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Oliver Thompson Smith b.4-27-1857 Monroe County MS married Emily Catherine Van Vleet

Oliver Thompson Smith b.4-27-1857 Monroe County MS married Emily Catherine Van Vleet

Posted: 1277139597000
Classification: Query
I am searching for the descendants of the subject Oliver T.Smith and Catherine Vanvleet. They are Emma Josephine Smith b.4-15-1878 Jackson Co. MO. The was born in a covered wagon on the trip to Utah. She was born 1878 died 1951 in ID.
the second child was Oliver Edmond Smith b. 4-15-1879 born in Beaver City Utah died 7-12-1912 of Brights disease. He is buried in Idaho Falls, ID.
The third child was Martha Jane Smith born 1882 Beaver City, UT. died 1944 Montana. Martha married Andrew Billman. Martha had 11 children. I would like to connect with them. I am also a descendant of Thompson Smith, Josephine, Edmond, and Martha's grandfather by his first wife,Martha Ann Adams. Josephine Lowry Smith and Thompson Smith married in 1955. He sold his farm and they left for Utah. Thompson and a daughter died in 1862. Josephine and Oliver Thompson made it to Utah by 1868.
A descendant of Oliver Thompsons promised Photos on the Monroe County MS site, but never delivered.
I would appreciate connecting with Oliver Thompson's descendants.

Re: Oliver Thompson Smith b.4-27-1857 Monroe County MS married Emily Catherine Van Vleet

Posted: 1294374621000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Smith, Van Vleet, Eby, Munro, Strickland, Billman, Fotopoulos, Frazer, Ingram, Cartwright, Schimetz, Green, Strom
In 1880 Oliver and Emily Smith and family were living in Beaver City, Beaver, UT.
Their neighbors were Charles, Rachael & children Van Vleet.

Oliver T. Smith, b. MS, 23, laborer.
Emily C., wife, b. IL, 19.
Emma J., b. MO, 2.
Oliver E., b. UT, 7/12ths.

Oliver and Family in 1900 were living in Bingham Co., ID.
Oliver F. Smith, b. MS, April 1857, marr 23 yrs, farmer.
Emily C., wife, b. IL, Feb. 1861.
Oliver E., b. UT, 20, single, farm laborer.
Martha J., b. UT, 18, single.
Andrew Billman, b. UT, 23, single, servant farmer.

Oliver Thompson Smith b. April 27, 1857, Aberdeen, Monroe Co., MS died 22 Feb 1904, Idaho Falls, Bonneville, ID. Source=My Ancestors and Descendants,

In 1910 Emily and son Oliver were living in Idaho FAlls Ward 1, Bingham Co. [name of county at that time], ID.
Mrs. Emily Smith, b. IL, 49, widow, had given birth to three and all alive in 1910.
Oliver E., b. UT, 31, single, cowboy range.

Emily Cathern (Catherine) Van Vleet Smith b. Feb. 28, 1861 Circle Valley, Piute, UT died March 18, 1922, Beaver City, Beaver, UT. Source=My Ancestors and Descendants,

An Emma J. Smith of Idaho Falls married James S. Eby of Idaho Falls 4 July 1895, Idaho Falls, Bingham Co, ID.
Source=Western States Marriage Record Index, . Volume 1, p. 6.

In 1900 they were living in Bingham Co., ID.
James S. Eby, b. KS, 28, marr 5 yrs, farmer.
Emma J., wife, b. MO, 23.
Leska V., dau, b. ID, 3.

In 1910 they were living in Idaho Falls Ward 1, Bingham Co.
James S. Eby, b. KS, 38, marr @ 20, policeman.
Emma J., b. MO, 32, marr @ 15, had given birth to four but only one child alive in 1910.
Leska M., b. ID, 13.

James must have died after the 1910 Census and before May 15, 1918.

An Emma J. Eby married David Munroe on May 15, 1918, idaho falls, Bonneville Co. [note county name change], ID.
Source=Idaho Marriages 1842-1996. Bonneville Co. Court House, Vol. 2, p. 89.

