Thursday, March 24, 2011

Howard Mahlon Smith 1876-1969

Dan's maternal great  grandfather

There is an album of photos for this family on facebook here:
Howard Smith at his 90th birthday party

Howard Mahlon Smith
Born  September 26 1876
Died 1969
Married 1st
Margaret  Aunkst
Born February 22 1878
Died May 24 1918
Married 2nd
 Blanche Mable Cramer
daughter of Samuel & Susan Cramer
Born: November 1 1887
Died February 15 1949

Ella May Smith 1897 – 1968
Grace Alice Smith 1903 – 1994
Anna Elizabeth Smith 1907 – 1989
Clarence Sylvester Smith 1909 – 1992
Hester Dulcine Smith 1910 – 
Pearl Marie Smith 1912 – 1985
Marian Lucille Smith 1914 – 2011 m. Lloyd William Smith
Kenneth Leroy Smith 1917 – 1977

Howard Smith was the father of Marian Lucille Smith, who married Lloyd William Smith
He was my husbands great grandfather
Howard's parents were Charles Smith b.1835 & Sarah Ann (Hagerman) Smith
Howard's middle name "Mahlon" is Sarah Ann's fathers first name. (Mahlon Hagerman)
They all lived in the Anthony twp, Montour County, area
His first wife, and mother of his children, was Margaret Esther "Essie" Aunkst
Margaret died in 1918, and Howard remarried, Blanche Cramer.  

Time Line:

1876 - Howard Born

1880 United States Federal Census about Howard Smith
Name: Howard Smith
Age: 4
Birth Year: abt 1876
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1880: Anthony, Montour, Pennsylvania
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Son
Marital Status: Single
Father's Name: Charls Smith
Father's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Mother's name: Sallie Smith
Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Neighbors: View others on page
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Household Members:
Name Age
Charls Smith 43
Sallie Smith 38
Ella Smith 12
Annie Smith 10
Howard Smith 4

1897 - Married Margaret Ester Aunkst
Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985 about Essie Aunkst
Name: Essie Aunkst
Event Type: Marriage
Marriage Date: 24 Jul 1897
Marriage Place: Muncy, Lycoming, Pennsylvania, USA
Spouse Name: Howard M Smith
Denomination: Lutheran
Organization Name: St Andrew´s Evangelical Lutheran Church of Muncy

 1900 Census
Name: Howard M Smith
Home in 1900: Anthony, Montour, Pennsylvania
Age: 24
Birth Date: Sep 1875
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relationship to head-of-house: Head
Father's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Spouse's Name: Essie Smith
Marriage Year: 1897
Marital Status: Married
Years Married: 3
Household Members:
Name Age
Howard M Smith 24
Essie Smith 20
Ella Smith 3
Mahalan Hagerman 87
Sarah Smith 59
Ella M Pealing 32
Mahalan Pealing 3

Mahlon Hagerman is listed as a boarder, but would have been his maternal grandfather
Sarah Smith is also listed as a boarder, but she would have been his mother I believe - Mahlon's daughter, Sarah Ann (Hagerman) Smith
The Peaslings are also listed as boarders, but given the name Mahalan (Mahlon) for the youngest, I wonder if there is a relationship there as well.

1910 Census
Name: Howard M Smith
Age in 1910: 33
Estimated Birth Year: 1877
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Relation to Head of House: Head
[Self (Head)] 
Father's Birth Place: Pennsylvania
Mother's Birth Place: Pennsylvania
Spouse's Name: Essie M Smith
Home in 1910: Anthony, Montour, Pennsylvania
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Gender: Male
Household Members:
Name Age
Howard M Smith 33
Essie M Smith 31
Ella M Smith 12
Grace A Smith 6
Annie E Smith 2
Clarnce S Smith 9/12

Charles Kreppnneck 13

1918- Margaret Died of Consumption ( pulmonary tuberculosis)

1920 Census
Name: Howard M Smith
Home in 1920: Anthony, Montour, Pennsylvania
Age: 42
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1878
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
Father's Birth Place: Pennsylvania
Mother's Birth Place: Pennsylvania
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Sex: Male
Home owned: Rent
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Household Members:
Name Age
Howard M Smith 42
Ella M Smith 22
Grace A Smith 16
Annie E Smith 12
Clarence S Smith 10
Pearl M Smith 8
Marion L Smith 7
Keneth L Smith 2
Howard Smith with 2 Wife, Blanche (Cramer) Smith

1930 Census
Name: Howard Smith
Home in 1930: Turbotville, Northumberland, Pennsylvania
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Age: 52
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1878
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse's Name: Blanch Smith
Race: White
Household Members:
Name Age
Howard Smith 52
Blanch Smith 42
Merion Smith 14
Kenneth Smith 12

1949 - Blanche Died

1969 - Howard Died

SS Death Index Record
Name: Howard Smith
SSN: 185-07-5795
Last Residence: 17749  Mc Ewensville, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, United States of America
Born: 26 Sep 1876
Died: Aug 1969
State (Year) SSN issued: Pennsylvania (Before 1951)

All three are buried at Turbotville Cemetery, Turbotville PA

More about the Children:

Beatrice (Cotner) Smith & Clarence Smith

Marian, Beatrice and Pearl Smith
(Beatrice Cotner?)

