|Death: ||Nov. 12, 1870|
Son of Charles Black and Philadelphia Dickenson.
MARRIAGE: 1st. Probably had a first wife who he had no children by per newspaper. On the 9th instant near Keezletown by Rev. T. Brashear, Mr. Joseph M. Black and Miss Margaret C. Caldwell. Rockingham Register and Adver. Mar 26 1858 p 3 col. 2.
SOLDIER: Civil War, Confederate records Joseph M. Black private Co G 10th Regiment VA infantry. enlisted April 18 1861 at Harrisonburg by C.A. Sprinkel. payrolls from beginning to Dec 31 1864 in records. see widow's pension under wife at National Archives.
Rank: Pvt. Company: D Transfer Company: Regiment: 5th Va. Inf. Muster Sheet: Captured: Mine Run 11/27/1863 Prison: Old Capitol Prison; exchanged; signed oath and sent North 04/22/1865 2/3/1864 Wounded in Action: Chancellorsville, finger Hospital: Wounded in finger, Chimborazo and Staunton Hospitals after 05-03-1863
(Wrong Date of Death: 3/0/1893 Cause of Death: Killed on Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad)
MARRIAGE: 2nd. Marriage record to Joanna not found. per wife's pension file said married in Bristol, TN. The marriage records prior to 1864 were burned during the Civil War so could not be found.
DEATH: No death certificate could be found for Staunton in 1870 as those are missing per Vital Records. Confederate Pension of his widow had the wrong date. But date of death is given in his obituary.
OBIT: Staunton Spectator and General Advertiser Nov 15 1870. Horrible murder. At half past seven on last Saturday night ... by discovery that Mr. Joseph Black of Keezletown, Rockingham had been stabbed to death at the house of Mr. John W. Bush of this place. Mayor N.K. Trout had a jury of inquest summoned immediately. ... verdict " that the said Jos. Black came to his death from wounds inflicted with a knife by one Geo. W. Smiley and that said Geo. W. Smiley feloniously and unlawfully murdered the said Joseph Black. Smiley and Black were both bricklayers in the employment of Mr. Wm. Jordan; were intimate friends and were both boarding at the house of Mr. Bush, where black was killed. Messrs Black and Smiley are both men of families--the former living in or near Keezletown and the latter near Mt. Crawford.
OBIT: Staunton Vindicator Nov 18 1870 Fri. am. On Sat. night last, just after dark, Mr. Joseph Black of Keezletown, Rockingham; was severely stabbed by Geo. W. Smiley of Mt. Crawford, Rockingham in the house of Mr. John W. Bush, of this place resulting in his death. Smiley and Black were bricklayers and had been working together for some time past in the employ of Mr. Wm Jordan; were both boarding af the house of Mr. Bush, Mr. Smiley's brother-in-law, and had been noted as being very intimate and warm friends. ... Black going out of the back door, into the yard; where he fell, but a few steps from the door and died in a few minutes thereafter.
OBIT: Murderous Afray and Butchery in Staunton. We regret to state that two citizens of Rockingham County - George W. Smiley of Mt. Crawford, and Joseph M. Black, of Keezletown, engaged in an affray in Staunton on Saturday evening last, about 7 o'clock, in which Black was cut and stabbed to death by Smiley. We have heard two or three versions of the affair, which substantially agre as to the main facts connected with the killing. The affray occured at the resident of a Mr. Bush, who had married a sister of Smiley. Smiley and Black were boarding at Bush's both being engaged in making and laying brick in Staunton. It seems that Smiely had suspected Black of some improper intimacy with his sister, and had ordered him to leave the house, at the same time seizing a large knige to enforce his demand. Black seized a chair or a club and made some demostration towards Smiley, who thereupon commenced using his knife, inflicting some five or six stabs upon the person of Black, who fell dead in the yard, in a few minutes, from his injuries. One cut was made across his forehead, another across his cheek, and two or three cuts or stabs in his body, almost literally cutting him to pieces. The jury of inquest summond immediately by Mayor N.K. Trout, rendered the following verdict: "that the said Joseph Black came to his death from wounds inflicted with a knife by one Geo. W. Smiley, and that said George W. Smiley feloniously and unlawfully murdered the said Joseph Black." Smiley fled immediately after killing Black, and had not, up to last accounts, been arrested. Smiley, when sober, is a quiet, easy, inoffensive man, but a maniac when his evil passions are aroused and when under the influence of liquor. Both Smiley and Black were married men, their families, as stated, both resideing in Rockingham. The first intimation poor Black's widow and children had of the dreadful tragedy was the arrival of the hearse with his dead body, and the first report Smiley's family had of the affair was the announcement that he was henceforth a fugitive and a vagabond fleeing from the officers of the law. Black was a young man in the 32d year of his age, and leaves a widow and four or five little children. The excitement at his late home in Keezletown on Monday last, when the people gathered at his funeral , was intense. The largest crowd ever seen in the village was collected together, and the expressions of sympathy for his family were general and profound. Rockingham Register Nov. 17 1870.
Johanna Juliene Berry Black (1842 - 1926)
Mary Elizabeth Black Baugh (1865 - 1915)*
Delia Black Riddle (1866 - 1959)*
Charles Moses Black (1867 - 1949)*
Benjamin Franklin Black (1870 - 1925)*
Created by: President Chris Christou
Record added: Jun 22, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 112722672