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Henry W. Smith Family


Ida M. BOTDORFF
(daughter of John BOTTORFF AND Catherine RITTER),
b. 12-Oct-1869, Medina Co., OH, d. 17-Jan-1939, Sunfield, Eaton Co., MI,
buried: Sunfield Cem., Sunfield Twp., Eaton Co., MI.
m. 3-Mar-1887, to Henry W. SMITH,
(son of Isaac SMITH and Mary WISE),
b. 16-Sep-1860, Greenville, Darke Co., OH, d. 29-Apr-1949, Sunfield, Eaton Co., MI,
buried: Sunfield Cem., Sunfield Twp., Eaton Co., MI.


Ida: BOTTOROFF
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 Daug. of John BOTDORFF AND CATHERINE? This is Emma
BOTTOROFF's sister (as listed in the 1870 census of Medina Co.,
Westfield township, OH), as a newspaper clipping of their 50th anniv. was found in
Laura Brovont Saxton's papers. 7 children. Her husband is also related to us through
the WISE line. Henry W. and Ezra M. Smith from visiting cards.
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Letter written by Ida Botdorff (before she was married)
to her sister Emma (Bottorff) Brovont, probably around 1880:
Dear Brother and sister i Will seat my self to Write you a few lines.
it is raning now i am so glad that your comming out here that i can hardly
Wait till you come. Well ??ly i gess i must Write you somthing i cant
hardly think off eny thing to Write. Laura (this is another sister) is trying to
Write to you but she cant she is makeing ? ? pictires to send you i gess i must
close for this time so mutch from ida and Laura to ? sister
Emma and Brother dan and pets good by a kiss for all
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 This newspaper clipping was found in the papers of Laura Brovont Saxton, so she is
probably the sister of Laura's mother Emma Bottorff:
 A Recognition Service On Sunday, Dec. 19, the Sunfield church of Michigan
observed a very fine recognition service. It was held to commemorate the long and
faithful service of Eld. Henry W. and Ida Smith. Words of appreciation and love
were spoken by a number of brethren and sisters. Special music was given, and then
Bro. D.H. Keller preached the sermon, telling of a good minister of Jesus Christ. The
climax of the service was reached when each of a large group of children and young
people, presented Brother and Sister Smith with a bouquet of flowers. Then Bro.
Wm. Cheal in fine spirit spoke of the appreciation of the church and community for
their sacrifice, loyalty and service. To emphasize and substantiate this appreciation
Bro. Cheal then presented the guests of honor a very fine radio. In well chosen
words Bro. Smith responded with much feeling. A community dinner and social hour
closed this another long-to-be-remembered experiences of the Sunfield church. Bro.
Smith is the son of Isaac and Mary Wise Smith. He was born near Greenville, Ohio,
Sept. 16, 1860. He was baptized in 1883 in the Woodland, Mich., church, and
chosen to the offices of deacon, minister and elder in the church years ago. Sister Ida
Smith is the daughter of John and Catherine Botdorff near Medina, Ohio. She was
born Oct. 12, 1869, and united with the Church of the Brethren at Woodland when a
young lady. They were married on March 3, 1887, and celebrated their golden
wedding anniversary a year ago, on March 3, 1937. They have seven children. They
have served the Sunfield church for about forty years, except for a year they lived in
Colorado, several years ago. Vermontville, Mich.
Mrs. Jennie Frantz.

