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  • ID: I05640
  • Name: Joseph SMITH 1
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 23 SEP 1773 in Unity Twp, Westmoreland Co, PA 2 1 2 2
  • Death: JUN 1830 in Derry Twp, Westmoreland Co 3 1 3 3
  • Occupation: Farmer/Cooper (Near Latrobe) 1
  • PROP: 120 Acres in Derry Twp bght Allison Andrew 1
  • Reference Number: 5640
  • Note:
    [Brøderbund WFT Vol. 3, Ed. 1, Tree #5556, Date of Import: 4 Jul 2000]

    Joseph Smith was born on 23 September 1773 in Westmoreland Co., PA. Around 1797 Joseph married Christina Spielman who was born on 10 December 1778 in Unity Township. She was the daughter of Matheus Koenig and Anna Eva Christina Hartzel. She was the sister of Regina Spielman, who married Michael Fry. Joseph and Christina had 13 children. LDS record indicate 14 children.

    The first four volumes of Paul Miller Ruff's "The German Church Records of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania" cover the years 1772-1820. During this time period Reverend Weber baptized nine children of Joseph and Christina Schmidt. Johannes was born on 29 September and was baptized on 11 November 1798. His sponsors were his grandparents, Philip and Anna Maria Schmidt. Cathrina was born on 29 July and was baptized on 17 August 1800. Her sponsors were Adam Baehr and Catharina Baehr, who was Christina's sister. Jacob was born on 8 June and was baptized on 17 July 1802. He had no sponsors. Anna Maria was born on 17 February 1804 and was baptized one month later. Her sponsors were Christina's sister, Regina, and her husband, Michael Fry. Elissebetha was born on 1 May and was baptized on 26 May 1806. Her sponsonrs were Michael and Maria Schall. Sussanna was born on 6 April and was baptized on 5 June 1808. Her sponsons were Christina's brother Johannes and his wife Ester Spielman. Catharina was born on 5 July 1810 and was baptized on 27 October 1810. Her sponsors were her grandparents, Johannes and Catharina Spielman. Joseph was born on 19 January 1813 and was baptized on 30 May 1813. David Spielman, the brother od Christina, and his wife, Susana, were the sponsors. Christina was born on 9 April 1815 and was baptized on 27 May 1815. Christian and Maria Krebs were her sponsors. The tenth child of Joseph and Christina Schmidt was baptized by Rev. Michael Steck of the Luthern Church. Ephraim was born on 8 October 1817 and was sponsored by Michael and Anna Maria Schall.

    Census record give further information about Joseph Smith. In the 1800 Census he is listed in Westmoreland County with a wife, a young son, and a daughter. In 1810, Joseph was in Derry Township with one male 0-10, 1 male 10-16, one male 26-45, 4 females 0-10, and one female 26-45. In 1820, Joseph is listed as a farmer with 3 males 0-10, 2 males16-25, 1 male over 45, 2 females 0-10, 3 females 10-15, and 1 female over 45 in Derry Township.

    In May 1821, Rev. N.P. Hacke arrived as the new Reformed Church minister for the area. He held a communion at a church in Unity Township that same month. Among the sixteen who took communion at that time were Joseph and Christina Smith.

    Westmoreland County land records have a lot of information on Joseph Smith. On 27 August 1804, Joseph was deeded some land by John Laub. This was part of John Laub's "Friendship" which was patented to him on 20 March 1804. On 19 September 1804, Joseph and Christina Smith on Unity Yownship sold 51 acres of this to Frederick Weaver of Mt. Pleasant Township for 114 pounds, 15 shillings (7-478). This land was on the waters of the Sewickly bordering the land of Casper Smitley, Frederick Weaver, and Casper Weaver. Joseph signed his name on this deed, like all of the following, in German.

