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William Laws Smith
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Birth: Apr. 6, 1841, USA
Death: Mar. 18, 1879
Lawrence County
Illinois, USA

March 8, 1866: William L. Smith married Amanda Campbell Judy in Richland County, IL probably near Claremont or German Twp. They were married by minister William Inskeep a MP (Methodist Protestant) minister. William was the older brother of Julia Inskeep Judy, step mother of Amanda. William Inskeep lived in Richland County, IL from the fall of 1860 to 1869.

March 18, 1879: William L. Smith died at the age of 37, 11 mo, 12 days, 2 miles east of Claremont, Claremont Twp, Richland, IL. Buried: Antioch Cemetery, Richland County, IL; Claremont Twp, 9 mi east of Olney. Dr. Zeba D. French of Sumner, Lawrence Co, IL in June 2, 1888, said William was a good soldier. Always ready for duty when he able. Dr. Zeba D. French said "I knew him and lived in the same neighborhood until his death. I treated him in his last illness and was present when he died. He died of pneumonia on March 18, 1879 - His general debility existing for years ever since 1866 had much to do in predisposing to pneumonia and lessoning his ability to withstand its effects." Dr. French was assistant surgeon in the 11th Missouri Regiment and first knew William during the years 1862 1863 and until Aug 4th, 1864. He next knew William in private life and treated him in 1866, but failed to keep record of the nature of the illness. He noted William's general health was not good not vigorous after his return from the army. Dr. A. Q. Baird living in Sumner, Lawrence Co, IL on January 26, 1889 stated that he treated William "in his last sickness in February or March of 1789 and that he died of Pneumony?? apparently of the chronic type that he found William very much emaciated with general debility from the history of the case I believe that he died from the effects of disease contracted while in the US Army." Dr. N. B. Allen, MD of Olney, IL in Mar 19, 1890, wrote that he treated William in 1877 and 1878 for chronic cough and was acquainted with him for about 13 years, but did not know him before his enlistment. Dr. Allen didn't treat him in his last illness, but was satisfied he died of "Phthisis Pulmonalis". "I remember him as a sober industrious man" (sober industrious may be something else hard to decipher.)
Family links: 
  William J Smith (____ - 1846)
  Anna E Laws Smith (1806 - 1880)
  Amanda C. Judy Smith (1842 - 1915)
  Anna Belle Smith Harrison (1867 - 1947)*
  Charley Judy Smith (1869 - 1956)*
  Mary Etta Smith England (1871 - 1954)*
  Lydia Alice Smith Martin (1873 - 1956)*
  Frank M Smith (1875 - 1956)*
  Bertha L. Smith (1878 - 1926)*
  Luzana Smith Combs (1833 - 1911)*
  Malinda Smith Sanders (1833 - 1884)*
  Mary Ann Polly Smith Higganbotham (1836 - 1921)*
  Rebecca Smith Shaw (1841 - 1889)*
  William Laws Smith (1841 - 1879)
*Calculated relationship
37y 11m 12d
Antioch Cemetery
Richland County
Illinois, USA
Maintained by: LaRee White Engel
Originally Created by: kpet
Record added: Dec 01, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 45010549
William Laws Smith
Added by: Dee
William Laws Smith
Added by: Jim Michels
William Laws Smith
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Bio at left was provided to LaRee by Dee. They are notes only and shared with LaRee but not written or intended to be copied in its entirety to this memorial page.
- Dee
 Added: Dec. 17, 2015
William Laws Smith: 11th Missouri Infantry, Co E; rank in Private, rank out Sgt.; Bet. 05 Aug 186115 Jan 1866; joined at Olney, IL, mustered out Memphis, TN
- Dee
 Added: Jul. 3, 2014
Gone but not Forgotten....
- LaRee White Engel
 Added: May. 16, 2010

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