From the book "The History of the Church of the Brethren in Michigan",
by Walter M. Young, 1946, page 292:
Henry W. Smith was born on September 16, 1860, in Darke County, Ohio,
the son of Isaac and Mary Smith. He received a common school training.
On October 12, 1869 (sic, this is her birthdate), he married Ida M. Botorff.
He united with the church at Woodland, and was baptized by Isiah Rairigh.
On June 10, 1899, at the age of forty-six (sic, 49), Brother Smith was called
to the ministry at the Woodland church.
He was ordained to the eldership on December 2, 1905.
He served the Sunfield church as elder and minister for seventeen years.
When this church was remodeled, he was willing to give freely
of his time and money. Added responsibilities in the enlarged church program
made him feel that the ministerial duties should be taken over by younger leaders.
In the 1900 census for Sunfield Twp., Eaton Co., MI, page 264a, 204/205:
Smith, Henry W., head, w, m, Sep 1860, 39, married, 12yr, OH, PA, OH, farmer
Smith, Ida, wife, w, f, Oct 1869, 30, married, 12yr, 5ch, 5ch, OH, OH, PA
Smith, Elsie M., daughter, w, f, Dec 1888, 11, single, MI, OH, OH, at school
Smith, Gracie L., daughter, w, f, Aug 1890, 9, single, MI, OH, OH, at school
Smith, Edna O., daughter, w, f, Jun 1892, 8, single, MI, OH, OH, at school
Smith, Orvan, son, w, m, Sep 1894, 5, single, MI, OH, OH
Smith, Galen B., son, w, m, Aug 1897, 2, single, MI, OH, OH
In the 1910 census for Sunfield Twp.,Eaton Co., MI, page 13a, 308/308:
Smith, Henry W., head, m, w, 49, married1, 22yr, OH, PA, PA, english, farmer
Smith, Ida, wife, f, w, 40, married1, 22yr, 7ch, 7ch, OH, OH, OH, english, none
Smith, E. Grace L., daughter, f, w, 19, single, MI, oH, OH, english, none
Smith, Emma. O., daughter, f, w, 17, single, MI, OH, OH, english, none
Smith, Orvan J., son, m, w, 15, single, MI, OH, OH, english, none
Smith, Galen B., son, m, w, 12, single, MI, OH, OH, english, none
Smith, Harold E., son, m, w, 7, single, MI, OH, OH, none
Smith, Henry, son, m, w, 9/12, single, MI, OH, OH, none
In the 1920 census for Sunfield Twp., Eaton Co., MI, r763, b1, p276a, im31, 199/202:
Smith, Henry W., head, owner, mortgage, m, w, 59yr, married, OH, OH, OH, farmer
Smith, Ida M., wife, f, w, 50yr, married, OH, PA, PA
Smith, Orvin F., son, m, w, 25yr, single, MI, OH, OH
Smith, Harold E., son, m, w, 16yr, single, MI, OH, OH
Smith, DeVere, son, m, w, 10yr, single, MI, OH, OH

In the 1930 census for Sunfield Twp., Eaton Co., MI, p.?, 122/122:
Smith, Henry W., head, owner, m, w, 69y, m@26y, OH, OH, OH, farmer, general farming
Smith, Ida M., wife, f, w, 60y, m@17y, OH, OH, OH
Smith, Orvin F., son, m, w, 35y, single, MI, OH, OH, laborer, farm
Smith, DeVere H., son, m, w, 20y, single, MI, oH, OH, laborer, odd jobs
(close to the Asher Sackett family)

    Children:
       I. Ezra M. Smith.
II. Elsie M. Smith,
b. Dec 1888.

III. E. Gracie L. Smith,
b. Aug 1890.

IV. Edna O. (Emma O.) Smith,
b. Jun 1892.

V. Orvan J. Smith,
b. Sep 1894.

VI. Galen B. Smith,
b. Aug 1897.
In the 1930 census for Bedford Twp., Calhoun Co., MI, 138/139:
Smith, Galen B., head, owner, 4500, m, w, 33yr, mar at 29yr, MI, MI, MI, assemblyman, stove works
Smith, Mildred E., wife, f, w, 28yr, mar at 19yr, MI, MI, MI
Smith, Yvonne G., daug, f, w, 6yr, sing, MI, MI, MI
Smith, Antoinette, daug, f, w, 3 8/12yr, sing, MI, MI, MI

VII. Harold E. Smith,
b. 1903.
In the 1930 census for Barry Twp., Barry Co., MI, 89/91:
Smith, Harold, head, owner, m, w, 32yr, mar at 22yr, MI, MI, MI, farmer
Smith, Albertina A., wife, f, w, 27yr, mar at 17yr, WI, NY, WI
Smith, Margorie, daug, f, w, 9yr, sing, MI, MI, WI
Smith, Arlene M, daug, f, w, 7yr, sing, MI, MI, WI
Smithj, Lucile E., daug, f, w, 2 4/12yr, sing, MI, MI, WI

VIII. Henry Smith,
b. 1909.



 
 

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