Nancy Anne Owen (of Edward & Rachel Beall OWEN, of Major Robert & Kesiah Harding OWEN, of Edward Sr. & Elizabeth OWEN) was born in the area of present day Montgomery County, Maryland, 25 October 1788, and d.10 April 1823, in Maryland. Nancy was most often called 'Anne'; she was the eldest daughter of Edward and Rachel Beall OWEN. [Beall is pronounced 'Bell']. She married Rev. James Smith 05 June 1810 in Montgomery County, Maryland. He was b.19 November 1784, in Virginia, and d.09 April 1826, in Baltimore, Maryland. His parentage: James Smith Sr. and wife Lucy (per daughter Rachel, in the "Prather Family Bible" of Decatur, Illinois). [Bible started about 1843]. Anne’s other sibling, a sister born about 1790, [two years younger] was Octavia ['Tavi'] Owen; and, this Octavia got her name from her aunt [the sister of Anne and Tavi’s father Edward Owen]: Octavia OWEN. Rev. James Smith is said to have been a 'Virginian'. One source says: "...he was born in the southern part of Virginia, of humble parentage". In Montgomery County, Maryland history, we often find references to 'the Virginia Smiths'; and some sources say that the Reverend James Smith was one of these Smiths. James Smith [James Smith II per his "preacher's card" and daughter Rachel's family Bible] @ age 16, 1798, barely able to read, began to preach and receive instruction from older pastors. James Smith, rode circuits of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Virginia and North Carolina for about 4 years. He was received 'on trial' in 1802; He worked hard educating himself; He was ordained as an elder in Camden, North Carolina. Most of Rev. James's later assignments were in Maryland; but, a couple times he was transfered to the Philedelphia Circuit... as was the reason Thomas Owen
Smith and Gustavus Adolphus Smith were born in Philadelphia. By 1820, he was well respected and a sought after minister. When Rev. James Smith was preaching in a particular town, the Methodist church was always full... the other denomination's churches were not so full.
Sprague, in his "Annals" for the Methodist Episcopal pulpit, lists this Rev. James Smith and his preaching assignments this way: 1802, James Smith was received on trial by the Virginia Conference and appointed to labour @ Camden, North Carolina. In 1803 he was transfered to the Baltimore Conference and appointed to the Greenbriar circuit of Western Virginia. 1804 he was appointed to Frederick, Maryland. 1805, to Fairfax, Virginia; 1806, to the Fell's Point circuit including the Eastern part of Baltimore City; 1807 to the Severn circuit of Maryland. 1808 found him in Annapolis; in 1809, to Washington City; in 1810 and 1811 to Montgomery; 1812, to Baltimore City; 1813 to the Frederick circuit and Fredericktown, Maryland; in 1814, to Prince George's, Maryland; 1815, to Montgomery; 1816, to Severn; 1817, to the Baltimore circuit. 1818, he was transfered to the Philadelphia Conference, and appointed to the Union Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1819 and 1820, he was @ St. George's in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At Queen Anne's 1821 a supernumerary (left without an appointment, various possible reasons); 1822 and 1823, @ Centreville, Queen Anne's County, Maryland. In 1824, he returned St. George's in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1825 he was sent back to the Baltimore Conference and was stationed @ Annapolis; 1826, he took a superannuated (retired) relation; and, in April of 1826, James died @ Baltimore. Rev. James Smith served as a member of the General Conference of 1812 in New York; and, in 1820 and 1824 of the General Conference in Baltimore.
Visited before his death by Bishop Soule, he stated: "....that he was sustained by the precious truths he had so long preached to others, and that, TRUSTING IN THE MERITS OF HIS GRACIOUS REDEEMER, he was not afraid to die."
The Rev. Beverly Waugh, D.D. recorded for Sprague the following: "Mr. Smith was a man of high intellect, ...distinguished alike for clear and quick perception, and acute discrimination. His investigations were profound and thorough. He studied and loved both Logic and Metaphysics. His positions were taken after much reflection, and were always clearly presented and ably defended.... His heart was full of kind and generous feeling, ...always ready to sympathize with injured and suffering humanity. Implacability had no place in his bosom: if, as was sometimes the case, he gave or took offence in his intercourse with others, he was always prompt to ask forgiveness, and as ready to extend it. He was one of the most transparent and ingenuous of men ...while he paid due deference to the opinions of others, he took no man's opinion upon trust. All that he said and did was in
obedience to his own honest and well-matured convictions."
The Hon. Philemon B. Hopper wrote: "The Rev. James Smith ...resided for a twelvemonth in my family, after the death of his first wife, so that I had the most favourable opportunity for observing his character ...I distinctly recollect he told me that, when he began to preach, his education was so limited, that on Sabbath morning, he was compelled to spell over the chapter in the Bible, which he was about to read as a morning lesson, and also the hymns which were to be sung in the congregation, so that he might be able to read them without stammering. He was a great admirer of the Rev. Nicholas Snethen. ...He (Smith) was a man of unflinching integrity, possessed very rare conversational powers, and was both argumentative and eloquent in his public discourses. When he was stationed in this place, his company was sought by the intelligent of all denominations. Such was his eloquence that, on Sabbath mornings, the church would be filled to overflowing ...So great was the respect in which Mr. Smith was held in this place (Centreville, Maryland) that a sermon, on the occasion of his death, was preached in the Methodist Episcopal Church, by the Rev. Francis Waters, D.D. in which he declared that he had never heard another equally original preacher. The pulpit and the lamps were in black, and black crape waved over the congregation during the commemorative service. I regret to say that, several years ago, I visited the graveyard in which the mortal remains of this distinguished man were interred, and was informed, by the Bishop Waugh and several other ministers present, that there was no stone to mark the place of his grave."
The Rev. Thomas B. Sargent, D.D. recalls first knowing Rev. James Smith in 1818 @ the Union Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where "...Mr. Smith succeeded the youthful Emory, (afterwards Bishop,) ...he was nearly six feet high, his person was full and erect, his complexion fair, his hair thin and silky ...the most noteworthy point in that pleasant countenance was the difference in the colour of his eyes, one being soft and beautiful blue, the other so dark a hazel as to become coal-black at night, or when he was excited in conversation
or preaching. ...Another peculiarity that he retained to his end, and that then sounded out in full force, was his broad Virginia or Southern pronunciation. It was 'mar' for mare; 'thar' instead of there or their; 'har' in place of hair; and 'whar' when others said where. To Pennsylvanians this was a remarkable and pleasant singularity, as it was known to be without affectation. He had been brought up in it, and it was established in the years he spent in Virginia and Maryland... After all, his CROWNING EXCELLANCE WAS IN "PRAYER, AND THE MINISTRY OF THE WORD"..."
About Rev. James Smith:
* A 2nd marriage occured about one month prior to Rev. James Smith's death. In Anne Arundel County, Maryland, 10 March 1826, the Rev. James Smith married the widow of Henry Childs: Mrs. Mary Childs, nee Mary Whittington, daughter of John and Elizabeth Scrivner WHITTINGTON.
*Burial: 11 April 1826, The Light Street M.E. Church owned Methodist Burial Ground (located in the Southern precinct of Baltimore City), Lot #631.
*Occupation: 1798, Methodist Episcopal Minister, began preaching @ age 16.
*Ordination 1: 1802, Received 'on trial' as a preacher by the Virginia Conference, M.E. Denomination.
*Ordination 2: 1804, Deacon.
*Ordination 3: 1804, By Rev. Whatcoat; received in 'Full Connection' by Baltimore Conference.
*Ordination 4: 1806, Elder.
Children of Nancy Owen and James Smith are:
+Rachel Ann Smith, b.03 April 1811 in Maryland; d.29 June 1848 in Decatur, Macon County,Illinois. She was named after her grandmother, Rachel Beall OWEN; and, her own mother, 'Anne'. Rachel married William Prather. He was born 1804 in Maryland, and died 29 Aug 1870 in Decatur, Macon County, Illinois. Rachel Ann Smith was the firstborn child of James and Nancy 'Anne' Owen SMITH. She appeared early enough to gain mention and gift from her grandfather Edward Owen's will, November 08, 1814. She was NOT mentioned in the 1826 guardianship papers where her other siblings are found; probably because she was already 15 years of age... Rachel was present in Montgomery County, Maryland and signed her interest in the Smith children's property over to her sister, Octavia Owen Smith Wootton, on December 14, 1841. The records from the court in Montgomery Co., Maryland, 1826/1828, tell us that maternal grandmother Rachel Beall OWEN obtained custody of the Smith children and their inherited property: a parcel of land, known as Resurvey of Batchelor's Forrest with buildings, that had been willed to their mother: Nancy [Anne] Owen SMITH by her father, Edward Owen, ca. 1815. Rachel Ann Smith married, as stated above, her cousin William Prather, in Montgomery County, Maryland, May 03, 1842. William Prather is said to have left Montgomery County, Maryland for Macon County, Illinois as early as 1836; but, Rachel did not move to Illinois until after they were married. Little is discovered about William until he begins to serve as the Clerk of the Macon County Court ca. 1848. Rachel's husband, William, had a brother who moved to Macon County, Illinois, named Henry Prather. Henry went to California in 1849 [for gold] and returned better off. Rachel died one month after a difficult birth; a little boy who lived only one day. She died, even before the grandmother Owen for whom she was named had passed away. Rachel was buried in [or moved to] the E.O. Smith family plot on the terrace, as was her son, in Greenwood Cemetery, Decatur, Macon County, Illinois. William Prather was buried next to his second and third wives [one of these latter wives was a sister to Margaret Bahan (Bane), the wife of Gustavus Adolphus Smith], on 31 August 1870, across the road, in an adjacent section, of the Greenwood Cemetery, Decatur, Macon County, Illinois. William was appointed Circuit Clerk (4th Circuit Court) first in 1847, then elected in 1848. He was also elected, 1850, as a County Judge, Macon County, Illinois, and retained that position until 1856.
The child of William and Rachel Smith PRATHER who lived only one day, was: +William Henry Prather, born 28 May 1848 in Decatur, Macon County, Illinois; & died 29 May 1848 in Decatur, Macon County, Illinois.
+Octavia Owen Smith, b.about 1813 in Maryland; d. after 1860 in Virginia?. We get her ca. date of birth from the fact she was named in her grandfather Edward Owen's will; and, from her 1850 census record. Her ca. of death comes from her 1860 census appearance and the fact her then husband, has a different wife listed in 1870. She was named after, both, her maternal grandfather's sister and her maternal aunt: Octavia Owen. Octavia married  on 11 March 1835 to Dr. Richard Wootton. Dr. Wootton died ca. 1840.
Children from this union were two sons: Singleton Wootton and John R. Wootton.
Octavia married  on 19 October 1846 to J. Watkins Walls. He out-lived Octavia.
Children from this union, again two sons: J. Watkins Walls and James Edward Walls [note the latter boy's name].
Octavia is named in the 1848 will of her grandmother Rachel Beall OWEN; as well, we find the three oldest sons are gifted in this same will. Only son Singleton is found to have attained adulthood. Octavia and spouse[s] had plantation[s] in Mississippi up to the 1860[s]. Not much more is found, so far... I believe she died early in the 1860s, as Dr. John Watkins Walls is found in 1870 in Virginia with a different, young wife, and an 8 year old son... 4 year old daughter.
