Doddridge County Roots

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Elijah G. SMITH

Male 1825 - 1890  (64 years)


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  • Name Elijah G. SMITH 
    Born 21 May 1825  Fauquier Co, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Census 1860  Doddridge Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Military From 1 Oct 1864 to 10 Jun 1865  [2
    Pvt, Co G, 6th W.Va. Infantry, Civil War 
    • Military records show that Elijah G Smith enlisted Oct 1 1864 in Wheeling as a substitute for Sylvester Wright in Co G, 6th W.Va. Infantry. He mustered out with the rest of his company on Jun 10 1865 in Wheeling. Records consistently show his rank as Private, rather than Captain as has been reported by some researchers.

      NOTE: As of February 2017, the Civil War medal issued for Elijah G. Smith had never been claimed and was in storage at the West Virginia State Archives in Charleston.
      http://www.wvculture.org/history/archives/civilwarmedals/medals.html
    Census 1870  West Union District, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation farmer  [3
    Died 23 Mar 1890  West Union, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5, 6
    Cause: fell from railroad bridge 
    Buried Blockhouse Hill Cemetery (old SDB section), West Union, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 7
    • Inscription on headstone: "In memory of our FATHER ELIJAH SMITH, Died Mar 23 1890, Aged 65 years"
    Person ID I52247  Doddridge County Roots
    Last Modified 5 Mar 2017 

    Father Benjamin Delaney SMITH,   b. 16 Sep 1787, Fauquier Co, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Oct 1861, Tyler Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Mother Jemima G. ROBINSON,   b. 18 Mar 1797, Fauquier Co, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Nov 1853, Harrison Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years) 
    Married 27 Nov 1816  Fauquier Co, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F14330  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Edith PEPPER,   b. CA 1832, Barbour Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Aug 1887, West Union, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 55 years) 
    Married 1849  Barbour Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Notes 
    • 1860 Census, Doddridge Co, Virginia (now West Virginia), enumerated on Jun 15 1860:
      Elijah Smith, 38, farmer, value of real estate $600, value of personal estate $200, cannot read/write; Edith, 26; H. (female), 8; C. (male), 6; J. (male), 4; A. (female)(sic), 2; Virginia, 1.

      1870 Census, Doddridge Co, WV (West Union Twp), enumerated on Jun 14 1870:
      Elijah G. Smith, 51, farmer, value of real estate $4,000, value of personal estate $1,000, cannot read/write; Edith, 37; Henrietta, 18; Nancy J, 16; Charles, 14; Johnston, 13; Alexander, 10; Virginia, 9.

      1880 Census, Doddridge Co, WV (West Union District), enumerated on Jun 5 1880:
      Charles Smith, 25, farmer; wife Lenora, 21; dau Auda, 1; unnamed son, 3 months; mother Edith Smith, 47, married.

      Elijah G. Smith has a hollow named after him on Rock Run, Smithburg, Doddridge County. [8]
    Children 
     1. Henrietta SMITH,   b. 18 Jan 1850,   d. 9 Nov 1906  (Age 56 years)
     2. Nancy Jane SMITH,   b. 11 Jun 1851,   d. 11 Oct 1923, Weston, Lewis Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     3. Charles Alonzo SMITH,   b. 7 Aug 1854, Harrison Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Sep 1910, Rossville, Shawnee Co, KS Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years)
     4. Johnson Benjamin SMITH,   b. 12 Apr 1856, Rock Run (West Union), Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Dec 1924, West Union, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
     5. Alexander W. SMITH,   b. 31 May 1858, Doddridge Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jun 1931, West Union, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     6. Virginia "Jennie" SMITH,   b. CA 1859, Doddridge Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID F21555  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: fell from railroad bridge - 23 Mar 1890 - West Union, Doddridge Co, WV Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Blockhouse Hill Cemetery (old SDB section), West Union, Doddridge Co, WV Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
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  • Sources 
    1. [S934] Findagrave.com.

    2. [S1613] Obituary of granddaughter.

    3. [S1999] 1870 Census, Doddridge County, WV (West Union Twp).

    4. [S1563] Doddridge County Death Records, West Union, WV, DR p. 28, Line 348 : http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_view.aspx?Id=5048495&Type=Death.

    5. [S2568] West Virginia Deaths Index, 1853-1973 [database on-line], (Ancestry.com).

    6. [S1773] Doddridge County WV Deaths 1853-1969, (Wes Cochran, 156 Gihon Meadows, Apt 150, Parkersburg, WV 26101).

    7. [S1793] West Union WV Cemeteries (Doddridge County), (Wes Cochran, 2515 10th Ave, Parkersburg, WV 26101 (July 1990)).

    8. [S1604] Death record of son.