Biography of C. J. Smith
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Smith, C. J., was born in Saratoga county, N. Y., June 23, 1853. He is a son of Peter P. and Rachiel E. (Moul) Smith, he born in Brunswick and she in Dutchess county. The grandfather of Mr. Smith was also a native of Rensselaer county. His father was Peter Smith, an early settler of Brunswick. The wife of Peter P., grandfather of Mr. Smith was Hannah Smith (no relation before marriage). The maternal grandfather of Mr. Smith was Frederick I. Moul. He was a son of Jacob Moui, born April 16, 1776, and one of the early settlers of Rensselaer county, where he died in the town of Poestenkill. His wife was Catharine Moul, born February 11, 1778. Jacob Moul died December 11, 1863, at the age of eighty seven years, and his wife died March 20, 1865. at the age of eighty six. The father of Mr. Smith was a carpenter by trade. He spent thirty three years in Saratoga county at carpenter work and the manufacture of lumber, but spent most of his life in Rensselaer county. He died February 24, 1895, and, his wife June 24, 1877. Mr. Smith was educated in the common and select schools of Saratoga. He engaged in the manufacture of lumber and brush supplies and continued in business eight years, then came to Lansingbnrgh and manufactured doors, sash and blinds for one year and a half. In 1878 he came to Bath on the Hudson and was in the grocery business until 1888, and then engaged in the coal and, wood business in Greenbush and Bath. He is collector of the United States Loan Accumulating Association of Albany. He owns three residences in Fifth street in Bath and vacant lands fifty by one hundred feet on Fourth street. Mr. Smith is now one of the trustees and chairman of the Fire Committee of Bath. He is chairman of the Water Committee and also a member of the Street Committee. He is a member of the Riverside Lodge No. 47, K. of P., and is also a member of the Bath Hook and Ladder Company, and is agent for the opera house. He is at present administrator of Julia A. Moul's estate of the town of Poestenkill. February 21, 1872, he married Ella C. Rickerson of Providence, Saratoga county. They have had six children: Berton J., Charles W., Philura E., William, Harry E., and Cora.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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