Monday, July 16, 2012

Old Time Kansas Stage Driver, Con Smith.

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Con Smith a pioneer stage driver of the Overland stage was Con Smith, who resided for many years near Irving. Smith once drove from Boonville to Tipton, Missouri. Later, he drove on the Butterfield stage line from Ft. Smith, Arkansas, to Sherman, Texas.

In 1861 he came to St. Joseph and drove for Holladay. His drive was from Guittard's station to Hollenherg. the first station west of Marysville. In 1862 he enlisted in Company H, Seventh Kansas and served until 1865, when he again entered the employ of Holladay and drove until he finally "threw down the lines'' and began farming. A man of sterling integrity and great physical courage, he was a well respected citizen of this county.

Seventh Kansas Cavalry Company H.

Con Smith, Private, Residence Leavenworth, Enlisted September 28, 1861, Mustered in same.  Promoted to Farrier.  Discharged and re-enlisted as a veteran, January 1, 1864, Mustered in same.    Mustered out with with regiment September 29, 1865.

Marysville, Marshall County, Kansas, 1880, Census.

Name:Con Smith
Residence:Marysville, Marshall, Kansas
Birthplace:Virginia, United States
Relationship to Head:Self
Spouse's Name:Katie J. Smith
Spouse's Birthplace:Ohio, United States
Father's Name:
Father's Birthplace:Scotland
Mother's Name:
Mother's Birthplace:England
Race or Color (Expanded):White
Ethnicity (Standardized):American
Martial Status:Married
Age (Expanded):45 years
NARA Film Number:T9-0388
Page Character:A
Entry Number:153
Film number:1254388
SELF Con Smith M45 Virginia, United States
WIFE Katie J. SmithF30 Ohio, United States
SON Frank SmithM9 Illinois, United States
DAU Nellie SmithF7 Kansas, United States
DAU Alice M. SmithF5 Kansas, United States
DAU Jenny SmithF3 Kansas, United States
SON Parry SmithM4M Kansas, United States

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