|Location:||Brenham, Washington, Texas, United States|
|Birthplace:||Lynwood, Los Angeles, California, United States|
About Della Dale Smith
I'm originally from Southern California, but have also lived in Florida, Northern California, Oregon, New Jersey and now Texas. My third great grandfather, James Henry Rollins, was one of the original settlers of San Bernardino, California, when the Mormons were sent there from Utah in 1851. My second great grandfather, James Joseph Eubank, was wounded in the battle of Vicksburg during the Civil War, and his father, Stephen Green Eubank, was supposedly a friend of Abraham Lincoln. I'm told my third great grandfather, Samuel Walker West, was descended from English Royalty. And his wife, Margaret Cooper West, was from a prominent southern family who owned a 1,000 acre plantation in the early 1800's. My second and third great grandfathers, Christian and Jacob Christensen Madsen came to the USA from Denmark in the 1850's. Christian married into the Welker family, who came to the USA from Germany in the late 1700's, and the Welker's married into the Dustin family, who came to America in the 1640's. One of my most interesting ancestors is Hannah Dustin, who lived in Haverhill, MA, in 1697, when she was captured by Indians. They killed Hannah's six-day old baby daughter by bashing her brains out against a tree. Later Hannah killed her Indian captors, took their scalps, and went back home to Massachusetts to claim a bounty for the scalps. There are two different statues commemorating her bravery in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. It is believed she was the first woman ever immortalized by a statue in her honor in the United States.
Currently I'm an exhibits manager for a conference management company in Bryan, Texas. We manage international conferences for the IEEE and other organizations. Before that I was in real estate for twelve years, and marketing communications for twenty five years in the computer and trade show exhibit industries.
I'm looking to complete my family tree in order to help my second cousins, Meili and Tai Eubank , who are half Chinese, know more about our family history.