An Emma Josephine Munro b. April 15, 1878 died 11 Sept. 1951 boise, Ada Co., ID. Source=Idaho Death Index 1911-51.

You will find an obituary volunteer at, read guidelines, choose Idaho, choose Ada Co. and choose one volunteer.

A Leska Eby married Bion E. Strickland Sept. 14, 1912, Idaho Falls, Bonneville Co., ID. Source=Idaho Marriages 1842-1996. Bonneville County Court House, Vol. 1, p. 105.

A leska Strickland b. 30 Aug 1896 died 21 Feb. 1918 [flu epidemic?] in Idaho Falls Bonneville Co. per death cert #020441. Source=Idaho Death Index 1911-51.

There is a volunteer at, choose Idaho, choose Bonneville Co.

Just in case they don't do obituaries, contact the Idaho Falls Public Library,

A Bion Everett Strickland married Frances Elizabeth Linn Mar. 4, 1920, Boise, ada co., ID. Source=Idaho Marriages 1842-1996. Ada County Court House, Vol. 15, p. 281.

A Martha Jane Smith b. 28 Oct. 1888 in Beaver, Beaver Co., UT. Source=Pitman-Morgan Family Tree,

A Martha J. Smith of Dewey married Andrew Billman of Willow Creek 4 July 1900 in Bingham Co., ID. Vol. 1, p. 182.
Source=Western State Marriage Record Index, .

In 1910 Martha, Andrew & Family were living in Idaho Falls.
Neighbors were James, Emma and Leska Eby.

Andrew J. Billman, b. UT, 31, plumber pipe fitting.
Martha J., wife, b. UT, 27, had given birth to four children but only three alive in 1910.
Zelpha, b. UT, 8.
Juanita, b. UT, 6.
Virginia, b. UT, 1/12.
Amanda M. chase, lodger.

Martha Jane Smith Billman died Aug. 20, 1944 in Anaconda, Deer Lodge Co., MT. Source=My Ancestors and Descendants Family Tree,

There is an obituary volunteer at, choose Montana, choose ALL for County and choose Becky.

Contact the Hearst Free Library, 401 Main St., anaconda, MT 59711, 406-563-6932 .

Andrew Jackson Billman b. April 13, 1879, Cottonwood, Salt Lake Co., UT died April 23, 1943 in Idaho Falls, Bonneville Co. Source=Pitman-Morgan Family Tree,

A Zilpha May Billman b. 15 Feb. 1902 in Idaho Falls married a Constantine Elias Fotopoulos 4 Nov 1918 in Livingston, park Co., MT. They had many children. Zilpha died 29 Jan 1994 in Missoula, Missoula Co., MT. Source=Collier-Stewart Family Tree,

You will find an obituary volunteer at .

After I receive the obituary, I use or to find current contact info on survivors.

A Juanita Cathern Billman b. 22 Aug 1904 in Idaho Falls married Melvin Arthur Frazer 26 Oct 1922 no location provided. Juanita died 20 Nov 1953 but no location provided. Source=Pitman-Morgan Family Tree,

An Elma Viola Billman b. 9 april 1910 in Idaho Falls married an albert rhoe ingram 12 Nov 1927 in Idaho Falls. Later they divorced. She married Danny Cartwright "1931 after". No death date for Elma. Source=Pitman-Morgan Family Tree,

An Albert Rhoe Ingram b. 23 Aug 1905 in Cannonville, Garfield, UT died 2 Jan 1962 in anaconda, Deer Lodge Co., MT. Source=Pitman-Morgan Family Tree,

I added this because you should get his obit to see if he and Elma had children.

A Glen Thompson Billman b. 7 March 1912 in Idaho Falls. He married "Living Fiore or Faure" 6 april 1939 in Idaho Falls.

Then he married Ida Jane Schimetz 6 June 1959 in Bozeman, Gallatin Co., MT.

