Friday, April 7, 2017

More Clues

Of the known children of Asa Putnam Smith and Lucinda McIntosh, I have been able to track my 3rd-great-grandmother Permelia Smith Lamon, her sister Amanda, her brother James M., and youngest brother Elam W. Smith. After the death of Lucinda, James and sister Amanda Smith moved to New Albany, Indiana. James worked as a laborer in various mills and factories in New Albany.

Amanda Smith was the informant on James' death record. This document provides a key clue showing the names of their parents Asa and Lucinda, as well as their states of birth. For Asa, this is a useful confirmation that he was originally from Nova Scotia.

After James died on 1 September 1914, it looks like Amanda moved to Cincinnati. In the 1920 US Census she appears in the household of William and Bertha Balser. Amanda lists her father as from Nova Scotia, mother from Illinois.

Elam W. Smith married Delana Richardson on 16 March 1873 in Crawford County, Indiana. They appear in the 1880 US Census in Crawford County with 6 year-old daughter Mary L Smith and two year-old son William Smith.

Another bit of data: Elam W. Smith and James M. Smith appear on the Civil War draft registration record from 8 July 1863. I do not know yet which unit they served in during the war.
Source: Ancestry. Civil War draft registrations, Indiana.
Elam and family moved from Crawford County, Indiana across the Ohio River to neighboring Louisville, Kentucky. The family appears in the 1900 US Census. Elam was working as a carpenter, while son William had recently married. They also appear in the 1910 US Census in Louisville.

Elam W. Smith died on 26 March 1914 in Louisville. His wife Delana was the informant on the death certificate, and put that she did not know the names of his parents or their places of birth.

Before I leave this line of the family, there is one more story to share. Elam's daughter Mary appears in the Louisville newspapers in 1891, and I will bring that to the blog in the next post.

After following the family of Asa Putnam Smith and Lucinda McIntosh, I am going to step backward a generation to recap the story of John Og McIntosh. I also a have a new lead on Asa Putnam Smith's War of 1812 service.

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