Narcissa Macy


Born: Abt 1842 in Indiana, USA

Died: 16 Aug 1905 in ?

Father: ?

Mother: ?

Family #1

Spouse/Partner: Daniel Wheeler Smith (1843 – 1918)

Married: ? in (unknown)

Child: Jennie Smith (c. 1871 – )

Child: Carl M. Smith (c. 1873 – )

Child: Clara Smith (c. 1877 – )


Narcissa's parents were both from North Carolina. [1880 U.S. Census]

In 1880, Narcissa's 17-year old niece Lubella Macy (b. Indiana) was living with Daniel and Narcissa. [1880 U.S. Census -- it indicates she is Daniel's niece, but only because of the idiosyncrasies of the census.]

Change Date

This data was last changed on 5 Apr 2009, and is stored in datafile B.

Primary and Secondary Sources

(see About Sources)

1880 U.S. Federal Census (Population Schedule)
National Archives and Records Administration. [applies to name, birth, notes]
1910 U.S. Federal Census (Population Schedule)
National Archives and Records Administration. [applies to birth]
Private (Family Register, Gilbert P. Smith)
[applies to name, marriage]
Private (Spear Birth and Death Dates Notebook)
Handwritten pages, many hands, many inks. Fragile binding and paper, but with numerous names and dates of birth or death. [applies to name, death, marriage]

Research Notes (source comments, unreliable information)

Narcissa was probably familiar with Springdale, Cedar County, Iowa, and may have lived there at some point. Her brother-in-law, Nathan Smith did. More importantly, in "John Brown: They Had a Concern" by Jeannette Mather Lord and published by West Virginia Archives and History (Volume 20, Number 3, April 1959, pp. 163-83), Narcissa is quoted regarding her knowledge of Captain John Brown:

Narcissa Macy Smith stated that Brown's character was irreproachable. He was an ardent prohibitionist; neither did he use tobacco, nor strong and profane language. "As a man thinketh, so is he," she quoted from Proverbs.