+James Alexander Smith, b.01 April 1815 in Maryland, U.S.A.; d.08 March 1854, in Louisville, Clark County, Kentucky, U.S.A. He was a Carpenter. Regrettably, very little has been found out about this James Alexander Smith; however, the author is always searching for more information. James A. (about age 11) is given an equal billing with all his siblings (except Rachel Ann Smith who was already age 15) in the May 30, 1826 guardianship papers @ Montgomery County, Maryland, where grandmother Rachel Beall Owen was granted guardianship of the Smith orphans. He was present with sister Rachel Ann Smith and brother Thomas Owen Smith, and signed over to sister Octavia Owen Smith Wootton, his interest in the Smith children's inherited property, in Montgomery County, Maryland, December 14, 1841. [Edward Owen Smith I and Gustavus Adolphus Smith, both, appeared in court in Illinois to sign-off on this indenture]. James Alexander Smith received a gift from grandmother Rachel Beall Owen in her 1848 will. In an 1880 "History of Macon County, Illinois", by: Brink, McDonough & Co. of Philadelphia, a bio of Gustavus Adolphus Smith relates that Gus, age 16 [about that age, or, in his 16th year, 1836] travelled with his sister Octavia Owen Smith WOOTTON and her husband Dr. Richard Wootton to Cincinnati, Ohio. As the Wootton's were turning, to go south to their Mississippi plantation, Gus continued on his own to Springfield, Ohio "where two of his older brothers at that time resided". We know from other accounts that Edward Owen Smith I was one of these brothers, apprenticed to Samuel Price: Carpenter. We are led to believe that Thomas Owen Smith [Gentleman Farmer] stayed in Montgomery County, Maryland, where he 'farmed', began a family, and helped grandmother Rachel Beall Owen with her business affairs, coming out of Maryland to Illinois as late as 1856. So, we feel that James Alexander Smith was the other, older brother, being @ that time in Ohio. We know J.A. was back in Maryland in 1841. These Smith's were NOT afraid to travel! Where did the 'Alexander' middle name come from? Was this from grt.grt.grt. grandfather Alexander Beall? 'James' from his grt.grt. grandfather Beall, his grandfather Smith, his father! Was this the brother [instead of T.O. Smith, as Ms. John's has related; T.O. first coming to Illinois at a later date] dancing with E.O. Smith in the fall of 1849 @ Sheriff-elect William Wheelers ball held in Decatur? [pg.27, Personal Recollections.... Jane Martin Johns]. Perhaps it was, G.A..., unlike J.A. and T.O., we do know for sure Gus was in Decatur in 1849. 1849 WAS the year Edward Owen Smith I contracted/executed building the courthouse at Champaign, Illinois... who better to have on the crew than a trusted brother and like-minded carpenter! We don't know for sure that James Alexander Smith was buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Decatur, Macon County, Illinois in 1854, it is entirely possible, though; but, we DO know he is listed on the E.O. Smith stone on the terrace there. Cemetery certified age/establishment is only recorded for times later than his death, and it appears possible that Harriet Smith and the stone were moved there from somewhere else. The stone also shows his older sister Rachel Ann Smith PRATHER, and other members of the Smith family: as mentioned, James's sister-in law Harriet Krone Smith, niece Harriet Curtis Smith, nephew Frankie Owen Smith, nephew Ira Benedict Smith, and nephew William Henry Prather. Louisville, Kentucky, was not too long a train ride for E.O. Smith I to retrieve his brothers body. The author has never found the 1840 census record; or a marriage, for this James A. Smith. Only possible purchases of Illinois land; and, only possible military services are found, NOT confirmed.
+Edward Owen Smith I, fourth child/second son born to Rev. James and Anne Owen SMITH, was born 15 April 1817, in Montgomery County, Maryland, 3 miles west of Baltimore. He died 08 March 1892 in San Jose, California. The first appearance we have found, of E.O. in the historical record, is the 1826 Montgomery County, Maryland custody hearing in the orphan's court, mentioned before. He was nine years old. Six years later, age 15, E.O. went to Washington, D.C. and took employment as a clerk in a store, remaining two years. This happened during President Jackson's administration; and, E.O.'s education in Washington, D.C. was one of political and constitutional themes. Returning to Montgomery County in 1834, E.O. soon set out for the 'west' as was his dream... just as Autumn set in. The 1880 Bio of brother Gustavus Adolphus Smith states that Gus went to Ohio, in 1836, to join two brothers... This author believes that E.O. made his trip with elder brother James Alexander Smith; and, these were the two brothers with whom Gus caught-up. Edward Owen Smith I set out from his childhood home, some three miles west of Baltimore, on foot. He had $19.00 in his pocket, and his belongings in a nap-sack. Down the 'Old National Road'; through the Allegheny Mountains; walking 500 miles; until he reached Springfield, Ohio. Here in Springfield, E.O. apprenticed himself to a carpenter named Samuel Price, working two years before he decided that Ohio weather was too hard on his throat. He set out again; pausing a while at Montezuma, Indiana; then making his way to Terre Haute, Indiana where he worked about a year. Moving once more, May 1837 found E.O. in Decatur, Illinois. Immediately, he built a house for Captain D.L. Allen... then another. Captain Allen also wanted a hotel; so, E.O. contracted to build the 'Macon House' on land east of the park in an area of heavy timber. The following year he built Spangler Mill on the Sangamon River. Still, building the hotel was a good move... for E.O.
The "Macon House' hotel became E.O.'s home. About a year after the hotel opened for business, Captain Allen hired a family, newly arrived to Decatur, as managers of his hotel. These folks: David and Ruth Worley KRONE, were of Quaker roots from York County, Pennsylvania. David set up a carpenter shop in the basement; and, he was a good provider... wood, game meat, etc. Ruth was a fantastic cook; and, she kept a super clean house. The personnel who travelled with the Circuit Court noticed this; as, lodgings 'on the road' were not usually very good. The 'Macon House' became a favorite spot for the judicial branch to hang-out. They were known to hurry back to Decatur; and, to take their time with their cases, once they had arrived. This put E.O. in the parlor, in front of a warm fire for nightly talks with fellows, such as: A. Lincoln and S. Logan, Stuart, Swett, Browning and others. Remember his days as a clerk in Washington D.C. that had begun shaping E.O. politically and in his thoughts for application of the Constitution?
Did I mention that the Krone family had a pretty daughter named Harriet?
May 18, 1843 was the day E.O. married Harriet Krone. Issue from this marriage numbers ten souls. Their names follow and will each be dealt with individually at a later time: Rachel Ruth, James David, Lydia Anne, Mary Ella, Harriet Beall, Laura, Edward Owen II, Lowell Augustus, Gertrude, Thomas Curtis. Six daughters and four sons; all grew to maturity. This marriage union/partnership spanned twenty-four years; Harriet died a short time after Thomas Curtis was born. Her birth occured 11 September 1826 in Lewisberry, York County, Pennsylvania; she died 14 January 1867 in Decatur, Macon County, Illinois.
E.O. built Decatur, literally, for twenty years. Monies earned were often invested in land, which he improved, and in buildings which he constructed, many as speculation. He was a partner in the erection of Stapp's Row, five connected store buildings on South Park Street; the handsomest block in town. He built Decatur a successful 'Opera House' at a time when such an act seemed to be "flying in the face of fate". With a friend & fellow developer, E.O. purchased, laid out, and marketed the lots for a small town North of Decatur called 'Forsythe'. Today, that small town is the northern suburb of Decatur; and, contains the 'high-end' section of the metropolitan area.
Politics was not something, from which E.O. would run. In the early years that he spent building and contracting... he also served the city as an alderman. He never hid from civic duty when his help was needed on a committee. Often his voice was the one to which people listened. Illinois first state constitution was designed to get the state started; but, growth soon made it inadequate. E.O. was elected to the Constitutional Convention of the State of Illinois; and, during 1848, he helped write the state's second constitution... a document that remained in place for some 130 years. The next year [1849-1850] he served in the state house as a State Senator; representing @ least three counties; elected by an overwhelming majority. His labors in the Senate, one act being to secure donated Federal lands through resolutions of the legislature for Railroads, gave him leverage to get the Illinois Central Railroad to change their plans for their main route; so, the tracks would then be located six miles east of plan. These tracks would run through Decatur. This 'put Decatur on the map', permanetly. [He later became an investor and President of the Northern Cross and still later the Wabash Railroad]. As a Senator, he proposed a 'two-mil' tax, which was accepted; the result brought Illinois bonds 'up to par'; and, this, in turn, encouraged/gave confidence to folks on the move, to settle in Illinois, making it their home.
E.O. often was involved with Abe Lincoln. On-line I found [@ an auction site/sale catalogue] a receit from the Lincoln/Herndon Law office; where, E.O. and Harriet SMITH had paid for the services of Abe Lincoln, working in their behalf, as an advocate, in a court case. On-line again, I found a letter from E.O. to Lincoln. It was a reply to a letter from Lincoln, requesting a letter of recommendation, to be used by Lincoln, to pursue an office appointment in Washington, D.C. This letter was written 16 June 1849, while E.O. was building the courthouse in Champaign. E.O. appologized for not replying sooner; explaining, that Lincoln's letter [addressed to E.O. in Decatur] had not reached him sooner, as he was working in Champaign. Another letter to Lincoln, relating to whig party business is found in the Robert Todd Lincoln Collection of Lincoln papers, now housed in the Library of Congress.
Edward Owen Smith I was mentioned in the will of his grandmother, Rachel Beall Owen.
In 1849, some of E.O.'s best friends, cousins, etc. set out for California in search of gold. Most, if not all, returned in a couple years with extra pocket change... even those that had been robbed. E.O. must have listened to the stories with interest; recognized an opportunity; for in 1853 [having completed the Champaign, Illinois Courthouse construction he had started in 1849] he assembled a company of 39 men, to make a cattle and horse/mule drive to California. This was his first such trip; and, they accomplished the task in about 100 days. Do you think he bought his wagons, used during this trip, from brother Gus? The road they followed was known as the "Emigrant Trail". He stayed on the Pacific Coast two years and three months, exploring it up and down. He liked the Santa Clara Valley very much; and, declared it to be the most beautiful place on earth! Do you think he had acquired a map from friend Oglesby, showing where gold might just be found? On his return, he invested his profits heavily in Decatur's business section [two three-story store-fronts on Water Street, and mentioned earlier, Stapp's Row on Park Street].
In 1858, business being depressed in Illinois, Edward Owen Smith I set out again for California. Collecting a large drove of cattle and horses in southern Missouri and Indian territory, E.O. pursued a different, new route to California; the "Santa Fe Trail", recently laid out by Edward Fitzgerald Beale, for the Secretary of War. This proved difficult, challenging, and at times, dangerous. The company numbered 41 men; the Journal of John Udell advises us that E.O.'s next younger brother, Thomas Owen Smith, was accompanying him on this excursion. This time almost two years were consumed in the quest to reach California. E.O.'s daughter Gertrude [9th child in birth order, 6th daughter] wrote about her father, after his passing, with admiration and pleasure; especially, she gave attention to this 1858 trip. [This was published in a San Jose women's club magazine... my cousin Terry made it possible for me to be privy to this excellant source]! Using the stories that an old explorer would have shared, and the testimony of a now, adult lady named: Sally Allen [in 1858, a girl of 14 years], Gertrude tells how the company explored their way from Fort Gibson to Albuquerque, being twice attacked by Indians 'on the warpath'. Both times the Indians were repelled without loss to the company. Five hundred miles west of the Rio Grande River, in the vicinity of the San Francisco Mountains, this Smith Train encountered a party of 'returning' folks; folks who originally, were part of an Iowa to California wagon-train, of families [the Brown, Rose, and Jones train]. Three or Four weeks prior, these had been viciously attacked, as they readied to cross the Colorado River, by Mohave Indians; eight men killed [includes Sally's step-father]; and, others wounded [Sally was shot with an arrow in her stomach]; their cattle, for the most part, being driven across the river to other waiting Indians. All that were left, were with two wagons, only. Hungry, weary from walking, and they had lost most all possesions. Sally describes it this way: "...we were encamped about sundown, in a canyon, there appeared in the dim distance, slowly descending the steep and rugged declivity, a train of prairie schooners, preceded by a drove of horses in single file, coming with a solemn and even tramp, tramp, and to our wondering eyes they appeared like mammoths almost descending from the skies for our succor! Soon we were surrounded by men, horses and comparative comfort. To my mother's camp that night came some flour and beans, the best the world ever saw! The following day a wagon with more comforts was given to us, and we had the blessing of rest also, after our weary trudging backward, mile on mile, so weary and footsore. Our rescuers proved to be a company of hardy adventurers from Illinois, under the leadership of Mr. E.O. Smith; who, after hearing our story of hardship and danger, and with the winter coming on, voted to turn back with us to the settlements, five or six hundred miles, near Albuquerque. After this we traveled together, our rescuers providing food for all... finally the stock of supplies was reduced to beef without salt, and a few crumbs of crackers, which Mr. Smith declared 'the best dish he ever tasted'. Never once did he lose patience or cheerfulness; and, he was always ready to enliven others with a joke or witty story or anecdote. We were thus proceeding slowly in our struggle toward the nearest settlement, when a few of the men volunteered to hurry ahead to procure corn and other food, which they did... we reached the Rio Grande, where Mr. Smith went into winter quarters with his party, offering to give my mother any assistance he could to reach her former home; but, as she had a brother in San Francisco, she decided to remain with the party and again try the perilous journey to the Pacific. The rest of her party left them... the men soon grew restless and determined to push on , so we set out in January, 1859; and, after traveling 1300 miles through New Mexico and Arizona, reached San Francisco in April, 1860."
