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Hannah (Younkin) Smith
(1813-1883)

 

Hannah and Garrison's graves, Lemmon farm

Hannah (Younkin) Smith was born on May 1, 1813 near Kingwood, the daughter of John J. and Mary "Polly" (Hartzell) Younkin.

She wed Garrison N. Smith (1809-1879), a native of Delaware. (His name in early records sometimes is spelled "Gerretson" Smith.) 

They had one daughter, Louisa Kuhlman

The federal census of 1850 shows the family living in Upper Turkeyfoot. That year, nine-year-old Elijah Faidley, and their married daughter and son in law Louisa and J. Frederick Kuhlman lived in their home.

Tragedy rocked the family on May 9, 1853, when their married daughter Louisa died at the age of 20, apparently in childbirth with a third baby. Louisa was laid to rest in the family graveyard, with an elaborate stone carved to mark her final resting place. At the top was inscribed, "She died in peace."

Hannah and Garrison thus raised their grandson Winfield Scott Kuhlman to adulthood, and he later became a well-known physician practicing in Ursina.

When the federal census was taken in 1860, the Smiths, 10-year-old grandson Winfield Kuhlman and 19-year old boarder Susan Ohler resided under one roof, with their post office marked as Paddytown. Living in adjacent dwellings were Frederick J. and Delilah Younkin, Rev. Herman and Susan (Faidley) Younkin, and Jacob W. "Weasel Jake" and Catherine (Faidley) Younkin. Later, they resided in Middlecreek Township

Judging from a comparison of the 1860 and 1876 atlas maps of Upper Turkeyfoot, Hannah and Garrison moved during the interim. Their 1860 dwelling was along what was Lemmon Road, along Brown's Run. By 1876 they had moved to a farm closer to Kingwood, near the right-hand border of J. Frederick and Sally (Younkin) Kreger's farm in Hexie, along what today is known as Humbert Road, on a farm formerly occupied by Garret Lear.

Farms of Garrison Smith and Harmon Younkin in Upper Turkeyfoot, 1860

Garrison passed into eternity at the age of 70 on Feb. 23, 1879, apparently of a massive heart attack or stroke. The Somerset Herald reported that he was "found dead on the road near his home. Mr. Smith had been crying a sale at a farm some distance away, on Saturday, and left for his home in apparent good health. We have not learned the immediate cause of his death." He was buried in the Younkin family graveyard, also known as the "Brougher" and "Lemmon Farm" cemetery. 

Hannah survived her husband by a  little more than four years. At the age of 69, she died on March 19, 1883, with burial next to her husband. The Herald printed a one-paragraph obituary: "Hanna Younkin, widow of the late G.N. Smith, died at the residence of her grandson, Dr. W.S. Kuhlman, in Ursina, on the 19th of March, in the 70th year of her age. Deceased was a consistent member of the Methodist church for more than fifty years." No obituary has been found in the Meyersdale (PA) Commercial in Somerset County.

Green dots mark the farms of Garrison Smith and Harmon Younkin in Upper Turkeyfoot Township, 1876. The orange dots mark the farms of other Younkin family.

This page is dedicated in the memory of cousin-researchers who graciously shared their findings: the late Donna (Younkin) Logan and the late Olive (Rowan) Duff. 1860 Somerset County Atlas map courtesy of the Library of Congress.

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