THE DESCENDANTS OF GEORGE YOCUM

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Marjorie Fletcher    Page Update: November 2011

George Yocum 1

Elender Yocum 2

Nancy Martin 3

Mary Jane Hilterbrand 4

Laura Catherine Smith 5

Orange Otto Smith 6

GEORGE YOCUM 1 AND EZEBELLAR TAYLOR

    George Yocum, born 1755 in Virginia, son of Mathias Yoakum and Eleanor See. He married on 5 October 1780 in Botetourt County, Virginia, Ezebellar  Taylor born about 1760 of Botetourt County, Virginia, daughter of George Taylor. George Yocum is mentioned in his father's will as youngest and unmarried. Will: 29 January 1780, Botetourt County, Virginia, probated 18 February 1783. Green County, Kentucky Land Grants 1796-1834 (Green County was later Wayne County) June 26, 1799 #671 George Yoakum, Assignee of John Owens 200 acres of  land on the south side of the Cumberland River on the waters of Otter Creek.  I am very certain that George Yocum is Elender's father. This is what it says in the marriage book: Wayne County, Kentucky Marriages; Martin, James and Elender Yocom, Surety, George Yocum, the father of the within named "Elender Yocum" gave his personal consent for the intended marriage, by Michah Taul; married 15 November 1802 by Elliott Jones.

Children of George Yocum and Ezebellar Taylor

1. Mathias Yocum 2 (George Yocum 1) born about 1782 in Virginia.

2. Jesse Yocum 2 (George Yocum 1) born about 1783 in Virginia; died after 1860 in Franklin County, Alabama; married 2 March 1807 in Wayne County, Kentucky,  Jenny (Jane) Mullins born 1786 in Kentucky. Children: Sarah born 1810 in TN; William born 1813 in AL; Washington born about 1819 in Franklin County, AL; James born about 1821 in Franklin County AL; Joshua born about 1823 in Franklin County, AL, married about 1848 Mary Ann Covington; George born about 1827 in Franklin County, AL; John born about 1830 in Franklin County, AL, married 1853 Lucinda; Jane born 1834 in Franklin County, AL; Amity born 1838 in Franklin County, AL; Leonidas born 1840 in Franklin County, AL.

3. Elender Yocum 2 (George Yocum 1) born about 1784 in Virginia; married James Martin.

4. George Yocum 2 (George Yocum 1) born 1785-1786 in Virginia; married Jane G. Ballew. Children: John born 4 July 1808 in Wayne County, KY; died 18 November 1879 in Rockdale, Milam County, TX, married Amy Young; Mary Adeline born 1809, married 31 August 1804 Matthew Strickland born about 1805. Mary went to Lincoln County, TN then Franklin County, AL then to Marshall County, Mississippi; Finas;

5. Mary (Polly) Yocum 2 (George Yocum 1)  born 1786-1787 in Kentucky; died 1850-1854 in Warren Co., Tennessee; married Jeremiah Gray born 1782 in NC; died 27 March 1854 in Warren County, TN (will probate; buried in Warren County, TN.

GENERATION 2

ELENDER YOCUM 2 AND JAMES MARTIN

    Not much is known about Elender Yocum. I have not found any record of her death. Polly Yocum was said to be the sister of Elender Yocum. Polly Yocum was married to Jeremiah Gray. The story goes that James and Elender (Yocom) Martin and the Jeremiah Gray's traveled to Tennessee together. I find Jeremiah Gray in the 1840 census of Warren County, Tennessee, on page 330 age 50-60 and wife Polly age 50-60 and one boy 10-15. James Martin is also on the same page, age 60-70, Elender 50-60, one boy 15-20 two girls 15-20. One of these girls being Nancy Martin. The 1840 census of Warren County, Tennessee is the last record that I have found for James Martin and Elender. James must have died sometime after 1840 and before 1850.

    From Wayne County, Kentucky and Vitals 1801-1860, Vol. A-J

    Gray, Jeremiah and Polly Youcom-Yocum, Surety, James Martin married 7 January 1808 by Rev. Nicholas Lloyd, J.P. Note: 31 December 1807 Capt. Mical Taul you will please to grant the lisons  between Jeremiah and my daughter, Polly Youcom and this shall be your authority for doing so by George Youcom. Wit: James Martin.

    Same source: Brown, William and Anne Martin, Surety, Zacharias Martin Bond dated 29 November 1803 Marr: 4 Dec 1803 by North East Esq. endorsement on Bond "Consent of the "Widow Martin" the mother and guardian of the above Anne Martin was proved by Oath of Zacharis Martin. The 1810 Wayne County, Kentucky census James Martin 20010-20010-00. This widow Martin is in Mercer County, Kentucky deeds (Mercer was created from Lincoln and Lincoln and Fayette Counties were created from Kentucky County, Virginia) as Anna or Hannah or Nancy or Ann. Records were in all these names. I am pretty certain that Anna or Hannah is the mother of James Martin.

