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Smith or Smith Chapel Cemetery

"No one likes to have the death conversation. It's not a pleasant topic. We always say to people, have a five-minute conversation so everyone knows what you want."
~ Paul Sodders


The Smith Cemetery is located about 1.5 miles directly South of the town of Monroe, between roads 100S and 200S, on the West side of the road. A church with 12 corners once stood here but is long since gone. Built in 1866, the church was still standing in 1918. The 1879 plat of Monroe Township shows the land, 75.72 acres, as having belonged to Robert E. Smith, Jr., a grandson of my g-g-g-grandfather Robert Smith (1786-1868).

The cemetery begins at the end of a long lane and extends to the abandoned railroad bed of the Cincinnati, Richmond and Fort Wayne Railroad. In 1996-98 the existing stones were in two sections, the first section to the West, near the railroad bed, and the second to the East, starting at the end of the entrance land. The two sections are separated by an open area that might have been the location of the Twelve-Cornered Church.

A plat recorded by Robert E. Smith, Jr., on 4 April 1892, indicates the plots in the cemetery extend from a point 17.5 feet from the railroad right-of-way (West end) for a distance of 263 feet. At that point it joins the "west line of Old Cemetery." The plots are in three rows of 18 and are numbered to 54. Each plot is 12 by 18 feet in size.

I inventoried 35 rows of tombstones in the cemetery, with Row 1 starting closest to the railroad bed at the West end. Row 35 is 445 feet to the East. In the "Row" column the notation "NS" indicates that a tombstone was not found but that research indicates a burial.


Contributed by Capt. David G Smith, USN Ret.
Reformatted by Margie Roop Pearce & Jim Cox

