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Francis Smith

3 April 1858–23 February 1945

Born 3 Apr. 1858 in Lockport, Niagara Co., New York.[1] Daughter of John Marston Smith and Elizabeth Reilly.[2] Graduated from Bay View Institute, 1876, and from the Woman’s Law Class, New York University.[3] Married first Jay Humphreys by 1880; two children; widowed, 27 Nov. 1883, in New York.[4] Married second Thomas St. John Gaffney, 17 Aug. 1894, in Summit, Union Co., New Jersey. [5] President of the National Council of Women, 1899–1902.[6] Invited EBW to dine and to meet to prepare for the International Council of Women, 26 Feb. and 24 June 1899.[7] Attended the International Council of Women in London, June 26–5 July 1899.[8] Met and socialized with EBW in New York, 2–4 May 1900.[9] Lived in Germany while her husband served as Consul General, 1905–1915.[10] Returned to Summit, June 1920.[11] Died 23 Feb. 1945 in Summit.[12]

 

[1] “United States Passport Applications, 1795–1925,” database, Ancestry.com (https://ancestry.com, accessed 16 Dec. 2019), Mrs. Fannie B. Humphreys, 1892; Passport Application, certificate no. 39569; Roll 392, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington DC. “Family Tree,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org, accessed 14 Mar. 2018), Fannie Brush (LY2Q-CCS). 

[2] H. L. Motter, ed., The International Who’s Who: Who’s Who in the World 1912: A Biographical Dictionary of the World’s Notable Living Men and Women (New York City: International Who’s Who Publishing, 1912), 484.

[3] John W. Leonard, ed., Who’s Who in America: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of the United States, 1906–1907 (Chicago: A. N. Marquis, 1899), 648, 649.

[4] 1880 U.S. Census, Summit Township, Union Co., NJ, ED 189, p. 30, Fanny B. Humphrey. “Thomas St. John Gaffney, United States Consul General in Germany 1905–1915,” Old Limerick Journal (Limerick, Ireland) 47 (Winter 2013): 33. “Jay Humphreys,” New Jersey, Wills and Probate Records, 1739–1991, database, Ancestry.com, (https://ancestry.com, accessed 16 Dec. 2018). “Jay Humphreys,” Fort Hill Cemetery, Auburn, Cayuga Co., New York, Find a Grave, posted 3 Sept. 2007, memorial no. 21332816 (http://findagrave.com, accessed 21 Mar. 2018). 

[5] Thomas St. John Gaffney, United States Consul General in Germany 1905–1915,” Old Limerick Journal (Limerick, Ireland) 47 (Winter 2013): 33. New Jersey Index to Records of Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1848–1900, vol. 29, 1894–1895, p. 303, Tho’s S. J. Gaffney and Fannie S. Brush, microfilm 495720, DGS 4210076, image 330/409, FHL.

[6] “Women in Council,” Salt Lake Tribune, 16 Feb. 1899, 1. Carol Cornwall Madsen, An Advocate for Women: The Public Life of Emmeline B. Wells, 1870–1920 (Provo, UT: Brigham Young University Press; Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2006), 356, 407. H. L. Motter, ed., The International Who’s Who: Who’s Who in the World 1912: A Biographical Dictionary of the World’s Notable Living Men and Women (New York City: International Who’s Who Publishing, 1912), 484.

[7] EBW, Diary, 26 Feb. and 24 June 1899

[8] “Personal,” Independent (New York City), 22 June 1899, 1720. H. L. Motter, ed., The International Who’s Who: Who’s Who in the World 1912: A Biographical Dictionary of the World’s Notable Living Men and Women (New York City: International Who’s Who Publishing, 1912), 484. Carol Cornwall Madsen, An Advocate for Women: The Public Life of Emmeline B. Wells, 1870–1920 (Provo, UT: Brigham Young University Press; Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2006), 356, 384, 418, 419.

[9] EBW, Diary, 2–4 May 1900. Carol Cornwall Madsen, An Advocate for Women: The Public Life of Emmeline B. Wells, 1870–1920 (Provo, UT: Brigham Young University Press; Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2006), 393.

[10] Thomas St. John Gaffney, United States Consul General in Germany 1905–1915,” Old Limerick Journal (Limerick, Ireland) 47 (Winter 2013): 36–38.

[11] U.S. Customs Service, New York, Passenger and Crew Lists (Including Castle Garden and Ellis Island), 1820–1897, database, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com, accessed 17 Apr. 2019). 1930 U.S. Census, Summit, Union Co., NJ, ED 20-159, p. 1B, Fannie H Gaffney.

[12] “Fannie H. Gaffney,” Reports of Deaths of American Citizens Abroad, 1835–1974, database, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com, accessed 18 Dec. 2019). “Caretaker Fortune Threatened by US,” Trenton Evening Times, 8 Mar. 1945, 9. “Accounting Shows Assets of $58,872 in Gaffney Estate,” Summit Herald, 11 Apr. 1946, 22.