Don't know if this connects, but there was a Moses Smith and son in Newman, Douglas County Illinois that owned the newspaper there. I believe this Moses left Newman and went west I think about 1880, this was in his later years as he left his son in charge of the newspaper. There is a book with many references to Moses and family. I have this book but it is not refernced to page and is hard to do look ups. If you think this might be your line I will check it for you. I am serching for Moses also as I think he is somehow connected to my Mason Lee Smith bn. circa 1850, son of Jesse & Camilla Augustus Smith from Daviess county KY/ Clark county Illinois.