Actions
Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Find all Smiths in:
 • Oak Grove Cemetery
 • Coldwater
 • Branch County
 • Michigan
 • Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Discussion Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Sponsor This Memorial!
Advertisement
Zenna Dewile "Zennie" Linsey Smith
Learn about removing the ads from this memorial...
Birth: May 16, 1894
Michigan, USA
Death: Sep. 14, 1960
Michigan, USA

Zenna-9 "Zennie" was the daughter of Ursula-8 Amelia/Amerila Warner and her husband Alfred Linsey.

8 LINSEY siblings.

Zenna "Zennie" Dewile Linsey married twice.

Zena married a man calling himself 1) John Hartman (3/31/1889-3/25/1922) on 3/18/1915 in Coldwater, Branch, Michigan.

William Shiflet/Shifflett, who used the name "John Hartman" when he came to Michigan from Carrington, North Dakota, married Zenna Linsey. [See story at bottom of this memorial.]

3 HARTMAN children:

1. Helen L. Hartman (1916-2004); m. Harry B. Thompson (1915-1999). Children.
Helen: 78185076. Trans. req. 4/8/14.

2. Margaret M. Hartman (1917-2008); m. ?

3. Edith Hartman (1920-1996); m. ?

Reference:
Name: John Hartman
Age: 25 years
Birth Year: 1890
Birthplace: Virginia
Spouse's Name: Zenna Linsey
Spouse's Age: 20 years
Spouse's Birth Year: 1895
Spouse's Birthplace: Mich.
Event Date: 18 Mar 1915
Event Place: Coldwater, Branch, Michigan
Father's Name: Joseph Hartman
Mother's Name: Anna
Spouse's Father's Name: Alfred Linsey
Spouse's Mother's Name: Ursula
__________
Zena married 2) Walter Water Smith (1900-1954) on 7/6/1925 or in Quincy, Branch, Michigan.

8 SMITH children:

1. Alma A. Smith B-1925.
2. Delmar C. Smith B-1926.
3. Myrtle Winnifred Smith (6/8/1927-1996); m. Donald Rasey.
4. Leroy Smith B-1930.
5, Charles Smith B-1932.
6. Frances Smith B-1933.
7. Gerald Smith (1936-1947).
8. Earl Smith (1938/7-2008).
__________
Reference for Child #3, Myrtle's 2) husband:

Name: Donald Rasey
Event Type: Marriage
Event Date: 13 Nov 1947
Event Place: , Steuben, Indiana
Marriage License Date: 10 Nov 1947
Residence Place: Coldwater, , Michigan
Number of Previous Marriages: 1
Birth Date: 27 May 1923
Birthplace: Coldwater, , Michigan
Father's Name: Glen E. Rasey
Mother's Name: Versa Smith
Spouse's Name: Winnifred Smith
Spouse's Residence Place: Coldwater, , Michigan
Spouse's Gender: Female
Spouse's Age: 20
Spouse's Previous Marriage Number: 1
Spouse's Birth Date: 08 Jun 1927
Spouse's Birthplace: Coldwater, , Michigan
Spouse's Father's Name: Walter W. Smith
Spouse's Mother's Name: Zenna Lindsey
__________
Reference for Zenna:

1900 Census for Chase Twp., Lake, MI:
head Allean Linsey M 55 Indiana B-8/1845
wife U*Mia Linsey F 42 MI B-2/1858 [Ursula]
daughter Ida Linsey F 23 MI
daughter Ellen Linsey F 19 MI
daughter Bell Linsey F 17 MI
daughter Grace Linsey F 15 MI
son Arthur Linsey M 12 MI
son Claud Linsey M 9 MI
daughter Zennie Linsey F 6 MI
daughter Nevah Linsey F 3 MI [Neva]

1920 Coldwater, Branch, Michigan:
Head John Hartman M 30 United States
Wife Lenna D. Hartman F 25 Michigan [Zenna]
Daughter Helen L. Hartman F 3 Michigan
Daughter Margaret M. Hartman F 2 Michigan

1930 Quincy Branch MI:
Head Walter W. Smith M 29 Missouri
Wife Zeyna Smith F 35 Michigan [Zenna]
Daughter Alma A. Smith F 5 Michigan
Son Delmar C. Smith M 4 Michigan
Daughter Myrtle W Smith F 2 Michigan
Daughter Leree Smith F 1 MI [?Leroy]
Daughter Helen C. Hartman F 14 MI [step]
Daughter Margaret M. Hartman F 12 MI [step]
Daughter Edith Hartman F 9 Michigan

