The Rest of the Family : Al Smith’s sibling(s)

We know that Alfred E. Smith had an older half sister, Anne Mary Smith, who was born in 1863/4 and lived with her maternal grandparents – the McDonald’s – in Brooklyn.  The Governor mentions her in his autobiography, Up To Now, as having lived practically her whole life in Brooklyn.  The McDonald’s have a plot in Holy Cross Cemetery in Brooklyn.  The McDonald’s have a plot there with two Catherine’s, Alexander (son) and James.  In a separate section, one Teresa Smith is buried ( February, 1867).  I am still searching for the Governor’s half sister.

We also know that exactly two years to the date, Al’s younger sister, Mary Agnes Smith was born in December 30, 1875.  Mary, or Mamie, would marry John James Glynn in 1894 and have eight children.  I have been fortunate enough to be in contact with some of these Glynn cousins.

What all biographers have missed is that Al and Mamie had two younger brothers who did not survive childhood illnesses.  Thomas Henry Smith, named for Katie Mulvehill’s father, the tailor, was born on February 20, 1879 and lived 29 days, passing away March 20, 1879. His address, 174 South Street, the same as the Smith census in 1880. Primary cause of death was listed as Marasmus (malnutrition) with the secondary cause of convulsions.  The infant was buried in one of the Mulvihill plots in Calvary Cemetery in Queens.  The second younger brother, John Thomas Smith, was born June 28, 1881 and he lived 1 year, five months and 18 days, passing away December 16, 1882.  His chief and determining cause of death was listed as Teething, with connected and contributing: Accute Hydroencephalus.  John Thomas was buried in Calvary in the same Mulvihill plot as his brother Thomas.

The fact that the Governor’s mother had four children, not two, can be confirmed in the 1900 Federal Census.  In 1900, Katherin(sic) Smith is living in Brooklyn with her daughter Mary, her son-in-law, John Glynn, her sister Delia, and as has been mentioned before, her nephew Peter Mulvihill.  The 1900 Census was the first to ask how many children did you have, and then ask how many were living.  Catherine answered 4 children, two living.  Line three in the image below.

Including his half sister Anne Mary, then Alfred E. Smith was actually one of five children, three of whom lived into adulthood.  Image

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