Smith ~ Chapel Cemetery
Deceased Name Birth Date Death Date Add'l Headstone Information Row Headstone Image Obit Info Bio Military Info
Baker, Jesse 1806 1883   Row 31            
Baker, Lydia 1811 1888   Row 31            
Brumby, Mary E 1837 10/20/1900   NS            
Buchan, Unknown 3-11-1888 5-8-1890 d/o PJ & MJ Row 14            
Burkhead, Elizabeth 1866 1894   Row 4            
Burkhead, Rosetta 1880 1898   Row 4            
Burkhead, Ruth 1894 1898   Row 4            
Burkhead, Sherman 1894 1898   Row 4            
Duer, Clista M 5-8-1887 1-28-1892 d/o AP & LA Row 7            
Duer, Ida B 1868 1894   Row 31            
Duer, Luiza A 7-11-1862 3/14/1907   Row 7            
Duer, Martha J 12-3-1897 5/17/1900 d/o A & L Row 7            
Durben, George 8-8-1856 12-22-1860 s/o J & G Row 19            
Durben, Obiah J 1828 1-25-1872   Row 20            
Durben, Robert E     s/o OJ Row 20            
Durbin   1882   Row 20            
Durbin, Infant 3 Jun 1898 5 Jun 1898 son Row 4            
Durbin, Margaret Ann 1864     NS            
Durbin, Omer S 1/30/1908 3/15/1908   Row 4            
Elzey, Amos M 3-12-1873 8-6-1895   Row 9            
Elzey, Francis M 1839 1922 Co M, 2nd OH Cav Row 9            
Elzey, James T 1865 1951   Row 9            
Elzey, Rachel 3-6-1837 2/11/1905 w/o Frank Row 9            
Enoes, B E     War of 1812 Row 23            
Everhart, Infant     s/o JC & MA Row 25            
Everhart, Ada Sep 1882 9-27-1891   NS            
Everhart, Ames 1837 1872 w/o B Row 22            
Everhart, David 1845 1927   Row 22            
Everhart, Frances 1841 1879 w/o D Row 22            
Everhart, J C     CO K 89th IN Inf Row 25            
Everhart, Jane 1847 1932   Row 22            
Everhart, Joshua 4-9-1833 6-7-1879   Row 15            
Everhart, Louise J     d/o JC & MA Row 25            
Everhart, Martha A 5-20-1841 1-3-1867 w/o JC Row 25            
Everhart, Ruben 1878 1879   Row 22            
Gross, Levi Tuttle 2-22-1861 4/3/1923   NS            
Haggard, Susannah 9-3-1872 9/25/1908 w/o JA Row 6            
Hahn, George 1854 2-9-1878   NS            
Hahn, George W 10-30-1824 1/9/1909   Row 1            
Hahn, Margaret J       Row 1            
Hahn, Mary E 1856 1864 w/o George Row 1            
Hahn, William 1856 3/22/1933   NS            
Hammon, G     Co C 11th IN Vol Cav Row 23            
Head, F V   1915   Row 10            
Head, Hannah 1779 8-30-1862 w/o Nathan Row 16            
Head, J E   1895   Row 25            
Head, Rhoda 9-5-1821 10-27-1893 w/o Samuel Row 16            
Head, Samuel 5-30-1817 3-11-1889   Row 16            
Hendricks       Row 24            
Hendricks, Infant   1899 s/o W & D Row 5            
Hendricks, Bazzel 9-1-1818 9-20-1888   Row 25            
Hendricks, Catherine 8-1-1818 7-30-1856 w/o Bazzel Row 25            
Hendricks, Ceyla     d/o T & L Row 24            
Hendricks, Donald R 2-22-1899 2-23-1899   NS            
Hendricks, Esther L 6-28-1858 2-24-1891 w/o J W Row 6            
Hendricks, George T   2-21-1879   Row 24            
Hendricks, Homer C 1878 1924   Row 32            
Hendricks, Ila J 9-15-1880 5-10-1893 s/o J & P Row 32            
Hendricks, James 3-2-1845 4/4/1914   Row 32            
Hendricks, Jesse 4-26-1873 8-31-1888   Row 14            
Hendricks, Levi N 9-1-1867 8/18/1902   Row 3            
Hendricks, Lydia 1813 3-2-1895 w/o Thomas Row 24            
Hendricks, Lydia B (Morgan)       NS            
Hendricks, Margaret 3-5-1817 9-30-1871 w/o M Row 21            
Hendricks, Marietta 1847 1914 w/o Oliver T Row 6            
Hendricks, Mary A 3-10-1838 10-3-1885 w/o William Row 24            
Hendricks, Mary E 5/27/1908 6/30/1908 w/o Bazzel Row 25            
Hendricks, Mashach 1819 2-25-1882   Row 21            
Hendricks, Oliver T 1844 1929   Row 6            
Hendricks, Phoebe 12-19-1847 11-23-1890 ws/o J Row 32            
Hendricks, Thomas 4-22-1812 6-13-1883   Row 24            
Hendricks, William 5-28-1835 7/30/1901   Row 24            
Herron, Jonathan 5-24-1832 10/24/1906   NS            