Kenneth Smith

From left to right
Blanches Mom 
Harry Bower
Pearl (Smith) Bower
Marian Smith
Blanches father (Mr. Cramer?)
Marian and Pearl were Howards daughters, to Margaret Aunkst, his first wife

Beatrice (Cotner) Smith  & Marian Smith

Tracking The 1957 Inheritance from Ohio

Where Did The Money Come From?

 Somewhere around 1957, Patsy Ann (Smith) Truckenmiller remembers her grandfather Howard Smith (who was living with them at the time, in the house in McEwensville) received money from "sisters in Ohio".

Howard was the son of Charles Smith and Sarah Ann Hagerman.  Charles & Sarah had 7 Children:

Mary Alice Smith 1863 – 1942 

     Married Arden McHenry 1871-1951, they lived in Montour County Pa

Clarence S. Smith 1864 – 1865  Died at 9 months old 17 days, according to Turbotville Cemetery Records

 Cora May Smith 1865 – 1875  Died at 9 years, 1 month, 17 days old, according to Turbotville Cemetery Records

 Ella M. Smith 1867 – 1920 

      Married Franklin Peeling, lived in Montour & Northumberland Counties of PA    

 Anna Smith 1868 – 

     I know Anna is still living at home in 1880, but I do not know anything about her after that.

Wilson Cory Smith 1872 – 1872 Died at 5 months, 12 days old, according to Turbotville Cemetery Records

 Howard Mahlon Smith 1876 – 1969 

 It is possible Anna went to Ohio?  I have been unable to track her at all after the 1880 census.

Thinking it is possible that the "sisters" were actually Howards Aunts, I started with Charles Smith's sisters.  Charles was the son of John & Hannah (Stofflet) Smith.  I have 9 sons recorded for John & Hannah, but not a single daughter.

Charles Wife, Sarah Ann Hagerman, was the daughter of Mahlon & Catherine (Weidman) Hagerman.  Mahlon  & Catherine had (at least) 5 children, 3 of them girls.

John Hagerman

Joshua Hagerman

Sarah Ann Hagerman 1842 – 

         married Charles Smith, they are the parents of Howard Smith 

Susan Ellen Hagerman 1851 – 1935

          married WIlliam Wyer in 1879. William is from Ohio, from 1880 to death they are both back in Ohio

Harriet Catherine Hagerman 1853 – 1934

  Also went to Ohio!  She married Clayton Ford in 1886, in Ohio.  My guess would be that she was either visiting, or living with her sister when she met Clayton?

 So my best guess is that the "sisters" are Howards Aunts, Susan & Harriet.  This leaves more questions though:

What brought William Wyer to Turbotville to marry Susan?  
Both sisters died within a year of each other, in 1934/35 - why would it take 20 years for Howard to receive an inheritance from them?

  Notes on the will of Mahlon Hagerman:

Will/Letters of Administration

1904--Will. Montour Co., PA, Book 3, Page 575, No. 540, Dated December 8, Recorded

Last Will & Testament of Mahlon Hagerman of Anthony Twp. It mentions his children: Joshua, John, Susan Ellen Wyre, Sarah Ann Smith wife of Charles Smith, and Harriet Catharine Ford wife of Clayton Ford. It also mentions grand daughter Ellen Peeling and her husband Frank Peeling who are renting a dwelling from him and whom he bequeaths a house and lot to them near Comly, Limestone Twp. His sons, Joshua and John, are named Executors. E.L. Lyons and F.S. Peeling were witnesses.

1905--Letters of Administration. Montour Co., PA, Book 3, Page 575-577, No. 540-541, Dated February 16.

Letters of Administration were granted to Joshua and John Hagerman for the estate of Mahlon Hagerman, late of Anthony Twp., who died Tuesday, February 7, 1905 at 11:50 p.m.

1905--Inventory and Appraisement. Montour Co., PA, Book 2, Page 348, No. 429, and Book 3, Page 575, No. 540, Dated February 18.

Inventory and Appraisement of estate of Mahlon Hagerman. E.L. Lyons and Thomas Watts, appraisors. Appraisement of personal property set at $686.47.

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