The William P. SMITH household appears in the 1860 census of Madison Twp., Jay Co., IN and the 1870 census of Humboldt, Richardson Co., NE. William was my paternal 3rd great-grandfather, the son of Jacob and Jane (ELLIOTT) SMITH.
In the 1860 census, William is a 44 year-old Campbellite Minister, born in Ohio, with a personal estate valued at $200. His wife, Prudence, was aged 43 and also born in Ohio. Children in the family included : John, aged 17, born in Indiana; Olive, aged 13, born in Michigan; and Tilson, aged 10, born in Michigan.
In the 1870 census, William is listed as a 55 year-old Farmer, born in Ohio, with real estate valued at $800 and a personal estate valued at $150. Wife Prudence was listed as aged 54, and born in Ohio. Son Tillson, aged 20, born in Michigan, was working on the farm.
William P. SMITH b. July 25, 1815 Clark Co., OH, d. April 19, 1894 Salamonia, Jay Co., IN., m. October 3, 1836 to Prudence MAXSON, daughter of Jesse and Sarah (SUTTON) MAXSON. Prudence b. June 15, 1817 Greene Co., OH., d. February 22, 1890 Salamonia, Jay Co., IN.
Known children of William P. and Prudence (MAXSON) SMITH are as follows :
i. Jacob G. SMITH b. July 12, 1837 Jay Co., IN
ii. John H. SMITH b. October 3, 1842 Jay Co., IN., d. after 1860 census
iii. Olive Jane SMITH b. June 23, 1846 Cass Co., MI, d. January 6, 1913 Portland, Jay Co., IN., m. William P. WEHRLY.
iv. Hosea Tilson SMITH b. September 25, 1849 Cass Co., MI., d. after 1870 census