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Bernice Guellen (Fleshman) Smith (1872 - abt. 1959)

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Bernice Guellen Smith formerly Fleshman
Born in Greenbrier County, West Virginia, United Statesmap
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Wife of — married 12 Dec 1889 in Greenbrier County, West Virginia, United Statesmap
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Biography

Bernice (aka "Burnis") Guellen Fleshman was born on October 7, 1772, in Greenbrier County, West Virginia, to Robert Moses "Mose" Fleshman, and his wife, Elizabeth (Thompson) Fleshman.

On December 12, 1889, at 17 years old, she married 22-year-old James E. Smith, b: March 10, 1867 in Roane County, West Virginia. They married in Greenbrier County, West Virginia, USA, and settled there. The couple had at least 2 daughters: [1]

  1. Minnie Florence Smith b: 30 Aug. 1890 in Greenbrier Co., WV
  2. Elsie "Ocie" Smith b: 14 January 1896 in Greenbrier Co., WV

On the 1900 US Census, James E. Smith's family was reported: [2]

1900 US Census: Quinnimont, Fayette Co., West Virginia, USA
Name....Role....Sex...Birth-Date...Birth-State..Occupation (if any)
James E Smith, Head, M, Mar 1867, West Virginia, RR Engineer
Bernice J Smith, Wife, F, Nov 1871 (sic), West Virginia
Minnie F Smith, Daughter, F, Aug 1889 (sic), West Virginia
Irene Smith, Daughter, F, Mar 1893, West Virginia
Elsie Smith, Daughter, F, Jan 1896, West Virginia

The Census also reported that Bernice had bore 4 children, 3 of whom were still living as of June 1, 1900.

Ten years later, the April 1910 US Census reported the Smith household living on a rented farm in Greenbrier County:[3]

1910 US Census: Meadow Bluff, Greenbrier, W. Virginia, USA:
Name........Role....Sex....Age....Birth-State.....Occupation (if any)
J. Edward Smith, Head, M, 42, West Virginia, Coal Yard Laborer
Bernice Smith, Wife, F, 38, West Virginia
Minnie Smith, Daughter, F, 19 West Virginia
Rena (Irene) Smith, Daughter, F, 17, West Virginia
Elsie Smith, Daughter, F, 13, West Virginia
Robert Smith, Son, M, 8, West Virginia
Gladys Smith, Daughter, F, 6, West Virginia
Charlie Smith, Son, M, 4, West Virginia
George Nickle, Boarder, M, 16, West Virginia

The 1910 US Census also reported that Bernice Smith had bore 7 children, 6 of whom were living with their parents in 1910.

On January 1, 1920, the US Census reported the Smith household still living in Meadow Bluff District, Greenbrier County, West Virginia:[4]

1920 US Census: Meadow Bluff, Greenbrier, W. Virginia, USA:
Name........Role....Sex....Age....Birth-State.....Occupation (if any)
J. Edward Smith, Head, M, 53, West Virginia, House Carpenter
Bernice Smith, Wife, F, 47, West Virginia
Elsie Smith, Daughter, F, 21, West Virginia
Robert Smith, Son, M, 19, West Virginia, Laborer Lumber Mill
Gladys Smith, Daughter, F, 16, West Virginia
Charles Smith, Son, M, 13, West Virginia
Howard Smith, Son, M, 9, West Virginia
Eleanor Smith, Daughter, F, 5, West Virginia

James & Bernice had had 2 more children and their 2 oldest daughters had married and left home between 1910-1920.

On the April 1930 US Census, the Smith household was still living in Meadow Bluff, Greenbrier, West Virginia:[5]

1930 US Census: Meadow Bluff, Greenbrier, W. Virginia, USA:
Name........Role....Sex....Age....Birth-State.....Occupation (if any)
J. Edgar [sic] Smith, Head, M, 61, West Virginia, House Carpenter
Bernice G. Smith, Wife, F, 57, West Virginia
Howard G. Smith, Son, M, 19, West Virginia
Elliner [Eleanor] Smith, Daughter, F, 15, West Virginia
Gladys E. Harris, Daughter, F, 21, W. Virginia, Telephone Operator
James C. Harris, Son-in-law, M, 21, W. Virginia, Mine machinery

James Edward Smith died on February 9, 1939 in Greenbrier County, West Virginia. He was buried at the Rainelle Cemetery, Rainelle, Greenbrier, West Virginia, USA. The photo of his gravestone shows the space reserved for his wife's name etc. defaced/obliterated. [6] The only Find A Grave memorial for "Bernice G. Smith" born in 1872 is for a woman who died in 1959 at about 86 years old. She was buried at Fort Lincoln Cemetery, Brentwood, Prince George's County, Maryland, USA. [7]

Sources

  1. BroylesFamily1596-2008 on RootsWeb: Bernice Gullen Fleshman
  2. "United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M9CN-C24 : accessed 1 February 2019), Bernice J Smith in household of James E Smith, Quinnimont district (Precincts 4-6), Fayette, West Virginia, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 21, sheet 12A, family 190, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,241,758.
  3. "United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MPNH-V32 : accessed 1 February 2019), Bernice Smith in household of J Edward Smith, Meadow Bluff, Greenbrier, West Virginia, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 40, sheet 1B, family 13, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 1681; FHL microfilm 1,375,694.
  4. "United States Census, 1920," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MN2R-WSG : accessed 1 February 2019), Bernice Smith in household of James E Smith, Meadow Bluff, Greenbrier, West Virginia, United States; citing ED 61, sheet 9B, line 86, family 168, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), roll 1953; FHL microfilm 1,821,953.
  5. "United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XM4K-7MK : accessed 1 February 2019), Bernice G Smith in household of J Edgar Smith, Meadow Bluff, Greenbrier, West Virginia, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 22, sheet 8B, line 93, family 163, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 2533; FHL microfilm 2,342,267.
  6. Find A Grave: Memorial #92707965 retrieved 1 Feb 2019 James E. Smith
  7. Find A Grave: Memorial #191505301 retrieved 1 Feb 2019


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