Sunday, October 13, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday - October 15, 2013 - David Gander Smith

While in the Fort Wayne area this fall , we visited a number of small pioneer cemeteries. While heading back to our Campsite at the KOA in Bluffton,Indiana, we came across a cemetery which located on County Road 5 and Indiana 124. I would later learn that the name of this cemetery is West Union Cemetery in Huntington, Indiana. We stopped to look at it at dusk when we saw a rather lager Smith stone in the front row. The cemetery was looking. Many stones were pushed or had fallen from their bases. Some stones were laying in the grass and the grass was rapidly growing over the stone. Soon these graves will be hard to find. The grass was mowed and so it seems that someone is looking after the cemetery but they are not maintaining the grave makers. We could not miss the large Smith stone in the front row so we had to stop.

David Gander Smith born in February 17, 1810 in Smith Mill, Ohio. His parents were Elizabeth Barbary Gander and Thomas Smith. He married Mary Johnson on August 13, 1836 in Salt Creek, Ohio. He died in Warren Indiana on January 13, 1889.

Mary was born on July 12, 1816 in Harrison County, Ohio the daughter of Martha Wheeler Johnson and Isaac Johnson. Mary lived to be 93 years old. She died on September 15, 1909.

I am not related to these Smith family members. I post them to help others who may be.

Happy Hunting!

Jan Smith

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