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Henry Aikens Smith

Birthdate: (98)
Birthplace: Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona
Death: May 14, 1996 (98)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Joseph West Smith and Catherine Delphina "Della" Fish Smith
Husband of Lula Smith
Father of Guy Palmer Smith; Rozel Smith Woolley; Terry Creager Smith; <private> Smith and <private> Smith
Brother of Mary Monson; Joseph Fish Smith; Albert Snow Smith; Lazelle Aikens Smith; Ernan Hoffman Smith and 2 others
Half brother of Joseph West Smith, Jr.; Nellie Rogers; Margaret Smith; Lenora Smith; Edith Bushman and 7 others

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About Henry Aikens Smith

In the 1900 U.S. Federal Census for Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, Henry Aikens Smith, 2 years old, was living with his father, Joseph West Smith, 40, and mother, Della Fish Smith, 35, and his father's second wife, Nellie Marsden Smith., 28. Della's children were Mary, 11, Joseph, 9, Albert, 6, Lazelle, 4, and, of course Henry. Nellie's children were Nella, 18, Margrate, 16, Lenora, 14, Edith, 11, Jesse M., 9, Alice, 6, Roxie, 4, and Sariah, 2. Also living in the home was Paul Smith, who was listed as an 80-year old border, but he may, of course, have been a relative of Henry and his father, Joseph West Smith.

On the same page was Henry Aikens Smith's grandfather, Jesse Nathaniel Smith, and his various families. In this census they are listed as: Jesse, 65, and his first wife, Emma West Smith, 64, his second wife Janet Johnson, 51, his third wife, Augusta, 46, and 4th wife, Emma Larson, 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 were twenty children in the home listed after the names of each of their mothers. Interestingly, Emma West Smith was the only one listed as Jesse's wife. The others have a "P" next to their names, evidently indicating they were "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, since he already had four 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,12, was living with his mother, Della Fish Smith, 45, and his siblings, Mary, 21, Joseph, 18, Albert, 16, Lazelle, 14, and younger sisters Della, 5, and Agnes, 3. Joseph West Smith, 50, was listed on the same page of the census record, but was 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 was listed as a cashier in a bank and their two oldest children, Georgia and Edith were school teachers, and Jesse M. was a farm laborer.

On Henry Aikens Smith's September 12, 1918, U.S. World War I Draft Registration card, he was20 years old, lived in Snowflake, Navajo, Arizona, and was a farmer working on his father's farm. He lists his nearest relative as his mother, Della F. Smith, and described himself as being of medium height and build with dark grey eyes and brown hair. The person who registered him was Samuel F. Smith--wonder if he was a relative. On September 1, 1920, Henry married Lula Palmer, who was the daughter Alma Zemira Palmer and Alzada Sophia Kartchner Palmer. They were married in Salt Lake City, Utah. Lula was born in October of 1899 in Navajo, Taylor, Arizona.

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

In a 1929 U.S. City Directory for Chandler, Arizona, Henry and Lula were living at 236 N. Shumway Avenue, and he was working as an insurance agent. In the 1930 U.S. Census for Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona, Henry, 32, was working as a life insurance agent and was living in a home he owned valued at $5,000. His wife Lula P., 30, and their children were listed in the census as: Guy P., 8, Rozel, 5, and Harry, almost 3 years old, who was listed in the 1940 U.S. census as Terry not Harry. Also in the home was Alzada Palmer, 72, Henry's mother-in-in law.

In the 1940 U.S. Census for Los Angeles, California, Henry, 42, was living in a home he was renting for $32.00 per month at 1132 Spence Street, and was working as a railway mail clerk for the railway post office. He earned $2,450 income in 1939 for working 40 hours per week, 52 weeks of the year. With him were his wife, Lula P., 41, and children, Guy P., 18, Rozel, 15, Terry C., 13, Derial E., 9, and Barry M., 2 years old. Prior to living in Los Angeles, they lived in Albuquerque, Bernalillo, New Mexico, in 1935. Henry had achieved 3 years of his college education, his wife, Lula, one year of college, his son Guy, also one year of college, Rozell was in her first year of high school, Terry was in the 8th grade and Derial in the 4th grade.

The U.S. Social Security Death Index shows that when Henry died in 1996, he was living in Temple City, Los Angeles, County, California, which was about five miles from where I was living in Rosemean 1988, just 8 years earlier, and I had never met Henry! Henry's wife Lula died in San Gabriel, Los Angeles County, California, April 18, 1978, about five years before I moved to Rosemead, which is right next door to San Gabriel, and I never met Lula either.

There was a marriage record for Henry A. Smith who was 82 years old on July 19, 1980, when he married Cora E. Turner, who was 65 years old, in Los Angeles County, California. Another California Marriage Index Record indicated that her name was actually Cora E. Eckhardt. At least Henry had some companionship with Cora for 16 years after his wife died in 1978 and he passed away in 1996

Della Dale Smith-Pistelli


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Henry Aikens Smith's Timeline

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