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Petit/Smith Family, St. Croix, Wisonsin
Posted by: Karen Roberts (ID *****5671) Date: October 29, 2003 at 21:12:01
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I am looking for the ancestors and descendants of Marie Floreda Rosella Smith. I believe her parents were Alfred Smith and Rose Petit.

Alfred Smith was born in Canada between 1867 and 1877. His father was born in Scotland and his mother was born in French Canada.

His wife, Rose Petit, was born in Wisconsin between 1882 and 1884. Her father was born in French Canada and her mother was born in Wisconsin.

Their dauther, Marie Floreda Rosella Smith was born in 1909 in Wisconsin. She used her middle name Floreda also spelled Floretta, Florida, Florita.

Rose died of tuberculosis or in giving birth to a son. The son died also?

Floreda was put into an orphanage.

The father, Alfred Smith, then remarried a woman from England. He died in a fire in Somerset, WI. His second wife raised Floreda.

Floreda married at 16 to a man with the last name of Johnson and had 3 children. She then married a second time to a man with the last name of Runge.

I believe Floreda's grandfather may have been Zephyr Petit or Zephir Petit. He is listed in the 1900 census as Zephyr Petite in the 1900 St. Croix Co., Star Prairie Township, Wisconsin Census. His wife's name is Mary. They have a daughter named Salina, age 11 born July 1888, and a daughter named Rosy, age 8 born Aug. 1891.

According to this census, Zeph Petite was born in French Cananda in May 1861. His parents were also born in French Canada.

Mary was born in Wisconsin in Oct. 1866, her parents were born in French Canada.

This family may be of Chippewa ancestry also.

I would appreciate any help!



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