Descendants of Joseph Smith and Mary Jane Fleming


Prepared by Norma F. Jennings
Copyright 1997, 1998
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Generation One


Joseph Smith came to Schuyler County, Il. from Morgan County in 1834. At that time, he purchased land from Alexander and Elizabeth Perry. In 1841, he purchased a lot in Cooperstown in Brown County. The first burial in Mt. Sterling cemetery in 1833 was of a woman named Smith. This may have been an earlier wife of Joseph Smith. Since other marriages to a Joseph Smith have been found in Illinois. We will be following only the one that pertains to our family. To maintain the privacy of living individuals, only the first four generations are given here and some data purged on individuals known to be still living.

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1. JOSEPH SMITH of Brown Co., Illinois(1)
   Parents unknown

    b. ca. 1805 in Ohio or Pennsylvania(2)
    m. 17 October 1839(3) in Morgan Co., Illinois
    d. Ca. 1872-1880
    sp. Mary Jane Fleming(4)
        b. ca. 1820 in Ireland(5)
        d. after 1880(6)

Their known children:

1.      + Sarah Jane Smith, b. 28 June 1840

2.      + Margaret Smith, b. ca. 1841(7)

3.      + William Smith, b. 22 February 1847

4.      Isabella Smith, b. ca. 1848, never married

5.      + Charles Smith, b. ca. 1857

6.      + LuElla (Ella) Smith, b. ca. 1859


Joseph and Jane Smith purchased for fifteen dollars one acre of land from Robert and Elizabeth Innes, on March 3, 1848, consisting of one square block in the southeast corner of the East half of the Northwest quarter of section five in Township 3, south range 2 West of the 4th principal meridian situate in Brown County Ill. This land was sold on the 12 March 1872 for $200(8). Therefore his death occurred some time after 1872.

Both Joseph and Jane signed with a mark indicating that they perhaps, they could not read or write or they preferred to use the symbol of the cross in their signature.

Generation Two


2. SARAH JANE SMITH (Joseph Smith1 )

b. 28 June 1840
m. 29 August 1858
d. 4 July 1909
m. James W. McDaniel


  1. + Tabitha b. 26 September 1865
  2. Henry, ca. 1872(9)


3. MARGARET SMITH (Joseph Smith 1)

b. ca. 1839-41
d. 15 September 1963, aged 24 yrs.
bur. Perry Cemetery, Cooperstown Twp., Brown Co., Il
m. Henry Putnam
b. 1834
d. 5 November 1865 (31 yrs.)

4. WILLIAM SMITH (Joseph Smith 1)
Parents: Joseph Smith and Mary Jane Fleming

b. 22 February 1847, Brown Co., Il
d. 6 March 1923, Louisa Co., Ia
bur. Spring Run Cemetery, unmarked grave beside Hiram Rutt
m. 31 March 1867(10)
div. 1 May 1875(11)
spouse 1) Sarah Hignight(12)
b. 26 January 1850
d. 16 June 1906
bur. Rushville Cemetery(13)

Sarah Hignight Smith
m. 2) Jacob Harscher, 16, September 1875(14)
m. 3) Jacob Harsher, 10 July 1879,(15)

Children of 1st marriage:

  1. Alvin, d. in infancy
  2. Maggie, d. in infancy
  3. + Louella, b. November, 1871


William Smith's spouse 2) Amanda (Ross) Rutt(16)
Amanda Ross Rutt Smith had a stroke when her son Leonard died of pneumonia and she died the next day.

b. 1846, Ohio
d. 5 June 1899, Louisa Co., Ia(17)
m. 28 December 1876

One Stepson by Amanda Rutt and Hiram Rutt:

  1. + William H. Rutt b. 22 September 1866


Children of 2nd marriage:

  1. + James Corvan Smith, b. 5 May 1877
  2. + Joseph Carvin Smith, b. 29 July 1880
  3. Leonard Smith, 8 May 1883, d. 4 June 1899 age 16 yrs.
  4. Roy Lee Smith, b. 1887, twin, d. 1887, 16 das.
  5. Walter Lee Smith, b. 1887, twin, d. 1888, age 1 yr.


