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The above photo depicts Edwin Dilworth Smith and his family. Shown in the front are Julius Christensen, Diantha Mortensen Smith Christensen (mother), Victor Christensen, Diantha "Dice" Smith; Back are Nephi L. Smith, James M. Smith, and on the right, Ed Smith. The photo was found on Ancestry.com, and indicates that it was taken about 1900, at which time Ed would have been about 9 years old. There is another photo under the Media Tab above depicting Ed when he was older.

Edwin Dilworth Smith was the sixth child and fourth son of Diantha Mortensen Smith, a plural wife of Lot Smith. They were married October 21, 1880, in St. George Washington, Utah. Diantha was the daughter of Morten Pedersen Mortensen and Dorthea Jensen, who were Danish immigrants and converts to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Her father was also a polygamist. Diantha and Lot's son, Edwin, was born February 17, 1891, in Tuba City, Coconino, Arizona, and then her husband passed away the next year on June 21, 1892. Then on December 12, 1892, another son, James Martin Smith, was born, six months after the death of his father, Lot Smith.

Two and a half years later, Diantha married Julius Christensen on June 21, 1895, in Tuba City, Coconino, Arizona. Julius was 7 years younger than Diantha. They had two children, Julius in 1896, and Victor in 1899.

In the 1900 U.S. Federal Census for Graham County, Arizona, Edwin Dilworth Smith was 9 years old, living with his mother, Diantha Mortensen Smith Christensen, 39, and step-father, Julius Christensen, 32, who was working as a farmer, and siblings, Lotta Smith, 18, (Charlotte Elizabeth Smith), Hyrum Smith, 16, Diantha Smith, 13, Nephi Lot Smith, 11, James Martin Smith, 7, and Diantha and Julius' children, Julius Peter Christensen, 4, and Victor Christensen, one year old. She had given birth to 9 children, 8 of whom were still living.

By 1910 the family was listed in the Pima, Arizona, census as: Diantha E. Smith, a 47-year old widow, Nephi Lot Smith 21, Edwin Dilworth Smith, 18, James Martin Smith, 17, Julius Peter Christensen, 14, and Victor Christensen, 11. Diantha was not working but stated she had her "own income," and all of her sons except Victor were working as a farmer or farm laborers. They owned their farm free from a mortgage. I'm not sure when Julius passed away, or perhaps he had not and they were only separated or divorced.

When Edwin Dilworth Smith completed his U.S. World War I Draft Registration Card on June 5, 1917, he described himself as being tall, stout, with grey eyes and light colored hair. He registered in Gila, Arizona, and was 26 years old at the time, having been born February 17, 1891, in Tuba City, Arizona. He was living in Central, Arizona, at the time and was working as a farmer for the Arizona Asbestos Association in Chrysville, Arizona. He had a wife and two children at the time.

In the 1920 U.S. Federal Census for Gorman, Eastland, Texas, E.D. Smith, 28, and his wife, Etty, 28, were living with nine boarders and a cook. The boarders and cook ranged in age from 56 to 17 years old. They were living at 490 Upton Street, a home they owned free of a mortgage. Edwin was working as a teamster for a construction company, as were all the other boarders except the cook, Rose Dodge. For some reason, Ed and Etty's children were not living with them at the time, or at least were not shown on the census.

In the 1930 U.S. Census for Breckenridge, Stephens, Texas, Edwin D. Smith, 39, was living with his wife, Ettie, 38, and their children, Clenton M., 15, Douglas E., 14, Cleotha, 12, and Winford L., 1 year 3 months. They owned their own home which was valued at $150. His wife, Effie, was from Kentucky, as were both of her parents. All of their children were born in Arizona except Winford who was born in Texas. Edwin was working as a laborer in the construction business.

I can find no record of Edwin Dilworth Smith in the 1940 census, but his wife, Etta was listed as a 49 year old widow, living in Central, Graham County, Arizona, even though Edwin did not pass away for another 12 years. They must have been separated at the time, or perhaps they were divorced and Etta did not want to disclose a divorce. Etta was living with two of her children, Cleotha, 21, and Winford Lot Smith, 11.

Etta had an 8th grade education, Cleotha had 2 years of college, and Winford was in the 5th grade. The census record states they were living in the same place in 1935. Etta was working as a chambermaid in a hotel, and Cleotha as a waitress in a cafe. For the 13 weeks Etta worked in 1939 at 49 hours per week, her income was $91.00 and Cleotha worked for 43 weeks at 48 hours per week and earned an income of $688.00. They owned their home which was valued at $2,000.