Wayne County, Kentucky Marriages and Vitals 976.964 V2b, Family History Library, SLC

    Martin, James and Ellender Yocom, Surety, George Yocum, the father of the within named "Ellender Yocum" gave his personal consent for the intended marriage, by Michah Taul. Married 15 November 1802 by Elliott Jones. (This is proof that the father of Elender Yocum is George Yocum)

Children of Elender Yocum 2 and James Martin

1. Hannah Martin 3 (Elender Yocum 2, George Yocum 1) born 9 March 1803 in Wayne County, Kentucky; died 20 May 1889 in McMinnville, Warren County, Tennessee; buried in Smyrna Cemetery, Warren County, Tennessee; married Thomas Barnes, a blacksmith, born 5 May 1800 in Kentucky; died after 1860; buried in Smyrna Cemetery, Warren County, Tennessee; son of William Barnes and Charity (Phillips) Barnes. Children: John born 24 March 1824 in TN; died 25 December 1896, married (1) Nancy Vickers born 24 December 1821 (2) Polly Ann Lockhart. John was a preacher at Shake Rag Baptist Church at Harrison Ferry Mountain; Mary born 5 May 1827 in TN, died 7 June 1863, married William Williams born 1825; Eliza born 22 January 1829 in TN, died after 1870. Elizabeth burned to death, she never married; Betsy Ann born 13 December in TN, married Squire (Shoot) Hillis born 1837; Permelia born 1833 in TN, died 23 February 1916, married William O'Neil born 1827 in TN; Charles born 15 May 1835 in TN, died 19 November 1907, married Hannah Vickers born 13 November 1837; Hannah born 1837 in TN; Sarah Elizabeth born 1839 in TN, married (1) William J. Robinson Hillis (2) Thomas J. Mansfield, died March 1912; James Knox Polk, born 1841 in TN, married Mary Hillis, moved to Lancaster County, TX.

2. George W. Martin, Col. 3 (Elender Yocum 2, George Yocum 1) born 1804 in Wayne County, Kentucky; died 1861 in Henderson, Rusk County, Texas; married about 1820 in Tennessee, Mary (Polly) Forrest born in Tennessee; died 1881 in Henderson, Rusk County, Texas; daughter of Rev. Richard Albert Forrest and Sarah (Matlock) Forrest. Children: James A. born 29 May 1825 in Warren county, TN, died 26 December 1867, buried in Van Zandt County, TX, Old Liberty Cemetery, married Sarah M. Jennings; Martha C. born 1833 in TN; John R. born 23 April 1834 in TN, died 15 December 1882, married Mary Jennings born 1836; Mary A. born 1836 in TN; Francis M. born 1838 in TN; Malinda E. born 1840 in TN; Hannah C. born 1843 in TN, married Franklin M. Walker; Charles K P born 1845 in TN; George Taylor, born 8 May 1847 in TN, died 25 December 1908, married 8 February 1871 Martha E. Davis; Henry A C born about 1850 in TN.

3. Alexander Martin 3 (Elender Yocum 2, George Yocum 1) born 1806 in Wayne County, Kentucky; died 20 November 1871 in McMinnville, Warren County, Tennessee; buried in Warren County, Tennessee, Shellsford Baptist Church Cemetery; married Elizabeth Forrest born 1811 in Tennessee; died 22 September 1863 in McMinn County, Tennessee; buried in Warren County, Tennessee, Shellsford Baptist Church Cemetery, daughter of Rev. Richard Albert Forrest and Sarah (Matlock) Forrest. Children: Nancy born 5 February 1833, died 14 August 1913 in Warren County, TN, buried in Warren County, TN Armstrong Cemetery, married Henry Cleveland Bake Fults; James L. born 2 June 1835, died 1888, married Ellen Vicars; Charles Matlock born 1839 in Warren County, TN, died 20 December 1891 in Erath County, TX, buried in Dublin, Erath County, TX, married Martha Jennings; Richard Albert born 4 December 1840, died 19 June 1912 in Collins County, TX, buried in Collins County, TX, Cottage Hill Cemetery, married Sarah Moulder; George born 1842, died 1884, buried in Warren County, TN, Shellsford Cemetery, married Margaret Ricketts; Anna born 1844 in TN; Mary born April 1846, died 14 August 1877, buried in Warren County, TN, Shellsford Cemetery, married John Scott; Adolphus born 1848 in TN; Patrick born 1850; John Barber born 1855, married Nancy Harmon; Henry Edgar born 30 June 1857, died 21 May 1903, buried in Warren County, TN, Shellsford Cemetery, married Neaty Jennings; Samuel, died young.

4. Mary (Polly) Martin 3 (Elender Yocum 2, George Yocum 1) born 1810 in Wayne County, Kentucky; died 7 December 1889 in Warren County, Tennessee; buried in Warren County, Tennessee, Shellsford Cemetery; married John Douglas born 24 May 1803; died 26 January 1849 in Warren County, Tennessee; buried in Warren County, Tennessee, Douglas Cemetery, son of Matthew Douglas. Children: Joseph born 1833, married Elizabeth Neal; Hannah born 1836, died 30 March 1882, buried in Warren County, TN, Shellsford Baptist Cemetery, married in 1858 Johathan M. Bost, born 18 July 1826, died 4 December 1899, buried in Warren County, TN Shellsford Baptist Church Cemetery; Milly born 2 August 1838, married Thomas Cardwell born 1835, son of Francis and Juda Cardwell; Alexander born 1840, died 8 March 1918, buried in Warren County, TN, Shellsford Baptist Church Cemetery. married Martha Mayfield, died 13 March 1887, buried in Warren County, TN, Shellsford Baptist Church Cemetery; Matthew born 1842, died 8 March 1912 in Warren County, TN, buried in Warren County, TN, Shellsford Baptist Church Cemetery, married in 1863 Amanda England buried in Warren Co, TN Shellsford Baptist Church Cemetery; Mary A. born 1844, died 1882, buried in White County, TN, Mt. Pisque Cemetery, married Holland Knowles; Elizabeth born 1848, married Hamilton Neal, Jr.

