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Mary Smith

Female 1823 - 1860  (36 years)


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  • Name Mary Smith 
    Born 16 Sep 1823  of Liberty Township, Henry, Indiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 16 Feb 1860  of Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Graybill-Stoker Cemetery, Garner Township, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I279  Petersen-de Lanskoy
    Last Modified 17 Jan 2015 

    Father John Smith,   b. 13 Feb 1799, , Union, South Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jan 1870, Grove Township, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Martha "Massie" Koons,   b. 1806, , Randolph, North Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1839, , Adams, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 33 years) 
    Married 14 Jul 1822  of Liberty Township, Henry, Indiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F222  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family George Washington Graybill,   b. 26 Jun 1821, Bloomfield Township, Jackson, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Mar 1900, Underwood, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Married 21 Jun 1841  Quincy, Adams, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Hannah Marie Graybill,   b. 3 Aug 1842, near Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Aug 1907, Underwood, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
     2. Brigham Young Graybill,   b. 10 May 1844, near Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Apr 1931, of Hardin Township, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
     3. George Henry Graybill,   b. 23 Dec 1846, near Kanesville (now Council Bluffs), Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Nov 1912, near Giliat, Garner Township, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
     4. Polly Jane Graybill,   b. 21 Jun 1849, near Kanesville (now Council Bluffs), Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Sep 1872, of Crescent, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 23 years)
     5. John Graybill,   b. 12 May 1851, near Kanesville (now Council Bluffs), Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 May 1919, Underwood, Norwalk Township, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
     6. William Isaiah Graybill,   b. 30 Jan 1854, near Kanesville (now Council Bluffs), Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Oct 1941, , Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
     7. Massie or Mattie N. Graybill,   b. 3 Feb 1855, near Kanesville (now Council Bluffs), Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Sep 1872, , Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 17 years)
     8. Sarah A. Graybill,   b. May 1856, near Kanesville (now Council Bluffs), Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Sep 1857, near Kanesville (now Council Bluffs), Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 1 years)
     9. Catherine Graybill,   b. 25 Dec 1858, Underwood, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 May 1923, Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
     10. Lydia Jane Graybill,   b. 31 Jan 1860, Underwood, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Sep 1926, Saint Johns Township, Harrison, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
    Last Modified 22 Oct 2015 
    Family ID F239  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • RESEARCH_NOTES:
      1. Ancestral File and Ordinance Index reports name of Mary, Hannah, Mary Hannah, and Mary Smith Sexton. Correct is Mary.

      2. Censuses:
      1850 US: District 21, Pottawattamie, Iowa, p. 97b, household 532, living next door to father:
      George Grabill, 29, farmer, OH.
      Mary, 27, OH.
      Hannah, 8, IL.
      Brigham, 7, IL.
      George, 4, IA.
      Polly, 1, IA.

      1856 Iowa: (From Ancestry.com) Kane, Pottawattamie, Iowa, p. 10 of 63, 59/60:
      George W. Graybill, 35, 9 years in Iowa, OH, farmer.
      Mary, 32, 9, IN.
      Hannah, 13, 9, IL.
      Brigham, 11, 9, IL.
      Geo., 9, IA.
      Polly, 7, IA.
      John, 5, IA.
      Isaiah, 3, IA.
      Massey, 1, IA.
      Mary C., 0, IA. [Same person as Sarah A.]

      3. A partial quote from the book "Our Stoker Family Histories 1731-1881," Vol. II, comp. and ed. by Elayne Stoker, 2004, printed by Stevenson's Genealogy Center, Provo, UT, from an article entitled: "Polly Stoker":
      "Vivian Graybill, of Independence, Missouri, has worked on the Graybill genealogy for many years and since he plans to publish a book with a great amount of detailed information I will not list the names of their complete families. I will note the names of Michael and Polly's children and how they relate to other families in this book. I do have most family names if anyone wants to check it. [Kerry's note: the author lists each child and grandchild of Polly. See her file for the complete listing. I include only the immediate family in this individual's note.]
      "George Washington Graybill, b. 6/25/1821, Jackson Co., Ohio. m. Mary Smith. Mary died Feb. 16, 1860, when 35 years of age.
      1. Brigham Graybill, b. 5/10/1840
      2. Hannah Graybill, b. 8/5/1842
      3. George Graybill, b. 1847
      4. Polly Graybill, b. 1849
      5. John Graybill, b. 5/12/50
      6. Isaiah Graybill, b. 1/30/54
      7. Mattie Graybill, b. 2/3/55
      8. Sarah Graybill, b. 4/ /56
      9. Catherine Graybill, b. 12/25/58
      10. Lydia Graybill, b. 1/31/60
      m. (2) Hannah Smith Oman Sexton, the twice widowed sister to Mary. Hannah had two children by Perry Oman, one my great grandmother, and four children by James Sexton. These families are listed in the Smith section. She had three children after this marriage. Cooking for such a large family presented its problems. Over a dozen loaves of bread were made at one time, and a half dozen pies. Hannah commented later in life, she never wanted to make another pie. Hannah and George lived by Underwood and they are both buried in the cemetery west of town.
      11. Julia Ann Graybill, b. Jan. 24, 1864
      12. Samuel Graybill, b. Oct. 24, 1865
      13. Zenis Graybill, b. Mar. 14, 1867"

