For more information on these families contact Sandi Franklin.  There were many notes, obituaries, etc with this outline.  Reading them really makes you feel you know this family.

Generation No. 1

1. JOHN J.1 WALROD was born in NY, and died in Clinton Co IA. He married RACHEL ANN TAYLOR November 20, 1828 in NY1.  John and Rachel are buried at Clinton Co., Iowa.

Children of JOHN WALROD and RACHEL TAYLOR are:

2. i. JANE2 WALROD, b. September 10, 1829; d. 1908, Union Co SD.

ii. MARY ANN WALROD, b. September 15, 18311; d. Y; m. WILLIAM FRAZIER.

3. iii. TUNIS EDWIN WALROD, b. November 16, 1834, NY; d. May 12, 1880, Clinton Co IA.

iv. CORDELIA ANN WALROD, b. March 10, 1837, Wayne Co NY1; d. Y; m. NATHANIAL SMITH.

4. v. MELISSA ANN WALROD, b. April 09, 1841, Wayne Co NY; d. September 20, 1906, Union Co SD.

5. vi. ABNER CHARLES WALROD, b. August 03, 1851, NY; d. January 01, 1875, Clinton Co IA.

Generation No. 2

2. JANE2 WALROD (JOHN J.1) was born September 10, 18291, and died 1908 in Union Co SD. She married SEBERT MURPHY. Jane and Sebert are buried at Beresford City Cemetery Union Co SD2

Children of JANE WALROD and SEBERT MURPHY are:

i. RACHEL ANN3 MURPHY, d. Bef. 1883; m. JOHN HENRY WALROD, July 03, 1855, Clinton Co IA.

ii. CHRIS MURPHY, m. UNKNOWN. He lived in the Beresford area. 

iii. MADORA MURPHY, b. August 03, 1849; d. February 04, 1941; m. CHARLES M. WALROD, February 17, 1869, Clinton Co IA.

iv. JOHN MURPHY, b. 1859; d. 1902, Union Co SD; m. JULIA UNKNOWN.

Notes for JOHN MURPHY: He was a partner with his uncle Eugene David Smith when the music store opened in Beresford. In 1902 the store burned down and John died. Don't understand if this means he died in the fire, or that he just died.

For whatever reason, John and his wife would have nothing to do with his brother Chris and his family.

More About JOHN MURPHY: Burial: Union Co SD

More About JULIA UNKNOWN: Burial: Union Co SD

3. TUNIS EDWIN2 WALROD (JOHN J.1)3 was born November 16, 1834 in NY3, and died May 12, 1880 in Clinton Co IA. He married CATHARINE NAMES.

Tunis Edwin WALROD in the Civil War


i. MARY JANE3 WALROD, b. 1856; d. Y; m. DELISTINE ELY.  It is understood that this family went by the name of Walrod rather than Ely. Hence the last names of the children are Walrod.

4. MELISSA ANN2 WALROD (JOHN J.1) was born April 09, 1841 in Wayne Co NY, and died September 20, 1906 in Union Co SD. She married JOSEPH SMITH6 October 14, 1854 in Clinton Co IA, son of DANIEL SMITH and UNKNOWN.

Both Melissa and Joseph are buried at  Beresford City Cemetery Union Co SD6

Record Change: July 11, 2000



i. BENSON CLAIRE3 SMITH, b. June 27, 1856, Clinton Co IA; d. March 05, 1923, Union Co SD; m. JANE DAVIS, 1879.

More About BENSON CLAIRE SMITH: Burial: March 08, 1923, Beresford City Cemetery Union Co SD

More About JANE DAVIS: Burial: Beresford City Cemetery Union Co SD

ii. EUGENE DAVID SMITH6,6, b. April 22, 1858, Clinton Co IA6; d. January 15, 1951, Union Co SD6; m. CHARLOTTE HARRIS6, December 19, 1895, Union Co SD.

More About EUGENE DAVID SMITH: Burial: Beresford City Cemetery Union Co SD Will: July 11, 1924, Union Co SD6


She owned and operated a millinary shop in Beresford for several years where she made hats of all kinds.

She was about 8 years old when she came to America with her parents and siblings sailing from England.

She was 67 years, 6 months and 25 days old at the time of her death. 

More About CHARLOTTE HARRIS: Burial: Beresford City Cemetery Union Co SD6 Christening: Dorsetshire England St Gabriel's Church6

iii. CORDELIA ANN SMITH, b. November 30, 1860, Clinton Co IA; d. August 11, 1937, Pennington Co SD; m. FRANK COFFIN, 1880.

