I have this couple (if the same) in theVermilion County database...would appreciate any emails with corrections/additions to share with others!
Descendants of John B Smith
Generation No. 1
1. John B1 Smith was born Abt. 1820, and died Unknown. He married Susannah Lyons Liggett. She was born Abt. 1820, and died Unknown.
Child of John Smith and Susannah Liggett is:
2 i. Abner2 Smith, born Abt. 1841; died Unknown. He married (1) Mahala Washburn October 16, 1861 in Fountain Co, IN; born Abt. 1835. He married (2) Nancy Jane Rutledge October 17, 1894 in Vermilion Co, IL, 2 infants; born 1866 in Alvin, Vermilion Co, IL; died May 07, 1925.
Notes for Abner Smith:
Marsha McWilliams <firstname.lastname@example.org
(Fountain Co, IN Marriages)
Abner Smith - Mahala Washburn Oct. 16, 1861 (5 45)
I also checked some of the original censuses and found:
1860 Fountain Co, IN, Cain twp, pg. 851:
SMITH, John 49 NJ
Susan 49 OH
ABNER 19 IN
Rachel 17 "
Philip 16 "
Sarah A 13 "
Mahala 13 " <last 2 in 1 large bracket, indicating twins.>
Nancy 12 "
Louisa SMITH, 21, Domestic
1870 Vermilion Co, IL, Middlefork twp, 263a:
RUTLEDGE, John W. 32 IL
Susan 29 IN
NANCY J. 11 IL
Sarah A. 3 IL
Raymond 2(?)/12 IL
1870 Vermilion Co, IL, Butler twp, pg. 23a:
SMITH, Abner 30 IN
Mahala 35 "
Andrew 8 "
1880 Vermilion Co, IL, Butler twp, pg. 220:
SMITH, Abner 39 IN DE DE
Mahala 45 IN KY KY
Andrew 14 IL
Mary Pugh 5 IL IN OH <listed as "other">
1880 Vermilion Co, IL, Middlefork, pg. 504:
Nancy J. Rutledge, 19, IL, living with parents & family.
Hope this helps.
<also, a BIRD descendent>
More About Abner Smith and Mahala Washburn:
Marriage: October 16, 1861, Fountain Co, IN
Notes for Nancy Jane Rutledge:
Message Board Post: GRANNY1732@aol.com
I went to our genie library in Danville and looked for other marriages for Abner or for Nancy. Found none. Neither in Fountain, Warren, Montgomery, Verm Co, Ind. Nancy & Abner's marriage record is at the IGHS in Danville and it stated on the application that it was his second and it was her first. He was 55 next bd and she was 36. (Kind of old for first marriage) So now where to look for someones previous marriage . Her parents were John W. Ruthledge and Susan Hannah Lyons. His were John B. Smith and Susan Liggett.Both living in East Lynn, Ill.
In the 1900 Appanoose Co, Iowa census I found Abner and Nancy J. with all
the children listed. Strangely, Nancy states that SHE had 8 CHildren and 6 are
living. So maybe it was Nancy who was married before and had the children.
Although it doesn't list the children as Step to Abner. Oh the mysteries of
I did find in 1870 Middlefork Twp, Verm CO, Ill, John and Susan Rutledge
with a Nancy J. 19 Born Ill. So scratch that theory unless this is not your
Nancy. This census would make her born 1850s and 1900 states 8-1860. And of
course Abner HAD a sister named Mahala too. born ca 1847. So more fuel for the fire.
In the 1880 census they are in Butler Twp, Verm Co Ill Abner 39 IN, Mahala 45 IN, Andrew 14 Il, Mary Pugh 5 IL
Abner Smith married Mahala Washburn 10-16-1861 Fountain Co, Ind. Found in 1860 Fountain Co, Ind census: John Smith 49 NJ, Susan 49 OH, Abner 19, IN, Rachel 17 IN, Phillip 16 IN, Sarah A & Mahala 13 IN, Nancy C. 2 IN, Louisa Smith 21 Domestic. Abner married Nancy Rutledge 10-17-1894 Verm Co, Ill. So children born from 1862 to 1893 are from Mahala, any children born after 1894 belong to Nancy.
More About Abner Smith and Nancy Rutledge:
Marriage: October 17, 1894, Vermilion Co, IL, 2 infants