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Obituary of Mrs. Caroline Smith


Mrs. Caroline Smith died Sunday last at her home on Battle Creek after a short illness.. She was seventy odd years of age and a woman of great integrity and Christian principle. She was highly esteemed by all who know her, some of whom are now leading citizens of this city and knew her from their earliest childhood and had the greatest respect for her. She was the wife of Mr. Thomas Smith, who is a brother of Mrs. Elias Smith, an aged and highly respected citizen of South Pittsburg. The funeral and interment was at Battle Creek Cemetery last Monday. A large crowd attended.

Note by submitter:
I have Reuben Smith was married to a Sarah Hollingsworth.
They had a Thomas Smith, born in 1840 in Marion Co, TN and Elmas Smith, born in 1843, Marion Co, TN.
They could be the ones mentioned above.

This obituary was provided by Helen L. Smith Hoke

Additional information by Herb Patterson

I have done research which leads me to think that, the only Caroline Smith
found in the 1900 Marion Co census is the wife of William H Smith.,
William and Caroline lived in the Battle Creek area most if not all of their lives.

With reference to "Note by submitter " below the obituary,
I did find the Reuben Smith family, with sons Thomas and Elmas, in the Marion County 1850 and 1860 censuses,
but did not find any in this family in any later census in the US.

Herb Patterson

Additional information by Donna O'Brien:

Based on information I have from research and other family members, I believe this is the obituary of my 3rd great-grandmother, Caroline Louisa Smith. She is buried in Martin Springs Cemetery and was born in 1837, which means she was 72 years old when she passed (hence the 70 odd years shown in the obituary). The obituary should read "She was the wife of William Smith, brother of Thomas Smith and Elias Smith..." Thomas later moved his family to Jumpoff,
but William and Elias remained in the Battle Creek area.

Donna O'Brien

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June 13, 2003