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Arne H Trelvik


Abner Smith (1754-1818)

DIED - On Thursday last, Mr. Abner Smith, of this town, in the 64th year of his age, after an illness of four weeks.
At the age of 24 he made a profession of religion, and attached himself to the Presbyterian Church, in which he acted as an officer the greatest part of his life. He adorned that profession by a steady exhibition of the christian character, to the day of his death. His illness originated from an inflamation in his left foot, which affected his whole system, and which was sustained with humble resignation to the divine will. He has left a wife and nine children to deplore his loss; but to them he has left this consolation, that he has gone where there shall "be no more death, neither sorrow nor crying; neither shall there be any more pain."

Source: "OBITUARY," Abner Smith, Western Star (Lebanon, Ohio), Saturday, September 12, 1818, p.3. c.3
Copy from the Obituary Collection at the Warren County Genealogical Society,

Arne H Trelvik
24 February 2017

  Asher Brown Smith. died 18 Nov 1898. [Obituary from unknown newpaper found in Smith family bible]
See Transcription submitted to the Warren County Message Board 10 Mar 2001 by Trudy Anhorn

Catharine (James) Smith

From Life’s Labors

Friends met at the home at ten o’clock Sunday last and followed the remains of Catharine Smith to the Middle Run Baptist church where services were conducted by Elder J.C. Reed, of Blanchester, pastor of the church, who read the memoir published below, and preached an able and comforting discourse from the words of the scripture recorded in 1st, Corinthians, 15th, chapter and 51st, verse; “Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed.”


Catherine James Smith was born March 9th, 1816, and died at her home in Greene county, O., January 14, 1898, aged 81 years, 10 months and 5 days.

She was married to Jackson Smith, Nov. 29th, 1838.

This union was blessed with 7 children six sons and one daughter named as follows: Jonathan, John, Frank, Anjalina, Nathan, Newton and James B.; all of whom are living except the daughter, Anjalina who died in 1872.

The descendants of the family who mourn on account of the departure of the deceased, are the above named sons, seventeen grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.

The subject of this memoir united with the Baptist church at Middle Run, June 17th, 1866, and continued a faithful, consistent member of the church, attending the services of the same as long as her health permitted.

She had been in declining health for several years and during the last six weeks was confined to her room and bed nearly all the time, gradually growing weaker until the end came.

She realized that she had lived her allotted time, and said to friends and loved ones who kindly cared for her in her last illness, that she was resigned and willing to go. She died peacefully, and with the assurance of saving faith in our blessed Savior.

As we are assembled together to pay the last tribute of respect to the deceased, we realize that in her death Society has lost a kind and true friend, the church a faithful and honored member, and the family a devoted and loving mother.

Source: from a newspaper in the Waynesville, Ohio locale around January 1898 [also see footnotes added by John Hartsock]


John Hartsock
5 September 2004

Dearl Smith

FRANKLIN - Dearl R. Smith, 25, of 8644 Deardoff Road, died at 5 a.m. today at Grandview Hospital in Dayton where he was taken after suffering a heart attack at home last night.
Mr. Smith was employed as an engineer and technician by the Ralph A. Woolpert Co., Dayton.
Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Earnest Smith, with whom he made his home; a brother, Terry, at home; and his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Collins of Thornhill, Tennessee.
Arrangement are incomplete at the Eaton Funeral Home.

Source: The Middletown (Ohio) Journal, Wednesday March 14, 1973

Vivian Combs Moon
4 October 2008

James Smith

DIED—At his residence in Waynesville, Warren County, Ohio, on the 8th inst. of Dropsy, James Smith, aged about 57 years. The deceased was a member of the Society of Friends. He had been confined to his room for more than three months previous to his decease from a broken limb, which was thought to hasten the progress of the disease that carried him off.

Source: The Western Star, dated 17 August 1849 [obtained from the Ohio Historical Society, microfilm roll # 19249]

Judy Simpson
11 June 2004

James Walter Smith (____ - 1935)


Funeral Services will be held at the Owswald Funeral Home at 2 o’clock Saturday afternoon for James Walter Smith, 52, whose death occurred Wednesday morning at his home on East Main Street. Mr. Smith was employed for many years at the Oregonia Bridge Company.
He is survived by the widow, Mrs. Rebecca Smith, one daughter, Mrs. Juanita Hagg, and a granddaughter, all of Lebanon.

Source: Undated article from unidentified newspaper found between the pages of the Smith Family Bible. [The Smith Bible Records state that James Walter Smith died March 27, 1935]


Vivian Combs Moon
1 Sep 2003

John H. Smith (1835-1915)


John H. Smith, a son of John and Eloxis? Smith was born 80 years ago on the 19th of March in Hagerdorn's Hills, Saratoga county, New York and died May 20, 1915. He came to Lebanon when he was 19 years of age where he lived until the outbreak of the Civil was when he enlisted in Co. A 12th O. V. I. He served until its close and returned to Lebanon, Ohio, where he resided until his death. October 6, 1869 he married Mary Frances Thurston who with two daughters survive him.

