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Ringgold Record
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
September 6, 1918

OBITUARY.

Civil War Flags.jpg 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 [1864] 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.

Besides the 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 grateful remembrance.
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

Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, July of 2009

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