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Susan Elizabeth (Dix) Smith (abt. 1835 - 1913)

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Susan Elizabeth Smith formerly Dix aka Dicks, Skaggs, White, Smith
Born about in Harrison Co., Virginia, USAmap
Wife of — married 28 Aug 1862 in Harrison County VAmap
Wife of — married 10 Apr 1866 (to before 1871) in Harrison County WVmap
Wife of — married about 1875 in Kansasmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Hiawatha Township, Brown, Kansas Territory, United Statesmap
Profile last modified 25 Sep 2019 | Created 8 Nov 2016 | Last significant change: 25 Sep 2019
12:16: Mary White edited the Biography for Susan Elizabeth (Dix) Smith (abt.1835-1913). [Thank Mary for this]
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Susan Elizabeth DIX was born about 1835 in Harrison Co., Virginia, USA. She was a daughter of Nathan Dix or Dicks and Eliza Synott. They may have been Quakers. She married Joshua Skaggs in 1862. Joshua's cause of and date of death is unknown. It was the middle of the CIvil War, but he does not show up in military records for either side. She was listed as a widow in the marriage record with Henry Wesley White. She married Henry Wesley White in 1866. He was a widower with 2 children, Clarence and Kate. Daughter Mollie was born in 1867. They moved to Kansas. Oral tradition suggested that he may have been a sutler during the war and a storekeeper afterwards. There was also a suggestion that he may have had some injury, disability, or disfigurement related to the war. Husband Henry died in 1871 within a few months of the birth of son, Ralph Brown White. She married Joseph Smith in 1875. He was an immigrant from Germany. Tradition says he was a mean stepfather. In the 1880 census all of the family members are named as "Smith." Susan had 2 more children, John and William, with Joseph Smith.

Family lore says that she was well educated. She may have met Henry as the schoolteacher for his children.


  • "United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 9 November 2014), Susan E Dicks in household of Nathan Dicks, Harrison county, part of, Harrison, Virginia, United States; citing family 180, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • "United States Census, 1870," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 17 October 2014), Susan E White in household of Henry W White, Kansas, United States; citing p. 22, family 159, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 545,928.

oral sources: Ralph Linn White, grandson; Norman White, grandson; Emma Bannister White, daughter-in-law

"West Virginia Marriages, 1854-1932," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 10 September 2015), Abraham White in entry for Henry W. White and Susan E. Skaggs, 10 Apr 1866; citing Harrison, West Virginia, reference P 279; FHL microfilm 250,015.

Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 11 September 2019), memorial page for Susan E Smith (17 Feb 1835–2 Nov 1913), Find A Grave Memorial no. 167353709, citing Hiawatha Cemetery, Hiawatha, Brown County, Kansas, USA ; Maintained by Marla Hathhorn (contributor 35891707) .

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On 16 Nov 2016 at 20:50 GMT Mary White wrote:

Dix-1083 and Dicks-20 appear to represent the same person because: Dicks and Dix are variant spellings of the same name. Birth place, birth date, and name of husband match.

Susan is 21 degrees from Cheryl Hess, 26 degrees from John Lennon and 16 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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