|Birth: ||Mar. 10, 1828|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Dec. 16, 1898|
The photo to the right is of Edwin Marion Smith and daughter, Ida, who was the first white girl born in Ida County, Iowa, in 1856. This area is at the edge of Ida Grove, Iowa.
Edwin Marion Smith
died: Cotton Creek (now Mirage), Saguache, Colorado, USA;
married: Margaret Clara Raymond 1836-1863 in 1853
Edwin Marion Smith was born in Monroe County, New York, on March 10, 1828. He was one of the pioneers who went to California in 1849 during the gold rush, and after remaining there a year or so, returned to Iowa. In 1853, in company with his brother, Orrin Boyington Smith, passed up the Little Sioux Valley, Woodbury County, Iowa, on a hunting trip.
In 1854, he helped plat the town of Smithland, Iowa, with his brother, Orrin. He helped build a bridge across the Maple River in 1855, Ida County, Iowa, so the stagecoach trail could continue from Fort Dodge, Iowa, to Smithland, Iowa. His daughter, Ida, was born in Ida County, Iowa, in a log cabin where the town of Ida Grove, Iowa, was later established in the fall of 1877.
Edwin then came to Colorado during the gold excitement in the 1850s and his family traveled by wagon train to Colorado with his niece, Geraldine, driving the team in 1856.
in the summer of 1860, his family came to live at Cherry Creek, Denver City, Colorado.
He continued to live in Colorado ever since that time, and prospected and mined in San Juan County for the past 24 years.
He was the youngest and last of 9 brothers. There also had been sisters, but their names were not listed in family history. Few men in Saguache County, Colorado, commanded the universal esteem and respect that was accorded to Mr. Smith by his fellow citizens.
He passed away at the home of his daughter, Lena, and son-in-law, W. D. Davidson, at Cotton Creek, Colorado, Dec. 16, 1898, aged 70 years, 9 months, 6 days. Services were held at the Cotton Creek Schoolhouse, and he was buried in the Cotton Creek Cemetery with mountains in the background.
His gravestone was reset in August, 1998, the year of the 100th anniversary of his death, and a new sign for the cemetery installed by descendants of his family.
Abel Smith (1776 - 1848)
Poly Gee Smith (1781 - 1835)
John T Smith (1801 - 1882)*
Artemus Willard Smith (1801 - 1874)*
Abel Smith (1814 - 1871)*
Orrin Boyington Smith (1816 - 1898)*
Hugh Smith (1820 - 1897)*
Edwin Marion Smith (1828 - 1898)
Cotton Creek Cemetery
Created by: Conley Wolterman
Record added: Aug 21, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 40937106
Added: Mar. 13, 2013
Added: Aug. 21, 2009