Moving West: Thirteen Generations of a Smith Family
Henry Albert Smith and Maria Louisa Robb
Henry Albert Smith and Maria Louisa Robb and children left to right:
Ralph, Mary, Elmira, Edna, Albert, Rhoda, and Clyde
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1-Henry Albert Smith, son of Uri James Smith and Rhoda Pratt, was born on 31 Oct 1835 in Colesville, Broome, New York and died on 14 Jan 1912 in Iola, Allen, Kansas at age 76.
Henry married Maria Louisa Robb, daughter of James Laughtery Robb and Mary Jane Kimmel, on 14 Oct 1868 in Viola, Mercer, Illinois. Maria was born on 26 Mar 1846 in Viola, Mercer, Illinois, died on 25 Feb 1903 in Bostwick, Nuckolls, Nebraska at age 56, and was buried in Bostwick Cemetery. They had eight children: Rhoda Jane, Ralph Melvin, Albert Ira, Mary Emily, Elmina M, Clyde Garfield, Edna Maria, and Uri James.
2-Rhoda Jane Smith was born on 5 Jan 1870 in Viola, Mercer, Illinois and died died 13 Feb 1927 in Fremont, Dodge, Nebraska. at age 57.
Rhoda married James Clarence Richards, son of John and Lucinda Richards, on 15 Jul 1893 in Phillips County, Kansas. James was born in Jul 1852 in Ohio. They had three children: Elsie Lavina, Zella L, and Cloyd Ivan.
2-Ralph Melvin Smith was born on 3 Feb 1871 in Viola, Mercer, Illinois, died on 29 Jul 1939 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California at age 68, and was buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California.
Ralph married Eleanor Partee Lloyd, daughter of Louis Marshall Lloyd and Sarah Elizabeth Bramel, on 24 Aug 1904 in Los Angeles County, California. Eleanor was born on 30 Dec 1878 in Neosho, Newton, Missouri, died on 25 Mar 1965 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California at age 86, and was buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California. They had two children: Esther Eleanor and Lloyd Melvin.
2-Albert Ira Smith was born on 24 Jul 1873 in Viola, Mercer, Illinois and died on 22 Jul 1955 in Grants Pass, Josephine, Oregon at age 81.
Albert married Hattie Tryphena Ruggles, daughter of Burton Humphrey Ruggles and Sara Elizabeth Warren, on 3 Mar 1914 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California. Hattie was born on 11 Aug 1876 in Batavia, Kane, Illinois and died on 16 Aug 1969 in Grants Pass, Josephine, Oregon at age 93. They had two children: Sara Elizabeth (Elizabeth) and Albert Burton (Burton).
2-Mary Emily Smith was born on 5 Sep 1875 in Viola, Mercer, Illinois and died on 30 Nov 1911 in Iola, Allen, Kansas at age 36. Mary did not marry or have children.
2-Elmina M Smith was born on 26 Nov 1877 in Viola, Mercer, Illinois and died on 22 Jan 1927 in Rochester, Olmsted, Minnesota at age 49.
Elmina married Francis Bailey Wages, son of John Wesley Wages and Rebecca Ann Donaho, on 3 Jul 1918 in Pennington County, South Dakota. Francis was born on 30 Apr 1872 in Canton, Fulton, Illinois and died on 12 Aug 1938 in Rapid City, Pennington, South Dakota at age 66.
2-Clyde Garfield Smith was born on 27 Dec 1881 in Prairie View, Phillips, Kansas, died on 14 Apr 1956 in Benton County, Arkansas at age 74, and was buried in Dickson Cemetery, Cherokee City, Benton, Arkansas.
Clyde married Millie M Simmonds, daughter of William H Simmonds and Louisa Jane Smith,. Millie was born on 10 Jun 1881 in Bourbon County, Kansas, died on 4 Apr 1967 in Benton County, Arkansas at age 85, and was buried in Dickson Cemetery, Cherokee City, Benton, Arkansas. They had one son: Kenneth Coe.
