Shelby County Indiana
Family Records


Gasham*  Munson  Smith

* Also spelled  Gashum, Ghesham, Gashm, GM

1850 Census District 2 Owen Co, KY
Robinson Smith age 28
Wife - Eliza age 33
Jane age 11
Leonard age 5
1860 Census New Columbus, KY
Roberson Smith age 38 farmer
Wife - Eliza A age 42
Sarah A age 18
Leonard M. age 15
Ghesham M. age 9 [born abt. 1851]
Edward W. age 3
Lenard Robertson 1
All born KY
Not positive this is the same one, but looks like it might be:
Name: Robinson Smith
Enlistment Date: 23 October 1861
Distinguished Service: DISTINGUISHED SERVICE
Side Served: Union
State Served: Kentucky
Unit Numbers: 771 771
Service Record: Enlisted as a Private on 23 October 1861
Enlisted in Company G, 18th Infantry Regiment Kentucky on 08 February 1862
Mustered out Company G, 18th Infantry Regiment Kentucky on 05 January 1864
1870 Census New Columbus, Owen Co KY
Eliza A Smith age 53 b. KY
Gasham age 18 b. KY
Edward W age 13 b. KY
1880 Census District 1, Grant Co., KY
Gashm SMITH, Self, M, Male, W, 27, KY, Work In, KY, KY
Emmie SMITH, Wife, M, Female, W, 19, KY, Keeping House, KY, KY
[There is a gap here, and two known children were born to this couple:
Smith, Blanche Myrtle - 6/2/1886 - in Corinth, Kentucky;
Smith, James R. - 5/10/1888]
Shelbyville, Indiana Directory and Shelby County, Indiana Gazetteer, 1892-93
Name: G. M. Smith [about 41/42 years old]
Occupation: plaining mill
Business Name: D'H. & S.
Home Address: 49 west South
City: Shelbyville
State: Indiana
Year: 1892 1893
Image Number: 18f7bc7c
Gordon Children's Home

Names of Children Admitted to Shelby Co Gordon Orphan's Home From 1891 to c.1930
Name Date of Birth Released to Ward of (County)
Smith, James R. 5/10/1888 father Gashum Smith     Shelby
Smith, Myrtle Blanch    6/2/1893
[error? - b. 6/2/1886]
father Gashum Smith Shelby

[It appears that shortly after moving to Indiana, Emmie Smith may have died (or otherwise separated from the family).  It appears that the children may have been temporarily placed in the Gordon Children's Home since Gashum Smith would have been a single working father, and likely could not care for the children by himself. Blanche would have been abt. 9 and James would have been abt. 7 years old when Gashum Smith married Ida McGinnis in 1895.
1880 Census Franklin, Johnson Co. IN
Noble MC GINIS, Self, M, Male, W, 35, TN, Laborer
Kattie MC GINIS, Wife, M, Female, W, 26, IN, Keeping House, VA, IA
Leslie MC GINIS, Son, S, Male, W, 10, IN, TN, IN
(Leslie [above] is [actually] Wesley)
Charley MC GINIS, Son, S, Male, W, 7, IN, TN, IN
Ida M. MC GINIS, Dau, S, Female, W, 3, IN, TN, IN
Since he married Ida when she was 20 years old, perhaps he retrieved the children after he was married, or perhaps Ida came to help him with the children and they eventually married.]
2nd Marriage Record:
Title: Index To Marriage Record 1856 - 1920 Inclusive Volume III
Letters P - Z Inclusive
Record Location: Shelby County, Indiana
W. P. A. Original Record Located: County Clerk's Office Shelbyville
Compiled By Indiana Works Projects Administration 1940
Spouse 1: G M Smith [about 44 years old]
Spouse 2: Ida McGinnis
Marriage Date: 11 Nov 1895
County: Shelby
Book: 15
Original Source Page: 131
Shelby County Marriage Applications
Ida McGinnis & G. M. Smith
November 11, 1895 Book 15 page 13
NAME Ida McGinnis G. M. Smith
RESIDENCE Shelbyville Shelbyville
AGE 20 34 [error? - 9yrs in 1860 census, must be 44 here]
BIRTHPLACE Shelby County Warren County, Kentucky
FATHER Noble McGinnis Robert Smith
MOTHER Katie Sleeth Eliz. Kidwell
MARRIAGE # 1st 2nd
[On the 1910 Shelby census, Wesley McGinnis is married to Blanche, and they are living with their son Melbourne and Wesley's father, Noble. In the marriage record for Blanche's dad G. M. Smith, second wife Ida was a daughter of Noble McGinnis as well:
The 1900 Shelbyville census shows Noble McGinnis, age 58, b. Oct 1841, TN, widow living with son Wesley, age 30, b. Nov 1869, IN, single.
So Blanche's 1st marriage was to her step mother's older brother! Also makes sense as to why Gashum and Ida named a son Charles Wesley. Ida had 2 brothers, Charles and Wesley.
Obituary for Goldie May Smith 
 Obituary for Ida McGinnis Smith, 1918
The Shelbyville Republican
Saturday April 13, 1918
Page 1 column 2
Placed in Gordon Home Today on Order of Court
Marguerite, Lewis, Melba and Violet Smith, children of Gashum Smith [67 years old], of this city, were placed in the Gordon Children’s Home at noon today by Sheriff A. O. Baker, on the order of Judge Alonzo Blair. The order was issued following a hearing in juvenile court this morning, in which it was shown that the children were neglected. The mother of the children died recently.
Gordon Children's Home
Names of Children Admitted to Shelby Co Gordon Orphan's Home From 1891 to c.1930
Name Date of Birth Released to Ward of (County)
Smith, Melba 4/21/07 Albert Smith 4/31/1919 Shelby
Smith, Violet 6\15\1910 Mrs. Carrie McKee 8/3/1921 Shelby
Smith, Marguerite 3/19/12 Elmer B. Cook 12/10/1919 Shelby
Smith, Lewis 2/25/17 Shelby
Obituary for Gashum Smith, 1920. 

Obituary for Mrs. Blanche McComas, 1952.

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