Conrad Smith's separation from his family
Contributor: sjwilk2001 Created: 2 years ago Updated: 2 years ago
This information comes from a cousin of my paternal grandmother’s, and my aunt Charlene is responsible for making contact with her.
Conrad Smith was born 29 Dec 1866 and his mother died on 2 June 1868. Conrad would have been only 15 months old at the time. She probably died in childbirth. If so, I assume the child did not survive either.
Conrad Smith is listed at age 3 in the 1870 census as living in Union, Johnson, Iowa with Margaret Long and family. The 1880 census has him at age 13 in Newark Valley, White Pine, Nevada with Charles and Maggie Mar. He is referred to as an ‘adopted’ son. By 1990 he is listed in Lamoille, Nevada at which time he is married and is listed as a farmer/rancher. We are told (by the cousin) that as a young man, he also sold milk for a dairy in Elko.
It appears that at his mother’s death, the Long family took Conrad in. They had property adjoining his father’s property in Iowa. His siblings could stay under their father’s care but different arrangements had to be made for such a young child. Margaret Long had a daughter named Margaret who married Charles Mar. It appears that when the Mar’s moved west, Conrad went with them. Although he was listed as adopted, there was no name change for Conrad Smith and there hasn’t been any record of adoption located. It was probably not an actual legal adoption.