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Posted: 11 Aug 2011 10:55PM GMT
Classification: Cemetery
looking for a cemetery our of Riggins, don't know the name of it but it is on the side of a hill and has the graparbor made of wrought iron. if you know this cemetery, i am looking for a grave of a lee smith born between 1905 and 1815. he was either stillborn or died within a couple days.
If therer is mother and/or father on it they are Robert and Rhoda Smith. Any leads would help. looking for dates for the family tree.

Re: looking for cemetery

Posted: 21 Sep 2011 5:16AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Smith, Lee
Hi Melva,
I looked up Lee Smith in the Idaho Death Index but didn't find him.

There is a RAOGK volunteer in Idaho Co. who might be able to help. Go to
Click on Idaho
Click on F thru Z
Scroll down to Idaho Co.
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Re: looking for cemetery

Posted: 21 Sep 2011 7:44AM GMT
Classification: Query
There is a Lee Smith, buried in the Mount Idaho Cemetery, Mount Idaho, Idaho County, ID. He is buried in Row 10, Plot 231, Block a-1. BUT, his date of birth and death are unknown...possibly only to the person identifying his death in this database. There may not be records for the burial.;

This site:
identifies the cemetery as follows:
Mt. Idaho Cemetery,
approximately 7 miles southeast of Grangeville, Idaho County, Idaho.
The cemetery sits up a small hill off of Highway 12 in the town of Mt.
Idaho. Go through Mt. Idaho and as you are leaving town, the highway
veers to the left, there is a gravel road to the right that goes up
the hill. The cemetery is on the left as you go up the hill.
Mt. Idaho was once a fort. All that remains today of the fort is the
brick chimney which is enclosed by a fence and there is a sign marking
Based on the full description in this website, it doesn't appear the RAOGK volunteer can help much, if at all at this cemetery. There doesn't seem to be any cemetery records to prove or disprove this is the correct person. They could check for obituaries in Grangeville; BUT, if this family lived in Mt. Idaho, there probably wouldn't be one in Grangeville. Obits were not as common in 1919 as today.

Here is a child, stillborn, last name Smith, born/died December 1919 in Mt. Idaho. This "could" be the child found in the Mt Idaho Cemetery. The Death Certificate "should" identify the parents, #028082.

Obtaining the Death Certificate. I don't normally suggest ordering a Death Certificate, but it might be the only means to identify if the above is the correct person. BUT, this may or may not be the correct person. You knowledge of the exact cemetery and information about the family might eliminate this person. Or, you may wish to not pay the $14.00 to order the certificate.
--I checked the County government for Idaho County, their website identifies death certificates would be ordered through the State:

Good Luck,
Ron Bestrom
Tacoma, WA

Re: looking for cemetery

Posted: 21 Sep 2011 1:31PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thank you Judy, I had found the info for Lee, apparently his name was either Freddie Lee or Lee Freddie, I found the birth cert and in named him as Freddie, and the cemetery i had found the name and was looking for the directions but hadnot gotten that far as yet. Thank you for both replys. great work, good luck on your research and again Thank you. Melva

Re: looking for cemetery

Posted: 21 Sep 2011 1:34PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thank you Ron, I had found the birth certificate for Lee, apparetly his name was Lee Freddie or Fredie Lee and they called him Lee, I had just found it so I had not gotten the directions or such as yet. Thank you for the great info and good luck on your research. I will research the links you sent me and hopefully get some answers

Lee Smith

Posted: 22 Feb 2012 11:59PM GMT
Classification: Query
The Lee Smith you are looking for does not sound like the one buried in Mt. Idaho, but here is the info just in case. (Mt. Idaho is a long way from Riggins, about 55-60 miles).
Mt. Idaho cemetery records show Lee Smith B. 2 Apr. 1860 D. 29 Jun 1948. Has a dbl stone with Daisy Smith, his wife. Most of the Smith family lived in Mt. Idaho for many years. There is a Thomas Lee Smith buried there as well B. 30 Jan 1910 D. 3 Jun 1989. I remember Tom well, as I grew up above Mt. Idaho.
There is a new cemetery book out for Mt. Idaho that is for sale by the local Genealogical Society.

Also, "if" there was an obituary it would definitely be in the Idaho County Free Press from Grangeville, as that was/is the local paper. If you have a death date I would be happy to look through the microfilm for an obit.

Almost all of the cemetery records for Idaho County are on the Idaho County Genweb site
The listings for Mt. Idaho are not updated online yet, but I have all of the new info and can look up any burial you are looking for.
I have looked in all my cemetery listings and do not find another Lee or Freddie Smith. I thought perhaps he was buried in Riggins, but do not see him there either. Sounds like perhaps there was a small family cemetery.
If you find out there was, please let me know and I will be happy to help locate it for you.

Re: Lee Smith

Posted: 23 Feb 2012 12:12AM GMT
Classification: Query
I also wanted to mention that the person that put these listings on find a grave, took them from the Idaho County GenWeb site.(without permission)
The Lot/Block online at Genweb are the old format for this cemetery and are from the original plat books. The cemetery was originally laid out in random rows and made it hard to identify one row from another.
Thanks to the Idaho County Genealogical Society and the Cemetery district, they are in the process of adding new row markers to make it easier to find a grave.

Re: Lee Smith

Posted: 23 Feb 2012 4:15PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thank you for your info. Your correct that is not the Lee i am looking for.. his name was Freddie Lee and they called him Lee.. He died shortly after birth or at birth and the date would be between 1905 & 1915 he was born between my uncle and my dad. Anyway, I am related to the McLeans from grangeville and they moved to McCall after Freddie Lee's birth. again Thank you.. Happy searching Melva
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