      BIOGRAPHY:
      1. See notes of father John Smith for extensive biography on entire family including this individual and their spouses.

      2. The book "Mormon Redress Petitions, Documents of the 1833-1838 Missouri Conflict," edited by Clark V. Johnson, contains a copy of the "Scroll Petition" dated 28 Nov 1843 at Nauvoo, IL addressed to the U.S. Congress by members of the LDS Church who had property destroyed by Missouri mobs in the 1830's. Included with over a couple thousand signatures is Mary Graybill.

      3. The following partial quote is included in the biography of Stephen Smith, brother of this individual, per FHL film 934962, items 3 and 4, "History of Pottawattamie County, Iowa," by Field and Reed, 1907, pp. 1066-1067 [see notes for Stephen Smith in this database for full quotation]: "Stephen Smith, now living retired but still residing on his farm on section 27, Grove township, came to Pottawattamie county about the 1st of November, 1847. On this day he arrived in Council Bluffs, where he spent the winter. In the following April his father arrived in Macedonia township, bringing his family with him, and there he built the first house within what is now the borders of the township. John Smith, the father, resided there for eight years or more, and in the fall of 1853 or 1854 became a resident of Grove township, settling on section 8, where he continued to reside until his death occurred, in 1870, when he was 72 years of age... His birth had occurred in North Carolina and he had resided for some time in Indiana prior to coming to Iowa. The wife, who bore the maiden name of Elizabeth Martha Koonts, was born in Indiana, and from that state they removed to Adams county, Illinois, where the death of Mrs. Smith occurred, in 1840. Stephen Smith was born in Henry county, Indiana, January 28, 1836. His father wedded a second time, having wedded Miss Sarah Winegar in Adams county, Illinois, after losing his first wife. She accompanied her husband to Pottawattamie county and died here in 1882 [error; should be 1880]. By the two marriages there were seven sons and six daughters. Those of the family who came to Pottawattamie county were: Mary, Patience, Hannah, Elizabeth, Lydia, Rhoda [error: Lydia Rhoda is one individual and not two], Anna, Stephen, Joseph, Hiram, Carlos and Abraham. [Note: I believe Anna being included in this list to be an error in that it appears she died in Indiana as an infant.] Two brothers of the family died in early Childhood. Of the children Stephen, Lydia, and Abraham are still living, the sister being a resident of Cheyenne county, Kansas, while the brother makes his home in northwestern Nebraska. Stephen Smith was eleven years of age when he came with his father to Pottawattamie county..."

      4. Mentioned in the book "The Howard Leytham Stoker Von Dollen Family Histories," FHL 929.273 H833a, by Doris Lewis, 2017 So. 80th Ave., Omaha, Nebraska, 68124, pp. 90-91: "Joseph Levi Graybill, b. 12 Mar 1818, Jackson Co., OH; m. 3rd cousin Patience Smith. Levi and Patience settled Wheeler's Grove with George Graybill and his wife Mary Smith, sister to Patience."

      5. FHL book 929.273 P684pn: "Graybill/Stoker/Eller/Smith/Koons/Pitt Connections," by Norman E. 'Gene' Pitt, 1996, pp. 72-75, extensive downline of this family is in the book: "George Washington Graybill, b. 25/26 Jun 1821, Bloomfield Twp., Jackson Co., OH; d. 5 Mar 1900, Pottawattamie Co., IA; md. (1) 1841, Bloomfield Twp., Jackson Co., IN to Mary Smith; md. (2) 1862 to Hannah Smith... Mary Smith was b. 16 Sep 1823, Henry Co., IN; d. Feb 1860, Pottawattamie Co., IA. Mary and Hannah were sisters. Mary died just 3 weeks after Lydia was born. Hannah was b. 1828, Wayne co., IN; d. 16 Feb 1903, Underwood, Potta. Co., IA; bur. Potta. Co., IA. Mary's sisters and various other relatives were living in the same county. George was 16 when his family left Ohio for Missouri. He was living in Kane Twp., Potta. Co., IA in 1870. George's and Mary's children were Hannah, Brigham Young, George Henry, Polly Purley, John 'Jack', Isaiah, Mattie 'Massie', Sarah, Catherine and Lydia. George's and Hannah's children were Julia Ann, Samuel and Zenis." [Note there are many mistakes with this author's report including both marriage dates and places as well as birth and death dates for Hannah.

