Lots of questions, so I'll post this bit on info here (first).
Found the death record for a Herman Smith
d. 1947 in Harris County, Jefferson Davis Hospital
He was 33, Single and born in 'Franklin, LA'.
Father: Charlie Smith
Mother: Clara Joseph
He was buried at 'Oak Park'** (?).
So, two out of three have 'Clara Joseph' as mother.
** This may be a clue to where other family members are buried.
¹ Texas Death Record Collection.
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"Death records v. 85-90 cert. nos. 42400-44548 Oct. 1947, Harris County ..."
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