(Top photo credit~ Donna Fetzer)
It’s hard to feel a connection to a great, great, great grandma, yet, the more I research, the more connected I begin to feel. She was, after all, the mother of Alfred Josiah Smith, whose LETTERS partially inspired this blog. Better yet, those letters were written to Maria. (Note: the Letters link above takes you to the Smith page, on which you will find links to the first seven letters.)
I truly wish I could have known this remarkable woman, mother of Alfred Josiah “Si,” Charles “Albert,” Alice, Ida, Mary, Sylvia, Sarah, Nellie, and Anna; step-mother to Ann and Samuel Henry. Charles Smith, Maria’s husband, was previously married to Elizabeth Hooker, whose first husband John Smith was Charles’s brother.
For an interesting article about the Smith family, including a double wedding, you can click HERE.
My Bixby lineage
Daniel Bixby, b. 1763 m. Dorothy, and their son
Joel Bixby, b. 1786 m. Sylvia Morse, and their daughter
Maria Pollyann Bixby, b. 1827 m. Rev. Charles E. Smith, and their son
Alfred Josiah Smith, b. 1848 m. Helen Eliza White, and their daughter
Orah Myrtle Smith, b. 1875 m. Elmer H. Butterfield, and their daughter
Lalla M. Butterfield, b. 1898 m. Carl Joseph Geier, and their son
Rodney M. Geier, b. 1929 m. Margaret E. Appell. They are my parents.