Joseph Smith was aged 10 when he died by drowning on 7 January 1840. The death was registered by the coroner two days later. Joseph was living with his mother, Jenet, and stepfather, George Jones, in Pantywaun, Gelligaer, together with his older brothers Robert and Henry. George was a blacksmith and, later, a publican as were, in their turn, Jenet and Robert. Is there, by any remote chance, a newspaper report on Joseph's death? It is recorded on a memorial tablet in Ebenezer Chapel, Twyn Carno, Rhymney, dedicated to the memory of his father, Joseph Smith, who was reputedly killed in a mine explosion in 1830, aged 29.