Ira Smith (1785-1854)was my 3X great grandfather. I have a copy of his obit which gave a good description of his service in the War of 1812 if you would like I can send it to you. He and Mahala did not however have a daughter named Sarah Mahala Redway Smith that person is actually his grandaughter who is better known as Sally Benson the author of Junior Miss and Meet Me In St. Louis. Ira had 4 children. 3 (2 daughters and one son) by Mahala and one (son) by Sara. I realize this is an old post but if you are still searching, I would be happy share with you.