Thank you, Nancy Downey. What a superb blending and write up of Adam Smith information. Thank you!! And thank you for telling us where you found the information.
Your excellent write up makes me think that it might be helpful if each of us who descend, or believe we descend, from Adam Smith provide what we have that isn't in Nancy's write up. I, for example, can't connect for sure. I have names but no proof that the Smith's I believe I descend from are the right Smith's so I am looking for documentation and think I might stumble onto proof that will tell me which exact Michael Smith from Union County PA is the one to whom I belong.
I believe I descend from Adam Smith, Michael Smith, Michael Smith, Noah Smith, George Smith bn 1873 d 1957. I have not been able to make the connection but search and search. Following is what I have and from what sources.
Michael (Mical) Smith m. Elizabeth ?.
Every census entry for their two known sons gives PA as the son's birthplace and the parent's birthplaces are listed as Pennsylvania as well.
Michael (Mical) and Elizabeth and had children, I only know of two:
1. John M Smith bn abt 1822 m. Mary Magdalena Rearick about 1842 in Sandusky County Ohio. Lived in Sandusky Twp and Fremont Twp. (Fed Census records)
John M Smith m. 2nd Bertha Messerly 3 May 1885 in Green
County Wisconsin. The marriage certificate recorded in Vol 5 pg 205, lists Mical Smith and Elizabeth Smith as John M Smith's parents.
John M Smith moved to Stephenson Co Ill in late 1860's
and to Green Co Wisconsin in late 1870's and to Downs, Osborne Co, KS in 1886, where he died 30 Aug 1895. Death date comes from the Downs Times newspaper.
John consistently gives Pennsylvania as his birth place and as his parent's birth places.
2. Noah Smith born 14 June 1824/25 Prestlow, Union County, PA. (I've not found a Prestlow ANYPLACE in the US) There are two obituaries for Noah: Prestlow, Pa came from the 30 Sep 1909 obituary in the Lena Star newspaper (Lena, Illinois) and The 16 Oct 1909 Gospel Messenger obituary for Noah Smith said he was born in Union County Pennsylvania. It further said he moved to Stephenson County Illinois when he was 15 or in 1839/40.
Noah Smith's son, George, stated that his grandfather was Michael Smith. The History of the Waddams Grove Church of the Brethren in Stephenson and JoDavies Counties Illinois and southern Wisconsin, 1910; Brethren Publishing House, Elgin Ill. on page 76 lists "Michael Smith, facts unknown. Wife of Michael Smith, facts unknown. Noah Smith, son of Michael and wife. Baptized about 1868, died 23 Sep 1909."
Noah married Mary/Molly Yarger in Green County WI on 23 Jun 1852. Green County borders Stephenson County Ill.
Noah Smith was born in Union Co PA in 1824
Moved to Stepehenson Co Ill in 1839/40
Moved to Downs, Osborne, KS in 1884 (Downs Times)
Returned to Stephenson Co Ill in Aug 1890 (Downs Times)
Died in Stephenson Co Ill in 1909.
In the Waddams Grove Church of the Brethren History Book, Noah's son George and wife's copy of that book, had 'cousin' written in the margin by the entry:
Smith, George C., son of William and Laura. Baptized Oct 17, 1908.
Smith, Maggie (nee Lieby), wife of Geo. C. Baptized June 21, 1903.
Noah and Molly had children:
Electa b 1853 m ML Swartz d 1931
Anna M b 1855 m Geo E Kurtz
Sarah Ellen/Ella b 1856 m John H Ginrich
William Yarger b 1859 m Mary M Sensenbach d 1935
Laura Amanda b 1862 m. Daniel R.K. Hull d 1930
Nettie Alma b 1863 m Dr. Carmi O Skinner d 1938
John Frankline b 1865 'John' m Candance A Cameron
Lois C 'Katie' b 1867 m William w Starr d 1956
Charles b 1871 d 3 Nov 1884 at Downs, Osborne, KS
George Andrew b 1873 m Minnie M Kreps d 1957
Henry Luther b 1877 m Anna Marie Berndt d 1941
Angeline Eby b 1878 m James VanSickle d 1971
2nd Frank Sidel
John and Mary had children:
Lucy A b 1844 m Curtis Robinson d by 1895
John M b 1848/9 m.
Eliza J b 1846 m William M. Minor
Charles Milton b 1857 m Bertha Messerly Smith d 1899
Lewis S b 1859 m Dora Josephine Stilwell d 1952
Mary Elizabeth b 1863 m Franklin A Minor d 1943
John and Bertha had children:
I found two original land entry records in Stephenson County Illinois for Michael Smith, one in 1847 and one in 1849. One was forfeited by letter, letter is now lost. The other, I can not tell who that Michael might be as it was sold not too many years later.
I've collected Michael Smith's from census in Michigan, can't find them in Ill or WI or in Sandusky Co Ohio that fit.
I will look for Daniel in Sandusky Ohio since that is who is to have moved there of Michael's children.
Does anyone have an idea of where in Michigan the Michael Smith from Union County might have moved?
Thank you again, Nancy Downey. Might others who are descended from or might be descended from Adam Smith send their information? Maybe we might help each other that way. I, for instance, know now to look for a Daniel Smith in Sandusky Ohio. That might help.
Marie Peer email@example.com