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Descendants of Stephen Smelser
Submitted by Carolyn Stanley

Descendants of Stephen Smelser

1. STEPHEN3 SMELSER (PAULSER2, PAULSER1) was born 1806 in Kentucky, and died 1875 in Doniphan, Ripley County, Missouri. He married (1) ELIZABETH GREATHOUSE Abt. 1824 in Kentucky. She was born 1808 in Kentucky, and died Bef. 1863 in Doniphan, Ripley County, Missouri. He married (2) ELIZA JANE MYERS May 12, 1859. She was born 1845 in Arkansas, and died 1917 in Lawrence County, Arkansas.

 

Children of STEPHEN SMELSER and ELIZABETH GREATHOUSE are:

i. PAULSER WILKINS SMELSER, b. 1827, Kentucky; d. Aft. 1880, Ripley County, Missouri; m. ELIZABETH W. O'NEAL, February 27, 1853, Current River, Ripley County, Missouri; b. Abt. 1837, Missouri; d. Abt. 1878, Ripley County, Missouri.

ii. SANFORD WAYNE SMELSER, b. November 16, 1832, Kentucky; d. May 04, 1904, Grandin, Ripley County, Missouri; m. (1) NANCY JANE DAVIS, May 12, 1859, Pleasant Grove, Ripley County, Missouri; b. 1838, Arkansas; d. Abt. 1860, Ripley County, Missouri; m. (2) SYNTHIA ANN COGSHELL BREECE, Abt. 1863, Ripley County, Missouri; d. September 1864, Ripley County, Missouri; m. (3) MARGARET LOUISE WEBB (MAINORS) September

06, 1866, Ripley County, Missouri; b. May 12, 1843, Missouri; d. April 30, 1935, Grandin, Ripley County, Missouri; m. (4) LOUISA HOOPER, August 20, 1903, Carter County, Missouri.

iii. DAVID SMELSER, b. 1834, Kentucky; d. 1916, Doniphan, Ripley County, Missouri; m. (1) CATHERINE VAN ARNIM, 1860, Doniphan, Ripley County, Missouri; b. 1842, Van Buren, Carter County, Missouri; d. 1880, Van Buren, Carter County, Missouri.

iv. SAMANTHA M. SMELSER, b. 1835, Kentucky; m. MARSHALL STEVENS, October 1851, Ripley County, Missouri; b. 1830, Tennessee.* Note: it would appear that the marriage of a Jemarinth Smelser and Martial Stephens is this couple

v. JASPER MARION SMELSER, b. July 24, 1838, Arkansas; d. April 1915, Sedgwick, Arkansas; m. SARAH REBECCA MEYERS, November 18, 1869, Randolph County, Arkansas; b. November 25, 1849, Randolph County, Arkansas; d. August 30, 1903, Pocahontas, Arkansas.

    1. STEVEN NEWTON SMELSER, b. 1841, Arkansas.

vii. ABRAM J. SMELSER, b. 1845, Arkansas.

viii. WILLIAM HENRY SMELSER, b. February 05, 1847, Arkansas; d. April 17, 1918, Ripley County, Missouri; m. MARY OLIVE KELLEY, September 29, 1867, Ripley County, Missouri; b. March 17, 1851, Tennessee; d. January 28, 1934, Ripley County, Missouri.

ix. MARY SMELSER, b. 1863, Ripley County, Missouri.

 

Children of STEPHEN SMELSER and ELIZA MYERS are:

x. JOHN FRANKLIN4 SMELSER, b. 1864, Arkansas; d. 1944, Ripley County, Missouri; m. MARY JANE CHAPMAN, August 16, 1888, Ripley County, Missouri; b. August 28, 1868, Dunklin County, Missouri; d. August 22, 1905, Burr, Missouri.

xi. SARAH ELIZABETH SMELSER, b. January 23, 1866, Ripley County, Missouri; d. December 01, 1947, Ripley County, Missouri; m. ROSHIER CURSEAN CATES, February 17, 1889, Ripley County, Missouri; b. January 24, 1853, Texas County, Missouri; d. November 21, 1932, Ripley County, Missouri.

xii. MARY ANN SMELSER, b. 1866, Missouri; d. 1961, Missouri; m. HENRY HOLLAND, August 27, 1889, Carter County, Missouri.

