BELLVILLE — Lucy Smith was feisty and strong. She lost two babies and reared nine children. Married three times, she was widowed three times. Her legacy boasts hundreds of descendants who will hold their annual Logan-Conley-Butler Family Reunion on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 1 p.m. in the shelter house in the town park in Shirley, Indiana.
Petite, lithe Lucy — born in January of 1880 or 1881 — married first John Aaron Roe Logan. They lost Carma Ethyl and Arnold, but reared Elva Ervin, Daisy Myrtle and William Howard Logan. Roe died at the young age of 26.
Lucy then wed Charles Huston Conley. This marriage added six more children—Delbert, Stella, Donald, James Savel, Fairl and Emery Conley. After being widowed the second time, Lucy married Grenville “Green” Butler, who also predeceased her.
Tiny and quiet, Lucy was known to move silently across a room, stand behind someone who would turn around and unexpectedly find her immediately behind them. It has been rumored that before they wed, Green made her promise not to have any more children.
Physically, Lucy didn’t have more children, but her legacy consists of hundreds of descendants in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, and beyond. This reunion affords her descendants an opportunity to meet new and old acquaintances while giving genealogists time to share family information.
Everyone is asked to bring two dishes—at least one hot one—for the pitch-in lunch. Fried chicken, drinks, ice, plastic and paper products will be provided. All Lucy’s descendants are encouraged to bring their families, enjoy good food, then meet and greet relatives—the ones you know and the new ones you will meet. The reunion will last as late as people choose to stay and visit.
Editor’s note: Information for this article was submitted by Berniece Logan