Biography of Smith L. Bellinger


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Bellinger, Smith L., was born in Evans Mills, N. Y., in 1823, a son of Peter and Eve Bellinger, who lived and died in Jefferson county. Smith L. is a farmer by occupation, and has spent his days in Jefferson county. In politics lie is a Republican. January 1, 1858, he married Caroline C. Wait, who was born in Antwerp, N. Y., in 1835. was educated in the common schools, daughter of James D., son of Joseph and Martha Wait, who came from Waitsfleld (named after him), Vermont, to Antwerp about 1820, and settled on a farm which they cleared, which is now owned by Mrs. Bellinger, and where they died. James D. Wait was one of the leading farmers of Antwerp, and owned about six hundred acres of land. His wife was Maryette Lanton. In politics he was a Republican, and he died in 1883 and his wife in 1843. To S. L. Bellinger and wife were born three children: Cora E., wife of Pitt McAllister, of Antwerp; they have two sons, Elial G. and Glenn. James D., who married Sophronia Youngs for his first wife, by whom he had three children, Carl, Lula M., and Pearl, and who died April 3, 1895; he married, second, on November 7, 1896, Catherine Beeheld of Ox Bow, N. Y.; he has charge of one farm of about three hundred acres and keeps twenty-five cows. Wait S., who married B. Finley, and they have two children, May I. and Grace C. Mr. and Mrs. Bellinger had one adopted daughter, Carrie O., wife of Charles Dickson. Wait S. Bellinger and his mother live on the old homestead, and Mr. Bellinger has charge of a farm of three hundred acres of land, and keeps a dairy of fourty four cows.

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A descriptive work on Jefferson County, New York
Edited by: Edgar C. Emerson
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1898

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