He died 3 May 1988 in Bozeman, Gallatin Co., MT. Source=Pitman-Morgan Family Tree,

There is an obituary volunteer at, choose Montana and choose Gallatin Co.

Ida Jane Schimetz b. abt. 1916 Dunseth, Rolette Co., North Dakota died 15 Feb. 1984, Gallatin Co., MT. Source=same as above.

An Alta Josephine Billman b. 27 Aug 1914 in Idaho Falls married Herbert S. Green 17 Sept. 1932 in Bozeman.

She later married Sanford Ellis Strom 9 Aug 1935 in Blackfoot, Bingham Co., ID.

Alta died 1986 in Idaho Falls. Source=Pitman-Morgan Family Tree,

Contact Ron Longmore, County Clerk, 208-529-1350 X1355 about how to find her exact death date.

Sanford Ellis Strom b. 23 oct 1908 Hartington, Cedar Co., N ebraska died 16 Feb. 1993 in Pocatello, Bannock Co., Idaho. Source=Pitman-Morgan,

There is an obituary volunteer at, choose Idaho and choose Bannock Co.
Successful Searching!

Re: Oliver Thompson Smith b.4-27-1857 Monroe County MS married Emily Catherine Van Vleet

Posted: 1294430655000
Classification: Query
Thank you so much. I am in awe of this information, not believeing how gracious you are.
I never dreamed that i could find this information. I was looking for a crumb and a banquet appeared.
I hope to find a live person, with all of this, I could realize it.
This family, Oliver Thompson Smith, left Mississippi in 1859 and no one ever knew his location. That is what my great grandfather had in his bible. "They left for parts unknown" and were never heard of again.
In humble gratitude.

Re: Oliver Thompson Smith b.4-27-1857 Monroe County MS married Emily Catherine Van Vleet

Posted: 1307744621000
Classification: Query
My great grandmother was Martha Jane Smith. I have been looking for information about her father! Her daughter Zilpha was my grandmother. I have lots of info about her family! You have already given me more information about Thompson than I ever had!

Re: Oliver Thompson Smith b.4-27-1857 Monroe County MS married Emily Catherine Van Vleet

Posted: 1308066757000
Classification: Query
I am so happy you have replied to my posting.
I will be gladly exchange information with you.
I found a person a few years ago, but she received my information on the Smiths and then dropped out of sight.
She was Debbie Photofolus (missedspelled) who was in Idaho and moved to Georgia.
I descend from the oldest son of Thompson and his first wife, Martha Ann Adams. She died in 1853 and in 1855 Thompson married Josephine Lowry who was only 2 years older than Thompson's oldest son.
He sold his farm in Monroe Co.MS and he left with Josephine and their two children, Oliver Thompson and Mary Texana Smith. I found them last on the 1860 Jefferson county, AR. census. Their full names and ages are on it.
The archives in Idaho has sent me some Obits, and a nice gentleman went to the cemetery in Idaho Falls, Id. and took a photo of Oliver Thompson's grave for me. What a thrill!
God has some good people out there!
I will look forward to hearing from you.
Thank you again.
Smith cousin,
Mary Hanson

Re: Oliver Thompson Smith b.4-27-1857 Monroe County MS married Emily Catherine Van Vleet

Posted: 1308067066000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Smith; Lowry
Thank you for the history. You have done a lot of research, and I am overwhelmed by it. I do not have because of the cost, so I cannot get into the family trees.
I ordered some info from the Mormon Library, but none of this information was on the CD. This was about 8 years ago.
It has been a 10 year struggle to little advantage. But, I am happy to get any crumb.

