Jesse Raymond Smith

A "good-natured cowboy" and U.S. Army veteran of World War I.  He spoke fluent Navajo as they were friends and playmates. Uncle Jesse had a child with a Navajo woman but as was the custom in the early 1900's it belonged solely to the mother and her immediate family. A wonderful tradition as there were no illegitimate Navajo children, as the uncles in the family were as fathers and the women were all as mothers. This, also, kept any children from being orphans.

Uncle Jesse was guide to Zane Grey for several years, they married cousins. Uncle Jesse's wife was Lillian Wilhelm Smith, her art very sought after now, she died in Prescott Pioneer's home totally broke.

Photo and story courtesy of Barbara Ohlwiler - Jesse's Niece

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  1. Jesse Raymond Smith
    brother-in-law of 1st cousin 2x removed
    Louis Smith
    father of Jesse Raymond Smith
    James Albert Smith
    son of Louis Smith
    Henrietta Phelan (1903 – )
    wife of James Albert Smith
    Edward Frances Phelan (1866 – 1930)
    father of Henrietta Phelan
    Daniel Francis Phelan (1837 – 1921)
    father of Edward Frances Phelan
    Eugene Thomas Phelan (1866 – 1928)
    son of Daniel Francis Phelan
    Eugene Frances Phelan (1891 – 1976)
    son of Eugene Thomas Phelan
    Ruth Genevieve Phelan (1926 – 2006)
    daughter of Eugene Frances Phelan
    Suzi Dewsnap
    You are the daughter of Ruth Genevieve Phelan

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