Another part of Sally's story reads like this: "In Arizona, while passing through the Apache country, we had evidence that the Indians were on the warpath; but, Mr. Smith, who was in the habit of riding ahead of the party on his small pony to search for water and a suitable camping-place, was much suprised one evening, after entering a canyon which broadened into a fertile and sheltered valley, to find himself in the midst of a party of two hundred Apache braves on the warpath; and in the midst of a war council. As he was utterly defenseless, he concluded that tact and friendliness must carry him through, so he halted beside the water, took off his saddle, and watered and tethered his pony. Then with all the composure and speech that he could muster, he saluted his silent audience. Their chief took it in good part and accepted an invitation to supper with the palefaces later on. Mr. Smith had a very large, well-rounded head which was blessed with only a very slight fringe of hair around the ears and at the back; and, he sometimes told about once riding in among a lot of Indians and removing his hat according to the white man's courtesy, when he was amazed to see the sensation caused thereby. The Indians were astonished beyond measure, and he afterwards learned that they firmly believed that he had been scalped, and still lived! This was probably the very occasion on which this happened and may partially explain the events which follow. When the rest of us arrived, you can imagine our surprise and terror; but, Mr. Smith hastened to my mother and cautioned her to show no fear for the sake of her life and her children, but to hasten and cook the best supper she could get up. In the meantime, at some sign from the chief, the whole band of warriors disappeared; but, at supper the chief and two other braves were the guests of honor, afterwards smoking the peace pipe and stolidly accepting gifts of red flannel shirts and glass beads, which must have given them pleasure, because they assured Mr. Smith that he and his camp would be entirely safe, and then disappeared in silence. Our leader ordered that no watch be kept that night, relying on his new friends keeping faith; but, not one wink of sleep came to the older heads in all the camp that night, and the morning found a grateful company. When breakfast was ready the same chief and braves appeared to share it; and, at its conclusion, the chief took off his quiver full of arrows, and gave it with his bow, which was of beautiful workmanship and all highly ornamented, to Mr. Smith, telling him that it would save him all trouble from Apaches if he showed it with its autograph of Cochise! Our guest was indeed the famous Cochise, the most bloodthirsty of the Apache chiefs against the whites; and, he was only won by the evidence of superb courage displayed by Mr. Smith. This was our last meeting with the Indians; although, we suspected that we were watched by them for several days on our way." [Another source states that the quiver containing arrows was made of 'lion's skin'].
Gertrude relates: that in the autumn of 1860, Mr. Smith departed Los Angeles for Texas, intending to make arrangements for raising horses in the latter State. In passing through Apache country his company was attacked by thirty Indians, who killed seven horses; but, they were driven off. There were but seven men in the party at this time; one of them was sick. Crossing the 'Staked Plains' they travelled eighty-six miles without water. Their first sight of Texas was a puzzel: The 'LONE STAR FLAG' of the REPUBLIC of TEXAS. They then learned for the first time that Abraham Lincoln had been elected President of the United States; and, that as a result, Texas had withdrawn from the Union, existing as an independant State. E.O. left two men in Texas having made arrangements to raise horses on shares; E.O. hurried to New Orleans and up the Mississippi to Illinois. Talk of war and preparation for secession was everywhere along the way; the investment in Texas was all but forgotten in the troublesome days/years that followed. Imagine E.O.'s suprise, seven years later, when a drove of horses were driven into Decatur: E.O.'s HORSES! Back to 1860 arrival home: once @ home in Decatur, even though he’d been gone 3 years, he was elected Mayor of Decatur [March 1861]. The duties that he had during this first year of the rebellion, were formidable. Through the conflict, he supported the Union… even with his wallet. In 1864 he voted for his old friend Abe Lincoln’s re-election [E.O. was a Democrat except this vote for Lincoln, and votes for his Illinois Govenor friends: Oglesby and Yates] believing Abe’s re-election would “prove an effectual blow to the rebellion”. He did not approve of the federal plan for ‘reconstruction’. His brother Thomas was elected Mayor the very next term [March 1862]. Thomas Owen Smith & E.O. dabbled in banking in Decatur. With another friend, E.O. purchased, laid out, and marketed the lots for a small town North of Decatur called 'Forsythe'. Today, that small town is the northern suburb of Decatur; and, contains the 'high-end' section of the metropolitan area.
The 14th of January, 1867 was the day that the beautiful Harriet Krone SMITH, passed away. It was 15 April 1869 before E.O. took another wife; from, Peoria County, he married a widow with a daughter and a son, the father of the children having died in the service of the Union during the Civil War. The new bride was: Catharine S. Brown HILLMAN, born 1838 in Cummington, Massachucetts. To this union, March 1870, was born one more child... a daughter, Kathryn Jeanette SMITH.
Again per Gertrude: "In 1870, Mr. Smith again crossed the plains to the Golden State, which had captured his heart, but not this time on the back of pony or with the slow prairie schooner, for the great Union Pacific Railroad had been finished, and this journey was made in a comfortable car propelled by steam. Settling in the lovely Santa Clara Valley with his talented second wife and part of his family, he passed a number of peaceful years, useful alike to his fellow-citizens, neighbors, and large circle of friends. He held many important offices and served in the convention at Sacremento which framed the constitution for our State."
E.O. had a beautiful house in the before mentioned Santa Clara Valley; at San Jose, California. On 12 October 1889, he left the United States to visit Europe. 08 January 1890, E.O. applied for a passport to the "Legation of the United States" in Paris, France; he stated he was staying in Nice; he intended to travel; he intended to return to the U.S. in September 1890. Edward Owen Smith I died 08 March 1892 @ San Jose, California. He is buried in a SMITH family plot in the Oakhill Cemetery @ San Jose, California.
Children of Edward Owen I and Harriet Krone SMITH:
*Rachel Ruth Smith, b.27 December 1843 in Decatur, d.08 November 1928, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, she is buried in the Gallagher plot of Greenwood Cemetery, Decatur, Illinois.[Named for her great-grandmother Owen and grandmother Krone. Probably, the name choice of 'Rachel', after the lady who raised the Smith orphans, confused early family lore, which in time, that lore erroniously stated that 'Rachel' was the name of the wife of Rev. James Smith. On this alone, I had to work hard to convince my father that the records did not support the 'lore']. Rachel m. Arthur J. Gallagher [Judge], b.02 May 1828, d.23 June 1879. Issue: +Arthur Jerome Gallagher Jr., b.23 November 1870, d.07 August 1938, m. Marian Barrackman 04 September 1930, no issue. Rachel m.1894 Benjamin Brown; he pre-deceased her; no issue.
*James David Smith, b.September 1845 in Decatur, d.after 1930 in Napa Valley, California, served in Ill. 155th Reg. with his uncle Brvt. Gen. G.A. Smith, m.04 September 1867 in Macon County, Illinois, to Worthene C. Benedict, b.September 1847, d.also after 1930 in Napa Valley, California. [Worthene was the niece of Dr. Ira B. Curtis, Decatur physician who helped care for the war wounded Col. Gustavus Adolphus Smith. Worthene's father, Kirby Benedict, was a colorful early Judge in Macon County, Illinois; and also later, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, a Judge and a newspaper man. The web is full of Kirby stories! Abe Lincoln was many times asked to un-seat Kirby from the bench; as temperance folks were not at all happy with Kirby's love of 'poker' and 'whiskey'. Lincoln's reply came with this affect: I served with Kirby Benedict; Kirby drunk, knows more law than all these petitioners added together and sober]. Their issue: +Ira Benedict Smith, 1868-1926, farmer, assylum housed, d. California, but, is buried in the Decatur Smith family plot near his grandmother Harriet. +Edward L. Smith w/m. Jeanette Nichols, no more discovered. +Hattie Curtis Smith, 1877-1878 AND +Frankie Owen Smith, 1879-1880; both dying young, were buried in Greenwood Cemetery with grandmother Harriet Smith. [James and Worthene, about this time, left the Illinois farm that E.O. had granted to them; tarried awhile in Roseburg, Oregon; settled finally in the Napa Valley, on a farm, growing vegetables]. +Harry Owen Smith, 1881-1950, of Santa Cruz, California w/m. about 1906 to Elizabeth Marie 'Myrtle' Bean, b.about 1884, no known issue.
*Lydia Anne Smith, b.September 1848 in Decatur, d.1932 and was buried in the McKee family plot at Oakhill Cemetery, San Jose, California, m.04 November 1868 Aquilla Toland, b.01 July 1840 London, Ohio, d.15 February 1878 in Macon County, Illinois. Aquilla was a Civil War veteran who served in Ohio Regiments. Issue: +Elizabeth Toland 1870-1883. Both, Aquilla and daughter Elizabeth are buried near the Gallagher and Krone family areas of Greenwood Cemetery in Decatur. For awhile, Lydia successfully managed the farm E.O. had granted to her and Aquilla. She is known to have been a contributor to the Decatur Chapter of the G.A.R.; that orginazation being the first one of many, that sprang-up following the war. Lydia m. in 1888, in California, a widower named George Butterfield McKee, b.27 July 1848, d.05 September 1922 in San Jose, California. George served as mayor in San Jose, California; he built a successful paint supply store. Lydia acquired by this marriage, two step-children; but, had no more issue of her own.
*Mary Ella Smith, b.14 September 1850 in Decatur, d. 28 July 1930 in Lacrosse, Wisconsin, m.15 July 1869 to Rev. Stephen Southwick Hebberd, Unitarian minister, b.05 September 1841 New York, d.03 October, 1922, Spokane Washington after being struck by an automobile. Mary Ella and Stephen, at first farmed in Macon County on a farm given by E.O. Stephen moved to Wisconsin to pastor, and for a time, Mary Ella was known to have managed the farm, i.e. shipping oxen to Wisconsin by rail, as Stephen had buyers at twice the monies this livestock would bring in Illinois. Also, there was a time, previous to the Wisconsin move, whence they tried out living in Nebraska, Indiana, and New York. Issue: +Arthur Gallagher Hebberd, 1873-1956, m.1893 to Adelaide F. Tate, 1870-1935; They lived in Minnesota. +Edward Smith Hebberd, 1872-1958, m.15 June 1904 Rachel Elizabeth Davis, 1874-1945. They are buried in Lacrosse, Wisconsin. E.S. was a very successful Pharmacist, innovator, an excellant historian. A chart of E.O.Smith I's descendants preparred by E.S. in the mid-1930s; gave me great start-up help in my pursuit of this hobby. Issue: ++Alice Davis Hebberd, 1906-1995, m.24 June 1929 @ Lacrosse, Wisconsin to Dr. Hermann Friedrich Englebach, 1903-1982. He practised medicine in Jacksonville, Illinois. They had issue which are yet living. ++Arthur Edward Hebberd, 1909-2004, m.13 May 1937 @ Lacrosse, Wisconsin to Mary Catherine Hardgrove Ryerson, 1905-1999, Both are buried in Lacrosse. Issue still living. +Charles Hebberd, 1873-1951, m. Alice R. Reynolds, 1884-?, they settled in Oregon and Washington State, they had issue. +Guy S. Hebberd, 1878-1960, Guy died in Spokane, Washington, m. Catherine Wood, 1881-??, settled in Washington State, they had issue. +Mary Hebberd, 1884-1884, Lacrosse, Wisconsin. +Nelle Hebberd, 1888-1928, no issue.
