Jeremiah Smith 1821 – 1894

Jeremiah Smith was the son of Jeremiah Smith and Joanna Dillon. He was born 30 April 1821 in Pike, MS. On 15 July 1841 he married Pernecia/Pernicia. Jeremiah had a land patent in Pike, MS in 1849. In the 1870 US Census he lived in Osyka as a farmer with his wife and three daughters.

Obituary for Jeremiah:

“Jeremiah Smith died at his residence May 13th, 1894, in Pike Co., Miss. He was born April 30th, 1821, aged 73 years. He joined Silver Creek church on Spet. 17th, 1837, and was dismissed by letter Feb. 22nd, 1873, and assisted in the constitution of Bogue Chitto Church on Mar. 29th, 1873. He was married to Pernesa Smith on July 15th, 1841. He leaves 3 children, 20 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren. While passing through time, he had 2 sons to die in the late Civil War. His last illness was severe, but of short duration. His funeral service was ably conducted by Rev. Will J. Fortenberry. He was buried in the family cemetery.”

From: Williams, E. Russ. Abstracts of Obituaries from the Minutes of the Magee’s Creek Baptist Association (Mississippi and Louisiana), 1882 – 1924. Monroe, Louisiana: Privately printed, 1978, page 33.

Obituary for Pernecia:

“Pernesa Smith was born Sept. 26, 1820; was married to Jeremiah Smith July 15, 1841; died April 4, 1887; aged 66 years, 6 mo. And 109 days. She joined the Silver Creek Church Aug. 23, 1852; drew her letter and placed it in Bogue Chitto Church in 1873 where she remained a consistent member of the same until her death. She leaves 14 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren, a husband and 3 children. She was, while living made to mourn the death of several of her children. Two of her sons died while in the Army. Her funeral services were conducted by Elder E. M. Shilling.”

From: Williams, E. Russ. Abstracts of Obituaries from the Minutes of the Magee’s Creek Baptist Association (Mississippi and Louisiana), 1882 – 1924. Monroe, Louisiana: Privately printed, 1978, page 9.

1 Jeremiah Smith b: 30 Apr 1821 Pike, MS, d: 31 May 1894 MS
… + Pernecia Smith b: 26 Sep 1820, m: 15 Jul 1841, d: 4 Apr 1887
……2 William George Smith b: 04 Dec 1842, d: 10 Jun 1862
……2 Ancil Green Smith b: 14 Mar 1845, d: 18 Jun 1862
……2 Clara J. Smith b: Abt. 1855 MS
……2 Janet Smith b: Abt. 1857 MS
……2 Jarratt Cylmon Smith d: 22 Dec 1894
…… + Eliza Jane Brock b: Jul 1858 MS, m: 03 Oct 1878, d: 21 Jun 1899 MS
………3 Jeptha O. Smith d: 28 Sep 1885
……2 Samantha A. Smith b: Abt. 1859 MS

Selected Sources:

  •  1870 US Census, MS, Pike, Osyka, page 5; Jeremiah Smith family.
  • Boyd, Gregory A. Family Maps of Pike County, Mississippi. Deluxe. Norman, Oklahoma: Arphax Publishing Co., 2005.
  • Holbrook and Fressenden’s Stereotype Edition of the Holy Bible, Brattleboro, VT, 1825. Original owner: Jeremiah Smith Sr. of Pike Co., MS. Copied by Texana Carter, 27 August 1854. In possession of Mrs. W C Uhlman, Rte 6, Tylertown, MS, great granddaughter.
  • Williams, E. Russ. Abstracts of Obituaries from the Minutes of the Magee’s Creek Baptist Association (Mississippi and Louisiana), 1882 – 1924. Monroe, Louisiana: Privately printed, 1978.

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