Ebenezer R. Smith

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Individual

Born: 27 Oct 1829 in Collins Center, Erie County, New York, United States

Father: Barak Smith (1787 – 1868)

Mother: Mary Palmer (1788 – ?)

Supporting evidence for:
name

census-us-1850-ps-ny-erie-collins-290b: 1850 U.S. Census, population schedule, New York, Erie County, Collins, page 290B (stamped on page 290A) or 580 (penned); 1850 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 4 August 2018) > "New York > Erie> Collins" image 16; citing “Seventh Census of the United States, 1850, NARA microfilm publication M432, roll 499 (of 1009), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 15, dwelling 113

Comment: Source includes name (Ebenezer Smith).

census-us1870-ps-ny-cattaraugus-persia-4: 1870 U.S. Census, population schedule, New York, Cattaraugus County, Persia, page 4 (form) or page 452B (stamp sequence, not visible on page); 1870 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 12 August 2018) > "New York > Cattaraugus > Persia" image 4; citing “Ninth Census of the United States, 1870, NARA microfilm publication M593, roll 909 (of 1761), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 552408]

Additional detail for reference: Line 4, dwelling 31

Comment: Source includes name (Ebenezer R. Smith).

census-us-ia-1856-cedar-springdale-322: 1856 Iowa State Census, Cedar County, Springdale Township, pages 322-323; Iowa, State Census Collection, 1836–1925, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 7 Jun 2007) > "1856 > Cedar > Springdale" image 20; citing “Microfilm of Iowa State Censuses, 1856, 1885, 1895, 1905, 1915, 1925 as well various special censuses from 1836-1897 obtained from the State Historical Society of Iowa via Heritage Quest”

Additional detail for reference: Line 33, dwelling 33

Comment: Source includes name (Ebenezer R. Smith).

family-barak-smith-family-bible-register: Family bible registry entries for the family of Barak Smith; photocopy, privately held [Most entries are believed to have been made by Barak and Mary Smith. Entries are separated by inconsistent types of lines, and not all entries have individuals or couples; several are informational.]

Additional detail for reference: Births page 1, left side, entries 1,3,10

Comment: Source includes name (Ebenezer R. [Smith]).

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birth

census-us-1850-ps-ny-erie-collins-290b: 1850 U.S. Census, population schedule, New York, Erie County, Collins, page 290B (stamped on page 290A) or 580 (penned); 1850 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 4 August 2018) > "New York > Erie> Collins" image 16; citing “Seventh Census of the United States, 1850, NARA microfilm publication M432, roll 499 (of 1009), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 15, dwelling 113

Comment: Source includes age (20) and location (New York). Using the official census date of 1 June 1850 gives a birth date range from 2 June 1829 to 1 June 1830.

census-us1870-ps-ny-cattaraugus-persia-4: 1870 U.S. Census, population schedule, New York, Cattaraugus County, Persia, page 4 (form) or page 452B (stamp sequence, not visible on page); 1870 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 12 August 2018) > "New York > Cattaraugus > Persia" image 4; citing “Ninth Census of the United States, 1870, NARA microfilm publication M593, roll 909 (of 1761), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 552408]

Additional detail for reference: Line 4, dwelling 31

Comment: Source includes age (40) and location (New York). Using the official census date of 1 June 1870 gives a birth date range from 2 June 1829 to 1 June 1830.

census-us-ia-1856-cedar-springdale-322: 1856 Iowa State Census, Cedar County, Springdale Township, pages 322-323; Iowa, State Census Collection, 1836–1925, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 7 Jun 2007) > "1856 > Cedar > Springdale" image 20; citing “Microfilm of Iowa State Censuses, 1856, 1885, 1895, 1905, 1915, 1925 as well various special censuses from 1836-1897 obtained from the State Historical Society of Iowa via Heritage Quest”

Additional detail for reference: Line 33, dwelling 33

Comment: Source includes age (26) and location (Ny). Using the official census date of 15 July 1856 gives a birth date range from 16 Jul 1829 to 15 Jul 1830.

family-barak-smith-family-bible-register: Family bible registry entries for the family of Barak Smith; photocopy, privately held [Most entries are believed to have been made by Barak and Mary Smith. Entries are separated by inconsistent types of lines, and not all entries have individuals or couples; several are informational.]

