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Smith family (Miegs Co. OH>NE)

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Smith family (Miegs Co. OH>NE)

Keith D. Ashley (View posts)
Posted: 1038908497000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1040322877000
Surnames: Smith
I am searching for descendants of the following family that went from Meigs County, OH, to Chase, NE:

Josiah SMITH b. 1832; d. -- Aug 1862 in Civil War; m. 06 Apr 1854 Meigs Co, OH to Hannah HILL, dau. of Henry HILL who d. in 1871 in Chicago fire. She b. 18 Mar 1834 (“The Democrat”, Pomeroy, OH, 21 Nov 1929) Green Co, PA (obituary); d. 21 Jan 1932 Blue Mound, KS (“The Democrat”, Pomeroy, OH 18 Feb 1932, p. 1). He served in Co. C, 63rd O.V.I. She went to Nebraska with a son in 1886; res. Blue Mound, KS in 1919. In 1929 she is the oldest living Civil War widow and has 2 sons still living, 20 grandchildren living, 74 of 88 great grandchildren living.

The following story is taken from “The Democrat” of Pomeroy, OH, dated 21 Nov 1929, p. 1: “Grandma Smith” of Blue Mound, Kans., Is Said to Be Oldest Civil War Widow On the Pension Roll--Mrs. Hannah SMITH of Blue Mound, Kansas, celebrated her ninty-fifth birthday anniversary the eighteenth day of March, 1929. She is reported to be the oldest Civil War widow now on the pension roll. Her husband, Josiah SMITH, was a valiant soldier in the famous Sixty-third Ohio regiment. He died before the war closed, leaving his wife a widow at twenty-seven with three little boys. Mrs. Smith battled with poverty on her little farm in Southern Ohio, raising her children to manhood againt tremendous odds. Among other calamities she lost her home with all its belongings by fire. Her determined will and tenacity for
work, together with the help of kindly neighbors, enabled her to start again and by the time the boys came to manhood she had her little farm improved and free of debt. Her sons, like many young men of that day,felt the urge to go west and get themselves homesteads of government land, so in 1886 she pioneered in
Western Nebraska with her sons and their families. Her she experienced the scourges of grasshoppers, hail and drouth but again like the sturdy stalk from which they came she in time saw her sons in comfortable (sic) circumstances. This move made her a pioneer for the second time, for when she was a child
her father pioneered taking government land in Ohio. In 1919 she moved to Blue Mound, Kansas, with her oldest son and family with whom she had made her home a for a number of years. Here is an interesting bit of genealogy and perhaps one not easy to outdo. She is the mother of THREE sons, two of
whom are living.. . . She is a duaghter of Henry HILL, who formerly lived in Bedford township is supposed to have perished in the Chicago fire of 1871. Her children include:

1. Giles H. SMITH b. ca. 1855 OH; d. ca 1929; m. 01 Jan 1878 Meigs Co, OH to Francenia HULL. Their children: (1) Zilla SMITH (f) b. ca. 1877; living with parents and grandmother in Olive Tp 1880; (2) Alta Hannah SMITH b. 18 Oct 1878 Olive Tp., Meigs Co, OH (V. 1, p. 416); (3) Minerva Bell SMITH b. 06 Oct 1881 Olive Tp., Meigs Co, OH (V. 1, p. 512)

2. Furman SMITH b. ca. 1857 OH; m. 25 Mar 1880 Meigs Co, OH to Elizabeth L. M. “Lizzie” MOONEY b. ca. 1862. They moved to Chase NE 1884. Their children: (1) Ollis Viola SMITH b. 03 Jan 1881 Olive Tp., Meigs Co, OH; (2) Elizabeth Lola SMITH b. 13 Feb 1884 Orange Tp., Meigs Co, OH (V. 2, p. 259)

3. Nelson SMITH b. ca. 1861 OH; m. 25 Sep 1880 Meigs Co, OH to Georgia Emma HOSTOTTLE. They moved to Chase, NE 1886. Their children: (1) David Henry SMITH b. 23 May 1885 Olive Tp., Meigs Co, OH (V. 2, p. 367);

Keith D. Ashley, 34465 Crew Road, Pomeroy, OH 45769-9715
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