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William Small

Male 1842 - 1921  (78 years)


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  • Name William Small  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
    Born 10 Dec 1842  Granville, Milwaukee, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12
    Gender Male 
    Died 18 Oct 1921  Eau Claire, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  [9, 13, 14
    Buried Lake View Cemetery, Eau Claire, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  [9, 15
    Person ID I5308  Our Back Rhodes Genealogy Pages
    Last Modified 20 May 2012 

    Family Sarah Caroline Harmison,   b. 10 Feb 1847, Watertown, Jefferson County, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Oct 1933, Eau Claire, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Married 25 Sep 1871  Eau Claire, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  [16
    Children 
    +1. Eunice "Nellie" Ellen Small,   b. 17 Jul 1872, Eau Claire, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Apr 1955, Eau Claire, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
    +2. Clarence Daniel Small,   b. 15 May 1874, Eau Claire, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1962, Whitefish, Montana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
    +3. Frances Louise Small,   b. 9 Mar 1877, Cedar Lake, Barron County, WI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. May 1941  (Age 64 years)
    +4. Mary Emily Small,   b. 10 Oct 1879, Cedar Lake, Barron County, WI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1943, Eau Claire, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
     5. Ida Small,   b. 4 Mar 1882, Cedar Lake, Barron County, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Mar 1882, Cedar Lake, Barron County, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    +6. Isaac Benjamin Small,   b. 4 Mar 1884, Cedar Lake, Barron County, WI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Sep 1961, Eau Claire, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     7. Blanche Small,   b. 8 Feb 1886, Cedar Lake, Barron County, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1886, Cedar Lake, Barron County, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 18 Jan 2014 
    Family ID F1801  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • William Small served in the Civil War with Company K, Wisconsin 24th Infantry from August 21, 1862 until June 6, 1865. He is buried next to his wife, Sarah Caroline Harmison Small, and his brother, Benjamin Small, at Lake View Cemetery, Eau Cla ire, Wisconsin.

      According to his pension papers, William Small came to Wisconsin in 1870 and was a boarder in the home of Isaac Harmison and Eunice Barrett Harmison when he first arrived in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. He and their daughter, Sarah Caroline Harmison , were married in 1871. William and Sarah, along with her parents, Isaac and Eunice Harmison, homesteaded farms in Barron, Wisconsin from 1875 to the early 1890's. Isaac and Eunice lived with William and Sarah at the time of their deaths.

      In the papers he was required to fill out in order to receive a pension through his service in the Civil War, the question was asked: "Have you ever before, or do you intend, to marry anyone else?"; to which William replied: "I have been marri ed to my beloved wife for more than 20 years and hope to continue to have the privilege for many years to come."

      When World War One broke out, the Ladies of the Salvation Army had written an article in the local newspaper bemoaning the fact that they were unable to knit sweaters and scarves 'for the boys overseas' as they weren't able to obtain knitting ne edles due to shortage of materials. William Small, by then an elderly man, took it upon himself to cut done a tree or two in his back yard and whittled more than 200 pairs of knitting needles, for which the good Ladies thanked him in a letter t o the editor of the Eau Claire Telegram that also featured a picture of him. I have a pair of the knitting needles my 2nd great grandfather made, in my possession.

      An apparently humble man, he purchased a large stone monument for his brother, Benjamin, when Benjamin died and had a loving memoriam to his brother engraved upon it. William provided for much smaller stones for himself, and his wife, Sarah Car oline, upon his own death. William and Sarah are buried side-by-side behind the large Small monument of brother, Benjamin, in Lake View Cemetery, Eau Claire County, Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

      William and Sarah retired from farming in the early 1900's, and retired to a large home on 7th Street in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. He spent his 'free time' doing carpentry work for himself and his neighbors. The home stayed in the Small/Snyder fa mily until his granddaughter, Evelyn Louise Snyder's marriage.

