Mary (Smetherhan) VivianX

Born: 1914

Location: Lake

My name is Mary (Smetherhan) Vivian and I was born in 1872. I married Samuel Fremont “Monte” Vivian in 1890 and we made our home in Lake Linden. Monte worked for C & H. We had 17 children together, but only 12 lived to adulthood. In 1914, shortly after the last child, Eleanor, was born, I lost Monte. He had a tooth extracted and died because of a related infection. I was left to raise the children on my own. My oldest son, Alton, worked to for the C & H railroad to help the family. To help us heat the house he would throw coal pieces off of the train for us to collect. I made money by cleaning and baking for others. I died in 1943. Sierra Bishop & Laurie McLeod, Descendants of Mary Vivian, Lake Linden MI

Contributed by: Sierra Bishop, Lake Linden, Michigan