Simeon Smith, 1756-1841, is the earliest paternal ancestor of whom we have any direct knowledge. He was born at Branford, Connecticut, February 29, 1756, and was of Scotch-Irish lineage.
The Smiths seem to have been of a more migratory inclination than our maternal ancestors. Early in the life of Simeon Smith, the family moved to Hartwood (which was afterwards called Washington), Berkshire county, Massachusetts, and here he was called out several times with the Berkshire county militia. After this, he moved to Owasco, Cayuga county, New York, where in l780 he enlisted in the Revolutionary army, and served two and one half years in Captain Stephen Mitchell's company and Colonel Hughes' New York regiment. In 1832 he was granted a pension (claim S-17685) for his service.
After the Revolution he lived in a number of different places in New York. In 1816, when he was 60 years of age, he, together with 70 other families, migrated to Athens county, Ohio, and a year later he journeyed on to Miskingum county, Ohio, where a number of the 70 families had previously located.
In 1820 the family moved to Delaware County, Ohio, and located in Westfield Township. Later, when Morrow county was established from a portion of Delaware county, Westfield township became a part of Morrow county--the township was not organized, however, until two years after their location there; so they were prominent factors in its settlement. A town by the name of Pattie (afterwards called Tyrone) was laid out in 1829 at Pattie Tavern where the stage changed horses going to and from Delaware and Mansfield. The original proprietors of the tavern were Simeon Smith, his son-in-law Henry Pattie, and Josiah Goodhue.
The town of Westfield had a population of 1,500 at one time, but is much less at present (1935). It was called "Breadless" for many years because a family traveling through the country stopped at every house and could find no bread. In the early days the town was very intemperate and famed for lawlessness.
The first church organized in Westfield Township was Baptist, and Simeon Smith and his wife were among the organizers, and he was the first minister. A Baptist church and cemetery were established, one mile north of the village in 1840, and Simeon Smith is buried there. He died in 1841 aged 85 years. This cemetery is on the west side of the highway.
Simeon Smith was married three times. His first wife died in New York, leaving the following children: Elijah, Elisha, Simeon Jr., Marjorie, Mary, Sarah and Elizabeth. The first three mentioned, and perhaps others, moved with him to Ohio, and there spent the remainder of their days, and are buried together with their families in the cemetery at Westfield on the east side of the highway.
His second wife was Elizabeth Hayes who is our ancestor (see Hayes record). They were the parents of seven children: Ebenezer (our ancestor), Ira, David, Mary, Cinderilla, Matilda and Rhoda. His third wife had no children. Of Simeon Smith's children by his second wife but little could be learned.
Ira was the father of six children, but no names were given. He lived in Baltimore, Maryland, and in 1850 was the patentee of a lamp and was well remunerated for his efforts.
David Smith, the third son of Simeon and Elizabeth Hayes Smith, married Maria Hunroe, a daughter of Samuel Munroe, who was a Revolutionary soldier and an aide to General Lafayette. They were the parents of the following: Edwin, Ashley (both of whom died young), Helen, Claremont, Hannah, Alice and Seneca.
Seneca was born in 1836 and married Nancy E. West. Their place of residence was Cardington, Ohio. They were the parents of Claremont, Charles, Daisey, James, Arthur, Imogene and Florence.
Florence Smith Goodhue lives in Cardington, Ohio where she has been a successful physician for years. She has been actively associated with the development of that locality and is held in high esteem. She was born November 17, 1861. In April 1917, she was married to T. W. Goodhue. She had been a widow for a number of years prior to the marriage To her we are indebted for a portion of this early history. Her father, Seneca Smith, died in 1912, aged 76 years, and her mother died in 1928, aged 88 years.
Mary Smith married Henry Pattie after whom the town of Pattie was named. He was prominent in the early days of Morrow County.
Cinderilla married a Mr. Elackmar, but no further information was available.
Matilda Smith was born in Ouondaga county, New York, July 22, 1796, and married Seth Perry in Muskingum County, Ohio, October 30, 1820. They were the parents of twelve children (see Perry record). She died March 4, 1877.