Re: Oliver Thompson Smith b.4-27-1857 Monroe County MS married Emily Catherine Van Vleet

Posted: 1308068201000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Smith
Sorry, it was 1860 census in Jefferson Co. AR not 1850.
Thompson had 5 sons in the Civil War, two of them died, one of them at the Battle of Shiloh,Corinth, MS, the other at the battle of Chickamauga, TN.
The one killed at the Battle of Shiloh, is buried in a mass grave there. His name was James Smith age 22 and unmarried.The one killed at the Battle of Chickamauga was sent home to die, and he is buried in Cockerham cemetery in Monroe Co. MS. He was 20 years old and unmarried. His name was John Smith. Three sons, returned unharmed, William S. , Howard, and Thomas A. Smith.

Re: Oliver Thompson Smith b.4-27-1857 Monroe County MS married Emily Catherine Van Vleet

Posted: 1308259164000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Smith; Billman
I am so looking forward to hearing from you on Oliver Thompson Smith's family, especially Martha Jane Smith Billman.

Re: Oliver Thompson Smith b.4-27-1857 Monroe County MS married Emily Catherine Van Vleet

Posted: 1308759595000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Smith
Have you dropped me? Sorry if I have have done anything to offend. Just anxious to exchange info.
My great grandfather is a half brother. We share the same gr gr grandfather, Thompson Smith b.1806 SC died 1862 per Lowry history by Emoline Lowry Lloyd, sister of Josephine Lowry.

Re: Oliver Thompson Smith b.4-27-1857 Monroe County MS married Emily Catherine Van Vleet

Posted: 1308919164000
Classification: Query
So sorry this took so long. I live outside of Salt Lake City where our summers are very short. When the weather is nice - not too hot or too cold - all our time is spent doing gardening and yard work!

So, here goes!

Martha Jane Smith married Andrew Jackson Billman on July 4, 1900 in Taylor, Bingham County,ID. They divorced about 1825. She later married Sam Singleton.

Martha and Andrew had 6 children. I can give you some information now and some later when I find it. I am new to organizing my history and am in the process of getting it all in order!

1. Zilpha May - my paternal grandmother. Born Feb 15, 1902. I will give more of her information below.

2. Juanita Cathern - b. 22 Aug 1904 Idaho Falls,Id

3. Lester James - b. 10 Aug 1906 Livingston Montana
d. 18 May 1907 Livingston Montana

4. Elma Viola - b. 9 April 1910 Idaho Falls, ID

5. Glenn Thompson - b. 7 March 1912 Idaho Falls, ID
He is buried in Ucon, ID

6. Alta Josephine - b. 27 Aug 1914 Idaho Falls, ID

My grandmother told me she was born in Taylor, ID. Some records say Idaho Falls. I think this is because Taylor doesn't exist anymore. She married Constantine Fotopoulos (a Greek immigrant) 4 Nov 1918 in Livingston, Montana. He was working on the railroad and met her as he was passing through. They moved to Chicago, where he had emigrated to. They had six children. Her life was hard. My grandfather was very "old country". He finally left the family around the time WWII started. She died in Missoula, Montana 25 Jan 1994. Zilpha was a very talented and loving grandmother. She lived with her children until about 1967 when she became a cook for the priests in Livingston. When her son Angelo moved up to Montana she moved in with him. Her last few years were in a nursing home in Missoula. She was cremated and her ashes are buried in rural Turah, Montana. Here are her children, all born in Chicago:

1. Elias Constantine - my dad! b. 12 Aug 1920 in Chicago
d. 29 July 1983 My dad also went by the names of Lee and John-Lee.

2. Andrew - b. 1922 d. 1984

3. Audrey - b. 1924

4. Martha - b. 1926

5. Angelo - b. 1928

6. Danny - b. 1929 d. 1974

There are lots and lots of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as you can imagine. My parents had five children. We moved from Chicago to California in 1962. I have sisters in Idaho and Oregon and a brother and sister in California. I have lived in many places over the years. I spent two years in Birmingham, AL. This was before I knew I had southern roots. I can't wait to hear as much as you care to tell me! I loved the south!

I have found some information on the internet that says Thompson was born in South Carolina and that he died in 1863 in the war. Any clarification? Any information on his parents? Please tell me about you!
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