Brandon Cemetery

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Miller Twp.
Knox County

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For those that are perhaps seeing these transcriptions for the first time, the transcriptions may give on first glance, the appearance of a great many typos, so I feel obligated to explain that the abundance of y, m, and d represent abbreviations for year, month and day. Although you will find most engravers follow similar patterns, it seems there are several different abbreviations used to represent these three time terms including: y, yr, yrs, yr's & years; m. mo, mos, mo's, and months; d. da, das, da's, and days and on rare occasions, h, hr, hrs, hr's, and hours. I tend not to use commas except to separate surname from given name, given name from date, except where found on actual inscription, same goes for the [.] (period). When you see the symbol [_] (underscore), I use it to represent missing or unreadable letters, or if a lot of letters are unreadable I may express it by several periods, such as Jos...h . Sometimes you will find raised letters such as "c" in surnames such as in McClain, or if the engraver added smaller letters that were left out and added later, when I encounter them, tend to express them, when possible, as found on the stone. Sometimes engravers will use the latin term Æ or æ, this is just a term that generally replaces the word "aged". One last comment, all actual text found engraved, will come first in bold text. All comments, observations, personal knowledge remarks added by submitter, concerning an individual, but not inscribed on stone, will then proceed in regular text. ~R.M.Sizelove~

These tombstone photos have been generously donated by Morgan Henika, on 14 Nov., 2005.

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Smith, Sgt. James H., 2nd WIS INF Sergeant Major James Horton Smith, veteran of Civil War. He was a brother of William H. Smith and Mary Louise Smith, wife of Morris Mahon. James H. Smith was the father of Marie Ingersoll & son of Henry & Mary (Irish) Smith.
Smith, William H., born Oct. 7, 1799, died May 9, 1871 William Hamilton Smith was born in Wheeling (W)Virginia on 17 Oct. 1799. He had a brother James and sister Caroline. W.H. Smith married Esther Jane Dill, she was born Sept. 1811, in Columbus, OH (then called Franklinton) in 1828. They had eight children. The second oldest, Mary Louise, was my maternal great-grandmother. W.H. Smith was a farmer, State legislator in the mid-1840's and also a school teacher. One source says he (re)married a Hannah Milligan in April 1858. The 1860 Knox County census shows Mary Louise alive and well. W.H. died on his farm near Mt. Vernon on 9 May, 1871.
Click here for close view of his memorial stone.Click here to view the small original obelisk stone for William H. Smith. William was my 2nd great-grandfather. This Smith line settled in the Wheeling (W)VA area before the Revolutionary War. Henry was the first metrchant in the town of Wheeling. He was a Captain in the Rev. War. His wife Mary (Irish) was from Philadelphia, PA. He was an original Trustee of Wheeling as well as a Commissioner appointed 27 Dec., 1797 to assist in the town layout, purchase of land and erection of public buildings.
Mahan, Marie Louise (Smith), wife of Morris Mahan was born in Mt. Vernon, OH, on 13th Nov., 1833. She and Morris Mahan were married in Mt. Vernon on Aug. 8, 1854. Sorry no image available at this time.

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