52 Ancestors in 2018 #12 Lottie Smith Fetherkile (1887-1926)

Lottie Maud Smith Fetherkile

relationship:  Her great-grandmother

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Taken about 1905/1906 before 1st child born but after wedding.

Lottie was born in Goodland, Indiana.  By 1900, the family was living in Urbana, Benton County, Iowa where she married, had 3 children, buried one child, and died.  When we visited the “town” house, we found her old photo album in the attic.  (Grandma and Grandpa Fetherkile had a farm with a house and a separate house at the town limits.)  Unfortunately, we don’t know who these people are.  I always assumed when we brought it home, my grandmother identified the people.  She may have but no record remains.  I’ve made a couple of posts of some of the pictures from this album.

The story surrounding her death is quite sad.  My grandmother was arriving home on the train for a break while attending Teachers College.  Grandma Lottie was waiting for her on the platform.  Just before the train pulled in, Grandma Lottie collapsed.   Grandma got of the train to a flurry of people crowded around someone – to find out it was her mother. Grandma believed she had an aneurysm.  The death certificate states cause of death was apoplexy.

[apoplexy = any sudden death that began with a sudden loss of consciousness, especially one in which the victim died within a matter of seconds after losing consciousness, wikipedia]

birth:  29 January 1887 in Goodland, Newton County, Indiana, United States

parents:  Andrew Holt Smith (1854-1914) and Katherine (Kate) Mae Burrell Smith

marriage:  13 September 1905 in Urbana, Benton County, Iowa, United States

spouse:  Harry Cecil Fetherkile (1884-1980)

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Helen May Fetherkile (1906-1993) married Michael George Vernak
Ruth Irene Fetherkile (1910-1974) married Arthur Osborne Hawley
Lawrence Leo Fetherkile (1912-1921)

death:  2 April 1926 in Urbana, Benton County, Iowa, United States

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burial:  Urbana Cemetery in Urbana, Benton County, Iowa, United States

photo taken by me!  copy posted on Find A Grave




Ancestry.com. Iowa, Marriage Records, 1880-1940 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014.
Original data: Iowa Department of Public Health. Iowa Marriage Records, 1880–1922. Textual Records. State Historical Society of Iowa, Des Moines, Iowa. Iowa Department of Public Health. Iowa Marriage Records, 1923–37. Microfilm. Record Group 048. State Historical Society of Iowa, Des Moines, Iowa.

Ancestry.com. Iowa, Death Records, 1920-1940 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2017.
Original data: Iowa, Death Records, 1920-1940. State Historical Society of Iowa, Des Moines, Iowa.




Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – A Family’s Increase

Idea courtesy of Genea-Musings:

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun — A Family’s Increase

Hey genea-folks, it’s Saturday Night again, time for more Genealogy Fun!

Your mission this week, should you decide to accept it, is to:

1) Pick one of your sets of great-grandparents – if possible, the one with the most descendants.

2) Create a descendants list for those great-grandparents either by hand or in your software program.

3) Tell us how many descendants, living or dead, are in each generation from those great-grandparents.

4) How many are still living? Of those, how many have you met and exchanged family information with? Are there any that you should make contact with ASAP? Please don’t use last names of living people for this – respect their privacy.

5) Write about it in your own blog post, in comments to this post, or in comments or a Note on Facebook.

1) So I tweaked it a little and did all my great-grandparents and hubby’s maternal great-grandparents and his paternal grandparents:

Harry Fetherkile (1884-1980) and Lottie Smith (1887-1926)
William Gott (1880-1944) and Mary Squires (1891-1974) – I only included the issue from this relationship, not their other marriages and children.
August Peterson (1868-1950) and Anna Simonson (1880-1963)
John Vernak ?? and Mary ?? Not sure about these names – multiple posts issues!

Christian Petersen (1874-1953) and Jennie Mattson (1878-1925)
Alfred Farley (1874-1962) and Lurena Hill (1881-1965)
Marko Matulic (1890-1979) and Marga Gospodnetic (1896-1974)

2) I made a Descendants List report in Family Tree 2014.1.  Then I counted for each generation.  I made a spreadsheet using Google Sheets to keep track of the info.

3) Their descendants, that I am aware of, by generation:

4) So the increase is at least 14 persons and up to 61 for each line, and probably more.  There are some who may have reproduced since the last family update.  There are branches, because of location and drama, that are incomplete.

Of the 120ish descendants for my side, 94 are still alive!!  I have met/known 95 of the descendants from my great-grandparents.  Most of those I have not met live in another area of the country and are of a later generation.  My Vernak line is also questionable – I’ll leave the details to a future post!

On hubby’s side, there are about 126 descendants with 109 still alive.  He has met/known 77 of his great-grandparents/grandparents descendants.  His paternal grandparents were immigrants and we, at this time, don’t know how many siblings they had, how many descendants are still living in Croatia.  We know of one small incomplete branch but that is it.

