Charles Constantine Jeffrey-Smith m Emma Howard 15 February 1912

Charles Constantine Jeffrey-Smith was born 3 February 1886 in St Andrew, Jamaica, son of Charles Augustus Smith and Floretta Augusta Isaacs.  Charles A was an engineer.  Charles C had at least 6 brothers and sisters, born in Jamaica.  Charles’ brother Leslie Cochrane Jeffrey-Smith died in WW1, and his information says that his father, Charles Augustus Smith was Superintendent of Public Works, Jamaica.

Charles went to Nova Scotia.  He married Annie Laura Hodges on 4 August 1905 in Tremont.  On the marriage records, Charles was listed as a draftsman.   Annie had been orphaned when she was 12, and lived with family members, working in their households.  Relatives of Annie Laura told us that she became teacher, and after she married, they moved to Jamaica, where she died. 

However, I recently discovered a newspaper reference to a son, Charlie Webster, born to Smith-Jeffrey, CC, at Toronto.  I found his birth record, which said he was born 23 November 1906 in Toronto. His parents were named as Charles C Jeffrey Smith and Annie Laura Hodges.  Further searching of records led me to discover that Charles and Annie also had a daughter, Daisy Florita Jeffrey-Smith, born 22 February 1908, also in Toronto.   

The next record I have for Charles C is the 1910 census, when he was living in Baltimore.  The record says his father was born in Scotland, his mother in the West Indies.  Charles was a mechanical engineer, widowed, so it is presumed that Annie died between 1908 and 1910.

Charles moved to Indiana.  On 15 February 1912, he married Emma Howard, in Marion County Indiana.   

On  25 December, 1922, Charles’ sister Blanche escorted his 16-year-old son Charles W from Jamaica, via Ellis Island, to Charles who was living in Bedford IN.  Blanche intended to stay in the US just a month, but Charles W planned to be here five years.  Perhaps he planned to complete his education here. 

On 28 April 1928, Charles C Jeffrey-Smith married for the third time to Anna M Cunningham.  Charles again claimed he was born in Paris, and his birth year was recorded as 1879.  They were married in Clark IN. 

I have not located Charles in the 1920 or 1930 census.  

In 1942, when Charles registered for WWII draft, he gave his birthplace as Paris, France.  The person who would always know where he is was Iris Jeffrey-Smith.  I don’t know who Iris is, as the relationship was not stated.  Charles lived at Shoals IN, and worked at the US Navy Depot at Burns, Martin IN.  His year of birth was recorded as 1879.  Since his actual birth record says 1886, I believe that the draft record is incorrect. 

I have not fount Charles’ death record.   I did find his son Charles W Jeffrey-Smith on Find-A-Grave.  He was a captain in the US army during World War II.  He died in 1967.  He and his wife Elizabeth lived in Aurora CO, and both are buried at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver.   Elizabeth’s obituary from 1990 says that there were no immediate survivors.  I found an obituary for Shelia K. Touquan born on July 15, 1937, in Shoals, IN. She was the daughter of Charles and Adlai (Malone) Jeffrey-Smith.   Considering her name and birth location, she may have been the daughter of Charles W and a first wife.  There are other Jeffrey-Smith people living in Indiana who are probably related as well.

Charles’ and Annie Laura’s daughter Daisy Florita Jeffrey-Smith was recorded entering the US at Laredo TX on 4 April 1940.  She was a teacher.  The notes on the card say that she intended to return to Jamaica via New York and Indiana.

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8 Comments

  1. Randa said,

    February 14, 2012 at 09:21

    Iris is my grandmother and Shelia K is my mother.

    I’m not sure I can find Charles C’s death record, but I have been to his grave.

    Are you a relation to this family? Perhaps we can compare knowledge bases and come up with a more complete picture.

  2. sooze471 said,

    February 14, 2012 at 22:16

    Randa and I are exchanging information. She’s provided yet another wife (his fourth) and four more children. Charles died in 1858 in Indiana.

  3. Rory & Janice Maginley said,

    June 9, 2013 at 11:56

    My wife and myself have paintings by a Shelia Touquan. We’re wondering if by chance, she may be related to you. Thank you,
    Rory & Janice Maginley

    • sooze471 said,

      June 9, 2013 at 15:44

      CC Jeffrey Smith’s first wife was my great-great grandfather’s first cousin…Shelia is CC’s daughter by his last wife, so very distantly related. I’m acquainted with her daughter (by e-mail) as she came across this posting some time ago, and contacted me.

      Susan

      • Rory & Janice Maginley said,

        June 9, 2013 at 15:47

        Is there a way we can get in toouch with her?

        Rory & Janice

  4. Diane Moss Norwood said,

    January 30, 2018 at 07:32

    Charles W. Jeffrey-Smith (born in 1907) is my great uncle. He married my great aunt, Elizabeth Fillmen Reed (born 9 Jan 1912). They had 1 or 2 boys that died at birth and none after. My mother, Betty-Jo Smith Moss was the niece of Elizabeth or “Betty” to all of us. My mother, Betty-Jo was the only known direct line relative of “Betty” at the time of “Betty’s” death. Daisy Jeffrey-Smith is the sister of Charles W. Jeffrey-Smith. To my knowledge, Charles W. Jeffrey-Smith was not married prior to marrying Elizabeth Fillmen Reed; however, it could be one of those “deep dark” secrets.

    • sooze471 said,

      January 30, 2018 at 09:34

      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. I’ve learned a bit more since I wrote this. Charles married Elizabeth 7 Feb 1935 in Manhattan. They had at least one son, Charles W Jeffrey-Smith, who died 15 Jan 1938. The death date is on the National Cemetery interment form, but no age or birth date. So far he’s the only child I’ve found for Elizabeth. Charles was 28 when he married Elizabeth so there was time for a prior marriage, but I have found no record of that. Charles and Daisy are the children of Annie Laura Hodges, from Nova Scotia, who died in Jamaica when Daisy was about 8 months old (TB). I’m guessing Charles (b 1886) left these two children in the care of his sisters in Jamaica. Of his five sisters, only one married and got into the medical field. The rest were educators. Charles and Daisy’s four half-siblings from their father’s 5th and final wife were also successful in the fields of medicine and education. I see that someone on Ancestry has posted two photos of “Aunt Betty” in 1923 and 1928 – what a beautiful young lady!

      • Diane Moss Norwood said,

        January 30, 2018 at 09:56

        I grew up knowing “Aunt Betty” very well. We used to visit her in Colorado every summer. When “Aunt Betty” took ill with emphazema, my mother, Betty-jo moved “Aunt Betty” to New Jersey so she could take care of her only living aunt. “Aunt Betty” lived with my mother and father the last 2 years of her life. I filled in on occasion to help take care of “Aunt Betty.” When “Aunt Betty” died, my mother and father escorted her body back to Colorado so she could be put to rest next to her husband at the military cemetery in/near Denver. I have many pictures of the Jeffrey-Smiths if you would like me to send them to you. How are you related to the Jeffrey-Smiths?


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