That Darn Smith Family!

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I’m reassessing the Smith La Grange connection.  I’ve got a hypothesis…not really a theory since I can’t prove any of it.

Yesterday, it dawned on me that John La Grange’s wife, Miss Unknown Smith, could not possibly Henry J. (or Henry I.) Smith’s daughter.  They would be almost the same age!

So, I am working on another angle.  I believe they are siblings.

Henry’s family is as follows (taken from the 1850-1910 Census Records)

Henry I. (or Henry J.) Smith

wife Catherine

1.  Zacharia

m. Cornelia ???

…..1.  Bede

…..2.  Annah

2.  Mary C.

3.  Sables aka Barney

4.  Emma

5.  Nicholas

7.  Eli

8. Amelia

In 1850, a farmer William V. Smith lives with them.  I do not know if there is a connection.

Noted right under Henry in the 1850 Census is this Smith family:


m.  Helen ???

(John and Helen are 78, so a good 20 years older than Henry.  Could they be his parents?)

1.  Nicholas

m. Jane ???

…..1.  John

…..2.  Marcus

…..m. ??? ??? (died before 1900 census)

……….1.  Arthur

……….2.  Norman

……….3.  Carie

2.  Margaret

Zacharia’s wife, Cornelia, is connected to an Abbe family.  She is listed in 1920 as the Aunt of  Clarence Abbe.  Clarence’s mother, Martha, is also listed.

If John Smith is the father of Henry and Miss Unknown, could Nicholas and Margaret be their other siblings?

One of the reasons I believe Henry is the brother of my Smith La Grange is the use of certain names.  John’s son was John S. La Grange.  John S. named his first son, John Henry La Grange.

I am willing to overlook John Henry as a coincidence.  But, the next son was named Barney Sables La Grange.  Henry had a son known as Sable and Barney.  How coincidental could that be?  Barney maybe…but Sables…and the combination of both?

So, off I take my circumstantial “evidence”.  And, I use that term loosely!  The key may be finding the La Grange children after their parent’s died.  That would be sometime between 1840 and 1850.  If they were with the Smith’s, then I’d have my connection.

So far, that’s not going so good.  Any ideas on this one?  Anyone researching this Smith family?

One Response to “That Darn Smith Family!”

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    Just a note. I found out who posted the cemetery photos for Mariaville. They are related to one of the Smith’s listed. Let’s see if this leads to anything. Keep your fingers crossed!

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