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Helen Cook
Smith Doak
I apologize. I see that I was referring you to yourself in my last message.....Please excuse my goof.

Added by Helen Cook on Aug 03, 2014 9:50 AM
Helen Cook
RE: Sarah Smith Doak
Actually, I'm no relation to Mathew or Sarah. My connection is with Emma Bridger Doak, Mathew's sister-in-law, married to Daniel Doak. Emma was a sister to my maternal 2nd great-grandmother, Mary Ann Bridger Lilly. I, too, would love to spend time in Mercer county researching my Mercer Co. pioneer Bridger's, but, alas, Illinois is a long way from Arkansas. Allen and Mary Ann Lilly are buried in Benton Co, Arkansas, however. I have visited their graves in an old cemetery near Siloam Springs (Lone Elm cem)several times. I have them posted on Find A Grave.

I don't have any further information on Sarah, but you might try the 2010 email address in the information I sent earlier She seems to have a lot of information on the family:

Sally Down
(Sylvia Adams' G-G-Granddaughter)

Good luck,

Helen (O'Brate) Cook
Added by Helen Cook on Aug 03, 2014 9:44 AM
Helen Cook
Sarah Smith Doak
Sarah Smith Doak's mother was the first wife of a Smith out of New York. Her sister, Harriett Sophia Smith, was born in Erie Co., NY and married Walter Ainsworth Wood. Sarah had two half-sisters, who's mother was Eunice and was the ? Smith's second wife. They were Lavantia (several spellings) Eunice Smith who married Hiram Knox and moved to Houston Co., MN (along with Eunice) and Adelia Adams Smith, who married Andrew A. Gingles. All four sisters were born in NY, though I have Adelia's county down as Chautauqua.

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Date: Sat, 05 Jun 2010 19:42:09 -0000
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Subject: Re: [ILMERCER] Smith

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Author: sizzmo1
Surnames: Smith Adams Knox Webber
Classification: queries

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Hi Cousin Barb -

I have quite a bit of info on the Adams/Smith family from NY.

Mom, Eunice Adams Smith, had at least 6 children by 2 different husbands - first Adams, then Smith. One of the husbands was named "Jesse" (I think it was Jesse Smith, but I'm not certain.)

Most of the tribe moved to Mercer, IL in the late 1840's - 1850's; a few ended up in Minnesota and Missouri.

Sometime near the time that Eunice Smith left New York, she became a widow. She never remarried. Eunice lived in Mercer, IL with her daughter, Lovantia Adams Smith Knox, Lovantia's husband Hiram Knox, and their family for a number of years. (Lovantia is differently in almost every document, but I'm spelling it the way it's carved on her grave.) Later, the Knox family - including Eunice - moved to Houston County, Minnesota, and lived near to Lovantia's brother Alonzo Adams and his wife Betsey Barton Adams, as well as other relatives, including Sylvia Adams Webber's son Joshua and his kids.

Eunice died in 1873, and is buried in the Sheldon, MN cemetery.

I have solid data identifying and connecting on these Adams/Smith siblings:

- Sylvia Adams Webber (m Jacob Webber)
- Alonzo Adams (m Betsey Barton Adams)
- Lovantia Adams/Smith Knox (m Hiram Knox)
- Adelia A. Adams Gingles (m Andrew Gingles)
- Hariett Sophia Smith Wood (m Walter Ainsworth Woods)
- Sarah Ann Smith Doak (m Matthew Doak)

I have found several other people who are likely Adams/Smith siblings, but I have not had a chance to do much research on this branch of the family yet, so my information about them is less-than-certain:

- Male Smith - Died in young adulthood, leaving widow Mary Smith, two daughters (Mary J. and Phebe) and an adopted/foster son (Alonzo Newton.)
- Jonathan Adams/Smith
- Hosea Smith, wife Dely and a boatload of kids.

Email me directly if you want details. I have a ton of info for most of the family, and references to document authenticity... and I am happy to share!

Sally Down
(Sylvia Adams' G-G-Granddaughter)

Illinois Marriage Record URL:

Groom Bride Date Volume Page Lic No. County
DOAK, MARTHEN SMITH, SARAH A 1843-04-16 00A 00000151 MERCER
Added by Helen Cook on Aug 03, 2014 6:42 AM
Helen Cook
Sarah Smith Doak
Added by Helen Cook on Aug 03, 2014 6:27 AM
Carole F. Blakeslee
RE: Photo of Jonathan Adams' Headstone
Thank You for your kind comments! It is always a pleasure to met and exchange ideas with other geneaological reasearchers. And in the act of doing so meeting others connected in our "trees". I have found so many distant relatives this way. Please do let me know when you decide to come into my neck of the woods and we can make arrangments to exchange info if not sooner. You have peaked my interest about which Col. Blakeslee you mentioned. Feel free to email me anytime at
Added by Carole F. Blakeslee on Dec 21, 2011 8:00 AM
Phillips Cemetery - North East, PA

I took photos of Buel and Aesnath Phillips' gravestones in Phillips Cemetery. However, Aesnath's stone is in bad condition, and is mostly illegible. There are a few other Phillips around them, but some of the stones are very worn and/or broken.

Added by Scarlett on Mar 20, 2011 1:08 PM

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