Mary Elizabeth Smith
Last updated 22 Oct 2021 in Spear–Johnson Family.
Born: 21 Aug 1847 in , Erie County, New York, United States
Father: Gilbert Palmer Smith (1812 – 1900)
Mother: Lydia Palmerton (1818 – 1848)
Spouse/Partner: George Jenkins Maris (1841 – 1915)
Married: 2 Jun 1865 in Springdale, Cedar County, Iowa, United States
Child: Jessie Maris (? – 1915)
Child: Emmor Bonsall Maris (1866 – 1945)
Child: Eva Penrose Maris (1868 – 1937)
Child: Lilly Clarissa "Lydia" Maris (1869 – ?)
Child: Emily Rebecca Maris (1872 – ?)
Child: Walter Scott Maris (1877 – 1901)
Child: Florence Louise Maris (1883 – ?)
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 1870 at Springdale, Cedar County, Iowa, United States
Residence: 1 Jun 1880 at Iowa Township, Cedar County, Iowa, United States
Residence: 1 Jun 1900 at Seeley Township, Guthrie County, Iowa, United States
Residence: 10 Nov 1915 at Elgin, Grand County, Utah, United States
Occupation: (domestic) 1 Jan 1925
Residence: 1 Jan 1925 at Waukon, Allamakee County, Iowa, United States
Religion: (Protestant) 1 Jan 1925
General Notes and Anecdotes
In 1880, the household included a live-in hired hand (presumably for the farm) named Oscar Wilson. Also living with her family was the family of her father, Gilbert Smith, which included Clarissa, Gilbert's second wife, and a live-in servant, 27-year old Elsie Boss. [census-us-1880-ps-ia-cedar-354-6]
Mary, along with her husband George and their children Emmor, Eva, Emily, Lillie, Walter, and Florence, were early members of the Wichita Methodist Church, dedicated in June 1898. [periodical-wichita-church-bicentennial-1976]
In 1925, she was living in Waukon, Iowa, in a residence she rented for $15 per month. [census-us-ia-1925-allamakee-waukon-172]
Research Notes (Conflicts/Spelling/Followup)
Birth Date: This database uses 21 Aug 1847. The 1860 U.S. Census gives an age of (13), which, when applied to the official census date of 1 Jun 1860, gives a birth date range from 2 Jun 1846 to 1 Jun 1847. [census-us-1860-ps-ia-cedar-iowa-157]
Birth Location: This database uses Collins Center, New York. The 1925 Iowa Census for daughter Lilly gives Mary's birthplace as Vermont. [census-us-ia-1925-allamakee-jefferson-31]
Marriage Date: This database uses 2 June 1865. The 1900 U.S. Census gives the number of years (35) of marriage, which, when applied to the official census date of 1 Jun 1900, gives a marriage date range from 2 June 1864 to 1 June 1865. [census-us-1900-ps-ia-guthrie-63-1a]
First Name: This database uses Mary. The 1850 Census uses May, probably an enumerator error. [census-us-1850-ps-ny-erie-collins-290b]
Mary may have been born in Erie County, New York. [research-ancestor-chart-of-george-spear]
More specifically, she may have been born in Collins Center.
She was educated at rural school, completing the 8th level reader.
Mary and her sibling Nathan appear to have married siblings George and Rebecca Maris.
Mary may have been died 12 Dec 1931 in Waukon, Allamakee County, Iowa. [research-ancestor-chart-of-george-spear]
The 1910 U.S. Census for District 50, Elgin, Grand County, Utah shows George and Mary's daughter Florence living there, which conflicts with the same census for Grand Junction, Mesa County, Coorado. Check this before adding the former.
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