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R.A. Smith

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S: Robert Allen Smith 1863-1959

BC: November 1956 - age 92

FC: Robert Allen Smith 1864-1959

1: Robert Adam Smith 5 Sept. 1837 Gibson Co., Tenn. | Robert Allen Smith 27 Nov. 1864 Washington, Washington, Utah | Mary Emma Smithson 1 March 1846 . Marion, Alabama | Thomas Washington Smith 23 Dec. 1815 Lancaster, Smith, Tennessee | Mary Ann Ross 2 March 1816 , Smith, Tennessee | Allen Freeman Smithson 11 Feb.1816 | Letitia Hollis Holliday 28 Nov.1824 , Maine, Alabama | It is indeed a desirable thing to be well descended, but the glory belongs to our ancestors. | Plutarch

2: This book is about my Great-Grandpa Smith. I remember him as a very kind and gentle man. He always seemed old to me. I was born when he was almost 70 years old. That doesn't seem that old now that I am almost 70. I don't recall ever seeing my Grandpa without a hat and most of the time a suit coat and a tie. I wish my children could have known him. Linda Peck Evans | Susan, Nancy, Sabina, Jane, Thomas, Lucinda Robert Allen, Henrietta, Robert Adam, Byron, Mary Emma abt. 1887

3: Robert Allen was born on 27 November 1864 to Robert Adam and Mary Emma Smithson Smith. He was the first of twelve children. One sister died at age 14. Two other siblings died before age 3. They lived in Washington, Washington, Utah. This was 4 miles from the Arizona and Utah state line. In March 1884 the family started for Arizona. They got about 5 miles when they realized they needed more horses for the trip.. They camped for about 3 weeks gathering up some wild horses. On May day 1884 they ferried across the Big Colorado. They decided to settle in Holbrook. They stayed in Holbrook until November. In August 1885 the decided to go to the Gila Valley. The area looked good to them so they went back to the Holbrook area, loaded all their possessions into two wagons and headed for the Safford area. They arrived in Safford in late October 1885. They sold some horses to buy a tent. They lived in the tent for one year while building their home. They did some freighting and also farming to make ends meet.

4: Robert Allen met Elizabeth Ann Zufelt in 1887 and on 25 December 1888 married her. They lived with the family for a year, then built a home of their own. They rented land and started farming. Robert Allen freighted from Wilcox to Globe for 8 years to get started. In 1890 Robert and Elizabeth went to Logan, Utah and were sealed in the Temple. In 1889 their 1st son , William David, was born. He got the measles and died in March 1890. | Robert Allen Smith and Elizabeth Ann Zufelt Smith

5: Children born to Robert Allen and Elizabeth Smith: | Name: Birth: Death: | William David* 22 Nov. 1889 4 March 1890 Phoebe Lettisha* 14 July 1891 27 Aug. 1905 Robert Leo 24 June 1894 22 Sept. 1946 Mission to Samoa-Left Arizona on 1 Oct. 1894. Arrived in Ogdon , Utah on 6 Oct. 1894. Left Ogdon for San Francisco on 15 Oct 1894. Left the dock @ San Francisco on the "Monawai" @ 3:10pm on 18 October 1894. Arrived Honolulu on 25 Oct. 1894. Arrived in Samoa 2 Nov. 1894. He probably returned home in the Spring of 1897. Ofa Elizabeth 12 March 1898 28 Feb. 1985 Joseph Edward 12 Oct. 1901 11 Dec. 1979 Isaac Allen 5 May 1903 2 June 1968 Ethel 6 April 1905 18 April 1994 Lewis Delphin 20 July 1910 16 Dec. 1957 Richard Maloy 30 Sept. 1914 11 June 1987 * died young, never married. | Robert Allen said of serving a mission: "This was the greatest trial of my life, to part with my wife, children, father, mother, brothers & sisters and all my dear friends. For no other reason would I do so."

6: Robert Allen served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Samoa. He left Arizona on Oct. 1, 1894. He traveled by train to Salt Lake City. After a few days there and much visiting with family and friends. About a month later he boarded a boat headed for Samoa. In his journal he tells of how sea sick they all were. They stopped for a couple of days in Hawaii. Being on still land felt very strange but, their stomachs felt much better. They ate for the first time in quite sometime. Then paid the price when they headed on toward Samoa. All were grateful to see the mountains of Samoa in the distance. The Samoan language was rather difficult to learn and they didn't have the MTC to help them. | This is a picture of the ship that Robert Allen took to Samoa.

