My sources show Cape as being born in January, 1864. Escambia County marriage records list him as C F Smith.
The 1900 US Census, Escambia County Alabama appears to list him as Cape "S" Smith. It also lists the birthyear of Mary J. (Grissett?) Smith as being 1870 and Cape's sister "Eliza" as being born in May, 1878.
There was more than one "Cape Smith" in SW Alabama in the late 1800s, leading to confusion. I have seen Cape, Capen, Capon, F Cape, Cape S, Cape F S, CFS, etc. I will search for Robert and the members of his household and work that angle for a while. Thanks for the lead.
According to my sources, Mary Jane was born March 17, 1862. She died October 28, 1957. She is buried in the Cannaan Church Cemetery about 2 miles west of Barnett's Crossroads. She has a nice marker pretty much in the middle of the cemetery. I was by there about 6 weeks ago.
A portrait of one of Mary Jane's sisters, Louvenia, (my mother is named Luvonia) is found here:http://www.frontiernet.net/~lws/shiverfamilytree/images/7800...
Mary Janes's parents were Benjamin M Grissett (born about 1808) and Nancy Mackey (born about 1830). Benjamin M. Grissett’s parents were William Jesse Grissett and Mary Jane Mills. William Jesse’s father was Jesse Grissett born in 1757. Jesse’s father was William Grissett born in 1725.
Source: “The Grissett Book of Descendants” by Evan Strohl. A copy is available at the Pensacola State College (PSC) genealogy center, and another (older veersion) in the geneaology room at the Jeff Davis College in Brewton.
Alabama deaths 1908-1974 lists "Cape Smith", died 05 June 1916 in Monroe County, age 89 yr, and "Cape Smith" died 07 Jan 1935 at Goodway (est birth date 1859) buried at "Popeller Springs" and survived by Hattie Smith.
From your post, he is buried at Jeddo, where, from the aerials, there is a huge cemetery. From this link,http://files.usgwarchives.org/al/monroe/cemeteries/poplar-sp...
Jeddo and Poplar Springs seem to be the same, but he is not listed. Do you know if his grave is marked?