      BIRTH:
      1. Per "History of Pottawattamie County, Iowa," 1883, O.L. Baskin and Co., Historical Publishers, Chicago, p. 200, entry for Henry G. Fisher: "September 25, 1862, six miles east of the Bluffs, he was married to Hannah Graybill, who was born in Hancock County, Ill., August 3, 1842. She is the daughter of George and Mary (Smith) Graybill. Her father was a native of Ohio and her mother was born near Indianapolis, Ind. They were among the first settlers in Pottawattamie County, coming here when Mrs. Fisher was only three years old."

      2. A review of various censuses of Mary's children generally confirm her birth in Indiana. There are a couple that show Ohio in one census year; however, these same individuals later show Indiana in subsequent censuses. Her son John does show South Carolina on his death registration; however, the same record shows obvious errors in John's birthdate and John's father's name - which could make South Carolina also erroneous.

      3. The book "The Howard Leytham Stoker Von Dollen Family Histories," FHL 929.273 H833a, by Doris Lewis, 2017 So. 80th Ave., Omaha, Nebraska, 68124, pp. 110-111: "Mary Smith, b. 16 Sep 1823 at Henry Co, IN and d. 16 Feb 1860 at Pottawattamie Co., IA, m. George Washington Graybill. The Graybill boys and the Smith girls were third cousins - the Graybills' grandmother was Catherine Eller and the Smiths' grandmother was Mary Eller."

      MARRIAGE:
      1. Ordinance index reports both 25 Sep 1841 at Bloomfield, Jackson, Ohio and 21 Jun 1841 in Quincy, Adams, Illinois. The FHL book 977.344-V2m "Marriages of Adams County, IL," vol. 1, compiled by the Great River Genealogical Society, 1979, p. 45: "George Graybill and Mary Smith, 21 Jun 1841. Marriages extracted from Adams County Courthouse in Quincy, IL.

      DEATH:
      1. The book "The Howard Leytham Stoker Von Dollen Family Histories," FHL 929.273 H833a, by Doris Lewis, 2017 So. 80th Ave., Omaha, Nebraska, 68124, pp. 110-111: "Mary Smith, b. 16 Sep 1823 at Henry Co, IN and d. 16 Feb 1860 at Pottawattamie Co., IA."

      BURIAL:
      1. The following name is found on a new memorial stone with 33 other related family members at Graybill/Stoker Cemetery: "Mary Graybill 1823-1860." It is 3 miles east of Council Bluffs, Iowa in Garner Township on old Highway 6 (also known as McPherson Highway - not to be confused with the new Highway 6), then a right (south) on State Orchard Road for 9/10ths of a mile, then left (east) on Cedar Lane to the first driveway on the left (north). The address is 21090 Cedar Lane and the cemetery is in their backyard. Get permission from the homeowner first. These directions were corrected from previous directions after my visit May 8, 2007.

      2. Tombstone at Graybill Cemetery, Garner Township, Pottawattamie, Iowa: "Mary Graybill wife of Geo. W. Graybill, daughter of John and Mattie Smith died 16 Feb 1860, 35 years, 5 months."

      SOURCES_MISC:
      1. Per Ancestral File 4.19 (28 May 2001).

      2. The book "The Howard Leytham Stoker Von Dollen Family Histories," FHL 929.273 H833a, by Doris Lewis, 2017 So. 80th Ave., Omaha, Nebraska, 68124, pp. 90-91.

      3. Mentioned in the FHL book 929.273 P684pn: "Graybill/Stoker/Eller/Smith/Koons/Pitt Connections," by Norman E. 'Gene' Pitt, 1996, pp. 125-140.

      4. FHL Book 929.273EL54h "George Michael Eller and Descendants of His in America," compiled by James W. Hook, 1957, also on FHL film 896571, item 2, pp. 98, 149. He also mentions as part of his sources: (1) "History and Directory of Pottawattamie County, Iowa, 1880-81," and (2) "Biographical History of Pottawattamie Co., Iowa" by Lewis Pub. Co., 1891.