Following is information about Edwin Dilworth Smith's father, Lot Smith, which was from the Membership of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints....Lot Smith was the son of William Orville Smith and Rhoda Hough. He was born May 13, 1830, in Williamstown, Oswego, New York. He married for the first time in 1857, but since he practiced polygamy as prescribed by the church, he had at least eight wives. He was buried near Tuba City, Yavapai, Arizona, and had also lived in Farmington, Davis, Utah. He was baptized in May of 1851 and was Ordained a Seventy the same year. He was a farmer, and an army captain, cattleman, rancher and frontiersman. Here are the comments about Lot:

Lot was a private in Company "E" of the Mormon Battalion. In 1860 Lot had a household of nine, a real wealth of $1,000, and a personal wealth of $1,000. In 1870 he had a household of nine, a real wealth of $1,800, and a personal wealth of $1,200. Lot was an officer of the Deseret militia; defended settlers at Provo against Indians; major of the Utah militia and in charge at the burning of Johnston's army provision trains on their way to the Echo Canyon, Utah. Lot served as president of the Little Colorado Stake of Zion from 1878 to 1887. He joined the Church at an early day, and marched to California as a member of the famous Mormon Battalion.

After his arrival in the Great Salt Lake valley, he became a resident of Farmington, Davis county, where he lived for many years. He was ordained a Seventy at an early day and was for a long time a president of the 74th quorum of Seventy. In 1869-71 he filled a mission to Great Britain. In the absence of a biographical sketch of Lot Smith we copy the following from an article written soon after his death by an intimate friend, Elder C. L. Christensen, a Navajo interpreter and Indian missionary:

"For the consolation of his family and friends I wish to say, there never was a man that held the life and liberty of man more sacred than did Lot Smith. During the Echo Canyon war he played a brave and noble part, and did it well under the circumstances. He had instructions from President Brigham Young to "shed no blood," and not even to fire a gun unless absolutely in self-defense. Lot was so prompt in carrying out this advice that several men in his charge left him and went home, they having a desire of gaining fame otherwise than according to the advice that Lot held and kept most sacred. I am conscientious before God in saying that he shed no blood while he lived, except it may have occurred in fighting the Ute Indians, during the battle near Provo city in an early day, with which all are familiar who read the history of Utah. Lot served his country in the fear of God and with good will to man."

Lot had at least fifty children with his eight wives. Here is an entry for him on Find A Grave.com:

Son of William Orville Smith and Rhoda Hough

Married Lydia Minerva McBride, 3 Jun 1851, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Married Jane Walker, 14 Feb 1852, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Married Julia Ann Smith, 25 Nov 1855, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Married Laura Louisa Burdick, 3 Jan 1858, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Married Alice Ann Richards, 30 May 1868, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Married Alice Mary Baugh, 29 Apr 1872, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Married Mary Marinda Garn, 13 Jun 1878, St. George, Washington, Utah.

Married Diantha Elizabeth Mortensen, 21 Oct 1880, St. George, Washington, Utah

Lot joined the Latter-day Saint Church at an early age and in manhood became the youngest member of the famous Mormon Battalion on its march to California in the war with Mexico.

He was officer of the Deseret militia; defended settlers at Provo against Indians; major of the Utah militia and in charge at the burning of Johnton's army provision trains on their way to Echo Canyon, Utah.

Lot spent much of his later life serving the Church in Arizona. He was shot by an Indian during an altercation over sheep. Lot's body was buried in a lonely spot and the only marking of the grave was a small plum tree. It lay there for nearly ten years, but through the untiring efforts of some of his comrades, and the assistance of the Church authorities, his remains were exhumed and brought to Farmington, Utah, his old home. Memorial services were held at Farmington on the 8th of April 1902, the casket was draped with the American flag.

The services were largely attended. President Joseph F. Smith, with other Church authorities, and a number of his old comrades of 1857 and 1862 spoke at the services, where eulogies were pronounced by them over the remains of their Captain.

John R. Winder said, "I always admired Lot Smith for his bravery; his men loved and obeyed him for he was kind to them, and always in the lead."

"I have this to say of my Commander," said James Sharp, "there lies a man who knew no fear. With his men he was gentle as a woman and as brave as a lion."

President Smith said he was thankful that the remains of Captain Smith had been brought home where they might rest among his friends. "He was a generous, noble-hearted man," said President Smith, "and history will record the fact that Lot Smith was one of the notable figures of the past." In every instance he discharged his duty to the very best of his ability.

