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Oliver Thompson Smith b.4-27-1857 Monroe County MS married Emily Catherine Van Vleet

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Re: Oliver Thompson Smith b.4-27-1857 Monroe County MS married Emily Catherine Van Vleet

Posted: 24 Jun 2011 6:39AM GMT
Classification: Query
So sorry this took so long. I live outside of Salt Lake City where our summers are very short. When the weather is nice - not too hot or too cold - all our time is spent doing gardening and yard work!

So, here goes!

Martha Jane Smith married Andrew Jackson Billman on July 4, 1900 in Taylor, Bingham County,ID. They divorced about 1825. She later married Sam Singleton.

Martha and Andrew had 6 children. I can give you some information now and some later when I find it. I am new to organizing my history and am in the process of getting it all in order!

1. Zilpha May - my paternal grandmother. Born Feb 15, 1902. I will give more of her information below.

2. Juanita Cathern - b. 22 Aug 1904 Idaho Falls,Id

3. Lester James - b. 10 Aug 1906 Livingston Montana
d. 18 May 1907 Livingston Montana

4. Elma Viola - b. 9 April 1910 Idaho Falls, ID

5. Glenn Thompson - b. 7 March 1912 Idaho Falls, ID
He is buried in Ucon, ID

6. Alta Josephine - b. 27 Aug 1914 Idaho Falls, ID


My grandmother told me she was born in Taylor, ID. Some records say Idaho Falls. I think this is because Taylor doesn't exist anymore. She married Constantine Fotopoulos (a Greek immigrant) 4 Nov 1918 in Livingston, Montana. He was working on the railroad and met her as he was passing through. They moved to Chicago, where he had emigrated to. They had six children. Her life was hard. My grandfather was very "old country". He finally left the family around the time WWII started. She died in Missoula, Montana 25 Jan 1994. Zilpha was a very talented and loving grandmother. She lived with her children until about 1967 when she became a cook for the priests in Livingston. When her son Angelo moved up to Montana she moved in with him. Her last few years were in a nursing home in Missoula. She was cremated and her ashes are buried in rural Turah, Montana. Here are her children, all born in Chicago:

1. Elias Constantine - my dad! b. 12 Aug 1920 in Chicago
d. 29 July 1983 My dad also went by the names of Lee and John-Lee.

2. Andrew - b. 1922 d. 1984

3. Audrey - b. 1924

4. Martha - b. 1926

5. Angelo - b. 1928

6. Danny - b. 1929 d. 1974

There are lots and lots of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as you can imagine. My parents had five children. We moved from Chicago to California in 1962. I have sisters in Idaho and Oregon and a brother and sister in California. I have lived in many places over the years. I spent two years in Birmingham, AL. This was before I knew I had southern roots. I can't wait to hear as much as you care to tell me! I loved the south!

I have found some information on the internet that says Thompson was born in South Carolina and that he died in 1863 in the war. Any clarification? Any information on his parents? Please tell me about you!
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