WILLIAM HENRY SMITH
MARY JANE CARR
The oldest living son of William Worthington Lassengree Smith and Anna
Scott Evans Smith was born in Carroltown, Illinois and named William Henry
"Harry" Smith. When Harry was 1 year old, he came to Shasta County in one
of the first wagon trains to cross the Nobles Trail from Susanville in
1853. In 1879, he married Mary Jane "Molly" Carr of Millville, Molly
was born in Delhi, New York and came to Shasta County in 1874 with her
father, Francis Carr, her step-mother, Mary Ann McParland Carr and her
small half-sister, Theresa. The Smiths lived in the Shingletown/Parkville
area for over 65 years.
Harry and Molly Smith settled on a large ranch in Parkville, Molly was
a city girl and probably never enjoyed living on a ranch, but, during the
period 1881 - 1900, ten children were born to them, only six of whom lived
to adulthood. The children were:
|Katherine H. "Kate"
The Smith children attended the Parkville Grammar School and Hgh Schools
in Redding and Anderson. Fred, Joseph, and George served in the army during
World War I, and Fred later worked as an estate appraiser for the Redding
area under Governor Edmund Brown, Sr. Theresa became a registered nurse,
and Robert was engagd in mining in the Grass Valley area. Due to her mother's
plans for her children to have higher education, Kate became a much-beloved
teacher whose untimely death in 1922 interrupted a productive career. In
Shasta County, Kate Smith Lemm, taught at the following schools: Eureka,
Salt Creek, Sierra, Shingletown, Mountain Grove, Whitmore, Pine View, Balls
Ferry, and Coram.
Descendants of William H. "Harry" Smith and "Molly" Carr Smith include
eleven grandchildren, two of whom are deceased. The remaining nine live
in California. Jane (Lemm) Long was given a large garnet pin encircled
with small pearls, when she was a child, from her grandmother, Molly, because
she was the 1st granddaughter and this is a family heirloom.
Source: Shasta Historical Society