Alva Retta Smelts

27 March 1871–15 April 1894 (Age 23)
Hocking, Ohio, United States

The Life of Alva Retta

Alva Retta Smelts was born on 27 March 1871, in Hocking, Ohio, United States. She married Henry Erastus Holmes on 22 January 1891, in Paulding, Ohio, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 daughters. She died on 15 April 1894, in Paulding, Paulding, Ohio, United States, at the age of 23, and was buried in Grover Hill, Paulding, Ohio, United States.

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Henry Erastus Holmes
Alva Retta Smelts
Marriage: 22 January 1891
Gertrude Agnes Holmes
Goldie V. Holmes

Spouse and Children

    Henry Erastus Holmes



22 January 1891
Paulding, Ohio, United States


    Gertrude Agnes Holmes



World Events (8)

1872 · The First National Park

Age 1

Yellowstone National Park was given the title of the first national park by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant. It is also believed to be the first national park in the world.
1872 · The Amnesty Act

Age 1

A federal law which reversed most of the penalties on former Confederate soldiers by the Fourteenth Amendment. The Act affected over 150,000 troops that were a part of the Civil War.
1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 10

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.

Name Meaning

Americanized spelling of German Spelz ( see Speltz ).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Alva Retta Smelts, "Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013"
  • Alva Retta Smelts, "Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013"
  • Alveretta Smelt in entry for Goldie V. Holmes, "Ohio, County Births, 1841-2003"

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