1940 Girard, Branch, Michigan:
Head Walter W. Smith M 39 Missouri
Wife Denna Smith F 45 Michigan [Zenna]
Son Delmer Smith M 14 Michigan [Delmar]
Daughter Winifred Smith F 12 MI [?Myrtle]
Son Leroy Smith M 10 Michigan
Son Charles Smith M 8 Michigan
Daughter Frances Smith F 7 Michigan
Son Gerald Smith M 4 Michigan
Son Earl Smith M 2 Michigan

Name: Walter Water Smith
Age: 24 years
Birth Year: 1901
Birthplace: Missouri
Spouse's Name: Zenna Dewile Hartman
Spouse's Age: 30 years
Spouse's Birth Year: 1895
Spouse's Birthplace: Michigan
Event Date: 06 Jul 1925
Event Place: Quincy, Branch, Michigan
Father's Name: Bert L. Smith
Mother's Name: Alma Davis
Spouse's Father's Name: Alfred Linsey
Spouse's Mother's Name: Ursula A. Warner
__________
About William Shiflet aka "John Hartman":

Calling himself John Hartman, William Shiflet has been identified through the research of his great-granddaughter, Dawn (Wikman) Johnston in 2014:

This William/"John" was not the son of Joseph Hartman and his wife Anna (_) as people were led to believe through the study of the Census records.
Joseph Hartman: #126426124.
Anna (_) Hartman: #126426668.
__________
"Joseph [Shiflet] moved to North Dakota with wife and 2 sons. He owned a large farm there. In 1916 his sons were quite insistent on receiving their inheritance at that point rather than wait for Joseph's death. They wanted the family farm. Joseph turned his sons down. They beat Joseph to unconsciousness and placed him in a haystack in the field. They then set the haystack ablaze and burned Joseph to death thinking the body would completely burn and not be discovered. The sons were caught and sent to prison."
Source: This story was related by Josephine Marshall Whittaker the niece of Joseph Shiflett - July 2006.
__________
A family Tree for Joseph Shiflet, William/"John"'s father:

http://www.mowbrayfamily.org/pedigree.php?personID=I0325&tree=mowbray
__________
"John Hartman" died of tuberculosis on 3/25/1922, in Coldwater, Branch, MI. William Shiflet had assumed the name "John Hartman" sometime after 1908. He only shows up on the census after he married Zenna. He told the newspaper and the investigator he had left the family after putting a horse team back in the barn. He had ongoing problems with his father."

The major question: Which two of the 3 sons were involved with their father's death? Anfield, William, or Edward?
__________
Reference and Census search: Fraya Weiss, 2013.
__________
Research: Mary E. Warner, 2013.
__________
WARNER Lineage: Zenna-9 "Zinnie" Dewile (Linsey) Hartman and Smith, Ursula-8 Amelia (Warner) Linsey, Samuel-7 Milo Warner, John-6 Warner Sr., David-5 Calvin Warner Sr., Jesse-4 Warner Sr., Samuel-3 Warner Sr., Daniel-2 Warner Sr., Andrew-1 WARNER, an Englishman who sailed with his wife and several children to the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1632-33 from Broad Oak, Essex, England.
__________
Census search: Fraya Weiss, 2013.
__________
Research: Mary E. Warner, 2013. 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Alfred Linsey (1847 - 1925)
  Ursula Amelia Warner Linsey (1858 - 1917)
 
 Spouse:
  William Shiflet aka Hartman, John (1889 - 1922)
 
 Children:
  Helen L. Hartman Thompson (1916 - 2004)*
 
 Siblings:
  Elleura F. Linsey Kadwell/Donihue (1881 - 1940)*
  Grace Olive Linsey (1886 - 1905)*
  Arthur Linsey (1888 - 1906)*
  Claude R. Linsey (1891 - 1921)*
  Zenna Dewile Linsey Smith (1894 - 1960)
  Neva O. Linsey Sherman (1897 - 1971)*
  Kenneth Linsey (1902 - 1906)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Oak Grove Cemetery
Coldwater
Branch County
Michigan, USA
Plot: Section 12 Lot 0942
 
Maintained by: Mary E. Warner
Originally Created by: FELIX 5574
Record added: Jan 30, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 104412829
Zenna Dewile Zennie <i>Linsey</i> Smith
Added by: Dawn J
 
Zenna Dewile Zennie <i>Linsey</i> Smith
Added by: FELIX 5574
 
Zenna Dewile Zennie <i>Linsey</i> Smith
Added by: Dawn J
 
 
There are 2 more photos not showing...
Click here to view all images...
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.

Great Grandma Zenna....
- Chad Thompson
 Added: Jun. 8, 2014

- Mary E. Warner
 Added: Apr. 2, 2013
 
 
 Advertisement

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service