Biography of James W. Smith
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Smith, James Watson, born in the town of Brunswick, October 24, 1842, is the son of Edward and Julia Smith; Edward a son of Peter and Elizabeth Smith, and Peter son of William Smith, who came from Columbia county, N.Y., with his family and settled on the Van Rensselaer tract. William had two children, Peter and William, jr.; they followed general and pioneer farming. Peter had three children; Edward, William P. and George. By occupation George was a carpenter. He was a veteran of the late Rebellion in the 169th Regment, Co. D. William and Edward followed farming. Edward has three children: Catherine E., James W. and Carrie. James W. married Martha, daughter of Michael Earl and has one child, Julia, wife of Jacob M. Springer. Edward is public spirited. He is actively interested in schools and churches, also town and county affairs. James Watson Smith's life has been spent on the farm, also deals in live stock. He is much interested in all affairs of the town and county and is active in school and educational interests.

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


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