Josiah Smith and Eliza Fox
Chariton, Lucas County, Iowa
The McCurdy Farm The Grandchildren
Irene Vera White Rickard 1909
Hazel Izetta Smith Hamilton 1910
Dorothy Arline Kimsey Smith 1911
Joseph Elmer Smith 1914
Bonnie E. Smith 1914
Ralph Smith 1916
James Smith 1917
Robert Gills Smith 1917
Mina Lee Kimsey Keef 1918
Virginia Maxine Smith Miller 1919
Beulah B. Smith 1919
Donald Dee Kimsey 1920
Harold Smith 1920
Norman Bertrand Smith 1921
Mildred Smith 1921
Lee Roy Smith 1923
Robert Jack Smith 1923
Mae Smith 1924
Doris Dean Taylor Montegna 1924
Maryon Kathleen White 1924
Donald William White 1925
William Bryan Smith 1925
Azalea Smith 1926
Twyla Mae Larson King 1926
Harry W. Smith 1928
Marjorie Ann Taylor 1931
Joan Grace Smith Irwin 1931
James Luther Taylor 1933
Ruth Louise Taylor McPhillips1937
Robert Smith before 1937
William Martin Smith 1938
James Smith 1940
Kathryn Smith D'Angelo abt. 1942
Marjorie Ann White 1943
Josiah Allen Smith and Eliza Fox were married May 6, 1886 in Chariton, Lucas County Iowa. According to their son, Bryan Smith, “Eliza kept her and Josiah’s wedding certificate above the headboard of their bed."
Soon after Josiah and Eliza were married, they homesteaded in Sunnyside, Lincoln County, Kansas. They lived in a sod dugout there from 1887 to 1889.
There were “too many snakes and not enough water" so they returned to Iowa and settled in Chariton in 1890.
When they first moved back to Iowa, the family lived on the McCurdy Farm fourteen miles south of Chariton. During this time Josiah worked on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in Mission, South Dakota.
They were members of the Mt. Carmel United Evangelical Church in Benton Township and the children attended Sunday School there.
The family moved to Chariton in 1896. Augusta Lena Smith Larson was born June 8, 1898.
In 1900 the List of Heads of Families and Children taken September 13, 1900 at Benton Center No. 4 (Myers School) included Grace age thirteen, Elmer age eleven, Bertha, age nine, Harry age eight, and Ethel age six. The 1901 list added Bryan age five.
The family also appeared in the 1900 census in Benton Township. The household consisted of Josiah age 40 who was a farmer, Eliza J. age 35, Mary G. age 13, Elmer J. age 11, Bertha age 9, Harry age 7, Ethel age 5, Bryan age 3 and Gusty age 1.
The story of the quilt of three feathers told by Bryan Smith came from this period, Elmer, Harry and Bryan
In 1907 Josiah and Eliza moved to Red Oak, Montgomery County, Iowa and lived at 203 South Second Street at the edge of “Russian Town." They moved to Fuller farm for about a year. It was owned by the Hayes family. After that, they moved to a dairy farm. Josiah did carpentry work on these farms and Eliza worked in restaurants.
Back Row- Gus, Bryan, Grace, Elmer, Bertha and Harry
Front Row: Twyla, Eliza, Josiah, Ethel, Jack
Taken about 1908
About this time the older children had begun to marry and set up their own households. Mary Grace married in 1907 and her daughter Vera was born in 1909. Bertha married in 1908 and her daughter, Dorothy was born in 1911. John Elmer married in 1909 and his oldest, Hazel was born in 1910 and Joseph was born in 1914. Harry married about 1913 and his oldest Bonnie was born in 1914.
At the time of the 1910 census the family was Red Oak. The household at that time consisted of Josiah, Eliza, Ethel, Bryan, Gusta, Andy and Twyla. Grace was in Jordan, South Dakota, Elmer was in Montgomery County, Iowa, and Bertha was in Rock Springs, Wyoming.
After Red, Oak, Josiah bought 220 acres of wild land in Minnesota where he cut timber. Harry and his wife, Bess, were already in Wright. Their children Ralph, James, Harold, Beulah, Mildred and Mae were born there. His granddaughter Maryon, White, wrote, that Josiah
While they were living in Wright, Josiah told Bryan, who was about fourteen or fifteen, it was time to move out. Maryon said
He made it to Red Oak where Ethel was working in a bank and worked for a farmer.
Eliza left Minnesota and Josiah and she divorced. Eliza moved first to Red Oak, Iowa, Montgomery County, with the five youngest children and then to Sioux City where Grace lived.
The five youngest children, Bryan, Ethel, Augusta, Jack, and Twyla lived by themselves in Red Oak. When World War I started, Jack lied about his age and joined up and Bryan soon followed. Augusta went to Des Moines to live with Eliza and Twyla was sent to Wyoming to live with Bertha.
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