More About CORDELIA ANN SMITH: Burial: Pennington Co SD

iv. MARTHA MAY SMITH, b. March 12, 1864, Clinton Co IA; d. 1915; m. EDWARD MERRILL.

v. MARY GAY SMITH, b. March 12, 1864, Clinton Co IA; d. January 10, 1916, Los Angeles Co CA7; m. NATHANIEL W. RANGER, March 06, 1889, Plymouth Co IA7.

More About MARY GAY SMITH: Burial: Pomona Cemetery Los Angeles Co CA

Notes for NATHANIEL W. RANGER: He came from Ireton IA by train to Pasadena CA in 1900 and then to Pomona CA in 1910. (Information from Olin Ranger)

Civil War Service of Nathaniel W. RANGER

More About NATHANIEL W. RANGER: Burial: Pomona Cemetery Los Angeles Co CA7

vi. JENNIE PEARL SMITH, b. November 17, 1869, Clinton Co IA; d. October 08, 1940, Moline IL; m. HORACE EDWARD BAILEY.

Notes for JENNIE PEARL SMITH: After Horace died, a house was built for Jennie. Not sure by whom. In 1904 Lena and Oley were married and she was living in it then.

In 1908 Jennie moved to Colfax ND. Daughter Lena and husband Oley Ohlsen moved with her along with their children 2 year old Irene and 6 week old Florence. Jennie's other children, 9 year old Horace, 17 year old Ralph and 16 year old Lora, also moved with her. They lived in the hayloft of the barn while waiting for the sod house to be built. "There were blizzards and skunks", recalls Irene.

In January of 1912, Lena and Oley left ND, possibly because of repeated crop failures. Irene said the land was poor. Jennie and her three children stayed on the homestead for a time until she married W. D. Thomas.

They moved to Minneapolis MN where they owned a store. Lora, married in 1915, gave birth to her child there. W.D. and Jennie were eventually divorced. Not married very long.

She then went to Rapid City SD and lived there for a number of years while operating a boarding house. In the mid '30s she became ill and went to live with her daughter in Moline IL. She died there of breast cancer.

Jennie was a very religious woman and didn't allow card playing. If someone came in with cards, she threw them in the stove. However, in later years she mellowed out and enjoyed playing cards herself.

(Information received from granddaughter, Cathy Bailey.)

More About JENNIE PEARL SMITH: Burial: Clinton Co IA

More About HORACE EDWARD BAILEY: Burial: Clinton Co IA

vii. HARRY OTTO SMITH, b. September 22, 1871, Clinton Co IA; d. December 06, 1929, Hennepin Co MN; m. NELLIE MCNALLEY, February 05, 1899, Plymouth Co IA.

More About HARRY OTTO SMITH: Burial: Lakewood Cemetery Hennepin Co MN

More About NELLIE MCNALLEY: Cause of Death: Heart attack during pregnancy

viii. CHARLES LESLIE SMITH, b. December 11, 1874, Clinton Co IA; d. January 16, 1961, Wahpeton ND; m. BARBARA CLARINDA WHITE, May 31, 1896, Sioux Co IA.

More About CHARLES LESLIE SMITH: Burial: January 19, 1961, Dickey Co ND

More About BARBARA CLARINDA WHITE: Burial: Dickey Co ND

ix. LORA SMITH8, b. June 21, 1879, Jackson Co IA; d. September 27, 1972, Jamestown ND; m. HERBERT BROWN, June 21, 1899, Union Co SD.

More About LORA SMITH:Burial: Steele ND

x. GLENN FRANK SMITH, b. April 02, 1882, Clinton Co IA; d. October 12, 1944; m. (1) FELICIA MABEL MCQUAY, October 21, 1902, Canton Lincoln Co SD; m. (2) LEVA BRATCHER, March 21, 1937, Morton Co ND.

Notes for GLENN FRANK SMITH: He and his wife were very active in the Salvation Army in Mandan ND. They moved there in 1918 from Beresford SD when he got a job with the railroad. In 1916 he was living in Burnstad ND and was married again in Mandan ND to a woman named Leva on March 21, 1937.

More About FELICIA MABEL MCQUAY: Burial: Morton Co ND

5. ABNER CHARLES2 WALROD (JOHN J.1) was born August 03, 1851 in NY10, and died January 01, 1875 in Clinton Co IA. He married THARISA HELEN PIERCE.

More About THARISA HELEN PIERCE: Burial: Mt Hope Cemetery Maquoketa IA


i. PEAR3 WALROD, b. April 08, 1872; d. Y; m. OLIN W. STOUGHTON.

ii. BRUCE OLY WALROD, b. September 10, 1874, Clinton Co IA; d. September 04, 1960, Jackson Co IA; m. BERTHA WING, March 09, 1898, Clinton Co IA.

Marriage Notes for BRUCE WALROD and BERTHA WING: Married in the bride's parents home by the Rev. L. Rose o f Union Center IA.


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