*Harriet Beall Smith, b.18 January 1853 in Decatur, d.27 April 1941 in Santa Clara and is buried in Oakhill Cemetery, San Jose, California near her son, m.1876 to Silas Frank Moore, b.about 1844 Ohio. This marriage, Harriet's only marriage, ended in 1897 by divorce, due to Frank's continual drunkeness and associated abuse. Issue: +Leone Moore, b.1878 California, d.1899, Peoria County, Illinois at the pinnacle of her beauty and promise, no issue. +Frederick Moore, b.1878 California, d.1882 Raymond, Illinois after swallowing a large 'hat-pin'; and, Doctors could not help. He was buried at Raymond, Illinois; but, soon after, removed to Greenwood Cemetery in Decatur, Illinois where other siblings are also laid to rest. +Marguerite Moore, b.10 August 1888 in Illinois, d.July 1981 in Pacific Grove, California. [Marguerite may have married late, after her mother's passing]. There was no issue. +Arthur Gallegher Moore, b.11 Oct 1892 in Decatur, Illinois, d.26 Jun 1963 in San Jose, California, m.Gladys M. Bollinger, b.about 1899 in San Jose, California, d.28 May 1968 San Jose, California. A.G. found success in the 'Savings and Loan' business. There was no issue. +Harriet Moore, 1895-1897; and, +an infant son 1896-1896, both born and died in Decatur, Illinois. Harriett moved to California for permanence ca. 1907.
*Laura S. Smith, b.01 April 1856 in Decatur, d.24 February 1935 in Elmwood, Peoria County, Illinois, and is buried in the cemetery at the nortern edge of town, m.04 May 1879, a widower, Edwin Lester Brown, b.23 December 1850, d.05 September 1932, he, too, is buried with Laura. Issue: +Marian Brown, b.08 July 1882 Elmwood, Illinois, d.20 February 1974 Watseka, Illinois, m.Edwin Gray, and there is living issue. +Edwin Owen Brown, b.03 September 1883 Elmwood, Illinois, d.01 December 1964 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, m.Ethel Barbara Willis, b.20 November 1884 Eureka, Illinois, d.28 February 1960 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; there is living issue. Edwin Brown is known for taking electricity to rural Peoria County, Illinois. He built Laura a separate, three story, Victorian, house of her own. It is called "Elberon", and still stands on it's corner in Elmwood, Peoria County, Illinois.
*Edward Owen Smith II, b.08 July 1858 in Decatur [just before his father's 1858 trip to California], d.10 October 1943 in Decatur, m.in Christian County, Illinois @ her father's house [George Fallis Rice] 01 November 1882 to Julia Rice b.27 Feb 1859 Christian County, Illinois, d.07 Dec 1901 Moweaqua, Shelby County, Illinois, @ home. Julia is buried in the Moweaqua I.O.O.F. Cemetery. Julia had contracted tuberculosis; and, time spent @ Colorado spas and in Southern California, only gave her some extra time @ life... not a cure. Issue of this E.O. and Julia Rice SMITH: +Harriet Edna Smith, b.22 August 1884 in Southern Macon County, Illinois, d.29 September 1952 in Decatur, and is buried in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Moweaqua; Hattie never married. +Hester Smith, b.03 April 1886 in Moweaqua, Shelby County, Illinois, d.22 January 1982 in Moweaqua, m.on 19 December 1917 to Richard Clytis Tolson, b.15 June 1881 in the country N.E. of Moweaqua, Illinois, d.10 September 1953 Moweaqua, Illinois, @ home, 19:00 P.M. Dick and Hester had no children; they did have a ++foster son Llyod Anderson, 1907-1927, who died in his very early adulthood and is buried with them in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Moweaqua. +Frank DeLoss Smith, b.02 January 1888 in Moweaqua, d.22 October 1980 in Decatur, m.1912 to B. Mabel Cleary, b.19 August 1886 in Illinois, d.05 November 1972 in Macon County, Illinois. DeLoss and Mabel had issue: ++Evelyn Julia Smith, b.& d.23 June 1915 and is buried in Mt.Zion Cemetery, Mt. Zion, Illinois with her parents. ++Another Daughter, still lives, is married and has living issue that lives on DeLoss's farm [DeLoss farmed all his life]; also, this grandchild who lives on the farm has living issue. +Walter Rice Smith, b.15 October 1889 in Christian County, d.24 May 1983 in Peoria County, Illinois, m.12 February 1913 in Moweaqua, Shelby County, Illinois, by the Rev. Milo Wilson Nethercutt to that same pastor's daughter: Mary Bernice Nethercutt, b.27 December 1891 Logansport, Indiana, d.02 October 1970 Decatur, Illinois @ Decatur Memorial Hospital, 20:32 hours, a Friday. Walter farmed in Christian County, Illinois until 1925. He sold out and moved to Decatur; where on 21 April, 1925 he became a letter carrier for the U.S.P.S. He pursued this occupation until his retirement, 31 May 1955. Walter's first house in town, at 746 Division Street, was the oldest standing residence in Decatur; and, that house is still in great shape today @ 175 years old and plus. Poor Mary Bernice, however, now moved to town, she still didn't have indoor plumbing; and, the Saturday night bath custom, by the cook-stove in the kitchen, was yet the norm. Walter and Mary, later solved the bath problem by purchasing a comfortable bungalow @ 1020 N. Union Street, in Decatur. Walter and Mary are buried in Graceland Cemetery, Decatur, Illinois. Walter and Mary had issue: ++Edward Owen Smith IV, b.31 August 1914 in Prairieton Township, Christian County, Illinois [on the kitchen table, he always said], d.23 December 2001 in room 705 Crescent @ 10:17 A.M., Methodist Hospital, Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, m.28 March 1937 in Waterloo, Monroe County, Illinois to Margaret Calista Moore who still lives. They have living issue [includes this author] even unto a great-great-grandchild. E.O. Smith IV quite often was heard quoting this verse: Acts 4:12; "Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." ++Mila Virginia Smith, b.23 July 1917 in Christian County, d.15 January 2006 in Watauga, Texas @ 14:00 hours. She is buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Fort Worth, Texas. Virginia m.28 August 1939 in Rockville, Indiana, to Paul Taylor Gebhart, b.23 Nov 1913 in Decatur, d.30 January 1960 in Pekin, Tazewell County, Illinois. Paul was a gifted man: an excellant machinist, a sought-after gunsmith, an early manufacturer of fiberglass compound bows, and a Boy Scouts of America scoutmaster. Paul is buried in Decatur's Fairview Cemetery in the Gebhart family plot. Paul and Virginia Smith GEBHART had issue: ++Carolyn Sue Gebhart, b.12 April 1941 Decatur, d.16 July 1941 Decatur and is buried in Fairlawn Cemetery, Decatur, next to her grandmother Gebhart. ++A living daughter Gebhart, who has married  and she and her husband have living issue even to mature grandchildren. Virginia, as a young widow, m.05 Nov 1961 in Pekin, Tazewell County, Illinois, to James E. Valentine, a young widower with mature/maturing children. Jimmie was b.10 May 1913 in Peoria, d.30 Dec 1999 @ BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal, McLean County, Illinois. Uncle Jimmie worked long for a vacuum cleaner manufacturer; but, he was a gifted upholsterer of furniture -- better than NEW! I can still hear 'Jim & Jinney', harmoniously, rendering "I Love You Truely, Truely, Dear!" At every opportune moment, Jimmie would share what Jesus Christ, his LORD and master meant to him; how that friend Jesus, possessed control of his life; how Jimmie was, therefore, better off as he awaited the day he would enter his 'PAID IN FULL' eternal home; payment having been made by this same Jesus. Jimmie's body is laid to rest in Parkhill Cemetery, Bloomington, McLean County, Illinois. Mila Virginia Smith's life verse was: Isaiah 41:13; "For I the LORD thy GOD will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not: I will help thee!" +Edward Owen Smith III, b.17 March 1892 Moweaqua, d.25 Nov 1955 Decatur, Illinois, @ Decatur & Macon County Hospital, 13:00 hrs., m.16 September 1920 in Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois to Lila Humphrey. They had one daughter who still lives; and, has lived beyond three husbands and all of her own issue [all with the second husband], a daughter and a son.
Edward Owen Smith II, as a young man, managed for a time the Smith Opera House, Decatur; as well as, working as a hired farm-hand. By the time he married he was established and working the Christian County, Illinois, farm granted to him by his father. This he did to the end of his life; however, he served as the township commissioner, and he also was the president of the local bank at Moweaqua. E.O.II m.a widow Sarah Kenady MINTURN b.25 Oct 1863 Colemonsville, Kentucky, d.07 Jun 1958 in Decatur. this second marriage occuring: 01 December 1903 @ Toluca, Illinois. This gave E.O.II a step-daughter named Winifred [she never married]. As a lad, I visited this step-great-grandmother @ 'the farm'. E.O. Smith II gave each of his issue a farm.
*Lowell Augustus Smith, b.27 November 1861 in Decatur [after his father's return from California], d.15 July 1956 in Houston, Texas. Lowell Augustus: was named (1st name) for a beloved maternal uncle, Nathan Lowell Krone. L.A. spent his teenage years [high school and business college] in San Jose, California; and, as he grew into adulthood  he returned to Decatur, to help brother E.O.II, look after his father's interests in Illinois: the opera house, the farms. He was given a farm in Milam Township consisting of 160 acres. He inherited 80 acres more when his father died; he purchased a tract of 150 acres; his second wife inherited 80 acres from her father making Lowell's farming responsibilities 470 acres. A county history written by the Hon. William E. Nelson [pub. 1910] has this to say about Lowell: "While Mr. Smith was fortunate in that he inherited property, in the conduct, developement and improvement of his farm he has displayed good business ability, has enhanced it's value and has extended it's boundaries. he is today, one of the extensive and prosperous agriculturists of Macon County." Family lore states that L.A. also raised Morgan horses; and, these were always in demand by customers just South and East in the Amish Community. Lowell m.20 February 1884 in Christian County, Illinois, to Francis Watson, b.1859 Illinois, d.23 October 1887. Issue from this marriage: +Lloyd L. Smith, b.17 February 1885 in Illinois, d.28 December 1922 when the oil-well drilling rig boiler exploded, on which he was working, in Tamina, Texas. Lloyd is buried in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Mt. Zion, Illinois. Lloyd is believed to have married a Bertha Gregg and sired a son named Deloss... absolutely no more is known. +Forest Edward Smith, b.01 February 1887 in Dalton City, Macon County, Illinois, d.15 December 1969 in Oakdale, Stanislaus County, California, m.07 February 1912 to Martha Surdam, a cousin, b.13 April 1881 Illinois, d.23 July 1944 Contra Costa County, California. Issue: ++Fannie Deloris Smith, b.1916 Montanna who married Robert Herald Toutjian and there is living issue, several generations; ++Rachel Lowell C. Smith, 1913-2002, m. Edwin parker, 1900-1983, and there is living issue; ++Hazel Smith, b.July 1919; ++Marguerite Smith, b.1921. Lowell m.12 March 1890 in Moultrie County, Illinois, to Martha [Mattie] C. Mayes, b.16 February 1862, d.15 November 1950 Macon County, Illinois; and, there was issue: +Anna Belle Smith, b.02 December 1892, d.21 July 1904; +Lowell Ewing Smith, 1896-1954 married Golda Davidson, no known issue; +Genevieve Smith, 1900-1985, married Earle Harold Cruit, 1898-1970, and there were ++three children, some yet living, and plus generations. Lowell m.1951 in Texas, to Myra Simon, 1888-1962; there are no know issue from this union. Early in the 20th century, the two brothers named above: Lloyd and Forest, worked together as farm-hands in Montanna. Lowell acquired some 1300 acres of land near Tamina, Texas. While Forest stayed for a while longer, in Montanna, farming and raising children, finally moving on to California; Lloyd removed to Texas, where, he and Lowell began to drill for oil. Success, or the lack of success, is unknown; yet, Lowell remained in Texas most of the last 35-40 years of his life. Descendants of Lowell, surnamed 'Cruit', still operate Lowell's Macon County, Illinois farm.
