Oh my! I just discovered that I have a Smith in the family. Angeline Strausser, daughter of Peter Strausser and Sarah (Mumma) Strausser, was born, according to her death certificate, on 24 December 1844 in Pennsylvania. Angeline is my 3rd great-aunt.
She first appears as Angeline Strasser in the 1850 US census in Norwegian Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. She is abt. 5 years old and living with her parents, Peter and Sarah, and her sister, Mary C.
She is then shown as age 15 in the 1860 US census, named Angeline Strawser in the household of her parents, Peter and Sarah Strawser, in Coal Township, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. And until this week, I lost her after 1860 as she is not living with her parents in 1870.
This week I located her Pennsylvania Death Certificate and it held several nuggets for me. It contained her married name; in fact, I found it because her parents’ names were also listed on the certificate. It also gave me her actual birth date, death date, place of death; and most importantly, is the only death certificate for this entire family that lists Sarah and Peter Strausser as being from Berks County, Pennsylvania—giving me another clue in the search for the parents of both Peter and Sarah.
The bad news is that the informant is someone named Edward Mitcheltree, and I do not know the reliability of his knowledge. The one inconsistency I found is that the death certificate gives her birth date as 24 December 1844, while the 1900 US census lists her birth date as July 1844. The ages given in most of the census records are consistent with her having been born later in the year so I am leaning toward the December date.
Using her married name of Angeline S. Smith, I was able to locate her in the 1870, 1880, 1900, and 1910 US censuses. In the 1900 US census, Angeline had been married to Adam Smith thirty-eight years making their marriage about 1862. They have three children and all three are shown as living. A daughter Annie Smith, born June 1862, and a daughter, Flora Miller, born June 1883, are living with them. A male, Blair Davis, age thirteen is also living in this household but I have not been able to determine his exact relationship to the head of the household, Adam Smith.
In the 1910 US census, Angeline is abt. 65, widowed and living with a granddaughter, Elizabeth McFadden, age 17. She bore four children of whom only one is still living. She is living in Williamsport, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, which is where she dies on 27 September 1917. She is buried in Williamsport Cemetery.
The only children of Adam and Angeline Smith that I have been able to identify are Laura, aged abt. four in the 1880 US census, Annie, and Flora, who appear in the 1910 US census.
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics. Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1944, database on-line, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 14 August 2014), entry for Angeline Strausser, Cert. 101845 (1917).
Week 34 of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, a blogging challenge initiated by Amy Johnston Crow in her blog No Story Too Small.