The story of Stephen Smelser and Elizabeth Greathouse has a few mysteries. The family is listed in the 1850 Missouri census, but in 1860 Stephen is not enumerated with the family. More searching needed on where he might have been.

However in 1859 Elizabeth Greathouse filed in Ripley County, MO for a return of dower. I have searched for such a record for the property in Kentucky and have so far come up empty handed. I have not been able to find a listing for Elizabeth Greathouse Smelser in the 1870 census, nor any information regarding the son Abram Smelser.

The two may have moved out of the area, or Elizabeth died and perhaps Abram died during the Civil War. So far I have not been able to find any information regarding them. However in 1870 Stephen can be found with a second wife and other children in Ripley County.

 

Descendants of Sanford Wayne Smelser

1. SANFORD WAYNE4 SMELSER (STEPHEN3, PAULSER2, PAULSER1) was born November 16, 1832 in Kentucky, and died May 04, 1904 in Grandin, Ripley County, Missouri. He married (1) NANCY JANE DAVIS May 12, 1859 in Pleasant Grove, Ripley County, Missouri. She was born 1838 in Arkansas, and died Abt. 1860 in Ripley County, Missouri. He married (2) SYNTHIA ANN COGSHELL BREECE Abt. 1863 in Ripley County, Missouri. She died September 1864 in Ripley County, Missouri. He married (3) MARGARET LOUISE WEBB September 06, 1866 in Ripley County, Missouri, daughter of JOHN WEBB and SUSAN WELLS. She was born May 12, 1843 in Missouri, and died April 30, 1935 in Grandin, Ripley County, Missouri. He married (4) LOUISA HOOPER August 20, 1903 in Carter County, Missouri.

 

Child of SANFORD SMELSER and NANCY DAVIS is:

i. HOUSTON HARMON5 SMELSER, b. November 03, 1861, Grandin, Ripley County, Missouri; d. February 08, 1936, Ripley County, Missouri; m. (1) SARAH FRANCIS BROOKS, November 09, 1882, Pleasant Grove, Ripley County, Missouri; b. December 08, 1861, Ripley County, Missouri; d. August 11, 1907, Carter County, Missouri; m. (2) ELIZABETH JANE BUMGARNER, August 22, 1906; b. 1859, Ohio.

 

Child of SANFORD SMELSER and SYNTHIA BREECE is:

ii. MATTHEW PAULSER5 SMELSER, b. September 1864, Doniphan, Missouri; m. ERMA SPAULDING, August 19, 1889; b. August 1873, Illinois.

 

Children of SANFORD SMELSER and MARGARET WEBB are:

    1. SUSAN ELIZABETH5 SMELSER, b. September 20, 1867, Ripley County, Missouri; d. July 20,

1957, Doniphan, Ripley County, Missouri; m. (1) JONATHAN SAMUEL SULLIVAN, December 08, 1889, Ripley County, Missouri*; m. (2) ROBERT PERRY STANLEY, November 05, 1899, Carter County, Missouri; b. November 12, 1866, Grandin, Carter County, Missouri; m. (3) JAMES KNOX POLK ALLEN, November 28, 1905, Carter County, Missouri; b. May 21, 1845, Springhill, Livingston Couty, Missouri; d. December 08, 1925, Doniphan, Ripley County, Missouri.

iv. SOPHIA VICTORIA SMELSER, b. July 14, 1875, Grandin, Carter County, Missouri; d. March 11, 1956, Grandin, Carter County, Missouri; m. HOMER WINFIELD WOLFE, August 12, 1893, Van Buren, Carter County, Missouri; b. 1873, Missouri; d. January 28, 1960, Grandin, Carter County, Missouri.

v. SAMANTHA S. SMELSER, b. December 21, 1879, Grandin, Carter County, Missouri; d. December 22, 1947, Beaumont, Texas; m. GEORGE CLINTON DUNIGAN, 1891, Carter County, Missouri; b. December 27, 1874, Missouri; d. November 22, 1936, Vidor, Orange County, Texas.

