To the Editor:
Thank you for the great article regarding the restoration of the broken headstone for the Civil War veteran from Willsboro. As a genealogist, I would like to add the following details:
Oakey HALE Smith was the son of Emily Jewitt Rowley, who was the daughter (one of seven daughters) of Daniel Rowley I and his wife (second) Abelena Saxton Barber Rowley. Emily’s only brother was Daniel Rowley II who lived his whole life at Edgewater Farm. Their mother, Abelena, was the daughter of a Revolutionary War Patriot Frederick Saxton who drowned in Lake Champlain in April 1794. Her first husband, Daniel Barber, Jr., and her little son, Frederick Barber, both died in 1801 and she married Daniel Rowley in February of 1807.
This couple was given Edgewater Farm on Willsboro Point and her brother Nehemiah, moved back to the “home” place in Shelburne, VT. Emily Jewitt Rowley was born at Edgewater Farm on June 10, 1809 and married Lyman Smith there on March 27, 1834. Lyman Smith was the son of Caleb Smith and Sally Reuback. Some family members say that Lyman died from a broken heart, as his death is recorded in November of 1864, at the age of 56. His wife, Emily, lived until age 87 and died on the 13 of February 1897.
The family has photos of Emily Jewitt Rowley Smith as a sweet-faced elderly lady sitting in her rocking chair on an outdoor porch. Several of us are searching for a portrait, as was usually made by the soldier going off to war, of Oakley Hale Smith. If anyone in your reading area has an identified photograph of Oakley, we would really appreciate a scan of the image. There are several copies of excerpts of his war diary in existence. It consists mostly of comments on the weather and the excitement of meeting up with other ‘boys’ from Willsboro.
Oakley was age 23 when he enlisted, as a “student,” and the records indicate that he was “tall” for his day: 5’7”, fair of hair, eyes and complexion.
Sandi Lee Craig
Genealogist for, and spouse of, Peter H. Rowley