Sunday, March 7, 2021

SUNDAY’S OBITUARY ~ Cornelia B. R. SMITH–1838-1897–my husband’s great grandaunt

Cornelia B. R. Hall is my husband’s paternal great grandaunt.  She is the daughter of Rev. George Hall and his first wife Almira ROSETTE.  You can read about their wedding here WEDDING WEDNESDAY–Rev. George Hall & Almira Rosette married March 11, 1834

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Obituary - Cornelia B. Smith - The Algona Republican, Algona, Iowa, 26 May 1897, page 5

Here is my transcription of the obituary:

MRS. CORNELIA B. SMITH
Widow of the late A.A. Smith of Irvington Dies at Her Irvington Home Last Saturday
Mrs. Cornelia B. Smith, widow of the late A. A. Smith died at her home in Irvington Saturday last, after an illness of about seven months.  The funeral was on Sunday, the services being conducted by Rev. J. W. Innes of the Presbyterian church. The remains were buried in the Irvington cemetery.
Cornelia B. Hall was born in Hoboken, N. J., in 1839.  She was the daughter of a Congregational minister.  She married in 1859 to Almon A. Smith and with him came to Iowa and settled on the Irvington farm in 1868.  Her husband died some five years ago.  Three children are living, F. W. Smith, R. R. Smith and Mrs. Etta, wife of O. W. Cleary, all of Irvington.  Two brothers of Mrs. Smith have died during the past year.  They were Dr. G. F. Hall of Brazier Falls, N.Y., and Thos Hall of Saratoga. The news of the death of the latter, a younger brother to whom she was strongly attached, came during the critical period of her illness, and she was not told of it.  One sister of the deceasd survives.  The family wish to express their thanks for the kindness of their neighbors in their days of trial and sorrow.

Cornelia was the second oldest child and had five siblings, Dr. George F. Hall, Charles A.B. Hall, Thomas Cornelius Hall (husband of Cora who kept the scrapbook I'm writing posts about), Susan Emily Hall and Ellen M. Hall.  I have written other blog posts about her siblings.  I will list them at the end of this post.

Cornelia’s mother died when she was a young girl of 20.  Cornelia married Almon A. Smith about 1859 (date given in the obituary).  They had 3 sons and 1 daughter; Fred W. (abt 1863-1929), Robert R. (1864-1935)m Clara Lloyd and second Mina G. Bliss, Ettie L. (abt 1867- ?) married Omer W. Cleary, and Howard M. (abt 1879 – 1881).

The 1860, 1870 and 1880 census records all have Almon working as a Farmer or a farm laborer.  In 1860 & 1870 he appears to be working on his father’s farm.  Almon recorded a personal estate worth $3500 in the 1870 census.  By 1880 he was a Laborer and no estate or personal worth is listed.

The only items I’ve located in the newspapers for Cornelia (other than her obituary) are these 3 notices for letters remaining at the post office.  Sadly, the last one is dated after her death.

22 Jun 1877 from the Muscaltine Weekly Journal and 6 Oct 1894 from The Gazette  both publications in Iowa

Mr. or Mrs. Smith - letters remaining at post office, Steamboat Rock Echo, Iowa, 25 Feb 1898

Cornelia was just 59 years old at the time of her death.  I have not located a death record that can tell me the cause, yet. Her husband Almon was only 57 when he died of heart disease.

AS PROMISED HERE ARE OTHER POSTS ABOUT THIS FAMILY

MILITARY MONDAY ~ THE CIVIL WAR PENSION FILE OF GEORGE F. HALL–1837-1896 

FOLLOW UP FRIDAY - How I located the probate record for George F. Halll - Civll War Veteran, died 1896

AMANEUNSIS MONDAY ~ The Last Will & Testament of George F. Hall–1837-1896 

CIVIL WAR PENSION FILE ~ Cora E. Hall widow of Thomas C. Hall ~ What gems does it contain?

FRIDAY FINDS ~ The 6th child of Rev. George Hall & his wife Almira–Meet Ellen M. Hall 

If you think you might be related to anyone mentioned in this blog post, or have additional information, please contact me.

Happy hunting,

Michigan Girl

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