Biography of Mrs. C. S. Stevens
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Stevens, Mrs. C. S., Amherst. p. o. Williamsville. - Oziel Smith, son of Oziel and Margeret Walton Smith, was born in Clarendon, Vt., April 19, 1784. His ancestors on both sides were of English descent. With his parents he moved to Livonia, N. Y., in 1801. went to Buffalo in 1808, and took the contract for building the first court house there. He was married to Miss Phebe Cook Norton in 1809 at Lima, N. Y., and purchased a lot on Main street from the Holland Land Co., the present site of the Tifft House. In the war of 1812 his houses, with his tools and plant, were burned. With his family he moved to Williamsville, where he afterwards resided. When peace was proclaimed Mr. Smith again worked at his trade, planning and building. He was elected supervisor, justice of the peace, and represented his town in the Legislature of 1827. The same year he bought the property called "Mill Property" in Williamsville, which included the flouring, cement and saw mills, and village property. He was an energetic, progressive, liberal business man, laid out village lots, employed many men who moved in with their families and bought homes. For many years Williamsville rapidly improved. Mr. Smith died in 1836 in his fifty second year. Previous to his last illness, he had in contemplation many general improvements, looking to the future prosperity of the village. Mrs. Smith survived her husband many years; she was of English descent, and born in Richmond, Mass., in 1789, and died in 1890 in the one hundred and first year of her age, a space of time covering the administration of all our former presidents. Mrs. Smith was sympathetic and intellectual, with strength of character, keen perception and good judgment, retaining her mental faculties to the last. Of five children born to Mr. and Mrs. Smith, two are living: Mrs. M. S. Graves of Union Springs, N. Y., and Mrs. C. S. Stevens of Williamsville, N. Y.

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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