William Smith's spouse 3) Alice Odle Holland,

b. 1876
d. 1943
bur. Wapello Cemetery by her parents.   Parents: Thomas Odle (1854-1922) and Mary L. (b. 1 Dec. 1852, d. 18 January 1919). She had a brother James C. Odle (1886-1926); and sisters Melinda Odle Havenhill (1874-1920); Nina Odle Peck (1889-1977); and Faniie B. Reid (1888-1968). She m. 3) Nathan McNall.

Two Stepdaughters, Alice had by Samuel Holland:

  1. Zetta Holland b. 16 September 1895, Louisa Co., m. 4 May 1911 Chester Hainey.
  2. Lettie Holland married Ira Templeton

  William Smith's children by 3rd Marriage to Alice Odle:

  1. Gale Ernest Smith
  2. Fern (Alma F) Smith m. Seidler
  3. Phronie (Lillian Sophronia) Smith m. Lyle Davidson
  4. Lavalia Smith b. m. Drum
  5. Alena N. Fowler (Dollie)Smith; lived in Montana, d. there
  6. William (Bill) Smith m. a Morgan, lived in Muscatine, Ia.
  7. Robert (Bob) Smith served in World War II


6.CHARLES SMITH (Joseph Smith 1]
Parents: Joseph Smith and Mary Jane Fleming

b. 1857
d. 1933
Bur. Fulton Cemetery, Cairo, Louisa Co., Ia.
m. 22 June 1882

Spouse: Sophronia Partington
b. 1864
d. 1942


  1. Sylvia Smith d. young
  2. Goldie Smith d. young
  3. + Cleve Smith (oldest)
  4. + Richard Smith
  5. + Dale Smith
  6. + Fred Smith
  7. + Herb August Smith
  8. Ray (or Roy) Smith
  9. + Charles C. Smith


 7. LUELLA SMITH (Joseph Smith 1]
Parents: Joseph and Mary Jane Fleming Smith

b. 1859
d. 1939
Bur. Cooperstown Twp., Brown Co., Il
m. 20 April 1876 in home of Joseph Smith

Spouse:Edmund Perry(18)
Parents: Francis M. Perry (1829-1907) and Martha (Patsy) Hill (1830-1905)

b. 1851
d. 1923


  1. Leona May Perry, b. 4 October 1886
  2. Dayton Perry, b. 1898, d. 22 October 1899, age 11 months Perry Cemetery, Cooperstown Twp., Brown Co. Il
  3. +Pearl Perry, d. 1957

Generation Three


8. Tabitha McDaniel (Sarah Jane2; Joseph Smith 1]

b. 26 September 1865
d. 29 February 1919
bur. Perry Cemetery, Cooperstown Twp., Brown Co., Ill(19)
m. 29 December 1886

spouse: Franklin P. Perry
Parents: Francis Perry (1829-1907) and Martha Patsy Hills Perry (1830-1905)
b. 1853
d. 1919


  1. + Rollie (or Rolla) Perry of Bluffs, Illinois, b. ca. 1896
  2. Belva Perry, b. ca. 1899, age 20 and still living at home when mother died.
  3. Henry Dean Perry, b. 15 January 1896, d. 19 October 1898 (age 2 yrs, 9 mo. 4 days)


Parents: William Smith and Sarah

b. November, 1871(20)
d. 1940
bur. Mt. Sterling City Cemetery, Mt. Sterling, Brown Co., Il
m. 13 March 1890, Brown Co., Il

spouse: Albert Thomas Shoopman
parents: Thomas Shoopman, (1816-1906) born in East Tennessee, and Patience Smedley(m. 1831) moved to Morgan County, Il with his mother in 1830, his father having been killed while on the way to that locality. Grandparents: Jacob and Polly Owens Shoopman, natives of Virginia. They lived in Morgan County three years and moved to McDonough County in 1833 where Mr. Shoopman settled on a quarter section of land and later purchased another quarter section.

b. 14 January 1869, near Macomb, McDonough Co., Il
d. 6 July 1953
bur. Mt. Sterling Cemetery, Mt. Sterling, Brown Co., Il

Albert had a butcher shop in Plymouth and Macomb, Illinois in early years of marriage, returned to farming until his retirement. He and his wife operated the Brown County Farm in 1935-1936. In later years was an avid gardener. Albert was Sunday School Superintendent of Buckhorn Baptist Church for many years.

