Died--In Ashland, December 23, Mr. Thomas, in the seventy second year of his age.
Mr. Smith was born in Washington county, Pa., March 22, 1811. In the fall of 1831 he came to a farm about four miles south of the town of Ashland, then wholly covered with forest. He hewed logs and built himself during the following season a log cabin. He then returned, in company with his cousin, Martha Day, of Mansfield, on horseback, to his early home. He was married on the twenty- eighth day of December, 1831, to Miss Mary McCready, of his native county, and on his twenty-first birthday, March 22, 1832, he put his wife and their household goods in a wagon drawn by a good team and came back to the cabin he had built. It was a wearisome journey of seven days. With great toil he cleared his farm, made him a comfortable home, and remained there until 1874. Since then until his decease, he has resided in Ashland. Having been reared in the ways of piety he was early united with the Presbyterian Church, and when in 1841, the First Presbyterian Church, of Ashland, was organized; he was an elected one of its ruling Elders. In this capacity he served the Church acceptably for nearly forty years, until the infirmities of age led him to cease active service. He was diligent and faithful as an officer, greatly interested in the welfare of the Church and deeply anxious for the salvation of all. He was permitted to welcome all his children, who reached mature age, into the fold of Christ, in which he greatly rejoiced. There were born to him ten children, of whom three died in infancy. Four sons and three daughters all married, survive him with their mother. He had 23 grandchildren, of whom sixteen were at his funeral, and three great-grandchildren. Three sons-in-law carried him to his grave. For some years he had suffered from disease of the heart, shortly before his decease, while visiting one of his children, he had a paralytic attack, and remarked on leaving, "this is my last visit; my left side is paralyzed, and the next attack will take my life." on the morning of his death he walked to the Post- office, bought some groceries, and returned home. He sat down and laid his gloves and papers down, remarked to Mrs. Smith: "Here are our sons newspapers; perhaps some of them may be in to-day." then his head dropped forward, and he said, 'I am gone' she caught him, and he was dead in her arms. His funeral services were held in the Presbyterian church Tuesday,
Mary McCready Smith
(Taken from The Ashland Press, Ashland, Ohio, Wednesday, May 31, 1899, Page 1, column six, # 49).
Mrs. Thomas Smith
Mrs. Mary Smith, widow of Thomas Smith, died at twenty minutes after midnight last Friday night at the home of her son James on Bank street. She had been in feeble health for some years, and on the fourteenth of January last she was attacked with the grip, and since that time was a helpless invalid. Her children are James and Robert, of this place; Samuel, of Lorain; Mrs .William Buchanan, of Savannah, and Mrs. Mary McCampbell, of Marysville.
Mrs. Smith was born in Washington county, Pennsylvania, 85 years ago last March 15. When 17 years old she married Thomas, who had come here, prepared a cabin on land south of town, and returned to Pennsylvania to secure his bride. Mr. Smith died December 24, 1882. He and Mrs. Smith were both prominent and faithful members of the Presbyterian church. The funeral was held Monday at 2 o'clock at the deceased's late home, Rev. D. B. Duncan conducting the services.
Marriage: 29 December 1831, Ashland, Ashland Co., Ohio
Children of THOMAS SMITH and MARY MCCREADY are:
i. MARTHA JANE5 SMITH, b. 01 January 1833, Ashland , Ashland Co., Ohio; d. 24 July 1834, Ashland, Ashland Co., Ohio.
40. ii. DAVID M. SMITH, b. 07 November 1834, Ashland Co., Ohio; d. 20 July 1897, Oskaloosa, Jefferson Co. Kansas.
41. iii. JAMES B. SMITH, b. 11 November 1836, Ashland , Ashland Co., Ohio; d. 20 March 1921, Dayton, Montgomery Co., Ohio.
iv. THOMAS WITBERG SMITH, b. 15 March 1838, Ashland , Ashland Co., Ohio; d. December 1842, Ashland , Ashland Co., Ohio.
42. v. ELIZABETH S. SMITH, b. 19 March 1839, Ashland , Ashland Co., Ohio; d. 11 May 1936, Ashland, Ashland Co., Ohio.
43. vi. ROBERT MELANCTHON SMITH, b. 29 May 1844, Ashland , Ashland Co., Ohio; d. 15 October 1916, Ashland , Ashland Co., Ohio.
44. vii. AMANDA W. SMITH, b. 15 January 1847, Ashland , Ashland Co., Ohio; d. 29 May 1893, Mansfield, Richland Co., Ohio.
45. viii. MARY R. SMITH, b. 01 March 1849, Ashland , Ashland Co., Ohio; d. 07 September 1935, Dayton, Montgomery Co., Ohio.
ix. EBENEZER ADDISON SMITH, b. 24 November 1851, Ashland, Ohio; d. 24 July 1852, Ashland , Ashland Co., Ohio.
46. x. SAMUEL JUDSON SMITH, b. 06 April 1855, Ashland, Ashland Co., Ohio; d. 27 January 1939, Trumbull Co., Ohio.
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