Eliza Snow Smith Rogers

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Eliza Snow Rogers (Smith)

Birthdate: (68)
Birthplace: Parowan, Iron, Utah, USA
Death: December 27, 1927 (68)
Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, USA
Place of Burial: Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Jesse Nathaniel Smith and Emma Seraphine West Smith
Wife of Smith Doolittle Rogers, Sr.
Mother of Eliza Roxie Rogers; Smith Doolittle Rogers, Jr.; Emma Matilda Rogers Hall; Jesse Hollister Rogers; Amanda Brewer (Rogers) and 10 others
Sister of Emma Seraphine Decker; Mary Josephine Smith; Hannah Daphne Dalton; Jesse Nathaniel Smith, Jr; Sarah Elizabeth Smith and 3 others
Half sister of Adelaide Margaret Fish; Joseph West Smith; Susan Janet Jarvis; Ellen Mauretta Smith; Sariah Annie Bushman and 31 others

Managed by: Della Dale Smith-Pistelli
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About Eliza Snow Smith Rogers

Eliza Snow Smith was born February 23, 1859, in Parowan, Iron County, Utah, to Jesse Nathaniel Smith and Emma Seraphine West Smith. Jesse was a cousin of Joseph Smith, Jr., the Prophet of the Mormon Church. Emma Seraphine West Smith was the daughter of Samuel Walker West and his first wife, Margaret Cooper West. They had joined the LDS church in the 1830's while still living in Tennessee.

In the 1860 U.S. Federal Census, Emma, 24, was living with her daughters, Emma Seraphine, 7, Mary Jane, 5, Hannah Daphne, 3, and Eliza Snow Smith, 1. Emma's occupation listed in the census record was that of a seamstress. Her real estate was valued at $275.00 and her personal estate at $300.00. At the time, her husband, Jesse Nathaniel, was not living in the home with Emma and their girls, but rather was living in Minersville, Utah, with his plural wife, Margaret Fletcher Smith, who was Emma Seraphine's sister. Jesse and Margaret were living with their two children, Adelaide M., 3 and Joseph Smith, 10 months. Fortunately, Emma's parents, Samuel Walker West, 56, and Margaret Cooper West, 55, were living next door to Emma with their younger daughter, Lydia Clementine, 20, and son, William Moroni, 18. Sadly, Emma's sister, Margaret Fletcher West Smith, passed away in 1864, and Emma raised Margaret's two children with Jesse as her own.

By the 1870 U.S. Federal Census for Parowan, Jesse, 35, was living with Emma, 34, and Jesse's mother, Mary, 74, was also living in their home, along with Mary J., 15, Hannah Daphne (Nanna), 14, Margaret A., 13, (who is really Adelaide Margaret, the daughter of Jesse and Margaret), Eliza Snow, 13, Joseph, 10, (Margaret's son with Jesse), Jesse N., 9, Sarah E., 4, Silas D., 2, and Susan Josephine, 1 year old. Jesse was working as a farmer, his real estate was valued at $800 and his personal estate at $250.00.

By the 1880 census, the family had moved to Snowflake, Apache County, Arizona, and Jesse, 45, Emma, 44, are living with their children: Jesse N., 19, Sarah E., 14, Silas D., 12, John W., 8, and Samuel F., 6. Jesse had taken two more plural wives, Augusta M. Outzen, 26, and Janet M. Smith, 31, and their children were living in the two homes next door. Augusta's children with Jesse were: Georgiana B., 9, Augusta, G., 7, Robert C., 5, and Martha A., 2. Janet's children with Jesse were: Susan J., 11, Sariah A., 7, Julia J., 4, Priscilla, 3, and Editha, 1. Emma and Margaret's brother, John Anderson West, was living next door with his plural wife, Mary Jane Robinson West. John, 49, Mary Jane, 32, and their children: Samuel E., 14, Joseph A., 12, William Heber, 10, Moroni E., 8, and there are two borders, Sarah West, 16, and Martha J., 10.

In 1876, Eliza Snow Smith married Smith Doolittle Rogers, and in the 1880 U.S. Federal Census, he is 27 and she 21, and their two children are Eliza R., 3, and Emma M., 5 months. They were also living in Snowflake, Arizona, and Smith was farming, Eliza was keeping house. Next door was Smith Rogers' father, Samuel, 61, his wife, Anna Matilda, 59, and his siblings, Amos, 29, Sarah Matilda, 23, Orpha Amelia, 19, and Mary Malinda, 16. Samuel is also farming, his wife is keeping house, his son Amos is a laborer, and the 3 girls are at home. Next door is Samuel's plural wife, Lorana Rogers, 36, along with one of Samuel's sons, Davis Samuel Rogers, 25, his wife, Miriam, 17, and 4 boarders, Jacob Gould, 28, John H. Sister, 19, Ruth F. West, 8, and Raleigh S. West 5 years old. I'm not sure how Ruth and Raleigh West are related to the other West family members.

In the 1900 U.S. Federal Census, Smith and Eliza are still living in Snowflake, Smith is 47, Eliza is 41, and their children living with them are: Jesse Holister, 18, Amanda, 15, Wilford, 11, Samuel L., 9, Noble, 9, Ione, 5, Losana, 3, and Daniel C., 1 year old. Smith is still farming, Eliza is at home, and the children are in school.

