Since my above post, I have found from http://www.newspaperabstracts.com/link.php?action=detail&... that Esther Smith was born in Marion County, WV on March 7, 1839 and married a John Hoblitzell in Kentucky on Dec. 2, 1860. This couple moved to Urbana, Illinois about 1865. Esther died in Sept. 1885 and is likely buried in the Friends Cemetery in Stanton Township, Champaign County, Illinois. She was survived by a daughter Ella.
From http://newsfeed.rootsweb.com/th/read/WATSON/2000-02/09516187... , Eveline Smith was born March 7, 1825 in Marion County, WV. She married John Watson on April 11, 1845. This couple had two sons, James W. and Joseph A. before John died on Dec. 17, 1853. Esther subsequently bought and operated the Watson House hotel in Harrisburg, WV. She passed away in that city in 1909 and is buried in the IOOF Cemetery there.
The 1870 Census shows David Smith and his wife Martha as farmers in Stanton Township, Champaign County, Illinois. The 1880 Census shows them with a six month old son, Jesse O. Smith. The 1900 Census shows Martha and Jesse indicating David died sometime between 1880 and 1900 (likely before 1885 as his sister Esther's obituary doesn't mention him as a survivor).
I would be glad to hear from anyone with information about the above three families. It was interesting to find that three of the family lived in the same area in Illinois while the fourth stayed in West Virginia.
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