Judge Ensign Bryant Smith

Judge Ensign Bryant Smith

North Norwich, Chenango County, New York, USA
Death 19 Sep 1895 (aged 89)
Golden, Jefferson County, Colorado, USA
Burial Golden, Jefferson County, Colorado, USA
Plot Bl 96, Lot 3
Memorial ID 75921889 · View Source
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Ensign & his family are true Colorado pioneers which means they were one of the first families to settle in Colorado when it was Kansas territory before Feb. 28, 1861. They settled in Golden City in the spring of 1859.

Ensign was one of 11 children born in North Norwich, NY to Sarah Purdy & Amos Smith. He was born in 1807, home to Indian tribes. He farmed w/ his grandfather, James Purdy, until he was 18. He moved w/ his family to Ohio to be safe from Indians. He then went to Pennsylvania to learn to tan hides. Then he went to Texas.

He then headed west to Nuevo Mexico, a land he & his brothers had heard about, still owned by Spain. He passed thru Bents Fort, Colorado & met the Bent brothers. He nearly died enroute. He earned the nickname "Mexican Smith."

After arrival in NM he met & married a Spanish girl named Juanita Ortiz on Feb 4, 1836. Her family owned a large land grant. Their lives were full of adventure and danger travelling around the country thru Indian territory.
They would have 8 children together.

They arrived in GoldenCity, CO in the spring of 1859 & built a small cabin, said to be the first pioneers there. One home still stands.

He and his brothers helped build the first toll road from Blackhawk to Golden, now Hwy 6. He built a hotel in Golden City, the Railroad House. In 1862 he was appointed the first Judge of Golden City, the capital of Colorado at the time, serving in 1863.

He was 89 years old when he passed away in Golden. Proud to be related to this exciting man!

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"In a good old age their children arise up & call them blessed." Proverbs 31:28

Ensign B. Smith 1807-1895
Juanita Smith 1818-1909


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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Judge Ensign Bryant Smith (21 Feb 1806–19 Sep 1895), Find A Grave Memorial no. 75921889, citing Golden Cemetery, Golden, Jefferson County, Colorado, USA ; Maintained by Julie (contributor 48508729) .