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Mary Elizabeth Smith

Individual

Born: 21 Aug 1847 in Collins Center, Erie County, New York, USA

Died: 12 Dec 1931 in Waukon, Allamakee County, Iowa, USA

Father: Gilbert Palmer Smith (1812 – 1900)

Mother: Lydia Palmerton (1818 – 1848)

Family #1

Spouse/Partner: George Jenkins Maris (1841 – 1915)

Married: 2 Jun 1865 in Guthrie Center, Guthrie County, Iowa, USA

Child: Emmor Bonsall Maris (1866 – ?)

Child: Eva Penrose Maris (1868 – 1937)

Child: Lillie Clarissa Maris (1869 – ?)

Child: Emily Rebecca Maris (1872 – ?)

Child: Walter Scott Maris (1877 – 1901)

Child: Florence Louise Maris (1883 – ?)

Notes:

Mary came with her parents to Iowa at age 6 (about 1853).

She was educated at rural school, completing the 8th level reader.

George and Mary, along with their children Emmor, Eva, Emily, Lillie, Walter and Florence were early members of the Wichita Methodist Church (built and dedicated in June 1898 with pastor Andrew H. Dove). [BayardNews1976]

In 1925, she was living by herself at in Waukon, Allamakee County, Iowa, in a residence she rented for $15 per month.

Change Date

This data was last changed on 11 Jul 2009, and is stored in datafile B.

Primary and Secondary Sources

(see About Sources)

1850 U.S. Federal Census (Population Schedule)
National Archives and Records Administration. [applies to name, birth]
1860 U.S. Federal Census (Population Schedule)
National Archives and Records Administration. [applies to birth]
1870 U.S. Federal Census (Population Schedule)
National Archives and Records Administration. [applies to name, birth, marriage]
1880 U.S. Federal Census (Population Schedule)
National Archives and Records Administration. [applies to name, birth]
1910 U.S. Federal Census (Population Schedule)
National Archives and Records Administration. [applies to birth]
1920 U.S. Federal Census (Population Schedule)
National Archives and Records Administration. [applies to birth]
1925 Iowa State Census
[applies to name, birth, marriage, notes]
1930 U.S. Federal Census (Population Schedule)
National Archives and Records Administration. [applies to birth]
A Spear Family History
by Michael Engelmann; [applies to birth, death]
Ancestor Chart of George E. Spear
by Michael Englemann; [applies to birth, death]
History of Guthrie and Adair Counties, Iowa
Springfield, IL, USA: Continental Historical, 1884. [applies to name, birth, marriage]
Interview (Cora Ethel Spear)
Inteview, letter, notes, etc. [applies to name]
Newspaper Article ("Wichita Church Bicentennial Honors Past, Present Members, Friends")
The Bayard News; Bayard, Guthrie County, Iowa, USA; 10 Jun 1976; page unknown, columns 1-3. [applies to notes]
Private (Family Register, Gilbert P. Smith)
[applies to name, birth, marriage]
The Maris Family in the United States
by George L. & Annie M. Maris; 1885. [applies to marriage]

Research Notes (source comments, unreliable information)

Mary probably moved to Iowa with her parents, and they may have settled at Springdale (Cedar County).

The 1900 U.S. Census for daughter Lydia (Lillie) gives Mary's birthplace as Ohio, while the 1925 Iowa State Census for (Lily) gives Mary's birthplace as Vermont.