7: None of these pictures were dated, but I would guess that one was probably taken before he left on his mission.

8: Brother Welker, Shill and Robert Allen were assigned to labor in the Friendly Islands, that was 600 miles south of Samoa. They sailed from Samoa on Nov. 6, 1894. Arrived in Vivan (Friendly Islands) on Nov.9, 1894. From there they walked 3 miles and went by boat (paddled) 4 miles to their assigned area. Arrived at 2 am. Robert Allen only had about 2 months of journal. I will mention only a couple of the experiences he had. 1. One day he and one of the other Elders were to go 21/2 miles to speak at a meeting. About 1/2 mile down the trail they took a wrong turn. A little further down the trail they realized they had gone wrong, but thought they would come to the main road soon. They finally found a native and explained the situation. He told them that they were now further away from their destination than when they had started. The native pointed them in the right direction and they hurried on their way. They arrived very late, but did speak at the meeting. Then they walked home. They should have walked 5 miles round trip. Instead they had walked 15 miles. They were very tired. 2. Another day they were taking a row boat to go get the mail. The row boat had not been used in quite some time. The wood was all dried out and soon the boat was leaking. Soon they were taking on more water than they could bail out. The boat filled with water and sank. The water was not deep so they were able to walk to the shore. They seemed to have a lot of rain days and they spent a lot of time writing letters and studying the Tongan language. | Merry Tones of Harmonica Win Suspicious Tongans | Elders R. Welker and R.A. Smith were tired and hungry. This morning they had walked from village to village on the Tongan island of Niufoou distributing tracts and conversing with people. They had not eaten since leaving the ship that morning and had been unsuccessful in finding a place to spend the night. "You had better go to another village", they had been told.

9: One day while Robert Allen was on his mission, Elizabeth was home with her 2 small children. She heard something outside that alarmed her. She grabbed the children and ran out the back door and into the corn patch. She managed to keep the children quiet. A group of Indians rode up to the house. They went into the house and took all the food and then left without ever seeing Elizabeth and the children. She felt that they had been protected that day. | Finally, toward evening they trudged into the village of the Chief of the island, and made their way to his house. To their request for a night's lodging, he answered "yes", but we have no food to offer you. Glad for a place of shelter, if nothing else, the Elders accepted his hospitality. As they explained their work to the Chief, he became increasingly friendly. He called to a girl and told her to go to one of the neighbors and barrow some rice. In a short time the Elders were invited to sit down to a meal of rice and fried chicken. Elder Smith, his spirits considerably revived after eating, drew a shiny harmonica out of his pocket. The eyes of the little brown children opened wide as he began to play. The Chief smiled approvingly. The merry tones drifted out through the still night air, and the music loving villagers began following them to their source. The house soon was filled. The crowd sang some songs to the accompaniment of the harmonica. Then the Elders delivered their message and distributed some tracts. Thus went the missionary work in Tonga in 1896.

10: Robert Smith, Venna Peck, Ethel Wamsley & Bruce Peck abt. April 1941 | 4 Generations

11: Venna Peck, Robert Smith, Linda Peck and Ethel Wamsley abt. August 1942 | 4 Generations | When ever we would go see him, he would put me on his knee and sing to me. I loved that. I found the lyrics to one of the song he sang. It is a little different than I remember, but then again it has been about 65 years.

12: Bought me a cat and the cat pleased me, I fed my cat under yonder tree. Cat goes fiddle-i-fee. Bought me a hen and the hen pleased me, I fed my hen under yonder tree. Hen goes chimmy-chuck, chimmy-chuck, Cat goes fiddle-i-fee. Bought me a duck and the duck pleased me, I fed my duck under yonder tree. Duck goes quack, quack, Hen goes chimmy-chuck, chimmy-chuck, Cat goes fiddle-i-fee. Bought me a goose and the goose pleased me, I fed my goose under yonder tree. Goose goes hissy, hissy, Duck goes quack, quack. Hen goes chimmy-chuck, chimmy-chuck, Cat goes fiddle-i-fee. Bought me a sheep and the sheep pleased me, I fed my sheep under yonder tree. Sheep goes baa, baa Goose goes hissy, hissy, Duck goes quack, quack, Hen goes chimmy- chuck, chimmy-chuck, Cat goes fiddle-i-fee. | "BOUGHT ME A CAT"

