Last updated 19 Oct 2021 in Spear–Johnson Family.
Born: 3 Aug 1822 in , , New York, United States
Spouse/Partner: Gilbert Palmer Smith (1812 – 1900)
Married: 4 Sep 1850
Moved To Residence: Abt 1853 at , Cedar County, Iowa, United States
Residence: 1 Jun 1850 at Collins, Erie County, New York, United States
Residence: 1 Jun 1860 at Iowa Township, Cedar County, Iowa, United States
Residence: 1 Jun 1880 at Iowa Township, Cedar County, Iowa, United States
Research Notes (Conflicts/Spelling/Followup)
Birth Date: This database uses 3 August 1822. Using her age (28) on the official 1850 census date of 1 June 1850 gives a birth date range from 2 June 1821 to 1 June 1822. [census-us-1850-ps-ny-erie-collins-290b]
Given Name: This database uses Clarissa. The register in the Barak Smith Family Bible appears to be something like Clanisy. [family-barak-smith-family-bible-register]
Surname: This database uses Rathbone. The register in the Barak Smith Family Bible uses the spelling Rathbon. (The lack may be due to invisibility in a name that overwrote the decorative border. [family-barak-smith-family-bible-register]
From a family register (a commercially-sold certificate framed for hanging) for Gilbert P. Smith's family, Clarissa is marked with a death date that may be 1884. However, the ink used to record the information bled and the information is barely readable. [family-gilbert-smith-family-tree]
Clarissa, was living in the home of Gilbert Smith on 1 June (the official 1850 U.S. Census date. However, she is not listed in the customary position for a wife, and they are not noted as being maried until probably September on a family register. Were they engaged at this point? Was she originally a border but a relationship developed from that? Did they consider themselves to be married in essence, if not in fact? [census-us-1850-ps-ny-erie-collins-290b, family-gilbert-smith-family-tree]
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