I am hoping some kind person will be able to help me. Fred Smith was my maternal grandfather Smith's "cousin". I remember visiting my grandfather's people in the 1950s in Fulton Co. KY and Lake Co. TN. We would then ride the ferry across the Mississippi to Steele, MO to visit "cousin" Fred and his wife Nora.
From photos that belonged to my grandparents I know that Fred and Nora had a daughter Pauline who married Harbert Hudgens. I believe they also lived in Steele.
According to the SSDI, Fred died in January of 1963. Someone at the Pemiscot County Health Dept. told me today that she has no death certificate for that name/date. Daughter Pauline Smith Hudgens died in April of 1980--last residence Steele, MO according to the SSDI. So this family appears to have still been in Steele MO as late as 1980. Pauline's husband Harbert Hudgens died on May 1st of 1991 but the SSDI does not list a last residence for him.
I have been trying for almost 9 years to piece together my maternal grandfather's family. I am almost sure that "cousin" Fred Smith was probably the son of my grandfather's much older half brother. I had hoped to confirm that with Fred's death certificate, but that hope seems dashed after speaking with the Pemiscot Health Dept. I am wondering if Fred may have died in a hospital somewhere other than Pemiscot County???
Is there some kind person there who might know any of these people? Or who might look for an obituary or cemetery record or ANYTHING that might help me??? I would be extremely grateful for any assistance.
Lavone in Atlanta
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