Thomas LeClair recently gave me 76 pages of handwritten material for posting on the Jefferson County New York GENWEB site, jefferson.nygenweb.net. They were written by Linnie Nell Joles Smith Hammond and consisted of a list of events, mostly deaths, from 1901-1963. There were special sections for her family and famous people but the bulk was a chronological list of deaths, some with short notes.. They have not been verified and are presented as written.
On the first page she wrote;
This book of deaths copied from my old book from 1901 to 1963.
Signed: Linnie N Joles Smith Hammond.
A Short History of Linnie Nell Joles.
Linnie/Lennie/Linnet Nell Joles was born 20 June 1880 in Jefferson County, NY, the daughter of William A Joles and Laura Baltz. William A Joles was born 22 May 1836 at Point Peninsula, Jefferson, NY and died 1915 at Orleans Four Corners, Jefferson, NY. In 1868 he married Laura Baltz. She was born 28 February 1851 in Jefferson County, NY and died 4 January 1943 at Jefferson County, NY. They had six children, Agnes Maude, Laura Ettie, Lula M, Linnie Nell, Clarence Winslow and Vera Leanna Joles.
Linnie married first Wellington G. Smith. He was born 8 Jun 1874 in New York, the son of Robert Smith and Alma Tuttle, and died 8 September 1944 at Ogdensburg, St. Lawrence, NY, Findagrave # 74137514. Wellington (Wells) and Linnie had 4 children, Kenneth W, Gladys Aline, Jessie J and Robert Smith.
Linnie married second, on 21 October 1953, in Jefferson County, Fayette Adelbert Hammond. Fayette had been married before to Mary Ann Peo, 1877-1953. They had two children, Florence A and Edna Sara Hammond.
Linnie died May 1977, Findagrave # 183165871, and is buried with Wells in Oakwood Cemetery, Theresa, Jefferson, NY.
The diary is being transcribed by Roberta D. Calhoun-Eagan, who added this comment;
Linnie's descendants referred to this item as her "death book," which mostly listed residents of Stone Mills; it was handed down to her granddaughter Linda Newkirk of Syracuse, who gave it to Nan Dixon. Her daughter-in-law from her son's first marriage was Jennie DeYoung, my grandmother's sister.
Roberta has also researched the diary and has added the New York State Death Index and some comments to the diary pages.
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