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mystery-man, John W. SMITH, of Bedford, Blair &Chester Co., PA, b. abt 1874/1875
Posted by: Kathy Clay (ID *****4645) Date: January 18, 2007 at 10:05:02
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I am continuing to search for my mystery-man--John William SMITH (2nd marriage) m. Margaret ALLISON 25 Dec. 1912, Newry, Blair Co. PA died perhaps in Chester Co., PA. They had three children: Warren (was in the military), Anna Jane and Grace. John died sometime before late October 1927 (my Uncle remembers John SMITH died when he was in the first grade: Fall 1924-Spring 1925). The 2 girls supposedly lived in Lionville, Chester Co., Pennsylvania.

1930 PA Census (Uwchlan Twp., Chester Co.): Margaret SMITH is listed with her 2 girls (ages 12 and 10 yrs.) as widowed; living 4 households away from possibly her brother—“Russel M. Allison” and family.

Margaret ALLISON b. abt. 1891 was the dau. of Harrison and Jane ALLISON (known siblings: Laura, Jennie, Russell M., and Ruth). As a child she lived with her family in Freedom Twp., Blair Co. (listed in 1900 & 1910 PA Census).

John 1st married Mary SELL of Bedford Co. PA on 26 Mar 1899. John was 24 y/o and living in Bloomfield Twp. at time marriage license was issued. This makes him b. abt. 1874/1875.
They had 2 daughters: M. Kathryn (my grandmother) and Barbara ("Bide").

1900 PA Census, Bedford Co.: Mary and Kathryn are listed in the living with her father (Joseph SELL), but John SMITH is not listed,

1910 PA Census in Bedford Co.: John, Mary and the girls are all listed as living with Mary’s father, Joseph SELL.

They divorce 11 Nov. 1912, and they both remarry within a few weeks. John SMITH to the above mentioned Margaret ALLISON on 25 Dec. 1912, Newry, Blair Co. PA.

I cannot find John or Margaret SMITH in the 1920 PA Census.

John SMITH's father was Joseph SMITH (mother's name unknown).

I know Warren died in the 1950’s, but the girls may still be living. I don’t know if they married or what their married names would be.

Any info would be greatly appreciated—especially on John William SMITH:)
Kathy Clay

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