My father's name was Edward Artis (Lawnside, NJ) and his father Roger is from Johnston County, NC., in a town called Smithfield. Last year I had the chance to visit Smithfield. I visited the Heritage center and found there are many Artis's to be found in this area. I found my grandparents on the 1900 census. Do you live near any of the National Archives? Do you know where your father is family is from? Please email me back. Thanks for reading!