Biography of Robert J. Smith
Hastings, Dakota County, MN Biographies

Robert J. Smith, born in Saratoga county, New York, in 1819. When five years of age his father died and Robert was soon after adopted by a farmer, with whom he made his home five years. His chosen trade was blacksmithing, which he learned in Washington county and at which he worked two years, then in 1833, went to Herkimer county. His home was in different parts of New York until 1852, when he went to California. Here he followed various pursuits and the next year returned to Herkimer county. Came to Vermillion, Minnesota, took a claim and built a little cabin, where he remained until 1872. There was on his arrival only one house in the township. Having since added to his original claim by purchase, he now has two hundred and forty acres. Located at Hastings in 1872, in a place he had previously bought. Married Nancy Helmer, in October, 1854. Robert S. is their only child.


From:
The History of Dakota County and the City of Hastings.
By J. Fletcher Williams.
North Star Publishing Company.
Minneapolis. 1881.


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