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"Smith's of Southern IL"   Smith family story

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My father is Elmer Junior Smith DOB 2-25-1935 and lives in Shawneetown, IL (also known as Old Shawneetown right on the Ohio river). Elmer married Anna Mae Travelstead on August 15, 1958 in Shawneetown, IL, in the county of Saline. My parents had five children:

Sandy Jean Smith (myself) DOB 06-16-1959 in New Haven, IL at home;
Brenda Lee Smith DOB 01-05, 1961 in Eldorado, IL in New Haven, IL. She died June 1961 at the age of 6 months from SIDS at home;
Mary Frances Smith (Hall) DOB 07-28-1963 in Eldorado, IL;
James Elmer Smith DOB 02-03-1965 in Eldorado, IL;
Elizabeth Ann Smith (Johnson) DOB 12-22-1966 in Eldorado, IL.;

Joel Claud(e) Smith (was my grandfather) DOB 2-14-1897, and he died 5-31-1965, and buried in Westwood Cemetery, Old Shawneetown, IL . He married Alice May Back DOB 11-15-1908 of New Haven, IL. The marriage took place 10-25-1917, and she died 08-05-1946, and she is buried in Westwood Cemetery My grandfather later married Shirley??? She married later after my grandfather’s death in 1965 to a Seely.

James Smith (was my great grandfather) DOB ca. 1877, married Maggie Lamb Ridgway in Shawneetown, IL, in the county of Saline. They had three sons together, and which one was my grandfather. There was apparently another son George Smith and a William (Bill) Smith. My grandfather apparently had a half brother Floyd Thomas Jr, whom I don’t know to much about. His sisters were Clara (Smith) Pruitt and she had lived in Mt. Vernon, IL, and had a son whose name is/was Bob Pruitt, and his other sister was Hattie (Smith) Padgett, and also was living in Mt. Vernon, IL. I was also told of another sister, whom was Mary Pauline (Smith) Back. She had two daughters Faye (Back) Nation of Shawneetown, and Delilah (Lolly) (Back) Vaughan, they are my 2nd cousin, and my father and uncle’s nieces.

Joseph Smith (was my great-great grandfather) DOB ca. 1808, married to Eliza Jane Akins ca. 1845 in Ridgway, IL, and he died ca. 1863.

There was also a Luther Ingleton, and this man was my grandfather’s cousin. There was also a Jim or Red Davies whom are also related. There is also a cousin Charles Usselton whom I was told lived in Dale, IL, his brother was Hershel, whom was a jockey, he was also suppose to be German? I am hoping on planning a Smith family reunion in Shawneetown, IL this year around September, 2006.

If you are Scottish-Irish, or are related any anyway please let me know. I would love to hear from you. I do have a photo of my grandparents if you are interested.

Sandy Smith-Distel
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Additional information. Joel Claud was married to Lillie Belle Seely about 10/25/1917 which was his first wife. They had 2 children, Josphine, and Joe. More information to come.
May 26, 2006 6:56 pm reply