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Pvt Elijah Smallwood

Pvt Elijah Smallwood

Birth
Vigo County, Indiana, USA
Death 12 Jun 1862 (aged 22–23)
USA
Burial Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA
Plot Section 38, plot 4099
Memorial ID 5853435 · View Source
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He was called by the name of (Alega) Served with the 15th Iowa Infantry, Company I in the Civil War. Rank of Private. Elijah died of chronic dysentery at Jefferson Barracks Hospital. He was born in Indiana, and was apparently living in Farmington Iowa when he enlisted on December 19th, 1861 at the age of 23. He was mustered into Federal Service on Jan. 24th, 1862.

The 1860 census shows an Elijah Smallwood, also born 1839 still in Indiana working as a carpenter for a cabinet maker named Elah Butcher in Van Buren Township, Monroe County, IN.

He was the son of Thompson Smallwood and Louisa Jeffries, and the brother of Nancy, Cindrillus, Francis Marion, Sarah Ellen, and Harriett L. (Hattie) from that marriage, and half brother to James Robert and James Thomas Smallwood from Thompson's later marriage to Margaret Melissa Sims.

The following is from a hand-written document by Margaret Smallwood. Some notes are added for historical information. Margaret is the daughter of Thompson's son, James Robert Smallwood and Mary Ellen Cody.

"My Father, James Robert Smallwood. Born in (Galena) Kan(sas) June 13 Bower Mills, St. Lawrence County Married to Mary Ellen Cody Sept 25 or 26 1875 - He had two sisters Mary & Margaret, one right brother Frank Smallwood who lived in and around Hannibal Mo. after he left Kansas he had 5 boys. His wife was Laura I don't know her maiden name. Two half brothers Sig (Thomas Smallwood) and Aliga (Elijah) is buried in National Cemetery St. Louis County. We didn't know him. He may have had a (Army) Life. Sig as far as I had lived in Galena Kan. His wife was named Rachel. I don't know how many children. Your Dad knew them, I didn't. Uncle Sig he was a good Christian man. So was Uncle Frank. Aunt Mary had two daughters and two sons. Aunt Margaret had two girls and one boy. Aunt Margaret and Mary married brothers. One was Austin and the other was Levie. Their last name Gandy and they all lived in Galena Kansas. My Grandfather (Thompson Smallwood) was married twice. (He was actually married 5 times and had many more children than she lists here.) There was Indian blood in one of the marriages. My father left home when he was 14 or 15. He traveled around a lot. He came to St. Louis and kind a wished he would of went straight through. He told us so many stories we don't know where they were true or not. One was the Indians they burnt the house and barn down and killed all the people that was there. He had been out somewhere in the hills. He went in the hills when he seen this. He stayed there that day and night. when he thought it was safe he went down there and there was nothing left and nothing alive. That must of been when he left home. I could of tell you some more of the stories he told us but it wouldn't help you any as it was things he had done. Tornadoes he was in. I know he hadn't seen or heard from any of his people for years. Then he found his brother. Frank lived in Hannibal Mo, and some time later he found his sisters. He did not know who they married. Aunt Marry was a Dival (devil) and the stingiest person alive and Aunt Margaret was one of the sweetest persons alive. My mother said I was named after her and my Grand Mother on my Fathers side. Well Honey I don't think I know any more that would help you. I didn't like my Father and really didn't want to know his people but your dad and I was so crazy about our Uncle Frank and as little as we knew about Uncle Sig we loved him to. Your dad knew his family better than I did."




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  • Created by: Richard L. Smallwood-Roberts
  • Added: 18 Oct 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5853435
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt Elijah Smallwood (1839–12 Jun 1862), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5853435, citing Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Richard L. Smallwood-Roberts (contributor 47892259) .