I found a lot of info on John and his son William through Newspaper Archives, but hadn't seen the one about Kate having a son "Mr. Smith". Every answer leads to more questions and the biggest question is whether "my" John is the same one who was a restauranteer. Both John the miner and John the restaurant operator show up in Salt Lake City. I am not sure they are the same one, although some of the info matches. Was he a multitasker? The 1880 census in Gunnison city is also confusing. While the Grand Junction area was still considered Gunnison County, the city was some distance (and some challenging topography at the time)away. Is is at all possible that there are 2 different Johns who both married a Kate? Not very likely,but I am not ready to rule it out. If they are the same, he would have only been in Gunnison for a very short time and probably just "caught" the census date.
I'll have to try to find info about a Kate Smith (obviously not the singer) and see if that helps clear things up. This is certasinly not a dull hobby, is it?
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