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Edmund Smith
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Birth: Jun. 19, 1809
Granby
Hampshire County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: May 22, 1888
Gilson
Knox County
Illinois, USA

Son of James and Mercy Eastman Smith. Father of Louisa Melinda Smith Roe, Henry Stowers Smith, Charles Bruce Smith, Benjamin Allen Smith,Abraham Smith, William Smith, Rachel Ann Smith, Cynthia Jane Smith Hughs, Edmund Fillmore Smith, Sarah Rebecca Smith Lindsey, Margaret Eleanor Smith Rose, and James Rueben Smith.
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Of the names among the records of Knox County there stands out in bold relief that of Edmund Smith, who entered its precincts in 1844, settling on section 31, Persifer Township, in which township he now owns 55 acres. He has watched the gradual growth of this section of country, and feels that keen interest in its progress known only to those who first knew it in its lonely primitive state, dotted here and there with the humble log cabins which constituted the homes of its residents in the early days. Our subject first saw the light of day in Granby, Mass., June 9, 1809, and had attained the age of 23 years when he came to Ohio. In that state he resided until moving to Knox County; he had followed the vocation of clerk in a store, after which he pursued mercantile business for himself a short time. On coming to Knox "County he bought a farm in Haw Creek Township, where he lived for seven years. Accompanied by his wife and four children, in 1844, he settled in Persifer Township, renting land, soon after which he purchased 40 acres in the same township, upon which he remained four years. The third year of Mr. Smith's residence upon this little farm, his dog went mad, and, attacking his master, bit him severely. Mr. Smith heard of a madstone at Liverpool, a little town on the Illinois River, and immediately repaired there to test its efficacy. To his great joy, it proved all that had been claimed for it; his life was saved, and he has since felt no discomfort from the wound. Mr. Smith naturally recommends the madstone to all who may meet with the misfortune which he did. He states that the animal was raving mad and chewed its own tongue off.

Mr. Smith subsequently sold this land and engaged in the grocery business at Gilson. He was married in Gallia County, Ohio, August 15, 1837, to Sarah P. Rambo, who was born in the same county, June 9, 1818. Their family was large, consisting of 12 children as follows; Benjamin, Rueben and Henry are deceased; Louisa is the wife of Lewis F. Roe, and resides in Adams County, IL; Charles makes his home in Haw Creek Township; Abraham is under the parental roof, William resides in Iowa; Rachel has a home in Knoxville; Cynthia is the wife of John Hughes, and resides in Haw Creek Township; Edmund's home is in Texas; Sarah is the wife of John Lindsey, and lives in Haw Creek Township, and Maggie still continues at home. Two sons were in the Union Army, in the 77th IL Vol. Inf.; Charles and William, the latter was for a time in a Texas prison, and both served until the close of the war.

In politics Mr. Smith is a Republican, which party he supports with voice and vote, and is an energetic worker in public affairs. He is also intelligent and interested in educational matters. [From the 1886 Portrait and Biographical Album of Knox County, Biographical Publishing Company, Chicago, page 711] (Contributed by Todd Walter.) 
 
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 Spouse:
  Sarah Piercefield Rambo Smith (1818 - 1897)
 
 Children:
  Louisa Melinda Smith Roe (1836 - 1906)*
  Charles Bruce Smith (1841 - 1919)*
  Benjamin Allen Smith (1842 - 1865)*
  Abram Smith (1843 - 1892)*
  William Smith (1845 - 1925)*
  Cynthia Jane Smith Hughs (1850 - 1944)*
  Edmund Fillmore Smith (1853 - 1945)*
  Sarah Rebecca Smith Lindsey (1855 - 1922)*
  Margaret Eleanor Smith Rose (1857 - 1932)*
  James Rueben Smith (1859 - 1860)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Russell Cemetery
Knox County
Illinois, USA
 
Maintained by: Jenean Hamilton
Originally Created by: Florence
Record added: Sep 30, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 5812389
Edmund Smith
Added by: Jenean Hamilton
 
 
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