by Charles Bird King, is in the online collection of the Smithsonian, their object #DC990444

Some sources spell her middle name Ringgold.

JJC 10005 had her birth year as 1818.

Buried at Chapel Hill, Lot 538, Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington, DC.

10044

Richard Smith

*1786 Washington DC, USA
+1864

10053 <73:7

Walter Smith

*1744
+1796

10095

Clement Smith
1718-1792
10097
Walter Smith
10101 >6:2
Susanna Brooke
10102 >83:24
Barbara Sim
-1746
10098
Patrick Sim
10103
Mary Brooke
10104 >69:24
Hester Belt

*1744
+1814

10096

Joseph Belt
1716-1791
10099
Benjamin Belt
10105 >6:2
Elizabeth Middleton
10106 >1:1
Esther Smith
1722-1796
10100
William Smith
10107 >1706:77
Jane Edmonston
10108 >12:4
Covington Mackall

*1796 Washington DC, USA
+1876

10054 <73:7

Leonard Covington Mackall

*1768
+1843 Georgetown, DC, USA

10121 <76:8

Benjamin Mackall
1722/23 02 16-1795
10123 <82:9
Benjamin Mackall
10127 >2:1
Barbara Smith
10128 >6:2
Rebecca Covington
10124 <82:9
Leonard Covington
10129 >115:22
Priscilla Magruder
10130 >9:4
Catherine Beall

*1769
+1789

10122 <76:8

Brooke Beall
1742-1798
10125 <82:9
Samuel Beall
10131 >24:5
Eleanor Brooke
10132 >73:25
Margaret Johns
1742-
10126 <82:9
Richard Johns
10133 <85:10 >11:3
Margaret Crabbe
10134 <85:10 >11:3

 

SpouseChildrenChildren-in-LawGrandchildren
Robert Smith Chew
Civil servant

*1811 11 04 VA, USA
+1873 08 03 Washington, DC, USA

[portrait from painting of signing of Alaskan treaty]

Brief biography listed in Appleton's 1886 Encyclopedia, is mentioned elsewhere for his roles as aide to Seward (was present at signing of Alaskan treaty in 1867, painted by Emanuel Leutze, an excerpt of which is shown above) and wartime special messenger for Lincoln.

1834 07: Joined State Department (according to sworn testimony, p. 117 of Congressional Globe, 40th Congress, 2nd Session at memory.loc.gov)

1844 03 02: Is mentioned in National Intelligencer as an Assistant Marshal on horseback at the funeral for the late Secretary of State, the Hon. Abel P. Upshur, killed when a gun aboard the USS Princeton exploded during a demonstration.

1861 04 06: Carried a famous message (which survives, and can be viewed at memory.loc.gov) from Lincoln to Governor Pickens at Charleston.

1866 07: Promoted to Chief Clerk of the State Department.

1868 04 04: Testified before Senate in impeachment trial of Andrew Johnson (memory.loc.gov).

1880: widow listed in Washington, DC, USA census.

Should investigate Seward papers at U of Rochester.

Library of Congress has some correspondence with Hamilton Fish as part of the latter's archives (LC mm 78020602).

According to family lore, when his brother was captured in the Civil War, RSC negotiated his release into house arrest at RSC's home.

10043 <12641:80


m. 1842 01 26
Richard Smith Chew

*1843 09 07 Washington, DC, USA
+1875 04 10 Washington, DC, USA

Listed in Appleton's 1886 Encyclopedia under father's entry, from whence most of the following.

1861: Graduated from Naval Academy.

1862 03 08-09: served aboard the frigate "Minnesota" during the famous battle between the Monitor and the Merrimack (Appleton misdates this in April, and misspells the ship Merrimac, but is not known for his accuracy).

1864 02 22: commissioned Lieutenant.

1866 07 25: Lieutenant-Commander.

1875 02 02: retired for disability

Another source gives his date of death as 1870.

Jim Cheevers of the USNA Museum confirms that RSC was in the Naval Academy class of 1859, which was ordered to active duty in May 1861 and was subsequently considered to have graduated in 1863. He also says that Midshipman Chew was serving aboard the steam frigate Minnesota in a published register of U.S. Navy officers dated 1862 09 01, and that it is safe to assume he was at the Battle of Hampton Roads.

11933

Louisa Harrison Coffin
1848 04 09-1888 06 05

Some sources list her as Louise, but her grave at the Oak Hill Cemetery in DC, USA (findagrave.com) gives the correct spelling.

11934

Louisa Harrison Chew

110376 >3:1

Elizabeth Smith (Bessie?) Chew

110378 >2:1

Elizabeth Ring(g)old Chew

*1845

Probably the same person identified on gravestone as Elsie French Chew 1845-1862 07 08

11936

Harriet (Hallie) Patterson Chew

*1846
+1930 08 22 Jamestown, RI, USA

Had four children with first husband Joseph: Elizabeth Chew, Joseph F., Mary F., Robert Chew.

Buried at Arlington National Cemetery Section 1 Site 219

Gravestone gives birth in 1848.

11938

Francis Mackall Gunnell
1828-1922 06 10

11941 <267:29

Joseph D. Barnes
-1882 05 13

11939

Robert Smith Chew

*1848 10 10 Washington DC, USA
+1923 01 13 USA

Listed in 1900 Census, Washington Co., D.C., Roll 159 Book 1, Page 193a, Line 73; living at 1912 H Street, employed as a bank clerk.

(From JJC 10003) Started as a clerk at the Riggs Bank in Washington, D.C. Eventually became head of the credit department. Bought a 'cottage' in Jamestown, R.I. where his wife and children spent their summers growing up.

Listed in 1880 Census of Washington, see ERS 10044.

10021

Mary Emott (Minnie) Cady
1862 09 14-1943 01 05

LDS: R8LZ-3P. Findagrave.com: Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington, DC, USA; Chapel Hill Lot 538.

10034 <2043:81


m. 1886 04 28 Washington DC, USA
Robert Smith (Rob) Chew

10009 >11:3

Mary H. Chew

11634

John James Chew

10005 >31:4

Richard Smith (Dick) Chew

10023 >7:3

John James Chew
State Department clerk

*1851 Washington, DC, USA
+1916

Listed in 1880 Census of Washington, see ERS 10044.

11637

Lillian H. Coffey

11638

Lillian Chew

11948

Evelyn Chew

11950

Louis Forsyth Chew

*1852
+1918

11943

Walter Hill Chew

*1856 Washington, DC, USA
+1923

Listed in 1880 Census of Washington, see ERS 10044.

11639

Leonard Covington Chew

*1856
+1902

11945

Helen C. Wallace

11946

Helen Wallace Chew

11947

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