Biography of Joseph W. Smith
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Joseph W. Smith was born at Paris Hill, 11 miles south of Utica, N. Y., Oct. 21, 1824, and is a son of Isaac Smith, a native of Connecticut, who settled in New York when a young man. They removed to the tp. of Woodstock, Lenawee Co., Mich., in 1835, and settled in the woods, The subject of this sketch worked at wool carding and cloth dressing for some time. In 1850 he came to Plainfield tp., Kent Co., and settled on a farm. For several years he resided in Rockford, and ran a blacksmith shop there a short time in partnership with his brother, Chas. P. He drove team awhile, and afterward kept store. In 1867 he settled on sec. 24, Algoma tp., there he still resides, and is engaged in farming and stock raising. He was married Nov. 25, 1847, to Miss Catharine Beck, of Ohio, daughter of Henry Beck. They have had three children, Isaac H. (deceased), James M. and Franklin. Mrs. Smith's father was in the Black Hawk and Mexican wars.

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