5. William Martin 3 (Elender Yocum 2, George Yocum 1) born 1812 in Warren County, Tennessee; died 1858 in Texas County, Missouri; buried in Simmons, Texas County, Missouri, Union Cemetery; married in Bedford County, Tennessee,  Letha (Letty) Hart born 1812 in Bedford County, Tennessee; died 1869 in Texas County, Missouri; buried in Simmons, Texas County, Missouri, Union Cemetery, daughter of Henry Hart and Nancy (Rainey) Hart. Children: Nancy Caroline born 11 October 1834 in Warren County, TN, died 9 May 1915 in Atoka, Atoka County, OK, married Andrew J. Douglas; James born 1835 in Warren County, TN, died in Russellville, Pope County, AR, buried in Russellville, Pope County, AR, married Nancy Sanders; Eleanor Jane born 1837 in TN, died in childhood; Elizabeth born 1838; Mahala born 1840 in Missouri; Catherine born 1845 in Missouri, died young; Hannah born 1848 in Missouri; Perlina born 3 October 1851 in Texas County, MO, died 31 October 1916 in Leonia, Boundary County, ID, buried in Lincoln, MT, Greenwood Cemetery, married James Edward Stewart; Octavia B. born in MO, died young.

6. Samuel Martin 3 (Elender Yocum 2, George Yocum 1) born 1815 in Warren County, Tennessee; married 2 November 1839 in White County, Tennessee, Rebecca Bryant born about 1818.

7. Elizabeth Martin 3 (Elender Yocum 2, George Yocum 1) born 1818 in Warren County, Tennessee; married in Dade County, Missouri, Thomas Ross born 1815. Children: Minerva born 1840 in Missouri; Nancy born 1842 in Missouri; Samuel born 1844 in Missouri; Mary born in Missouri; James born 1854 in Missouri; Elizabeth born 1858 in Missouri.

8. Mahala Martin 3 (Elender Yocum 2, George Yocum 1) born 1822 in Warren County, Tennessee; died 5 April 1898 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri; married about 1842 in Tennessee,  Thomas Johnson, born December 1820 in North Carolina; died June 1887 in Texas County, Missouri; buried in Simmons, Missouri, Union Cemetery. Thomas Johnson drove one of the wagons to Missouri along with the Martin families and the Abraham Hilterbrand family. He was a Baptist Minister. Thomas came to Texas County and homesteaded eighty acres in 1857 in Sec. 22, Twp. 30 R. and 10. In 1859 he homesteaded two hundred forty acres in Sec. 23 Twp. 30 R. 10. Part of his family is buried in the Union Cemetery. Children: Letha born 25 December 1845, died 9 June 1924 in Texas County, MO, married 6 November 1862 William C. Ward; Mary Elizabeth born 1846 in Texas County, MO, died 1915 in Texas County, MO, married 6 August 1867 in Texas County, John Rogers; Thomas L. born 1847, married 9 April 1862 July Ann Dennison; William L. born 18 March 1849, died about 1865 in the Civil War, William never married; James Burton born 28 March 1853 in Texas County, MO, died 7 June 1937 in  Texas County, MO., married 20 December 1874 in Texas County, MO., Amanda Rust; Nancy Margaret born 8 April 1855 in Texas County, MO, died January 1941 in Texas County, MO, married 7 March 1875 in Texas County, MO, Alfred C. Ross; Almeda Meade born 25 September 1857 in Texas County, MO, died 12 February 1945 in Texas County, MO, married 27 December 1874 in Texas County, MO, Thomas M. Ross; Fanny, died in Texas Co., MO, married in Texas County, MO, Wilson Coats.

9. Nancy Martin 3 (Elender Yocum 2, George Yocum 1) born 1825/1826 in Warren County, Tennessee; died 1888 in Texas County, Missouri; buried in Houston, Texas County, Missouri, Old Houston Cemetery; married Abraham Hilterbrand born 1820 in Ohio; died 1882 in Texas County, Missouri.

GENERATION 3

NANCY MARTIN 3 AND Abraham Hilterbrand

    Nancy Martin 3 (Elender Yocum 2, George Yocum 1) born 1825/1826 in Warren County, Tennessee; died 1888 in Texas County, Missouri; buried in Houston, Texas County, Missouri, Old Houston Cemetery; married in 1844/1845 in Union, Now Prescott, Texas County, Missouri, Abraham Hilterbrand born 1820 in Ohio; died 1882 in Texas County, Missouri Old Houston Cemetery, son of possibly, John Hilterbrand (only speculation). I have tried for years to find the father of Abraham Hilterbrand without any luck.

Children of Nancy Martin 3 and Abraham Hilterbrand

1. Samuel M. Hilterbrand 4 (Nancy Martin 3, Elender Yokum 2, George Yocum 1) born 2 June 1846 in Union, now Prescott, Texas County, Missouri; died 18 April 1927 in Ellsinore, Carter County, Missouri; married  20 November 1870 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri America Angelina Upton born 23 December 1852, daughter of Ezaih Upton and Elizabeth Upton. Children: Thomas Jefferson born 10 January 1873 in Texas County, MO near Houston, died 6 May 1970 in Ellsinore, MO, buried in Henson Cemetery, Ellsinore, MO, married (1) Sarah C. Linge, (2) Bessie Hayes; William O. born 7 May 1875 in Texas County, MO; Oscar Charles born 29 July 1882 in Texas County, MO; Martin Luther born 10 October 1885 in Texas County, MO; Lizzie Jane born 29 January 1888 in Texas County, MO; Jessie Bell born 6 April 1891 in Texas County, MO.

