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Susan Melvina Smith Ellison
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Birth: Dec. 17, 1844
Henderson
Rusk County
Texas, USA
Death: Feb. 2, 1929
Phoenix
Maricopa County
Arizona, USA

Mother in Law of Arizona Governor George W. P. Hunt
Wife of Jesse Washington Ellison.

Susan's name is a variant of Susannah-- both her mother and grandmother had that name.

Susan married Jesse Washington Ellison on 14 Feb 1864 probably in Coryell County, Texas, where she lived.

NOTE: Susan (age 18) and Jesse Ellison (age 21) were apparently in love as early as 1862 or before. The following are letters written by Susan Melvina Smith Ellison's cousin, Patience Crain Black and Patience's husband James Black during the Civil War. :

South Bosque
Feb 22nd 1862
My Dear Husband, [Patience to her husband James Black]
Jess Ellison has returned on Furlough of forty days, he looks rather worsted I suppose his health is far from being good. He is gone to see his Mother now; he left all the Boys in fine health.

(page 24)
[no date on this letter] (Patience to James Black)
Eullie (Wiley?) JONES talks of you often. He is very anxious to see you. Jess Ellison's health is improving. He was to see our Cousin Sue not long since.

Fort Hebert, Galveston, Texas July 5th, 1862
Dearest wife, [James to Patience]
Pg 50
Give my love to Cousin Sue . Tell her not to marry yet. I think ___unreadable (she?) will be left a widower after awhile. If old lady Ellison has not gone home yet give her my compliments.. . .

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1850 US Census Rusk County, Texas
Henry Madison & Sarah Susannah Hall Smith
397 397 HM Smith 32 M Farmer 12,600 SC 2
397 397 Sarah " 26 F TN
397 397 Green Lafayette " 9 M TX
397 397 James DeKalb 7 M TX
397 397 Susan 5 F TX
397 397 John 4 M TX
397 397 Joseph 3 TX
397 397 Alfred Morison 35 M Farmer Georgia
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1860 Rusk, Texas, Federal Census
Henderson Post Office, enumerated 14 Jun 1860

Page 202B 139 - 145
Henry M. Smith 42 M SC
Sarah S. 38 F TN
Green S. Smith 18 M TX
James D. Smith 17 M TX
Susan M. Smith 15 F TX
John P. Smith 13 M TX
Joseph M. Smith 12 M TX
H. M. Smith 6 M TX
Thomas I. Smith 4 M TX
Helen M. Smith 3 F TX
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Susan and her husband, Jesse lived with Susan's parents in the 1870 US Census:

1870 Coryell County, Texas Federal Census pp 211-212
Family & Household: 31 31 Lines 37 - 40
37 Smith, Henry M 51 M W Farmer 1000 1200 North Carolina
38 Sarah S. 48 F W Keeping House Tennessee
39 Joseph M 23 M W Farm Laborer Texas
40 Henry 15 M W Farm Laborer Texas
pg 212 lines 1-6
01 Smith, William 6 M W Texas
02 Elison, Jessee 27 M W Stock Raiser 500 1000? Texas
[Jesse Ellison, son of Jesse & Isabella Stuart Ellison]
03 Susan 24 F W Keeping House Texas
[Susan Melvina Smith Ellison, Daughter of Henry & Sarah Smith]
04 Perlie 5 M W Texas
05 Luette 3 F W Texas
06 Loena 1 F W Texas 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Henry Madison Smith (1817 - 1882)
  Sarah Susannah Hall Smith (1821 - 1885)
 
 Spouse:
  Jesse Washington Ellison (1841 - 1934)
 
 Children:
  Helen Duett Ellison Hunt (1867 - 1931)*
  Susan Helena Ellison (1869 - 1953)*
  Rose Ellison Campbell (1871 - 1894)*
  Minnie May Ellison Ellison (1875 - 1931)*
 
 Siblings:
  Green Lafayette Smith (1841 - 1886)*
  James Dekalb Smith (1842 - 1914)*
  Susan Melvina Smith Ellison (1844 - 1929)
  Joseph Marion Smith (1848 - 1915)*
  Henry Mattison Smith (1854 - 1925)*
  Helen M. Smith (1857 - ____)*
  William Lee Smith (1863 - 1886)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Papago Park
Phoenix
Maricopa County
Arizona, USA
 
Maintained by: Sandra Gwilliam
Originally Created by: Bonnie (Gallagher) Gilso...
Record added: Oct 01, 2005
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Susan Melvina <i>Smith</i> Ellison
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Susan Melvina <i>Smith</i> Ellison
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Susan Melvina <i>Smith</i> Ellison
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