2-Edna Maria Smith was born on 29 Jul 1885 in Prairie View, Phillips, Kansas and died on 6 Nov 1973 in San Diego, San Diego, California at age 88.
Edna married Chauncey Lot Merriam, son of Russell Merriam and Eudora M Chamberlain, in 1910. Chauncey was born on 5 Jan 1885 in Pleasant Valley, Fayette, Iowa and died on 5 Nov 1953 in San Diego, San Diego, California at age 68. They had two children: Evelyn B and Charles Elton.
2-Uri James Smith was born on 7 Apr 1889 in Prairie View, Phillips, Kansas and died 1890's at age 1.
1870 census (image)
Henry A Smith age 34 farmer born in New York
Mariah L age age 25 born in Illinois
Rhoda J 5 age months born in Illinois
Greene, Mercer, Illinois Post Office: Viola Roll: M593_260 Page: 188
(In 1870 census on page 188 for Greene, Mercer, Illinois Post Office Viola is (1) BF and Philetta Moorey (2) Warren and Orinda Smith and family (3) Uriah and Rhoda Smith and family (4) Nelson Moorey and family (5) David Moorey and family (6) Henry and Maria Smith and family (7) Emma, widow of Uriah's brother Israel Amos Smith, and her children.)
1880 census (image)
Henry A. SMITH Self M Male W 44 NY Farmer NY NY
Maria L. SMITH Wife M Female W 34 IL Keeping House PA OH
Rhoda J. SMITH Dau S Female W 10 IL NY IL
Ralph M. SMITH Son S Male W 9 IL NY IL
Albert I. SMITH Son S Male W 6 IL NY IL
Mary E. SMITH Dau S Female W 4 IL NY IL
Almina M. SMITH Dau S Female W 2 IL NY IL
Prairie View, Phillips, Kansas Family History Library Film 1254393 NA Film Number T9-0393 Page Number 129A
1900 census (image)
Smith Henry A born Oct 1835 age 64 married 31 years born in New York farmer
Smith Louise born Mar 1846 age 54 married 31 years 8 children 7 living born in Ill
Smith Albert I born July 1873 age 26 born in Ill farmer
Smith Mary E born Sept 1875 age 24 born in Ill school housekeeper
Smith Almina M born Nov 1877 age 22 born in Ill school teacher
Smith Clyde C born Dec 1881 age 18 born in Kan farm labor
Smith Edna M born June 1885 age 14 born in Kansas in school
Prairie View Township, Phillips County, Kansas
Series: T623 Microfilm: 495 Book: 1 Page: 202
1910 census (image 1) (image 2)
Smith Henry A. age 75 widower born in New York
Smith Clyde G age 28 single born in Kansas engineer at cement plant
Smith Mary E age 34 single born in Ill
Locale: 4-WD IOLA
Obituary: Prairie View News, March 20, 1903:
Mrs. H. A. Smith, Dead
Maria Louisa Robb was born in Mercer county Ill., Mar. 26, 1846, and was the oldest daughter of J. L. and Mary Robb. She joined the Congregational church during her 18th year and continued a faithful Christian to the end. She was united in marriage to Henry A. Smith Oct. 14 1868 at residence of her parents at Viola Ill. They came to Prairie View Kans. in the Spring of 1780 (note: should be 1880) where they resided until last Sept. The deceased was the mother of 8 children which are all living, except the youngest who died when two years of age. Mrs. Smith was a devoted wife, a faithful mother, always loving and cheerful, and was consecrated to her Master. She died Feb. 25th at her home in Bostwick Neb. Weakness of the heart and kidneys caused her death.
It was with sorrow, we received the notice of Mrs. Smith's death, on our last press day. The deceased was well known in this community, and her loss will be felt by her old neighbors and friends, as well as those of her own family. All knew her to be a good Christian woman, and through her gentle care and administrations, Mr. Smith, who is an invalid, had the best of care and imbibed such cheerfulness, as can come only from a loving and patient wife. Mr. Smith has the sympathy of all his old-time friends and neighbors of Prairie View in his hour of sorrow.
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