Rhoda Smith the youngest daughter of Simeon and Elizabeth Hayes Smith, married William Slack, the son of Henry Slack, of Morrow county. Henry Slack was one of the founders of the Presbyterian Church in Westfield and leading man in the settlement. The Slacks were the parents of four children, and they and their families are all buried in the family lot in the cemetery north of Westfield.
Ebenezer Smith, 1790-l887, our direct ancestor, was born May 9, 1799, in the state of New York. It is supposed he migrated to Ohio with the colony of 70 families that left New York in 1816. He was married to Eunice Perry, the sister of Seth Perry, but when or where this marriage took place we have no record, but presumably in the state of Ohio.
They were the parents of nine children, all born in Ohio: James Hayes, Eunice, Edmund, Mary, Martha, Margaret, Newton, Norman and Clarissa. In the course of time the family, with the exception of the daughter Mary, moved to Hillsdale county, Michigan.
This daughter married a man by the name of Kiser and moved to Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania.
Margaret Smith married a man by the name of Peak, and they, with her three brothers, Newton, Norman and Edmund moved from Michigan to Omaha, Nebraska where they continued to reside.
James Hayes Smith, our direct ancestor, and his family and his sister, Martha, who had married M. G. Clark went from Hillsdale county, Michigan to Mahaska county, Iowa about 1864. Martha Smith Clark died in Sigourney, Iowa in 1870.
Clarissa Smith, the youngest daughter of Ebenezer and Eunice Perry Smith, married John Rogers of Hillsdale county, Michigan and during her later years lived in Fayette, Ohio, and her father spent his last years in her home.
He died March 13, l887 aged 87 years, and his wife, Eunice Perry Smith, died January 17, l865 aged 64 years. They are buried in the Prattville cemetery near Waldron, Michigan.
James Hayes Smith, 1823-1887, the eldest child of Ebenezer and Eunice Perry Smith, was born December 25, 1823 in Westfield, Delaware county, Ohio. He was married to Eunice Foust, the daughter of Henry and Mary Olds Foust, July 15, 1846 in Delaware county. They were the parents of seven children, six of whom were born in Delaware and Morrow counties, and one was born in Cowley county, Kansas. During his early adult life he was a cooper by trade, and in early day politics he was a Whig.
In 1860 the family left Ohio, going to Hillsdale county, Michigan to join members of his family who had lived there sometime before. They remained there until 1864 and then moved to Mahaska County, Iowa.
The eldest daughter, Annis, had married Alvin (Polk) Wilson during their residence in Hillsdale county, and remained there when the rest of the family went to Iowa, where they lived and engaged in farming until the spring of 1872 when they again migrated farther west, this time to the plains of Kansas. The sons, Albert and Henry, remained in Iowa, but they were accompanied by their two younger children, Miles and Maxa; and Henry expected to come the following spring. The eldest son, Addison, had located in Kansas the previous year.
James Hayes Smith and Eunice Foust Smith, having lived in three other states during their early day development, were endowed with the same qualities of independence, courage, and resourcefulness that were characteristic of their ancestors, and they soon adjusted themselves and assumed the duties and responsibilities of the pioneer citizen. They were both keenly interested in church work, and were factors in establishing the church (Methodist) first at Lazette where James Hayes Smith served as one of the officials, and then later, when Mount Vernon School house was built in 1879, they with others, were instrumental in organizing a class there. They were interested in all local affairs and in the welfare of their fellow pioneers, and served their community unselfishly throughout the foundation days of Kansas.
After spending fifteen years pioneering in Kansas, James Hayes Smith died very suddenly, without any sickness to warn his family of his going, on July 27, 1887, aged 63 years, 7 months and 2 days.
After his death Eunice Foust Smith spent the following winter in Iowa in the home of the son Albert and his wife, and then returned to Kansas, and moved to Burden where she passed away in the home of her daughter, Mrs. D. Collins, Apri1 21, 1900, aged 73 years; 1 month and 6 days. They are both buried in the Mount Vernon cemetery.
This has been written as a memorial to them.
Annis May Smith, 1847-1903, was the eldest child of James Hayes and Eunice Foust Smith and was born in Delaware county, Ohio, April 15, 1847. She moved with the family from Ohio to Hillsdale county, Michigan when she was thirteen years of age, and here the remainder of her life was spent. She was united in marriage to Alvin S. Wilson on January 5, 1864, C. M. Preston officiating.