Interesting exercise – I realize I need to reach out to living relatives.


She is Related to a President #3 (Roosevelt)

Once you start documenting a connection to one “famous” person, it seems like you can’t stop until you’ve gotten all of them done.  My grandmother used to say we “came over on the Mayflower”.  I really didn’t believe it was the actual Mayflower but research has proven Grandma right!

The only President of the United States she had heard of us being connected to was Millard Fillmore.  Grandma would be surprised to know we are related to so many others – no matter how distantly!

So now for the big reveal – Franklin Delano Roosevelt is also a descendant of John Howland of the Mayflower!

Here is how FDR is my 7th cousin 4x removed.

Her Pilgrim Ancestor – John Howland

It seems appropriate to do a post on her Pilgrim ancestor – John Howland.  Thank you John Howland for everything you did for religious freedoms!

Grandma always said “We came to America on the Mayflower.”  I’ve spent many years trying to find a connection, always assuming I would be close in years but not really expecting it to really be the Mayflower!  (Just like all the American Indian Princess stories out there!!)

There were plenty later (1630’s and 1640’s) but nothing put “me” on the Mayflower.   Well, about 5 months ago, on a rare fluke of a find – I found it!

Much has been written about the survivors of the first winter.

My favorite piece of information so far – “a lusty young fellow – John Howland – was, by a lurch of the ship, thrown overboard . . . though he was something ill with it, yet he lived a many years after.”  I HAVE A LUSTY YOUNG FELLOW AS AN ANCESTOR!!!

John Howland also signed the Mayflower Compact – the first known governing document!

Birth: about 1591

Death: 23 February 1672/3

Marriage:  John Howland married Elizabeth Tilley (also arrived on the Mayflower) in 1623/4.


  • Desire – married John Gorham
    • Their daughter Temperance – married Edward Sturgis
      • Their daughter Fear – married Joshua Holmes
        • Their daughter Temperance – married John Smith (not THAT John Smith!)
        • These are my 6x great grandparents!
        • It was while researching my Smith Line after breaking a brick wall that this piece of information was revealed.
  • John – married Mary Lee
  • Hope – married John Chipman
  • Elizabeth married Ephraim Hicks and John Dickerson
  • Lydia – married James Browne
  • Hannah – married Jonathan Bosworth
  • Joseph – married Elizabeth Southworth
  • Jabez – married Bethiah Thatcher
  • Ruth – married Thomas Cushman
  • Isaac – married Elizabeth Vaughn

Katherine Mae Burrell Smith – Her 2x-great-grandmother (1859-1942)

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Kate and Andrew Smith

Birth: 3 Oct 1859  Plainfield, Illinois, United States

Death: 16 Feb 1942 Los Angeles, California, United States

Burial: Urbana Cemetery, Urbana, Iowa, United States (her FindAGrave link)

Kate May <i>Burrell</i> Smith     Kate May <i>Burrell</i> Smith

Parents: John Louis Burrell (1821-1909) and Caroline Janette Colegrove (1829-1922)

Spouse: Andrew Holt Smith (1854-1914)

Marriage: 14 Apr 1881 Plainfield, Illinois, United States

Children:  Caroline Lucille Smith (1884-1906) Lottie Maud Smith Fetherkile (1887-1926) Walter Burl Smith (1894-1980) Fred Marquis Smith (1895-1978) Ray L Smith (1899-1960)

After marriage to Andrew Holt Smith, Kate and family moved to the Phoenix, Arizona area about 1890.  Early 1900, they moved to Urbana, Iowa to be with family who had moved from Illinois to Iowa.  After Andrew’s death, Kate move to Los Angeles to live with her sons Fred and Ray.

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Grandma’s china – last piece!  Given to me by my Grandmother – her granddaughter.

Charles Smith – Her 5x great-grandfather (1749-1802)

birth: 9 Mar 1749 in Stonington, New London, Connecticut, United States

death: 17 May 1802 in Stonington, New London, Connecticut, United States

parents: Capt. John Smith and Temperance Holmes.

marriage: 18 Oct 1771 to Hannah Stewart.

He had 4 children with Hannah:  Charles S, Shubel, Russel, and Hannah.  All 4 were alive in 1802 and mentioned in his will.

He is buried in Avery-Morgan Burial Ground.  (Here’s his findagrave link)

I’m hoping with more research that I can find proof he served in the Revolutionary War.  He is the first Smith in my line who is a Mayflower descendant (through his mother).

In reading his will and probate record, it appears he owned large amounts of land in New London County.  Morgan farm was 185 acres.  Woodbridge Farm was 266 acres.  Baily Farm was 150 acres.  Shire Lott was 26.5 acres.  Pumpkin Hill was 27 acres.  Homestead Farm was 150 acres.  Poquonock Lott was 18 acres.  Gottrip Lott was 14 acres.  Total acreage is about 836!  Total value of estate in 1802 was $16,196.34   Using an inflation calculator, that’s about $360,000 today.