Friday, April 2, 2021

Baby Boy Smith

Baby Boy Smith, son of Russell W. Smith and Marian Gertrude Datt, was born at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania on February 2, 1965. He would be my husband’s 2nd cousin with their nearest common relatives being John Milton Smith and Amanda Larimer Horne, my husband’s great grandparents.

Sadly, he only lived for 12 and ½ hours. An autopsy was performed that determined he died of a subarachnoid hemorrhage—an aneurysm in the brain. Baby Boy Smith was buried at Uniondale Cemetery in Pittsburgh on February 4. 

At the time of his birth, Baby Boy Smith’s parents, who married in 1960, lived in the Wexford area of Pittsburgh. They would go on to have two more children, a boy and girl, who will remain nameless here for privacy reasons.

When his mother died 33 years later, her obituary noted that she was preceded in death by her father. When his father died 46 years later, his obituary noted that he was preceded by his first wife Marian as well as his second wife Eleanor. Baby Boy Smith was not mentioned in either obituary.

I’m always saddened when I find an infant death in my research. It brings me a little comfort to remember them here. 


  • Baby Boy Smith Certificate of Death no. 012113-65, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Health, Vital Statistics. 
  • Marian Datt Smith obituary, News Record, North Hills, Pennsylvania, June 8, 1993.
  • Russell W. Smith obituary, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, July 27, 2011.
  • Subarachnoid hemorrhage;

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