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Joseph S. Smith

Joseph S. SMITH, a former resident of Sharpsburg, passed away
at his home in Tarentum, on February 25, after an illness of
two months.

Mr. SMITH was born in Carlisle, Pa., October 23, 1823.  At the age
of ten years he removed to Pittsburg.  Later he evinced a desire to
become a farmer, and cast his lot in Butler county, where he married
Mary A. WATSON, daughter of James WATSON, of Revolutionary Fame. The
young couple purchased a farm, where, by hard work and close economy
they made for themselves a very comfortable home.  They left the farm
some fifteen years ago and removed to Sharpsburg,, where they resided
for six years.  Since that time they have made their home in Tarentum.

On May 6, last, the old couple celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of
their marriage, which was attended by all their children, grandchildren
and great grandchildren, fifty in all.  The old people were greatly
pleased to have their children all at "home," and voted the day as
one of the most pleasant of their lives.

Mrs. SMITH and eight children, all of whom are married, survive the
husband and father.  The surviving children are: James C. SMITH, Braddock,
Pa.; John LOGAN, Frank A and Camerson C. SMITH, Sharpsburg; George W.,
Harry G. SMITH, Sadie A. WOOD and Alma B. MARVIN, of Tarentum.

Mr. SMITH was a very active man; and was a true type of what nature
intended man should be.  Although 75 years of age he never was in bed
through sickness a day from his infancy until his last illness, which
was simply a giving way when nature had exhausted itself, a gathering in
of a "ripe shock".  His life was a useful and honorable one and the
communities in which he lived are the better for his influence.
Source: The Sharpsburg and Etna Herald, March 4, 1898
Contributor: Norm Meinert / O'Hara Twp., PA