Five Children:

  1. +Emmet Earl Shoopman b. 1891 d.1950(21)
  2. + Maud Stella Shoopman
  3. + Everett Lloyd Shoopman
  4. + Glen William Shoopman
  5. + Otto Shoopman


Parents: Hiram Rutt and Amanda Ross Rutt. Hiram Rutt killed in the Civil War.

b. 22 September 1868
d. 6 May 1930 South Hill, Columbus Jct., Ia.
Bur. Fulton Cemetery
m. Elva Sellers

b. 1866
d. 1929
Buried - Fulton Cemetery
Parents: John A and Hannah Lienbeck Sellers


  1. Stella Rutt
  2. Velma Rutt
  3. Maud Irene Rutt b. 18 December 1898
  4. Neva Ila Rutt b. 22 February 1905

Parents: William and Amanda Ross Rutt Smith

b. 5 May 1877
d. 10 September 1943
m. Florence Emily Greene
Parents: William Alexander and Elizabeth Jane (Green) Greene

b. 7 March 1878
d. 30 March 1964


  1. + Nevada Smith
  2. + Grace Jane Smith born October 6, 1901
  3. + Neal Leroy Smith
  4. + Raymond Smith
  5. Floyd Kenneth Smith
  6. Infant died at birth


Parents: William and Amanda Ross Rutt Smith

b. 29 July 1880
d. 5 November 1971
Bur. Fulton Cemetery
m. 23 October 1901
Spouse: Jessie May Greene


# + Lester Harlan Smith b. 21 September 1903
# + Ralph Rexford Smith b. 7 June 1907
#    Frieda Elizabeth Smith b. 7 August 1911, d. 24 November 1912

Parents: Samuel and Alice Odle Holland

b. 16 September 1895 Louisa County
m.1) 4 May 1911
Chester Hainey
m.2) 20 March 1950
Elmer McClure
d. February 1986, bur. Wapello Cemetery, First Baptist Church

Ten Children:

  1. John Hainey, Reno, Nevada
  2. Vern Hainey, Wapello, Iowa
  3. Chester J. Hainey Hayward, Ca.
  4. Rev. Richard Hainey of Shreveport, La.
  5. Mary Harris Hainey, Muscatine
  6. Jean Hainey
  7. Lucille Hainey m. Charles Hurlbut of Muscatine
  8. ?
  9. Girl, died in infancy
  10. Girl, died in infancy


20. Lettie Holland married Ira Templeton
Parents: Samuel and Alice Odle Holland

Parents: William Smith and Alice Odle Holland

b. 5 June 1901
d. 14 November 1986
m. 28 November 1922 in Kahoka, Missouri
sp: Mildred Mae Hahn, b. 19 January 1903 Illinois City, Illinois


  1. Betty Jean Smith b. 10 May 1923
  2. Mary Verlee Smith b. 4 April 1925
  3. Raymond Smith b. 6 October 1927
  4. Lyle Leroy Smith b. 7 May 1938

Parents: Charles Smith and Sophronia Partington

m. Clara ?

  1. Ruth Smith
  2. Paul Smith, Muscatine, Ia.


Parents: Charles Smith and Sophronia Partington

b. 1899
d. 1972
Buried - Elmwood Cemetery, Morning Sun, Iowa
m. Wilhemine, went by Minnie
b. 1900
Still living in nursing home, but mind is gone in 1991.


  1. Richard Orville Smith
  2. Alvin Smith
  3. Lois Smith
  4. Robert Milton Smith b. 8 december 1924, d. 4 May 1945. Drowned at sea on the U.S.S. Luce in World War II.  bur. Elmwood Cemetery, Morning Sun, Ia.

