Leon Reporter, Leon, Iowa Thursday, February l5, l900
FRANCIS SMITH was born May 4, l8l3, in Fleming County, Kentucky; and died February l0, l900, in Leon, Iowa. In the year l826, he emigrated with his family to Putnam County, Indiana. In the month of February, l835, he was united in mariage to ELIZABETH SMITH, of the same county, who died in Leon, Iowa, December 9, l883. He was married again in January, l885, to MARGARET STONE, who died December 23, l894. Since which time he has made his home with, and has been tenderly and patiently cared for during a lingering and painful disease by his daughter, HANNAH LOREY, of this city. Fifty years ago he united with the M.E. Church. During this period of time he has lived a faithful and Christian life, and he died with a bright hope of immortality, and in the triumphs of saving grace, and trying to sing the old songs of Jesus and his love. His memory is that of the just.
Copied by Cordelia Suzann "With permission from the Leon Journal Reporter" December l7, 2002