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 Eliza Ellen <I>Crawford</I> Smith

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Eliza Ellen Crawford Smith

  • Birth 5 Sep 1879 Bibb County, Georgia, USA
  • Death 14 Mar 1946 Haralson County, Georgia, USA
  • Burial Bremen, Haralson County, Georgia, USA
  • Memorial ID 33387949

Eliza Ellen Crawford was born on Sep. 5, 1879 in Bibb County, Georgia to William David Crawford and Clara Johnson Crawford.

On July 23, 1898, she married Levi Marion Brookshire (aka Marion Levi Brookshire) in St. Clair, Alabama. They had three children: Jessie William Brookshire, Sr., Milton M. Brookshire, and Lydia Marian Bookshire. Sometime between 1900 and 1908, Levi Brookshire died leaving Eliza struggling to support her three children. She was finally forced to place them in an orphanage. It was a heartbreaking decision for her.

On August 15, 1908, Eliza married Jacob Breckinridge Smith in Fulton County, Georgia. Jacob was himself the father of four children. After the marriage, Jacob and his new wife Eliza went to the orphanage to get her three children and bring them home. By all accounts, Jacob raised Eliza's three children as his own. Jacob and Eliza went on to have three additional children: Ruby Smith, Lillie Ann Smith, and Rosie Irene Smith. In addition to raising all of these children, Jacob and Eliza later took in and raised their granddaughter by Ruby Smith; her name was Lura Ellen Hendrix.

Jacob and Eliza lived in Haralson County, Georgia. Eliza was a hard worker who took care of her home and raised her children. In addition, she helped Jacob in the butcher shop that they owned.

On March 14, 1946, Eliza passed away. My grandmother, Rosie Irene Smith Munroe, told me that she fell down some icy steps and suffered a head injury. Another [living] family member told me that Eliza had a stroke. According to her death certificate, Eliza died of a Cerebral Hemmorhage which could fit with either a fall or a stroke. At the time of her death, she had been a resident of Haralson County Georgia for almost 50 years. She is buried in a small family-owned cemetery called Smith Cemetery which borders Bremen City Cemetery in Bremen, Georgia.

~~Written by Sabrina King Combs (Great-Granddaughter)

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Eliza E. Smith
1879 - 1946

  • Maintained by: Sabrina
  • Originally Created by: Lin
  • Added: 30 Jan 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 33387949
  • Sabrina
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Eliza Ellen Crawford Smith (5 Sep 1879–14 Mar 1946), Find A Grave Memorial no. 33387949, citing Bremen City Cemetery, Bremen, Haralson County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by Sabrina (contributor 47811077) .