13: Bought me a pig and my pig pleased me, I fed my pig under yonder tree. Pig goes oink, oink, Sheep goes baa, baa, Goose goes hissy, hissy, Duck goes quack, quack, Hen goes chimmy-chuck, chimmy-chuck, Cat goes fiddle-i-fee. Bought me a cow and my cow pleased me, I fed my cow under yonder tree. Cow goes moo, moo, Pig goes oink, oink, Sheep goes baa, baa, Goose goes hissy, hissy, Duck goes quack, quack, Hen goes chimmy-chuck, chimmy-chuck, Cat goes fiddle-i-fee. Bought me a horse and the horse pleased me, I fed my horse under yonder tree. Horse goes neigh, neigh, Cow goes moo, moo, Pig goes oink, oink, Sheep goes baa, baa, Goose goes hissy, hissy, Duck goes quack, quack, Hen goes chimmy-chuck, chimmy-chuck, Cat goes fiddle-i-fee. Bought me a dog and the dog pleased me, I fed my dog under yonder tree. Dog goes bow-wow, bow-wow, Horse goes neigh, neigh, Cow goes moo, moo, Pig goes oink, oink, Sheep goes baa, baa, Goose goes hissy, hissy, Duck goes quack, quack, Hen goes chimmy-chuck, chimmy-chuck, Cat goes fiddle-i-fee.

14: Barn | Grandpa's House | River | As you can see from the picture, the river is not very far away. When the river flooded it was almost impossible to cross. Sometime they were able to swim a horse across the flooded river. The horse and rider would have a bath. So if they needed anything or anyone from town there was almost no way to get whatever was needed. For years there wasn't a bridge across the river | Safford | Smith Jersey Farm

15: Grandpa's House | Safford | Robert Allen and Elizabeth took a little trip to Phoenix. On the way home they had a car accident and Elizabeth was injured. As a result she had a stroke which she never fully recovered from. Sometime later she had another stroke which pretty much put her in bed. Later still she had another major stroke and died on 18 Dec. 1931. | Robert Allen married Nellie Hardy on 11 April 1936. I do not know how they met or anything about her. My grandmother (Ethel Wamsley) told me that the whole family loved her and that she was good to the kids. She passed away 25 June 1938. The children always refered to her as Grandma Nellie. | Robert Allen & Elizabeth Ann | Robert Allen & Nellie

16: Maloy Smith, Robert Allen Smith, Ofa Elmer, Ethel Wamsley, Edward Smith | Linda Peck & Robert A. Smith | Back: Robert Allen, Rosenna, Wayne Wamsley, Heber & Ofa Elmer, Zona & Ethel Wamsley Middle: Jocie Wamsley, Venna Peck, Charley Wamsley Front: Dortha Wamsley | Robert Allen married Rosenna Draper Harmson on 7 Nov. 1939. This picture is the only one I have that has Rosenna in it.

17: Robert Allem Smith - age 74

18: Bruce & Linda Peck with Robert Allen Smith on his 80th Birthday in 1944. | Grandpa Smith always had a garden. He didn't see very well to plant his garden. One day we were visiting and he showed us how he kept his rows so straight. He would put a stake in the ground and tie a string to it, about 20 feet away he would put another stake with the string tied to it. He used the string as a guide to plant by. His gardens were always beautiful.

19: Back: Jane Montierth, Lucinda Morris, Sabina Welker, Nancy Palmer, Susan Boggs, Henrietta Scarlett Front: Byron Smith, Robert Allen Smith, Thomas Smith | Heber & Ofa Elmer Robert A. & Nellie Smith Ethel & Charley Wamsley Iva & Edward Smith | BROTHERS and SISTERS

20: I am not sure but I think the men in the picture are Robert Allen's brothers, Thomas and Byron. These pictures were taken on his 90th birthday. My grandmother (Ethel Wamsley) made the cake. 1954 | 90 years old

21: For about a year before Grandpa died he lived with my grandmother. I remember going to visit and he would be in a hospital bed in her living room. She took good care of him and never complained. He seemed like such a big part of my life when I was young and yet I don't remember going to his funeral. I am sure I went. He and his first two wives are buried in the Safford City Cemetary. | This book was compiled from information in the Smith family reunion books by: Linda Peck Evans January 2012.

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