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June 29, 2013

Kevin Smith, who do you think you are?


Although the Smiths lived in a slave-owning state, they were not slave owners. Oley, the son of Johnathan Smith and his second wife, Elizabeth Hawkins, grew up on a farm in Ralls County, Mo.His wife, Mary Ethel Penn, was born in Columbus, Ohio. Her parents, William Penn and Mary Conn, were both natives of Ohio and grew up in the counties surrounding the Ohio Capitol. Her grandfather, Elijah Conn, was a Civil War veteran. He served for seven months in the Ohio 194th Infantry. (As an older man he would live for a while in the Marion, Ind. Soldier’s Home.)

William Penn was descended from a James Penn from Maryland who settled in Licking County, Ohio. William and Mary Penn moved to western Illinois when their daughter was young and would continue to move west with their daughter’s family.


Althouse familyKevin’s mother, Hazel Althouse, was born in Toledo, Ohio, the daughter of Clarence and Leona Isbell Althouse. She was the oldest of seven children and her father worked for the railroads. Clarence’s Althouse ancestors had gone west to Illinois and Iowa and then returned to northern Ohio. Clarence’s mother, Catherine Rehm, was born in Unterbalzheim, in the province of Wuerttemberg in what is now southern Germany.

As a 9-year old, she and her family traveled to Le Havre in France and boarded a ship called the Cella. They arrived at Castle Garden, the immigration port in New York City, on June 17, 1867. The family must have had friends or family in northwestern Ohio, because they settled there soon after arrival.

Clarence Althouse married Leona Isbell, whose family had settled in Wood Couny, Ohio in the early 1800s. Her father, Hiram, was a freight car repairer for the C & O Railroad. The Isbell family had come to Ohio from New London, Conn. and her grandfather William was probably the grandson of Eleasor Isbell, who fought in the Revolutionary War and died in the battle of Stillwater in New York near Albany. Her grandfather William Isbell (called “Uncle Bill” in his adopted hometown of Pemberville) was married to Lovina Pember, the daughter of Ethan Allen Pember.

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