*Gertrude Smith, b.January 1864 Illinois, d.09 November 1933 California, moved to San Jose, California @ age 6 years. There she attended school; there she grew to adulthood; but, she returned to Decatur about age 18. Gertrude m.15 August 1883 in Decatur @ the Palace Hotel, @ 08:00 P.M., to George W. Waltz. George b.1860 Wisconsin [possible birth occured in New Jersey], d.1892 Walnut Creek, California. George was a dentist. Issue of this marriage: +Hazel Gertrude Waltz, b.03 June 1884 California, d.25 November 1978 Sacramento, California, m. Charles Dewitt Baker, 1882-1972, issue: ++a son, ++a daughter and these had issue; +Howard Smith Waltz, b.30 August 1888 Oakland, California, d.07 July 1976 Santa Clara County, California, Construction Contractor, m.15 September 1908 in Redwood City, San Mateo County, California, to Gladys George Trimble, b.11 June 1888 San Jose, California, d.24 December 1967 Santa Clara County, California, Issue: ++three daughters, these had issue; ++one son, no known wife or issue. The eldest of these daughters was: Dorothy Lucille Waltz, b.02 February 1910 in Santa Clara County, California; d.19 December 1991 in Santa Clara County, California; Dorothy m.15 September 1929 in Reno, Nevada to Louis Feist, b.16 July 1910 in California; d.31 December 1977 in Santa Clara County, California. There is living issue Gertrude, m.1895, Elmore C. Hurff, b. 13 March 1843 Elmwood, Illinois, d.1917. Gertrude was a member of the San Jose Women's Club; and, as told above, she left us a valuable story about her father: Edward Owen Smith I.
*Thomas Curtis Smith, b.15 January 1866, was one day shy of 1 year old, when his mother died; 4 years old when his family moved to California. In San Jose, he was schooled; and, reared-up, to adulthood. Nearing his 25th birthday, he passed away: 22 November 1890. Thomas is the only child of E.O.Smith I, known to have pre-deceased their father. Thomas is buried in the E.O. Smith family plot @ Oakhill Cemetery, in San Jose, California. He never married or left any issue.
Children of Edward Owen I and Catharine Brown Hillman SMITH:
*Edwin Brown Hillman, Step-son to E.O., b.September 1860 Massachucetts, d.24 January 1945, m. Adele Shellabarger, b.12 June 1863 Decatur, Macon County, Illinois, d.ca.1940. [Adele's mother was a sister of Harriet Krone, the first wife of E.O. Smith I]. As the uncle, Edwin Brown [above] for whom he was named, took electricity to rural Peoria County, Illinois; Edwin Hillman's career took to, and then continually supplied, electricity to rural Adams County, Illinois, working out of Quincy, Illinois. A daughter was born to this union 05 May 1890: +Margaret Hillman. Margaret m.Emil Frederick Halbach. No more is known.
*Eveline Hillman, Step-daughter to E.O., b.ca. 1863 Massachucetts, d.San Jose, California, m. Thomas Owen Smith, the son of Col. Gustavus Adolphus Smith. This Thomas Owen Smith, b.December 1856 Decatur, Illinois, d.San Jose, California. Issue: +Katherine M. Smith, b.1890 San Jose, California. This Katherine loved music; and, she studied at Juilliard.
*Kathryn Jeanette Smith, the eleventh child born to Edward Owen Smith I, was b.March 1870 in Illinois, m.11 February 1896 @ her mother's house in San Jose, California, a young lawyer: Calvert Wilson, b.March 1867 California, d.14 October 1933. Issue: +Evelyn Elizabeth Wilson, b.06 December 1896 California, d.02 December 1965 Los Angeles, California, m.Frederick W. Brunner, b.13 May 1895 St. Louis, Missouri, d.03 July 1980 San Clemente, Orange County, California. Issue: ++Frederick C. Brunner, b.31 March 1920 Los Angeles County, California, d.17 September 2003 Easton, Maryland, m.Celeste Mary Killeen, b.03 September 1919 Chicago, Illinois. Issue: four sons.
+Thomas Owen Smith, b.04 March 1820, in Pennsylvania; d.08 February 1875, in San Jose, California, @ 14:30 P.M.; born just exactly nine months before his younger brother, Gus. The name 'Thomas' was popular in the Owen family; but, 'Thomas' did not previously belong to any of our fathers; it had only been given to uncles and cousins. Perhaps 'Thomas' was also popular in the Smith line? We don't know. Like his siblings, Thomas is listed in the custody papers ; and, with Rachel, with James A., in the property papers . As the other brothers and sisters reached maturity and pushed on to other parts of the country, Thomas stayed in Montgomery County, Maryland. There he managed the farm for grandmother Rachel Beall OWEN; and, he was rewarded by earning the position of 'executor' of her last will and testament . He married there; he is listed in Maryland, in the 1850 census, with his m. wife Laura and two daughters: Nancy Owen Smith ae. 2 & Martha Smith ae 1. The eldest daughter, Nancy Owen Smith, was gifted in her grandmother Owen's 1848 will. In the time after his grandmother's 1848 death and until his 1856 move to Illinois, Thomas is found in the Maryland land records frequently, as he dissolved Rachel Beall Owen's holdings. Some of these sales were for land that had been in the Owen family for generations.
Thomas Owen Smith m.18 January 1847, in Montgomery County, Maryland, to Laura Virginia Anderson. Laura was the daughter of Richard Anderson Jr. and Martha Chinn. The two very young daughters we found listed in the 1850 census both died young. This author was given electronic copies of three studio pictures, by a cousin, who is one of Thomas's grand grandsons, and a member of the Patty family that originated in Oregon. Perhaps these photos were taken as Thomas, Virginia, and Nancy Owen SMITH [the eldest] moved to Illinois, with at least three other sisters, and that happening in 1856; for sure, these two elder daughters [Nancy O. and Martha] are not listed in the 1860 census. In this photograph, Nancy appears to be 10 years old; so, her next sister Martha, probably had already passed away, in Maryland. In 1858, Thomas Owen Smith accompanied his elder brother, Edward Owen Smith I, on E.O.'s second horse/cattle drive to California. They returned to Decatur, in 1860, the rumors of war already happening, E.O. was immeadiately elected mayor of Decatur [1 year term] for 1861; and, Thomas Owen Smith was elected a year later, for 1862, and he filled the very next term in the mayor's office. It is with special interest that we note: Thomas Owen Smith is listed as a 'farmer' in the census for 1850, in Maryland; as a 'Gentleman' in 1860; and in 1870 he is a 'banker'; the later two listings in Illinois.
His wife Laura, b.31 May 1830, in Maryland, d.10 January 1866, in Decatur, and she was laid to rest in Greenwood Cemetery, Decatur. In the social circle of Decatur, Illinois, where one finds the closest friends of the Smith brothers... a very benevolent lady is observed working constantly in the Christian Commission [Support Our Troops!]. This lady's name was Eliza Jane Jones EVANS. At about the same time that Laura Virginia Anderson SMITH passed away leaving Thomas Owen Smith a widower with young children, John B. Evans also passed away, leaving Eliza Jane Jones EVANS a widow. Eliza Jane Jones was b/ca. 1826, in Ohio. She m.02 January 1848, John B. Evans, in Ohio. The Evans' had two sons: Edward A. b/ca.1849, in Ohio, and John Leslie Evans, b/ca.1852, in Ohio. [Remember this John Leslie Evans later when we discuss Thomas Owen Smith's daughters from his first marriage].
Thomas Owen Smith m.09 January, 1869, in Champaign County, Illinois, Eliza Jane Jones Evans. Eliza Jane was the daughter of Thomas Jones and Mary P. Truitt, both originally from Maryland.
In the Fall of 1872, the Thomas Owen Smith clan moved to San Jose, Santa Clara County, California. Thomas Owen Smith still had much business in Decatur though; so, we find T.O. returning to Decatur in the Spring of 1873 & 1874, staying until the Fall each year. [We might note that after his passing, for about four years, Thomas Owen Smith 'and his assigns' were continually on the court dockett. Usually decisions in their favor]. T.O. wasn't feeling well as he returned to California in the Fall of 1874; and, he was never able to shake off what was troubling him. Thomas Owen Smith departed this life 08 February 1875; and, T.O. was laid to rest in E.O. Smith I's family plot in Oakhill Memorial Park, San Jose, California. Eliza Jane Jones Evans SMITH kept on until 1901... She is buried beside Thomas Owen Smith; there was no issue from the second marriage.
Now: the children of Thomas Owen and Laura Virginia Anderson SMITH.
*Nancy Owen Smith, Firstborn, died young; for sure, before a twelveth birthday. She is found, named: in the 1848 will of her grandmother, Rachel Beall Owen; in the 1850 Montgomery County, Maryland, census.
*Martha Smith, Second daughter/second child, b. ca. 1849, d. young, and is only found in the 1850 Montgomery County, Maryland, census.
*Alice Estep Smith, was b.October 1852, in Maryland. Third daughter [of seven], third of eight children born to Thomas Owen and m. wife, Laura Virginia Anderson SMITH. The first child to live to maturity... She was transplanted to Illinois at age 4, possibly 5. She m.28 October 1869, in Decatur, a Civil War veteran named: William F. Slocum. Not very much time passed; however, before Alice Estep Smith SLOCUM realized she had made a BIG mistake. This mistake, I believe, influenced the remainder of her life. We find Alice in court in Macon County, Illinois, asking for a divorce. Seems Mr. William Slocum was headed to Kansas with the 'Madam' from a house of ill repute... a woman, whom he stated, [he thought so anyway], had more money than Alice. Also, it is interesting to note: William Slocum did not last 10 more years; nor, was his association with this Madam 'easy street'. Alice, returned to the area of her nativity, finding gainful employment in Washington D.C., as a clerk, in the 'Office of Indian Affairs'. Here she met and m.10 December 1873, an older gentleman, widower, a man of position and means, Dr. F.B. Culver. She enjoyed this union until death stole him away sometime before 1880. Again, Alice married, after 1880, in Washington D.C. area, to a man named White. She outlived this relationship as well; and, she is listed as a widow in the 1900 census. What's a girl to do? In 1905, Washington D.C., Alice... her fourth and final marriage union, proved to be a very good thing. Alice married a widower named Erastus Johnson Turner. E.J. Turner was b.December 1846, in Pennsylvania, moved to the mid-west for schooling, then to Kansas to set up a law practice. He was elected a judge, in Kansas. He was elected to the U.S. Senate to represent Kansas... ca. 50th to 52nd congress. After he married Alice , he practiced law in D.C., for a time. They moved to Seattle, Washington, ca.1910. Retirement time came and this couple retired to the Los Angeles, California area, ca. 1915. E.J. Turner d.1933. Alice Estep Smith Slocum Culver White TURNER was laid to rest beside this last husband, her death coming on 06 July 1938. Alice never had any children. She loved her siblings and cousins; and usually, every summer for a couple decades, Alice returned to Decatur [newspapers taking note], to visit family and friends. Her official job title in D.C. was 'clerk, government offices'. She moved with the best of society; and, Alice was the first of any of the grand-daughters of James and Anne Owen SMITH to gain a DAR membership. She talked three of E.O. Smith's daughters and one of her own sisters into joining the DAR, too. [As her father & uncles were orphaned at an early age... she did not have a good handle on her family history. She evidently did NOT know that Edward Owen was her great-grandfather; nor, did she know that his father Robert Owen was a Major in the Revolutionary War... in charge of the commissary @ Annapolis. This was her true lineage through the Smith line to DAR. She found and assigned a husband to her great-grandmother Rachel Beall OWEN named: Thomas OWENS, who actually hailed from South Carolina,... and she slipped it through]. By the present time, two SMITH cousins have correctly helped another cousin to gain correct lineage membership to the DAR; and, to the Colonial Dames Organization. We are unable to change what was done 100 years ago; but, we can note that it was so. [No hard feelings toward Alice, she did the best she could with what she had... no internet!]. One final note: At her death/burial beside her last husband, Alice Estep Smith...TURNER was laid to rest WITH THE RICH and FAMOUS @ Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Great Mausoleum, Coleus Terrace, Carnation Corridor, Crypt #1585, Los Angeles, California.
