Thursday, March 22, 2012

Treasure Chest Thursday - David D. Smith Articles

It's Treasure Chest Thursday - a time to reveal another gem in my treasure chest of family history.  

This week, it's two newspaper articles.  The first one is from the San Diego Union dated 26 November 1908 (page 5, accessed on GenealogyBank):  

The information in the Marriage Licenses section of the newspaper pertaining to David D. Smith is:

"Smith-Ashdown -- David D. Smith, aged 45, native of Wisconsin and Amy A. Ashdown, aged 31, native of California, both residents of San Diego."

I had this information before from a San Diego County marriage index (they married 25 May 1908), but I have always wondered about their daughter, Maybelle C. Smith, born in 1902 in San Diego.  In the 1910 census, David and "Emma" are listed as being married for nine years, and daughter Mabelle is age 8.  I still don't know if she was David's natural daughter, or if he adopted her.  

The second article was published in the San Diego Union newspaper dated 3 February 1920, page 5 (accessed on  

The notice says:

"SMITH - In this city, Feb. 2, 1920, David D. Smith, husband of Amy A. Smith, father of Miss Mabelle Smith and Mrs. Howard DeFrance of this city, son of Mrs. J.D. Smith of Los Angeles, Cal., and brother of Mrs. Della Carringer of this city, and Mrs. Matie Cramer of Portland, Ore.;  a native of Wisconsin, aged 56 years 3 months 17 days.

"Friends are invited to attend the funeral services to be held at the Benbough funeral parlors, Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 2 o'clock p.m.  Cremation Clover Lawn crematory.  Please omit flowers."

Death notices like this are very helpful when they list the family members.  This provided me with information  on the location of David's mother (actually Mrs. D.J. Smith) and his sister, Matie (Smith) (Chenery) Cramer, and the married name of his first daughter.  

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