    1. NANCY SMELSER, b. Ripley County, Missouri; d. California; m. JOSEPH LUMPKIN, August 21, 1898, Ripley County, Missouri.

 

Sanford's first wife, Nancy Jane Davis, died soon after the birth of their son.

Sandford then married Synthia Ann Cogshell Breece, widow of William Henry Breece. There were four children born of her first marriage. She died during childbirth.

He then married Elizabeth Mainors. In the divorce of this couple, it states that they were married on September 6, 1866, this indicating that Elizabeth Webb Mainors was a widow before her marriage.

Elizabeth left the home in the fall of 1898 and the couple were divorce in early 1900.

Sandford then remarried Louisa Hooper, but died before they were married for a year.

Descendants of Susan Elizabeth Smelser

 

1. SUSAN ELIZABETH5 SMELSER (SANFORD WAYNE4, STEPHEN3, PAULSER2, PAULSER1) was born September 20, 1867 in Ripley County, Missouri, and died July 20, 1957 in Doniphan, Ripley County, Missouri. She married (1) JONATHAN SAMUEL SULLIVAN December 08, 1889 in Ripley County, Missouri*. She married (2) ROBERT PERRY STANLEY November 05, 1899 in Carter County, Missouri, son of PERRY STANDLEY and SARAH ALLERSON. He was born November 12, 1866 in Grandin, Carter County, Missouri. She married (3) JAMES KNOX POLK ALLEN November 28, 1905 in Carter County, Missouri. He was born May 21, 1845 in Springhill, Livingston Couty, Missouri, and died December 08, 1925 in Doniphan, Ripley County, Missouri.

 

Children of SUSAN SMELSER and JONATHAN SULLIVAN are:

    1. IDA BELL6 SULLIVAN, b. March 30, 1891, Ripley County, Missouri; d. September 05, 1965, Grandin, Missouri; m. PLEASENT FRANCIS WYNN, January 18, 1914; b. August 19, 1875; d. 1947, Grandin, Missouri.

ii. SAMUEL LAFAYETTE SULLIVAN, b. March 09, 1893, Ripley County, Missouri; d. January 04, 1969, Poplar Bluff, Missouri; m. MABLE MARIE SMITH; b. June 27, 1905, Missouri; d. March 09, 1993, Missouri.

 

Child of SUSAN SMELSER and ROBERT STANLEY is:

iii. ROBERT EZRA6 STANLEY, b. July 20, 1901, Ripley County, Missouri; d. November 27, 1949, Grandin, Carter County, Missouri; m. (1) EDNA CARTER; m. (2) MARY ALICE STEWART, January 19, 1929, Lowndes County, Mississippi; b. November 20, 1906, East St. Louis, Illinois; d. August 29, 1977, Grandin, Carter County, Missouri.

 

Children of SUSAN SMELSER and JAMES ALLEN are:

iv. JAMES SANFORD6 ALLEN, b. April 04, 1907, Ripley County, Missouri; d. July 20, 1981, Poplar Bluff, Missouri; m. GRACE HESTER OREN, November 14, 1934, Hunter, Missouri; b. April 20, 1915, Hunter, Missouri.

    1. JESSIE HOUSTON ALLEN, b. May 06, 1910, Ripley County, Missouri; d. November 29, 1956, Doniphan, Missouri.

Nothing is known about Johnathan Sullivan, even by his grandchildren. He is buried in a Ripley County cemetery in an unmarked grave, the site now long forgotten.

Susan then married Robert Perry Stanley. Robert moved to Seattle, Wa and the family followed for a short time.

Susan returned home and divorced Robert Stanley. She then married James Allen.