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Re: Jabez SMITH
Posted by: Robert Mankin (ID *****6261) Date: December 10, 2002 at 22:48:50
In Reply to: Jabez SMITH by robin of 1613

THE WILSONS OF RATTLESNAKE FORK printed 1980 by Eva Wilson McCoy and Elizabeth Wilson Haines has following information. Jabez Smith, farmer, born about 1834, probably in Perry Twp. of Fayette Co., Ohio son of John Smith and Eleanor Ellis who are both buried in Cochran Cem of Perry Twp.; married 1856 in Fayette Co., Ohio to Mary E. Wilson born about 1836 daughter of William Wilson and Peachy Fishback. No children; one foster/adopted child: John Wesley Wilson born 20 Jan 1869 died 1947; natural son of Joseph McGuire Wilson and Emily Catherine Cox. He was orphaned at age two, was received by his cousin, the above mentioned Mary E. Wilson Smith for rearing. Mary E. Wilson Smith was a granddaughter of William and Margaret Weaver Wilson and this child, John Wesley Wilson was a great grandson of William and Margaret. Enumerated in the 1880 Federal Census in Buckskin Twp., Ross Co., Ohio were Jabez Smith, farmer, age 46, Mary E. Smith age 44, and John W. Wilson age 11. From tombstone inscriptions in Cochran Cemetery we find that in 1837 all six brothers and sisters of Jabez Smith had died within a few weeks, supposedly from milk sickness. Emma W. Kelley states that her family referred to Mary E. Wilson Smith as their "Grandma". Compiler - Emma Wilson Kelley (Emma Mae Wilson Kelly born 25 May 1891 dau of John Wesley Wilson, 1869-1947, and Rosetta Fults; mar 22 Aug 1920 to Chalmer S. Kelley born 1893 died 1951. No children.) Hope this is information you need. Bob (I have no connection with this family. I knew Marion and Elizabeth Haines. They were active members of the Ross Co. Genealogical Society. They gave me a copy of their book when they published it.)

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