Gwendolyn Laverne Gallagher (1930-1995)(updated 9/9/00)
I got started with my geneaology in 1990, and have been researching it on and off ever since, when time and finances will allow. (My father's side had been researched and documented by a cousin of mine, who went through the LDS church.)
The records of my mother's family were lost while they were living in Los Angeles, in a fire that followed the earthquake of 1932. I had heard many stories about my mom's family from several relatives, and wanted to see what was true, and what wasn't. I have put up this page so family in other parts of the country may keep up with my progress.
Here's the family tree so far:
1.Another family legend says that Laura and Jesse James were playmates; in truth, he was old enough to be her father, so the playmate scenario is an impossibility. Plus, James' parents lived in a completely different county than either Adair or (Kirksville's).
3. Everyone that I've asked knew what day these people died, but no one remembers where they were when they died.
4. I verified Samuel's father on Samuel's death certificate. In '96, I found a child named Samuel O. Smith as listed in the 1860 census in Texas. His parents are listed as Jake Smith and Sarah Elizabeth Johnson. Further research in Bexar Co, TX, found a Jacob Smith that was a carpenter, from Germany. A conversation with one of my cousins revealed that Samuel's father changed his name, because as an immigrant he couldn't get a job, but my cousin thought he changed it from something Irish. If this is the right guy, then an anglicization of the name would make more sense (Schmidt to Smith).
5. Malinda's descendent gave me the listing from the 1880 census, when the family was living in Miami Township, Miami Co, KS; it looks like my g-grandmother was living with the Rogle family, listed as their niece. Since Samuel Rogle was from Ireland, it's possible that his wife, Margaret, was my g-g-grandmother's sister (hope to verify this soon).