Parents: Charles Smith and Sophronia Partington

b. 16 August 1902, Morning Sun, Ia.
d. 15 Feb ruary 1976
Bur. Elmwood Cemetery, Morning Sun, Ia.
m. 18 March 1928 at Wapello, Ia.

spouse:Amy M. Stewart
Parents - Roy and Nellie Sandy Stewart

b. 28 September 1907 at Morning Sun, Iowa
d. 10 April 1986
Bur. Elmwood Cemetery, Morning Sun, Iowa


  1. Darline M. Smith d. 1926
  2. Leon M. Smith d. 1927
  3. Nellie M. Smith
  4. Alma Grace Smith

Owned and operated the Smith Second Hand Store in Morning Sun, Iowa

Parents: Charles Smith and Sophronia Partington

b. 19 July 1883
d. 7 February 1906, age 22
Bur. Fulton Cemetery at Cairo, Ia.

Parents: Charles Smith and Sophronia Partington

d. 14 October 1929
Bur. Elmwood Cemetery, Morning Sun, Ia.
Pvt. in the U.S. Army
m. Marie Hanks


  1. Wanda Smith lives in Missouri somewhere
  2. Helen Smith


Parents: Charles Smith and Sophronia Partington

b. 1894
d. 1974
m. Clara C. (Suze)
b. 1891
d. 1974

Both Buried - Elmwood Cemetery, Morning Sun, Iowa.
Ran restaurant in Morning Sun. Known as Chiz and Suze.
Served homecooked meals and ice cream.

Generaton Four


Parents: Edmund and Louella Smith Perry

b. 4 October 1886
m. 25 February 1904
spouse: Oliver Dennis Lanier
b. 28 January 1881
d. 5 January 1955
No Children.

Parents: Edmund and Louella Smith Perry

b. 1881(22)
d. 1957
m. Albert Simmons(23)
b. 1870
d. 1941


  1. Cathalene Simmons m. Clarence Perry

Infant son died 3 May 1906.

Notes from Nellie Dopler's conversation:

Kathleen Perry ph: 217-773-3809 wife of Clarence Perry. Had two children Francis Perry and a daughter Norma who is deceased now. There was also a Dewey Perry whose wife was Belvie and Belvie is now deceased.

Parents: Franklin P. and Tabitha McDaniels Perry


  1. + Deane Lawrence Perry, b. 1 October 1899
  2. + Genevieve Laurel Perry, b. 2 March 1901
  3. + Eugene Brooks Perry, b. 10 February 1905
  4. + Jessie Opal Perry, b. 29 December 1907
  5. + Eldon Leroy Perry, b. 4 August 1909
  6. George William Perry, b. 10 August 1912
  7. Velma Florence Perry, b. 23 April 1914
  8. Francis Marvin Perry, 12 October 1916
  9. Ruby Florence Perry, b. 24 January 1921


Parents: Albert Thomas & Luella Smith Shoopman

b. 1891
d. 1951
m. 20 February 1913

Spouse: Myrtle Johnson
Parents: Harvey H. and Elnora Stevens Johnson

b. 1893
d. 1956

One son:

  1. + Lloyd Shoopman



b. 1892
d. 1967
m. 12 January 1910

Spouse: William Harvey Bowen, farmer
Parents: Frank and Ellen Mullen Bowen

Two daughters:

  1. + Mildred Bowen 1910-1963
  2. +Edna Bowen



Parents: Albert and Luella Smith Shoopman

m. 27 June 1914
Spouse: Hazel Watkins
Parents: Joseph and Amanda Briggs Watkins


  1. + Lloyd Venoy Shoopman
  2. + Velma Shoopman
  3. + Raymond Eugene
  4. + Everette Jr.



