Joshua Hicks Smith

Male 1841 - 1911  (69 years)


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  • Name Joshua Hicks Smith  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Born 24 Aug 1841  Patriot, Switzerland, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 4
    Gender Male 
    Birth 24 Aug 1841  Patriot, Switzerland County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Birth 24 Aug 1841  Patriot, Switzerland, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Residence 1850  Cedar City, Van Buren, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Residence 31 Aug 1850  Cedar City, Van Buren, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Census 1856  Cedar City, Van Buren, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Residence 1856  Cedar City, Van Buren, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Census 3 Jul 1860  Cedar City, Van Buren, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Residence 3 Jul 1860  Cedar City, Van Buren, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Residence 17 Aug 1863  Van Buren, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Enlisted in the Iowa 4th Light Artillery Battery 
    _MILT 17 Aug 1863  Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Age: 22 
    _MILT 17 Aug 1863  Davenport, Scott, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 5
    Iowa regiments during the Civil War 
    Immigration 1866  Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Census 1870  Cathalamett Bay, Clatsop, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Residence 5 Jul 1870  Cathalamett Bay, Clatsop, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Residence 10 Jun 1880  Salem, Marion, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Residence 1890  Marion, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Residence 1890  Marion, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Residence 1900  Marion, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Residence 21 Jun 1900  Marion, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Farmer 
    Residence 1910  Salem, Marion, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Residence 1910  Salem, Marion, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 5
    Marital Status: Married; Relation to Head of House: Head 
    Death 18 Jan 1911  Salem, Marion, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Death 18 Jan 1911  Salem, Marion, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Age: 69 
    Occupation Farmer  [4
    Residence Van Buren County, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Died 18 Jan 1911  Salem, Marion, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 5
    Buried Salem, Marion, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 5
    Person ID I2074  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 10 Feb 2020 

    Father Joshua W Smith,   b. 1801, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Sep 1855  (Age 54 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Sarissa Elizabeth Hicks,   b. 1 Oct 1815, Rutland, Vermont, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Dec 1886, San Francisco, San Francisco, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 9 Sep 1835  Patriot, Switzerland, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Family ID F668  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Elizabeth Wyatt,   b. 17 Oct 1849, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Mar 1937  (Age 87 years) 
    Married 1877  Albany, Linn, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Children 
     1. Nellie M. Lewis,   b. Abt 1874, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     2. Clarance E. Lewis,   b. Abt 1871, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
    Last Modified 10 Feb 2020 
    Family ID F10390  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 24 Aug 1841 - Patriot, Switzerland, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBirth - 24 Aug 1841 - Patriot, Switzerland County, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBirth - 24 Aug 1841 - Patriot, Switzerland, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Enlisted in the Iowa 4th Light Artillery Battery - 17 Aug 1863 - Van Buren, Iowa, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps_MILT - Age: 22 - 17 Aug 1863 - Iowa, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps_MILT - Iowa regiments during the Civil War - 17 Aug 1863 - Davenport, Scott, Iowa, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1866 - Oregon, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1877 - Albany, Linn, Oregon, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 10 Jun 1880 - Salem, Marion, Oregon, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1890 - Marion, Oregon, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1890 - Marion, Oregon, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1900 - Marion, Oregon, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Farmer - 21 Jun 1900 - Marion, Oregon, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1910 - Salem, Marion, Oregon, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Marital Status: Married; Relation to Head of House: Head - 1910 - Salem, Marion, Oregon, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - 18 Jan 1911 - Salem, Marion, Oregon, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - Age: 69 - 18 Jan 1911 - Salem, Marion, Oregon, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - Van Buren County, Iowa, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 18 Jan 1911 - Salem, Marion, Oregon, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Salem, Marion, Oregon, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • OBITUARY:
      FAIL TO FIND J.H. SMITH'S BODY
      Presumed That The Body Has Lodged In Wire Fence.
      Searching parties all day yesterday failed to find the body of Joshua H. Smith who went to death Wednesday night while attempting to ford Mill Creek where Winter Street bridge was washed away.
      Along the banks on either side, men searched, straining their eyes toward every cluster of bushes, where the debris had heaped up; but despite their efforts, the waters gave up no trace of the lost man. It is probable that the body will not be found until the waters have subsided. Although the creek has receded considerably yesterday, the waters are still turbulent and it is impossible to get a boat into the swollen stream.
      It has been established beyond all peradventure that the man was Joshua H. Smith. Up to an early hour yesterday morning, hope was entertained by Mrs. Smith, who is at the home of Mrs. Louise Forstner in this city, that her husband changed his mind about coming to town because of the condition of the creek and that he was safe at home; but later all hope was abandoned when it was learned that the horse had been seen further down the stream, and that the description of the man corresponded exactly with that of Mr. Smith.
      Mrs. Forstner said last night that Mrs. Smith was in a prostrate condition over the tragic end of her husband; and that she had been unable to see friends all day.
      The body of the horse, which had floated as far as the South Church Street bridge, was cut loose yesterday from a stump where the bridle had caught, and the force of the water carried the carcass as far as the Willamette.
      Hundreds of persons visited the scene yesterday where Mr. Smith lost his life, and all day women, children, and men walked along the banks and watched the work of the parties attempting to recover the body. Gangs of men were out at the Winter Street bridge clearing away the debris. The street car company had a wrecker out and the heavy logs were hauled out by the car. Horses then drew them farther up the street.
      Chief of Police Hamilton had seven of the prisoners in the city jail working on the wreckage, Pound Master Idwin being in charge.
      The South High Street bridge, which was also carried away at the height of the flood, did not go all the way down the stream but became lodged in several trees on the south bank. This undoubtedly saved the Commercial Street bridge, for if the heavy structure had struck the latter bridge, the impact would have damaged it considerably if it did not carry it away. Huge piles of logs and other debris heaped against the Commercial Street bridge, but the structure withstood the shock.
      The workmen were engaged all day yesterday at the Winter Street bridge and will probably not be set to work at the Commercial Street bridge until today.
      The race that runs parallel with Mill Creek is a source of considerable danger to nearby houses, the waters being swift and having overflowed the sides of the race so that cellars have been filled with the surplus water since the flood began. The Santiam River is at high water mark and much of the water from there has come down in the race. This could have been prevented, say some of the residents along the race, if the gates at the Santiam had been closed.
      Along Cottage, Sixteenth, and other streets, the race has been the cause of much damage.The home of C.O. Matlock at Seventeenth and Lee streets became surrounded by water at 3 o'clock Wednesday afternoon and Mrs. Matlock was carried to the house of a friend. The water had not subsided entirely last night, but Mrs. Matlock said she expected to spend the night with her family at home, believing the danger mark passed.
      Boys who were along the banks of Mill Creek yesterday .... saw the end of a rope in the water, supposed to be that which was tied about the waist of Joshua H. Smith, who was drowned Wednesday evening at the Winter Street bridge. The matter was reported to Chief of Police Hamilton, but the chief and his men were unable to find the rope the boys spoke abut. Many believe that the man's body is not far from where he and his horse went in together. A rigid search will be made today to try and find the body.
      Daily Oregon Statesman January 20, 1911