2. John Hilterbrand 4 (Nancy Martin 3, Elender Yokum 2, George Yocum 1) born 30 September 1848 in Union, now Prescott, Texas County, Missouri; died 1920 in Union, Texas County, Missouri; married 5 April 1880 Mary E. Miller born August 1858 in Missouri; died 1925. Children: William H. born September 1881 in AR, married  1 January 1905 in Texas County, MO, Celia Coyle of Venable, Texas County, MO; Anna B. born February 1885 in AR; Callie M. born April 1887 in AR, married 12 May 1907 in Houston, Texas County, MO, J. A. Rhea; Sam W. born April 1889 in AR; Elizabeth born 17 August 1891 in AR, died 29 December 1969, married 3 March 1915 Frank Jackson, Jr; Ella born November 1893 in AR; George W. born December 1895 in AR; Charles born December 1897 in MO.

3. Alexander Hilterbrand 4 (Nancy Martin 3, Elender Yokum 2, George Yocum 1) born 1850 in Union, now Prescott, Texas County, Missouri.

4. Mary Jane Hilterbrand 4 (Nancy Martin 3, Elender Yokum 2, George Yocum 1) born 9 January 1853 in Union, now Prescott, Texas County, Missouri; died 14 December 1929 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri; married 14 September 1873 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri William Arthur Smith born 22 November 1849 in Van Buren County, Tennessee; died 27 January 1925 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri; buried in Piney Twp., Texas County, Missouri, Pinelawn Cemetery, son of Joel B. Smith and Elizabeth (Betsey) Paine.

5. James H. Hilterbrand 4 (Nancy Martin 3, Elender Yokum 2, George Yocum 1) born 1856 in Union, now Prescott, Texas County, Missouri; died in Houston, Texas County, Missouri; died young.

6. Mahalia C. Hilterbrand 4 (Nancy Martin 3, Elender Yokum 2, George Yocum 1) born November 1857 in Union, now Prescott, Texas County, Missouri; buried in Houston, Texas County, Missouri, Houston Cemetery; married in 1894 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri Lewis Beers born about 1855. Children: Raymond; Glen.

7. Jefferson Davis Hilterbrand 4 (Nancy Martin 3, Elender Yokum 2, George Yocum 1) born 22 November 1862 in Arthur's Creek, Texas County, Missouri; died 21 March 1947 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri; buried 23 March 1947 in Piney twp. Texas County, Missouri, Pinelawn Cemetery. He married 25 December 1884 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri Clarissa Belle Watson born 10 June 1866 in Clark County, Indiana; died 19 August 1928 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri; buried 20 August 1928 in Piney Twp., Texas County, Missouri, Pine lawn Cemetery, daughter of Lewis Watson and Clarissa Ferguson. Jefferson Davis Hilterbrand was born in the Arthur's Creek area of Texas County, Missouri and was the seventh child of Abraham and Nancy Hilterbrand. Later his family lived on the John Bell farm on Piney River, north of Houston. Jeff married on Christmas Day 1885, Belle Watson. They lived in Houston and operated a hotel for a time before moving around 1890 to the 100 acre farm on Piney River, 1 1/2 miles northwest of Houston, purchased for $400. with payments of $15. "when convenient" from Bill Duke, operator of the livery stable. Jeff carried the mail on horseback between Houston and Cabool in the early years. "Uncle Jeff " was a deacon of the Houston Baptist Church, a member of the Masonic Lodge for 49 years and an officer for 47 years. The name, Hilterbrand, was changed from Hildebrand during the Civil War to disassociate the family from the infamous bushwhacker, Sam Hildebrand of Francois County, Missouri (I have found this to be untrue as in the 1850 census of Texas County, Missouri, Abraham and brother, Dan spelled the name "Hilterbrand"). Clarissa Belle Watson was the 16th daughter of Lewis and Clarissa (Ferguson) Watson. Her parents died when she was 8 years old and she was raised by her sister's family, Bulford and Eliza Jane (Watson) Keeney. Children: Johnny Virgil born 8 December 1887 in Houston, Texas County, MO, died 20 September 1985, married Nina Lee McGhee; Otto Samuel born 29 September 1888 in Houston, Texas County, MO, died 21 June 1973, married Ola Blankenship; Earl Everett born 15 April 1890 in Houston, Texas County, MO, died 23 September 1971 in Texas County, MO, buried in Texas County, MO, Piney Twp., Pinelawn Cemetery, married Clarissa V. Roberts; Roy born 14 January 1892 in Houston, Texas County, MO, died 22 June 1953 in Texas County, MO, buried in Piney Twp., Texas County, MO, Pinelawn Cemetery, married Mary Holder; Ralph Edward born 13 August 1894 in Houston, Texas County, MO, died 4 September 1962, married Ruby Dickey; Guy Jefferson born 14 April 1896 in Houston, Texas County, MO, died 15 September1967 in Boise, Ada County, ID, buried 18 September 1967 in Meridian, Ada County, ID, Meridian Cemetery, married Ivy Mary Littlewood; Jess Watson born 14 January 1898 in Houston, Texas County, MO, died 24 July 1970 in Springfield, Green County, MO, buried 27 July 1970 in Piney Twp., Texas County, MO, Pinelawn Cemetery, married (1) Lavina Wilson (2) Illamae Claxton; Andrew Winifred born 9 September 1900 in Houston, Texas County, MO, died 15 August  1963 in Texas County, MO, buried in Piney Twp., Texas County, MO, Pinelawn Cemetery, married Vernal Babcock born 1902; Jack Paul born 11 September 1903 in Houston, Texas County, MO, died July 1987 in Springfield, Greene County, MO, married Helen Little; Goldie Mae born 25 September 1905 in Houston, Texas County, MO, married () Paul Garwitz (2) Lee Lachmund.