Alvin S. Wilson was the son of James and Mary Allard Wilson, both of whom were born near Avon, Livingston county, New York. They came to Michigan about 1836 during the territorial days of the state, and settled on a farm in Wright township, Hillsdale county, 1 mile north of Waldron. Alvin S. Wilson was always known as "Polk" Wilson because he was born on the day that Polk was elected President, November 7, 1844.
For a long period of years they were well known and prominent in their section of the state, and he was closely identified with the business activities of the town, having seen it grow from a store at the crossroads to a prosperous business center. They were closely associated with the social and religious interests of their community and were both charter members of the Wesleyan Methodist church organized in 1867.
Annis Smith Wilson was active in all branches of the work of the church, and Polk Wilson served more than fifty years as Superintendent of the Sunday school, holding the record in the state of Michigan for the longest service in this capacity.
They were both prominently identified with the cause of prohibition also during all their active days. They were the parents of three sons, all of whom were born on the same farm on which the father was born.
Annis Smith Wilson died February 8, 1903, aged 55 years, 9 months and 24 days. Polk Wilson died January 13, 1915, aged 70 years, 2 months and 6 days. His death occurred on the farm on which he was born and had always lived with the exception of a few years spent in the home of his son in Waldron after the death of his wife. They are buried in the Waldron cemetery.
Lester Wilson, the eldest son of Polk and Annis Smith Wilson, passed away March 11, 1872.
LeRoy Wilson, the second son, was born October 25, 1866 in Wright township, Hillsdale county. He was married to Della Boyd of Waldron, August 8, 1887. She is the daughter of William and Martha Boyd, both of whom were born in Ireland. LeRoy Wilson is engaged in the grain and insurance business, and has always taken an active part in the development and improvement of the town of Waldron and been a promoter of all civic enterprises, serving officially as mayor of the town for a number of years. They are the parents of three children: Kern, Max and Olive.
Kern B. Wilson, the eldest son, was born February 17, 1889 in Waldron. He is a graduate of the Waldron High School, and served as postmaster of the town for several years. He is now the manager of the Waldron Lumber and Supply Company. In June 1919 he was married to Miss Clair Way and they are the parents of one daughter, Barbara Boyd, who was born in 1923.
Max E. Wilson, the second son of LeRoy and Della Boyd Wilson, was born March 17, 1891. He married . He has held various township offices, has served as township treasurer and township clerk of Wright township. For a number of years he was associated with his uncle E. J. Wilson in the implement business in Waldron.
He was in the World War, enlisting April 15, 1918 in Reg., Battery F. 6l--Art C.C.A. and stationed at Fort Hancock, New Jersey. His division sailed August 18, 1918 on the Bohemian and landed at Liverpool. They were then stationed at Hausinmont Replacement camp where the battle of the Marne was fought; they were placed in the 54th heavy artillery, served there three weeks, and were then placed in 6lst coast artillery, and were here about three and one half months. Then they were sent to Bordeaux where they remained two weeks and then to Marseilles. They sailed for the United States January 30, 1919, arriving in New York February 17, 1919. He was discharged from Camp Grant, Illinois, March 7, 1919. He received the appointment of postmaster at Waldron in 1933.
Olive Wilson, the youngest child of LeRoy and Della Boyd Wilson, was born May 9, 1898 in Waldron. In December 1925 she vas married to Carl Treat of Fayette, Ohio. He is cashier and stockholder in the State Savings Bank of Fayette. They are the parents of two daughters, Anna Dell born in 1927 and Martha born in 1930.
Ernest J. Wilson, the youngest son of Polk and Annis Smith Wilson, was born on July 14, 1872. On April 18, 1895 he was married to Lois O'Mealy of Hillsdale, Michigan. She is the daughter of James and Cora O'Mealy both of whom were born in Michigan. Ernest Wilson has been one of the representative businessmen of Waldron for about forty years, having been engaged in the implement business with his father for a number of years. He took over the business when his father retired and has continued to carry on a successful business. During the depression, he was a representative of the government in extending relief work in his district. They are the parents of one son, E. J. Wilson Jr., who was born August 19, 1906 in Waldron, Michigan.