Additional detail for reference: Births page 1, left side, entry 10

Comment: Source includes date (27 of 10mo 1829) and location (Collins, Erie Co. NY).

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father

family-barak-smith-family-bible-register: Family bible registry entries for the family of Barak Smith; photocopy, privately held [Most entries are believed to have been made by Barak and Mary Smith. Entries are separated by inconsistent types of lines, and not all entries have individuals or couples; several are informational.]

Additional detail for reference: Births page 1, left side, entries 1,3,10

Comment: Source identifies Ebenezer [Smith] as a child of Barak Smith. The source does not provide sufficient evidence to denote the type of parent/child relationship.

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mother

family-barak-smith-family-bible-register: Family bible registry entries for the family of Barak Smith; photocopy, privately held [Most entries are believed to have been made by Barak and Mary Smith. Entries are separated by inconsistent types of lines, and not all entries have individuals or couples; several are informational.]

Additional detail for reference: Births page 1, left side, entries 2,3,10

Comment: Source identifies Ebenezer [Smith] as a child of Mary Palmer Smith. The source does not provide sufficient evidence to denote the type of parent/child relationship.

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Family

Spouse/Partner: Caroline E. ____ (1829 – ?)

Married: ?

Supporting evidence for:
marriage

family-barak-smith-family-bible-register: Family bible registry entries for the family of Barak Smith; photocopy, privately held [Most entries are believed to have been made by Barak and Mary Smith. Entries are separated by inconsistent types of lines, and not all entries have individuals or couples; several are informational.]

Additional detail for reference: Marriages page, right side, entry 2

Comment: Source notes that Ebenezer R. Smith married Caroline Estler(?).

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Child: Catharine Smith (1868 – ?)

Miscellaneous Facts

Attributes

Occupation: (chair maker) 1 Jun 1850

Residence: 1 Jun 1850 at Collins, Erie County, New York, United States

Residence: Abt 1855 at Springdale, Cedar County, Iowa, United States

Occupation: (farmer) 15 Jul 1856

Residence: 15 Jul 1856 at Springdale, Cedar County, Iowa, United States

Occupation: (planing mill worker) 1 Jun 1870

Residence: 1 Jun 1870 at Persia, Cattaraugus County, New York, United States

Supporting evidence for:
attributes

census-us-1850-ps-ny-erie-collins-290b: 1850 U.S. Census, population schedule, New York, Erie County, Collins, page 290B (stamped on page 290A) or 580 (penned); 1850 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 4 August 2018) > "New York > Erie> Collins" image 16; citing “Seventh Census of the United States, 1850, NARA microfilm publication M432, roll 499 (of 1009), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 15, dwelling 113

Comment: Source includes census date (1 June 1850) and occupation (chair maker).

census-us-1850-ps-ny-erie-collins-290b: 1850 U.S. Census, population schedule, New York, Erie County, Collins, page 290B (stamped on page 290A) or 580 (penned); 1850 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 4 August 2018) > "New York > Erie> Collins" image 16; citing “Seventh Census of the United States, 1850, NARA microfilm publication M432, roll 499 (of 1009), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 15, dwelling 113

Comment: Source includes census date (1 June 1850) and location (Collins in the County of Erie State of New York).

census-us-ia-1856-cedar-springdale-322: 1856 Iowa State Census, Cedar County, Springdale Township, pages 322-323; Iowa, State Census Collection, 1836–1925, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 7 Jun 2007) > "1856 > Cedar > Springdale" image 20; citing “Microfilm of Iowa State Censuses, 1856, 1885, 1895, 1905, 1915, 1925 as well various special censuses from 1836-1897 obtained from the State Historical Society of Iowa via Heritage Quest”

Additional detail for reference: Line 33, dwelling 33

Comment: Source includes official census date (15 Jul 1856) and years in state (1).