    In deed 4-147 on 5 May 1798 Joseph Smith on Mt. Pleasant Township purchased 64 acres from Federick and Mary Roser of the same township for 128 pounds. It was part of a patent granted 24 March 1798 to Frederick Roser for a tract of land called "Rose Hill". On 17 September 1804, Frederick and Maggalena Rohrer of Armstrong County sold Joseph Smith of Unity Township more land from this tract (7-480). This land totalled 66 acres, 140 perches and was part of "Rose Hill" which he received 29 March 1804. It was located in Mt. Pleasant Township on the Seweckly by the land of Joseph Smith, Frederick Weaver, Casper Weaver, Nicholas Smithy, and John Fiscuc. The second deed is somewhat confusing since Frederick's Rohrer's patent date is different; perhaps he received an additional land grant in 1804.

    On 9 December 1808 Joseph and Christina Smith of Derry Township sold Christopher Renner of Mt. Pleasant Township 7 and 1/4 acres from the above tract (8-472). Christopher Renner paid 22 pounds, 10 shillings for this land. The land bordered John Laup, Nicholas Smithy, and Christopher Renner.

    On 27 March 1805, Joseph Smith bought 129 acres, 21 perches in Derry Township from Andrew and Jane Allison fot $480 (11-201). It was part of a larger tract warranted to William and Andrew Allison on 23 March 1787. This land was next to General Arthur St. Clair, Robert Allison, George Smith, and Michael Chune. On 25 April 1815, Joseph and Christina Smith of Derry Township sold this 129 acres, 21 perches to William Johnston of Derry Township for $1,000 (11-202)

    Joseph owned various tracts of land during his life, but the following property became his home. Joseph Baldridge was patented 220 acres, 120 perches of land called "Cobb;er's Hall" in Dery Township on 14 March 1810. In a deed recorded 15 February 1830 but conducted on 23 March 1816, Joseph and Mary Baldridge of Derry Township sold Joseph Smith, a cooper of Derry Township, 129 acres, 35 perches of this tract for $1,806 (18-368). This land bordered Loyalhanna Creek, Joseph Baldrige, Jacob Bott, "to an Indian Grave adjoining land of Michael Scholl" and John Mitchell. A second deed provides additonal, though conflicting, information about the above deed. On 4 February 1829 Joseph and Christina Smith sold their son Jacob Smith 6 acres, 3 roods (one rood equals 1/4 of an acre), 24 perches of this land for $120 (18-370). In this deed the original purchase price Joseph Smith paid to the Baldriges is given as $1,880 and the size of the tract was 134 acres, 137 perches. Jacob's purchase bordered Jacob Butts, Joseph Smith, and Joseph Baldrige.

    Joseph Smith is also listed in two Westmoreland County court cases. The first dates from 29 August 1811 (#8, November 1811). Joseph Smith was the defendent in a summons covennat. W. Armstrong, his attorney, claimed Joseph Smith performed his covenants, so there was no breech of contract. A trial was held on 24 February 1814. The jury ruled for the plaintiff. David Wilson, on 24 February 1814. Joseph Smith was charges with $300 in damages. On 9 May 1814 Joseph Smith paid the $300 plus $5.48 for the remainder of the plaintiff's bill and his attorney's fees.

    On 25 October 1815, Jacob Butt took Joseph Smith and William Mear to court. The case was an ejectment for 201 acres in Derry Township (#42, November 1815). This land was bounded by Michael Spaul, James Braden, William Smith, and others. The result of this case is not given in the court records.

    Boucher's "History of Westmoreland Country" has a short biography of William H. Smith. That article provides a good description of the Joseph Smith family.
    The father of Mr. Smith, Joseph Smith, settled in Derry Township on a tract of one hundred and thirty-six acres of land, which he cleared and on which he erected good buildings. He was a useful citizen and a worthy man, taking no active part in politics and also in church affairs. Joseph Smith married Christina Speilman, who like himself was of German descent, and they were the parents of thirteen children: Ephraim, born October 8, 1817, now resides near Pleasant Unity, being the sole survivor of the family with the exception of his brother William H. John, who was a shoemaker in Derry Township; Catherine, who died in infancy; Jacob, who was a carpenter in Derry Township; Mary, who became the wife of Henry Bussard; Susan, married George Rupert; Elizabeth, who was the wife of a Mr. Brinnell; Joseph, who was a tanner and emigrated to Ohio were he died; Katie, married Henry Ruckeman; Christina, who was the wife of Seth Baughman, and after his death married again and moved to Indiana; Jones, who was a miller at Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania; Andrew, who was a laborer and fencebuilder of Unity Township; William H., mentioned hereafter, Mr. Smith, the father of this numerous family died on his farm in 1829, at age of sixty-four.

