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Edith Smith Wombles
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Birth: Feb. 6, 1879
Clay County
Kentucky, USA
Death: May 25, 1928
Champaign County
Illinois, USA

Born in 1879 in the Bright Shade area of Clay County, Kentucky to Blevins Smith (1853 1938) and Sylvania Lewis (1853 1918) both of Clay County, Kentucky.

First marriage 2 Dec 1897 Clay County, Kentucky
to Mr. Wiley Smith (further info sought).
Two children born to this union:
Clarence born October 1898 death unknown after 1900
and deaf Martha born 1901.

2nd Marriage: 2 Apr 1903 Clay County, Kentucky
Benjamin Franklin Wombles born to John Wombles (born North Carolina) and deaf Nancy Smith born Clay County, Kentucky to Henry Smith.

Edith and Ben had 11 children, including Martha from Edith's first marriage. 7 lived to adulthood:
Miss Martha Smith, 1901 1979, buried Mahomet IL
Mrs. Lucille (Thomas) Earl, 1904 1966, buried Logansport IN
Mrs. Sally (John) Staley, 1905 1988, buried Nevins IL
Miss Vesta "Tubby" Wombles , 1907 1995, buried Danville IL
Mrs. Bessie (Bert) Phillips, 1909 1977, buried Fairmount IL
Ernest (Louise Dick) , 1910 1968, buried Paris IL
and George Wombles, 1919 2002, buried Danville with sister Vesta.
Note: Martha, Tubby, and George were born deaf. Ben's mother Nancy Smith-Wombles was deaf.

Children believed to be born to Edith & Ben in Clay County who did not live to adulthood:
Emily Wombles 1911 1919
Rosea Wombles 1913 1914
Roscoe Wombles 1914 1914
Gustus Wombles 1916 1919
Bennie Wombles 1917 - 1919

The Bright Shade area had rampant hook worm, which took the lives of some of these babies, as well as Edith's own mother Sylvania Lewis Smith, informant on their death certificates.

In the 1920s Edith and Ben and their children relocated from Clay County Kentucky to a now extinct town named Vance, Illinois, which is located just outside to the east of Homer, IL.

In 1928, at age 49, Edith died and was buried in the GAR Cemetery located in Homer. There are no other relatives buried nearby her, though her brother Elias and his first wife Malvina Smith had lived for a time in nearby Fairmount Illinois where she and infant child Berdell died and are buried. Elias returned to Kentucky after 1920s.

After Edith's early death, 2nd husband Ben and some of the children moved to Paris, Edgar County, IL, where Ben later remarried Mrs. Emma Staley-Dick.

Interesting Note: Edith's older sister Rebecca Smith and Ben's older brother Ulysses Wombles also married, and they too relocated their family to nearby Vermilion County, Illinois in 1920s. They are buried in the Bethel Cemetery in Alvin outside of Danville, IL.

Any information about Edith's first husband Wiley Smith and their first son, Clarence, born October 1898 and appears only in the 1900 census, is sought. We great grandchildren would like to know more, if you have information to share.
Family links: 
  Blevins Smith (1852 - 1938)
  Sylvania Lewis Smith (1853 - 1918)
  Benjamin Franklin Wombles (1884 - 1956)*
  Martha Smith (1901 - 1979)*
  Lucille Wombles Earl (1902 - 1966)*
  Sally Ann Wombles Staley (1905 - 1988)*
  Vesta Wombles (1907 - 1995)*
  Bessie Wombles Phillips (1909 - 1977)*
  Ernest Wombles (1910 - 1968)*
  George Wombles (1918 - 2002)*
  Rebecca Ann Smith Wombles (1877 - 1931)*
  Elias Smith (1877 - 1977)*
  Edith Smith Wombles (1879 - 1928)
  Martha Smith (1881 - ____)*
  Bessie Smith (1905 - 1912)*
  Elbert Smith (1914 - 1981)**
  General Smith (1918 - 1972)**
*Calculated relationship
GAR Cemetery
Champaign County
Illinois, USA
Created by: Judy West
Record added: Oct 20, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 99284138
Edith <i>Smith</i> Wombles
Added by: Judy West
Edith <i>Smith</i> Wombles
Added by: Judy West
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