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Van Ransaler Smith, farmer, sec. 32; P. 0., Cannonsburg; was born in St. Stephens, N. B., Sept. 17, 1830. His parents, John and Lydia (Hill) Smith, were natives also of New Brunswick. The spring of 1850 he came to Cannon tp. with his parents, who purchased land on sees. 32 and 33 and 5 of Ada. Mr. Smith, then but a young man, engaged in the pursuits of clearing and farming. He aided in the first improvements of Cannon; also helped build the first house in the town of Nelson. He was married Nov. 6, 1856, to Lovina Condon, daughter of Bryan S. and Susanna (Cox) Coudon, born in Ontario, March 6, 1829. Of their six children five are living, viz.: Susanna L., born Dee. 17, 1857; Hannah A., June 15, 1859; John C., Nov. 6, 1860; Emory A.., May 19, 1864, and Elvin O., Feb. 14, 1871. Bryan L, born Aug. 4, 1869, died Aug. 23, 1869. Mr. Smith and wife are members of the Congregational Church and he is National in politics. He owns 150 acres of land on secs. 32, 33 and on 5 of Ada. -

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