E. J. Wilson Jr. was married to Ruth Tuttle of Hillsdale, Michigan, June 2, 1928. He is engaged in the implement business with his father.
Addison Franklin Smith, 1848-1920, was the second child of James Hayes and Eunice Foust Smith and was born November 23, 1848 in Delaware county, Ohio. When he was twelve years of age the family moved to Hil1sdale county, Michigan, and in 1864 they moved to Mahaska county, Iowa. He remained there until 1871 when he moved to Cowley county, Kansas where he spent the remainder of his life. On August 10, 1871 he was married to Phebe Jane Appel in Mahaska county, Iowa. She was the daughter of Phillip and Elizabeth Burden Appel. Phillip Appel was born in Germany and Elizabeth Burden Appel was born in North Lewisburg, Champaign county, Ohio. Phebe Appel Smith was one of the early day teachers of Cowley county, Kansas.
Addison F. Smith engaged in farming and stockraising and was recognized as one of the most successful farmers of his day. He was prominent in the affairs of his community and the county, held township office at different times and was elected county treasurer in 1900 and held that office for five years. In 1908 he was elected state senator and was re-e1ected in 1912 and 1916 and was recognized as one of the leaders of legislative affairs in the state. His third term of office expired just after his death. He was active in church affairs and served officially in the quarterly and annually conferences of the Methodist church for many years. He and his wife had a wide circle of friends, kept up many early day friendships, and enjoyed fellowshiping with the pioneers from all over the county.
They were the parents of three children.
Addison Franklin Smith passed away December 19, 1920 in St. Francis hospital, Wichita, Kansas, aged 72 years, 3 months and 15 days. They are buried in the Mount Vernon cemetery.
Dosha May Smith, the oldest child of Addison Franklin and Phebe Appel Smith, was born July 24, 1872 in Windsor township. She was married to John H. Crawford, August 3, 1891, Reverend B. E. Shawhan officiating. He is the son of James Garvin and Elizabeth Wilson Crawford, both of whom were born in the state of Illinois.
John R. Crawford has been state commissioner of labor and judge of the industrial court of the state of Kansas and at present is a practicing attorney in Wichita, Kansas, where they are active in social, religious and civic affairs of the city.
They have been the parents of two children: Mark Smith Crawford, who died in his early childhood and is buried at Mount Vernon; and Ethel Leona Crawford, who married Benj Loyd Barr, the son of Dr. and Mrs. U. S. Barr. Benj L. Barr was born in Michigan and served over seas in the World War in the 35th division. The Barrs live in Kansas City, Missouri, and he is engaged in the grain business.
Herbert Hershall (Bert) Smith, the oldest son of Addison Franklin and Phebe Appel Smith, was born in Harvey township, August 22, 1874. On September 30, 1896 he was married to Mattie Compton who was born in Nokomis, Illinois, and came to Kansas when she was eleven years of age. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Compton who were natives of the states of Ohio and Illinois respectively. Bert Smith spent some years on his farm near Mount Vernon where he engaged in farming and stock raising, but for the last ten years or more he has been engaged in the banking business in Atlanta, Kansas where they reside. He has been mayor of the town for a number of years and is active in all civic and political affairs of that part of the county, and the family is prominent socially. Bert and Mattie Compton Smith are the parents of three children.
Vera Smith is a graduate of Winfield High School and attended Pittsburg normal school. Before her marriage she was a teacher in the public schools of Cowley county. She is married to Oren J. Pearce of Reece, Kansas and he is engaged in the mercantile business. They are the parents of one son, Richard.
Miles Smith, the son of Bert and Mattie Compton Smith, was born in November, 1898. He is engaged in farming and has attended to the farming interests of the estate of the late Addison F. Smith for a number of years. He married Carol Haworth, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Haworth, of Atlanta, Kansas. They are the parents of two daughters, Mary Joann and Veva Jo, who are of the fifth generation of the Smith family that has lived in the Mount Vernon neighborhood in the last sixty years.
