Does anyone know for sure the actual date of death for the Captain's father? The 1885 listed on the Enchanted site is the wrong date but I haven't found anyone who knows the proper date yet. Would appreciate it.
As a New Zealand direct descendent of Catherine Marsh/Hancock/Smith ( the Hancock line) - I have read both your book, Gary, and Pat Lacey's. Both books put flesh on the bones of my knowledge of our links to the Captain EJ Smith and they also provided wonderful information about the extended families.Yes Melissa, I was pretty impressed by Mrs Lacey's book when I read it, the research is very good, that's the advantage of being related to Smith, I suppose. Her work came out after mine, so I discovered the book later on. The only problem is sorting the fiction from the fact, which can be a headache, you never know where one ends and the other begins. Just recently I was researching EJ's time on the Senator Weber and though her account of his time on the ship is right in regard to dates and some incidents recorded in that ship's log, she has added to it quite a bit. Still, like you, I quite enjoyed the experience, it put a little flesh on Smith's bones.