The Smith and Randall Families

Contributed by Louise Pritchard


Jonathan and Malumba (nee Ary) Smith came to Berlin Township in 1846 with the majority of Malumba's family. Jonathan was born )ct. 25, 1814 in Rockingham County, Va. When less than 1 yr. old his family moved to Mt. Holly, Ohio. The majority of his family remained there until their deaths.

He married Malumba Ary, daughter of Charles and Roseanna (nee Hammer) Ary, who also came to Illinois in 1846. They married in Greene County, Ohio May 14, 1840.

Having barely enough money to get here, he rented farm ground in different parts of the township. He finally procurred 400 acres and was a life long Democrat. He and Malumba both died in Bureau County and are buried in Lost Grove Cemetery in Arlington, IL.

Of this union, six children were born.

Charles Ary Smith married Annie Belle Randall, daughter of Samuel and Olivia (nee Miles) Randall, natives of Rockingham County, New Hampshire. She was born Nov. 18, 1855 in New Hampshire, and died July 30, 1933 in Malden, Bureau County, IL. She came with her parents to Bureau County when she was ten yrs. old and she was united in marriage to Charles Jan. 21, 1875 at Dover. Charles died April 27, 1914 due to stepping on a rusty nail.

Note: Annie's father, Samuel died July 2, 1894, when his horse and wagon were hit by the train at the Dover Crossing.

The news article of his death reads as follows:

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SHOCKING ACCIDENT
SAMUEL J. RANDALL IS INSTANTLY KILLED AT RAILROAD CROSSING

His body horribly mutilated-Coroner's Inquest-Verdict exonerates the trainmen from blame.

Samuel J. Randall, an old resident of Dover, came to the city Monday morning and after attending to some matters of business, started for home shortly after 11 o'clock. In crossing the the tracks at what is known as the school house crossing on the Dover road, about one mile northeast of Princeton, he was struck by passenger train No. 13, due at Princetonat 11:39, and instantly killed. His horse was killed also and his buggy broken into fragments. No reason can be assigned for the accident other than Mr. Randall's absent mindedness. He has crossed the railroad there many times in the years he has lived in Bureau County, and must have known of the danger at that point. No. 13 until within the past two weeks has arrived at Princeton station at 1:10 and the change of time to 11:39 may have been unknown to the old gentleman, and not expecting the train he may have given no thought to the crossing. The train was immediately stopped and backed up to the scene of the accident, and the body was placed in the baggage car and brought to the depot.

Coroner Moore was notified by telegraph. He arrived at 3:10 and at once took charge of the remains, and empaneled a jury composed of Dr. A.E. Owens, Dr. M.B. Blackburn, A.L. Steele, Albert Lamb, F.S. Johnson and W.L. Kershaw. The jury viewed the remains, which had been placed in the baggage room, and adjourned to the office of Dr. Owens to hear testimony, but it being found impossible to secure the attendance of witnesses at an earlier hour, the inquest adjourned to 7:30 pm.

Juryman Blackburn was excused and John Trulson substituted at the evening session of the coroner's court.

John Enright was the the first witness called when the hearing was resumed at 7:30 and testified as follows:

Was driving toward Princeton, and was about ten rods north of the railroad crossing on the Dover road, when I saw the train strike the horse and rig; the horse was thrown toward me on the north side of the track; heard the bell ring; did not hear whistle; saw Randall's body just west of crossing, on south track; Randall was dead when saw him first; train backed up and body was put in the baggage car and taken away; think Randall was trying to cross ahead of train; do no think the crossing very safe it might be improved; I identify the body is that of Samuel J. Randall;

Edgar Dunham, being sworn testified:-Live one and one-half miles east of Princeton; am a farmer; between 11:30 and 11:45 July 2, 1894, was sitting on a road cart in the shade of the west side of house when the passenger train reached the crossing; heard the engine reverse and the sound of the brakes, then a crash, which sounded like breaking timbers; in a few seconds train backed up over crossing; went to the crossing, about 900 feet from where I was sitting, known as the school house crossing on Dover road; saw wheel of a buggy on the pilot and fragments of buggy scattered along the track; saw the body of a man on east bound track, just west of road crossing; man was dead; body did not seem to be much mutilated except the head which was cut off at or near the ears; body was lying in natural position; clothes were slightly torn; saw dead horse in roadway north of tracks; saw the same body in Undertaker McLean;'s rooms; crossing can scarcely be called safe; view is somewhat obstructed; did not hear whistle or bell ring.

