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Sarah Frances Brooks, 8 AUG 1861-11 AUG 1907
Reverend Houston Harmon Smelser, 3 NOV 1861-8 FEB 1936

Sarah Frances BROOKS, third child and daughter of William Atherton and Jane VANCE BROOKS, was born 8 AUG 1861 in Ripley County, Missouri and died 11 AUG 1907 in Carter County, Missouri. She married Reverend Houston Harmon SMELSER 9 NOV 1882 in Ripley County, Missouri. Houston, son of Sanford Wayne and Nancy Jane DAVIS SMELSER, was born 3 NOV 1861 in Grandin, Carter County, Missouri and died 8 FEB 1936 in Ripley County, Missouri.

Houston and Sarah are buried in Brooks Cemetery, Pleasant Grove, Ripley County, Missouri.

Houston and Sarah had the following children:

1. Rev. William Sanford SMELSER, 4 SEP 1883-15 JAN 1957
2. Rev. Newton Nathaniel SMELSER (Twin), 20 MAR 1885-30 SEP 1965
3. Henry Daniel SMELSER (Twin), 20 MAR 1885-30 APR 1971
4. Nellie Jane SMELSER, 16 FEB 1887-3 JAN 1888
5. Sophia Adaline SMELSER, 20 DEC 1888-29 MAR 1896
6. Houston Harmon SMELSER, JR, 6 JUL 1891-17 SEP 1977
7. Abraham Moses SMELSER, 17 OCT 1893-29 APR 1959
8. Clarence Spurgeon SMELSER, 2 MAY 1896-5 APR 1968
9. Martha Frances SMELSER WELDON, 1 FEB 1899-27 MAR 1992
10. Emma Eliza SMELSER, 20 SEP 1901-11 NOV 1907
11. Gracie Vashti SMELSER VINSON, 5 JUL 1905-JUL 1999

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Notes for Sarah Frances SMELSER:

1900 Census, Ripley County, Missouri, Jordan Township:
7 Smelser, Houston H. Head W M NOV 1861 38 MO KY TN
Sarah F. Wife W F DEC 1861 38 MO KY TN
William S. Son W M SEP 1883 16 MO MO MO
Newton N Son W M MAR 1885 15 MO MO MO
Henry D Son W M MAR 1885 15 MO MO MO
Huston H Son W M JUL 1891 8 MO MO MO
Abraham M Son W M OCT 1894 6 MO MO MO
Clarence S Son W M MAY 1896 4 MO MO MO
Martha F Dau W F FEB 1899 2 MO MO MO

Prospect News Obit dated 15 August 1907: Sister Sarah Smelser died Sun Aug 11, daughter of Dr. William A. Brooks who was postmaster at Pleasant Grove for 22 yrs., Wife of Rev. Houston H. Smelser. Mother of Rev's Willie and Newton Smelser, both Baptist preachers. Funeral Mon 12 Aug at Brooks Cemetary with services by pastor of Missionary Baptist Church of Grandin. (Obituary written by Rev. E. L. Bounds from Pleasant Grove.)


1. Notes from James E. Brooks, Chatham, Virginia
2. Notes from Lawrence Smelser
3. 1900 Federal Census, Ripley County, Missouri
4. Grave Markers, Brooks Cemetery, Ripley County, Missouri

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