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Re: David Milton Smith (1890 - 1964) - Suzanne Derr / David Smith
Posted by: Tim Gruber (ID *****3460) Date: November 24, 2012 at 05:42:01
In Reply to: Re: David Milton Smith (1890 - 1964) - Suzanne Derr / David Smith by Beth McNary Gatts of 1580

As you may already know tracing an extremely common name like Smith doesn't make your task any easier.

David and Harriet were married on June 24, 1912 which was recorded in volume 36, page 734 in the Berks County Orphans Court marriage records. I suggest getting a copy of it as it may have some useful data on his parents such as whether they were still alive or where they were born. Be sure to ask for a copy of the marriage application.

The 1900 census of Ryan Twp., Schuylkill County lists a Dave M. Smith, born May 1890 as the grandson of Levi Derr, born Jan 1837, and Lucy, born Feb 1841. I believe Levi and Lucy are buried in St Peter's Cemetery in Ryan Twp.

The Historical Society of Schuylkill County has the best collection of records for that county including a number of church, cemetery and newspaper records. They might be able to help you.

You might also try the Schuylkill County Archives located at the County Courthouse for orphans court records. The 1900 census would suggest (though by no means certain) that one or both of his parents died when he was young. A guardian may have been appointed to watch over any inheritance he may have had coming. County deeds sometimes include property sold by the heirs (often years afterward). The Recorder of Deeds Office would have those records.

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