Quite possibly, these two names are one and the same.We have various spellings to our name; Smiddi, Smithey, and various other spellings.
The Smiddy Clan that I belong to can be traced back to North Carolina, and to several counties in Tn, but the bulk of them seem to be found in Campbell Co, Tn, area.
My -g-grandfather, William Riley Smiddy, ( b: Mar. 12, 1832 , in Knoxville, Tn, died Dec 8, 1936), bought a boat and traveled down the river, final destination, Union Co, Il,. There he married Mahulda Adeline Pender, and lived until his death in 1936.
Others went on to states as far away as California, but the main bulk of the family seems to be in and around the area of Jellico, Tn.
(One of our earlier ancestors, Jesse Smiddy was born in North Carolina, USA, d: Jackson Co, Il, 1852. His wife, Agnes Rawlins, was born in Ireland, date unk, d: abt 1880.)
My grandfather was William Riley Smiddy, b: Aug 14, 1875, d: Sept. 28, 1952, and is buried in Mission Chapel Cemetary, between Illinois Rt. 127 and the Dongola Hwy, just past St. John's Cemetary. His parents were William Riley Smiddy, and Mahulda Adeline Pender. I'm the daughter of his son, Oliver Carl Smiddy. My mother was Alma Agnes Arnold, and I grew up in a small town in So. Illinois.
I hope I have all these facts right, I haven't looked through the entire genealogy in a long time, but all these names are my line of Smiddy's.
G-G-grandfather Smiddy, said his mother was born in Germany, near Berlin. We have not been able to verify any information on her.
I would love to have your Mother's name to see if she is among our female Smiddy's, so if you can help me there, I can tell you what I do or do not have.
Ann Smiddy Parkerwasmiddy@hotmail.com