Edith M. <I>Smith</I> Dearborn

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Edith M. Smith Dearborn

  • Birth 9 Aug 1856 Bodega, Sonoma County, California, USA
  • Death 15 Jan 1920
  • Burial Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California, USA
  • Plot Stan VI-26
  • Memorial ID 28709174

Edith M. (Smith) Dearborn was the eldest child (out of 8 children) of John Kinder Smith, a saw miller and farmer from Illinois and his wife Theresa M. (Banks) Smith, also an Illinois native and descendant of the illustrious Banks family, originally of England.

All of Edith's siblings were born in Sonoma County, California, although her parents were married March 13, 1854 in Quincy Township, Adams County, Illinois.

On October 9, 1873, Edith married Moses Sweat Dearborn in Petaluma, Sonoma County, CA. Moses was the son of Captain Joseph Sanborn Dearborn and Lydia J. (Frost) Dearborn. He was born in Parsonsfield, Maine in 1845. His parents were prominent and early residents of that township and are celebrated in various ways, including a book about the History of Parsonsfield which is written and edited by a Dearborn relation and published in 1888.

Moses and Edith had 9 children, all born in California, as follows:

May B., b. 1874
Nellie E., b. 1877
Frank, b. 1879
Mollie Teresa, b. 1881
Effie, b. 1884
Roy Valores, b. 1887
Leon Smith, b. 1890
Alice E., b. 1892
Joseph E., b. 1895

In 1880, Moses was working as a surveyor. In 1900 he was a contractor in Santa Rosa, but he also had a job as a railroad inspector and was found in the census in Galveston, Texas. In 1910 he was the superintendant of a railroad bridge.

Until 1910 he was living predominantly in the Santa Rosa area, but between 1910 and 1920 there had been some kind of split between Edith and Moses. In the January 12, 1920 census, Edith is still in Santa Rosa with two of their children, but Moses is living in Oakland by himself. Three days after that census was taken, Edith passed away. She was buried in the Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery in Santa Rosa, CA

I have not yet found an obituary for Edith, but the obituary for Moses Dearborn only names 6 children, yet they had 9. The children that were omitted from the paragraph naming the children are:

Nellie Woodward, mentioned in a previous paragraph.
Frank Dearborn, born 1879 and likely died young.
Roy Valores Dearborn, *(insane.)

*Edith and Moses Dearborn's son, Roy Valores Dearborn, is found in the Napa State Hospital for the Insane in Napa, California in the 1930 census. Either Moses Dearborn disowned this son due to some conflict, or the family was too ashamed of the stigma attached to mental illness to claim him as their own in Moses Dearborn's obituary. Alternately, it could have been a case of "out of sight, out of mind."

According to their son Roy's WWI draft registration card, Roy was also blind in one eye. He had worked for several years as box maker for Nelligan and sons in Santa Rosa, then as a laborer on the public railroads. His entry into the mental hospital may have been necessitated by the death of his mother Edith in January of 1920. Edith and Moses' son, Roy, lived another 20 years or so after the death of his father.

There is a notation from the original contributor of this memorial which reads, "infant daughter of Mrs. J.W. Claypool, Sr." Edith's daughter, Mollie Theresa, married Jeremiah Walter Claypool Jr. If the child that shares Edith's burial plot was a child of J.W. Claypool, Sr., it would have been buried prior to Edith's interment.
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  • Maintained by: Silver Rose Parnell
  • Originally Created by: Jeanie Leete
  • Added: 1 Aug 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 28709174
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Edith M. Smith Dearborn (9 Aug 1856–15 Jan 1920), Find A Grave Memorial no. 28709174, citing Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery, Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California, USA ; Maintained by Silver Rose Parnell (contributor 47218846) .