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Alda E. Tribble Smith Gray

She was born October 12 1886, or at least that is what we think. If this is true then she is the daughter of Christopher Monroe Smith, but I have seen other information that says she wasn’t born until 1888. If that is true then she is the child of H. C. Tribble. Her mother Phoebe married Hill right after Christopher died. Each of them had 10 children, and the children could not get along so that marriage did not last. It is part of the legend that Phoebe was pregnant when when she married Hill, but Alda lived with thinking that Hill was her father and not Christopher.

She was very close to her family, because one of the sisters came to live with Howard Asa Gray after Alda passed away from complications from giving birth. Here is a photo I have of Alda with one of her sisters. Alda is the tall one on the right side. 

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