Biography of Smith Pugsley of Oakfield, NY

Smith Pugsley, son of David, was born in Dutchess County in 1799.. His mother was a daughter of Judge Betz. He was obliged to work hard for a living, and in early manhood lost much property through the carelessness of others. He married, January 2, 1825, Elizabeth V., daughter of George Peterson, of Cayuga County, and in 1831 moved to Clarence, Erie County. After reaching there he had but 50 cents in money with which to begin housekeeping. Teaching school winters and surveying at times enabled him to get started again. He was the assessor of his town for 20 years. His wife died in 1860. His son, Capt. David E. Pugsley, was born February 7, 1833. In 1861 he enlisted in the 18th Regt. Ky. Vols., and was elected captain. He was in command at Paris when Morgan burnt the government stores there. He was twice taken prisoner, and died in service February 20, 1863. William W. Pugsley enlisted in 1862, served three years, and was honorably discharged. He finally moved to Indian Territory. Dr. Charles S. Pugsley enlisted in the N. Y. S. Guards, and served under Capt. Ransom, at Elmira, during the stay of the 98th Regiment at. that place. He now resides in Oakfield, where he is engaged in the practice of medicine. John T. Pugsley is a farmer, and resides on a part of the old homestead. Of the daughters of Smith Pugsley Sarah M. and Libbie reside in Buffalo, Mary E. in Hinsdale, Mass., and Cornelia V. on the old homestead. George E. Pugsley was born February 7, 1833, in Clarence, Erie County. He lived on the old homestead till 1868, and assisted in putting on all the improvements. He received his education at the district school, except two terms of 11 weeks each at the Clarence Classical School and six weeks at the Caryville Seminary. After finishing his education he taught school winters and farmed it summers. He has held the offices of court collector, justice of the peace, and justice of Sessions of Erie County.

Gazetteer and Biographical Record
of Genesee County, New York
Edited by: F. W. Beers
J.W. Vose & Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1890



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