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Notes for Mary Florence THURTELL

Mary Thurtell is shown as age 4 and born in Wisconsin in the 1880 U.S.
Census Soundex for Webster County, Elkhorn Township, Iowa (Vol. 32, E.D.
220, Sheet 23, Line 25). She is listed as living with her parents, Frank
and Eva Thurtell, her sister Olive age 2, and her brother, Frank age 1.

The LDS Vital Records Index CD for North America shows that Walter Smith
and Mary E. Thurtell were married December 28, 1899, and that the
marriage was recorded in Plymouth, Iowa. The source is FHL Number
1404988.

Mary was not living with her parents, Frank and Eva S. Thurtell, at the
time of the 1900 U.S. Census. She and her husband are shown in the next
family on the same page of the 1900 U.S. Census for Elkhorn Township,
Plymouth County, Iowa (SD 11, ED 102, Sheet 5). Her husband, Walter
Smith, is shown as age 31, born in England in March 1869, and head of the
household. He is a farmer who owns his farm but has a mortgage. The
census shows that he had immigrated to the United States in 1874 and had
lived in the country for 26 years but does not show that he had become a
naturalized citizen. His wife is shown as Mary E. Smith, age 23 and born
in December 1876 in Wisconsin, with both of her parents born in
Wisconsin. The census shows that Walter and Mary Smith had been married
0 years and that she was the mother of 0 children. Living with them are
Walter Smith's parents and sister. His father is James Smith, a farmer
born in June 1835 in England and age 64 years old, and his mother is Lucy
Smith, born in April 1839 in England and age 61. Both of them had
immigrated to the United States in 1874 and had lived in the country 26
years. Only James Smith is shown as a naturalized U.S. citizen. They
had been married 44 years, and both parents of both of them were also
born in England. Walter Smith's sister is Lucy Smith, who is shown as
single, age 21, born in New York in April 1874, and whose occupation is
shown as at home.

Mary and Walter Smith are listed in the 1920 U.S. Census for Plymouth
County, Iowa (SD11, ED 127, Page 4B, Line 67) which shows them living on
Dover Street, Kinglsey Town, Garfield Township, Plymouth County, Iowa.
Walter Smith is shown as age 50, born in England as were both his
parents, immigrating to the United States in 1900 and becoming a
naturalized U.S. citizen in 1907. It shows Walter Smith is employed as a
clerk in a grocery store and owns the home where the family lives. Mary
Smith, his wife, is shown as age 43, with her place of birth and that of
her parents shown as unknown. All six of their children are shown as
born in Iowa. Their daughter Margaret, age 18 or 19, is shown as single
and a clerk in a Soft Drink (P???). The soundex shows her age as 18, and
the census could be either 18 or 19. The last word of the industry in
which she works is very hard to read. Their daughter Florence Smith is
shown as age 17. Both Margaret and Florence are shown as not having
attended school since September 1, 1919.
Gilbert, age 15, Edward, age 13, and Mary E., age 6, are all shown as in
school. Their youngest daughter, Dorothy, age 4, is not yet in school.
Walter Smith's mother, Lucy Smith, is a widow, aged 82 and born in
England as were both her parents. The 1920 census shows she immigrated
to the United States in 1940, probably meaning 1900 which was also
inaccurate, and that she was not a United States citizen.

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