Revisiting My “To Be Filed” Folder – Some “Goodies”

 A part of our dialogue on the Mondays With Myrt webinar this week was “what errors did you make early in your family tree profession?”  My main “mistake” was not citing many sources over the primary 17 years of my “profession.”  

One of many panelists stated that their mistake was not reviewing later all the information they saved and picked up early of their family tree analysis.  That rang a loud bell in my thoughts, so yesterday I made a decision to look into my “To be Filed” laptop listing.  Oh my.  There are such a lot of goodies to be found once more!  Massachusetts probates, Rhode Island probates, New Jersey probates, Massachusetts city information, parts of revealed books, FHL downloads, and “to be enter into RM.”    

Among the best “goodies” I discovered was a newspaper article about my 2nd great-grandfather, Devier J. Smith (1839-1894) that I captured as a PDF web page in 2018.  Right here it’s:

The transcription is:

“For Sale or Commerce

“I’ll promote or commerce my property becoming a member of the C. II depot, by way of the north, for money, or half horses and land.  The home is now used for boarding and consuming homes, is bringing $50 monthly.  Enquire at handle.

                                                            “D.J. SMITH, Concordia, Kan.”

The supply quotation is:

“For Sale or Commerce,” The Concordia [Kan.] Blade newspaper, 6 March 1885, web page 2, D.J. Smith commercial; on-line database and picture, ( : accessed 18 Jul 2018).

Devier Smith moved his household from Concordia, Kansas up the Republican River to McCook, purple Willow County, Nebraska within the spring of 1885, and it seems he was attempting to promote the property he had close to the practice station in Concordia.  He was a horse dealer and a livery man.

However wait, there’s one other newspaper article from Concordia – his obituary!

The transcription is:

“D.J. Smith Useless

“A Pioneer Concordian Passes Away At His Residence in McCook, Nebr.

“From the McCook (Nebr.) Enterprise

“Died, on the St. Charles Lodge on this metropolis, Could 1, at 10:20 a.m. of dropsy of the center.  Devier J. Smith, aged 51 years, 11 months and 24 days. 

Devier J. Smith grew to become a resident of this metropolis within the spring of 1885, and had been engaged within the livery enterprise from that date till the time of his loss of life.  Till final Thursday the deceased had loved excellent well being, and was taken out of the blue sick on that day and continued to develop worse till Tuesday morning when the messenger got here.  On Wednesday earlier to his loss of life he drove into the nation and was caught in a rain, which precipitated his final sickness.

The members of his household who survive him are his spouse, now with their daughter, Mrs. Della A. Carringer, at San Diego, Cal., a son, D.D. Smith, of this metropolis, who arrived right here every week in the past final Sunday from Denver, and a daughter, Mrs. Matie Chenery, now at Lincoln.  The deceased was a member of the A.O.U.W., which order took cost of the funeral, which happened yesterday at 2:30 p.m. from the M.E. church.

“[Mrs. Matie Chenery has nearly recovered — EDITOR BLADE].”

The supply quotation for this obituary is:

“D.J. Smith Useless,” The Concordia [Kan.] Blade newspaper, Friday, 11 Could 1894, web page 3, D.J. Smith obituary; on-line database and picture, ( : accessed 18 Jul 2018).

The Concordia Blade acquired this info, apparently, from daughter Matie Chenery, but it surely was revealed within the McCook [Nebr.] Enterprise newspaper and the Concordia newspaper most likely modified the headlines.

I’ve one other obituary with a lot of the identical info from the McCook [Nebr.] Occasions-Democrat newspaper.  

I’ve lots of work to do to maneuver these recordsdata into my household recordsdata, add occasions and sources to the individuals in RootsMagic, and determine which gadgets to transcribe within the Amanuensis Monday posts.  

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