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Jessie/Chester/Chesley/ Chelie Alexander "Alex" Smithee
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Birth: Dec. 20, 1876
Stone County
Arkansas, USA
Death: Apr. 17, 1930
Marion County
Arkansas, USA

THANKS to M. Smithee for originally creating this memorial for a man named Jessie Alexander Chelie Smithee w/the following information:
Son of James Lafayette Smithee 1853 – 1907 and Thurza Jane Anderson 1855 – 1931

Married Fannie Belle Turney 1877 – 1912
Children:
Troy Virgil Smithee 1903 – 1956
Nina L. Smithee 1904 –
Homer W Smithee 1906 –
Norma Edith Smithee Wilson 1908 – 1987

Married Mandy LouElla (O"Daniel) 1894 –
Children:
Margarett Marie Smithee 1913 –
Electra May Smithee Campbell 1914 –
Lestie M Smithee 1915 –
Ona Pearl Smithee Gooch 1917 – 1940
Goldie Sumay Smithee Ramsey 1919 – 1989
Willard Chesley Smithee 1922 – 1980
Dorothy Geneva Smithee Grinder 1924 –
Millard Wesley Smithee 1927 – 1996
Lou Ella Faye Smithee Johnson 1929 – 1982
END info from M. Smithee.


Information BELOW submitted by Deb (McEntire) Williams on 04-01-2015; last revised 04-02-2015:

My branch of the Smithee family only knew this person as 'Alex' before we found the name Jessee A. Smithee on the 1860 Census, and the 1900 Census which lists him as Alexander Smitha/Smithee, and the 1930 Marion Co., Arkansas Census which lists him as Alex Smithee.
See all 3 CENSUS records BELOW.

In an attempt to clarify, I am re-naming this memorial with ALL of the possible NAME variations for Jessie/Jesse/Chester/Chesley/Chelie Alexander ‘Alex’ Smithee (1876 - 1930), which I believe is supported by my research and the following sources:
--his gravestone simply shows him as Alex Smithee;
--some branches of the Smithee family list him as Jessie Alexander Chelie Smithee;
--while other branches of the Smithee family list him as Chester/Chesley Alexander Smithee;
--the Marriage License/Certificate between 'Alex' and #1 Fannie (Turnee/Turney) dated 07-07-1901, and between 'Alex' and #2 Manda/Mandy Louella 'Ella/Eller' (O'Daniel) on 02-05-1914, EACH list him as C.A. Smithee;
--homestead warranty deeds and notarized legal documents dated 07-1911 and 08-1913 EACH list him as Chesley Smithee;
--one of his son's middle name was Chesley;
--and perhaps the most compelling evidence, in 2015, 'Alex's last living daughter states she has only EVER known her father as Chester Alex Smithee.

The following THREE CENSUS list 'Alex' as:
06-16-1880 Prairie Township, Marion Co., AR CENSUS: dwelling/family 142/143
– listed as Theresa J. Smithee - age 24, has a cold, b c1856 AR, father b TN, mother b TN, wife of HOH:
James L Smithee, age 26, b AR, farmer;
son Jessee A. Smithee, age 4, b AR;
son Andrew J. Smithee, age 2, b AR;
Martha Smithee, age 1, b AR

06-26-1900 Hampton, Marion Co., AR CENSUS: dwelling/family 331/331
or Stone Co, AR Northwest 34/34
Smitha (Smithee), Lafayette; born Sep 1853; age 46; M 25 years; born AR, Tn, Tn; can read and write;
Wife Jane; born Mar 1857; age 43; m 25 years; born AR, Tn, Tn, cannot read or write
12 children born -7 living;
Son Alexander; born Dec 1875; age 24; born Arkansas
Son Andrew; born Oct 1877; age 22; born Arkansas
Son George; born Oct 1883; age 16; born Arkansas
Daughter Lucinda; born Nov 1885; age 14; born Arkansas
Daughter Hercy; daughter; born Sep 1891; age 8; born Arkansas
Daughter Jane; born May 1897; age 3; born Arkansas.

Census: 04-22-1930 Searcy Co., AR Prairie Twp 94; District 65 -11
lists Alex’s family as: Household #94 –
Alex Smithee, HOH, age 54; b ABT 1876, age @ 1st marriage 22;
wife Eller, age 36, b ABT 1894, age @ 1st marriage 20;
daughter Electa Smithee, age 15, b ABT 1915;
daughter Ona Smithee, age 12 b ABT 1918;
daughter Goldie Smithee, age 10, b ABT 1920;
son Willard Smithee, age 8, b ABT 1922;
daughter Geneva Smithee, age 5, b ABT 1925;
son Millard Smithee, age 3 1/12, b ABT 1927;
daughter Fay Smithee, age 11/12, b ABT 1929;
Family living next to #95, Alex’s son Homer Smithee.
END CENSUS info.

