Biography of Horace K. Smith
Madison County, NY Biographies





Smith, Horace K., was born in the northern part of the town of Nelson, March 6, 1857, a son of S. Allen and Mary Ann (Hotchkis) Smith, who had six children: Irving S., Esther Ann (deceased), wife of W. J. Knox; J. Emory, Ward W., Horace Kellogg and Charles A., all born on the Smith homestead. S. Allen Smith was a son of Aristabulus and Experience (Kellogg) Smith, who moved to the town of Nelson soon after they were married and settled on the old Smith homestead; their children were Mary 1st, Marella, Delia, Aristabulus, Horace, Whiting, S. Allen, Mary 2d, and Experience. By occupation Aristabulus followed farming. S. Allen was in early life a Methodist minister, confining his church work to Madison and Onondaga counties; in the latter part of his life he followed farming. Horace K. Smith was educated in the common schools of the town of Nelson, in what is known as the Togg Hill district and in Cazenovia seminary. His early life was spent on the farm with his parents. When a young man he commenced teaching school, and when twenty four years of age, on May 11, 1881, married Elizabeth, daughter of Merritt D. and Frances (Weaver) Lyon; they have two children: Mary F. and Merritt A. Soon after his marriage he purchased the farm where he has since lived. Mr. Smith has always taken an active interest in town affairs, and when twenty one years of age was elected inspector. In 1888 he was elected supervisor of the town of Nelson, which position he has held continuously to the present time, and is now chairman of the board. In 1897 and 1898 he held a position as assistant superintendent of documents in the capitol at Albany, and in 1899 was a Senate door keeper. He is a supporting and contributing member of the Nelson M. E. church. Merritt D. Lyon was a son of Ebenezer, who was a soldier in the Revolutionary war, existing from the State of Connecticut. Mr. Smith's wife is a member of the Daughters of the Revolution, Owahghena Chapter of Cazenovia, N. Y. Mr. Smith is a member of Grange Lodge No. 615, of Nelson, also Cazenovia A. F. & A. M. No. 616 and Morrisville I. O. O. F. He is a charter member of the Grange, both in the county and subordinate lodge and has also been president of the Patron's Fire Relief Association since its organization.

FROM:
Our County and it's people
A Descriptive and Biographical Record of
Madison County, New York
Edited by: John E. Smith
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1890


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