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 Mary Pricilla <I>Smoot</I> Dempsey

Mary Pricilla Smoot Dempsey

Virginia, USA
Death 14 Aug 1946 (aged 87)
Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Burial Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Plot U_44_9
Memorial ID 159757 · View Source
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Parents, some say, are Charles A. and Florence (Thompson) Smoot. Cousin of Senator Reed Smoot of Utah. Said to have a strain of Cherokee Indian blood.

Part of VA, Logan County included, became WV shortly after the 1860 census of the United States. Married, some say, at Lenore (Mingo) WV. Said to have married on a Sunday after a 10 year courtship. 19 Dec 1879 fell on a Friday. Some say 13 children were born to this union. [Only 11 children can be found, perhaps they meant the family contained 13 people, 11 children and 2 parents.] Appears in the 1880 census as Celie, age 20. Of Scoth-Irish descent, this daughter of a "small store owner" was petite, with black hair, and had nerve, pride and a strong temper.

The 10th child of Mary and Hyrum was William Harrison Jack Dempsey. Jack became the World Heavy Weight Boxing Champion.

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  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 159757
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Mary Pricilla Smoot Dempsey (12 Jun 1859–14 Aug 1946), Find A Grave Memorial no. 159757, citing Mount Olivet Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .