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Ronald Smith

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Ronald's and Robert's father, Karl Franklin Smith, number 5 (center) on the Wilberforce University basketball team.

Ronald's and Robert's father, Karl Franklin Smith, number 5 (center) on the Wilberforce University basketball team.

Dates alive: 
1938–
Family: 
Woodson
Residence (at time of interview): 
Columbus, OH

Twins Robert and Ronald Smith first learned of their connection to the Woodson family after the death of their father, Karl Franklin Smith, an educator, Bible scholar, and bishop of the Church of Christ, Apostolic Faith, in Columbus.  In the 1930s Bishop Smith, who they remember as “very quiet in terms of his family history," had drawn up an ancestry chart based on what he had heard from his mother, but he had never spoken about it.  Bishop Smith, who had a far-reaching radio ministry, founded his church and led it for a half century, from a congregation of twenty to over fifteen hundred.  Both the bishop's parents were Methodist ministers.  As Robert Smith said about his ancestor Thomas Woodson, "The key has got to be his religion."

 

Interview Information: 

10 July 1994, Columbus, OH
Interviewee: Ronald Smith

12 Apr. 1997, Columbus, OH
Interviewees: Ronald Smith, Robert Smith

Excerpts: 
Ancestry: 
  • Thomas Woodson 1790–1879 Jemima Price 1783–1868
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  • Jemima Woodson Nukes 1813–post 1900
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  • Mary Sylvia Nukes Smith 1852–1943
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  • Ronald Smith1938–
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