Biography of Dr. Albert H. Smith
Oneida County, NY Biographies





Dr. Albert H. Smith, physician and surgeon of Camden, was born January 25, 1853, in the town which is stifi his home, his parents being Samuel L. and Lucy A. (Munson) Smith. The father's birth occurred in Camden, March 16, 1822, and the mother was here born on the 6th of September, 1827. The former was a son of Hiram Smith, who was born in Litehfield, Connecticut, October 6, 1793, and came to Camden on the 1st of June, 1800, with his father, Eldad Smith, so that five generations of the family have been here represented. The great grandfather of our subject was born July 23, 1768, at Litchfield, Connecticut, and devoted his life to agricultural pursuits, purchasing and cultivating a farm in Camden township. His son, Hiram Smith, attended the district school of that township during the winter months and upon the death of his father in 1810 took up the work of the farm which he carried on for a very long period, retiring about two years before his death, which occurred July 20, 1860. He served with the Camden Company in the war of 1812 and was at Sacket Harbor. His political views accorded with the principles of the whig party and his religious faith was that of the Congregational church. In his family were five children: Sarah Ann, now deceased; Samuel L., who is living at Westdale; Arma C., deceased; Henry Eldad, who passed away in 1854; and Alfred Hiram, also deceased.

Samuel L. Smith attended the schools of Camden township during the winter months and always worked on the farm of the old homestead, purchasing the interest of the other heirs in the property. For many years he had carefully tilled his fields and harvested his crops, which brought to him a good financial return. On the 23d of February, 1897, his wife died, and he is now living on the old home farm which was formerly in West Camden. He, too, votes with the republican party and has filled the office of assessor. He holds membership with the Presbyterian church, of which he has served as trustee and elder, and his wife also had been active in church work. It was on the 16th of September, 1845, that he wedded Lucy A. Munson and unto them were born five children: George H., now deceased; Lucius S., living at Westdale, Camden township; Albert H., Annis A., and Arma A., the last two residing at Westdale.

In the acquirement of his education Dr. Smith, of this review, attended successively the district schools, the high school of Watertown, New York, and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of New York city, from which he was graduated with the class of 1876. He also pursued a course of lectures in Bellevue Hospital in New York and, thus well qualified for professional service, began practicing as assistant interne in the Charity Hospital of New York, where he remained a year and a half. He then located for practice in Parish, Oswego county, New York, where he remained two years, and in 1880 came to Camden, and opened an office. He has since practiced continuously in this village, covering a period of almost a third of a century, and his patrons include some of the best families of this part of the county. By study and research he has ever attempted to keep abreast with the best thinking men of the profession and with the discoveries which scientific investigation has made.

On the 5th of June, 1879, Dr. Smith was united in marriage to Miss E. Anna Laney, a daughter of Philetus W. and Eunice Bloomfield (Segur) Laney, of Camden. Mrs. Smith was born in Taberg, Oneida county, January 6, 1853. Her paternal grandfather, William Laney, was born in Connecticut in 1777 and was married in Wethersileld, that state. In early life he learned the trade of a cobbler and tanner and in 1802 established his home in the town of Lee, where he followed those occupations until his death. His wife, who bore the maiden name of Rachel Seymour, was born in Wethersfield, Connecticut, in 1782 and was a worthy, Christian woman, holding membership in the Presbyterian church. Unto Mr. and Mrs. William Laney were born five children, Seymour, Philetus Wolcott, Ann Eliza, Mary and Elias. The last named is still living, being a resident of Altmar. The maternal grandfather of Mrs. Smith was Joseph Segur, who at an early period in the development of this county settled at Annsville. He devoted his life to the occupation of farming and to the operation of a sawmill, and both he and his wife passed away at Tabetg. Philetus W. Laney, the father of Mrs. Smith, was born in Lee, New York, and became a farmer of Taberg, where he also engaged in surveying. In 1866 he removed to Camden where he followed the same occupations, leading a busy and useful life until called to his final rest on the 12th of May, 1893, when he was eighty two years of age, his birth having occurred on the 27th of April, 1811. His widow died in Camden, October 31, 1894. They were both faithful members of the Presbyterian church in which he served as elder, while in the work of the church they took an active and helpful part. Mr. Laney saw military service as captain of militia and gave his political support to the republican party. Unto him and his wife were born seven children: Marion, widow of Seth Beckwith, of Lima; Edward P., of Camden; William W., deceased; Segur and Seymour, twins, both of whom have passed away; Julia, who married Alex Miller of Canastota and is also deceased; and. Mrs. Smith.

Dr. Smith votes with the republican party and has filled various local offices, serving as village trustee, as a member of the light commission and as health officer. He holds membership in the Presbyterian church in which he is serving as elder, and his deep interest in church work has led to his active cooperation in many movements and measures for the general good. His professional duties, however, make large demand upon his time and attention and he discharges every official and professional duty with a sense of conscientious obligation.

From:
History of Oneida County, New York
From 1700 to the present time
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
By: Henry J. Cookinham
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago 1912


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