Parents: Albert and Luella Smith Shoopman

b. 1897
d. 1967
occ: Farmer
m. 1) 26 September 1914

Spouse: Leta Grant
Parents: Bert and Lula Williams Grant

m. 2) September 1961
Mrs. Belle Luster

One Daughter:

  1. + Pauline Shoopman

Parents: Albert and Luella Smith Shoopman

b. 1899
d. 1962
m. 12 October 1920

Spouse: Frances E. Hammer
Parents: Louis and Elizabeth Hendricks Wagner Hammer

Eleven Children:

  1. + Robert R. Shoopman
  2. + Orville L. Shoopman
  3. + Donald L. Shoopman
  4. + Otto Eugene Shoopman
  5. + Richard Allan Shoopman
  6. + Margaret June Shoopman


  1. Mary Frances Shoopman
  2. Elizabeth R. Shoopman
  3. Louis Albert Shoopman
  4. + Jerry Thomas Shoopman
  5. + Patricia R. Shoopman


Parents: William H. Rutt and Elva Sellers
        m. Ed Ferichs or Frericks of Davenport

Five Children:  Names unknown

Parents: William H. Rutt and Elva Sellers
m. John Patterson of Lyle, Minnesota. Had several children

51. Maud Irene Rutt
Parents: William H. Rutt and Elva Sellers

b. 18 December 1898
d. 24 November 1965
m. Paul G. Hutchison

b. 1896
d. 1974
Both Buried - Fulton Cemetery


  1. Dallas married Sharon Gipple
  2. Melba m. Keith Buffington - Killed in WW II  m. 2) to a McNatt
  3. Pauline b. 1917  d. 1972  m. Ted Wiley. No descendants Both Buried - Elmwood Cemetery, Morning Sun, Iowa
  4. Mona m. Alfred McNatt

Parents: William H. Rutt and Elva Sellers

b. 22 February 1905 Louisa Co., Iowa
d. 10 October 1937 Killed in car accident
Buried - Fulton Cemetery
m. Charles Roush
Parents - Selby and Jessie Roush
b. 1898
d. 1953

Seven children

  1. Layton
  2. William (Woody) Roush m. Alma Grace Smith (#81)
  3. Nelda Lerena
  4. Verna May
  5. Donna
  6. Rex
  7. Verl


b. 10 January 1916 Wapello, Iowa
parents: Zetta Holland, stepdaughter of William Smith, and Chester Hainey
m. 1) August 1942 to Dallas Chapman. Dallas d. April, 1984
2) Ray Erwin, December, 1986
d. 29 March 1988 at Murray, Kentucky Hospital
Buried at Sulphur Springs, Indiana 73.

(Parents: Charles E. and Sophronia Partington Smith)
m. 1) Foster
m. 2) Henry Pallischek


  1. Kenny Foster
  2. Mary Foster
  3. Dale Foster
  4. Darlene Foster
  5. Betty Foster



m. Casey and lives at Texton near Chatanooga, Tennessee

Has four children.

Parents: Richard M. and and Wilhelmine Smith

Lives in Davenport, has two children. Names unknown

76. LOIS SMITH married Dale McElhinney. Had two sons and one daughter. Lived at Danville, Ia.


d. 1926 Bur. Elmwood Cemetery, Morning Sun, Ia.

        d. 1927 Bur. Elmwood Cemetery, Morning Sun, Ia.



b. 1 October 1899
d. 13 July 1949
m.1) Bernice Hettick
m.2) Virginia Walman


  1. Ronald Irwin
  2. Majorie Dean



b. 2 March 1901
d. 21 June 1956
m. 27 December 1919
Spouse: Arlie Davis
d. 22 November age 61


  1. Phyllis Jean



b. 10 February 1905
d. 6 January 1966
m. 25 June 1937
Spouse: Beulah Barker


b. 29 December 1907
m. 1) 6 July 1929
spouse: Mike Mikesell
m. 2) 27 December 1959
spouse: James Lakin


  1. William Fredrick Mikesell



b. 4 August 1909
d. 19 May 1957
m. 10 May 1941
spouse: Elsie Shank


  1. Larry Leroy Perry



b. 10 August 1912
m. 12 December 1934
spouse: Erma Perry


  1. Gary Gene Perry
  2. William Donald Perry



b. 23 April 1914
d. 27 August 1914


b. 12 October 1916
m. 1945
spouse: Anita Agnes Dixon


  1. Robert Scott Perry
  2. William Martin Perry


b. 24 January 1921

1. 1850 Census. Brown Co., Il. Joseph Smith, age 45, Cooper, born Pa., wife Mary age 30, children Sarah Jane, 11, Margaret 9, William 4, and Isabella 2.

