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Answers about John W. SMITH (b. 1875), of Bedford, Blair &Chester Co., PA
Posted by: Kathy Clay (ID *****4645) Date: April 11, 2007 at 07:14:57
In Reply to: mystery-man, John W. SMITH, of Bedford, Blair &Chester Co., PA, b. abt 1874/1875 by Kathy Clay of 870

Thanks to some wonderful legwork by Dan Lindley in Chester Co., he was able to find some of the John Smith (b. 1875, Bedford County, PA, d. April 16, 1926) info that I have been looking for for many years! By asking me lots of questions, he was able to locate the following obituaries and tombstone information as well as sending me a photo of the grave marker. Thanks Dan!

**I am still looking to find the name of John SMITHís mother. His fatherís name was Joseph SMITH according to Johnís 2 marriage licenses.

Daily Local News, April 17, 1926
John W. Smith
At his home in Lionville, yesterday, John W. Smith died, following an illness of several months, aged 51 years. He was originally from Altoona, but had lived in the neighborhood ten or more years, recently farming for Mrs. Frank March, on the former Augustus Sheneman place. He is survived by his wife and three children, Walter, Grace and Ann. A brother-in-law, Russell Allison, lives in Lionville. He was a member of Lionville Lutheran Church and was respected in the community.

SMITH- In Lionville, on April 16, 1926, John W. Smith, in the 51st year of his age.
Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the funeral without further notice in St. Paulís Lutheran Church, Lionville, on Monday, April 19, at 2 oíclock p.m. Interment in adjoining cemetery. Friends may call at his late residence Sunday evening.

Tombstone located at St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery, Lionville, Chester Co., PA.
SMITH / 1875 John W. 1926 /
1891 Margaret A. 1975 /
1915 Florence L. 1915 /
1913 Warren H. 2005
2 medallions at this grave marker: WW2 Veterans medallion & Patriotic Sons of America medallion

Johnís 2nd wife was Margaret Allison and tracking him through this second marriage was key to a lot of information:

!Daily Local News, June 13, 1975
Mrs. John W. Smith
Margaret Allson (sic) Smith, 84, of 12 S. Village Avenue, Lionville, wife of the late John W. Smith, died early this morning at her residence after a short illness.
Born in Bedford County, she was a daughter of the late Harris F. and Elizah Jane Croyle Allson (sic). Mrs. Smith had resided in Lionville for the past 61 years.
She was a member of St. Paulís Lutheran Church of Lionville and the ladies auxiliary of the Lionville Fire Company.
She is survived by one son, Warren H. Smith, with whom she resided in Lionville, two daughters, Anna Jane, wife of Paul V. Dickinson of Saratoga Springs, N.Y. and Grace. Wife of J. Willis Yearsley of West Chester; five grand children and three greatgrandchildren.
Also a sister, Mrs. Jennie Claar of East Freedom, and Mrs. Ruth Reese, of Lyndell, survive.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday at St. Paulís Lutheran Church, S. Village Ave., Lionville. Interment will be in St. Paulís Cemetery.
Note: Obit spells Allson- the name should be listed as Allison.

Warren, the first child from the marriage of John and Margaret, was the last of their children to pass away. All these years I had misinformation that Warren had died in the late 1950ís (bummer!):

Daily Local News, September 10, 2005
Warren H. Smith of Lionville
Warren H. Smith, 92, of Lionville, died Thursday, Sept. 8, 2005 at Main Line Nursing Home.
Born in East Freedom, he was the son of the late John and Margaret Allison Smith.
As a child he traveled in a covered wagon to Lionville, where he resided most of his life.
Following his graduation from West Chester High School, he worked at M.S. Yearsleyís and sons of West Chester.
During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army, and he was wounded at the Battle of the Bulge.
Later, he was employed as a geologist and assayer at Bradford Quarry until retiring 27 years ago. Warren spent his retirement years again working at M.S. Yearsleyís and sons in the hardware department.
He was an excellent gardener. He was a member of St. Paulís Lutheran Church, Lionville, and Mt. Pickering Lodge #446 F & AM, Upper Uwchland.
He is survived by his brother in law, J. Willis Yearsley, of West Chester, his nephews, J. Willis Yearsley III and M. Irwin Yearsley, both of West Chester, and Paul Dickinson, of Woodbridge, Va; and nieces, Susan Anderson, of Goodyear, Ariz., and Denise Yearsley of St. Peteís Beach, Fla.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at St. Paulís Lutheran Church, Lionville. A calling time will be from 1 to 2 p.m. at the church. Interment will be in the adjoining cemetery. Memorial gifts may be made to St. Paulís Lutheran Church, 104 S. Village Avenue, Exton, Pa 19341. Arrangements are being handled by Boyd Funeral Home, Inc. 610-696-0182.

Through the SSDI ( ):, I was able to find Warrenís birthdate SMITH, WARREN H., Birth: 08 May 1913, Death: 08 Sep 2005

Through the SSDI, I was able to find his sister Graceís info as well: YEARSLEY, GRACE R., Birth: 25 Mar 1920, Death: 09 Feb 1993

The other sister, Anna Jane was born sometime in 1917 or 1918. She married Paul DICKINSON.

If you can add any information, I would be very grateful. Again thank you to Dan Lindley in Chester Co. for all his detective legwork! He posted the tombstone photo here:

Kathy Clay

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