Butternut Ridge Cemetery

Butternut Ridge Cemetery
Butternut Ridge Cemetery First Burial 1821

Monday, October 17, 2016

Who was Bertha B Smith

It has been awhile since we made a new post. I have been busy in the OHS archives.  On the desk there has been sitting for a while a picture and an obituary for a young lady who died in 1900. A visitor in the archives last week asked me if we knew anything about her. Other than what was listed in the obituary, we knew nothing. He piqued my interest we are always up for a challenge.
Died in her home in Olmsted Falls, Wednesday September 26th, 1900 Bertha B Smith Only child of Dr. and Mrs. R. K. Smith. She was born in Lorain, July 18th 1877, and moved with her parents to Olmsted Falls when she was nine years old. An only child, talented, winning and beloved, a great social favorite with a most promising future opening before her. The only consolation that comes to us is—“Be still and know that I am God,” with the comforting assurance that “ He doeth all things well.”
In Ancestry, the berth record for her July 18th that tells us that her father was Dr. Rufus K Smith and her mother was Ella (Ellen)J Chapman and she was born in Black River, Lorain County, Ohio.  The 1880 Census shows the family living in Warwick, Tuscarawas County, Ohio.  In the 1900 census the family was living in Olmsted Falls, Cuyahoga County Ohio.  The only information on her death is in Find A Grave where the Elmwood Internment Book says she died of consumption (Tuberculosis). She is buried In Elmwood Cemetery Lot 5-24 with her parents