Coley Smith1

#29787, (2 February 1829 - 6 May 1862)
Relationship2nd cousin 2 times removed of William David Lewis
Father*Emery Smith1 (c 1797 - 1851)
Mother*Thetis Johnson1 (1804 - )


Elsie Needam Sprague b. c 1829, d. 1907
Children 1.Mervin A Smith+6 (1850 - )
 2.Elwin Coley Smith6 (1861 - )
Birth*2 February 1829He was born on 2 February 1829 at Buckland, Franklin Co., MassachusettsG.1 
1841He removed with Emery Smith and Thetis Johnson to WisconsinG in 1841.2 
Marriage*6 November 1849He married Elsie Needam Sprague, daughter of ____ Sprague, on 6 November 1849 at Milwaukee Co., WisconsinG.3 
7 August 1850He and Elsie Needam Sprague appeared on the census of 7 August 1850 at Greenfield, Milwaukee Co., WisconsinG; (neis. Emery nd Theta Smith, fam. 994; Othniel and Amanda Smith, fam. 988.)4 
24 July 1860He and Elsie Needam Sprague appeared on the census of 24 July 1860 at Saxeville, Waushara Co., WisconsinG.5 
Death*6 May 1862He died on 6 May 1862 at General Hospital, Keokuk, Lee Co., IowaG, at age 33, from wounds suffered during the Battle of Shiloh.6 


  1. [S1027] The Essex Institute, compiler, Vital Records of Buckland Massachusetts to the Year 1850 (Salem, Mass.: The Essex Institute, 1934), online, p. 42, citing family records in possession of Galen W Johnson of Buckland.
  2. [S1027] The Essex Institute, Vital Records of Buckland, p. 91, with note, citing family records in possession of Galen W Johnson of Buckland, ""Resided in Buckland until 1841. Rem. to Wisconsin."
  3. [S2518] Milwaukee Vital Records, online, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Births, Marriages, Deaths, 1838-1911. Marriages 1838-1911, img. 235/713. Register of Marriage Book B, p. 105, no. 2122. Coley Smith and Elsie N Sprague, marr. Greenfield 6 Nov 1849 by J B Hollister, J.P.
  4. [S20] 1850 U.S. Federal Census. Cooley (21), b. MA, farmer, real estate value $200; Elsie Ann (21), b. VT.
  5. [S19] 1860 U.S. Federal Census. Colie (31), b. MA, farmer, real estate value $1200, personal estate $400; Elsa (31), b. VT.
  6. [S1433] Case Files of Approved Pension Applications of Widows and Other Veterans of the Army and Navy Who Served Mainly in the Civil War and the War With Spain, compiled 1861 - 1934; Record Group 15, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, District of Columbia, online, Application No. WC77633, Penson No. 126253, for dependants of Coley Smith, deceased (51 ims.). Enrolled at Saxeville WI 9 Sep 1861, mustered in as 1st Sergeant, Co. A, 16th Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers, at Madison WI. Wounded at Pittsburgh Landing TN at the Battle of Shiloh, 6 Apr 1862, d. at the hospital in Keokuk IA from these gunshot wounds, 6 May 1862, last rank 1st Lieutenant. Family of the deceased: wife Elsie A Smith (age 33, remarried to Edward W Robbins 27 Sep 1865); children Mervin A Smith (b. 22 Nov 1850) and Elwin Coley Smith (b. 26 Jan 1861); father, deceased; mother Thetis McWhorter (age 55); brothers O J Smith (age 36), Alfred Smith (age 25) and Frederick Smith (age 23); sister Hannah Taylor (age 37).