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My Family, My Heritage: Researching Those Who Came Before..

Updated September 10, 2000

Kathleen Ruth Julkowski
3212 S.E. 68th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97206-1945
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This home page is under construction...and probably will be for eons! I began this project in honor of my mother, Helen Smith Evans, the sixth of eight children born to Ernest and Maude (nee Alley) Smith. Grandmother was an only child, but Grandfather was the second of five children born to his parents, Cyrus L. and Elvah Finette (nee Weston) Smith.

ALLEY: The family verbal history told of seven Huguenot brothers fleeing religious persecution in France and coming to North America; the story explained that six of these brothers settled in Canada and one, our ancestor, settled in New Rochelle, New York. I recalled seeing some notes delineating generation after generation of Allee/Allie/Alley family. I finally received a copy of this "gold mine" and my real search began. While most of early Alleys remained in New York (mostly Dutchess County,) some migrated into Ontario, Canada, then back to the United States in Jefferson County, New York. "My" direct line of Alleys eventually migrated to Wisconsin, then to Minnesota where my grandmother, Maude, was born.

SMITH: Initially I thought researching Great-Grandfather Cyrys Smith would be an easy. He was known in the Northwest as "Farmer" Smith due to his late-in-life occupation as the Agriculturist for the Oregon-Washington Railroad and Navigation Company. There were articles written about and by "Farmer" Smith. He was a well known, highly respected lecturer about farming, particularly the "home farm." In fact, my first foray into research found several articles about "Farmer Smith" plus lengthy, informative obituaries from both the local newspapers of the time. What I did not find was any lead into the generation behind him. It seemed Great-Grandfather Smith sprang from the earth he loved...his parents' names were a mystery. Finally after repeated queries to various mailing lists, I learned that Great-Grandfather's father was John Ross Smith, the son of Robert A. Smith and his wife Martha Sykes. John Ross Smith was married to Amanda (last name unknown) and together they produced three children: Cyrus (1845), John Wilson (1850) and Lucy Jane (1856). GG Smith enlisted in the 11th Michigan volunteers in Summer, 1861 (at the age of 16 years 7 months!) GGG John Smith enlisted in the1st Michigan Heavy Artillery in June 1864, three months before his son returned from the war. When John Smith returned in 09-1865, he discovered his family disbursed. In 1866, he divorced Amanda; he and the two younger children returned to Connecticut. In 1869, John Ross Smith married Fannie Marsh; together they produced one son Marshall Warren Smith. This new family left Connecticut and began a new life in Warren County Iowa.

GG Cyrus Smith returned from the war apparently to discover that his father was off to war and his mother and siblings were gone. He set out on his own and began a series of occupations, mostly as a nurserysman or farmer in Iowa and then in Minnesota. He married Elvah Finnette Weston in New Oregon, Iowa, in 1868. Together they produced five children in Minnesota. After Elvah died in 1889, Cyrus Smith began what proved to be the finest part of his life. He began a writing and speaking career which continued until his death in 1924. About the turn of the century, his expertise as an agriculturist brought him West to Spokane County, Washington; he brought with him or was followed by all of his children and their fledling families. From Washington, they all moved to Oregon where the Smith Family roots are deeply buried in the farmland of the Northen Willamette Valley. From 1910 until his death in 1924, Cyrus Smith was the agricultural expert for the Oregon Washington Navigation and Railway Company. He traveled about the Northwest teaching farming techniques and encouraging the planting of new crops. While some of the progeny moved on to California, most of them put down their roots in Oregon where they repose eternally.

Weston: Cyrus Smith married

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