I'm searching for information about James C. Smith in Douglas Co MO. What I know about him so far:
1. According to his cemetery tombstone transcription, James was born on 3 Jul 1848 and died on 9 Nov 1928. He is buried in row 10 of Penner Cemetery, located about 30 miles east of Ava, Douglas Co. MO. Buried in row 11 is a Jason C. Smith--no tombstone transcription is available for Jason.
2. James' tombstone transcription indicates that he served in Company M of the 13th MO Cavalry (USA) during the Civil War. William M.C. Reid, a son of my 3G-grandparents, John and Mary Ann Reid, of Phelps Co MO also served in that same company. William married a Mary Smith on 12 May 1864 in Phelps Co, and he died on 23 Apr 1866 in Phelps Co where he is buried alongside his father and brother-in-law in Pine Hill cemetery near St. James. I have been unsuccessful so far in uncovering any information about this Mary Smith, so I'm looking into the possibility that James C. Smith might be a brother of Mary Smith and that William M.C. Reid was introduced to Mary through their William's and James' friendship in serving together in the Civil War. Since Mary and William were married at a young age for such a short time before his death, I suspect that Mary likely remarried--to whom I have no clue.
3. Another possible Smith/Reid family connection to this James C. Smith is that another of my Reid 3G-grandparents' children, Mary A. Reid, married Newton Jasper Smith, and they appear as a household in the 1880 Douglas Co census for Clinton Township. I don't know why Newton and Mary settled in Douglas Co (they were married in Phelps Co in 1863), so I'm pursuing the possibility that Newton and Mary settled in Douglas Co to be near his Smith relations there. I'm hoping to establish a confirmed link that Newton and James C. (and Jason C.) might be kin.
Any information or leads about the identity and family of this James C. Smith (and Jason C. Smith) would be appreciated.
Regards, John Reid
P.O. Box 7164
Libertyville IL 60048
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