Biography of Wilber Smith

Smith, Wilber (deceased), son of Alva and Sarepta (Townsend) Smith, was born in Batavia, N. Y., March 26, 1835. Mr. Alva Smith was one of the early settlers of Batavia, where he was engaged in mercantile trade. Wilber Smith early evinced business capabilities beyond the ordinary; at the age of sixteen he became associated with his father in his business. As an instance of his ability and fitness for commercial life, it is remembered that when he was but seventeen years old he was sent to New York to purchase goods for their trade. In those days this meant more than it would at the present time, for in the purchase of the stock knowledge of the wants of patrons, keen judgment and business economy were requisites and these were seldom found in so young a man. He continued as a merchant during his life. He was a worthy citizen, looked up to and respected by all, and was always active in movements tending toward the good of the people and the development and progress of the town. He was charitable to the poor, relieving want and suffering whenever it came under his observation, without ostentation and with unassuming modesty. In truth, he was a good man in all that the term in its best sense implies. On June 8, 1858, Mr. Smith was married to Miss Eva A. Dolbeer, daughter of Col. William Dolbeer, who was a native of New Hampshire, and subsequently became a resident of Wyoming county, N. Y., finally removing to Hamilton, Canada, where he died. To Mr. and Mrs. Smith were born three children who reached years of maturity, as follows: Eva A., who became the wife of Hinman Holden; William D., a merchant in Batavia; and Cornelia. The family are members of the Episcopal church of which Mr. Smith was for a time a vestryman; Mr. Smith died on April 13, 1893.

Our County and it's people
A descriptive work on Genesee County, New York
Edited by: F. W. Beers
J.W. Vose & Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1890



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