The 1900 U.S. census indicates Henry J. Smyths father was born in Ireland.
The 1900 U.S. census also list Henrys occupation as a farmer.
He farmed in the Butler County area of Pennsylvania until shortly after the Civil War when in 1866 he moved the family which at the time consisted of 7 children from Butler County, Pennsylvania to Jakes Prairie, a settlement a few miles north of Cuba Missouri in Crawford County, Missouri.
In 1881 he moved the family which now consisted of 9 children to Montgomery County, Kansas and the Fawn Creek Township near Jefferson and Independence, Kansas.
A Little History of Henry and Margarets four sons.
Prentice was a school teacher in Missouri but, in 1882 with most the family in Kansas he moved to Jefferson, Kansas and purchased an 80 acre farm.
Then in 1896 he went into the mercantile business in Jefferson, Kansas.
He also owned a hotel and was the first postmaster of Jefferson, Kansas having been appointed by president Mckinley.
Prentice was involved in Politics and was a registered Republican.
Prentice was mentioned in the book "History of Montgomery Kansas" by L. Wallace Duncan published in 1903.
Prentice is buried in a small cemetery at Jefferson, Kansas
After Prentice's death, his wife Laura moved back to Pennsylvania
The first John Hale was in the Land Rush at the opening of the Cherokee Strip in 1893.
He was a Founder and Charter Member of the First Presbyterian Church at Ponca City, Oklahoma
The farm he obtained in the Land Rush became downtown Ponca City.
He was a farmer and a business man who influenced the founding of a college in Oklahoma.
He is entombed in the Mausoleum at the Odd Fellow Cemetery in Ponca City, Oklahoma
William Stanton Smyth obtained a 160 acre farm 7 miles east of Fort Sill, Oklahoma in the Land Rush of 1901 which he farmed until his death in 1921.
Based on stories told by my father, GranPa, William was involved in Politics and Community affairs.
AND was also a tough old Irishman according to other stories told by my father.
After Williams death in 1921, the farm was sold in 1922 to a Mr. Scaggs and his son still lives on the homestead as of 1985 when E. Ray last visited the place.
William and his wife are buried in the Lawton Cemetery next door to Fort Sill in Lawton, Oklahoma.
Gilbert was active in community affairs and served several years on the School Board for Maple Grove School.
Not much else is known of Gilbert except E. Ray found his grave in the Mount Hope Cemetery at Independence, Kansas. - Lot #289