      1870 Federal Census, West Eau Claire, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, enumerated 18 July 1870, page 28

      #207#202

      Small, William, age 23, raftsman, born in the United States

      *NOTE: William was living in a boarding house with several other lumberman

      1900 Federal Census, Wheaton Twp., Chippewa County, Wisconsin, June 25, 1900

      Small, William, Head of Household, born Dec., 1842; age 58, farmer, born in WI
      Small, Sarah, wife, born Feb., 1847; age 53; born in WI
      Small, Louise, daughter, born March, 1877, age 23; teacher, born in WI
      Small, Mary, daughter, born Oct., 1878, age 21; born in WI
      Small, Isaac, son, born March, 1883, age 17; born in WI
      Gilbert, Ruth, granddaughter, born Feb., 1895, age 5
      Harmison, Eunice, mother-in-law, born March, 1819; age 81; born in Ohio; parents born in SC
      _______, George, nephew, farm laborer, born Oct. 1872, age 26

      1910 Federal Census, E.D. 57, Sheet 18A, Ward 9, enumerated 29 April 1910, Roll#1710, Series T624

      #503#334#388

      Small, William, age 67, married once, 38 yrs., born in WI, father in Kentucky, mother in Ohio
      Small, Sarah, age 64, wife, married once, 38 yrs., 7 ch. born, 5 ch. living, born in WI, father in Virginia, mother in Indiana
      Small, Isaac, age 26, son, single, born in WI, father in WI, mother in WI
      Gilbert, Ruth, age 15, granddaughter, single, born in WI, father in WI, mother in WI

      1920 Federal Census, E.D. 131, Eau Claire, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, enumerated 6th & 7th day of June, 1920, Roll #T625_1984. Page 4B, 4th Street

      #303#77#89

      Small, William, age 71, born in WI, father born in Kentucky, mother born in Indiana
      Small, Sarah, wife age 73, born in WI, father born in Kentucky, mother born in Ohio
      Kitzman, Walter, son in law, age 26, born in WI, father born in Germany, mother in Wisconsin
      Kitzman, Ruth, granddaughter, age 24, born in WI; parents born in Wisconsin
      Kitzman, Anita R., great granddaughter, age (?), born in Wisconsin, parents born in Wisconsin

      #303 1/2#78#90

      Small, Isaac B., age 35, born in WI; parents born in WI
      Small, Lulu G., age 32
      Small, Charles B., son, age 8, born in WI

  • Sources 
    1. [S238] Eau Claire County Register of Deeds, Record of Death (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S251] 1920 Federal Census, Eau Claire, Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

    3. [S253] 1870 Federal Census, West Eau Claire, Eau Claire County, Wisconsin.

    4. [S259] 1910 Federal Census, Union Twp., Eau Claire County, Wisconsin.

    5. [S261] 1850 Federal Census, Granville, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin (Reliability: 3).
      NOTE: Listed William Small, age 7 born in WI

    6. [S262] 1860 Federal Census, Granville, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin.

    7. [S263] 1870 Federal Census, Granville, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin (Reliability: 3).
      NOTE: At the taking of the census 27 July 1870, William was living with father, Daniel and siblings.

    8. [S264] 1900 Federal Census, Wheaton Twp., Chippewa County, Wisconsin (Reliability: 3).
      NOTE: Listed Wm. Small, age 58, born in WI Dec. 1841, father born in KY, mother born in WI

      NOTE: Household members include Ruth Kitzman, Eunice (Barret) Harmison, nephew, George Ewer and Louise, Mary and Isaac Small.

    9. [S238] Eau Claire County Register of Deeds, volume 18, page 353 (Reliability: 3).
      Death Index

    10. [S261] 1850 Federal Census, Granville, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin.

    11. [S263] 1870 Federal Census, Granville, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin.

    12. [S264] 1900 Federal Census, Wheaton Twp., Chippewa County, Wisconsin.

    13. [S234] Civil War Pension Papers (Reliability: 3).
      William Small

    14. [S240] Eau Claire Daily Newspaper (Reliability: 3).
      Obituary

    15. [S242] Lenmark Funeral Home (Reliability: 3).
      Record of Funeral

    16. [S238] Eau Claire County Register of Deeds, volume 2, page 33 (Reliability: 3).
      Marriage Index