census-us-ia-1856-cedar-springdale-322: 1856 Iowa State Census, Cedar County, Springdale Township, pages 322-323; Iowa, State Census Collection, 1836–1925, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 7 Jun 2007) > "1856 > Cedar > Springdale" image 20; citing “Microfilm of Iowa State Censuses, 1856, 1885, 1895, 1905, 1915, 1925 as well various special censuses from 1836-1897 obtained from the State Historical Society of Iowa via Heritage Quest”

Additional detail for reference: Line 33, dwelling 33

Comment: Source includes official census date (15 Jul 1856) and occupation (farmer).

census-us-ia-1856-cedar-springdale-322: 1856 Iowa State Census, Cedar County, Springdale Township, pages 322-323; Iowa, State Census Collection, 1836–1925, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 7 Jun 2007) > "1856 > Cedar > Springdale" image 20; citing “Microfilm of Iowa State Censuses, 1856, 1885, 1895, 1905, 1915, 1925 as well various special censuses from 1836-1897 obtained from the State Historical Society of Iowa via Heritage Quest”

Additional detail for reference: Line 33, dwelling 33

Comment: Source includes official census date (15 Jul 1856) and location (Springdale, Cedar County, Iowa).

census-us1870-ps-ny-cattaraugus-persia-4: 1870 U.S. Census, population schedule, New York, Cattaraugus County, Persia, page 4 (form) or page 452B (stamp sequence, not visible on page); 1870 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 12 August 2018) > "New York > Cattaraugus > Persia" image 4; citing “Ninth Census of the United States, 1870, NARA microfilm publication M593, roll 909 (of 1761), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 552408]

Additional detail for reference: Line 4, dwelling 31

Comment: Source includes census date (1 Jun 1870) and occupation (works in planing mill).

census-us1870-ps-ny-cattaraugus-persia-4: 1870 U.S. Census, population schedule, New York, Cattaraugus County, Persia, page 4 (form) or page 452B (stamp sequence, not visible on page); 1870 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 12 August 2018) > "New York > Cattaraugus > Persia" image 4; citing “Ninth Census of the United States, 1870, NARA microfilm publication M593, roll 909 (of 1761), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 552408]

Additional detail for reference: Line 4, dwelling 31

Comment: Source includes census date (1 Jun 1870) and location (Persia, in the county of Cattaraugus, State of New York).

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General Notes and Anecdotes

Ebenezer moved to Iowa about 1855, and was living with his parents in Iowa by 1856, making his living as a farmer. [census-us-ia-1856-cedar-springdale-322]

Supporting evidence for:
general notes

census-us-ia-1856-cedar-springdale-322: 1856 Iowa State Census, Cedar County, Springdale Township, pages 322-323; Iowa, State Census Collection, 1836–1925, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 7 Jun 2007) > "1856 > Cedar > Springdale" image 20; citing “Microfilm of Iowa State Censuses, 1856, 1885, 1895, 1905, 1915, 1925 as well various special censuses from 1836-1897 obtained from the State Historical Society of Iowa via Heritage Quest”

Additional detail for reference: Line 33, dwelling 33

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Research Notes (Conflicts/Spelling/Followup)

FOLLOWUP

A collection of letters exists at the Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College. (Smith Family correspondence, 1852-1864, SC/133, Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College, http://archives.tricolib.brynmawr.edu/repositories/7/resources/6818). The collection includes letters about "farm life and family concerns," from his parents, and an unsent letter intended for phrenologist Orson Squire Fowler, seeking to taking courses from Orson. The abstract page also notes that Ebenezer died in 1885."

A U.S. Pensioners record exists for Ebenezer Smith and his widow Catharine Smith. The pension office is located in Albany, New York, and lists entries for the years 1936-1848. The record shows that Ebenezer had the rank of private, and Catherine was owed a half-yearly stipend of $15. If it applies, it implies that Ebenezer joined the military when he was 17 or so, and stayed for 12 years. No date of death is is shown on the record.

He may have served (again?) in the Civil War. The record indicates he served for the state of New York, enlisting 25 April 1861 at the age of 32, and mustering out with the rank of Full Sargeant on 14 May 1863.

Sources

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