Biography of D'Estaing A. Smith
FROM OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A DESCRIPTIVE WORK ON JEFFERSON COUNTY, NEW YORK
EDITED BY: EDGAR C. EMERSON
THE BOSTON HISTORY COMPANY, PUBLISHERS 1898

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Smith, D'Estaing A., was born on the old homestead in the town of Hounsfield, December 1, 1859. His education was obtained in the public and select schools and he is one of the town's best farmers. February 23, 1886, he married Nellie E. Reed, of Adams, and they have four children: Willett C., Roy R., George W. and Mildred J. Mr. Smith's father, Willett E., was born in Hounsfield, October 28, 1834. He was educated in the schools of his day and was also a farmer. He married Zelpha A. Baker of his native town, and they had four children: D'Estaing (as above), Fred M., John B. and Viola (who died at the age of four years). Mr. Smith died August 11, 1887, and his wife September 6, 1881. Mrs. Nellie E. Smith's father, Chauncey Reed. was born in the town of Watertown, in 1831. He was educated in the district schools and followed farming through life. He married Emeline Bates of Hounsfield, and they had eight children two died in infancy, the others are Merrick, Ida, George, Nellie E., Burt and Emma. Mr. Reed died in 1885; his widow survives at this date, 1897. Mr. Smith in his political choice is a thorough Democrat. Mr. and Mrs. Smith are members of Star Grange No. 9, P. of I. The ancestry of the family on both sides is of New England origin.

 

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