    Another article on Joseph Smith mentions that he was a Whig in politics. Joseph Smith died about 9 June 1830, the date his will was proved. His will can be found in Christina's notes.

    Marriage 1 Christina SPIELMAN b: 10 DEC 1778 in PA c: 10 JAN 1779 in by Balthasar Meyer, Sponsors: Rudolph & Cathrina Baehr
    • Married: 1797 in PA 4 5
    1. Has Children John B. SMITH b: 29 SEP 1798 in Derry Twp, Westmoreland Co. PA c: 11 NOV 1798 in by Reverend Weber, Sponsors were Philip and Anna Maria Schmidt, grandparents
    2. Has No Children Cathrine SMITH b: 29 JUL 1800 in Westmoreland Co, PA c: 17 AUG 1800 in by Reverend Meyer, Sponsors were Adam and Catharina Baehr, Christina's sister
    3. Has No Children Jacob SMITH b: 8 JUN 1802 c: 17 JUL 1802 in by Rev. Weber at Reformed Luthern, no sponsors
    4. Has No Children Anna Maria SMITH b: 17 FEB 1804 in PA c: 17 MAR 1804 in Rev. Weber at Reformed Luthern - Michael & Regina Fry, Christina's sister
    5. Has No Children Elisabeth SMITH b: 1 MAY 1806 in PA c: 26 MAY 1806 in Rev. weber at Reformed Luthern - Michael & Maria Shall
    6. Has No Children Susanna SMITH b: 6 APR 1808 in Plumcreek, Armstrong Co, PA c: 6 JUN 1808 in by Rev.Weber at Reform Luthern, Sponsors Johannes & Ester Spielman
    7. Has No Children Catherina "Katie" SMITH b: 5 JUL 1810 in Westmoreland Co, PA c: 27 OCT 1810 in By Rev. Weber at Reformed Luthern, Johannes & Catharina Spielman, grandparents
    8. Has No Children Joseph SMITH b: 19 JAN 1813 in PA c: 30 MAY 1813 in by Rev. Weber at Reformed Luthern, David & Susana Spielman, Christina's brother
    9. Has No Children Christina SMITH b: 9 APR 1815 c: 27 MAY 1815 in Rev. Weber at Reformed Luthern, Sponsors- Christain & Maria Krebs
    10. Has Children Ephraim SMITH b: 8 OCT 1817 in Deary Twp, Westmoreland Co, PA c: in by Rev. Michael Steck at the Luthern Church, Sponsors Michael & Maria Shall
    11. Has No Children Jonas SMITH b: 29 SEP 1820 in PA
    12. Has No Children Andrew B. SMITH b: 14 APR 1823 in PA
    13. Has No Children William H. SMITH b: 28 OCT 1825 in PA

    1. Title: World Family Tree Vol. 3, Ed. 1
      Author: Brøderbund Software, Inc.
      Publication: Release date: February 9, 1996
      Note: Customer pedigree.
      Media: Electronic
      Page: Tree #5556
      Text: Date of Import: 4 Jul 2000
    3. 1932 Wmld Derry Twp Tax Recods
    4. Will 1WB-274 1811
    5. Title: World Family Tree Vol. 3, Ed. 1
      Author: Brøderbund Software, Inc.
      Publication: Release date: February 9, 1996
      Note: Customer pedigree.
      Media: Electronic
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