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James M Smeltzer
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Birth: Apr. 30, 1839
Death: Oct. 25, 1879

James M. Smeltzer is the son of Jacob Smelser b. abt 1807, probably in Tennessee. James father's federal census files show both TN and KY as place of birth but further family research suggests that TN, probably in the Overton, TN area, was the most likely place of birth for James M. Smeltzer's father Jacob. James was born in Illinois, the family being in the Knox County, Galesburg area, in the late 1830's. His uncle Isaiah Smelser b. abt 1801 TN acquired property in Knox County, Il in 1836 right around the time of the Black Hawk Wars. Isaiah later move his family and some of Jacob's family to Oregon in about 1854. Joseph Rowe from Vermont, a "next door" neighbor to the family was one of the earliest settlers in Knox County and was part of the militia defending the frontier at about that same time. James mother is only "seen" in the 1850 federal census and is listed by the first name of "Polly". Polly was often used as a nickname for Mary ... so as of this date ... Feb 15, 2011, we remain uncertain who "mom" really is. Associated families at the time Jacob would have been married in about 1828, likely in Hart County, KY included Logsdon, Rice, Puckett, Jaggers, Bush, West, Richardson, Reames, Wardrip, Bilyeu / Belew / Blue, and Dawson to name a few. There is at least one family member, unknown, buried in the "Rice-Blue Cemetery" in Knox County, IL near Galesburg. We have yet to determine who she is. James marries Louisa Jane Beetley, a recent arrival from Warren County, Pennsylvania and they had seven children with six reaching adulthood. James dies at the age of 40 from "consumption" per his Madison County, Iowa death record leaving son Frank, the oldest, in-charge of the farm at the age of 15 or 16. The children of James and Louisa are: Frank W.; Frances Lenora "Nora"; Hattie; James Elmer; Idah Eldora; Julius; and Harry. Harry passed at a very early age. Frank W. ... we believe the "W" stands for Walter but we aren't positive ... married Allie May Crooks. They had no children of their own but raised two of Frances Lenora's children after "Nora" passed. "Nora" married Seth Washington McCleary. Hattie marries a Hamlin and lives in Washington State the rest of her life. James Elmer married Nora May Thompson and lived in the Linden Iowa area. Idah Eldora married Clinton Brooker. They are buried in the Minburn (Iowa) cemetery. Julius remained unmarried and lived in Kansas City, the Seattle area and we believe passed in New York. 
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  Louisa Jane Beetley Smeltzer (1844 - 1900)*
  Harry R Smeltzer (1875 - 1876)*
*Calculated relationship
Husband of Louisa
Union Chapel Cemetery
Madison County
Iowa, USA
Maintained by: John F. Smeltzer
Originally Created by: William Johnson
Record added: Jul 29, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 28598352
James M Smeltzer
Added by: William Johnson
James M Smeltzer
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- L. Rowe Coyle
 Added: Nov. 11, 2015
Honoring a relative of my dad's g-g-grandmother Margret Ann Smeltzer Hairston for his brave pioneering spirit.
- anonymous
 Added: May. 25, 2012
Spring is a good time to add a flower ... just stopped by. Rest in Peace.
- John F. Smeltzer
 Added: Feb. 14, 2011
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