Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
September 6, 1918
After an illness of many months, George W[esley]. SMITHSON passed away last
Friday. The funeral service were held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 at the
Baptist Church, conducted by the pastor, Rev. Charles G. WRIGHT. The
singing was by a quartet consisting of P. L. STEPHENSON, Alen MOFFATT,
Miss Ethel HICKERSTON, and Miss Lucile WRIGHT. The pall bearers were
members of the G. A. R. Post, of which the deceased was a member.
Mr. SMITHSON was born in Ohio November 4, 1844 [the son of Thomas M. and Hannah (CLEVENGER) SMITHSON]. He was married to
Eliza J. FRAZIER October 24, 1866. In early life  they came to Iowa and
resided for a time at Leon, and late in 1881 came to Mount Ayr which has
been their home ever since. Eight children were born to them, two
daughters, the oldest and youngest having died years ago.
wife, who survives, are Frank Leslie of St. Joseph, Mo., Mrs. Orphie
TAYLOR of Centerville, Iowa, Mrs. Vinnie TROTTER of Ellston, Iowa, and
Dallas, Bird and Techumseh of Mount Ayr.
During his active years Mr. SMITHSON was a contractor and builder and
as a mason assisted in the building of many of the structures around the
square of Mount Ayr. Upon the breaking out of the Civil war the deceased
responded to his country's call and rendered valiant service. In early
manhood he was converted and upon coming to this place became a member
of the First Baptist Church of Mount Ayr and was for some years leader of its choir.
Card of Thanks
To the neighbors and friends who were so thoughtful and kind during the
sickness and on the occasion of the death and funeral of our husband and
father we wish to express our heart-felt thanks. We assure you all that
your acts of kindness and expressions of sympathy will ever be held in
Mrs. G. W. SMITHSON and FAMILY
NOTE: George W. SMITHSON enlisted as a Private on August 13, 1862,
and was assigned to Company H of the 84th Indiana Infantry. He was honorably discharged on August 31, 1863.
He re-enlisted as a Corporal on March 7, 1864, and was assigned to Company H of the 124th Indiana Infantry,
and promoted to Full Sergeant. He was mustered out of service at Greensboro, North Carolina, on August 21,
1865. George W. SMITHSON was interred at Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr, Iowa.
SOURCE: American Civil War Soldiers Database, ancestry.com
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