I wasn't able to find a birth or death certificate on the microfiche, but I checked some other sources. A book called, "Last Bugle Call: A History of Fort McDowell", by Bill Reed, McClain Printing Company, Parsons, West Virginia, 1977.
In the appendix, it has a list of the 86 burials at Fort McDowell and it says "F R Smith, son of F Smith, 5th Cavalry Band". There's no date of death recorded and there's a note at the end of the appendix that says the bodies were disinterred and removed to the Presidio, San Francisco, when the Fort was closed. (The fort closed in 1890.) I also checked the U.S. Military Burial Registers 1768-1921, and in the burials for Fort McDowell, it has "Fred Robt. Smith, child, 4 Sep 1872". There's a note saying the Fort McDowell bodies were removed to San Francisco in 1883.
On the 1880 census, there's a Frederick Smith, 31; wife, Wilhelmine, 26; and daughter Eva A., 6 months. Eva was born in AZ and both parents were born in NY. Frederick is a "1st Lt. and adjt" at Whipple Barracks, AZ. Whipple Barracks was where the 5th Cavalry was assigned after they left Fort McDowell. The 5th Cavalry was at Fort McDowell from Jan 1872 to May 1873 (from the book, Last Bugle Call).
The 1900 census shows Fredk Smith; wife, Wilhelmine; daughter, Eva; daughter, Ethel; and son, Raymond, in Cook County, IL, Chicago, 34th Ward. Fred is a Major so he may still have been in the military at that time.
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