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Family of John Charles Smith in Erie, PA - Info and Queries
Posted by: Teri Howden Freedman (ID *****1140) Date: May 21, 2010 at 15:18:42
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Catherine Casey married John Charles Smith, probably in Venango Co PA, probably about 1885, going by the birth of their eldest child, Hazel (1866). The youngest child of Catherine and John Charles Smith, Lewis Joseph, was b. 11 Apr 1892 in Oil City (moved to Erie, PA by 1910), and so the family evidently lived in Venango Co from John Charles' birth there (abt 1862-3) until at least 1892. John Charles is in the 1870 & 1880 censuses in Emlenton, Venango Co.

His father, Joseph Smith, who is in Venango Co PA in the 1860 and 1870 censuses, mostly says he was b. 1830 in France. His son, John Charles Smith (b. 1862 PA), probably married first wife Catherine Smith in Venango Co but relocated to Erie Co by 1900, where many of his descendants still live. Here is the family line I've compiled, beginning with immigrant Joseph Smith:

1. In May 1837, Mary (1828), Joseph (1830), Lewis (1831), and Caroline (1834) Smith, all b. France, arrived in NY aboard the Charles Carroll from Le Havre, France. Origin was Alsace, France.

2. 1850 Hanover, Ashland OH Census: oldest chn Mary and Joseph aren't among them, but Caroline and Lewis from above passenger list are with the Michael and Sophia Smith family in OH, all b. France:
Caroline Smith 17
Catharine Smith 20
Charlotte Smith 8
Henry Smith 12
Lewis Smith 15
Michael Smith 16 (later also became a blacksmith in IN)
Michael Smith is a blacksmith, b. 1797 FR 53
Sophia Smith 44 (moved to Johnson, LaGrange, In w/son)
Sophia Smith 19

3. 1860 Joseph Smith and wife Mary J. Smith are in Venango, PA Census. He says he was b. PA abt 1830; Mary b. abt 1834 Ohio; daughter Mary b. 1856 Indiana, and dau. Julia b. 1858 IL. Note: in 1860, Joseph's probable mother, Sophia Smith, is living in Indiana with 3 of her children from 1850 OH census; presumably, father Michael has died and older chn have scattered.

4. 1870 Joseph Smith, b. abt 1830 France, is in Venango PA. Joseph is a widower living with Emanuel Widle and wife Mary Widle (b. abt 1829 France = sister to Joseph from the 1837 passenger list). Mary is married to Emanuel in the 1860 census, also -- apparently, no chn. Emanuel fought in the Civil War. Joseph's daughter, Mary Ellen, b. abt 1856 IL, and son John C. b. abt 1863 PA are also in the 1870 Widle household. Joseph's wife Mary J. and daughter Julia are not there, and presumed deceased.

5. John C. Smith, b. Aug 1862 per 1900 Erie Census, says his father was b. Germany and his mother was b. Illinois; he says the same in the 1910 Erie census. In 1893, John C. Smith is a boilermaker in Erie, PA.
His son Lewis Joseph Smith, b. 11 Apr 1892 in Oil City, Venango, gave his middle name as John in the WWI draft registration but gave his middle name as Joseph in the WWII census. Lewis Joseph Smith d. 2 Mar 1958 and is buried in Erie, PA.

In the 1900 census with John C. Smith's second wife Ella, John C. Smith's brother Harry Allen Smith was b. Jun 1888 (in his draft registration, he says he was b. Oil City, Venango, PA and in his WWII registration lists his sister Hazel I. Smith Boyd as his contact).

Because Ella and John C. Smith were not married until Dec 1893 and Lewis J. Smith was b. 11 Apr 1892, I am thinking that, even though Ella says she has 3 chn in 1900, only the two younger girls (Matilda and Esther) are hers, and Lewis J. belonged to the first wife, Catherine Casey (per Lewis's death certificate, Catherine Casey was his mother). The four chn of (info provided by widow Edna Almira Voss Smith) Catherine Casey and John Charles Smith were Hazel I. Smith (m. Henry Wilson Boyd), Harry Allen Smith, Susie A. Smith (twin to Harry), and Lewis Joseph Smith.

1. The family were likely Reformed Church members; any burial/death information for Joseph G. Smith, who d. after 1900 (he is in Venango Co census w/second wife, Lucy J.)
2. Any marriage/death/burial information for John Charles Smith, b. Venango Co (prob. Emlenton) 1862-3, d. Erie, PA between 1920-30 and his first wife, Catherine Casey (b. 1864, d. abt 1868) and second wife, Ella, LNU?
3. Any Erie, PA Casey, Smith or Boyd descendants who can add to or correct the above information? Was Lawrence Casey, who is in the North East 1860 PA census, the father of Catherine Casey Smith?

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