Tombstone Tuesday – October 1, 2019 – Joseph Matthew Smith


Joseph Matthew Smith was the son of Ashley J. and Helena (Schlinger) Smith. He as born on November 27, 1916 in Chicago, Illinois. In the 1920 Federal Census, Joseph is found with his parents, Ashley and Helena, and siblings, Ashley C (1909) and Elenora (1913) on South Honore Street in the 18th Ward of Chicago. There is a boarder living with them whose name is James Allie. Joseph is 3 and a half years old.  Joseph’s father, Ashley is a taxi driver in 1920.

By the time of the 1930 Federal Census, Ashley and Helena live on Adams Street with their three children; Ashley C who is twenty-one years of age, Elenora who is seventeen and Joseph who is thirteen. They have a boarder living with them whose name is Helen Walsh.  Ashley remains a taxi driver.

Joseph married Genevieve Theresa Mikrut on March 25, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois according to the marriage database for Illinois but the 1940 Census seems to indicate that they are married before that.  By the time of the 1940 Federal Census, Joseph and Genevieve  are living in Thornton, Illinois with one son named Joseph Jr. who is four years old.  Joseph works as a Boiler Foreman for a Chemical Company in Thornton, Illinois.  Joseph enlisted in the Army on April 26, 1943 and served during WWII until is discharge on November 12, 1945. I did not find information specifically about where he served.

Joseph and Genevieve had five children, four daughters and one son.


Nineteen years ago today, Joseph died in Anderson, Indiana of cancer at the age of 83. He is buried in Lindenwood Cemetery, Fort Wayne Indiana.


Rest in peace Joseph!

Love, Jan

Joseph Matthew Smith is my second cousin two times removed.

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