Henry Aikens Smith (1898 - 1996)

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Birthplace: Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona
Death: Died in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States
Managed by: Donald L. Woolley
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About Henry Aikens Smith

In the 1900 U.S. Federal Census for Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, Henry A. Smith is 2 years old, and living with his father, Joseph West Smith, 40, and mother, Della Fish Smith, 35, and his father's second wife, Nella M., 28. Della's children are Mary, 11, Joseph, 9, Albert, 6, Lazelle, 4, and, of course Henry. Nella's children are Nella, 18, Margrate, 16, Lenora, 14, Edith, 11, Jesse, 9, Alice, 6, Roxie, 4, and Sariah, 2. Also living in the home is Paul Smith, who is 80 years old and listed as a "boarder".

On the same page is Henry Aikens Smith's grandfather, Jesse Nathaniel Smith, and his various families. In this census, Jesse is 65 years old, and his first wife, Emma West Smith is 64. His second wife Janet Johnson, is 51, his third wife, Augusta, 46, and 4th wife, Emma Larson is 37. Jesse Nathaniel Smith's wife, Margaret West Smith, who was Henry's grandmother, had died in Utah before the family moved to Arizona. Margaret West Smith was the sister of Jesse's first wife, Emma West Smith. There are twenty children in the home listed after the names of his wives. Interestingly, Emma West Smith is the only one listed as Jesse's wife. The others have a "P" next to their names, evidently indicating they are "plural" wives. However, by 1900, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) had outlawed plural marriages, but by then it was too late for Jesse, sine he already had 4 wives and at least 20 children. One of Jesse's youngest children was the same age as his grandson, Henry, in 1900, 2 years old.

In the 1910 U.S. Census for Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, Henry A. Smith is 12 years old and living with his mother, Della Fish Smith, 45, and his siblings, Mary, 21, Joseph, 18, Albert, 16, Lazelle, 14, and younger sisters Della and Agnes. The father, Joseph West Smith, 50, is listed on the same page but is living with his other wife, Nellie M., 49, and their children, Leorana, 24, Edith, 21, Jesse M., 19, Alice, 16, Roxie, 14, Marie, 8, Lawrence N., 5, and Clarissa, 3. Joseph West Smith is listed as a cashier in a bank and their two oldest children, Georgia and Edith are school teachers, and Jesse M. is a farm laborer.

On Henry Aikens Smith's September 12, 1918, U.S. World War I Draft Registration card, he is 20 years old, lives in Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, and is a farmer working on his father's farm. He lists his nearest relative as his mother, Della F. Smith, and describes himself as being of medium height and build with dark grey eyes and brown hair. The person who registered him is Samuel F. Smith--wonder if he was a relative. On September 1, 1920, he married Lula Palmer, and the Millenium File says that Lula's mother was Alzada Sophia Kartchner and her father was Alma Zemira Palmer.

In the 1920 U.S. Census for Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, Henry A. Smith is 21 years old and is living in the home of his mother, Della Fish Smith, 55, and older brothers, Joseph Fish Smith, 28, Albert S., 26, Lazelle, 24, Ernan H., 18, Della Smith, 15, and Agnes Smith, 12. The father, Joseph West Smith, 60, is listed on the same page but is living with his other wife Nellie M., 59, and their children, Alice, 24, Marie, 18, Lawrence J., 15, and Clarissa, 13. Della Fish Smith's oldest son, J. Fish Smith, is a high school teacher, and his brother Albert is a machinist in the railroad shops, Lazelle is also a district school teacher, Ernan is a carpenter in the building trade, and the girls Della and Agnes are in school. Della Fish Smith's husband, Joseph West Smith, who is living with his other wife, Nellie, is shown as a Banker/Cashier. His daughter with Nellie is a clerk in a bank, so maybe she worked with her father.

In the 1930 U.S. Census for Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona, Henry A. Smith was a 32 year old Life Insurance Agent living in a home he owned that was valued at $5,000. His wife Lula P. is 30 years old, and their children, Guy P., 8, Rozel, 5, and son Harry, who is almost 3 years old. He is listed in the 1940 U.S. census as Terry. Also in the home is Alzada Palmer, Henry's mother-in-in law who is 72 years. old.

In the 1940 U.S. Census for Los Angeles, California, Henry A. Smith was 42 year old a railway mail clerk for the railway post office and earned $2,450 income that year for working 40 hours per week, 52 weeks of the year. With him are his wife, Lula P., 41, and children, Guy P., 18, Rozel, 15, Terry C., 13, Derial E., 9, and Barry M., 2 years old. They are living at 1132 Spence Street in a home they rented for $32.00 per month. Prior to living in Los Angeles, they lived in Albuquerque, Bernalillo, New Mexico, in 1935. Henry had achieved 3 years of his college education.

The U.S. Social Security Death Index says that when Henry A. Smith died in 1996, he was living in Temple City, Los Angeles, County, California, which was about 5 miles from where I was living in 1988, just 8 years earlier, and I never knew Henry! Henry's wife Lula died in San Gabriel, Los Angeles County, California, April 18, 1978, about 5 years before I lived in Rosemead, which is right next door to San Gabriel, and I never met Lula either. Too bad I never met my second cousin twice removed Henry or his wife!

Della Dale Smith

6/22/2013

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Henry Aikens Smith's Timeline

1898
March 27, 1898
Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona
1921
October 1, 1921
Age 23
Taylor, Navajo, Arizona, USA
1923
1923
Age 24
<snowflake, Navajo, Arizona>
1924
November 9, 1924
Age 26
Arizona, USA
1927
April 5, 1927
Age 29
Pomerene, Cochise, Arizona, USA
1996
May 14, 1996
Age 98
Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States