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.



  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.


      • Rory & Janice Maginley said,

        June 9, 2013 at 15:47

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

        Rory & Janice

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