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 James Morsoen Smith

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James Morsoen Smith

Birth
Death
5 Jul 1932 (aged 90)
Burial
Blair, Washington County, Nebraska, USA
Plot
Block: 26 Lot: 4 Grave: 10
Memorial ID
57412187 View Source

Served with Co. M of the 12th MO Cavalry during the Civil War per list of veteran burials in Nebraska.
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Obituary of James Morsoen Smith typed from the original by Mrs. Bernard H. Smith (Velva) of Unionville, Missouri.

"James Morsoen Smith, well known early day character passed away at the age of 90 years. Resident of Florence, Nebraska since 1865. Drove a stage coach in the 60's. Landed in Florence, Nebraska July 5th 1865. Died July 5, 1932. (Uncle Jim) A Civil War Veteran of entire War. James Morsoen Smith, Civil War Veteran and pioneer settler of the State of Nebraska. He passed away July 5, 1932 at the home of Mrs. Anna Peterson in this city. He suffered no pain but slipped away peacefully lying down as, "One who wraps the draperies of his couch about him and lies down to pleasant dreams" Deceased was born in Plainfield, Indiana March 8, 1842. Son of Benjamin and Mary Brown Smith. Reared to manhood. When the Civil War broke out he enlisted from Unionville, Missouri. In Co. M. 12th Missouri Calvary and served through the entire War, taking part in many of the major engagements. He was in the "Battle of Lookout Mountain". And as a remembrance of the event, he cut a branch from a tree, which he later made into a cane, which he still had in his possession at his death. After the war he felt the urge of the west and landed in Florence, Nebraska July 5, 1865 and it seems almost providential that he should pass away July 5, 1923 just 67 years to the day from the day of his landing here. He came on the Steamer Stephen Douglas here, which was laden with an engine and rails to be used in the construction of the Union Pacific railroad. After landing in Florence he procured employment as Stage Coach Driver between Omaha and Cuming City there being no Blair Nebraska at the time. He stayed on as a Stage Coach Driver until the town site of Blair was laid out, then he became a citizen of Blair, Nebraska. He was married to Sarah Catherine Benner at Ft. Calhoun on September 14, 1868. To this union 8 children were born. 6 are still living whom are Mrs. Anna McCracken, Mrs. Clara Beardaley and Al Smith all of Omaha, Nebraska. Mrs. Margaret Moarine of Eureka, California, Mrs. Mae Rose, Newton, Iowa, M. R. Smith of Soap Lake, Washington. Living at the colorful age when the country and State was in its making, He became a part and parcel of it, a true Nebraska Citizen, always ready to do what he could, typical in every way of those olden times. After the death of his wife, some 27 years ago, he spent most of his time at the soldiers Home at Burkett, Nebraska but this spring he came to Blair, Nebraska to be near his old comrade Dr. J. V. Hinchman, who just recently passed away in his old home town, and again it seems that providence intervened and he too passed away in his old home town, the town he loved so dearly, where he had reared his family and lived the best part of his active life. His last years were years of comfort and happiness, his children showered love and affection on him. His wish was theirs and they spared no effort to add to his enjoyment and his memory will live with them always. In his passing the G.A.R. Post of Blair has lost another member. Few indeed is the number left. They are meeting one by one, the only foe to which they must bow, but they are meeting it like real men. Besides the children already mentioned, there are 9 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, morn his passing. The funeral service will be held Friday at 2 PM from the Bendorf Funeral Home and interment in the Blair Cemetery.".
2. Mrs. Velva M. Smith wife of Bernard Huston Smith Son of William Smith - Recorded Abt 1965, Unionville, Missouri, Family Group Record 3 pages, Page 2, Jan 1971.
Provided by contributor David Kentsmith

Served with Co. M of the 12th MO Cavalry during the Civil War per list of veteran burials in Nebraska.
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Obituary of James Morsoen Smith typed from the original by Mrs. Bernard H. Smith (Velva) of Unionville, Missouri.

"James Morsoen Smith, well known early day character passed away at the age of 90 years. Resident of Florence, Nebraska since 1865. Drove a stage coach in the 60's. Landed in Florence, Nebraska July 5th 1865. Died July 5, 1932. (Uncle Jim) A Civil War Veteran of entire War. James Morsoen Smith, Civil War Veteran and pioneer settler of the State of Nebraska. He passed away July 5, 1932 at the home of Mrs. Anna Peterson in this city. He suffered no pain but slipped away peacefully lying down as, "One who wraps the draperies of his couch about him and lies down to pleasant dreams" Deceased was born in Plainfield, Indiana March 8, 1842. Son of Benjamin and Mary Brown Smith. Reared to manhood. When the Civil War broke out he enlisted from Unionville, Missouri. In Co. M. 12th Missouri Calvary and served through the entire War, taking part in many of the major engagements. He was in the "Battle of Lookout Mountain". And as a remembrance of the event, he cut a branch from a tree, which he later made into a cane, which he still had in his possession at his death. After the war he felt the urge of the west and landed in Florence, Nebraska July 5, 1865 and it seems almost providential that he should pass away July 5, 1923 just 67 years to the day from the day of his landing here. He came on the Steamer Stephen Douglas here, which was laden with an engine and rails to be used in the construction of the Union Pacific railroad. After landing in Florence he procured employment as Stage Coach Driver between Omaha and Cuming City there being no Blair Nebraska at the time. He stayed on as a Stage Coach Driver until the town site of Blair was laid out, then he became a citizen of Blair, Nebraska. He was married to Sarah Catherine Benner at Ft. Calhoun on September 14, 1868. To this union 8 children were born. 6 are still living whom are Mrs. Anna McCracken, Mrs. Clara Beardaley and Al Smith all of Omaha, Nebraska. Mrs. Margaret Moarine of Eureka, California, Mrs. Mae Rose, Newton, Iowa, M. R. Smith of Soap Lake, Washington. Living at the colorful age when the country and State was in its making, He became a part and parcel of it, a true Nebraska Citizen, always ready to do what he could, typical in every way of those olden times. After the death of his wife, some 27 years ago, he spent most of his time at the soldiers Home at Burkett, Nebraska but this spring he came to Blair, Nebraska to be near his old comrade Dr. J. V. Hinchman, who just recently passed away in his old home town, and again it seems that providence intervened and he too passed away in his old home town, the town he loved so dearly, where he had reared his family and lived the best part of his active life. His last years were years of comfort and happiness, his children showered love and affection on him. His wish was theirs and they spared no effort to add to his enjoyment and his memory will live with them always. In his passing the G.A.R. Post of Blair has lost another member. Few indeed is the number left. They are meeting one by one, the only foe to which they must bow, but they are meeting it like real men. Besides the children already mentioned, there are 9 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, morn his passing. The funeral service will be held Friday at 2 PM from the Bendorf Funeral Home and interment in the Blair Cemetery.".
2. Mrs. Velva M. Smith wife of Bernard Huston Smith Son of William Smith - Recorded Abt 1965, Unionville, Missouri, Family Group Record 3 pages, Page 2, Jan 1971.
Provided by contributor David Kentsmith


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