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Nellie Cole Smith 1905-?

Journal by joeysgma

Nellie is my proverbial brick in the genealogy wall. She was adopted by my great,great grandparents and shes in the census for 1910 when she was five years old. Ive been looking, looking, looking...well, then I run across some information of my Great Grandpa who would have been her adopted brother. He says she married a Walter Smith and moved to New York city! OK, even in the early part of the 1920s and 30s NYC was a BIG place and Smith...really...even Cole has a lot of names! So here I am. Nellie where fore art thou?? My Great Grandpa isn't around anymore. Funny, you get interested in something at my age (50+) and most of the people who could have helped the most are gone. Warning to you 20 somethings...start asking the questions now. Dead people are not really gone, they make up who you are now.
The adoptive parents names were Ellen and Lewis. Lewis and Ellen divorced just after adopting Nellie. Nellie stayed with Lewis and his mother helped care for her. Her name was Esther. They lived in Coldwater, Michigan, then went to Virginia because Esthers brother was sick. They returned to Michigan after that. But after the 1910 census, Nellie disappears.
Shes not a blood family member, but my grandparents cared enough about her to adopt her. That makes her real family to me.

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on 2013-02-07 21:46:19

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by noggin on 2013-02-08 06:57:28
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by joeysgma on 2013-02-08 08:09:30

It is, glad I gave enough information for you to find it. Actually, Lewis was not widowed, probably being the times it was, he was embarrassed and did not want to admit to being divorced in 1906. He had one other child with his ex wife, my gg grandmother Ellen. Harry, my great Grandfather was living with his Mom and stepfather.
Do you know what happened to my Nellie?

Regards,
Diane

by noggin on 2013-02-08 09:27:40
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by noggin on 2013-02-08 09:33:44
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by noggin on 2013-02-08 09:54:51
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by joeysgma on 2013-02-08 11:40:35

Yes, she died in 1917, Lewis and she went to VA after the 1910 census for a while to care for her brother Noah. I haven't looked there yet, Lewis lived with another family named Love when he came back home because she was gone, then moved in with his son Harry till he died in 1932. Its his Grandfather George who is my other mystery. They moved from NY in Cayuga county to Michigan abt 1858. They are in the Branch county census in 1860. Alphonzo, my ancestor is living with a family for whom he is working, living next door to Esthers family. They marry in 1861, their son was born in 1862, he died in 1864.

by dmck on 2013-02-08 13:58:33

Best of luck. I hope you find her. I have Smiths in my family tree too. I feel your pain.

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