Germaine's Marriage - Katharine Bowne Smith

Katharine Bowne Smith


Katharine Dana Bowne (1872-1943)

Katharine Dana Bowne was born on 6 Jun 1872 in Richfield Springs, New York. Her parents were Samuel W. Bowne and Helen Dana.

Katharine married, lawyer, Harrison Brooks Smith on 12 May 1896. They had three children: Harrison Bowne Smith, Helen Dana Smith and Alex Quarrier Smith.

There is a picture of Katharine on her 1922 US Passport Application. Her description is listed as dark brown hair, blue eyes, round face, with fair complexion, and a large mouth. The application indicates that she planned to go to Great Britain, France, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium and Egypt for the purpose of sightseeing. She would have been fifty years old at the time.

According to the 8 Dec 1944 edition of the Princeton Alumni Weekly:

Harrison B. Smith, known to us as Jopah, died on October 18, 1942, at the age of 77. His widow survived him but a few months. They had three children, one son dying only recently in a tragic accident.

Katharine died on 4 June 1943. The tragic accident (death of son Alex) occurred on a return trip from his mother's funeral in Charleston W., VA. On Alex's way to the Salt Lake City, he stopped in Chicago. He fell off the 14th floor of the Chicagoan hotel. Cpl Smith had been in the Army a year and was en route to the Air Corps base at Salt Lake City. He left behind a widow, Margaret Shawkey Deisher.

Katharine and Harrison had five grandchildren: Harrison Bowne Smith III, Dorothy Bowne Smith, Katharine Bowne Fox, John Dana Fox, Helen Quarrier Fox.

UPEI Provenance Collection

Sands, George. Germaine's marriage: a tale of peasant life in France. New York: Richmond Croscup, 1892. [Bookplate with Harrison Brooks, and Katharine Bowne Smith].


Princeton Alumni Weekly, 8 Dec 1944

1880 United States Federal Census. Census Place: Brooklyn, Kings, New York; Roll: 845; Family History Film: 1254845; Page: 171C; Enumeration District: 082; Image: 0480.

1900 United States Federal Census. Census Place: Charleston Ward 6, Kanawha, West Virginia; Roll: 1762; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 0048; FHL microfilm: 1241762.

Evans, Frederick. After twenty-five years, class record of 1886 (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1911), 164-165.

New York, New York, Marriage Index 1866-1937.

U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington D.C.; NARA Series: Passport Applications, January 2, 1906 - March 31, 1925; Roll #: 1808; Volume #: Roll 1808 - Certificates: 109350-109725, 07 Jan 1922-09 Jan 1922

West Virginia, Deaths Index, 1853-1973. Katharine Bowne Smith, date 4 June 1943.

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