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Joseph Smeltzer

  • Birth 21 Apr 1822 Woodbury, Bedford County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Death 24 Mar 1903 Bakers Summit, Bedford County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Burial Bakers Summit, Bedford County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Plot Section 2, Row 9
  • Memorial ID 100397114


We are sorry to report the sudden death of one of our aged and respected citizens, Mr. Joseph Smeltzer. He had been in failing health for several years, but was still able to do light work.

On Tuesday, March 24, his daughter-in-law, Mrs. John [Virginia Hannah Gates] Smeltzer, of McKeesport, Pa., who has been visiting friends in this vicinity, was invited to dine with Mr. Smeltzer's granddaughter, Mrs. C. W. Myers. Mr. Smeltzer was invited also. During the forenoon he appeared to be very much contented and in good spirits.

After partaking a hearty dinner, he crossed the street to Mr. A. Z. Pote's store, where also is the post office. After inquiring for his mail he sat down on a bench and was conversing with some of his neighbors when he threw his head back and expired. Those present thought he had fainted and carried him out in the air, but his spirit had already taken its flight to meet Him who had given it.

Mr. Smeltzer was born in Woodbury, now Bloomfield, township, Bedford county, April 21, 1822, where he resided all his life. He was always ready to do an errand or help a friend in need. He was respected by all and had no one to speak evil about him. In political affairs he was a democrat and, although the opposite party is strong in a majority, he held many times prominent township offices.

He was married twice. The first time to Miss Susan Barley which union was blessed with five children: John, of McKeesport; Joseph of Michigan; Mrs. Sarah Stephens, of North Dakota; George, of Taylor township, and Mrs. J. Z. Pote, of this place.

His second wife was Mrs. Mary Harker, the mother of Mrs. C. W. Zook and Mrs. G. E. Harker, of Roaring Spring, who bore him six children. Two died early in life and another, Mrs. John Teeter, died two years ago. The following survive: Michael, of St. Clairsville; Franklin, of Everett, Washington state, and Rudolph, of Bakers Summit, with whom Mr. Smeltzer resided since the death of his wife.

Besides his children there are 46 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren living. We know that we shall miss Grandpa as we all called him, and hope our loss will be his gain in the celestial world where all is bliss and where care and trouble was never known. Funeral services were held in the Brethren church at Bakers Summit, conducted by Rev. John Holsinger assisted by Rev. Fred Dively.

Interment in Holsinger cemetery. The deceased was aged 81 years, 11 months and 3 days.
Morrisons Cove Herald, 3 April 1903
(Courtesy of Ellen Copper)

Rebecca (Smeltzer) Miller

1850 United States Federal Census
Name: Joseph Smellze [Joseph Smeltzer]
Age: 30
Birth Year: abt 1820
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1850: Middle Woodbury, Bedford, Pa
Name Age
Adam Straper 70
Elizabeth Straper 50
Joseph Smellze 30 *** [Smeltzer]
Sarah Smellze 6
George Smellze 3

1860 United States Federal Census about Joseph Smeltzer
Name: Joseph Smeltzer CENSUS PAGE 45
Age in 1860: 38
Birth Year: abt 1822
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1860: Woodbury, Bedford, PA
Gender: Male
Post Office: Pattonsville
Household Members: Name Age
Joseph Smeltzer 38
Mary Smeltzer 38
Sarah Smeltzer 15
Mary Smeltzer 8
Michael Smeltzer 4
Catharine Smeltzer 2
Ruben Smeltzer 3/12
William Harker 18
Sarah Harker 20
Edmond Harker 10

1870 United States Federal Census
Name: Joseph Smeltzer
Age in 1870: 48
Birth Year: abt 1822
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1870: Middle Woodbury, Bedford, PA
Gender: Male
Post Office: Woodbury
Household Members: Name Age
Joseph Smeltzer 48
Mary Smeltzer 48
Michael Smeltzer 14
Catharine Smeltzer 12
Rudolph Smeltzer 10
Franklin Smeltzer 8

1880 United States Federal Census
Name: Joseph Smeltger
Age: 57
Birth Year: abt 1823
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1880: Bloomfield, Bedford, PA
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Mary Smeltger
Father's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Occupation: Laborer
Household Members: Name Age
Joseph Smeltger 57
Mary Smeltger 57
Catharine Smeltger 22
Frank Smeltger 18
Jesse W. Malone 7m Grandson, Nov.

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  • Created by: Mary Hall Miller
  • Added: 8 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100397114
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Joseph Smeltzer (21 Apr 1822–24 Mar 1903), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100397114, citing Holsinger Cemetery, Bakers Summit, Bedford County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Mary Hall Miller (contributor 47333879) .