01 May 2010

Eli Smead's Obituary

From the Grand Rapids Press, 21 September 1931:

Grand Rapids Press
21 September 1931, page 3

Eli Smead, who was born in Redford, died at his home in Lakeview at the age of 83. He moved to Lakeview in 1883(?) and for many years engaged in general blacksmithing. He later moved to Bellevue, returning to Lakeview only three years ago. He is survived by one son, Milton, at home. Funeral Saturday afternoon at the M. E. church with burial in Lakeview cemetery.

1900 Census MI Montcalm, Cato Twp.
Smead, Eli, Oct 1850, 49, m26, MI NY NY, blacksmith
", Frances E., wife, Oct 1855, 44, m26, 1child/1living, MI MI NY
", Milton E., son, May 1877, 22, MI MI MI
Wescott, Martha, servant, Apr 1884, 16, MI MI MI

The Darius Smead family in the 1870 census.

1860 MI Census, Wayne Co., Redford
Smead, Darius, 59, NY
", Dorcas, 47, NY
", Ira, 26, MI
", Sarah H., 14, MI
", Eli, 12, MI
", Charles, 8, MI

The Smead family in 1850, in Redford Twp, Wayne Co., Michigan.

Darius Smead, Eli's father, died in Redford Twp, on 9 Nov 1881, and was the son of Darius [see the grave of this Revolutionary War veteran here] & Sarah Smead. Dorcas Smead, his wife, died on 21 Nov 1881.

The marriage record of Eli & Frances (Robinson) Snead as well as photographic tintypes were listed on E-bay!!! here.

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