Hofer, Susan E 10-30-1861 11-19-1897 w/o J J Row 5            
Huffman, A C 3-18-1881 3-20-1881   Row 20            
Huffman, M E 3-18-1881 3-20-1881                
Huffman, Mary E 12-13-1852 4/7/1920   Row 20            
Jacobs, George K 1881 1911   Row 10            
Jacobs, John M 2-13-1848 7-10-1892   Row 7            
Jacobs, Joseph G 7-25-1859 11-15-1887   Row 25            
Jacobs, Kelita 2-3-1811 11-18-1888   Row 25            
Jacobs, Lilah M 1910 1911 d/o GK & Ida Row 7            
Jacobs, Margaret 10-24-1850 1/14/1919 w/o J M Row 7            
Jacobs, Olive M 1904 1906 d/o GK & Ida Row 7            
Jacobs, Saline 3-9-1815 12-30-1878 w/o Kelita Row 25            
Johnson, Infant 12/11/1904 12/11/1904 s/o SV & LA Row 2            
Johnson, Arden N 2-16-1874 1-15-1881 s/o JP & E Row 14            
Johnson, Eliza 4-17-1817 8-8-1885 w/o Michael (Rev) Row 24            
Johnson, Leah E 6-10-1853 1924   NS            
Johnson, Lewis T (Rev) 1832 1901   NS            
Johnson, Michael (Rev) 7-12-1814 8-11-1894   Row 24            
Kessler, Mary M 4-18-1850 11-3-1880 w/o E Row 27            
Kirkendall, Berthinda 2-15-1815 5-25-1888 w/o Joseph Row 31            
Kirkendall, Catharine 9-5-1834 6-3-1875 w/o James Row 31            
Kirkendall, Hugh 3-10-1876 7-22-1876 s/o J & CA Row 31            
Kirkendall, James 6-12-1839 7/22/1919   NS            
Kirkendall, Matilda 9-8-1842 10/15/1907 w/o James Row 31            
Kirkendall, William A 6-23-1866 9-3-1878   Row 31            
Laisure, Costa J 1862 1935   Row 9            
Laisure, Eddie 1-28-1880 2-15-1883   Row 14            
Laisure, Grace M 8-18-1858 2-7-1859 d/o Wm & E Row 19            
Laisure, James A 1857 1941   Row 9            
Laisure, L      War of 1812 Row 19            
Laisure, Lavina 5-12-1839 9/6/1905 w/o Orman   Row 21            
Laisure, Mary (Smith) 10-12-1836 5/12/1910   NS            
Laisure, Orman  4-26-1836 4/8/1916   Row 21            
Laisure, Samuel J 3-23-1874 3-2-1875   Row 14            
Laisure, Thomas L 11-28-1885 3-1-1887 s/o SE & JA Row 18            
Laisure, William H 6-4-1819 3/16/1916   NS            
Leisure, Samuel E 1852 1919   Row 11            
LeMasters, Itella A   1888 d/o CB & MJ Row 29            
LeMasters, Martha 10-30-1886 1-17-1898   Row 29            
Louthan, Mable 7-5-1812 6-30-1878 w/o Moses Row 30            
Louthan, Moses 3-25-18181 8-14-1890   Row 30            
Martz, Infant 1903 1903 s/o William & Viola Row 31            
Martz, Infant 1903 1903 d/o William & Viola Row 31            
Martz, Infant 6/22/1905 6/22/1905 s/o William & Viola Row 31            
Martz, Amelia 12-28-1850 4/9/1909 w/o George H Row 28            
Martz, Cyrus H 3-8-1886 9-8-1887 s/o JT & SA Row 30            
Martz, Daniel W 3-5-1869 5-14-1878 s/o JT & SA Row 30            
Martz, George H 10-27-1838 7/28/1917   Row 28            
Martz, Harvey G 5-9-1871 9-6-1876 s/o JT & SA Row 30            
Martz, Louisa J 1-1-1866 1-24-1866 d/o WH & ZL Row 28            
Martz, Sarah J 7-22-1834 9-24-1875 w/o George H Row 28            
Martz, Susan E 1-1-1866 2-18-1866 d/o WH & ZL Row 28            
Martz, Zadora L 1842 1884 w/o William H Row 28            
Martz, William H 1842 1919   Row 28            
McCurdy, Absalom     Co. F, 147th IN infantry Row 26            
Miller, Allen J 1858 1858 s/o Joseph & Jane Row 23            
Miller, George W 4-17-1848 6-17-1861 s/o JR & J Row 23            
Miller, George W 1846 1861 s/o Joseph & Jane Row 23            
Miller, Jane J 1816 1872 w/o Joseph Row 23            
Miller, Joseph R 1818 1871   Row 23            
Miller, Oliver H 1852 1919   Row 7            
Newton, Henry 3/18/1908 3/19/1908   NS            
Olin, Clare M 9-10-1874 8-21-1878 d/o D & M Row 23            
Parks, Mildred A 8/22/1906 11/20/1906   NS            
Quinn, Infant 2-26-1889 3-14-1889 daughter NS            
Quinn, Infant 8-29-1892 8-29-1892 daughter NS            
Quinn, Alexander 5-2-1846 9/3/1906   NS            
Quinn, Amanda (Major) 11-7-1856 6-29-1895 w/o Alexander NS            
Quinn, Lessie V 3-27-1882 4-20-1883   NS            
