When I can't sleep at night, I often think of Jennie. I have so many questions about her and her short life. There seems to be a connection of sorts that I just can't describe, and so I continue to search. I feel compelled to find the descendants of her son Edwin Cleveland Stoddard, but have found nothing yet. I will keep digging. Until then I share these tender letters with you that shed a little light upon Jennie's life as a newlywed. I am so grateful to her mother Anne and her brother Eugene. I can't wait to meet them one day!
While researching and digging for information about Jennie and her short life, I came upon David Barkdull's name on family search. Thankfully, he left his email address and I was able to communicate with him. He had some amazing letter and photos of Jennie. I really feel like I hit the "motherlode." I can't thank David enough!
May 7 (12 days ago)
The below paragraph was taken from an original source, but I can’t locate it right now. If I’m remembering correctly the information comes from a letter written by one of Jennie’s siblings to their brother Eugene. It is taken from the book I wrote on Eugene and Mary Smith, “True to the Faith”.
"During the 1918 flu epidemic, Ane's daughter, Jennie, was struck down with the deadly disease. Ane left Logan and went to Salt Lake to help nurse her back to health. She was again alone with her gravely ill daughter and two young grandchildren. Her husband was away in Pocatello on business during this time. One day she went to the drug store for medicine. Being in a hurry she confused her directions and was lost for two hours. She stopped and prayed to God to direct her home. She was then able to retrace her steps and found her daughter's home. When she arrived home though she found Jennie unconscious. She died soon after.”
Smith Family letters mentioning Jennie