Funearl services were held at his late home on Mulberry Street Monday afternoon, the Rev. J. R. Hunter officiating. Burial was had in Lebanon cemetery. Services at the grave were conducted by comrades of the G.A.R.

Source: "John H. Smith," obituary, The Western Star (Lebanon, Ohio), May 27, 1915
Copy from the Obituary Collection at the Warren County Genealogical Society,

Arne H Trelvik
19 April 2011

Jane Smith

On Thursday of last week when the Little Miami was at its highest stage, Jefferson Smith a young man about 18 years of age, in company with his sister Miss Jane Smith aged 17, Mrs. Bell Casperson a young widow, ventured to cross the river in an old skiff.  On their return when just above the covered bridge near Corwin in a very rapid current, one ore [sic] broke leaving them entirely helpless.  Jonathan Philips and Alfred Leak were not far off and hastened to their rescue.  But unfortunately the bridge was near and being impossible to go under it safely the young man left the boat, clung to the bridge and got out.  His companions shared a worse fate; they were carried under the bridge and before aid could reach them were drowned.  Their bodies were found the next morning, and on Saturday were laid to rest side by side in the same grave on the hill.

Source: Waynesville, The Western Star, Lebanon, Ohio, Thursday February 22, 1883 [copy obtained from microfilm available at the Warren County Genealogical Society]

Arne H Trelvik
4 January 2009

Hon Lauren Smith

In Lebanon, Ohio, May 25, 1871, Hon Lauren Smith. Funeral took place at the East Baptist Church, Friday afternoon, May 26, 1871, at 4 o’clock.

Source: The Western Star 1 Jun 1871 [copy obtained from obituary collection at the Warren County Genealogical Society]

Arne H Trelvik
24 February 2006
  Lizzie Mae Smith

Lizzie Mae, daughter of Alfred and Calista E. Smith, was born near Spring Hill, Warren County, Ohio, December 14, 1895 and died Springfield Meeting House, Clinton County, January 23, 1909, aged a little more than thirteen years.
She was the youngest in a family of six children, three girls and three boys, a sister and a brother having proceeded her to the heavenly home. Alfred Smith and Family.

Source: Undated article from unidentified newspaper found between the pages of the Smith Family Bible. [Smith Bible Records state that Lizzie Mae Smith died January 22, 1909]

Vivian Combs Moon
1 Sep 2003
  Lula Pearl (Brown) Smith

Lula Pearl, daughter of Daniel P. and Clara Brown was born near New Hope, Warren County, Ohio, Feb. 20, 1880, and died at the home of her parents near Clarksville, O., March 12, 1902; aged 22 years and 22 days.
She was united in marriage November 28, 1901 to John W. Smith, for whose comfort and happiness her most sincere efforts were given so long as she was able to do.

Source: Undated article from unidentified newspaper found between the pages of the Smith Family Bible

Vivian Combs Moon
1 Sep 2003
Mark Ellen Smith

On Tuesday the 25th inst., Mark Ellen, infant daughter of Mr. H. N. Smith.

Source: The Western Star, dated 28 November 1851 (obtained from the Ohio Historical Society, microfilm roll # 19249)

Judy Simpson
24 June 2004
  Mrs. Ollie (Smith) Bell

Died at her home near Bunker Hill, Saturday, October 10 of pleurisy. Mrs. Ollie Bell, wife of Chas. Bell. She leaves a husband, two children and many relatives and friends to mourn her loss. She was the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. A. E. Smith.

Source: Undated article from unidentified newspaper found between the pages of the Smith Family Bible. [Smith Bible records state that Olive Smith died 10th of October 1903 but not the location.]

Vivian Combs Moon
1 Sep 2003
Rufus C. Smith

DIED—On Saturday morning last, at an advanced age, Mr. Rufus C. Smith. The deceased was, until recently, a citizen of Clearcreek township, where he had resided for many years. He was a good citizen, a kind father, an obliging neighbor, and a man of strict integrity.

Source: The Western Star, dated 1 August 1851 (obtained from the Ohio Historical Society, microfilm roll # 19249)

Judy Simpson
24 June 2004

Samuel M. Smith

LEBANON - Funeral services for Samuel M. Smith, 61, of 1205 Pendleton St., Cincinnati, were held at 2 p.m. today at Vale Funeral Home in Morrow, with burial in Lebanon Cemetery.
Mr. Smith, an employe of the Neuer Glass Co. of Cincinnati, died unexpectedly of a heart attack at Bethesda Hospital.
Surviving are a stepson, Homer Frank of Bethel; and a sister-in-law, Mrs. Eleanor Eckel of Lebanon.

Source: The Middletown (Ohio) Journal, Wednesday, January 13, 1954

Vivian Combs Moon
19 October 2008


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