*Katherine Love Smith, was the fourth child/fourth daughter of Thomas and Laura SMITH. She was b.July 1854, in Maryland, and almost three years old when she came to Illinois. Remember, her widowed father, Thomas m. Eliza Jane Jones EVANS... a widow with two handsome sons? Before 1875, Kate married the youngest of her step-brothers: John Leslie Evans. John worked as a bank clerk and as a hotel keeper. It appears John died about 1890. John Leslie and Katherine Love Smith EVANS migrated to San Jose, California, with the Thomas Owen Smith clan. In 1876, an atlas shows a large San Jose residence and lists it as the J.L. Evans residence. This was Thomas Owen Smith’s house, and always, after T.O.'s death, his widow Eliza lived with Kate Smith Evan’s family. By the time for a census in 1880, the Evans are married more than five years, and lived [about 20 miles south of San Jose], in Santa Cruz County @ Soquel. In the 16 years that they were married, they had issue: +Thomas Owen Evans born in California ca.1875; +Genevieve Smith Evans born in California ca.1877. In 1900, the widow Kate L. Smith EVANS was counted in Palo Alto district 90, Santa Clara County, California. She stated she was the mother of two children and both were yet alive. We know that Thomas O. Evans married a Sarah E.; and, they were living in San Francisco, in 1930. He was a furniture salesman. Thomas Owen Evans did Red Cross work abroad, during/after WWI. There were no children. We are positive that Genevieve married George Albert Cressey; George Albert and Genevieve Evans CRESSEY had children. Their Issue: ++Albert Evans Cressey, a son, and ++Muriel Cressey, a daughter. Lady's first! Muriel Cressey, b.in California, 1904, married a man with the surname: Husband. They had a daughter, +++Joanne Husband, b.in San Francisco County, California, on 15 April 1931. [The only marriage I know about for Joanne Husband unites her with Alan O. Friedland, b.about 1924; this wedding took place 20 May 1984, in Santa Cruz County, California; 53 years old, is probably not an age for a first wedding. I know of NO children]. Albert Evans Cressey, b.in Stanislaus, California, 15 June 1907; d.in Stanislaus, California, 04 August 1958; m.Miss Byrne. They had +++issue who are yet living.
*Augusta Smith, was b.in Maryland, ca.1856; so, she was really small when the family moved to Illinois. The fifth child/fifth daughter of Thomas Owen and Laura Virginia Anderson SMITH was named Augusta, She married [probably in California] Lucian F. Oakley. They had a son, +Leroy T. Oakley. Nothing more has been discovered about this branch of the Smith tree.
*Josephine Evans Smith, was the sixth child/sixth daughter. Josephine was born in Illinois, while her father was off to California with uncle Edward Owen Smith. She was almost two years old by the time her father, Thomas Owen Smith, got back home! She grew up during the Civil War days in Decatur, Illinois; and, during her early teenage years the family moved to San Jose, Santa Clara County, California. When in her seventeenth year, her father died. Josephine married Henry Clay Breeden, a man born in Kentucky. Josephine Evans Smith, b.December 1858 in Decatur, Macon County, Illinois, m.in 1876, Henry Clay Breeden, b.Kentucky, 18 November 1852. H.C. grew up in the Lexington area; his father and mother were John M. Breeden and Ann Whittington. The 1860 and 1870 Census helped define Josephine's birth year. [Josephine, as an adult was an 'age liar' habitually, when the census taker came; or, she really didn't think it was any of the government's business to know her correct age]. In 1880, the H.C. Breeden family is found in Portland, Oregon. H.C.'s occupation is 'Merchant'. They have a two year old daughter named +Blanche. In 1906, H.C. and Josephine Evans Smith BREEDEN entered the port of San Francisco on a ship from Shanghi, China. Henry Clay Breeden d.31 August 1937, in Los Angeles County, California. Josephine Evans Smith BREEDEN d.1939. Blanche Anderson Breeden, b.24 October 1877 in Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, m.19 September 1900, at San Francisco, California, Howard Coles Burmister. This union gave the Burmister family a daughter, named: ++Virginia Margaret Burmister; and, she was b.24 January 1905 in Arizona. More about her in a moment. Blanche Anderson Breeden BURMISTER lived until 01 January 1954. She d.San Francisco, San Mateo County, California. Howard Cooles Burmister was the son of Robert Burmister and Margaret Bashford; and, he was b.in Arizona, 07 September 1880, d.San Francisco, San Mateo County, California, 22 February 1956. Virginia Margaret Burmister m. 18 May 1926, in Los Angeles County, California; she d.01 December 1988, in San Francisco, San Mateo County, California. Her husband was named Ralph Rutherford Dresel I. Issue: son, +++Ralph Rutherford Dresel II b.12 February 1928, in San Francisco; and a daughter, +++Nancy Edith Dresel, b.31 July 1931, in San Francisco. I'm afraid your author has no more he can share about Ralph II. Nancy Edith Dresel, married a man from Oregon named: Aner Lyle Patty, [maybe spelled Anar] b.in Yamhill County, Oregon, 03 June 1928. If memory serves correctly he was born on a third generation farm... possibly a homestead. The Patty family is known and respected highly in Yamhill County, Oregon. They had several children; and, these children have children... Nancy Edith Dresel PATTY has passed away; Yamhill County, 27 July 1995.
*Richard James Smith, the seventh child of Thomas Owen and Laura Virginia Anderson SMITH, was not another niece for E.O. and Gus... but was in fact a NEPHEW. Richard James Smith, named for long time Decatur friend of the Smith family... and three time govenor of Illinois, Richard James Oglesby, was born in Decatur about 1863. Most all, of what we have been able to find out about Richard James Smith, comes from the census. The story is only as accurate as he was truthful [he appears to have lied about his age @ times; or, the person talking to the enumerator was guessing]. In the 1880 census, some five years after his father's death, Richard is a student, boarding, in San Jose [author gets the impression that the Thomas Owen Smith family 'scatters' soon after Thomas's death]. Richard, lists his age as 18.... perhaps he added a year or so; as, many young men do. The next entry we discuss is the 1910 census, San Francisco, as a shoe salesman, boarding, single, age 46. 1920 census, he's boarding in Oakland, still selling shoes, married... yet no wife listed, age 57, and that is probably the truth. In 1930 census, he is still in Oakland, a hired hand/gardner, widowed, age @ first marriage 23, now listed as age 63... It is assumed Richard passed away before 1940, as no record after this 1930 entry is found. Issue?
*Carolyn A. Smith, the eighth and last child/seventh daughter of Thomas Owen and Laura Virginia Anderson SMITH: Carolyn A. [probably A. for Anderson]; aka, as Caroline, and as Carrie. Carrie's story is also gleaned, in the most part, from the census. Carrie was b.06 February 1865, Decatur, Illinois; and, d.30 July 1944 in Alameda County, California. 1870 census, she is with her family in Decatur, Illinois, age 5; 1880 census, @ her uncle Edward Owen Smith’s house in San Jose, California, niece, age 16; 1900 census, Carrie Moody [she has married] age 35, born Illinois, has been married 16 years with 0 children. She is, @ this time, living in Washington D.C., with her sister Alice White, widow. 1910 census, Caroline Moody is in Los Angeles, California, age 45, a widow now, rooming; but, Caroline in 1920 census, is a year younger than she was ten years before [age liar? or, the person telling the enumerator thinks she is younger than she truly is] and, she is living in Alameda County, California as a lodger. 1930 census, same locale, age 60 [should be 65]; a widow who was age 19 @ first marriage. This expends our knowledge of Carrie; and as well, the descends of Thomas Owen and Laura Virginia Anderson SMITH.
+Gustavus Adolphus Smith, the sixth child of Rev. James and Anne Owen SMITH, b.26 December 1820, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; d.11 December 1885, in Santa Fe, Santa Fe County, New Mexico. Col. Gus's wife, Margaret Bane [Bahan @ birth] came to America from Ireland, probably ae. 4, in 1828. Her family was in Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois for sure, in the early 1840s.
Per: History of Macon County, Illinois... 1763-1880, published by Brink, McDonough & Co., Philadelphia. [This is the ONLY county history story, for any of the Smith brothers, which accurately names their mother/grandparents: "Nancy... daughter of Edward and Rachel Owen, of Montgomery County, Maryland." [They did error in stating she was the 'only' daughter; and, that is the only real mistake I find in the whole account. I also feel much of this account came from a personal interview with Gus; as opposed to, an interview with a relative of the next generation]. "...At the age of sixteen" [your author says in his 16th year, early 1936] "he accompanied his sister, Octavia O. Smith WOOTON, and her husband, Dr. Richard Wooton, who were on their way to Mississippi, as far as Cincinnati, Ohio, where he left them to seek his own fortune. He made his way to Springfield, Ohio, where two of his older brothers at that time resided. He was URGED to accept a position as a clerk in a store, but persistently refused, insisting on learning the carriage and wagon-making trade instead. Two years afterward he came to Decatur, arriving here in December 1837, but stopped only a short time, going on to Springfield, Illinois, where he resided for several years. After visiting his old home in Maryland and spending the summer and fall there, he returned to Springfield, and on his 23rd birthday, December the twenty-sixth, 1843, was united in marriage to Margaret Ann Bahan" [Bane: Early records and kin spell Margaret's surname 'Bahan'; later in life her own signature is found:'Bane'], "and immediately afterward took up his residence in Decatur.
"He devoted his attention to the manufacture of carriages, and built up a large business, employing from twenty to thirty hands. From 1858 to the breaking out of the war of the rebellion, he manufactured carriages largely for the southern market. He spent his winters usually in the south, both with the object of improving his health and looking after his business interests. The southern trade being prospectively good, and not believing that the South would ever be so foolish as to carry out its threats of secession, he made every exertion to make as heavy shipments to that section as possible. Consequently, when the war of the rebellion cut off the business intercourse between the North and the South, he was a very heavy loser. Out of his large shipments amounting to over fifty thousand dollars, he never received a single cent. His pecuniary interests in the South were heavy; but at the meeting held at the courthouse, on the arrival of the news of the firing on Fort Sumter, he was the second speaker, and, in a short but pointed speech, held that the integrity of the Union should be maintained at all hazards. The next day he was busy drilling men and preparing them for the field.
"He was asked to go to Mattoon to drill the regiment, which afterwards was mustered in as the Twenty-first Illinois, and of which General U.S. Grant became the Colonel. He also assisted in drilling some of the early regiments formed at Springfield. He declined several positions offered him till the 6th of May, 1861, when he was tendered the command of a regiment by the unanimous vote of its members. For six months afterward the regiment was known as 'Gus. Smith's Independant Regiment.' Richard Yates, then Governor, with part of his staff, made application to the Secretary of War that the regiment might continue to be known as G.A. Smith's Indepedent Regiment Illinois Volunteers; but this was found to be contrary to the regulations of the War Department, though when the regiment was accepted at Washington as the Thiry-fifth Illinois, a special provision was made in the case of Colonel Smith, that his regiment should not be interfered with by the Commanding General of the Department under three months, during which time he could take his regiment anywhere, and be allowed subsistence and camp and garrison equipage. This unusual privilege was given him on account of his known ability for drill and organization. Within a day or two after receiving this order from the Secretary of War, he received letters both from General Fremont, commanding at St. Louis, and Governor Yates--the former urging him to bring his regiment to St. Louis, and the latter to Springfield. Proceeding to Springfield, he drove with Governor Yates and part of his staff to the point where Camp Butler was afterward established, and selected that camping ground. Governor Yates was very desirous that Colonel Smith should take command with his regiment and organize a state military camp of instruction, promising that his men should be at once supplied with clothing and camp and garrison equipage by the state. General Fremont promised the same, and urged him to bring his regiment at once to St. Louis, where he greatly needed troops and was apprehensive of an attack from the enemy.
