I've pleased to announce that I have a two new family members... my fourth great grandfather and his wife. Here's how I discovered that David Smith and his wife Elizabeth Browning are my grandparents so far back.
In the late 1970s, my mother had that her Grandpa Andrew Nelson Smith (1855-1933) was buried on the plot owned by a Philip Smith in Green Lawn Cemetery in Columbus, Franklin, Ohio. She knew that Philip was Andrew Nelson Smith his son and had a death record that said Catherine Dague was Andrew's mother.
When visiting the burial plot of Andrew Nelson in 2010, I found saw tombstones for:
- Mary E Smith (1834-1899)
- Orlando Smith (1865-1928)
- Clara Smith (1869-1927)
- Andrew Nelson Smith
- Emma Smith
- Marietta Smith
- Harry Smith
- Lura Smith
- Lewis Brown
I didn't find stones for Philip, Earl, or the Tooill infant. (update, I've learned more about the Tooill infant).
With the cemetery information in hand, I began looking for other documents to detail the family. I discovered an 1860 US Census record for Philip and a few of his family members.
|"United States Census, 1860", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MCP4-SNB : accessed 29 October 2011), Phillip Smith, 1860.|
I knew that Philip had married Mary E Smith in June 1859, so Andrew and a brother named Charles must be from another wife. This I presumed is Catherine Dague as I had a record linking Andrew to this mother.
|Year: 1870; Census Place: Blendon, Franklin, Ohio; Roll: M593_1200; Page: 20A; Image: 43; Family History Library Film: 552699. Accessed through Ancestry.com on 29 October 2011)|
Once again Philip and Mary have Andrew and Charles as well as three other likely children in their home: McKindree, Orlando, and Louella. It's believed Orlando is the son listed in Philip's family plot with a wife named Claa.
I used Ancestry.com Member Trees for hints and noticed that many individuals had an L before Philip's name. I used this clue to see if I could find more records for Philip when additional records dried up.
Using FamilySearch.org, I did discover a death record for a Leon Philip Smith that died in 1916. Could this be my 3rd great-grandfather?
Family Search, "Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953" database, (http:/www.familysearch.org) : Entry for Leon Philip Smith, 24 August 1916
The informant is Mrs. Harry H Long. That is my 2nd great grandmother Lura Maude Smith! Lura and her husband Harry Howard had cared for Andrew Nelson Smith for a time after his second wife died. To see her name on Leon Philip's death certificate clicked the light bulb and confirmed that indeed Leon Philip Smith was my 4th great grandfather.
And what do you notice on this record? Parents names!!!! It's time to do a happy dance.
And it's time to start researching David Smith and Elizabeth Browning.