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Smith, Martha Jane
MAIDEN NAME: Lewis AKA 1:  AKA 2:  AKA 3: 
BORN: 11 Sept 1835 DIED: 7 Nov 1913 BURIED: 9 Nov 1913 ~ Smith Cemetery
BIRTH PLACE:  Kentucky
DEATH PLACE: Portland, Multnomah Co, Oregon
Name of Father: David R. Lewis Maiden Name of Mother: Mary Redden MARRIAGE - Mr John H. Smith & Miss Martha Jane Lewis m 4 Oct 1850; H.M. Waller, Elder 1870 CENSUS - Martha Smith (35y, b Kentucky), enumerated with John H. (46y, b Missouri, occupation farmer), Henry (16y, b Oregon), Jane (14y, b Oregon), James (11y, b Oregon), Isaac (8y, b Oregon), Sylvester (6y, b Oregon), Frank (4y, b Oregon) & Alice (8m b Oct 1869, Oregon) 1880 CENSUS - M.J. [Martha J.] Smith (44y, b Kentucky) enumerated with husband J.H. [John H.] (56y, b Missouri, occupation farmer), 4 children, J.O. [James Oliver] (20y, b Oregon), I.L. [Isaac] (18y, b Oregon), S.C. [Sylvester Clifford] (15y, b Oregon) & F.N. [Frank] (13y, b Oregon) and a boarder W.E. Allen (22y, b Oregon) 1900 CENSUS - Martha Smith (b Sept 1835, Kentucky, widowed, mother of 9 children, 7 living at time of census) enumerated with her were son Frank N. (b Oct 1866, Oregon, married 9 months), Nellie [wife of Frank] (b Mar 1879, Oregon, married 9 months, no children), Clelland L. [Sylvester Clifford?] (b Nov 1864, Oregon, married 18 years), Ida [wife of Clelland] (b Mar 1863, Indiana, married 18 years, mother of 3 children, all living), Virgil [son of Clelland & Ida] (b June 1885, Oregon), Mary V. [dau of Clelland & Ida] (b Jan 1887, Oregon) and a servant Jack Rhule (b Feb 1871, California, single) 1910 CENSUS - Martha J. Smith (74y, b Oregon, widowed, mother of 9 children, 7 living at time of census) enumerated with son James O. (52y, b Oregon, widowed)
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Monmouth No 1: The remains of Mrs Martha Smith were brought through here and buried in the Smith graveyard at Lewisville last Saturday. She was an old pioneer and sold her homestead and went to live in Portland with her son Oliver Smith two years ago. Polk County Itemizer, Thursday, November 13, 1913, 6:1 Martha J. Lewis was born in Kentucky in 1935, and crossed the plains with her parents when only ten years of age. The family settled on the Luckiamute in the couth part of Polk county, where she resided until her death. In 1850 she was married to J.H. Smith, settling on a homestead near by, where their large family of five boys and two girls were born and raised. The family of boys and girls survive her, and are as follows: H.S., Frank, Clifton, Layton and Oliver, of Independence, Mrs Mary Rush [Rust] of Boise, Idaho, and Jane Brown of Portland. There are few women more highly respected in their community than was Mrs Smith. Being one of the earliest pioneers of the country, she was familiar with all the privations and sacrifices of the time, and her kindly sympathy and practical help which she was always ready to render will make her memory long revered in that community. Many years ago, she united with the Christian church remaining a consistent number until her death. About three months ago she suffered a stroke of paralysis and was taken to a hospital in Portland, where she passed away on Thursday, November 6. Funeral services were held in the family burying ground near the old home on Saturday, Nov 8, conducted by Dr H. Chas Dunsmore of Calvary Church, and her body laid to rest in the place around which her long and useful life has been spent. The large attendance of friends and neighbors attending the funeral services attested the huge respect in which she was held. The bereaved sons and daughters have the sympathy of all their friends. Independence Monitor, Friday, November 14, 1913, 8:1-2
Mother Martha J. Wife of J.H. Smith Sept. 11, 1835 Nov. 7, 1913
Polk Co, Oregon, Marriage Records, 1849-1879, page 2 1870 OR CENSUS (Polk Co, FA#781) 1880 OR CENSUS (Polk Co, Luckiamute, ED 107, FA#93 1900 OR CENSUS (Polk Co, Luckiamute, ED 176, FA#136) 1910 OR CENSUS (Polk Co, Luckiamute, ED 244, sheet 4B) Polk County Itemizer, 13 Nov 1913, 6:1 Independence Monitor, 14 Nov 1913, 8:1-2
ROW: 35-6  

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