Notes for Leander Smith: Leander Smith was evidently married three times. Source:1900 Cabell County Census, Vol. 2 page 519 #74, Leander - head of household, born December 1861, age 38 Wife: Adella, born May 1871, age 29, married for 5 years, 2 children, 2 living. Guy - son B. Dec. 1882, age 17 Clay-son b. Dec. 1885, age 14 Clara-Dau-no other information
Cabell Co. Marriages, 1851-1899 Feb. 9, 1882, Smith, Leander, 21, Cabell Co., to McWhorter, Elizabeth 22, Cabell, Co. Mar. 7, 1889, Smith, Leander, 28, Cabell Co., to Bartley, S., 23, Lawrence, Co.
It appears that Guy was Elizabeth McWhorters son with Leander Smith.
Della Joy Smith(???? - ~1950's) and Leander Smith(1860 - 1/26/1923)
Leander was the son of Jacob Smith (~1835 - 1867/1869?) and Matilda Fox Smith (~1827/1835 - beyond 1870)
Della Joy was Leander's 3rd and surviving wife. His first wife, Elizabeth McWhorter (1859 - ~1880's) Smith died in childbirth. Leander was a Squire for Cabell County, West Virginia.
OBITUARY OF LEANDER SMITH
(as published in The Huntington Herald Dispatch, Tuesday, January 30, 1923)
Leander Smith died at his home near Glenwood Friday. He was 62 years old. He was born and reared in Cabell County.
He served as squire of his home district and in the last election was reelected, but his failing health prevented him from assuming his duties. He was a member of the Southern Methodist Church, Lawrence Chapel. Funeral services were conducted Saturday evening at Lawrence Chapel by Rev. H.L. Smith. Interment was at Templeton Cemetery. He leaves a widow and seven children, three sons by a former marriage, Guy of Logan, Clay and Marion of California, the latter who served in A.E.F. and Mrs. Clara Atkins of Huntington; Annie, Ralph, and Garnet at home.
This is a copy of my reply through your Uswest server that it seems you didn't receive:
I don't know how to ever thank you!!! The photo you have is of Guy, my grandmother Lucinda, their son, Nyde and daughter Gladys. The photo was taken after he lost his arm. He always had a way of camouflaging the fact it was missing. The photo appears to have been taken approximately 1917. By then, Lucinda had two more boys (and at some point a girl) that had died as babies. The next surviving daughter was born in 1918 and was named Esther. Also, if you notice one of Guy's eyes looks different from the other. That was the result of a mining accident. A steel plate fell and hit him in the head nearly killing him. He had an indent in his head from that point on. That was before the accident at the C&O that cost him an arm. He had the worst luck!
Dad says that Guy and James Marion didn't stay in touch after Guy left home (we understand Guy was a bit of a wild child). He struck out on his own as a teenager. Guy eventually straightened his life out, but could somehow never mend the fence with his dad. However, we believe that James Marion might have been in contact at some point with another brother, Ralph who kept in touch with Guy, even though the three had different mothers. I would be willing to bet that is where the photo came from.
I don't know much more about Leander than what I told you. Dad only got his information from his Dad, Guy, who has been dead for 62 years, and from talking to Ralph the youngest son that passed on in the last few years. Dad did have one more photo of Leander that I am forwarding to you. It is a shame that your family was not included in any photos we have. Do you have any photos that you would mind sending us so that we may know what your great grandfather was like? Would you mind telling us a bit of his life and how he died at such a relatively young age?
We are grateful that you have been able to fill in some blanks regarding Leander's family. If my cousins respond with any more photos I will be more than happy to forward them to you. Please feel free to ask any questions, we will do our best to answer with what we know.
The people in the photo I am forwarding are (from left to right): Ralph, Clara(or Annie?), Leander, Della, Annie(or Clara?) and Garnet.