Try and get 14 Days FREE!


Anna Nicole Smith



The Family Tree
of Anna Nicole Smith

By James Pylant

Posted 11 March 2007; Revised 22 May 2007

A life and death in headlines.

Model Anna Nicole Smith married a multi-millionaire five years younger than her great-grandmother. After his death, she challenged the courts over her share of the inheritance. And after her tragic death, courts expected to hear seemingly endless claims over inheritance and the paternity of her infant daughter.

She was born Vickie Lynn Hogan on 28 November 1967 in Harris County, Texas, to Donald Eugene Hogan and Virgie Mae Tabers.1 Her parents had wed 22 February 1967 and divorced on 4 November 1969. She was their only child.2 Vickie Lynn's first marriage, at age seventeen, was to Billy Wayne Smith, age sixteen, on 3 April 1985 in Limestone County, Texas.3 Their son, Daniel Wayne Smith, was born 22 January 1986.4 The Smiths divorced 3 February 1993, in Harris County.5 At age twenty-six, Vickie Lynn— or Anna Nicole—married eighty-nine year-old J. Howard Marshall, II on 27 June 19946 in Houston, Harris County. Marshall died in Houston on 4 August 1995.7 The sudden death of Anna Nicole's twenty year-old son, Daniel, on 10 September 2006, in the Bahamas, came only three days after the birth of her daughter, Dannielynn Hope.8 Anna Nicole Smith died at age thirty-nine on 8 February 2007 in Hollywood, Florida.9

Anna Nicole's father, Donald Eugene Hogan, was born 12 July 1947, to Clarance Eugene Hogan and Helen Marece Sandlin, in Harris County, Texas.10 Her mother, Virgie Mae Tabers, was born 12 July 1951 in Ellis County, Texas, to Melvin A. Tabers and Paralee Allman.11 Paralee Allman— ;the maternal grandmother of Anna Nicole Smith—was born 16 January 1928 and died 20 December 199112 in McLennan County, Texas.13 The 1930 U. S. Census shows Para Lee, age two and half, born in Texas, in the household of her parents in Leon County, Texas. Her father, Jonas Allman, age thirty-six, born in Texas, and working as a farmer. Her mother, Ada, age twenty-eight, was also born in Texas. They had two older children, daughter named Irene, age six, and Mae Cell, age three.14 Paralee Tabers was buried in Ferguson Cemetery, in Limestone County, as were Jonas C. Allman and his wife, Ada (1908-1982).15

According to his World War I draft registration, Jonas Allman was born on 18 August 1894 in Olathe, Limestone County, Texas.16 Jonas Caleb Allman's death certificate states that he was born 16 August 1894 to parents Joseph Allman, a Tennessean and Margaret Penrod, a Louisianan. He died age fifty-six, of coronary thrombosis, on 31 October 1950 in Avalon, Ellis County, Texas.17

Jonas C. Allman, at age five, appears in the household of his father on the rolls of the 1900 federal census for Limestone County, Texas. A farmer, Joseph Allmon, age fifty-nine, born in February, 1841 in Tennessee. His father was a native of North Carolina, while his mother was born in Tennessee. Wife Marguret C., age forty-four, was born in October of 1855 in Louisiana. Her father was a Missourian; her mother a Tennessean. The Allmans had two children older than son Jonas C.: Elizebeth, age sixteen, born in October 1883, and Eva, age thirteen, born in December 1886. Three others made their home with the family, niece Rachel Steveson [Stevenson?], age sixteen, born in January, 1884; nephew Ab Steveson, age fourteen, born in February, 1886; and nephew Richard H. Steveson, age twelve, born in January, 1888. All of the children living in the home were Texas-born. The census reveals that Mr. and Mrs. Allman had wed 31 years earlier, and Mrs. Allman was the mother of ten children, four of whom were living as of 1900.18

