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James Albert SMITHAM

Male 1879 - 1933  (53 years)


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  • Name James Albert SMITHAM  [1
    Born 25 May 1879  Hazelton, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Military Service 1896-1899  [2
    • His name appears on a Register of Enlistments as, "James A. SMITHAM, enlisted at 24 Dennr. Cole St., King, for three years. Born Hazelton, Pennsylvania, age 21, and a machinist. Described as being 5-5 tall, with blue eyes, dark hair, and fair complexion. Regiment 7 Cav. M. Discharged 17 March 1899, Havana, Cuba. Remarks "Excellent"."
    Died 21 May 1933  McAllen, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    • James Albert SMITHAM, age 53 yrs., 11 mos., and 26 days, died on 21 May 1933. He died at his residence at 601 South 12th. St., McAllen, Hidalgo, Texas, where he had lived for the past 8 years. Described as married, husband of Mrs. J. A. SMITHAM, a Pattern Maker. He was born 25 May 1879 in Pennsylvania, the son of Joseph SMITHAM, born England, and [neither name of mother known] born England. Informant: Mrs. J. A. SMITHAM. residing in McAllen, Texas. Death attributed to angina pectoris. Burial on 23 May 1933 in Roselawn. Undertaker: Martin-Nelson Funeral Home, McAllen, Texas.

      May 22, 1933. SET FUNERAL FOR SMITHAM. Inventor of Irrigation Appliance Succumbs at Home Here.


      Funeral services are to be held at 10 am. Tuesday from the Mario-Nelson chapel on south Main here for James Albert SMITHAM, 53, prominent Rio Grande Valley business man. He died at home residence Sunday, at 601 South Twelfth Street after a short illness.. (died 21 May, 1933). Rev. E. A. Hunter will officiate. Interment will be held at Roselawn Cemetery with the Masonic Lodge in charge.

      Smitham had resided here for 8 years. He was president & manager of the Valley Iron Works, San Juan. Survivors: his wife Mable Crigler SMITHAM; sons, Lymon E., Dallas; N. L. and Jim Earle, McAllen; a daughter, Miss Lucille, McAllen; and 2 brothers, N. L., Eastland, Tex., and J. W. SMITHAM, Denver Co. SMITHAM was the inventor of the Smitham Irrigation Gate and other appliances. He was affiliated with the Methodist Church, Masonic Lodge & Spanish American War Veterans Organization. He formerly served on the policeboard and as alderman at Florence, Colorado.
    Buried 23 May 1933  Roselawn Cemetery, McAllen, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Address:
    Roselawn Cemetery
    McAllen, Hidalgo, Texas
    U.S.A. 
    Notes 
    • He was the inventor of the Smitham Irrigation Gate in South Texas. [1]
    Person ID I6142  Nosworthy
    Last Modified 3 Oct 2021 

    Father Joseph SMITHAM,   b. 5 Sep 1841, Phillack, Cornwall Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Mar 1916, Santa Fe, New Mexico Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Mother Emma Jane YELLAND,   b. 7 Sep 1843, Pembroke St. Mary, Pembrokeshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Sep 1910, Denver City, Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Married 14 Apr 1862  Devonport, Devon Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Joseph SMITHAM, age 22, Bachelor, Boiler Maker, residing at 13 Marlborough St., son of Joseph SMITHAM, Labourer; and Emma Jane YELLAND, age 18, Spinster, residing at same address, daughter of William Henry YELLAND, Sawyer in the Dockyard, married on 14 April 1862. They were married at the Parish Church in the Parish of St. Paul, Devonport, Devon after Banns by Franklin A. Bellamy, Curate. Witnesses: William Henery YELLAND and [ ]avinia ANDREW. [5]
    Address 1871  Hazelton, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • This was their address after immigrating.
    Address 1880  Hazelton, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • They were living beside James and Mary SMITHAM.
    Address 1885-1900  Arapahoe County, Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Address 1910  [8
    Humboldt St., Denver City, Colorado 
    Address 7 Sep 1910  [9
    3326 Humboldt St., Denver, Colorado 
    • Address at the time of Emma's death.
    Documents
    Passenger list: Smitham
    Passenger list: Smitham
    Emma, and four children, travelled on the S. S. City of Paris, arrived in New York on 15 May 1871.
    Family ID F1577  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Maybelle CRIGLER,   b. 20 Dec 1883, Denver City, Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Feb 1981, McAllen, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 97 years) 
    Married 18 Sep 1901  Denver County, Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 10
    Address 1910  [8
    Pueblo, Colorado 
    Address 1920  Dallas, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Address 1930  [12
    S. 13th St., McAllen,Texas 
    Address 1933  [4
    601 South 12th St., McAllen, Hidalgo, Texas 
    • Address at the time of his death on 21 May 1933.
    Children 
     1. Lyman Elgyin SMITHAM,   b. 13 Oct 1903, Denver City, Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Apr 1968, San Antonio, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
     2. Nicholas Luke SMITHAM,   b. 3 Apr 1906, Denver City, Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Apr 1946, Houston, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 40 years)
     3. James Earl SMITHAM,   b. 14 Sep 1917, Dallas, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jan 1996, San Diego, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     4. Lucille R. SMITHAM,   b. Abt 1922, Texas, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Mar 2016  (Age ~ 94 years)
    Last Modified 4 Apr 2015 
    Family ID F1578  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S676] Personal communication.

    2. [S537] U.S. Army, Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914, ((www.ancestry.com)).

    3. [S162] Website.

    4. [S392] Vital Statistics - Texas, U.S.A.

    5. [S74] Certified Copy of an Entry of Marriage, General Register Office.

    6. [S226] Census of U.S.A., 1880.

    7. [S374] Census of U.S.A., 1885.

    8. [S204] Census of U.S.A., 1910, (National Archives & Records Administration; Series T624).

    9. [S378] Vital Statistics - Colorado, U.S.A.

    10. [S1143] Index: Marriages - Colorado Statewide, 1853-2006, (www.familysearch.org).

    11. [S213] Census of U.S.A., 1920, (National Archives & Records Administration; Series T625).

    12. [S214] Census of U.S.A., 1930, (National Archives & Records Administration; Series T626).