"Colonel Smith ordered his regiment to Decatur, and, being desirous to consult the wishes of his men, left the matter for them to decide. They voted almost unanimously to go to St. Louis, to which place the regiment went at once, and was stationed at Jefferson Barracks. While there, a committee of the citizens of Decatur presented the Colonel with a fine horse and sword, and the regiment with a beautiful flag--the latter the gift of the ladies of Decatur. From Jefferson Barracks the regiment, in August, 1861, proceeded to Jefferson City, and after a few days' stay at the capital of Missouri, went to Sedalia. In September, Colonel Smith, in command of a brigade of several regiments and a battery, set out to join General Fremont at Carthage, in south-west Missouri. From Carthage he preceded General Fremont's army and advanced by forced marches to Springfield, arriving six hours too late to take part in the fight which Major Zagonyi, of Fremont's staff, had with the enemy. The day after, Fremont came up with the remainder of the army. A few days after, a council of war, at which Colonel smith was present, determined to continue the pursuit of the Confederate General Price, but the command having been transfered from Fremont to Hunter, the order was countermanded and the army returned, part to the Army of the Mississippi and part to winter quarters at Rolla, Missouri. In January, 1862, the army was reorganized under General Curtis, and advanced in pursuit of the enemy towards Springfield and Lebanon. Daily fights and skirmishes occurred, but the force pushed southward into Arkansas, and, on the sixth, seventh, and eighth of March, 1862, fought the battle of Pea Ridge. The enemy, under General Van Dorn, numbered forty thousand. On the second day of the battle Colonel Smith was ordered with his command, which included the Thirty-fifth Illinois Regiment, The Twenty-fifth Missouri, and the First Iowa Battery, to take position on the turnpike near the Elk Horn Tavern. He soon afterward discovered the enemy in front deploying in mass column, apparently with a view of surrounding our army. He at once disposed his battery so as to command the three valleys, giving the enemy easy access to his position, and opened fire on the solid mass columns of the enemy, doing great execution. The enemy at once replied, without doing much damage for an hour or more, but finally, getting the proper range, poured great quantities of grape and canister into his command. About two hours after the fight opened, Colonel Smith's horse was shot under him. While waiting for another horse, still in personal command of his battery, his sword was struck in his hand, his belt cut from his body, he received a shot through his left shoulder and was struck on the right side of his head with a piece of shell, which fractured the skull. The blood flowed profusely from these wounds, but he continued in the fight until exhausted by the loss of blood; he was taken from the field, supposed to be mortally wounded. To ninety-nine out of one hundred men death would have resulted; but his fine physical condition and determined will brought him safely through, though his wounds did not completely heal till 1868.
"His wounds rendering him unfit for field duty, in July, 1862, he was authorized to raise an independant brigade in Illinois, which he shortly accomplished, but was unable to accompany them to the field. In September, 1862, President Lincoln commissioned him Brigadier General for gallant and meritorious conduct on the field of battle. In March, 1863, he voluntarily reported to General Rosecranz at Murphreesboro, Tennesee, and asked to be assigned to active duty in the field, which request was refused, the surgeon reporting that in the condition of his wounds at that time, active service would jeopardize his life. At Murphreesboro he met his old regiment, the Thiry-fifth Illinois, two miles out,--and they escorted him to their camp. The rank and file of the regiment presented him with a magnificent sword (one of the sergeants making the presentation speech), on which was engraven these words: 'Presented to Colonel G.A. Smith by the rank and file of the Thirty-fifth Illinois Regiment, for brave and gallant conduct at the battle of Pea Ridge; to be used in the cause of human progress.'
"General Rosecranz having been authorized to appoint a provost marshal general for Illinois, General Smith received the appointment, in the appropriate orders, and proceeded at once to organize a full staff; but in a few days these orders were countermanded by the Secretary of War, who ordered that General Smith should organize and take command of a convalescent camp from the Army of the Cumberland, to be located near Murfreesbooro. General Smith at once proceeded to carry out these instructions under the direct command of General George H. Thomas. This position gave him a fine field for the display of executive ability. The camp increased to thirty thousand men, and when it was disbanded the December following, he received complimentary thanks in the orders of both General Thomas and General Rosecranz. Here he was mustered out of the service. In 1864 he took an active part in the re-election of President Lincoln, and in the fall of that year tendered to General Hancock, then commanding the Veteran Reserve, twenty thousand western veterans to be placed
in a separate and distinct command. Hancock gladly accepted the offer, but could not prevail on Secretary Stanton to accept the command in that mannor. Returning to Illinois, Governor Oglesby appointed him colonel of the One Hundred and Fifty-fifth Illinois Infantry Regiment, and in February, 1865, he was ordered to Nashville, Tennessee, where he again came under the command of the gallant Thomas, who, on account of his wounds, refused him the privelege of going to the front, but, instead, detailed him on courtmartial duty at Nashville, where he remained till January, 1866, when he was honorably discharged as a
Brevet Brigadier General.
"He came back to Decatur, only to remove his family to Tennessee, where, in company with his late adjutant general, he raised a crop of cotton. In the spring of 1867 he removed to Alabama and raised a large cotton crop, but lost heavily by being obliged to sell at a low price. In 1868 he canvassed the State of Alabama for Grant. He was tendered the republican nomination to congress, which he declined, but was pressed to accept the nomination for a member of the board of education and board of regents of the state for a term of four years, this body being made by the constitution part of the legislature of the state. He
was elected to this position by a large majority. He resigned in 1870, to accept the position tendered him by President Grant, which he now holds," [held until his death] "of United States Collection and Disbursing Agent for the Collection District of New Mexico. He has been frequently complimented by the department for the able and prompt discharge of his duties. He is an occasional visitor at Decatur, and says that there is no place beside so interesting and attractive to him. he attributes its prosperity largely to the unanimity of action inaugurated by the early residents of Decatur, those of whom still remaining he always meets with great gladness.
"He was originally an old line whig in politics. He became a Douglas democrat on the death of the whig party, and in 1858 and 1860 supported Douglas as a personal friend. He declined the nomination for the legislature, tendered by the Fillmore and Douglas party in 1856, and in 1860 refused to become a candidate for the same office when urged to make the race by the Douglas democrats. His record since the war as an earnest republican is well known. He has had ten children, seven sons and three daughters. Five sons and one daughter now living: William A. Smith, the oldest son, is in business at Las Vegas, New Mexico; C.B. Smith is deputy United States Collector at Las Vegas; Thomas Owen Smith, and his daughter, Nellie B., reside at Santa Fe: and Gustavus A. Smith Jr., and James Edward Smith live at Las Vesgas. He has been an active member of the order of Odd Fellows since January, 1849, and in 1856 was Deputy Grand Master of the State of Illinois."
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Children of Gustavus Adolphus and Margaret Bahan [Bane] SMITH:
*Octavia O. Smith, 'firstborn', b.26 October 1844 in Illinois, d.24 July 1879 in Turkey Creek Township, Mitchel County, Kansas, m.12 Dec 1866 by William Mack, minister, in Maury County, Tennessee, [License # 5635, issued 08 December 1866], to William L. Warning. [Octavia was NOT listed in the 1880 Bio, above, as she died the year before the bio was written]. Octavia was buried in Honey Creek Cemetery, NE 1/4 Sec 19 Turkey Creek TWP, Mitchell Co., Kansas. Octavia's tombstone was transcribed in the 1970s this way: Warning, Octavia O., w/o W.L., 24 July 1879, 34yr 8mo 28da. William L. Warning always said he was born 1834 in Warren, New Jersey. I've never been able to find any Warning[s] listed in that area, in 1840, or in 1850 census extracts. Perhaps it is that we do not know the head of household's name; who they lived with. William L. Warning is found in 1860, boarding with a farmer and family, teaching country school, in Prairie Creek Township, Vigo County, Indiana. This is the first record of W.L., found so far. On 07 March 1861 he enlists in the military @ Fayette County, Illinois as a 1st sergeant. He is transfered about some: on 03 July 1861, again an enlistment, as Sergeant 1st class. On 28 August 1861, he again enlists, this time in the 35th Infantry Regiment Illinois, Company B, where he is promoted to Full Lieutenant on 20 October 1862. 23 July 1863 he is again promoted to: Full Lieutenant 1st class, effective back to 18 March 1863. W.L. mustered out of the 35th, Co. B on 27 September 1864 in Springfield, Illinois. He was awarded 'Distinguished Service' designation. **In February 1865 on the 28th @ Danville, Illinois, W.L. enlists as an Adjutant. He is commissioned an "officer" the same day. This service was in the 155th Illinois under Gen. Gus A. Smith. He mustered out 04 September 1865. ***In the: Muster and Descriptive Roll [of Illinois] William L. Warning is listed as 5"10", Light Hair, Blue Eyes, Light Complection, Single,
and Teacher. Born, Warren County, New Jersey. ****The next record for W.L. is on 08 December 1866; a marriage lisence is issued for William L. Warning and Octavia O. Smith in Maury County, Tennessee. The marriage is solemnized on the 12 December, 1866 by minister William Mack. A 5 cent stamp in bond. *****1870 [July] W.L. is in Santa Fe with U.S. Collection office. [Gus A. and William A., also]. In July 1870 Octavia Warning and daughter Nellie [Elinore] are in Decatur, Macon County, Illinois, [where Gus is listed 'Head of Household; but this author believes Gus is actually in New Mexico] with Margaret A., and Octavia's siblings: William, Nellie [Elinore], Christopher, Thomas, Gustavus A. [Jr.], and James E. Mid June 1880, William L. Warning ae.45 is found in Turkey Creek Township, Mitchell County, Kansas with Elinora ae.11, Harriet ae.5, Gustavus ae.4, and Gustavus A. Smith [Jr.] ae.21. When W.L. lists the children in 1880, Kansas... I think that reflects the first part of the year [not the day the enumerator was in person]; as, the census taker in Santa Fe, New Mexico lists Nellie Warning ae 11 and Gustavus A. Warning ae. 4 with [g-pa] Gus, [g-ma] Margaret A. and [aunt] Nellie Smith. Six days earlier than Kansas account... Harriet ae.6, niece, is counted in Sapello, San Miguel County, New Mexico, @ a 'Tie Camp' where uncle William Smith ae. 29 is the contractor, with wife Jennie G. keeping house. Also there, [uncle] James Smith ae. 18 [William's youngest brother]is an employee. *****William L. Warning died @ Santa Fe on 02 January, 1883. One final record: 11 December 1895 shows Col. Gus A. and Lieutenant/Adjutant W.L. Warning being interred @ the National Cemetery in Santa Fe, N.M.... evidently they were both buried elsewhere first. We've exhausted our knowledge of Gus's first born and her spouse. They both died early, leaving behind three children. The eldest was +Elinore or 'Nellie'. She was born 1869 in Illinois... There is a 20 year break in the records... we see Nellie listed in Santa Fe near grandmother Margaret... but this census entry is so blatantly erroneous, who can say what can be deduced. This is the end of what is known of Nellie; she was always near her grandmother. +Harriet Warning, b.21 August 1875 in Beckit, Kansas; d.11 May 1933 @ Bisbee, Cochise County, Arizona; m.in Arizona, 1902, to Walter Edwin Hankin. We've touched on her history as we've come along; we can not say for sure who raised her... ie., uncle William A. Smith was her head-of-house in 1880. The next found record is twenty years later. Perhaps she moved about amongst uncles families such as William A., Christopher Bane Smith, and also grandmother Margaret. She did get an education; as, she is found in the 1900 census, as a boarder who is teaching school, First Grade, at Bisbee, Cochise County, Arizona. She gives her birth date as August 1875; ae. 24; single; born in 'Kansas' [and same birth place is listed for mother and father's birth places]. AS usually happens when children are orphaned early, the young adult does NOT know their own history very well. The gentleman she married: Walter Edwin Hankin, b.09 December 1876 Rome, Oneida County, New York; his parents were both born in England. Walter was a Dentist; and, he was the owner of his practice. d.27 January 1938 Douglas, Cochise County, Arizona; and was buried in a section of the BPOE burial ground @ Bisbee. [Note: This burial ground buried folks in the order of death. Whereas Harriet and Walter are both buried in this same section, or plot; there are other folks, from this society buried between Harriet and Walter]. Child of Walter Edwin and Harriet Warning HANKIN: ++John W. Hankin, b.24 June 1903 Bisbee, Cochise County, Arizona; d.16 March 1996 Yuma, Yuma County, Arizona; m. Esperanza Beltran. The issue of this marriage union gave us +++four daughters, two sons; and, the results are found bearing names: Hankin, Pell, Havins, Engler, and now... more. The Last child of William L. and Octavia Owen Smith WARNING, was: +Gustavus Adolphus Warning; found listed ae. 4 in 1880 @ Turkey Creek, Mitchell County, Kansas; and, as stated before, he was @ his grandparent's, [Gus and Margaret Smith] house in Santa Fe, Santa Fe County, New Mexico, the middle part of that year. Twenty years later, 1900, we find him in Greeley, Weld County, Colorado... as a roomer, college student, and in the house of Earn and Rachel Eaton. Age 24, born April 1876 [exactly nine months younger than sister Harriet], single, born in Kansas, father born in New Jersey, mother born in Illinois. Wherever he was raised, he was given more of his personal history, perhaps than his sister Harriet received. He married, assumed in Colorado, before 1910, Mary P. Enoch. Mary was born ca. 1880 in Colorado; She taught school. In 1910, 1920, Gus and Mary Warning are found in Grand Junction, Mesa County, Colorado. She is two years plus younger than he; she was born in Colorado... her parents: Francis A. and Cynthia Story ENOCH were both natives of Illinois. Gus A. Warning is a Civil Engineer by trade, employed by a government agency, and in the area of the great dam construction. They have two children: 1st, ++Donald S. Warning, b.22 November 1910 and d.26 May 1992 in Lehigh Acres, Lee County, Florida [I have talked to his widow (2nd wife & widow) who still lives in Florida, she mentioned she has old family photos], and, the 2nd child, ++Margaret C. Warning, b.01 November 1914 and d.23 June 1999 in Bettendorf, Scott County, Iowa. Donald m. Carol Collier and sired: +++Bobby, +++Don, and +++Ann Warning (1941-2003); He m. Mary E. Hunter. Donald and Carol WARNING's daughter Ann was b.17 March 1941 in Evanston, Illinois. She m. Caleb M. Klopp 24 August 1963. The ++++Klopp family has given us five cousins, who still are alive, When Ann Warning KLOPP d.01 October 2003, the family was living in the Princeton, Scott County, Iowa area. One of these Klopp children, has been known to hang out in Brazil, S.A..... loving and caring for street orphans... Dr. Margaret C. Warning was an educator with degrees in Sociology and Home Economics; later a degree in English, and a gifted poet. She began a career at Iowa State University, in 1955, as Chair of the Textile and Clothing Department... until 1980. After that she is known to have taught in the classroom; as well as, far away places.
