From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Smith, Ella Cowan and Josephus [Joseph] William

(born: 1873) 

Both Ella and Joseph Smith were born in 1873 in Lexington, KY, where their parents had been slaves. In 1878, when both were five years old and their families were free, the families moved to Atchison, KS; they were members of the Exodusters leaving Lexington for Kansas. Their families later moved on to Oklahoma during the Land Rush.

For more about the Smith Family see Echoes of Yesterday by Josephus (Joseph Smith).

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NKAA Source: Echoes of yesterday

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“Smith, Ella Cowan and Josephus [Joseph] William,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed April 1, 2023,

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