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Obituaries - Smith

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(husband of AGNES PERCY TENNANT SMITH)- (Continued)

“Died. At his home in Allegheny, Pa., Sunday evening, November 10, 1907, Capt. J. Polk Smith, a former resident of this place, aged 65 years. Capt. Smith was a Union soldier of the Civil War—a member of the Second Maryland Regiment, and about 20 years ago he organized and commanded a local company. He removed to Allegheny in 1892. Three daughters and two sons survive—Mrs. May Patterson, Mrs. Sarah Gephart, Miss Helen, and ... George T. and Charles, all of Allegheny and vicinity. The Tennant families and Mrs. John Davis, of this place, are near connections. The remains arrive here Wednesday afternoon and interment made in Percy cemetery.” [FMJ, 11-16-1907, p. 2]

“Capt. J. Polk Smith, of Company D, of this place, will tender his resignation as soon as Colonel Pearre returns from Annapolis. The recent bereavement in Capt. Smith’s family is given as a cause for the resignation. Capt. Smith organized the company six years ago, and has always taken an active interest in its welfare.” [CTN, 4-5-1890]

Mr. Smith was a city councilman in 1878 [Scharf, p. 1479] and an officer of the Thoburn Post in 1881 [Scharf, p. 1492].

A Mr. Jason P. Smith was listed as a Civil War soldier in the Memorial Day listing of soldiers buried in local cemeteries [CET, 5-29-1912, p.11]. This is probably an incorrect first name listing. It is most likely that Jason P. is actually JAMES POLK SMITH.

(son of JAMES and AGNES SMITH)
b. 1871
d. 1900
a. 29

“Stabbing Affair.—Some excitement was raised Saturday evening last about 9 1/2 o’clock by an affray on the corner of Main and Broadway. It appears that James Smith, fourteen years old, son of James P. Smith, and James Dean, thirteen years old, son of Francis Dean, had some trouble, and in the melee which followed Smith stabbed Dean three times—near the ear, upon the chin and in the side. Dean was taken home and on Sunday some fear was felt that the side wound was fatal. At the hearing Monday before Justice Moat, Dr. J.J. Jones testified that the ear and chin wounds were slight; that in the side showed that the blade had struck a rib and glancing along had inflicted a flesh cut of two inches. He did not think the abdominal cavity had been penetrated, and therefore regarded the injury as one which did not as yet warrant apprehensions. Justice Moat held Smith in the sum of three hundred dollars for appearance before the next grand jury, and bond was given accordingly. Dean is recovering.” [FMJ 3-15-1884, p. 3].


Mr. Smith is listed as a Civil War soldier in the Memorial Day listing of former soldiers buried in local cemeteries [CET 5-29-1912, p. 11].

We are not certain whether the following notice refers to this John Smith: “John Smith, formerly of this place, died at the almshouse Monday. He was very old and had been an inmate of the institution several years. The remains were brought to Frostburg for interment Wednesday.” [FMJ 2-9-1884, p. 3]

According to Scharf [p. 1491], John Smith applied for and was granted a charter on May 20 for Frostburg Encampment in 1872 [Scharf, p. 1491]. It is, of course, unclear whether this is the John Smith alleged to be buried in Percy Cemetery.

(son of JAMES and AGNES SMITH)
b. November 15, 1869
d. January 21, 1890
a. 20 yrs. 2 ms. 6 dys.

“A Very Sad Accident. The family and friends of Capt. J. Polk Smith were suddenly plunged in the deepest distress Tuesday afternoon by the killing of John D. Smith, a son of the captain. The two worked together in Allegany mine, and at the close of labor sought to ride on the passenger train from the upper Y to the station. The captain boarded the train safely while it was still standing; John attempted to get on after it had started. In doing so he slipped and fell under the wheels. Both legs were nearly severed. The train backed and took him on, when Capt. Smith was horrified to find that the unfortunate young man was his son. At the station he was placed in landlord Lynch’s carriage, and about half-way up the hill he died. He was conscious to the last, saying a few moments before death to his father that he ‘hoped to get home to see his mother once more.’ He was a quiet, industrious young man, and enjoyed popular esteem to an extent which makes his untimely death generally deplored. He was a sergeant of Company D and a faithful officer. The funeral took place Thursday afternoon at the M.E. Church, Rev. Dr. Leech officiating. The remains were thence taken to the Percy graveyard and interred with military honors by Company D. The family have the sympathy of the entire community. Deceased was about 20 years old.” [FMJ 1-25-1890, p. 1]


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Anthony E. Crosby and Michael R. Olson


Collection Location:
Frostburg, Md

Original Size:
28 x 22 cms

Cemeteries, Maryland, Frostburg; Obituaries, Maryland, Frostburg. .

Frostburg (Md.), 1800-1972

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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