Researched and written by Douglas Mooney
Elijah Jonathan Smith – who answered by his middle name - was born in the year 1835, probably in Schuylkill Township, Chester County, and was the second of five children born to Elijah and Mary Smith. By 1850 had moved with his family to the village of Lumberville (now Port Providence), across Schuylkill River in Upper Providence Twp., Montgomery County. As a young man he took a job working on the Schuylkill Canal, and by 1861 had advanced to become the pilot of a canal boat called the Charles Lawrence. In that year, at the height of the “war fever” spreading through the countryside, 24-year old Jonathan enlisted in Co. K of the 4th P.R.V.C. Before leaving to join his unit, he took the American flag that flew on his canal boat and presented it to his friends to remember him by.