Inez Smith, the youngest child of Bert and Mattie Compton Smith, is a graduate of Burden High School and attended Pittsburg normal school. She was an instructor in the public schools of Cowley county prior to her marriage to Ray Deterding, who is the cashier of the Citizens State Bank of Atlanta, Kansas. They are the parents of one son, Max, born May, 1933.
Marley Franklin Smith, the youngest child of Addison Franklin and Phebe Appel Smith, was born in Harvey township November 14, 1885. In 1900 he moved to Winfield with his family and was a student in Winfield High School. He also held a clerical position in the office of the county treasurer. Five years later he returned to the farm where he remained a short time and then went to Guthrie, Oklahoma where he has remained and been prominently identified with the business and socia1 activities of that locality. He owns and operates the "Keep-U-Neat" Club. On June 1, 1910 he was married to Alta Marie Boyington at Guthrie. She was born in Springfield, Indiana, but most of her life has been spent in Oklahoma. She is the daughter of David D. Boyington who was born in New York, and Ella J. Boyington who was born in Illinois. Marley Franklin and A1ta Boyington Smith are the parents of one son, Marley Addison Smith, who was born August 15, 1916. He is a graduate of Guthrie High School and a student in the State Teachers College at Edmond, Oklahoma.
Albert Sanford Smith, 1851-1889, the third child of James Hayes and Eunice Foust Smith, was born October 15, 1851 in Delaware county, Ohio. When he was nine years of age the family moved to Hillsdale County, Michigan and remained there until 1864 and then moved to Mahaska county, Iowa, where the remainder of his life was spent.
In his boyhood he was occupied with different lines of work, but early in his adult years, he engaged in the mercantile business in Peoria, Iowa. Although having other business interests, he was very successful in this pursuit, and continued in it up to the time of his death. He was a man of fine character, and genial, kindly personality, and one widely and favorably known throughout Mahaska, county.
He was married to Emma Zembower McAuley January 17, 1878 in the Methodist church in Peoria, Iowa, Reverend L. O. Housel officiating. Emma Zembower McAuley was born in Smithfield, Pennsylvania, April 24, 1853, and was the daughter of James and Susannah Zembower McAuley, natives of the states of Pennsylvania and Maryland respectively. James McAuley's father was born near Belfast, Ireland and came to America during a Fenian revolt. The family is of Scotch-Irish ancestry. Emma McAuley Smith was one of the early day teachers of Mahaska county, Iowa.
Albert Sanford Smith and Emma McAuley Smith were the parents of three daughters and one son, all born in Peoria, Mahaska county, Iowa.
Albert Sanford Smith passed away May 30, 1889, aged 37 years, 7 months and 14 days. He is buried in the church yard cemetery in Peoria, Iowa. Soon after his death, the family moved to Oskaloosa, Iowa, where the children received their major education in Pennsylvania College.
Bessie Irene, the eldest daughter of Albert Sanford and Emma McAuley Smith, soon after completing her education, went to Buffalo, Wyoming, and has been a member of the faculty of the Buffalo High School for a number of years. On September 13, 1916, she was married to David A. Muir, who is a native of Scotland, and is a resident of Buffalo and owns extensive ranching interests.
Edith, the second daughter, is a graduate nurse taking her training in a Chicago hospital. She is the wife of Dr. Guy L. Bliss. For some tine they were located in Kalamazoo, Michigan, but later they moved to Long Beach, California where they now reside, and Dr. Bliss is a pediatric specialist in medicine.
Anis, the third daughter of Albert Sanford and Emna McAuley Smith, moved with her mother from Oskaloosa, Iowa first to Buffalo, Wyoming, and then to Hollywood, California where she is an instructor in English in the city schools of Los Angeles.
Albert McAuley Smith, the son of Albert Sanford and Emma McAuley Smith, was born August 23, 1889, three months after the death of his father. He was reared in Oskaloosa, but was a resident of Michigan at the beginning of the World War and enlisted at the first call for troops by President Wilson. He was in training near Boston, Massachusetts and received the rank of 1st Lieutenant in Company B, 339 Infantry, Michigan Regiment. The following is a quoted war time dispatch relating to him: "First Lieutenant Albert McAuley Smith of 339 Infantry has been awarded the D.S.C. by the War Department for extraordinary heroism in action. The citation reads 'First Lieutenant Albert McAuley Smith, Company B, 339 Infantry for extraordinary heroism in action at Selzo, Russia September 21, 1918 while leading his platoon in an attack on a strong enemy position, he was severely wounded in the side; concealing his condition from his men, he continued to direct his platoon, fearlessly exposing himself to fire throughout the action and unsuccessful attack.' He also received the English Military Cross decoration and decoration from the Russian government for this heroism. The presentations were made at Archangel, Russia."