      BODY OF SMITH IS RECOVERED
      FOUND JUST EAST OF BUSH BRIDGE ON CHURCH STREET BY H.I. ELLIS
      ONE OF THE LAST MEN TO SEE HIM ALIVE, FIRST TO SEE HIS BODY.
      The body of Joshua H. Smith, the aged man who was drowned in Mill creek at Winter street, at the hieght of the flood Wednesday night, was discovered in a clump of bushes about 150 feet east of the Bush bridge on Church street yesterday agternoon at 2:30 o'clock.
      Searching parties worked all day Thursday without avail, and yesterday morning continued the search. D. L. Smith, noble grand of Chemeketa lodge of Odd Fellows, organized a search party yesterday morning at a special meeting of the lodge. Others joined the party when the work was started along the banks and a launch and a boat were procured and the creek was scoured for the body. Every bit of territory was carefully gone over, both below and above the Bush bridge, and although the party worked diligently, it seemed that no trace of the body would be found.
      When it began to look that the search would have to be given up, H. I. Ellis, a son of Dr. Ellis, and one of the young men who atempted to save Mr. Smith on Wednesday night, saw what appeared to be a man's body tightly wedged in a clump of bushes and partly covered by debris. Going nearer he made out the form distinctly. The body was lying face downward and close to the shore where the Mill and Bush creeks unite. The place was within a few feet from where the horse which Mr. Smith was riding was found Wednesday night. The water where the body was lying was about two and a half feet deep and formed a kind of eddy from the back flow of the main stream.
      B. C. Black was the first of the party to reach Mr. Ellis when the latter shouted. He had a large pike pole and a hold was got on the dead man's clothing. When the body was drawn from the water, a piece of rope was found tightly wound about the waist, the rope which was made fast to him Wednesday night when the attempt was made to rescue him. The end of the rope was embedded among the debris and this probably kept the body from floating further down the creek. Mr. Black took charge of the body and Mr. Ellis went to the nearest telephone and called the coroner's office. Coroner Clough being out of town, the matter was turned over to Chief of Police Hamilton. When Chief Hamilton arrived the body was carried across the creek by J. W. Roberts, H. Wetherington and R. Francisco and place in a Yew Park delivery wagon. It was driven to Twelfth and Oak streets and from thence carried across the footbridge and placed in the undertaking wagon of Lehman & Clough, which had come down to the scene a short time before.
      The body was removed to the undertaking parlors of the firm to await arrangements for burial. It was the expressed wish of Mr. Smith during his life that when he died his funeral should be conducted by the Grand Army post.
      Mr. Smith was a veteran of the Civil war and was widely known amoung the old soldiers. He was also a member of the local lodge of Odd Fellows. N. L. Smith, brother of the deceased; Mrs. Arthur Brock of Portland, daughter, the widow and other relatives and friends, desire to express their thanks through The Statesman to those brave persons who risked their lives to save him; and while they are in sorrow for his death, they wish them and all who assisted to know that they have nothing but praises for their efforts.
      Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon from the Unitarian church. The hour has not yet been decided.
      Daily Oregon Statesman 21 Jan 1911, 1:1-2.

      Joshua Hicks Smith was born in Patriot, Ind., August 24, 1841. At and early age he went with his parents to Iowa where he remained until the year 1863 when he enlisted at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. He served until the close of the war.
      He came to Oregon in 1866 with his mother, his sisters and brothers, his father having died in his childhood; he has resided in Oregon continuously.
      Married on July 16, 1876, to Lizzie Wyatt Lewis, and ever since has resided in Marion county. Joshua Smith was a kind and affectionate husband, and as much a father as can could be to his step-children, C. E. Lewis and Mrs. Linnie Lewis Brock. Daily Oregon Statesman 22 Jan 1911 5:6.

  • Sources 
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      Record for JOSHUA W SMITH

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      Record for Joshua W. Smith

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      Record for Joshua Hicks Smith

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      Record for Joshua Hicks Smith

    5. [S1] Ancestry Family Trees, (Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com. Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members.;), Database online.
      Record for Joshua Hicks Smith