Biography of Ira E. Smith
Madison County, NY Biographies





Smith, Ira E., belongs to a family originally from Holland, who were settled in the eastern part of this State at an early period of its history. His immediate progenitors lived in Chatham, Columbia, county, N. Y., and afterward removed to De Ruyter and then to Lincklaen, Chenango county, where he was born August 29,1855. His grandfather, Henry Smith, was born in Chatham and died at the ripe old age of ninety one years. He married Margaret ---, who was also born in Chatham, and they had nine children, one of whom was Richard P., father of Ira E. Richard P. Smith was born August 16, 1806, in Chatham, and died October 6, 1883, at Lincklaen. He married Eliza, daughter of Luther and Elizabeth (Wagner) Justice, December 31, 1835. She was born November 28, 1817, and died July 3, 1892. To this union were born ten children: Mary J. (Mrs. W. S. Haskell); Pheba M, (widow of Albert Baldwin); Philip N., who married Ellen Williams; Spencer (deceased); Byron B., who married Emmer Williams; Marcia E., married William Dana; Nelson A. (deceased); Eunice L. (deceased); Frank A., who married Ida Wells; Ira E., and Kitty A. (widow of Samuel G. Keim). Ira E. Smith received a good education in the common schools and remained at home on his father's farm until December 6, 1886, when he removed to De Ruyter and engaged in the furniture and undertaking business, which he still carries on with unusual success. On October 2, 1889, he married Blanche M., daughter of Frank D., and Nancy (Angell) Wire. Mr. Smith in politics is a sound Republican and has held the office of town clerk two terms. Fraternally he is a member of De Ruyter Lodge, No. 692, F. & A. M. He is a trustee of the village corporation, one of the originators of the village water works, and a stockholder in the village gas plant. Mr. Smith is a man of good business qualifications and of industrious and thrifty habits. He is popular among his townspeople and is well known as a wide awake, enterprising merchant, looking not only to his own interests, but to the advancement and progress of his town.

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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