2. The 1870 census has Joseph Smith and his wife Jane born in Ohio. The 1850 and the 1860 census records states that he was born in Pennsylvania and she was born in Ireland. This may indicate that his parents lived in Ohio and Pennsylvania and possibly moved when he was yet a child. It is likely that a census taker merely asked a neighbor for the information and they only knew he came from Ohio.

3. Marriage Record "B" 1737-1861 Morgan Co., Il pg. 15, Film 1317641-FHL, Salt Lake City, Utah.

4. Mary Jane Fleming's ancestry as yet unknown. Keep in mind the following possibility to pursue further as three Fleming children came to Iowa at approximately the same time as our Smith family. One of these children was named Cynthia. Traditionally, family names were handed down from generation to generation. Two Cynthias indicate the possibility of a grandmother or mother named Cynthia or possibly a sister of an ancestor.

5. If the old form of naming children with oldest son named after his father, and second son named after her father, it would appear her father's name was Charles. A Charles Fleming was indentured in Maryland in early colonial records. (CHECK DATE)

Notes from Francis Ray of Mt. Sterling, Illinois

re: his great grandmother -Cynthia Fleming of Mt. Sterling, IL

Born - October 25, 1832

Died - March 1912.

Buried - Cooperstown Cemetery, Illinois

Married - Samuel Ray - January 8, 1854 who was killed in the Civil war. They had five children. Her parents were David and Fanny Fleming. Cynthia received land transfer from her mother, Fanny. David and Fanny would have been of the same generation as our Mary Jane Fleming.(Possible brother????)

6. Listed in 1880 Il. Census, living with Edmond and Ella Perry.

7. Margaret Smith was 9 years old in 1850 census.

8. The 1860 census records show the value of Joseph Smith's real estate as $100.

9. Henry was 8 yrs old in 1880 Il census, but is not found after that date.

10. Marriage Book C pg. 53, Schuyler Co. Il

11. Schuyler Co., Il Divorces 1856-1875

12. Is Daniel Hignight (1857-1922) a brother to Sarah? He married Martha Anderson (1860-1945) had son James (1880-1970)

13. Taken from "Burials in Rushville Cemetery" Rushville Times Newspaper, Vol I, 1900-1925.

14. Virginia, Cass Co., Il License #3034, Book C., Cass Co., Il.

15. Schuyler Co., Il License #6596 Marriage Register, Schuyler Co., Il.

16. Amanda Ross was first married to Hiram Rutt who was killed in the Civil War. She had one son, Willie from her first marriage.

17. When Leonard Smith died at age 16, his mother was so overcome with grief that she suffered a stroke and died the next day.

18. Farmers and Breeders, Brown County, Prairie Farmer's Directory of Brown and Schuyler Counties, Illinois. Edmond Perry (Ella Smith) Ch: Pearl, Mae: Mt. Sterling, R3, Cooperstown, Sec. 30, Owned 88a. (1851) Tel: Farmers' Line Hersman.

19. Cemeteries of Brown Co., Il. 1825-1972, pg. 565

20. Birthdate obtained from 1880 census records.

21. Cemetery Records of Brown County, Illinois, Vol. 4, compiled by Miss Merbah Clark and assembled by the Genealogical Society of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. 1968

22. The Cemeteries of Brown County, Illinois 1825-1972.

23. Prairie Farmer's Directory of Brown and Schuyler counties. Simmons, Albert (Pearl Perry) Mt. Sterling, R3, Cooperstown Sec. 19 Own 40acres. (1970)