Biography of Elijah Porter Smith


Smith, Elijah Porter, Evans, p. o. Angola, born in the town of Burlington, Otsego county, N. Y., in 1817, is a son of Nathaniel K. and Sally (Porter) Smith. Mr. Smith came to Erie county with his father in 1835 and settled in Brant township, which at that time was the southern part of the town of Evans. In 1843 he married Martha (Colvin) Smith. He bought and cleared a large farm in Evans, which he occupied until 1877, when he rented it and bought the Caskey Hotel the same year and kept the same as the Union Hotel for ten years. He then retired from active life and has since lived in Angola. Mr. Smith has five sons and three daughters: Lucius P., Jasper E., Helen G., Malcolm W., Israel E., Rosalie V., Bion B. and Nellie M. Martha Colvin Smith was born in Cortland county, N. Y., in 1824. Her father, Israel Philip Colvin, served in the war of 1812; he was born in Rhode Island; moved from there to Danby, Vt., where he married Valeriah Fisk, daughter of Reuben and Martha (Wait) Fisk; moved to Cortiand, N. Y., in 1820, and in 1838 moved to Brant. Elijah P. Smith, at the time of our trouble with Canada, known as the McKenzie or Patriot war, in the winter of 1837-38, was doing military duty under the old militia system as lieutenant in Capt. Reuben Gray's company, 48th Regiment, Col. Ira Ayer, Brig. General Burt, Major-General Winfleld Scott. He was warned to appear in Buffalo, January 1, 1888, armed and equipped as the law directs, which he did, with an old French flint-lock, powder In horn, bullet moulds and lead. They were received by General Scott and enlisted in the U. S. service, and stationed on the west side of Grand Island and in Buffalo; he was discharged about the middle of March; he was in Capt. A. M. Clapp's company when discharged. In 1862, without fee or reward, he volunteered in the U. S. service, for three years, at the age of forty-five; his was the first name on the roll of Capt. James Ayer's company of the 116th Regiment. He was in activeservice as sergeant until discharged at the close of the war. He was wounded at Sabine Cross Roads and at the battle of Winchester. He is a charter member and chaplain of James Ayer Post No. 202, G. A. R., Angola.

Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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