*Edward L. Smith, b.10 September 1847 Illinois; d.17 September 1859 in Decatur, Macon County, Illinois.
*Sarah L. Smith, b.ca. 1849 Illinois; d.after 1860.
William A. Smith, b.ca. 1851 Illinois; d.age 53, 28 December 1904; Sgt. Maj. William A. Smith was buried near the rest of the family, in the National Cemetery at Santa Fe, New Mexico. We know that in the census of 1880 he had a wife, Jennie G.. who is about 2 years younger than William A. Here is where we found W.A. in the census: 1860 Decatur age 9; 1870 Decatur age 19 AND also 1870 Santa Fe, New Mexico age 19 employed as clerk in the Collector 's office; 1880 Sapello, San Miguel Co., New Mexico age 29...as a tie contractor. This 1880 cesus lists 15 employees we won't name, William A. as married within the census year; Jennie G., keeping house and married within the year; Harriet Warning age 6, a niece, and James Smith age 18 born Illinois; father born Maryland [raised Maryland but born Pennsylvania]; mother born Ireland [this is William 's baby brother]. 1890 Gallup, Bernalillo Co., New Mexico Veterans Special Schedule, William A. is listed as surviving, no injuries and his one year of service as a Seargent Major. In 1900 @ Santa Fe, William A. is listed @ his mother 's house as single... [ages are all a mess]. We also find William A. listed in the Illinois Muster and Descriptive Rolls, where he joined the 155th Illinois Vol Inf [his father 's command]. Remember that in 1860 William was 9 years old; well, all of a sudden in September 1864 he is '18 years old @ 5' 3" tall, light hair, dark eyes, light complexion, a laborer', as he enlists, serves for one year making Sergeant Major, and transfers to A.C. staff.
*Elinora B. Smith, b.31 December 1853 Illinois; d.28 January 1900 Santa Fe, New Mexico. Elinora aka 'Nellie', never married; was always living where her mother lived, or, next door. Nellie died six months after her mother's death; and, she is buried in the National Cemetery at Santa Fe, New Mexico, with her parents. In 1860 she was called Ellen; in 1870 and 1880 she is 'Nellie'. Her sister Octavia named her first born after her... middle name may be different, tho, and this niece Elinora 'Nellie' Warning was always, after the death of her mother, found with aunt Nellie and grandmother Margaret.
*Christopher Bane Smith, b.May 1854 @ Decatur, Illinois. He was named after his uncle, his mother's brother. He is enumerated in Illinois in 1860; [most likely moved to Tennessee, Alabama, and back to Illinois, all in the later 1/2 of the 1860s]; Illinois in 1870, and m. Ella Coltrin, 19 December 1878, in Macon County, Illinois. The Smith family had enough close friends, cousins, in Decatur; so, C.B. could easily have remained behind when the rest of the family went to Santa Fe. By 1880, however, we find Christopher B. and Ella [Ellie] in Las Vegas, San Miguel County, New Mexico, where Christopher is employed as a Deputy U.S. Collector. In 1900, C.B. and Ellie are in Gallup, Bernalillo County, New Mexico where C.B. is working as an 'Engineer Sta.' [? perhaps Stationary engineer ?]. Ella Coltrin SMITH was b.September 1855 in Indiana, to Isaac N. and Emma Fern COLTRIN. Ella d.in Bernalillo, New Mwxico on 20 February 1910. C.B. and Ella had two children. Daughter: +Fleda Smith, b.10 November 1884 in New Mexico. She is listed as a student in 1900 in New Mexico. 1910 [we assume C.B. and Ella have both passed away] Fleda is @ home in Gallup, McKinley County, New Mexico, where her brother is listed as head of house and Fleda as his wife, both ae. 25, married once [sometimes it is easiest to go with the flow... or.... whatever!] she is listed as a teacher. 1920 San Diego, California, teacher @ university; as in 1930, Berkeley, Alemeda County, California. Fleda never married [for real]. She d.in Alemeda County, California, 03 March 1964. The second child of C.B. and Ella was a son: +Weldon C. Smith, b.18 February 1886, in New Mexico. Weldon m.Mattie G. Stokes ca. 1912, possibly in California as he was employed as a Rail Road Conductor; and the conductor work seems to have taken him back and forth between New Mexico and California. Mattie G. was the daughter of William T. and Margaret R. STOKES. Mattie was b.30 September 1884 in Kansas; and, she d.in March 1979 @ Washington D.C. Weldon C. seems to have inherited the home place; as, he is always listed there in the census [1900, 1910, 1920, 1930... Gallup, Bernalillo [later McKinley] County, New Mexico. Weldon C. Smith d.07 April 1940 in Bernalillo County, New Mexico. Weldon and Mattie had three children. *First child of Weldon and Mattie SMITH was a son, ++Weldon C. Smith Jr., b.in New Mexico 05 October 1912. Weldon Jr. never married; and he passed away in Alemeda County, California on 08 March 1998. *Second born of Weldon and Mattie SMITH was a daughter, ++Margaret J. Smith, b.in California 20 August 1914. Margaret never married; and she departed life 13 April 2007 in Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico. *Third child was a daughter. ++Fleda Emma Smith, b.03 May 1918 in New Mexico. She m.19 November 1938 in New Mexico, to a man named Matthew Joseph Moschetti. Fleda Emma Smith Moschetti d.30 December 2001 in Escondido, San Diego County, California. The +++Moschetti/Smith union gave us FIVE cousins. TWO have passed away; but THREE yet remain, for us to get to know.
*Thomas Owen Smith, named after his father's next oldest brother. Thomas was born in Illinois December 1856 [one account, 1857]. Ordinarily, the early census... a child's first census, is the best indicator of his true age. He is counted with the family in Illinois in 1860 ae. 4 & 1870 ae. 14; on the lam in 1880 [at least I can't find one who fits... there is an extra Thomas Smith in San Jose @ uncle Edward's house in 1880; but, that Thomas Smith is listed as 57 yrs old, born Ireland, a farm hand]; 1900 & 1910 he appears with his uncle Edward's wife Catherine as a son-in-law. [He married his uncle Edward's step daughter, Eveline Hillman]. Thomas and Eveline had a daughter: Katherine M. Smith. Using the census as a guide, it appears to this author, that Thomas Owen Smith [of Gus] married Eveline about 1889; the daughter Kate, was born about 1890. Kate loved music; she was admitted to Juilliard. So far, no evidence of these folks is found much after 1910; so, it is possible Kate married and ???
*Gustavus Adolphus Smith Jr., b.07 May 1858. [This birthday is why I discount the December 1857 birthday for next elder brother Thomas Owen Smith]. We find in Decatur Illinois in 1860 and 1870, with the family, ae.3/ae.12. In 1880 you should remember, he was in Kansas with William L. Warning, just after his sister died, helping out with the farming, ae.21. It is believed that young Gus joined the 'Illinois National Guard' in Decatur, in the late 1870s; but, we can not say that for sure as there was @ that time another G.A.S. in the adjacent county of Shelby. In Coles County, Illinois, on the 29th of September, 1887, Gustavus Adolphus Smith Jr. married Susannah Adelia McNutt. Susannah was the daughter of George and Mary Elizabeth Utter McNUTT; Susannah was b.in [probably Coles Co.] Illinois 07 May 1858; Susannah d.03 May 1944. Issue: +Mary Elizabeth Smith, b.in Colorado... and I think that was because of her father's job. **The "St. Louis Express" on the Walbash Railway, left Kansas City, Missouri @18:29 PM on 26 June, 1897. Just about 35 minutes later @ 19:05 PM a trestle near Missouri City, Missouri gave way underneath this train; plunging this train into the water in the gorge below. The entire train excepting the final car, a Pullman, fell into the abyss. Normally a nearly empty gorge, the water on this evening was a raging torrent, due to recent rains. Probably the trestle was already incomplete before the train rounded the curve approaching to it; the train was too close, too fast, to stop. Gustavus Adolphus Smith Jr. was aboard this train. He was employed [had been for about 15 years] as a railroad postal clerk for the United States Postal Service. There were five postal clerks who lost their lives in this same train accident; a brakeman; an engineer. The chair car came to rest atop other cars; so, the lives of all the passengers were spared. Gustavus Adolphus Smith Jr., best known as 'Dolph Smith' in his native town of Decatur, Illinois, did not live a long life. Married only ten years, he left one daughter behind; but, from his short life and that one daughter come a fine line of descendants. Gus A. Smith Jr. d.26 June 1897 near Missouri City, Missouri and was buried in Mound Cemetery, Charleston Township, Coles County, Illinois. His wife Susannah, d.California on 03 May 1944, and is buried in Pomona Cemetery. Mary Elizabeth Smith married, in 1913, Harry Thompson Laughlin. Harry was b.in Illinois 07 October 1887. Harry died in 1934. Their issue was five: ++Palmer Laughlin 1915-1949 Montanna/California, ++Margaret Laughlin, ++Richard Laughlin 1920-1983 California/California, ++Paul Laughlin, & ++Harry Laughlin Jr. The Laughlin's have given us several cousins.... most in California [L.A. area].
*James Edward Smith, the youngest, so far as we know, of the issue from Col. Gus and Margaret Bane Smith. He was b.ca. 1861/1862 in Decatur, Illinois. This lad was named for his father's father for a first name, and his father's mother's father for a middle name. James Edward Smith. He is first counted in 1870 in Decatur @ ae.8; and then in 1880 in New Mexico, San Miguel County, @ the Sapello 'Tie Camp', ae.18, where he lived with the 'boss'... his older brother William A. Smith. After the 1880 census, this author knows nothing more of James Edward Smith. In 1900 Margaret tells the enumerator she only has 3 living children; and, may be why the three: Wm.A., C.B., and T.O. are listed in Santa Fe that year.
Here are some of my favorite websites:
Shadetree's Roots - Homepage for philip edward smith (http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~owen1700spgcomd/)
Owen: 3 Brothers in 1700s Maryland (http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~owen1700spgcomd/owen_3_brothers.html)
Owen: Barbara w/m William Williams (http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~owen1700spgcomd/owenbarbara_williamswilliam.html)
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