Tennyson Smith1

#13011, (October 1887 - 20 March 1978)
Relationship1st cousin 1 time removed of William David Lewis
Father*Nathaniel Smith1 (1835 - 1918)
Mother*Ruth E. Johnson1 (1850 - 1901)

Family 1

Bertha Reed b. 1892
Children 1.Hollis Smith8 (1907 - 1978)
 2.Edith Smith9 (c 1910 - )
 3.Evan Smith10 (1913 - 2008)

Family 2

Mabel Syers b. c 1896, d. 1896
Children 1.Cletus Morris11 (1915 - 1988)
 2.Hazel Smith12 (1922 - 1987)
Birth*October 1887He was born in October 1887 at Franklin Co., IllinoisG.1 
15 June 1900He appeared on the census of 15 June 1900 in the household of Ruth E. Johnson and Nathaniel Smith at Eastern Twp., Franklin Co., IllinoisG, age 12, b. IL Oct 1887; neis. George and Marinda Brady, fam. 179; John and Jane Reed; Marquise Reed; John K and Mary Johnson.2 
Marriage*23 February 1904He married Bertha Reed, daughter of John Franklin Reed and Ida Florence Lampley, on 23 February 1904 at Franklin Co., IllinoisG.3 
9 May 1910He and Bertha Reed appeared on the census of 9 May 1910 at Eastern Twp., Franklin Co., IllinoisG.4 
20 January 1920He appeared on the census of 20 January 1920 at Frankfort Twp., Franklin Co., IllinoisG.5 
Marriage*circa 1921He married Mabel Syers circa 1921.6 
17 April 1930He and Mabel Syers appeared on the census of 17 April 1930 at Eastern Twp., Franklin Co., IllinoisG.6 
Death*20 March 1978He died on 20 March 1978 at Franklin Hospital, Benton, Franklin Co., IllinoisG, at age 90.7 


  1. [S5] 1900 U.S. Federal Census. b. IL Oct 1887.
  2. [S5] 1900 U.S. Federal Census. Nathaniel (64), b. IL Oct 1835, parents b. NC, farmer; Ruth E (50), b. IN Apr 1850, father b. NY, mother b. KY, 7 children, 5 living; marr. 27 yrs.
  3. [S1110] Illinois County Marriages 1810–1934/1940, online FamilySearch.org, Tennison Smith, age 19, b. Akin IL, son of Nathaniel Smith and Ruth Johnson; and Bertha Reed, age 17, b. Akin IL, dau. of John Reed and Florence Lampley; both single, marr. Franklin Co. 23 Feb 1904.
  4. [S8] 1910 U.S. Federal Census. Tenny (22), b. and parents b. IL, farmer; Bertha (18), b. and parents b. IL, 2 children, both living; marr. 3 yrs.
  5. [S11] 1920 U.S. Federal Census. Tenny (33), b. and parents b. IL, wid., coal mine pump man.
  6. [S7] 1930 U.S. Federal Census. Tenny (41), b. and parents b. IL, farmer, first marr. age 20; Mabel (34), b. and parents b. IL, first marr. age 19.
  7. [S2637] Southern Illinoisan, Carbondale, Illlinois. Tue., 21 Mar 1978, p. 9 Tenny Smith, b. 17 Oct 1887, son of Nathaniel Smith and Ruth Johnson, d. Frankilin Hospital, Benton, 20 Mar 1978, age 90; res. Akin, ret. farmer; survived by wife Maybel Syers; sons, Hollis of Benton and Evan oi Macedonia; stepson, Cletus Morris of Equality; daus. Hazel Beatty oi Macedonia, Edith Turner of Benton and Mildred Smith of Paddock Lake WI; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.
  8. [S2637] Southern Illinoisan. Obit. for Hollis Smith, son of Tenny Smith, 1978, q.v.
  9. [S8] 1910 U.S. Federal Census.
  10. [S2637] Southern Illinoisan. Obituary for Evan Smith, son of Tennyson Smith and Berta Reed, 2008, q.v.
  11. [S7] 1930 U.S. Federal Census.
  12. [S1411] Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007, (Washington, D.C.: Social Security Administration), index online Ancestry.com, Hazel Marie Beatty, dau. of Tenny Smith and Mabel M Syers, b. Akin, Franklin Co. IL, 28 Jan 1922, d. 12 Oct 1987, death cert. no. 55110.