Obituary: Rebecca (Firestone) Smith

Rebecca (Firestone) Smith was my gggg-grandmother and she was the wife of Christian Smith.  Her daughter Mary was Levi Lightcap‘s wife.  Rebecca’s father, Daniel, is the ancestor traced back to for my Daughters of the American Revolution application.  Rebecca is buried in Firestone Cemetery in Kosciusko County, Indiana, on land formerly owned by her nephew Samuel Firestone Jr.

Her obituary was published in the Columbia City Post on December 24, 1890. Many thanks to the South Whitley Public Library in South Whitley, Indiana; a wonderfully helpful librarian scanned and emailed me the obituary. Rebecca’s obituary mentions that she had 5 daughters and 3 sons, and that 5 children were living.  I can identify 6 children: Rachel, Nancy, Mary, John, George, and Allen.  At the time of Rebecca’s death, Mary and John had passed away.

Obituary: Rebecca (Firestone) Smith

Transcription of obituary:
Smith, Mrs. Christian – Rebecca Firestone was born in Lancaster Co., Pa, on 22 Aug. 1796; died 28 Nov. 1890 at the home of her daughter-in-law, Mrs. John Smith. She moved with her parents to Fairfield Co., Ohio; married Christian Smith on 15 Nov. 1815. He died on 27 June 1874. They had 5 daughters and 3 sons. Five children are living. The funeral service was conducted by Rev. F.M. Watkins in the Blaine Church. The text used was from Rev. 14:13.

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  2. [...] the family to Iowa when they stopped in Indiana to visit his wife’s parents, Christian and Rebecca (Firestone) Smith.  Christian offered Levi land, and he accepted.  The family settled in Starke county, near North [...]

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