Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday – November 5, 2012

This weekend we went down to Shawn and Amber’s house in Danville, Illinois.  We had a really nice weekend. Sunday on our way home we spent all afternoon going through 4 cemeteries in Iroquois County, Illinois.  Today, I will show some graves of newly found Smith family members and their inlaws or outlaws…depending on how you want to look at it. The post for this week will  be of  Francis M. Smith and two of his wives.

Francis Marion Smith

 Francis M. was the son of Joseph and Mary Ann (Best) Smith. He was born in Pine, Warren County, Indiana.  His mother, Mary Ann’s tombstone was highlighted last week.  She died shortly after Francis was born. I have not found Joseph’s tombstone for sure yet. 

Francis Marion Smith – 1853-1935

Mary Ann (Hobson) Smith

He married Mary Ann Hobson in Iroquois , Illinois in 1873.  Mary Ann (Hobson) Smith was buried in the Sugar Creek Cemetery in the Smith Family plot.  Mary Ann's parents, Zimri and Mary Ann Hobson are also buried in the Sugar Creek Cemetery near by the Smith Plot

Mary Ann (Hobson) Smith - 1855-1889

Francis did remarry and it seems that he may have married several times but I am not certain of that at the time of this post so I will continue to investigate.  I am certain that his last wife was Minnie Amelia Payton and they married in 1895 in Onarga, Illinois and they eventually moved to Spokane, Washington.  Francis died in Colfax, Whitman County, WA on January 15, 1925.  His remains were brought back to Sugar Creek Cemetery for burial. 

Minnie Amelia (Payton) Smith was born in 1870 and on  May 6,1952 died in Los Angeles, California and her remains were also brought back to be buried in Sugar Creek Cemetery. 

Minnie Amelia (Payton) Smith

 There are three Smith Children buried in this plot.  I will investigate who they are and who their parents are and will highlight them in a later post. 

Happy Hunting,


I want to say "Thanks  so much"  to Sandra Smith for sharing these wonderful Family photos of Francis, Mary Ann and Minnie.

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