After the services his remains were taken to the Farmington Cemetery, where a very substantial monument marks his last resting place.



William Orville Smith (1800 - 1849)


Rhoda Hough Smith (1802 - 1845)



Lydia Minerva McBride Smith (1832 - 1908)*


Jane Walker Smith (1832 - 1912)*


Julia Ann Smith Smith (1837 - 1923)*


Laura Louisa Burdick Smith (1838 - 1895)*


Alice Ann Richards Smith (1849 - 1940)*


Alice Mary Baugh Smith (1853 - 1947)*


Mary Marinda Garn Smith (1852 - 1916)*


Diantha Elizabeth Mortensen Christensen (1861 - 1922)*



Rhoda Jane Smith Hutchinson (1852 - 1913)*


William Lot Smith (1855 - 1932)*


Lott Samuel Smith (1856 - 1927)*


Phoebe Vilate Smith (1857 - 1930)*


Jedediah Heber Smith (1857 - 1894)*


Emily Abigail Smith Hess (1859 - 1901)*


Marie Louisa Smith Krumperman (1861 - 1934)*


Helen Mar Smith France (1862 - 1907)*


Adelaide Smith (1863 - 1864)*


Annetta Smith Udy (1863 - 1935)*


Lydia Mae Smith Stoddard (1864 - 1940)*


Alice Smith Robinson (1865 - 1910)*


Sarah Teresa Smith (1866 - 1867)*


Abiah Ann Smith Nelson (1867 - 1919)*


Laura Louisa Smith Rice (1868 - 1944)*


Robert Taylor Burton Smith (1868 - 1897)*


Margaret Agnes Smith Palmer (1868 - 1940)*


Nannie Amelia Smith Ashcroft (1869 - 1936)*


Hyrum Burton Smith (1869 - 1910)*


Alden Burdick Smith (1872 - 1937)*


Willard Richards Smith (1872 - 1951)*


Elizabeth Jane Smith (1873 - 1876)*


George Albert Smith (1874 - 1883)*


Lucy Effie Smith Palmer (1874 - 1938)*


Mary Melissa Smith Carr (1875 - 1956)*


Julia Amanda Smith Beamish (1875 - 1958)*


Lot Smith (1877 - 1913)*


Brigham Grant Smith (1878 - 1957)*


Wilford Woodruff Smith (1879 - 1883)*


Lorenzo Lot Smith (1880 - 1936)*


Diantha (Dora) Smith Wilson (1880 - 1961)*


Charlotte Elizabeth Smith Moody (1881 - 1963)*


Franklin Dewey Smith (1882 - 1933)*


Joseph Howe Smith (1882 - 1972)*


Hyrum Smith (1883 - 1905)*


Jesse Nathaniel Smith (1884 - 1886)*


Nephi Smith (1885 - 1886)*


Rhoda Minerva (Minnie) Smith (1885 - 1886)*


Diantha Smith Craig (1886 - 1977)*


Martha Smith Schott (1887 - 1981)*


Roxie Alice Smith (1887 - 1888)*


Alma Smith (1888 - 1964)*


Charles Rich Smith (1888 - 1908)*


George Albert Smith (1889 - 1967)*


James Holloman Smith (1889 - 1963)*


Nephi Lot Smith (1889 - 1982)*


Katharine Smith Freeman (1891 - 1969)*


Edwin Dilworth Smith (1891 - 1952)*


Frances Mary Smith Short (1891 - 1918)*


James Martin Smith (1892 - 1970)*



Emily Jane Smith Burk (1822 - 1886)*


Joel Hough Smith (1824 - 1888)*


Jesse Wells Smith (1826 - 1896)*


Abiah Ann Smith McBride (1828 - 1854)*


Lot Smith (1830 - 1892)


William James Smith (1832 - 1899)*


Hyrum Smith (1835 - 1855)*


Horace Orval Smith (1837 - ____)*


John Smith (1845 - 1845)*


Olive Emily Smith Rice (1845 - 1886)**


Nathaniel Smith (1847 - 1918)**


Abel Smith (1849 - 1919)**

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Burial: Farmington City Cemetery, Farmington, Davis County, Utah, USA, Plot: D-4-4

Maintained by: Schott Family

Originally Created by: SMSmith

Record added: Jan 15, 2008

Find A Grave Memorial# 23981985

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Edwin Dilworth Smith's Timeline

February 17, 1891
Tuba City, Coconino, Arizona, USA
April 20, 1952
Age 61
Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona, USA