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William Franklin Smith (abt. 1853 - 1903)

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William Franklin Smith
Born about in Ohio, USAmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 10 Jun 1880 in Sullivan County, Montana, USAmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Big Horn County, Wyoming, USAmap
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William Franklin Smith was born 1853 in Ohio. He married Louisa Martha Quiner on 10 June 1880 in Sullivan County, Montana. He died 4 September 1903 in Big Horn County, Wyoming.

"W.F. Smith who shot and killed W.S. Dirlam at Welling, fifteen miles south of Basin, in the Big horn Basin Thursday, committed suicide Friday afternoon at his ranch near Welling, by shooting himself through the head with a Winchester rifle, Dirlam and Smith quarreled over some land matters and when they parted Smith supposed the matter had been adjusted satisfactorily to Dirlam, but the latter took several shots at him and he returned fire killing Dirlam. It is believed Smith went insane over the affair. Smith was one time sheriff of Cherry County,Neb.,and while in office he broke-up one of the worst gangs of outlaws that ever infested the west. After settling in the Big Horn Basin he broke up the Norwood gang of desperadoes." Rocksprings miner No.35 September 10,1903


  • "United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 26 August 2017), Frank Smith in household of Henry Quiner, Bergen, McLeod, Minnesota, United States; citing enumeration district ED 81, sheet 93C, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 0625; FHL microfilm 1,254,625.
  • "Find A Grave Index," database, FamilySearch ( : 13 December 2015), William F Smith, 1903; Burial, Basin, Big Horn, Wyoming, United States of America, Basin Pioneer Cemetery; citing record ID 119504458, Find a Grave,

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