'Alex' and his one to three possible wives, and up to 14 total children have proved to be as difficult to pinpoint as his actual name.

Although RootsWeb lists another marriage to Annie Unknown, I have yet to confirm this marriage, so I will only list the two wives and the children I have confirmed in my most current research:

Jessie/Jessie/Chester/Chesley/Chelie Alexander 'Alex' Smithee, age 25 of Bruno, Marion Co., Arkansas married #1 Fannie Bell (Turney)(1877-1912), age 23 on 07-07-1901.
I have found evidence to support that 'Alex' and Fannie actually MAY have had 05 children (instead of the 04 originally listed above):
1. Ray Smithee (M) (b ABT 1902-3; d ????)
(Ray is NOT listed by all researchers)
2. Troy Virgil Smithee (M) (b 1902; d 1956)
(birth year might be 1903);
Troy married Clora/Cholra (Bogle) ((Smithee)).
3. Nina L (Smithee) ((Campbell)) (F) (b 1904; d ????).
4. Homer W Smithee (M) (b 1906; d 1986)
5. Edith Martha or Norma Edith (Smithee) ((Wilson)) (b 1908; d 1987).

'Alex' married #2 Manda/Mandy LouElla ‘Ella/Eller’ (O’Daniel) on 02-05-1904. 'Ella/Eller' ALREADY had daughter,
6. Margaret Marie (Smithee) ((Carter)); (b 06-01-1912/1913; d 2010) by 'Ella/Eller's previous marriage.

'Alex' and 'Ella/Eller' had 7-8 more children:
7. Electa/Electra 'Lectie/Lecti/Lecta' May (Smithee) ((Campbell)) (b 1914; d 2003)OR b ABT 1908 Marion Co.,AR OR b c1915/1914. THIS COULD BE SAME PERSON AS NEXT:
8. Lestie M Smithee (b 1918 or 1915-????; NOT found on Find A Grave.
9. Ony/Ona Pearl (Smithee) ((Gooch)) (b 1918 or 1917; d 1940 - age 23.
10. Goldie S./Goldie Sumay/or Goldie Sue May (Smithee) ((Ramsey)) (b 08-29-1919; d 04-28-1989).
11. Willard Chesley Smithee (b 1922; d 1980).
12. Living Female (Smithee) (b 1924).
13. Millard Wesley Smithee (1927 - 1996)
14. Lou Ella/LouElla Faye/Fay (Smithee) ((Johnson)) (b 1929; d 1982).
END 12-14 known children of Jessie/Jesse/Chester/Chesley/Chelie Alexander 'Alex' Smithee (b 1876; d 1930).




 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  James Lafayette Smithee (1853 - 1940)
  Thurza Jane Anderson Smithee (1854 - 1931)
 
 Spouses:
  Fannie Belle Turney Smithee (1877 - 1912)
  Manda/Mandy LouElla (ODaniel) Smithee Miller Wade Jones (1894 - 1980)*
 
 Children:
  Troy Virgil Smithee (1902 - 1956)*
  Nina L Smithee Campbell (1904 - ____)*
  Homer W Smithee (1906 - 1986)*
  Edith Martha Smithee Wilson (1908 - 1987)*
  Margarett Marie Smithee Carter (1912 - 2010)*
  Electa May Smithee Campbell (1914 - 2003)*
  Goldie Sumay Smithee Ramsey (1919 - 1989)*
  Willard Chesley Smithee (1922 - 1980)*
  Millard Wesley Smithee (1927 - 1996)*
  Lou Ella Fay Smithee Johnson (1929 - 1982)*
 
 Siblings:
  Jessie/Chester/Chesley/ Chelie Alexander Smithee (1876 - 1930)
  Andrew Jackson Smithee (1878 - 1937)*
  Martha Elizabeth Smithee Tyler (1879 - 1966)*
  George Washington Smithee (1883 - 1972)*
  Amanda Loucinda Smithee Graves (1884 - 1979)*
  Janie T. Smithee Norvell (1897 - 1968)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Anderson Flat Cemetery
Marion County
Arkansas, USA
 
Maintained by: Deb (McEntire) Williams
Originally Created by: msmithee
Record added: Jul 28, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 74081306
Jessie/Chester/Chesley/ Chelie Alexander Alex Smithee
Added by: Barb Henderson
 
Jessie/Chester/Chesley/ Chelie Alexander Alex Smithee
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Added by: Bev Biroschik
 
 
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- Evette Dingle-Smith
 Added: Apr. 22, 2014

- Jean Boyce
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