On December 27, 1926, he was married to Lucille Marie Martin, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Moore Martin, of Louisville, Kentucky. She is a graduate of Vassar College, and has devoted her time to philanthropic work since her graduation, spending some time in the west. They reside in Chicago. They are the parents of one daughter, Nancy Ray Smith, born August 23, 1929.
Henry Ebenezer Smith, 1854-1872, was the fourth child of James Hayes and Eunice Foust Smith and was born in Morrow county, Ohio, January 1, 1854. He moved with the family first to Michigan and later to Mahaska county, Iowa. The father and mother moved to Kansas in April, 1872, and he was to go west the following spring, but he was stricken with typhoid fever in December of that year and passed away December 29, 1872 in the home of his maternal aunt, Mrs. Christopher Joy. He was 18 years, 11 months and 28 days old at the time of his death. He is buried in the church yard burial ground in Peoria, Iowa.
Miles LeRoy Smith, 1855-1898, the fifth child of James Hayes and Eunice Foust Smith, was born September 26, 1855, in Morrow county, Ohio, and in 1860 moved with his family to Hillsdale county, Michigan and then to Mahaska county, Iowa. In the spring of 1872 when he vas 17 years of age he moved with his parents and sister, Maxa, to Cowley county, Kansas.
When he became of age he filed on a claim in Silver Creek township and began improvements on it. Prior to that time, as was the custom of the pioneer youth, he worked at whatever came to his hand to do. He is recorded as one of the pioneer teachers of Cowley county, teaching several terms of school in his own vicinity and then teaching several terms in Vernon township north of Winfield.
He was a representative man of his community, substantial and dependable, and he was active in all affairs that tended toward the betterment of conditions. He was much interested in farming, and his farm was a model for neatness and improvements during his lifetime. On September 10, 1882 he was married to Emma Eliza Burden, his brother Ad, who was a Justice of the Peace, officiating. Emma Burden Smith is the daughter of Robert F. and Martha Bacon Burden. They were natives of the states of Ohio and Indiana respectively. The Burdens were pioneers in Cowley county coming from Mahaska county, Iowa in 1871. The town of Burden was named in compliment to Robert F. Burden who was president of the townsite company. Emma Burden Smith was educated in Iowa and for a number of years was an instructor in the public schools of Cowley county.
Miles LeRoy Smith and Emma Burden Smith were the parents of four children all born on the homestead in Silver Creek township. Miles LeRoy Smith died April 4, 1898 aged 42 years, 6 months and 8 days. His death was untimely resulting from injuries occasioned by a fall as he was about his farm work. He is buried in the Burden cemetery.
Foster Esli Smith, the eldest son of Miles LeRoy and Emma Burden Smith, was born March 16, 1884. He was married to Ethel Batch February 26, 1908 in Atlanta, Kansas. She was the daughter of Franklin and Mary Jacobs Batch whose parents were born in Berne, Switzerland. Mr. and Mrs. Batch were pioneers in Cowley county, locating on Grouse Creek in 1870.
Ethel Batch Smith died in December 1922 in College Hill Hospital, Winfield, Kansas, aged 36 years. For some years after their marriage they lived in Silver Creek township but later moved to Harvey township where the family still resides, and Foster Smith is engaged in farming and is active in community affairs. They were the parents of three children.
Russell Batch Smith, the eldest son, is a graduate of Winfield High School and United States Military Academy at West Point and is stationed at Plattburg, New York military post with rank of 2nd Lieutenant.
Albert LeRoy Smith, the second son, is a graduate or Winfield High School and has served one year at Fort Snelling in army service. He then enlisted in the United States Navy and is now aboard the U.S.S. Indianapolis.