8. Laura Bell Hilterbrand 4 (Nancy Martin 3 Elender Yokum 2, George Yocum 1) born November 1871 in Oak Hill near Houston, Texas County, Missouri; died in Bozeman, Gallatin County, Montana; married  1896 Osgood Harvey Gillman born 16 November 1861 in Thornton Twp., Grafton, New Hampshire; died 1924 in Bozeman, Gallatin Co, Montana, son of Isaac Henry Gilman and Ella M. (Page) Gilman. Laura Bell Hilterbrand lived a life time in Bozeman, Montana and with her husband, operated a cattle ranch. The date of Bell's birthday was taken from the 1900 census of Madison Co, Jefferson County, Montana. Child: Virgle D. Gilman born October 1896 in Jefferson, Madison County, MT. Virgle was born near the Big Hole River, Beaverhead, Montana.

GENERATION 4

MARY JANE HILTERBRAND 4 AND WILLIAM ARTHUR SMITH

Mary Jane Hilterbrand

l-r: Otto, Laura Smith, son Wm., Wm. A. and Mary Jane Smith

William A. Smith Family

Wm. and Mary Jane Smith

    Mary Jane Hilterbrand 4 (Nancy Martin 3, Elender Yokum 2, George Yocum 1) born 9 January 1853 in Union, now Prescott, Texas County, Missouri; died 14 December 1929 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri; buried in Piney Twp., Texas County Missouri, Pinelawn Cemetery; married on 14 September 1873 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri, William Arthur Smith born 22 November 1849 in Van Buren County, Tennessee; died 27 January 1925 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri; buried in Piney Twp., Texas County, Missouri, son of Joel B. Smith, Jr. and Elizabeth (Betsy) Paine. William Smith and Mary Jane Hilterbrand resided at the Arthur's Creek Community, Lynch Twp. Texas County, Missouri. He was a farmer, disabled and could not do heavy work.

Children of Mary Jane Hilterbrand 4 and William Arthur Smith

1. Nancy Elizabeth (Lizzy) Smith 5 (Mary Jane Hilterbrand 4, Nancy Martin 3, Elender Yokum 2, George Yocum 1) born 5 December 1875 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri; married James R. King. Children: Myrtle E. born 1895 in MO; Pearl 1897 in MO; Alpha L. born 1898 in MO; Bessie born 1900 in MO; Hyrum born 1902 in MO; Wayne F. born 1905 in MO; Edith A born 1907 in MO; Eunice A born 1908 in MO

2. James G. Smith 5 (Mary Jane Hilterbrand 4. Nancy Martin 3, Elender Yokum 2, George Yocum) born 18 April 1877 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri; died 2 July 1941.

3. William A. Smith 5 (Mary Jane Hilterbrand 4, Nancy Martin 3, Elender Yokum 2, George Yocum) born 1878 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri; may have died young.

4. Laura Catherine Smith 5 (Mary Jane Hilterbrand 4, Nancy Martin 3, Elender Yokum 2, George Yocum) born 6 March 1881 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri; died 14 September 1971 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California; buried in Chatsworth, Los Angeles County, California; buried in Chatsworth, Los Angeles County, California, Oakwood Memorial Park; married Sidney Otto Smith

5. Elizabeth B. Smith 5 (Mary Jane Hilterbrand 4, Nancy Martin 3, Elender Yokum 2, George Yocum) born 23 July 1884 in Lynch Twp., Texas County, Missouri; died 1961 in Texas County, Missouri; buried in Piney Twp., Texas County Missouri, Pinelawn Cemetery; married John M. Farley. Children: Leland born 1904 in Texas County, MO, died 16 September 1980 in Houston, Texas County, MO, buried in Piney Twp., Texas County, MO, Pinelawn Cemetery; Gertie May born 16 February 1906 in Texas County, MO, died 12 June 1923 in Texas County, MO, buried in Piney Twp. Texas County, MO, Pinelawn cemetery; Gerald; Jesse L. born 11 June 1911 in Texas County, MO, died 3 July 1941 in Texas County, MO, buried in Piney Twp., Texas County MO, Pinelawn Cemetery; John W. born 1922 in Texas County, MO; Nadine B born 1928 in Texas County, MO.

6. Lee Roy Smith 5 (Mary Jane Hilterbrand 4, Nancy Martin 3, Elender Yokum 2, George Yocum) born 2 February 1885 in Lynch Twp., Texas County, Missouri; died young.

