While searching for my g-grandmother Doshie Smith - I've found the following article in the Fayette County Republican newspaper from May 19, 1880. Robin ______________________________________
Mrs. Isaac C. Smith Thrown from her buggy and killed.
On Saturday evening the sad intelligence reached us of the sudden death of Mrs. I. C. Smith. Mrs. Smith was a daughter of Mr. Jerome Drais, and is known to all the old settlers of this community. Some time since Mr. Smith and his family moved onto what is known as the “Presley Thompson” farm, lying in the north part of the county, and about 3 miles from Midway, Madison county. On Saturday morning Mrs. Smith went to work and put her house in order, done her baking, and had everything in readiness for the reception of her daughters, from Jasper – one married – Mrs. Severs – and the other a little girl, living with her sister and going to school at Jasper. Mrs. Smith had baked a cake expressly for the little girl to take to Jasper with her on her return, and a surprise for her, she had made her a new dress and bonnet, all was in readiness or their coming – save some trimming the mother needed to complete the bonnet. And that nothing might be incomplete, she got into her buggy and drove to Midway for the needed trimming, which she procured and was on her way home, happy in thinking of the agreeable surprise the new clothes would be to her little child, and the happy reunion of mother and children. But alas! How true it is: “In the midst of life we are in death.” When within a short distance of her home, the axel of the buggy broke and pitching Mrs. Smith out on her head, broke her neck, and causing the horse to run away. Mrs. Thompson, a neighbor, hearing the racket caused by the running horse, with broken buggy attached, ran out into the road, where she discovered a woman lying on her face in the fence-corner, and on turning the woman over was horrified to learn that it was Mrs. Smith, who, as Mrs. Thompson turned her over, gasped but twice, and all was over. She was dead. Mrs. Smith was buried in the Washington cemetery on Monday evening. She leaves a husband and four children to mourn her loss. She was about 50 years of age.
Mrs. Smith was Elizabeth DRAIS Smith, daughter of Jerome DRAIS. Isaac and Elizabeth Smith had 4, possible 5 children. Four are listed in the 1870 census. John Wilson Smith b. 1856 Victoria Bell Smith b. 1857 (Mrs. Joseph Sever(s)) Marion S. Smith b. 1859 Ellie Smith b. 1870 (little girl in above story) Isaac was born in Penn., Elizabeth in Ohio