Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Edward Rumsey Smith, son of Aaron Fairfax Smith

Edward Rumsey Smith (son of Aaron Fairfax and Judith Smith), born August 10, 1836, at Paradise, Kentucky.  On September 12, 1863, he married Mary Pollock, who was born in Glasgow, Scotland, July 1, 1839.  She died at Liberal, Kansas, on October 12, 1907

In the DAR file on Peter Smith were two newspaper clippings that evidently were from an Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, newspaper.  Excerpts from the clippings follow (information in parentheses is from other sources):

Pioneer of Seward County Gone--Died While on Vacation in Indian Territory

News was received here last Friday that E. Rumsey Smith, who lived out of town about two miles, died while on his way to Eureka Springs. ...He died at a point near Kansas, Indian Territory, August 6, 1907.  Mr. Smith had been suffering the past few years from ill health and it had been his habit the last three years to make overland trips to the territory to the south and east. ...His departure removes another pioneer settler from Seward County.  He came to this county in the fall of 1885 and used his right on a tree claim and a little later exercised his homestead right. On the homestead he established his home and had lived there continuously until his death.

Edward Rumsey Smith was born August 10, 1836, at Paradise, Kentucky. When he had grown to manhood he moved to Mud River in the same state, where he met his future wife.  When the department called for soldiers to fight for the cause in the Rebellion he accepted and served for three years.  He enlisted in '61 and was identified with the 17th Kentucky Infantry.  In 1863 he returned to Mud River and married Miss Mary Pollock.  Six children were born to this union:

Mrs. W(illiam) H(enry) Blood (Mary Morrison Smith)
Mrs. B(ernard) H. Lemert (Betty Smith)
Mrs. W. S. Wolley (Lou Smith) 
Lincoln Smith
Robert Smith
Edward Smith 

In the year 1875 Mr. and Mrs. Smith moved from Kentucky to Texas where they resided till 1885. The Smiths have been stayers in the county.  Undaunted by the little failures in an agricultural way, the sandstorms and the fierce snowstorms destroying cattle and other livestock, the Smiths continued to live through it all.  Mr. Smith was optimistic.  He believed that this country would become a desirable one, and he lived to see his hope partially realized.

From the second clipping:

...Robert Smith and Mrs. Blood returned from Indian Territory, where they went to see if proper care had been taken of the body.  It is the intention of the family to have the remains brought to this place a little later on when the weather is cooler.

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