7. Luther Alfred (Lute) Smith 5 (Mary Jane Hilterbrand 4, Nancy Martin 3, Elender Yokum 2, George Yocum) born 12 May 1887 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri; died 11 December 1961 in Glendale, Maricopa County, Arizona; married (1) Amanda E. Marr (2) Alice Mildred Nagle. Children (by Alice): Arthur Frederick born 23 June 1914 in Houston, Texas County, MO, died 15 January 1916 in Houston, Texas County, MO; Anna Margaret born 3 March 1916 in Texas County, MO, died 21 October 1998 in Anaheim, Orange County, CA, married 5 May 1938 in Arizona Kenneth Elroy Nelson, born 18 June 1914 in Nebraska, died 1 January 1984 in Los Angeles County, CA, son of Mr. Nelson and Miss Youngblom; Lena Gladys born 27 February 1918 in Houston, Texas County, MO, married Mr. Newby; Chester Alfred born 20 February 1920 in Houston, Texas County, MO; William Leland born 7 December 1928 in Texas county, MO, died 3 September 1984 in Glendale, AZ; Dorothy Anita born 20 February 1931, married Mr. Koehler.

8. Oma Smith 5 (Mary Jane Hilterbrand 4, Nancy Martin 3, Elender Yokum 2, George Yocum) born 9 October 1889 in Lynch Twp., Texas County, Missouri; married Julian Bultman. Children: Harold born about 1909; Glen born about 1911; Marvin born about 1913.

9. Joel Smith 5 (Mary Jane Hilterbrand 4, Nancy Martin 3, Elender Yokum 2, George Yocum) born 3 June 1892 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri; died 11 November 1940. His wife's name is unknown. Child: Joel, Jr. born about 1915.

GENERATION 5

LAURA CATHERINE SMITH 5 AND SIDNEY OTTO SMITH

Otto, Laura Smith ca 1925

Back, l-r: Orange, Gladys, Bill; Front, l-r: Glynn, Mabel

Otto and Laura Smith

Laura Smith with grandchildren

    Laura Catherine Smith 5 (Mary Jane Hilterbrand 4, Nancy Martin 3, Elender Yocum 2, George Yocum 1) born 6 March 1881 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri; died 14 September 1971 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California; buried  in Chatsworth, Los Angeles County, California, Oakwood Memorial Park; married 16 November  1898 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri, Sidney Otto Smith, born 22 February 1876 in Washington, Washington County, Iowa; died 16 August 1951 in Canoga Park, Los Angeles County, California; buried in Chatsworth, Los Angeles County, California, Oakwood Memorial Park, son of George Artemis Smith and Mary Campbell (Dempster) Smith.

    Laura was a homemaker all her life. She and Otto had a very happy marriage. They worked hard and raised five children. Laura was a happy person and laughed a lot. After their retirement, Laura made beautiful hand made quilts. She would set up her quilting frame in the large back room that they used for their bedroom. When she finished working on her quilts for the day, Otto had fixed small ropes on the quilting frame and they would raise it up to the ceiling so it wouldn't be in the way. I, Marjorie, her granddaughter, have fond memories of spending two weeks at a time during the summer months, in my youth, at their chicken ranch in Canoga Park, California, helping my grandparents with their chores and collecting eggs in the morning and evening. We would walk down the dirt roads to the country store at the forks to buy milk, bread or whatever was needed. The family would always gather at their home for big dinners on special occasions. All the aunts, uncles and cousins would come to their home when the walnuts were ready to gather. They used to money form the sale of these walnuts to pay their property taxes each year as their income was limited after they sold all their chickens and finally retired. Otto and Laura were getting older and were not able to do all the work it took to care for the chickens. Laura broke her hip about a year before her death and never recovered, spending her remaining days in a nursing home.

    Sidney Otto Smith was a carpenter all his life and in later years he worked as a contractor. Sidney Otto and Laura Smith were called "mom and Pop" by all their children and grandchildren. Their address in Junction City, Kansas was 827 W. 10th Street. (Source: 1920 census. Geary County, Kansas). In 1931, after moving to California in about 1925, he and his wife Laura lived at 245 W. 61st Street in Los Angeles. At the time of his death they were living at 20032 Chase Street, Canoga Park, California where, after his retirement, they had an egg ranch. At one time he had about 2,500 chickens. Marjorie, his granddaughter is in possession of their original marriage license dated 16 November 1898.

    Otto and Laura Smith moved to Junction City, Kansas in 1909 leaving the Oscar community near Houston, Missouri where their parents and other members of their family lived. By wagon, with their five children and all their possessions, they left for Kansas. They reached Cabool, Missouri where their wagon broke down and they had to continue the rest of their journey by train. Otto had already been to Junction city and found work as a carpenter and he returned to Houston to bring Laura and the children back with him. (as remembered by Opal Marie (Rue) Smith, wife of their son, William G. Smith and told to her niece, Marjorie, author of this family history).  By about 1925, the family had moved on to Los Angeles, California except for their son, William G. Smith. He had established a home with his wife Opal Marie (Rue) Smith and a job with the Southern Pacific Railroad in Kansas and had decided to stay there. He worked his whole adult life for Southern Pacific railroad and retired from there about 1965. He made his home in Salina, Kansas.

