My grandmother was Rosie Smiley Cotton. She never reconnected with her family after she and her siblings were orphaned when their parents died of influenza, possibly during the pandemic of 1918-19. I was told that her maiden name was Victoria Rose Smiley and that she had two younger siblings, a brother named Claude and a sister whose name my cousin (Rosie’s granddaughter) couldn’t remember. Grandma Rosie’s mother’s maiden last name was Cook. Following is U.S. Census information that is possibly linked to my family.
1910 U.S. Census for Blackfish, St. Francis, Arkansas:
Henry Smiler (I assume a misspelling of “Smiley”), head, age 27, b. abt. 1883
Willie R. Cook Smiler, wife, age 21, b. abt. 1889
Rosa Smiler, daughter, age 3, b. 1907 (her actual birth date is 12 Jan 1907)
1920 U.S. Census for Spring Creek, Lee County, Arkansas:
Rosa Smiley, orphan, age 13
She was living with the Billingsley family-
William R. Billingsley, head, age 45, b. abt. 1875
Katie E. Billingsley, wife, age 27, b. 1893
Clarke Billingsley, son, age 5, b. abt.1915
Carlton Billingsley, son, age 3, b. abt. 1917
Guy L. Billingsley, son, age 1, b. abt. 1919
William R. Billingsley was listed as a blacksmith.
1920 U.S. Census for St. Francis, Lee, Arkansas:
Jesse J. Cook, head
Frances M. Cook, wife
Claud T. Smiley, nephew, age 9, born abt. 1911 (poss. Grandma Rosie's brother)
Ruby Smiley, niece, age 6, born abt. 1914 (poss. Grandma Rosie's sister and Essie Ballard's mother)
1930 U.S. Census for Dixieland, Madera, California:
Charles Cotton, head, age 29, b. abt. 1901 (my grandfather)
Rosa Cotton, wife, age 21, b. abt. 1909 (my grandmother)
Charles Cotton, son, age 3, b. abt. 1927 (my uncle)
Carl L. Cotton, son, age 1, b. abt. 1928 (my dad Carl Lee Cotton)
My Grandma Rosie also had a daughter who was born in 1930, Thelma A. Cotton.
I would love to receive any information about my Grandma Rosie’s family.
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