Obituaries for Mary Caroline (Harrison) Smith, 1846-1888
From the Mexico Weekly Ledger dated Thursday, December 13, 1888, page 4, column 1.
Mexico, Audrain Co. MO
Mrs. Doc Smith, who lived south of this city, died Tuesday, of dropsy, aged 45 years. The funeral took place on the 5th. Deceased leaves a family.
From the Mexico Weekly Ledger dated Thursday, December 20, 1888, Page 2, column 4, under BEAVER DAM NEWS.
Died, Dec. 4, Mrs. Mary Smith, wife of Stephen J. Smith. Funeral service took place at Beaver Dam Church, conducted by Eld. Strawn, of Mexico.
NOTES: Mary Caroline HARRISON was born near Mexico, Salt River Township, Audrain Co. MO on March 6, 1846 and died there Tuesday, December 4, 1888. Mary was buried in the Beaver Dam Baptist Church Cemetery on Wednesday, December 5, 1888. Her headstone is still standing. She was the daughter of William Perry and Nancy HARRISON of Audrain Co. MO. Nancy HARRISON was of the Callaway County HARRISONs and was a distant cousin of William. Stephen Irving (S.I.) SMITH of Audrain/Callaway Cos. married Mary Caroline HARRISON on February 25, 1868 by the Elder Dennis M. Granfield (Christian Church), location currently not known. They raised 8 known children.
Stephen Irving (S.I.) SMITH was born in Orange Co. VA on July 11, 1834, the youngest son of Tartan and Lucy (MALLORY) SMITH who moved from Orange Co. VA to Callaway Co. MO in late 1834 and lived in the Richland Creek area north of Fulton. When the Civil War began, he became a member of the Missouri State Guard in 1861. He voluntarily entered Confederate Army service at Mulberry AR on November 8, 1862 with a rank of first corporal with Company E, 9-th Missouri Infantry Regiment CSA, commanded by D.M. Frost. He fought and was wounded at the Battle of Pleasant Hill (Louisiana, during the 1864 Red River Campaign) on April 9, 1864. S.I. SMITH surrendered at Shreveport LA and was paroled at Alexandria LA on June 7, 1865, since the Civil War was over. After the war was over in 1865, he lived with his aunt, Mrs. Eliza J. (SMITH) THRELKELD in the Beaver Dam Community, south of Mexico. Eliza's husband, Marcellus N. died in December of 1865.
He married Mary Caroline HARRISON and raised their family. After the death of his wife in 1888, he moved back to Callaway Co. MO. Afterwards, he traveled the West, returning to Callaway Co. about 1912. He was admitted to the Confederate Home of Missouri (now the Confederate Memorial State Historic Site near Higginsville, Lafayette Co. MO) on May 21, 1913. According to MO State records, Stephen Irving SMITH died there on Monday, April 3, 1916 of influenza and was buried in the Home cemetery on Wednesday, April 5, 1916.Contributed by by Dan Smith