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Tory Smith (deceased). One of that noble band of pioneers who were among the founders of Kent county, was born in Burlington, Vt., Nov. 12, 1798. In 1832 he removed near Rochester, N. Y., where he followed farming. Two years he carried the mail front Rochester over the noted Ridge road. in the autumn of 1837 he came with his brother Sydney Smith to Ada, Kent Co. He entered 50 acres on sec. 35 and subsequently 40 more. He was one of the organizers of Ada tp. and was the first and only Whig voter for two years after the tp. was organized. He owned an interest in, and ran a ferry across the Thornapple, from that date till the bridge was built. March 4, 1823, he was married to Jane Rod in, by whom he had nine children; of these six are living, viz. : Laura (widow of Judge Philander Tracy), Charles, William (deceased), Henry, George B, Mary (de ceased), Captain Sydney B., Frederick (deceased), and Eliza (wife of Charles Skellinger.) Mr. Smith died Oct. 6, 1870, after a long life of usefulness. Mrs. Smith died June 22, 1868.

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