Name: Eva Estelle Winslow
Birth: 16 OCT 1875 in Benezette, Elk Co., PA
Death: 29 MAR 1967 in Pontiac , Michigan
Burial: 1 APR 1967 Parklawn Mem Gardens on Boot Jack, Ridgeway, PA
Cause of Death 1967 Fell on visit to sister Ella which eventually caused death
Census: 1920 Brookville, Jefferson, Pennsylvania living with George B Gealy 56 son Garner Gealy, and Eva's son Winslow Smith
Eva lived in the Bennett's Valley area until 1929 when she moved to Ridgway.
Eva Estelle Winslow married a mercantile owner, Harvey Smith, of Sinnemahoning. The marriage was short-lived, and the couple separated before the birth of their son, Bruce Winslow Smith. Eva and the child remained at her parents’ home in Benezette for a number of years before moving to Michigan. Eva made her living by sewing and keeping house, and eventually, she and her son Windy returned to Pennsylvania and lived in Ridgway. Eva was visiting her sister, Ella, in Michigan at the time of her death in 1967.
Bruce remembers ----- Grandma (Eva) lived at the Winslow home for years with Dad (Windy). When Uncle Mert and Aunt Ada took over the farm, Dad was a young man, but had become the family laborer. Whichever of the uncles was mowing, or planting, or baling, that’s where Dad’s services were needed. Some of his tales of farm life were amusing, while others related just how tough times were for the family in the early part of the twentieth century. At some point, Grandma and Dad moved to Michigan. When they moved back to Ridgway, they lived in a house where Grandma could make a living as a seamstress. Later, she kept house for Ruth Redding, and had her own room where she could pursue her sewing. She used to make clothes for my sisters and me, and sometimes, we weren’t too happy to be seen in them. Dad and Mom bought a second house in Ridgway, and rented the upstairs apartment. Aunt Ella visited from Michigan, and decided that Dad needed to make a place for his mother, so the tenants were moved out, and Grandma was moved into the upstairs apartment. She lived there until the early sixties, when she went to a nursing home. Once again, Aunt Ella found fault with the accommodations, and Grandma was taken to Michigan. She fell in Ella’s home, and was hospitalized, where she passed away at the age of 91, in 1967.
We have discovered some bits of family history that are counter to what we had believed in our younger years. First of all, I had believed that my grandfather Smith was just a gentleman visitor, and there seemed to be an abiding hatred of the man where Grandma was concerned. Harvey Smith was a mercantile operator in Sinnemahoning,; he had previously been married and had four children. Nothing was ever mentioned in my presence about this other family. A few years ago, my sister, Kathy, gave me a photo of Grandma and Harvey on their wedding day, but it wasn’t until we found a wedding application in Cameron County files for Grandma and Harvey that we learned he was a widower. We then found the graves of his first wife and infant daughter, but there was no trace of Harvey. The Internet has proved to be a remarkable source of information --- we found the Hicks cousins this way --- and, we have also found the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Harvey’s first family. We learned that it was Harvey who filed for divorce because Grandma wouldn’t resume housekeeping with him once he had recovered from a bankruptcy situation in his store. He followed the lumbering trade, and moved several times, but Grandma would not leave the homestead to accompany him. She was obviously being influenced by her mother, as attested to in the divorce decree.
Dad would often tell of the time he returned home from work, when he was in his twenties, to find "her husband" abusing Grandma, and threw the s.o.b. down the stairs, telling him never to show his face again. We thought he might have been referring to Harvey, but with our new knowledge about their divorce when Dad was only five or six years old, and Harvey’s marriage for the third time in New York State and subsequent death in 1926, we have concluded that the fellow Dad encountered was probably a man by the name of VanWye. My sisters know about a second marriage for Grandma to someone Dad called the dumb Dutchman, but we haven‘t been able to locate any records to substantiate this.
Father: William Keene Winslow b: 16 AUG 1846 in Winslow Farm, Benezette, Elk Co, Pa
Mother: Mary Martha "Minnie" Johnston b: 4 SEP 1856 in Bells Mills,Reynoldsville,Jefferson Co, PA
Harvey Edward Smith b: 26 JUN 1871 in Cameron Cty, Pa
29 JUN 1904
in Benezette, PA
- Bruce Winslow "Windy" Smith b: 7 OCT 1906 in Medix Run, Clearfield Co, PA
- Mary Smith b: 1904 in Elk Co, Pa