    After the arrival of the Sidney Otto Smith family in Los Angeles, California the whole family rented a large house at 370 E. 52nd Street in Los Angeles; (1925 directory) and everyone moved in together. It was wonderful to have the grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles living together (recollections of Margaret Gladys Smith, daughter of Otis Austin and Gladys Mary Smith). There were many pleasant memories of those early days in California. Later, Otto lost faith in people during his life, as when the crash of 1929 came, he lost everything he had in the bank. He thanked God he had bought a lot in Van Nuys, California for cash so that was paid for. Later, when he reach retirement age and thought he could handle it and take care of Laura, the insurance company where he had life insurance told him he was too old to insure now so his life insurance was cancelled. He was too proud to ask for Social Security when he was sixty-five as he thought it was like welfare, so he waited until he was seventy years old and really not able to work anymore away from home. He found that the contractor he had worked for so many years, Mr. Flanagan, had never paid the money to the Social Security System and hadn't paid unemployment insurance, although it had been taken out of his pay. After the crash he still worked and finally saved up enough to stop working away from home and build their own home on Sylmar Street in Van Nuys, California. He built it all alone and they moved in about 1932. He tried to go back to work then but since the stock market crash no one had money to build so he was unemployed. He did everything he could to find work, but could not get a job and could not pay the mortgage. None of his children could pay it either, so they lost their home in 1933. Otto and Laura stayed with their daughter, Gladys Mary and their son-in-law Austin Smith working and saving as much as possible. In 1934 Otto and Laura purchased another home. It was a one acre chicken ranch at 20032 Chase Street in Canoga Park, California. It really needed a lot of work but by a few more years it was a little dream house with red window boxes filled with flowers and twenty-five hundred chickens on the ranch. There would be many dinners and get-togethers of the family at this home. Everyone in the family looked forward to going out to the "valley" to visit "Mom and Pop". There would also be lots of all night card games. At this time (about 1935-1950) in the San Fernando Valley, it was mostly country and dirt roads where they lived and the cousins would walk down the dirt roads in the evenings to watch the trains go by. There were a few orange groves on the way and sometimes we would stop and pick an orange for each of us to eat on our walk down the road to the tracks. They always had a large vegetable garden and many flowers. My favorite flowers were the Hollyhocks. There were about twenty large English Walnut trees on their property. They would use the profits from the sale of these walnuts to pay their taxes on the property each year. The family would get together and all go to their ranch and shake the walnuts from the trees and we would all pick them up from the ground and Otto would stretch a large piece of wire out for drying the walnuts in the sun. After they had dried, we would all take another trip out to the ranch to hull them. Some were sold with the shells and were cracked to bring more money. Their son, Orange worked in a bakery and his boss would buy all the cracked walnuts and use them in the cookies, cakes and etc. They had lots of Concord grapevines on the verandah around the porch of their home. We all would have enough grapes to make lots of jelly. Otto became ill about 1950 and died at the age of seventy-five years. Laura stayed at the house in Canoga Park for a while but later sold it and moved to a house in Southwest Los Angeles near her daughters, Gladys and Mabel. Laura died while living at this home. She had fallen and broke her hip and was not able to return home so she died in a nursing home at the age of ninety years. Otto and Laura are buried side by side at Oakwood Memorial Park in Chatsworth, California. (Source: recollections of their granddaughter's, Margaret Smith and Marjorie Smith). On his WW I draft registration dated 12 September 1918 he lived at 836 W. 10th, Junction City, Kansas, age 42 years. He stated he was a carpenter and worked for C. B. Stabbens in Junction City, Kansas. His description was tall, medium build, blue eyes, brown hair. I, his granddaughter, Marjorie am in possession of his WWI draft registration card.

Children of Laura Catherine Smith and Sidney Otto Smith (not related)

1. William George Smith 6 (Laura Catherine Smith 5, Mary Jane Hilterbrand 4, Nancy Martin 3, Elender Yocum 2, George Yocum 1) born 20 March 1900 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri; died 20 April 1973 in Salina, Saline County, Kansas; buried in Salina, Saline County, Kansas, Roselawn Memorial Park. He married Opal Marie Rue. Children: William George born 25 March 1923 in Salina, Saline County, KS, died 21 January 1925 in Salina, Saline County, KS; James.

2. Gladys Mary Smith 6 (Laura Catherine Smith 5, Mary Jane Hilterbrand 4, Nancy Martin 3, Elender Yocum 2, George Yocum 1) born 4 January 1802 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri; died 17 October 1973  in Loma Linda, San Bernardino County, California; buried in Loma Linda, San Bernardino County, California, Montecito Memorial Park; married Otis Austin Smith. Children: Robert Theodore born 25 November 1918 in Junction City, Geary Co., KS, died 14 October 2005 in Newbury Park, Ventura County, CA, married (1) Shirley Mae Dodson (2) Margaret Shores; Margaret Gladys born 2 October 1920 in Junction City, Geary Co., KS, died 23 January 1996 in Riverside, Riverside County, CA, buried in Evergreen Memorial Park, Riverside Co., CA, married (1) Dwain E. Livingston (2) Alpheus Miles Jennings.

3. Orange Otto Smith 6 (Laura Catherine Smith 5, Mary Jane Hilterbrand 4, Nancy Martin 3, Elender Yocum 2, George Yocum 1) born 24 November 1903 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri; died 12 March 1986 in Springfield, Lane County, Oregon; buried in Springfield, Lane  County, Oregon, Springfield Memorial Gardens. He married (1) Leota Margaret Martha Collins (2) Fern Slack (3) Colleen Francis Reed.

