Obituary of Elizabeth Logsdon Adams Smith

Note by Phyllis Brown:  Elizabeth Logsdon was born February 3, 1850, in Washington County, Kentucky.  She was the daughter of Benedict Joseph Logsdon and Sarah Ann McIlvoy.  Her death occurred on May 18, 1924.  The following obituary was printed in The Springfield Sun.

Mrs. Elizabeth Smith, well known Raywick woman, died at five o’clock Sunday morning, May 18th, at Boldrick’s Infirmary in Lebanon, following a runaway accident on the Miller Pike, five miles from that city Saturday morning at 8 o’clock, when it is believed that Mrs. Smith was kicked in the forehead by the runaway horse.

Mrs. Smith was on the way to Lebanon to take the bus line to this city for a visit with her brother, Mr. C.T. Logsdon, when she was fatally injured. She was accompanied by Miss Lou Burdette, of Raywick, and Miss Amelia Comer, of Lebanon. A few miles from Lebanon, while coming down a steep hill, the horse the party was driving became excited when a horse and mule in a pasture near by ran down the hill along a fence near the road and ran away. Miss Burdette, who was driving undertook to stop the animal by pulling him into a fence and in so doing the buggy was overturned and the occupants were thrown into the road. Fortunately Miss Burdette and Miss Comer escaped with only slight bruises.

Following the accident Mrs. Smith was rushed to the hospital at Lebanon for treatment but she lapsed into unconsciousness before the arrival of a physician and never rallied. It was realized from the first that her injuries would prove fatal.

Mrs. Smith had been twice married. Before her first marriage she was Miss Elizabeth Logsdon, of this county. Her first marriage was to Willis Adams, also of this county, whose death occurred in 1906. About six years ago she was united in marriage with Joseph Smith, of Raywick.

She is survived by her husband, Joe Smith, and by five children, all by her first husband. They are four sons, Walter and Wallace Adams, of this county; Elvin and Daniel Adams, of Indianapolis, IN; and one daughter, Mrs. Pearl Clark, of Indianapolis, IN. She also leaves one sister, Mrs. John Cecil, of Raywick and two brothers, Charles Logsdon, of this city and William Logsdon of Indianapolis, Indiana.

Mrs. Smith was a good Christian woman and was always ready to help her friends and neighbors or any others in time of illness or distress. She was a consistent member and a regular attendant of the Catholic Church and had membership with St. Francis Church at Raywick.

Following her death, the body was brought to the home of Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Miller in this city Sunday afternoon to await burial.

Funeral services were held at St. Dominic’s Church Monday morning at 9:00 o’clock. Rev. Fr. P. E. Hennessey officiated and burial was in the church cemetery near town.

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    • I thought it interesting that they gave so much information about the buggy accident. This is an example of how much we can learn from the older obituaries. Descendants may have known their great-grandmother was kicked by a horse, but not have known the particulars.

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