Smith, William J.

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William J. Smith was born 1825.

Marriage & Children

William Smith was married Amy (Emily) and was survived by his wife and two daughters. His children were:[1]

  • Martha J. Smith
  • Magdaline L. Smith
  • Mary E. Smith

Military Service

Residence: Knox, West Township
Enlistment Date: 27 August 1862
Enlistment Place: Albany, NY
Enlistment Rank: Private
State Served: New York
Regiment: 43rd Infantry
Company: Company H
Muster Out Date: 16 June 1865
Muster Out Place: Washington, DC
Additional Remarks: Enlisted at the age of 37
Sources Used: 1890 Veterans Census;, American Civil War Soldiers


Knox - Lee's Church Cemetery - William J. Smith Pvt Co B 43 US Inf 1825-1901

He died on April 26, 1901 in Knox and was buried in Lee's Church Cemetery - William J. Smith Pvt Co B 43 US Inf 1825-1901

William J Smith
Birth: 1825
Death: 1901, USA
Civil War Soldier
Lee Church
Albany County
New York, USA
Created by: Thomas Dunne
Record added: Oct 22, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 30779114


William J. Smith Obituary - Altamont Enterprise - May 8, 1901

William J. Smith died at his home Friday morning, April 25, after an Illness of several weeks, aged 76 years. The funeral services were held from his late residence Sunday morning, Rev. Isaac Vanderpoel officiating. Interment in Lees cemetery. He is survived by a wife and two daughters.

Altamont Enterprise - May 8, 1901

Additional Research Notes

William J. Smith was born and raised in Duanesburg. He came to Knox at about 1880. He was not a Hilltown soldier.

Additional Research Notes

Town and City Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War

New York, Civil War Muster Roll Abstracts, 1861-1900

Knox - William J. Smith - Muster Roll

New York, Civil War Muster Roll Abstracts, 1861-1900 about William J Smith[2]
Name: William J Smith
Age: 37
Birth Year: abt 1825
Birth Place: Duanesburgh, New York
Enlistment Year: 1862
Enlistment Location: Albany, New York
Muster Year: 1862
Separation Details: Transferred
Separation Date: 22 Sep 1864

Civil War Record Summaries

U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles about William J Smith
Name: William J Smith
Age at enlistment: 37
Enlistment Date: 27 Aug 1862
Rank at enlistment: Private
Enlistment Place: Albany, NY
State Served: New York
Survived the War?: Yes
Service Record: Enlisted in Company H, New York 43rd Infantry Regiment on 14 Sep 1862.
Mustered out on 16 Jun 1865 at Washington, DC.
Birth Date: abt 1825
Sources: New York: Report of the Adjutant-General

Annual Report of the Adjutant-General of the State of New York

43 NY Infantry
SMITH, WILLIAM J. — Age, 37 years. Enlisted, August 27, 1862, at Albany, to serve three years; mustered in as private, Co. H , September 14, 1862; transferred to Co. B, Battalion, September 22, 1864; mustered out, June 16, 1865, at Washington, D, C.

1890 Veterans Schedules for Knox

Veteran's Name: William J Smith[2]
Home in 1890 (Township, County, State): Knox, Albany, New York
Year enlisted: 1862
Year discharged: 1865
Rank: Private

Smith, William J. - Private, Comapny B, 43rd NY Infantry, Enlisted August 27, 1862, Discharged June 16, 1865, Served 2 years, 9 months, 19 days - Post-office Address, West Township, NY

Census Records

William J Smith, "United States Census, 1860"[3]

(Knox, NY - West Township Post Office) William J. Smith 35 Male Blacksmith
Amy 33 Female
Martha 9 Female
Mary 7 Female

William J Smith, "United States Census, 1870"[3]

Name: William J Smith
Birth Year (Estimated): 1825
Gender: Male
Age (Original): 45y
Race: White
Birthplace: New York
Event Place: New York, United States (East Berne/Knox)
Household Gender Age Birthplace
William J Smith M 45y New York
Anna E Smith F 44y New York
Martha Smith F 18y New York
Mary E Smith F 18y New York
Maggie Smith F 8y New York
Joseph Bundy M 80y New York

1880 United States Federal Census about William J. Smith

Name: William J. Smith
Age: 55
Birth Year: abt 1825
Birthplace: New York
Home in 1880: Knox, Albany, New York
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Emily E. Smith
Father's Birthplace: New York
Mother's name: Maria Smith
Mother's Birthplace: New York
Neighbors: View others on page
Occupation: Blacksmith
Household Members:
Name Age
William J. Smith 55
Emily E. Smith 53
Martha J. Smith 26
Mary E. Smith 24
Magdaline L. Smith 17
Maria Smith 75

Wm J Smith, "New York, State Census, 1892"[3]

Name: Wm J Smith
Event Type: Census
Event Date: 1892
Event Place: , Knox, , 02, Albany, New York
Gender: Male
Birthplace: United States
Birth Year (Estimated): 1824
GS Film number: 521945
Digital Folder Number: 004640303
Image Number: 00122

Additional Media

deserted, April 26, 1865, near Danville, Va.


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