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Her birth and place of birth is based on information left in census', and the maiden name "Lawrence" is thanks to its inscription on her tombstone. We know a little about when she migrated from Pennsylvania to Ontario in the beginning decades of the 1800's thanks to the death registrations left by her sons and daughters.
Thanks to Catharine (Lawrence) Smith's long life we have a few answers which would have otherwise left details unknown to us. She outlived her daughter Obedience (Smith) Haviland, who died at age 30, by almost 35 years, and Obedience's daughter, Melinda (Haviland) Edy who died at age 42, in 1874. Helen (Edy) Brown surely would have personally known her great-grandmother as a 10 year old around the time Catharine Smith died in 1879.
Catharine was 18 when she had her first child in 1814, so we can assume Catharine Lawrence and John Smith married perhaps in Pennsylvania between 1813-1814. Their children were born as follows: Obedience (Smith) Haviland (1813-1844); Polly (Smith) Miller (1815-?); Abigail (Smith) Eddy (PA, USA 1817-1881); Louisa (Smith) Fairchild (1823-1844); Samuel Lawrence Smith (b: USA 1824-1895) ; Adeline (Smith) Laing (1827-1890); Calvin Smith (1830-1833); Hannah (Smith) Atkinson (b: Canada 1832-1905); Catharine (Smith) McAlister (b: Windham, Norfolk 1834-1918); Clarissa Jane (Smith) Lewis (b: Canada 1834-1911)
In the 1850's the Smiths were living with 3 of their children in Walpole township, Haldimand County. After John Smith died around 1857, Catharine moved in with the family of daughter Clarissa Lewis. By the time of the 1871 Census she had moved up the road to Oakland, Brant County, and was living with the family of her daughter Catharine McAlister. Another daughter, Polly Miller, also a widow, was living under the same roof.
At the time of her death on January 23, 1879, Catharine Smith, 83 years old, was likely still living with the McAlister family, as Wellington McAlister was listed as the informant on the death registration. (By Graeme MacKay.)
Grand daughter Jane (Eddy) Diamond's 1910 death certificate states mother Abigail was born in Pennsylvania around 1817.
Catherine lives at various addresses with her children according to census in the Oakland area.
1851 - Husband John is still alive and Catherine is living with him and children Adaline, Catherine and Samuel (See Below)
1861 - She's living with the family of daughter Clarissa (Smith) Lewis (See below)
1871 - She's living with widowed Polly (Smith) Miller (See below)
1879, January 23 - Catharine dies and her daughter Catherine McAllister's husband is the informant (See below)
A Charles Lewis owned land in Walpole Twp, Haldimand County in the late 1870's around the time his mother inlaw, Catharine Smith died in 1879. It's located where Concession Rd 16 meets hwy 20, just over 3 km west of Hagersville.
SMITH, Mrs. Kitty, nee Lawrence, was born in the town of Claverie, New York, May 9, 1796, and married John Smith, October 28, 1811. In 1831, they came to Canada. She died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. A. McAlister, Oakland township, January 23, 1879, and was buried in the Oakland cemetery. Mrs. Smith had 10 children - 9 daughters and 1 son - 7 of whom survived their mother. (Source: The Christian Advocate, May 14, 1879, p. 4, 0.)
Burial of Catharine Smith
Place: Oakland Cemetery
Town: Oakland, Brant County
We now know Catharine "Kitty" Smith is buried in Oakland Cemetery with her birth name inscribed on the family stone marker of Wellington McAllister, her son inlaw, and husband of her youngest daughter Catharine.
Graeme MacKay, firsthand knowledge. Click the Changes tab for the details of edits by Graeme and others.
↑ "Ontario Deaths, 1869-1937 and Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947." index and images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org: accessed 13 February 2012). entry for Catharine Smith, died 27 January 1879; citing Death Records, FHL microfilm 1,862,174; Reference number: yr 1879 cn 1216; Archives of Ontario, Toronto, Canada.
↑ 1851 Census; Census Place: Walpole, Haldimand County, Canada West (Ontario); Schedule: A; Roll: C_11725; Page: 71; Line: 6.