Joe Allman served in Company I, Sixteenth Tennessee Cavalry, Tom Rumbough's Company, in the Confederate Army. He enlisted 7 August 1862 and his name appears on roll for 1 March to 30 June of the next year, lastly as an absent paroled prisoner. Mr. Allman died on 5 January 1908 in Limestone County, Texas. Joe Allman's tombstone inscription in Ferguson Cemetery, Limestone County, records his birth date as 12 February 1841, which is consistent with his birth data provided in the 1900 census.19 His widow applied for a pension as the widow of a Confederate soldier "in indigent circumstances," having a homestead valued at $720.00 and no other property (real or personal) of any value. She stated they wedded on 6 August 1869 in Sebastian County, Arkansas.20 A search of compiled marriage records in Sebastian County confirms that date for the couple's wedding, though a transcription error gives the bride's last name as Peinod instead of Penrod.21

Captain Thomas S. Rumbough's Company was organized 7 August 1862 (the same day Joe Allman enlisted) at Greeneville, Greene County, Tennessee.22 Greene County adjoins Cocke County, where two years earlier a census schedule shows one Joseph Allman, age sixteen, working as a laborer, in the household of Jonas Allman, a forty-four year-old farmer.23

Margaret Allman's pension application gives 15 September 1849 as her birth date and says she and her husband came to Texas in 1871.24 The year before their migration to Texas, Joseph Alman, a twenty-five year-old farmer, and nineteen year-old Margaret, both illiterate, are shown on the rolls of the 1870 federal census for Sebastian County, Arkansas.25 Living nearby was George Penrod, age fifty, a farmer, born in Illinois. His household included Mary, age forty-three, born in Louisiana, and six children: Henry, age sixteen; Huston, age twelve; Thomas, age ten; Nacy, age eight; Hannah, age five; and Elizabeth, age three. Except for Henry, a Louisiana native, all of the children were born in Texas.26 The 1860 federal census for Robertson County, Texas, shows George W. Penrod, age thirty-nine, worked as a stock raiser. Mary A., thirty-five, who kept house, are also listed with seven children: George, Jr., age sixteen, a day laborer; Louisa, age fourteen; Andrew J., age twelve; Margaret, age seven; Henry, age four; Sam Houston, age three; and nine-month-old Thomas J. The children were Louisiana natives, except for the two youngest, who were born in Texas.27

George W. Penrod's occupation is recorded as merchant on the 1880 federal census for Limestone County, Texas. He was then sixty-one, born in Illinois to a Virginia father and a Pennsylvania mother. Wife Mary A., age fifty-six was a Louisianan; her parents were German-born. Their children were Thomas J., age nineteen; Samuel H., age twenty-one; Taraca, age eighteen; Hannah J., age sixteen; Elizabeth, age fourteen; and James, age nine. All were Texas natives, except for James, who was born in Arkansas.28

The Allmans were also enumerated in Limestone County that year. Joseph was a thirty-five year-old farmer, born in Tennessee to a North Carolina father and a Tennessee mother. Wife Margaret C., age twenty-eight, was born in Louisiana, to a Illinois father and Louisiana (which is consistent with the birthplaces given for George W. and Mary A. in the same census). Children in the household included Joseph, age seven; George S., age five; Margaret I., age two; Hannah A., age one, all born in Texas; and Camola J., age nineteen, born in Tennessee; and Susana, age fifteen born in Illinois. A twenty-three year-old farmer named Adley Y. Hyden, born in Texas, also made his home with the family.29

George W. Penrod was buried in Ferguson Cemetery, near Groesbeck, Texas. His tombstone indicates that he was a Mason, born 25 August 1819 and died 11 June 1882. Mary Penrod is also buried in Ferguson Cemetery, though her marker does not record the dates of her birth and death. 30 Eva Allman Thompson stated her maternal grandmother, the wife of George Penrod, was the former Mary Ann Harmon.31


