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Martha Mattie A Box-Smith of Blodgett

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Re: Martha Mattie A Box-Smith of Blodgett

Posted: 15 Dec 2013 6:18PM GMT
Classification: Query
Bottom Line First:
I found no pertinent information concerning the location of Mattie, but did do the full background check to see just what was going on with this family.
--The 1910 Census was enumerated in April 1910. The Fred identified in the 1920 Census in Illinois was born about Dec 1910. (His actual birth certificate or other evidence needs to be found that this person "IS" the actual son of Arthur). So, this Arthur and Mattie had moved to Illinois between April 1910 and December 1910. I would think more of a chance Mattie had died in Illinois. That is, "If" she died. This Martha/Mattie married in Sep 1909, she already identified as being a "Mrs." when she married. About six months later, Mattie is pregnant with Fred. This Fred is born in December 1910.
-- I find a LOT of persons identified as being a widow/widower are actually divorced, separated, abandoned. Since Mattie was only 26 in 1910, already identified as being a Mrs at marriage... I suspect Mattie and Arthur divorced versus Mattie dying. BUT, death records in Illinois might find her versus in Missouri.

When you post, it is VERY helpful to post criteria information on the person you seek. There are SO MANY Samuel Smith's, and not knowing he went by Arthur in the 1910 Census, causes volunteers extra steps. Post their DOB's if you know it. Their parents names, siblings, etc. help. There are MANY clues in the US census that can help locate people. But, there was enough to play around with it and find the correct persons. Since Samuel Arthur was known as "Arthur" in the Census, that info would have helped.

The 1910 Census of Sandywoods, Scott Co, MO
Arthur Smith, age 24(1885/1886), born in Tennessee to both parents born in TN, carpenter/odd jobs. Marriage 1
Mattie, age 26(1883/1884), born in Arkansas to father born in TN, mother in AR.
--The Missouri marriage records show a Samuel A. Smith marriage to Mrs. Martha A. Box on 18 Sep 1909 in Scott County, MO.

The grave of Samuel Arthur Smith:
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=sm...;
Shown as born Feb 10, 1886, in Paris, Henry Co, Tennessee, died July 20, 1962 in Sikeston, Scott Co, MO. He was identified as being the son of Jefferson Davis Smith and Nancy Oliver, husband of Juanita Austin Smith.
--Wife, Juanita "Austin" Smith, born July 9, 1905, died Aug 3, 1988.
--Nancy Oliver listed as his mother and not an "Alice." However, evidence indicates Alice is the mother.

The 1920 Census of East St. Louis, St. Clair County, Ill, renting 220 Piggott Ave.
Alice Smith, age 65(1854/1855), TN, Widower
Arthur, age 31(1888/1889), TN, Widower
Bob, 28 (1891/1892), MO
James, 27 (1892/1893), MO
Albert, 24(1895/1896), MO
Fred, Grandson, age 9 1/12, Illinois/TN/AR
--Census enumerated 12 January, so Fred born about December 1910.
--Because of the stigma of divorce, I have found many with the widow/widower indicator that were actually divorced, abandoned, etc.

The 1910 Census of Sandywoods, Scott Co, MO
J. B(as transcribed). age 45
Alice, 54(1855/1856)
Willilam, 31
Charlie 26
Arthur, 23
Robt 21
James 20
Albert 17
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