Peter J. Smith
- Born: 30 Jul 1830, Switzerland County, Indiana
- Marriage: Lucy Bell Crew on 26 Apr 1869 in Linn, Henry County, Iowa
- Died: 12 Apr 1903, Salem, Henry County, Iowa at age 72
- Buried: Salem South Cemetery, Salem, Henry County, Iowa
Noted events in his life were:
• Census, 1850, Iowa, Henry County, Tippecanoe Township, Image 8 of 20. Age 20 yrs., single, farming.
• Census, 1880, Iowa, Henry County, Marion Township, Image 11 of 24. Age 49 yrs., farmer.
• Census, 1900, Iowa, Henry County, Marion Township, Image 10 of 17. Age 69 yrs., married 31 yrs., farmer.
• Portrait and Biographical Album of Henry County, Iowa. On page 213 of this book, it lists Peter Smith, a stock raiser and farmer residing in Marion Township 1888. He is the son of Abraham and Eleanor (Van Dorin) Smith. Siblings are listed as: John who died 1836; William and Sarah, who both died in infancy; Jabez, a plasterer and brick layer of Villisca, IA; Mary A. widow of Aram Osborne (now a resident of Omaha, NE); Cheney a farmer in Crawford Cty, KS; Peter, who is the subject in this article; James C, of Omaha, NE; Nancy L., deceases wife of Walter F Crew of Mankato, Jewell, KS; Hiram, a farmer in Jefferson Cty, IA; Phoebe, wife of Rufus VanTassal, a farmer in Jewell Cty, KS. Eleanor went to Swizerland Cty, IN in 1804 and Abraham arrived in 1814. They fell in love and married in 1815. They lived in Switzerland County until 1833 and then emigrated to Hancock Cty, IN in 1833. In 1849 they moved to Henry County, IA, near Rome. They bought 120 acres and farmed until Abraham's death in July of 1871. Eleanor died on Aug. 3, 1875.
• Obituary: Mt. Pleasant Free Press, 16 Apr 1903. We were surprised to learn of the sudden death of Peter J Smith, which occurred Sunday morning, April 12, 1902, at his home west of town. It was but a few days ago, that he was a pleasant caller at the Free Press office, giving us all a pleasant friendly greeting. He seldom came to town that he did not make a visit and for many years our business relations, as well as social relations, have been very pleasant.
P.J. Smith was born in the state of Indiana, July 12, 1830. He was therefore in his 73rd year of his age at the time of his death. In 1853 Mr. Smith, then 23 years of age, made the overland trip to California. From there, he soon after went to Oregon and engaged in farming. Next, he returned to California and for more than a year was engaged in mining. He next engaged himself in freighting in California, Oregon, Idaho and Washington Territory. Later he settled in Oregon and interested himself in stock raising and then in merchandise. After fifteen years, thus employed in the far West, he came to Henry county in 1868 and purchased a farm in Marion township, where he lived many years.
Mr. Smith was married to Lucy B. Crew on April 26, 1869. This twain had five children born to them, three of whom are now living.
Mr. Smith had the respect and esteem of all who knew him. He was intelligent, well informed on all current topics, conscientious in all his relations to others, industrious and in all respects reliable. The family have the sympathy of friends and Mrs. Smith, the bereaved widow, He and his wife are members of the Society of Friends. After the funeral the remains were taken to Salem [IA] for interment.
Peter married Lucy Bell Crew on 26 Apr 1869 in Linn, Henry County, Iowa. (Lucy Bell Crew was born on 18 Aug 1844 in Richmond, Wise County, Virginia, died on 16 May 1920 in Salem, Henry County, Iowa and was buried in Salem South Cemetery, Salem, Henry County, Iowa.)