Chas. W. Fields, sworn- Live two and one half miles from Princeton depot, on Dover road; am a farmer; was on my way home from Princeton when accident happened; it was shortly after 11:30; had looked at my watch a few minutes before; the first I saw of the train was as it crossed the road; saw a paper flying in the air which I supposed came from the express car; think now it was Randall's hat; I noticed train slacking up and about five rods from the tracks; I tied my team to the fence and went to the railroad; saw body of man lying diagonally across eastbound track;body lying on face with the neck on north rail; thought it was body of Samuel Randall; did not see train or hear whistle or bell; cannot see very well, as the banks on either side of the track are about eight feet high; do not think crossing very safe; have used crossing for years; saw Randall in Princeton, but did not see him ahead of me on the road; body was about ten feet west of west cattle guard; did not touch body or see and broken bones except head; noticed something which I thought were the man's brains in the center of roadway; the trainmen took up the body and put it in the baggage car; have known Samuel Randall probably fifteen years; had no reason to think he had been drinking; conductor asked if anyone knew the man, and I said I thought it was Samuel Randall, of Dover; thought he was about 65 yrs. of age.

The inquest adjourned at the conclusion of Mr. Field's testimony until 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, to hear the testimony of the engineer and fireman, who would arrive from Galesburg by that hour.

Engineer Kelley was first called to the stand Tuesday morning. He deposed:

"My name is J. E. Kelley; reside in Galesburg, Illinois; am engineer of engine No. 511 on the C.B. & Q. railway; was pulling train No. 13 Monday, July 2, 1894; gave the regular crossing signal whistle at Dover road crossing, and rang the bell; saw a horse's head in front of engine just as we reached crossing; put on the brakes and stopped about four telegraph poles west of crossing; fireman was shoveling down coal in tender; he asked what was the matter and I told him we had struck a horse; fireman said there was a man on the track; when we backed up I went around engine and saw the body on the east bound track; found part of his skull on left steam chest; heard someone say man's name was Randall; accident happened at 11:36 a.m."

J.J. Gatley- "Reside in Galesburg; am fireman on engine 511, of C.B. & Q. railway; was on engine Monday, July 2, 1894; when the train reached the Dover crossing I was pushing down coal in the tender; I felt the train stopping and asked the engineer what the trouble was; he said we had struck a horse; I looked out on my side of engine and saw a buggy wheel on the pilot; then we backed up and I saw a man on the track just west of the crossing; the man was dead; told engineer his head was cut off; helped put the body on a board and put it in baggage car; took body to Princeton depot; did not see the accident; heard whistle and bell; heard the man's name was Randall; think Engineer Kelley is careful engineer."

At the conclusion of Gately's testimony, the jury retired and after deliberation brought in the following verdict:

We the jury find that Samuel J. Randall came to his death by being struck by Chicago, Burlington, & Quincy engine No. 511, of west bound passenger train No. 13 manned by Engineer John Kelley, that at 11:36 o'clock a.m. July 2, 1894, at the school house crossing known as the Dover crossing, on the C.B. & Q. railroad, one and one half miles northeast of Princeton depot. The trainmen are exonerated from all blame, be we, the jurors, believe the crossing to be a dangerous one and recommend that the proper authorities take steps to better secure the safety of the traveling public.

(Signed) A.E. Owens
A.L. Steele
John Trulson
F.S. Johnson
Albert Lamb
W.L. Kershaw

The deceased was a resident of Dover and had resided in Bureau county for many years, coming from New Hampshire in the early days. he was an old soldier, and was 66 years of age He leaves a wife, one daughter and four sons. His remains were taken charge by Undertaker McLean and prepared for burial. The top of the head was torn completely off, both legs were broken, and his body otherwise bruised. Pieces of the skull were found on the ground some distance from the body, and the brains were picked up in the roadway about forty feet from where the body lay. His watch had stopped at 11:38, probably the instant he was struck by the engine. His pockets contained his watch, a purse containing $6.27, two small rubber balls, he had probably purchased for a little grandchild who lives with him, knife, etc. At the depot his body lay in the baggage room covered with cloth he had purchased for wearing apparel.

Friends took the remains home Monday evening and the funeral occurred yesterday at 2 p.m. at Dover.

This is the third or fourth accident of this kind that has occurred at this crossing, which has always been considered dangerous. Probably no better time than now will ever come up for the authorities to insist on this portion of the Dover road being made safe for travel.

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Charles and Annie Smith are both buried in the Malden Cemetery at Malden, IL. To this union were born seven children.


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