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Michael SmythAge: 5518201875

Name
Michael Smyth
Surname
Smyth
Given names
Michael
Birth about 1820 34

Birth of a brotherPatrick Smyth
about 1826 (Age 6)

Birth of a sisterAlicia Smyth
about 1828 (Age 8)

Birth of a brotherThomas Smyth
about 1843 (Age 23)

MarriageMary KeenanView family
July 5, 1853 (Age 33)
Geneva, , Illinois

Birth of a son
#1
Thomas Smyth
June 14, 1854 (Age 34)
Geneva, , Illinois

Birth of a son
#2
Francis Smyth
June 1856 (Age 36)
Union, Hardin, Iowa

Birth of a son
#3
Michael C. Smyth
about 1859 (Age 39)
Union, Hardin, Iowa

Birth of a daughter
#4
Hannah Smyth
1861 (Age 41)
Union, Hardin, Iowa

Birth of a daughter
#5
Mary E. Smyth
about 1864 (Age 44)
Union, Hardin, Iowa

Death of a brotherPatrick Smyth
October 7, 1865 (Age 45)
Vicksburg, , Mississippi

Birth of a son
#6
Cornelius P. Smyth
February 1867 (Age 47)
Union, Hardin, Iowa

Birth of a son
#7
John A. Smyth
about 1869 (Age 49)
Union, , Iowa

Death of a motherHannah
after 1870 (Age 50)

Birth of a daughter
#8
Elizabeth C. Smyth
October 6, 1872 (Age 52)
Union, Hardin, Iowa

Birth of a son
#9
William J. Smyth
July 1874 (Age 54)
Union, Hardin, Iowa

Death of a wifeMary Keenan
1875 (Age 55)

Death January 28, 1875 (Age 55)
Union, , Iowa

Family with parents - View family
father
mother
Hannah
Birth: about 1786, , Ireland
Death: after 1870
Michael Smyth
Birth: about 1820 34
Death: January 28, 1875Union, , Iowa
brother
younger brother
Patrick Smyth
Birth: about 1826 40
Death: October 7, 1865Vicksburg, , Mississippi
3 years
younger sister
Alicia Smyth
Birth: about 1828 42
16 years
younger brother
Thomas Smyth
Birth: about 1843 57
Family with Mary Keenan - View family
Michael Smyth
Birth: about 1820 34
Death: January 28, 1875Union, , Iowa
wife
Mary Keenan
Birth: October 8, 1836 32 27Troy, , New York
Death: 1875
 
Marriage: July 5, 1853Geneva, , Illinois
11 months
son
Thomas Smyth b. 14 Jun 1854 Thomas Smyth
Birth: June 14, 1854 34 17Geneva, , Illinois
Death: July 5, 1926Spalding, Greeley, Nebraska
2 years
son
Francis Smyth
Birth: June 1856 36 19Union, Hardin, Iowa
Death: 1933
4 years
son
Michael C. Smyth
Birth: about 1859 39 22Union, Hardin, Iowa
Death: 1916
3 years
daughter
Hannah Smyth
Birth: 1861 41 24Union, Hardin, Iowa
4 years
daughter
Mary E. Smyth
Birth: about 1864 44 27Union, Hardin, Iowa
3 years
son
Cornelius P. Smyth
Birth: February 1867 47 30Union, Hardin, Iowa
Death: 1933
3 years
son
John A. Smyth
Birth: about 1869 49 32Union, , Iowa
Death: February 1, 1876Union, , Iowa
4 years
daughter
Elizabeth C. Smyth
Birth: October 6, 1872 52 35Union, Hardin, Iowa
Death: October 4, 1962
22 months
son
William J. Smyth
Birth: July 1874 54 37Union, Hardin, Iowa

 
Note

Michael Smyth died owing a sizeable mortgage on his 240 acre Iowa farm. Extensive estate records are on file in the Benton County Courthouse documenting the struggle his widow and eldest children went through in order to try and pay off the extensive debt. It is through this record that we learn of the death of son John A. Smyth on Feb 1, 1876. By April of 1883, widow Mary Smyth had assumed $1200.00 of the unpaid debt and children Thomas, Michael, Francis and Hannah had assumed $1400.00, freeing the youger children of indebtedness. Mary left the iowa farm in the fall of 1884, with most of the children soon following her to Greeley County, Nebraska. Mary Keenan Smyth lived to be 80 years old, dying in Spalding on 8 Oct 1836.

Not much is known yet about the Irish origin of our SMYTH clan. The first record of our ancestorMichael Smyth, in America is believed to be the 1850 U.S. Census of Kane Co., Illinois. In that year one Michael Smith, a 26 year old Irish laborer, is listed as living with the family of Joseph Stephens.

It is believed that Michael was the eldest of his family and was the first to arrive in America, later sending for his widowed mother, sister and brothers. On July t5, 1853, Michael Smyth was married to Mary Keenan by Patrick O'Dwyer a Catholic Priest. The marriage took place in Geneva, Illinois, and a copy of the marriage license is on file at the office of the Kane County Clerk. Michael and Mary's first child, Thomas Smyth, was born in Geneva, Illinois on 14 June 1854. On April 1, 1854, Michael Smyth purchased two lots in the trown of Geneva, Illinois for $100.00. He sold these to his brother Francis on 12 March 1856 for $500.00. Brother Patrick was a witness to the later deed. By June of 1856 the young Michael Smyth family had moved to Union, Iowa, where their second child was born.

Sometime before 1860, Michaell's mother, Hannah Smth, arrived in Cane County. She is listed on the U.S. Census of that year as a widow, born in Ireland. Living with her was son Patrick, a clerk, and another Irish widow, Ann Lynch. Son Patrick was killed in Vicksburg, Mississippi "on or about" 7 Oct 1865. Letters of Administration of his estate are on file in the Kane County Courthouse. In this document we learn that Hannah Smyth was his mother and that Frank Smyth, Michael Smyth, Alicia Welch, and Thomas Smyth were his brothers and sister.

By 1870, Michael Smyth's mother Hannah, brother Thomas, and sister Alicia Welch and her family had all joined him in Benton County, Iowa, and re listed there in the U.S. Census of that year. After this year it is not known what became of the other family members. Michael and Mary Keenan Smyth had nine known children.