Birth:  03 SEP 1849, Mexico, Oswego Co, New York

1850 Census: 11 OCT 1850
 Place: Mexico, Oswego, New York,
Note:  Living with parents, Reuben and Sarah Smith.

Moved to: Michigan BETWEEN 1857 AND 1860

1860 Census:  02 AUG 1860
Place: Union, Branch Co, Michigan
Note:  Living with parents, Reuben Earl Smith and Sarah E. Bump

Moved to:  Mason County, Michigan in 1865
Note:  Living with parents, Reuben Earl Smith and Sarah E. Bump

1870 Census: 20 AUG 1870
Place: Lyons, Ionia, Michigan
Note: Farm Laborer. Living with Aserith Townsend (age 4) and John Howard (age 25).

Land Record: 23 FEB 1871
Place: Section 18, Grant Twp, Mason Co, Michigan,
Note: Owned 160 acres

Marriage:  04 JUL 1871, Lyons, Ionia Co, Michigan.  To Mary Etta Reynolds.
Note:  Fayette Shook was the Justice of the Peace.  Charles and Ann Nash were the witnesses.

Note:  Cornelius and Mary were pioneers, settling in Grant Township when that section was a wilderness. Cornelius drove a stagecoach and was a traveling lay preacher. He was preaching at a church in Ionia County when he met Mary Etta Reynolds, who would later become his wife.

Birth of Son:  30 OCT 1871
Name:  Francis Reuben Smith
Place: Grant Twp, Mason Co, Michigan

Birth of Daughter:  05 JUL 1874
Name:  Sarah Anice Smith
Place: Ludington, Mason Co, Michigan

Land Record: 20 SEP 1876
Place: Sec 18, Township 20-N, Range 17-W, Mason Co, Michigan
Note: 160 Acres

Birth of Daughter:  30 OCT 1876
Name:  Minnie Ardell Smith
Place: Grant Twp, Mason Co, Michigan

Birth of Son:  10 JAN 1880
Name:  Milton Cornelius Smith
Place: Grant Twp, Mason Co, Michigan

Birth of Son:  10 JAN 1880
Name:  Orton Aurlius Smith
Place: Grant Twp, Mason Co, Michigan

1880 Census:  19 JUN 1880
Place:  Grant Twp, Mason Co, Michigan
Note:  Mary and three children were living in his household at the time.

Birth of Son:  13 APR 1882
Name:  Charles Elkani Smith
Place: Grant Twp, Mason Co, Michigan

Baptism: 16 MAY 1886 Wesleyan church, Mason Co, Michigan,
Note: by Rev. Rozell  Cornelius converted to the Christian faith in the early winter of 1886 under the efforts of Rev. M. F. Rozell, at that time pastor of the Freesoil circuit.  Cornelius was the class leader for Diamond class for 6 years, performing the duties of his office in a faithful and Christian-like manner, until stricken down with the sickness which finished his earthly career. He was a zealous worker in the church; his chief aim was the welfare and advancement of the cause.

Death: 12 NOV 1896
Note: Died of an abscess of the throat. His suffering was intense at times, but the pain finally left him and the end came easy and peaceful. No death record on file at the Mason County Courthouse.

Burial:  North Victory Cemetery, Mason Co, Michigan.

Obituary: AFT 12 NOV 1896
Note: Have. The funeral was conducted by his former pastor, Rev. M. F. Rozell who preached the funeral sermon (Deuteronomy 4:22).  Funeral services conducted at the Chambers school house.

Click here to see parents:  Reuben Earl Smith and Sarah Bump

Mary Etta Reynolds     

Birth: 27 SEP 1845 Lyons, Ionia County, Michigan

Name Variation: Etta

1850 Census: 12 SEP 1850
Place: Lyons, Ionia Co, Michigan
Note:  Living with parents, Francis H. Reynolds and Anice Freeman

1860 Census: 13 JUL 1860
Place: Lyons, Ionia Co, Michigan
Note:  Living with parents, Francis H. Reynolds and Anice Freeman

1870 Census: 20 AUG 1870
Place: Lyons, Ionia Co, Michigan
Note:  Living with parents, Francis H. Reynolds and Anice Freeman

1900 Census: 07 JUN 1900
Place: Victory Township, Mason County, Michigan.

1910 Census:  19 APR 1910
Place:  Victory Township, Mason County, Michigan.  Living with her sons, Orton and Charles.

Death: 07 MAR 1912 Died of breast cancer at her farm, Victory Twp, Mason County, Michigan

Burial: AFT 07 MAR 1912 North Victory Cemetery, Mason Co, Michigan,

Obituary: AFT 07 MAR 1912
Place: Mason Co, Michigan
Note: Funeral was held at the Chambers School House in North Victory Twp. Service was conducted by Rev. B. C. Robbins of Freesoil.

Click here to see parents:  Francis H. Reynolds and Anice Freeman

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