Mary Elizabeth Smith, the daughter who was born in 1921 and since her mother's death has lived with her paternal grandmother in Burden, is a student in Burden High School.
Marice Smith, the second child of Miles LeRoy and Emma Burden Smith, was born November 26, 1889 in Silver Creek township. She is a graduate or Burden High School and Wichita Business College. On November 7, 1911 she was married to Cecil Savage, son of Marion and Emma Morrison Savage. Marion Savage is also a pioneer of Cowley county coming to Kansas with the R. F. Burden and the Addison Smith family in 1871.
Marice Smith and Cecil Savage are the parents of one daughter, Ladybelle Savage, who is a graduate of Burden High School.
James Ivan Smith, the third son of Miles LeRoy and Emma Burden Smith, was born October 31, 1892. For a number of years he remained on the homestead and managed the affairs of his mother. He then retired from the farm and was employed by the Empire Petroleum Company locating at Beloit, Kansas. In 1932 he was married to Emily Greenwood in Beloit, and again engaged in farming on the homestead in Silver Creek township.
Florence Edith Smith, the youngest child of Miles LeRoy and Emma Burden Smith, was born July 15, 1895 in Silver Creek township. She is a graduate of Burden High School and received her major education in Emporia Teachers Normal School and Wichita Business College, and has been engaged as a teacher in Cowley county and held a position in the County Attorney's office in Winfield, Kansas, and has been connected with the Burden Times (newspaper) for several years as reporter and writer.
On March 11, 1930 she was married to Fred Grant who conducts a radio shop in Burden, Kansas.
Maxa Amelia Smith, 1859-1927, was born in Morrow county, Ohio, November 16, 1859. She went with her family to Hillsdale county, Michigan in 1860 and later to Mahaska county, Iowa. In 1872, when she was thirteen years of age, she accompanied her parents to Kansas, and she grew to womanhood in Windsor township.
On November 29, 1881 she was married to Jerome B. Huff, Elder Thompson officiating.
Jerome B. Huff was the son of the Reverend Harrison Huff and Marie Phipps Huff, and he was born in Greenup county, Kentucky, April 5, 1851. A part of his early life was spent in Saltville, Virginia, but the family later returned to Greenup county, Kentucky. The father died in 1855. In the spring of 1870 the mother and children came to Kansas, and located in Omnia township where she homesteaded 160 acres of land and deeded 80 acres to each of her two younger sons, Jerome and Tom as they were not old enough to homestead. The Huffs were of that colony from Kentucky that settled in Omnia township consisting of the Jenkins, Wards, Strothers, Backus', Laceys and Bradshaws.
Soon after the marriage of Jerome B. and Maxa Smith Huff they sold their farm in Omnia township to Franklin Batch and bought a farm in Windsor township adjoining her father's on the south, and here their most active years were spent. They were factors in the early development of that locality contributing of their time and means to whatever call was made.
In 1913 the family moved to Atlanta, Kansas where Jerome B. Huff died January 1, 1925, aged 73 years, 8 months and 26 days. Maxa Smith Huff died February 27, 1927, aged 67 years, 3 months and 11 days. They are buried in the Atlanta cemetery. They were the parents of four children.
Chester James Huff, the eldest child of Jerome B. and Maxa Smith Huff, was born March 20, 1883. On December 25, 1906, he was married to Pearl Shearing, Reverend Jesse Jones officiating. Pearl Shearing Huff was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Shearing who came to Kansas from Illinois. She was a teacher in the public schools prior to her marriage. She passed away in Mercy Hospital, Arkansas City, August 5, 1916, aged 33 years. She is buried in the Arkansas City cemetery. Prior to her death the family had lived in Arkansas City for some time, but soon after that they moved to Atlanta, and Chester Huff has been engaged in the barber business and identified with the different activities of the town and community. They were the parents of three children, all of whom were reared in the home of the paternal grandparents after the death of Pearl Shearing Huff.
Albert James Huff, the eldest son of Chester James and Pearl Shearing Huff, is a graduate of Atlanta High School. In 1929 he enlisted in the 5th Regiment, United States Marine Bank and was four years in military service, much of the time being spent in Nicaragua. On November 14, 1930 he was married to Pansy Lindsey in Washington D.C. She is a native of North Carolina and received her major education in a North Carolina college. They live in Washington D.C. and are the parents of a daughter, Roma Pearl, born September 7, 1935.
