Wilkison Smallwood
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Lewis Henry Smallwood


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1. Julia Ann Allen

2. Etta Smallwood
3. Mamie

Lewis Henry Smallwood 1

  • Born: 1860, , , Missouri, United States 1 3
  • Marriage (1): Julia Ann Allen on 31 Jan 1880 in Saint George, Pottawatomie, KS, United States 1
  • Marriage (2): Etta Smallwood
  • Marriage (3): Mamie on 28 Dec 1893 in Leadville, Lake, CO, United States 2
  • Died: 18 Jul 1936, , Los Angeles, CA at age 76

   FamilySearch ID: GH2Q-PLG.

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Census in 1880 in Saint George, Pottawatomie, KS, United States. 4 The 1880 census recorded Louis Smallwood, 20, railroad employee, living with wife Julia A., 20, and brother Wilerson Smallwood, 17. Julia and her father were born in Ohio and her mother in Pennsylvania. The Smallwood brothers were born in Missouri and parents in Virginia.
Listed on the same page is Julia's sister, Flora Allen Fortune, with her husband William. On the previous page is Julia's parents, Eilson D. and Almina Allen with their other children.

2. Residence: Manhattan Republic Newspaper: List of Letters at Manhattan, Kansas, post office: Lewis Smallwood on 16 Nov 1883 in Manhattan, Riley, KS, United States.

3. Residence: on 11 Jan 1886 in Creston, Union, IA. 3

4. Residence: on 18 Apr 1893 in , , CA. 5 Died, in this city, April 18, of catarrh of the stomach, Miss Kate Smallwood. This is sad but not unexpected news as Miss Smallwood has been ill for several months. She was a sister of Lewis Smallwood, of California and of Thomas Smallwood, of this city.

5. Newspaper: Newton Daily Republican, 26 Mar 1896, Newton, Harvey, KS. 6 WANTS A DIVORCE.

Mamie Smallwood Sues L.H. Smallwood for Divorce,
Alleges All Kinds of Cruel Words and Remarks
Asks for the Custody of Their Only Child
Only been Married About Three Years
He is a Switchman on the Santa Fe.

Mamie Smallwood has sued her husband L. H. Smallwood, in the district court for a divorce.
In her petition she alleges all kinds of cruel remarks, the application reads as follows with a few eliminations which are emitted, owing to the fact that it's hard on the eyes, and according to enphony, has a rasping sound; in other words the remarks are too vile for publication and blanks are substituted.

Now, comes Mamie Smallwood and complains of the said L. H. Smallwood and for cause says:

That the said Mamie Smallwood now is and for more than a year last past, has been an actual resident in faith, of the county of Harvey, in the state of Kansas;
That on the 28th day of December, A. D., 1898, said Mamie Smallwood and L. H. Smallwood were lawfully married at Leadville, Lake county, Colo, and that said Mamie Smallwood and wife; that as the fruit of their said marriage said plaintiff and defendant had born unto them one child, to wit, Willie Oscar Smallwood, a male child who is now living and will be two years old June 1 1896.

That since their marriage, the plaintiff and defendant, with the exception of a few months, lived together as husband and wife until the 4th day of March, A. D., 1896, and this plaintiff alleges that said defendant notwithstanding his marital duties and relations toward this plaintiff, and in total disregard thereof, has been guilty of extreme cruelty toward this plaintiff in this, that is to say:

That for three or four months last, prior to said March 4, 1990, the said defendant, when in the presence of said plaintiff, would act in a sulky, surly, and cross mood towards plaintiff, and refuse to converse with or speak to said plaintiff; that at diverse times within three months prior to March 1896, and on said day defendant stated to, and of this plaintiff, and in her presence, "You are an ignorant dutchman", and on March 4 when the defendant was about to depart from plaintiff, he stated to her, "I don't give a ___ whether I ever come back or not" and on the same day he said "You are Christly smart", at various times within four weeks prior 10 March 4 defendant stated, "I'm going to leave you. I will not live with you;" That on March 6 when he was about to leave his home, she asked him where he was going, and in answer he stated to her "It is none of your business. I will go to Leavenworth (Defendant meaning thereby that he would prefer to be imprisoned in the penitentiary than to live with her) before I would live with you, and I will support you with an ax," the said defendant meaning, thereby, that he would do injury to and commit violence upon the person of this plaintiff; that on March 6 defendant stated to, and of and in her presence, of plaintiff, "You are a damn liar. I will fix you so you will keep forever," defendant meaning and intending by such language and words to threaten the life of the plaintiff, "You are a _____,"on March 6 defendant stated "I am going to leave you. I don't give a damn for you anyhow. You are a damn old _____ and _____," and on March 6 defendant in a violent and angry manner, struck plaintiff upon the head with his fist and after the conduct of defendant above stated, the defendant and plaintiff separated, and have since lived, and are now living, separate and apart from each other, on account of the defendant.

All the words, language and conduct of the defendant stated and set out above was said and done by the defendant without any excuse or provocation, willful, and done by the defendant for the purpose of annoying, distressing and grieving the plaintiff. and by reason and on account, thereof, the defendant has so annoyed, grieved and distressed the plaintiff and caused her such shams, humiliation, and mental suffering as to greatly injure her health; and on account of such language and conduct of defendant to and towards plaintiff, the defendant has rendered the life of plaintiff miserable and wretched and made it impossible that plaintiff and defendant can live together as husband and wife.

The plaintiff and defendant have no property except their house-hold goods, which they have been using, and which plaintiff is now using, in keeping house at building No. 325 on East Third street, this city, and excepting a sum of money, less than $100, the exact amount unknown to plaintiff, which is due and owing to defendant from A. T. & S. P. R. R. Co. for service which defendant has rendered to said company as switchman.

Wherefore, said plaintiff prays for a diverse of this court, forever divorcing her from the defendant and canceling and setting aside and wholly dissolving the marriage relation existing between them; and that plaintiff be given the permanent care, custody and control and the nurture and education of the minor child of defendant and plaintiff, and that said defendant be ordered and adjudged to pay to plaintiff for her support and the support of the child evitable alimony, and to pay reasonable suit money to plaintiff and attorneys fees to attorneys of said plaintiff for prosecution of this act, and be it also adjudged by the court that the plaintiff shall have, hold and retain the household goods, furniture and fixtures now owned by plaintiff and defendant, and that the defendant pay the cost of this action.

An order was issued by the court restraining the defendant to dispose of any property or to draw salary due him until the pending of this case is disposed with.
The case will probably be disposed with at the next term of the court.

Lewis married Julia Ann Allen, daughter of Wilson D. Allen and Almina Beecher, on 31 Jan 1880 in Saint George, Pottawatomie, KS, United States.1 (Julia Ann Allen was born on 29 Jan 1860 in East Fairfield, Columbiana, OH, United States 3 7.)

Lewis next married Etta Smallwood. (Etta Smallwood was born on 29 Jun 1863 in , , IA 8 and died on 29 Jan 1919 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT 8.)

Lewis next married Mamie on 28 Dec 1893 in Leadville, Lake, CO, United States.2


1 Ancestry.com, "Kansas, U.S., County Marriage Records, 1811-1911," Lewis Henry Smallwood m. Julia A. Allen 31 Jan 1880 at St. George KS.

2 "Newton Daily Republican (Newton, KS)," 26 Mar 1896, page 4. Divorce of Mamie Smallwood from L. H. Smallwood.

3 FamilySearch.org, Iowa, County Births, 1880-1935, https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XVJB-72N.

4 1880 United States Census, https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MF5N-S4J Louis Smallwood St George, KS.

5 Lexington Intelligencer (Lexington, MO), 22 Apr 1893, obituary of Kate Smallwood.

6 "Newton Daily Republican (Newton, KS)," 26 Mar 1896, page 4.

7 Wilson D. Allen, "Wilson Family Bible" (Photographs of Wilson Family Bible provided by Susan L. Allen Owens).

8 "Deseret News (Salt Lake City, UT)," 30 Jan 1919, page 2. Obituary of Mrs. Etta Smallwood.

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