Quinn, Permelia (Major) 11-30-1853 3-30-1877   NS            
Quinn, Robert 6-18-1875 4-19-1876   NS            
Quinn, Sarah Ann (Smith) 1825 12-27-1877   NS            
Ray, Infant 9-22-1892 9-22-1892 s/o LR & GA Row 29            
Ray, Cyrus W 1839 1907   Row 30            
Ray, Eleanor 1813 1891 w/o George W Row 5            
Ray, Eli M     Co H 89th IN Inf Row 4            
Ray, Ellen 4-20-1849 4-2-1891 w/o Eli M Row 4            
Ray, George W 1813 1878   Row 5            
Ray, Gisroe Edwin 5-5-1872 3-7-1875 s/o CW & MJ Row 30            
Ray, Mary J 1844 1914 w/o Cyrus Row 30            
Reneker, Mary       Row 24            
Riley, Mary 1800 1872 w/o William Row 28            
Scherer, Bertie 7-19-1883 7-20-1883 s/o William & Sadie Row 34            
Scherer, Leslie Leon 9-15-1887 9-20-1888 s/o William & Sadie Row 34            
Scherer, William 1858 1919   Row 35            
Schwartz, Matilda 3-20-1830 2/17/1904   Row 14            
Schwartz, William 9-24-1861 12/20/1911   Row 12            
Shaw, Dovie E (Martz) 3-23-1875 12/3/1901 d/o WH & ZL Row 28            
Shepard, Jennie Ray 10-19-1891 11/5/1902 w/o S E Row 4            
Smith, Alexander 5-6-1813 3-3-1880   Row 21            
Smith, Alexander W     s/o A & R Row 21            
Smith, Benjamin M 1874 1932   Row 7            
Smith, Catherine J 5-6-1857 4-12-1881 w/o JW Row 16            
Smith, Clifton H 9-15-1869 10-17-1890 s/o JW & CJ Row 16            
Smith, Delihe (Leah)   1-23-1894 w/o John H Row 17            
Smith, Edith O 6-8-1871 1-2-1895 w/o R M Row 16            
Smith, Eli L 4-27-1838 2-26-1859   Row 21            
Smith, Elizabeth     d/o RE & S Row 16            
Smith, George W 7-5-1851 11-28-1854 s/o A & R Row 21            
Smith, Idella T 2-29-1844 12/24/1908 w/o Robert E Row 7            
Smith, Jasper 10-22-1848 12-29-1851 s/o A & R Row 21            
Smith, John H 4-2-1821 6-14-1891   Row 17          
Smith, John W 1846 1879                
Smith, Joseph 1859 1939   Row 15            
Smith, Louilda 1-18-1877 12-12-1895 d/o Robert E & Idella T Row 7            
Smith, Mary E 9-4-1849 5-4-1860 d/o JH & L Row 13 ;          
Smith, Moses   7-25-1885 s/o RE & AC Row 15            
Smith, Oscar 4-15-1883 5-15-1887 s/o RE & AC Row 15            
Smith, Rebecca A 6-8-1818 1-21-1894 w/o Alexander Row 21            
Smith, Robert 10-8-1786 2-22-1868   Row 17          
Smith, Robert E 7-13-1844 9/13/1912   Row 7            
Smith, Robert E Sr 5-3-1829 8-5-1899   Row 16            
Smith, Rosa 1871 1933   Row 15            
Smith, Roy 4-7-1881 7-29-1881 s/o JW & CJ Row 16            
Smith, Sarah 9-6-1791 4-20-1863 w/o Robert   Row 17            
Smith, Sarah J 9-23-1840 1-1-1861   Row 21          
Smith, Susan E 1833 1913 w/o Robert E Sr Row 16            
Uhrick, Clyde M 11-3-1894 1-5-1895 s/o George & E Row 8            
Urick, Daniel 11-23-1833     Row 20            
Urick, Elizabeth 8-29-1837 10/9/1908   Row 20            
Urick, Elizabeth (Miller) 7-30-1834 10/7/1907   NS            
Urick, Elizabeth Mary 1-26-1873 10/25/1929   NS            
Urick, George E 7-10-1869 1/21/1944   NS            
Urick, John H M 4-21-1866 1-22-1885 s/o JA & J Row 32            
Urick, Joseph D 2-2-1867 11/5/1932   NS            
Urick, Nancy (Smith) 5-27-1842 4-5-1885   Row 20            
Urick, Sarah 10-27-1839 1-29-1877 w/o William Row 19            
Urick, William 7-10-1871 8-16-1871 s/o William & Sarah A Row 19            
Urick, William W 9-8-1880 11-14-1880 s/o William & Sarah A Row 19            
Wagoner, Hozy C 9-18-1884 5-18-1888 s/o John & Sara J Row 17            
Walton, Sarah Ann 5-3-1823 8/12/1900   Row 14            
Walton, William 3-12-1822 2-18-1879   Row 14            
Williamson, Mary 1-15-1820 10-26-1890   Row 14            
Williamson, Matilda 4-4-1802 3-10-1886   Row 14            
Wood, Matilda (Walton) 4-7-1845 6/20/1913   Row 14            
Wynn, Clive G 8-24-1891 1-26-1892 s/o RM & Edith O Row 16            
                     





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