Ida Elvira Smith was born on 16 May 1865 in Almont, Lapeer, Michigan to parents Herkimer SMITH and Mary A. GOULD. She had one known sibling, an older sister named Eva Smith (1860-1928) who married George B. BERK.
Ida married James Ferguson RATTRAY on 30 Sep 1886 in Almont, Lapeer, Michigan. According to the 1900 census, Ida was the mother of 2 children, one of whom was still living. I know the son who lived was named James Harvey Rattray. I have not located a marriage record for James. At the time of Ida’s death 31 Jul 1942, according to her obituary, she was widowed and living with her son.
Ida, her husband and their son are all buried in West Berlin Cemetery, Allenton, St. Clair, Michigan. Their memorials can be found here, James #36750937 and Ida #36750936, son James #36750938.
Ida’s husband, James worked as a Farmer and they lived in Michigan their entire lives, according to the research I've conducted.
RATTRAY is not a common surname. Certainly not like a Smith or Williams or many others. I have had a couple of DNA matches that have the surname Rattray in their trees. I’m still trying to figure out our most recent common ancestor and how we are related.
WHAT IS THE IMPORTANCE OF FINDING OUT?
Because Ida Elvira Smith who married James Ferguson descends from one of the GOULD lines I’ve had on my radar for about 15 years. Unfortunately, with Ida & James having only one son, and there being no known descendants of that son, I am going to turn my attention to Ida’s sister Eva Smith. She and her husband George R. Berk had 8 children, six of them sons.
I’m hoping to either confirm or disprove any connection with this GOULD line by researching this family.
In the meantime, if any of you reading this, are connected to this line of Smith or Rattray’s or Gould’s, you know I’d love to hear from you.
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