Thursday, April 20, 2017

Amy Irene Smith: My Aunt Lou's Family

This line comes from my Aunt Lou McMasters- Robertson side.


Amy Irene Smith was born to Nathaniel Smith and Ruth Stillman on 28 an 1874 in Wisconsin. She died 3 Apr 1939 in Sioux Falls SD. On 2 ul 1893 in Winfred, SD she married Edward F Wilkins son of Solomon Hildreth Wilkins and Esther LaPlant.

Edward was a carpenter.

Here is a written copy of her obituary

Trent Invalid Woman
Dies Sunday, April 30

Mrs. Edward F. Wilkins, 65, for years a resident of Trent died at her home in Sioux Falls on Sunday, April 30, after being an invalid for several years.

Amy Arlene Smith was born January 28 1874, in Rock County, Wisconsin, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nathaniel Smith. She grew to womanhood in Wisconsin and then came to South Dakota where she was married on July 2, 1893, at Winfred, to Edward Wilkins. For many years the couple lived at Trent where Mr. Wilkins was a carpenter but came to Sioux Falls; one brother Fred Smith, lived there since that time.

Mrs. Wilkins was a member of the Methodist Church.

Last Rites were held on Wednesday of last week from the Miller Funeral Chapel in Sioux Falls, followed by a service in the Trent church and burial took place at Trent.

Survivors include her husband, four daughter, Mrs. Ole Anderson and Mrs. Wm., McMaster, Sioux Falls; Mrs. Lloyd Tennant, Gettysburg, S.D., Opal Williver, Cooley Pass, Wash.; one son, Roy Paul Wilkins, Sioux Falls; one brother, Fred Smith, Madison, S.D. ; 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Dell Rapids Tribune May 11, 1939


(Note: They have her middle name as Arlene instead of Irene)


Amy Irene Smith Obit

Nathaniel H Smith served with Company E, 33rd Wisconsin Infantry during the Civil War. He enlisted 16 Aug 1862 and was discharged on 16 Apr 1863 due to a disability.

Nathaniel Smith's mother was Lydia A Bacon
Here's a written copy of her obituary.


"The Janesville Daily Gazette", Janesville, Wisconsin, Saturday, Dec. 16, 1893, p 8. 


Mrs. Lydia S. Smith, of Lima, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Abigail Truman, Friday at 1:30 o'clock aged 93 years. She was the oldest sister of State Senator Bacon who died a few weeks ago. Funeral services Sunday at the United Brethren church at 2:30 o'clock. Mrs. Smith was an aunt of Mrs. George Warren of this city.


Lydia A Bacon was born in 1802 in Massachusetts, the daughter of Rebecca and Ebenezer. She married Nathaniel Smith on June 27, 1828, in Sandwich, Massachusetts. They had three children during their marriage. She died in 1893 in Rock, Wisconsin, at the impressive age of 91, and was buried there.

There maybe more children.

March 11, 1888 began as a spring day with rain along the Eastern seaboard, but in a short time temperatures plummeted, three to five feet of snow fell, and gale-force winds up to 80 mph created 20- to 30-foot snowdrifts from New Jersey to Vermont, isolating nearly every city. Telegraph, telephone, and electrical lines went down, stranded passenger trains littered railroad tracks, and people remained trapped in their homes or businesses without access to food or heat. More than 400 people died, including U.S. Senator Roscoe Conkling of New York, who died of exposure when he lost his way home. In addition to the snow and freezing temperatures, citizens had to contend with fires that burned out of control and the floods that came when the snow melted. In the wake of “The Great White Hurricane,” Boston and New York City officials resolved to bury their cables and wires and run trains underground to prevent future disasters.


The 1888 blizzard caught people by surprise. Unlike many winter “Nor’easters,” no cold front preceded the snow during this storm. The wind, cold, and precipitation all came at once. . Credit: NOAA/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

 Deep snowdrifts from constant high winds often went as high as a second-story window. In upstate New York one drift measured more than 50 feet high. March 13, 1888, New Hampshire. Credit: Keene Public Library and the Historical Society of Cheshire County/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

New York City alone hired 18,000 workers to help remove the deep snow that made most roads impassable. For many, because of the deep drifts, even getting out the door was difficult. March 1888, New York City. Credit: Buyenlarge/Archive Photos/Getty Images



Nathaniel Smith was born in 1802 in Barnstable, Massachusetts. He married Lydia A Bacon on June 27, 1828, in Sandwich, Massachusetts. They had three children during their marriage. He died in 1889 in Rock, Wisconsin, having lived a long life of 87 years, and was buried there.

Still Researching and hopefully will be able to find Lydia's brother who was a Senator.

This is for you Auntie Lou




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