|Posted By:||Randy Seaver|
|Subject:||SMITHs of Henderson|
|Post Date:||November 12, 2002 at 20:24:12|
|Forum:||Jefferson County, NY Genealogy Forum|
I've actually had a little luck finding info on the SMITH families around Henderson in Jefferson county, NY. My Ranslow Smith was born in 1805 there to unknown parents, married a Mary ____ and set off to Dodge County Wisconsin in the 1840's. From there he went to Taylor County Iowa by 1870, and probably died there, since I can't find him in the 1880 census.
Until this month, all I had was the 1810-1850 census data for Jefferson county NY, the 1860 Dodge County WI census, the Hugh mug book info and the family Bible data. After posting some notes on the JeffCo message boards, I got some leads to the JeffCo web site, which had cemetery records and some more mug book biographies. I also found some land records in JeffCo in the 1837-1841 time frame, where he buys and sells plots with George and Lyman Smith.
With everything in hand, I was able to put together data for descendants of Ebenezer Smith (through Ahira and Asa Smith) and Samuel Smith (through Sylvester Smith). Neither of these is Ranslow's line, I think. That leaves Norman or Ira Smith as a potential sire (based on 1810/1820 census data and the mug books). I've looked through the Rootsweb LDS and FTM data and found very little for any of these names.
Tonight, I put many of these names into the 1880 census, and found that Lyman Smith's (who went to WI at the same time that Ranslow Smith did - same dates on BLM papers) parents were born in RI and MA. Not much to go on, but more than I had before. Now I need to look for Norman and Ira (and others) in RI records. Pretty lean data still, but I'm working on it! The best lead may be to order the file from the BLM for the land patent - supposedly there is genealogy data in those files.
Any thoughts or suggestions would be welcome. Smith's are tough...
Regards -- Randy