Ruth Huff, the daughter of Chester James and Pearl Shearing Huff, is a graduate of Arkansas City Junior College and Arkansas City Business College and has a position with the Shell Petroleum Company in Arkansas City.
Kenneth Dale Huff, the youngest child, is a graduate of Atlanta High School and Arkansas City Junior College.
Hattie Gladys Huff, the eldest daughter of Jerome B. and Maxa Smith Huff, was born August 30, 1885 in Windsor township. On December 25, 1912 she was married to U. S. Rash, Reverend P. H. Guy officiating. U. S. Rash is the son of Samuel and Mary Rebecca Dance Rash, both of whom were natives of Kentucky and came to Kansas in 1876. The Rashs have spent most of their married life in Atlanta and have been factors in the affairs of that locality, and U. S. Rash was engaged in the insurance business.
In June 1931, they moved to Wichita, Kansas, where U. S. Rash is general state agent for the Massachusetts Protective Insurance Company.
They are the parents of one son, Jerome Samuel Rash, who is a graduate of Atlanta High School and Wichita University.
Kyle Jerome Huff, the third child of Jerome E. and Maxa Smith Huff, was born March 27, 1890. On May 7, 1915 he was married to Marie Haselwood, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charley Haselwood, who came to Kansas from Missouri in 1903. For some years they resided in Latham, Kansas and Kyle Huff was engaged in business, but they later moved to Winfield, Kansas where he is engaged in the barber business.
They are the parents of three children. Max, the eldest, is a graduate of Winfield High School; Ramona is a student in Winfield High School, and Elvin, the youngest, is in the grade school.
Edna Emily Huff, the youngest daughter of Jerome B. and Maxa Smith Huff, was born in Windsor township and moved with her parents to Atlanta in 1913. She is unmarried and has lived with the brother, Chester J. Huff, since the death of her parents.
Edith Delight Smith (the writer), the youngest child of James Hayes and Eunice Foust Smith, was born February 10, 1875 on the homestead in Windsor township. Her father died in 1887 when she was twelve years of age, and she and her mother moved to Burden in 1888. She then entered the Burden schools, and most of her adult life has been spent in Burden.
On September 3, 1894 she was married to De'Armond Collins, Reverend F. W. McKinney officiating. D. Collins was born in Butler, Missouri and is the son of Ed. and Pamelia Collins who are natives of the states of Ohio and Illinois respectively. He came to Kansas as a child and grew to manhood in Burden where he engaged in the mercantile business until 1919 when the family moved to Winfield, Kansas. He is now associated with the Wichita Wholesale Credit Mens Association, and they live in Wichita, Kansas. They have been the parents of two daughters.
Doris Eunice Collins was born in Burden, February 7, 1899 and is a graduate of Christian College, Columbia, Missouri, and the University of Kansas. Prior to her marriage she was a member of the faculty in the high schools at Frankfort, Kansas and Winfield, Kansas. On August 30, 1924 she was married to Francis Currie Orr in Seattle, Washington, Reverend Ralph Magee (now Bishop Magee) officiating. Francis Currie Orr was born in Xenia, Ohio and is the son of John F. and the late Anna Currie Orr of Kansas City, Missouri. They are both natives of Green county, Ohio. The family is of Scotch-Irish descent. Francis Currie Orr served overseas in the 89th division during the World War. He is treasurer of the Hooven-Allison Cordage Company, Xenia, Ohio.
They are the parents of one son, Robert Collins Orr, born May 14, 1930 in Xenia, Ohio.
Gretchen Edith Collins, the second daughter of De'Armond and Edith Smith Collins, was born June 4, 1901 in Cambridge, Kansas and died March 3, 1902 in Burden, Kansas.
References: Early History Morrow County and Ohio, W. H. Perrin and J. H. BattIe,
Historians, Chapter 7, Page 320; Department of Interior, Washington,
A. D. Smith, 2038 Warren, West Detroit, Michigan.
Dr. Florence Smith Goodhue, Cardington, Ohio.