Jesse Nathaniel Smith and his wife Emma Seraphine are next door. Jesse is 65, Emma is 65, and Jesse's plural wives, Janet J., is 52, and Augusta, 46, and Emma Larson, 37, and their children in the home are: Margaret F., 17, Ruth, 16, Esther, 12, Elias, 10, Leah, 8, Bashie, 29, Ashel H., 19, Anna, 16, Rebecka, 13, Rachel, 11, Saphoronia, 8, Natalia, 6, and Millie, 2, Hyrum, 17, Caroline, 15, Don C., 13, Lorana, 11, Lehi L., 9, George A., 7, and Aikens, 10 months old.

Next door is Joseph West Smith, Jesse's son with Margaret Fletcher West Smith, who died in 1864 and was buried in Utah before all the families moved to Arizona. With Joseph, who is 40, is his wife, Nella M., 39, and their children, Nella, 18, Margaret, 16, Lenora, 14, Eideth, 11, Jesse M., 9, Alace, 6, Roxie, 4, Sariah, 2, and Joseph's plural wife, Della (Catherine Delfina, known as Della) Fish Smith, 35, and her children, Mary, 11, Joseph T., 9, Albert S., 6, Laezzle, 4, Henry A., 2, and Paul Smith, listed as a boarder, who is 80 years old. Maybe, he is Joseph's relative.

Nine years later, Smith Doolittle Rogers, Eliza's husband, passes away at the age of 56 on July 21, 1909, in Snowflake, Arizona. In the 1910 U.S. Federal Census for Snowflake, Eliza is listed as a 51 year old widow, living with her children, Wilford, 21, S. Lorenzo, 19, Noble, 17, Ione, 15, Lorana, 13, Daniel K., 11, Ralph C., 6 and Paul Moroni, 3 years old. Eliza is listed as a farmer, and her 3 oldest children as farm laborers on their own farm. It's amazing that Eliza had her youngest son Paul, when she was 48 years old! And now that Smith was dead, she had 6 children under the age of 18 to raise on her own!

Ten years later in the 1920 census, Eliza is 60 years old, and living with her are her 3 youngest children, Daniel, 21, Ralph, 17, and Paul, 13. In this census, Eliza is still working as a farmer, and her son Daniel is a laborer in a sawmill. The two younger sons are not working. Next door is Zechariah B. Decker, 69, and his second wife, Carolina, 51, who he married after his first wife, Emma, passed away in 1909 from breast cancer. Z.B. Decker's first wife, Emma Seraphine Decker, was Eliza's sister.

Also next door to Zechariah was Amos P. Rogers, 21, and his wife, Dora, 21. Amos was probably Smith Doolittle Roger's nephew, or his brother Amos' son, based on his age here. Next door to Amos and Dora was John M., Rogers, 24, and his wife, Mary E., 19, and their daughter, Thelma, who was one year old. John was probably Amos' brother. Also on the same page is Smith's brother, the elder Amos, 68, and his wife, Lydia, 58, and their daughter, Sarah, 22, and son, Eugene, 16. A few doors down is Spencer C. Rogers, 36, his wife, Pearl, 34, and their sons, Rex L., 6, Joseph E., 2 and a half, and Grant P., one month old. And next door to them is Davis S. Rogers, 65, his wife Minnie A., 57, and their children, Isaac, 23, Willard, 18, and a daughter, Thursa, 14. Spencer is probably a nephew of Smith Doolittle's, and Davis may be one of his uncles. At least Eliza had family members around her to help her raise her children after her husband Smith's death.

Seven years later, Eliza passed away December 27, 1927, in Snowflake, at the age of 68 years old. Her youngest son Paul, would have been 20 years old at the time of her death. In the 1930 U.S. Federal Census for Tempe, Arizona, Paul Moroni Rogers is 23 years old, living with his 21 year old wife, Vera S., and their daughter Ione, one year and one month old. Paul is working as a truck driver for an ice company. They are renting their home for $20.00 per month. They do not have a radio in their home (which was a question that the census takers asked in the 1930 census).

By the 1940 census for Navajo County, Arizona, Paul is 33, Vera is 31, Ione is 11, and they have 3 more children, Anna Lou, 8, Sherice, 5, and Judith, 1 year old. Paul is working as a Blade Man for a high way construction company, and for the 18 weeks he worked in 1939 he earned $400.00 and prior to that he was unemployed for 4 weeks. He had achieved four year-high school education. They owned their own home, which was valued at $1,000. I don't know what Paul and his family did through the 1940's, 50's and 60's, but Paul Moroni Rogers passed away at the age of 65 on September 30, 1972, and was buried in Taylor, Navajo County, Arizona.

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Eliza Snow Smith Rogers's Timeline

February 23, 1859
Parowan, Iron, Utah, USA
March 3, 1859
Parowan, Iron, Ut
November 24, 1867
Age 8
October 12, 1875
Age 16
October 31, 1876
Age 17
Parowan, Iron, Utah, USA
August 31, 1878
Age 19
Parowan, Iron, Utah, USA
December 29, 1879
Age 20
Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, USA
January 13, 1882
Age 22
Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, USA