4. Mabel Sylvia Smith 6 (Laura Catherine Smith 5, Mary Jane Hilterbrand 4, Nancy Martin 3, Elender Yocum 2, George Yocum 1) born 4 February 1906 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri; died 19 October 1988 in Yucaipa, San Bernardino County, California; her ashes were scattered at Point Loma, San Diego County, California; married Harold Arthur Cline Child: James

5. Glynn Edward Smith 6 (Laura Catherine Smith 5, Mary Jane Hilterbrand 4, Nancy Martin 3, Elender Yocum 2, George Yocum 1) born 4 December 1908 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri; died 3 December 1955 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California. He married Alice Marie Sprague. Children: Barbara Marie; Darlene Glynne; Carol Ann.

GENERATION 6

ORANGE OTTO SMITH 6 AND LEOTA M. COLLINS

Orange Smith with hunting rifle ca. 1915

l-r: Glynn Smith, friend Jake, Orange Smith ca. 1925

Orange Smith driving his touring car ca 1918/1920

Orange Smith and dau. Marjorie 1929

    Orange Otto Smith 6 (Laura Catherine Smith 5, Mary Jane Hilterbrand 4, Nancy Martin 3, Elender Yocum 2, George Yocum 1) born 24 November 1903 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri; died 12 March 1986 in Springfield, Lane County, Oregon; buried in Springfield, Lane County, Oregon, Springfield Memorial Gardens. He married (1) 10 April 1926 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, Leota Margaret Martha Collins, born 24 September 1906 in Manhattan, Riley County, Kansas; died 13 February 1975 in Springfield, Lane County, Oregon; buried in Springfield, Lane County, Oregon, Springfield Memorial Gardens, daughter of Bryce Monroe Collins and Della Elnora Carson; (2) 8 October 1976 in Carson City, Nevada, Mrs. Fern (Slack) Mundell, born 22 February 1902 in Minden, Kearney County, Nebraska; died 19 February 1983 in Springfield, Lane County, Oregon; buried 23 February 1983 in Springfield, Lane County, Oregon, Springfield Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, daughter of Thompson Couch Slack and Elnora Krick (3) 14 February 1984 in Springfield, Lane County, Oregon, Mrs. Colleen Francis (Reed) Tidd; born 2 July 1921 in Clinton, Wisconsin; died 4 June 2005 in Springfield, Lane County, Oregon, daughter of Harold J. Reed and Elda Alvira (Hughes) Reed. Orange and Leota had one child, a daughter.

    Orange went to Los Angeles, California from Junction City, Kansas about 1923 to find work and make a better life for himself. He then moved to Springfield, Oregon in 1962 after about 40 years in the Los Angeles area. He went to work for Albertson's Bakery, retiring from there in 1968. He died from cancer of the colon. He was operated on in 1969 and 17 years later it had spread to his lungs. He was in very good health until the last year of his life. In 1931 he lived at 414 W. 60th street in Los Angeles, California with his wife Leota and his only daughter, Marjorie.  He worked at Rennie's Bakery at Florence and Western Ave in Los Angeles for many years. After the owner, Bud Adams died in 1959, he bought the bakery but decided it was too much work as he was nearing retirement. He sold it after about 1 year and moved to Springfield, Oregon. He stated to his daughter Marjorie that he was really born in the community of Oscar, Missouri. It was such a small town that the family always said they were born in Houston, Missouri which was the nearest large town. After his wife Leota died he spent many hours at the senior center in Springfield, Oregon playing pool or cards. that is where he met Mrs. Fern Mundell, a widow. She was a retired school teacher from Springfield and had been a widow for many years. After Fern died he continued to go to the senior center for recreation and met Mrs. Colleen Tidd. After a few months they were married. Colleen out lived Orange and soon remarried. Colleen and Orange enjoyed going to dances together at the center. Orange was named by his aunt, Tessie Jane Smith. He was born on her birthday so Otto and Laura let Tessie name him. Tessie was born November 24, 1887 in Orange Township, Lincoln County, Kansas so she named him Orange after the town that she was born in.

    Orange moved to Junction City, Kansas with his parents and siblings when he was six years old. He attended school in Junction City until about the age of fourteen years. At that time he quit school and started to work in a bakery. This job led to his life-long profession as a Baker.

    About 1922 Orange and his brother-in-law, Otis Austin Smith and their friend Lawrence Telford, bummed a ride on the Union Pacific train in a box car that was headed for Los angels. California. During this ride they were almost caught by  railroad detectives and were separated, loosing their luggage and coats except for one coat between Orange and Otis Austin. They arrived in Los Angeles together but had no idea what had happened to Lawrence until later when they were able to receive mail from home. Orange states that they ran out of money in Green River, Wyoming and had to work to earn money to continue their tip to Los Angeles.

    Orange had met a girl in Junction City, Kansas that was a friend of his sister, Mabel. Mabel would bring her home after school and on Weekends. Her name was Leota Collins. He fell in love with her and decided to send for her after her graduation from Junction City High School. She graduated in May 1925 and he sent her the money to ride the train to Los Angeles in April 1926. They were married and spent their honeymoon at Hermosa Beach, California in the house of Orange's sister and brother-in-law, Austin and Gladys Smith. During WW II Orange left the bakery and worked for Douglas Aircraft. After the war years, he returned to the bakery again. He liked fishing and attending his vegetable garden at his home in Springfield. He was a member the Moose Lodge and the Baker's and Confectioner's Union to which he belonged for thirty-five years. He was also a member of the Springfield First Christian Church. See THE SMITH FAMILY

As remembered by their daughter, Marjorie

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