Thursday, March 20, 2008


Clarifying Letter from Corwin Smith Hancock
and his Daughter Hollis Ann

Our Great Grandfather, Samuel Smith, therefore did work for the wrong Smith lineage. Albeit, we are most assuredly related distantly and this work was greatly appreciated on the other side. [Of this] we have no doubt!

Your draft will have to be corrected. We suggest that you include the history of the Padbury Line anyway, but state something to the effect that this lineage has been incorrectly followed for over one hundred years.

Beyond Daniel Smith the records are wrong. We should be following the Sherington Line. We also suggest a copy of this letter put into your book so that other Smith's will know about the correction.

You will notice at the end of the burial date for Will Smith the word Infant. Ivy explained to me that the church did this until confirmation time which was usually done around the age of 13. (Similar to Holy Communion)

James Smith, who is William Smith's grandfather, will still have to be researched further.
Ivy Watson found that James and his first wife (whose name is Ann also. No maiden name listed) had another son by the name of Joseph and according to the record, Ann and this same son were buried on the same day. That same day the two remaining sons, Edward and Samuel were christened. Ann Vickers was the step-mother to these two. (See Ivy Watson's letter)

My daughter and I went to the Library the following week and verified all of Ivy Watson's research.

I also sent you a history of Samuel Smith written by Elsie May Smith Larsen. She was a granddaughter of Mary Ann Line. If you wish you may include some of these excerpts in your book. I sent you a history of Samuel Lorenzo Smith, the first born son of Samuel Smith, that you may have found interesting. You are welcome to use any of this information, too. A short history by Mary Ann Line Smith should have been with the above histories. You may likewise use any of this information, too.

If you don't have a copy of these, please let me know.

Ivy Watson Larsen has done a tremendous job in doing this research for the Smith family. She is from the first wife, Mary Ann Line. She deserves all the credit for the new findings. New to us, but already known to her in 1948. If you wish to correspond with her, her name is Mrs. Ivy L. Larsen, 1739 South 400 East, Salt Lake City, Utah 84115; Phone No. (801) 467-3646. She has done research with Amy for years and is very knowledgeable in the Smith lineage, because she took over the Smith family after Welland Smith died.

More information will be forthcoming as we receive it.

Your Cousins,
[signed] Corwin Smith Hancock and Hollis Ann Hancock Cabaness

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