  1. Vickie Lynn Hogan entry, Texas Birth Index, 1903-1977 (Austin: Texas Department of Health), 1967 Births, p. 1616.
  2., Texas Divorce Index, 1968-2002 [database online], downloaded 12 February 2007.
  3., Texas Marriage Collection, 1814-1909 and 1966-2002 [database online], downloaded 12 February 2007.
  4. Daniel Wayne Smith entry, Texas Birth Index, 1903-1977 (Austin: Texas Department of Health), 1986 Births, p. 4860.
  5., Texas Divorce Index, 1968-2002, downloaded 12 February 2007.
  6., Texas Marriage Collection, 1814-1909 and 1966-2002, downloaded 12 February 2007.
  7. "Funeral Arrangements are Pending for Millionaire J. Howard Marshall," Houston Chronicle, 7 August 1995.
  8. "Daniel Smith: Combination of Drugs Killed Smith's Son, Pathologist Says," Houston Chronicle, 28 September 2006.
  9. Anna Nicole Smith, online <>, downloaded 7 March 2007.
  10. Donald Eugene Hogan entry, Texas Birth Index, 1903-1977 (Austin: Texas Department of Health), 1947 Births, p. 1516.
  11. Virgie Mae Tabers entry, Texas Birth Index, 1903-1977, 1951 Births, p. 3518.
  12. Paralee Tabers, no. 454-42-4761, Social Security Death Index, online>, downloaded 20 February 2007.
  13. Paralee Tabers entry, Texas Death Records, online <>, downloaded 20 February 2007.
  14. Jonas Allman household, 1930 census, Leon County, Texas, population schedule, Justice Precinct 2, enumeration district [ED] 145-3, supervisor's district [SD] 18, sheet 8B, dwelling 179, family 179; National Archives [NA] microfilm T626-2370.
  15. Ferguson Cemetery, online <>, downloaded 20 February 2007.
  16. Jonas Allman draft registration,, World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database online]. United States, Selective Service System. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. M1509, 4,582 rolls.
  17. Joseph Calap Allman [sic], death certificate no. 47700 (1950), Texas Department of Health, Austin.
  18. Joseph Allmon [sic] household, 1900 U.S. census, Limestone County, Texas, population schedule, Justice Precinct 6, ED 62, SD 9, sheet 13A, dwelling 218, family 218; National Archives [NA] microfilm T623-1655.
  19. Ferguson Cemetery <>, downloaded 20 February 2007.
  20. Mrs. Margurett C. Allman [sic] file, Confederate Widow's Pension Application, no. 34708; Texas State Library and Archives, Austin.
  21. Hunting for Bears, comp., Arkansas Marriages, 1779-1992 [database online] <>, downloaded 20 February 2007.
  22. TN GenWeb Project Tennesseans in the Civil War, 16th (Neal's) Tennessee Cavalry Battalion, online <>, downloaded 20 February 2007.
  23. Mrs. Margurett C. Allman, Confederate Pension Application file, no. 34708.
  24. Jonas Allman household, 1850 U.S. census, Cocke County, Tennessee, population schedule, District 77, p. 400, dwelling 294, family 294; NA microfilm M653-1244.
  25. Joseph Alman household, 1870 census, Sebastian County, Arkansas, population schedule, p. 198, dwelling 127, family 131; NA microfilm M593-64.
  26. George Penrod household, 1870 census, Sebastian County, Arkansas, population schedule, p. 198, dwelling 128, family 132.
  27. George W. Penrod household, 1860 U.S. census, Robertson County, Texas, population schedule, Precinct 5, dwelling 190, family 190, p. 183; NA microfilm M653-1303.
  28. George W. Penrod household, 1880 census, Limestone County, Texas, population schedule, ED 96, SD 5, p. 411, dwelling 179, family [blank]; NA microfilm T9-1317.
  29. Joseph Allman household, 1880 census, Limestone County, Texas, population schedule, ED 96, SD 41, p. 419, dwelling 312, family 2.
  30. Ferguson Cemetery <>, downloaded 20 February 2007.
  31. Margaret Allman, death certificate no. 15184 [13391] 1926), Texas Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Austin. Eva Thompson is named as informant.