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Isaac Smith

Born - February 27, 1851

Footville, Rock County, Wisconsin

Married - December 22, 1881

Nemaha County, Nebraska

Residence - March 1, 1895

Shell Rock, Greenwood County, Kansas

Residence - April 15, 1910

Grant, Custer County, Nebraska

Residence - January 8, 1920

Lafayette, Nemaha County, Nebraska

Died - May 11, 1928

Nemaha County, Nebraska

Buried - May 13, 1928

 Lafayette Cemetery, Nemaha County, Nebraska


Smith Family Tombstone - Lafayette Cemetery








The community was greatly shocked Friday morning to learn that Isaac Smith had passed away at 1:00 a.m., that morning. Mr. Smith had been in his usual health and worked in the field all day on Thursday. He stated that he was quite tired that evening and retired early. Mrs. Smith did not retire quite so soon and he was alright when she went to bed. She was awakened later by hearing him moaning and could get no response when she spoke to him. She called the family who got a physician, but nothing could be done to arouse him. He had at different times had heart trouble and this attack proved fatal.


Isaac Smith was the eldest child of Peter and Elisa Smith. He was born February 27, 1851, near Footville, Rock County, Wisconsin. When a small child, he with his parents moved to Kansas, going by steamboat down the Mississippi River to St. Louis, then up the Missouri to Leavenworth, Kansas.


Two years later the family moved to Brownsville, Nebraska. In April 1866 with a team of oxen they settled on a homestead, southeast of what is now known as Brock. Here Isaac grew to manhood and on December 22, 1881, was married to Miss Celia Adams. Four children came to make the home life complete. Ethel Sire, of Inman, Nebraska, Merton Smith of Table Rock, Nebraska, Royal and Irma Smith at home.


He has changed his place of residence several times. Each time returning to the homestead, where a few years ago he build a nice home which has added to the comfort and pleasure of his declining years.


Mr. Smith united with the Baptist church in early manhood and continued steadfast, a strong adherent of that faith.


He bravely endured the hardships of the early pioneers, was a man of unquestionable honesty and integrity. A lover of home and a kind husband and father.


His passing was serene as the fading of an evening twilight, and he has passed to the land from which none ever return. Besides the faithful wife and children he leaves two brothers, Thomas of Brock and David of Auburn, one sister, Miss Lucretia Smith of Auburn, four grandchildren and many warm friends.


The funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon in Brock at the Christian Church by Rev. Tetwiler, the Baptist minister of Stella, Nebraska, assisted by Rev. Jadwin of this city, and interment was made at Lafayette cemetery. There were many beautiful flowers sent by relatives, neighbors and friends, also the Baptist Church.

The Brock Bulletin

 May 17, 1928




Buried - Lafayette Cemetery - Brock, Nebraska



Wife - Celia Etta (Adams) Smith

Born - May 23, 1854 - Iowa

Residence - 1860 - Washington Township,

Appanoose County, Iowa

Residence - 1870 - La Fayette Township,

Nemaha County, Nebraska

Residence - 1880 - Peru Precinct,

Nemaha County, Nebraska

Occupation - 1880 - Dressmaker

Died - February 8, 1947

Pawnee City Hospital, Nebraska

Buried - Lafayette Cemetery, Nemaha County, Nebraska

Father - William Adams - Born - 1828 -Ohio

Mother - Sarah E. Adams - Born -1831 -Ohio


Buried - Lafayette Cemetery - Brock, Nebraska





Mrs. Celia SMITH


Celia Etta Adams, the eldest daughter of William

and Sarah Adams, was born May 23, 1854,

near Centerville, Iowa and passed away

February 8, 1947, at the Pawnee City hospital,

at the age of 92 years, 8 months and 15 days.

At the age of 10, she moved with her parents from Iowa

to a farm near Peru, Nebraska, where they lived

until the death of her father, after which they moved

to Brock. She and her brothers

aided their mother in the rearing of the family, which was

no easy task in pioneer days.

While a young lady she attended Normal school at Peru

and later taught school at Cherry Grove and Rosewood

schools in Nemaha County.

Early in life she joined the Brock Baptist church where she was

a faithful worker as long as her health permitted.

On December 22, 1881, she was united in marriage

to Isaac Smith at Brock, Nebraska. To this union were born

four children. She was preceded in death by her husband and

eldest son, Royal. After the death of her son, she and her

daughter Irma moved to Table Rock.

She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, devoting her

thoughts and deeds to others. Her kindness and thoughtfulness

are reflected in the lives of her children. She will be sorely

missed by all who knew and loved her.

She leaved to mourn her passing two daughters: Mrs. Ethel Sire,

O'Neill, Nebraska; Miss Irma Smith of the home.

One son: Merton D. Smith, Table Rock, Nebraska.

One brother: Sylvester Adams, Baltimore, Maryland,

Three sisters: Cora Campbell, Auburn, Nebraska;

Mary E. Rue and Minnie Jewell, of Manton, Alberta, Canada.

Four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held February 11 at the Brock

Methodist church, with Reverend Handel Collier officiating.

Mrs. Merle Young and T. L. Wachtel sang: "No Night There"

and "Home of the Soul".

Pallbearers were: Hanson Aldrich, Wayne Stoddard,

W. S. Butterfield, C. C. Christy, Alvie Rowen and William Hawley.

Casey and Timm were charge of arrangements with

burial in Lafayette cemetery.

Relatives and friends attending from a distance were:

Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Sire, of O'Neill, Nebraska;

Mr. and Mrs. Eugene M. Sire, of Grand Island, Nebraska;

Mrs. Guy E. Mills, Mrs. M. Hester, Mrs. Albert Johnston,

 all of Lincoln, Mr. and Mrs. Merton Smith of Miss Irma Smith

of Table Rock, Nebraska; Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Hendrix

of Humboldt, Nebraska.

Nemaha County Herald


February 13, 1947




Daughter - Ethel P. (Smith) Sire

Born - May1883 - Nebraska

Son - Royal Glenn Smith

Born - November 24,1886- Nebraska


Veteran World War ISon - Merton Dale Smith

Born - November 19, 1890 - Nebraska

Nemaha County, Nebraska

Veteran World War I

Signature From World War I - Draft Registration

Wife - Minnie E. Smith

Born - 1902 - Virginia

Daughter - Margret Smith

Born - 1922 - Nebraska


Daughter -  Irma E. Smith

Born - September 1895 - Kansas

Died -1972

Buried - Lafayette Cemetery - Brock, Nebraska



Sister - Mary A. (Smith) Niebel

Born - 1853 - Wisconsin

Died - June 18, 1882

Burial - Linden cemetery, Nemaha County, Nebraska

Husband - John Niebel

Brother - Thomas A. Smith

Born - January 29, 1855

Rock County, Wisconsin

Brother - David Smith

Born - December 4, 1859

Brownville, Nemaha County, Nebraska

Sister - Lucretia Smith

Born - February 25, 1865

Brownville, Nemaha County, Nebraska


Father - Peter Smith

Mother -Eliza (Blake) Smith

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