Iliff came and cut plum trees and trimmed around the garden-
worked 5 hours-
Mother has been unhappy all day but has not made trouble-
I mended on Mothers sweater-
Today was my mothers birthday- born April 3- 1848*
|Ophelia A. Smith's grave (image by BJH*)|
*Here is the first bit of proof that "Mother" is in fact NOT Irene's mother, which I knew. Irene's mother was Ophelia Anne Smith (nee Gilbert). Ophelia was born, as Irene stated, on April 3, 1848, to Washington B. Gilbert (1821-1898) & Hannah E. Gilbert (nee Bullock 1819-1906). Ophelia married Irvin W. Smith in 1870. After Ophelia's death in 1894 (she is buried in McGraw, Cortland County, NY with her parents), Irvin remarried & had more children. My mother believes Clara is the daughter of one of Irene's half-sisters from her father's second wife. We believe "Mother" may be the second wife. (Image by BJH & posted on FindAGrave.)
Happy Birthday Ophelia!