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DM236 (#46950583)
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It has been exciting to locate our "roots". It is never done, new ones are added constantly to the growing family tree.
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RE: Charles H Smith
Yes, very interesting! And confusing. Did I read somewhere that there is book someone put together on the Smith family? Do you know anything about this, or how I might purchase a copy? Thanks again.
Added by JeanR on Oct 06, 2015 10:37 AM
RE: Charles H Smith
Hi D,
Thanks for the info. I have Viola's dc, and it lists her father as Charles Smith, birthplace unknown, and her mother as Mary Nation, birthplace unknown. The informant is her son Herschel Hood. It does list her birthplace as Springfield, IL. You can documents ($1 for up to 10 copies) at the Illinois Regional Archives Depository. No birth certificate or newspaper announcement that I could find.

There is a Charles Smith living in Posey, Clay County, IN, in the 1860, working as a baker. There is a George nearby, I think I may told you that.

My Charles, I'm pretty sure, is in the 1870 census living in Charleston, Coles County, IL with the Samuel Nation family.

The 1867 marriage record on lists their names, and "Will S. Caplinger" as minister, but I could not find anything further on him.

I think I did tell you that I did find a Charles on the 1880 mortality census.

I did find an article from May 1879 about Charles Edward Smith making the trip to Springfield by himself. A waif, in the person of a small boy about ten or twelve years old, presented himself at police headquarters last night. He was taken in and cared for. He says that his name is Edward Smith; that his home is Charleston, Illinois, and that he has an uncle residing in Springfield, whose name is Joseph Naschan, and who is a cooper by trade. He says he came to this city by railroad, but he cannot say by which road.
Added by JeanR on Oct 05, 2015 5:41 PM
RE: Charles H Smith
Thanks for responding!

The information I have is quite sketchy. Charles H. (have no idea what this stands for) Smith was born in 1839/1840 in Canada or Indiana. He may listed in the 1860 census in Clay County, IN, as a baker. A George Smith is also listed close by. In 1867 he marries Mary Elizabeth Nation in Coles County, IL. No details on the marriage certificate. Charles Edward Smith (Ed Smith) is born in Brazil, Clay County, in 1868; an Annie in 1869 in Indiana, Alice in 1872 in Coles, Laura in 1873 in Sangamon County, and Viola C. in Springfield, IL, in 1878. The 1870 census has the family in Charleston. I believe he dies in 1879 in Charleston from consumption (according to 1880 mortality census - county physician); the CCGS transcription says poor farm, but the only poor farm I know about had not been built yet). No idea on burial place. The wife remarries; the kids are farmed out. I have done some further research on the children, but no info on their father.
Added by JeanR on Sep 22, 2015 10:38 AM
Oliver H. Smith
I am researching a Charles H. Smith, also in Clay County, who married a Mary Nation and died in Coles County, Illinois. He may have been born in Canada. Do you know if my Charles is any relation to your Oliver? Thanks much.
Added by JeanR on Sep 21, 2015 8:31 PM
Patricia Ellis-Mitchell
Herbert Ellis
I believe there is a miscommunication for my Uncle Herbert Ellis.
The first part of the bio is correct. But Herbert Ellis had the following siblings:

Charles (Charlie) Ellis
William (Bill) Ellis
Grace A. Ellis (my grandmother)
& one other child who died at child birth (I'm sorry I have no name.)

In our Ancestry book we have no entries anywhere for: Grover Cleveland Ellis, Ernest Ellis, Ather Ellis, Earl Ellis. NONE of the siblings belong to our Ellis family.

Last, Herbert Ellis is buried in Terre Haute, IN.
Added by Patricia Ellis-Mitchell on Jul 21, 2015 1:00 AM
Leslie Toole
Ephriam Jones
HI! Nice to hear from you. There were 2 John Howells in Monroe County at this time so the tax record could be either one.

My John Howell did not have a daughter Mary Jane but he did have a daughter Emily who married William Williams in Milwaukeee.

Ephriam Jones was the witness to the will of John Howell so I figured that there probably was a relationship.

I am missing the names of 3 generations of Howell wives:
1. wife of Thomas Howell (b1758)
2. Huldah (1790PA-after 1860WI) wife of John Howell (1786VA - 1854IL)
3. Phebe (1814-after 1880 TX) wife of Josephus Howell (1822OH - 1894WA)
Any of these could be Clark, Jones, or Browns.

How are you related?

Contact me at so we can trade more info.
Added by Leslie Toole on Apr 01, 2015 11:38 AM
W. Dawn Wright
RE: Burwell Jones
Hello, Yes there is a marriage record for Burwell Jones to Nancy Sowers. Nancy was married in 1849 to Wilson Sowers, Eppard/Eppert/Ephest (spelling varies) is her maiden name. She had 4 children with Wilson; Alonzo, William E., George W., and Lon. The 1870 Census, shows Alonzo Sowers as living with her and new husband Burwel Jones. Nancy and Burwel had one child (that I know of) Charles B. Jones (my 2nd great grandfather)

Added by W. Dawn Wright on Jun 06, 2014 5:38 PM
Ramona Pekarek
Thor Ellingson
Sorry, Thor's family name is Ellingson. Thor and Hannah's daughter, Lily Thorina Ellingson, married Conrad Martinius Iverson. Conrad and Lily's daughter, Sybel Irene (Iverson) Larson, is my mother.
Added by Ramona Pekarek on Apr 26, 2014 1:31 PM
Ramona Pekarek
Bethany Cemetery - Esmond ND
In response to your inquiry, I posted Bethany Lutheran Cemetery records on the memorials of Christ Heltne and of his wife, Anna Hanson Heltne. Also, I identified their spousal relationship. Are you a descendant?

My relationship is through Marie Lybeck Heltne. I am a descendant of Iver Lybeck (1827-1909) and Karin (1829-1911). Their daughter Johanna (Hannah) married Thor Iverson, who owned the Bonnie Brae Dairy at Valley City ND.

You may contact me by email at
Added by Ramona Pekarek on Apr 26, 2014 1:27 PM
Sarah J B F
RE: Josiah Smith
I don't have any information about a Josiah Smith. My ancestry goes through John Smith of Wakefield and then of course his father Joshua Smith and his father John Smith (the supposed immigrant). John Smith (who died 1842) is an uncle of mine (4th great grand uncle) and I actually have little information about him except his death announcement in the newspaper. I have not researched his line. I know he had a daughter Mary because of the will of Mary Stevenson Smith (wife of John the immigrant). Is Josiah a son of his?
Added by Sarah J B F on Apr 12, 2014 4:06 PM
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